Most cases of possession of humans are by other humans who are dead, who are here in the Middle World and don’t know they are dead.
Most often this is a loved one who has passed on. However, if a person is disempowered, or has soul loss or power loss, they are like a vacuum into which these confused entities can come.
This is involuntary possession.
In this healing, the entity-with its permission once it realizes it’s dead-will be conducted to a place beyond the Middle World where it will be reunited with people who it loves. Once this is done, so that the clients are no longer possessed, their full souls and lost power connections will be restored so they are not vulnerable to further possessions.
Psychopomp (The Conduction of Souls)
This is a specific healing which helps the dead as well as the living.
From a shamanic perspective, a person who is in a comatose state is considered dead. In this case the healing would involve a journey to the middle world to seek out the person and see if they wanted to come back. Shamanism is not a system that intends to keep people in this ordinary reality whether they like it or not, because it is understood that this is not necessarily the best reality. A journey is made for the person who is comatose to find out what they want. If they want to come back, then the healing involves bringing them back. But if they want to go on—or, more commonly, if they're dying or already dead—then the healing involves accompanying them to a place where they will be content and not have them stay here, adrift in the Middle World.
A shaman refers to a person who makes a journey to “non-ordinary reality” in an altered state of consciousness, also referred to as a shamanic state of consciousness. (The terms "ordinary reality" and "non-ordinary reality" come from Carlos Casteneda).
We are often called “see-ers” (seers).
Ordinary reality is the reality that we all perceive together. It's the reality in which we can all agree that there is a clock on the wall.
Non-ordinary reality is the reality that is associated with the shamanic state of consciousness; that is, when the consciousness has been altered and you're able to see what you normally don't see in an ordinary state of consciousness.
This involves a journey, or other techniques such as the use of crystals, a drum, or the casting of objects, to get an answer to a question. It is completely unnecessary for me to know any specific information. The answers are known and provided by the spirit helpers.
Anyone who's suffered a trauma, from a shamanic point of view, may have had some loss of their soul. By soul we mean the spiritual essence essential throughout one's life as we describe life in our culture, which is from conception or birth to the time of death. The techniques for healing soul loss are soul-retrieval techniques, and one of the classic shamanic methods is to go searching for that lost portion of the soul and restore it.
Extraction involves removing a spiritual intrusion. Just as there can be infections in ordinary reality, so there can be spiritual intrusions. We don't mean that "evil" spirits have entered. It's more like termites in a wooden house. If you've got termites in your house, you wouldn't say those termites are evil, you'd say, "I'd just like to get them out of the house." In this same way the shaman works to remove things that interfere with the health of the body, such as spiritual intrusions, and extract them. This is not done through journeying. It's done through working here in the Middle World in an altered state of consciousness. In this altered state, it is possible to see into the client’s body with “ex-ray vision”, see the illness or intrusion and its location, and then extract it.
Power Animal Retrieval
Power animals are guardian spirits, similar to the concept of guardian angels. We all have them, whether or not we are consciously aware of them. Children are more aware than adults are, and we see this reflected in their strong and loving attachment to toy animals and pets. Many indigenous people believe that childhood cannot be survived without the guardianship of these spirit allies. They protect us, keep us full of power, health and enthusiasm and prevent negative energies and illnesses from entering our energy field.
Sometimes a power animal leaves suddenly for unknown reasons. When this happens, the person becomes disempowered and the result is misfortune and/or illness. The shaman will retrieve the power animal for the client in "non-ordinary" reality (assisted by the shaman’s power animal!) and return it to the client in this reality.
Specific symptoms which indicate the need for a power animal retrieval include repeated misfortune/accidents, chronic and debilitating illness, depression and, in extreme cases, a lack of will to live.
A relationship with one’s power animal is a guaranteed connection to the wisdom, love and abundance of our universe. A power animal is a gift and deepening the relationship with it is both an honor and a joy. To discover the identity of your own power animal, and the medicine it brings to you, can open up doors of adventure, joy and magic that will change your life.
KING SOLOMON LINEAGE
Non-ordinary reality is also an empirical reality; that is, we interact with it, see it, touch it, hear it, and feel it. In this reality we see with the heart, and in order for something to be the same for a different person, it has to be the same in the heart, but because each person has a different personality and different life history, they will not see things identically, but it will be recognizable to each.
Altered states of consciousness are attained through consciousness-changing techniques involving a monotonous percussion sound, most typically done with a drum, but also with sticks, rattles or other instruments. Meditation is also used.
Some of the healings are done in dim light in order to cut out the stimuli of ordinary reality such as light and sound.
The healer does all healings in a shamanic state of consciousness and employs the time-tested system of combining the use of the spirit, the mind, and the heart for healing.
Every shamanic healer has helping spirits or power animals that guide and direct the healing. The healers relationship to his or her power animal is critical to the success of any healing or divinatory venture as he or she draws upon the spiritual wisdom of the power animals to conduct the healing occurring in ordinary reality. Each animal carries with it a specific quality or “medicine” that belongs to that particular species.
The practice of shamanism is a method, not a religion and it coexists with established religions in many cultures. Shamans are prevalent in animistic cultures where people believe there are spirits. But the shamans don't merely believe in spirits. Shamans talk with them, interact with them, and establish relationship with the spirits. They no more "believe" there are spirits than they "believe" they have a house to live in, or have a family. This is a very important issue because shamanism is not a system of faith.
When a shamanic healing is requested, the first thing that I will do is make a shamanic journey for diagnostic purposes, to get information about the problem from a spiritual perspective. It doesn’t necessarily matter what the diagnosis is from an ordinary reality point of view as there is no simple one-to-one concordance between spiritual illness and ordinary reality illness. One can’t say, “this equals that.” So I will make a journey to find out what the spiritual causality is and, according to that causality, determine the treatment.
From the shamanic point of view, people who are not powerful—spiritually "power-filled," that is—are prone to illness, accidents, and bad luck. A shamanic healing restores a person's linkage to his or her spiritual power thus making one resistant to illness.