Think about the last time you were confronted with a problem that felt insurmountable, or the last time you felt like you hit a wall and could not get past it.
Even if you’ve achieved success in nearly everything you set out to do and accomplish…or even if you’re the person other people envy, sitting in the corner office (or swanky home office!)
Whichever place you find yourself in, whether you believe you’re an epic failure or an epic success…dissatisfaction can creep in.
Not the kind where we simply have to count our blessings, be #grateful, and move on – uhhhhh no, I’m talking about the soul-longing for greater fulfillment> It’s something that we ALL feel with every new pinnacle of success that we reach, or with every road block or setback that shows up.
When that dissatisfaction creeps in, we enter a bit of an existential crisis and wonder, “Is this all there is?”
Let’s go back to the very beginning…
A long time ago, mankind lived in a much simpler time. For our ancestors, things did not change very much for hundreds (even thousands!) of years.
These days, we understand the model of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is one of the most popular models for accurately describing the path from surviving to thriving.
But I’m here to tell you that there’s a world beyond that model, which is where effortless abundance and flow exist.
While the people of our ancient world most certainly did not know as much trivial knowledge (hello Google) as we do today, they had the opportunity to learn, grow, and refine their wisdom, by going deep, over the course of thousands of years.
The names, mythologies, and ideologies may change from culture to culture and from time period to time period, but the amazing thing about ancient spiritual wisdom is that a lot of those principles are still as true today as they were for our ancestors.
We are all still human, and our brains and minds still work in the same fundamental way. And the basic intention of ancient practices still remains with us: building a sense of community, connecting with something greater than ourselves, and expanding ourselves to survive and thrive.
Immersing yourself into the world of quantum healing
Until recently, modern science and psychology treated the body and mind as separate systems. And in fact, it’s still the standard model, to separate parts of us into distinct models for study and treatment.
Western medicine in particular, in order to solve a medical concern, will typically address the symptoms of illness, rather than the primary causes (aka, the roots).
Through the expansion of understanding quantum physics (the stuff we can’t see or measure with traditional tools), Western thinking increasingly has come to appreciate the close relationship between the laws of nature and the human mind, and the delicate balance that exists between the two.
This has led to healing and wellness techniques that include spiritual connections and energetic modalities, as a way to more holistically treat a person.
By integrating the ‘woo’ with science, real healing can occur at the deepest root levels of a person’s being. By combining the power of belief with the physical self, true shifts in healing can happen.
The Dawn of Shamanism
Shamanism organically began arising all over the world, all throughout history, to meet the needs of people in communities.
This ancient collection of traditions is based on the act of connecting to spirit realms, energetics, and ancestral wisdom for restoration and healing.
Shamans do this by replenishing energies and removing blockages to energetic pathways, recovering soul parts, and communicating with spirit helpers to discover the root cause of illness, all while discovering answers to life’s seemingly impossible questions.
Shamanism is in fact the most ancient spiritual and healing practice known to man. Shamanic healing dates back to over 100,000 years ago (possibly 200,000 years based on findings in South Africa). The word “shaman” originates from within the Siberian Tungus tribe and tradition. It means “spiritual healer,” or, “one who sees in the dark” or “one who knows.”
This ability to go beyond reality in this integrated way for the purposes of healing made shamans the world’s very first doctors, storytellers, mystics, performers, and even social workers and psychotherapists!
But the role comes with great responsibility because a shaman must possess the ability to transform what they have learned and experienced through life (including trauma) into a concrete change in the physical world. A change everyone in their community can benefit from.
This capacity to apply the wisdom from the spirit realm to heal and transform in the physical realm is what differentiates shamans from other “spiritual travelers.” Ancient shamanic teachings which are still practiced and followed in our world today invite us to awaken to our deep connection with all there is, and to go beyond our fears of the spiritual realms and to understand our true nature as divine and omnipresent.
If you’re reading all of this right now, and wondering if it’s some woo-magic stuff that isn’t for you, I hear you. And I encourage you to stick around, because it’s for people just like you.
I ESPECIALLY want to speak to the skeptics and critical thinkers out there!
We’re about to get real. Nobody navigates this world alone, it wasn’t meant to be a solo journey. Even if it sounds crazy or almost impossible…the good news is that you aren’t alone!
Tapping into spirit guides for ancient wisdom
A spirit guide is a teacher, a protector, and also a companion. Spirit guides help to guide shamans and spirit travelers through unfamiliar realms with ease and comfort. These guides are often the gods and goddesses of a traditional community, as well as our ancestors who seek to support us.
Not only do these spirits work with the shamans for the purpose of healing, they also provide wisdom when and where it is needed. Although shamanism is an ancient practice, it is relevant to all of us today who are in search of a life that brings harmony, good health, and a balanced peace back to all of us and to the planet.
This ancient wisdom teaches us that everything that exists is alive and has a spirit. Any belief that we are separate from other life forms or living beings, such as the Earth, the stars, the wind, is just an illusion, and it’s the shaman’s role in the community to keep harmony and balance between humankind and the forces of nature.
Shamanism is a practice that continues to evolve to meet the needs of the times and the cultural needs of the people, which is why thousands of years later, it is still changing lives. This ability of shamanism to evolve alongside humans is why it continues to be so relevant today.
There is so much for us to learn about the ancient world and the discoveries our ancestors made.
My role as a shaman
In the Zulu Sangoma tradition, I learned that to be a shaman, I must be able to “shape-shift”, activating Yin or Yang energy at will; I must flow with the rhythms of nature to truly be aligned with my purpose.
As an Initiate in the Ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools with the Dogon people of West Africa, I learned that the universe was within me, as much as it was outside of me. That I was a part of the universe as a divine being because I held the universe within me.
And in my studies and initiation directly from my Ancestors and Divinities, I learned that not only can no one save you but yourself, but a Spiritual Guide is CRUCIAL to the process so that you can avoid the major pitfalls that keep some people stuck for years, decades or even a lifetime.
I’ve studied and been initiated into multiple ancient spiritual systems, and the most common themes are the most practical and applicable to your life as a conscious leader who is seeking their spiritual self.
None of what I learned and what I now teach is abstract woo-magic. It is the real-world ancient wisdom that you can apply and embody and to accomplish this, it must become your lifestyle.
As we gain a deeper understanding of our modern world, the ancestors are walking with us on this path of discovery. Ancient guides lead us with their wisdom and inspiration, if only we can learn how to listen to them.
One day, when this era is considered to be an ancient world, we too will become the guides for distant future generations and they will look to us to lead them to an even brighter tomorrow.