Traditional Shamanic Healing Consultations
Prema has spent many years of apprenticeship under the tutelage of shamans in the Huichol tradition of Mexico. In this tradition apprenticeship includes both tutelage as well as pilgrimage to prescribed sacred sites that allow the apprentice to forge a deep relationship with the divine beings and forces present in the natural world. In 2007, after a 7 year apprenticeship, Prema was initiated as a marakame, or shaman, in the Huichol tradition under the supervision of Eliot Cowan and Don Jose Sandoval de la Cruz.
A marakame is someone who is dedicated to the wellbeing and service of their community. To do this they call on the sense of connection, of relationship, with both the divine presences in the natural world as well as with the community that they serve. This sense of relationship and connection is what creates the context for traditional healing. The essence of this healing is mystery itself. And yet shamanism is also extremely practical. In this way shamanism dances with the seemingly paradoxical union of acknowledging deep mystery while engaging with the practical demands of our everyday world.
A marakame is often the bridge between the seen and the unseen. So much of what is experienced as symptoms and disease arises from what is unseen in our culture that relies heavily on the mind and science. From the shamanic perspective there can be various causes of illness of which these are a few:
• All physical conditions we experience are a mysterious interweaving of the state of our mind, our emotions, and our relationship with the world around us.
• Illness can often be a prompting to follow a calling in life or to provide for some unacknowledged need.
• Sometimes we can inadvertently get into trouble with nature spirits or sacred sites without necessarily knowing of either their existence or their effect.
• Possession and loss of part of our soul are also aspects that can have a powerful effect on our health.
Prema’s practice is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and she also does healing work wherever she travels to teach.
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