What is a Shaman?

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 healers 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. 


Shamans 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


Illness and imbalance can tracked to within the core of the individual themselves, or their family system, ancestral line or even how the individual is relating to their community and the world. Causes of illness and imbalance through the eyes of a shamanic practitioner are profoundly different from one client to the next as is the healing remedy for long-term healing. 


Healing is created within with compassion & integrity

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

The healing that shamanic healers 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 healers can help clients create profound transformation by using those surface symptoms as a catalyst for positive change. 


Shamanic healers 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.  


Healing 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 healer

♥  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 healer is diffrent

Shamanic healers 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 healers. 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. 


When one's healing goals include healing the core of the illness or imbalance rather than to simply brush symptoms temporarily under the rug, in my experience most often does not happen in one session. Healing happens in layers, unfolding as we are ready and held within the loving care of the right support- for us. For your healing journey, I encourage you to choose a shamanic healer that you are comfortable with, that speaks the same spirit-energy language as you and is willing to walk with you through many of the layers of healing.  

You can learn more about the ways I offer shamanic healing here or check out my available openings here. 


About Joanna

Joanna, the author of Energetic Boundaries 101, is an energy-sensitive healer, writer, and teacher who brings a refreshing, playful spin to the world of  intuition shamanism and energetic boundaries.

She offers collaborative, playful private sessions and workshops to healers, teachers and sensitive adults and children all over the country.


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