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Shamanic Healing Takes Us Deeper When We Ask Questions

Olivia came to see me for a shamanic healing session (read last week’s blog) because she was aware of aspects of herself that she didn’t like. She attributed this to a recent trauma and hoped that clearing the trauma would help her be more authentic in her relationships.

With each shamanic healing I follow a series of basic steps, yet each session is unique. In Olivia’s case, I sensed the presence of Owl energy and used an Owl feather to realign Olivia’s energy. I sang a Shipibo icaro called the “Power Song” to invite allies from nature into our session, then used a rattle to break up stuck energy around Olivia’s left shoulder, eyes, and heart. Next, I gave her Rose Quartz to hold over her heart as I continued to release sousto, or trauma, by pressing on areas in her body where I was sensing the stuck energy. One thread of stuck energy remained at her left collarbone. It seems it was not ready to release because I intuited the message “more to learn.”

I sang another icaro to program some mapacho, or Peruvian ceremonial tobacco, to help open her heart, clear the hucha, and fill her with light, love, peace, wisdom, and strength. I then blew the tobacco into her heart, crown, and through her entire energy field.

We finished the session with a spray of agua florida to help raise her vibrational frequency and fill her with brilliant light. As Olivia rested, I asked if she had any feedback. She simply looked at me with a soft smile and sparkling eyes and said, “Nice.”

Almost everyone who has ever experienced shamanic healing comes away feeling relaxed, peaceful, and “nice.” We can leave it at that, but when we start to process the experience and ask questions there is a rich treasure trove of insight, awareness, and deeper healing that becomes possible.

When I mentioned that I had cleared stagnant energy from around her eyes, Olivia related it to her trauma. “I was blindsided,” she said.

When I described the thread of energy that remained at her left collarbone, she correlated her left side with her feminine/mother side, and thought that was an “interesting observation.”

She then asked a simple yet profound question:

“Why do we hold on to things that no longer serve?”

Perhaps there is more for her to learn about her feminine side or her relationship with her mother. Perhaps there is a need for forgiveness from being “blindsided.” These are things for Olivia to explore, because there are a number of ways to answer that question, depending on the person and the circumstances.

Next week, we’ll uncover many reasons why we hold on to things that no longer serve, including insights from you, my readers. And we’ll discover how shamanic healing provides us with the tools to address this conundrum.

If you haven’t already responded to the question, “Why DO we hold on to things that no longer serve?” I’d love to hear what you have to say! Scroll down to the bottom of this article to reply, or send me an email. Thanks!

Katie Oberlin

A Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, Katie received advanced training in shamanic healing at The Power Path School of Shamanism in 2014. Her travels have taken her to power spots in the southwestern United States, as well as Mexico and Peru, where she has worked with shamans from the Q’ero and Shipibo indigenous healing traditions.