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Balance Within, Balance Without. Living a Harmonious Life

Without balance our systems deteriorate. When we are out of balance physically, we are more vulnerable to disease. When we are out of balance emotionally, “beside ourselves” with feeling, we lack the ability to respond wisely to the events of our lives. If we become spiritually imbalanced, we lose our internal compass, the guiding force that helps us navigate toward truth.

The Diné or Navajo people have a saying: May you walk in beauty. Although I am not Navajo, my understanding is that it means: may you lead a harmonious life. May you have balance within yourself. May your relationships be agreeable. May you be at peace with your surroundings. As you walk through your day, moving within different environments, may you not be pulled too far to one extreme or another. May you create beauty with your words and your deeds, and may that beauty be reflected back to you. May you find peace within and without. The word hózho expresses the idea of balance, harmony, beauty, and order. It forms a basis for sustaining healing, as well as a philosophy about living well.

The practice of shamanic healing can help us achieve this balance, to find physical, emotional, and spiritual equilibrium. Shamanic healing is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatment. Shamanic practitioners, unless they are licensed in other healing modalities, do not diagnose or treat physical or mental health conditions. They do work in concert with other practitioners, providing spiritually based ways of viewing the self and creating wellness. We are best served by doing our own research, consulting with professionals in both conventional and complementary fields, and making use of the wide range of resources available to us today. A person may come into my office with a specific complaint, but we need to look at the bigger picture. What is underlying the manifestation of their issue on an energetic level? When we address where the imbalances lie, the results are often surprising.

As always, if you would like to connect please feel free to email me with questions or to set up a session.

Wishing you a peaceful heart,


© 2019 Mara Bishop

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