Shamanic healing is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to heal both humans and animals. If you are looking for a holistic approach to improving your animal companion’s well-being, shamanic healing for animals may be worth considering. This guide will explore the benefits of such shamanic healing for both human and non-human animals.
I was introduced to Shamanic healing for animals when my senior cat Amadeus was diagnosed with a terminal illness. While Amadeus’ time on Earth was nearing its end, regular Shamanic healing sessions enabled Amadeus to live in comfort despite the illness raging through his body. It was only in the last week that his pain set in, and we knew it was time to go. I remain eternally grateful for the Shamanic healing that he received. And if today, I am able to offer Shamanic healing for animals, a large part of the credit goes to my cats, my Power animals, spirit allies, guides, and teachers who introduced me to this path.
Shamanic healing is an ancient practice that involves connecting with the spiritual world to promote healing and balance in the physical world. It is based on the belief that everything in the universe is interconnected and that spiritual imbalances can lead to physical and emotional problems. Shamanic healers use various techniques, such as drumming, chanting, and energy work, to help restore balance and promote healing in animals – humans as well as non-humans.
In Shamanic healing, we believe in two foundational principles:
(i) We are interconnected with all of creation – the trees, the plants, the stones, minerals, animals, the rivers, the clouds, the elements, and also the unseen realms
(ii) There are other realms or dimensions outside of what we commonly experience on Earth.
Practitioners of Shamanic healing believe that disease happens when either the soul is lost, fragmented, or sometimes stolen or through an external spirit intrusion into the system. In the case of a soul loss, healing happens when a practitioner goes in search of the soul and persuades the soul to return to the body. With external spirit intrusions, practitioners often remove the intrusive spirit out or rely on helping spirit allies to do so.
A practitioner of the shamanic healing arts alternates between the different realms to remove blockages and create harmony across all dimensions. Shamanic healing is sometimes viewed as a combination of magic and medicine. Ancient shamans would journey into the non-ordinary realities and work with their Spirit allies to fight diseases, and psychic intrusions, protect the land, and find locations where food would be available. Practitioners of shamanic healing can also track the soul’s journey and get rid of intrusions or sometimes perform a soul retrieval ceremony to make whole parts that have been fragmented or lost, causing trauma.
The success of shamanic healing depends upon the practitioners’ skilfulness and ability to temporarily move into an altered state of consciousness which allows the practitioner to journey into non-ordinary realities and retrieve guidance and healing support from their spirit guides.
Indigenous Americans have used drumming, dancing, and chanting as common Shamanic tools when embarking on a journey into non-ordinary reality. In some Central and South American cultures, ayahuasca or other hallucinogenic plants are used to induce a state of altered consciousness.
Journeying is a common practice in most Shamanic healing practices. In a Shamanic Journey, a practitioner will travel to any of the three non-ordinary realms, parallel universes, or even across time. During such Journeys, the practitioner is protected and guided by their Power Animals or other Spirit Guides.
Lucy, a senior cat, was failing in health. Doctors had predicted another two months. While Shamanic healing for animals did not bring about a radical cure, it helped Lucy carry on with her daily life. It has been eight months now. And even as of writing this, Lucy maintains a healthy appetite and goes wandering in the yard chatting with the birds.
Duke, an adolescent cat, had just found his way to his forever home. He did not, however, take kindly to the senior cat of the house. Driven to the point of despair, Duke’s new human family was considering putting him up for adoption. A shamanic journey revealed how Duke’s soul was fragmented in a heartbreaking story of loss and trauma. Duke, however, loved his Shamanic healing sessions, and they seemed to help him. Though at first, the change seemed very transient, with time and patience, Duke adjusted to a new life – where he felt secure and whole again.
Shamanic healing for animals can benefit our animal companions in many ways. It can help address physical issues such as pain, illness, and injury, as well as emotional issues such as anxiety, fear, and trauma. Shamanic healing for animals can also help strengthen the bond between the animal and their human companion, promoting a deeper understanding and connection. Additionally, shamanic healing can help animals transition peacefully during the end of their life, providing comfort and support for both the animal and their human companion.
Shamanic healing involves a variety of techniques, including energy work, soul retrieval, and journeying. Energy work involves the practitioner using their hands to manipulate the animal’s energy field, removing any blockages and restoring balance. Soul retrieval involves the practitioner journeying to retrieve any lost parts of the animal’s soul, which may have been lost due to trauma or illness. Journeying involves the practitioner entering a trance-like state to communicate with the animal’s spirit guides and receive guidance on how to best help the animal. These techniques can be used alone or in combination to address a wide range of physical and emotional issues in animals.
When seeking a shamanic healer for your animal companion, it’s important to do your research and find a qualified practitioner. Look for someone who has experience working with animals and has received proper training in shamanic healing techniques. You can ask for recommendations or search online for practitioners in your area. It’s also important to trust your intuition and choose someone whom you feel comfortable with and who has a good rapport with your animal companion.
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