What is Shamanism?
Shamanism is an ancient body of spiritual wisdom that is tens of thousands of years old. It acknowledges that all that exists has consciousness and spirit as its source. Shamanism includes traditions that have arisen worldwide, encompassing many techniques, practices and knowledge that connect humans to all of creation.
In all shamanic cultures, the universe is known to be sentient. Everything is
alive, conscious and able to interact with every other animate being. The
shaman is one who develops a personal relationship with our animate universe.
This relationship is for the purpose of bringing balance and harmony, to all
worlds, through coming into right relationship and sacred communion with both
seen and unseen beings. A shaman always serves a community, and works on their
behalf, both individually and collectively.
Shamans work with a cosmology of three worlds: upper, middle and lower. These
worlds are inhabited by countless seen and unseen beings, who are all part of
the Great Web of Life. It is primarily through ceremony and sacred ritual,
addressing the Spirit Realm, that shamans facilitate our coming into right
relationship with Pachamama (Mother Earth) and all her inhabitants.
What is alchemy?
"A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting" American
Heritage Dictionary. Alchemy is seemingly magical because we do not normally
acknowledge its existence or mode of operation. Much shamanic work falls into
Shamanic Healing Practitioner
Hoaglund is a lifelong student of the Great Mystery, spiritual alchemy, the
natural world and shamanism. Her travels in search of self-healing and wisdom
have taken her to Israel, Turkey, India, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Mexico, all of Central America, England, Germany, Italy and Greece. This search evolved into a path of service and healing for all beings and our Earth. For the past 20 years Judy has been
working with those who come for healing and self discovery. In 2001, she began
an apprenticeship into the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, and Peruvian shamanism,
with don Oscar Miro-Quesada. Don Oscar is the visionary founder of the Heart of
the Healer Foundation (THOTH) and originator of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. Since 2009, Judy has been an initiated and endorsed THOTH teacher of The Pachakuti Mesa Tradition: Shamanic Arts for Personal and Planetary Transformation apprenticeship. She also teaches classes in basic shamanism, ceremony, healing, and mesawork. Judy uses intuitive guidance, Reiki and other bio-energetic healing techniques, in addition to shamanic tools. She
lives in the North Bay Area of California where she maintains a private healing
and ceremonial practice.