Shamanism

Raw Power
of Nature

What’s shamanism?

A belief system as old as humankind itself. Shamanism is animistic philosophy which teaches that because everything has energy, everything is alive.

Not just the things that are biologically alive such as people, animals, plants and ecosystems. Everything.

That book you were just reading. The car you drive. This website you’re looking at. The home you live in.

Practitioners of shamanism therefore work co-operatively and respectfully with the world on the basis that from the biggest things such as mountains to from the smallest like viruses – all have lifeforce.

All have awareness and individual presence, whether it’s a boulder, a tree or a raging fire.

What can shamanism do for me?

If you’re:
  • Wishing to be rid of a particular negative influence in your life
  • Struggling with a health challenge that’s difficult to treat – or perhaps even diagnose
  • Confused by something you need clarity on
  • Becoming increasingly sensitive spiritually, and want to know how to navigate that
  • Feeling like you’re living a version of yourself you created to survive, but it’s no longer serving you…
…then shamanic healing is an excellent place to start.

A good practitioner will make no promises to cure you. Instead, there are many practical things they can do to remove the factors standing in the way of your wellbeing returning naturally – such as taking away unhelpful energies.

That might involve a wide variety of strategies, such as dealing with a draining spirit attachment, clearing any negative energy (or presence) that’s hanging about in your home, or helping you cut the energy ties which are binding you to toxic friends or ex-partners.

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These sort of measures will level the playing field, giving other healing modalities you would like to try or are already trying (medical, surgical, complementary therapies, psychological, self help) a far better chance of working.

But having addressed such issues at an energy level, a shamanic practitioner’s role is to help you unleash your own power, unique talents and authentic self to find your own true pathway – rather than to ‘make you better’.

Because it’s a thousand times more powerful to be supported to fix yourself, than have someone else presume to try and do it for you.

What’s a shamanic treatment?

A deep energy healing session which works with the power and intelligence of the natural world, both seen and unseen.

So what’s that feel like, while you’re tucked up on my treatment couch, in front of a woodburning stove?

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As a client, you’d experience the same sort of benevolent energy that therapists such as reiki practitioners and mainstream spiritual healers work with.

But with shamanism, that energy comes from a much wider variety of places, because its’ practitioners work with the vast resources of the natural world and wider universe as well (see Who’s Doing the Work)

Shamanic treatments go deep but are usually peaceful and soothing, though they can sometimes be full on too depending on the issues being addressed.

You may also be aware of shifts and changes when, for instance, unhelpful energies are removed. You might also find you are releasing baggage you have long carried with you, often as tears or deep outbreaths. Or you may simply rest deeply, while the Work is carried out.

Shamanism can help with –

A long list of physical, emotional and spiritual issues. Can be especially effective when used as part of a broad and harmonious holistic approach – alongside other healing modalities (both medical and complementary) chosen by you yourself.

Emotional and physical issues, including

  • Painful or long-term health challenges such as back pain, carpel tunnel syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia, painful /heavy periods, unhelpful menopause symptoms, cancer recovery and remission maintenance
  • Additional support for hospital in-patients or those undergoing surgery
  • Detox’ing. On all levels
  • Breaking free from attachments which are no longer serving you (see Tie-Cutting)
  • Heartbreak, bereavement, abandonment (see Soul Loss)
  • Trauma: perhaps from an accident, medical treatment, a difficult childbirth, bullying at school/workplace; or physical, emotional and sexual abuse (see Soul Loss, and Intrusions)
  • Searching for direction (see Journeying)
  • Burnout
  • Blocked, weakened or erratic creativity
  • Loss of drive, personal power, belief in yourself, or joy in life
  • Navigating and easing certain mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Spiritual

  • Feeling unsafe, edgy. A sense that you are being ill-wished or watched (see Psychic Attack)
  • Space clearing: homes, land, work spaces (see Clearing)
  • Helping the lost souls or stranded spirits of those who have died, find their way gently to where they truly need to be (see Ghosts & Gentle Spirit Release)
  • Removing unhelpful or negative energies, such as a draining attachment (see Attachments)
  • Karmic and past life issues: (see Past Life Healing). Clearing trauma from previous existences, if they’re affecting your present one.
  • Ancestral line/whole family healing: issues can be passed down through generations.
  • Possession (see Compassionate Deposession): kindly but firm and permanent removal of a being which does not belong with you
  • Manifestation and protection for creative projects (see Training: Grounding)
  • Protection for people, spaces, and environments (see Training: Protection)
  • Finding and working with your own particular spiritual support systems, advisors and helpers – such as a spiritual protecter, guardian angel or power animal (see Meet Your Power Animal)
  • Support for those who are dying, and the ones who love them (see Bereavement)

Shaman or Shamanic Practitioner?

Sometimes the two terms are used interchangably, but they’re not the same things.

Shaman

A traditional Shaman trains intensively over many years under a master teacher. After this, they will usually (but not always) live in more remote rural areas rather than urban centres, and dedicate their lives to serving their community as highly respected spiritual healers, teachers and guides.

Shamanic Practitioner

A shamanic practitioner is someone who has trained in shamanic techniques to varying degrees, but will seldom have gone through seven plus years of full time apprenticeship to become a full Shaman in the traditional sense.

Many are nevertheless skilled healers, powerful spiritual workers, leaders of ceremony and teachers who deeply honour the principles of shamanism.