Healing Through Shamanism &
Working with a woman who complains
about pain in both her knees, she tells me of her medical
history concerning arthritis. "Generally, I say,
"anything that ends in 'itis' reflects anger. The
knees deal with a personal conflict between flexibility
and stubbornness. You may be angry about having to choose
between the two. I started picking up impressions. "I
see your mother and father. She blatantly digs in her
heels and expresses her wishes. He prides himself on
being flexible, but in reality he just goes ahead and
stubbornly does what he wants most of the time."
I turn on the drumming tape to put
both of us in trance and to keep us focused until the
work is done. Laying my hands on her knees, I call on
Spirit to help with the healing, to direct my hands,
my words. "They're fighting each other. You put
yourself in the middle of their argument, trying to
appease both, not knowing which one to believe."
The anger builds. "I feel heat
within both kneecaps. I hear a grinding noise. It's
your parents, grinding their teeth, digging in their
heels, not budging an inch. The knees are stiffening,
the heat builds. There are little teeth on the bottom
of each knee cap, wearing down the cushioning behind.
Angry little teeth, grinding their way in. It's the
anger. It's the biting nature of your lessons. Mom is
angry and shows it. Dad pretends to be patient and flexible,
but seethes underneath the surface. They tell you different
things. She tells the hurtful truth. He speaks a pleasant
I feel the thrumming of the drums
under my hands. The body is getting ready to release.
My hands are guided to different points on her legs,
drawing the energy to her knees. Localizing the dis-ease,
the pressure builds. "See yourself in the middle,
trying your best to keep the two of them apart, trying
to keep them from fighting, yet trying to bring them
together in love...apart, together, apart, together."
She starts to cry - lightly at first, but then with
great wrenching sobs. "Go ahead, let it out. Release
the sadness of being in the middle of that mess...
..."Take a deep breath. Hold
it in. Stiffen your knees as the tension builds."
I cup my hands around her knees, pressing down, building
the tension. "Now let's go in there and cut off
those teeth. Let's file them down to harmless powder
able to be flushed from you system harmlessly. Let's
do it! Now let go of the breath and relax." Bending
down closer, I suck the debris, the miasma, out of her
body and blow it away to be transformed harmlessly in
"Now relax. You are in a bumper
car. Each knee cap is a bumper car with soft, flexible,
rubber padding on the bottom." I breathe life and
Light to the bumper cars, cementing them within her
body. "Moving effortlessly, rising and falling
easily, harmlessly, each bumper car has a wonderful
shock absorber beneath it. As you drive around, you
see your parents, each in their own bumper car. Now...get
them! Hit them hard!" She starts to laugh now.
"Good. Play with it. Express the anger harmlessly,
easily, even playfully. Get'em!
"You've got both parts of them
within you. And that's okay. Play with them. They can
disagree, yet interact. They can take shots at each
other, but no one gets hurt. Bump. Get bumped. Know
when you're being flexible. Know when you're being stubborn.
Be aware when and if a lie slips through. Live the truth.
Get'em! Get'em good!
"Breathe the Love and Light to
your knees. Forgive yourself for having the flexibility
and the stubbornness. Celebrate the awareness of your
diversity. Thank yourself for your certainty. Bounce
up and down in the bumper car. Love your knees. Your
path is your own! You have your own bumper car, shiny
and smooth and durable. Your parents each have their
Her knees are well on the way to being
healed. Of course, some additional work may be needed,
perhaps some body work, some poultices, dietary supplements,
maybe more energy work and imagery. But the healing
has started. The tension has been released. The door
is open, letting the Love and Light in. The energy is
freed up, allowing the body to heal itself.
Positive Thought To Manifest:
I express my certainty with love and joy.
Steven Rogat is a
metaphysical consultant, Spiritual & Shamanic Healer, Licensed Professional Counselor,
personal growth facilitator and author of Healing Thoughts, Therapeutic Shamanism:
A Bridge Between Metaphysics & Psychotherapy. Along with his wife Marcia, Steven co-ounded the Creative Thought Center (www.creativethought.org)
limiting thoughts and emotions are reflected
energetically in the body. Healing the stressors
compliments any and all methods of physical
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