How a Shaman can help you

Speaker –        Mark A. Ashford

                        Usui Tibetan Reiki Master and Teacher and

                        White Shaman

What this is – Hello and welcome to the “The Shaman Podcast”

In this Podcast we talk about – 

  • Shamanism
  • Reiki – Reiki energy healing, especially the lineage I follow originated in Tibet
  • And everything else that is related

Media – 

  • This Podcast is one of several media available to you to help you understand and develop your awareness of energy healing practices, history, and traditions. 

The other sources are:

  • YouTube videos – “Reiki with Candice, Mark, and Opame” 
  • Books – eBooks and Paperback books – in full color available on 
  • Online courses at
  • A blog at

Today, we are talking about Shamans and how they can help you.

Shamanism, as we have learned before, has existed for many millennia before the current organized religions were formed. A shaman may be male or female, young or old and is part of the community. Being part of their community, they blend in. In dress and behaviour, they are indistinguishable from ordinary people.

In the Shaman’s world view, spirits and demons inhabit everything around us. Every part of the natural environment is alive with sentient forces, in the mountains, trees, rivers, lakes, rocks, fields, the sky and the earth, there exists spiritual energy.

Healing is the principal role of a Shaman. They may also be counsellors, confidents, tribal leaders, diviners of future events and spiritual protectors. Shaman have access to, and influence in the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits.

So how do Shamans journey to meet these spirits and energies?

Using rhythmic drumming, dance, meditation, and experience and familiarity with their Helping Spirits the Shaman triggers a self-induced ecstatic state or Altered State of Consciousness [ASC] where they visit the spirits and souls beneficial to the outcome they seek.

Shaman do not use chemical or psychedelic drugs, or plant-based hallucinogens, or alcohol when initiating and entering an Altered State of Consciousness. To use drugs and stimulants would mean loss of control of the Journey. The Shaman is always free to start and stop the Altered State of Consciousness at their will. Shamans are not possessed.

Illness, pain and suffering frequently have a spiritual component. The Shaman seeks the spiritual connection to these afflictions in order to help bring the person they are working for, back into connection with the wholeness of the universe.

This may involve returning a soul or soul fragment to the person which has become separated due to some malevolent energy or some trauma the person has encountered or endured. They may also extract energies that do not belong. The Shaman is concerned with alleviating pain and suffering as well as reconnecting the person to their sources of spiritual power, the sun and moon, stones and streams, stars and trees.

The Shaman can help in other ways. Work and work environments, relationships, and the outcomes of new ventures. Untangling problems from past lives, and helping to make decisions. Providing meditations for relaxation and personal clearing or clearing unwanted energies from your energy field or home. Shamans remove curses, create powerful ceremonies, and bless events, marriages, and births. They assist the dead in crossing over to their next life and much more.

If you ever thought of traditional healers as involved with darkness because they do not fit in easily with modern medicine, think again.

Shaman’s do not diagnose or treat something such as a broken arm or something that needs surgery, these are best treated by a doctor and a Shaman will tell you so.

When we fall asleep at night it is restful and beneficial to us but it is a state of darkness we enter in order to receive these benefits. 

When we plant a seed in the ground, we cover it up with darkness and wait for it to sprout into a new plant. A baby is conceived in darkness and develops in darkness.

Creativity comes out of nowhere which is darkness and yet the result is bright and colourful.

What are you afraid of, why are we afraid of the dark, and who taught you to fear what is amazing.

You know what, Shamans are amazing to!

Mark is Registered Reiki Teacher and Practitioner

Canadian Reiki Association Logo
Canadian Reiki Association Logo

Mark is a Reiki Master Teacher

Seal of The International Association of Reiki Practitioners
Seal of The International Association of Reiki Practitioners