A Shaman’s Journey – Weaving Integrative Healing and Magic with Sacred Tattoo Designs


Sacred Tattoo Design by Tania Marie

I just completed another sacred tattoo design and it has been a beautiful journey, to say the least. When I am provided with the ability to let the designs work their own magic, in their own time, I love to see how they flow with what I have going on in my own life that ends up connecting beautifully with the client I am designing for. With this particular design, I was able to let the energy percolate while I was away in Big Bear and Lake Tahoe/Reno, taking in the energy of the mountains, forests and lakes. Perfect energy to connect with and through for what I was channeling.

Interestingly my computer had blown out when I arrived in Big Bear on the 4th of July and with everything I had in terms of information for this tattoo, on there, I was unable to work on it. So, I knew it was the first sign to let the energy work its own timing. Much time I spent out in the forests hiking and biking by the lake, where I connected with the Earth, nature, elements and animals – the Divine wholeness and bigger picture of everything. When I returned, I had to get a new computer up and running and in the meantime, catch up on other work, so I would tune in and do some channeling work with this design, when I felt the intuitive hit to do so without anything interfering. Then I was off to Lake Tahoe and Reno, where again, I was immersed in the beauty and magic ofnature and experiencing an integrative healing journey personally, as well as receiving collective messages as well. I had printed out the info for the design I’d been provided, so I could read it while in the plane there and back, so that I could allow it all to percolate and emerge in vision through me with what was flowing in energetically on this trip.

My intuitive feelings from the start would become more and more clear and upon returning, I knew the time was right to finalize the process and bring it into manifestation on paper. The day I began to have the flow emerge, I also took an evening walk on the beach where I was met by a pelican that allowed me to get as close as I wanted. I connected with it and knew it was communicating and had waited for me and the messages mirrored things for myself, but also reiterated the shamanic and shapeshifting, healing energy I was working with for this sacred tattoo design.

And yesterday, it all just flowed with grace and ease, as I played music to accompany my process that held the right energetic resonance, along with having my new smokey quartz heart crystal I got in Reno, alongside me to aid the channeling creation.

What I love is how the images emerge. I usually get a sense of the energy and even the exact symbolism/images that will be incorporated – the essence – but how they will look doesn’t really happen until I sit down and put pencil in hand and allow. Then it is like a channeling process and that guides me, by something beyond myself that comes through and things just magically start to appear. It’s the same with my paintings. But my process used to be that I would receive the exact vision in my head and then work towards creating that vision. Now my process has shifted where I receive the essence and how that comes to be is a beautiful and vulnerable journey of letting go and allowing that divine image to come through, unencumbered by any thoughts. A purely in-the-moment creation of heart expression that comes from tapping into that neither here nor there place and flowing freely – stepping out of the way and having Spirit move through me.

This is the process of sacred tattoo designing, for me, and what emerged with this one. And it is always so beautiful to hear the reiterations from those I co-create these designs with, in how so many elements synchronize with things in their lives or how specific things manifested that they didn’t share with me, but are in the image, etc. A mirror of open heart channeling between souls. More and more this whole process is deepening and collaborative team efforts are emerging in this partnering and people meeting each other heart to heart with courageous vulnerability. It really moves me to experience all of this with others. And it is a learning process for each of us in how to communicate and meet at that very revealing and authentic place that is honoring of each other during the journey. I go through my own evolution each time and with the different people I work with and what each brings to the table that challenges me on many levels to push myself to that space in which I can be bigger than myself. I am grateful for that journey and the integration it provides both of us.

This design that came through was special to work with. Each always is uniquely special in their own way since they reflect the individual beauty of each person, but I truly was honored in this journey, as it’s one of those times the soul I was working with basically revealed themselves in naked truth to me by choice of laying it on the table. I still get to do the intuitive work to see how things come together in the most empowering way, in circumstances like this, but it’s really indicative of how many are finding that self awareness and comfortability to expose their naked skin to others (me in this case) and in so doing I can assist in transforming it into spiritual skin that mirrors that beauty (and in general, that equates to people being able to truly interact at a heart and soul level without masks or hindrances.)

Usually I share a lot of the symbolism in the designs, but this time I wanted to share more on the journey. What resulted was a reflection of this client’s soul to me that revealed her shaman/healer/magical/shape-shifter/earth keeper energy. It was definitely a shamanic journey to receive it and what resulted was a beautiful tapestry of her soul that will empower the integrative healing and magic into her life she needs, as well as provide the energy to grow into. It will also help to balance the very male energies she has to bring in the divine feminine to integrate. The placement of her left hip/thigh, helping to integrate that feminine energy (as it’s connected with the right brain) and also the hips and thighs are about moving forward without fear and keeping one in balance.

The symbolism included were a mixture of ones that were important in her life, that she had connection with, or that I intuited based on what she shared and I received. I loved hearing how when she read my explanation to her of the design, that her Raven friend came to visit her at her window while she wrote back to me, she also had recently gotten some smokey quartz earrings (connecting with the one I was working with in channeling this), and some other cool synchronicities with what I designed for her. I originally had created four similar feathers as the four directions, unknowingly about her connection with feathers and then that opened up her sharing about her 3 feather collection she had given to her by special people and coming from powerful birds. She then realized that those 3 feathers would be powerful to incorporate and I agreed! So I took her photos and redid three of the feathers to match hers and the last remained as the one I created – a gift now from me. I intuited which feather was to go in which direction and used my pendulum to verify, which it did. I love the result and I can’t wait to see this in the flesh.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of people’s journeys and to assist in empowering others.

If interested in a sacred tattoo design for yourself, you can contact me at tania@spiritualskin.com and visit this link to see if my work is an energetic match for you: Spiritual Skin

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About Tania Marie's Blog

Tania Marie is an international Reiki Master Teacher, sacred tattoo designer, visionary, inspirational workshop leader, and author of Spiritual Skin. With over 25 years’ experience in healing arts and metaphysical studies, Tania supports people globally to find inspiration and empowerment, and to live with more conscious awareness.

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