What is a shaman?

A shamanic practitioner reaches altered states of consciousness to encounter and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world. A shaman is a person regarded as having access to and influence in the world of Helping Spirits and Guides who typically enters a trance state during a ritual and practices divination and healing.

Today, the term shaman is often used as an umbrella term referring to a variety of spiritual practices (medicine woman/man, sangoma, or traditional healer are some common names).  The word shaman originates from the Evenk language (Tungusic) of North Asia and was introduced to the west after Russian forces conquered the shamanistic Khanate of Kazan in 1552.

Shamanism encompasses the premise that shamans are intermediaries or messengers between the human world and the spirit worlds. Shamans are said to treat ailments/illness by mending the soul. Alleviating traumas affecting the soul/spirit restores the physical body of the individual to balance and wholeness. The shaman also enters supernatural realms or dimensions to obtain solutions to problems afflicting the community. Shamans may visit other worlds/dimensions to bring guidance to misguided souls and to ameliorate illnesses of the human soul caused by foreign elements. The shaman operates primarily within the spiritual world, which in turn affects the human world. The restoration of balance results in the elimination of the ailment. The shaman understands that there is an invisible world of consciousness and energy that envelops and informs us, and that organizes all physical reality, even how we will live and heal and die.

I practice a synthesis of traditional (ritual and ceremonial), core shamanism and holistic energy techniques as I believe that the old ways of doing things no longer serve us. Given the past pace of life at present, people are often too busy and find it difficult to separate their religious beliefs from other spiritual work or resist searching for the core of their discomfort. My methods offer a gentler way of uncovering core patterns and limiting belief systems that keep us stuck within the old paradigm. This practice gives you the tools to break free of limiting beliefs, behaviours and erases the imprints of disease from the luminous energy field (LEF) to create health, joy, and inner peace. I liken it to peeling an onion, one layer at a time.

What is Core shamanism?

Core shamanism is practiced by modern shamanic healers the world over. It consists of the universal, near-universal and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds (a distinguishing feature of shamanism). A shaman enters a state of consciousness through classic shamanic non-drug techniques such as sonic driving, listening to a rhythmic percussion. This could be a drum or rattle. They journey to the invisible world of spirits and connect with their and the clients spirit allies for healing work. These helping spirits are available to everyone and it is the role of the shaman to reconnect clients with their helping spirits, thereby restoring the relationship between the two and restoring their personal power.

Consider the effort that goes into building a relationship with a new romantic partner or friend, it requires a lot of energy and commitment. Building a strong relationship with your helping spirits requires the same level of effort and commitment. Once this relationship has been re-established, I provide you with the tools needed to continue nurturing this new partnership. Holistic practices involve encouraging people to learn shamanic work, you do not need to become an initiated shaman to learn how to “journey” for yourself. Relying solely on a shaman to connect you with your helping spirits is one of the old ways that do not work, it is imperative that we learn to re-connect back to source!

In my workshops, spiritual coaching, vision quests, sweat lodges and consultations I share ancient methodologies for working within the invisible matrix of the universe. We meet your helping spirits and guides and you fully experience this magical invisible world yourself.

After having personally practiced shamanism, shamanic healing, and shamanic journeying for more than half a century, I can say that there is nothing I have encountered in reports of the spiritual experiences of saints, prophets, psychedelic drug experimenters, near death survivors, avatars and other mystics that is not commonly experienced when following classic journey methods using a drum.”– Michael Harner – Founder of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies – FSS

African Shaman