Shamanic De-Armoring | Concepts, Aims, and Techniques

Published: Apr 17, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

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Shamanic De-Armoring is not just one particular De-Armoring modality (although some providers use that term to define their work) but a range of De-Armoring treatments that associate themselves fully or partly with ancient Shamanic concepts and practices, and use some or several Shamanic techniques in their treatment sessions.

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Some of these De-Armoring modalities exclusively use Shamanic techniques (either performed by the practitioner or by both the practitioner i.e. “Shaman” and the participant/client), such as entering trance states, ritual bathing, chanting, breathwork, drumming, visualizations, or consuming psychedelics, hallucinogens, and/or entheogens, but other “Shamanic” modalities mix their treatments with more modern De-Armoring techniques, such as body awareness, movement, and postural exercises, Connective Tissue Release, the use of sex toys, Talk Therapy, and so on.

However, Shamanism is not easy to define unambiguously, because it’s an umbrella term for a plethora of ancient indigenous spiritual and healing practices applied by a broad range of different types of folk healers or medicine men, a global phenomenon that has been present in many civilizations around the world in Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and in the Americas, across thousands of years.

Each civilization, culture, and/or tribe had and has its own particular shamanic views, ceremonies, rituals, and techniques. It traditionally involves either a religious or secular practice in which a traditional folk healer or folk practitioner — typically called a Shaman — interacts or mediates between the spirit world, Nature, and the Universe on one side and the human world on the other side.

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It’s thought that the Shaman can access the supernatural world through altered states of consciousness, usually through a kind of ritualized practice, in order to direct, manipulate, counteract, or request energetic or spiritual entities and help from the supernatural world into the material human world for physical, psychological, mental, and spiritual (soul) healing, divination, and/or fortune-telling purposes.

It’s commonly believed that a person’s unbalanced, sick, dissociated, or traumatized soul or spirit is the cause of a whole range of illnesses or a disturbed relationship with oneself or with others. As such, the prevalent concept and actual practice within Shamanism is that healing the patient’s soul through spiritual, herbal, and/or physical manipulation methods and techniques will also heal that person from their emotional and physical discomforts, ailments, and illnesses, or will affect other phenomena in the human world in a positive way.

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