Dawn explained to me that shamanic healing is gentle, yet it works deeply. We all exist on many different levels – physical, emotional, energetic, mental, and spiritual – and we need to be healed on all of those levels. Shamanism can sometimes be misunderstood as dark, but this is not the case. Around 40,000 years old, it is the medicine way of the first peoples of the Earth.
Is it therapy? Well sort of. I’ve had counselling and I’ve had friends who’ve seen counsellors for 20 years and, despite gruelling sessions, achieved limited results. Dawn manages to work quickly on the core issues.
Dawn explained to me the concept of soul retrieval. She believes soul loss can occur sometimes from birth and is a form of protection mechanism, which occurs after severe emotional, mental or physical shock.
Dawn has an excellent analogy to explain this. She asked me to imagine a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, all those segments connected to each other in the foil wrapper. Imagine that the foil wrapper is the body, and the segments are the soul and units of vital energy that can gradually fall away. The effects of the soul loss on the person will range from depression and low energy to problems with the immune system, poor energetic protection and difficulty finding their place and purpose in the world. In short, they will feel like something is missing, because something is missing, those aspects of the soul. Often when people go on a “big search” – perhaps for the perfect partner or their purpose or spiritual path – what they are actually looking for is their soul parts, those aspects of themselves.
So how did I find the experience as a whole? Profound, in truth. During the first session Dawn asked me to lie down while she took me on a guided visualisation to connect with my “inner child.” Yes, she does use smoke and feathers, but trust me this is no hippy charlatan at work. I genuinely feel like I have uncovered deep layers but better still she has helped me to heal them, and in two sessions. I can honestly say that in the style of that Chocolate Orange I now feel I have all my segments intact.