Today I came across a thoughtful posting on shamanism and the role of healers that stimulated my thinking:
The great challenge of the 21st century is to wage peace on a globe full of humans while repairing the unintended damage we've inflicted on ourselves, other beings, and the earth. We need modern shamans to channel ancient "technologies of magic" like empathy, creativity, art, and spiritual interconnection, through "magical technologies" like medicine, computers, and satellites. That marriage of ancient and cutting-edge genius can heal hearts, minds, beasts, plants, ecosystems - almost anything. (Martha Beck, Ph.D, writing on World Healers, in What Matters Now.)
As an experienced Spiritual Healer and student of shamanism, I continually explore new techniques, practices, research, and information so that I can be the best possible channel for healing energy. In my current work with gemstone healing, I have encountered many powerful, gratifying stories of individuals who have experienced success in working with gemstone talismans for healing and meditation.
The call to serving as a healer and shaman comes from within, and is based on the individual's inherent capabilities and spirit guides. Even so, all of us have some healing ability to contribute to each other, and to our planet. Intention is the strongest force in the universe. Each one of us can state our intentions for ourselves, our work. Talismans help focus the energy and bring together the natural powers of the minerals with the essence of the body (human, animal, and plant) to begin healing and manifestation. And research has shown that prayers [or thoughts] for the healing of oneself or another really work!Have an interesting healing experience to share? I'd love to hear from you! Post your comment below (subject to moderator approval).
For further information, here are some suggestions to start with:
Foundation for Shamanic Studies: http://www.shamanism.org/
National Spiritualist Association: http//www.nsac.org/healing.htm
Books by Larry Dossey, MD on prayer and healing