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Dr. Steven Farmer, Modern Shaman

Updated on July 27, 2015
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Beth has a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy and currently helps others through the body mind connection at Whole Body Synchroflow.

Shaman, Author and Healer

Are you drawn to nature and the outdoors? Do you like animals and feel especially in tune with one or two in particular? Have you ever wondered why you feel so relaxed and free when you take a walk in the woods or by the water? Do you find your body moving to the beat of music, whatever type is your preference? Are you at ease when the wind blows through your hair and you smell trees and flowers blossoming?

If so, then you will enjoy learning about Dr. Steven Farmer, Shamanic Practitioner, and you will want to experience his healing energies in person through his books, oracle cards, radio show, blog, talks and one-on-one consultations.

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Dr. Steven Farmer
Dr. Steven Farmer

About Steven Farmer, Ph.D.


Dr. Farmer is well known around the world for his work as a healer, author and teacher. He has written many best-selling spiritual books and hosts his own radio talk show, Earth Magic. His background education includes a B.A. in Psychology as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He has over 30 years experience as a professional healer and educator. In addition to his college education, Dr. Farmer is a shamanic practitioner, hypnotherapist, ordained minister, former college professor and former psychotherapist. He travels world wide to conduct spiritual workshops including topics on Earth Magic and shamanism. He also provides private shamanic sessions by phone and in person.

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Snake Pic

What Is A Shaman?


A Shaman is a practitioner of ancient healing arts. He or she travels to non-ordinary reality to treat the spiritual cause of a person's disease. Once the spiritual cause of the disease is removed, the physical body is able to become balanced, whole and healthy. While journeying, the shaman's body remains in the natural world and his or her spirit travels to seek assistance from animal and spirit guides. One may also seek answers or guidance for the ill person.

In addition, many shamans have expert knowledge of the healing properties of local plant life. Specific holy plants are burnt and the smoke is used for clearing low frequencies. They also use music, chanting, songs, and drumming to achieve altered states of consciousness for journeying. Shaman tools includes drums, feathers, rattles, didgeridoo, and pipes.

Didgeridoo - Dr. Farmer plays this instrument well!

Dr. Farmer uses this ancient Indigenous Australian wind instrument to produce cleansing, releasing vibrations in the healing rituals that he conducts. This can be done one-on-one or in group sessions, as shown in this YouTube video. The didgeridoo is traditionally made from hollowed out Eucalyptus trees. The sound created by this instrument is like no other. If you are in the presence of a didgeridoo performance, you will also feel it's frequency as it clears your chakras.

Dr. Steven Farmer
Dr. Steven Farmer

What Are Power Animals?

Quote By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.

In Steven D. Farmer's 2004 book, "Power Animals," he gives the following description:

"Power Animals are Spirit Guides in animal form, valuable allies who can help you navigate through life's challenges and transitions. You can turn to these perceptive and trustworthy oracles for advice and counsel on any questions or concerns. They're exceptional teachers who will help you learn about the spirit world and the natural world. Working with them on a regular basis will enhance your personal life and expand your spiritual capacities immensely."

Animal Spirit Guides - Best Seller By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.

This exciting book contains information on over 200 animal spirit guides. Did you dream about an animal last night? This alphabetical listing of animal spirit guides will help you interpret your guide's message. It is a quick, easy to use reference that you and your family will love.

When one of my boys says, "Momma, I had a dream last night about a...", we always go look it up in this book and feel good after reading the powerful and affirming messages.

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Wolf Pic

How Do I Find My Power Animal?


Shamanic journeying includes the realms of Non-Ordinary Reality: the Lower World, the Middle World and the Upper World. Your power animals reside in the Lower World, which is not the same thing as the Western notion of evil or the underworld. The Lower World is an alternate realm of existence. To reach this place, you must descend from an opening in the earth while journeying. It is a beautiful, natural place, much like the natural world we live in.

In both books "Power Animals" and "Earth Magic," Dr. Farmer guides you through a shamanic journey which will take you to the Lower World, enabling you to meet your power animal and take her home with you. It is an intense feeling to know your power animal is at your side, guiding and protecting you always.

Messages from Your Animal Spirit Guides Oracle Cards - A 44-Card Deck and Guidebook! Steven D. Farmer

Have you ever wanted to read your animal cards? The truth is that you don't need to hire a psychic to do it for you. Purchase this deck of oracle cards by Steven Farmer and you can read your own cards every day! After you've read the instructions and put your own energy and intentions on the deck, when you pick a card it is really that the most appropriate animal guide for your question or situation will pick you. How easy is that?!?

And children learn a lot from these cards, too. I do daily before school readings with my young sons, and I started them as early as preschool. It is amazing how the animal picks them each time. The messages are positive, uplifting and encouraging. Just try it!

Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides - Oracle Cards

In this YouTube video, Dr. Steven Farmer is performing an animal cards reading for a very appreicative audience member.


What Is Earth Magic?

Quote by Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.

In Dr. Farmer's 2009 book, "Earth Magic," he gives the following explanation:

"While 'Earth Magic' is imbued with universal shamanic principles and practices, it extends beyond these time-tested spiritual healing traditions by incorporating other innovative and creative ways to apply these principles that make them more accessible to a broader range of people. Earth Magic emphasizes Spirit and Earth-based approaches that can be beneficial for those who are called to do healing with themselves, others, and the planet."

Beech Trees
Beech Trees

A Shamanic Healing Session

My Experience with Dr. Farmer

I was very fortunate to have a private session with Dr. Farmer recently in Seattle, Washington at the East West Bookstore. He is a very powerful and spiritually connected shaman. My experience was positive and I believe it has opened my life path to joyous rewards.

I was diagnosed with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome last summer by a physician who told me, "The good news is that it won't kill you. The bad news is that there is nothing you can do about it except take medicine for pain." I didn't like his advice so I was treated by a naturopath for 6 months with mostly good results prior to my session with Dr. Farmer. However, I felt my body was not yet completely healed and I was having periodic symptoms.

Dr. Farmer met me in the lobby of the bookstore and instantly knew who I was, inviting me to his small rented session room. I began with a brief personal history and a discussion of the physical symptoms I had been having. I also had a specific question for him about my current life path, which he was immediately able to give me guidance about.

Dr. Farmer interpreted my symptoms as they relate to my life path and my current situation. He then performed an animal card reading which further confirmed our discussion. Next he performed a shamanic ritual which I can best describe as other worldly. As I stood with bare feet on the floor, he began the ceremony with burning Palo Santo, which is spanish for holy wood, to promote purification and cleansing. Then he used a large owl feather to fan the smoke over my body.

Next he began greeting and thanking the spirit guides which were present to assist in healing. As he did so, the room began to feel different in a positive, life affirming way. Grandfather was present and Dr. Farmer began channeling his energy to remove what he later described as a stone like obstruction in my low back and lower abdominal area. Dr. Farmer transformed into Grandfather, speaking his language, commanding the extraction.

As this continued, I felt intense muscular pain up the right side of my body, especially into my shoulder and neck area. Somehow I knew that when the ceremony was complete the pain would be lifted, so I was patient and focused my mind on releasing the energy blockage in my gut. Then it was time. Dr. Farmer/Grandfather asked me to push my abdomen out while he caught the energy and threw it down to to the floor, down to Mother Earth for recycling. Finally, Dr. Farmer released the residual negatives from his body, gave me instructions for maintenance and protection and said goodbye.

My body felt immediately different after the healing and has felt wonderful ever since. The pain on the right side of my body vanished and I felt a lightness in my third chakra that I cannot remember in this lifetime. The pain that was removed was present since early childhood. And now I am free. I think I slept for 22 hours over the next 2 days as my body readjusted to it's new, healthy and uplifted frequency state.

Heartfelt appreciation to you, Dr. Farmer!

Earth Magic - Best Seller By Steven D. Farmer, Ph.D.

Dr. Farmer is a shamanic practitioner. His healing sessions are assisted by his Spirit Guides, typically including Grandfather, Raven, and Snake. In his latest release, he explains in detail his concept of Earth Magic, including ancestral spirit guides, DNA and healing, dancing, journeying, and chanting, to name a few. He includes instruction on how to meditate and journey to non-ordinary reality.

I've read this book twice and now use it frequently by just opening it to a page and reading whatever positive message is important for me to read at the moment. It is an extraordinary book. It has opened many healing avenues for me and has improved my creativity, feelings of being grounded and ability to release emotional tensions. I highly suggest it for you, too.


Shamanic Lessons

My Words

Dr. Steven Farmer said something to me that made absolute sense. He said, "I take what I do seriously and feel it is a BIG deal. But at the same time from a spiritual perspective I know that it is no big deal."

To me this points to not only the interconnectedness of everything but also to living joyously in the present. We are here in this lifetime with specific goals, plans and achievements, and when we step back and take a broader perspective we see how energy flows between and among all things. The sip of burnt coffee while driving away from the cafe doesn't taste so bitter when we look at the overall picture of our lives on planet earth within the vast, unending Universe.

I witness many people who forget their part within this connection of All. They feel lonely, isolated and caught up in their personal dramas. If this is you then I encourage you to sit back, take a deep breath and allow all your worries to leave with your exhale. Feel your breath moving in your body, feel that all is well and enjoy this present moment. Remember joy and love. It's not missing, you have just forgotten about it.

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    • Nadine May profile image

      Nadine May 

      3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That was truly a great read. I love to read healing stories and Dr. Steven Farmer is clearly a healer of note. I totally believe that animals have healing powers. House pets have as well. Nice post voted up!

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      5 years ago

      Truly wonderful and amazing stories. Love to see others healing and playing with the onderful totme animals. Blessed! :)

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      Beth Buckley 

      6 years ago from Portland, OR

      @TransplantedSoul: Thanks!

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      A fascinating read!

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      7 years ago

      @anonymous: ~ Blessings ~

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      7 years ago

      Looks interesting and also supported with facts.

    • Khalid-Osman profile image


      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your story. Happy 2011 to you and your family. Absolutely, good lens.

    • Missmerfaery444 profile image


      8 years ago

      Very good lens! I enjoyed reading your experience with Steven. I have a deep connection with the earth and am very interested in shamanism and totem animals. Favourited!

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      8 years ago from Rhode Island

      fantastic lens well done and i am now a huge fan of Dr. Steven Farmer!! lens roll and fav thank you!!!

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      8 years ago

      A very well done lens on a controversial subject 5*

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      callinsky lm 

      8 years ago

      This is a fab lens. I love reading cards. You are right; it really isn't hard at all. I lensrolled you and did the discovery thing. This is what I hope a few of my lenses look like when they grow up. Ta haaa haaa! (O;

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      8 years ago

      FANTASTIC Lens!! You did a really good job putting it together. I am without a doubt a fan of Dr. Steven Farmer!! "Blessed by a SquidAngel"


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