shamanic medicine, healing session FAQs
HOW DOES SHAMANIC HEALING WORK?
For an overview of the ancient belief system of shamanism and shamanic healing practices, see:
For information about the specific services I offer (soul retrieval, cord-cutting, vitality retrieval, curse unraveling, extraction, psychopomp work), see below:
WHAT IS SOUL RETRIEVAL?
Soul retrieval is a major shamanic healing. As the name of this service suggests, soul retrieval is needed in the case of soul loss. Most shamanic cultures around the world believe that illness is due to loss of the soul. Everyone experiences soul loss in their lifetime, because human existence can be stressful and nobody escapes being hurt by people, circumstances, or other forces outside of their control.
Soul loss occurs when trauma (whether it be physical, emotional, or mental) causes the energy to fragment and a piece of our soul to flee the body in order to survive the experience. The term trauma is to be interpreted somewhat loosely in this context; any single event or series of ongoing events that cause shock to the system can cause soul loss, and what causes soul loss in one person may not cause soul loss in another. Potential causes include experiences that we may already think of as trauma: survival of any type of abuse, war, accident, natural disaster, or death of a loved one. That said, any shock to our senses can jar soul parts to flee (many shamans believe that morning alarm clocks cause soul loss). 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.
Soul loss was so well understood in shamanic cultures that people would be given a soul retrieval healing within three days after suffering any traumatic event. Individuals also knew what was out of balance in their lives that might have caused an illness in the first place. Today, shamanic healers are going back ten, twenty, thirty, or forty years or even more, looking for lost soul parts, and people are often unaware of what is out of spiritual harmony that is causing illness. Soul loss often happened so young that individuals are unaware of the unconscious patterns they are living out due to their earliest soul loss. It is apparent how much soul loss exists in today’s world, as so many people attempt to find happiness through money; it is a modern day pandemic if there ever was one!
WHO BENEFITS FROM SOUL RETRIEVAL WORK?
There are many common symptoms of soul loss. Perhaps most prevalent in today's world is the zombie-like experience of not feeling fully engaged in life, as if one is simply going through the motions on autopilot from day to day (referred to as dissociation within the context of psychology). Individuals may also experience lower energy or vitality, or just feel stuck in life. Other symptoms include chronic depression, chronic aching pain lodged in the body, suicidal tendencies, post traumatic stress syndrome, immune deficiency problems, grief that does not heal (anytime someone says, “I have never been the same since” an event, it is likely that soul loss occurred), and addiction of any sort. Any attempt to fill up the empty spaces inside of oneself with external sources, whether it be with work, food, relationships, gambling, substances, or shopping, et cetera, indicate soul loss.
That said, chances are that if you have never had a soul retrieval, then you would benefit from one, regardless of what symptoms you may or may not be experiencing currently in your life. It behooves all of us to have as much of our chi, or life force energy, with us as we can have!
WHAT ARE EXTRACTION HEALINGS?
Extractions are healings intended to bring individuals back to their original blueprint. Extraction is a healing ceremony centered on the removal of negative energy blockages — the energetic debris that accumulates throughout daily life in this reality as we humans know it — which clears the way to the healing of one's authentic self lying beneath. The blockage that is removed is the unnatural condition that inhibits the perfect self and the inflow of positive energy that follows the extraction restores the natural order of the perfect and true self.
In today’s world, there exist many efforts to “fix” problems. However, these efforts often focus on evading what negative energy exists, rather than getting to the root of its existence and actually eradicating it. Meanwhile, the shamanic principle of extraction is focused on identifying, removing, and eliminating misplaced energy. Extraction abolishes the negative energy sustaining whatever problem/s are being created.
In everyday life, we deplete our energies through our interactions with our environment and one another, leaving energetic dust trails wherever we go. Once in this diminished state, we pick up whatever energy is immediately surrounding us to fill us up again, since the universe cannot stand a void. However, these energies that we pick up from around us are often negative in form, and therefore damaging to our wellbeing. To compound the problem further, once these negative energies establish themselves within us, they tend to attract more negative energies still that lead to sickness, distress, and unhappiness. We may attempt to create positive energies and change our vibrational momentum but the existing intruding energy hinders our efforts.
After the extraction and disposal of these intruding negative energies, positive energy can flow more freely and we find ourselves emitting and attracting positive vibrations, multiplying the powers of our energetic self to heal and mend our damaged inner being.
I often incorporate extractions as a preface to healing ceremonies focused on their own specific methods of positive energy retrieval, such as soul retrieval sessions.