Shamanism, Modern Times, and Loss of Connection

A few weeks ago, I was at an absolutely lovely training on utilizing touch work to help heal early childhood developmental trauma both with children and adults as well. One of the main tenets of the approach was, first and foremost, deeply attuning to the client. This process of connecting to another can, in and of itself, be deeply healing.

In moments of repose, it caused me to reflect upon how Shamanism, being the most ancient of Spiritual practices recorded on the planet, evolved during a time when the very existence of our species relied on us being incredibly attuned to each other and the world around us. The conditions of our modern living have encouraged a greater and greater disconnect. We no longer have to attune to our infants bodily state – we just diaper. We don’t have to worry about how our food is raised or grown – we just buy it at the supermarket. How often do we hear on the news that the beloved garment we’re wearing may have been woven in a sweatshop? How often do you come across a family or group of friends and see everyone of them on their smart phone?

As a species, our bodies evolved to regulate and regain a healthy resiliency inside through contact with others and the environment. Just like tuning forks vibrating together in harmonic resonance, our physiology does something similar. But look what we’re tuning to now – technology, images, a society in high speed, high stress states.

For centuries, humans have been trying to deny and “overcome” their animal nature. This is truly sad when it is within the brilliance of that very nature that we find the keys to our salvation. Our physiology is programmed to restore a resilient and comfortable equilibrium through a healthy connection to others and the natural world. We reach outside of ourselves – outside of this world – to find “God” when the very essence of the Divine lives within every cell of your body, every animal, and every plant that exists on the planet.

Just as Dorothy discovered at the end of The Wizard of Oz that “There’s no place like home”, the true healing and happiness we’re looking for relies on regaining the deep connection within ourselves, our tribe, and the beautiful world we were born into. It is the ultimate birthright.

When I work with my clients, whether it’s with somatic psychotherapy or shamanism, the very first thing I do is attune myself – physically, mentally, energetically – to them. It is about creating a relational environment that is the most conducive to assisting the client’s system to heal and regain a sense of safety and comfort inside. It is about recovering our ability to be simply – and pleasurably – human in the presence of another.

If you have an interest in working with me whether as a therapist or shaman, I’m available for free initial 15 minute consults. Contact me here and we can set up a time to chat 🙂

Leave a Comment