What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is an ancient way of working with spirits of the land. It was practiced worldwide by our ancestors – the foundations of shamanism are the same across many different cultures.
When someone receives shamanic healing, there is a sense of familiarity and comfort about the process that can’t be put into words.
The shaman steps out of him or herself to perform the healing with deep universal love. There is great strength in it that is afforded by the spirits who work with, and guide, the shaman.
Blockages that have been present for many lifetimes can be released, allowing the person to step onto a new path in his or her life.
The shaman steps into the world of the recipient to perform the healing so each session is unique.
Why Peruvian Shamanism?
There is an ancient quality about the form of Shamanism preserved by the Que’ro in Peru. When the Spanish invaded and conquered Peru they enforced Catholicism and were destroying the ancient traditions. The shamans chose to climb high into mountains to preserve the knowledge. They stayed there until the middle of the 20th Century.
Therefore the teachings (all by word of mouth) remained purer than in many other cultures.
What is a shaman?
In Peru, a village shaman was only paid when the villagers were well – he/she was the health provider for the village! In the modern world a Shaman tends to be called upon to release deep blockages that are holding a person back in some way.
A shaman works from the heart, for the best interests of his/her client. The principles applied, as for the Munay-Ki Rites, are:
NON-VIOLENCE, TRUTHFULNESS, INTEGRITY, MODERATION and GENEROSITY
- It is NOT a religion. Many shamans in Peru are Catholics. The two things sit comfortably alongside each other.
- Nor is it Black Magic or Sorcery!
Most people relate to at a cellular level, words often are not there to explain how it feels but it is understood at that mythical/different level by your body.
Trained by Alberto Villoldo’s Four Winds Society
I was drawn to train with Alberto Villoldo‘s Four Winds Society after reading his book “Shaman Healer Sage” in 2005.
Native American Shamans have practiced energy medicine for thousands of years. Alberto Villoldo Ph.D., a medical anthropologist and psychologist, founded The Four Winds Society & The Light Body School after spending over 30 years in the high Andes and the Amazon training with master shaman. Dr. Villoldo is the best-selling author of many books including “Shaman, Healer, Sage” (that set me on the path to Peru and to train with him) & “Power up Your Brain”.
The Four Winds offers a scientific framework through which the the ancient art of energy medicine is applied to daily life and professional practice. The basic practices were augmented by Alberto with other techniques to broaden them for the modern world.
The mission of the Four Winds Society is still to train master practitioners in the shamanic wisdom and healing arts of the ancient Americas.
Shaman discovered that the luminous energy field (LEF) that surrounds the body holds the keys for how we will age, how we will heal, and how we might die.
The training creates modern shamans – caretakers of the earth, steeped in the ancient wisdom of the Earth peoples and also in cutting-edge neuroscience. Ancient shamanic practices that help to wire the brain for health, joy, and longevity are taught. They believe that energy medicine is the healing practice of the future.
It also included training to mentor others in the Munay-Ki Rites.
Deepening my practice
After completing the Four Winds “Healing the Light Body” course over a period of two years (including my trip to Peru with them), I completed their “Way of the Sage” programme as well. This is advanced training with mentoring from a Four Winds senior teacher (Nicky Mott in my case) and I found it really useful and inspirational.
Linda Fitch was one of my main tutors when I studied with the Four Winds (she was the most senior member of staff at that time).
Then I have also continued to deepen my knowledge on several further training courses with
- Carla Fox – Farwalkers Destiny trained in Andean Shamanic practice and has added other skills on top of it. Very deep acting, very quick work.
- Jose Luis Herrera – Rainbow Jaguar – from Cusco in Peru, who works with the most experienced shaman in the area. His insights into the tradition were absolutely fascinating and left me in awe of what is possible.
- Stephen Victor – Who practices Andean Shamanism and also Hellinger Constellation work
Why do people choose shamanic healing?
Often the trigger for someone to want this form of healing is a pattern that is not shifting. It can be a life situation, an imbalance in the body or multi-level such as anxieties and stresses. The feeling that whatever he/she tries the same thing seems to crop up again, with different people and circumstances but the same pattern.
No need to visit me
Today most of my clients live a long way from where I practice. Remote sessions work brilliantly for you – you can be at home, relaxing or pottering about doing jobs while I do the session without any need to travel. I can focus entirely on the session without worries about whether you are hot/cold/thirsty etc.
How many sessions?
Rarely does someone have more than one session for the same issue. It tends to act deeply and lasts (especially if we follow it up with the e-Lybra bio-resonance sessions – that makes integration of the session really easy).It is always so nice to get glowing testimonials. This one for my remote Andean Shamanic Energy Medicine service…
“I can’t thank you enough for the work that you did with me. It has really turned my life around. The light at the end of the tunnel is no longer an oncoming train! I have recovered much of my energy and feel more hopeful for the future. You have been so kind and encouraging when you have spoken to me and the healing you gave me has shifted so much ‘stuff’. So glad I found you!”PG