When I was a child, I used to play in the woods for hours on end, talking to the trees and plants and they would talk back. I would imagine I was making healing concoctions from the nature around me, mixing up bark, moss and other elements. Then, I started school, and I was swept up and lost in society’s rules of conformity. Others around me did not have conversations with nature as I did, and I was made to believe that this was strange and shouldn’t do it. From then on, I had spent most of my life in traditional roles assigned by our society- a student, a mother, a wife, a pharmacist- but I never felt like any of these completed who I was, and what I was truly supposed to do with my life. I often felt like I was going through the motions, watching my life go by like a movie, not actually participating. It wasn’t until shamanism came into my life that I have stepped onto my true path, my calling. I remembered who I really was.
As a pharmacist for almost 30 years, I’ve seen too many people taking too many medications, often unnecessarily so, with too many side effects, no effects, or just as a “band-aid” for the problem. Once I began my own shamanic journey, I noticed that shamanic healing brings balance and healing to the spiritual and energetic self, as well as the physical body. Shamanic Medicine is a complementary modality to traditional western and eastern medicine. Our bodies talk to us when we are out of harmony with ourselves, with others and with our environment. If you pay attention to it, you can start to notice patterns in your behavior, your reactions and physical ailments. This is the universe knocking at your door, to notice that something is off, unbalanced within you. If you ignore it, the universe starts banging louder and louder. You decide when enough is enough and start to come back into harmony and heal. That is where shamanism can guide you, assist you in your healing work. It is said that pain will occur in one’s life: physical, emotional, spiritual, but suffering is optional. Acknowledge the pain, the lesson. Keep the golden nugget, the gift, from the event or trauma. Then you can start to release the story, the limiting belief, the trauma, the suffering. You start to heal, moving forward in your life, with freedom. Carrying the trauma, the story, is a heavy burden. Lighten your load, move through life with ease, happiness, seeing the beauty in everything!