Mary Mueller Shutan is a spiritual healer, teacher, and author. She is the author of The Spiritual Awakening Guide, Managing Psychic Abilities, The Body Deva, Working with Kundalini, The Shamanic Workbook series, and The Complete Cord Course.
She combines her extensive education with her personal meditative practices and direct revelation of the spirit world. She has been serving her community as a spiritual healer and teacher since 2004.
More About Me/Personal Bio:
I have always been sensitive, although in the world in which I grew up, I was called things like “artist” or “writer” instead. Deeply attuned to the Other as well as the emotional wellspring within me, I spent much of my childhood and adolescence in a state of confusion– although I could not fully place it at those ages, I knew that the way that I saw and vitally experienced the world was much different than those around me.
I grew up in the upper middle class world of the Midwest (U.S.) in a family of intellectuals who fostered my love of reading. I became obsessed with mythology, fairy tales, the supernatural, magical realism and the experiences of those who had been “othered” by society at an early age.
In my teenage years I began to experience increasing dreams and visions, including shamanic dismemberment dreams, as well as initiatory spiritual experiences that opened me up further to the Other.
I began doing things intuitively, as if directed by an inner force that I could not consciously process. I began a daily meditation practice, and became increasingly guided to books, workshops, courses, and teachers.
I began realizing in my early twenties how sensitive I was; prior to this point I had never really met anyone else that felt and perceived like I did, and during this period of time I began recognizing that there were others out there who deeply felt, who perceived differently, or who were called to explore the oddness that is the oceanic depths of the spiritual realms.
At age twenty-three I began to experience full-blown manifestations of kundalini awakening that I could no longer ignore, and for the next decade of my life I did little else beyond educate myself and attend to the unfolding of my inner spiritual nature.
Qualifications/Education and Experiences
- Personal Meditative Practice: 1995– present
- Ritual Magician: 1995– 2019
- Shamanic Studies/Practice: 2003– present
- Reiki Master Teacher: 2003 & 2005
- Massage Therapy License (LMT): 2005
- Asian Bodywork Certification (ABT): 2006
- Zero Balancing Certification: 2009
- CranioSacral Therapy Techniques and Diplomate Certification (CST-T, CST- D): 2008 & 2014
- Master of Science Degree in Chinese Medicine: 2009
My experience began as a Massage Therapist and Energy Worker (focused on Reiki). I then went on to study Thai Bodywork (200 hours) and received my Asian Bodywork Therapy certification (695 hours). During this time I began teaching Reiki, worked as a massage therapist at a spa, taught at the massage school I graduated from (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, now called Pacific College of Health and Science), and began my solo first clinical practice.
I extensively studied with the Upledger Institute from 2003-2019. My focus was on CranioSacral therapy, where I completed their Advanced 3 course and became a Diplomate of CranioSacral Therapy (CST-D). I also studied Lymph Drainage, Brain Curriculum, Visceral Manipulation, and gained certification in Zero Balancing through the Upledger Institute, the Chikly Health Institute, and the Zero Balancing Health Association.
I received a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine) through Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (now called Pacific College of Health and Science).
I had a holistic health practice seeing clients from 2003-2016: working in private practice, for integrative clinics, spas, and a hospice/end of life facility focused on cancer and ALS as a Chinese Medicine practitioner (Acupuncturist/Herbalist), CranioSacral Therapist, Energy Worker, and Spiritual Practitioner. In 2016 I closed down my in-person practice and since that time have been focused on spiritual teaching and writing as well as distance healing.
My meditative and spiritual practices began as a teenager, where I first became interested in herbal medicine, shamanism, occultism-magic and mysticism. From 2004-2019 I was a ritual magician, and became increasingly called to energy work and shamanism.
All of my education and studies have led me full circle. I express incredible gratitude towards the teachers, gurus, books, and educational institutions that have been such a large part of my path.
In 2019 I came to a place of peace where I simply desired to be of service to others and to experience reality as it is. I began a process of letting go, and of allowing practices and experiences that once so defined my life and identity to release. My practices these days are focused on communion and learning to listen and be with the forces that surround and flow through me.
I have had an ever-deepening relationship with the Other for many years now, and view it as a vital source of nurturing, creativity, and evolution. My healing work, teaching and writing is a direct result of my spiritual path, and I express an incredible amount of gratitude that my own evolution has been able to be a catalyst for others.