If youâ€™d like to learn about power animals, connecting with your spirit guides, journeying for clarity, healing and much more,think about going on a shamanic healing retreat. It can be a transformational program that will give you many tools and unforgettable experiences.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is an ancient spiritual practice that is over 25,000 years old. It is practiced throughout the world mainly by indigenous people. Some examples include: Mongolian shamans in Asia, Inuit tribe of North America, Aboriginals in Australia, Maori in New Zealand, Balinese shamans also known as â€˜Balians, QÃ©ro in Peru, and many others.
All forms of Shamanism believe that spirits exist and play a key role in individual lives and society. Shamanism is based on the idea that our 3-dimensional world is inhabited by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living.
What is a Shaman and what do they do?
The Shaman is someone who has been initiated by his community or by spirit, to assist people with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. The Shaman has the ability to mediate between the spirit world and ordinary reality. She / he can journey to find someoneâ€™s power animal and bring it back for him/her so the person may become more empowered in his/her life.
The Shaman can also do soul portion retrievals, healing and extractions and remove entity attachments and release demons. The Shaman is always accompanied and assisted by her own spirit guides and totem animal guides who provide protection, healing assistance and wisdom in support of the Shamanâ€™s work and life.
Why go on a Shamanic retreat?
Shamanism can be a wonderful method for the average person who is living a stressful life, doesnâ€™t know where s/he is going or what his/her life purpose is.
Shamanic healing can help many people discover their life path and gain more clarity about a challenging issue in their life. It is also very beneficial with helping people clear their mind, body and spirit of any negative energies that could be holding them back or even blocking them from having a successful and happy life.
How does Shamanism work?
The elements of air, wind, fire, earth and ether are utilized in Shamanic practice. The Shaman has a strong connection with nature and animals, and has the ability to call on their energetic assistance at all times to help with his/her spiritual work. The Shaman can also easily go into a trance state during drumming, dancing or in meditation. The Shaman usually has a spiritual mission to assist people with becoming more conscious and finding their true nature. Many Shamans are also activists for the saving our Mother Earth.
What happens during a Shamanic experience?
As we journey to the Spirit worlds, we can discover our power animals that can assist us in our everyday lives. Some animals serve the purpose of giving us courage, such as the panther or lion; other animals such as an eagle or hawk, give us the ability to have a higher perspective or more expansive overview of our life or a particular issue that weâ€™ve been faced with but canâ€™t seem to find the best way forward.
Do we feel different afterwards?
Shamanism brings us back to the basics â€“ we discover how to connect with nature which helps us to connect to our higher selves. Being in nature and feeling at one with nature is a powerful tool for self-healing and living a truly balanced life. The path of the Shaman is a path of self-empowerment and consciousness.
By Michele Cempaka
Michele Cempaka is a certified Reiki Therapist and Transformational Coach who teaches retreats all over Asia. She is teaching the Shamanic Healing Retreat this October 15-20, 2016, at Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai. For more information, contact:
Museflower Retreat & Spa Chiang Rai, 159/1 Moo 1 Ban Samanmit, Donsila Sub-District, Wiang Chai District, Chiang Rai 57210
Office: +66-(0)52-029-823, +66(0)-93-137-0414