Are you a Medicine Woman? The Female Shaman

Women are natural born healers, and as healers, they are perhaps more widespread then men. Modern day medicine women - are you one? 

by Sarah Petruno, Shamana

For hundreds of thousands of years - millions - of years, females have taken the role of nurturer.

Biologically, this is so.

Females in every culture, worldwide, have born and raised live young for as long as hominids have existed.

Some with the help of other females, family members, and even male counterparts, but it’s always the female who nurtures herself to bring life into the world and to sustain it.

The female individual is a natural nurturer. She tends to the needs of others, sustains life, coddles, comforts, and supports her own family members, and those who are close to her.

It’s only natural, then, that this biological, innate ability to nurture would transfer into other elements of society and culture in which the females take the supportive and nurturing role of many others.

Enter the medicine woman.

The medicine woman is the female healer. The female shaman.

She acts as the nurturer, the healer, of entire villages and communities and uses all aspects of her nature, and the nature around her, to heal others. Drawing out of herself divine wisdom through her connection to Spirit - air, earth, water, and fire.

Every element of herself and every element of nature comes through in her healing and nurturing of others.

Females are natural born healers.

For millennia, they have healed and nurtured others. And for equally as long, women have taken the role of healers within their communities.

It’s only natural.

While many know of male healers, of male shamans, the role of the female shaman, the medicine woman, is less known. Though, arguably, more widespread throughout the world and throughout history.

Are you a modern day medicine woman?

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LAST UPDATED: February 2, 2016. 

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