Shamanic Practitioner Work and Christian Spiritual Ministry
The term “shamanism” has emerged over the past forty years to describe a wide variety of ways traditional spiritual healers, men/women of knowledge, medicine men and women, and seers journey into spiritual worlds and build alliances with compassionate spirits for the well-being of people and the earth. The term “shaman” is derived from the Tungus of Siberia and now stands for that wide category of spiritual journeyers/seers/healers. There is a growing body of literature related to “core shamanism” which describes spiritual practices and understandings that appear in many or several shamanic cultures. Shamanism is not a religious faith tradition, but at 30,000-70,000 years old it is at the root of all our spiritual and faith traditions.
I am engaged in ongoing training as a core shamanic practitioner through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies’ basic and advanced training workshops. This body of training in core shamanism (based on universal, near-universal, and common shamanic practices) draws on a lifetime of pioneering work and leadership by anthropologist Michael Harner. These practices have the intention of providing spiritual healing modalities, empowerment, and guidance for the well-being of ourselves and others and is only done after receiving a client’s direct consent or, if that is not possible, the consent of someone who can make decisions on their behalf.
I do this work alongside being an ordained minister professing Christian beliefs as a follower of Jesus Christ, actively engaged in a spiritually vibrant faith community, informed by Christian mystical and contemplative theological traditions, and disciplined in Christian prayer and meditation practices, including healing prayer and spiritual discernment practices. I experience this work as a ministry flowing from and compatible with my vocation as priest and spiritual guide, and it is a ministry that is available to anyone without any religious expectation or restriction.
Shamanic practitioner work is a different spiritual modality from the usual work of a Christian spiritual guide or spiritual director. I find core shamanism has wide areas of shared practice and understanding with Christianity, but it has differences too that challenge some long and widely-held Christian suppositions and ways of operating within and understanding spiritual realities. My experience is that shamanic practice is compatible, complimentary, and enriching to Christian prayer and meditation practices and with modern Western medical practices. It is a wholistic approach that expands our understanding of the spiritual dimensions of life and offers practical ways for God's unconditional love and the compassionate power of God's divine agents to bring healing and wisdom.
Some of the services as a shamanic practitioner that I am able to offer include divination journeys, power animal restoration, psychopomp (assisting deceased human spirits in their journey to their next appropriate place), spirit extraction healing, and soul retrieval as well as supporting people in their own shamanic journeying. I also offer more nuanced and compassionate forms of spirit deliverance work than Christians have traditionally practiced.
If you wish to discuss how I may be able to help you please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 224.636.2874 to set up a confidential appointment.