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This is probably the most common question I hear today. And you know why so many people ask it? Because we are brought up in a society that does not have Shamanism. Worse than that we are brought up without community.
In the old days you were raised with a strong community around you. We lived together, played together, grew up together and sometimes even died together. We had elders and doctors and teachers and medical advisors right within this strong close knit community. Think of the klingit tribes of Indians who live in Alaska. Although they may seem isolated from the outside, they are completely self contained with a very strong sense of communal identity.
But today, we are lucky to have a strong family or church community and in many ways we are less fortunate than long ago.
In the old days, the elders would watch the children and find what each child was strong in and had a knack for. Then those gifts were encouraged and the child grew into whatever came naturally to him or her. If a child seemed good with numbers, that talent was grown and the child might become the treasurer for the community. If the child was given to visions he or she may be groomed to be the community�s visionary. If the child could speak to the animals, perhaps the child would become the communicator to the spirit world. Each child would have one or more gifts he or she was born with. It was the community, the elders, the teachers, and the parents who realized the blessings and were happy to help the child be what he or she was meant to be in life.
have no such possibility for ourselves or for our children. For the
most part, we are raised to fit into a box; to learn what everyone else
learns and to ignore or abandon anything that does not fit into
society�s box. If our parents see us talking to the birds we are taken
to a psychologist and told not to do that. In fact, there is very
little encouragement to develop the gifts and talents that we were born
into. And so our society is losing out on the largest talent bank ever
assembled on this planet today.
I see the problem. I see that Shamanism could disappear from the face of the earth because children of today are not allowed to study it and to grow their own special gifts of healing for themselves and for society. It doesn�t have to be this way.
So I offer you the choice. It is not too late to look inside and find those special gifts you were born with. You may have pushed them down and buried them deep inside because your parents, your family, your society said they were wrong or worthless or should not be used. But they are still within you.
What are these gifts?
Healing the spirit is the primary function of a Shaman.
Hands on healing,
SOUL-EXTRACTION involves the Shaman extracting psychic darts or chords that have intruded upon the soul or etheric body of the patient. This is sometimes an attack from someone who has attempted to harm, maim, or kill the patient. The classic dart attack will often manifest as pains where no wounds exist. This involves, according to Michael Harner, author of The Way of the Shaman, a literal "sucking out" of the intrusion. This sucking out of the intrusions is done both psychically and mentally. There are other methods of soul extraction as well.
Soul-retrieval is the process by which the Shaman retrieves pieces of the person lost soul. This is often accomplished by journeying to the spirit world and requesting assistance from the spirits, ancestors, and guides that dwell in Other Realities or Worlds. These beings assist the Shaman in discovering what is wrong with the person and often help the Shaman fight a battle with the being now possessing those parts to win them back and bring them to the patient. Some of the classic symptoms of a person in need of soul retrieval would perhaps include those suffering from a mental illness; those abused as children, or those who sense that something is missing in their lives.
This is a dangerous
act and often the Shaman if he or she is not trained well enough can
fall into physical or mental traps laid by the possessing entities that
may cause illness or psychosis for the Shaman.
Soul restoration is the literally restoring of one�s soul. This occurs when a person is near death and his/her soul seeks to move on. This "death" could be the result of a psychic attack or an accident from which the body has recovered physically, but not spiritually. Again the Shaman will journey to the place where the patient has lost his or her soul and barter for that soul to bring it back and restore it to the patient. It takes much strength and power by the Shaman to deal with these otherworld entities and the Shaman must know how and where to wield that power for the good of all. Shamans are not in the business of destruction but rather healing. I cannot emphasize the role of personal power and education for the Shaman enough.
Hands- on healing or bodywork is most certainly a part of what a Shaman does. This technique is still widely used today by Reiki masters, massage therapists, chiropractors and Shamans. Shamanistic hands-on healing involves the energy or spirit of the Shaman working with the energy or spirit of the patient.
Divination is the means by which a Shaman can foretell the future, describe the illnesses of people and find their cure. Divination shows the path to the Shaman; which direction the patient should walk to receive healing. This is accomplished in varying ways and the method used often depends on the teaching the Shaman received from his particular tribe or elder. The most common shamanic method is journeying to the Otherworld and requesting information from elders, guides and spirits who live there. It is been said that Genghis Khan used his shamans that way. There are many other beings who are greatly involved in your life and wish to see you whole and happy. A Shaman has intimate relationship with these wise ones and uses this gift on the patient�s behalf.
Herbal healing gives credence to the true belief that the Shaman is a medicine man or witch doctor. Herbal healing began with the beginning of the earth. Many of the hunting and gathering tribes had the ability to heal with plants indigenous to their area. Today this knowledge is fast disappearing and Shamans everywhere try to support the preservation of indigenous plantlife and the lore surrounding them. Many Shamans spend their entire careers discovering and recording these plants for the future of us all.
Herbalism is used in conjunction with spirit healing to facilitate recovery. All Shamans are herbalists.
dream interpretation is another Shamanic tool to assist with healing.
Shamans will listen to the dreamer's dream, sometimes for several days,
until they fully connect with it. Then they will dream the dream
themselves and resolve the conflict to the highest good of the dreamer.
This again is a difficult task and requires rigorous training by the
Shaman in his or her apprenticeship to accomplish.
Soul leading is another important function of a Shaman. This is the process in which the Shaman will escort the newly dead to their place in the Otherworld. This is done because the Shaman who is familiar and a frequent visitor to the Otherworld will be able to find the "soul" its proper place.
Not all Shamans are all of the above but a good Shaman is all this and more. What a Shaman is according to Eliade is a "Master of the Ecstatic." This is true for it is in the mastery of the ecstatic that the Shaman garners his or her power.
Each of us had one or more of these gifts buried somewhere inside our spirits. It is your gift, your right, actually your onus or duty to find the gift, study the gift, gain power over the gift or gifts and use the gifts to heal yourself and others. Can you imagine how beautiful this world would be if each of us took responsibility for the gifts we were given? Who would be left sick? Or poor?
And so I offer the course called Shaman Apprenticeship 101 to help you unlock that gift and re-member your skills and your power to make your life everything it is meant to be!
Bring back the harmony in your life
Feel connected to your spirit
Allow yourself to be who you truly are!
Find your personal power.
Take charge of your situation
Find your sense of purpose in this world
Give that gift that is uniquely yours to give.
Experience having a traditional practicing Shaman relationship.
1. Shaman Apprenticeship Course.
18 lessons teaching over 20 tools and skills to you in a mentorship with a Traditional Shaman on this path for over 55 years, unlimited dialogue by email, live weekly lectures and a chance to study in person.
Lesson 1: Shamanic Protection
Lesson 2: Warriorship
Lesson 5: Meeting Your Guides
Lesson 6 The Universal Medicine Wheel
Lesson 7: The Seven Planes
Lesson 8: Totems
lesson 9:Introduction to Healing Work
Lesson 10: Divination
Lesson 11: The Chakra System
Lesson 12: Working With Allies
Lesson 13: Shamanic Journeying
Lesson 14:Working With herbs
Lesson 15: The Causal Plane
Lesson 16: Your Cave Place Part 1.
Lesson 17: Your Cave Place part 2.
lesson 18 Your Cave Place part 3.
You have unlimited counseling and communication with Shaman Maggie through this course for anything in your life.This is the same price it was in 2002.
2. Introduction to Traditional Shamanism Course - $45.00 USD
6 Lessons each with a two page teaching and a traditional shamanic skill exercise to practice
with unlimited dialogue by email and a FREE half hour phone consultation.
3. One hour phone consultation with Shaman Elder Maggie about anything in your life - $75.00 USD. No course required.
This is a chance to speak one on one with a true traditional Shaman who has been walking this path for 60 years
and teaching it for over ten years.
Whatever you are struggling with,
whatever conflicts you have in your life,
call Shaman Maggie to gain a new perspective from the Shamanic viewpoint
and she will provide you with insights and suggestions
to help you have bounty and prosperity and joy in your life.
Of course Shaman Elder Maggie cannot make your life change. Only you can do that.
But she does work behind the material scenes on the subtle energy levels
to help you succeed and many people have found jobs, homes, passion, love, health and much more because of her work on their behalf.
I am also creating an experiential self-discovery course for children. As a Shaman Elder I have spent years working with children, observing them in constructive and purposeful play activities designed to discover those gifts and talents within each child and then to encourage and nurture those gifts into the powerful skills that they can be for happiness, self-fulfillment, motivation, excellence, achievement and success. I am available for counseling in this area and would be happy to offer my assistance in helping your child find his or her own true potential. It is the job of a Shaman. I am here to do my job of helping you find your own true power.
Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls
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