The “Tool Chest” of the Shaman

What are the tools the shaman uses on a daily basis?

In shamanic energy medicine we have many at our disposal.

In remote healing and for in person healing.
Physical tools include and not at all limited to  –

Florida / Spirit Water
Used to enhance spiritual cleansing and for purification and protection.

Repels negative energy. Many other uses for this versatile liquid. Can be bought or I like to make my own.

Video of this later. I use mine for clearing space before clients and ceremonies.
It is a tool of divination and is used for spiritual guidance, making decisions, answering questions, and cleansing negative energy.
My personal use is as in the above, and in healing detection of negative energies in clients’ chakras and checking results after work is completed.

Chakra stones

Used to unblock or balance chakras. There are different stones and colours for different chakras.

To magnify or balance the energy centre’s you are working on. To help clear or realign them.

I also use them when doing remote work after calling in the client’s energy field onto the table.
Spanish word meaning table or altar. Used for healing, ceremony, prayer and divination.
Holds sacred and personal objects. For healing and communion with the Spirit World.
In my own I have my healing stones from each direction, special tracking stone, + +

Our hands
Have the ability to influence the energy of our physical, emotional and spiritual body.
They hold an innate healing power that has been used for centuries.
Physically in person, and remotely.
Our energy system speaks to us, and we have the ability to sense and feel other’s energies around their bodies as we work with them.

Feathers from various birds are used within healing and ceremony. Some feathers are made into fans, for offering prayers to Great Spirit or for fanning the smudge used for cleansing.

The feathers from different birds evoke different energies. Besides the above, I also use mine for cutting energy cords and tubes to negative energies connected to my clients.

In the spiritual realm they are one of the sharpest of all our instruments. Also, for cleansing and re-setting chakras.
Crystals and/or semi-precious stones support shamans during their work to aid them in channeling universal energies, to lend them protection and assist them in connecting with Spirit.  
Hugely powerful in our work, I have them with me at all times when working with clients and are used during every session.

Fire / candles
In shamanic mythology, fire is a path of rapid transformation. Whether a big outdoor fire, or using a candle indoors, the use of fire to enhance our spiritual practice has been used since man was able to utilize its energies.
A fire ceremony is a powerful Shamanic practice used to release unwanted energies and attachments from the past and make space for new intentions.

Sage / Paolo Santo
Smudging is the ritual of cleaning the energy of a physical space, object or person.
Smudge ‘deposits’ the energy of the plant into the space helping to dissipate old, lingering energies. I personally use the sage with the intention to clean and clear the person and space I am working in. I then use Paolo Santo for protection and clarity.

Communicating with Spirit
The practice of shamanism has mystical and spiritual connotations, but it’s not tied to any specific religion or creed.
We work with spirit, healing ill-ness at a soul level.
We collect insights and acquire knowledge to assist in the client’s overall well-being.
This is done many ways, and every person I work with is unique.
Sometimes communication is visual, sometimes kin-aesthetic.
Other times something totally different.
I am open and attentive for all possible ways of receiving messages.

The Invisible World
Similarly, as in our physical world, the shaman also has a set of very important tools to work with the invisible world.
These are not tools like above.
The most important tools of the shaman are energetic.
Despite not having a physical form that you can hold in your hands or see with your eyes; these tools are extremely sharp and effective.
In fact, they have been sharpened by the ancient shamans over millennia.
These tools include journeying, working with the dark side, connecting to the power animals, honoring ancestors, ascension ceremony, destiny tracking and much more.

This is a brief on some of the “Tool Chest” items shamans have at their disposal for working with energy medicine.

It would be amiss of me not to point out that traditionally trained shamans around the world are hugely powerful and wondrous beings.
They seldom use physical tools as their abilities to heal are so strong and encompassing they need no such items.
They are doing amazing healing for Pachamama (Mother Earth) and its inhabitants, and most people are totally unaware of this.

Bless and praise be to them.

They are the ones we need so much at this pivotal time in our existence.

We also need you and me to carry this on in our Nations and Communities.

There are some amazing people out there doing truly beautiful healings for all of us.
We are all called to action for the protection of our beautiful blue and green planet.

In Luv, Light, Peace & Laughter,


Credits – Alberto Villoldo, The Four Winds & their Teachers, all My Teachers and Guides, Great Spirit, Pachamama.

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