Shamanic Healing & Spiritual Mentoring
A house (or an office or a store) is like a sponge. Whatever transpires in your environment is absorbed into the walls, furniture, carpet, ceiling, and objects. Frequently, these negative energies accumulate in the corners and tucked away places. Energy debris can be a result of negative emotions, thoughts, occurrences, and stress that you (your family, your co-workers) have experienced in your space. If you had a negative event happen recently or a lot of sadness or fear, there is a high chance that your space will have absorbed some of that energy. At times — in particular for older houses or houses (and offices) that have been occupied by other people before you — those energies can have accumulated over time and be connected to tragic events that you have no idea about. Without talking about the land itself, that can carry energy from generations before us.
At any point a space energy clearing is useful. But some moments are particularly crucial: When moving into a new space (preferably before you move in your own belongings); when trying to sell a house; after a big transition for the household or business; anytime you desire fresh energy for a new project or a new beginning; in case of a home, if you or your children don’t sleep well, or have numerous nightmares; if you suspect the presence of a ghost or other malevolent energy in your home, or if things just don’t feel “right.” If you wonder if this could help your situation, contact me and I will be happy to advise.
Things may vary depending on the situation but here is the overall process that I generally follow:
- I ask if there are particular concerns or areas of the property that I need to be aware of;
- I first build a strong protection around the house, calling the energies, and stabilizing the whole;
- Then, I start start with the surroundings (the land, the garden, at times the neighborhood, etc.). I am very discrete and low key in the way I work, so your neighbors won’t be worried, but I need to clear what’s around first.
- Then I start clearing the outside of the house or building, going around very systematically, as much as I can. If I can’t go around, I find alternatives. I won’t start clearing inside a house before the outside is completely clear.
- Then, I do the inside. I assess and clear very methodically every single room, office or space. And I won’t leave until everything is absolutely clear.
- During that process, I may receive information about what’s going on and what might be needed so that you sell your house. At times, I need to do a quick journey to get more information. I may also give some feedback / advice on what to do in the space to help (to give you examples: in two recent cases of houses having just be bought, I alerted the new owners to structural issues that they did not know about and that saved them a lot of money and troubles down the road; but it can be anything).
- I always leave the client with very concrete recommendations. When the occupants of a house or an office staff are present, the whole process can easily transform into a collective healing process. But participation is always optional. I can also do the work on my own.
There are as many personal reasons for seeking spiritual mentoring as there are people seeking it.
Typically, you may look for a spiritual mentor to get ongoing support on your path. You might be a healer yourself, a community or spiritual leader looking for someone to walk with you for a while, in a sacred yet non-religious and non-denominational context; you want more than “just talking”; and you also want someone who has an international experience of mentoring leaders of all walks in life.
You might feel a calling but don’t know where to start, or you may feel lost or stuck and need someone to be on your team, someone to serve as your personal growth partner.
You may feel isolated or not knowing where to start to shift your life and answer your true soul purpose or even understanding what it is.
You have a sense that you have some personal work you need to do but don’t know where to start or how. You are ready for more than incremental changes, and long for deep, life-changing transformation.
You want someone who is not going to impose a set formula but meet you exactly where you are. You want someone to be accountable to so that you make sure that you actually make the changes that you want in your life…
The honest answer is that it depends on how a professional works.
As a mentor, I personally know that I can’t have a preconceived agenda, curriculum or end goal in mind. I have to meet my clients exactly where they are along the way. They always remain the one in charge of the process.
As a spiritual mentor, I use a vast range of tools that integrate body, mind and spirit. I never work only at one level. I draw upon ancient wisdom that can be found in all religious and spiritual traditions and teachings, and combine them with modern consciousness, as well as the results of the latest research in psychology and neuroscience. Why? Because I take the infinite possibilities of neuroplasticity seriously. I therefore brings into each mentoring session both my abilities as a shaman, and the knowledge and tools that I am currently developing with an international team of neuroscientists, spiritual and social leaders.
More importantly, I make sure that I remain fully present, centered and connected with Spirits in order to tune in to what the mentoree needs exactly in each session, each moment. I don’t apply a set protocol or a formula that might be very limiting and not correspond at all to what you need.
I also believe that you, as a client, should be empowered, set free. So I design each mentoring program – specifically tailored to your personal needs, as they evolve from week to week — so that afterwards, you will have a personalized, authentic roadmap and a full toolbox (that will be yours only and will work with your life) to keep growing on your path. Our work will also be very practical and apply directly to the unfolding of your everyday life.
I never mentor two people the same way. I will meet you exactly where you are, how you are feeling and what you need to focus on at the time. And this will more likely evolve along the weeks and months that we work together.
I draw upon ancient wisdom that can be found in all religious and spiritual traditions and teachings, and combine them with modern consciousness and psychological research. On that basis, I will strive to find the tools, exercises and rituals that are going to support you at best – meeting their specific needs and characteristics. During a session, we may use meditation, dream work, journeying, visualizations, art craft, movements… depending on what resonates most with you and what might be of best support.
For me the most important qualities for a spiritual mentor are respect, presence and loving compassion. To guide another person, I must fully respect the path they are taking, with complete integrity. I am there to hold space for another person, listening fully to their heart and soul, without any judgment or preconception about what should happen for you or what you should do. The mentoree needs to know and trust that I am on their side, no matter what, and that I am there to fully support their dream, and their path, no matter what it is and what the difficulties are. I am fully there for each person and never hesitate to walk the extra mile if it serves my client. In my book, each person is a star and deserves the same attention and support on my side. I will always be there for you.
You will see aspects of yourself and discover inner resources that you are not aware of and you will go to places within your soul that you have not yet imagined. Ultimately, you might reinvent yourself and your story and think about yourself differently. No matter what you are looking for, I will guide you through a deep and beautiful process. There will be work but there will be many rewards as well, not only at the end but along the way, as you step back into wholeness and your full power.
An increasing number of individuals go to a shaman to support their physical, emotional and spiritual well being. Although, in the United States, shamanism tends to be more readily associated with Native American traditions, shamanic healers have been found in virtually all cultures and throughout the ages. The attire and customs may vary from culture to culture, community to community, but the essence of what shamans do is remarkably similar: they work as intermediaries between the world of Spirits and our mundane reality. Shamans “journey” to other worlds to gain insight and healing abilities in order to support positive transformation in this world. They are known to “see in the dark” —or “see with their eyes closed”— and learn things there is no rational way to know.
The core of the work happens while the shaman journeys to the spiritual world to gain insights about a particular situation and support healing. A session also generally includes hands-on healing to help integrate the effects of the journey, release blockages and increase the body’s innate healing ability.
A shamanic session works both for:
- Deep insightful understanding of the different dimensions of the situation, including physical but also emotional and symbolic dimensions that might not have been immediately clear or had remained unconscious and would have taken much more time to get unraveled through more traditional approaches.
- Profound healing and transformation as the shaman facilitates a transformation which can be physical, emotional and symbolic at the same time and will have an impact on the person’s current situation; the shaman also helps the clients identify new directions that they may have not thought of, and even more important help them feel re-empowered, more hopeful, in charge of their life again.
Clients come for a shamanic healing session with a wide range of demands and, in the course of a session, we generally work on different aspects of your life as things are often connected.
But here are the most common requests I get:
- You are on a spiritual path and need some deeper guidance and support;
- You may struggle with physical or mental health issues, including long-term or life-threatening illness or diseases and pain that mainstream medicine seems unable to help you with;
- You may feel stuck or crushed or so traumatized by life (and at times past life, or the history of your family) that you feel unable to move forward;
- You may feel more momentarily depressed, hopeless; you may struggle with anxiety and fears;
- You may be at a crossroad of your life, but lost about how to get about it, and how to move through drastic transformations; or you may want your life to change, or just want to know what’s next for you;
- You may struggle with relationships, or the loss of a dear one, and mourning processes…
The list goes on and you don’t need to have ‘issues’ to benefit from a session. However, you need to feel ready to get your life transformed at a deeper level and be back in your full soul power.
A shaman can help a person heal from all types of physical and emotional traumas where conventional approaches may have failed. In shamanic practices, illness is understood not only in medical terms but also as a way the patient’s spirit is trying to communicate. Therefore, in treating illness, the shaman works to understand what the spirit of the patient is calling for. Where modern medicine focuses mostly on treating the body, shamanism take into consideration the whole person — the body, heart and mind — in her environment (including all her relationships and ancestors). Most traditions also recognize that the dis-ease itself (or imbalance in someone’s life) has a spirit as well; therefore they would ask: What does the disease need? Why did it come? What is it teaching the person? As such, shamanism is a great complement (not a substitute for) to conventional medical or psychological services. When doctors and other medical practitioners refer patients to me, they know that it will help them pass a stuck point in a therapy process, better integrate a treatment or release an energetic or emotional block that is preventing the body from healing. Some of them don’t hesitate to send me patients also to confirm a diagnosis or solve a “mystery.”
In all those aspects, shamanic healing helps address dimensions that the rational conscious mind may be unaware of or that would take much more time for conventional approaches to uncover.
Shamanism works at a level from which we are often dissociated in our modern busy lives. It helps reconnect the different dimensions of the person and return the patient to wholeness by restoring or enhancing harmony and well-being. This explains that empowering patients in their healing process is at the heart of a shamanic practice. The healing process allows the patients to renew their connection to themselves, to nature, to others, and to energies and powers greater than themselves. That reconnection also entails a greater awareness and presence to each moment. Beyond better health, patients actually gain wisdom from the process. There is also an understanding that a patient’s healing also brings well-being to the whole family and community and, indeed, individuals report transformation affecting also people around them.
During the process itself, the shaman creates a safe and sacred container for the client to develop a state of deep relaxation and radical presence in which healing energies can be brought to the whole being, bypassing most usual resistances, facilitating a healing most have stopped believing in. One thing all of my clients report is never having felt such a state of peace and relaxation before in their entire life. The different elements of that process are progressively being documented by neuroscience, so that we can progressively understand why this ancient tradition is so powerful.
Another aspect that colleagues in conventional medicine often stress is how this healing approach treat the being not only as a whole but as an absolute unique case. Two persons with similar situations or stories might be treated very differently as the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ is happening to them might actually be very different, and their spirit is different. Therefore, each time, the healer is called to ‘forget’ everything she may think that she already knows about a certain type of pathology or trauma, and listen deeply to what is needed by each person in the moment.
At the end of a session, you will have gained invaluable insights about the different dimensions of your situation, including the physical but also emotional and symbolic dimensions that might not have been immediately clear or had remained unconscious and would have taken much more time to get unraveled through more traditional approaches. You will feel peaceful and hopeful, unusually clear in your mind and body. More importantly, most clients also report immediate shifts in the situation they wanted to address, and instant healings (what many of my clients call “miracles”) are not uncommon. The effects of the healing also continue to unfold as the days, weeks, months and at times years past – and aspect that is surprising for many, but completely makes sense to the shaman.
Soul-retrieval techniques are one of the classic methods a shaman may use. Anyone who has had a trauma, from a shamanic point of view, may have had some loss of their spiritual essence / energy, and the shaman may have to retrieve it so that the person can feel whole again. Another major technique in shamanic healing work is known as extraction. Extraction involves removing a spiritual intrusion. The shaman can also work as a ‘psychopomp’ to help the deceased in their transition. Those are all ‘techniques’, among others, that the shaman may need to use and know how to practice. However, I personally never presume what a person needs, for instance that a person would have ‘lost’ her soul (or part of it). The way I work, I agree with clients about the intention(s) for the journey and what the person wants to ask; I always add to the intention that the person receive exactly what they need at this point of their life. Once the intention has been formulated aloud and released, I make sure that I get out of the way, in order to allow Spirits to do the work. In the journey space, I follow what Spirits show me to do, not what I may think the person needs, and usually there is a lot, and more often than not it leads me to places and situations that I could never have thought of myself. Each person, each story is unique, and this is what I love about this work: to respond to that uniqueness and serve it at best.
Power animal retrieval is another shamanic method used to connect someone with helping spirits that may show themselves in the form of an animal. Animal spirits offer power, protection, and support. Each of them hold a specific type of energy. However, it is also important to understand that power animals are only one of many appearances spirit guides may take, and at times it is not a form that resonate with someone cosmology, culture or sense of being. It is also frequent for individuals to have more than one animal spirit (or spirit guide for that matter), and for their appearance to shift according to the type of energy, guidance and protection that one needs at the time. The relationship with one’s spirit guides is a very personal, intimate and sacred endeavor. Therefore, as for anything I do as a shaman, my role is not impose on someone’s own perception or vision but to facilitate their connection, help them feel that energy, recognize it, work with it, and trust it, the way it feels right to them, even if they don’t have words for it yet.
Yes, in the days following your session, you will receive a report containing the entire notes from the journey as well as personalized recommendations and suggestions to support you fully integrate the benefits from the journey.
Immediate follow-up sessions are not always necessary. It varies from person to person. Some people may need to work with the shaman over a few months to consolidate the results from the initial session. A conscientious shaman will always check with a client in the weeks following the session to discuss how things are enfolding for them and provide a follow-up, if needed and desired, making sure that the person has received the support that they needed at that specific moment of their life.
Most individuals find it useful to come back for a shamanic healing sessions every few months or once a year. Others come on a more regular basis for a period of time, or every few years. Each person is unique and there is no “should,” only what serves you at best in the moment.
Shamanism is not a religion, nor does it interfere with any religion. Individuals’ beliefs are always fully respected. Though shamanic healing works at the level of the soul, no belief is required on the client’s part, no need to understand all of it, just an open attitude. The shaman’s ethic is to respect your boundaries and will. I receive clients from all walks of life, all types of beliefs and absence of belief, and they are always fully respected and integrated in the process. A shamanic healing is often a life changing experience but it is entirely yours; you remain the one in charge and I personally always make sure that what happens in the healing room is safe and sacred and has meaning to you.
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