What is a Shamanic Healer?

Shamanic healers have been found in virtually all cultures and throughout the ages. Two recent discoveries have pushed the origins of shamanism to before the Upper Palaeolithic. A 35,000 years bp image of what appears to be a person in the antlered headgear of a shaman was recently uncovered in the Fumane cave of northern Italy. A 70,000-year-old snake rock, in Tsodilo Hills (a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Botswana) may also indicate the presence of shamanistic rituals involving altered states of consciousness. The site gained its world recognition because of its unique religious and spiritual significance, as well as its unique record of human settlement over many millennia.

Shamanism is not a religion, nor does it interfere with any religion. Individuals’ beliefs are always fully respected. In South America, shamans are sometimes called “spiritual lawyers”, a perfect way to define their role as facilitators. Though the attire and customs vary from culture to culture, community to community, the basic work shamans do has always been remarkably similar. Shamans “journey” to other worlds to gain insight and healing abilities in order to support change in this world. They are known to “see in the dark” —or “see with their eyes closed”— and learn things there is no rational way to know.

Shamanic Journeys

The shaman journeys to other worlds to support a holistic form of healing and allow for a shift to happen in this reality. To do so, the shamans must learn to navigate these worlds, protect themselves and those they are attempting to help, and walk a very narrow path of integrity. They must submit their own life to the death and rebirth process again and again. Also essential, they must stay in close contact with their guides — in my case The Love Light and the people who both serve and constitute it, at the highest vibration of all: pure unconditional Love. One does not become a shaman. One is born a shaman and learn (through training and initiations) to remember.

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Working At The Soul Level

Shamanism is a very powerful spiritual form of healing and empowerment, and self (re)discovery, working at the level of the soul (or symbolic or energetic level), which bypasses a lot of our usual psychic resistance and allows for a real shift many individuals had stopped believing in.

One of the reasons shamanism is currently surging in popularity is because it is very practical and experiential. Instead of just holy words or inspiring insights, it provides you with actual tools for accessing higher wisdom, healing in all aspects of your being, and concrete ways to return to wholeness.

Though shamanic healing works at the level of the soul, no belief is required on your part; no need to understand all of it. The only thing required is an open and willing attitude.

A shamanic session works both for:

An Integrative Healing Process Towards Wholeness

In shamanic practices, illness is understood not only in medical terms but also as a way the patient’s spirit is trying to communicate. Therefore, in treating illness, the shaman works to understand what the spirit of the patient is calling for. Where modern medicine focuses mostly on treating the body, shamanism take into consideration the whole person — the body, heart and mind — in her environment (including all her relationships and ancestors). Most traditions also recognize that the disease itself has a spirit as well (in modern terms, one might say: a meaning); therefore they would ask: What does the disease need? Why did it come? What is it teaching the person? Science and its expertise may cure, but often it is meaning that heals us. Such healing is highly individual. The same disease means something different to every person touched by it. As such, shamanism is a great complement to conventional / modern medical approaches.

Also, the goal of healing for a shaman is to support the patient’s return to wholeness by restoring or enhancing harmony and well-being. As shamans, we do not serve the weak or the broken. What we serve is the wholeness in each other and the wholeness in life. This explains that empowering patients in their healing process is at the heart of a shamanic practice. The healing process allows the patients to renew their connection to themselves, to nature, to others, and to energies and powers greater than themselves. That reconnection also entails a greater awareness and presence to each moment. Beyond better health, patients actually gain wisdom from the process. There is also an understanding that a patient’s healing also brings well-being to the whole family and community and, indeed, individuals report transformation affecting also people around them.

Because the healing process is approached in a very integrated manner, each case is absolutely unique. Two persons with similar situations or stories might be treated very differently as the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ is happening to them might actually be very different, and their spirit is different. Therefore, each time, the healer is called to ‘forget’ everything she may think that she already knows and listen deeply to what is needed by each person in the moment.

Important disclaimer:

It is important to understand that shamanic healing is an adjunct to, not a substitute for, conventional medical or psychological services. As a client, you must understand that shamanic healing can sometimes bring up issues of a highly personal nature that may cause you to experience emotional or physical responses that may be unexpected and/or unpleasant and cause some distress. You agree to assume this risk. You confirm that you do not suffer from any mental or physical impairment that might make it inadvisable for you to assume such risks. You will not hold the practitioner responsible for any discomfort or reaction you may experience. You understand that you can ask the practitioner to stop the session at any time.