leaf drop-smallerThe best shamanic healer is one that is right for you.  A healer and a client will sometimes be a good fit or have a certain rightness that might not be there with other perfectly good healers.  You should trust your instincts if you feel drawn to a particular healer.

However, its possible that as you look at different healers, your not sure what to look for.

A characteristic of shamanic healing is the uniqueness of the healers.  There isn’t one common standard that you can apply to everyone.  Not every healer is good at what they do.  The fact of the uniqueness of each healer method is a strength because of its adaptability.  However, this also makes it difficult, if not impossible, to apply one standard that works for everyone.

There are some things you can look for.  Remember, not all shamans are tech savy, so you can always call if you don’t see the information you need on their website.  We are providing this list for you reference, as always, you should use your own judgement when choosing a shamanic healer.


Tip 1 – Training

Or a story of how they came to do this work.  As mentioned in other articles, a shaman can learn directly from the spirit world.  But they usually have a story or a history of training that explains how they came to the work and where they gained their knowledge.  If they were never trained how to do soul retrieval, and can’t explain how they learned from the spirit world, then they have not been adequately trained.

Tip 2 – Methods

The uniqueness of shamanic methods means that, if you have a few healers in your area, you can read about their methods and see what approaches appeal to you.

Some examples: A shamanic healer may have follow up sessions, group therapy, training you in journeying to work with healing afterwards, they might bring art into their healing work, they may work with stones and crystals.

Tip 3 – Experience

All new healers have to start somewhere.  Often they will practice on family, friends, and volunteers first.  This gives the healer a chance to see if she is effective based on results and feedback.  There isn’t a set time on how long to practice.  Prior experience helping people (therapy, ministry…) can accelerate how quickly someone becomes proficient.  However, a responsible healer will only start seeing clients after he feels confident that he is getting good results.  A healer should be able to talk about the feedback of his other clients.

Tip 4 – Empowerment

A good shaman knows they are just making the connection between you and the spirit world.  She will respect your decisions.  She will try to connect you with what you need, sometimes even directing you to a healer she thinks is better able to help you.  You should never turn over your spiritual authority to any healer or spiritual teacher.  A good healer, a good teacher, is looking for you to find your own empowerment.

Tip 5 – Specialties

Experienced shamans should know something about what their specialties are.  Similarly, they may know what client they tend to work most often with.  Such as: I work really well with people suffering from addiction, or many of my clients had difficult childhoods, or I work with artists who have gotten blocked creatively.  That doesn’t mean that they can’t help you if you don’t fit their typical client.  But if they know something about this, it is a sign that they are paying attention, and are self aware.

Only get a soul retrieval or de-possession, from someone who considers these as one of their specialties. They will generally mention this on their website, or can mention this to you on the phone.  For this type of healing, it is particularly important to find out what experience they have and why they consider themselves to be effective.

Tip 6 – Healing Story

The way the healer explains your healing is very important.  Shamanic practitioners have to translate to you what they saw and give you a feeling for the essence of what happened. Sometimes, what a healer sees when they are healing you, is only there to inform them of what to do.  If they don’t understand the difference between what is shown to them to guide them, and what is shown to them for your information, then they have not learned about the power of the healing story.

Tip 7 – Acceptance

A good shaman is one who accepts you just the way you are.  Shamans are called the wounded healer, because their own difficulties and traumas are how they learned to be compassionate.  Their ongoing healing process helped them learn how to help you.

Tip 8 – Ethics

Some ethical behaviors would include: Good boundaries between you and them so that they behave respectfully and professionally.  They would not tell you to stop your current medical treatments.  They will not confirm stories of childhood abuse or trauma.  They will not pressure you into scheduling a session with them. They may refer you to a different healer if they think one would better match your needs.

Tip 9 – Depth and Time

Shamanic healing is a deep process whose result unfold over time.  Shamanic healing is not a quick fix, the power of the healing can be subtle.  It is not unusual for someone to have an ah-ah moment.  He finally realizes what is wrong and wishes to proceed with a healing right away.  Your might feel a sense of urgency to have your healing.  That is a common reaction and is a good reason to call a healer.

However, if you are approaching the healing like a 911 call, using terms like desperate and urgent, then shamanic healing may not be what your looking for.  In this case, you should contact a professional or agency that is specifically trained in the situation you find yourself in.  Its a good thing that you recognize you need help.  Shamanic healing can still be used to aid you in what you have going on, in additional to professional help.   But urgent situations belong in the hands of professionals, who were trained to deal with your specific situation.  You deserve to have that kind of help.

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Shamans – Tips for Choosing Your Healer — 4 Comments

  1. we know authentic healer shamans from tribes in the jungle, the tribe name is shipibo, i thrust in them because i participated of many of this retreats and all of them have all this powers and knowledge as a heritage.

  2. I agree that a good spiritual healer will accept you the way you are. It would make sense to find someone who is going to be understanding and supportive as well. My sister has been suffering quite a bit recently, so maybe we’ll have to check for a good spiritual healer to help us.

  3. I agree that you should make sure you choose a responsible healer. You should choose someone who has had experience practicing healing on their friends, family, and volunteers, like you said. You should make sure they feel confident in their abilities too, like you also mentioned.

  4. Thanks for these tips on how to find a good spiritual healer. It would make sense to check their experience first. My husband and I are looking for a healer, so we’ll have to check their experience.

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