Liz Oertel,
                        Shamanic Healer
"While I stood there, I saw more than I can tell,
and I understood more than I saw;
for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit,
and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being."

                                                              -- Black Elk (Oglala Sioux)

Shamanism is not a belief system, but is a spiritual practice based on the direct revelations of the shaman while in a non-ordinary reality.  Dating back tens of thousands of years, and practiced on all parts of the earth, shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind.  The purpose of practicing shamanism is to heal all manner of illness and discord by reconnecting the subject with his/her/it's spiritual self and those around it, in order to create wholeness.  In this way, shamanism is very much about our relationship with ourselves and our relationhips with the world around us.  According to Sandra Ingerman; "Shamanism teaches us that everything that exists is alive and has a spirit, and that we are joined with the earth and all of life via our spiritual interconnectedness.

The type of shamanism Liz practice's is called Core Shamanism.  Core shamanism is near universal method and draws from many different traditions which allows her to be very adaptable to the needs of her clients and their different situations.  You can read more about Liz here.

Through the journey into the non-ordinary world of spirit, the shaman gains knowledge, understanding, facts, and power, to be able to affect healings.  What distinguishes the shaman from other types of healers, medicine men and women, is the shamanic journey into the spirit world where he/she travels to interact directly with the spirits.  The term "shaman" (pronounced SHAH-mahn) comes from a Siberian tribal word for this type of a practitioner and is translated into "one who sees in the dark" and "magician or healer."  Shamans typically devote their lives to their path and spend many years gaining the knowledge, power and skills required for their work.  In tribal societies, a person was considered a shaman when he/she could affect results, if he/she could not get results, word would quickly get around and no one would call on them any more. 

Shamans were, and still are today, called in to heal the spiritual aspect of any manner of  illness, disease, or disharmony of person, place or thing, as well as to divine information. 

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Disclaimer - Shamanic work is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment, and no medical claims are made regarding these treatments. People with serious conditions should consult their physician.

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