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Old 03-01-2019, 11:07 AM   #1
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Question Any shamanic practitioners and/or energy workers here?

I was wondering if there are any users here who employ shamanic practice (any tradition) into their self-care. If so, what types of things do you do to help deal with your mental illness?


I understand that various individuals and traditions approach mental illness in different way, and I am simply curious as to what you have done or do, as well as what has worked/works well (or badly) for you.


As for me, I have learned about journeying and soul retrieval from a few people of the Core Shamanism tradition, and I have an interest in exploring the Maker tradition. I have had soul retrievals done, as well as an extraction, which helped for a little while but not in the longer term. Ihave been wary of doing my own soul retrievals, but I am opoen to trying.

I also am aware that many on this forum would also discount any or all of these practices, and that is fine. But I hope that this thread does not become an argument pro or con for any of these practices. I am merely interested in the anecdotal, personal sharing of those who subscribe to such things and/or those who have honestly tried and things just didn't help them. That is okay too.
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I've tried reiki before losing my mind. I think that lead to my losing my mind because she said your brain energy is scrambled and I can't unwind it. A year later I broke down mentally. Never gone back.

Shaman I've gone to twice so far. I really enjoyed it, though I don't know what she actually did for me. After you mentioned soul retrieval I do recall her doing that. I just know I feel better after a session, but its far and costly don't do it often.
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I've tried reiki before losing my mind. I think that lead to my losing my mind because she said your brain energy is scrambled and I can't unwind it. A year later I broke down mentally. Never gone back.

Shaman I've gone to twice so far. I really enjoyed it, though I don't know what she actually did for me. After you mentioned soul retrieval I do recall her doing that. I just know I feel better after a session, but its far and costly don't do it often.

So sorry to hear that reiki didn't help, but just like with conventional, western medical therapies/medications, things don't always work for everyone. Sometimes it takes working with different people. I've never tried reiki, myself, so I can't speak to the experience. But I do find it fascinating that the practitioner's "diagnosis" did seem to speak to what we would call mental illness.


I'd love to hear if you ever try alternative therapies like these or similar.


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I'm actually going to give reiki another try with a different practitioner. As a birthday gift to myself. This post motivated me to look into it. It's actually really powerful.
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I'm actually going to give reiki another try with a different practitioner. As a birthday gift to myself. This post motivated me to look into it. It's actually really powerful.

Glad that this helped. I'd love to know how it ends up working for you. One of these days I will give it a try.
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Just bumping up this thread again. In the time since I posted this query, I have become a reiki practitioner and done some refresher study on shamanic journeying. Still working on building my personal spiritual healing. Ironically, I have done very little in using either practice in my own mental health healing. A little, but not enough to even say whether it helped or not.

But I still wonder if there are any others here who also use such techniques.
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Long time ago I was much more envolved in such things. As a child I had an old medicine man as a invisible friend. He guided me and helped me find momentary contentment in a field not far from my house. I've never forgotten that feeling. And had it once more in college. I'd like to find a drumming circle but I live in a rather conservative rural area.
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Long time ago I was much more envolved in such things. As a child I had an old medicine man as a invisible friend. He guided me and helped me find momentary contentment in a field not far from my house. I've never forgotten that feeling. And had it once more in college. I'd like to find a drumming circle but I live in a rather conservative rural area.

What a fascinating and wondrous friend to have.
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