Shamanic Healing

Shamanism is the most ancient form of healing, practiced by humans world wide. Through a change in consciousness, Shamans enter “non-ordinary” reality to request healing and advice from compassionate animals, humans and other spirits. Spiritual healing is complementary to modern medicine, therapy and training.


There is archaeological evidence that shamanism was practiced all over the world for at least 40,000 years. However many anthropologists believe that the practice dates back over 100,000 years.

What is Shamanism?

The word "shaman" in the original Tungus language refers to a person who makes journeys to non-ordinary reality in an altered state of consciousness. Adopting the term in the West was useful because people didn't know what it meant. Although the term is from Siberia, the practice of shamanism existed on all inhabited continents.

Shamans are often called "see-ers" (seers), or "people who know" in their tribal languages, because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on firsthand experience. Shamanism is not a belief system. It's based on personal experiments conducted to heal, to get information, or do other things. In fact, if shamans don't get results, they will no longer be used by people in their tribe.


In many cultures, shamans are often given gifts for their work, but they will return all the gifts if the patient dies which is a commendable innovation that might help us with the costs of health services today.

Shamanic Tools

What is Soul Retrieval?

One of the most common and universal techniques a shaman  employs is retrieval of a lost soul part. Soul loss occurs when we  experience trauma, shock, pain or loss. A part of the soul, an essence,  leaves the body as a natural defense mechanism to avoid the pain of a  particular situation. 
Symptoms of soul loss  include chronic depression, disassociation, addictions, illness,  prolonged grief, PTSD, memory gaps, and disconnection with the body.  Causes for soul loss can include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse,  the death of a loved one, including a pet, loss of job, financial loss,  childbirth, divorce or separation, hospitalization, surgery, any kind of  abuse, illness, accidents, natural disasters and war. The shaman's job  is to find the lost soul part/parts and return it to the client.  

What is Extraction?

Another major technique in shamanic healing work is  extraction. Extraction involves removing a spiritual intrusion. Just as  there can be infections in ordinary reality, so there can be spiritual  intrusions. We don't mean that "evil" spirits have entered. It's more  like termites in a wooden house. If you've got termites in your house,  you wouldn't say those termites are evil, you'd say, "I'd just like to  get them out of the house." In this same way the shaman works to remove  things that interfere with the health of the body, such as spiritual  intrusions, and extract them. This is not done through journeying. It's  done through working here in the Middle World in an altered state of  consciousness.  
Symptoms may include  localized pain, sudden anger, depression, and suicidal thoughts.  Misplaced energy in its most extreme form would include possession and  the shaman's job is to remove the possessing spirit from the client.  

What is Power Animal Retrieval?

Shamans believe that each of us  has a spirit guardian whose job it is to protect and empower us. These  guardians may take the form of an animal and help us with power,  protection, energy, and vitality. Each animal has great wisdom and  brings specific gifts, talents, strengths and purpose in helping an  individual. Power animals choose people; shamans don't make the  selection. The shaman brings back to the client his/her power animal and  shares with the client what gifts this spiritual ally brings to that  individual to help him/her. 

Symptoms of power  loss can be similar to the symptoms of soul loss and can include:  chronic illness, chronic misfortune, long-term victimization, long-term  depression, and suicidal ideation.

What is Psychopomp?

The word 'psychopomp' is derived from Greek and means 'leader of  souls.' The shaman assists a person who has died to cross over to the  Light. For a variety of reasons, some individuals remain earthbound  after death instead of crossing over into the Light. Some situations  which cause an individual's spirit to remain on earth after death  include, a sudden and unexpected death, a deep attachment to a person or  family or a strong desire to complete some remaining unfinished  business. A shaman's job is to help that individual soul move out of  this dimension upon death, and take it to the Light.