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What is the nature of Shamanism?

I create a sacred space when I work, making sure the container in which I will operate from is safe and secure for my client/s. Working with a spirit-led practice means I metaphorically get out of the way to allow the helping compassionate spirits to show me through visions and messages what needs healed and how.

Psychosis is not knowing where one is. Shamanism on the other hand is journeying to the other realms fully aware of where one is. With clear boundaries put in place for what I'm available for, a signal is made that I'm working only with benevolent spirits. 

I roam around trees, streams, waterfalls and the woods whenever I can. Being in nature increases the vibration of our electro magnetic field. Nature also gives so many answers and omens when we stop to pause, reflect and listen. Nature has spirits of the land which I work with on a daily basis.

Everything that is alive has spirit. Shamanic practices involve a deep respect and connection to spirit. A soul from spirit can never die. We are not separate from nature, we are nature.

Using the medicine wheel as a wholeness template keeps away us away from the illusion of duality. As Joseph Campbell once said: "Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again."

Everyone has access to contact with spirit. Unlike many religions, Shamanic practices are a method and have no dogma or hierarchies. It is from the energy of intentions set out by Shamanic practitioners which ensure we are agents of transformation for others.

There is a balance of equality in the professional working relationship between client and practitioner, where confidentiality and ethical boundaries are deliberately put in place to protect both parties. Improving the lives of others is a vital aspect of my work as a Shamanic practitioner. Empowerment is key. 

It is impossible to understand Shamanism without directly experiencing it. Like Sandra Ingerman has said, Shamanism is is the path of direct revelation. The reason why Shamanic practices have survived for an estimated 40,000 years, is due to an innate ability to evolve with the times and to adapt to the ever changing face of humanity.

Similar to the brain and neuroplasticity, Shamanic practices remain solid and unchanging in their function, but have a capacity to grow, re-organise and adapt to new needs.

Our free will is harnessed by the power of intention. Power itself is a word usually associated with negative connotations. However, we all have the ability to gauge a flow for personal empowerment and to use it wisely. 

Shamanic practices are not institutionalised but instead have broken through years and years of systematic religious control, state authorities and priesthoods put on pedestals, which sought to destroy indigenous understandings of spirit, and to shame people who were connected to plant allies, trees, the Fae and natural medicines, brandishing such persons as witches.

Modern societies often paint the times gone past as mere mythology, yet it is clear to an open mind how much truths there are to myths. The truth, indeed, is stranger than fiction. 

Even modern science cannot deny the existence of spirit. We only have to look at the work of Einstein to know that spirit is real. Respecting a diversity of realities throughout Shamanic practices is about exploring natural phenomena.

Spirit has so much to teach us. Whether it is looked at through the lens of archetypal energies or from a transpersonal psychological view, Shamanic practices will continue to grow in our cultures simply because people are seeking for answers that television, recreational pursuits, drink, drugs and social media cannot give. 

Going back to our innate nature and fostering understanding of the bigger whole by integration of our very nature is not only extraordinary, but actually is arguably ordinary. Our ancestors for example would have had a deep reverence for the elements and weather, because otherwise the dependence of staying warm or growing crops would have been impossible. 

Our transcendental experiences as humans are not themselves mystical, as it is the magical and supernatural parts which are side effects of the Shamanic work. There is no need to reject a scientific view of our experiences and of ordinary reality when practicing Shamanism, if anything, Shamanic work enhances it.

Practicing Shamanic therapy also does not require proselytism or conversion, and sits in harmony with a chosen faith. If you feel called to work with me, when I am devoted and committed to the calling I had to help others heal, then do get in touch to book a session either online or in person. 

Shamanic drum at sunset

“Nature is the direct expression of the divine imagination.”

John O'Donohue


The Atlas Mystic

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