What is Shamanism?

In short, shamanism is an ancient healing modality based on spiritual principles. Before modern medicine, the tribal priests WERE the medicine men and women. There was no delineation between what was healed spiritually and physically. They believed that all physical, emotional and mental dis-ease was tied to a spiritual imbalance.  This could be past life trauma, soul contracts with others or even curses. Modern shaman hold these same beliefs.

Not a Religion

Contrary to popular belief, shamanism is not a religion. It predates all religions and co-exists with all religions from Christianity to Buddhism. There are Baptist ministers who are shaman. There are Buddhist shamans, Wiccan shamans, Gnostic shamans and people you would never imagine would practice shamanism are shamans. An emerging classification is Celestial shamanism. I am a Celestial shaman, which I will talk about later in this article.

This article by Paul Sivert does an excellent job of showing the differences between Shamanism and organized religion.

Shamanism is not an exclusive practice. Meaning, shaman work with multiple healing modalities alongside shamanism. These can include Reiki energy healing, Angelic healing, Esoteric healing, mediumship  and many other methods that compliment shamanism. I incorporate mediumship and Reiki with my practice. As a Celestial Shaman, I work in multiple dimensions, with different types of energies and spiritual beings. I open and close portals. Many times I will work on a client and a loved one in spirit or spirit guide/animal comes in to assist or to deliver a healing message.

How do you Become a Shaman?
There is a misconception that you must be a member of the First Nation tribes to enter into shamanism. That is not true. Most Native American tribes refer to their healers as medicine men and women – not shaman. For the native healers, it is their birthright that is passed down generation after generation.
Those of us who are not birthright shaman, are what I term “spirit-called” shaman. It is a spiritual calling, much like a priest or other holy servant has. Out of respect for the Native Americans, I don’t refer to myself as a shaman. I use the term shamanic practitioner or shamanic energy healer or Celestial Shaman. We learn the modality from other teachers. We must also do an enormous amount of self-healing and releasing of false egos before we are allowed to work on others. The type of shamanic healing I learned is called Incan or Peruvian shamanism. It comes from the original descendents of the Inca tribe that took residence in the Andes mountains. Later, as I incorporated various other types of healing, my guides taught me new terminology that resonates better with today’s technologically-advanced civilization. Later, I was told this was called Celestial Shamanism. It accomplishes the same thing, but uses terms that millenials and the younger generation can better relate to. This is important because the next generation needs healers, too. If we use concepts that are foreign to them, they may not want to pursue shamanism even if it is their calling.
How Does Shamanic Healing Work?
Simply put, we work in the spirit/energetic realm to achieve a physical effect. Science has proven that at the atomic level, all things are made of energy. We are all connected through energy. We have energy strands that we attach to people, places and things. Emotion is energy. Every be thinking about someone then run into them in public, get a call or get contacted by them? That’s an energy strand that activated when you thought about that person. It’s like a tap on their shoulder, “Hey, I’m thinking about you.” That makes them think about you and viola’ you make contact. Energy healing works the same way. Your soul is energy. I carries energetic strands from past lives into every consecutive lifetime. Shaman clear these energetic imprints. Science has made strides in proving the efficacy of energetic healing. Mike Sententia at The Healing Lab is doing some fantastic work on his version of ethereal healing, which integrates spirits with consciously directed energy healing like Reiki and biofield healing. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike. You can listen to his interview with Greg Carlwood, where he gets in depth on his research. Amazing work to scientifically measure and validate energy healing as an effective healing tool.

Daily Life of a Shaman

We are normal people. Yes, we wear crystals and are typically crystal hoarders. No, that’s not marijuana you smell, that’s sage. We commune with and honor nature.

I did not start out that way. I would kill a spider in a heartbeat! After I started my training, I saw things from the spider’s perspective and now it literally hurts me to needlessly kill an insect or animal (like a snake). As a medium, I learned that animals do have souls, but we have it backwards. The question ISN’T if animals have souls, but did a soul choose to be an animal this lifetime? I was also never a “tree-hugger”, but now they talk to me. I listen to their stories and write them down. Some I share here on my blog. Imagine if you could talk to a HUMAN that’s 200 years old! That’s what it’s like to talk to a tree. The stories they can tell!

When we start a healing session, we open Sacred Space. But our values go with us outside that space. As a shaman, you don’t clock in at 9 am, do your healing sessions then clock out at 5 pm. It is a 24/7 way of life. Just as the monk commits to a life of purity and impeccable living, so must the shaman. We must live with integrity. We will only ask for the highest and best good of all, because the truth is (whether you believe it or not), we are ALL connected – the plants, animals, earth, sky, rivers, forests and us. What affects one, affects all. We are very mindful of being helpful without enabling. There is a fine line between helping someone because YOU need to feel needed and helping someone learn the lesson they came to learn. One can not learn to swim if the lifeguard keeps jumping in to save him or her (wink). The shamanic lifestyle requires a non-judgemental point of view. That means we are unattached to the outcome of whatever we do and recognize your journey is your own. Yes, I want to help you heal but if YOU choose not to, I must respect that. That, I think, has been the hardest aspect of my training.

Caring for the Shaman

Healers naturally give to others more than they give to themselves. It is hard for us to receive care…and sometimes even love! However, self-care is critical. We are called the “wounded healers” because we’ll heal everyone but ourselves! If you are considering the shamanic path, know that you MUST practice self-care or you risk infecting your clients with what I call your “bad ju-ju”. You must clear yourself of any past issues and going forward you must stay vigilant to resolve any future issues as they arise. For this reason, during shamanic training, we are not only taught the shamanic methods for use on others, we do these same healing methods on ourselves for self-healing. We undergo the soul retrievals and all the work necessary to clear ourselves so that we do not bring it to those we will be healing in the future. This self-healing is life-altering. Just as it is for many of our clients.

Is There a Shaman Near Me?

We are everywhere. The best part is, you don’t have to be near us to be healed by us. It’s all about energy, remember? We work at soul level. That means we can access your energy body without you being present. I do the work then I have a one hour video call with the client to go over my findings and what they need to do. You can schedule a distance healing with me here.

I find working with people who need to release false egos (fear, powerlessness, depression etc) works better in person. I also have more loved ones in spirit show up when I work on someone in person. If you are willing to travel to the Greer, SC area, you can book an in-person healing with me here.

How You Can Benefit from Shamanism without Becoming a Shaman

Luckily, you don’t have to become a shaman to incorporate shamanic principles into your everyday life. You can start by reading my blog. In fact, I kick off a new Transformation Challenge every Jan 1st. It always starts in the South Wind, where the archetype of the Serpent asks us to shed the past the way she sheds her skin so that we can emerge a better version of ourselves tomorrow than we are today. But why wait until January when you can start now?

Click here to journey to the South Wind.