Shamanism focuses on the spiritual aspects of personal and community illness, well-being, and growth. Traditionally, several areas are explored, including the possibility of loss of power, soul loss, and intrusions. Sometimes clients come to me with a specific request in mind. They have heard about "soul retrieval," for example, and come seeking to be reunited with soul essence lost in the course of some trauma. Often, clients come with no request for a particular practice, but with a desire to better their lives. In either case, I consult with my helping spirits to determine the best way that I may facilitate the transmission of healing and wisdom for the client. Traditional shamans sought to be a "hollow bone" through which divine, compassionate power might flow. I hold the intention of serving as a "hollow bone," of working for the client's highest good, and of doing no harm.
DIVINATION is the practice of communicating with helping spirits for insight and guidance. This can be done with the use of tools, like Tarot cards; and through the observance of signs in Nature; and through the practice of shamanic journey. In a shamanic journey, practitioners enter into an altered state with the assistance of a percussive beat provided by a drum or rattle, and communicate with the divine (hence: "divination"). We seek wise and compassionate counsel, which is then shared with the client. Perhaps you have specific questions regarding your life's path; or wish to ask for "open-ended" divine guidance. Practical and spiritual problems and questions may be addressed through the practice of divination.
SOUL RETRIEVAL is an ancient shamanic practice of helping to reconnect people to the essence of who they truly are. Traditionally, people recognized that experiences of trauma, loss and illness may result in spiritual and psychic fragmentation (soul loss). Soul loss is a common problem in our modern lives. It is too easy to become disconnected from our essence and from the rhythms of the natural world in a culture that does not sufficiently value and support the needs of the soul. Soul Retrieval is a practice of helping restore people to wholeness, to balance, and to power.
Symptoms of soul loss may include feelings of weakness, powerlessness, of being disassociated from emotions, or feeling fragmented. Fatigue, chronic depression, addiction, eating disorders, serious or chronic illnesses, gaps in memory, inability to move through grief, immunological disorders and general apathy are also associated with soul loss. Individuals suffering soul loss may also feel like they are stuck or stagnating in psychological therapy, and suffer chronic low self-esteem.
A soul retrieval session is usually about two hours long. Client and practitioner may discuss issues in the client’s life and identify possible areas of soul loss. The practitioner enters an altered state of consciousness and works with compassionate helping spirits (angels, power animal spirits, teaching spirits, etc.) to locate and retrieve the soul essences belonging to the client, and returns them by blowing them into the client’s heart and crown. The practitioner’s altered state is induced in a traditional way, by a drum or rattle beat.
PSYCHOPOMP work is about helping souls cross safely into the Light after the body has died. The word itself is Greek for "conductor of souls." Death and dying are experiences common to every human being ever born. Our contemporary culture tends to fear and look away from this natural transition. Consequently, many people in our society do not prepare for death, and assistance in crossing is often needed. Psychopomping is done to benefit both the living and the dead: it helps the dead arrive safely at the Land of the Dead where they belong; and it helps the living be free of the influence of the dead who may otherwise cling to and burden the living.
Generally, there is a universal perception that it is a good thing for souls to transition from our physical plane to a spirit realm of love and compassion. In some cultures this means going “up,” to “Heaven.” And in some indigenous cultures (for example, in Siberia), it means going down into a Lower World of pure compassion. In any case, the goal is to reach a spirit realm of love and compassion.
Apparently, this does not always happen. Sometimes souls get stuck: caught in a limbo between the physical and the spiritual realms of compassion. A shamanic practitioner acts as a sort of liaison between the worlds, and - by working in partnership with compassionate spirits - can help a lost soul to reach the destination that is their birthright.
COMPASSIONATE SPIRIT RELEASE. While possession illness may manifest as portrayed in the drama of popular culture, it is much more often experienced as subtle influence; and most often goes unrecognized or misdiagnosed. Compassionate Spirit Release is the gentle, unconditionally loving practice of helping incarnate and discarnate beings to freedom.
There are many core shamanic practices which are evident in indigenous cultures around the world. And there are many more practices specific to individual cultures, including the practices emerging from the constantly evolving contemporary world-wide shamanic community. These include effective curse and thought-form unraveling, extraction, and weather work. I am eclectic in practice, and trust my helping spirits to guide me in the work that might be most beneficial for a client.