What is shamanic healing?

What Is Shamanic Healing and What Does It Do?

Before jumping into the fray, it’s a good idea to understand shamanic healing and what it strives to do.

Shamanic healing is a form of healing that goes back thousands of years and is practiced in most cultures around the globe. Although the names for certain beliefs or ceremonies are different, there are threads of striking similarities that run through all traditions, including my own Scottish traditions.

At its most basic level, shamanic healing seeks to restore power to a person. When we refer to the word ‘power’, we refer to that living light that resides in all living things. Some may refer to this as a soul or spirit, others refer to it as energy. Whatever we choose to call it, all living things are brought into this world with this great power.

But as we go through life, sometimes we lose parts of this power. Shamanic practitioners refer to this phenomenon as ‘soul loss’, and it can happen due to illness, violence, upset or hurt.

Often when we heal from a traumatic event, our power returns to us, but sometimes, it doesn’t.

When power doesn’t return, we are left with gaps in our spirit and these gaps make us more vulnerable to the ravages of illness, depression, jealousy and hurt. It’s that feeling of numbness and dissociation that doesn’t go away with time, and it can be the root of harmful behavior, addiction, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, etc.

The job of a shamanic practitioner is to restore your power to you, so that you may heal from your traumas and realize the joy and purpose of your life to its fullest degree.

Some of the ways we do this include power animal retrievals, soul retrievals, extractions, etc.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are times when we may feel heavy, frustrated and that things just aren’t going right despite our best efforts. This may be because we are carrying energy that doesn’t belong to us or serve us in a positive way.

Shamanic practitioners can remove those energies that do not belong to us through a spiritual extraction and drum healing session. Clients often feel that a weight has been lifted and things flow more easily once their power balance is fully restored.

 Are there times when you should refrain from shamanic healing?

If you are in the midst of the challenges listed below, shamanic healing must be approached with caution:

  • Drug or alcohol addiction (extraction and power animal work can be helpful, but not soul retrieval work)
  • If you are within the first 12 months of addiction recovery
  • If you suffer from severe depression and/or have suicidal thoughts
  • If you are currently seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist (I would insist that you discuss it with them first before I see you)
  • If you have severe PTSD (we would need to talk about it first)

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  • Shamanic healing is never a substitute for medical advice or treatment
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Continued reading to understand what is shamanic healing

If you’re interested in learning what is shamanic healing and shamanic healing from a Celtic perspective, there are a number of books I’d recommend:

The Way of The Shaman by Michael Harner is the quintessential guide on Core Shamanism written from a combined anthropological and first-hand practitioner perspective (HarperCollins)

Anything by Sandra Ingerman (who studied under Harner but eventually went her own way) makes for a wonderful read including Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, which is a great read for better understanding soul retrieval work in general (HarperOne)

For information on the origins of Celtic shamanism, I’d recommend Celtic Myth and Religion: A Study of Traditional Belief, with Newly Translated Prayers, Poems and Songs by Sharon Paice MacLeod (McFarland Publishing) 

Fire in the Head by Tom Cowan is a wonderfully inspiring book on shamanism and the Celtic soul (Harper Collins)

Anything by the late Fairy Shaman Tira Brandon-Evans is a wonderful – and wonderfully unique – read. Tira combined elements of history with her own personal experiences in the spirit world to create a practice that is beautiful and inspiring. Unfortunately, Tira self-published her work, and I was unable to get permission from her estate to share it. To my knowledge, it’s not available elsewhere, but if you can find a copy of The Green and Burning Tree (Elder Grove Press), then count yourself lucky.

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