My name is Sarah Petruno and I’m a shaman trained in Eastern European Shamanism.
Shamanism can be a hard concept to grasp, largely because so much of its practice is based in that which we cannot see.
If you ask 10 shamans to tell you what shamanism means to them, you’ll likely get 10 different responses.
It’s like asking 10 chefs of differing trainings and backgrounds to describe what food means to them.
Sure, there are commonalities, but with different backgrounds, the idea of food and what it can be takes on different meanings.
Shamanism is the practice of using altered states of consciousness (often called a journey) to connect with Spirits in unseen realms (often called non-ordinary realities) for the purposes of healing and receiving divined information.
Then, how that healing occurs and the forms that the divined information takes vary from practitioner to practitioner.
This depends largely on the lineage or the type of shamanism in which the practitioner was trained. (I discuss this more in depth in my eBook, Shamanic Basics).
I was trained to be a shaman by my ancestors who are of Eastern European descent.
This means that I practice Eastern European Shamanism.
What does Eastern European Shamanism, then, look like?
Eastern European Shamanism focuses on the integrative healing of what I like to call our 3 bodies:
- Our Energetic Body
- Our Spiritual Body
- Our Physical Body
We are spiritual and energetic beings inside a physical body, thus, when we strive to heal various aspects of our lives, it’s important to look at each one of those pieces, how they’re operating, and how we can improve their operation for improved health, both individually, and operating in unison.
In Eastern European Shamanism, the focus is on energetic healing and spiritual and emotional healing, as the primary legs of the shamanic practice, while supplementing with nutritive and rest based healing of the physical body to support the holistic healing process.
When we heal a spiritual issue, for example, we can address how this issue has impacted our physical body and what type of support we can give our physical body to aid in well-rounded healing. The same is true of the energetic body; we can look to the spiritual and physical bodies to see how an energetic issue may have had an impact there.
Because we are dynamic beings, we cannot look at a single piece of the puzzle in isolation.
Eastern European Shamanism takes the entire body of our human experience into account - physical, spiritual, and energetic - and encourages the individual to look within themselves to reawaken their own innate ability to heal.
The shaman is simply the facilitator. The medium. The negotiator between the individual and Spirit.
Eastern European Shamanism recognizes that we each have the ability to contact our own Spiritual Helpers and connect with our own Spirit to receive the wisdom and guidance we need to heal ourselves.
Our soul already knows what we need to heal. The Eastern European Shaman helps the individual reconnect with this need.
Eastern European Shamanism acknowledges that, first and foremost, the individual holds the power and the responsibility to their own healing.
Without personal responsibility and engagement in the healing process, there is no healing.
Healing can only occur when the individual gets in touch with their own needs and listens to what their own Spirit is telling them, above all else.
The shaman provides the gateway and acts as the messenger for this to occur and to help guide the individual back to this need and return their awareness to what their soul is telling them.
With the help of energetic and spiritual healing, the shaman provides the entry point for the individual to get back on the pathway towards health.
Eastern European Shamanism focuses on re-connecting the individual with their soul’s healing needs through energetic and spiritual healing, while using supportive, natural based healing from the physical world to support the mind, body, and soul throughout the healing process.
LAST UPDATED: February 9, 2016