In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?"
~ Gabrielle Roth
Modern shamanism takes ancient, tried and tested wisdom and applies it to life today in a way which offers a pragmatic and deeply empowering pathway to healing and wellness. A shamanic practitioner will focus on re-building and strengthening your inner resources as well as offering guidance and insight to catalyse your innate healing abilities.
Stripping it back to its bare bones, shamanic healing offers medicine for the soul, that innermost part of ourselves which often carries wounds which reverberate throughout our lives until we find healing. We know that while illness may manifest on an emotional, physical or mental level, its roots may well be much deeper. A shamanic practitioner will journey to seek the root cause of an ill-ness, addressing any imbalance at the soul level in order to restore harmony and catalyse your own healing power.
Two of the most common causes of illness from the shamanic perspective are soul loss and power loss. When we experience shock or trauma, whether it be physical or emotional, we can dissociate from what is happening in order to protect ourselves. Whatever we are experiencing has literally become too much for part of us to bear. Shamanic practitioners know that it is in these moments we may experience soul loss, and it has been their role over countless centuries to journey to retrieve lost soul parts to bring healing to individuals within their community.
Other times we can literally feel powerless to control what is happening in our lives. We may experience depression, misfortune, and chronic illnesses may develop. This is a classic symptom of power loss and a shaman would undertake a power retrieval, restoring raw power, or possibly returning a power animal to help ward you in day to day life.
stands for all things,
even those things that don't flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing.
~ Galway Kinnnell
Over my years of shamanic practice I continue to be amazed and humbled by the power of soul and power animal retrievals. These are just two facets of a shamanic healing practice. They restore vitality and energy at a deep level as well as reconnecting you to gifts and talents which may have lain dormant for many years.
Shamanic healing both complements and works alongside contemporary medicine. Working with a shamanic practitioner over time will help you to cultivate an empowered and authentic way of living. Shamanic work allows you to build inner resources and gain deep insights, to become a positive and effective life-crafter, creating a life which nurtures you on all levels.
I offer healing work to not only human clients, but also animals, the land and homes. Just as we can experience power and soul loss, so can our much loved animal companions, especially if they have been through many homes or experienced abuse at the hands of a human at some point in their lives. A shamanic healing session will restore what has been lost and can be undertaken remotely as well as in the presence of the animal.
Land and buildings too have their own energy, and can sometimes retain echoes and attachments from past events. A shamanic practitioner will be able to work with the spirit of place to release what does not belong and to cleanse the space. This is a beautiful ceremony to have undertaken when moving into a new home.
If you would like to know more about how shamanic healing might help you, please contact me using the form below. You are also welcome to book a session via the services section.