The Path to Awakening the Shaman Within
"The Healing is the Training, The Training is the Healing."
~ Linda Star Wolf ~
The Shamanic Breathwork ceremony is a powerful transformational journey that inspires individuals to Awaken the Shaman Within and reconnect with their own inner shaman. As old wounds and dysfunctional patterns are released and transformed, individuals begin to regain lost soul parts and remember the magic of who they truly are. Empowerment brings wholeness and healing back into their own lives, to the lives of those they love, and to the world at large.
This SBW process is highly experiential and the wisdom and healing gained comes from each individual’s inner experience. Shamanic Breathwork honors and blends the timeless wisdom of ancient traditions with the emerging new paradigm methods of healing and teaching. It functions as the rainbow bridge between these two worlds honoring the best of both worlds while creating a bridge for body, mind, heart, soul and spirit.
In the past, and still in some remote areas, the Shaman was sought out much as a physician, counselor or minister is today. In the Shamanic tradition of old, the healer (Shaman) attempted to restore healing and balance to others by performing sacred rites or ceremonies which usually included prayers, songs and chants. They would also journey into other realms while being assisted by power animals, spirit guides and allies.
While honoring the ancient shamanic lineages, Shamanic Breathwork focusses on Awakening the Shaman Within. There is ample support from Shamanic Breathwork Facilitators and co-journeyers to assist during the session to enable a safe journey for the participant.
The SBW ceremony begins by establishing safe and sacred space through various rituals and ceremonies such as smudging with sage, cedar, and sweet grass while offering prayerful invocations. Individuals lie down and focus on surrendering to their Shaman Within, calling upon that which is most sacred and holy to them, such as spirit guides, power animals, and higher powers. As the drumming begins, journeyers are invited to connect with rhythmic breathing and a chakra-attuned musical journey varying in length typically from one to two hours. As the individual uses the power of deep connected breathing to create a natural altered dreamlike state, the Ego defenses are released and the journey unfolds in a variety of magical ways.
Each person’s Shamanic Breathwork journey is a highly individualized process and no two are ever the same. Some of the states of consciousness reported range from divine, otherworldly bliss states to the struggle to be released from negative forces in the psyche. Rebirthing is a common occurrence, as is the life review where one relives or observes their lifetime experiences. Old patterns of dysfunction may be brought to the surface. Addictions are sometimes transformed during this process, as feelings such as grief, fear, rage and anxiety are released.
Venus Rising’s Shamanic Breathwork Facilitators have undergone this process many times in the course of their training and are loving guides for the participant’s journey. The process may require the Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator’s skills and attention; a variety of Shamanic-Psycho-Spiritual tools may be employed to assist the participant. Some of the most commonly used methods are Bodywork, Shamanic Reiki (energy work), Soul Return, and Extractions.
The most powerful healing tool our SBW Facilitators bring to the person breathing is their open, loving hearts and minds, with a willingness to support and travel with the journeyer wherever they may need to go. This is the essence of what Shamanic Breathwork is all about. Describing the process really does not do it justice. One must experience this powerful shamanic journey and its transformation directly.