What is a Medicine Woman
What is an Indo-European Shamanic Medicine Woman? As stated by mysticmix.com “The definition of a Medicine Woman is simple, yet complex. It is the path of ultimate accountability. Even though there are sacred tools and techniques that are passed down from generation to generation, the path of the Medicine Woman is more of a way of life. It is a way of interpreting, perceiving, experiencing and interacting with life intimately.
For example, it’s the wisdom of knowing that all things are in relation to each other. That all healing and connection comes from the heart – be it with another human, an animal, mineral, or Spirit.
A Medicine Woman knows that the Divine is in communication with us all of the time. The Divine communicates and assists us through channels, such as the words of a song, sacred books, friends or healers. Or communicates through the symbolic meaning of repeated images, dreams, animals or birds. The Medicine Woman sees the Divine as being in constant communion with all things – even during life’s darkest hours.”
Diana Beaulieu www.wakeupworld.com wrote about some of the roles of the Medicine Woman.
1) The “Seer”, or Intuitive / Empath
The Seer is she who sees through the dimensions and across time and space. The ability to be a Seer underlies many other Medicine Woman capacities, particularly that of the Oracle and the Shaman. Her expanded capacity for vision allows her to penetrate the multidimensional fabric of existence. She sees the expanded energy field and multidimensional reality of life. Her hyper-sensitive system senses the emotions and energetic states of those around her. She may choose to work as a healer on a subtle energetic level or communicate to help others see the greater patterns and energies operating in their lives.
2) The “Oracle” or Truth Teller / Sacred Clown
The Oracle is she who sees and tells the truth from a high, multidimensional viewpoint. She serves as a guide for others in their quest for soul truth and aligned action. The Oracle in ancient times held a powerful place in society as the guide and moral compass to Kings and rulers — just as the Fool or Sacred Clown was often the only member of the King’s court who had permission to tell unflattering truths. Her ability as a Seer is combined with a powerful voice that speaks fearlessly of the dark side of life as well as the light — and she aims to correct imbalance and injustice in the world by challenging whatever behavior strays from pure and aligned intention.
3) The “Shaman” or Shadow Worker / Soul Healer
Holding the gifts of the Seer, but with the assistance of her inner knowledge or her spirit animal and plant guides, she traverses the veil between the seen and unseen dimensions. She uncovers soul secrets and reveals the mystery, wounds, and shadows of her patients to heal trauma and restore lost power. She has lived and understands the powerful archetypal journeys through life and death that must be made in order for us grow and heal. She may work through and with the physical body, emotions and subtle energies in order to foster complete healing. Her healing work is grounded and real and leads to powerful transformation.
4) The “Priestess” or Circle Holder / Ritualist
The Priestess is a holder of ritual and ceremonial space. She is deeply connected to her Womb and sexual power. She assists men and women in embodying divine love. She holds the ceremonial space for women to come together in circle to heal and grow. She builds community and cohesion in her community. She reminds each of us of our power and spiritual connection and may teach this through art, dance, ritual and song. She holds the archetypal keys of divine feminine and helps others to embody their own sacred feminine power and authority.
5) The “Nature Witch” or Plant / Earth Medicine Holder
The Nature Witch connects intuitively and through her ancestral knowledge to the healing power of plants, medicinal herbs, plant essences, crystals and other elements of nature. Her work is to bring balance and health back to the human body and spirit through the deep healing of Mother Earth’s energies. She holds fine and intricate knowledge that she applies precisely in the healing of specific ailments and diseases as well as psychological and energetic imbalances. She may act as an herbalist and midwife among other roles.
Elwin Herman is a priestess, mother, wife, teacher, writer, workshop facilitator, intuitive, ritualist, healer, and medicine woman. As a natural born psychic medium and a walker between the worlds she has followed the path of indo- European spirituality for 45 years and the originator of the Core Magick tradition. She is a formally trained and initiated High Priestess, Shaman, Seidkona and Medicine Woman. She is the Founder and High Priestess of Seekers of the Stones and Founder and Elder of Sacred Spiral Sanctuary, a community gathering space. I am a professor and founder of The School of Core Spirituality, a school that assists you in your evolutionary shift of consciousness in Quantum Core Studies, and the originator of Wholistic Energetic Healing. As an avid learner, Elwin has continued to study all forms of religion and spirituality, as she feels that each opportunity to learn adds to one’s tapestry of knowledge. She has a Ph.D. in Metaphysics and Quantum Physics, Masters in Transformational therapy, from The Center of Light, in Portland, Oregon. She is a Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner, AAMA. Elwin has been honored to work in the Alternative Medicine field for thirty four years and has dedicated her life to the promotion of natural health, the prevention of disease, and to bringing a greater depth and understanding to Alternative Medicine. Elwin is a Holistic Life Coach and is certified in 26 different healing modalities and the founder of Wholistic Energetic Healing.
She is Texan born, and Pacific Northwest planted. Elwin has been a champion for rescue animals for 25 years and has worked with numerous shelters. If you should drop by for a visit, you might find her working in the garden, creating art in her studio, canning in the kitchen, or walking her Spiral. Her core purpose in this lifetime is planting the seed of unconditional love in everyone she meets.