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FAQ

Otherwise known as Frequently Asked Questions, we endeavour to enlighten you about anything you are not sure of. If we’ve missed something you’ve been wondering about, let us know and we’d be happy to put our response up here for all to enjoy.

What is a shaman?
Describes someone who facilitates a coming into personal power and freedom for her clients. This process, often referred to as a healing, is one that fully reveals our core nature of love, compassion and joy.

What happens during a shamanic session?
Through discussion with the client and implementation of shamanic tracking skills, the shaman seeks to uncover the energetic source of any physical, emotional or behavioral issue, whether it is an existing condition, a predisposition, or a genetic pattern. Then, with the client lying calmly and comfortably on the ground or a massage table, the shaman works with him/her to clear the Luminous Energy Field of heavy or toxic energies in order to initiate energetic changes that will restore balance.

Additionally, the shaman may “journey” on behalf of the client in order to retrieve “soul parts,” power animals, or new affirming contracts that will assist him/her in the journey toward empowerment and freedom. Then, through dialoguing with the client and using various shamanic skills, the shaman addresses the literal, emotional and mythic information received for the purpose of resolving the issue on all levels of being.

Last, the shaman employs a variety of “mythic mapping” tools that enable the client to further explore and co-create the highest expression of his/her soul’s purpose in this lifetime. Sessions are held within the safety of “sacred space” and with the aid of powerful non-physical helpers or guides, forces of nature, and the Source-of-All-That-Is. Our service is non-denominational and complements all belief systems.

What do you mean by the word tribe?
A tribe is a group of distinct people. The distinction can be made by a specific location, race, religion, etc. A group of like-minded people.

What does inter-tribal mean?
Involving more than one tribe; all tribes. Extends across tribal boundaries, is common to multiple tribes, or involves the actions of more than one tribe.

What is a Despacho ceremony?
Dr. Alberto Villoldo describes a despacho as a prayer bundle or offering. He goes on to say that for hundreds of years, the Laika (high shamans or wisdomkeepers of the Q’ero lineage of Peru) have used the despacho ceremony for a wide variety of occasions – births, deaths, as an expression of gratitude, to heal physical and emotional ailments, to restore balance and harmony, or when there is a specific request of the spirit world.

Similar to a mandala or sacred creation, the despacho holds symbolic elements and the prayers of the participants. As the elements are added to the despacho, the vibration of the participants and the room raises. The despacho becomes a living prayer that brings energy shifts and healing.

Prior to the despacho ceremony, a variety of ingredients (biodegradable whenever possible) are gathered as offerings. Tangible offerings enhance the feelings and intentions of our prayers and are of great importance when praying for a community or humanity.

Suggested offerings include sugar and sweets, corn and/or other grains, coca leaves (or whatever herbs or small leaves are readily available), flowers, incense, paper (or “play”) money, salt, feathers, beans, colorful yarn, and any other item that is significant to the occasion. The elements are less important than the intent. You will also need a large piece of paper, or a sizeable leaf, to place the offerings on and later, wrap them with.

The ceremony can be as simple and short, or intricate and lengthy as desired. As with any ritual, the despacho begins by opening sacred space. Then the offerings are selected one by one, a prayer is said over each, and the prayer is gently blown into the offering before it is placed on the wrapping. The offerings can be arranged however feels right. (The experienced shaman will likely follow a specific pattern, but again, the intent is more important than the pattern).

Humility and gratitude and an open heart are important throughout the ceremony, and will ensure that you experience more grace in your life by becoming a better vessel for grace.

Once completed, the despacho is carefully wrapped and secured with a ribbon or string. The bundle can be ceremonially buried (for slow, steady results), burned (for quicker transformation) or fed to running waters, thus conveying the gifts to Spirit.

If the despacho is burned, someone should stay with the fire until the embers are cold, if at all possible. Do not put water on the fire. Ashes created in this sacred fire should be buried in the earth at a later time. The  scared space is closed once the ceremony is over.