shamanism

Ukrainian Folk Healing Class

I have been teaching the Slavic Folk Healing Class over the past couple of months to some fabulous and keen students. So far, we have had a magical and mystical journey through this class, learn ancient healing wisdom. I just thought that I would share a few photos so far to show you a peek at what we have been doing. Enjoy!

In this photo, a modern Ukrainian Folk Healer dressed in traditional clothing. This apron is hand embroidered, took a year to finish working on it daily.

Pysanky
Pysanky

        Creating a magical egg talisman called pysanky. The writing took is called a kistka and a wax resist method is used to get many colors onto the egg.

Pysanky
Pysanky

  Here are the finished eggs! They are so colorful and beautiful!

Wax Divination
Wax Divination

    Here the class is doing divination with beeswax and reading the shapes in the wax to foretell the future and answer a seeker's questions. Alot of fun and powerful!

Folk Healer
Folk Healer

      Here, one of the students is preparing to do a healing ceremony fro another student. Both had a profound healing experience!

Ukrainian Embroidery
Ukrainian Embroidery

A piece of finished embroidery that we did in class. This is used as a protective talisman for the healer performing healing rituals.

Water and Wax Healing Ceremony - Ukrainian Shamanism for Modern Day

Water and Wax Ceremony
Water and Wax Ceremony

The Ukrainian Shamans had a very powerful healing ceremony  involving blessed water and sacred beeswax. This ceremony was used to heal physical illnesses, pain, insomnia, fear, evil eye, curses, possession and misfortune. It was believed that these issues often had a spiritual source and by performing this sacred healing ceremony would rid the patient of those ailments. This is an ancient healing technique but is so important for modern life. In our modern world, we have so many stressors that there is an increase incidence in modern societies of anxiety, depression and panic attacks. More medications are being prescribed for this, but do they really heal the underlying cause of the fear or anxiety? Do these medications really bring about balance in a patient's life? The Ukrainian wax healing ceremony was designed primarily to heal what is called "fear sickness" (or strakh in Ukrainian). It is believed that when fear settles into a person, it can then penetrate deep into the body affecting physical health, emotions become unbalanced and the person suffers. Then when this fear settles into the person, aspects of their life also start to suffer. Such as troubles with work, declining job performance, loss of job, school work suffers/grades decline, relationship difficulties, financial difficulties and so on.

So, the "pouring forth of wax"  healing ceremony (called strakh vylyvaty in Ukrainian), is able to extract the fears and the root cause of illness in a patient. This allows for deeper healing resulting in long lasting change as the patient's life returns to a state of balance: emotional stability, robust physical health, mood elevation, enhanced job performance,  and to experience joy in life once again. The sacred melted beeswax is poured into blessed water over different areas in front of the patient's body. As the pouring occurs, the illness is released and balanced restored.

This is a very special healing technique and if you haven't tried it, you may want to book a 90min shamanic session with Christa Lynn in Vancouver BC:

Click to Book a Session

Or to learn how to do this healing, read more about Christa Lynn’s Slavic Folk Healing & Mysticism Course in Vancouver BC:

http://shamanicspirit.ca/workshops/ 

Slavic Shamanism - Egg Healing Ceremony (Pysanky)

Egg Ceremony
Egg Ceremony

Slavic Shamanism is a very rich healing and mystical culture. Sometimes people often overlook theses adept healers as they have been shrouded in mystery, but those who have received healing sessions from these masters have experienced profound results. The egg is a very magical and healing tool that Slavic healers would use in their healing practices. Often eggs were decorated and imbued with blessings, healing power and protection and the healer (Znakharka) had skill and knew how to do this. This empowered egg acted as a powerful talisman to be used in healing ceremonies. This special egg is rolled over the body and used to extract fears, intrusive energies, evil eye, jealousy and sickness from an afflicted person.

The egg could also be used for divination to divine the illness of a patient to then affect a cure for them. This healing ceremony was highly respected as it could bring about a cure, and many people would seek out the healer to restore balance to their lives. The healing ceremony was relaxing and soothing to receive as the Znakharka (healer) was caring and compassionate and treated the patient with great care.

This is a very special healing technique and if you haven't tried it, you may want to book a 90min shamanic session with Christa Lynn in Vancouver BC:

Click to Book a Session

To learn how to do this healing, read more about Christa Lynn's Slavic Folk Healing & Mysticism Course in Vancouver BC:

http://shamanicspirit.ca/workshops/ 

Flower Power - healing essences of flowers

white flower
white flower

We are approaching springtime and the flowers are starting to bloom and a sweet fragrance is filling the air. When gazing at a flower, we can become consumed by its beauty and it can have an uplifting effect on one's spirit. In our culture, we often give flowers as gifts to cheer others up or mark occasions and important events such as weddings. But did you know that flowers also have a healing essence that can help to heal emotions and thoughts patterns as well as give strength to your spirit? It's really amazing actually. In order to harness the healing essence of a flower, a fresh flower is floated atop pristine sacred water and left in the sun. The sunshine activates the flower and water so that the water absorbes the healing essence of the flower as a vibrational medicine. Then the elixir is stabilized with alcohol to preserve it. To get the benefit of healing, a few drops of the elixir is added to drinking water and sipped at intervals.  The healing vibration of the flower essence works immediately to stabilize mood and heal from emotional stress. Shamans would often work with these healing essences as well as the spirits of the flowers. Evidence has been found in several shamanic cultures of the use of flower essences ranging from the ancient Maya, Egyptian and Aboriginal societies. Here are a few examples of the healing essence of flowers and their many benefits:

LILY:

Lily
Lily

-aids with agression, competitiveness, hostile attitudes, and feelings of separateness

-helps to foster cooperation with others, positive social interactions, balances masculine and feminine energies and cultivates inner peace

 

 

 

 

DAISY:

daisy
daisy

-aids with over thinking, not being able to see the bigger picture in life, too focussed on details and feeling of disconection

-helps one to synthesize ideas and creativity into wholeness. Connects to all of life and feeling a part of the whole

 

 

 

 

 

WILD ROSE:

wild rose
wild rose

-aids with inability to embrace life, apathy, resignation, suffering that paralyzes the soul, and lingering illness

-helps one to be motivated, live life with joy, and making a commitment to live life

 

 

 

 

 

HEART THAT BLEEDS:

heart
heart

-aids with co-dependency in relationships, possessiveness, neediness, and inability to let go

-helps one to love others unconditionally, opens the heart and helps gain emotional freedom, self love

If you are interested in flower essence healing, I offer consultations as a trained Flower Essence Consultant.

~Blessings,

Christa :)

Soul Retrieval: A Woman’s Sense of Renewal

Christa Lynn offers Shamanic healing in Vancouver BC. Here is a beautiful story from her case files: I had a lady come in for a healing session one day. She was in her 50’s, on disability leave from work and suffered from panic attacks, extreme fatigue and depression. She told me that she felt lost in her life and that she felt guilty for being on disability from work. I asked her what she wanted to achieve from the healing session. She told me that she wanted her life back and the return of her inner spark.

I determined that a shamanic healing would be the most beneficial for her at this time. I began the session by doing a diagnostic journey to see what she needed at this time. In my shamanic journey, I could see that the root issue was a matter of soul loss for this woman. We needed to track this lost soul essence and return it back to her so that she could heal. In times of stress or traumatic events, our soul essence flees in order for us to endure the stress and then when the stress is over, it returns. However, sometimes it doesn’t return and this the shaman would term soul loss. In the realm of psychology, this is called dissociation. During the healing session, I tracked for this woman’s lost soul essence and found it left behind in a hospital room. In a symbolic and metaphorical sense, her soul essence appeared to be a young woman wearing a hospital gown and she was huddled in the corner of the room looking lost and despondent. I explained to her who I was and asked her if she was willing to come back to her adult self for healing and renewal. She agreed. I brought back this soul essence to the woman and with my breath, blew her essence into her heart. At that exact moment, my client felt a surge of warmth radiate through her entire body. Even though she couldn’t recall any details from her life from ever being in a hospital, she could definitely feel her essence returned to her.

Two weeks after the healing, my client called me to update me. She told me that after a week, she woke up one morning with the memory of being in the hospital to have her appendix out when she was 18 years old. She couldn’t believe that she had completely forgotten about that! Just to make sure, she called her mom to ask her about it and her mom confirmed that yes, she had the surgery when she was 18. Sometimes, when a person suffers from soul loss, they lose memories from that time period of their life as well. When they have a soul retrieval, the soul part that returns also returns with past memories too.

My client also said that she felt more energy and decided to clean, sort and reorganize her house. She also decide to move to a more suitable home. Within a week, she had a new place to live. The panic attacks also disappeared, her mood started to shift and she had a new positive perspective on life. She went to her doctor and he took her off the antidepressant medication. She also went on to report that she has been more social spending more time with friends and family and starting to fully engage in her life. As of this writing, she plans to return to work in 2 months.