I was taught that a shamanic healer is one who works with the spirits on behalf of the community, and I have always attempted to honor that role.
My journey into shamanism began more than forty years ago. In the ensuing years I have had several beloved teachers. They represent the wide range of types of shamans, the good and the bad, and those that seemed beyond either category. Yet each spent precious time teaching me, and I hold them dear.
I am profoundly indebted to many teachers, especially Susan Grimaldi, and the late Dr. Bernardo Peixoto (Ipu), an Amazonian shaman, and his wife, Cleicha, a Peruvian Highlands Shaman. They helped me to finally arrive home, and to understand that we are all potential shamans. I still miss Ipu’s late night phone calls and laughter filled encouragement. These marvelous human beings taught me so that I might be truly useful to others, and insisted we must all do work, even in the face of prejudice and threat. Ipu and Cleicha served their communities under the most threatening of circumstances, and remain bright lights for freedom and resistance to oppression, wonderful human beings who risked much for the good of many.
My work reflects the teachings of all my teachers, rather than resting in any one tradition. I am not a carrier of special or unique knowledge. I am just a human being doing my best to be “a good shaman.”
Shamanic healing requests aid from the spirits on behalf of an individual, family, or community. It seeks to awaken The Healer Within, to call us home to ourselves, and to open the door to renewal. The Ancestors, the Forces of Nature, and many other entities have long assisted shamans in bringing ease, healing, and joy into the lives of individuals and communities.
Rather than the spirits working for the healer, shamanism is reciprocal; the healer is also at the service of the spirits.
Shamanic healing may be used to address a wide range of issues, including: grief, trauma, fear, bad luck, and relationship and health concerns, as well as for bringing comfort and healing to those in the spirit realms.
If you come for shamanic healing, we will sit together and determine what might be most helpful to you. The options will be explained to you, and you will be free to choose the path that seems best in your vision. Unlike counseling, shamanic healing addresses problems on the spiritual level; many problems can be addressed in one to three sessions.
I do not use Ayahuasca in my work.
Shamanic healing may draw from:
Journeywork: In which one learns to travel into alternative realities to seek guidance and aid.
Extraction Healing: Removing invasive energies from the body.
Curendismo: The use of herbal baths and other techniques for healing.
Wisdom Talks: Opportunities to think together about the wisdom teachings of many traditions.
Soul Retrieval: The recovery of lost parts of Self.
Ceremony: Structured ritual that evokes healing, or invites friends, family, and community to honor one’s healing journey.
Energy-Work: The use of hands-on healing. The client lies, fully clothed, under a blanket, on a massage table, or sits in a chair. Physical touch is not required.