Shamanic healing is a spiritual and medical practice based upon the belief that all healing includes a spiritual dimension. Shamans enter altered states of consciousness to communicate with other realms of reality. The shaman's journey is to help the patient or community to rediscover their connection to nature and spirit.
Shamanic medicine is a tradition dating back 25000 years. The shaman is responsible for the health of the individual as well as the community. This is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. Shamans are the ritual leader, herbalist, and mediator between the community and the spirit world. The spiritual healing methods of shamanic are now receiving increased and significant attention in our culture, because shamanic healing affects the energy field of a person.
To better understand how a shaman heals it is important to understand some of the fundamental concepts of what shamanism is. It is a specific set of methodologies for accessing the spirit or energy field of anything or anyone. The shaman heals by working unseen/inner/spiritual reality to crate changes, which in turn crate changes in see/physical/everyday reality.

The essential perspective of the shaman is:

1. Everything is alive. Everything has spirit and awareness.

2.Energy and matter are the same. Everything is vibration.
Everything that exists is an energy system within a
greater energy system.

3.Everything that exists is connected to
everything else in a web of energy or life.

4. Unseen/inner/spiritual reality affects visible reality.
Working within this system of perceptions, the shaman
strives to create balance and harmony of the spirit.
This can be focused on the individual or the community.
This also can be applied to anything that exists.

What distinguishes the shaman from other types of healer are his methods. The journeying, or shamanic state of consciousness, allows the shaman to send out their consciousness to obtain information from the spirit world. This information is retrieved and used for further insight or healing. Example: a shaman might assist in healing a broken bone by opening up an increased energy flow to that area, or help a person half from an emotional depression by restoring energy lost as a result of a traumatic even.
By using shamanic practices a wide spectrum of healing is possible. Traditional shaman healing is done by journeying to the bat of a drum or rattle to visit a teacher/spirit/totem for guidance or wisdom. Shamanic healing takes place in many forms, depending on what the spirits recommend. This can include plant and mineral spirit medicine, through ancestral memories, soul retrieval; extraction and soul escorting.
Shamans employ many different healing methods besides those acquired during journeying, these are herbs, visualization, and hands on, use of aroma, gemstones, and basic psychology. The shaman will use their lore of nature along with the ability they have to read auras and apply the knowledge of chakras to heal. The shaman understand the necessity to use both nature and spirit in healing. All of the above used in any combination may be used, along with journeying to heal. All depends upon the situation.
Plant and gem spirit medicine:
The exercise that was used in the beginning of the class is to use to do this. The shaman words directly with the spirit of the plant or mineral to assist in healing. The healer must ask the spirit if they fan be used to heal certain illnesses with certain people. The shaman must be willing to personalize and individualize treatments. Both the healer and the patient must be willing to work in a spirit of humility and gratitude, acknowledging dependence and partnership with non-human elements.
Healing through Ancestral Memories: This includes ancestral spirits and reincarnated memories. There are spirits who have gone on before who have evolved to the point that they no longer need to be incarnated. These ancestral spirits have a vast source of knowledge and power. They are what keep the shaman connected to his/her roots. Reincarnated memories also can assist the shaman as do present body memories. If you have done something before that was successful, you will attempt to repeat it the same way, or if you have done something wrong you, hopefully, will not repeat the performance.
Soul Retrieval:
One of the primary service performed by the shaman is soul retrieval. The search to recover and restore a person's vital essence that was stolen or lost, from the Shamanic point of view, physical and emotional illness, as well as misfortune, are due to the loss of personal power or life force, the diminution of spirit that keeps us strong and alive. Soul retrievals are intended to retrieve the sou parts that were lost. Each piece has its own characteristic that once reintegrated enhance our own capacities in that area.
Bring back this lost part is not a quick fix; the shaman then needs to work with the person to help them restore their balance. Putting the soul back is only the first step in restoring one's self. For instance, if a soul piece were stolen from us as a child that has the quality of love, we may grow up with a closed heart, making it difficult to show or give love. With the return of the missing quality our heart is healed and we now are able to begin to learn how to love..This is not easy; learning to change ways of a life time, but with patience and understanding the shaman can help others to learn how to change.
Since the Shamanic theory of health and illness focuses on personal power, illness results when a person's spiritual power is diminished someway or when a person loses spiritual power or soul. The illness moves into the gap in the person's life force, bringing patterns of energy that are harmful for the individual. Extraction is the healing method in which a shaman locates a harmful spiritual intrusion in a sick person's body and removes it.
An intrusion is something like an infection, which affects the spirit. Extractions can be done with the hand or mouth, sometimes with a power object, such as a gemstone. For most shamanic healers, the extraction process usually involves going into the Shamanic State of Consciousness and summoning one's spirit guide and building up personal power in order to confront the intrusion. The shaman fins the location of the intrusion in the body by seeing, hearing, and/or feeling it. The actual extraction can involve sucking directly on the skin, through the clothing, or with hands cupped over the appropriate area. When the intrusion is removed, it is put in a neutral place, such as a body of water where it will dissipate back into the universe.
Soul Escorting:
Shaman's help souls cross over to the other side because they know the terrain of the spirit world and may have even journeyed through the realms where the dead pass. They also know how to find lost souls and bring them back or escort them to their places.
In summary, the practices of shamanism involves making conscious connection with that which is spirit or life that which is sacred - all things. Healing can be accomplished through this connection by working directly to create grater balance and harmony of energy and spirit, and bringing back to the ordinary world awareness from the spirit world.
To do healing works of any kind a shaman will typically journey to the spiritual cause of problems. A particular problem of everyday life might have very different spiritual causes. In other words, illness that looks exactly the same symptomatically in two different people might be the manifestation of different underlying situations. In one person, depression and fatigue can be caused from a spiritual injury to the heart; while the same symptoms might be caused from excessive worry in another.
And once the shaman gains understanding of the illness, he/she has a variety of ways of healing it.



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