Shamanic healing is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to help individuals achieve balance and healing in their physical, emotional, and spiritual lives. This holistic approach to healing involves working with a shaman or healer who uses various shamanic healing tools, such as energy work and plant medicine, to help individuals connect with their inner selves and the natural world around them.
I was introduced to Shamanic healing tools when my cat Amadeus was diagnosed with a terminal illness. While Amadeus’ time in his physical body was coming to an end, regular sessions with Shamanic healing tools helped him live in comfort. The vet had predicted that he had two months left. He went on to live for eight more months, and it was only in his last week that the pain set in. I have seen many others benefit similarly – cats and chickens with terminal diagnoses went on to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
Shamanic healing is one of the most ancient forms of energy healing. Evidence of the use of shamanic healing tools has been traced back to the Paleolithic hunting cultures of Siberia. In fact, the word “Shaman” has its roots in Siberia and is used to define someone who is a master of trance and bliss.
Shamanic healing tools have been used for thousands of years by indigenous cultures around the world. In many of these cultures, shamans were considered to be spiritual leaders and healers who had the ability to communicate with the spirit world. And while shamanic healing was practiced around the world, the tools and techniques evolved in different ways for different cultures.
Indigenous Americans performed soul flights and vision quests to bring healing. Inuit shamans believed in going on undersea spirit journeys to track food. Central and South Americans often relied on hallucinogenic plants to alter their state of consciousness to enable them to journey to other realms. And central Asian shamanic healing involved drumming and chanting to help in soul retrieval.
And today, shamanic healing tools continue to be used by many practitioners around the world who seek a holistic approach to healing and well-being. Shamanic healing tools are used to address physical and emotional ailments, as well as to connect with the natural world and the divine.
Shamanic healing is based on the belief that the soul must be healed in order for physical, emotional, or mental healing to occur. Shamanic practitioners believe that illness and disease are often caused by spiritual disharmony or a disconnection from the natural world. Using various shamanic healing tools such as journeying, drumming, and energy work, shamanic healing practitioners are able to access the spiritual realm and work with spirit guides and power animals to restore balance and harmony to the individual. Shamanic healing tools embody a holistic approach that addresses the whole being rather than just the symptoms of a particular ailment.
If you are interested in exploring this world, there are several shamanic healing tools that can help you on your journey. In this guide, I will introduce you to the five shamanic healing tools I use. With training and familiarity, they can also help you connect with your inner self and achieve a deeper level of healing. Remember that this is a sacred journey, and it is important to honor our Shamanic healing allies – the ones who help us on this path – no matter what form they take.
Smudging is a common practice in shamanic healing that involves burning herbs like sage or palo santo to cleanse and purify the energy in a space or around a being – non-human or human animals. Sage is often used to clear negative energy, while palo santo is believed to bring in sacred energies. To smudge, light the herb and let it burn for a few seconds. Then, use the smoke to cleanse yourself, your animal companions, or your space by waving the smudge stick around or using a feather to spread the smoke.
Journeying with a drum or rattle is a powerful shamanic tool that can help us access altered states of consciousness and connect with our spirit guides. The steady beat of the drum or the rhythmic shaking of the rattle helps us enter a heightened state of awareness where we can receive guidance, healing, and insight. To use a drum or rattle, find a quiet and comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed. Start by setting an intention for the journey and then begin playing the drum or shaking the rattle at a steady pace. Allow yourself to relax and let the sound carry you on your journey.
Creating an altar is a powerful way to create a sacred space for our shamanic practices. An altar can be as simple or elaborate as you like, but it should be a reflection of your personal connection to Spirit. Start by choosing a location for your altar, and this can be a place outdoors in the yard as well. Then, gather items that are meaningful to you, such as stones, feathers, local plants, or herbs. Arrange these items in a way that feels harmonious and balanced to you. Use your altar as a place to meditate, pray, or set intentions for your shamanic practice.
Animal spirit guides are a common tool used in shamanic healing. Our animal spirit guides offer wisdom, protection, and guidance on our spiritual journey. To connect with your animal spirit guide, start by setting an intention to meet them. You can do this through meditation, visualization, or shamanic journeying. Once you have connected with your guide, pay attention to the messages they offer you. These messages may come in the form of symbols, feelings, or even physical encounters with the animal in the natural world. Remember to honor and respect your animal spirit guide and thank them for their guidance and support.
At the heart of shamanism is the sense of communion with all creation – the trees, plants, animals, stones, rivers, mountains, the elements, and the directions. They are holders and bearers of ancient wisdom and a way of communion with Spirit, which we have forgotten. And some of them work as our allies and partners in the healing process. Practitioners often seek support from such allies from the natural world as a powerful shamanic healing tool.
These Shamanic healing tools offer a wide range of benefits for individuals seeking physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. Some of the benefits include increased self-awareness, improved emotional regulation, reduced stress and anxiety, enhanced creativity, and a deeper connection to the natural world. Shamanic healing tools can also help non-human and human animals overcome past traumas and negative patterns of behavior, leading to a more fulfilling and joyful life. This article has more on how shamanic healing tools help our animal companions.
If you really want to delve into the world of shamanic healing, the first step is to cultivate a sense of oneness with all of creation. The plants, trees, stones – we are all interconnected, and we are all energy. It is also important to find a teacher. Most shamanic healing practices are considered sacred and passed on from teacher to student. It is important to find a teacher you will connect to. Often the bond between a teacher and student goes beyond the confines of one lifetime. It is a sacred bond and hence important to find the right teacher.
And once you are on the path, you will soon realize how magical and profoundly transformational a journey you are on.
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