Hollow Reed Healing

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“I came to Eric at the suggestion of a mutual friend (a PhD in Counseling and a university professor). She knew Eric, felt I had changed somewhat after a stroke, and believed he could make a difference.

Having known Eric for several years, I knew he was a serious man who has worked hard to help others. I had grown to trust him.

We did two sessions of shamanic healing work. The atmosphere was informal and pleasant. Eric quietly asked questions and explored thoughts. In the first session, Eric’s wife Cindy joined us briefly to do what they described as “soul retrieval” work. Eric reported extracting a black mass and replacing it with sunshine, and when my eyes were closed during this session, I saw images of figures dancing, then a fearsome black mass, which was replaced by a positive bright white energy. Other than that, nothing of note happened.

But, two days after each encounter, I felt different. I can’t describe the changes specifically, but they were noticed and appreciated. These feelings have increased over time.

What did we do? How did we do it? What was it? I don’ t know. It was simple. It was profound.

I am better now. I am more focused. A burden feels lifted. I move through my daily tasks with enthusiasm I haven’ t had in years, and I no longer feel as if something is keeping me from moving forward.”

D. B. Virginia September 30, 2015

My Qualifications and Training

Michael Harner, a cultural anthropologist, is credited for reviving shamanism in the U.S. through his Foundation for Shamanic Studies. He distilled the common practices of shamans world-wide into what he calls “core shamanism.” I was curious about shamanism, but dubious, until I noticed the Foundation’s newsletter on a friend’s table. My friend, a physicist, held his thumb and forefinger an inch apart and told me that the world of physics and the world of shamanism were “this far apart, but they don’t know it because they speak different languages.” He told me that he and his wife had been studying shamanism for years.

I started with a beginner’s workshop with the Foundation’s local teacher, Dana Robinson, then took a one-year program with Mary “Tyrtle” Rooker, of Takoma Park. Mary’s program is based on studying with Harner, Sandra Ingerman (Soul Retrieval innovator), Tom Cowan (noted Celtic shaman), and Betsy Bergstrom (Buddhist compassionate depossession techniques). In the shamanic tradition, Mary was given permission to teach by her teachers. (Shamanism has no certificates or degrees.) She, in turn, encouraged me to start a practice.

I’ve since taken advanced workshops with Rooker and Robinson; my instruction time totals more than 300 hours. I have also been attuned by a Reiki master. A third of my clients come specifically for shamanic healing, while the rest incorporate this modality into a longer program of healing, personal growth, and human potential. For information about other modalities in which I’m trained, click on: