Working with a Shaman
The role of the shaman throughout time has been to delve fearlessly into the underworld to retrieve our wholeness. There in the world of the unconscious the shaman uncovers the missing pieces of our personal life’s puzzle, gracefully recovering each missing piece; and when we place it carefully into it’s rightful place in our life, we watch transfixed as all the other parts of the puzzle re-assemble themselves into a whole new life’s map that spreads out before us.
We watch and we see the effects of this extend throughout the rivers of time, behind us through our past, and before us into our destiny.
When we decide to take this step on our Soul’s journey and work with a shaman, it leads us to own our own power. Working with a shaman we discover a more authentic self, we discover more of who we know ourselves to be, we begin to bring forth our gifts and talents so that we step into our becoming and as we do so we create and hold a new map for ourselves that shapes our destiny and that of the world.
We begin to know absolutely that we can change our world by changing ourselves, and we can re-negotiate the contracts that we made that keep us stuck in toxic illnesses, painful relationships, work that doesn’t inspire us.
What is Shamanic Healing?
Shamanic Healing can take many forms. The following are what I offer:
If there is an issue or a situation that is holding up your life, perhaps you’ve tried lots of other therapeutic modalities to no avail, perhaps shamanic healing can help. In a one-to-one session, we have two hours together to use energy healing processes to meet the issue at a profoundly deep level, calling on techniques such as Illumination, energetic extractions, Soul Retrieval, and more.
Group workshops, such as our Introduction to Shamanism days, are a great way to begin or develop your understanding of the map of the Medicine Wheel. These days connect you with a group of like-minded people, a ‘tribe’ if you so wish. You leave at the end of the day having taken part in ceremonies, received rites, and learned some simple, practical and powerful tools to use for yourself and perhaps some you can share with your friends and family, to set you on a journey with this tradition.
Sometimes energy, as well as getting stuck in our own personal Luminous Energy Field, can also be held in a particular location, such as a house or even an office. It may be through our own experiences there, but it may also be that something as yet unresolved within us has drawn us to a place that also holds a similar energetic note. There are techniques to help clear these energies and energetic patterns from physical spaces, which by their nature are often particularly dense and compelling. Consequently this work is intensive, normally requiring a full day and potentially more than one person, since it usually involves one-to-one healing sessions as well.
Our personal healing journey may involve stepping into my training programme, The Way of the Shaman, which is a year-long commitment to the Medicine Wheel and Healing Tools techniques that are rooted in the teachings of the Q’ero medicine men and women of the Sacred Valley in Peru. Whether or not you you wish to become a shamanic healer is not important; for some my students, this is purely a personal journey. Many remain in their line of work, and I always stress that we do not enter this training so that we can turn our backs on any aspect of our lives - career, family, relationships, whatever it might be. Nor is it a prerequisite!!! Far from it. What this training offers is a new blueprint for living, and requires no deliberate change of outer circumstances; as we do our deep personal work, the evolutions take place within.
How might Shamanic Healing help me?
Do you ever feel that your life isn't working for you?
When we have an illness or physical symptom that can’t be mended, that isn’t responding to normal treatment; when we have a sense of dread that seems to come from nowhere; if we can’t seem to make our life work anymore, then shamanic treatment can be very helpful. Working on the energetic level, Shamanic healing reaches places like no other treatment can.
Time to reclaim the healthy, vibrant Self, our birthright.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by life?
The weight of responsibility, the expectations that are placed on us at certain times in our lives leads us to feel anxious and weighed down with all the ‘ought to’s, the ‘should’s and the ‘have to’s. We may feel bound by duty or loyalty, perhaps we’ve realised that we’re living someone else’s dream. Maybe we feel tired all the time.
Time to find our own dreams and learn how to step into them.
Do you often get distracted and pulled off-course?
Perhaps we find ourselves putting everyone else first, and we begin to notice how often our needs are last on that very long list. Maybe we find ourselves constantly putting off what’s important to us in favour of others. We may even begin to feel resentful that others are taking too much of our time and energy!
Time to learn how to stand strong, to say ‘no’ to that which doesn’t serve us and ‘yes’ to that which does. Time to create healthy boundaries. To feel our powerful self step in, and protect our more vulnerable giving self from over-extending itself. Time to learn to hold our own in the face of conflict and others expectations of us.
Do you ever feel that you are on a treadmill, and going nowhere?
Sometimes, we get stuck in life. We get a sense that our life isn’t working quite so well as it used to, perhaps we notice that we are going round and round the same old loop, we might even have done lots of different therapeutic processes, much self healing and yet even so we can’t seem to find the way out of this loop. Even we are getting bored with our own story!
Time to create a new story, a new map for our self. One that allows us to step into our destiny.
Do you ever feel disheartened and disillusioned with life?
In the beginning we thought we knew what we wanted from life, we set off full of life and energy, doing the thing that we thought would bring us everything that life could offer. Then one day we woke up to find ourselves lost. What we thought was important no longer seems to matter so much, our joy and passion for life has gone and we didn’t even notice the moment it finally got up and went.
At these important life-changing times we may even need a totally new map to guide us into the next phase of our lives.
Do you ever lose sight of who you are?
Change happens, change is inevitable; how we deal with it is all important. It may be that we lose or change our roles, our jobs; we may lose our health, our money, and our sense of who we are in the world. Sometimes we choose change; sometimes it’s forced upon us. Either way our old map won’t work anymore. At times like this we look in the mirror and we don’t recognise the person looking back at us!
Times like this we need to uncover who we truly are, find our own new way to dance with the world, our own voice, our personal expression, our authentic self that knows what our true purpose is.
Stepping out of time and space
Stepping outside of time and space The shaman sees beyond the illusion, looks behind and beyond the personal stories of our lives to the patterns, behaviours, and conditioning and to all the ways we as people keep ourselves stuck, the many things that bind us, that cling to us and keep us small, all that stop us from manifesting ourselves fully into this world.
Our Sacred Wounds
When I began to see my life as a journey of the soul, a journey to wholeness, it became in that moment a sacred journey. I came to understand that ‘my’ wounds are ‘our wounds’, and that as fellow humans on this path called ‘life on earth’ we have a certain number of collective wounds, and that they manifest in many different forms depending on our social culture and the world we live in.
Illnesses and the ways in which we die seem to be collective and ‘of our time’ (in ancient times bubonic plague /war and pestilence, these days cancer/heart disease/ME/MS, and most recently aids/poverty/starvation/ mental illness/ MRSA/even terrorism) and at the same time we see our illnesses and dis-ease as completely individual, these places where we are wounded by life. We even begin to own them… ‘my cancer’, ‘my disease’, ’my depression’.
These are the places that scare us, challenge us, and keep us stuck, they may take many different forms and yet I have begun to see these as our collective wounds, our sacred wounds, our sacred stories, the myths that we believe in, that we live by and that live within us; and I begin to wonder whether after all there aren’t really thousands of different diseases or illnesses, but that it’s more likely that as each generation becomes more and more ‘developed’ and complex we are manifesting our sacred wounds in thousands more ways.
Living and working in Sacred Space
Everything that we do as shaman, we do from a place of stillness and within the context of sacred space. For this we call upon all the elements, the same fundamental principles that create and sustain all life on earth...