Why See a Shaman?
Many feel compelled to come for a shamanic healing session the moment they hear about shamanism for the first time. Many say they don't know why, but simply knew they had to come. Shamanic healing addresses the spiritual aspect of dis-ease, the part of the illness that is in your spirit, soul, or energy body.
The techniques I use reinstate wellness by restoring power and establishing balance between your physical and spiritual/energy components working with nature and her spirits. It's really the healing spirits doing the work and the shaman following their lead.
Shamanic healing complements western medicine, which focuses on curing a patient’s symptoms or illness. Shamans believe that healing on the spiritual level can prevent conditions from appearing in the physical body and that healing the spirit allows the body to heal once a condition has appeared.
When Might I Need a Shamanic Healing?
There are many reasons you might seek the support of a shaman. You might experience emotional unease -- depression, anxiety, worry, long-lasting grief or anger/rage or trauma. You might have physical symptoms such as insomnia, recurring nightmares, sudden weight gain or loss, chronic pain, physical addiction or relationship-related issues. One of the most common reasons people seek shamanic healing is to work with a sense or feeling of being stuck or one's flow being blocked.
What Will Happen During a Session?
Shamanic healing addresses the spiritual aspect of illness...that is the part of the illness that is in your spirit, soul, or energy body. The techniques I use address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual whole self to create balance and shifts in perspective that lead to your healing.
I begin every healing with platicó (consultation) and energy scanning while we talk. I put out a call to the healing forces in nature and my spirit guides, ones that I connect and work with in particular, while holding the intention to ‘heal for your highest good.’ I will be guided on what to do or use for your session which may address something emotional or physical, but it is always intended to give you more spiritual power.
My healing techniques will call upon a combination of using plants, flowers, herbs and oils; smoke & fire; stones; eggs; feathers; trago (infused waters and liquids); shamanic journeying and drumming; sound healing (whistles, bells, chimes, toning); cord cutting; tacuma needles; oracle cards; plant medicines and energy center (chakra) clearing.
How Shamanic Healing Works
The Helping Spirits work through the shamana to cure dis-eases and illness. In shamanic healing, we classify dis-ease in three broad categories of soul loss, power loss and possession and treat each differently.
In my experience, the spirits always cure but the cure does not always manifest in the way we night imagine. Shamanic healing doesn't always result in instantaneous, complete physical cures, they sometimes can. A shamanic healing session combined with a change in my diet cleared my asthma. The medication and inhalers I was taking caused painful side effects resulting in my salivary glands blocking completely. After the session, I was able to breathe fully and deeply without any western medicine. The inflammation in my lungs vanished. You may receive such a healing and the more you can open yourself to that possibility the more you will allow the healing elements to come in.
My Shamanic Training
To be a shaman is to walk a path with humility. It is a journey in Spirit that continues through lifetimes. I am on that path, many call the Red Road, following my call and will continue to learn as I walk this way.
I have apprenticed under a South American-trained Yachak and a curandera of Maya & Taino traditions. I have studied intuitive energy medicine at the Academy of Intuition Medicine in Sausalito, CA; sound healing at the Sage Academy of Sound Energy in Woodstock, NY. I'm mentored by a Taino-Lakota medicine man and several Quechuan shamanas and medicine people in Ecuador in Andean curandera and Native American traditions.