How does shamanism complement/enhance mainstream medicine and talking therapies?
From a shamanic perspective, there is a spiritual side to the imbalances we experience in our lives, such as illness and dis-ease (whether physical, mental or emotional). If these problems are wholly or partly caused by some kind of loss within your spiritual energetic field, then it stands to reason that in order to heal this aspect of the imbalance, it must be dealt with, and the energy returned to you, in a spiritual manner. We often hear talk of mind, body, soul and spirit but perhaps without really thinking about what the soul and spirit actually means. We are more than just body and mind so it makes sense that, as we go through life’s challenges, we must also heal aspects of our soul and spirit in order to achieve truly holistic health and wellness.There are psychotherapists who now use shamanic techniques in conjunction with their therapy work with some clients for this very reason.