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Intro to Shamanism and Creating Sacred Space

Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual and healing practice. As it is based on the understanding that life is energy, it is a powerful way to harness energy and healing to facilitate more wholeness. Neoshamanism is about forming bridges between ancient and modern healing modalities.

What differentiates shamans from other spiritual travelers is their capacity to apply wisdom from the spirit realm in order to heal and transform the physical realm. Shamans teach from the world view that all life forms are interconnected in constant communion with nature. There’s no bible or text, but rather it is a path of direct experience taught through the passing down of knowledge and wisdom. True healing from the shamanic perspective is awakening to a vision of our healed nature and what it means to be truly alive.

The foundation of Shamanic tradition is rooted in creating sacred space. This is brought into consciousness by calling on the 4 wind directions as often evoked in indigenous cultures, each evoking a mythical archetypal animal with properties delineating 4 levels of perception, insights, or engagement with reality. They also correspond to different parts of the brain, capable of expanding our ability to track information intuitively.

Most importantly sacred space is a way to tune in to the highest forms of energy available to us at a given time. A Shaman brings to this space all our love and intent to tap into the source of luminosity, to open the veil of the infinite. This is likened to holding the tone of a certain note, on an energetic and metaphysical level.

We also precede shamanic sessions by opening the Wiracocha, named for anj Incan deity. It is in the form of an orb of light, and it serves to open the luminous energy field.

Honoring the world of form and spirit; surrendering to endless death and rebirth;
this is the source of all healing — the shaman’s power.
— Theodore Tsaousidis

Something to Sing About ~
A Songwriter’s Story of Stumbling into Shamanic Wisdom

(Introduction to my forthcoming book)

My story is one of how I stumbled upon an entranceway to a vast new world. I found a place where the foundation of well being is based upon ancestral lineage, sacredness, fire ceremonies, mythic maps, and a medicine wheel dictated and generated by the four directions of the wind.

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When we move toward our life’s work and/or a major healing experience we all need a “container” for which to create/hold healing space for that work. Deb is that container offering her insights, heart, capacity and her deep knowledge of multiple healing modalities. In her presence, I feel understood physically, mentally and emotionally which offers me a safe space to heal on my journey. She has helped me address the energetic imprints that no longer serve me where I am able to move toward a more fully conscious and fulfilled way of living. She’s an amazing woman who I’m grateful to have discovered!

My experience with Deb has seemed divinely orchestrated from the very beginning! I had been intrigued by shamanic work for some time. From talking with her, I gained an immediate sense of ease in opening up to her about my journey. With the recent loss I was working through, she and I engaged in a conversation and began working together to support my healing. What I discovered is her gentle guidance supported by deep insights, tools, and sincere heart space where she allowed me to enter into my own healing work to deal with my loss. Deb offers what is needed at the moment to address energy blocks. I am grateful for her commitment to helping others find their way on the journey and am blessed to have crossed paths when I did. She has helped me claim more of “me” in order to heal and give back to others which is what I choose to do with my life. I am blessed!

Deb’s sessions are extremely relaxing and you instantly feel that you’re in a safe and sacred space that she is creating. Her heart centered work has allowed me to feel safe to the do the work on need for me. I found our follow-up conversations and emails helped me clarify some of the things that I have had to process outside of the session.. The guidance you provided through your valued insight gave me comfort as the emotions are so intense at times.

Debra offers a truly multi-dimensional healing experience. She is the healer’s healer! As a Reiki Master, and Psychic Medium, I am very familiar with the power of frequencies and vibrations. As any light-worker knows, this doesn’t make us invincible, as we are all sharing this human journey and we are all susceptible to that feeling of being burnt out. The richness of Debra’s unique life experience combined with her extensive ongoing development in the Shamanic Arts, makes her a master teacher like no other. She has reflected insights to me that I may not have ever discovered on my own and I feel not only relief, but a newly expansive view of my own spiritual path. Her healing sessions will wrap you in the warmth of her undeniable light. If you are even asking yourself if this is right for you, I urge you to open your heart and mind, and surrender to what is rightfully yours. Allow Debra to gently guide you back to your own divinity. It is always the right time to re-connect with who you really are.

I’m just home from my fantastic shamanic session with Deb and am filled with gratitude for your tremendous healing talents. She was a fantastic guide throughout the process and I can tell that her work is very powerful because I went off into some alternate universe during my session.  She was amazing every step of the way and I just can’t say “THANK YOU” loud enough. I have already referred and will continue to refer friends and family her way.  Looking forward to my follow-up!  I firmly believe that she and her Shamanic talents prevented me from experiencing full blown COVID.  I was feeling some very strange symptoms, that I’d never experienced before, and I was really scared!  After and hours healing session I felt better, and then after a nights sleep I felt almost completely normal again.  “THANK YOU” doesn’t begin to express my gratitude.  Debra is a miracle worker!

Having met Debra in 2005 as graduates of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process, an in-depth psycho-spiritual retreat, I can say with respect and admiration that Deb is a seeker whose dedicated practices to stay connected to spirit and care of the soul (her own and others) is genuine and wholehearted. This is reflected in the calling she has chosen as a singer songwriter, to write songs that support worthy causes and give hope to individuals suffering from life’s hardships. Her study of Shamanic healing gives Deb yet another tool to help others. Jack Kornfield’s ultimate question to measure a life’s worth is, How much did you serve, how much did you love, how much did you learn to let go? Deb manifests all three virtues, and has generous wisdom to share for those seeking safe harbor and direction.

Working with Deb has shown me avenues to healing that I previously wasn’t aware of. When I first decided to work with Deb I didn’t know much about Shamanism, but was open to exploring new ways to help cope with loss and gain a personal foundation again. Deb’s ability to explain the history and theories behind the practice, coupled with her ability to create a safe, sacred space, enabled me to be comfortable enough to open up to her and myself. Deb has a unique ability to listen to a person both by their speech and their energy, reflect upon that feedback, and then build upon it with every session. Her support, positivity and reflection have given me the tools and encouragement to continue exercises independently.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have Deb’s support during a challenging time in my life. Her kindness is palpable, and you can truly feel that she loves helping others, supporting them in their individual healing journey.

Sessions with Deb are always grounding. When I anticipate our time together, I look forward to feeling at peace with my existence. Deb is skilled and creative with her craft, and has a way of making you feel safe and acknowledged. Her genuine intent to help emanates smoothly from her tone, and from the dancing cadence of her voice. She takes meticulous notes about our conversations. Even if quite a bit of time passed since our last session, she picks off right where we left off, as if we spoke the day before. There is a wonderfully personal and intimate presence with Deb, which makes me feel loved. It is a treat to spend time in the healing realm with her.

Debra Alt is a healer of great depth and passion. She is one hundred percent present when she works, and she is devoted to every client having a deep, rich and profound experience. Her sessions are multifaceted, and she weaves together an assortment of shamanic processes that ensure a lovely and wondrous experience.

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