When we think of an alchemist, one might imagine a very evolved being who lives as a hermit, devoting his or her life to literally transforming lead into gold. In our desire to evolve spiritually and experience health and wellness, we all work as alchemists. However, we are not required to live like hermits! – Heather Cumming
THE UNIVERSAL SHAMANIC HEALING PRINCIPLE is that all illnesses, whether physical or emotional, are manifestations of problems in the invisible but very real world of spirit. The Shaman, called the “Walker between Worlds”, can journey to the spirit realm and, in alliance with Spirit Guides and Mentors, obtain healing and guidance to affect positive change in this reality. Heather’s intuitive abilities and extensive training in mediumship and shamanic practices enable her to enter the altered state of consciousness that is necessary for contact with the non-ordinary reality of spirit.
This is the key shamanic practice to heal the fragmented self. It is helpful for recovery from illness, accident, trauma or loss. Heather journeys to non-ordinary reality with the specific intention to discover and retrieve the soul parts, the vital essence that has split off from the client due to illness, accident or trauma or loss. After the journey, a healing meditation is performed to integrate the soul parts. She discusses her journey with the client and records the rich details of the journey. Soul retrieval is like having a family reunion, only all the members are parts of oneself that come together in a joyful celebration of integration. We experience within a new dynamic synergy that frees us to be fully present, creative and whole.
According to Core Shamanism, the connections with a guardian animal spirit makes one feel powerful in body. It enhances sense of self confidence and clarity. Heather journeys for the client through earth-centered consciousness to discover which animal spirits are available for the client. Often the specific attributes and qualities of the animal spirit are the perfect match for the needs of the person at that time. The individual’s relationship with the animal helper is honored and strengthened.
These ceremonies are performed on special occasions to mark the earth’s cycles or the cycles of one’s life. Fire ceremony, moon ceremony, spirit canoe, space clearings and blessings, healing circles and other dedications are among the shamanic earth-honoring celebrations.