This is the first blog in a series called Shamanic Energy Medicine for Treating Trauma and Other Contemporary Afflictions
in which I seek to make contemporary western shamanic energy medicine relevant and understandable to practitioners in mainstream clinical psychology, psychotherapy, medicine, and science. In this first blog, I provide a brief overview of what shamanic energy medicine is and how it can be applied.
One day many months ago, I was cleaning my house and listening to a radio program on the problem of post-partum depression in women. The researcher being interviewed had done a study of a large group of women who had experienced depression and more mental and emotional imbalances following the birth of their child. These were women who otherwise had been happy to become mothers, loved their babies, and prior to their pregnancy and birth, had never had any serious problems of a psychological nature. One of the women told the researcher that a few months after the birth of her beloved daughter child, she suddenly started to have compulsive and horrible images of killing her daughter. They would appear unexpectedly, such as one time when she was standing looking from bleachers down into a skating rink. She suddenly had an image of throwing her daughter onto the ice and killing her. Eventually, she told a social worker who referred her to therapy. She also was prescribed anti-depressants. The researcher commented that she would need monitoring and support from drugs.
I stopped vacuuming and said aloud to the room: "She needs a shamanic energy medicine session!" I knew that in a single session, these disturbing images and feelings could be banished without long-term talk and drug therapy. Hearing her story made me resolve to find a way to make shamanic energy medicine and ceremony relevant to contemporary medicine, psychology, and recovery from trauma. I want to reach out to readers who are themselves practitioners in alternative and mainstream medical and therapeutic practice and who are interested in new and alternative ways to address various physical, emotional and spiritual illnesses and imbalances. I believe there is a role for this contemporary therapeutic movement particularly in the treatment of trauma. This will be the first blog in a series on the topic.