I first became interested in shamanism when I was 30 years old. I had returned to college to complete my course work and wound up writing a paper on the dramatic elements present within the practices and ceremonies of the Alaskan shamans for my theater history class. From then on, I was totally hooked. I felt like my Creek Indian grandmother's heritage had awakened within me.

I read everything I could find on the subject of shamanism. I received healing sessions with shamans. I attended shamanic workshops, I hung out with shamans, and I even apprenticed with a shaman.

In 1991, I decided to dedicate my life to healing and I became a massage therapist. Five years later, after an extremely powerful and life-changing session with a visiting shaman, a strange yet wonderful thing happened to me.

Shamanic Healer, Jan Hawkins