Shamanism & Counselling in Dublin
Shamanism and Counselling is so exciting for me as it contains a mix of talking and energy therapy. The course I studied started with a foundation level that prepared me personally and moved me through the stages of building my malá, my medicine bundle or crane bag. My malá holds many things representative of me but in particular my sacred stones (lia Naofa) which I use in my shamanic counselling and therapy sessions. I practice 5 specific techniques all based on the Celtic tradition, Imbas, Extraction, Soul Retrieval, Psychopomp and Death Rites.
The first technique I practice is IMBAS – divine inspiration- illumination, which facilitates the release of stagnant energy through the chakra points to allow the Aura (LEM) energy in the body, to be balanced and to flow freely. This is done while in gentle communication with the client. The stagnant energy is released and later returned to the universe in ritual. The client notices the shift in energy physically and mentally, going home with soul work to do in order to integrate the shift over the following weeks overcoming unwanted repetitive behaviour or belief patterns.
Another shamanic Technique I do is EXTRACTION – This technique starts with an entrance interview and facilitates the removal of unwanted or toxic energies that the client no longer needs so requires their removal in order to bring their energy body back into balance and functioning wholly and fully. This is also done in communication with the client who may be aware of the “trom” heavy energy and can effectively release these with love and compassion.
SOUL RETRIEVAL which is a term more widely known these days, is another technique, which specifically looks at a possible soul loss due to a trauma in the past or self sabotage. This technique incorporates “journeying”, “Sacred Energetic Drama” and “Creative Artwork” which assists the client to understand the energy of the soul loss, the reason behind it, the compensations made by the body to cope with the loss (over years possibly) and rectification of those energies in a very deep and meaningful way.
I also learnt to do PSYCHOPOMP and DEATH RITES work for clients. PSYCHOPOMP work assists the release of the soul/spirit of someone who has died to completion and freedom. This may occur years after their actual death. The DEATH RITES are given to the person who is departing, to assist them with the release of their soul with serenity and consciousness in a gently and meaningful way. These are very sacred and privileged techniques to do for clients and their families and loved ones.
The Shamanic Study and practice has become a way of life for me, which I feel is necessary in order to be in that balanced, grounded and loving place that is required to become a Celtic shamanic therapist.
What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is one of the oldest spiritual traditions and form of energy medicine. The word “Shaman” has its roots in the Siberian Tungus, “Cam” or “Saman”, which was used to identify the medicine man or woman who was a blend of healer; caretaker of the earth; wisdom keeper; counsellor. The Shaman holds the ability to bring harmony to the living energy systems of the individual human, their community, animals, plants and the greater world. These methods of healing, divining and problem-solving through sensitivity to energy and the ability to balance it, have become known as Shamanism. The practice of Shamanism calls us to awaken our indigenous nature. It is not a faith, but a constantly evolving wisdom tradition in which we learn purely from our own, individual and collective, personal experience. Nor is it a religion and it is dogma-free, indeed it supports any existing spiritual practice a person may already hold. The healing shamanic practitioner follows practices that nourish the sacred in the Self and the world and comes to see, know and work with all energy as sacred.
Sli an Chroi, the Irish school of Shamanic healing in Smithfield, Dublin, is an holistic model of healing and is thoroughly rooted in the Spiritual energy of the land of Ireland. This lineage is pre-Celtic and Celtic, ancient, contemporary and forward looking. There is a deep honouring of the oral Shamanic lineage of this land, the archetypes, mythology and sacred sites that hold our tradition. Slí An Chroí holds alongside native, indigenous practices many others from “core Shamanism”, i.e. drawn from the common practices of all worldwide traditions. Outstanding among the non-Irish traditions that support Slí An Chroí, is the Incan lineage into which John Cantwell and Karen Ward have been initiated during their fieldwork with Q’ero Indians in Peru. Slí an Chroí brings ancient wisdom teachings, indigenous rites of shamanic initiation together with cutting edge breakthrough techniques for Energetic-Spiritual, Psycho-Emotional and Physical emergence. It is a path of holistic development and evolution, a path of remembering who we truly are in our essence and a path of finding the strength to live daily from that place of authenticity.
Shamanic healing consists of a varied body of healing practices performed by the shaman to assist people with their own healing. Using methods and tools unique to specific cultures, such as Celtic and Q’ero. The shaman promotes a three-way healing connection between the client, the shaman, and the universe of spirit.
Symptoms of fear, inability to trust others, issues of low self-esteem, depression, fogginess and confusion, as well as chronic illnesses relate directly to a lack of power and wholeness within the person. In the shamanic worldview, power and maintaining health go hand in hand. If the soul is restored and power-full, there is no room for illness, which is regarded as an invasive force. These individual sessions are designed to promote healing of body, mind, and spirit. To book a shamanic therapy session now, please feel free to call Geraldine on 086 3473473 or on 01 8394146.
What are the benefits of receiving a shamanic treatment?
A shamanic treatment can:
- Help you to dismantle energetic patterns and attachments that do not serve your body, mind, and spirit any longer;
- Open up channels of self-expression and release related mental, psychological, spiritual, and physical blockages, including family lineage issues;
- Release painful conditions and restore you to wholeness and health
- Release repressed feelings and thoughts thereby assisting you in the transformation process.
What is a typical session like?
The client, remaining fully clothed, lies on his or her back on the floor or on a massage table.
Each treatment is different and can include different types of breathing techniques.
Each type of treatment can be powerful and life changing! Appointment durations can vary from one and a half hours to 2 hours.
Guidelines for Treatment …
It is best not to eat or drink for one hour prior to a session.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing to facilitate ease of treatment.