Shamanism

Shamanism is an ancient tradition of empowerment, healing, and walking in harmony with the world.

Shamans were the world’s first healers, priests and therapists.  The word “shaman” or “saman” comes from a Siberian tribe, but most indigenous societies around the world relied on someone who could perform this role when they faced illness, loss of spirit, or other crises.  From when our earliest ancestors painted the caves of the earth, 30,000 years ago, to when the Romans burnt the groves of the Druids some 28,000 years later, the people of prehistoric Europe followed a shamanic path. The word Shaman or “saman” means “he/she who knows” and is linked to magic, medicine and healing using ritual objects from Mother Earth.  The rhythmic percussion sounds of drums and rattles, access the hidden worlds of the “shamanic state of consciousness” contacting the compassionate hidden world of helping spirits and guides.

Shamanic healers, also known as “Wounded Healers” a term coined by Carl Jung, a Swiss Psychiatrist, refers to archetypal wounded shamanic healers who were themselves to the brink of death, who connected to the spirit-world and ‘to have had sickness in order to understand sickness’.
In contemporary society, the social function of Shamanic Practitioners is oracle, healer and spiritual guide, all in one.  Communication is performed through the Earth-Spirit and is often associated  with a spirit helper.
The content of a Shamanic Ceremony depends on the intention.  People travel through a landscape and encounter animals, spirit beings, guides, angels, saints or ancestors who have wisdom and healing to share.  Sometimes people visit scenes from their childhood or past lives, or reclaim power and soul qualities that were lost during traumatic events.
Visiting the spirit realms and being in relationship with compassionate beings changes us.  Our perspective broadens and deepens.  Our hearts open as we become more loving and are drawn in our own way to help ease suffering in the world around us.  We begin to perceive the cycle of life and death differently.  Fear and uncertainty are replaced by the understanding of the bigger picture and a sense of our place within it.
As a Transformational Healing practitioner, I know, as shamans throughout the ages have known that everything is one, whole, complete and alive.  I forever carry this knowing in my heart.
I have studied Shamanic Healing with Pete Bernard, Algonquin Medicine Man, from the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in Golden Lake, Ontario, Canada for many years and I have also learned a great deal from my helping spirits.
A few of the frequently used shamanic healing practices (Ceremonies) are:
  • Power Animal Retrieval (restoring personal power to the individual)
  • Shamanic Extraction (removal of spiritual intrusions or energies that simply do not belong, to increase physical energy in the body)
  • Soul Retrieval Journey (reintegrating lost soul parts that have departed from a client due to traumatic events)
  • Bands of Protection (Restore physical, emotional and spiritual protection from unwanted energies).  Everyone, including health care practitioners would greatly benefit from participating in this ceremony to avoid absorbing the negative energy of other people and the environment. i.e. EMF
  • Chakra, Aura Clearing and balancing
  • Energetic Cord Cutting for specific issues such as trauma recovery, sexual abuse, depression, alcoholism and other addictive behaviours, illness, grief and loss and for difficult transitions and decisions. i.e. Divorce
  • Death Rites. (When nearing the end of life, a gentle life review is processed which reveals what may be left unfinished or unresolved during a lifetime.  The “Lightening” ceremony follows, which releases whatever is not needed anymore, preparing my client to be birthed into the world of spirit, with a sense of lightness, forgiveness and deep peace.  The Spirit is freed from the physical body during the Death Rites, by celebrating their homecoming back to the Spirit World.  By offering home, hospice and hospital visits for all Death Rites, these Rites must be given before the Rites of any other religious tradition).
By healing our inside world, the outside world we live in changes.  What we think, we create.  By entering the unknown in a facilitated shamanic journey, one can rediscover the interconnectedness with all beings; feel the direct presence of Spirit in our lives and envision a new, sustainable future by learning to see, listen and live from our hearts.

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

…C.S. Lewis

Energy medicine, energy therapy, energy healing, psychic healing, spiritual medicine, spiritual healing and transformational healing are branches of Holistic Medicine based on the belief that healers can channel energy with intention into another sentient being to effect positive results. Several of my methods are:  hands-on; hands-off; and distant (or absent) where the receiver and healer are in different locations.