OH my goodness, YES!

And Shamans 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! Not that I would do that but you get the idea of a symbol here.

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. I do create talismans for clients who want this kind of physical connection to the healing they need. It does help them very much!

I think Reiki healing would be more widespread and spoke of in a higher manner if we gave people some symbol of Reiki when offering a healing. It could be anything, a stick of Reiki gum to chew! LOL! I'm kidding.

But 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. Tools are wonderful things!

Author's Bio: 

Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls is one of America's most loved traditional indigenous elder teachers of Shamanism for today's modern society. She is the creator and instructor of the course Come Walk With A Shaman at www.shamanelder.com. Visit her website full of free articles and helpful information to live the life you want to live now!
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