5 Reasons to Journey to the Shamanic Lower World

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Hi I’m Janine, Sangoma (African Shaman) initiated by the Zulu Tribe, and Founder of Gentle Warrior.  

In Shamanism there are 3 “non-ordinary” worlds:  The Lower World, Middle World and Upper World.  These worlds are accessed through Shamanic Journeys, usually with a Drum and by entering a “portal”.  For instance you may journey to the Lower World through a hole in the ground.

In this blog we will look only at the Lower World (watch out for August’s blog for Upper World and September for Middle World)


Reason 1:  Nurturing

This is a beautiful nurturing realm surrounded by nature, which makes it a great starting point for all (especially new comers to the Shamanic ways). 


Power AnimalReason 2:  Animal Guides

It’s the World where we meet our Animal Guides, this doesn’t mean they are not present in the other worlds, but they are more frequent here. Meeting our Animal guides may lead to finding your Power Animal, which is seen as an important part of ourselves.  They are known to include pieces of our full power self and help return us to ourselves.  


Reason 3:  Healing Emotions and Thoughts

The Lower World roots our deepest emotions and thoughts and as such is a good start to exploring and healing them.


Reason 4:  Subconscious Mind

The Subconscious Mind stores every single thing that ever happens to you.  The Lower Wold has been linked and referenced to as our Subconscious Mind.  So, the perfect World to really get into that memory bank and heal.


Reason 5:  Recovering Lost Personal Power

We tend to lose aspects of ourselves along the way, such as willingly or unwillingly handing over our Personal Power.  Reasons 1 – 4 above show how the Lower World is a nurturing and healing world for us to explore our Subconscious mind, with spiritual guidance from our Animal Guide, to Recover Lost Personal Power.


If you’d like to experience the Lower World for yourself, come and explore with us in The Lower World Recovering Lost Personal Power Workshop on Sun 29 July at Amber Shop in Galway.

Workshop Details:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2087294998259056/

That Day I Accidently Got Married

Will and Janine Twin FlamesTwin Flame Time Frame

I’ve been with Will (my Twin Flame) for almost 1.5 years now.  We tend to refer to the length of time in our relationship to that of dog years –everything is amplified by at least x 7. 

Yep, we met as friends in November 2016, in a relationship by February 2017 (that part did take slower), by end of February we were talking about babies, September we were living together, October pregnant (with an unfortunate miscarriage in January). 

We knew very early on that we would be getting married (always looking at 2019) and by beginning of May I chose the design of the ring to be made with the decision to use my diamond from South Africa (from my mom’s marriage to my father). 

My priority was still on falling pregnant and in my eyes the wedding would happen when it happens. 

Handfasting ceremonySangoma Dreams, Messages from the Ancestors

OK let me slow it down a bit.  About April 2017 I started having dreams about us in the Townships with my Sangoma Tribe in ceremony.  Although in the dream our hands were tied I was pretty sure it was a merging of our Ancestors. 

In my head Sangoma ceremony in June 2017 my Sangoma Mother confirmed in deed Will was to come to the land for ceremony, where our Ancestors would be united to work together to protect our relationship.

It felt right and we were guided to head to South Africa in May 2018 for some healing time together, adventure and a ceremony!!

Tribal Wedding PhotoIt’s Ceremony Day – Nyanga East, Cape Town, South Africa

We were spending a couple of nights in a hotel in a not so great part of Cape Town, but it was the closest and safest hotel to get in and out of the Townships relatively quickly.  That day I woke up with so much energy and excitement I remember hanging over Will’s face (as he slept soundly) shouting “IT’S CEREMONY DAY” – a bit of a shock waking no doubt.  Dancing around we got dressed and ready to head to the Townships for our special day on uniting our Ancestors.

Thembi’s house was filled with Sangoma’s, family and friends that I have met over the last 3 years and it was such a welcome and blessing to see them all again.  There was singing, dancing, drumming and drinking with the Ancestors (I just wet my lips as I was driving).  We were standing outside the house when a Police car drove and stopped staring at these 2 white people in beads in a black Township wondering what to do, but we smiled and waved that we were in deed safe and here out of free will :)

In the height of the ceremony there was a lot of crying and chanting in Zulu and I leaned in towards Will whispering “this is starting to feel like a wedding!”  Will, who was by now pretty intoxicated having to drink mine and his neat spirits with the Sangomas for the Ancestors, agreed that it did, but it was a beautiful experience.  Next thing we hear “where are the rings?” to my response “WHAT?”  Next thing we hear “husband and wife”, with people crying and cheering.  Puzzled looks on our faces Will leans over and says “Did we just get married? 

Sangoma Ceremony DayThe Aftermath

Yes, indeed we found ourselves in a Tribal Wedding and are now married in our Zulu Tribe.  After enjoying the rest of a stunning ceremony, I drove my not so sober Husband back to the dodgy area we were staying in (yep apparently our honeymoon night).  Not before stopping at the Spur (a family restaurant) for steak and alcohol.  I did the right thing and bought a six pack of savannah’s (cider) for me and beers for Will, where we stayed in the hotel room for the night with me spending most the time repeating “how the hell did we just get married”. 

Next day I had time to digest everything and I was very pleased that we had our Tribal wedding first.  We didn’t share it with many people and the rest of our holiday was one big honeymoon J

Where does this leave us?

We didn’t legalise the Tribal Wedding (it was sacred and for us only), but we do call each other husband and wife and in our eyes we very much are.  The engagement ring is finally ready, and I’ll wait for Will to pop the question and we are hoping for the western wedding maybe 2019 (which was always the plan), but is very much dependant on pregnancy, etc.

It pretty much sums up our relationship really – Tribal Marriage (the day I accidently got married), then engagement and then Western Wedding (which of course will not be traditional).  And who knows what surprises they will throw at us in between that, but I can’t wait to find out :)


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I invite you to a personal session with me, it will change the way you feel!

I want you to become everything your future self wants you to be!  
                                                        .….. Janine (Gentle Warrior)











Are you feeling like life is throwing you one challenge after the other?  Like you keep getting knocked down and finding it harder to get up?  It’s happening to more and more of us.  It’s becoming harder to hide from our fears and ourselves.  We are being lead to be stripped from the very things that are holding us back and that we have burried deep. 

We need to be stripped of these in order to shine.  It’s not easy and it can feel darn right painful and there is no quick solution.  I’m learning that it’s less painful if you go along with the ride and don’t fight it.  Trust is the solution – trusting that your ancestors can see the bigger picture – know what’s best for you, even when you don’t, even when at this exact moment it just feels unfair.

Hand it over and breath.  I’m not pretending it’s easy, but it’s better than fighting it xx


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I invite you to a personal session with me, it will change the way you feel!

I want you to become everything your future self wants you to be!
                                                        .….. Janine (Gentle Warrior)


running on empty spedometereRUNNING ON EMPTY?

Often we make the mistake of trying to help everybody else and do very little for ourselves.  If the oxygen masks come down in a plane, you have to apply it to yourself first before helping others.  We are no good to others if we can barely stand on our own two feet.

We find it easy to protect the ones we love and we wouldn’t stand for somebody treating our loved ones the way we treat ourselves.  So, why are we so harsh on ourselves?

We get to a point where we are so used to running on empty that it becomes a natural process, it’s the norm.  Life passes us by and we are too wrapped up in the drama and exhaustion to notice it.

If you really want to be there for the ones you love, treat yourself the way you expect your loved ones to be treated and have the physical strength and mental vigour to enjoy the life you have then I have the workshop for you.

On 21 Aug I’m running a workshop teaching healing techniques with mighty results.  Start to understand your energy, learn how to heal yourself and how to maintain that energy.

What do you have to lose?  You have everything to gain.


Healing Wounds through Lionsgate synced to Egypt… Join our Shamanic Journey
















Been feeling unsure or uncertain of what’s ahead?  Have you been feeling misunderstood, maybe emotionally up and down and had a feeling of wanting to run away and hide?  Possibly been feeling like you have been dealing with everything alone?

This is all leading up to Lionsgate, which opens every year on August 8th to 12th AND perfectly syncs up with the Pyramids in Giza.  Which just happens to align with our Shamanic Journey’s with Ancient Egypt.  So, needless to say Monday 8th’s journey is going to be a powerful one for sure. 

In a nutshell, over the last month or so all lower emotions have been brought to the surface for us to now finally release them!!  Want to heal those old wounds?  Then we need to forgive ourselves…. and what better way to do that than a Shamanic Journey with the drum to the Egyptian Nile River.

Shamanic Journey to Ancient Egypt
Shamanic Journey to Ancient Egypt

Group Womb Blessing: A women’s search for answers

I was delighted and honoured that Amber Patton attended a monthly Group Womb Blessings and chose to share her experience, journey and positive changes with us”. Janine (Gentle Warrior)

We all seek a healings for different reasons– and because of the diverse nature of a Group Womb Blessing and its ability to affect us spiritually, physically and emotionally, the blessing itself can adapt to the needs of those seeking help. It was my curiosity that drove me to first approach Janine about taking part in a Group Womb Blessing at Amber’s Holistic Centre. It is not a blessing limited only to mothers, or women who experienced discomfort or issues with their uteruses; but also targets creative blocks and emotional imbalances. Janine expressed to me that it didn’t matter your age, your body or your walk in life – this blessing had the ability to start each woman on their own, unique spiritual journey.

As a Moon Mother, Janine had the background knowledge, and the spiritual ability to create a very open and holistic environment for those who took part in the blessing.  I was drawn to Janine’s energy, and her gentle nature which made me feel safe and confident in a somewhat unknown and confusing time in my life. What was unique about the Group Womb blessing was the fact that none of us had ever met one another before. The eight of us were strangers – all specifically drawn to attend this particular blessing with Janine on this day. I remember we started out by staring around at one another with nervous excitement for what was to come. But, by the end, I hope I am not the only one in saying, that I feel a connection to all of them – even if it is only a thin thread of the journey we shared together.

Janine’s approach to the blessing was calm and collected. We began with a guided meditation which immersed us all into the flow of energy within the room. Janine was our guide, her light a beacon, as we entered into a space between lucid dreaming and being awake. Then, one by one, she began her healings. The exact nature of her healing is still unknown to me since my eyes remained closed, but I do know that when she came around the circle of women to me, I felt a rush of heat throughout my body.

Each one of us in the blessing that day has a different story to share about our experiences under Janine’s touch. For me, the rush of heat was all I felt, and when I opened my eyes I was slow to speak and form complete thoughts. While others were alert and bright eyed about what they had experienced during both the meditation and the blessing, I receded within myself feeling no difference. Maybe I had done something wrong? Lost connection, or broke my meditation too early.

Janine explained that the blessings were the start of our spiritual journeys that will be very different for each person. This blessing would spur events in our lives, good and even bad. Change is not always easy, but necessary to grow and thrive. As she told us of some possible changes, both physically and emotionally, I began to wonder what would be so different for me? And then I remembered why I sought Janine in the first place.

Recently, I’ve gone through a tremendous amount of changes that effected my living situation, my relationships and my career. In turn, my creative outlet suffered the most because of it. As an author, when you are unable to write either due to writers block, or lack of confidence, it can be very unsettling.

Following Janine’s womb blessing, my life changed drastically once again. But, for the first time, I feel I am finally back on track. I’ve found a stable home with a person I love, and I had the courage to remove emotionally unhealthy people from my life. It was two weeks of incredible stress, movement and change and then I took a deep breath into my new life and path. My passion for writing has returned. The block, which I had placed on my creative outlet myself, now removed and I feel balanced and confident once again.

The Womb Blessing will affect everyone differently, and even if you don’t really know what help you seek, whether spiritually, physically, or emotionally, if your curiosity is peeked, then do not hesitate to try it. If you’re ready for change, if you’re ready to step into your own power as a woman, then look no further and speak to Janine. She will be your guide.

~Amber Patton

Group Womb Blessing Details
Group Womb Blessing Details

What Happens When Creativity Strikes?

js holding rock_MODIFIEDI invite you to a personal session with me, it will change the way you feel!

I want you to become everything your future self wants you to be!

                                        ….. Janine (Gentle Warrior)



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Inviting you to sit back and enjoy one of our topics covered in our CLIPS BELOW over the last week or so.  All videos can be found on my Janine Schuller youtube.com: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCceJqsqoKESrPRnX3xFf5Vw



What happens when you run out of excuses?

Diamond Hill

I strive to be the person that leaps forward and grabs the “bull by the horns” to succeed in all that I do, but fact is I’m human and as humans we can find endless excuses not to do something (and usually being something that will be of great benefit to us).

I find myself following this pattern when it comes to exercising.  Oh I have every excuse under the sun not to get these legs moving like “my knee injury keeps playing up”, oh and “I have a weak ankle, old injury you know”, don’t forget “I just don’t have the time, my focus is on my clients” – oh there are just too many to list, it would bore you.  Truth be told my injuries are over 2 years old (and now just in my head) and my focus should be on exercise first – giving me the energy and placing me in an even better head space to operate, making sure I don’t burn out!

This morning I woke up, the sun was shining (Wahoo, lovely when this happens in Ireland) and I knew I had to get by butt into Nature.  My sister suggested I head out to Diamond Hill – you know even just to potter around the bottom of the hill.  Again – every single excuse entered into my head, which really is just the fear factor kicking in.  FEAR you may ask?  Well yeah for some reason my feet start aching if I walk for over an hour (I know this is emotional causing physical pain) and I have a real fear of not being able to walk further, followed by fear of heights – so rocky hills concern me.  And then the fear of failure, not being able to complete it.

This time I decided just to drive out there and check it out, get some fresh air.  Then, with encouragement from an amazing friend, I decided just to place one foot in front of the other and get to the big rock.  When I got there I decided oh what the hell, I’ll just keep placing one foot in front of the other and enjoy the scenery, you know I can turn around if I have to.  Next thing I was at the hard point – that real challenge (well for me anyway).  I clambered up a few steps and then froze in fear.  I couldn’t go up and I couldn’t go down.  Amazingly people seemed to disappear and everything was still, except for a lady (about one 10 years my elder) breezing down.  After a brief chat with her she encouraged me to keep going, one foot in front of the other.

And you know what – next thing I knew I was right at the top.  Yeah, I know Diamond Hill is a “moderate” walk, but it’s a fricken hill non-the-less and for me with my fitness level, level of excuses and level of fear – this was pretty GREAT :)

So I ask again, what happens if you run out of excuses?  My conclusion is you set yourself free!

I challenge you to face a situation this week, drop the excuses, breath, place one foot in front of the other, and see just how far you get – you’ll be amazed.

Reach out to me if you need any encouragement – my friend and that lady that was as good as an Angel in my eyes were the support I needed to get there. 

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We all have Superpowers!

Gentle Warrior Superpowers


Some of the SUPERPOWERS I use to help you become somebody your future self would be proud of:

  • Ability to adapt and transform (over and over again)
  • Faith and bond I have with my ancestors and guides, they never let us down in a session
  • Get in, find issue, resolve
  • No fluff – from Project Management to Healer, I have a firm grip and understanding of both worlds and challenges
  • The game of life has knocked me back too – having experienced most of the emotional (and sometimes physical) ailments first hand – I can relate to you
  • My true PASSION and DESIRE is to help you get to where you want to be – I don’t give up

Top 5 tips to F.L.Y (First Love Yourself)

Gentle Warrior Top 5 Tips to F.L.Y (First Love Yourself)

Before you can soar, you need to learn to F.L.Y (First Love Yourself)

Try out these top 5 tips F.L.Y (First Love Yourself) to attract healthy love into your life:

1.      Although Nazareth proclaimed in the 70’s that “Love Hurts” – it’s not the love that hurts, it’s the resistance to it that does.  Loving yourself will never be wasted and any pain caused due to resistance to love will start healing.  When afraid to lose love – you must love more!

2.      When we love ourselves we automatically attract love to us.  So follow in the footsteps of The Bellamy Brothers and decide to “Let Your Love Flow”, washing away the debris of hurt.

3.      When meditating with Aphrodite I was shown the Waterlily and the Hummingbird.  The Waterlily rises from the murky waters into the sunlight to become this beautiful flower and the Hummingbird reminds us that the sweetest nectar is within.

4.      Discover who you truly are and surround yourself with the support of like-minded people.  One way to do this is to attend a course, such as the Female Spiritual Energies Course provided by Gentle Warrior.  We are 4 different energies in a menstrual / lunar cycle.  Learn how they impact us & how to embrace them

5.      Heal yourself with a Womb Blessing & Healing from Gentle Warrior.  Awaken & heal the 4 female spiritual energies within you and step into your full power

Have any questions or like to know how we can help further?  Get in touch and get your wings.