The world is made up of interconnectedness that binds us to nature. Our well-being depends on discovering with reverence, the vastness and depth of our spiritual connection to all forms of life: plants, animals, trees, rocks, dirt, fungi, mountains, streams, clouds, sky, wind, rain, insects, and birds. This is an experience ingrained in who we are but over time we have forgotten the value of this relationship.
In Celtic lore, the three areas of the universe are the earth, the heavens, and the otherworld all energy flows between these three regions. Shamans in any culture are the bridgeway between the spirit world and the earthly plane for the common people, shamans guide the pathway that leads to greater enlightenment.
When it comes to shamanic healing, the shaman essentially works in tandem with spirits, often called 'helper spirits', in the spiritual realms. They will 'summon' these spirits to repair a soul, who may then experience real, physical healing in the earth realm. In order to contact these spirits, the shaman will have to go on a journey by entering a trance state. The more practice and training a shaman has, the easier it will be for them to enter this powerful state.
The shaman might ask their helper spirits to invoke shamanic healing by pulling 'power' from the sufferer’s oversoul as well as retrieving lost spirit guides and animals.
People who have been through a life-altering trauma, whether mental or physical, may have lost a part of their soul or damaged their 'spiritual force field'. This makes them vulnerable to illness, bad luck, and depression. These are the kinds of people who would most benefit from a shamanic healing session. A shaman will go into the spirit world and heal their soul, either through their own efforts or by talking to spirit guides/animals.
Healing techniques include transmuting disease, harmonizing imbalances whether emotional, spiritual or physical; soul connections, re-alignments, retrievals of soul parts; power animal retrieval (where the shaman brings back a spiritual guardian, usually in the form of a power animal to help restore power to an individual), all paths lead us into healing and bringing the person back into alignment and wholeness.
Shamanism recognizes that traumas that affect the soul/spirit also affect the body and there must be balance in all three in order for there to be a balance and an integral wellness.
Shamans are gifted with the ability to journey and channel the living "life-force" energy to create healing and in utilizing such things as Creator's energy, stones/crystals, plants and herbs, nutritional supplements to bring support and balance into the healing session of the client.
Each session is unique and customized to address the needs of the individual, allowing the client an opportunity to relax in an atmosphere that is filled with healing scents, sound and energy to bring about the harmonizing of energy, realignment of body and spirit and an overall feeling of peace and calm.
If you feel a little 'lost' in life, have gone through a big trauma or are looking for some clarity on what to do about a difficult situation, a shamanic healing session could be hugely beneficial. A shaman will simply act as the connection between you and your guides in the other realms, and make sure your soul is protected throughout the process. Some physical sensations may be felt but it’s all in the interest of healing your soul.
The difference between the shamanic perspective of Soul Loss and the modern perspective of Soul Loss is that in the shamanic worldview, the Soul can be fragmented, even travel to other dimensions and get lost. However, in the modern perspective, the Soul (or Self) remains whole and intact, but it is our psyche (our mind) that fragments and needs to be healed in order to regain access to the Soul.
Certain illnesses are more likely to have a spiritual component that may respond to shamanic healing techniques. These include psychological diagnoses like depression and anxiety, ADD/ADHD, autism, and addictions. Illnesses that manifest physically may still have significant spiritual underpinnings.