I began exploring and learning about shamanism when I found it enhanced my giving of reiki and reflexology treatments. Looking for a teacher, I thankfully found Paul Francis of the Three Ravens College. Paul’s integration of shamanism with counselling and psychotherapeutic techniques makes a powerful healing modality for today.
For me shamanism is about connecting back to the living natural world and seeking to be a whole and healthy human within that world. This is an intensely practical way of dealing with the stresses of modern life – the pressure to be constantly doing; the perpetual demands from work, family, technology. To unplug from our seething civilisation and feel the filaments that still hold us to plants, animals, rocks, landscapes, takes us back to our roots as human animals and teaches us what really matters. Therapeutic shamanic healing can help us to bring back this connection into the everyday world and hold on to it to nurture and protect us.
Plant medicine is my particular passion. From being taught the names and ways of wild flowers as a child, to growing food and healing herbs, and using essential oils for my clients’ physical and psychological needs, the plant world has freely given its abundance all my life. I often integrate my shamanic work with aromatherapy and plant essence blends for my clients.
A shamanic healing session usually centers around the shamanic journey. I help clients identify what it is they wish to work on by asking for information by email first. We then arrange a consultation in person or by phone/skype to determine exactly what we wish to journey on. I then lead a shamanic journey using drumming, either alone or with the client participating, and afterwards we unpack the journey, determining what it means for the client and how they can take it forward in their life. One session takes about 90 minutes/2 hours.
The learning and healing from a shamanic session often takes some days or weeks to be processed. It then usually becomes apparent whether there is further work that needs to be done and what that might be. As the client becomes more used to actively participating in the work they may find they can begin to do it for themselves and integrate it more easily into their life.
For more details please see the Therapeutic Shamanism website.
Sessions in Chester UK and distance work worldwide.