What is a Power Song and Where do I Get one?


By Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls*

Power Songs are oral prayers expressing your true self, your nature, your individuality, your power. All cultures have power songs but you can have your own power song too. We think of the power in a hymn or an African chant, a Shamanic ceremony song or even in the howling of wolf. And there is definite power in sound.

All Shamans have several power songs because the vibration of the notes in the voice and in the fourth chakra of the throat stimulate sympathetic vibrations in the universe to respond. Everything is connected. What you put out comes back to you. When a butterfly flutters his wings in Cost Rica the winds of Africa are stirred. And when a sound is offered, the universe responds.

Power songs are used in preparation for journeying, healing, offering Reiki, praying, grounding, for protection, for celebration, for solace, anytime you want to connect with the universe in this very special way.

To demonstrate the power of voice and musical notes I would like to you try this exercise.

The fourth chakra is the note FA as in Do Re Me FA. Find a piano and discover the sound of this note if possible. Or find your own closest approximation to it. It is important to find the sound of FA.

The fourth note or sound of FA is also the note of manifestation or creation upon this planet. So if we want to manifest healing, for example, we can send our intention out upon the note FA into the universe and healing will resonate with our voice of FA and become manifest where we are intending. It really is that simple. Don’t try to complicate it like so many others have. This little simple secret is one that some people have paid thousands of dollars for. Some people have made millions creating musical tapes based on the sound of Fa, subliminal, holosync tapes that offer healing are based on the sound FA. But now you know how to do it yourself.

The visual symbol for the universe made manifest is the square. This symbolizes the power of thought and vibration becoming solid and material in this apparent world. So let’s combine the sound of Fa with the visualization of a square.

Get yourself someplace comfortable where you will not be disturbed for a while. Close your eyes and visualize a square. Intone the sound FA and watch the square and see what image appears there.

You can also do this backwards by visualizing the person you want to heal in the square and intoning the sound of FA. Or anything that you would like to manifest for the good of yourself and the world.

Shamans use this technique all the time. The last ingredient the Shaman uses here is desire or strong will. He or she really wants this healing to happen, they can really feel the wish, they put all their emotional energy into the intent.

I often get to dancing and rattling while I intone my power song and bring my whole body into the act of intending a healing for someone. The more feeling you put into it, the stronger the vibration.

Have you ever listened to a Native American song? There is usually one major tone for the song, isn’t there! Now you know why!

As a final thought, each note in the scale represents a unique vibratory pattern in the universe. You could do a study to find those out if you would like to know more about sound.

So you see the need for your own power song. Create one this week. it is usually just a line or two repeated over and over. You can use words or vowels or an imaginary language. As long as you create it with FA as your base and emotion and intent, it will be perfect. Power songs are usually kept private and seldom sung in public. The only time they are sung in public is when a group of Shamans have gathered to do a combined healing. It is your prayer to the universe.

*About the Author:

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls has been a practicing Shaman for over 50 years. She recently received a dispensation to reach out to those who have a desire to learn about a Shaman’s path and now offers an online course at www.shamanelder.com. Many people on this earth have been Shamans in other lives and only need to reconnect with their lost knowledge and skills to bring shamanic healing back to Mother Earth and its peoples. This is Shaman Elder’s goal. Please visit her website at www.shamanelder.com or write her an email for a free consultation at [email protected]

What Can Shamanism Do For Me?


by Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls

This is probably the most common question I hear today. And you know why so many people ask it? Because we are brought up in a society that does not have Shamanism. Worse than that we are brought up without community.

In the old days you were raised with a strong community around you. We lived together, played together, grew up together and sometimes even died together. We had elders and doctors and teachers and medical advisors right within this strong close knit community. Think of the klingit tribes of Indians who live in Alaska. Although they may seem isolated from the outside, they are completely self contained with a very strong sense of communal identity.

But today, we are lucky to have a strong family or church community and in many ways we are less fortunate than long ago.

In the old days, the elders would watch the children and find what each child was strong in and had a knack for. Then that gift or gifts were encouraged and the child grew into whatever came naturally to him or her. If a child seemed good with numbers, that talent was grown and the child might become the treasurer for the community. If the child was given to visions he or she may be groomed to be the community’s visionary. If the child could speak to the animals, perhaps the child would become the communicator to the spirit world. Each child would have one or more gifts he or she was born with. It was the community, the elders, the teachers, and the parents who realized the blessings and were happy to help the child be what he or she was meant to be in life.

Today we have no such possibility for ourselves or for our children. For the most part, we are raised to fit into a box; to learn what everyone else learns and to ignore or abandon anything that does not fit into society’s box. If our parents see us talking to the birds we are taken to a psychologist and told not to do that. In fact there is very little encouragement to develop the gifts and talents that we were born into. And so our society is losing out on the largest talent bank ever assembled on this planet today.

I see the problem. I see that Shamanism could disappear from the face of the earth because children of today are not allowed to study it and to grow their own special gifts of healing for themselves and for society. It doesn’t have to be this way. So I offer you the choice. It is not too late to look inside and find those special gifts you were born with. You may have pushed them down and buried them deep inside because your parents, your family, your society said they were wrong or worthless or should not be used. But they are still within you.

What are these gifts?

Healing the spirit is the primary function of a Shaman.

This includes




Herbal healing

Hands on healing


Dream Work

Soul Leading

Soul extraction involves the Shaman extracting psychic darts or chords that have intruded upon the soul or etheric body of the patient. This is sometimes an attack from someone who has attempted to harm, maim, or kill the patient. The classic dart attack will often manifest as pains where no wounds exist. This involves, according to Michael Harner, author of The Way of the Shaman, a literal “sucking out” of the intrusion. This sucking out of the intrusions is done both psychically and mentally. There are other methods of soul extraction as well.

Soul-retrieval is the process by which the Shaman retrieves pieces of the person lost soul. This is often accomplished by journeying to the spirit world and requesting assistance from the spirits, ancestors, and guides that dwell in Other Realities or Worlds. These beings assist the Shaman in discovering what is wrong with the person and often help the Shaman fight a battle with the being now possessing those parts to win them back and bring them to the patient. Some of the classic symptoms of a person in need of soul retrieval would perhaps include those suffering from a mental illness; those abused as children, or those who sense that something is missing in their lives.

This is a dangerous act and often the Shaman if he or she is not trained well enough can fall into physical or mental traps laid by the possessing entities that may cause illness or psychosis for the Shaman.

Soul restoration is the literally restoring of one’s soul. This occurs when a person is near death and his/her soul seeks to move on. This “death” could be the result of a psychic attack or an accident from which the body has recovered physically, but not spiritually. Again the Shaman will journey to the place where the patient has lost his or her soul and barter for that soul to bring it back and restore it to the patient. It takes much strength and power by the Shaman to deal with these otherworld entities and the Shaman must know how and where to wield that power for the good of all. Shamans are not in the business of destruction but rather healing. I cannot emphasize the role of personal power and education for the Shaman enough.

Hands-on healing or bodywork is most certainly a part of what a Shaman does. This technique is still widely used today by Reiki masters, massage therapists, chiropractors and Shamans. Shamanistic hands-on healing involves the energy or spirit of the Shaman working with the energy or spirit of the patient.

Divination is the means by which a Shaman can foretell the future, describe the illnesses of people and find their cure. Divination shows the path to the Shaman; which direction the patient should walk to receive healing. This is accomplished in varying ways and the method used often depends on the teaching the Shaman received from his particular tribe or elder. The most common shamanic method is journeying to the Otherworld and requesting information from elders, guides and spirits who live there. It is been said that Genghis Khan used his shamans that way. There are many other beings who are greatly involved in your life and wish to see you whole and happy. A Shaman has intimate relationship with these wise ones and uses this gift on the patient’s behalf.

Herbal healing gives credence to the true belief that the Shaman is a medicine man or witch doctor. Herbal healing began with the beginning of the earth. Many of the hunting and gathering tribes had the ability to heal with plants indigenous to their area. Today this knowledge is fast disappearing and Shamans everywhere try to support the preservation of indigenous plantlife and the lore surrounding them. Many Shamans spend their entire careers discovering and recording these plants for the future of us all.

Herbalism is used in conjunction with spirit healing to facilitate recovery. All Shamans are herbalists.

Dreamwork or dream interpretation is another Shamanic tool to assist with healing. Shamans will listen to the dreamer’s dream, sometimes for several days, until they fully connect with it. Then they will dream the dream themselves and resolve the conflict to the highest good of the dreamer. This again is a difficult task and requires rigorous training by the Shaman in his or her apprenticeship to accomplish.

Soul leading is another important function of a Shaman. This is the process in which the Shaman will escort the newly dead to their place in the Otherworld. This is done because the Shaman who is familiar and a frequent visitor to the Otherworld will be able to find the “soul” its proper place.

Not all Shamans are all of the above but a good Shaman is all this and more. What a Shaman is according to Eliade is a “Master of the Ecstatic.” This is true for it is in the mastery of the ecstatic that the Shaman garners his or her power.

Each of us has one or more of these gifts buried somewhere inside our spirits. It is your gift, your right, actually your calling to find the gift, study the gift, gain power over the gift or gifts and use the gift to heal yourself and others. Can you imagine how beautiful this world would be if each of us took responsibility for the gifts we were given? Who would be left sick? r poor?


And so I offer the course called Shaman Apprenticeship 101 to help you unlock that gift and re-member your skills and your power to make your life everything it is meant to be!

Bring back the harmony in your life

Feel connected to your spirit

Come Home!

Allow yourself to be who you truly are!

Find your personal power.

Take charge of your situation

Find your sense of purpose in this world

Give that gift that is uniquely yours to give.

Free consultation write [email protected]

You can find out more about this course by going to www.shamanelder.com

Copyright © 2005, With Permission Only


Vision quests


This is a ritual common among tribes throughout North America, except for those within the southwestern part of the United States, for acquiring a guardian spirit or seeking supernatural guidance. The ritual is most important to people east of the Rocky Mountains and in some parts of the western United States. A vision quest provides the average individual, not just a medicine man, with access to spiritual realms for help.

Usually, sweat-bath purification rites precede the vision quest, or “crying for a vision,” as it is occasionally called. The individual goes alone into the wilderness to a sacred place where he fasts, thirsts, smokes tobacco, prays, and meditates for a vision. This vigil can continue for several days and nights. Some Plains tribes practice self-mortification or mutilation, such as cutting off a finger joint. Some tribes use hallucinogenics; small groups in southern California consume a jimson weed drink, and medicine societies along the Missouri River use mescal.

In a true vision quest, the seeker goes into a trance or experiences a vivid dream in which his guardian spirit manifests, or he receives his sought-after advice from the spirit of the Great Spirit.

Vision quests are mostly undertaken by males usually when entering puberty, but sometimes in childhood. They exert a powerful force in the maturation process, providing a focus and sense of purpose, personal strength, and power.

When seeking a guardian spirit, the individual usually asks to be given certain powers, such as for hunting or healing, or luck in warfare, love, gambling, and so on. The guardian spirit usually appears in animal form, but may change to human form. In bestowing powers, it also may prescribe food taboos; teach a song, which is used to reconnect the individual with the spirit at any given time; and given instructions for ornamentation and for the assembly of medicine bundles. All instructions must be followed lest the person will lose the spirit. Ideally, the spirit will leave behind a physical token of the vision, such as a feather or claw. If the spirit that appears is undesirable, its powers are refused, and at a later time another vision quest is attempted.

There are other reasons for which vision quests are undertaken such as in times of war, disease, death, and childbirth (the latter to seek instructions for naming the child). Most Native Americans believe that the vision seeker should abstain from sex for a period prior to his quest. Vision quests are important in the practice of Shamanism. Some tribes, such as the Algonkians and Salish, have vision quest rites for girls, but these quests are not performed after puberty. The Plains warriors traditionally undertook numerous vision quests, and thus acquire many guardian spirits, each having a different function.

Most vision quests are solitary undertakings, but some are done on a collective basis, such as the Sun Dance ceremony. A.G.H.

Sourcs: 29, 634-635.

Soul Retrieval


By Shaman Elder Maggie*

Soul Retrieval is a question that always comes up when discussing Shamanism. It is the one form of healing that most people consider unique to Shamanism. It is also dangerous and not for everybody.

Soul retrieval is a Shamanic skill used to heal a person from illness. Shamans believe that all illness comes from losing power or giving power away to something or someone. It may be spirits from the Inner World that you have traded your soul power with to get fame or fortune or love. It may be a living being who has an energetic cord attached to you and is sucking part of your soul away. It can be a generational soul loss that happened many years ago with your grandfather or great grandmother that you are not even aware of that has taken away part of your family soul. Soul loss can also be caused by a traumatic experience, a car accident, a sudden death in the family, a violent crime, a chronic illness. These things can cause a loss of vital power or energy and that power and energy, a part of one’s wholeness, must be restored to bring health and healing of body mind and spirit back to the patient.

The Shaman does not use his or her own power to retrieve the lost portion of soul. If he or she did, soon the Shaman would be suffering his or her own power depletion. The Shaman uses the spirit animal or ally to travel to the appropriate Inner Worlds and barter, negotiate, deal with the possessing entities to retrieve the soul. The Shaman will travel deep into the inner worlds with the intention of retrieving that soul portion that is missing. Usually the spirit animal or ally knows right where it is and who is holding it.

One may expect to meet some gruesome characters there who are not willing to give up the soul portion because it provides them with life essence, with grace, with gong, the one thing humans can amass and take with them from lifetime to life time. These entities cannot become human, but oh, how they want to! They will do almost anything to get a human to give up part of their soul. They offer humans, riches, and love and business success, material wealth and fame for a soul. They do not have the morals of human beings so they do not have the same views on lying, cheating or stealing as a human may.

It is very difficult to remain in this negotiation with full intent as other beings are trying to confuse the Shaman and take his attention away so the soul possessing entities can run away. The Shaman must rely on the help of his or her spirit animal or ally to keep these other entities from attacking the Shaman’s own soul. It is not very often that someone with a strong soul force like a Shaman goes into these Inner Worlds so Shamans are like neon signs and all the non human entities would like to get that soul force for their own use. Sometimes Shamans lose their places here and they get lost and never return.

I can describe one soul retrieval I did on a woman of middle age who was suffering from heart palpitations. I prepared myself with a three day fast and then had the woman I will name Mary come to visit me at my cabin. I asked her to lie down by the fire and to relax and try to keep her mind at ease. My friend Lucy began to rattle for me and I let myself go to the entrance of the Inner Worlds and I met my Spirit animal there for this journey. I held the tail of my wolf as he pulled me down, down into the Under World. We came out in a dark and damp place that reminded me of an outdoor basement. There were dark brambly vines grwoing everywhere and a swampy ground with the sun obscured by tall grey foliage everywhere. There were creatures scurrying on the ground, hiding under the rocks and slithering into the swampy ground.

My spirit animal knew exactly where to take me and we approached a small house made of mud and slime without windows. As I approached the doorway I heard screams and whistles coming from inside. The closer I got the more horrendous were the noises. I kept my resolve to retrieve this woman’s soul part that had been taken by whatever was inside this hut and continued forward.

I looked inside the door and I could barely make out in the dark two short naked humanoids without any hair or clothes holding a piece of Mary’s heart and admiring it while they screamed and shrieked with delight. They didn’t see me at first and I watched them petting it and stroking the piece of heart as though it were a kitten. I brought my torch up and threw a great beam of light into their light and they shrieked with horror. They tried to run away but I blocked the door with my great size and my giant cape.

I let them speak first. They asked me what I wanted with a fearful shudder in their voices and I told them that they must relinquish the piece of heart they were holding to me. They cried, “Never!” and again tried to run by my legs out into the cold damp evening. I blocked their escape again. I asked, “What would you take to relinquish the heart?” and they answered, “Never!”

They began to pelt me with little stones from the floor of their hut. But the stones were very small and they didn’t have many so I ignored it and again I spoke in a loud voice, “You must relinquish the heart!”. They again replied, “Never!”

I brought my torch even further into the hut as the bright light seemed to hurt their eyes and they were turning away from me to protect themselves from the flame. “How did you get this heart?” I demanded.

“She gave it to us! She said we could have it because it was broken anyway! But it is not broken! Look how it beats! We like how it beats!”

I reached into my cape and pulled out a clock. I wound it up and showed them how it beats. They came closer to have a look at it. I noticed that many creatures were being attracted to me in this place from outside and it was getting more and more dangerous for me to be here. I had to end this thing quickly before I was attacked by other beings who were attracted to my own heart here.

I made the one holding the heart reach out for the clock with both hands. As he loosened his grip on the heart, my wolf ran behind him and grabbed the heart in his mouth. At the same time I threw the clock into the far corner of the room. As the entities scrambled to catch the clock I grabbed the tail of my wolf and we flew out of there and up into the night sky. We reached the opening we came in from and whisked our way back to the Outer world. The wolf gently placed the piece of heart into my hands from his mouth and I thanked him once again for his protection and help.

As I saw Mary lying on the floor by the fire I placed the piece of heart in my mouth and placed my mouth over hers and blew with one great breath, that piece of heart back into Mary. She was startled and took a great breath inward and seemed to then catch her breath as she started to sit up. I helped her to sit up and gave her some water to drink and asked her how she felt.

Mary said she had a fullness in her chest now. I remembered that the entities had told me that Mary had given them the piece of heart because it was broken and so Mary and I talked for quite a while about what caused her to give this piece of her heart away. She told me how many years ago she had loved a man so much and she gave her heart to him. But they were never able to have a relationship or marry because he died in a plane crash. She went on with her life and finally did marry and have children but after 20 years, that marriage came to an end. It was then that we realized how much she missed her true love and how her heart was really broken over that first love. She had asked for someone to take her broken heart and let her forget about how much she missed her true love. It did help her not to feel so sharply the pains of that loss. But ever since then she had been having palpitations. She forgot about the real reason and went to the doctor for the symptoms. After many grueling tests for cardiac arrythmias, the doctor could still find no explanation and that is when she came to see me.

To this day, Mary is symptom free.

I want to put a disclaimer here because medical science disapproves of this kind of healing. So let me say that soul retrieval is in no way a curative, a medical process, a healing of anything and if you have any medical condition I reccomend that you consult with a qualified doctor. I am not a doctor of any kind. The work I do is spiritual in nature and not in any way related to the medical profession.

*About the Author:

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls has been a practicing Shaman for over 50 years. She recently received a dispensation to reach out to those who have a desire to learn about a Shaman’s path and now offers an online course at www.shamanelder.com. Many people on this earth have been Shamans in other lives and only need to reconnect with their lost knowledge and skills to bring shamanic healing back to Mother Earth and its peoples. This is Shaman Elder’s goal. Please visit her website at www.shamanelder.com or write her an email for a free consultation at [email protected]

Journey of the Soul


Journey of the soul in Shamanism is undertaken by a shaman, medicine man or healer, to recover or heal the soul of an ill person in the community. The ill person is usually inflicted with disease or some psychological disorder. In a trance produced naturally of by use of psychedelic sacramental plants the shaman travels to the land of the dead or communes with the gods to find a cure for the person. A.G.H


Drury, Nevil. The Watkins Dictionary of Magic. London. Watkins Publishing. 2005. p. 152

Experience Is The Best Teacher


By Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls*

We gather tools as we walk the road of life. So many we just put away and let dust gather on them as though they are bits of intellectual knowledge that have no bearing on our reality here and now. But the Shaman (see Shamanism) recognizes that every piece of knowledge, even every experience has a direct bearing on the path she walks today. My tools are out and polished, taken good care of, ready for use at any moment.

When the hunter sits in his tree watching for a big deer to walk by as food for his tribe, he doesn’t sit there with just a knife. He has his bow and arrows ready and his knife too for the work of preparing the meat. He has a rope to bring the deer back to the tribe and water ready for his thirst. He knows his tools and has them ready. He incorporates rope, iron, water, wood in his walk, and into his life. He knows his tools and keeps them sharp and in good working order.

Speaking of experiences being available to help you today, I just had an IM from a student asking me to explain “speaking in tongues” as taught to her by the Pentacostals. If I had not experienced this myself I would not have had the tool to be able to teach her. But I realize the tools I have gathered, the experiences I have had all help to make me what I am today. I throw nothing away that is of value, and I throw everything away that is not of value. Keeping a clean closet, having my medicine bag with me, I am ready to learn and to teach. I have room for more and new experiences and tools and my eyes are open to see these.

Another example, I have been reading about the healing properties of different kinds of cactus. Today as I was walking my dog I walked by a beautiful paddle cactus that had buds and was about to bloom. I blessed this experience and thanked Spirit for showing me this beautiful plant and its healing. Then I walked about four steps and saw at my feet a piece of this cactus plant lying in the road. It has a little bud as well. So again I thanked Spirit for this gift, found a cup, got some soil from the ground and planted the little paddle in the cup and brought it
home to be with me here. Is there a meaning to this? You bet! There is meaning o everything that happens to us. Each experience has a meaning. And I go on about experience here because so many of my students are into the knowledge, looking for knowledge, reading, studying, searching the web for answers when the answers for the Shaman are in the experience. I think you are beginning to understand this and I hope you will continue to learn from your dreams, from your daily life. Be the hunter and be aware. Ask Spirit what is the meaning, accept the
gifts you are shown and don’t just throw them in a closet to catch dust but learn to work with them to find the meanings and the lessons they contain for you!

*About the Author:

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls has been a practicing Shaman for over 50 years. She recently received a dispensation to reach out to those who have a desire to learn about a Shaman’s path and now offers an online course at www.shamanelder.com. Many people on this earth have been Shamans in other lives and only need to reconnect with their lost knowledge and skills to bring shamanic healing back to Mother Earth and its peoples. This is Shaman Elder’s goal. Please visit her website at www.shamanelder.com or write her an email for a free consultation at [email protected]

Do People need symbols to feel healed?


By Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls*

One of my students sent this very good question and I think the answer is worth sharing.

Oh my goodness, YES!

And Shamans (see Shamanism) know this very well. For me to do a soul extraction from here and tell you in an email that it has been done does not compare to me coming to your house, having you lie down on a table and pulling hidden chicken guts out of my sleeve and telling you that I removed this sickness from your body!

Shamans count on symbolism to send home the healing! In third world countries where people cannot read and write, they need something to hold onto in order to believe. They need to drink the blood of a chicken or be washed in the sacred river or given an amulet or voodoo doll. Why right in our grocery stores you can buy a candle to the saint of your choice for a favor.

It is human nature to want a symbol, especially to show that something tangible has occurred for sure that they can see and hold. We tend to believe with our eyes and not with our hearts and souls. We can be healed through prayer but not accept that healing until the priest comes to our hospital bed and puts oil on our foreheads.

Oh that people would not need this kind of “seeing is believing”! But I don’t think we will ever reach that place. So the Shaman understands this and is willing to give symbols if that is necessary to effect a healing. What kind of symbols? Perhaps a leaf of a healing plant, or a stone or amulet, perhaps a picture of a saint or ascended master. Perhaps a feather or something more profound like painting the patients body or washing his face or tying a bandage around his leg. The symbol can be anything that reaffirms the healing for the patient. If you know your patient, you know what symbol to give.

As long as people only believe what they see, the Shaman will use symbols to allow the person to see their healing and have something to show that it has occurred. And the Shaman will charge money for that healing because that is another seeing is believing symbol. The money traded value for the healing. Now the healing has value because the client traded something of value for it. Healings given for free are worthless to the healee. Again just human nature. Again I wish that this were not true. But in general, one way to get the client to believe in the healing is to give value by charging for it in money, or barter. All Shamans know this and do this.

We have to work within the common reality in which we live. And in the common reality is the belief in symbols as a powerful means of healing, understanding, growth, exploring mysteries, badges of accomplishment, badges of authority and other things. So we use the tools at hand to do the work we need to do. Don’t be obsessed with it but count it as a tool in your medicine bag.

*About the Author:

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls has been a practicing Shaman for over 50 years. She recently received a dispensation to reach out to those who have a desire to learn about a Shaman’s path and now offers an online course at www.shamanelder.com. Many people on this earth have been Shamans in other lives and only need to reconnect with their lost knowledge and skills to bring shamanic healing back to Mother Earth and its peoples. This is Shaman Elder’s goal. Please visit her website at www.shamanelder.com or write her an email for a free consultation at [email protected]
Copyright 2004 Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls. All Rights Reserved.

Spirit Guides and Totems


Spirit guides may or may not also be totem animals. I have a spirit guide who comes to me as a white pelican. I have an elephant who is strictly a totem and not a spirit guide. A spirit guide is a teacher with something to teach you. A totem animal is often a protector, a mate to travel the Inner Worlds with who knows its way around and can get you in, to your destination and out again safely. I can ride my elephant right into the Under World and he will stop at exactly the place I need to be to effect someone’s healing. When I have the healing I climb back on and he brings me right back. If anything untoward appears he can step on it with out effort and so he protects me completely. That is a totem animal.

Why an elephant? If you look up elephants you will see Elephant: Royalty, strength, ancient wisdom, patience, careful, confident, education. No wonder I have an elephant as a totem. He represents me. Notice too that he is not a Native American animal. That means something, too.

Your totems choose you as you are aware. You meet a totem animal, usually in the Inner Planes but sometimes it is an animal you have a special affinity for or have seen a lot lately. I prefer to meet them on the Inner Planes in meditation or such because sometimes those animals you see a lot of in this world are bringing you a message and are not totems for you. It is easy to confuse the two.

Your totem animal can change during your life. As you grow and change your totem animals may change as well. You may have several totem animals at once. But one is a life totem and represents your basic self or personality, your essence.

Spirit guides are teachers. They come to guide you in your education. They teach you things. They may have lived other lives. They may be “ascended” beings. They may be the wind or Father Sky or a guardian angel. They may be your higher self. They may be God. You decide. They can be animals or plants or trees or people. Here is another wisdom nugget, everything has three emanations or faces or appearances. We do and plants do and animals do and everything does.

When I go into the Inner Worlds for a healing for someone, I encounter some being there who is responsible for the sickness. The first face it shows me is really goofy, odd or weird and I know that is not what it really is. So I dismiss that face and ask to see its true face. The next face it shows if it is a not nice being is some ferocious, grizzly, nasty, scary being who tries to bite me or otherwise scare me. But I am not scared because I know that is not its true face. I may have to fend it off or punch it or step on it or catch it but I am not scared of it. I dismiss it and ask to see its true face for the third time. The third time I see what it really is and if it is a not nice being it usually looks weak and small and very lacking in every department. This is the being I negotiate with.

So I know that everything has three faces. Another example is when I sit with a rock and it turns into a lily and then it becomes a butterfly and flies away. When I sit with a river and it becomes a meadow and then it is a bear walking away.

So my totem is an elephant, a white elephant and it does not change its face around me. Why? Because it represents me! It is one of my own faces! How cool! A totem is one of your own many faces. That is why some people call them “familiars”.

Can we have more than three faces? Yup! Some people have hundreds of faces. But everything has at least three. And usually the three represent a plant, an animal and a sky creature.

Your spirit guides will help teach you intent, emotional control, knowledge and impeccability if you allow them. Remember it is always your free will to learn or not to learn. But don’t travel to the Inner Worlds if you have not mastered the skills necessary to be safe there and to do your work there. And never go there just out of curiosity. There are too many discarnate beings waiting for you to come there unaware so they can get what they can get from you. They can be tricky and sly and even devious. Even one bee is enough to stay away from. It doesn’t take a pack of grizzly bears to kill you.

By Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls

About the Author:

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls has been a practicing Shaman for over 50 years. She recently received a dispensation to reach out to those who have a desire to learn about a Shaman’s path and now offers an online course at www.shamanelder.com. Many people on this earth have been Shamans in other lives and only need to reconnect with their lost knowledge and skills to bring shamanic healing back to Mother Earth and its peoples. This is Shaman Elder’s goal. Please visit her website at www.shamanelder.com or write her an email for a free consultation at [email protected]

Copyright 2004 Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls. All Rights Reserved.

Shaman Knowledge


There are many things a Shaman (see Shamanism) comes to know over a lifetime of learning and practice. Many of these things are impossible to explain with language. The same can be said for certain tenets in Taoism, Buddhism and other religious philosophies — for example, faith.

As a Shaman studies, one meets with knowledge of good and evil gradually and can practice mastery in increments. For a Shaman to share all of his or her knowledge with you at once would fill your heart with such dread it could cause illness of body and mind because you are unpracticed and unprotected. However, everything a Shaman knows can be obtained through good practice and constant learning. I am always happy to share what I know and walk with you on your journey. There is certain knowledge I would share with everyone as we all need to protect ourselves.

Everything has spirit; every rock, tree, fish, animal, person, ocean, planet, has some kind of spirit. The spirit showing itself as a rock is not necessarily just a rock, however. Looks can be deceiving. But the quality or level of the spirit is evidenced in its physical form. For example, the spirit of a rock has a slow and low vibrational rate. It takes a long time to act but it has a long life span in this reality. A butterfly has a higher and faster vibration but a shorter life span than a rock. It makes one wonder whether we are all given the same amount of spiritual energy and our life spans vary only according to our vibratory rate.

There are also various forms of non-visible spirits. More than you can imagine. Shamans spend lifetimes learning to “see” and perform various tasks using these spiritual forms. Some of these forms are neutral and some are beneficent. Some of them are predatory. I want you to know about the predators as they affect your health and happiness.

The only spiritual form that can gain spiritual energy or grace “gong” is the human being. It is the only thing we can absolutely take with us when we cross over into another life. This has been a fact for ancient religions and philosophies for thousands of years. You can find this in Taoism, Buddhism, and even Catholicism. It is only through experiencing life as a human being that Spiritual energy can be obtained and one’s spiritual self can evolve. So there are many non-human entities that would do anything to have the life experience you are having here on earth. All they need is for you to invite them to come into you and they can then share your experiences and eat your “chi” or energy and perhaps get some of your spiritual power or “gong” so they can incarnate here themselves.

These entities also have limited powers and abilities as you do including the powers to attract and repel; the ability of precognition or foretelling the future; mindreading and limited healing abilities. The predatory entities offer to barter their abilities to you so you will invite them in. They also offer vainglories of wealth, business success, fame, all fleeting and limited to entice you to make a deal with them.

A man lost his wife of forty years to cancer and was very lonely. One day he sent up a wish for a new wife. He didn’t care what he had to do or how she would come about. He would do anything to have a new wife. The predator entities heard the invitation and a new wife did arrive. The Man had accepted the predator entities and felt as though he had a monkey on his back. He started going down to the local bar hoping to wash that feeling away. But the entities loved all this experience and the man became an alcoholic. Now, he didn’t know why he drank or that he intended it for himself. But unless he met someone who could remove the entities, he was stuck.

Most disease can be traced shamanically to spirit possession. Spirit possession is found in the book of knowledge of almost every religion in the world. For example, the Catholic Church and Lutheran Church offer Exorcisms. Soul retrieval is one Shamanic way to heal spirit possession. Soul Retrieval can be described as a Shaman going to these spirit entities and bartering, tricking, negotiating or forcing these spirit entities to leave the person afflicted. It is highly dangerous for the Shaman, as the entities do not wish to leave and can attack the Shaman causing mental or physical harm and more. It takes a strong Shaman who can protect himself or herself from harm and use his or her power to wield the shaman stick effectively.

But the knowledge is here for you to be aware of these entities.

Another knowledge is that there are 3 bodies to each person. You have your physical body, that self you have known and used all your life. ON the right of your physical body is your Master Self, which is your higher self, that part of you connected directly to the Universal Knowledge or God and whose little voice you can here giving you the best advice when you listen. And you have your second self on the left side of your physical body. Your second self is just like your physical body but not attached to your body. This is the body that Shamans use to travel to the Inner Worlds. It just obeys what you put out for it and can hear and sense in other dimensions. It is your shaman working body. It is the part of you that manifests your intentions.

Your emotions come from your physical body; your intentions come from your Master Self body (hopefully) and your second self goes out and accomplishes those intentions for you. Spiritual predators can attach to any of these 3 bodies so you must learn to guard each of them.

How Do You Protect Yourself?

One way to protect you in this reality are to not go anywhere near developing Shamanic skills. It does not actually protect you but at least it does not attract entities to you as greatly as if you do practice. Entities are most attracted to people with power. If you do choose to practice, learn all you can about the Inner Worlds. Always travel with your spirit animal who will guide you and defend you from entities. Your spirit animal walks with all 3 of your bodies and by being aware of its presence you will sense well being or fear even in your daily life and you should respond appropriately. Contact me to learn more about working with your totem or spirit animal.

But the best protection whether you practice Shamanism or not is knowledge. Knowledge plus intent plus emotional control equals the power of a shaman. (For sake of brevity, the reference to a shaman below is in the masculine form but implies no precludence of the female gender.)

A Shaman is a warrior, a hunter. He is on his highest alert, fully prepared, moving deliberately with his intention held firmly in place in the forefront of his mind. He is ready for anything, being emotionally centered although feeling the excitement of the hunt and the anticipation of the successful outcome. No one could sneak up on a good hunter. It is he who is doing the stalking. The hunter knows his skills, has practiced a long time, and knows where to look for the game he needs. A hunter has heightened his senses so he can smell the wind and see in low light. He knows a bear can attack him or wolf at anytime so he does his very best every minute. To do less may mean his death.

He knows there is no one there to help him and he knows that he himself can do it best anyway. He would not be a hunter if he wanted someone else to do it.

You too are a hunter here on this planet. You chose to come here, to have this experience so you could gather the one thing that you can take with you when you leave – spiritual energy. To be successful you must develop your skills impeccably.

You have all the abilities that you need to gather great spiritual power here. It is your task to gain the knowledge about your skills and how to use them. Skills given to you by other than your own means are just borrowed from entities who take more of you than they give to you and are not worth the cost.

A Shaman walks this dimension in pure peace and joy using his physical body to communicate and maintain a physical presence with emotional power using his Higher or Master Self as his sail and rudder. The constant small voice of the Master Self (intent) and his second body self used to work, to create and to destroy, to attract and to repel whatever he intends with its knowledge of the Inner Worlds.

I invite you to walk the way with me through the course I offer on Shamanism. Each of us must learn to use his 3 bodies, as they are the tools you brought here with you. I can light a torch along the path you have chosen and help to protect you by giving you the knowledge and the skills to protect yourself.

*About the Author:

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls has been a practicing Shaman for over 50 years. She recently received a dispensation to reach out to those who have a desire to learn about a Shaman’s path and now offers an online course at www.shamanelder.com. Many people on this earth have been Shamans in other lives and only need to reconnect with their lost knowledge and skills to bring shamanic healing back to Mother Earth and its peoples. This is Shaman Elder’s goal. Please visit her website at www.shamanelder.com or write her an email for a free consultation at [email protected]