In the last couple of blogs I have written about our energy bodies and the causes of energy intrusions. In this blog we will take a look at the actual process of a shamanic extraction. In closing I'll give you a couple of resources in case you would like to work with energy healing but the shamanic approach doesn't resonate with you.
To perform a shamanic extraction most shamans enter an altered state of consciousness, the same state that you enter when you take a shamanic journey. The shaman will then look at the body to find the misplaced energy. Some shamans that I have visited with "see" the energy as a black cloud or black sludge, or as a snake, others smell the negative energy. I tend to feel it as a weight that is pulling me in.
After finding the misplaced energy, will then merge fully with her or his guardian spirits or power animals. This merging augments the shamans power and protects the shaman from absorbing the energy into her or his own body during the shamanic extraction. The shaman then pulls the energy out or extracts it from the body (which ever energetic shell the intrusion has attached to.
The shamanic practitioner will dispose of the removed energy in various ways. She may transmute (transform) the energy into a more positive life enhancing energy. He may place it in water and have the water neutralize it. Some blow it away or send it deep into the earth to be absorbed and recycled. The extraction can leave an energetic hole in the body, much like the small hole that is left in your finger when you remove a sliver. The shaman will either fill the hole with neutral energy or close the hole so that the intrusion site can heal. It is poor practice to leave the hole and trust that it will be filled with random energy.
I like the idea of energy healing but don't feel called to the shamanic path, so what can I do? Here are a few books that I really like and that you might find useful:
These are all good books to get you started and they are available from Amazon and other book sellers. I have been practicing Qi Gong since 2001 and so that is the non-shamanic healing path that I prefer. However, please don't follow my path blindly; find the path that resonates with you (and I hope that you find my blogs helpful on your path).
Most of all, find peace,
Dr. Dave, ND
I'm Dr. Dave, a modern druid. I lived and worked in Bolivia and Peru for over six years, where I and was trained by Andean Shamans, and today practice Druidcraft, eclectic shamanism and Ayurveda.