To understand what Shamanic Healing is, first we have to define shamanism and shamans. So, shamanism is a spiritual practice which involves a shaman or practitioner who reaches different states of consciousness in order to interact with the spiritual world. The shamans are using different practices to reach the good and bad entities from the spiritual world. They also try to channel different transcendental energies.
Shamanic Healing contains a set of rituals. The shaman practices these rituals in order to heal his patients. Benevolent entities can help us heal. The spiritual world that a shaman can reach is full of healing energy.
Shamanic Healing involves the healing or repairing of the soul. Different illnesses have different rituals of healing. But most of the physical, emotional and mental illnesses have spiritual roots. Usually, when a person is ill, the shaman will practice rituals to retrieve their soul. Another example can be the way a shaman heals infertility of a women. He has to obtain the soul of the child that has to be born/reborn.
There are different things used by a shaman in Shamanic Healing rituals. The main factor in reaching the spiritual world are the entheogens. They are psychoactive substances from different plants such as mushrooms, tobacco, cannabis and many more. Other important factors in a ritual are the songs and music. The music used to reach the spiritual world, usually, contains natural sounds.
Other practices used in this kind of healing are dancing, fasting, vision quests and others.
Shamans have some special medicine songs that have to power of healing the soul of the patient. The name of these songs is “Icaros”.
There are also objects used in shamanic rituals such as drums, feathers, gongs, pipes, shakes, pipes ans roosters. Now you must ask yourself “why a rooster?”. Well, roosters are believed to be useful in the journeys to the spiritual world. The evil spirits in the other world will see only the useless spirit of the rooster, the spirit of the shaman being invisible.
It may seem weird at first, but Shamanic Healing is a very old healing practice. It has its roots in every continent of the Earth. Even today, you can find shamans in almost every major city. You can easily find shamanic courses and workshops. If you can keep an open mind and see the logic behind all the weird rituals, you can find a beautiful spiritual practice full of tradition.