Through my research and the way my mentor explained to me it boils down to traits you’re born with and how advanced those traits are. All mediums are psychics, but not all psychics are mediums. And not all mediums are channels or vice versa. Yes, I was confused too LOL
Psychics have premonitions and can see the past, present and future. They use tools like tarot cards, crystal balls, runes and other tools to help them with a reading. Psychics may or may not be mediums. I have read that psychics are born that way but I personally believe anyone can learn to be psychic. Your intuition comes from your higher self, which we all have. It’s a matter of learning how to tap into it and practicing that on a regular basis.
The next level in advancement is Mediums. Mediums are psychics which can communicate with those in the spirit world. They may hear, see, smell or sense them in some other way. They can develop the skill to receive clear messages from loved ones. In this way, they are channels. Opinions vary on whether mediums are born or if anyone can develop the skill to communicate with spirits. My thinking is that your loved ones in spirit are already communicating with you (whether you’re a medium or not). They do it through synchronicity (which you may call coincidence), signs and other things.
The next level up is channeling. Channels can tap into the highest realms of beings like angles, archangels, spirit guides and ascended masters. I can channel loved ones in spirit too, but mostly talk to the higher realms. On occasion, loved ones will come through when I’m doing a shamanic healing. There have been times I meditated to channel one person’s loved ones but someone else’s had a message to deliver. General consensus (and I believe) channels are born with their abilities. I believe since mediums are already channeling one level of spirits, it would be an easy and natural shift to channel higher realms as well.
Somewhere in this mix is trance mediums. Trance mediums do exactly that — they reach a state of consciousness where they are in a trance and allow an ethereal being to speak through them. Some will leave their body and let the entity take over. Some will not. Sometimes they will take on the voice characteristics of the one being channeled, such as accent and tone. Sometimes it is their own voice. Either way, the words are definitely not their own. Again, consensus is that trance mediums are born with their abilities and it’s not something that can be learned.
Regardless of whether you are a medium, a channel or a trance medium, you have to meditate regularly and get proficient at reaching that higher state of consciousness. You also have to “build your power”. No mediumship occurs without power. Power can not be built without meditation. Building your power a is technique that I will write more on later.
A channel is a psychic/medium that can channel messages from the highest realms like angels, spirit guides and ascended masters.
What is Shamanism?
In short, shamanism is an ancient practice of healing. Shamanism involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness to bring back information, healing and power. Shamans believe all physical, emotional and mental dis-ease is caused by a root spiritual imbalance. Shamans are the “walkers between worlds” and use this ability to restore balance by healing that root cause.
Contrary to popular belief, shamanism is not a religion. It is a method, a tool if you will, used for centuries by indigenous tribes to heal their people. It can (and does) co-exist with all religions from Christianity to Buddhism. There are Baptist ministers who are shaman. There are Buddhist shamans, Wiccan shamans, Gnostic shamans and people you would never imagine would practice shamanism. That said, it IS a spiritual calling, such as a priest or other holy servant has. And that is exactly what we do — we serve in some capacity to heal mankind, animals and the planet. This article by Paul Sivert does an excellent job of showing the differences between Shamanism and organized religion.
Shamanism is not an exclusive practice. Meaning, shaman work with multiple healing modalities alongside shamanism. These can include Reiki energy healing, Angelic healing, Esoteric healing, mediumship and many other methods that compliment shamanism. My personal practice incorporates spirit channeling, mediumship and Reiki healing. Many times I will work on a client and a loved one in spirit or spirit guide/animal comes in to assist or with a healing message.
I was called to Shamanism when Spirit (God) gave me a list of the skills I would need to carry out my life’s intention. One of those is “ethereal healing”. Ethereal healing involves healing that which can not be seen — the emotional, the spiritual and the mental. This is done through shamanic soul retrievals, shamanic breath work, past life regression, mediumship and energy healing modalities that work on a deep level. Mike Sententia at The Healing Lab
is doing some fantastic work on his version of ethereal healing, which integrates spirits with consciously directed energy healing like Reiki and biofield healing. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike for my future podcast. If you can’t wait fo my podcast release, you can listen to his interview with Greg Carlwood
, where he gets in depth on his research. Amazing work to scientifically measure and validate energy healing as an effective healing tool.
Aspects of Shamanism
Shamans have a connection to nature because it stems from nature itself. Mother Earth lends her power to the shamanic healing process. We are concerned with the healing of all things because we are all connected spiritually. This includes people, plants and animals.
We endeavor to create a spiritual practice that promotes improvement of the body, mind and soul. Shamanism lives outside the sacred healing space. As a shaman, you don’t clock in at 9 am, do your healing sessions then clock out at 5 pm. Shamanism is a 24/7 way of life. Just as the monk commits to a life of purity and impeccable living, so must the shaman. We must live with integrity and the full expectation that karma exists (because it does!). We will only ask for the highest and best good of all. This is the only way to live in harmony with our soul and all of creation.
Shamans commune with and honor nature as sacred spaces. We love rivers, lakes, mountains, oceans, caves, stars, moon and the sun – we feed energy to and are fed by the energy of these natural wonders. When we receive our bands of power, we can strengthen and feed those bands with these same things. Shamans hold ceremonies to show our reverence for and to work with the natural world to bring harmony and balance to our planet and the universe.
Caring for the Shaman
Healers naturally give to others more than they give to themselves. However, self-care is critical. Shaman are known as the “wounded healers”. We heal everyone but ourselves. If you are considering the shamanic path, know that you MUST practice self-care or you risk infecting your clients with what I call your “bad ju-ju” or “hooch”. You must clear yourself of any past issues and going forward you must stay vigilant to resolve any future issues as they arise. For this reason, during shamanic training, we are not only taught the shamanic methods for use on others, we do these same healing methods on ourselves for self-healing. We undergo the soul retrievals and all the work necessary to clear ourselves so that we do not bring it to those we will be healing in the future. This self-healing is an intense and moving experience.
This website is about awakening, transformation and healing from within. It is meant for anyone who is ready to take the Great Journey of self discovery and/or who is a lightworker trying to find their way. Whether that’s a physical healer (like a doctor or nurse), a communicator (like a medium) or a spiritual healer (like a shaman).
That said, you don’t have to be a shaman to benefit from shamanic teachings. The concepts can be applied by anyone with a desire to better themselves. This website will help you do that. Over the course of a year, I will work through the four winds and tell you how you can apply them to your life.
In addition to being a shamanic practitioner, I am also a spirit channel. This means I talk to spirit guides and loved ones who have crossed over. I will be posting messages that have been channeled to me by my guides. These messages have brought me great insight into the way we’re all connected and the fact we all come in some capacity to learn about love.
To begin your journey to self-discovery through shamanism and the four winds, start here.
If the sight of a snake gives you the shivers, I ask you to reconsider. The serpent rules the south wind and there are many positive things “snake medicine” has to offer. The shamanic path works through the four winds — south, west, north and east, with south being the first wind. I’ll be spending three months writing about each wind as I go through them and I invite you to work through them with me.
About the South Wind and How I’m “Working It”
First, let me denote that there are several different shaman lineages one can study and each culture has it’s own interpretations and symbols (Peruvian vs Lakota, for instance). My particular path is Peruvian shamanism so the interpretations of the winds will follow the Peruvian teachings. My training started in the South Wind direction and you will see why that’s a natural place to start.
Staff of Caduceus
The South Wind is all about healing, transformation, shedding and renewing. It’s totem animal is the snake. Even today, the snake is recognized as symbolic of healing.
Rod of Asclepius
If, like me, you’re a fine purveyor of “useless” facts, right now you’re wondering why the medical staff is snake(s) on a stick. This article goes deep into that. And this one goes into the origins of the one serpent staff vs the two serpent staff.
Back to the south wind– while working in the South Wind, I’m working with the intention of transforming on multiple levels. The essence of it involves intention and lifestyle. Intention is non-tangible, but carried out, it manifests into the physical world. I “intend” to go to the store and buy gas. Manifesting it is the physical act of me getting in my car and driving to the store then buying gas. While in the south wind, I am reinforcing and manifesting my intention through action via lifestyle changes. All these little changes will ultimately physically manifest through outward actions that allow me to complete my life’s purpose. A year-long transformation on all levels.
Emotionally and Mentally, I’m Intentionally Transforming
I’m letting go of limiting beliefs about what I think is possible. People, if you learn nothing else from my chronicles or my journey: And now I’m going to pull out my soap box. The universe has so much goodness, so much abundance, so many things for you to claim that you deserve — you just have to be open to accepting it without conditions!
When you become a control freak and specify EXACTLY how, what, when you want something, you are limiting yourself. How? Because if I said I want to win a million dollars from the lottery this weekend — I just condemned myself to ONLY a million dollars from ONLY the lottery that would be won JUST this weekend. What if God wanted to bless me with $100 million dollars in six months from a raffle ticket I bought?
See, you have to say it in a way that doesn’t limit you. Like “I want a million dollars or something better in six months or less in way that’s in the highest good of all involved,” (that last part is verrry important). Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen (as in don’t expect to win the lottery if you don’t buy the ticket), but it does tell your angels, teachers and spirit guides what you’d like to have happen and the universe will put things in your path that will lead to that outcome, whether it’s a business deal, a raffle ticket orrr…….a life insurance policy payout because your mom died (see what I’m saying about for the highest good of all involved). OK rant over! Onward!
I am letting go of what I think is possible for me as a business owner, as a teacher, as a healer, as a communicator. I’m deciding to let my full potential play out through trusting my guides will put just the right leadership, the right books, the right teachers, the right situations in my path to achieve my purpose of awakening as many lightworkers as possible. I am letting go of the limiting the belief that I will never be a household name like Oprah or Deepak or Ghandi. Why can’t I? Or for that matter, why can’t YOU?! They all started out as “commoners” and someone has to be the next Oprah, Deepak or Ghandi.
I’m letting go of the limiting belief I have to achieve all this myself. I can put a team in place with skills and expertise that surpass my own and will catapult my reach. I’m emotionally letting go of the things that drain me. Like the drama queens on facebook, the news (I still stay informed but don’t spend hours with it playing on the tv in the background), the soul-leechers (you know who they are — just being in their presence depresses you), the energy vampires (15 minutes around them and they’ve sucked the life-force right out of you), the tasks I hate (bookkeeping, house cleaning – I get the family involved, laundry folding)….basically anything and one that does not bring me joy or contentment, I avoid. Let it go, my friends! You don’t have to be all things to all people. You don’t have to do all things, either. Some things are better outsourced..like laundry. : )
I do all this with the intention of creating empty mental and emotional space to fill with things and people that are congruent with my life’s purpose. Empty space is the key. Two things can not exist in the same space – whether it’s physical like a couch or ethereal like a thought. You have to get rid of one thing to make room for another. So if your life is consumed with drama and noise, there is no room for peace and quiet until you – like the serpent – shed the things not serving you so something new can emerge.
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