Melanie Ryan, LCSW

The Golden Shadow Method



Ancient Wisdom Teacher

Shadow Work 

Ancient Wisdom

“The lips of wisdom are closed, except to the ears of Understanding.” – The Kybalion.



Meditation is the practice of self study: to develop an intimate relationship with oneself. It is a powerful, ancient holistic healing practice of discipline, insight, and intuitive development. One of the Buddha’s first and primary teachings was The Four Noble Truths, helping us understand why we suffer and how we can liberate ourselves. His teachings are philosophical, looking at the truth of reality and laws of nature.




Archeological evidence tells us indigenous philosophy and methods of holistic health have been in existence for over 100,000 years. The ancient mindset of Mind, Body, Spirit is rapidly gaining popularity in the American mainstream culture. People are seeking ways to heal from a deeper understanding and are now taking it upon themselves to find the ways.


Shamanism is a path of healing (energy medicine) that originates from our indigenous ancestors worldwide. Its philosophical approach is holistic, including mind, body and spirit, as well as living in sacred relationship with nature. “Shamans” are medicine men and women who are conduits of energy, able to connect to Earth energies and the spirit realm to bring about healing and change for the highest good of humanity.





Melanie studies and practices ancient Greek dream healing as taught by Asklepios, the Greek God of Medicine, Healing, Psychotherapy and deep listening. Asklepian sanctuaries were all over Europe and individuals were known to heal on a mind, body and soul level. This dream healing is known as the origin of psychotherapy. Individuals would stay in dream chambers or “abatons” and receive archetypal visions and messages that would heal them. Dream interpretation and deep listening was provided by therapists who held a safe and supportive container for those in the abatons.  


Melanie guides annual retreats to Greece for those who suffer from PTSD as well as psychotherapists and medical professionals who wish to be trained in this ancient healing. Recommended book on this topic, “The Practice of Dream Healing”, by Edward Tick, PhD.