The Modern Day Shaman®
The Modern Day Shaman®
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some FAQs about the Modern Day Shaman® - Sarah Negus. What is shamanism and what to expect from a session with Sarah
1. What is the difference between Modern Day Shaman® and the traditional way?
Traditional Shamans are usually indigenous peoples. They follow ceremony and tradition passed down through their family and culture. Shamanism is a spiritual philosophy, a search for knowledge through personal experience. Non-traditional shamans, are those that understand these traditions yet have not been initiated in the traditional indigenous sense.
My version of Modern Day Shaman® comes from my exploration of this philosophy together with modern psychology and mindset work I find that it brings powerful sustainable personal growth and understanding. For me Shaman means bridge. The connection between two places/situations/people/realms.
Shamanism can be tracked back ethnologically and archeologically for at least 30,000 years and is found all over the globe. The common thread connecting different cultures was this way of being. This common thread includes a connection and reverence to the natural world, and understanding that we are all connected and that our thoughts and actions affect the greater consciousness of us all and that we are all free to make our own choices, those choices come with responsibility and it is that that offers personal power and personal freedom to experience life and gain knowledge and self awareness of our own selves.
I use shamanic journeying (a form of guided meditation), that side-steps the logical mind so that new possibilities and future potentials can be seen and taken action upon. Shamanic journeying uses imagery and symbolism which is how the brain likes to learn, and it learns quickly when offered this stimulus. That together with reframing perceptions and beliefs into positive ways of thinking and being are a powerful way to change unhelpful patterns of behaviour and thought. It is not enough to know you have a pattern of behaviour that is unhelpful, what is powerful is to change it. Shamanic journeying offers fast effective ways to do that.
2. What does the word Shaman mean?
The word Shaman was first used in the Western World in the 1700s when a European anthropologist used it after visiting Asia. It is a translation from a word used by the North East Asian Tungus tribe. And it means ‘one who knows’ or ‘one who sees in the dark’. For me the word means ‘bridge’ someone who can see what has been and what will be and is able to bring the two things together. Shaman is a bridge between humanity and our earth, a bridge between what we see as reality and the spiritual realms and ultimately a bridge between what you know now and what you will know if you choose to explore your inner world. The word can get bad press in our culture, with it being likened to something dark and dangerous, but ultimately it is a word that encompasses a philosophy of being. That philosophy is that life is about discovery knowledge through experiencing oneself more fully, Shaman offers that, the ability to be the bridge that allows you to see your potential.
3. Do you do occult stuff and call on the dead etc?
No, Modern Day Shamanic work is for the greatest good. It is my intention to facilitate change for my clients greatest good and the greatest good of all. I do not know what that is, nor is it my role to decide, this though is my ultimate intention.
4. Do you use Trance, what is trance, is it scary?
Yes, I take my clients into trance. This means they alter their state of consciousness. Which means moving through the different brain waves that we as humans emit. The first stage is ‘Alpha’ state which is the bridge between your consciousness mind and all that you know and the state where you can imagine anything. Then, deeper still is the brain wave called ‘Theta’ state and is the same state that is experienced while sleeping in the rapid eye movement time of sleep, when dreams occur. No it is not scary in any way. If you can remember as a child is playing so ardently that you forgot anything else is around you and are focused completely on your game or painting or practice.
5. Will a power take over?
No, trance and shamanic journeying takes you into your own subconscious mind, all you will experience is you in different ways.
6. You talk a lot about energy and energy work, what is that and what can it do for me and my energy?
We are made up of energy, in fact everything in the World (even inanimate objects) are made up of energy, so it makes sense that energy work affects how we think, feel, behave and live. Energy holds a vibration, that vibration emits a frequency and that frequency is you. There is no other single thing that has the energy that you do. The thing with energy is that it needs to move. That is what emotions are (energy in motion), so if you have emotions that you don’t express, things that you don’t say, behaviour patterns that keep bringing situations to you that you don’t like, you are vibrating at an energetic frequency that doesn’t actually serve you.
Working on your energy, will allow you to change your beliefs, thoughts, behaviours and actions (yes these are all energy), so that you can have a more positive experience of life.
Your energetic vibration affects everything in your life, from your relationships and your business and career. It makes sense to vibrate then at a frequency that matches the life you want to live.
7. You say you are a master of energy and make the impossible real, how do I know that you will not mess with my life in a way that I don’t want you to?
Each of us has our own journey in this life. Each of us is able to create a life that we really want to live. My work and spiritual teachings is about self-responsibility, self-love and self-empowerment. My ability to read energy comes from years of practice and being intuitively gifted. I do not have power over anyone else, in any way. My mentoring and teachings is to find a life that you want for your journey and your path.
8. Energetic journeying sounds like Star Trek, can you explain a bit about it. What can I expect?
Journeying may be a little like Star Trek, it takes you beyond what you already know about yourself, to a frontier of new possibilities and discoveries of who you are. It is a little bit like story telling, you are guided into your subconscious mind and imagination to find out new things about yourself, to answer questions and solve problems that perhaps you cannot because your logical mind gets in the way. No two journeys are the same, each unique to each person and to the time in their lives. You can expect, deep relaxation, interesting insight, a feeling of being really grounded and whole, and new ideas and AHA moments.
9. How is energetic work different to therapy and other self-awareness programmes?
Energetic work is different to therapy and other self-awareness programmes because it removes the story attached to any outcome. Our logical mind is programmed to ensure we survive, yet in our modern world survival is not something we need to strive for. Yet, our conditioned mind will stop us from taking steps towards what we want through fear of what might happen. These fears are based on past experiences. Energy work unravels these fears and doubts, and then offers solution based actions that will take you out of the spiral of behaviour and thought and embed new ways of being quickly, effectively and sustainably.
10. I am religious and I am afraid shamanic work may be in conflict with my religion. Can you tell me more so I know I won’t go to hell?
I believe we are all connected. If we were to take labels away, religion for me would be ‘love’, not fear. It would be inclusion and acceptance not exclusion or judgement. My work as the Modern Day Shaman is to facilitate self-knowledge through experiencing more of yourself, and it is my intention to do this for the greatest good. Self-love, self-responsibility, personal power and actualisation is my intention and my continued journey. My belief is by inviting a culture of deep self-awareness and self-responsibility our world comes together in a brotherhood and sisterhood of mankind.
11. Can you explain some words on your site a bit more?
Inner child – this is an aspect of your subconscious. It is your experience of childhood both remembered and not. It is your creative nature, your sense of wonder in the world and it is often wounded, unheard and needing to be loved. It is part of you always and will always look for safety, support and love, it is often neglected yet when integrated brings a new passion to life.
Shadow – this is the whole of your subconscious. Everything you have ever experienced in this life is stored in this part of you. All of the things you find difficult to accept about yourself will be found here, including your future potential, sometimes called the golden shadow. The information held in your shadow is extremely powerful and useful in helping you achieve the life you want, untangling the distortions of energy held in your shadow allows you to stop playing out the same behaviour patterns and create new more effective ones.
Past life – these are the energy of lives you have lived, lessons learned in these lives may have not been fully integrated and need to be brought into awareness. Past life work is useful, but I would add that it is past, and our lives are now in this reality.
Spiritual coding – this is your own unique energetic vibration. No one before you and no one ever again will experience life in the way you do. This is unique and priceless. In being alive, feeling, hearing, seeing, sensing, knowing you add something truly wonderful to the Universe.
Chakras – The Chakra system is an ancient way of describing the energy of the body. It refers to the 7 main energy centres in the body, that align with the main nerve plexus in the spine. Each energy centre has a colour and deals with different emotions and qualities of the person and will be found in the centre of your body running vertically from the bottom to top of your spine and head. The base or root chakra is red and is your seat as you sit (so your tailbone), this is your connection to all that there is, your ancestral chain and the centre that grounds you to this earth. The sacral chakra is orange and is found in your lower abdomen, this deals with relationships of every kind (eg money, sex). The solar plexus is yellow and is found just below your diaphragm, this is where you find courage, anger and it governs your boundaries and how you present your Self to the world. Your heart chakra is green and is found in the middle of your ribcage, this is the centre for love. Your throat chakra is turquoise and is the centre for self-expression and creativity. Your third eye is indigo blue and is found just above your eyes in your forehead. This is where you gain insight. Your crown chakra is purple and situated on top of your head. It is your spiritual connection to all that there is.
12. I’ve done meditations in the past, what is different about shamanic journeying or shamanic meditation?
Shamanic journeying is an energetic experience, that will stay in your memory and change the way you live. Each journey is unique to the individual and in that is a personal experience that unfolds to help you.
Meditation can be scripted, copied, repeated. Shamanic journeying will take you where you need to go in order to help you in your spiritual growth and personal and business development.
13. What is channelling?
Channelling is a natural form of communication between our reality and the spiritual realms. A Shaman is the bridge between and is able to translate spiritual information that comes through in the form of symbolism and imagery.
Every channel (person able to hold and understand this communication) does that through their own filter. Ie. Through their own perception. In my opinion, to channel effectively, I must be clear. When I say clear, I mean I must to the best of my ability, work on my own self and my own inner world in order to create a neutral place with which to receive and interpret this information.
14. You say you channel meditations and journeys, but aren’t those just for you and why should they speak to me right now?
When I work with my clients or with groups of clients, I expand my consciousness and invite information to channel through me for their greatest good, based on what they are wanting to learn or discover about themselves. What comes through is always relevant to my clients and groups of clients.
We are all connected and often there is a common thread of information that touches the hearts and minds of many when the information is brought through.
15. What alternative programmes do you have coming up soon?
Evolve & Thrive Online Self Study Programme
17. How can I learn more about you?
18. What is ‘business retainer’?
Clients that choose to secure services under the ‘business retainer’ do so on a longer-term basis. I work closely with the business owner and directors inviting them to ensure their energy is aligned to the vision of the business. Strategy and business innovation will add value and build profits, but if the culture within the business is not nurtured, understood and expanded upon that growth can stall. I offer business leaders the opportunity to innovate their minds and to use their unique energy to build long-term sustainable growth that is advocated throughout their business structure.
Every business owner knows that their own energy drives the growth of their business, their vision and their motivation is what creates success and expansion, personal growth and development therefore will ensure that growth does not stall when challenges occur. Building a strong ‘muscle’ of self-knowledge, being continually curious and understanding that empathy will allow you understand the situations being faced more effectively and therefore foster an environment of creativity, motivation and growth.
19. How do I know if this work is for me?
You will either ‘know’ and feel it in your bones that I can help you, or you will be curious and feel deep resistance.
If you are interested in discovering more about yourself than you thought possible, this is for you.
If you are interested in building a business with ease and flow (ie. Without hustle) this is for you.
If you have reached a ceiling in your business or feel stuck in your life and are looking for answers yet coming up blank this is for you.
If you are used to working really really hard in your business yet realise this is not what life is about, this is for you.
If you want to create long term, sustainable growth this is for you.
If you want to expand your spiritual gifts and harness the power of your energy, this is for you.
If you have any other questions please use my contact form here and I will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you.