Everyone wants a little magic in their lives. Well, there is a certain kind of magic always around us here on Earth. You can recognize it whenever you feel that surge of delight that courses through your cells as it permeates the space around you. It is the joy of throwing off your jacket in Spring because the sun is finally, again, all you need to warm yourself. It is the delicate explosion of pink that enchants you at cherry blossom time. It is the acute awareness of peace and expansion brought on by the thunderous yet tranquil sound of a cascading waterfall. It is the sensation that accompanies the inspiration for a painting, the pleasure you get from the smile that bursts from a child, the awe you feel in your heart and soul as you gaze up at the Milky Way.
These experiences open you up and you feel “connected.” Time is suspended and you find yourself in a state of exuberance and gladness that is, yet, so serene. You are in a state of connectedness – to nature, to the Source, and to yourself. Shamanism is a means of entering that state at will.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Human beings of all cultures have practiced shamanism in one form or another since the beginning of time. Archeologists and anthropologists have found evidence on the markings of antlers and bones that date back at least 30,000 years and suggest shamanic rites and practices took place in deep caves. There is evidence as far back as Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras that shamanism was widespread in many indigenous cultures. It is apparent in Greek and Roman myths, and it is obvious in the present-day indigenous cultures of the Americas, where it is enjoying a resurgence. Likewise, it is reemerging in Europe and Asia, and growing in the United States.
The word shamanism, itself, has its roots in many languages. The Manchu-Tungus word, saman, comes from the verb “to know,” so the shaman is “one who knows.” In Sanskrit, shaman means ascetic. In Japan and Korea, shamanism is called mugyo (alluding to the Great Void from which all springs) or shingyo (referring to the sacred in everything). In Mexico, it is called curanderismo. Most cultures do not use the word shaman and shamanism. They have their own word for their connection to Spirit and healing. However, there are common elements across cultures:
Within the society, shamans are typically the spiritual and secular leaders, the teachers, healers, herbalists and midwives. Their ability and authority comes not from dominance, but from a strong relationship with Spirit that provides vision, guidance, healing and protection to the community. The shaman understands the importance of harmonious relationships – with one’s own mind and body, one’s own family and friends, with community, with nature, and with spirit. The shaman develops and refines his/her relationships on all levels to benefit and enrich the community, and to be in service to the people. To that end, shamanism grows and changes with the evolving world, yet never looses its essence or relevance.
WHAT SHAMANISM OFFERS
Shamanism offers us ways of accessing the exquisite peace and beauty found in the silence between our thoughts. It is a very special stillness where you can hear your guidance whispering to you, and where you can find healing for your mind and body, heart and soul. Shamanism directs you to a deep honoring of life – – your own life and all life in this miracle of creation. It helps develop your relationship with the Source of All Being, and you begin to have a more fulfilling and satisfying life. When you honor life, you begin to notice your own place in the grand scheme. When you see how you fit into the design, you can recognize your gifts, realize who you are, and offer your contribution to peace and goodness on earth.
WHEN TO SEEK SHAMANIC GUIDANCE
Recurring Issues – Sometimes there is an issue in your life that you have been trying to resolve for a while. You have tried everything you can think of but cannot find a solution. The issue just repeats or continues, despite all your efforts. You know you must be missing something but can’t figure out what it is. Shamanism will give you another approach, another view, previously unseen, that can help you get to the next level.
People In Your Life – You may look around you and notice that the people who fill your life are angry, jealous, needy or generally unhappy. You wish you had companions who were more loving, caring and compassionate. Know that the people who surround you reflect your orientation toward the world. Your orientation can only change when you do. Shamanism offers the tools to make that change “in a good way,” as the Native Americans say. In Celtic shamanism they say “if it harms none, do as you will.”
Times of Transition – You may be experiencing one or more of the top three stressors in life: 1) moving (home or career/job); 2) divorce; 3) death in the family. Perhaps a mid-life crisis has grabbed hold of you. Maybe facing the empty nest is more difficult than you anticipated. More support than you could have imagined is available to you through shamanic avenues. Your personal allies and your personal power to handle the transition are within reach.
Restlessness – Maybe you are in a good place in your life right now, but things are happening that you don’t understand. You may be feeling restless or ready to break free of old restrictive patterns. You may get tingles or shivers on your scalp or skin. Events seem to flow with more synchronicity. Perhaps you have more energy, and yet you feel a little lost, or waves of emotion come upon you suddenly, for no reason. These can be signs of spiritual awakeningthat calls out for the kind of direction that centuries-old shamanic wisdom and meditations offer.
BLUEPRINT OF A SHAMANIC GUIDANCE SESSION
The first thing that happens in a session is an in-depth about your personal history and what is going on in your present life that has you seeking shamanic counsel. Next, a sacred space is formally set up and prepared, both spiritually and emotionally, for you and your session. The guide prays to be of service and connects with Spirit to hear what is needed for your personal development, healing and spiritual evolution at this time.
Sometimes you will learn meditations or techniques to build you up and make you effective in your area of concern. Other times you may receive healings that erase negative self-images or old beliefs that do not serve you. Usually you will receive messages suggesting specific attitudes and practices that reinforce your hopes, insights and endeavors.
Almost always, depending upon the directive of Spirit, you will learn to “journey.” Journeying is one of the most commonly used practices of all shamanic traditions. It involves going into a meditative state to meet your guides. They can be angels, animal totems, spirit guides . . . They are the beings given to you at birth by Creator to help you through your life. They are your allies, and you can rely on them for advice and assistance.
WHAT I PROVIDE AS A SHAMANIC GUIDE
A shamanic practitioner is especially beneficial during those periods when “going it alone” isn’t really working that well and you could use a little boost to navigate the ups and downs of life. The services I offer include a variety of journeys and healings that will get you in touch with your inner voice and guidance, and help you identify tools and practices for improving the quality of your life. Some of the most common traditional methods, across all shamanic cultures, are:
- Connecting with the Elements
- Employing the Four Directions
- Meeting your totem animals
- Identifying and retrieving your Soul
- Chakra development
- Messages from your angels and guides
- Hands-on or off-the-body energy work
Neither you nor I get to choose when a particular method will be used. The timing and sequence of events unfolds according to a greater wisdom. In a prayerful meditative state, I listen to hear the message from Spirit of how to best serve you, and proceed accordingly. It is always Spirit that directs what will happen in a session, depending on your need at the time.
It is my aim and endeavor as a shamanic practitioner to walk evermore deeply in harmony with All That Is. This is much to your benefit, for it is the power of that well-established connection to Earth and Sky that helps me bring Spirit closer to you. When the two of us are together in the same space, you will feel the strength of that connection, and it helps you identify your own connection. Working with Spirit and my own guides, I will do everything I know to give you clear access to your own spirit . . . and to Great Spirit . . . and put you in touch with your unique guidance system. I will introduce you to the shamanic realm, where you will learn how to reinforce your bond with Spirit and elevate it to the next level. We can then orient these new skills and knowledge toward the areas of your life you want to enhance or improve.