Shamanic Healing

Traditionally, a Shaman is a visionary healer who, through altered states of consciousness, is able to access information from the hidden realms of the spiritual plane, in order to identify and energetically address the sources of dis-ease and disfunction in the mind, body, heart and spirit. Shamans were called to healing work, often after experiencing great pain or illness themselves, called a Dark Night of the Soul. Learning to overcome the obstacles to self-healing for themselves, they became guides in their communities for healing and wisdom. Shamanism considers physical illness as a symptom of the spiritual state. 


Shamanic healing is a process of accessing the wisdom of Spirit (working with Spirit healers, Guides and Power Animals) to ascertain what means will be most effective to promote healing for the recipient, followed by targeted Energy Work to encourage healthy changes to the system.


How it works...

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Shamanic Healing

Energy Work

Energy work is the process of channeling life force energy (often through the practitioner's hands) into blocked areas of the body or energetic system of the recipient in order to restore balance and flow in those areas. This restored flow enables the body to further heal on its own. Energy work is beneficial to the whole being: body, mind, heart, and spirit. Shifts can be made in any of these areas during a session, allowing for healing to take place in subtle or dramatic ways. 


As a Shamanic practitioner, I am grateful to have a dedicated Spirit teacher as my guide in this work. In a session, I am guided (through Claire-sentience) to locations in the body of my clients where energetic stagnation, pain and sometimes disease are located. (Clairsentience means “clear feeling,” which is the ability to feel or sense intuitive information through sensations in my own body.) From there, I am directed on how to effectively bring flow and balance back to the body. This process makes way for powerful and healing changes to roll through body, mind, heart and spirit for lasting repair and healing. 

Prior to Shamanic healing sessions, and with permission from the client, I will go on a diagnostic journey to learn what is recommended for them. This may include any of the following: Power Animal Retrieval, Extraction or Soul Retrieval.  

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Power Animal Retrieval 
A Power Animal is a spiritual ally that assists us throughout the challenges we face in life. We each have power animals, just as we have other guides, that are alive with us, actively supporting us whether we are aware of them or not. Each animal represents a part of our soul, certain traits we possess or certain power we hold.  
Power animal retrieval is a way to restore or increase power and even bring a greater sense of wholeness to the recipient. It is understood that often when traumas or jarring events happen to us, there is often a power animal that leaves us at the time. We may feel stuck or struggle with similar defeating behaviors afterwards, without understanding that we are missing the gifts of our power animal. The retrieval is the process of asking a power animal that has worked with one previously to return, if they are willing and ready. This process is helpful to everyone because we can always benefit from the help of these loving spirits, and because it is always helpful to have more energy or power in our lives.

In a Retrieval, I journey to the inner worlds to locate the Power Animal that is ready to return to their person. When I have located the correct one for my client, the animal will show me three poses and give me a message for their person, often woven into the poses, along with the energy of the Power Animal. We only receive what is most helpful and healing. 

Power Animal Retrieval and Extraction are often complimentary to each other in a session, as Extraction removes misplaced energies and Power Animal Retrieval brings beneficial energy back into the body. This can be especially helpful for those who have suffered with long-term illness. 

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Extraction is the process of removing misplaced energies, called "Intrusions" from the body, mind, heart or spirit. These Intrusions can be thought forms, unconscious beliefs, attachments, energetic wounds, draining or unhealthy energies, or the energy of past or current life traumas that can cause stagnation, or other disfunction. These energies are drawn out of the system through the guidance of the Spirit healer, and they are safely returned to the Earth where they are rendered harmless. 

Usually only three intrusions are removed in one session in order to prevent a an substantial healing crises. Following the extraction, there may be thoughts, memories or old emotions that arise that will need to move through. These are simply residual effects of the now-removed intrusions. 

Power Animal Retrieval and Extraction are often complimentary to each other in a session, as Extraction removes misplaced energies and Power Animal Retrieval brings beneficial energy back into the body. This can be especially helpful for those who have suffered with long-term illness. 

Soul Retrieval
When we experience traumas, it's as if the shock of these kinds of events can cause a small part of the soul self to fragment...a part that we feel separated from consciously or unconsciously, as we move on with our lives. This can sometimes manifest as feeling numb or dissociating, as a splintering off of an aspect of our personality or of losing abilities we once had. A good indicator of soul loss is the feeling of "just not being the same after that event happened" or forgetting what one "used to be like." That piece of soul is waiting to be called back at a time when the person is ready to heal the pain of the original wound that caused the splintering effect. There is often a Power Animal energy keeping it company, in protection of it, one that is waiting to be reunited again to its person. The Power Animal seems to be a representation of the lost piece of soul and the gifts that part possesses. 

Soul Retrieval is the process of inquiring within the Inner worlds to find the missing piece of soul and drawing it back to its person. With the return of this piece, memories, thoughts or emotions will often surface over the next days, weeks, even months, after the Soul Retrieval has been done, that will need to move through in order to complete the healing process and reintegration.  

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