“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions. When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?” –From Gabrielle Roth.
Laura is a European Shaman. While she has studied a multitude of pathways, holding many certifications in varying practices, her primary focus is in Northern European Shamanism. While many people are Shamanic Practitioners, Laura is a Shaman in every sense of the term. Shamanism is a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to perceive and interact with a spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world. A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing.
The wounded healer is an archetype for a shamanic trail and journey. This process is important to the young shaman. S/he undergoes a type of sickness that pushes her or him to the brink of death. This happens for two reasons:
- The shaman crosses over to the underworld. This happens so the shaman can venture to its depths to bring back vital information for the sick, and the tribe.
- The shaman must become sick to understand sickness. When the shaman overcomes his or her own sickness s/he will hold the understanding to healing. This is the uncanny mark of the wounded healer.
Laura has undergone this transformation twice in her life. At the age of 8 she discovered she had the gifts of sight, vision, and the ability to communicate with the spirits. She first began her studies in religion and the ancient arts through her introductory courses in world religions and mysticism in select private schools. Later she advanced her knowledge with studies on the collegiate level.
She is a follower of Ásatrú which is the most common modern name for the indigenous religious beliefs and practices of the Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, and Germanic world and its modern day revival and reconstruction. Much of today’s practices, beliefs and holidays come from Asatru. Its knowledge and teachings are ancient and far reaching. She has a personal close connection with Odin Thor and Loki. However, hailing not only from Norse roots but Irish roots as well, she spends an equal amount of time studying Celtic Mysticism.
A session with Laura is an active experience not a passive one. Her in depth training and years of experience allows her to use tools from an ever expanding arsenal of gifts. She is an avid energy worker and healer. She is also a teacher and trainer in every sense.
If you have general questions feel free to contact Laura A. Thornton.