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How does shamanic healing work? The "Three R's of Healing

(1) It REMOVES what doesn't serve you (energy blocks, old anger or sorrow, old "baggage");
(2) It RESTORES lost power, vitality, and capacity (for courage, hope, love, and so on); and
(3) It RENEWS your connection to yourself, to your inner guidance, and to the rest of life
(providing a sense of belonging and feeling at one with the world and with the rest of nature).

Shamanism heals the spiritual aspect of illness. Although it may bring healing to the physical, mental, and emotional aspects as well, it is not a substitute for conventional psychotherapy or Western medicine. Psychotherapy and Western medicine are also no substitute for shamanism: they treat only the physical component and leave the spiritual dimension untreated.

If you wonder whether a shamanic healing session would be beneficial, please contact Mary for a list of qualified practitioners in the DC-Baltimore area.

Sandra Ingerman Speaks on Shamanic Healing

FREE 20-minute video clip from Listen with Your Heart: Sandra Ingerman on Shamanism, Healing and Nature. Great excerpt for understanding illness from a shamanic perspective and how shamanic healing works, from one of the world's most famous shamans.

Traditional and Modern Healings

You don't need to know about the most common shamanic healing ceremonies; you also don't need to figure out which ones you might need.

Still, people often ask out of curiousity, so I describe these below: power retrieval, extraction, and soul retrieval. Shamans also "cure" or "psychopomp" the dead by helping them cross over if needed.

Many healing ceremonies exist in different traditions and by different practitioners. The possibilities are endless, as "the helping [healing] spirits" that shamanic practitioners work with are creative and tailor the healing work to the particular person/situation.

Shamanism and the "helping spirits" evolve to respond to changing times and changing needs. People in ancient cultures rarely suffered from ...

• separation of mind, body, and soul;
• separation from the rest of nature;
• separation from the elements with less time outdoors;
• separation from family/friends/community; and
• separation from "All That Is / Creator."

Power Retrieval

When you don't feel deeply connected to yourself, to your own sense of personal power, or to "All That Is / Creator" in shamanic terms you have power loss. Classically called "power animal retrieval," this simple yet profound healing brings back a central "helping spirit" or "spirit partner" who is most needed in your life at this time (it may or may not appear in animal form). If you pursue journey work, this Form will likely be one of those who appears in your journeys to guide you.


When you experience a spiritual imbalance, misplaced energy (energy that is not part of you) can become attached to you or move into part of your body. This misplaced energy, if allowed to fester, can cause localized pain or illness. Some symptoms may include illness, pain, or multiple misfortunes. Some pain and suffering is normal, it's one way we learn; chronic suffering as in a string of bad luck is the hallmark. The shamanic practitioner removes the misplaced energy and returns it to where it belongs in a neutral (harmless) state.

Soul Retrieval

When you experience a trauma (such as an accident, death of a loved one, war, surgery, drug abuse, chronic chipping away of self-esteem, etc.), the trauma causes a part of your essence to leave the body to avoid experiencing that trauma. (This is similar to the psychological concept of disassociation.) The shamanic view is that the soul part that left will usually return on its own in time. If it doesn't return, we often express this loss by saying "I haven't been the same since ..., or "I've never gotten over that." Other classic symptoms may include dissociation, post-traumatic stress, feeling separate (more of an observer than a participant in life), chronic illness, addictive behaviors, and feeling empty. The shamanic practitioner journeys to retrieve the lost soul part and returns it to you.

Psychopomp Work, Spirit Release/Depossession

Unlike the other healing methods, this one is for the dead. The shamanic practitioner uses this work to help those who have died but not "crossed over" to the spirit realms to do so.

To schedule a healing session for yourself or to find out about workshops or journey sessions in the Washington, D.C. area, contact Mary.

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