Article by Patti Deschaine
Shamanic Reiki is Reiki with a deep connection to nature, the elements, and spirit. Using a process called “journeying” the healer can access helping spirits who answer questions to provide insight into medical, physical or spiritual problems. A journey is meditative practice where the practitioner can visit spirit guides, ancestors and power animals to bring back messages of healing for themselves or others.
As part of a Reiki practice, many practitioners connect to spirit guides, ancestors, or angels to enhance and strengthen their healing. Shamanic Reiki takes this a step further. A journey is mindful meditation done to a drumbeat or while listening to a recorded drum track. The drum is a powerful tool as its vibration and frequency closely matches that of the earth’s vibration. In addition to drumming, a healer will often incorporate rattles, whistling, or singing as a way to quiet the mind of chatter and connect to spirit by way of the heart. An invocation to the elements and four directions will help create sacred space for the journey.
During a journey, meditation takes the healer to different energetic planes: the Upper, Middle and Lower Worlds. Here the healer can access information for their own use, or on behalf of a friend or client.
Just like connecting to energy in Usui Reiki, a journey is initiated by breath and by setting an intention. The intention is straightforward and simple. It expresses where the journey will take place and what the desired question or outcome is. An example would be: “I will journey to the Lower World to meet with my power animal to discover what is holding me back from a more spiritual existence.” A simpler beginner’s request would be: “I will journey to the Lower World to meet up with my power animal.” A power animal can be any animal or bird: a crow, a fox, a whale, a raccoon, rat or opossum. Spirit takes many forms and it is best not to judge a power animal by outward appearance. It is the message that the animal brings that is important and all have vital messages to share.
The Lower World resides at earth’s core and the journey will take the practitioner down through the layers of grass, dirt, tree roots, rock and finally, into a stream that will carry them to a beautiful garden. The garden is available to visit at any time. It is a place of peace and regeneration: to rest and recharge. In the Lower World, you may meet your power animal or another helping spirit who will offer wisdom and help you grow. You may discover old wounds that affect the choices you make today and by healing them, create a new and better way of life. The Upper World is the sky, the stars, the universe. Here you can seek a teacher or other helping spirit to answer questions you have, or meet a supportive ancestor. Ask how you can deepen your relationship with them. The Middle World is the world we are most familiar with. It is used to travel to places common to us in the world today. You may journey to a favorite spot in nature to commune with the spirit of the land that you live on or communicate with birds, animals and trees. It is even possible to visit a past or future event in the Middle World.
By connecting to teachers and guides in the Upper and Lower Worlds, we can gather information about past wounds obtained during our time here on earth, pain associated with traumatic events. We all have our share of wounds, blockages, limiting beliefs about ourselves, and journeying can assist with healing unreleased pain and removing blockages that hold us back from our true destiny. We may have old ideas that were passed on to us by family, teachers or bad experiences. Using journeying, we are able to identify and release them.
Soul Retrieval is an advanced method of healing through journeying. During times of trauma or pain, we may lose pieces of our essence, our soul, and the healing seeks to reunite the lost soul pieces, located and recorded in our chakras, with our spirit to create wholeness. You must have comprehensive training to perform a Soul Retrieval.
Shamanism and Reiki are, each by themselves, powerful ways to heal. Together, their power multiplies, and healing methods become available that aren’t accessible when used separately. This article is only a brief introduction of the world of Shamanic practice. If these ideas resonate with you, there are many great books available on this subject. You may also visit a practitioner and learn about how they practice, or find a qualified Shamanic teacher.
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Patti Deschaine is a traditionally trained Usui Reiki Master, Lightarian Reiki Master, and owner of Maja Energy Works and Reiki Healing. She resides and practices in Wilmington, NC. She enjoys all types of Reiki and particularly loves using Reiki on animals. Patti can be found at http://