Frequently Asked Questions

Sage

Shamanism is an ancient spiritual healing tradition. Shamans are practitioners of shamanism who work in cooperation with nature to provide spiritual healing services to clients. Shamans can interact with the spirit world, which is an unseen aspect of nature that exists beyond the ordinary material world. The shaman journeys into the spirit world on behalf of a client, returning to deliver healing, knowledge, and spiritual power.

Shamanic healing is a traditional spiritual practice intended to remedy spiritual problems affecting a person's health and wellbeing. Problems with soul and spirit can manifest to produce different forms of illness, disease, distress, and suffering. The shaman can identify and correct spiritual health problems, helping to restore a client's overall health and wellbeing. Please see my blog posting What is Shamanic Healing? for more information.

Yes, online shamanic work is just as effective as in-person work, because spirit knows no distance. I have carefully adapted traditional shamanic methods for online use. I make every effort to ensure the resulting experience is authentic and engaging.

It depends on what you want to accomplish, and what you are ready for. First we talk, building trust and understanding. You tell me about yourself, and I discuss the options with you. Then we set clear intentions, and I perform the required shamanic work. A typical first session involves intrusion extraction, soul retrieval work, and guardian spirit retrieval.

There are no obligations or requirements. Even a single session can make a profound difference. However, shamanic healing is a process. Ongoing support is beneficial. Spiritual healing involves successively dealing with priorities without overwhelming the client. More than one session may be required to address a deep-seated spiritual problem for lasting results.

I follow the shamanic tradition of Core Shamanism as defined and taught by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies in California. This is a modern, accessible shamanic tradition based on the common (or "core") shamanic practices found in every shamanic tradition on Earth. While Core Shamanism is a "conservative, purist" tradition (Townsend), it also strongly respects cultural identity, and does not appropriate any specific indigenous or cultural practices. I supplement the practices of Core Shamanism with personal practices derived through direct experience, independent study, and instruction from other shamans.

Shamanism is a truly ancient spiritual tradition with origins that stretch back beyond recorded history, deep into the mists of time. There is anthropological evidence of shamanism from at least 40,000 years ago in the form of cave paintings and cultural artifacts. I personally believe shamanism has been practiced ever since humans have existed, and so it is an ancestral tradition that belongs equally to all humans. This does not mean that specific or unique cultural practices may be appropriated at will by other cultures. Rather, we must respect cultural boundaries while simultaneously acknowledging the universality of shamanism in general.

It has been called a religion, but is more accurately described as a spiritual practice. In religious terms, shamanism is a form of Animism. However, shamanism can also become “attached to a religion (or tribal mythology)” [Smith]. In other words, shamanism can fit within other belief systems, taking on characteristics from them.