what is shamanism?
As all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in nature, shamanism is a method by which we as humans can strengthen the healing connection to the Earth. Shamanic healers today can come from any race or religion, and it is practiced as a life path. Following a shamanic perspective, practitioners seek to be in relationship with the Spirit in all things.
American psychologist and consciousness pioneer, Stanley Krippner, describes shamans as "the first physicians, diagnosticians, psychotherapists, religious functionaries, magicians and storytellers. The shaman is unique in that he or she not only has increased facility for traveling in non-ordinary realms, but also uses their Spirit relationships to create changes that will manifest in the physical world for the healing of the individual or the community."
Shamans direct and move energy to restore harmony and balance within an individual, or between the individual and their community. It is a shaman's belief that any illness has an underlying spiritual or energetic cause at the root of it, no matter if it manifests physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually. The healing ceremonies are facilitated to either remove or return energies to an individual, with the goal of facilitating a return to balance within.
''Alchemy is the process of turning the base substance of who we are—the dark mystery of our subconscious—into the alchemical gold of knowledge and enlightenment. Like carbon that undergoes tremendous amounts of heat and pressure in order to become a clear, hard, exquisite diamond, we master our lives and achieve clarity and brilliance through the management of pressure and our adversarial conditions. Modern alchemy is emerging as one of the most powerful tools for transforming our reality. Alchemical healing provides ways to weave spirit and matter, to develop communications between divinity and humanity, to retrieve knowledge, and to transform magical experience into wisdom in order to skillfully influence physical reality and achieve healing. It honors the accumulated wisdom of the Earth and humankind, both in written and oral traditions, and offers entry into the magical realms of intuition and limitless knowledge." Nicki Scully
Although I have been learning this method of healing via the path of direct revelation, I will begin formal training with a former student of Nicki Scully, now Alchemical Healing teacher, Nicole Balogh, in the Fall of 2018.