Shamanic Healing

He (the Shaman) is a self reliant explorer of the endless mansions of a magnificent hidden universe

Michael Harner

My Shamanic Practice

I am currently undergoing an intensive and comprehensive three year Shamanic Practitioner Training programme with The Sacred Trust, the only residential teaching centre in the UK dedicated to the study of shamanism.  During my training in shamanic healing, practices and methods, I will be working with individuals on a one to one basis providing shamanic healing and shamanic counselling.  As part of my commitment to my work, these sessions will be used as case studies, and as such I have a limited number of free places throughout the year for shamanic healing and counselling.  I have been fully trained in all areas that I will be practicing and I am fully insured.

If you would like to find out if I have any current openings for shamanic healing, please get in touch with me here

What exactly is Shamanism?

Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual and healing practice known to man, dating back over 100,000 years and practiced all across the globe well before our current technologies of communication were possible.

Shamanism is an ancient collection of traditions and methods based on the act of voluntarily accessing and connecting to non-ordinary states of reality (or spirit realms) for wisdom and healing.

The word “shaman” comes from the Siberian Tungus tribe and it means “one who sees in the dark.” 

Shamanism has its roots, (like many spiritual practices) in Nature, therefore it is a way of living in harmony with the cycles of nature, so we as human beings can strengthen that natural connection with Mother Earth, our Ancestors and of course our own Spirit.

Shamans or Shamanic Practitioners access the spirit realm for the purpose of individual and communal growth and healing, and they do this by restoring and removing energy pathways and/or recovering soul parts, restoring power. 

A Shaman or Shamanic Practitioner has the ability to enter altered states of consciousness by a process called ‘journeying’ and work with compassionate spirits/allies as a mediator between the three worlds of shamanic consciousness (upper, lower and middle).  A Shaman will usually use a drum or a rattle or sing to reach these altered states of consciousness and during this time the practitioners brain enters a Theta brainwave state, which is the same state we experience in between being awake and asleep.  This is the time where creativity thrives and our senses of our world are expanded and we can experience a deep spiritual connection.

In the traditional western view of illness, we believe that it is ‘external’ factors, ie microbes, viruses, bacteria or injuries that cause dis-ease in our physical bodies.  Likewise we attribute imbalances in brain chemistry to many mental and emotional illnesses, such as depression and addiction.  A Shaman sees these as the symptoms or effects of the underlying issue, choosing to work on the root cause which originates in the non physical realm – the spirit.  From a shamanic viewpoint there are three main classical causes of illness, whether that is physical, mental or emotional and the Shaman works with spirit to remove/restore or relocate energy.

What Is A Shamanic Healing?

From the shamanic perspective, true healing cannot be done on a physical level. The deeper meaning of healing means to return to wholeness and returning to wholeness is an inside job. 

Whilst the Shaman acts as the conduit/hollow bone to connect with spirit helpers to facilitate the healing, a person must be willing and ready to take full responsibility for his or her own healing. 

Shamanic healing is not to be a substitute for conventional medical or psychological services, but is to be used and worked with in conjunction.

During a typical session, there will be an initial open discussion to get more information and understand any issues or complaints that you would like to address at this time.  I will hold a respectable, non-judgmental space at all times.

You will then be asked to find a comfortable position, ideally lying down, fully clothed so you can relax and enjoy the healing.  I may begin drumming or rattling as I prepare to connect with spirits and allies and enter into shamanic consciousness.  I will be present in the room with you at all times, and you can communicate with me at any time you need to.

You may or may not experience sensations and its important to have an open mind and let go of any expectations.  I may do hands on healing or move energy through your body as guided by spirit and the session can last from 30-60 minutes depending on the work carried out.

Once the work has been done, you can discuss any aspects of the experience you may wish to share with me and any wisdom and advise that was given will be shared with you as well as details of the healing work that was done.  Integration is a key aspect of any shamanic process, and it is important that you are prepared for shifts and changes as your energy body adjusts.  This is all part of the healing and important to remember that any discomfort will pass and new, vibrant, life energy will take its place.

If you would like to learn more about shamanic healing please get in touch.

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