Sunday, April 5, 2009


Shamanism is the name anthropologists have chosen to give humanity’s most ancient spiritual practice. The word shamanism originates from a Siberian word shaman, which translated means ‘the one who sees’. In indigenous cultures and communities worldwide there is one person who is healer, advisor and psycopomp to the community. In the west we call this person a shaman.
Thanks to the anthropological studies of Michael Harner and Mircea Eliade shamanism has been brought to the attention of western culture.
Even though widespread indigenous cultures are distanced by thousands of miles, a common thread in their ways has been noted. The awareness of other realities, spirit helpers, plant medicine, altered states of consciousness and so on. Most importantly, shamans of these cultures have always been aware of the connection of mind, body and spirit in an individual’s journey to wholeness. The key aspect of shamanic practice is healing which comes from a place of compassion and pure intention.
Western peoples can work with these ancient ways of living to enhance, heal and inform themselves and others on how to live more fully aware of the sacredness of all life forms and remember their connection to everything that is.

Shamanic Counselling

This is a system of experiencing and reconnecting with other realities where help, guidance and healing can be obtained for ourselves.
In a session with a shamanic counsellor a safe environment is created for the client to journey to meet his own spirit helpers and to connect with his own power to work with life changing issue.
The client and counsellor firstly discuss what the client wishes to get help with and together they formulate the mission for the journey.
Lying comfortably, with eyes closed, and to the sound of rhythmic drumming through earphones (which alters his state of consciousness gently) the client begins his journey and narrates his experience aloud onto tape.
When the journey is over the client discusses relevant information with his counsellor and how it relates to his mission. The counsellor does not interpret the clients experience, merely assists him in his own realisation.
The teachings and information received are then worked with and incorporated into the client’s life.

Shamanic Healing

In shamanic terms a person is dis-eased when there is power loss. If a person has been dis-empowered there may be symptoms such as recurring illness, repetition of mistakes, loss of memory, feelings of something being missing.
Sometimes the way a person speaks is evidence of power loss, e.g. “everything is going wrong lately,” “I haven’t been myself since…” “I feel part of me is missing.” It is the shamanic practitioner’s role to consult with his spirit helpers on the most appropriate help for his client. This may be power animal retrieval, soul retrieval or other healing work.

Soul Retrieval
The ceremony or ritual of soul retrieval is very empowering for a person to experience. The return of ones soul part or essence can also bring with it a sense of wholeness, empowerment, and a new sense of peace and joy. When a person is whole, illness or dis-ease cannot intrude.

Physical Illness
When there is a void present through power loss or soul loss, physical illness can fill that void and is known as an intrusion. Any physical disturbance will be seen by an experienced shamanic practitioner as misplaced energy and can be carefully and respectfully removed with the aid of his spirit helpers and replaced with healing power. The shamanic practitioner always works with the client and enables the client to be responsible for his own well being with the assurance of support when needed.


Another area of important shamanic work is with death and dying. When unnatural death occurs sometimes the deceased may be stuck between realities or on earth or even be still attached to a loved one. Soul loss can happen for the loved one because of this, or because they may have allowed part of themselves to go with the deceased through shock and grief.
In this situation the shamanic practitioner works with his spirit helpers to release the deceased and so help them to continue their journey and also to retrieve the lost soul part and so enable the loved one to live more fully.
Preparation for dying is very beautiful work for both the client and practitioner. The client can prepare for the process of closure on earth and rebirth to the next world in a wholesome and conscious way that helps bring the client to a place of joy, peace, forgiveness and satisfaction.

Drumming Circles

These circles are wonderful opportunities for like-minded practitioners of shamanism to come together to work for individual, group, earth healing and absent healing processes in a safe and supportive way.


Attending workshops is a good way to experience Shamanic skills in ways of practice and healing. To be part of a safe, sacred, contained circle is a good way to access guidance on the discipline and ethics of practising shamanic techniques for ourselves and others.
The real teachers are our own spirit helpers and the spirits of nature and through discipline and practise we can experience and learn from our teachers on how to live more wholesome lives in a healing and connected way from a place of joy.

Shamans Circle Centre

The Shamans Circle Centre offers basic and advanced practitioner workshops. The Basic Skills workshop is a prerequisite foundation for more advanced work.
Topics covered in the Advanced Practitioner workshops are healing skills, ritual, death and dying, soul retrieval, and healing circles. Working with the spirits of nature, the elements, and the four directions we can learn how we are all connected and benefit from the teachings of these spirits.
For those who have completed the Advanced Practitioner training and have a genuine wish to help others connect with their own power the One Year Certificate Shamanic Counsellor training is the next step.
For more information on the services
Shamans Circle Centre offers please contact:

Triona Martin 61 Castle Road,Dundalk, Co. Louth 042 9338902086 0567601



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