WTF is a SHAMAN, and WHY should you have one on speed dial?
Shamans work with the spirit or the soul to heal illnesses at the "soul" level. They believe that everything is alive and carries important information -- some of you refer to this as spirit, energy or consciousness.
In order to communicate on the soul level, a shaman shifts their own state of awareness. This can happen through meditation, repetitive sounds (using a drum or rattle) or with the help of hallucinogenic plants - sound like a party to you? This enables them to be able to “see” through a new set of eyes, viewing you on a spiritual level.
Ok so lets get wooo wooo -
This shift of awareness that the shaman experiences allows the free part of his or her soul to leave their body. This happens so they can then receive all the info that they need for your healing -- retrieving healing power and knowledge of the things you have lost along the way while you've been living your life - like that time you were turned down for Prom and left your pride in 2007. During the soul flight, the shaman is both in the room and on the "journey” - they are able to hold an awareness in both situations.
How does the shaman heal your shit?
A shaman sees illness as a lack of power -- because it was lost somewhere in your life. In order to heal you, your power needs to be returned. During a session, you may be introduced to your spirit an animal aka your protector, similar to a guardian angel, which serves to protect you from harm and helps you with your spiritual growth by lending its power to you.
Have you ever felt tired, or just like you cant get it together? Every guy/girl is a loser/stands you up? You're fighting with your gals/bros?
The shaman also removes misplaced energy, any negative emotions you may feel, or any negative emotions that another has sent you (haters). These energies are seen by the shaman and the places where they are stuck and stored in various parts of your body ex. stress causes ulcers or/and back pain. Your shaman (me) will re-empower you by removing the energy that doesn't belong in your body -- also, called a shamanic extraction. All of these energies are not necessarily bad, just misplaced but because it doesn't belong these energies begin to causing illness that then shows itself in a physical way through - pain, sickness, weight gain or being totally emo.
Another example of this occurs during traumatic experiences, the soul will sometimes leave the body to protect itself...think car accidents / other traumatic events. Part of the shaman'ss work is to retrieve your soul. Soul loss would be comparable to the psychological concept of disassociation.
SO how Effective is this ish?
Just like with anything, you need to find someone you connect to and trust. Someone who is trained and someone who you feel that they know what they are talking about and can communicate clearly with you. A shaman who cannot access your spirit animal or "see your wounds" would not be considered a shaman.
So off I go this weekend to Shaman school, you may ask, what qualifies me for shaman school? Well it was a process. I had an application review, an in-person meeting and wrote an essay on why I was called. It is a very strange and magical calling to heal, one that I cannot put into words -- but I am very connected to the path of healing and was given this message through my shaman mentor. Ill be documenting all of the madness this weekend on IG! Follow me at @jduhnnie.
See you on the other side, babe.