While each of the healing methods below may be used on its own, it is more common for more than one to be used in a session. For example, after a soul retrieval, we may also bring back a power animal for the client. Depending on the nature of what needs to be done multiple sessions are often required to complete the work.
Words have power. In many cultures around the word there are practices of cursing another person, either with words or objects. While this may seem rather far fetched to our modern way of life, we certainly have our own equivalents.
Have you ever had an angry exchange with someone that left you feeling depleted or raw? Perhaps there is someone in your life such as a family member or senior work colleague who verbally attacks you on a regular basis. You might walk away from such an encounter holding your hand over your midsection or other area without noticing the protective gesture. And, of course, there is always the encounter with a rude driver who gestures angrily at you.
Sometimes these events have enough power behind them to cause a pain that doesn’t go away. If you go to see your doctor in these cases, they will usually not be able to find anything that is causing the mystery pain.
During a shamanic extraction we scan the body for areas that look or feel different to our spiritual sight. We can then remove and transmute these negative energies to bring back a state of well being.
Power animal retrieval
Because shamans believe in the interconnectedness of all things, they may draw upon the energy and characteristics of non-human beings to help them in their work. In the trance state they are able to call upon their spirit animal helpers and merge with them. For instance, if a shaman wishes to find out what might be happening in a neighboring village without having to go there, she may journey to where her power animals reside and call upon Eagle, a majestic bird who flies higher than any other bird and can see details up to two miles away. She will merge with her eagle spirit helper and can make use of its extraordinary abilities to help her with her task.
But people don’t need to be shamans to have a power animal guardian spirit. We can take a journey and bring back a power animal that wishes to work with the client. For example, Bear may come forward for a client who needs strength in his life. This may happen in a shamanic journey to find a power animal without any other work being done, or it may follow an extraction healing or soul retrieval. Receiving an animal spirit usually makes the client feel more empowered in their life, and can help break streaks of hardship or misfortune
For centuries, many indigenous societies have recognized that soul loss is a spiritual illness that can manifest as a range of real physical and emotional symptoms. Some examples of these can be such as a felt sense of not being present (dissociation), depression, a feeling that something is missing from the person’s life or that they don’t belong in this world. There may be memory gaps, chronic medical issues or addictions.
Causes for soul loss are just as varied as its symptoms, but the most common cause seems to come from some kind of trauma that was experienced earlier in the person’s life.
The goal of healing shamanic work is to restore power to a client so they can feel whole again. During a soul retrieval we will empower the client energetically so that they are able to receive and integrate the returned soul part(s). Most people who have received back and integrated a lost soul part report feeling stronger and more able to successfully navigate what life presents to them.
This strange sounding word comes from the Greek language and refers to one who guides souls on their journey into the afterlife. This can help to ensure a smooth transition for not only the soul, but also for their loved ones.
A person who dies unexpectedly may not be prepared for their final journey. Some examples of how this might happen could be from a traffic or other accident, homicide, drug overdose, or acts of war. In these cases, the soul may not realize that it is no longer connected to the physical body it once inhabited. This can cause a lot of confusion and anxiety if it doesn’t know where it is or why it can’t interact with anyone as it used to.
It may also be that the soul has made a deliberate choice to remain in the earth plane for reasons such as watching over family members or seeing a project completed.
Whatever the reason for the soul’s inability to move forward with its life progress, it is possible to communicate with them and ask if they would like assistance.
The psychopomp, or its modern day version, the death doula, can also be of service to the person who is dying, as well as bringing comfort to their family.
If you feel that you may be experiencing any of these kinds of issues, please contact me to discuss what we can do.
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