‘Shamanism represents the most widespread and ancient methodological system of mind-body healing known to humanity’ (Harner, 1980).
Shamanic healing goes back many thousands of years and evidence suggests that it was once practiced the world over, including in countries that are now part of modern 'Western society'. It is not a religion and it is not aligned with any particular cultural belief system. It is often referred to as ‘the path of direct revelation’ because the wisdom and healing gained through shamanic practices enables individuals to experience ‘direct knowing’ for themselves. It could be seen as being the most ancient of human spiritual occupations.
From a shamanic perspective, everything, including inanimate objects, contains a consciousness, or spirit. Thus, we are all connected; not just all humans, but the animals, birds, plants, trees, rocks, water, everything. We are all part of nature and each of us has a rightful place on the Earth. This idea that everything has a consciousness is known as 'animism' and is recognised as the way in which most indigenous cultures view the world and our place as humans within it.
Historically, the advent of science has led people to move away from this integrated, holistic perspective, towards a way of thinking that places objective knowing above the subjective and intuitive. This has resulted in a mind-body separation and a disconnection from the rest of the natural world. This mind-body dualism has dominated Western society and Western Medicine for many centuries and continues to this day.
Shamanism does not separate the mind and body. It values the innate wisdom of the physical body, which it acknowledges as a part of nature and thus part of something much bigger than the individual self. It knows that by tuning in to this body-wisdom we can reconnect ourselves once more to the greater Whole.
Shamans have always viewed illness and disease in a different way than Western medicine views it. A shamanic perspective would see it as being caused by a disconnection from our source of power (the natural environment and therefore our own true nature) and therefore from the truth of our own souls. When we become separated in this way, we may find ourselves feeling lost, or disconnected not just from the natural world, but from parts of ourselves. A large part of shamanic practice is about reclaiming and reintegrating these fragmented parts of ourselves, and is known as 'soul retrieval'.
From a more modern therapy perspective, then, power retrieval would be about spending time in nature and soul retrieval might be described as 'parts integration' or in some cases perhaps might be viewed in terms of reclaiming the aspects of ourselves we feel we have lost or forgotten about. My shamanic work, then, has much in common with those psychotherapeutic approaches which work with the 'transpersonal' (beyond the self), such as Jungian and Gestalt work.
I found myself drawn to shamanism in around 2013, after many years of exploring other forms of alternative and complementary healing and therapies. I found it so profoundly personally healing that I wanted to be able to share it with others. This led me to undertake several years of formal training in therapeutic shamanism, which I completed in 2017. I believe this provided me with an excellent grounding in the ethical practice of core shamanism, incorporating psychotherapeutic techniques alongside the shamanic elements. Since graduating I have been developing my own way of working, integrating shamanism into my therapy practice and my everyday life. I now see it as the thread that connects everything that I do.
Working with me
You will find that my approach to all of the therapy I offer incorporates an animistic perspective simply because it is part of who I am. However, I do offer specifically focused shamanic healing work as separate from my other therapy, as I recognise that shamanic journeying is a specialist area. I work in a very pragmatic and grounded way and do not work with ceremony or ritual, nor do I use psychedelics.
Some shamanic practitioners will provide a one-off healing session, but I like to offer an agreed number of sessions, just as I would for any other work we might do together. I can offer this face-to-face, video or by phone.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Restrictions
In the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, I am not presently able to offer face-to-face shamanic therapy, but I am able to offer online or telephone contact. Like many forms of 'energy healing', shamanic healing does not require the physical presence of the recipient in order to be beneficial. The way I work does require your active involvement though, so I do not offer 'distance' work without speaking with you.
Please contact me for more information and to find out if we can work together.