The Earliest Spiritual Practice Known To Humankind
Although the word ““shaman” is a Siberian word for a spiritual healer, shamanism has also been practiced in parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Greenland, and native North and South America throughout history. The fact that the practice has survived and thrived for tens of thousands of years speaks to the potency of the work.
Shamanism is not a religion, it is not about beliefs, in-fact it is not a belief system at all. It is a path or paths to knowledge, which is gained through experience of many facets of life, through rituals, ceremonies, prayer and meditation.
A shaman is a man or woman who interacts directly with spirits to address the spiritual aspects of illness, perform soul retrievals, divine information, help the spirits of deceased people cross over, and perform a variety of ceremonies for the community. Shamans look at the spiritual form of illness, which might manifest in an emotional or physical level.
They use a repertoire of different healing methods like energy healing, body work, crystals, rattles, drums and sounds, removing damaging energies which are believed to cause illnesses and despair. Shamans believe that the main cause of illness is separation from the Source.
Treating The Soul
There are three common causes of illness in the shaman’s view. First, a person may have lost his or her power, causing depression, chronic illness or a series of misfortunes. In this case, the shaman journeys to restore that person’s lost power. Or a person may have lost part of his or her soul or essence, causing soul loss, which sometimes occurs during an emotional or physical trauma, such as accidents, surgery, abuse, the trauma of war, being in a natural disaster, or other traumatic circumstances.
This soul loss results in dissociation, post-traumatic stress syndrome, depression, illness, immune deficiency problems, addictions, unending grief, or coma. It is the role of the shaman to track down the parts that have fled and been lost due to trauma by performing a soul retrieval ceremony. The third cause of illness from a shaman’s perspective would be any spiritual blockages or negative energies that a client has taken on due to the loss of his or her power or soul. These spiritual blockages also cause illness, usually in a localized area of the body. It is the role of the shaman to extract and remove these harmful energies from the body.
Western medicine does not incorporate the soul, and spirit into the diagnosis and treatments of disease. Unless the needs of the soul can be addressed, there is a limit to what can be done for the body, mind and emotions.
Now is the time for personal spiritual commitment to rid ourselves of the immaturity and selfishness that blocks our soul’s true purpose. It is time not only to imagine a new Earth, but to create it. We must each find the love in our hearts that will inspire and motivate us to fulfill our unique role in helping to reshape reality. We begin by taking responsibility for changing ourselves and helping to open the paths in order to create a higher love and wisdom. Staying stuck in the past is about addiction; opening to the future is about embodying the full measure of our energies of love and sacred purpose.
Everyone can shift their perception of life’s challenges and be shown the opportunities for transformation through shamanic healing work.
CALL 262-522-8640 in Waukesha for Shamanic Healing with Wendy Dunbar, LMT