There are many different forms of Shamanic or Native Healing, different Healers will use different techniques, tools and medicine to assist their patients.
Some Shamans may help remove illness and disease, physical pain, bad dreams, ghosts, etc. Some are also teachers who can help you find your spiritual path. Some will pray and meditate for answers and spiritual solutions to an individuals or a community’s problems. Some will look to the animals and things in nature for guidance.
Rebekah offers Native American Shamanic Healing in Sedona. Her practice includes the Medicine Wheel Ceremony, Animal Totems and Readings, Shamanic Journeys and Soul Retrieval, Sacred Counsel Sessions, Dream Interpretation, Home clearings and blessings and Sedona Spiritual Vortex Tours.
Who is a Shaman?
A Shaman is the spiritual leader and natural healer of the tribe. Also referred to as a Medicine Man, Native Healer, Spirit Walker, Sage, Visionary, Mystic, Prophet, or a Holy Man or Woman.
They are the ones who can walk between the physical and spiritual worlds as a communicator for the great spirit.
There are several different types of Shaman.
A shaman can either be a man or a woman. Some cultures will call a man a Sha-man, and a woman a Sha-ma. In more modern terms, both are referred to as a Shaman.
A true Shaman is not likely to claim to be a Shaman or any other title that would set them higher than anyone else. But the people in their tribe, family, business, or any other type of group, clan or community will tell you that he or she is their Shaman. Shamans may claim to be a Shamanic Practitioners and study shamanism. Just as a true healer will not claim to be a healer, they will be more likely to claim to practice healing work, or call themselves a healing practitioner or facilitator.
Some Shamans find it difficult to live in modern society. They prefer to spend more time in nature studying the animals, the weather, the elements, and all natural things.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. Shamanism comprises of a range of traditional beliefs and practices concerned with communication with the spirit-world. A practitioner of shamanism is known as a shaman. There are many variations of shamanism throughout the world, but several common beliefs are shared by all forms of shamanism. Shamans are intermediaries, or mediums between the human and spirit worlds. They are capable of entering supernatural realms to obtain answers and solutions to the problems of their community. Someone would come to a Shaman for guidance, healing, clearing, answers, clarity, direction, and to treat illnesses.
Characteristics of a Shaman…
Teaches through being an example
They are humble and practice humility
Being of service in every moment and situation
Honors another’s path regardless religion and differences in beliefs
Expresses unconditional love for self and all relations
Practices non-judgment of self and others
Balances physical and non-physical worlds
Takes great care of physical self
Can heal human self and facilitates healing of others
Keeps a clean and simple environment
Knows the solar cycles very well and plans activities and other events accordingly
Lives on less
Trusts and listens to inner guidance
Takes time to be in silence, knowing answers are found within self, or in nature
Spends time in nature and understands the elements
Speaks to the animals and interprets their messages and wisdom
Interprets dreams as guidance in the physical world
Speaks positively and uplifts others
Looks for the good in everyone and every situation
Knows medicinal properties of plants and herbs
Uses non-physical energy work when appropriate
Shape shifts when appropriate
Understands the natural laws of the universe
Continues to study and learn to become a better teacher
Tools of a Shaman…
Sage is best known for smudging ceremonies. This practice is used for cleansing, clearing, and purifying negative energies. Scientific studies have shown that sage, when burned, gives off negative ions. Negative ions are known for clearing mental blocks and works with the non-physical, psychic self. These are the same ions that you would get from standing at the edge of the ocean and breathing it in.
Blue corn is one of the most unique corns found in the Southwest and is a symbol of life by the Hopi.
The drum is one of the most important tools of a Shaman. It is used for meditating, vision quests, and shamanic journeys, healing and breaking up old patterns and negative energies, grounding, centering, calling in the spirits for ceremony, and of course, dancing. The deep, earthly sound of the drum represents the heartbeat of mother earth, loving, giving, and nurturing. It brings us back to the comfort of being in our mothers womb, safe, secure, and surrounded with unconditional love. The heartbeat connects all of life and reminds us that there is no separation. The plants, animals, stones, trees, fish, stars, plants and the universe are all one. There is only one universal heartbeat.
Places you might find a Shaman…
There are many shamans walking the earth today, they are all over the planet. Some don’t even know that they are a Shaman yet they are practicing Shamanism every day. You may find these healers and shamans near vortex sites, sacred sites, and where the earths ley lines connect around the planet. When you are looking for a Shaman, all you have to do is put it out there and you will always be guided to the perfect one.
Misconceptions of a Shaman…
Over the years I’ve noticed that some people are perfectly trained by what they see on television. When going to see a Shaman or someone who practices Shamanism for the first time they may have some unrealistic expectations…
Are you looking for an old wrinkly man dressed in furs and robes who is wearing crystals and feathers and has a full set of ragalia on? This might have been what you would have seen a few hundred years ago, but things have changed.
You might be looking for someone who is isolated and lives in a small hut within his village or you think you may have to drive up a long windy road to the top of a mountain to seek these individuals. Not any more…
There may be a Shaman or Shamanic Practitioner living right next door.
So I encourage you to release all expectations and be open to searching for the modern Shaman who dresses in normal clothes and lives a life just like everyone else. They may even have a day job!
There are many shamans out there and it is said that there is at least one within every family, workplace, etc.