Shamanic Healing – Harnessing Your Inner Spirit Guide
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Some people (myself not included) believe that everything in life has a spiritual dimension, from the foods you eat to the psychedelic shag carpet in your mother’s outdated living room to the pace at which you can rid yourself of illness and disease. If you fit into this category, shamanic healing may be precisely the type of spiritually integrated medical practice which you (and your inner spirit guide) could benefit from.
This type of alternative healing is predicated upon the idea that we are all connected to the spirit world, and that harnessing it for better good can help us to recover quicker from what ails us, be it spiritual or physical. To do this we need the help of Shamanic healers, who are the go-betweens between the earthly and spirit world. With their guidance we can connect with other forms of reality, and thus make contact with both nature and the spirit world.
According to the Shaman Healing website, the essential perspective of the shaman is:
* Everything is alive. Everything has spirit and awareness.
* Energy and matter are the same. Everything is vibration. Everything that exists is an energy system within a greater energy system.
* Everything that exists is connected to everything else in a web of energy or life.
* Unseen/inner/spiritual reality affects visible reality.
Nuts and Bolts of Shamanism, or Back to Siberia
A shaman, a word which dates back to traditional healers in Siberia, is today perceived largely as an individual who seeks out spiritual reasons for physical ailments. Sometimes a shaman will have to enter the spiritual world to do what is called a “soul retrieval” to heal. That is, they will enter the spirit world in a quest to find a piece of your soul that has splintered away from you, and retrieve it to make you more whole. Sound plausible? Not to me!
According to some shamanic healers, there are many indications that an individual has lost a part of his or her soul. They include, according to Shamanic healer Crow Copperkill:
* difficulty in staying present or feeling disconnected to your body;
* feeling numb, apathetic, or deadened;
* chronic depression;
* compromised immune system and frequent illness;
* chronic illness as a child;
* memory gaps after the age of five;
* addictions to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gambling, etc.;
* feeling empty and seeking to fill that emptiness through external activity or people;
* difficulty recovering from the loss of a loved one through death or divorce; or
* multiple personality syndrome
Case Study: “My Spirit Guide helps me to heal”
Georgina calls herself a “physical medium” with a difference, she cures people with the help of spirit guide Tony, a bus driver and psychic surgeon who died in 1987. She claims to have cured everything from thyroid tumors to blindness, simply by getting into a trance-like state as she relaxes with her feet up in her comfortable computer chair. “Tony was only 42 when he passed over to the other world a few years ago, and I do all my physical healing through him, with the help of my dear, departed friend Carolyn,” she says. Clients schedule phone appointments with her, and at the allotted time she meditates over a photograph of Tony, who sports a tattoo on his forearm and is shown smoking a pipe.”It’s like I get into an altered state of consciousness. I can feel the energy being withdrawn from my solar plexus, and when the session is over I no longer feel any sensation whatsoever.
“Physical mediums have the ectoplasm within their body makeup, they are born with the energy. Spirits use the energy to physically permeate their world, either by materializing or putting the medium in a trance-like state where their consciousness is put to one side, and the spirits themselves speak.”
But despite her self-acclaimed successes, Georgina is adamant that her function is not to replace doctors. “Before I heal someone, I have to be sure that they have seen somebody medical and that their condition has been medically diagnosed, that there is no self-diagnosis,” she says. “I make them sign a form saying that they are still continuing with their medical treatment, and that they cannot come off any tablets or anything.”
But not everyone is convinced. Georgina says that she lost a lot of her friends when she branched out into psychic healing, especially former colleagues. “Let me put it to you this way: I no longer have friends in the nursing profession,” she says.
Other times, people will have “lost” their power animal, a personal animal or totem which accompanies you on your journey throughout life to help protect and nurture you. If this happens, you may become ill or depressed. But never fear – sure enough, a shamanic healer can help you re-establish contact with this animal, which for some reason is usually a bird or non-domestic animal, and happiness will be re-instated.
Bogus or Brilliant?
There is no scientific evidence whatsoever that Shamanic healing is anything but a scam at worst, or at best the work of well-intentioned but misguided seekers of spirituality. Good Shamanic healers say their work is not intended to replace conventional medicine but to complement it. But there is always the risk that someone with a serious psychiatric illness will seek help from a “shaman” instead of a qualified medical professional, with potentially disastrous results.
If you’re looking for a bit of fun, this could be for you. But if you’re looking for something more than that, you may want to look somewhere else – unless you are simply hoping for a good time. “Some contemporary folks have been attracted to shamanism because of its association with altered states of consciousness induced by drumming, fasting, wilderness vision questing, sweat-lodges, and especially by hallucinogenic plants,” The Skeptic’s Dictionary writes.
“For such people, shamanism offers the hope of an experience that will not only give meaning and significance to their lives, but will also erase from consciousness, at least temporarily, the horrors of a world that at times seems to have gone mad.”
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.
By S Matthews