I'm a shaman who works with shamanic techniques in the UK to heal and help the community. I also run plant medicine retreats in Portugal with Ayahuasca and Huachuma.
My name is Neil Kirwan, I'm a shamanic practitioner. The term 'shaman' when brought up in modern conversation, conjures up images of wizened old men, beating drums and shaking bones whilst dancing beneath a full moon. This is the stereotype most people understand, to me it simply means to move between worlds. And for this, beards, costumes and hats, though sometimes helpful, are not always necessary.
The healing role of the shaman within a community has always kept the tribe healthy and strong in mind, body and spirit. Shamanism is shrouded in legend and mystique as old as mankind. As we slowly uncover its historical roots in this modern era, I have found it to be a practical way in which people from any culture can heal themselves and others, albeit with unorthodox methods and surprising results.
Anthropologists say that shamanism is the oldest profession in the world. It is not a religion, it is a method, practiced with reverence, humility and gratitude. As is the case with Jungian psychology, shamanism is concerned with the unseen forces that influence us.
“The schizophrenic is drowning in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.” Joseph Campbell
A shaman is a person that has one foot in this world and one foot in other worlds. Through this process they can do healing work for the client with the assistance of guides and helpers. Unlike this corporeal existence there are very few rules and regulations. The main aim is to get the desired result for the client and heal the wound that is causing suffering.
My own shamanic journey began like most others, with the healing of my own wounds and the discovery of new worlds and realms. Through my training, with the assistance of plant medicines and the drum, my journey has brought me to a place where I now wish to serve others in need of a helping hand. I am neither old nor wizened, but my beautiful drum is ready and my guides and helpers are at your service.