I practice Shamanism, the oldest universal, cross-cultural healing practice and tradition of mankind. Shamanism has been practised across the world for thousands of years and despite slight differences in specific practices between cultures, there are remarkable similarities when you compare the practice between countries and cultures.
A Living Practice
Shamanism is a living practice and evolves and changes over time. It is just as relevant today in our modern world as it was back in time with indigenous people living in hunter gatherer societies.
Shamanism is a true path of direct revelation. What this means is that there is no middle man. There are no rules or dogma to strictly adhere to – you get a personal and direct experience of shamanism as you practice it. Yes, there are guidelines and there is advice on practising safely but unlike organised religion, there is no intermediary between you and the helping spirits. You have direct and totally personalised experience of the non-ordinary reality each time you journey.
Shamanism is, in a nutshell, the art of connecting deeply to nature. As a human being you are not separate from nature – you are an intrinsic part of nature. This is something that modern man has forgotten. We often see ourselves as separate from the natural world and we do not recognise that we are deeply connected and form part of this world. When we learn to connect to the earth and nature, we learn to connect to ourselves. We learn to recognise that when we harm the earth, we harm ourselves.
Think about this, there was such an out-pouring of grief, anger and angst about the fires in the Amazon – the lungs of our planet. Such grief about the loss of life in the Australian bush fires – the suffocating smoke, the damage to our planet’s lungs … and now we face a global pandemic – a virus that attacks our human lungs. This is not a coincidence.
We are all connected
From a Shamanic point of view everything is connected and everything has a spirit – everything is alive. From a quantum physics point of view, everything is energy. The energy behind our emotions is powerful. Our thoughts become things. Our emotional energy can heal or harm. We have a total responsibility to each other as interconnected human beings to deeply remember who we are and why we are here. We need to remember our connection to the earth and recognise our responsibility to protect nature, and therefore protect ourselves.
This global pandemic is shifting perspectives. People are beginning to wake up and realise that clean water, fresh air and good health is the most important thing – not consumerism, capitalism and the incessant drive for more material wealth.
Shamanism is a way of life. Shamanic practice allows you to connect with yourself in the most profound way possible. You learn to journey to non-ordinary reality, to form relationships with the helping spirits all around you so that you can heal yourself and others.
From a Shamanic point of view, illness is caused by spiritual imbalance, loss of power, soul loss and intrusions. The Shamanic Practitioner can journey for assistance in resolving these issues and through ceremony and healing practice can restore lost power, lost soul fragments, remove intrusions and help to restore balance to mind, body and spirit.
Shamanic Practitioners work from sacred space, using drums, rattles and other tools to enter the dream-time or non-ordinary reality. They work with helping spirits such as Power Animals, the elements, nature spirits and Ancestral Guides to understand how to restore balance.
Whilst we modern practitioners do not practice in the same way as our ancestors did, we use the power of Shamanic practice and adapt the ceremonies and rituals to fit in with our modern way of life. This is why Shamanism is so important now – it evolves and adapts to meet the needs of the community. We need it more than ever now.
I am enrolling now for the 2020/2021 intake for The Medicine Wheel Course which introduces you to the concepts of Shamanic Practice and takes you on a profound healing journey around the Wheel. This course will allow you to dig deep and shine the light on your fears, clear away old patterns of behaviour and bring you into a direct relationship with nature.
You can download the course details here and have a read at what is included.
I am running an Introductory morning session to give a brief insight into the course, and to answer your questions. This morning workshop will be held in Bangor, County Down and will run from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 14th September 2020. Booking is essential and it costs just £25 to attend.
On this morning workshop I will explain more about the Medicine Wheel course which starts in October and will introduce you to the concept of Shamanic Journeying.
If you’d like to join us please use the Book Now button below to secure your place.
For more details on Shamanic Workshops please visit the website.