Shamanic healing acts to restore an unimpeded flow of energy resulting in health and vitality to all levels of being. The role of the shamanic practitioner is to provide hands and heart as a conduit through which the spirits perform the healing work.
Among several cross-cultural shamanic healing methods, two commonly used practises are referred to as ‘Shamanic Extraction’ and ‘Soul Retrieval’. Shamanic Extraction acts to remove misplaced energy that has entered a person’s system causing imbalances and ill health. The practitioner will remove these blockages and then perform a retrieval to replace it with, for instance a supporting spirit ally or vital energy thereby supporting the natural healing process.
We can sometimes encounter events in our lives that are so traumatic that we ‘lose’ part of our soul. This can be through experiences such as abuse, accidents, surgeries, the loss of a loved one, miscarriages or humiliation. The body can then adopt a survival mechanism which effectively shuts out the trauma, resulting in a part of our self being left empty, part of the soul is lost. This can have detrimental long term effects and may lead to chronic conditions such as addictions, depressions, chronic fatigue and a lack of engagement with life. The shamanic practitioner on identifying soul loss will perform a soul retrieval helping to restore the individual to wholeness and wellbeing.
In recent times, ‘Shamanic Counselling’ has evolved as an effective tool in shamanic healing addressing imbalances and ill health. Through this highly experiential and empowering form of counselling, clients seek their own answers from spirit using classic shamanic techniques, navigated and supported by the practitioner.
Shamanic healing can also be used as a way to bring health to animals, plants and the land itself, as each part restores its innate harmonious functioning, so the whole is strengthened.