What is Shamanism? A shaman, or guide/teacher/healer, mediates relationships between daily life & the spiritual world acting as a "hollow bone" through which the healing power of spiritual helpers can affect positive change in another's life. Shamanism healing is the oldest healing tradition in the world combining shamanism and healing. For more information, articles and videos about shamanism healing, please visit All Things Healing online today!

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(Assistant Editor: Peter Clark) A shamanic healer and Vedic astrologer, Ambica Gulati connects to the spirit guides to help people align with their karmic choices. She helps them ...
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by Sarah Finlay

The Wine Spirit is an ancient being who has been brought into ceremony and shared her knowledge and healing with people since pre-historic times.  (My sudden reflections on the significance of wine in the Christian sacraments began to take on a whole new meaning.)  My plant spirit guide, continued to explain that the mind altering medicinal plants might be seen on a hierarchical ladder…


Editor's Note from Peter Clark: Ever wonder why alcohol is referred to as “spirits”? One possible answer to that question is contained in this article written by Sarah Finlay. The shamanic worldview holds that all physical forms have associated spirit aspects. Some physical/spirit partnerships have stronger affect on us people than others. This article puts forward a fascinating theory about the spiritual effects of alcohol, and how our awareness and intention is vital to our health in conjunction with the ingestion of the physical/spirit substance.



by Sandra Ingerman, MA

Rivers have always reminded me of the magic of life.  My love for rivers led me to wonder whether or not it is possible to reverse river pollution, which led to an interest on a broader level of the reversal of all environmental pollution...



Editor's Note: Sandra is devoted to teaching people how we can work together as a global community to bring about positive change for the planet and this article describes some of the ways how.



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.




by Fearn Lickfield

Reconnecting with the spirit of the earth is our deepest healing! Geomancy and the study of Earth Mysteries are returning as recognized and respected fields of knowledge and practice. As our world becomes less stable we turn back to what worked in the past. It is time we transition from a state of reaction and unconsciousness regarding our world, to deep awareness, love and partnership; co-creating with the Earth the vibrant, harmonious world of our dreams...




Editor's Note: Shamanic practitioner and teacher Gerry Starnes, explains in a very clear way, the fundamental concepts of the shamanic journey practice.



by John Brennan

The oversoul is a pure and personal link to the spirit world which comes to us as we take our first breath, and leaves us when we take our last. If our three souls (body soul, mind soul, and oversoul) are out of balance, then our thinking and actions are also out of balance...





by  Paul Levy

The would-be shaman has to pass through the experience of madness without getting stuck in it. In the experience of madness the shaman descends into the underworld of the unconscious, where they have to come to terms with the darker parts of their being...


Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1 and Part 2.



by  Paul Levy

I tried to explain to the psychiatrists that I WAS sick, however, but just not in the way they were imagining. I had a creative, psychological illness, which is to say that my seeming madness was an expression of my creative self, alchemically transforming an underlying perturbance in the field of consciousness so as to heal itself...


Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening. See Part 1.



by Paul Levy

In 1981 I spontaneously went into such an ecstatic state that I was hospitalized by what I call the “anti-bliss patrol.” The authorities had become alerted because I was simply unable to restrain my enthusiasm at the “good news” that was beginning to reveal itself to me about the nature of reality...


Editor's Note: A true pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Levy describes the correlation between being traumatized, abused, and wounded, and having a shamanic initiation/spiritual awakening.



by Tom Pinkson, PhD

I recently had the opportunity to attend a Conscious Elders Gathering at which I led a team of three, bringing spirit and ceremony into the work...


Editor's Note from Sue O'Callahan: I am particularly fond of the phrase 'the only way out is through.' Tom Pinkson's recounting of a recent gathering of Conscious Elders in Northern California inspired me to wonder if the creation of these pods is one of the essential steps we need to face global challenges. I hope the seeds of this movement take root. Graciously, Tom outlines the basic tenets for like-minded, conscious elders to come together and form a community to affect change.



by Michael Watson

We are initiated many times in our lives. First loves, school graduations, and marriages are initiations, as are illnesses, broken hearts, and job losses. Death may be seen as yet another initiation.


Thirty years I worked for three years with Dhyani Farmer (now Wyahoo) and Louise Sunfeather. I had landed in Vermont, after fleeing the pollution and arrogance of Washington, D.C.. Louise was working to integrate traditional Cherokee teachings and Western ideas about psychotherapy...




Editor's Note from Peter Clark: This is a music video of shamanic music from Siberia featuring the mouth harp - an instrument used amongst shamanic people in several places. Though the production is not "Hollywood slick," the music is good and the shapeshifter imagery is right on. Enjoy!


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As the ever evolving shamanism of yesterday and today unfold, the guidance and assistance gained from knowing the aspects of ourselves that we meet in the world beyond the five senses is increasingly valuable in navigating these challenging times.


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