The word transpersonal means across, beyond, or through the personal, or the self. Transpersonal healing is a way of working that includes more than our stories, our personalities, and our personal histories. Transpersonal healing can include intergenerational, ancestral, or societal patterns. It can include a connection to the divine or spirituality, and a sense of energy and inspiration whose source is not the encapsulated ego that most of us usually operate from. Including more than the personal in our healing journeys can open many doors and possibilities. It can allow us to feel deeply resourced and in touch with a continuity and interdependence beyond what we can immediately see, feel, or remember.
The word shaman comes from the Tungus tribe of Siberia, meaning spiritual healer or one who sees in the dark.
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 transpersonal and shamanic-based practices and technologies in our work together.
We want to acknowledge that we use the word shamanic to connote a type of work that many people will recognize, but we do not claim to have the training or initiation to call ourselves shamans. The values of reciprocity, respect, inclusivity, and cultural care are extremely important to us. Learn more about how we hold these values here: Inclusivity and Respect Statement.
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.
I had little, by way of expectation, coming into my first session, other than I knew Emma was kind and easy to talk to. I had not participated in a session like this before. I thought to myself, without substances that you might find being ingested in other shamanic healing rituals, what kind of visualization can one have in the middle of a discourse between two people who are coming in from their busy day for a quick therapeutic session?
However, I was pleasantly surprised by the power of the method and technique Emma employed. The visualizations were not only shockingly vivid but were immediately accessible, whereas I could not say the same for a three-day ayahuasca ceremony I once attended. In the case of the latter, I was unable to process the experience until much later. The session with Emma was more immediate in both power and meaning. Undoubtedly this was due to the lack of intoxication.
The short session cut deep into my psyche, pulling up traumatic feelings I have been holding onto for a very long time. Notwithstanding the intense emotions the session brought up, I was ready to return to my day the moment the session was over, which includes dealing with coworkers and such.
Indeed, I felt empowered and refreshed. I think this might have something to do with the ‘power animals’ that came to play during that session and the overall method that Emma employed. My hope is that Emma will continue this work and bring healing to many, for she is a wonderful guide.