“There are many claiming to be shamans and shamankas in this world. Indeed it is quite possibly cliche now, sadly. And, I have pondered this, because my lifestyle is nature-based or shamanic. So, what is a shaman? How is one found?
For me, simply put, a shaman is a guide. A guide to our inner realms. A guide, using tools of nature. I was lead to such a guide, named Nicola. I was very careful and suspicious because to choose wrongly is to continue being triggered harshly. And I was already harshly being triggered.
I knew I was awakening, and I knew my issues were steeped in the shadows.
As I said, at the time I was very wounded and therefore very suspicious. But I followed the content. And, as I followed, I was warmed as if being coaxed toward a lovely family hearth–raw and real. No lofty pretensions. There I sat and read her posts. Her topics were exactly on point, relevant to inner wounds and shadow work. Many times I was stunned by content and responses. Sometimes I even jumped in for a comment. And Nicola was always there, sublimely intuitive, picking up on unconscious comments effortlessly. She seemed to respond to every post, even mine. I remember reaching out and to my surprise, she responded so quickly to something I didn’t even realise I wrote.
Sounds infantile, but I was indeed locked in the shadows, my little child self. I think I thought my comments would just get buried in the waylay of emails and post that I imagined. But, for every request I had, there always seemed to be some way forward.
She could help coax me out of the shadows, so I could see me and hug me. How exciting and hopeful that was for me.
Thereupon, I needed and wanted deeper work. And so, I chose “Maiden Mother Crone” workshop, which was amazing journeys using simple, accessible shamanic tools, acknowledging and celebrating the feminine with other beautiful souls to trigger and teach me more about myself.
The more I came out of the shadows, the more I wanted to be out and free and healing. And I mean healing unlike I’ve ever experienced. Subtle, palpable inner shifts.
I have to add that I never once ever heard Nicola refer to herself as a Shamanka or Shamaness. This is important to me because the title itself is so empty. Nicola has always said she is my guide and my witness.
How beautiful is that? A willing guide and witness. A Shamanic Doula. Love it!
I took a series of 1:1’s with Nicola. I have been on many many journeys in my life, so I knew they would not be exactly as I wanted them to be. But the profound realisations and healing, past, present and ancestral, that have come to me from these sessions are such a relief. My exhale is so much more unrestricted.
All I can say is you’d have to meet her to get a glimpse of the sweetness that she exudes. I believe Nicola possesses a gift so pure and unobtrusive that great healing and realisations are sure to follow. I hope one day to meet and hug her in person.
And the work continues….”
Lisa McCabe, Yoga Teacher & Massage Therapist, Ireland