Cultures all over the world use trance states to mediate between the seen and unseen realms: autohypnotic states are invoked through means of drumming, dancing, plant medicine, meditation, visualization, chanting, etc.
We use some of these shamanic-based practices and technologies in our work together. We like the word shamanic, but we do not claim to have the training or initiation to call ourselves shamans.
We have been blessed to have many wonderful teachers in shamanic modalities stemming from Native American, Vedic, Jewish, Buddhist, Amazonian, and Taoist origins.
These traditions all share a deep connection to the body, the natural world, and the seen and unseen beings who are always available to help us. Oftentimes in our work, we will allow for invisible helpers to appear: this may be someone who has passed, an imaginal being that seems to come from inside or outside of you, or a spirit guide.
Sometimes we will feel the presence in the room or in your body, a presence that may be exactly attuned to you and your needs.
We may also work with inner parts: inner children, inner critics, demons, allies, a depressed part, an addict part, etc., envisioning them sitting in the room with us and allowing them to speak with us.
We take a spiritual-but-not-religious view of this work: getting in touch with unconscious forces of healing is available to all of us and doesn’t need to be separate from our psychological process.
We integrate transpersonal and shamanic-based practices into our body-based counseling. We find that these modalities work wonderfully together: through going deeply into the body and our personal history, we can more easily access that which is beyond our individual identity.
Plant Spirit Apprenticeships are a guided process in which you develop an intimate relationship with a plant, such as lavender or rose. By devoting a few minutes a day for a set period of time, this relationship can deepen and heal many aspects of your life.