Itzhak Beery’s Shamanic Healing is a doorway into another world.
As someone who comes from a particular spiritual lineage, it was fascinating for me to gain entree into a different tradition. There was much kinship. We are speaking of spirit, after all! Yet shamanism is spirit filtered through a different lens. This is powerful cosmic connection, as felt and developed over centuries by indigenous Native American and South American cultures.
Author Beery’s shares his Shamanic journey. You are there with him during each meeting, each test and adventure.
I particularly enjoyed his description of a contest of strength with one of his Shamanic mentors. It was a battle for him rather than against him which drew a strength from him that he did not know he possessed. This and other stories feel magical, mysterious, special, otherworldly.
Equally fascinating is Beery’s description of the tools of shamanism. The sugarcane rum, candle, eggs, sticks and flowers are all implements of every day life, imbued with a spiritual purpose. Despite the simplicity of the tools, Shamanism offers healing on a profound level. Often it is used as a last resort, after all other resources have failed. As such, it proves to have many answers still elusive to modern science and medicine.
The final chapter of the book is dedicated to clients’ stories. One of the most moving was of a young woman who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She lived at home with her mother. She heard voices and feared to go out alone.
Beery explains, “In contrast to Western medicine, traditional shamanic healing is not necessarily about curing someone’s symptoms or manifestations of illness. Rather, it sees the sick person as a whole complex environment and makes an effort to reinstate the person’s overall health.” He continues, “The Quechua strongly believe that all physical, mental, and spiritual problems are essentially the results of an imbalance in our energy bodies.”
Beery reframed the young woman’s ‘disorder’ as a talent.
Unlike Western medicine, Beery didn’t ‘pathologize’ or try to ‘fix’ this client. Instead, he gave her the tools she needed to accept and master her sensitivity. He explained it as a gift akin to his own psychic and energetic sensitivity. Within a few sessions she had blossomed into a different version of herself. She was newly confident and able to navigate the world.
As a healer myself, I know the power of reframing our so-called liabilities as gifts. I applauded this young woman’s transformation, and the many other empowering stories shared in the book. Equally moving were the many stories of soul retrieval. The shamanic approach to the inner child and trauma is profound. I can see myself adopting one of Beery’s prescriptions in my own work with clients. (Hint: it involves a doll. You’ll have to read the book!)
Other parts of the book felt more foreign to my experience. Some of the stories were pretty wild – possession, evil spirits, the red fox and the snake come to mind. Again, you’ll just have to read the book!
Shamanism is to be celebrated as a valuable answer to much of what ails us and what we lack in this modern culture.
I highly recommend this journey into shamanism. It is a rare treat, indeed, as most shamans eschew writing about their art. They believe that shamanism is something that changes in response to the client in front of them. While shamanism has a rich tradition, yet it remains improvisational, unpredictable and surprising. It is a living thing, many traditional shamans feel, not to be captured and pinned down in a book. As an outsider from another culture who was invited in, Beery provides an ideal outsider/insider’s guide to this mysterious and colorful world.
Cosmic coincidence: I am receiving a multiplicity of invitations to explore shamanism of late.
Another book on tape just came my way and I will be happy to share it with you once I’ve had a chance to listen to it. And on August 22, AtoZ Healing Space is proud to present Shamanism & Healing for Everyday Life – A Workshop with Drew Matthews.
Drew is a young man whose discovery of shamanism led to a deep dive and a transformation of his life. Drew and I had a chance to sit down together to discuss his approach to shamanism in this interview on Paint Yourself Into the Picture. Click here to watch the video.
Drew’s workshop is an invitation for us to discover our inner Shaman in an experiential way.
The workshop invites you to experience group healing through a shamanic journey designed for modern times. You will be able to release dark energies while letting in the light and upgrading your vibration. The workshop will also guide participants to create a sacred space, a vortex of energy that will be dynamic and transformative serving each person’s individual intentions. Through this process you will gain confidence, build your toolbox, release situations that do not serve and open up to your inner magic.
Drew’s workshop is Free to AtoZ Premium Unlimited Members. For a limited time only, AtoZ Membership is available for less than the cost of a cup of coffee per day – and you get women’s circles, art workshops, featured guest presenters, and so much more! Click here to see how easy and affordable it is to join now at the Premium Unlimited level.
Reba Linker is the Founder of AtoZ Healing Space. She is a bestselling author and life coach. She also hosts the Youtube interview show, Paint Yourself Into the Picture. Reba’s mission is to help others claim their birthright of joy and freedom – no matter the past, and no matter the obstacles. Reba studied with a spiritual teacher for many years. She is proud to be a certified Master Teacher of TIME Heals, and a certified practitioner of Universal Sphere and ZPoint Therapy.