Your mind, body & soul.
Core Shamanism is based on the idea that every human being with a body, no matter where they come from or what their cultural background is, possesses within them a soul, a brilliant light, a spark of the divine, that connects them to the web of all of life and all of creation.
Core Shamanism teaches that there are shamanic cultures in every part of the world dating back tens of thousands of years. The word shaman itself comes from the Evenki tribe in Siberia and means “one who sees in the dark.” Traditionally a shaman would use a drum or rattle to alter states of consciousness to access messages from the spirit world for healing. In Core Shamanism we can use the ancient methodology to teach every day people to enter into meditative states to receive information for healing that has real results in every day life.
Rebecca Sacks is a shamanic practitioner and teacher of Core Shamanism trained by Sandra Ingerman and listed on ShamanicTeachers.com.
I noticed that I avoided talking openly for years about Spirit Animals because I was afraid of ridicule, or simply not being taken seriously. I think it is human nature to make light of things we don’t understand. After 10 years of working with the unseen worlds and developing relationships with my guides and helping spirits, I still can’t say that I understand.
I was called into the work as a shamanic practitioner because of my ability to work with spirits that have crossed over. Ten years ago, I was at a friend’s house doing a “guided meditation” that forever changed the course of my life. A woman guided me to a safe place in nature where I was supposed to receive a vision about my life’s purpose. What I saw was the goddess Isis standing at the edge of the ocean while the sun set. She gave me the message that my purpose in life was to “help spirits cross over.” This was the gateway for me into learning the shamanic arts.
When there is a traumatic event, part of your soul will leave your body in order to lessen the impact. Have you ever been in a car accident and afterwards you feel kind of out of it? This is your body’s natural wisdom to support you. Every shamanic culture throughout time and across the globe has had some practice of journeying to that soul part and bringing it home. When part of your soul leaves your body, it can leave you feeling tired, depressed, empty -- you “don’t feel like yourself.”
Before hospitals, nursing homes and modern medicine death, aging and illness was a more normal part of life. In our culture we are terrified of death. We avoid pain at all costs. We change the subject or expect people going through the pain of death to move on and be fine. Often when somebody dies, we don’t even know what to say or how to be. It is awkward to just be present with another’s pain.
When I worked as a bereavement counselor at a hospice, my job was to call loved ones at their most vulnerable -- in the moments after they lost the person with whom they were the closest. I treasure sharing these moments with people, when I simply listened and offered as much comfort as a person can to someone who is going through so much pain.
I remember becoming intimately connected on the phone to a stranger dancing with the greatest mystery of life, death. They were trying to make sense out of how the person they loved is no longer there, and yet their toothbrush hasn’t gone anywhere.
The best thing you can do to prepare for a shamanic healing is to get lots of rest, and drink plenty of water and prepare to give yourself time afterwards to sit by a tree, take a bath, journal and practice self-care. The most important thing you can do to prepare for a shamanic healing is to practice letting go, and imagining letting yourself receive. Often times using visualizations can help.
Shamanic cultures understand the power of thoughts and words in creating our realities, and understand that we can create illness, pollution and war with our intentions. I knew someone who was told by a doctor that she would never walk again. But she believed she would and she ultimately did.
These beliefs that have been planted all throughout our lives since early childhood can be firmly ingrained in our psyche. Like a gardener, the shamanic practitioner learns to excavate the soil of the psyche. We must be careful with the words we say; each word is a seed that can grow into a flower.
When I was a young girl, I could see energy and was often lost in the clouds of my imagination. My parents were research-scientists, and grounded in a worldview that meant if you couldn’t prove it, it didn’t exist! Later in life I have learned to see science only more as something that points to the great mystery of life. As a young girl, I did not know how to make sense of my experience of the unseen worlds.When I was 18, I traveled to India to begin my spiritual journey. Later, I took a leave of absence from college to trek through Europe with nothing but a toothbrush, and a change of clothes.