Traditionally, a shaman was an important part of tribal life – a medicine person, said to be able to communicate with spirits and ‘journey’ to spirit realms with the help of their own spirit allies. Modern-day shamanism follows a similar pattern, with properly-trained shamanic practitioners working with power animals and spirit helpers to seek advice for the client.
Typically, the shamanic practitioner sees health issues as being connected to the loss of energy, or power, and will work to balance these issues, often seeking to return lost energy, remove negativity and return the client to wholeness. Sometimes, the practitioner will bring back advice from the spirit realms, perhaps action points, mantras or ‘homework’ for the client to aid them on their healing journey. As with most energy-based therapies, there is always some responsibility for the client to be absolutely willing and ready to make the change towards a positive, healthier way of being.
During your session, the practitioner may use drums, rattles, chimes, chanting and song, as well as ‘sacred smudge’ – a method of burning herbs or incense to spiritually cleanse and bless the area. Sometimes, the practitoner may use other healing tools, such as feathers, as well as a combination of hands on, or off, healing, similar to that experienced during a reiki session.