Sli an Chroi - Native Celtic Shamanism in Ireland


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Sli an Chroi - Native Celtic Shamanism in Ireland


Sli an Chroi - Native Celtic Shamanism in Ireland


Sli an Chroi - Native Celtic Shamanism in Ireland

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"The healing gift of energy medicine from one human to another is one of our species most profound acts of Spiritual compassion. We embrace our birthright to draw from the well of Light and to bring that water of new life to the heart of another. In going to the source of all Energy, of all Creation, of all Love, we reveal

our truth, that we are in our essence, Gods

and Goddesses. Whether we are healer or healed, we share in this moment of energetic transformation an acknowledgement that our eternal nature is as a Spirit being and it is within this realm that authentic healing takes place. The way of the Shamanic Healer invites us to be in service of the wounded heart, restoring its integrity and beauty and its full yearning for magnificence."






John and Karen have trained extensively in several cultures of shamanic Energy Medicine healing and shamanic counselling. Along with years of assisting people breakthrough physical, psycho-emotional and Spiritual issues to emerge into more authentic, empowered and conscious Selves, the Slí an Chroí philosophy and method has evolved. That philosophy and method hold in their core that the shamanic healer brings his/her full power to compassionately support the integrity of another. In essence, we bring our full range of skills and techniques into a sacred, safe and confidential space so that another may enter and embark on a self-healing journey.


In the Slí An Chroí approach there is considerable expansion of native Irish energy techniques for transformation by informing them with those from other cultures. Running parallel with this refinement of Energy Medicine is a model of shamanic counselling that allows the healer bring deep understanding and “ownership of the healing” to the client. By achieving this, the person is brought autonomy by their greater conscious realisation of the myth of their own Soul.


This counselling aspect brings a knowing to the client on how to integrate the full impact of the energetic shifts into the literal levels of their life. There is sustaining self practice in the client that “locks in” the healing and it provides a platform for continual holistic emergence. The Irish-Gaelic word for “healing” is “leigheas”, which also means “retrieval” and the Sli An Chroí model of shamanic healing holds dearly to the principle that we turn up fully for the healing of another, so that they may “retrieve themselves”.


The Healers Spiral is an optional continuation from the first Medicine Spiral. Whereas the first Spiral builds strong self-practice, the Healers Spiral is dedicated to training techniques for the healing of others. This comprehensive training which is closely supervised may be taken to certificate level for professional practice, or it may be taken for the intrinsic worth of holding these powerful healing techniques for loved ones.


The Healing Shaman believes that all our ailments, physical, psychological or emotional have an energetic-Spiritual root. It is on this subtle level of our being that the Healing Shaman intervenes, bringing a “clearing” or a “replenishment” which leads to superior health on the upper emotional, psychological and physical levels. The Healers Spiral trains the practitioner to identify “the energetic root” and to hold a variety of remedial techniques for positive transformation within the Light/Electro-Magnetic (LEM) field of the client. There is no deeper level of life in which healing can take place, than on the energetic-Spiritual. Our LEM fields are neither created nor ended by physical birth and death. They are manifestations of that part of our being that is eternal and they allow us to witness and engage with, the mythic journey of our souls. This is the territory in which the Healing Shaman “sees” and offers energy medicine to bring positive holistic health and growth to another.




Shamanic Energy Medicine is effective for the following and more:

Addictions, Loss of Personal Power, Depression, Anxiety-Panic Attacks, Stress Related Symptoms, Recovery from Abuse, Negative Emotional/Psychological Patterns, Self-Sabotage, Negative Family-Ancestral Traits, Insecurity, “Irrational” Fears, OCD, Eating Disorders, Motivation-Loss, Lack of Direction, Relationship Issues, Bereavement Difficulties, Psychic Interference (Lack of Protection), Psychic Possession, Spiritual Awakening, Coping with Life Transitions, Trauma Recovery, Achieving Goals, Low Confidence/Self-Esteem, Feelings of Being “Ungrounded”, Treating Underlying Causes of Physical Disease, Gaining Understanding of Spontaneous “Seeing” of Energies, Spiritual Emergence – Opening of the Heart, Spiritual Crises/Emergency, Divination of the Future.


The Healers Spiral is worth doing purely for your own growth and transformation, as you will receive considerable energy medicine healing throughout the four directions. For many practitioners it is a natural step to take this training, as the opportunity to practice healing for others (even if solely confined to the training times) brings our appreciation and connection to Shamanism to a new level. Our málas and cauldrons develop even more into extraordinary healing tools when they are used for the benefit of others, changing the way we ‘carry’ them in our lives. While the Healers Spiral is focused on imparting training in Energy Medicine and Counselling, it is also a “Medicine Spiral” in its own right, i.e. it offers a second spiral through the four directions and will push further into the territories explored by you in the North, East, South and West in the first Medicine Spiral.


If you opt for certification, you will be expected to do case studies, submit reports, accept supervision and will be guided towards working with clients. For those who wish to take the training, but not for certification, case studies, reports and supervision are not required. The Healers Spiral is also the opportunity to journey onwards with your tuatha, your sacred tribe, bringing you deeper into circle with others with whom you have bonded by taking the Slí An Chroí Shamanic path.

Dates of the Four Directions of the Healers Medicine Spiral 2019-2020:

1. “NORTH” – Imbas weekend: Sept. 27th (7pm) -Sept. 29th (4pm), 2019.
2. “EAST” – Extractions weekend; Nov. 29th (7pm) – Dec. 1st (4pm), 2019.
3. “SOUTH” – Soul Retrieval weekend; Feb. 14th (7pm) – 16th (4pm), 2020.
4. “WEST” – Death Rites – Healing for the Dying weekend; April 24th (7pm) – 26th (4pm), 2020.


Option for Certification: Total of €1375.00, (€195.00 Booking Fee (which acts as a Deposit), PLUS €295.00 payable per each of the four weekends).

Option for non Certification: Total of €1195.00, (€195.00 Booking Fee (which acts as a Deposit), PLUS €250.00 payable per each of the four weekends).

With regard to investment/organisation of your time, by receiving your Booking Fee (deposit) we take an understanding that you have made the deepest commitment to attend all four weekends/directions of the Healers Medicine Spiral. Due to the nature of the training it is not possible to offer 'catch-up' private tuition, should you miss one of the weekends.

The Slí an Chroí Centre, Smithfield, Dublin.



Places are booked by participants of a current Medicine Spiral during the training or by graduates of the Medicine Spiral after the training has been completed. A student may progress from the Medicine Spiral straight into Healers Spiral in the same calendar year and graduates of the Medicine Spiral in previous years may book a place on the Healers Spiral after a gap of a year or more. A graduate student of the Medicine Spiral who wishes to book a place on the Healers Spiral must have demonstrated a deep commitment to their personal Shamanic practice during and after the Medicine Spiral. There is also a preliminary personal interview with John and Karen before a place on the Healers Spiral is awarded.



Shamans hold that to practice Energy Medicine is to become “a master of living energy”, an epic prospect and one that is the birthright of all. We master living energy in the sense that the training brings us the abilities to see and transform the energies that inform ill health. The practitioner of Energy Medicine brings healing at the level of the Soul/Heart in the client. As imbalances are perceived and rectified in the LEM, we help another to heal from the “foundation” of themselves as a living organism. Energy Medicine allows us to enter the world of the ‘science of the Soul’ and to bring greater sacredness to the life of another as we assist them to heal from their Heart/Soul place. We come not simply to grasp the phenomenon that Spirit is seeking full realisation of Itself through each human being, but to assist that phenomenon by facilitating positive change on the energetic and mythic levels of the life of another. While esoteric, it is very real and it works. This ancient tradition for personal development is over 50,000 years old and may be as old as 100,000 years. It is deeply relevant to the lives and issues we experience today and as we individually face the globally shared “turning point” in the evolution of humanity.

The Core Elements of Energy Medicine and Counselling
The shamanic Energy Medicine practitioner is a tracker of pure energy and myth. As he/she observes the presenting symptoms (whether physical, psycho-emotional, Spiritual) as offered by the client, the practitioner is “seeing” the root of the ailment in the form of pure energy. This may suggest “a clearing” (i.e. removal) of energy that is “toxic” and a restoration of a superior energy balance within the client’s LEM. The practitioner may also identify that the presenting symptoms are caused by a prior loss of energy and the remedial course is to return this “lost” energy to the client’s LEM. In conjunction with providing interventions to restore energetic balance, the practitioner counsels the client towards awareness of how these “energetic events” can be understood on the level of the Heart/Soul. This allows the person to see their healing experience as a significant, sacred step on their personal mythic journey to wholeness and to live more a life that truly honours the lifeforce within them. The healing shamanic Energy Medicine practitioner assists the client to realise the positive health achieved on the energetic-Spiritual level into the physical, psychological and emotional levels. Thus the practitioner views the health of the individual holistically and is deeply attuned to the interweaving of the LEM into all aspects of wellbeing. If a person does not address “toxic” energies present in the LEM or significant “losses” of energy, in time these conditions can lead to chronic and acute symptoms that present as serious illness and disease.

“Imbas Forosnai” or Divine Inspiration-Illumination:
Many shamanic traditions share a system for illuminating the LEM of the client, literally a system for creating enlightenment within the person. Our Irish tradition refers to this as “Imbas Forosnai”, (literally “Divine Inspiration”). The Slí An Chroí training works from our heritage of knowing “the doors of energy” of the LEM and by bringing Light through Imbas into these doors. It also incorporates teachings and awareness from the Eastern traditions that understand these “doors of energy” as “chakras”. When a client presents their issue, certain chakras are activated and it is with these chakras the practitioner works. Dense, heavy energetic residues (referred to as “trom”) which are the energetic traces of the emotional or psychological or physical ailment presented by the client are removed. There is now “room” for the chakras to receive Imbas (illumination) and there follows the ritual as the practitioner helps place superior, lighter energy into the affected chakra(s). “Trom” is removed and with them the client’s affinities to the original “wounding” that originally informed the presence of this toxicity. The LEM is restored to a more optimum level of function, leading to superior emotional, psychological and physical responses of the client to their issue. There are many, many benefits of Imbas. Outstanding among them are consciousness expansions, overcoming unwanted repetitive behaviour or belief patterns, shedding adult legacies from negative birth and childhood experiences. Imbas becomes almost a “default” practice in Energy Medicine, so powerful is it as a tool.


Imbas is taught on the North Direction of the Healers Medicine Spiral.


Through the “doors” (chakras) of the LEM enter a myriad of energies and the majority of these bring positive sustenance from our relationships to loved ones, social communities, animals and the natural environment. However from these sources energies that are regarded as “trom” (i.e. heavy and toxic) can also enter. Many are due to unresolved “wounds” in those who were/are our caretakers and other individuals who were/are in a significant relationship with us. Indeed, the increasing pollution of our natural environment, along with increasing numbers of electro-magnetic fields, (internal/external electrical systems, microwave-based technology, etc.) as well as geopathically and psychically stressed landspaces all contribute to “trom” build up. Obviously, if we suffered any form of violation or abuse (even “mild” forms) on the energetic level, “trom” that may be extremely dense in nature has been placed in our LEM by the perpetrator/s. When the density of “trom” is acute, we refer to that energy as an “Intrusion” as it conspires to bring about ill-health across the mind-body-Spirit spectrum of the person.


The healing shamanic practitioner has the ability to work with the client to identify the sources of Intrusions and to offer an appropriate technique for their “Extraction''. The type of Extraction technique may vary according to the molecular structure of the Intrusion. Slí An Chroí training provides effective release techniques for all kinds of Intrusions. In Ireland, an Intrusion that is hardened is referred as a “Cruaigh” and may be Extracted by hand. The phrase being “stabbed in the back” following a negative engagement with another, accurately describes on an intuitive level how we process a Cruaigh, which is akin to a “psychic stabbing” with the “knife” being the embodiment of the Cruaigh. Other Intrusions may be what are called “Sreabhach” or “Sprid”, i.e they are watery/fluid in nature and they are often housed in the well of spinal fluid at the base of the spine. This seat of power within us is the optimum “feeding place” for these energies which literally suck from our lifeforce. Once again, the Slí An Chroí training brings together native and non-native powerful techniques to release these “Sreabhach” and “Sprid” Intrusions, bringing freedom to the client.


When some people are introduced to the phenomenon of Intrusions and Extractions, there is often an understandable response of fear and anxiety. This is not the response of the healing shaman, who calmly and safely brings about release and comfort from what is essentially a consequence of being alive. Furthermore the training brings the ability to ensure the client is no longer susceptible to a similar form of Intrusion in the future. In this way, the person lives with greater “psychic protection” following an Extraction and is assisted to emerge free of damaging negative patterns and limiting beliefs that were conspired by the departed Intrusion. Fear, guilt and shame have no place in the field of Intrusions/Extractions for the healing shaman, who works on behalf of the client with power, compassion and non-judgement - qualities also encouraged in the outlook of the client. Sorcery is a concept the practitioner also holds without fear, understanding sorcery as “abuse of power”.


Those who are the subject of self-sorcery or sorcery from others, frequently present with Intrusions. On the physical level, Intrusions can manifest as a frequent pain or ache at a site where there is no apparent tissue or bone ailment. On the psychological and emotional levels, depression, anger, chronic negative judgement (by us and/or towards us), severe mood shifts and addiction are frequently indicators of an Intrusion. If a person dies with many unresolved issues with those close to them, or when death is a result of trauma, the Spirit of the deceased may be confused and in fear of “moving on”. This may cause the Spirit (Soul) of the deceased to linger and attach to a loved one who is still alive, or to another with whom there was an “affinity” and this can also be described as an Intrusion. Extraction work is a deep act of compassion for the client and the person(s) whose energy is the source of the Intrusion. The result is a restoration of power in the patient and release for the Intrusive energy. When the Extraction is of Spirit energy of one who has died, the release of energy profoundly benefits their progress in the Afterlife. This progress is almost always felt by the client who also shares a sense of release.


Extraction of Intrusions is taught on the East direction of the Healers Medicine Spiral.


Soul Retrieval:
“Soul Loss” is a naturally occurring short term, survival mechanism in human beings. On the occasions when we undergo severe fright or shock, literally a fragment of our essence, our lifeforce or Soul splits away from our greater Soul (Spirit) body. By doing so, a diminished Self continues living/surviving after the trauma. The part of our Soul that holds the energy and greatest consciousness of the pain of the trauma separates from us, like the discarded fuel cell of a rising rocket. If this did not happen, the presence of the most wounded Soul Part within the greater Soul Body would bring to bear full consciousness of the pain arising from the trauma and we would suffer a devastating breakdown and our survival would be in question. While Soul Loss is a survival mechanism, if left unhealed in the longterm of our lives, it brings about a myriad of negative consequences. Because we are living from a less than complete lifeforce, our sense of Self is limited and our capacities for fully expressing that Self are also sabotaged. We suffer from reduced resources to deal with the challenges of everyday living and the person often becomes prematurely depleted physically and psycho-emotionally which stems from the original depletion on the energetic level, i.e. the Soul Loss. A wide range of traumas may create Soul Loss such as abuse (of all forms, including what might be regarded as “mild” forms), rape, incest, bullying, neglect, accidents, surgery, death of a loved one, separation from family/carer, relationship breakdown, divorce, breach of trust, serious illness, feelings of inadequacy, etc.


“Soul Theft” is the term used when one person in a relationship with another “robs” a vital part of the other person’s essence or lifeforce. This may occur in a single encounter or most often, over a regular period of engagement. The most common arena for this is in relationships in which dominance and dependency are prevalent, they may be sexual relationships, family, social, professional and psycho-spiritual. A person suffering Soul Loss as a result of Soul Theft is often left with a damaged sense of their own integrity and be considerably vulnerable as a result. Frequently they carry a confused and hazy perception on boundaries and may fall into inappropriate relationships with others, even if that relationship is “in the past”.


The outstanding symptom in an individual with Soul Loss is lack of safety and security. Not only is there a deficiency in security within the Self, but the person lives in an “unsafe world”. The resulting tension from this state brings often severe conditions such as depression (including manic), addictive behaviours, self-sabotaging behaviours, a sense of Self “missing” and resultant behaviours that attempt “to complete the Self”, sense of worthlessness, feelings of not “being fully present”, loss of direction, destructive behaviours, low strength immune system, inability to trust, fear of intimacy, apathy, chronic fatigue, low self-esteem, etc. Soul Loss is often an underlying phenomenon in multiple personality disorders, “nervous breakdown” and coma.


Soul Retrieval is perhaps one of the greatest and most powerful healing rituals that only a healing shamanic practitioner can bring to a fellow human being. In essence, the healing shaman “journeys” on behalf of the client into a non-ordinary state of consciousness to locate and invite the lost Soul Part to return to the client. This unique ability to vision and track so as to return with a lost Soul Part and present it to the client to “bring it home”, i.e. to integrate it into their greater Soul body yields enormous restoration of health and power. A fragmented lifeforce is brought closer to wholeness. The Slí An Chroí model of Soul Retrieval adds techniques from several international traditions to our native Irish. The model is also shaped by John and Karen’s experience of bringing this ancient healing ritual to those in a first world, western society. The Slí An Chroí approach to Soul Retrieval creates a forum for the client, so that he/she is invited to develop deep understanding of the Soul Loss condition.


The client is offered a creative and insightful method to experientially engage with the returned Soul Part, heal the original “wound” that affected the Soul Loss and with full awareness, accept the returned Soul Part. Unique techniques are used for the healing shamanic practitioner’s journey to locate the lost Soul Part and for replacing it into the client’s LEM. There is a structured framework of Sacred Energetic Drama (Soul Drama) and creative artwork, that facilitates conscious participation and autonomy for the client throughout the ritual. The Slí An Chroí Soul Retrieval method focuses on empowering the client to consolidate the physical, psychological and emotional rewards encoded within the returned Soul Part for ever more after the healing session.


Soul Retrieval is taught on the South Direction of the Healers Medicine Spiral.


The Death Rites: Healing For The Dying & The Dead:
One of the ancient meanings of the word “Shaman” is “one who has died many times”, a testimony to the exploration of death that is part of all shamanic cultures worldwide. An outcome of this practice is insight into the dying process, wrought from personal experience. Accordingly, the healing shaman is ideally placed to be a figure of comfort, compassion and guidance to those who are dying and to the Souls (Spirits) of those who have left their physical bodies. Working from the understanding of the Spiritual journey throughout the advent of death, the actual point of clinical death and the period after, the healing shamanic practitioner can assist the dying person through and beyond their fears and confusions. The healing shaman creates a sacred space for a loved one to make their final journey with as much serenity and consciousness as possible. Those who are aware of their impending death go through a process of review with a yearning to bring peace and harmonious resolution to relationships that still hold the need to express love and forgiveness. Through gentle counselling and Energy Medicine, (Imbas, Extraction and Soul Retrieval), the practitioner can be a formidable trustworthy and compassionate resource for the dying person, helping them find their ease towards a yearned for “sweet passing”. Beyond this, the practitioner can provide an oasis of calm for the family and friends attending to the dying person.


In the poignant time after the last breath, the healing shamanic practitioner holds the technical ability to assist the LEM of the dying person depart the physical body, thereby helping the Soul cross a crucial threshold in its journey to the realm of Infinity. In the cases of a fearful death or one undertaken with unresolved issues, the Soul of the departed is often unable to “disconnect” to an optimum level, thus impacting on their onward journey. The evidence of this is frequently witnessed in the nature of grieving in the survivors, which exhibit an inability to let their loved one “move on”.

The Irish tradition holds that our Soul journeys through distinct realms of the Otherworld having left our physical bodies. Many people are familiar with this concept as understood by other traditions, such as the Eastern (Buddhist), in which the Soul must navigate the Bardo planes. At these stages of the Spiritual journey of the dead, the healing shamanic practitioner can provide positive, healing intervention. Referred to as “Psychopomp” work, the healing shaman through journeying and interaction with the now altered LEM of the dead person’s Soul, can offer progressive transition to the Soul’s onward flight in the Otherworld, i.e. upwards through the Bardo places.


Once again, the impact of this can be seen in survivors as their bereavement process shifts towards greater acceptance and calmness in relation to the Spiritual welfare of their departed family member or friend. Psychopomp work can be of tremendous healing benefit in the cases of sudden or traumatic death in which there was insufficient time for the dead person to prepare for their passing. In some of these cases the Soul of the dead person may not have come to terms with its new reality, be unable to “move on” and remains Earth-bound. The healing shaman has the safe, sacred and compassionate skills to ease the confusion or fearfulness of this Spirit, so that it may find its release more and move into Infinity.


The Death Rites are a final “Rite of Passage” and as offered in Slí An Chroí training, they cover both phases of death, before and after the final breath. They are taught on the last direction of the Healers Medicine Spiral, the West.



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