There are a great many elements included in shamanic healing. The use of therapeutic and ritual creativity is one of the most powerful. The process of opening to inspiration and manifesting through various forms of art and music empowers individuals by including them as active participants in their own healing.
Modern cultures tend to focus on the aesthetics of creativity. Do you have a good voice? Is the painting good enough to sell? Do other people find the sculpture beautiful? When used in healing, it is the process, not the end result, that is most important. Spirit allies and our own higher selves do not care if we can carry a tune or if we are color blind. Opening the creative centers allows this healing, transformative energy to permeate our beings and effect beneficial change.
The Creative Voice
The use of voice in shamanic healing is probably more common than even the use of the drum. Otherworldly music and shamanic power songs have been described in nearly all cultures around the world. Vocal sound is used to induce and carry the trance, to evoke power, to bind energies, to communicate Otherworldly experience, and to heal.
Many of us have lost the ability to naturally use the voice. We have been trained since childhood to communicate in acceptable ways geared to specific situations. To free your voice, begin by simply humming a tone to yourself while you are alone. Listen to the tone without judgment and allow it to find its own pitch. Feel your head and throat vibrate with the sound.
Once you are comfortable with humming, move on to simple chants, such as the Om sound, and feel your body vibrate with the tone. When you are ready, allow any combination of sounds you feel to flow through you. Allow your voice to take over as it will and give yourself freely to the sound, without judgment.
Once you have freed your voice, you can seek your power song. Shamans across the world have traditionally used special power songs. Power songs are used to induce trance, effect healing, commune with spirit guides, and raise the energy of sacred sites.
Seeking Your Power Song
A Comprehensive Manual
Kristin Madden is an author and mother, as well as an environmental chemist and wildlife rehabilitator. She is the Director of Ardantane's School of Shamanic Studies. A Druid and tutor in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and ...