What is Shamanic Healing?


In basic terms, I like to think of shamanic healing as spiritual tidying: we lose spiritual parts of ourselves, shamanic healing helps bring them back. We accumulate things that aren’t ours, shamanic healing removes them. If this makes shamanic healing sound like a small thing, then imagine spending years missing one lung and carrying a backpack of 20 pounds of someone else’s stuff. Then imagine regaining the lung and taking off the backpack.

What sorts of problems can be addressed by shamanic healing? Well, simply put, the ones which are a result of spiritual issues. This can range from problems with decision making, to job loss, to major life illnesses. Even if the problem at hand is not directly attributable to a spiritual issue, being at your most healthy and powerful allows you the ability to address any issue from a stronger place.

Shamanic healing practices involve working with the spirit world to access the non-ordinary and sometimes miraculous. In my shamanic healing work, I call upon the kindness of compassionate spirits to help alleviate your suffering and guide you to greater joy. 


The Foundation for Shamanic Studies (FSS) describes Core Shamanism as consisting of “the universal, near-universal, and common features of shamanism, together with journeys to other worlds, a distinguishing feature of shamanism. As originated, researched, and developed by Michael Harner, the principles of core shamanism are not bound to any specific cultural group or perspective.”

For an in-depth discussion of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, see the various articles and videos on the FSS website, including Shamanic Healing: We Are Not Alone – an Interview of Michael Harner by Bonnie Horrigan.

There is also a beautiful documentary about Michael Harner’s work and life you can stream for free by clicking here.