What is a Shamanic Practitioner?

 Photo: AdobeStock_/Andrey Cherkasov

Photo: AdobeStock_/Andrey Cherkasov

A Shaman by any other name..

The term Shaman comes form the origins of the Evenki word "šamán, but has become an umbrella term for medicine people around the world. The practices of shamanism- as a nature-based healing practice are deeply rooted in traditions across the earth.

Shamanic practitioners work directly with spirit, nature and angles. They work with their spirit allies to create healing that supports the whole of all of life, regain balance and harmony both for their clients and for the earth herself. 


Shaman practitioners are divine weavers of spirit and matter and are alchemists at their core.


From the shamanic perspective we and everything alive, including trees, plants, and animals are sentient whirling balls of energy that transforms it's self into matter and form, and that everything is intimately connected through thought, actions and spirit. From this perspective it is easy to understand how illness and emotional imbalance is believed to be the creation of  broken connections within the being, within families, communities or with nature. 


To create healing, shamanic practitioners work closely with their spirit allies to look beneath surface systems to see what is out of balance within the heart & spirit


Compassion & integrity

Shamanism as a practice includes modalities that have evolved generations through generations in every culture on earth. 

The soul and spirit tending that shamanic practitioners create is based on the concepts that change within equals change in our outer being, life and world. As within, so without. 

By looking deeper, past surface level symptoms, experienced shamanic practitioners can help clients create profound transformation by using those surface symptoms as a catalyst for positive change. 


Shamanic practitioners see surface level symptoms such as imbalanced relationships, illness, and stresses as a map to the deeper inner imbalances and illness on a spirit-soul level.  


Shamanic sessions can take many shapes and forms. A few techniques can include; clearing and transforming that which no longer in harmony, rearranging ideas and the energy behind them to create a stronger more cohesive pattern and to return gifts and remembrances of the soul to create wholeness. 

5 Reasons to see a shamanic practitioner

♥  Things feel out of balance and out of harmony in your body, spirit and life

♥  You are ready to make a change but struggle creating it

♥  You have trouble letting go of someone or a situation that we are ready to move on from

♥  You feel out of sorts and not like your self after a stressful situation or trauma

You would like to learn how to work with an illness as a means to create positive change in your life and for the world, rather than simply against it

Each shamanic practitioner is different

Shamanic practitioners practice with different tools, beliefs and operate different from one another. In the west there is no one doctorate of study and practice. This creates a beautiful tapestry of possibilities and differences among practitioners. Yet it can also create some confusion for people seeking shamanic care what to ask and what to expect. When choosing a new practitioner to work with, ask questions before your first session. Make sure you are feel comfortable with the person and are on the same page as to what they offer and what you are expecting.  


About Joanna

Joanna is the author of  Energetic Boundaries 101. She is a shamanic practitioner, animal communicator and mentor. She works, writes lives and tends to the important matters of spirit-energy with playful, transparency and honesty. 

She works with clients all over the globe from her healing studio that is lovingly nestled between Mt Baker and the Salish sea, in Bellingham, WA. 


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