Shamanism is a religious practice that involves a practitioner who is believed to interact with a spirit world through altered states of consciousness, such as trance. The practitioner's intention is for healing physically, spiritually, or mentally.
We've already discussed the ins and outs of a Shamanic Journey in our blog post "See A Reflection of Yourself in a New Light," but what is the difference between a Shamanic Journey Session and a Shamanic Reiki session?
Shamanic Reiki sessions often look very similar to traditional Reiki sessions. The client rests on a table while the practitioner uses hands on healing techniques. The difference lies in what we are looking for and the activity 'behind the scenes' in the spirit world.
Traditional Reiki calls you to get out of the way and become a clear channel, and sessions often start at the Crown and work down to the Root.
Shamanic Reiki Sessions ask you to set a clear intention, connect with your Guides and Directions, and actively connect with the Spirit Realm for additional information or energy to flow through while you allow the Power Animals, Spirit Teams, and Cardinal Directions to aid in the healing process.
These sessions often start at the center of the client, near their stomach, and before the session begins a scan is completed. This scan looks for foreign energetic objects that have been embedded in the body, such as arrowheads, spears, blades, etc. The Guardians of the Directions, the Spirit Teams, Power Animals, or other Spiritual Helpers come to help remove this foreign energetic object.
Shamanic Reiki sessions are often story-based, and finding the story behind the energetic object may help relieve an underlying issue. Looking at connections between the placement of the object and a certain Chakra or pre-existing health issue on the part of the client brings an extra level of awareness to the healing session. Once the object has been removed, Reiki is used as a pure energy to help seal in the healing and complete any further cleansing and purification that needs to occur.
On the other hand, Shamanic Journey sessions are the key component of being a Shamanic Practitioner. These journeys involve traveling to a different Shamanic Realm (Upper, Lower, or Middle) and gaining new information. These journeys still call in the Directions, Power Animals, and Spirit Teams, and incorporate a specific drumbeat designed for Shamanic Travel. In a Shamanic Journey session, the client clarifies the intention, stated in the form of an open-ended question that is brought to the Spirit Teams for clarification.
The practitioner journeys for the client, and the client is able to come along the journey under the guidance of the practitioner. Often the answers found in Shamanic journeys are very symbolic and take some additional analysis to clarify the true meaning, and this process of seeking further answers after the journey is a key component of a Shamanic Journey session.
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Shamanic Reiki vs. Shamanic Journeying
In all, Shamanic Reiki sessions are heavily hands-on, working with the Spirit Team to remove obstructions from the body, complete soul retrievals, and holding the space for client's body to begin the healing process. Shamanic Journeys are more intention-based, using spiritual sight to travel to another realm and obtain clarity on a specific question.
These differences, as well as how to complete a Shamanic Reiki Session and a Shamanic Journey will all be covered in our 5-month Shamanic Reiki Practitioner Training! You can learn more and sign up here.
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