Shamanic Healing

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"We know that whatever you vibrate, you create and attract to yourself.  So, you work on healing yourself.  In order to create peace around you, you become peace.  If there's conflict living within you, you cannot live in a world of peace. The world mirrors back to you perfectly the condition of your love and your intent.  And if the world you're living is is not a world that is at peace and at joy and at grace, then you have to find peace, joy, and grace within you.

The shaman no longer looks meaning in life, but brings meaning to every situation. The shaman stops looking for truth and instead brings truth to every encounter. You don't look for the right partner, you become the right partner.  And then the right partner finds you.  It's a very active practice, focused on healing." - Alberto Villoldo, PhD, Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas

 

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The word "shaman" in the original Tungus language of Siberia refers to a person who makes journeys to nonordinary reality in an altered state of consciousness. In his extensively researched book, Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, Mircea Eliade writes that the practice of shamanism existed on all inhabited continents and that shamanism underlays all the other spiritual traditions on the planet.

The most distinctive feature of shamanism, although by no means the only one, is the journey to other worlds in an altered state of consciousness.


"...in our culture many consider it avant-garde if a person talks about the mind-body connection, but the fact that the brain is connected to the rest of the body is not the most exciting news. It's been known for hundreds and thousands of years. What's really important about shamanism, in my opinion, is that the shaman knows that we are not alone. By that I mean, when one human being compassionately works to relieve the suffering of another, the helping spirits are interested and become involved."

 

Shamanism is not a belief system.  It is based on personal experiments conducted to heal, aquire information, or for the purpose of other things.  Shamans are often called "seers", or "people who know" in their tribal languages, because they are involved in a system of knowledge based on firsthand experience.

Shamanic healing, as practiced by the Q’ero medicine men and women of Peru, is a natural, non-intrusive and practical form of energy healing. The Q'ero nation, whose medicine people are described as The Masters of Living Energy by Joan Parisi Wilcox in her book of the same title, are the direct descendants of the Inka.  Living high in the Andes, the Q'ero medicine men and women have preserved and retained the Inka healing practices in their original form.  Theirs is a long tradition of Earthkeepers, whose sacred knowledge of the sacred feminine was kept alive in spite of the many centuries of masculine dominance. The Q'ero medicine men and women, along with the medicine people and elders from indigenous peoples and cultures throughout the world, were guided to release and share this knowledge because these are auspicious times that we live in.

Another important aspect of Shamanic healing is the concept of Ayni or sacred reciprocity - a universal theme among all spiritual and faith traditions.  To the people of the Andes, the value of sacred reciprocity, or ayni, is of paramount importance in ensuring that an individual, and societies, are in harmonious relationship with all of life. This act of giving and receiving reflects a just system where living is sustainable through the endless flow of energy. As we receive from life, we reciprocate by giving back through simple and meaningful offerings. By giving offerings, we correct the imbalance between giving and receiving, and so, we return to the balanced state of ayni.  With our offerings, we express our gratitude for what we have received and we invite abundance, health, love and anything else we desire into our life.

This simple act of conscious living through offerings and expressions of gratitude - through aligning ourselves with the sacred, is performed in a ritual of creating a despacho. Thousands of years old, the despacho is a ceremonial prayer bundle used by the shamans of the Andes for dreaming, envisioning, healing and expressing gratitude.  It is a prayer ceremony and represents our personal communication with the divine.

A despacho, through its symbolic creation, brings the invisible realms of our prayers, our intentions, dreams and desires into visible form.  As we engage in the creation of a despacho, not only does the manifestation of our dream and prayer accelerate, but we are also validating that which we have already received, and in so doing, we are acknowledging that reciprocity and balance are at the core of universal energetics.

The Munay Ki are rites and initiations derived from the teachings of this particular lineage as well as those of the Laika medicine men and women of pre-Inka times. These rites are energetic transmissions which empower an individual who is interested in developing his or her own healing powers and acquiring the wisdom to becoming a steward and keeper of our planet and all life on it.

 

As with all energy healing, Shamanic healing can be carried out in person, or at a distance.