Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Shamanic healing is strictly on the spiritual level - at its essence it is not mental, emotional, or physical. But in the paradigm of the shamanic worldview, the spirit of something, anything, anyone, from human to ant to galaxy and beyond, is considered to be fundamental and core. As a result, shamanic spiritual healing can have profound ripple effects on other aspects of self. When a therapist uses shamanism in conjunction with more generally practiced psychological healing, the results are often quite spectacular. Persistent mental and emotional pathologies that had stubbornly remained under conventional therapy can melt away with the assistance of helping compassionate spirits.
Editor's Note from Melanie Channell: In this interview, Medium James Van Praagh talks about how he tunes in to and experiences the spirits he communicates with to give his readings.
by Beth Beurkens, MA
Shamans have been healing the living and the dead for forty thousand years. Shamanic healing deals with the spiritual aspects of problems and illness. In the shaman’s worldview, there are basically three common causes of illness...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Soul retrieval is a central pillar of shamanic healing. Everything that a shaman does with regard to healing comes through the spirits, and this makes the process even more mysterious and ethereal than the most cutting edge high tech medical procedure. Many scientists and doctors would say that truly nothing has happened. But in case after case, distinct positive changes occur in the patient's life after soul retrieval.
by Gretchen Crilly McKay
I am a sangoma. What does this mean? A sangoma is an African traditional healer who merges with her ancestors for the purpose of healing. It is a spiritual calling, not a chosen profession. An apprentice sangoma, called a thwasa, studies with a mentor for approximately two years and must learn how to prepare herbal medicines (muti), how to interpret dreams, how to incorporate spirits, how to diagnose illness through divination with bones, and how to heal both physical and spiritual illness...
Editor's Note: Having personally had the privilege of working with Gretchen in the past, I can attest to her amazing abilities and skills as a shamanic healer trained in the African heritage.
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: Lovely Steffany Barton, RN shares how important it is for us to connect with our animal friends and how love transcends all species. This is a lovely story about connecting with animal spirits.
Intuition & Symbols
by Marika Blossfeldt, HHC, AADP
Cacao, the ingredient that gives chocolate its character, is very good for you, in fact it can be considered a superfood. Cacao is one of the most nutrient-dense magical foods on planet earth. It even has a mythological dimension, named the food of gods as well as the food of lovers. Chocolate has the power to uplift our moods, elevate our spirits and open our hearts...
by Mackenzie Blyth
Rob was in a bit of a state when he fixed an appointment to see me. And what was so annoying, was that his suffering was completely avoidable.
It wasn’t his fault though...
Editor's Note from Peter Clark: This article illustrates the importance of discernment and awareness. The choice of how we work with power has consequences. If we do so in a happenstance way, the results can be less than ideal. Spirits in the Middle World - the realm of the entire physical universe - are never guaranteed to be all "love and light." And when we engage with a non-compassionate spirit, the results can be troublesome at best, and catastrophic at worst. After reading this account by Mackenzie Blyth of the dangers of interactions with randomly available spirits, check out the recent piece on Shamanic Cosmology for further explanations.
by Mary Louise Chown
Hearing a story is like listening to music, the words falling off the teller’s tongue, onto our ears, and into our heart, setting thoughts and memories in motion. Stories are heard in the deep heart’s core and answer the burning questions that we all have. Who are we? Where did we come from? Who do we love? What have we forgotten that is important to remember?
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: In this article, storyteller and mediator Mary Louise Chown reflects on her therapeutic work with story and children. She states: "Children especially need the experience of listening to stories and discovering connections with their own lives. This can strengthen their spirits for when they meet hard times, such as illness or death, or any kind of sadness or disappointment."
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