Working with a Shaman
Since time immemorial, certain men and women have felt called to heal the sick, to safeguard knowledge, to guide the lost, and to commune with the spirit world. These unique individuals, known as shamans, were mystics and seers, repositories of wisdom, and keepers of herbal lore. During those periods when ignorance loomed large in the world, shamans across the globe bided their time, peacefully practicing their practical, yet refined arts in the jungle, mountains, deserts, and tundra that protected them from those who misunderstood shamanism. Today, however, shamanism has reemerged, as modern men and women feel the same call to service that their ancestors felt long ago. Also, as more individuals explore the notion that healing necessarily involves the soul as well as the physical self, people are consulting shamans in their search for wellness, wisdom, and guidance.
The word shaman literally means “he or she who knows.” Shamanism is an art that has not changed in any quantifiable way for millennia and is not bound to any particular form of spirituality. It is grounded on the principle that the visible world is saturated with unseen forces that influence the lives of human beings. Shamans, in addition to acting as fonts of wisdom, are dedicated to diagnosing and curing human suffering–whether emotional, physical, or spiritual. To treat an illness, a shaman may communicate with the spirit world in order to connect more directly with the soul of their patient or with the force causing ill health. They often work closely with animal guides, plant and earth spirits, or your spirit guides, and may make use of use of herbal remedies to supplement other forms of treatment. Shamans, as intermediaries between the physical and spiritual realms, recognize that all objects are in manner alive and retain information that can be utilized to heal.
Shamanism is powerful in part because its practitioners tailor healing to the individual needs of those who seek them out. A shaman manipulates energy, giving you power where you have lost it and removing misplaced energy lurking within you. When you seek out a shaman, they will endeavor to know and understand you before treating you. In this way, they can provide you with therapies that act on your whole being, positively influencing your body as well as your soul. – Madisyn Taylor
I am Rhonda Bird, your guide into the world of Shamanism. As the great-granddaughter of a Cherokee woman, my life has been about becoming a Shaman. I was “adopted” by a local tribe in Kamloops, BC before the age of three. I lived on a Cherokee reservation for a summer in elementary school, and I was always the kid bringing home wounded wild animals to care for, and literally hugging the trees. I spent time on another reservation in South Dakota in my early 20’s, and have done solo vision quests around the US and Canada. I am a trained Shaman in the White Feather Path, as well as having studied other Shamanic traditions from around the world. I am also a Medical Intuitive, and a Karuna Reiki Master, certified with the ICRT. I hold certifications in many other healing modalities. My passion is bringing people back to their authentic selves, and re-connecting them with the world around them. Our journey begins now!
What Others are Saying
“Rhonda is a talented and generous teacher. Her sure guidance provides a safe container for deep work. After one session with her, I felt instant and lasting relief from trauma I had held for years. Rhonda teaches by example: she models authenticity, unblocked love, and freedom. She is a rare gift.” -Kiki Roumel
“This experience was the impetus for a major change in my life; a simultaneous releasing of strongholds and giving over to the fullness of the great energy that is Love. Sessions with Rhonda have been a seminal factor in my personal renaissance and what has subsequently transpired. A renewed sense of love and value for myself, a palpable connection to everything that is both seen and unseen, and the ability to trust that I am supported by Spirit in each moment are all confirmed daily. These sessions were paramount in my metamorphosis and continuously prove to be today.” -Brian
“I am grateful beyond words for the growth and transformation that Rhonda’s healing sessions have brought to my life. Through her compassion and intuitive vision, she has led me on a wonderful journey inside myself, inspired the courage in me to heal emotional wounds, to connect with my heart and hear its song, to feel joyfulness in living. She has helped me to embrace my entire being, to find inner balance, connectedness, and peace. Her authenticity and nurturing presence are truly a precious gift to anyone who experiences her healing”. – David