First 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:


  • 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 need.

  • 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 and power.

  • 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 process.

  • 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 wounds.

  • 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 victim: 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.

Suggestions courtesy of my Peruvian Misa teacher:  The Hollow Bone - Ana Larramendi
Suggestions adapted by Ana Larramendi from Jaes Seis
True Self meditation is the work of my teacher Betsy Bergstrom.


Jeffrey Rich