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 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 Peter Clark: Shamanic extraction is practiced in numerous ways. This video shows the physical manifestation of how one shaman does her work. From a shamanic perspective, when we are not in our full power, we can pick up intrusions - energies that do not belong in us. Generally speaking, these energies are of a spiritual, mental or emotional nature. Because they are not ours, they cause irritation and can lead to physical illness. Just because they are misplaced - not ours - does not mean they are "evil." In this video, the shaman produces some physical evidence of two intrusions...



by Barbara-Lynn Freed

Once a worldwide practice, working with Spirit of Place, stretches back tens of thousands of years. And today, we can still see vestiges of it through myths, legends, shrines, stone circles, and architecture of old. However, it is through the earth’s indigenous peoples and those of us who follow a shamanic path, that the custom of Right Relationship with the land is still viable today...



by Adele Ryan McDowell, PhD

Picture this: A row of attached homes, and like a ribbon being blown in the wind, they dip and wave on the crested hills of a seaside town in the UK. The neighborhood has a lovely, soft, comfortable feel to it. You watch kids riding their bikes, dogs being walked and people returning from the market...


Editor's Note: I tend to agree with Adele's comment about objects and power and the shaman. I feel it's a both situation. The practitioner will do well to create relationship with the sacred object.



channeled by Sarah Finlay

As you are aware, the universal consciousness is shifting and opening - active participation in this is of utmost importance as you move forward. For many centuries, the materialistic perspective has been strongly held in place...


Editor's Note from Peter Clark: This writing is channeled wisdom that came through Sarah from one of her compassionate Upper world spirit teachers. “Helen” is a spirit who is particularly connected to matters of the heart. She calls herself Pleiadian, meaning she is connected to the energies of those stars in some non-ordinary reality way.



by Llyn Roberts

As is true of sleeping dreams, ordinary reality is pliable. In the trance of life, time and space are not solid. For instance, the luminous blue and white orbs that hover through the rainforest at dusk defy conventional logic. These are known by indigenous people to be beings from other times, locations, even other planets. Shamanic balls of light freshly caught my attention in Siberia...

Editor's Note from Peter Clark:
The spirit world - what is often referred to as Non-Ordinary Reality - is outside of time and space. What that exactly means is not always clear. It is one thing to talk about it, but another to experience and understand it...



by Julie Hoyle

As a child, the veil between the dream state and other realms of existence was shimmering and transparent, becoming more so after a dramatic spiritual awakening in 1989. Saints from diverse paths and traditions entered dreams to give initiation and teachings and although I had never studied anything of the Shamanic path, Shamans suddenly appeared to lead me in unusual and elaborate rituals...




by Keith Varnum

Shamanism is a very practical spirituality. A modern-day shaman could live next door to you and the only clues you might have are that they get along well with people and animals and have a green thumb with plants. Also, shamans have a knack for putting people at ease and for saying and doing the right thing at the right time...




by Isa Gucciardi, PhD

Shamanism is the core spiritual and healing practice of most indigenous cultures. The Shaman serves as the medical, psychological, and spiritual counselor of these cultures. One of the primary responsibilities of the Shaman is to interface between the world of the seen and the unseen...

Editor's Note: This is a wonderful overview of the Shamanic Journey.



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 Aluna Joy

During a ceremony circle, atop a red rock vista in Sedona, Arizona with a group of old and new friends, I received a message about the birth of the new world and how the dimensions are now beginning to merge. Unfortunately we didn't record the message, so here I will do my best to recall what I received . . .




by Geoff Mercer

To ask how I became a shaman or learned my shamanic practice are reasonable questions, and commonly asked. However I cannot directly answer these questions as they do not in themselves allow for the reality of my shamanic experience...


Editor’s Note from Peter Clark: Geoff’s story is illustrative of several important facts. Firstly, shamanic practitioners can come from all walks of life. Secondly, the shamanic path invariably begins at birth… or before. Everyone has a shamanic ancestry however how close or distant. When someone is born with their shamanic eyes and ears turned on, that is a beautiful thing…



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by Peter Clark

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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