What is a Shaman? The word itself can conjure up images from many movies, books and comics of magical healers who talk to the spirits. Shamans do all of that and more! They commune with Nature, with Mother Earth and Spirits to help all life heal and work in harmony. Every ancient culture has people who perform functions like these. Many are called Shamans in their culture, others are called Medicine Men and Women, Healers, Seers and more. The book, Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner, tells stories from all over the world about how similar Shamanic traditions and practices are throughout history. All without physical contact and communication with each other. It is amazing that these ancient traditions and practices thrive on today in every culture, no matter the name it goes by.
Shamans learn through many means to hone their craft. From mentors in the Physical and the Spirit Realms. Nature herself is a powerful teacher. The Spirits teach a variety of methods and provide experience by way of Doing rather than classroom learning. Common tools of many Shamans are Drums, Rattles, Smoke from herbs, plants and incense; Voice, Crystals, Fire, Dance and other items found in Nature.
The goal of the Shaman is to not only help a person heal on the physical level, but also at the Spiritual level as well. Many illnesses have a root cause, one that starts in one of our dimensional bodies or even our soul. Some can be caused by unresolved issues in past lives or the childhood (and past) of this particular life (also known as Incarnation). By treating the root cause, we can begin to heal the whole person and not just treat one level. Shamans can reunite a person with their Guardian Spirits, also known as Power Animals. They can reunite a Soul with a fragment that had been shed due to past traumas in what is called Soul Retrieval. They can help bring balance to the Body, Mind, Soul and all the energy centers. Shamans work with Nature Spirits to help heal the land and bring balance there as well. They extract or cleanse people and places of harmful entities and energies that have a negative effect. To do all of this, they go on Spiritual Journeys with their own Spiritual Team to find out what is needed most for the healing to be effective. I will discuss the Journey in another article.
I have been learning this path over many lifetimes. My teachers are very diverse across the Physical and Spiritual Realms and I have created a practice that is equally diverse. My Spiritual Team is also very diverse and I love how we all work together to help build a solid foundation to help people heal, build resiliency, learn to grow Spiritually, and communicate with all that is Divine. Everyone has different ideas and strengths but through Unity, we have the drive to heal and empower.
Much Love and Support,