About Ross

ross bishopI am sometimes asked why I became a healer. I don’t know many people who set out to do this kind of work. Actually, I think that the work picks you out and draws you in, often in spite of your better judgment. The work is very demanding. It’s tough day after day to deal with people’s emotional pain, with their resistance to change and with the dramas they create around themselves in the process. It is also immensely satisfying to watch someone quit living in fear and begin to bloom and emerge into life after years of living in the darkness of pain, denial and repression.

I became a healer as an outgrowth of my own need for healing. My pain and dissatisfaction with my life brought me to leave the corporate world and begin a journey to find and root out the sources of the considerable pain I carried within myself. I found western psychology to be woefully inadequate to help me and so I set out to find more meaningful answers.

My teachers all encouraged me after working on my own stuff to go outside myself and help others to heal, not as a humanitarian service but as a way to deepen my own healing process. I found that I had a gift for the work and that my teachers were absolutely right. Serving others is a remarkable learning process. My clients over the last 25 years have taken me to places I could not have gone on my own. I am deeply grateful for the gifts of personal growth that our work together has given me.

One other reason I do this work is the incredible success I have had with people over the years. People make real, honest to God life altering changes when they work with this stuff! It’s great!

What Others have to say about Ross:


“I was fortunate to connect with Ross during a very difficult time in my life, when I was dealing with a tremendous amount of grief and loss.  From the very first shamanic healing session I had with Ross, I was able to connect with aspects of myself which were wounded and shut down.  Through his innovative process utilizing inner child work with shamanic healing, there was an opportunity to go back and heal much of the pain I had experienced in earlier parts of my life. Ross helped me to uncover and release belief patterns that were holding me in limitation and tremendous suffering.  This allowed me to move into greater awareness and connection with my true self, letting go of my ‘story’.

Ross is able to facilitate and teach this process in a way that is both simple and profound.  After several years attending Ross’ group workshops, I participated in an long term apprenticeship program with him to train as a shaman.  Through in-depth training and facilitation, I was supported in accessing my core wounds to prepare myself for the work of a shaman.  This was a powerful and transformative process.  I would not be the practitioner and person I am today without the patient and caring support Ross offered through this process.

One of the major themes that comes up in working with Ross is that through sharing our individual stories and issues, it becomes clear that we are all on the same journey, although the details may vary.  Ross is a master at bringing understanding of the “Big Picture” into one’s consciousness; this shift creates a major step forward in our individual healing and that of our world.  Through sessions, workshops and three amazing books, Ross offers deep insight, understanding and accessible tools that support growth and healing on many levels.  I feel honored and blessed to have him as my teacher, mentor and friend.” Beth, Annapolis, MD.
“Ross is able to gently, yet potently hold compassion which creates a warm safe space, while simultaneously pushing to do the deepest possible inner work.  Each session allows the heart to open to life just a bit more.  This work allows gentle change at a fundamental, transformative level.”  Selena, Portland, OR.



There are two kinds of Shaman. Some people have a gift and study for years to develop that gift into a healing art. Ross Bishop is what is called a natural Shaman, someone who seems to have been born blessed with a gift for healing.

Ross has brought the core of the ancient traditions of Shamanism into a form and practices that can be easily used and understood by the Western mind.

In a former life, Ross was president of an advertising agency and a communications executive for the former Northern States Power Company (NSP) in Minneapolis. After leaving NSP, with a colleague he founded Creative Power Workshops and traveled the country teaching creative thinking to advertising writers and art directors. Seeing the limitations fear placed on people’s creative passion led Ross to undertake a spiritual journey in search of answers. That journey covered many miles and several years and brought him to many teachers. Finding some answers, Ross also found he possessed a natural gift for shamanic healing. He returned to this country and conducted vision quests for spiritual pilgrims throughout the Southwestern United States. Today he concentrates his energies on writing and on an active healing and counseling practice in Santa Fe.

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How Life Works

by Ross Bishop
Before we proceed, we need to make two things clear:First, you are here to learn to love everything (especially yourself), freely and openly. That is the only reason you are here.

Second, anything not directly connected to the first point may be real, but it is not relevant (unless it brings a lesson relating to the first point).

It’s not that things like houses, money and success aren’t real, but they have little bearing on why you are here. You allow yourself to get caught up in the events of life – paying bills, getting the kids through school, dealing with medical issues, etc. and avoid (temporarily) the reasons you have come. But daily life does surface unresolved ego issues, so it is useful.

In many ways life is like a child’s sandbox. Happenings there can seem important – castles are built, empires are created and lost, dragons slain; but other than lessons learned – like playing together and sharing – events within the sandbox have no real meaning in the outside world. Your life is probably like that. The things you worry about have little eternal significance other than they illustrate your unwillingness to love.

You spend most of your time focused on earthly concerns because they are less challenging than the things The Universe asks of you. We pretty much ignore or at least shove those aside. You don’t want to challenge your feelings of unworthiness or self doubt because you fear that somehow they might prove to be true. And you don’t want to rake that risk. Even though these things cannot possibly be true, you fear them. So we clog the channels with worries about “stuff” instead.

The sadhus of India shun worldly possessions because it makes finding the truth more straightforward. A sandal maker in Chiapas or a beggar in Benares may actually have a better chance at reaching the light because their lives are built around spirituality and their minds aren’t clogged with concerns about “stuff”. Of course you must put food on the table and a roof over your head, but unfortunately your attachment to materialistic things goes well beyond that.

You can ignore life’s larger lessons – for a time. But The Universe is persistent. When you defer or ignore, it ups the ante and brings the lesson around again. So dealing with your stuff today, although it may be challenging, is a great deal easier than being backed into a corner later.

If you persist in ignoring the urgings of The Universe you move into the realm of disease. Facing the threat of death is a great eye opener for most people. It finally forces them to get off the pot. In case you have forgotten, that was the great lesson for Scrooge in Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol. That’s also why there are ministers at hospitals.

The question is, “Are you listening to your life?” Are you looking at the bumps in the road as obstacles – as judgements on your worth – or as opportunities for growth? Are you responding with love and compassion to the challenges life throws your way (especially towards yourself), or are you choosing to be angry at God and ignore or rationalize away your lessons?

When things fall apart – as they must, how will you react? Will you lash out at others (or yourself) with blame, anger and resentment, or will you introspectively look at what The Universe has brought you and grow from it? Remember in the Old Testament, “a satan” was merely an obstacle to a person’s growth. It was only later that St. Paul transformed satan into the Devil.

Put very simply, will you make the changes life is asking of you? Will you confront the false beliefs of your unworthiness and live in the truth?

Consider: what are the lessons about love that you can take from this day? What is The Universe asking of you in this moment? More compassion, especially toward yourself? . . . What are your kids or your partner trying to tell you? Are you growing? Changing? Or are you stuck in a rut? If you persist in staying the same, expect to get blown out of the rut. That’s the way The Universe works.

“Every person that enters your life offers you a lesson that needs to be learned. This doesn’t mean they are going to remain in your life and guide you forever, but there’s usually a logical reason why you two crossed paths. It could be to put you in your place, help you overcome an obstacle, break you in order to rebuild yourself or show you there is more to life than you have ever imagined. . .
Allow this person to do their job and teach what you need to learn. Once they are finished, and if they have nothing further to offer you, then their task is complete. You can now move on to your next teacher to learn your next lesson.
Everyone you meet in life is a learning experience. Take what they have to offer and soak it in. Knowledge is powerful. Never stop learning.”
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