Healing Harmony: Uniting Shamanic Spiritual Healing and Clinical Therapy for Trauma Recovery

Over­com­ing Obsta­cles to Unite Spir­i­tu­al and Psy­cho­log­i­cal Approach­es for Deep Heal­ing

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In this episode of our pod­cast, we delve into the trans­for­ma­tive jour­ney of blend­ing shaman­ic spir­i­tu­al heal­ing prac­tices with tra­di­tion­al psy­chother­a­py, an Intro­duc­tion to Shaman­ic Prac­tices and Psy­chother­a­py that reveals the syn­er­gy between ancient wis­dom and mod­ern ther­a­peu­tic approach­es. Our guest, Alex Solomon, a sea­soned ther­a­pist with a rich back­ground in both realms, shares their insights on Bridg­ing Two Worlds: Chal­lenges of Inte­grat­ing Shaman­ism in Con­ven­tion­al Ther­a­py. They dis­cuss the ini­tial hur­dles of incor­po­rat­ing spir­i­tu­al prac­tices with­in the con­straints of con­ven­tion­al ther­a­py set­tings, often hin­dered by insur­ance and insti­tu­tion­al norms in the Unit­ed States. Despite these obsta­cles, they reveal the pro­found open­ness of clients to these holis­tic meth­ods, under­scor­ing the uni­ver­sal human yearn­ing for deep­er spir­i­tu­al con­nec­tion and heal­ing.

The con­ver­sa­tion then leads us to a Dual Per­spec­tive on Trau­ma, high­light­ing the con­cept of soul loss in shaman­ism and its par­al­lels with psy­cho­log­i­cal frag­men­ta­tion. Our guest elab­o­rates on the ther­a­peu­tic pow­er of EMDR (Eye Move­ment Desen­si­ti­za­tion and Repro­cess­ing) and its sim­i­lar­i­ties to shaman­ic soul retrieval process­es in Heal­ing Beyond Cop­ing, empha­siz­ing the poten­tial for heal­ing beyond mere cop­ing with trau­ma.

As we explore The Com­plex­i­ty of PTSD and Repet­i­tive Trau­ma, we draw atten­tion to the com­pound­ed effects of mul­ti­ple trau­mas and the impor­tance of address­ing them through both shaman­ic and ther­a­peu­tic lens­es. The episode touch­es upon The Pow­er of Com­mu­ni­ty, Rit­u­al, and Ini­ti­a­tion in Heal­ing, advo­cat­ing for a recon­nec­tion to com­mu­nal sup­port and the acknowl­edg­ment of sig­nif­i­cant life tran­si­tions.

Our guest shares poignant Case Stud­ies: From Trau­mat­ic Grief to Psy­chopomp Work, includ­ing a heartrend­ing sto­ry of trau­mat­ic grief and the spir­it of a deceased child, as well as a hope­ful tale of guid­ing a lost soul to peace, illus­trat­ing the pro­found impact of psy­chopomp work in the realm of addic­tion recov­ery.

Final­ly, we dis­cuss Nav­i­gat­ing Post-Trau­ma Recov­ery, offer­ing prac­ti­cal advice for those recent­ly exposed to trau­mat­ic events, high­light­ing inno­v­a­tive research on sim­ple inter­ven­tions like play­ing Tetris post-trau­ma, and the impor­tance of allow­ing one­self to feel and process emo­tions as a path­way to heal­ing.

This episode is a com­pelling explo­ration of the inter­sec­tion between tra­di­tion­al and spir­i­tu­al heal­ing meth­ods, offer­ing lis­ten­ers a deep dive into The Future of Inte­grat­ed Heal­ing Prac­tices for address­ing trau­ma, grief, and the quest for whole­ness and heal­ing.

Tran­scrip­tion

Chap­ter Mark­ers

0:04 Spir­i­tu­al Shaman­ic Approach to Trau­ma
5:45 Under­stand­ing Trau­ma and Soul Healing20:48 Heal­ing Com­plex Trau­ma
33:26 Shaman­ic Prac­tices and Trau­ma Heal­ing
48:01 Holis­tic Heal­ing Approach­es in Ther­a­py

Guest Bio

Our guest, Alex Solomon, expert­ly weaves the ancient art of shaman­ism with the clin­i­cal rig­or of social work, offer­ing a unique approach to heal­ing and per­son­al growth. From ear­ly child­hood con­ver­sa­tions with spir­its to for­mal train­ing with the Foun­da­tion for Shaman­ic Stud­ies, they have deep­ened their spir­i­tu­al prac­tice while ground­ing it in clin­i­cal social work. Their com­pre­hen­sive train­ing includes var­i­ous shaman­ic tra­di­tions and exchanges with glob­al shamans, enriched by inte­grat­ing their cul­tur­al her­itage. This blend of spir­i­tu­al and clin­i­cal exper­tise enables them to guide oth­ers on trans­for­ma­tive jour­neys, fos­ter­ing heal­ing and har­mo­ny by con­nect­ing with the unseen world.

Links to addi­tion­al resources

Wak­ing the Tiger: Heal­ing Trau­ma. View here

Trau­ma: The Art of Soul Repair with Time­less Shaman­ic Tra­di­tions. View post here.
From Pix­els to Peace: Har­ness­ing Tetris for Trau­ma Recov­ery. View here
Arti­cle: Tetris used to pre­vent post-trau­mat­ic stress symp­toms. View here.

Foun­da­tion for Shaman­ic Stud­ies: Link to Foun­da­tion
“The Way of the Shaman” book by Michael Harn­er

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Cred­its

Intro: Remem­ber Back When — Josef Falken­skold, www.epidemicsound.com
Out­ro: Yel­low taxi-Del­i­cate Beats, www.premiumbeat.com

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