Spirits and Trauma

Winter_SunsetMy teachers insisted that each person carries a unique vision and way of understanding the world that must be honored. Of course, this uniqueness is expressed in shamans as well. Get a group of shamans in a room, ask them to check out some problem, and each will report a different take on it. Most of the time the similarities in vision will be dominant, fleshed out by nuance.

I’m trained as a mental health clinician and a shamanic practitioner. It should come as no surprise that I often perceive things in a way that combines both ways of seeing. A couple of weeks ago I was speaking to a small group of concerned people about the spirits remaining at the college, a former orphanage. They were frustrated with me as I was insisting the spirits, mostly children, but also of those that harmed children, and a few Ancient Ones who had come to soothe those grievously distressed children, have a wide range of different needs. The others thought we should just show the spirits the light and send them on their way. I believe the spirits need to stay til they feel ready to move on. After all, some have been there for a long time, perhaps eighty years. Continue reading