Shelley is currently on sabbatical is not taking any new individual healing clients at this time. We have other practitioners who can assist as needed. See list of Shamanic Healing Practitioners below.
Shelley Stump is a teacher of ancient wisdom and peer counselor on a lifelong spiritual journey to fulfill soul’s purpose. Her current work is focused on sharing a vision of connectedness and sanctity of all Life by supporting others in their direct experience of loving Spirit. Through teaching Earth-based spiritual practices including ceremonial drum and rattle making, shamanic journey practices, and blessing rituals, and by offering individual shamanic healing sessions, Shelley’s spirit-connected offerings are given with joy and gratitude for Spirit’s guidance in her life. Shelley has studied for many years with Sandra Ingerman and other teachers from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. She is currently listed on Sandra Ingerman's lists of shamanic healing practitioners and teachers (see www.shamaniccteachers.com/practitioners) and is a founding member of the Society for Shamanic Practice (SSP) (formerly known as the Society for Shamanic Practitioners).
Using various ancient methods of spiritual healing such as soul retrieval, divination, extraction, healing with Spiritual Light, past life work, and counseling, individuals experience a transformative reclamation of their own power and vitality to support their personal healing journey.
Shamanic Healing: A Basic Perspective
The spiritual healing techniques known as Core Shamanism are ancient indigenous healing practices common to cultures throughout the world. Healing from a shamanic perspective is healing of the spirit/soul. Such spiritual healing may or may not affect the emotional and physical manifestations of illness. A shamanic healer works by “journeying” to non-ordinary reality to ask the assistance of helping spirits in working with the client’s healing. A shamanic journey is a spiritual experience in which the healer, using the trance inducing qualities of drumming or rattling, travels to the Lower or the Upper World to seek guidance from the healer’s power animals and/or teachers. These helping spirits can provide many different and creative methods for healing, so gifted shamans work with the creativity of the spirits within the framework of some basic shamanic healing techniques. These shamanic healing practices have been documented and taught through the work of Michael Harner, Ph.D., Sandra Ingerman, Ph.D. and others associated with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and the Society for Shamanic Practitioners.
How is Spiritual Illness Manifested and Diagnosed?
Spiritual illness can manifest in many ways; the most common are Power Loss, Soul Loss, and Spiritual Intrusions. Initially, the shamanic healer uses a technique called Divination by journeying to his/her own power animal and/or teacher who provides the diagnosis of the cause(s) of the client’s spiritual illness, if any. The helping spirits also decide whether extraction, soul retrieval, or other techniques are needed and in what order they are to be administered.
Definition: All individuals have helping guardian spirits. Possession of guardian spirit power is fundamental to health because it provides a power-full body that resists the intrusions of external forces. The presence of a power animal or guardian spirit increases one’s physical energy, ability to resist contagious disease, and increases one’s mental alertness and self-confidence. Power loss can occur when a person’s guardian spirit leaves and another does not take its place.
Symptoms: Power loss can manifest as chronic illness, depression, suicidal tendencies, chronic misfortune, etc.
Retrieval of Power Animals: The shaman journeys to seek a Power Animal/Spiritual Ally who is willing to assist the client in reclaiming his/her power.
Shamanic Counseling: By training clients to journey for themselves, they learn to reclaim their own power by working with Power Animals/Spiritual Allies and using divination to help answer life questions.
Definition. Soul loss is the loss of individual soul essence, lifeforce, vitality. This loss happens when individuals suffer emotional or physical trauma. Some causes of soul loss can be accidents, surgery, abuse, war stress, divorce, death of loved one, etc. Soul loss is not bad. It is a survival mechanism we use at times of severe trauma.
Symptoms: The symptoms of soul loss can be very similar to those of power loss. They include post-traumatic stress syndrome, addictions, searching outside of self to become whole, immune deficiency problems, coma, etc.
Soul Retrieval: A shamanic healer following the guidance of a Spiritual Ally tracks lost pieces of the client’s soul and brings them back for reintegration. In indigenous communities, the shaman would perform soul retrieval within 3 days of the traumatic event. In our culture, such retrieval rarely occurs so quickly; therefore chronic conditions attributable to soul loss often go unrecognized and untreated for many years. It is important to retrieve lost soul pieces as soon as possible after they have left to ensure the least amount of disruption in the client’s health. Follow-up healing work by the client and continued contact with the healer are strongly advised to ensure integration of returned soul parts.
Definition. The void caused in a person’s spiritual essence as a result of a loss of power or soul loss can be filled by a spiritual intrusion. A spiritual intrusion is misplaced energy that moves into the opening in the body caused by the power or soul loss. Spiritual intrusions come from the energy of negative thought forms – either from inappropriate expression of emotion or inability to express emotions – that exist all around us.
Symptoms: Spiritual intrusions can cause health conditions such as chronic pain or illness, heart disease, cancer, neck troubles, chronic depression, etc.
Extraction: Shamans, following the guidance of a Spiritual Ally, extract spiritual intrusions and give them back to the natural world by using water to neutralize the energy of the intrusion. Once the extraction is complete, the opening created by the removal of the spiritual intrusion is filled with either a Soul Retrieval or Power Animal Retrieval. and/or Healing with Spiritual Light.
Healing with Spiritual Light:
The energy of Divine Spiritual Light is transmitted through Transfiguration and Transmutation (Medicine for the Earth/Healing with Spiritual Light) and may include the use of guided meditation, and healing crystals and stones, to rebuild the person’s energy field/spiritual body so that it is filled, balanced, and renewed with Divine Light.
What is the Client’s Role in Shamanic Healing?
Illness, especially spiritual illness, is often an initiation that tests our abilities to follow the guidance of and remain in alignment with Spirit in our lives. During the healing session, the client's role is to focus on opening her/his heart and receiving the Love of Spirit. The “cure” is the Love of Spirit given to the client through the shamanic healing technique(s) performed, for example, an extraction followed by a soul retrieval. More importantly, the “healing” comes from the follow-up self-love required of the client. True healing requires the client to answer the question “What changes do I need to make in my life to support my ongoing health and well-being?” The client’s job is to take the time and make the commitment to learn from the lessons experienced during the spiritual illness and to change his/her life where needed to support continuing health.
Long Distance Shamanic Healing
Shamanic healing work can be done long distance (i.e., not in person) with the client through the use of Middle World journeys or what is also know as "remote viewing." This power has been a part of classic Shamanism from time immemorial. The shaman practitioner connects vitutally with the client via telephone or Zoom to meet with the client, to describe the possbilities that may occur during the healing session (e.g., the different shamanic heaing techniques they practitioner my be guided to use), and ask the client what help she/he is seeking in her/his life at that time. The healing session may be recorded as the client prefers. During the healing session, the shamanic practitioner "travels through the MIddle World" with their consciousness to do the healing work with the client in her/his location. After completion of the long distance healing work, the shamanic practitioner tells the client "the healing story" of the work that was done, discusses client "homework" and needed continuing healing practices for the client to engage in, and arranges for follow up sessions as guided/needed.
Shamanic Healing Services and Fees
Hourly Fee $75.00 by appointment (a sliding scale for fees is available as needed; no one turned away for lack of funds). Donations also accepted.
- Diagnosis, Divination, Extraction - 1.5 hour session
- Soul Retrieval (3 sessions) - 1 hour sessions
- Shamanic Counseling (6 sessions)
- Psychopomp / Deathwalking - 1 hour sessions
- Rituals and Ceremonies - time as needed for preparatory consultation, ritual/ceremony, and for Clearings and Blessings the size and location of space
Shamanic Healing Practitioners:
Other shamanic healing practitioners available are listed below. Please contact other practitioners directly for services and fees:
Amy Kelchner, ND Portland Natural Medicine. www.tendingbodyandsoul.com 503-239-1022 (Portland/Tigard, OR area)
See Also Ritual and Ceremony for other Shamanic Services
Shamanic Healing Recommended Reading List/Resources
The Way of the Shaman, Michael Harner (HarperSan Francisco 3rd Ed. 1990).
Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self, Sandra Ingerman, (Harper San Francisco 1991).
Welcome Home: Following Your Soul’s Journey Home, Sandra Ingerman (Harper San Francisco 1994).
Shamanic Journeying: A Beginners Guide (Integrated CD Learning), Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True 2004).
Awakening to the Spirit World – The Shamanic Path of Direct Revelation, Sandra Ingerman & Hank Wesselman, (Sounds True, Boulder, CO 2010)
Walking in Light, Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True Boulder CO 2014).
Speaking with Nature, Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts (Bear and Company, Rochester, VT 2015).
The Book of Ceremony - Shamanic Wisdom for Invoking the Sacred in Everyday Life, Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True, Boulder, CO, 2018)
Medicine for the Earth:
Medicine for the Earth – How to Transform Personal and Enviromental Toxins, Sandra Ingerman (Three Rivers Press NY 2000).
How to Heal Toxic Thoughts – Simple Tools for Personal Transformation, Sandra Ingerman, (Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., NY 2007)
How to Thrive in Changing Times – Simple Tools to Create True Health, Wealth, Peace, and Joy for Yourself and the Earth, Sandra Ingerman (Weiser Books, San Francisco 2010).
Society for Shamanic Practice: