Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Past Lives

QUESTION: How can I remember past lives and prove they are real?

ANSWER: Your belief is your only proof. If you believe enough, any evidence will be proof. If you don't believe, no amount of evidence will be proof enough. The easy way out is to believe in them when it is helpful to do so, and don't believe in them when it isn't.

Assuming they are real, look at places and cultures that interest you greatly, languages you learn easily, and talents you have that your family doesn't share. Studying these can trigger memories. Also, try dream recall, guided meditation, hypnosis, and self hypnosis.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

QUESTION: What exactly is "shamanic healing?"

ANSWER: Here is one view. Shamanic healing is any form of healing in which the real objective is to heal spiritual relationships. The shamanic universe is a spiritual one, in the sense that everything is a spirit, including the universe itself, and everything is in some kind of relationship. Problems arise when two or more spirits get out of harmony. Because everything is related, two "idea spirits" in disharmony (i.e., conflicting ideas) can induce disharmony in one or more "body spirits" (i.e., body organs or functions), and vice versa. By healing the relationships (resolving conflicts) between ideas or body parts, harmony is restored for all concerned.

Although shamans are usually associated with dramatic ritual or trance techniques, in actuality they use whatever works. Common sense advice, herbs and medicine, massage and other physical interventions, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy - all these and more can be part of the shaman's repertoire, in addition to dramatic ritual and trance.