Shamanism is the most ancient of human healing and spiritual practices. It is a way of accessing the love, wisdom, compassion, and power of the spirit world in order to receive help for one's self or to serve others.
One of the central teachings of shamanism is that all of the world is alive and has a spirit, and that we are all connected to each other as a result of this.
A Shaman is a person who relates directly to the spirits in order to address the spiritual aspects of an illness, who does soul retrievals, receives information about the past and future, helps the spirits of deceased people to cross over, and performs ceremonies for the community.
From the shamanic perspective there are three common causes of illness. In the first, a person may have lost their power, and the shaman journeys to the spirit world to restore the lost power, such as in a power animal retrieval to restore the relationship to a helping animal spirit. Secondly, a person may lose a part of their soul essence due to extreme fright, grief, abuse, accidents, disaster, surgery or war, and the shaman journeys into the spirit world to track the lost soul piece and return it in a soul retrieval ceremony. Thirdly, a person may take on harmful energies due to power or soul loss, resulting in localized illness or pain and the shaman extracts and removes the harmful energies and restores power to prevent them from returning.
Shamanic healing has been found to be very beneficial in treating many health issues, including all types of abuse, fatigue, chronic pain or illness, alcohol or drug dependency, and emotional or mental illness.
Shamanic counseling is used to teach a person to use the shamanic journey for personal problem-solving and for spiritual inspiration. It is also useful to help a person release self-limiting beliefs and assumptions.