Discovering the Shaman Healer Within
Aho! Take a journey and an exploration into the worlds and the way of the
Shaman. Come and sit down before the fire with the Shaman as you calm your mind
and open your heart to the teachings of the Elders. As you walk the path of
this course, you will re-member many skills, talents, places and people from
your past that you have forgotten. Welcome to the reconnection to your purpose
as healer. Let the Shaman Elder take the talking stick and listen to his words.
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The Shaman Way: The Gifts of the Shaman
By Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls
What are the gifts of the Shaman you ask?
Healing the spirit
is the primary function of a Shaman. And the Shaman may accomplish this in a number of ways...
Soul-retrieval is the gift by which the Shaman retrieves pieces of the person lost soul. This is often accomplished by journeying to the Spirit World and requesting assistance from the spirits, ancestors, and guides that dwell in Other Realities or Worlds. These beings assist the Shaman in discovering what is wrong with the person. And often help the Shaman fight a battle with the being now possessing those parts, to win them back and bring them to the patient. Some of the classic symptoms of a person in need of soul retrieval would perhaps include those suffering from a mental illness; those abused as children, or those who sense that something is missing in their lives.
Soul restoration is the literally restoring of one's soul. This occurs when a person is near death and his/her soul seeks to move on. This "death" could be the result of a psychical attack or an accident from which the body has recovered physically, but not spiritually.
is most certainly a gift of a Shaman. This technique is still widely used today by Reiki masters, massage therapists, chiropractors and Shamans. Shamanistic hands-on healing involves the energy or spirit of the Shaman working with the energy or spirit of the patient.
Divination is the gift by which a Shaman can foretell the future, describe the illnesses of people and find their cure. Divination shows the path to the Shaman; which direction the patient should walk to receive healing. The most common Shamanic method is journeying to the Other World and requesting information from elders, guides and spirits who live there. It is been said that Genghis Khan used his Shamans this way.
Herbal healing gives credence to the true belief that the Shaman is a medicine man or witch doctor. Herbal healing began with the beginning of the earth. Many of the hunting and gathering tribes had the ability to heal with plants indigenous to their area. Today this knowledge is fast disappearing and Shamans everywhere try to support the preservation of indigenous plant life and the lore surrounding them.
Dream-work or dream interpretation
is another Shamanic gift for healing. Shamans will listen to the dreamer's dreams, sometimes for several days, until they fully connect with it. Then they will dream the dream themselves and resolve the conflict to the highest good of the dreamer.
Soul leading is the process in which the Shaman will escort the newly dead to their place in the Other World. This is done because the Shaman who is familiar and a frequent visitor to the Other World will be able to find the "soul" its proper place. A Shaman, according to anthropologist Mircea Eliade is a "Master of the Ecstatic." This is true for it is in the mastery of the ecstatic that the Shaman garners his or her power over these gifts.
Each of us has one or more of these gifts buried somewhere inside our spirits. Can you imagine how beautiful this world would be if each of us
studied and mastered the gifts we were given?
Who would be left sick? Or poor?
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