People sometimes think the work I do is shamanism. It's shamanic in nature, but it's not called shamanism. It's called Thunderbird Medicine.
In KitchiZibi (Great River) Algonquin Territory, we don't have shamans. Our equivalent is called a Thunderbird: A medicine or holy man. Yet the type of work we do is very similar in nature. We work with the spirits to help you remove emotional negativity - the serpents - from your life.
Thunderbird Medicine is about working with the spirits of nature to help empower you spiritually. The natural medicine for a "low like a snake" emotional state is a "high like a bird" spiritual state. If a person doesn't have a spiritual state of being, it's important to find it - and then use it.
Otherwise nothing changes.
Thunderbird Medicine ways can help you to change for the better. Your own spiritual state is used to help balance your emotional state. In this way you learn how to stabilize yourself in the middle. These ways teach you to see, accept, embrace and regularly utilize the positive power of the "Great Bird" you already have within you - your very own spirit.
At one time I had to find and learn how to use Thunderbird Medicine myself; to help me heal emotionally so I could get on with life. Perhaps this is why I am so skilled at helping others learn how to use it today.
I'm a knowledge keeper of old Thunderbird Medicine ways. And I'm a counselor, a teacher and a storyteller. I help people learn how to use Thunderbird Medicine ways to improve their well-being. My role is to help you change by developing your very own spiritual state of being.
That's what Thunderbird Medicine is really all about.