Shamans have been healing people for thousands of years in Indigenous cultures around the world. While there are hundreds of specific, nuanced traditions, the common theme of shamanic healing connecting a shaman with spirits in the spirit world to solicit help in restoring the sufferer’s spiritual power. The shaman will usually first take time and focus to enter a trance state to make the journey to connect with the spirit world. Special music or rituals may be used to help the shaman achieve this state. Once in contact with the spirits, the shaman invokes them to gather information and to help in the healing process, removing and clearing blocked energy. Shamanic healing is thought to best serve those who have experienced trauma, illness, or loss of soul.
With warmth and compassion, Sandra Ingerman describes the dramatic results of combining soul retrieval with contemporary psychological concepts in this visionary work that revives the ancient shamanic tradition of soul retrieval for healing emotional and physical illness.
The following is a version of an interview I held over several days in September 2006 with my mother, Doña Julia Julieta Casimiro, one of the most distinguished representatives of the traditions of the thousand-year-old Mazatec culture, which is centered in the northern mountains of the state of...
Mindell, the author of “Dreambody” (1982) and an experienced shaman who has encountered African, Native American, Australian aboriginal, and Indian Hindu healers firsthand, outlines the process of accessing one’s “dreambody'” and developing a shamanic approach to everyday life.