Spirit Well |  Willow Rose, Licensed Professional Counselor
Spirit Path Medicines
“The great sea has sent me adrift. It moves me as a weed in a great river.
Earth and spirits carry me away and move my inner heart with joy!”

— Eskimo Woman Shaman


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Willow offers Spirit Path Medicines~ Shamanic Healing Practices in her Eugene Office,  via "Long Distance."   "Onsite" sessions may be arranged.

To inquire about Shamanic Practices please contact Willow  for additional information:

Phone (541 461-5424)


All healing is Spirit directed. The practitioner is the channel, whether participating in the healing modalities or bridging the healing back to the one who has stated their intention and asked for the healing.

Any of the Spirit Path practices may be included in a healing session and frequently a healing will include more than one modality.

Since beginning my work as a Shamanic Practitioner, I have been most often led, guided and taught Soul Retrieval methods and the careful bridging of soul essence back to the client along with information to support integration and return to Wholeness.


Spirit Path Medicines and Shamanic Healing Modalities

Power Augmentation

Many cultures and traditions believe we are either born with one or more helping spirits who accompany us throughout our life, or before adulthood, we are led to engage in vision quest or other rite of initiation to seek personal connection with a spirit helper. These helping spirits may be called Power Animals, or Guardian Spirits and they offer and provide power, protection and support for our physical and spiritual vitality. Each of these helping spirits has certain gifts/medicines that support, inform and inspire.

Sometimes a helping spirit will enter our life to aid in particular way and then leave again. At least one helping spirit is meant to accompany us throughout our life, but sometimes that connection is broken.

A Power Animal or Guardian Spirit Retrieval locates and restores a source
of lost personal spiritual power, without which you may feel lost, luckless,
dispirited, challenged by making choices or lacking in joy or vitality.

Soul Loss

One might describe “soul” as that essence which provides the energy and vitality to support and empower our lives. Soul Loss is an adaptive mechanism. During a traumatic event, a part of our essence, our light, may split off so that we can utilize our remaining resources to survive the trauma. In our modern society, trauma and emotional splitting can come in many forms including emotional, physical, sexual abuse, assault, divorce separation, loss, accidents, illness, surgery, wartime experiences, natural disasters, loss of job, status, life cycle transitions…the list goes on.

Sometimes we experience soul loss because we give part of our vital essence to someone else or allow them to take it from us. This may happen because we believe if “I give myself away” it will somehow help the other or “make them” love or care for us.

The “other” may steal or hold onto someone else’s essence out of desire to control or disempower in some way. No one can use our vital essence except our self: it is soul-printed to our self, alone. The result of soul theft is an unhealthy connection to another person that can feel uncomfortable and stuck.

Trauma and its results are subjective. Someone suffering from Soul Loss, may describe themselves as feeling “not all here” or having “lost part of myself” or “never feeling put back right, or not quite the same” since any event described as traumatic or a deep loss.

Symptoms of Soul Loss May Include:

Chronic Depression
Apathy, Numbness, Lack of Vitality, Fatigue
Unhealthy Connection to Any Individual in the Past
Feeling Disconnected from Life
Weakened Immune System
Feelings of Emptiness That You Seek to Fill with External Things
Difficulty Staying Present
A Tendency Toward Addictions or Destructive Behavioral/Emotional Patterns

Soul Retrieval, Soul Essence Integration, Soul Remembering

When a Soul Essence fragments during a trauma, the Soul Part seeks a safe haven somewhere in the spirit worlds. A young soul part is sometimes cared for by a spirit helper, ancestor or guide. Since the spirit worlds are outside of relative time, the soul part may not know the trauma has passed and so not return to the individual.

Sometimes soul fragments do naturally return and there are practices to connect to and call these parts to your self. But when traumatic events or their aftermath are ongoing, “parts” will not integrate and are unlikely to remain. One important role of the Shaman has always been to go in search of where the soul essence has fled and return it to the body of the client. Once the soul essence has been retrieved, it is the client’s task to integrate the soul essence into their self. This is accomplished in part, by the client committing to those changes and life choices that support healing and empowerment. A spirit helper or guide may return with the soul essence providing additional support to aid the integration process.

Specific information, practices or ceremony may be given to lovingly welcome the soul part home and support integration.

Over many years of bridging this modality, I find that the soul essence that had fragmented always returns with gifts, including access to talents and creativity. Some individuals feel an immediate beneficial change; for others the shift in awareness dawns more slowly.

During Soul Retrieval or at another time, Soul Remembering is sometimes offered to the client along with the returned Soul Essence. Soul Remembering often includes a visual image provided by the “High Soul” to present to the client as a reminder of who “they are,” the life tasks they have set for themselves, and the gifts they carry at their Core-Soul level.

After Soul Retrieval, many people report feeling more whole, grounded in their bodies and more at home in the world. They often discover it is easier to access their creativity and innate gifts, to feel hopeful, peaceful, strong and empowered. They often express more willingness and ease in letting go of unhelpful patterns and making choices from an awareness of personal integrity and authenticity.

Of the many forms of Spirit Path Medicines and Shamanic Healing Practices available, I am most often guided to facilitate Soul Retrieval and Soul Essence Integration.

I have bridged the return of Soul Essence for individual adults, teens, children, and infants and for “places” that have been injured by manmade or natural disaster. It is a great gift to see the changes that ensue when one self or place becomes inspirited: full of spirit again.

Other Spirit Path Medicines

Spiritual Extraction:

When a person experiences Soul Loss or Power Loss, the integrity of the individual life energy matrix may be compromised, creating openings though which misplaced energy has taken root. This can include self-defeating thoughts, and acceptance of other’s negative beliefs, blame, shame, psychic darts and arrows. The expression of “being stabbed in the back,” is more than a simple metaphor. An intrusion can manifest as a localized pain or strong, negative belief about one self. A spiritual extraction involves removing and releasing the intrusion, clearing the affected area and is generally followed by a power retrieval or soul retrieval.

Ancestral Work and Healing:

Our blood lineage has woven through our own bodies the lives of our ancestors. This includes their joys and talents, as well as patterns of abuse, addiction, ill health, debilitating family beliefs or emotions. We are often unconscious of how the energy of old family wounds informs how we think and act. This is why we see patterns of abuse, incest, addiction, poor health and other traits passed down through generations. Sometimes “themes” are observed such as health problems or accidents appearing along the male or female lineage. Examples include many men of the family experiencing the same kind of illness at a similar age, or many of the women experiencing a back injury, also when reaching a particular decade.

From a Shamanic perspective these traits are seen as energetic imprints woven into the spiritual matrix that supports our personal life. Many people with traumatic family histories benefit from ancestral healing before personal healing can occur. A number of Spirit Path Medicine Modalities may be utilized in this healing including Spiritual Extraction, Soul Retrieval and Spirit Releasing of deceased relatives.

Sacred Art of Dying Consciously and Psychopomp:

Spirit Path Medicines is a natural and time-honored way of helping the individual prepare for the death transition. Fear of the dying process is lessened when the individual is gently assisted into relationship with their own sources of spiritual guidance and wisdom and when these resources then guide the passage from life to death. Shamanic traditions also include practices that can support the individual and the family in psychological and emotional closure.

The word “Psychopomp” originates from the Greek words, pompos (conductor or guide) and psyche (breath, life, soul or mind). The term, “Psychopomp” is generally used to describe a guide who escorts souls to the afterlife. It can also relate to guiding the healing transition in other ways and for this reason, I may also refer to this work as Spiritual Midwifery.

For a variety of reasons, some individuals remain earthbound after death. Sometimes a traumatic death, a deep attachment to a person, or strong desire to complete unfinished business may interfere with the soul’s ability to cross over to the Light where then can continue their soul’s journey. In many traditions, the shaman, medicine man or woman, and sometimes the entire tribal group are called upon to help the soul move forward.

If You Wish to Request In-Person or Long Distance Services
Related to Sacred Dying or Psychopomp Work
Please State That in Your Initial Call or Email.

About Willow, Spirit Path Medicines and Shamanic Healing I was born into a rich blood heritage liberally blended with Cultural Jewish Eastern European, Ukrainian, Hungarian, German, a sprinkling of Scottish (according to family legend), French and English. Especially important in my life was my maternal grandmother, who communicated with birds and they with her; and my paternal grandmother who, a Romani-Gypsy, held close the family secret that she carried some apprenticeship in the Romani Chovibhani (shamanic) tradition. Though we shared little of a common tongue, before her death, she chose to pass what she could of that tradition onto me.

Both grandmothers and my maternal grandfather considered themselves “people of the earth” and since a small child, I have also found myself deeply moved, comforted and and connected to the portals of nature, and the natural world. During a near death experience at the age of five, I become aware of compassionate spirits aiding me, including those beings of Nature and the Stars.

At the age of 16, I learned of “Shamanic” in a chance encounter with a self-described “Irish follower of the Old Way.” A few years thereafter, after moving to the Big Island of Hawai’i, I was given the opportunity to study Hawai’ian energetic healing practices with an elder in the community. He also offered me teachings from the Hawai’ian mystical tradition: respect, humility and self-discipline, the awareness of how all is connected, including our human responsibility and place in the tapestry of creation.

Hawai’ian teachings have intersected with opportunities to sit in circle with Native American, First Nations teachers of North and South America, Tibetan, Celtic and African elders and healers. I have studied the techniques of core shamanism (the Harner Tradition), but my inner guidance has primarily returned me to the Hawaiian mystical traditions and apprenticeship with those healing modalities.

This path is based in Humility, Reverence and Self-Discipline. It fosters conscious responsibility for oneself and active acceptance of one’s part in caring for the greater family of creation. It teaches and strengthens direct personal pathways for obtaining wisdom and guidance in support of our personal and collective soul journey.

I was called to this pathway early in life and I continue to feel humble and grateful for the opportunity to share these healings with others. I offer thanks and reverence for the gifts and teachings from Guides, Ancestors and Elders, in spirit or embodied forms, of all clans, nations and lands.

“E ola mau ka honua “May the Earth continue to live
E ola loa au I ke Akua may the spirits grant you long life
Ho’ iki a mai I ke ola. and may these blessings be manifested.
Amana, The Prayer has lifted,
Ua noa.” It is free.”
Used with Permission: Hank Wesselman, Ph.D.
Visionseeker: Shared Wisdom from the Place of Refuge, 2001.

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