Healing, Divination, Dreamwork, House Healing
Shamanic healing works on a deep, inner level - it is healing for your essence; some call this the 'soul'. If you don't like to use this term, think about it as healing for the part in yourself that is truly 'you', your core, your full potential.
Shamanic work enables you to find more energy balance and strength, which re-affirms your self-healing capability and your ability to positively transform your life.
Illness has many faces, including emotional, physical, social and mental aspects. The focus of Shamanic healing is on the drivers behind your symptoms, and these drivers are categorised as three main causes of dis-ease: power loss, soul part loss and energy blockages through intrusions or ancestral issues. Each of these can be addressed by one or several healing techniques - see below.
Shamanic healing has been performed since ancient times and is thought to date back more than 30,000 years. At the Fireside Lodge, we use a contemporary, urban form of Shamanism, which is not related to any specific culture. Some call this Core or Classical Shamanism.
What happens in a session?
Sessions are held in person in West London, or - for many issues - also can happen remotely (Zoom).
When you ask for a Shamanic healing session, I will send you some questions to help you reflect on your issue. Your answers will help me focus the work. I will then go on a diagnostic 'journey' to the non-ordinary reality (the parallel universe), to find out what treatment is appropriate, and in what sequence.
This is not the same diagnostic process as in Western Medicine. I am not searching for names for your problem (labels often set things in stone). The diagnostic intention is to find a healing path, including a way to support your self-healing.
Unless something else came up in my diagnostic journey, we will likely cover the following:
Number of Sessions
Unless my diagnostic journey tells us otherwise, I usually recommend two sessions to get started. If you live far away, this can be done in one longer session.
After this initial work, we will see how your energy has shifted, whether you can take it from there or need more help. The removal of certain energy blockages can sometimes bring up more layers of healing needs, or you may feel the need to adjust something in your life and would like help with this as well.
Some clients decide to come for regular Guided Journey or Mentoring sessions, or they even decide to learn how to journey by themselves by attending our Drum Journeying Course or Private Lessons.
I will always be transparent, explain what is happening and give you options; and you will always be able to decide step-by-step how deep you like to go.
Will there be 'Healing'?
When you receive Shamanic healing, you work with your inner power, and with universal life energy and wisdom. The sacred 'Grandfathers and Grandmothers' - the spirits - support the process. As a shamanic practitioner, I do not heal - I am only the 'hollow reed' who channels, focuses and unblocks healing energy.
Healing is a complex process; it means that you are getting 'whole' again. This may not happen in the exact way you expect it. We do not always understand our place in the creation. Hence, symptoms may or may not go away. Sometimes symptoms serve a purpose on your journey, which may only become clear at a later stage in the process.
However, I have never witnessed a session that did not have benefits for the client. Clients feel stronger, more balanced and often more peaceful. Their self-healing power has been rebooted. Their ability to co-create and transform their lives has been strengthened.
Those clients who feel they are at the end of their life often feel renewed energy to find a positive closure and a peaceful way to pass over.
Shamanic healing does not replace seeing a doctor or seeking medical advice if you are feeling unwell. Using the gifts of Western Medicine goes along just fine with the gift of Shamanic healing.
Read more about our Ethics and Working Principles
Some Core Shamanic Healing Techniques
Regain your Power
Power in a shamanic sense has nothing to do with external status or manipulating others. It is 'inner power', focused energy. It is the driving force of your Life, the petrol in your tank.
There are several reasons why you may lose part of your power, for example, external influences, such as environmental pollution, and internal reasons, such as not living your purpose.
It is quite normal to lose a bit of power every once in a while; we all can self-heal and have ways to regenerate it.
If you cannot regain your power, you may feel tired or ill all the time. The world may look grey, people seem to annoy you, and you may have no perseverance at all. It may be tempting to engage in bad habits or addictions when feeling powerless. Anything that 'fills the gap'....
Retrieving your power animal can help you regain your power. There are other ways - working with power songs, movement, dreams, etc. We will find the right method for you through the diagnostic journey.
When we experience trauma, parts of our essence may leave to seek safety in the spiritual dimension of reality. The experience of trauma is always subjective - it can be anything from experiencing abuse or witnessing violence to losing a beloved teddy bear in our childhood.
It might also happen that we give away part of our soul - for example when we love 'too much' in co-dependent relationships.
Soul parts often come back of their own accord. We can help this by doing things we love to do, also by finding time for meditation and prayer, being in nature or with people who nurture us.
If soul parts do not come back, we may feel lost or torn, unable to fully engage in relationships and prone to chronical illness or addictions.
If I notice that this might be happening to you, I will journey in pursuit of the lost soul-parts and bring them back. I then will work with you to help integrate this part of your essence, and to prevent further soul loss. This work often enables other healing to happen.
Our vitality and wellbeing can be disturbed when we carry something that does not belong to us. These blockages often come from negativity; our own or other people's. Negativity might be built through any kind of pollution, conflict, negative thinking patterns, guilt or an unrealistic self-image.
Energy disturbance can also be caused by over-shadowing influences of someone who has died but could not fully pass over. For more information about this, see Peace with Death page.
Repeating patterns that come down the ancestral lines can also interfere with your natural energy balance. For example, if your ancestors were involved in conflict or war, some negative energy can still shine through.
If I find energy blockages in your system, I can remove and neutralise these through Extraction work.
If there are any ancestral or soul-release issues, we will be using treatments called Compassionate Depossession and/or Curse Unravelling.
Read more about Soul Retrieval in our blog post.
Divination: Accessing your Inner Guidance
These sessions will provide new insights, guidance and inspiration regarding your questions and your goals. There are two options:
When I journey, I will not ask any "yes-no" or "when" questions for you. In our initial chat, we will translate these into more useful questions that will empower you to make your own decisions. For example, instead of asking "Will I ever get married?", we might ask: "What do I need to heal in myself to be ready for a wonderful relationship?"
Divination work is mostly about exploring options, receiving inspiration, and becoming aware of the potential of different paths you can chose.
What happens in a session?
After clarifying your question, I will do a drum journey - you do not have to be present for this. Then I will ring you, tell you what has happened and show you how to work with the information you received.
The interpretation will be up to you. Sometimes the meaning might be immediately clear, sometimes it might be metaphors. The imagery is geared to you, so you are the only one who can make full sense of it.
As an example, lets take the message "speak up more to step into your full power". If this was information for me, I might encounter a chattering bird on my journey (I often work with animal guides and therefore can understand this metaphoric language). If I journey for a client who is very much into chakra work, the same message could be transmitted through the image of a lively river flowing through the client's throat chakra.
Shamanic Dream Work
The shamanic way of interpreting dreams is rather different from the psychological way. There are hardly any prescribed scripts or interpretations of dream language, besides maybe some archetypes that are connected to the history of the community. Shamanic dream work is all about individual interpretation of the dream and receiving its direct teaching and power.
If the dream does not immediately make sense to you, you can journey to the dream and ask why it came. For example, if you had a dream about a dog who kept trying to get into your house, you could visit the dog again on your journey and ask her what she needed and why she was there.
You can do this journey work yourself in a guided session, or I can do it for you.
Spirit Release - Psychopomp
The purpose of this work is to re-balance energies that are in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, people can get stuck after they die and may need a bit of extra help to find their way 'home'. They may feel that they have some unfinished business here (e.g., an unresolved conflict), or are attached to their life-style, to people they loved, or their earthly task.
If you feel that this has happened to a loved one who died, you may feel puzzled, fearful or too embarrassed to talk about your experience. Please do call; we will find a gentle way to help the wandering soul transcend.
These issues can sometimes be solved in just one session, but sometimes deeper healing of the person who initially attracted a wandering spirit is needed as well.
House /Land Healing
Some homes or pieces of land are out of balance, which can impact the health and well-being of the people, animals and plants who live there. The imbalance may be caused by environmental disturbances (such as water below the property), by energies that do not belong there, or by unresolved ancestral issues (such as an ancient conflict about ownership)
We work on finding the root cause of these disturbances, release any misplaced energies, bless the home/land and recreate balance. This is a peaceful, compassionate process that works for the higher good of all. It has nothing to do with exorcism or the voyeurism of 'ghost hunting' programs in the media.
This will be beneficial if...
You sense that something is out of balance in your home:
How we will work for your Home or Land
Sometimes journey work to find out what is going on, together with a recommendation what you can do to recreate balance is all that is needed. If the issue is more complex, the process could look as described above. I will do this work together with my shamanic practitioner colleague Shenoah Taylor
If you ask us for a house clearing/ blessing, we will first explore the issue with you on the phone, gathering information about the history and context of the house.
On the day of the clearing, we will ask you to lead us through your home so that we can sketch out the work. We will do some diagnostic work to find energy blocks. Once we found them, we will go through your home carrying water, fire (a candle) and incense to do the cleansing. Additional releasing and aligning work will follow, until the balance is restored. After this, we will speak a blessing for the house; you are welcome to join in for that.
A clearing and blessing for a one-bedroom home takes approximately half a day. We would also need to do some preparation work ahead of the visit, and sometimes there is some follow-up to do.
Read more in our blog post: House Healing after a Divorce
Depending on the size of the land, this often takes a full day. We will start by exploring the issue with you and will gather some information about the history of the land.
When arriving, we will attune ourselves to the land by walking around the perimeter. During this time, it becomes clear what the land needs, and how we can help.
Unlike house/flat healing work, there is less of a predefined process for land clearing. While walking on the land, we will sense what needs to be done and likely be given a ceremony that we can perform right there on the land. Releasing any stuck or misplaced energy, and making peace with any elemental and nature energies, are usually part of the process. At the end of the process, we will bless the land. You will be very welcome to join in on this, and maybe there is additional work you can do to keep nurturing your land.