From a shamanic point of view, the source of all things is Spirit and Spirit is in all things. In the practice of shamanism we look at illness from a spiritual perspective. Shamanic Healing is a practice based on the belief that all healing has a spiritual dimension. In a healing, the shaman journeys in an altered state to consult with the spirits. It doesn’t matter if the complaint is a physical, emotional or mental manifestation because it is up to the spirits to share with the shaman what is going on with the client and how to heal it.
Shamanism classifies illness in 4 ways:
1 Loss of Poweroccurs when a guardian spirit or power animal goes away for some reason. The client is left without power that is usually available for protection and guidance on our life path. Symptoms of power loss include:
Chronic suicidal tendencies
Seemingly cursed or jinxed
One crisis or loss after another
The shamanic healing for a loss of power is a power animal retrieval. In an altered state the shaman looks for an old guardian spirit and then returns the power animal to the client by blowing the energy back into the client’s body.
2 Soul Loss which is loss of one’s life force or essence. Is the second classification of shamanic illness. Symptoms of soul loss include:
Dissociation or disconnected from life
Not feeling like you are fully present
Chronic suicidal tendencies
Chronic illness (immune deficiency)
Giving away your power
Chronic feelings of emptiness or void
Filling up self with outside materialism
Feeling stuck no matter how you try
Feelings of extended grief and loss
Physical stress from car wrecks
Physical stress due to surgeries
Periods of memory loss
“I have not felt the same since_____”
The shamanic healing for soul loss is Soul Retrieval followed by Soul Integration. Although soul loss is a survival mechanism the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or stolen by another person. It can also be hiding because it doesn’t know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return.
The shaman goes into an altered state of consciousness to track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and returns it to the body of the client. The shaman and client do further work to integrate the returned essence.
3. Misplaced Energy/Spiritual Intrusions is the third classification of shamanic illness. Intrusions comes from negative thought forms that have either been sent your way or picked up by your energy from the environment. These negative thought forms can also be self generated by constant criticism of yourself. Symptoms of an intrusion include:
Chronic localized pain or illness that does not respond to other forms of care
The shamanic healing for Intrusions is Spiritual Extractions. Through guidance of the spirits and in an altered state, the shaman gores into the body of the client and sees what is in the body that does not belong. The intrusion is very carefully removed and neutralized. Again, the person is often given specific spiritual or ceremonial work to do as a follow-up to the extraction and to help maintain positive spiritual energy and psychic shielding.
4 A Possessing Spirit is the fourth classification of shamanic illness. Spirits can sometimes get lost making their transition, or they can get stuck on the land, in a home or in your body if you suffer from soul loss. The shamanic healing for a possessing spirit is psychopomp work which comes from the Greek word that means “leader of souls”. The shaman clears the lost soul from what it is possessing and helps the soul make its transition and escorts it out of the middle world back to a loving Universe.
Feelings after shamanic healing will vary from person to person because shamanic healing affects the energy field of the person.
Some people feel that they are more grounded in their body and feel more solid. Some people feel lighter and a more joyful way of living returns to them. For some a deep emptiness is no longer there. At times memories of the past traumas might be triggered bringing up a variety of feelings that must be worked through in further sessions. And for some people there is a subtle peacefulness that settles into their being as a shift in consciousness reconnects inner spirit with Universal Spirit. As we become “inspirited” we seek our true path.
White Bear Daughter -Healer