Creativity is power. Creativity is healing.

Everyone feels the voice of creativity inside of them, or they want to have it awakened. You have something to share inside that wants to come out.

Every person has this unique voice inside, and has the power to express this. It is your connection to this power that might have gotten shut off, might have no longer seemed important and gotten lost.

Cultures throughout time have always expressed this creativity. Art has been present in all cultures, and in many cases how we remember them. Through images, objects or words creative “things” have been manifested. Created from nothing, from within.

Shamanic healing methods have been documented for tens of thousands of years, and are still practiced worldwide by both indgenous peoples and those who are called to do this work. In shamanic practice the aspect of illness is addressed through the idea that there is disharmony in a person’s life on a spiritual level. By making a shamanic journey outside of time and space into what is called “non-ordinary reality” or a universe parallel to our own, the shaman is met by spirit helpers in the form of human teachers or animals. It is actually these compassionate spirits who perform the healing work though the shaman who is only acting as a conduit.


Through her journeys, Emily Christenson opens a window in these sessions to bring back lost power, awaken your creativity, bring healing, messages from loved ones, and messages of understanding to where you are on your souls journey at this time. Work with Emily as she creates your custom piece of art where you may receive these messages for both long-term and present time healing and direction. Most importantly you learn how to connect with the creative part deep within yourself, to access your own power and continue to do this healing for yourself, others and the planet. Both Shamanic Healing and Mediumship takes place on a spiritual level and this work can be done both in person or long distance with Zoom. After any creative sessions the finished painting or custom drum then will be shipped. Preferred method of payment for in person or long-distance sessions is Venmo, or by sending a check in advance of our session. Please visit her TESTIMONIALS page to read about some of her sessions and readings.


HOW TO BOOK A SESSION OR READING:
Contact Emily at thepaintedmessage@gmail.com with any questions and to schedule. All readings, sessions and custom paintings or drums are scheduled through email. Emily works primarily through referrals.

To inquire about setting up a reading or session:
If you were referred please include who referred you, and which service you are wanting to schedule in your request email and Emily will send you more information about that offering as well as first availability.

Sessions and readings are typically booked Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 2:00pm CT. Emily currently is booking about two months out, however you can request to be put on a waiting list for sooner availability.      BOOK SESSION OR READING


SERVICES OFFERED: 



              

                    


• THE PAINTED MESSAGE  $260.  1.5 hr
Building on Emily Christenson’s over 22 years of working directly with the Earth and our natural world's energies in her artwork, The Painted Message Session is a unique and powerful soul reading and combination of shamanic journeywork, psychic work, mediumship, and creative opening for what your soul is needing for guidance and inspiration. Designed by Emily's guides, this session consists of layers of information including a custom made original painting, a channeled writing, a drum healing session, and a one on one private sitting for messages, activation and personal healing. Through mark-making, visual imagery and channeled writings she passes along these painted messages and written words to understand and grow in a personal healing piece of artwork combined with a relaxing drum healing session and private sitting mediumship reading. You will go home with layers of information as well as your custom 8 x 8 inches, oil and mixed media on panel if in-person, or it will be shipped to you if distance. This session meets for an hour and a half either in-person or on Zoom for your drumming meditation, private sitting, and to go over all of your messages within the imagery and channeled writing.


View
THE PAINTED MESSAGE PORTFOLIO PAGE  
to see examples of some of these many unique works of individual healing. 






• EVIDENTIAL MEDIUMSHIP READINGS  - PRIVATE SITTINGS $150.  45 min - 1 hr
Soul to soul communication. This 45 min - 1 hour reading is focused on connecting you with your own soul (psychic reading), and/or guides or loved ones that have passed (mediumship reading) to deliver clear confirmations of messages and guidance from the Spirit World. The intentions for your reading are that you receive many specific pieces of evidence, overall personality of you and/or your loved ones, and healing messages so you know without a doubt that life is eternal and it is possible to connect with them in Spirit. Mediumship is sacred work. It’s about confirming that we are spirit-beings here and forever. It’s about giving you evidence that your loved ones who have passed on and have left their physical body still exist in Spirit. And it’s about giving those loved ones a chance to share with you their messages, memories and stories of their life to uplift, bring healing, assist with guidance, and ultimately to show you their continued support in your life. 

Depending on your soul's need and the needs of those in Spirit, Emily will follow this power and your private sitting may be focused mediumistically, with those in Spirit, or psychically, blending with your own soul to overcome challenges, bring guidance, and connect you with your own power and spiritual development. Often Emily will work on both the psychic level and mediumistic level in private sittings. If you are interested in an evidential mediumship private sitting please send an email to request more information or to BOOK A PRIVATE SITTING MEDIUMSHIP READING. These readings are through Zoom or in-person.

Additional friends/family for a private sitting are $40 per person. Please be aware that depending on who is present for your reading these participants not only affect the energy between all of us (and those across the veil), but they also can influence who shows up from the other side. 





       

• INTIMATE GROUP READINGS  3 - 7 people $220. 1.5 hr    8 - 12 people 2 hr. $30. each    
Small intimate group readings are both powerful and very special for those who attend. It’s a time when participants come to realize that life truly is eternal, and our family and friends who have passed over, are never far from us in Spirit form. Group readings can be emotional, but they are often filled with laughter and hope. As an evidence based medium, it gives me immense joy to connect with the Spirit of loved ones and pass along their healing messages, wisdom and sometimes humorous meanings, in a safe, supportive and intimate setting. My goal would be these gatherings give all who attend a good understanding of the afterlife and what happens when we leave our physical body and cross over. As far as the several people who come through in these readings, it’s important not to get locked into just one person as I give you the evidence. I could be tuning in to several people at once, and I may need your help to sort them all out. Along those same lines, I cannot promise who will come through in a group reading, it depends on the needs of those in Spirit, and who is best person to help you with your own needs. Group readings often contain messages of universal guidance and wisdom from your loved ones that can benefit the whole group.
 





• SPIRIT GUIDED SPIRITUAL HEALING SESSION  $260. 2 hr.
In this Spiritual Healing Session, Emily leaves it completely open to the healing her guides direct for each person. These sessions are focused on removing energy that does not belong to you, restoring lost life force, or a unique combination of services for healing and growth. She first does a diagnostic journey asking her guides and helpers what service or blend of services is best needed for you at this time. These sessions are completely unique to each individual. Often times combining some extraction, soul retrieval, power animal retrieval, channeled ceremonies, or even artwork for continued healing and activation. She shares her journey with you detailing the services her guides suggest, and if this feels right you will continue with the session. 

Shamanic extraction is the removal of displaced energy, called intrusions. This is energy that does not belong in the body and may cause spiritual problems and illness, eventually traveling to manifest as illness in mental, emotional and physical parts of the body.

When we undergo a severe trauma, typically a part of our life force goes away so that we can survive whatever is happening to us. This loss of life force is known as soul loss, and this can take place when we have an accident, suffer a traumatic experience, experience the death of a loved one, or go through a period of difficult circumstances. It is a way for the body and consciousness to survive the trauma. Problems develop when the energetic soul part or fragment does not seem to return. Soul retrieval is one of the most effective and well known shamanic healing practices to restore lost life force. If soul retrieval is needed, this will often include some extraction work beforehand, as well as many times a power animal returning to you. When these soul parts return, they bring back with them gifts and abilities. 

Power Animal Retrieval is entering the spirit worlds and a retrieving a power animal that has chosen you for restored power and connection. These animals bring with them protection and empowerment, energy, wisdom, talents and gifts. Power animals are guardian spirits, similar to the concept of guardian angels. They protect us, keep us full of power, health and enthusiasm and prevent negative energies and illnesses from entering our energy field. Sometimes a power animal leaves suddenly for unknown reasons. When this happens, the person becomes disempowered and the result is misfortune and/or illness. Retrieving your power animal and helping to create a deep relationship gives you a resurgence of power, health and brings energy and spirit to your life.



• DRUM HEALING SESSION  $150. 1 hr.
For established clients. A follow up session after a Spirit Guided Healing Session or Painted Message. This drumming meditation and mentoring session focuses on continued individual spiritual healing work, energy flow, spiritual blockages, and spiritual development strengthening your connection with your own power animals, guides and spirit helpers. 


Drumming for Theta: The Relaxed Mind Through RhythmDrumming repetitively at about four beats per second, has been proven to relax the mind, inducing either Alpha or Theta in nearly all participants in studies on the effect of drumming. An abstract from the US Library of Medicine by Professor Winkelman, concluded, from a study: “Research reviews indicate that drumming enhances recovery through inducing relaxation and enhancing theta-wave production and brain-wave synchronization. Drumming produces pleasurable experiences, enhanced awareness of preconscious dynamics, release of emotional trauma, and reintegration of self. Drumming alleviates self-centeredness, isolation, and alienation, creating a sense of connectedness with self and others. Drumming provides a secular approach to accessing a higher power and applying spiritual perspectives.”



 CUSTOM PAINTED DRUM AND RATTLE ARTWORK  $220.
Emily offers custom painting on Remo synthetic hide drums or natural hide drums, and she also makes natural buffalo, moose, horse, and elk hide drums completely by hand. Custom painting for the Remo drums start at $220. for the 16” size and $275. for the large 22” size drums plus return shipping. Handmade natural hide drums are $450. Custom Handmade Rattles are $220. plus shipping.

For custom painting you would bring or ship your drum to her studio, then she would do a shamanic journey to the spirit worlds and to your drum retrieving its imagery for connection, activation, healing and growth. Every drum painting is completely unique to the person using their drum. It is painted with professional archival paints and the drum painting is sealed to be able to be played on and used everyday. Rattles are made directed by spirit guides including types of materials, sound, and painted imagery. If you need to acquire a drum, Emily can give some recommendations and help you find the right drum for you.

View the CUSTOM DRUM AND RATTLE PAGE to see examples of some of these many unique custom painted drums and rattles



• CREATIVE POWER SESSIONS  $260. 2.5 hr.
This two and a half hour in-person studio session starts with a journey to connect with guides and helpers to open blocked creative energy and to channel a personal ceremony work, artwork, tool or talisman or combination of these that we will then create together in the studio for activation and creative power. 



• DRUM MEDITATION AND SACRED ART SESSIONS  
Sacred art and drumming meditation session held through zoom. Each one hour+ workshop will be focused on a different set of journey questions with an art tutorial to connect your experience and bring it outwards creatively and using your individual expression. We connect as a group circle. Each session is a different channeled workshop so art materials will vary each session. Please email to request to be added to the mailing list for these drum meditation and sacred art sessions and for more information.


 ONLINE JOURNEY DRUMMING CIRCLES
We will be meeting through zoom to continue to work on strengthening our personal connection to Spirit through the shamanic journey. Each circle will include two or three different live focused intention drumming journeys. In this sacred and comfortable space we will focus on opening creatively to growth and healing, and the energy connecting all worlds. These circles are designed by Emily's spirit helpers to give yourself this hour to connect to your power animals, teachers and your higher self to work on healing for yourself, others, and our Earth. Please email to request to be added to the mailing list for these shamanic journey drumming circles and for more information. Knowing how to do a shamanic journey is a prerequisite for these circles. Please contact Emily to set up a session to learn how to journey before you join these monthly journey sessions. 



LEARN SHAMANIC JOURNEYING  $85. individual 1 hr.  
GROUPS 1.5 hr  3 - 5 people $35. each  •   6 - 8 people $25. each   8-12 people $20. each 
Either as a long distance zoom session or in person, work with Emily one on one or with a group of friends to learn to do a shamanic journey to travel and connect with your power animals, spiritual guides and teachers for guidance and healing. 




• DISCLAIMER





Shamanism is the most ancient spiritual practice known to humankind. Many anthropologists believe that the practice dates back over 100,000 years. 


The word “shaman” comes from the Tungus tribe in Siberia and it means spiritual healer or one who sees in the dark. Shamanism has been practiced in Siberia, Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, Greenland, and native North and South America.

Shamanism teaches us that everything that exists is alive and has a spirit. Shamans speak of a web of life that connects all of life and the spirit that lives in all things. Everything on earth is interconnected and any belief that we are separate from other life forms including the earth, stars, wind, etc is purely an illusion. And it is the shaman’s role in the community to keep harmony and balance between humankind and the forces of nature.

One of the major ceremonies a shaman performs is called a shamanic journey. A shaman is a man or woman who goes into an altered state of consciousness and travels outside of time into the hidden realms that many term non-ordinary. I see non-ordinary reality as a parallel universe to ours. The Australian aborigines call non-ordinary the Dreamtime. It is also referred to as the Other World in Celtic traditions.

In these hidden realities there are helping spirits, compassionate spirits who offer their guidance and also their healing help in behalf of all life on earth. 

Typically shamans use some form of percussion, especially drumming or rattling, to go into an altered state that allows the free soul of the shaman to journey into the invisible worlds. In Australia you also see shamans use the didgeridoo and/or click sticks. Some traditions use sticks or bells.

Scientific study has found that when we are in an ordinary state of consciousness our brain waves are in a beta state. But when the shaman or shamanic practitioner listens to a rhythmic or monotonous drum beat, the brain waves slow down, first to an alpha state, which is a light, meditative state of consciousness, and then into a deeper state called a theta state. And that’s the state that allows the shaman’s free soul to journey into the invisible worlds having access to helping spirits.

When one looks at shamanic traditions around the world there are three common levels that are spoken about and also depicted through different paintings and other forms of artwork. The hidden worlds that the shaman travels to are known as the Under World or Lower World, the Middle World, and the Upper World. There are numerous levels in both the Lower World and also in the Upper World and they are outside of time.

Shamanism is a system of direct revelation. All shamans might describe experiences differently. And how the different experiences are interpreted and seen by others is how beautiful they all are.

- Sandra Ingerman