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Shamanic Empowerments


Shamanic Empowerment is a wonderful introductory course to shamanism. It introduces you to the basic principles, rituals and philosophies and provides 16 attunements that connect you with specific energies that can help you along your shamanic journey.

What is Shamanism?​

Shamanism is one of the oldest forms of energy healing and work dating back at least 40 thousand years. The word “shaman” comes from the Tungus peoples of Siberia and it translates as “one who knows” or “wise one”. The wisdom being referred to is the shaman’s ability to transcend the “normal” limits of consciousness in order to make direct contact with other dimensions of reality.

A shaman is one who walks between the worlds, a person who, through various practices, is able to visit realms of reality that are often negated by the Western worldview. A shaman is also a healer and protector of the community. Through various shamanic practices, shamans are able to heal physical and non-physical ailments, facilitate the resolution of community difficulties and foster greater respect amongst human beings for the sacredness of nature.  Shamanism is the study of the practices of the shaman and includes such aspects as healing and spiritual development.

The Shaman’s view of reality

Our experiences of the world are determined by our thoughts. Ultimately reality is a choice we make. Once we understand that primary reality is pure conscious energy, we begin to realize that we can each choose our own reality. Aligning yourself with the following principles leads to personal power, an awareness of the powers within and around us that can be accessed to create personal and global transformation.

1.    Matter and energy are one.

2.    Inner realms of reality affect what we experience in outward reality.

3.    Energy can be transformed.

4.    The journey is more important than the destination.

5.    Human beings are spiritual beings.

6.    Shamanism is about establishing contact with the Spirit within, our source of personal empowerment and creativity.

7.    A shaman realizes that everything, from humans, to plants, to rocks, is alive.

Shamanism is about acting powerfully in the world in order to produce changes that are for the benefit of all beings.

Shamanic Empowerment course content - The Shamanic Empowerment course content gives an introduction to shamanic practice and covers the following sections:

  • The shamans view of reality
  • Multi-dimensional awareness
  • The different levels of reality
  • The multi-dimensional self
  • The dynamic interplay of opposites
  • The four elements and the science of the directions
  • The spirit world (power animals, teachers and healpers)
  • The luminous body
  • Universal energy
  • Living the shamanic way
  • The shamanic state of consciousness
  • Beginning the day – attuning to nature
  • Building energy
  • Shamanic rituals
  • The shamanic journey
  • Outer journeys
  • Healing the luminous body,

Becoming a shamanic practitioner can take many years of practice. This introductory course will show and teach you the basics and attune you to specific energies that can help you along your shamanic journey.

The Shamanic Empowerment attunements:

The purpose of the attunements in this course is to connect you more strongly to the natural energies utilized by shamans and to prepare your physical body and energy system for shamanic work.

1. Shamanic Template

A template is an energetic construct or space within which a connection exists with various levels of intelligence. The shamanic template consists of the Overlighting Deva of Shamanism, the Overlighting Deva of Shamanic Healing, your Solar Angel, Your Higher Self, Luminous Healers from the White Brotherhood working with shamanism, and the members of the Nature Kingdom.

2. Lightbody

The lightbody or luminous body is our energy body that interpenetrates the physical, but is not limited to the physical body. This attunement strengthens the lightbody, empowers and harmonizes the aura and specifically facilitates the awakening of the 7 chakras, the Soul Star and Earth Star Chakras, the awakening of the unified chakra field, the alignment and awakening of the three tan tiens (in the lower abdomen, the chest and the third eye), the awakening of the microcosmic orbit and the awakening of the Ao centres, or cross of fire. It also includes a kundalini preparation function for facilitating a safe awakening of the kundalini energy.

3. Spiritual connection shakti

Shamanic work includes the ability to function effortlessly in different dimensions of reality. It also entails connecting with sources of guidance from non-physical dimensions. This attunement, or shakti, expands the practitioner’s ability to connect to sources of spiritual guidance. Specifically, it allows for connection to the Higher Self, spiritual guides and angels.

4. Space clearing shakti

This shakti is used to clear a space for spiritual work and is activated through intent.

5. Mind expansion shakti

In order to operate in different dimensions of reality, the shaman needs to be able to expand his or her mind. This attunement facilitates this process.

6. Three worlds

This attunement expands the connection to the world tree, which represents the lower, middle and upper world. It also enhances journeying ability.

7. Universal Shaman

This attunement provides a connection to ancient shamanic wisdom, through re-activating our dormant genetic memories of our shamanic past. Since we are all one, this attunement also allows us to access the shamanic wisdom and practices of present day shamanic cultures.

8. Directions attunement

This attunement provides a connection to the energies of the directions, East, South, West, North, Centre, Above and Below.

9. Elemental powers

This attunement connects us specifically to the elemental powers of Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Spirit.

10. Mother Earth / Father Sky

This attunement connects us to the powerful, nurturing energies of Mother Earth and Father Sky, the great masculine and feminine energies of the universe.

11. Sun / Moon attunement

This attunement creates a resonance in our energy body with the frequencies of solar and lunar light, energies that can be used for healing or ritual work.

12. Shamanic Light

This attunement connects the practitioner to the primary healing energy for this course. Shamanic Light is a powerful healing frequency that is a balanced blend of elemental energies. Apart from the energy qualities of Shamanic Light, the attunement also brings a connection to shamanic healers in non-physical dimensions who will assist you in your healing work.

13. Source Light – the Light of Great Spirit

This attunement provides access to the infinite and eternal Light of Great Spirit, the original Light that sprang forth from the primal darkness of the void. This energy has an all-purpose healing function and is also important for spiritual growth.

14. Joyful living attunement

This attunement is mainly directed at the heart chakra and increases the heart centre’s ability to function in unconditional love, joy and courage.

15. Power animal attunement

This attunement enhances your ability to connect with power animals. During this attunement, you may also recover your primary power animal and become aware of it’s presence in your life.

16. Energy utility functions attunement

This attunement allows for greater control of energy through intent. The functions of this attunement will work with most other forms of energy work too. The functions are activated through keywords and intent. Specifically:

​​Distance: Sending the energy at a distance

Group: Sending energy to a whole group

Blanket: Filling an entire space with energy

Amplify: This function allows you to amplify the power of the energy you are sending.

What is included in this course:

  • Shamanic Empowerment manual
  • Once you have read through the manual and asked any questions, you will be sent your distant attunement
  • 1 distant attunement sent to you on an arranged day
  • Emailed certificate will be sent after the attunement

only $50

Sacred Breath Empowerment


Sacred Breath is a Journey of Remembering A beautiful healing system that combines many different therapies. Listed below are the contents of this manual written by Rev. Wanda S. Ruffner, Founder Sacred Breath, Sacred Breath Center of Natural Healing. The manual is 76 pages long.

  • Introduction & History
  • The Breath
  • Breath of the East Wind and the Elemental  Breath of Air
  • Breath of the West and the Elemental  Breath of Water Breath of the South and the Elemental Breath of Fire 
  • Breath of the North and the Elemental Breath of Earth 
  • Breath of the Rainbow
  • Breathing in the Moon
  • Breathing in the Sun
  • Crystal Clearing Breath
  • Dolphin Breath/Meditation
  • Healing With Sound 
  • Hand Positions
  • Additional Information/Aides
  • Bach Flower Remedies
  • Healing With Essential Oils/Herbs
  • Gifts of the Stone Lodge People
  • Chakras
  • Ethereal Crystals/Stones
  • Animal Medicine/Totems
  • Working With Colors 
  • Feather Healing/ The Winged Ones
  • Cardinal Directions
  • Smudging Ceremony
  • Attunement Process

As you can see the Sacred Breath manual contains lots of information and the attunement is a very gentle one, suitable for anyone.


Shamanic Energy Healing Attunement


This is a single attunement system that helps to connect the recipient with the healing energies used by Shamans in their work. In so doing, the recipient will receive healing while being empowered to provide that energy for others as well as to pass this attunement to others.

The manual covers such subjects as how to become a 21st century Shaman,reconnecting to Spirit, Power journaling, personality behavior vs spiritual self-behavior, the Hopi Prophecy Stone, and how to pass the attunement to others.

This course will not turn you into an instant Shaman, but it will provide a good introduction to the energies used in and shamanic healing and empowerment, and will make it possible for you to begin a basic energetic healing practice.


Amadeus Shamanic Healing System


Ama Deus is an energy healing technique that has been used for the past 6000 years by the Guarani (pronounced Gau ra nee) Indians who live deep in the Amazon jungle of central Brazil. They are the Indians featured in the movie 'The Mission', and are one of the oldest cultures still in existence in the world today.

As the Guarani have always lived very close to nature, it's easy to understand how their environment has influenced their spiritual methodology, resulting in a simple but extremely effective shamanic language.

According to their belief system there is no such thing as 'illness'. In their view everything is Spirit, and it is outside forces which cause imbalance to occur. When the outside force (such as an unwanted spirit or energy) is removed, then the effect upon the physical body will be released and balance will be restored once more. The Guarani shamans apply their knowledge of working with energy when carrying out healing, knowing that the power is coming from a single greater Force. Their words for God and Love are interchangeable, and they believe that it is the 'love' which is the healing power, and they are simply the 'channelers' or transmitters of this healing energy.


Metaphysical Science and is also qualified in Herbalism, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Meridian Therapy, Swedish Massage, Usui Tibetan Reiki Master, Crystal Healing, Karuna and Kundalini Reiki Master, Animal Healing & Communication, Canine Ethology, Past Life Regression Therapist, Munay Ki Teacher, Lightarian Path Clearing, AngelLinks, Rays, Purification Rings, Ascension Bands and Lightarian Reiki Facilitator, Ordained Metaphysical Minister, and Shamanic Journeying Facilitator, Sacred Sites Tour Guide & Facilitator.  

  • Serenity Flush
  • Independence Flush including sadness and grief release
  • Activation of the Medicine Wheel
  • Spell & Hex Clearing
  • Shaman Care
  • Activation of the Shaman
  • Magickal Shaman Lightworker Program
  • Shaman Power
  • Power of Ixchel


What is an Attunement, Initiation, Empowerment and Flush?

An attunement is pretty much the same as an initiation, empowerment and flush, and is a wonderful way to receive healing and to enable you to grow spiritually. Receiving an attunement is a faster way to heal or clear yourself than just enjoying a healing session from a healer. They enable us to enhance and accelerate our spiritual development at a rate we are unable to achieve on our own. 

Attunements can be received via a distance (remote) or ‘hands on’. There is no difference in the quality of attunements either way. I have received a lot of attunements via distance and ‘hands on’ and have found that they work perfectly either way! I do enjoy receiving distance attunements as I am in the comfort of my own home and then can rest easily afterwards!  Another benefit about receiving a distance attunement is that your mind gets out of the way and we go straight to your higher self.

We are all made up of energy and it flows through us (life force). We can’t necessarily see energy, but we all know it’s there! The energy that flows through the teacher goes to the person receiving the attunement. Whether you are in the same room (or even country!) does not matter one bit! Distance attunements work wonders! 

Attunements DO NOT come from the person who is giving them. The energy comes from the universal source. This is basically Spirit or whatever you believe is the highest power. The person who is sending the attunement is merely the channel through which the attunement flows to the receiver, just like in Reiki. 

An attunement may be experienced in many different ways as it depends on what the receiver needs at that point in time.  An attunement can produce feelings of happiness, peace, mild tingling, warmth, coolness, feel like a flow of energy or all of these! You may also see colours, light and/or patterns and even hear Spirit.  No attunement is ever the same. Most people feel relaxed after an attunement as it is like a meditation.  You may also feel tired, but equally you may feel full of energy.

Any form of healing may stir up emotions as part of the healing process and some people experience what is known as a healing reaction, such as headache or flu-like symptoms, which are normally of short duration. These normally start to occur the next day or a few days after an attunement, but only if you have some major clearing needing to happen.

NB: Don't be fooled  by the number of pages in an empowerment manual (ranging from around 6 to 34 pages) - it is the energetic attunement you are receiving that you are paying for, not the information on paper.




Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy is a historical study of the different forms of shamanism around the world written by the Romanian historian of religion Mircea Eliade. It was first published in France by Librarie Payot under the French title of Le Chamanisme et les techniques archaïques de l'extase in 1951. The book was subsequently translated into English by Willard R. Trask and published by Princeton University Press in 1964.

At the time of the book's writing, Eliade had earned a PhD studying Hinduism in India before becoming involved with far right politics in his native Romania. After the rise of the far left communist government, he fled to Paris, France in 1945, where he took up an academic position and began studying shamanism, authoring several academic papers on the subject before publishing his book.

The first half of Shamanism deals with the various different elements of shamanic practice, such as the nature of initiatory sickness and dreams, the method for obtaining shamanic powers, the role of shamanic initiation and the symbolism of the shaman's costume and drum. The book's second half looks at the development of shamanism in each region of the world where it is found, including Central and North Asia, the Americas, Southeastern Asia and Oceania and also Tibet, China and the Far East. Eliade argues that all of these shamanisms must have had a common source as the original religion of humanity in the Palaeolithic.

On publication, Eliade's book was recognised as a seminal and authoritative study on the subject of shamanism. In later decades, as anthropological and historical scholarship increased and improved, elements of the book came under increasing scrutiny, as did Eliade's argument that there was a global phenomenon that could be termed "shamanism" or that all shamanisms had a common source. His book also proved to be a significant influence over the Neoshamanic movement which developed in the western world in the 1960s and 1970s.

Background [edit]

Mircea Eliade was born in Bucharest, Romania in 1907. Attending the Spiru Haret National College, he subsequently studied at the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Philosophy and Letters from 1925 through to 1928. Traveling to India to study the country's religions, in 1933 he received his PhD for a thesis devoted to a discussion of Yoga. Writing for the nationalist newspaper Cuvântul, he spoke out against antisemitism but became associated with the Iron Guard, a Romanian fascist group. Arrested for his involvement in the far right, following his release in 1940 he gained employment as a cultural attaché to both the United Kingdom and then Portugal. Following the Second World War, Eliade moved to Paris, France, fearing the rise of a communist government in Romania. Here, he married for a second time, to the Romanian exile Christinel Cotescu.[1]

Together with Emil Cioran and other Romanian expatriates, Eliade rallied with the former diplomat Alexandru Busuioceanu, helping him publicize anti-communist opinion to the Western European public.[2] In 1947, he was facing material constraints, and Ananda Coomaraswamy found him a job as a French-language teacher in the United States, at a school in Arizona; the arrangement ended upon Coomaraswamy's death in September.[3] Beginning in 1948, he wrote for the journal Critique, edited by French thinker Georges Bataille.[4] The following year, he went on a visit to Italy, where he wrote the first 300 pages of his novel Noaptea de Sânziene (he visited the country a third time in 1952).[4] He collaborated with Carl Jung and the Eranos circle after Henry Corbin recommended him in 1949,[3] and wrote for the Antaios magazine (edited by Ernst Jünger).[5] In 1950, Eliade began attending Eranos conferences, meeting Jung, Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn, Gershom Scholem and Paul Radin.[6] He described Eranos as "one of the most creative cultural experiences of the modern Western world."[7]

Working from France, Eliade had begun to study shamanism from a global perspective, publishing three papers on the subject: "Le Probléme du chamanisme" in the Revue de l'histoire des religions journal (1946), "Shamanism" in Forgotten Religions, an anthology edited by Vergilius Ferm (1949), and "Einführende Betrachtungen über den Schamanismus" in the Paideuma journal (1951). He had also lectured on the subject in March 1950 at both the University of Rome and the Instituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente.[8]

Synopsis [edit]

"To the best of our knowledge the present book is the first to cover the entire phenomenon of shamanism and at the same time to situate it in the general history of religion. To say this is to imply its liability to imperfection and approximation and the risks that it takes."

Mircea Eliade, 1951.[9]

In his foreword, Eliade explains the approach that he has taken in the book, noting that his intention is to situate world shamanism within the larger history of religion. Disputing any claims that shamanism is a result of mental illness, he highlights the benefits that further sociological and ethnographic research could provide before explaining the role of a historian of religions. Describing shamanism as "precisely one of the archaic techniques of ecstasy", he proclaims that it is "at once mysticism, magic and "religion" in the broadest sense of the term."[10]

Chapter one, "General Considerations. Recruiting Methods. Shamanism and Mystical Vocation", details Eliade's exploration of the etymology and terminological usage of the word "shamanism".[11]

Arguments [edit]

Definition of "shamanism" [edit]

Within his study of the subject, Eliade proposed several different definitions of the word "shamanism". The first of these was that shamanism simply constituted a "technique of ecstasy", and in Eliade's opinion, this was the "least hazardous" definition.[12]

Reception [edit]

Academic reviews [edit]

Wider influence [edit]

Discussing the Norse practice of Seiðr in her book Gods and Myths of Northern Europe (1964), the academic Hilda Ellis Davidson described Eliade's French-language book as the "fullest recent study of shamanism".[13]

Further criticism of some of Eliade's positions came from the English historian Ronald Hutton of the University of Bristol in his book, Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination (2001). Hutton took issue with Eliade's claim that divination only played a minor role in Siberian shamanism, claiming that Eliade had produced no data to substantiate such an assertion, and that the ethnographic evidence actually indicated that the opposite was true. He saw this as part of a wider problem whereby Eliade had ignored certain "varieties of native practitioner" from his "chosen image of shaman" and had been "intent on generalizations."[14] Later in the book, Hutton argued that Eliade's description of traditional Siberian cosmology oversimplified great diversity among the various Siberian indigenous groups and that Eliade's claims that Siberian shamanism revolved around a vision of death and rebirth was similarly erroneous.[15]

"Several of [Eliade's] grand cross-cultural themes – the sky god, the quest, the sacred center – as well as the tension between historical specificity and synchronic themes, loom large in Shamanism, which remains one of his most interesting, important, and influential books."

Wendy Doniger on Shamanism, 2004.[16]

For the 2004 English-language re-publication of Shamanism by Princeton University Press, a new foreword was commissioned from the academic Indologist Wendy Doniger. At the time, Doniger held the position of Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago, a post that had been created in Eliade's honour. Having been a personal friend and colleague of his for many years, Doniger used her foreword to defend him from accusations that he was either a fascist or an anti-semite, and evaluated his work in Shamanism. Drawing comparisons with anthropologist James Frazer and philologist Max Müller, she accepted that while he advanced the knowledge of his time "within a body of assumptions that we no longer accept", his work inspired "an entire generation" of scholars and amateurs in the study of religion.[17]

References [edit]

Footnotes [edit]

  1. ^ Mihai Sorin Rădulescu, "Cotteştii: familia soţiei lui Mircea Eliade" ("The Cottescus: the Family of Mircea Eliade's Wife"), in Ziarul Financiar, June 30, 2006; retrieved January 22, 2008 (Romanian)
  2. ^ Dan Gulea, "O perspectivă sintetică" ("A Syncretic Perspective"), in Observator Cultural, Nr. 242, October 2004; retrieved October 4, 2007 (Romanian)
  3. ^ a b McGuire, p.150
  4. ^ a b Biografie, in Handoca
  5. ^ Albert Ribas, "Mircea Eliade, historiador de las religiones" ("Mircea Eliade, Historian of Religions"), in El Ciervo. Revista de pensamiento y cultura, Año 49, Núm. 588 (Marzo 2000), p.35–38
  6. ^ McGuire, p.150–151
  7. ^ McGuire, p.151
  8. ^ Eliade 2004 [1951]. p. xxvii.
  9. ^ Eliade 2004 [1951]. p. xvii.
  10. ^ Eliade 2004 [1951]. pp. xvii–xxvii
  11. ^ Eliade 2004 [1951]. pp. 3–32.
  12. ^ Eliade 2004 [1951]. p. 4.
  13. ^ Ellis Davidson 1964. p. 118.
  14. ^ Hutton 2001. pp. 54–55, 81.
  15. ^ Hutton 2001. pp. 60–61, 74.
  16. ^ Doniger 2004. p. xiii.
  17. ^ Doniger 2004. pp. xi–xv.

Bibliography [edit]

Academic books