In shamanic healing things are resolved on a mythical, inner plane and this effects the healing change on the outer plane; the healer is a mediator between the two worlds. The many, many hours of day-dreaming I spent as a child turned out to be training not "wasted time"! I learned the techniques of core shamanism in the intensive training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and in a number of workshops, but my deepest inspiration, learning and 'knowing' come directly from the inner guidance. My healer spirit is a wisdom warrior and as such, it has the power to transform the spirit of unease and disease which thrive on confusion. I have undergone extensive training, inlcuding:
Advanced Shamanism & Shamanic Healing Intensive with Michael Harner and Alicia Gates (Foundation for Shamanic Studies)
Shamanic Healing of Cancer with Myron Eshowsky
2 Vision Quests and apprenticeship with Myron Eshowsky
Celtic Shamanism with Tom Cowan
3-level program in Hawaiian Shamanism and a Shamanic Intensive on Big Island, Hawaii with Larry Kessler
Training in Advanced Curse Unraveling and Thoughtform Deconstruction with Space Clearing with Betsy Bergstrom
1 Year Shamanic Training for Psychotherapists with Myron Eshowsky
2 Years Wheel-of-Life Advanced Shamanic Training with Betsy Bergstrom
A Helping Spirit
Types of Shamanic work I do:
An ancient method of accessing spiritual guidance and insight by developing a partnership with spirit guides and animal spirit allies. It can be used for personal growth as well as for healing. A doorway to the inner worlds of power and transformational wisdom. I teach one-day workshops in which one learns to connect with his power animal and spirit guides and to journey with them.
Restoring the power of one's soul, bringing back the parts of one's vital energy lost through trauma, illness, giveway or theft. Finding and bringing the fragmented self home. It is profoundly healing. If you feel numb, empty, detached, or if something happened in the past and you feel like you haven't been the same since, if you cannot break through a negative pattern or let go of addiction, if you're not sure where your passion lies, or if you feel like you don't quite belong here, or just don't have much energy and zest for life, soul retrieval may be for you. Although soul loss is a survival mechanism the problem from a shamanic point of view is that the soul part that left usually does not come back on its own. The soul might be lost, or stolen by another person, or doesn't know the trauma has passed and it is safe to return. It has always been the role of the shaman to go into an altered state of consciousness and track down where the soul fled to in the alternate realities and return it to the body of the client.
There are many common symptoms of soul loss: some of the more common symptoms include dissociation where a person does not feel fully in his or her body and alive and fully engaged in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, and grief that just does not heal. Addictions are also a sign of soul loss as we seek external sources to fill up the empty spaces inside of us whether through substances, food, relationships, work, or buying material objects. Soul Retrieval is one of the primary ways in which shamans heal, by appropriately restoring the client's lost power and helping them to be "power-filled".
Any event that causes shock could cause soul loss. And what might cause soul loss in one person might not cause soul loss in another. It is important to understand that soul loss is a helpful adaptation that helps us survive pain. Soul Retrieval work is a gentle and profound method of healing.
Bringing back one's lost personal power, usually in the form of a power animal. An example of how real it is: a client shouting: "It's an alligator!" as I blew the spirit alligator into his body-field. Shamanic resolution of past trauma: this work weaves shamanic work with Systemic Family Constellations and Somatic Experiencing. The past trauma is accessed and resolved in the time frame of the event, utilizing soul-to-soul connection between the healer and the client. I do it most often in remote spiritual treatments. The trauma can be acute, or as general as a dysfunctional atmosphere of the childhood home. Both the resolution and the healing take place directly on the client's soul level.
Releasing spirit attachments, foreign entities that once attached to one's body-field, try to further their own agendas or express their own (often negative) emotions through the "host". People who have been traumatized in the past and suffered major soul loss often attract such energies by being too open energetically.
Removing spiritual intrusions that cause pain or illness. In the shamanic world everything has a spirit, and so an illness can be addressed as a spiritual entity and induced to leave.
Helping the spirits of the dead that are stuck in the near-earth realm to cross over. It can be very helpful for people in a coma, helping their spirit in making the choice to cross over or to return to the body.
Removing negative energies (extraction) and entities (psychopomp) from a space.
NEGATIVE INENTION (CURSE) UNRAVELING
When a problem has been running in a family for generations, it may be a result of a curse placed many generations ago on an ancestor. That hurtful intention stays in place and affects the generations that follow until the perpetrator is spiritually located and induced to retract it. Unintentional curses are the most common. When someone declares to himself with conviction: "I'll never love again!" it acts like a curse as one becomes locked into that energy. Things that we hear from our parents can affect us like curses as well. Example: A father saying to his daughter who wanted to paint: "only whores become artists."
Taking the energy out of limiting thoughtforms ("I never have enough money", "I don't want to be here", "I am inadequate"...). It can be followed by spiritually potentizing life-enhancing thoughtforms (examples: "I have a charmed life", "I always have enough", "I am a good person")