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This page serves as an introduction to shamanism, as well as a place to learn about my own shamanic offerings. Feel free to read through the page in its entirety to soak up all the words & images - or jump to the section that discusses my offerings.

What is Shamanism?

The English word "shaman" is derived from the Tungusic word "samān", used by the Evenki people in Siberia & Mongolia. Roughly translated, a samān is "one who knows" or "one who sees in the dark". The Yawanawa of Amazonian Brazil use the word "pajé" to describe their shamans, who often work with plant medicines to heal ailing souls. In Norse culture, a female shaman is known as a "Völva" or "Vølve" - a seeress, a "wise woman", a keeper of the sacred staff, and a carrier of sacred knowledge. Historically, the Völvas had close ties with the leaders of their clans and advised them diligently; even the Norse god Odin is said to have consulted with a Völva to gain her insights and advice on many occasions.

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Although each culture around the world uses a different word for "shaman", the general roles the shaman plays in any given culture are the same: the shaman is a doctor of the soul and a wisdom carrier. Some definitions of shamanism blend the roles of priest/priestess, healer, mystic, prophet, and sacred storyteller into one. Religious scholar Mircea Eliade calls shamans "holy figures" and speaks of their ability to "pass freely back and forth through the different cosmological planes... between the seen and unseen worlds." He writes, "the shaman is the great specialist in the human soul; he alone 'sees' it, for he knows its 'form' and its destiny." ​

On this page, I will be using the words "spirit" and "soul" interchangeably to describe the unique, non-physical, non-psychological, "essence" that exists within each living thing - an essence that continues on after death, either to an afterlife, or to be re-born again, or any other number of beliefs. Shamanism acknowledges that all things have a spirit - all rocks, trees, elements, animals, & people - and that spirit can become ill, fragmented, or lost for many reasons. The shaman's role is to focus on the healing of the spirit, rather than direct physical or psychological healing. However, since all parts of the human being are intricately interconnected, the mending of the spirit often helps to ease psychological and physical distress. 

Depending on the culture and particular gifts of the shaman, a variety of techniques may be used during a shamanic healing including: drumming, chanting, conversation, songs, dance, journeying, plant medicines, energy work, and spirit communication. One of the hallmark qualities of shamanism is the shaman's ability to enter alternate, non-ordinary realms to acquire knowledge, power, and healing tools that will help the patient. In these infinite, mysterious realms, the shaman works with spirit allies, ancestors, guides, protectors, psychopumps, and angels to remove darkness and illness from the patient's spirit and bring wholeness back to patient's soul. 

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Most shamans hold a deep connection to the land and spend a large part of their life in communion with the natural Earth. Traditionally, a shaman lives on the outskirts of any given civilization - far enough away to remain un-tangled from the noise and chaos of the community, but close enough to be accessible when needed. The shaman is not entirely removed from culture in the way hermits or monastics may be; this is because the shaman is considered an active, "hands-on" member of the community.

Having said that, shamanism is not traditionally an inter-personal modality of healing. The person-to-person relationship found in psychology or spiritual guidance is secondary to the shaman's primary relationship with the energies of unseen worlds, including the unseen worlds inside the patient him/herself. The patient will not always feel or logically comprehend the shamanic healing taking place - though some methods of healing are certainly more vibrant than others. One way or another, an element of trust must be placed in both the healing process and the healer. This should be easy because a skilled shaman creates a protective, sacred space that allows the patient to tap into a sense of safety, peace, and connection with their true self. 

There are many different types of specialized shamans. Some shamans work with the death process, guiding the human soul from the Middleworld (Earth) into a Heavenly realm, during the great initiation that is Death. Shamanic doulas work with mothers during the birthing process. Shamanic story-tellers help to maintain the health of a culture by re-telling or creating new, spiritual stories & myths. In this way, the shaman may be considered a sacred scribe. Mythologist Martin Shay recounts his meeting with a Lakota medicine man who told him that sacred stories "release a sort of oxygen". The power of words is not to be underestimated in shamanic work because: when a powerful story-teller writes or orally shares a story, the words are infused with an essential, nourishing, life-force energy, like oxygen for the soul. 

Given its rich history, it is important to remember that shamanism is not solely an ancient practice, but rather a living system of healing arts found all around the world today. Many of the old traditions have evolved & grown to support contemporary ailments (often of the mind) that exist within 21st century societies, while also continuing to support the healing of age-old soul ails through methods that include: soul retrieval, soul mending, energetic clearing, protection against dark attacks, curse removal, spell removal, blessings, journeying, depossessions, psychic surgeries, initiations & rites of passage, plant-medicine ceremonies, birth rituals, death rituals, and seeking spirit permission before disturbing natural lands. 

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Are Shamans Born or Made?

Shamans, much like mystics, have the unique ability to see deep inside the patient's soul, and this is an intrinsic quality that cannot be learned, only refined. The same can be said for the shaman's ability to see beyond the veils of illusion in the physical world, effortlessly traverse through non-ordinary realms, and commune with non-physical beings. Shamans are born with these and other natural gifts, although these abilities often require nurturing. Depending on the culture, a variety of trainings, teachings, quests, dietas, periods of abstinence, stretches of isolation, apprenticeships, and tests may play a part in the shaman's preparatory process for his/her role. It is often the elders (or other shamans) of the group that notice the inherent abilities & proclivities of a particular adolescent in the community, and they begin to train that individual in the art of spirit-healing. The individual may also undergo one - or many - death and re-birth experiences (or shamanic resurrections). And finally, the budding shaman will receive direct guidance and directives from the spirits & ancestors themselves. In fact, it is often these direct lessons in dharmic duty that keep an individual on the shamanic path, as many shamans initially do not want to undertake the role of shamanic healer at all; they realize that the role requires great sacrifice, focus, devotion, responsibility, and integrity. 

As within any arena in life, there are varying degrees of proficiency and "pristineness" found within shamanic work. All cultures acknowledge that there are benevolent, loving, and sincere shamans... as well as dark and corrupt shamans that abuse their gifts and take advantage of people seeking help. Sexual, emotional, psychological, energetic, and financial abuse can occur when the shaman is not aligned with the highest source of light, or if he/she is motivated desires for riches, control, or notoriety. Indeed, these abuses are on the rise within a multitude of contemporary "healing" communities in the Western world including coaching groups, online programs, plant medicine circles, and a variety of retreats. Oftentimes oppressive behaviors, egoic indulgences, and old-world patriarchal perspectives are cunningly wrapped up in cool & trending modalities.

It is best to think critically about the healer you choose to work with, while also using your intuition to discern the safety and purity of the situation. The individual you choose to trust for your healing should have already worked through their own traumas, should be living a life you respect, should have exceptionally clean energy, should leave you feeling empowered, and should not make you dependent on them in any way. And finally: don't judge a book by its cover. While some shamans dress quite ceremonially, others do not. Some of the finest shamans I've encountered have been unassuming folks wearing t-shirts & track pants. Powerful healers come in many external forms and personality types.

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Shamanic Healings I Offer

Shamanic Healings I Offer

Depending on what you're working through, I offer a variety of shamanic healings to help you return to your most peaceful, embodied, clear, and empowered self. Some patients come to me with very severe cases; others seek only mild healing. Some people know exactly what they need; others are unsure what will stop them from feeling so disjointed, cloudy, or drained of their life force energy. No matter the case, we'll get to the bottom of it. I'm here to support your healing process no matter how difficult the journey may seem to you - and I'm never afraid, disgusted, or shocked by what may we uncover. There is no judgement in this healing space, only tender love and care.

*Hapé Ceremonies*

There is an abundance of information on the hapé ceremonies I offer that can be found here. Since I have an entire page devoted to hapé healings, I won't discuss them here, but I will say: I have a strong alliance with the spirit of hapé and having been working with this plant medicine for many years. Ceremonies can be private, with a partner or close friend, or in a group of people you know. 

*Medicinal Sound Ceremonies*

There is also a separate page on my site devoted solely to medicinal sound ceremonies. As with hapé, these healings can be private, with a partner or close friend, or in a group of people you know. Explore the medicinal sound page to learn much more.

*Energy Clearings*

We live in a world that is filled with an infinite array of energies, and just as a child innocently gets dirty after playing outside all day, so, too, do we pick up all sorts of rogue energies after spending time out in the world. Most of the energies we pick up aren't inherently bad; they simply are not our own and require clearing from our system so we can be sovereign again. Having said that, there are also yucky & problematic energies that may find their way into our system and affect us adversely. 

One way this can happen is if another person or being - knowingly or not - attaches their energy to yours and acts as a parasitic force upon you, sucking out your life force for their own vitality and power. You can visualize this as someone reaching out their tendrils into your field and plugging into your energy. These people/beings may not know how to create their own power, so they feed off your light and energy. When the person/being doing this to you is particularly "dark" in nature, they are likely attempting to remove you from all sources of joy & empowerment in your life (your God, your Beloved, etc.) because - just like predators in the wild - they are attempting to separate you from your pack/support system/safety until you are alone and vulnerable, which makes you a much easier target to consume. 

Often when a patient comes to me with feelings of "soul loss" or "life force loss" or "power loss", and they feel as if rather than being depleted by some thing (like an event, a trauma, or a circumstance), they are being depleted by someone, the force that is feeding off them is coming from a person they know (i.e. a partner, a former partner, a parent, a friend, or an acquaintance.) 

Another form of energy that patients frequently come to have cleared are the energies created from repressed traumas that were never fully processed and released. Some people describe these energies as being "stuck" or as "blocking" certain chakras or points along their meridian channels. Other people describe these stuck energies using more emotional or psychological terms. Truth be told: there are dozens of different ways to interpret what's happening depending, on your religious/spiritual background, your beliefs about somatic healing, your relationship with your non-physical body, and a number of other things. The means of interpretation are not at all important to me; no matter what we call the healing process, as long as the unwanted energies are being dissipated and released, it is a successful clearing.

Examples of Energy Clearings

A former police detective released multiple traumas he'd been carrying in his body, accumulated over his time on the force. He also released curses that had been placed on him by family members growing up.

A woman was cleared of the lingering energies in her body from a rape when she was a teen. She also released the shame around the sexual assault.

A patient released the energy remnants/tendrils of an abusive ex who was still controlling her.

A patient was cleared of the deeply-rooted energies of "fear" and "disempowerment" that he'd been carrying since childhood.

A patient released the anger he was carrying towards a relative who had abused him when he was a young boy.

A patient released the lingering energy of COVID that was still present in her body. This was not a release of the physical illness (she was long recovered from the virus itself) - this was a release of the energy of the virus that was still present in her chest and head.

Multiple, dark forces were removed from my patient who had picked up the energies over years of entangling himself in dark sexual places such as strip clubs, bars, and websites that allowed for transactional sexual encounters.

A constrictive soul contract was destroyed during a clearing, leaving my patient free of a bondage she'd been experiencing her entire life.

A patient was cleared of his addiction to cannabis (I am not making promises that addictions can be cleared, though it has happened.)

A patient was cleared of the mental attachment/identification with trauma she had relating to her mother.

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*Space Clearings - Land Permissions* 

Similar to the way human beings can pick up and hold unwanted energies, so, too, can spaces, homes, offices, and land hold an array of unseen energies. This is especially true if an energetically charged event happened in that space or on that land (i.e. a death, a murder, a suicide, a war, an affair, repeated abuse, etc.) However, it's not only negative/heavy energies that people seek to clear from their property; many people desire to clear all the energies that aren't their own. A prime example of this is when someone moves into a new house and still feels the former inhabitants' energy lingering there; they may wish to have the space cleared of those lingering energies.

A proper space or land clearing involves much more than sage & a few blessings. After I hold an initial clearing ceremony on a client's property, I leave clients with a lengthy prescription of actions they must take after I leave and before I return (if needed). These actions may include throwing out certain items,
 obtaining any number of protective, life-filled, or "charged" objects for the space, physically cleaning certain areas, restoring certain parts of the land, saying prayers or meditations in certain rooms or on power spots on the land (to infuse your own energy & intentions there), and even refraining from particular activities/conversations on certain parts of the property. There isn't a standard formula for a successful space or land clearing; I always trust my intuition, my felt experience of the space/land, and the spiritual guidance I receive while I'm there.

It's important that your expectations are realistic when attempting to have spirits & energies "move on" from the space they've been inhabiting. This is particularly true with land. For example, if you are looking to buy a plot of land and there are nature spirits or indigenous souls who have been residing there long before you came along, they may not desire to go - nor is it realistic to expect them to. In those cases, it's a matter of receiving permission to peacefully co-exist together. 

*Soul Delivery* 

Sometimes when a human, animal, or other mortal energy passes away, its soul lingers on the Earthly plane. Assuming this is not because that soul has some sort of evolved, Divine directive to stay (for one reason or another), that soul may be lingering due to confusion, attachments, unfinished business, or a lack of guidance on how to transition. The process of death is mysterious and complex, but all souls deserve to be ushered to a place of peace & resolution - and that is what soul delivery offers. 

An example of this is when I was called to clear a house before it was going to be sold. A suicide had taken place in the home, and the man's spirit was still lingering there. During the ceremony I held in the home with my former assistant, Estefania - not only did we clear a medley of traumatic energies from the space itself, but also: the soul of the recently deceased man made himself present to me, and after he shared several meaningful messages he wished to pass on to his family, I (with aid of a powerful psychopump spirit) delivered his soul to the Heavens, where he could rest in peace. In the meantime, Estefania conversed with the mountain in the backyard, listening to everything the mountain had witnessed since the home was built at its edge. Estefania expressed to me afterwards that the mountain had needed that clearing, too, as so much heaviness had stuck to it throughout its witnessing.

*Compassionate Depossessions*

An Important Note on Psychological Ailments vs. Spirit Possessions

Before I dive into the section on compassionate depossessions (which is probably the most "out there" section on my entire site), I will say this: in the majority of cases where people believe that they, or someone they care about, is suffering from a spirit possession, that suffering individual is - first and foremost - suffering from a psychological disorder or is severely traumatized and disassociated in some way. It would then only be accurate to say that the individual is "possessed" by invasive thoughts, beliefs, anxiety, confusion, pain, trauma, or delusion - rather than agreeing that there is an actual spirit/being inside the individual.

In other cases where the patient is, indeed, under some sort of spiritual attack or possession, that is only part of a much larger issue at hand, which is once again: psychological. It is the rare case that someone is possessed by a spirit/being without there also being a psychological issue that needs attention (though it certainly does happen!)

Bottom line: I am well aware of the differences between severe psychological distress, mental illness, and spirit possession. I note that here because I will not take on a patient for shamanic healing/depossession work if I believe they also need psychological help, unless they are well aware of that fact and are receiving counseling from me, another therapist, or a psychiatrist (depending on the psychological issues at hand.) 

Compassionate Depossessions 

Also known as "spirit removal," depossession are some of the most misunderstood shamanic work. Many people's perceptions of possessions have been gravely & inaccurately influenced by horror movie exorcisms or tales of evil spirits being violently exorcised by Catholic priests. Those depictions are filled with fear and pre-conceived beliefs about the nature of the possessing spirit - a spirit which is actually, in almost all cases, not a dark entity. In fact, the priest/healer/shaman's own belief system about the spirit(s) inside the patient can greatly influence the depossession process, as do the patient's beliefs. Even the kindest, most gentle spirit may react poorly to being labeled "demonic" or "evil" and may not respond well to aggressive attempts of being forced out of the place it's been inhabiting. 

Sometimes, the possessing spirit doesn't even realize it's in the wrong place. Other times, the spirit had a noble reason for entering the patient, such as to provide protection or solace during a time of trauma in the patient's life. The spirit may not realize they were only meant to provide temporary protection, or protection from outside of the patient's body. There are also cases when a spirit is attracted to the patient's light instead of returning to the Source light above. And there are cases where the patient was in a very open, vulnerable, or altered state when the spirit entered them (i.e. they were a child, or they were in an Ayahuasca ceremony) - and the spirit innocently entered their body when they crossed paths in a liminal space. 

Another misconception about possessions is that the possessing spirit doesn't want to leave the patient. Although that is sometimes the case, it is much more likely that the spirit is grateful to be released and guided to a more resonant resting place. Even in extreme cases where the possessing spirit is a negative force, the depossession does NOT need to be a drama-filled event. In my own experience (as well as in the experiences of my teachers) "drama" during a depossession is not the norm. Most depossessions are rather mundane and conflict-free events, assuming the shaman approaches the case with compassion, power, and skill. 

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My Training in Compassionate Depossession Work

"Compassionate Depossession" is a heart-centered method of depossession that clears patients of the spirit(s) inside them in a way that benefits both
the patient and the possessing spirit(s). I was trained in Compassionate Depossession in the UK at The Sacred Trust, under the guidance of shamanic practitioner, Simon Buxton. Simon is the founder of The Sacred Trust and has trained within shamanic traditions for over three decades. He is also an elected Fellow of The Royal Anthropological Institute, and a member of the Oxford University Anthropological Society.

In addition to my training at The Sacred Trust, I've been exposed to other, equally loving forms of spirit removal during the 14 years observed & learned from my primary shamanic teacher, working with Ayahuasca. Although he is too humble to consider himself a teacher at all, he remains one of the biggest influences in my life, and it has been a privilege to learn from him. He approaches shamanic work with such care, skill, and integrity, that I have no choice but to hold myself to the same, highest standards in my own healing work

How to Know if a Depossession is Needed  

I will not get into symptoms or causes of possession here, as they often overlap with other forms of energetic clearing that do not involve a spirit inside the patient.
It is not imperative that you know exactly what ails you before you come in. Once we meet in a healing space, your case will become clear to me. However, rest assured: I never label patients as "possessed" in any way unless it is also self-evident to the patient that they do, indeed, have a possessing spirit(s) inside or attached to them. I am not here to create further trauma in your life by planting ideas or images into your mind. And it's important to remember that the label of our healing is not important at all... the healing itself it.  

Examples of Depossession Cases

The spirit of an elderly woman who had just passed away attached to my patient while he was in the hospital visiting his ill mother. In speaking with the spirit, I learned how tragic her passing had been to her; no one had come to visit her during her dying days, the hospital staff had been rude and dismissive of her needs, and after she died, a nurse complained about the smell in the hospital room. The elderly woman's spirit had latched on to my patient and remained with him for several months until our deposession session.

The spirit of a Viking warrior had come in to protect a young girl who was being abused by her parents. He had remained with the girl for over 30 years until she sat down for a depossession. The same woman also had two curses placed upon her by each of her parents; the curses were also removed. 

During a depossession, my patient released an elemental spirit, and it was returned to its origin in the Earth. The elemental spirit had entered my patient's mother when her mother's family had disturbed land on a slate hill to build their home there. The spirit was then passed on from the mother to the daughter, in utero.

The spirit of a deceased human woman had entered a girl while she was being sexually abused. Decades later, during the depossession, the spirit was initially hesitant to leave because she believed she still needed to protect the girl - who was now a woman. Eventually, the spirit realized the woman could protect herself, so she left into the Heavens.

An "angry demon" spirit was purged from my patient duri
ng a depossession healing.  

A woman released several spirit entities that she'd picked up during her time serving 

My patient released herself from the spirit of an oppressive religious figure who had entered her ancestral lineage long ago to repress & stifle the power of the women in the bloodline. 

A woman who channeled star language was depossessed of an entire alien collective that had entered her body to observe humanity through her vessel. I sent the collective back to the star system from where they came (which was an adventure in itself...)

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*Curse & Spell Removal*

Curses & spells can be voluntary or involuntary, self-inflicted or from another person, and individualized or ancestral/inherited. There is often a lot of crossover between energetic clearings, detaching from parasitic forces, curse removal, and spell removal, so instead of sharing an array of general information here, I decided to share a glimpse of a specific, complex case.

A Dark, Dark Spell

When this patient first came to me, not only had he been under a dark, dark spell for many years already, but the weaver of the spell was still in his life manipulating him, keeping him lost, and feeding off his life-force energy. In fact, my patient believes that the spell would have literally killed him if hadn't reached out for help when he did. This story is being shared with his permission and blessing, in hopes that it will help others.

This case is of epic proportion and doesn't fall neatly into one category; there were so many dark forces at play (curses, spells, parasitic energies, attacks, hoo
ks, entanglements, delusions, psychological disturbances) - I'd never experienced anything like it. This was not an ordinary healing and did not involve a simple movement of energies out of the patient's body during a session or two. This case took over a year, and took every psychological, spiritual, shamanic, compassionate, and FIERCE piece of wisdom in the books...and all the wisdom not in the books...and a lot of divine guidance, grace, and love.

All of that was required because my patient had been trapped for years in a tangled mess of thorny brambles and thick, poisonous vines in an darkly enchanted forest for years before I ever encountered him. That's the way we spoke about his life - as if it were a twisted fairy tale. We spoke of 'swords of light' slicing through the brambles. We spoke of heroines, Gods, Kings, sorcerers, demons, and buddhas - all involved in a timeless battle between good and evil.
At one point, I called upon a teacher for guidance and couldn't help but share how unbelievably, perfectly, poetically, mythical my patient's story was. My teacher looked at me and said, "Well, all those great myths did come from somewhere." 

If you'd like to read all about my patient's story, please write to me for access to the link below.
 I don't feel comfortable making his story too public at this time, but if you feel it might help you in some way along your own journey, you can read his terrible and fascinating story here.

 *My Background*

To learn more about my training in shamanic work, you can read this portion of my bio from my website's home page. Or, if you missed it, you can read about "My Training in Compassionate Depossession Work" on this current page up here. Or, for a more narrative glimpse into my childhood and the connection to the spirit realm I've always had, you can read a little story here.

*Sisterhood with Jessica Foutz*

This living angel works at my side during medicinal sound ceremonies, hapé ceremonies, select depossessions, and select energy & space/land clearings. Jessica is a loving, devoted ally to this work, and I am blessed to have her as a healing partner. You can learn more about Jessica at the bottom of the Medicinal Sound Ceremonies Page.

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*Please Read This Before Contacting*

I do not practice long-distance shamanic work; I only offer shamanic healings in person. If you truly feel guided to contact me versus someone local to your area, please only do so if you are willing to travel to Las Vegas (after an initial Zoom call) for a personalized, multi-day healing retreat. To note: the Zoom session does not guarantee we'll be a good fit, but if we aren't, I will give you my perspective on what the next best steps are for you. 

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