The Shaman’s Heart
The tradition of the Shaman is tens of thousands of years old. The word ‘Shaman’ is believed to have originated in Siberia from the word ‘Saman’ among those that spoke the tongue of Tungus. These practices were spread throughout the indigenous tribes of Northern Asia and evolved as each tribe adapted their own truth to these practices.
Shamanism is believed to be the oldest Spiritual practice in the world. It is considered the practice of animism ; the belief that all natural things, such as plants, animals, rocks, and thunder, have spirits and can influence human events. It is the practice of deep connection and entwinement of all and everything.
Our ancient ancestors used shamanic practices to invoke knowledge, to share wisdom and to heal their people. These practices migrated as human kind found themselves exploring this divine earth, discovery that many other ancient civilisation had their own tribal Shamans.
The word Shaman in modern Western usage, has seen a more generic application and it’s use is often meant as a homage to the traditional Shaman, more so than the claiming of the title. The traditional Shaman is the medicine woman or man with great connection to Spirit, and avails oneself with this connection to guide the healings of all in need.
We believe that the heart of the Shaman resides in everyone. The heart that is connected to all. The heart that has the ability to heal. The heart that is the guidance from which wisdom and intuitive knowledge emerges. The heart that is deeply in tune with spirit. The heart that is awoken..
Owner/Director of Shamanic Heart Medicine
Introducing Jo-Ann, a remarkable individual who embodies strength, resilience, and a deep appreciation for stability. Her artistic prowess knows no bounds, as she effortlessly captures the essence of the world around her.
Jo-Ann exudes a sense of calm and tranquillity that serves as a soothing influence to those around her. Her unwavering loyalty and independence make her a pillar of support for those fortunate enough to have her in their lives.
In her pursuit of a more meaningful existence, she has discovered the concept of ‘spiritual-escrow’ – a way to invest in spiritual growth and reap the dividends of inner peace. In a world that often seeks stability, Jo-Ann stands tall as a symbol of unwavering strength and determination. Her ability to navigate life’s challenges with grace and resilience is truly commendable. She is an inspiration to all, reminding us to embrace our individuality and embrace the beauty that lies within.
As a true embodiment of the values she holds dear – stability, independence, loyalty, and support, her presence in any setting is a testament to her unwavering commitment to these principles.
‘Born in the vibrant landscapes of South Africa, I emerged into a world framed by the strictures of a devout Christian family. From a young age, I was moulded by the guiding principles and values that came with such a faith-centric upbringing. But life had more in store for me than the confines of tradition alone.
Fast forward to 2011, I packed my bags and embarked on a journey that led me to the vast and diverse continent of Australia. This land down under would soon become my adopted home, a place where my personal evolution would take root and flourish.
My story took a profound turn when I found myself in Perth. It was here, amidst the stunning landscapes and the warm embrace of the Australian people, that I felt a compelling inner call—a calling to discover my “tribe” my “circle of women.” This yearning for connection and spiritual growth led me to an encounter that would forever change my path.
It was through serendipity that I crossed paths with Shannon, a facilitator of sacred spaces and a guide on a journey of self-discovery. In one such space, she held a transformative Kali Maa cacao ceremony—a ceremony that would resonate deeply within me. It was during this gathering that I began to forge connections with like-minded souls, my circle of friends who shared a common thirst for spiritual growth and inner exploration. As my circle expanded and my spiritual life flourished, I had the privilege of crossing paths with Larissa, a radiant soul, a cacao goddess who was the owner of Shamanic Heart Medicine.
Cacao medicine, with its rich history of healing and transformation, captivated my heart and soul from the very beginning. The warmth and wisdom of cacao became a guiding light on my journey, helping me heal fractured parts of myself and nurturing my soul in the process. Through this newfound connection to cacao and the wisdom it imparted, I found the strength and insight to mend and deepen my relationships with others. I learned the importance of dropping into sacred spaces within myself, nurturing my own well-being before extending that care to others. It was a profound lesson in self-love and self-care that continues to shape my path.
My journey, which began in the strictures of a South African Christian family, has unfolded into a beautiful tapestry of experiences, connections, and spiritual growth. Today, I stand as a testament to the transformative power of seeking ones tribe and embracing the wisdom of ancient medicines like cacao—a journey that has allowed me to heal, connect, and evolve in ways I could have never imagined.