Shamanism and Shamanic Healing
Information provided courtesy of Carla Person
Shamanism is mankind’s most ancient healing art. In Shamanic healing for animals, the healer enters hidden worlds (called “non-ordinary reality”) and requests the help of compassionate spirit allies to learn what is wrong with an animal, get information that will help the caregivers, and ultimately to heal the animal’s troubles, be they emotional or physical.
Over tens of thousands of years, our ancient ancestors all over the world discovered how to maximize human abilities of mind and spirit for healing and problem solving. The remarkable system of methods they developed is today known as “shamanism,” a term that comes from a Siberian tribal word for its practitioners: “shaman” (pronounced SHAH-mahn). A Shaman is a type of medicine man or woman especially distinguished by the use of journeys to hidden worlds otherwise mainly known through myth, dream, and near-death experiences. Most commonly they do this by entering an altered state of consciousness using monotonous percussion sound. (Copyright: Foundation for Shaman Studies)
Anthropologists point out that Shamans were the members of the tribes who could talk to animals, and indeed the Shamanic State of Consciousness is an ideal state of mind for animal communication. The Shaman must engage the client in conversation to gain direct permission for healing. It is a matter of intention then to merge with the animal, experience life from the animal’s senses and understand the animal’s point of view.
A Shamanic healer may work at a distance or in direct physical contact with the animal. Either way, the spirit allies and the Shaman first gain the permission of the animal’s spirit before engaging in work. They then inspect the animal for spiritual causes of illness, remove them, and retrieve spiritual power for the animal to help it become whole and healthy again. The spirits also give the caregivers practical advice on next steps they can take to help the animal. Shamanic healers always work in conjunction with wise and compassionate spiritual allies, doing what is best for the animal and the caregiver. They heal the heart between the person and the animal, a critical step in recovery for both beings. In this partnership the Shaman’s personal point of view is subjugated to the information given by spirits, and the healing power that comes through is a transmission from these distinct and wise beings.