Shamanic healing is spiritual healing that has two different spiritual components to it. The first component is that the work is aided and empowered by Compassionate spirits. The second component is that it can be a profound healing of the spirit of a person. From the shamanic model, many of our illnesses, problems or unhealthy patterns begin in imbalances of our spirit or energy. When these issues are addressed in the subtle or spiritual realm, the effect can translate to the physical. Shamanic healing may include the divination and healing of illness caused by possessing spirits, soul-loss or intrusions. Soul retrieval, compassionate shamanic depossession of beings,and extraction of intrusive energies, are common or usual forms of shamanic healing. Bestowal of blessings or power may also be experienced in shamanic healing.
Just as modern psychology recognizes that people can experience dissociation and fragmentation, shamanism recognizes that people can experience soul loss or loss of some of their vital essence. Soul loss can occur when someone experiences traumas, emotional loss, abuse, accidents, illness and injuries. Other people can take our essence. The loss of our vital essence occurs as a survival mechanism and coping strategy that we unconsciously employ when faced by events that are too painful or traumatic to be endured. This fragmentation happens when parts of our soul essence leave us in order for us to survive the experience with less pain. This reduction leaves us as a survivor. The parts of our soul essence that leave are not just random quantities of our energy, but are most often some of our most treasured aspects. It is not unusual for the soul essence loss to include our self-love, joy in life, our creativity, our confidence, our ability to bond in loving relationship, or our deepest connection to our self. One of the most beloved forms of shamanic healing is Soul Retrieval, a way in which these lost parts can be restored to us so that we might truly know our selves and be the truth of who we are.
Another possibility is that we could be suffering from a spiritual illness known as possession illness. This illness, when a dead person, animal or other spirit attaches to us and lives off of and with us, can cause a grave number of different manifestations. Possession is a form of overshadowing that can create physical illness, emotional and mental illness and subtle to dramatic character changes. Compassionate shamanic depossession is a form of spiritual healing that addresses this not uncommon issue.
Heart-Centered and Compassionate Depossession, taught by Betsy Bergstrom for more than a decade, is a form of shamanic work that helps those afflicted with possessing spirits in a manner that is definitive in terms of its effectiveness and compassionate in its methods. This focus helps the practitioner to be safe in the work and the client to feel the least distress while insuring that the being is cleared safely and non-phenomenally, unable to return.
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