Steps in Shamanic Healing
All healing is a
process; it happens in layers, over time.
Each healing session addresses the layer that is
presenting itself at the time. No healing session
addresses everything all at once.
If you are in need now and can't get in to
see me immediately, please use these self-care
steps to begin and aid in your healing:
- Meet Your True Self via a
guided imagery meditation - the
True Self is our First Ally, our grounding ally, our
healing ally. I recommend that you do this meditation
at least once a day, more if you can manage. The
effects are cumulative and strengthen, balance, and
integrate you from the inside out. This guided
meditation, the work of my teacher Betsy Bergstrom, is
easy, quick, deep and powerful and is remarkably
refreshing and relaxing.
To experience the True Self guided meditation, use
either the gadgets below or right-click and save the
audio file to your own computer for listening there.
These are MP3 files.
- Read These - I'm not kidding. Read these NOW.
These resources will change you.
- Ask the Universe for the healing you want.
Be clear. Speak it out loud - This may sound
odd, but do it
anyway. The Universe and the Spirits are
always listening and watching, waiting to help us,
wanting to give us what we desire. Asking for healing
opens all the possibilities for healing. Asking for healing for
yourself begins the process and sets the wheels of
the Universe in motion to bring to you what you
- Get to Nature - Get outside and let
yourself feel and receive the Earth's blessings and
messages. The natural world has a high level of life
force and vitality, and the Pachamama (Quechua for
"place/time of the Great Mother") holds the perfect
energetic blueprint for our health. This can support
and feed your energy body. The Japanese call this
"forest bathing", or shinrin-yoku.
Spending time in Nature re-sets our energy body and
reconnects us to a very important source of vitality
- Nurture yourself - Rest,
drink lots of water, eat healthy food, and take a
soothing Epsom salt or baking soda & sea salt
bath. I recommend 1 quart of Epsom Salt per bath, and
to continue daily baths until you feel better - one
bath might not be enough. Feeling out of sorts or bad
means that you need it! The body and energy field will
continue to detoxify, self care will assist with the
- Create a New Reality - make a
conscious choice to respond to situations in a
positive and life-affirming way ... this is a time to
re-pattern out of old, unhealthy mind-sets and
behaviors so the new way becomes permanent. As you
engage in different choices, the new aspects and
essence of the soul creates a new reality. There can
be a chain reaction of healing realignment. Your
choices help reaffirm your wholeness.
- Community - Find support, talk to
trusted friends and loved ones, a counselor or group.
Share your healing story with those
who are open and can honor your healing process. Do
not, under any circumstances, talk about your old
- Develop a Regular Spiritual Practice
- learn to journey, practice meditation, yoga, Tai
Chi, prayer, a walk in nature. Create personal
ceremonies. Read books on spirituality. Go on a
spiritual journey, Vision Quest or pilgrimage. Join a
drumming circle, take a workshop that teaches
spiritual healing or a spiritual path. A spiritual
practice (one that truly resonates to you) will
support your healing and make you stronger than
anything else. Find a way of connecting spiritually
that feels comfortable and authentic to you.
- Journal - Keep a record of your
experience and change. Confide in and honor yourself.
Sometimes the most powerful insights come from
re-reading the old records of your experience. Read
Lynne Forrest's beautiful article about being the
Three Faces of Victim. This can help you
recognize a pattern you are caught in. I find this to
be a fascinating and extraordinary article; I
recognize much of myself and my old patterns here.
- Honor - If you receive special
instructions (homework) from your session, follow
these instructions to support the healing journey.
- Follow-up Care - Give your healing
process time to integrate. I encourage feedback to
hear how you are doing. Work with a practitioner when
you feel ready to tackle new layers of your healing
journey. Pay attention to right timing, but don't
endure unnecessary suffering before seeking help.