"Healing is not acquiring something new- but it is to become conscious of the restriction and then reorganize ourselves."
- Jan Fries (Book: Helrunar)
I am Melissa, a Holistic Shamanic Alchemist.
Shamanism, to me, feels like the oldest practice of honoring spirituality and connection through ritual.
In my studies on this sacred path, I have found the depth and texture of my roots and the subsequent reachings of my branches, into deep medicine. The fruit that grows on these branches is the product of my medicine. It is as much the deep and sticky roots that simultaneously feed and pull nourishment from the depths as it is the life force coursing through the tree limbs and ultimately producing and offering forth fruits as luminous gifts. I humbly offer it to you, in service of the greatest good, and our most fertile growth.
It is my belief that through our living of life, our trials and tribulations, and our lessons -whether they are bestowed upon us or hard fought- we are provided with the experiential textures from which we learn about our unique medicine and gifts. Our medicine encompasses our ability to heal ourselves, our capacity for self compassion, our love and honoring of ourselves. Long before we can turn it outward, in service to others, we must reach some degree of mastery with gratitude for our many selves, magical and mundane, joyful and grieving, emotional and physical, mastery-level and still growing.
Teachers, Studies, Gratitude
I have deep gratitude for my teachers along this path. Some were soul companions that have since passed from this human realm, some less formal mentors honored along the way or in hindsight. My years of bodywork trainings, as well as practice, all grew this path within me. The energy healing skills of Reiki, Chakra Energy Healing, and Pranic Healing that I studied along the way all show up within my sessions. Three years of studying Traditional Chinese medicine and acupunture styles as well as Japanese style acupuncture at The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) all flow through my clinical voice... and then there have been the most recent years where I found myself learning from the most capable and knowledgable of shamanic and magical teachers. I have been fortunate enough to study "The Art and Practice of Shamanic Healing: A Three-Year Professional Training and Initiation" with Julie M. Kramer. I found myself drinking from the incredible fountain of knowledge that is Betsy Bergstrom, honing skills of Curse and Thought-Form Unraveling, Compassionate Depossession, working more extensively with Energy Hygiene, and awakening to the magic of seidr and the Nordic mysteries in "Völva, Vala, Norn". I stumbled upon and studied the wonders and practical skills of Trolldom, Swedish Folk Medicine and Nordic Spirituality with Johannes Gårdbäck.
Of course there are the countless books that I have walked and walked within, and the talented shamanic practitioners that I have worked with in infinite sessions, to heal and hone, to awaken and arrive. The guidance of my own healing allies is too, unquantifiable. These less formal teachers are significant nonetheless as I see the texture of their voices and wisdom woven into my path.
The intensive cauldron of these most recent and diverse learnings has formed who I am in this moment. I have emerged learned in shamanic practices, awakened to my lineages and my medicine, comfortable with my witchy abilities, excited about magical technologies and steeped in magic. The learning continues, of course as I am, beyond all, a mystic.