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It is time to be brave. To reclaim what has been lost, discover what is hidden, and remember what has been forgotten. It is time to awaken your Golden Shadow.

Melanie Ryan


Melanie Ryan is an ancestral wisdom teacher and psychotherapist who teaches healing and transformation of the body, mind, heart and soul.


You are the Seed

Like a flower, you begin as a seed. When planted in the right soil, receive the right amount of sunshine, water and fertilizer, you will naturally grow to your full potential. The flower is your mirror, reflecting your inherent nature to grow, bloom, and create. 


The Golden Shadow Method helps you discover your true nature, your hidden potential and abundant creative energy. Are you ready to make the changes needed in your life so that you can reach your full potential? Sometimes we need a little help in the garden of life and that is okay. The Golden Shadow Method Community is here to support you.

Melanie Ryan, LCSW

Melanie Ryan is the author and founder of The Golden Shadow Method, A Path of Awakening Your Full Human Potential. For over 30 years, Melanie has trained in holistic medicine and healing. She is a depth psychotherapist who specializes SHADOW WORK bringing all energies of the unconscious into consciousness - both dark and light. The GOLDEN SHADOW stores our hidden knowledge, wisdom, creativity, basic goodness, and intuition. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO HEAL ourselves. The GSM provides the ancestral knowledge and wisdom to heal the terrain of the mind, body, heart, and soul.


Deep Transformation


Trauma is universal and shatters the heart and soul. In Melanie Ryan’s Transmuting Triggers Protocol, she teaches how triggers are sparks of awakening; activations of the unconscious becoming conscious and opportunities for healing. The origin of the word healing in Old English is “Haelin” which means return to wholeness. 


Triggers activate and bring into consciousness the wounded parts of ourselves that have been avoided. They are energies “or spirits” stored in the psyche that are alive and can be activated at any time by anyone or anything. This is the essence of a trigger. These energies do not die, they can only be transmuted to light. 


The Golden Shadow Method provides the wisdom for you to learn how to heal yourself on the deepest level, which is the heart and soul. It teaches you who you are, your true Self, and restores your connection to creativity, playfulness, joy and gratitude for life. When you heal yourself,  you become more connected to others and to nature. 





Melanie is a 1995 graduate of Fordham University School of Clinical Social Work and Clinical Research. She has worked with teens and adults, specializing in trauma and addiction recovery. She has extensive training in ancestral wisdom and spirituality. Her mission is to bring the soul back into psychotherapy. Let us remember, the origin of the word psychotherapy was founded in the Greek language: Psycho or “psyche” in Greek means soul or spirit; and therapy or “therapeia” in Greek means to care for. In Greek, psychotherapy means TO CARE FOR THE SOUL. Melanie is a soul doctor, having trained in Greece, learning the soul medicine of Asklepian Dream Healing to heal PTSD in combat war Veterans. 



Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist was also a doctor of the soul. His shadow concept which bridges psychology, spirituality and science is a cornerstone of Melanie’s work. She has trained extensively with The Center of Applied Jungian Studies of South Africa and the Jung Association of Western Mass.



In 1999, Melanie stepped into the WORLD OF THE SHAMAN after receiving a vision of a black jaguar. Over decades she learned the ancestral ways of healing using the medicine of the Earth and Spirit. Melanie has traveled to learn from shamans of various lineages. She has a particular influence from Mayan cosmology and astrology as well as the philosophies and primitive living skills of the Lakota, and Lipan Apache elders. 


Melanie experienced several “shamanic initiations” of illness and near death experiences. She also nearly lost her son to a health crisis. These initiations provided profound teachings that have given her knowledge and powers of healing that exist beyond the ordinary.



In 2004, Melanie began studying Tibetan Buddhism as a member of the Shambhala Center of NYC and Westchester Buddhist Center in Westchester County, NY. After 12 years of training, Melanie was formally AUTHORIZED TO TEACH in the lineage of Shambhala founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche a Tibetan master from the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. Melanie was mentored by David Nichtern and Derek Kolleeny for 10 years.



Melanie suffered from chronic illness until learning the ancestral ways of healing. She studied various methods of holistic medicine, and in 2020, Melanie became a naturopathic student, learning what causes, prevents, and heals disease. There are ways for detoxing and healing the body using ancestral diets, food as medicine, supplements, epigenetics and quantum physics. The Golden Shadow Method helps you to undo the destructive patterns that harm your body while creating a new lifestyle to support health and healing.



From 2013 to 2020, Melanie owned an award winning holistic health center in the Hudson Valley of NY.  She is an expert in ancestral knowledge and healing, and has additional training in the areas of: Herbalism, Homeopathy, Past Life Regression Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Addiction Recovery, Yoga & Reiki.



Melanie is author of the books: The Golden Shadow Method: A Path of Awakening Your Full Human Potential and Transmuting Triggers: The Golden Shadow Method Workbook & Journal. In 2023, she will be publishing her third book: Secrets of the Golden Shadow: Ancestral Wisdom for Healing & Transcending Trauma. Melanie is an international speaker and educator who works online 1:1 and in small groups.


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