What is a shaman?
A shaman is someone who makes journeys to nonordinary reality in an altered state of consciousness and works with spirits and guides to access their knowledge (or in other worlds, connect himself to the universe frequency and its huge flow of information).
The shaman achieves an altered state of consciousness through consciousness-changing techniques like the use of a monotonous percussion sounds: drums but also sticks, rattles, and other instruments which will change his consciousness and also affect his brainwaves.
I've been mainly trained with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, created by Michael Harner.
Michael Harner is an anthropologist who has practiced shamanic healing since 1961, received his doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley.
In the course of his academic study of shamanism, Harner lived and worked with indigenous people for many years in the Upper Amazon, Mexico, Peru, the Canadian Arctic, Samiland, and western North America. After that, he brought back the most common and universal techniques of all of these people to teach them (with other shamans) to people all over the world.
So I practice the same kind of techniques than the indigenous shamans but only the most universal one and not technics that belong to one specific culture.
How would occur a typical shamanic healing session?
Before the session, I can make a divination journey if you need any guidance.
The answers during shamanic journeys are very often metaphorical ones and you may understand their meaning later in your path.
During the healing session itself, I wiill use one or several of the most commons practices in shamanism :
We all have spiritual intrusions in our body that are weak areas where those instrusions come and try to live in. This could also happen after a physical trauma or accident.Those intrusions make us lose energy. Taking them out brings our energy back, raising it on all the levels, physical, mental, emotional.
When a person dies, her soul can stay in our world (instead of going in the transcendental worlds) if her death was too violent or if she has something or someone who keeps her here. A shaman knows how to bring them to the transcendental worlds.
Power soul retrival
After a physical or emotional trauma, we sometimes have difficulties to deal with it in our ordinary reality. From a shamanic point of view, we may have loss some portions of our soul in this trauma. This is also what we call dissociation in psychology, a mechanism of protection when our unconscious gets out from this reality rather than facing it.
If many portions of our soul is lost, we could have this impression of "not being here", being very clumsy, or not feeling whole. We all had soul portions lost, from our childhood to now and it is a very powerful shamanic practice to return those portions to someone. It is also a moment where the shaman transfers energy and power and the consequences may be very positive and even life-changing to some people.
After the session is finished, we can stay in touch if you need to and talk about what you feel or not feel. The results of a shamanic sessions may appear weeks later. It is very different from a person to another, or even from one moment in your life to another.
If you want to know more about the the shamanic practices, here is an interesting interview of Michael Harner, the creator of the Fondation I have been trained with:
You can also take directly contact with me for more information.