Certification Programs in
Crystal Healing & Shamanic Healing
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"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." - Lao Tzu
In traditional cultures, all forms of healing and spiritual practices are taught with time, dedication, and integration; training is in person, in extended apprenticeships with teachers. Jessica believes in adhering to respecting these practices and traditions.
She teaches all of her programs in person and hands on and in an apprenticeship format, one on one with students.
Jessica is a very compassionate and dedicated teacher, but also believes in adhering to standards and integrity in the work.
She strives to provide quality training with substance - so that students can be confident, comfortable, knowledgeable, and responsible in practicing healing work. All Crystal Healing Program and Shamanic Practitioner Program details are listed below.
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Crystal Healing Practitioner Certification Program
An Accredited Program by The World Metaphysical Association
Healing with Crystals from the Metaphysical and Animistic Perspective
Develop a deep and sacred relation with Crystal Energies and Crystal Spirits! This program encompasses various crystal healing methodologies, along with the Shamanic and Animistic aspects of crystal healing. Students learn teachings to develop a strong and deep relationship to the Spirits of the Stones for working with them for self healing, and healing for others, from a metaphysical and animistic approach.
Students will explore an in-depth geological and metaphysical introduction of crystals, various ways of cleansing, charging, and programming crystals, the power of working with various quartz crystal spirits, and how to connect with crystal spirits in various ways to discover their depths and healing, creating sacred grids and energy fields, and how to create crystal elixirs for various types of healing. Crystal healing ethics are also explored, in addition to creating sacred crystal healing tools, crystal healing energy remedies, and working with crystals to create and facilitate full body crystal healing formations for the self and others. A combination of teachings and extensive hands on experience is incorporated so students can develop a deep healing relationship with the Energies and Spirits of Crystals. Upon completion of the courses, students must also schedule practice sessions with Jessica as part of completing the program. Crystal Healing Practitioner Certification is issued upon completion of the program and practice sessions.
Pre-Requisite for the Stone Spirit Program: No prior crystal experience or pre-requisite is necessary to apply to this program. In the event individuals have taken any of the crystal workshops on the "Workshops" page, those workshops will be credited to attending this program.
Individuals who wish to apply to this program: must complete an application, and also must schedule an interview with Jessica.
Stone Spirit Program Registration: Training sessions are scheduled by private Appointment upon acceptance into the program. Contact Jessica for more information about the program, program fees, and the application process if you are interested in this training.
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Shamanic Spirit Program
2 Year Shamanic Apprenticeship &
Shamanic Practitioner Certification Program
A focus in Core Shamanism
with elements of North American & Siberian Spirit Medicine
The Reality of Shamanic Training & Shamanism
I think it is really important to highlight and discuss the reality of Shamanism and Shamanic Training. Because so often, it is not discussed. And that is why I have written and posted this here. There are many misconceptions, "spiritual selling" tactics, and mis-information out there on what Shamanic Training really involves. This is often due to ignorance, mis-information, some form of spiritual marketing, or other reasons. I believe in teaching and practicing the work for what it is; and I believe in being honest with clients and students about it. How can one understand what they are potentially working with, if they don't understand what is really involved? I hope some of these topics I have highlighted below - will be helpful, educational, and give the reader a realistic concept of Shamanism, and a clear understanding of what Shamanism and Shamanic Training - truly involves.
Is Shamanism your Pathway? Is Shamanic Training for you? I cannot answer that question for you - that is up to the Spirits. What I can give you - is some information on what this pathway and the training from a realistic, educated, and honest perspective. This information is not to derail or dissuade individuals from this pathway; rather, it is to educate realistically about this pathway. It is from a combination of my work in this field for many years professionally as both a Shamanic Practitioner and Shamanic Teacher; my many years of formal training and studies with reputable mentors, and also from living this pathway and direct experience in this work from multiple facets with the Spirits as well. The rest, is in the Hands of Spirit. ~ Jessica Hunter
Shamanism is a very sacred and serious spiritual pathway, and form of healing work. It is a pathway of Service and Sacrifice. It is a way of life, a way of practice and reverence, and sacred belief; and also includes reciprocity, respect, integrity, responsibility, humility, and accountability. It is a devotion and a dedication, that also has many sacrifices that come along the pathway. It is building, respecting, and maintaining right relations in all things - including developing strong relations with the Spirits. Which is time, work, dedication. This does not happen overnight, and it definitely does not happen in one class or a weekend workshop. For without the Spirits, there is no Shamanism. This is not always a “light and fluffy” spiritual pathway. That is not to say that Shamanism does not have it’s beauty and wonder – because it does also have that. But Shamanism can be very intensive, dives into the depths, and involves a lifetime of continual work, sacrifice, and service. It is a balance between the dark and the light, and incorporates all that comes with that. There are different forms of Shamanism out there; however, Shamanism falls under Animism. Shamanic cultures are also Animistic; however not all Animistic cultures are necessarily Shamanic. This is a whole other topic of discussion in itself. Many contemporary forms of this practice in Western / American culture is from the basis of the practices of Core Shamanism. However, other types of Shamanism are practiced as well. Also, another discussion.
Anyone can take Shamanic classes, workshops, or training programs – they are available out there for anyone who would like to learn about it, or deepen their own personal connection or personal spiritual practices with Shamanism. Anyone can learn how to Journey - that is a wonderful method out there available for anyone to learn, experience, and gain healing and access to the Spirit world and Helping Spirits. However.... taking any kind of Shamanic classes or training - or being able to Journey - is not an absolute guarantee that one will have the ability to facilitate Shamanic healing work, and it does not guarantee that they have been "called by the Spirits" either; for the training is just the training. The truth of the matter is, anyone can learn how to Journey if they want to. Being able to Journey alone does not make anyone a "Shaman" or Shamanic Practitioner.
It just means they can Journey.
The ability to be able to facilitate Shamanic healing work in itself, is a whole other component – and is the decision of the Spirits alone, and not by an individual’s own choice or decision. The ability to facilitate Shamanic work is also not guaranteed by just taking a Shamanic class or training program alone of any kind. There are many factors that go into this concept. When Spirits choose an individual for the work – that calling from them (the Spirits) is far, far from pleasant – and comes with repetitive and very cathartic “Shamanic Initiations.” These initiations are life altering, and can bring individuals to their knees – often coming with horrific trauma, near death experiences, and more of the like. The Spirits can make life unbearable, and put individuals through the ringer. These Shamanic Initiations come for the rest of one’s life from the Spirits on a continual and repetitive basis when they are chosen – and they are never predictable or announced, and there is no avoiding or running from them. The Shamanic pathway is a beautiful way of life - but it is by no means "an easy way of life" for those who are called by the Spirits. Most who have been called often feel like they are "cursed" rather than "blessed," and wish the Spirits never called them; and often, they don't want the calling. They don't get to live what most consider "normal" lives, and often feel like they are going crazy or insane, and experience constant challenges. If they try to reject their calling or reject the Spirits - they also pay a price. So they don't have any choice in the matter; it is part of their destiny, and this is where some of the sacrifices in this pathway come. Modern Shamanic Practitioners - the ones who have been truly called by the Spirits - will also say the same thing; the Shamanic Practitioners who are truly called do go through similar experiences as described above regarding the calling, and initiations from the Spirits - for the rest of their lives. Not always so much fun....Who would deliberately want or desire this?
It isn't about "wanting this," or "choosing to want this," in any way, shape or form. Being "Chosen by the Spirits" doesn't make anyone a "special snowflake" or "above" anyone else. If anything, it can make life much harder, and presents many challenges that are not always bearable or wanted. Those who are called have no choice but to deal with them (initiations). So when you witness a Shaman or a Shamanic Practitioner (who has been legitimately called) facilitate their work, please keep this in mind -
it may look beautiful, wonderful, and mystical and amazing - and may even appear to look "easy" or mechanical to do the work from watching from the outside. However, you do not know or have any idea what that Shaman or Shamanic Practitioner truly goes through on the inside and underneath the work, what their lives are really like, or the sacrifices and prices they pay to do their work to serve the Spirits and the community. That is not always apparent on the outside appearance. This needs to be remembered, realized, and respected.
Many Native people think people in our Western culture are insane for wanting or desiring the Shamanic calling in their lives....Native people are so are so accurate on this. Native and Indigenous People know and understand what comes with the Shamanic calling - and many people in our Western / American culture, do not know, or truly understand. For in many cases, our Western culture has "glamorized" this pathway, and has diluted it down to appear as something completely opposite of what it truly is, or involves. People in Western culture seem to "desire" this pathway - but do not realize, there is a huge difference between "desiring" something, and destiny. Just because one "desires" something, doesn't necessarily mean it is part of their destiny. Shamanism is one of those pathways where you need to be very careful about what you "desire" - on many levels. Because what you "desire" isn't necessarily what you may get, according to the Spirits.
When one gets the calling from the Spirits, taking training is still necessary – because attempting any type of Shamanic, Spiritual, Energy, or Psychic work without training is not only potentially dangerous, but very irresponsible.
The Shamanic path is not a free for all in any way. Tampering with any type of shamanic / spiritual / energy / or psychic work without professional shamanic training - can often do more harm than good, even if the untrained individual attempts with good intentions, or even if they have natural abilities.
In indigenous cultures, those called by the Spirits still train with their tribal Elders for many, many years. So just because an individual may be "called by the Spirits," or have natural abilities, does not mean they should bypass training of any kind. On the flip side of this, individuals also need to understand that if they have not been called by the Spirits, and want to invest in studying Shamanism or take any Shamanic training - they need to understand that taking any Shamanic Training alone does not guarantee that “they are chosen or called by the Spirits” either. That is up to the Spirits and no one else. This has been since the beginning of Shamanic practices in ancient times, and still is applicable to modern Shamanic practices. That aspect of Shamanism has remained constant and unchanged, for thousands of years. That is not to say that one cannot practice Shamanism as their personal spiritual beliefs and pathway - they can. However, one needs to understand the difference between practicing it as a spiritual pathway, and practicing it as a spiritual pathway with a true calling from the Spirits involved. Because there is a difference. If you look at a Native culture that practices Shamanism - everyone in that culture may be practicing Shamanism - but how many in the culture are actually chosen by the Spirits to do the work as the medicine man or woman? Maybe one or two within the culture.
"If the Spirits want you, there is nothing you can do,
and if the Spirits don't want you, there is likewise nothing you can do." ~ Nicholas Breeze Wood
Shamanic training is an extensive dedication – and usually over a period of many years with a mentor (or mentors) combined with the Spirits, and then continual training for the rest of one’s life. Shamanism and Shamanic Training – is not like going to college, completing the courses, and getting a degree – the Shamanic path is a whole other “Animal” in itself, and cannot really be compared to that format. It also cannot really be compared to any other form of spiritual or energetic healing work. Shamanism is in it's own category and realm. Shamanic training is also not "mechanical" in the techniques - meaning, that it isn't just about following steps and getting automatic results from just following "mechanical steps" or instructions. It involves work, dedication, and development of shamanic skills and relations with the Spirits - over a period of many, many years. Legitimate and reputable Contemporary Shamanic Practitioner programs - range anywhere from at least 2 to 4 years of training, depending on the type of Shamanism or Shamanic Healing being taught. And that is just for Shamanic Practitioner Training. Shamanic Teacher training, is also a whole other training beyond Practitioner training. Even after Practitioner and Teacher training - continued and ongoing training is highly encouraged even after that. This is a life long path and life long work that is not finished after taking training.
"Spiritual Selling" - the unfortunate reality out there, and the disrespect of Shamanism and Shamanic Healing as a result of the "Spiritual Selling" approach and advertising. Our modern Western culture has Shamanism advertised out there in many forms - often making it seem like it can just "all be done in a day or a weekend", "a matter of months", or that an "apprenticeship" is considered to be "completed" in a one week trip to an indigenous country; or just "completely all online" with no in-person teacher interaction or hands on training.
However, these are misconceptions, due to how Western / American culture may present this work, and how individuals interpret that presentation. Shamanism is also sometimes advertised by Western culture like it is something "fun or cool to do," or something to "spiritually play" with. Unfortunately, all of these Western culture approaches - are part of what is called "Spiritual Selling" tactics. "Spiritual Selling" - is basically saying or advertising what seems like what people want to hear, instead of saying or advertising what it really is, in order to make attending whatever program or class - enticing and appealing. It is basically a glamorized form of Spiritual Marketing. "Spiritual Selling" can also incorporate a lot of fancy or enticing metaphysical talk and language, and pretty photos - that may sound or look legit, but in reality, isn't the totality of the work or the practice. And unfortunately, this "Spiritual Selling" approach is not just in Shamanism - it is done across the board out there in different areas of healing, energy, and psychic work. The "Spiritual Selling" approach is at an all time high right now, and is widespread in the spiritual community. However, the "Spiritual Selling" approach - which on the surface, may be very appealing - only leads individuals into Shamanism with false pretenses about what Shamanism really involves, and masks the reality of the work; and, it really isn't very honest. This approach and presentation from Western / American culture also is a complete disrespect to the work and the shamanic pathway for what it truly is.
Shamanism is definitely not a pathway that is ever “done” in just one workshop or class, one weekend, or even one year - or on a "one week trip" somewhere with indigenous people. Shamanism is not something to approach or treat like it is just a "social event," nor it is to be treated like it is "just something fun or cool to do." Shamanism is also not something to approach with the mindset of just "adding it as a credential" to a healing resume, either, just to build up one's "resume" of spiritual work. It really is a calling, a serious lifetime commitment - with a lifetime training and development process involved, embodying it as a way of life, and a devotion and reverence of it as sacred spiritual pathway of service and sacrifice. Using discernment is necessary and very important when seeking out a Shamanic Practitioner or Shamanic Teacher. Very important. Not everyone out there who is using or advertising with the titles, "Shamanic Teacher" or "Shamanic Practitioner" - is necessarily walking with integrity, or even properly trained, and in some cases, some of them didn't complete legitimate training at all. So please be careful, and do not hesitate to ask questions. Use discernment.
Shamanic training cannot “Certify Shamans” or "make" anyone a “Shaman” – this is a common misconception. Additionally, calling oneself a "Shaman" or assuming one can just take on that title for themselves - is far from appropriate; and that includes just taking the liberty of labeling oneself as a "Medicine Man" or Medicine Woman" - also not appropriate. For no class, no program, no person, and no training of any kind is capable of "making" anyone a "Shaman." This is an absolute truth in the pathway, and unfortunately there are misconceptions out there about this. It is very easy for people to be misled - when there are other classes, teachers, and training programs out there that claim they can make someone a "Shaman." Or worse - claim that one can receive a certificate that says they are a "Shaman." The other selling tactic that is being used out there is to "ask the Spirits to call you to be a Shaman." This is simply not true, and that is not how this works. The truth of the matter is, Shamans are born into their destiny; not made into their destiny. Again, a decision made only by the Spirits alone, and it is not something that is asked for, or can be asked for, or decided by any human being.
Although Shamanic Practitioners and Shamans - both can and may be capable to facilitate some type or form of Shamanic Healing - there are still do's and don'ts around terminology, and respect for the title of the word, "Shaman." The term “Shaman,” is often misused, misrepresented, and disrespected - in many cases out of societal ignorance. One cannot label themselves a “Shaman” and it is highly recommended not to do that - for multiple valid reasons. In contemporary Shamanism, individuals who have completed appropriate extensive shamanic training and programs (2 to 4 year programs as discussed above), who facilitate Shamanic Healing, are known as Shamanic Practitioners. Even if a contemporary Shamanic Practitioner has been legitimately called, that does not mean that they have a right to automatically label themselves as a "Shaman," or a "Medicine Man or Woman." They don't have that right at all, and should not just assume they do.
In Conclusion These are some of the truthful realities in Shamanism and Shamanic Training. The Shamanic path is powerful, amazing, and transformational in so many ways. But it also includes a lot of work, study, dedication, service, and sacrifice. What comes from this type of healing work, and walking this path, is beautiful and can leave one in a state of awe on so many levels. But it can also be very much the opposite side as well - and that too, is part of this path. Shamanism is not just one side, or the other; it is the balance of the dark and the light - and all in between - the whole of it all. ~ Jessica Hunter
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