Beth Ward, Shaman, Reiki Master Teacher, Empowerment Leader

Beth Ward

I was born in the back country of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Western North Carolina. It has long been said that we are a "peculiar people," keeping to ourselves and weary of outsiders. As Anna Wess says, "We are a mystery as old as these hills themselves, and it doesn’t take much figuring to know that we are enigmas of intentional design and destiny. The old ones, the original Appalachian queens, were daughters of the Celts and the offspring of Druids and medieval mavens and the natives of  the old world craft, and we are their children. And although we  are indeed as mysterious as these old hills, we still have that Celt and  Cherokee elder magic in our bones.

Being from a line of women who knew every remedy you could imagine - from a wild ramp poultice to a wart-removing miracle involving nothing more than a wash rag and a hushed, prayerful chant, this work really is in my blood and my bones.  As a child I spent every waking second down in the woods, talking to the elementals, finding comfort in the tall and craggy trees, bearing my soul to the creeks and streams, and looking up to the Pleiades...knowing somehow, that it too was another place I called "home." Where family lived (you know, the Seven Sisters) *wink*.   

Yes, as above, so below, my roots are as deep as the towering oaks in mother earth and as soaring as the streams of photonic light coming down from the stars above.

And this is where my connection to other worlds and other dimensions came alive, and were as real as I am. And as real as YOU are. It truly was my place of refuge when this old world seemed plain mean and angry. It seems as though turmoil followed us...what I know recognize fully as ancestral trauma. I have two brothers-- Brian and Patrick. Brian passed away at the tender age of 19. Patrick was born with cerebral palsy and, by the Graces, is still with us. My folks still live around that corner of the state, settling into their golden years. While I have been a Tennessee-transplant since 2006, North Carolina is always in my heart. Doesn't really matter anyway, because I now call Knoxville and these beautiful Smokey Mountains home - STILL in my beloved central Appalachia. So...Who am I? I am many things. I AM ALL things, just like you! 

(And here comes Anna Wess, again, saying, "YOU are Appalachian Queen.")

My road on this journey has not been without other pitfalls. In January of 2013, I suffered a sudden illness that would change my life forever in many ways. I was hospitalized with multi-organ failure, in a coma for 5 days, on life support for two weeks, followed by weeks of hospitalization, and months of confinement to a wheelchair, speech and physical therapies, and a foreboding prognosis. I was given less than a 20% chance of living 2 years after I was released from the hospital. 

It was during this event that I had what I now refer to as a total death experience (TDE) which catalyzed a powerful shift in my personal spiritual perception. It ignited within me a determination to bring myself into a state of health and completed my initiation as a shaman- one who "walks between worlds" and endure "soul fire" in service of lighting a path for others find healing, awaken to higher consciousness, and discover their own sacred power and Oneness.

It is through this path that I have become reConnected with all of mySelf... past, present and future-- throughout all space, all time, and all dimensions... and no space, no time, and no dimension. My mission is to help you live YOUR VERY. BEST. LIFE, whatever that looks like to you. 

Credentials and Experience

I am a graduate of The Great Medicine Wheel of the New Earth Shamanic Energy Medicine and Ceremony Program, a 3 1/2 year shamanic apprenticeship and energy medicine program in Charlottesville, VA. As a former licensed massage and bodywork therapist, I have been involved in holistic and alternative medicine for over 22 years. My love for this field was first planted when I took a job as a chiropractic assistant in 1996. It is this love that led me to move to Asheville, NC in 2002, where I graduated from the Center for Massage and Natural Health. I hold certifications to practice S.R.S. (Symbolic Reprogramming System), BQH (Beyond Quantum Healing) hypnotherapy, Qi-Gong, Quantum Cranio-Sacral therapy, deep tissue, foot reflexology, aromatherapy, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, hot stones, hydrotherapy and body wraps, with extensive experience in Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, food healing therapy, skin and beauty care. Although not all of my previous training in the massage/bodywork field are techniques now applicable in my current practice, I still implement the energy healing aspects of them ALL. I have been fortunate to work in many environments- from world class resort spas to private practice, massage schools, and beyond. I've worn many hats during my professional life- everything from positions in the administrative profession (i.e., legal assistant, university executive assistant, retail manager) to those in the business and healing arts such as chiropractic paraprofessional, day spa owner & consultant, senior instructor and owner of Appalachian Institute of Healing Arts (a massage school in Virginia), and teacher of continuing education for massage therapists.

While I had to make my departure from a rich and long massage therapy practice after my illness, working with dimensions of the spirit world, healing and energy medicine called me even further and thus, SoulFire Alchemy was born. During my near death experience, I was gifted the spirit name SoulFire, and spirit has led me to embody Who I Am...and I am here to help you do the same for you. My work continues to evolve, as do I, on my own path of transmutation. I am so very grateful to lend a hand to those who also find themselves drawn to the path of finding what sets their "soul" on "fire!"   


My spirit walk and animist training fist began as a child long ago through my Appalachian folk roots and continues every day as I am  being trained by the inherent wisdom of the spirits of my own  Celtic/Norse/Scandinavian ancestral lineages as well as ReConnection with the Living Light Consciousness.

In addition, I have been privileged to learn and practice:

  • Ongoing training in KUNLUN NEI GUNG™ Ancient Divine Taoist Alchemy with Paul Butler of Prime Disclosure.
  • The rich shamanic medicine wheel traditions of the Amazon and Andes in Central and South America, particularly from the Peruvian Q’ero adapted by Dr.  Rachel Mann, her mentors,
  • Alberto Villoldo of the Four Winds Society and  Venerable Dyhani Ywahoo, Chief of the Green Mountain Band of Ani Yun Wiwa, including descendants of Tsalagi background who moved to Vermont. She is the twenty-seventh generation holder of the ancestral Ywahoo lineage. Venerable Dhyani is also a respected teacher of Buddhism
  • Ancestral Lineage Healing, Animism and Earth Reconnection with  Dr. Daniel Foor of Ancestral Healing
  • BQH© (Beyond Quantum Healing)- created by Candace Craw-Goldman and  is based on QHHT. QHHT® stands for Quantum Healing Hypnosis Technique, a regressive hypnosis modality created by the late Dolores Cannon.

and ALL of the wisdom  lineages to whom they, and I, are connected to and humbly and gratefully serve.

Over the years as I continue to learn, grow and evolve, I have gained invaluable knowledge and practice in:

  • StarLight Energetics™ - a technique gifted to me personally, straight from the celestial realm, that includes what I refer to as Shamanic Encoding: Star and Light medicine fusions (frequencies, sacred geometries, colors, patterns, and symbols) for calling in Light, opening the Light Body (LB),  removing, unblocking, restoring, unlocking and downloading new imprints for healing  
  • Ascension guidance, Navigating Multiple Dimensions safely
  • S.R.S: Symbolic Reprogramming System: a clinically proven method,  deeply rooted in psychological principles. It utilizes the power of the  subconscious mind to read and analyze the psyche in order to to achieve  powerful emotional healing. I am happy to say that I was selected to  receive this training among a rare few, under the auspices of the  G.U.C.A.S.P. (Gaia University at the Center for Applied Symbolism and Pragmatic Psychology). 
  • The neurobiology and psychology of trauma and energy medicine
  • Removal of heavy and crystallized energies in the chakras, energy centers and Light Body (LB)
  • Past Life Regression (including Alternate and Future Life Regression)
  • Wound, trauma, entity and liquid extractions 
  • Soul part, Sacred Gift, Animal Ally and Power Animal retrievals
  • Journeying to the Domains of Night, Daytime and Heavenly Realms of  the Deep Self, safely journeying to all dimensions and all space-time  realms
  • Spirit Communication and High Discernment of energies and entities
  • Sacred Ceremony for healing and deep connection to the cosmos,  Mother Earth, the Spirits Helpers, live in reciprocity with every living  being (The Earth, rocks, stones, trees, plants, ancestors, the elements  and elementals and more)
  • Ceremony and rites to help you call back your personal sovereignty and divine oneness
  • Ceremony for aid to the dying and for completion of life cycles
  • Ceremonies and rites of passage for:
  •    changing seasons
  •    major life shifts
  •    grief and bereavement
  • Practitioner's ethics, self-care, and self-healing practices

I  have also spent the past 20 years researching consciousness, Jungian  psychotherapy, theology, sacred contracts, sacred geometry,  anthropology, most branches of science/physics, and esoteric wisdom,  just to name a few. To understand these fields of study better allows to  develop a more complete view of trauma, fear, depression, anxiety, feelings of lack and limitation, and dis-ease from all facets. 

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