Different from, say, body- or even purely energetic work, shamanic forms of healing, since they mostly work on the level of the soul, rely on ceremony and ritual to ‘cultivate’ a sacred space and setting into which the healing powers of nature and spirit are invited. In this sense the shamanic practitioner is himself not so much a healer as he is a ‘vessel’ or ‘channel’, creating and ‘holding’ the space in which healing can take place.
These are powerful forms of spiritual, energetic and physical healing which require time, care and dedication from both participant and practitioner. They often utilise the elements (fire, water, air and earth), the powers of the four directions (east, south, west, north, which together form the Medicine Wheel), spirits of nature like those of animals or plants (through the use of Medicine Tools crafted from their parts), or sound to invite profound and lasting transformation in ourselves, and by extent, to the world and the people around us. Shamanic rituals and ceremonies lead us back to the core, our origins, and the home that most of us have lost inside ourselves.
Some practices also involve the ingestion of certain sacred plants (or animal compounds) that may produce a range of physiological (sometimes psychoactive) effects. An example of a healing ritual using a medicine from animal origin is Kambo (the frog medicine cleanse), which you can read more about below.
Shamanic rituals and ceremonies lead us back to the core, our origins, to connection with spirit, and the home that most of us have lost inside ourselves.