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 found its way into a person’s system causing imbalances and ill health. The practitioner will detect and remove these blockages and then perform a retrieval to replace it with a gift, 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 to name a few. The body can then energetically 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. The shamanic practitioner’s role is to journey into the spirit realms, retrieve the part of the soul to help restore the energetic balance of the individual.
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 are supported to seek their own answers from spirit using classic shamanic techniques.
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.