Shamanism is the most ancient form of healing, practiced by humans world wide.

Through a change in consciousness, Shamans enter “non ordinary” reality to request healing and advice from compassionate animals, humans and other spirits. Spiritual healing is complementary to modern medicine, therapy and training. Often it is the missing link, the wind in the sails that allows healing, recovery and training to rapidly progress.

Carla Meeske uses Shamanic Healing to relieve physical, emotional or behavioral problems in animals and people. If you or your animal friend has issues, Carla can help.  Working through Carla, the Compassionate Spirits deliver strong healing power. Shamanic techniques like soul retrieval, illness transfiguration and compassion infusion bring new light and hope. Carla offers a complete training program in Shamanism for Animals through her school, SPIRITHEALER SCHOOL OF SHAMANISM. Come see how powerful the training is on our Monthly Shamanic Animal Healing Clinic. Carla completed the Foundation of Shamanic Studies 3 year program in 2000, and has studied with many other masters for over 20 years. She is a Reiki Master, and is certified in the Masterson Method of equine bodywork.

SpiritHealer School of Shamanism offers training in basic shamanic journeying, and a focused program on Shamanic Soul Gardening with fairies and dragons.

What is Shamanic Animal Communication and how does it differ from telepathic communication?

The core difference between telepathic animal communication and shamanic communication is that in shamanic communication you always work with the help of a compassionate Spirit. This Spirit guides you quickly and surely to the client animal, he can diagnose the situation and give clear and helpful advice, he facilitates the communication session by interpreting confusing information when necessary, and most important, he can do direct and miraculous healing for the animals and the people involved.

 jark and kolur

jark and kolur

Entering the trance-like “shamanic state of consciousness” is not hard to do, but typically involves some training. In shamanic animal communication we first enter the shamanic state of consciousness, we then connect with a personal helping spirit who loves us and who wishes to help us help animal. Then we connect with the animal with whom we wish to communicate. When we are in the shamanic state of consciousness we enter a world we call “non-ordinary reality”. In many ways is it like moving around on earth in ordinary reality, but it more dream like. When we are there our “connected self” is able to move about and reach out to the “connected selves” of other beings. I use these terms because they best describe the phenomena of this experience. You can experience this for yourself in one of my workshops.

Those people who have experience doing telepathic communication find working shamanically with the helping spirits to be richer and more beneficial for the clients. And those who are just learning find it very easy to connect with the animal using this method.

Shamanic Healing Techniques

Some frequently used shamanic healing methods are soul retrieval, power animal retrieval, extraction, spiritual healing, and psychopomp (escorting “dead” spirits to the other world). Over the years the spirits have also shown me a deep clearing and healing methodology I call Spiral Healing. The spirits use Spiral Healing to clear deeply entrenched emotional and physical issues in people and animals.

 Shaman on deer

Shaman on deer

Soul Retrieval

Shamans believe that when a person suffers from a physical or psychological trauma a part(s) of the soul splits off and no longer contributes to the person’s whole being.  Instead it stays fixed in the event, but in non ordinary reality.  This dissociation is called soul loss, and it often results in loss of memory, or a feeling of incompleteness. This disengagement makes it easier to survive traumas such as accidents, abuse, or emotional disturbances. Children can suffer soul loss from events that are traumatic to them, but may seem trivial to adults. Soul loss can also occur when another person “holds” onto a part of us, and doesn’t let go. (An old lover perhaps.)

Once the traumatic event is over complete healing can occur when the soul part(s) that is missing is returned. The shaman facilitates this event by journeying into non ordinary reality and, with the help of spirit allies, finding the missing soul parts and bringing them back home. Then there is a period of integration, where the client gets to know the returned soul part(s) again, and together they work to heal the old wounds. This often takes several months.

The concept is the same for animals as it is for people with a few exceptions. Carla has achieved beneficial results doing soul retrievals for horses, dogs and cats.

Power Animal Retrieval

 snow leopard

snow leopard

All people and animals can enjoy the power, strength and comfort of an alliance with a spiritual power animal. The spirits of wild animals work with shamans, guiding them through their journeys, giving advice and performing healings. Often the first thing a modern shamanic healer does for a client is retrieve a power animal for them. The person then bonds with the animal by honoring it in ordinary reality, visiting it during quiet meditation, and dancing in a way that lets the animal move through his or her limbs.  Domestic animals also benefit from power animal retrieval.

Illness Extraction

Often illness has a spiritual component as well as a physical component. When people and animals are vulnerable and disempowered it is possible for entities that don’t belong to enter our bodies. These misplaced entities can cause persistent sickness, soreness and other undesirable things. As a shaman one of my key functions is to work with my spirits to extract these misplaced entities and deliver them to a neutral place, where they can contribute to the overall good of things (instead of causing harm). This process is called extraction, and it is a very common healing activity in my work. The results are immediate and powerful. After an extraction we always fill the space with positive healing power of some kind.

Spiritual Prescription

These are the instructions that my spirits give to further the healing. They often involve giving herbs, essences, diet changes and touch therapy. So far the spirits have been completely right in their prescriptions. I’ve been given prescriptions for poultices, massage, aroma therapy, herbs, exercise and many other things. I work with various healing spirits to obtain this information. As I am not an herbalist or expert in most of these areas I always recommend that the person investigate the recommended treatment and confirm it with an educated ordinary-reality source. Many times the information I get is new information to me, so I learn as much as the client!

Imparting Spiritual Energy and Power

This has many forms. My spirit allies may touch the animal and impart healing power. This can be similar to “energy” healing. I may be instructed to impart the power of an element, plant, light, crystal and/or other powerful things into the animal. We also may chant over the animal. It is completely individual.


The Way of the Shaman” by Michael Harner, Harper San Francisco, 1980.
“Soul Retrieval : Mending the Fragmented Self” by Sandra Ingerman, Harper San Francisco, 1991