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
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.
that exists is an energy system within a
that exists is connected to
everything else in a web of
energy or life.
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.
also can be applied to anything that exists.
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
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.
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.
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
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.