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Shamanism is a healing system, a path of ancient wisdom, a practical philosophy, spiritual discipline and a way of life. It is estimated to be between forty and twenty thousand years old.
It emerged in different parts of the planet (on all continents) and was not, nor is it, exclusive to any particular ethnic group. It has been and is practiced in various geographical and climatic regions: jungles, forests, mountains, plains and deserts, tundra, arctic, and coasts; and in areas of varying population density, from the most populated to the most isolated from nature.
So many years and so many cultures have given rise to a great diversity of shamanic traditions, so it is sometimes difficult to encompass them all in the same discipline.
However, one can speak of "shamanism" (in the singular) because these traditions share a worldview, a quest, and a way of relating to life and the environment.
In order to understand how shamanic practice is carried out, it is useful to differentiate four phases or aspects, which we will call pillars.
Although they are described separately because each one is a specific procedure, in reality they are in constant interaction, they are interdependent and their practice takes place in a circular process.
It is a circular process in the sense that, once the four steps have been carried out, the process is usually enriched by a new cycle from the previous one. Likewise, the order of these steps is dynamic and variable, so that it is not always necessary to follow the same sequence.
The pillars are the ones that follow:
Establishing the objective or purpose is to define what we want to achieve in the present and why we are going to carry out a particular practice.
The purposes can be broad and general, or concrete and specific. Increasing the energy level, growing spiritually, harmonizing, achieving well-being and peace, having more confidence would be examples of general purposes.
Concrete purposes are defined more narrowly and precisely. Examples of these would be to have more energy available to run for a while in the morning, to have kinder attitudes towards a particular person, to resolve a certain conflict, to value something in particular, to relax before going to sleep, to take the next step in the development of a skill or ability.
In general terms, we could say that when we establish clear and specific objectives, we can be more effective. This does not mean that we should not set ourselves something general, but that it is usually more useful to work with something in particular, especially if we are in the middle of learning or putting something into action.
Although from the spiritual perspective these specifications would not be necessary, since the Spirit knows everything, for the rest of our being, that is, our physical, emotional and mental aspect, the specification is of great help.
Defining what we want to achieve does not imply "guaranteeing" results, because things do not always unfold in time and form according to our criteria, desires, and personal expectations, but rather they unfold according to the vibrations of the spirit.
To establish a purpose is to define where we want to go and how we are going to respond to our circumstances, what we want to change and transform in relation to our experience of reality, what we want to be, do or think. It involves defining a direction and doing all that is required to get there.
All human beings have, or are in fact, energy. Energy is vibration, movement. Power is the ability to direct energy toward some goal.
To increase energy means to increase vibration or movement, at any level of expression: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. To increase power means to increase our ability to consciously and voluntarily direct energy towards a given objective.
The more energy we give to something, the greater its deployment. How do we give energy? Fundamentally, through attention and intention. But in addition to energy, we need power, the ability to direct that energy towards a goal.
How do we direct energy? Basically through the processes of choice. What do we choose? We choose, for example, the value that things have for us, their importance and their meaning.
We also choose our intentions, actions, thoughts and images, as well as the most suitable techniques or methods to achieve our goals and transform ourselves.
This is another fundamental part of our practice: freeing the path of blockages and interference so that energy and power can flow properly.
What are the fundamental blockages? Synthetically we can say that they are the following:
What helps to release these blockages?
The shamanic path seeks to integrate the spiritual experience into the material world. It does not seek to transcend the physical world, but to harmonize our relationship with it and experience both worlds (spiritual and material) as two integrated aspects of the same reality. The material world is the manifested aspect, and the spiritual world is the invisible and non-manifested aspect.
Everything that exists on the planet has its spiritual counterpart, with which we can connect, exchange energy and information. In the spiritual world, there are also spirits, energies or helping forces with which the practitioner can interact. These energies or forces provide us with guidance, knowledge, teachings, protection and permanent help in our lives, even when we are not always aware of it. We can connect consciously and deliberately to seek guidance, healing, love, power, and wisdom.
Depending on this perspective, we all have helping forces, whether we believe it or not. Becoming aware of this connection allows us to go beyond our personal boundaries and transcend our sense of separation from Source.
The spiritual forces collaborate unconditionally with us, with our purposes, growth and development; they respond to our questions and requests. Through the practice we learn to listen and interpret their answers.
There would be much more to say on each of these topics, but here I only wanted to make a brief presentation. And now, a final comment.
Since time immemorial shamans have accumulated observations and experiences about life and what helps us to live in harmony on the planet. The shamanic practice may be seen as something "supernatural", but in reality it only encompasses a greater extent of the natural. This practice goes beyond habitual perception, beyond notions that limit existence to what we can think, see, touch or hear.
To walk this path it is not necessary to start from trust. Shamanism is a pragmatic discipline based on personal verification. When trust is not a starting point, it is usually a point of arrival and arises as a consequence of the persisting and adequate practice.
As experience is gained, trust increases, and the greater the trust, the greater the effectiveness. The process is again circular: experience strengthens faith, and faith opens us up to ever greater levels of effectiveness and experience.
Everyone is somewhere in the circle. To keep moving forward we need to define where we want to go, increase our energy, clear the way and remember that we always have help. When we build the pillars, the Universe helps us to build.
It would be very simplistic to assume that all shamans are great teachers or exceptional sages. Shamans arise from the human collective, and therefore in this select group of people we find all aspects of human nature. Like other people, shamans exhibit different skills, talents, and motivations within their vocation.
Within their collective, shamans differentiate between the apprentice, the average individual, the one who is good at his or her job, and the true master. There is, therefore, a first category that relates to skill level.Obviously, there are shamans who are more skilled than others, regardless of their years of experience.
Experience is important, although it is not everything. Apart from skill and years of experience, one shaman may have more talent than another. This manifests itself in values. Values are related to what is meaningful and important to the shaman, and determine what a shaman will or will not do with his or her talents, skills, and knowledge.
There are four value systems that influence the behavior of shamans. Thus we can find everything, some mediocre and others exceptional:
The first and most primitive of the shamanic value systems is the one focused on survival. These are usually very superstitious, distrustful and willing to do anything to survive. This may include killing their opponents, practicing black magic or sorcery to harm others and achieve their selfish ends.
They are absolutely ruthless and do not understand concepts such as love, service or altruism. They often sacrifice animals and use intoxicating substances for their rites, such as alcoholic ferments.
Their power is based on fear, and their use of the plants of power is usually for divinatory purposes ( where we find hunting, enemies, etc.), with the purpose of purging the physical body or as a means of acquiring courage for war.
The visions with the plants of power are usually chaotic and without apparent meaning, so they are considered an unpleasant side effect and do not usually sing icarus (the medicine songs that activate the powers of the plants).
They are not very intuitive, they are rigid and inflexible and their way of thinking is that any problem or illness is caused by others and they perceive others as enemies.
After the survival-oriented shaman comes the category of shamans who tend to give priority to their reputation. The important and significant thing is to make oneself known and to be successful regardless of the means employed to do so.
Some are very skilled in handling the physical and energetic world and have some help from the invisible world, although not on a higher level. And although in many cases they heal people, that is not their motivation, but to become rich and empowered.
They are people who engage in shamanism as a business, not as a vocation and use their techniques or knowledge to satisfy their selfish purposes. Sometimes they show a great charisma with which they attract people, but it is only the visible layer of an excessive ego.
This group of shamans is motivated by service and helps others. They have a deep understanding of people's psychology and generate great empathy in people. They do not necessarily draw on their tradition for guidance, but rather allow themselves to be guided by it.
So it is not surprising that they incorporate elements that are not from their tradition if they consider that they benefit people. These shamans are flexible and open-minded and show great healing powers and are always willing to help others. They have the ability to handle certain kinds of invisible allies that help them in their work.
Wisdom oriented shamans are the great teachers. They are very intuitive, they see others as transparent. They tend to be direct and are very compassionate and loving. They are highly respected and often even leaders of their communities. They show great skill, strength and humility.
Their abilities sometimes become legendary as they master both physical reality and the invisible world. They have a "vertical" vision of the human being and stand out for their impeccability. They are usually accompanied by beings of light, great invisible beings that are invoked in the ceremonies for the transformation and healing of the participants.
Usually, individuals are initiated into shamanism in three main ways: self-decision, hereditary transmission, and the confrontation of a crisis that leads them to consider the role of shaman. No matter what the method of selection, the future shaman must participate in a period of rigorous training and pass a series of tests.
A shaman is usually a person with very special characteristics within his or her culture. For example, in some cultures, the fact that a person is born with a physical deformity is a sign that he or she may be a shaman.
In others, if a person manages to survive a lightning discharge then they have shamanic potential, and in some communities being a woman is a requirement for becoming a shaman. Several cultures understand that to be a shaman one must first be ill, physically or emotionally, and go through the process of healing from that illness.
In most cultures, becoming a shaman requires a process characterized by extended periods of loneliness and isolation. The future shaman has to face different types of sacrifices, trials, and learning.
Shamanic initiation is a complex and painful process where often the mental and physical health of the individual is at stake. It is a period where the person interacts with the spirit world with the aim of learning about the nature of illnesses and ways to cure them.
A predominant theme in shamanic initiation is death and rebirth. The shaman has visions where he perceives his body dismembered or perceived as a skeleton. In these visions, the future shaman experiences his death and then resurrects as a totally transformed person.
For the shaman, the universe is divided into three worlds: the underworld, the middle world, and the upper world. These three worlds are known in various cultures as the Cosmic Tree.
In the underworld are the animals of power and the spirits of the dead. In this world the shaman is confronted with everything that threatens the health of the individual. Also, in the underworld are his spirit guides and the lost souls of his patients. This lower world is symbolically represented by the roots and by the serpent.
The upper world is the one where the spiritual masters, the gods and the higher spirits dwell. Shamans travel to the upper world to obtain knowledge and wisdom. That superior world is represented by the branches of the tree and the condor.
And the intermediate world is the one in which human beings live and constitutes the ordinary reality we know. Shamans can travel to this world to control bad weather and to know what is happening elsewhere. This middle world is represented by the tree trunk and the puma.These three worlds are connected by the so-called axis mundi.
In the shamanic worldview there are no dogmas or fixed rules, although it is based on a series of premises or principles, which can be synthesized as follows:
The shamans already knew from ancient times, many of the things that with time, have been corroborated by science in our days. They already knew, for example, that matter and energy are a continuum, that energy can be transformed into matter and matter into energy, that our consciousness and intentions influence and modify both matter and energy.
On a general level, shamanism is based on the idea that the visible world, also called the natural world, is dominated by a series of spirits or forces that we cannot see but which affect and trigger effects on the lives of human beings on this plane.
In this sense, unlike other religions that are deeply associated with animism and are led by members of a society, the shamanic tradition uses particular knowledge and skills to find the answers it seeks.
Although there are many variants of shamanism around the world, there are a number of elements that they share and in which they coincide since their first practitioners and their first expansions, among which are fundamentally the following:
In most cultures, the soul is used to explain phenomena that seem to be related, so key aspects such as healing are related to the soul from the belief system of people who are led by the shaman, since this process allows the recovery of the soul when it suffers from a disease that must be cured.
It is believed that the causes that provoke the appearance of illnesses are due to the spiritual world, since it is the malicious spirits or witchcraft that affect human beings, so shamanism seeks a cure from the spiritual world to counteract its physical and spiritual effects and thus heal it.
Thus, the shaman enters the body of the sick person to confront the evil spirit in him and succeeds in healing him when he banishes the malicious spirit from his body.
In addition to this, shamans from different places use a regime of herbs to complement the treatment, so many of them learn about the use of plants and thus can take advantage of their effects and their healing properties, however, this can only be done after asking permission from their guardian spirit.
Without doubt one of the key elements of shamanism is the belief in spirits, which, it is believed, in different cultures, can also explain different phenomena.
An example of this is the importance of the storytelling, which allows a better understanding of a person's belief system, as well as the ability to memorize texts, songs, even play an instrument, since this would be a sign of their ability to achieve contact with spirits.
The belief in witchcraft is another of the most frequent elements within several societies that practice shamanism. Part of the traditions considers that shamans are those who can heal acts caused by sorcerers who wish to do harm, although others consider that shamans have such power to even kill, which shapes the belief that shamans not only do good but can also do harm.
The process of the shaman in the transition of consciousness when entering the trance, may involve the use of various methods that are used absolutely or even together, among them are activities such as dancing, singing, listening to music, playing instruments such as drums, fasting, conducting vigils, consumption and use of potent plants such as incense to alter the state of consciousness, cannabis, ayahuasca, san pedro, and tobacco, among many others.
On the other hand, another essential aspect of the shaman is his diet, which is closely linked to the particular customs of his tradition, since different restrictions are fulfilled according to his beliefs.
One of the most used diets by shamans and apprentices is the one constituted in the ayahuasca ceremony, which abstains from consuming foods that contain tyramine since they can induce hypertensive crises when they are consumed with monoamine oxidase inhibitors that are contained within the ayahuasca brews.
Music and songs are essential elements within shamanism and are related to its traditions in various cultures. Some of the songs used are used as a process of imitating the sounds of nature, which can fulfill various functions that can be initially separated from shamanism, such as attracting hunting animals, entertainment, among others.
Thus, music, as one of the oldest arts in the world, seeks to connect the human being with his spiritual self in which the vibrations of the spirit seeks the spiritual path to access his inner god and to the spiritual entities that provide him with the wisdom and strength not only to heal but also to resolve conflicts within this earthly plane.
For the follower of shamanism, everything in the world is linked to everything. Although this belief is somehow close to pantheism, the truth is that for shamanism is much simpler, but also much more profound, since it considers that the world works as a large network in which everything that exists is maintained, and its knowledge allows to put in contact anything that is created at an energetic level and at a material level.
In this way, shamanism considers that everything is alive, from the stones to the stars, the trees, the rivers, the animals, etc., which have their own vital vibration that not only connects them but also shares with everything that exists.
In addition to this vital vibration, everything that exists also contains a characteristic consciousness that separates from that of the human being, although it may or may not unite with it. Ultimately, in shamanism there is the soul in everything, and this can be understood.
For shamanism, there are parts of reality that can be internal, however, they can still affect external perceptions and regulate them in such a way that they can modify precise knowledge and in this way, external reality, producing changes, alterations and modifications in this reality. For this reason, the shaman works to recover and build harmony in the environment in which he or she finds himself or herself and in the human being who is ill.
The journey of the shaman's consciousness outside the limits of ordinary reality is the particularity of his practice, his specialty. It is through his trance that the shaman enters into contact with the spirit world and, from these parallel worlds, retrieves information which will be crucial for the maintenance of the well-being of the community and its members.
For the shaman, the purpose of the practice of healing is not to avoid death or pain but to help the individual connect with his soul and find meaning in life. Finding the purpose of life will let the individual know his place in his community.
From this perspective, illness has its origin and meaning in the individual's inner world. To be healthy means to be in harmony with the different dimensions of life and everything around us.
In essence, we should say that not all shamans heal in the same way. But there are some principles that are common to all shamans to restore harmony to people. Some of the most commonly used methods in shamanic healing are: the shamanic journey with drums or rattles, medicinal plants, psychotropic plants, incense, chants or the imposition of hands, to name a few examples.
The diffusion of shamanism has generated a series of changes within the shamanic rites, but it is possible to identify a series of aspects that have not been modified, among them we find the following
1. A large part of the rites begin with the purification of the shaman, as well as the purification of the patient and the people who accompany the process. This will be done with a fumigation, for which sacred herbs are used, followed by a ritual bath or a steam system. This process is also called energetic cleansing.
2. This is followed by the ritual of offering and propitiation, which includes rhythmic dance movements, followed by the consumption of substances with high or moderate hallucinogenic value such as Andean Ayahuasca. However, this last step may differ from one culture to another.
After this, the shaman makes a diagnosis when he reaches his state of relaxation with the help of the pendulum, although it can also be replaced by the rattle or the maraca. With the use of this element, the shaman evaluates and explores the body of the patient, who remains lying on a surface with the palm of the left hand down, while his right hand waves the maraca over his own hand.
When the first change in the sound of the maraca is perceived, the shaman will have to make an effort to see from the inner vision, the area in which the alteration was exercised, since that is where the patient's illness is installed. The use of the pendulum makes it possible to confirm the existence of a blockage of energy in a certain area of the body.
In other cases, the shaman can use the pressure on the arm to make a diagnosis, an aspect that is assimilated into the medical history of conventional doctors, in which the arm is examined with the palm down. In this way, the shaman asks a diagnostic question that can be asked aloud or mentally, presses the arm and receives the answer. In case the arm resists the pressure, the answer is negative, while if it is positive, the arm will go down very easily.
These are just a few examples because each shaman in different cultures can operate differently.
Generally, the shaman enters into a trance to access the subtle world, the invisible world, and to be able to move around the Cosmic Tree. Just as we have always explored the physical world around us, shamans have explored the non-visible realms of reality, bringing back the knowledge and information that allows them to act as mediators, healers, and guides.
This other reality or invisible world has been defined by different shamanic cultures in very different ways, considering it very often as one of the layers of the Cosmic Tree.
In order to make this journey possible, shamans have developed a series of methods that allow them to modify their consciousness so that it is not anchored on the physical plane. In this way, while the shaman is in a trance, he moves a part of his consciousness to these other levels of reality. This type of trance is called the Flight of the Soul or the Shamanic Journey.
The methods used are very diverse, and sometimes several methods are combined at once. Some of the most common methods to carry out these trances are Drumming or rattling, dancing, singing, shamanic breathing, fasting, waking, sweat lodging, vision quests, or the use of sacred or entheogenic plants.
Trance, the basis of shamanic activity, is a modified state of consciousness where the rules of rational thought are disarticulated by forces and dynamics of the psyche that are still difficult to understand today. The ordered world of mental logic is altered by access to a world where energy and information are transformed into symbols and where symbolic actions are transformed into real events.
In order to perform many of his functions, the shaman must have the help of his powerful allies who will protect and guide him.
The shaman has a wide range of spiritual entities at his disposal: the ancestors, the spirits of plants and animals of power, and an infinite number of subtle beings. Without guardian spirits or allies, shamans are unprotected in their trances and can thus confront the origin of the evil which afflicts their patient or their community.
For shamans, animals have a prominent role because they possess the life force and very specific qualities that humans lack, such as flight, have claws, survive underwater, etc.; especially some animals, such as big felines, bears, deer, birds, and reptiles like snakes.
Animals are, in this way, possessors of certain powers, so they are located within the ambit of what is beyond human reach, either as deities, as representatives or manifestations of the same, or as symbols of diverse faculties or forces. And simultaneously, among all the beings of nature, animals are the closest to human beings, thus establishing deep bonds and becoming powerful allies of human beings.
The act of caring for one's ancestors is a practice that is lost in the night of time and has been maintained to a greater or lesser extent to the present day. Ancestor worship is a practice originating in the shamanic world that is based on the belief that members of a clan who have died enter into a new existence, from where they take an interest in the affairs of their descendants.
For this reason, since time immemorial, the importance of honoring one's ancestors has been that this rite ensured the good disposition of the dead towards the living and, therefore, guaranteed the well-being of new generations.
For example, in the Taino tribes of present-day Costa Rica, ancestors were worshipped, since it was believed that when they died they had become protective spirits with supernatural powers. Thus, the shamans are in charge of communicating with the ancestors and acting as mediators between the two worlds.
In the course of his work, the shaman requires a series of symbolic elements and objects that allow him to perform the healing processes, as well as to improve his process of concentration and trance induction. It is important to emphasize that these are a series of tools which prevail in all cultures where shamanism is practiced, and are frequent objects. Among them are:
The altar: generally the altar they use is simple, as it consists of a cloth that is placed on the floor or a small blanket, a table can also be used, and on it are placed the other elements to be used.
The mask: although it is not an essential element, it is usually used by most cultures, since the mask represents a means of expression that puts the internal potentials in evidence.
A feather: the use of the feather has to do with the belief of the human being's aura since it is considered that it has a physical structure similar to it, so during the processes the auric fibers are combed which symbolize the unraveling of the physical and spiritual problems and discomforts that the human being may have affected by the evil spirits.
The pendulum: besides being one of the most ancient elements linked to shamanism, it is also one of the most important in the processes of shamans, so it is present in the cultures of the world that practice it.
The pendulum is used in order to establish communication between the conscious and the subconscious so that the shaman can locate the area of the body where the imbalance that is causing the illness in the being is installed.
A maraca: often a rattle can also be used, which, when shaken over the body of the sick person, exerts a series of changes in its sound, which are interpreted by the shaman from the training he receives to give them meaning, a process in which it can work similarly to the pendulum.
The drum: this instrument is one of the indispensable elements within the shamanic tradition since in fact it has had very few variations over time and its adoption within the practicing cultures.
The drum is the instrument used by the shaman to make contact with entities from other worlds, as well as to establish contact with other planes of reality through which he can generate an altered state of mind, a process which allows him to reach the state of relaxation which will facilitate his entering into communion with his environment and with himself.
The candles: fire is one of the key elements of shamanism, which is symbolized by the candle, so it is one of its main instruments in the healing process. The fire allows the shaman to have access to a state of superconsciousness since it serves as a focal point that reaches the concentration and relaxation needed to establish the contact he seeks.
These are a series of geographical elements that are considered special places for the transition of shamanic journeys, which is why they are considered sacred places that take on vital importance in their practices, among them are:
Its location consolidates one of the most important sacred sites of shamanism. The most famous tree is the Yggdrasil, known as the "ash tree of the universe" or "the tree of life", typical of Nordic mythology. However, it is known that all cultures practicing shamanism have their own sacred tree. Trees such as apple trees, oaks, cypresses and laurels usually appear for this purpose.
The location and use of caves represents the perfect space for shamanism, as it is considered the purest representation of the connection between the return to the womb, with the earth element, and the connection with the ancestors. If we refer to the first human beings and their habits, the cave represents a fundamental space, since it has been the refuge for many of these communities, as well as the place of worship where several representations have been found that show the connection of man with the environment that surrounds him in his daily life, since they leave evidence on the walls of the experiences of these first communities.
Although it may sound a little strange, the truth is that the staircase comprises one of the most important transition sites within Shamanism, especially those in the shape of a spiral that may be curious to anyone interested in getting started in Shamanism, since it is precisely the shape of this staircase that symbolizes the transition to another space. The stairs do not necessarily "lead" to a specific place, as their construction takes on a symbolic value of connection with the underworld.
Similar to the representation of the staircase, the bridge also takes on a sense of transition, however, it is taken because it crosses a stream of water, so it represents this connection as an element that is capable of connecting realities. Likewise, it takes a great value as an element that allows to overcome narrow paths or with difficulty, uniting the two worlds where the water symbolizes the separation of realities from the borders.
Following the connection with the element of water, the well also takes on great meaning in shamanism, even if it is a well made by human beings or natural, so it is directly related to the rites of divination, as well as miraculous healings and even legends of immortality.
The lakes are also one of the sacred spaces of this set of beliefs since it is taken as a kind of door that gives access to the other world. A great variety of myths and legends also appear in them, including strange animals that live within its waters, so that they represent one of the main centers of worship, but also of pilgrimage. An example of this is Lake Titicaca, the highest lake in the world, whose waters are the sweetest in which there are very important legends.
Likewise, another of the water currents, the rivers, also represent one of the most important spaces of shamanism, as the river is considered as a giver of life and also as a way of access to the other world.
On the other hand, the mountains in shamanism are the representation of the natural way of access to the dwelling of the gods who are found in the beyond. While many cultures have a deep respect for mountains, in shamanism they are also revered and feared in equal measure. To climb mountains is to be able to be much closer to the gods. In addition, mountains represent access to secret places that can hold treasures, being the only constructions that can bring humans closer to heaven.
Shamanism survives today in the world, especially in indigenous peoples where its value prevails and their beliefs are closely linked to the practices of their daily lives. Likewise, the practice of the beliefs that shamanism brings together lives mostly in rural areas, such as jungles, deserts, tundras and other spaces, including also urban areas, as it has been found in towns, suburbs, cities and villages, extended especially in the American continent.
Although there is talk of a shamanic initiation process, the belief in a call from the mediums has also stood out, which is explained as a form of inheritance of shamanic work that can pass from one person to another through a series of extraordinary processes including visions of astral travel, among others.
Under this premise, the shaman who has received the call can walk without a fixed direction in the process, as well as move away from his family and clans; isolation which commits him in his search until he finds it.
In this process, the shaman understands the call and understands the mission he has from that moment on in society. However, before taking any action, he must overcome a series of tests that allow him not only to strengthen himself but also to lead him to a space of abandonment over the life he has led up to that moment, moving on to spiritual rebirth.
From the moment of the call, the shaman begins to know the secrets and hidden aspects of the rites, as well as has an approach to the spiritual language, the names and terms of the spiritual guides he will have, and even receives the identification of a part of the evil spirits of the spirit world.
The New Age movement has appropriated some ideas of shamanism, as well as beliefs and practices of Eastern religions and different indigenous cultures. As with other appropriations, the original followers of these traditions condemn their use, considering it superficially understood and misapplied.
But certainly there is a great effort in some circles of therapists, anthropologists and researchers to rescue shamanism and offer it in more modern forms so that at least part of this great legacy of ancestral knowledge can be integrated and help in many ways people living in an industrialized society.
Michael Harner has been a pioneering anthropologist in recovering some of the shamanic practices of various indigenous cultures and adapting them to today's world. Harner has faced much criticism for believing that parts of diverse shamanic traditions can be taken out of context to form some form of universal shamanic tradition.
Some of these neo-shamans also focus on the ritual use of psychedelics or entheogens, as well as others focus on traditional ceremonial magic. They claim to be based on traditions employed in ancient Europe, where they believe many shamanic practices and other mystical systems were suppressed by the Christian church. One example is witchcraft in the Middle Ages, which is now considered a vestige of ancient shamanic practices in Europe.
Today we can find many currents that refer to neoshamanism with names such as Essential Shamanism, Transcultural Shamanism, or Universal Shamanism.
In his book The Way of the Shaman, Harner recounts how he himself began these practices, studying and living in close contact with tribal shamans in various parts of the world.
In Core Shamanism he condensed and reduced to the essential core (core shamanism) the methods of the different shamanic traditions, making them accessible also to Westerners.
Michael Harner discovered that the common characteristic of all shamans is the spiritual journey into reality beyond the everyday world, the journey of the soul into non-ordinary reality.
In that reality, normally invisible to us, shamans come into contact with spiritual entities that they call allies and that they meet mostly in the form of animals (Guiding Animals) and spiritual Masters (ancestors, mythological figures, sages). Allies give the shaman the power and knowledge to help and heal himself, others and the world.
Each person can make the journey into non-ordinary reality. This is Michael Harner's second great discovery. We do not need intermediaries to harness the wisdom and healing powers of the universe. Spirituality is an innate capacity of the human being. That is why complex rituals are not necessary.
Celtic shamanism is essentially a way of seeing reality, and at the same time to act within this vision of reality. The shaman perceives the universe differently from other human beings and makes direct experiences that transcend those of normal people.
Celtic cosmology was very simple, there was this world, the material world and the Other World, the invisible world, and the two worlds were intimately connected, they were neither separate nor allocated in different spaces or dimensions.
The transition from this world to the Other World could take place with a simple transposition of consciousness. In fact, many Celtic chants refer to a continuous transformation of one's own appearance, to indicate that the shaman is able to 'travel' in the consciousnesses and forms of other beings. These other beings can be animals, birds, plants, trees, rocks or even simple objects or body parts. For this reason, for example, the cult of the head was very present in their practices.
For the Celts temples were not places built by men, as for example the Romans did, but were forests, glades, trees, rivers or springs. To connect with their ancestors it was enough to go to a certain forest, or talk to a tree or tap into a spring. The sacredness of a place was known as such, it was not necessary to build sanctuaries or churches, it was the natural elements that determined the sacred.
Besides the cult of Nature, the Celts had the cult of their ancestors. These were anthropocentric spirits, meaning not spirits transcended to other Worlds, but spirits who remained strongly connected with their community and therefore able to strike with their powers the neighbouring or enemy communities without compassion. For this reason, Celtic spiritual practices were very much feared by other peoples and even among their own tribes or factions.
In Celtic shamanism there are elements common to other cultures that have a solid shamanic tradition and are the following:
1) shamans are able to access a particular state of consciousness, in which 2) they experience a journey into the non-ordinary realms of existence, where 3) they gather knowledge and power which they then use for themselves or for the benefit of other members of their social group.
In the Celts the shamans are called druids. Their knowledge of the non-ordinary world and the beings of nature has influenced spiritual traditions in Europe to this day; we meet them in the monks of the Middle Ages, in Grail researchers and in today's poets.
Indeed, the power of speech was well known among the Celts. Through words it was possible to make spells, healings, but it was also possible to strike an adversary.
In the ancient worlds the vision of the universe was much more focused with what was available, with things already created on this earth, to form the Circle of Life - the Celtic form of the braid twisted around itself.
All created things participate in the same Circle of Life, in the same power, and therefore they can "exchange" power, life and consciousness. And in Celtic traditions there was the fascination of the "exchange of Heads", to indicate the ability to enter, by exchanging, into other participants in the Circle of Life.
We see therefore that to have a deep shamanic experience from the Celtic point of view, it is necessary to "get out of one's own head".
Amergin's song is one of the oldest testimonies of Celtic literature:
I am the wind on the sea;
I am the wave of the sea;
I am the bull of seven battles;
I am the eagle on the rock
I am a flash from the sun;
I am the most beautiful of plants;
I am a strong wild boar;
I am a salmon in the water;
I am a lake in the plain;
I am the word of knowledge;
I am the head of the spear in battle;
I am the god that puts fire in the head;
Who spreads light in the gathering on the hills?
Who can tell the ages of the moon?
Who can tell the place where the sun rests?
North Asia, and especially Siberia, is considered the place par excellence of shamanism. There are different ethnic groups that practice it even today, it is in fact the most widespread spiritual practice in those areas. The word shaman derives from the term saman used in various Siberian ethnic groups, the largest is Evenk.
Mongolian shamanism is very similar to Siberian shamanism.
In Mongolian and Siberian shamanism there are three fundamental concepts.
The first is that the world is alive. plants, animals, rocks and water all have spirits. These spirits must be respected and considered, otherwise the earth may become hostile or sterile. So the protection and balance of one's environment becomes a very important thing.
The second concept is personal responsibility. Mongolian shamans believe in the concept of chaimato buyan, very close to the concept of Karma. Being responsible for one's own actions is a characteristic sign of human beings.
The third concept is balance. Balance is important to maintain harmony within oneself, the community and the environment. When things are no longer in balance there are painful effects. In this case the intervention of a shaman is necessary.
In these traditions there are three types of shamans: white, black and yellow shamans.
Shamanism in the Americas is very articulated, here are some local indications.
Native American cultures and First Nations have different religious systems. There has never been a single religion or spiritual system. Many Native American cultures have healers, masters of ceremonies, singers, mystics, storytellers and 'Medicine People', but none of them use the term 'shaman' to describe these spiritual guides.
Rather, as in other indigenous cultures around the world, these figures are given names in the original language that are not taught to outsiders.
The Medicine Man is the mediator with the spiritual world, connecting with the community. These Medicine Humans use crystals, rocks or other natural elements to make diagnoses, some can use trance. The use of the drum is widespread in almost all tribes.
The Mayan peoples of Guatemala, Belize and South Mexico make very sophisticated practices of shamanism, using astrology and elements such as fire. Through the relationship with fire, almost always present in Mayan ceremonies, it is possible to make divinations and healings.
In the Amazon basin and northern regions, the shaman healer is known as a curandero. There are different types of curanderos that use different techniques and sacred plants. There are also different levels of specialization.
Ayahuasqueros are Peruvian shamans specializing in Ayahuasca, a medicinal plant used for physical and psychological healing and divine revelation.
In Australian or Aboriginal shamanism, the dadirri is considered a special quality that allows us to come into contact with a deep spring within us. The connection with this source requires the achievement of a state of calm, of deep awareness. It is similar to what we Westerners call 'contemplation' or 'meditation', well known in various practices related to shamanism.
In Aboriginal thought, there is simply no impassable abyss between the human and the divine. This is why Aborigines had no need to develop an organized religion run by a bureaucratic, layered priesthood. What they do have, however, is an authentic spiritual egalitarianism in which, as individuals, they can access Dreamtime through trance, giving them direct and immediate access to spiritual dimensions through the shamanic techniques of ecstasy.
This ability gives them an unshakeable authority to make evolved philosophical observations. For example, like the religious thanatologists of other spiritual traditions, Aborigines describe the progression of human consciousness after death as "survival in the infinite". They know from first-hand experience that the point of contact with the infinitude of individual cosmic consciousness continues to expand after death as long as it is co-extensive with it... until it literally 'becomes' it.
Aboriginal Dreamtime' is that part of Aboriginal culture that explains the origins and knowledge of the land and its people. Aboriginal people have the longest historical-cultural continuity of any other people on Earth - dating back - according to some estimates - 65 thousand years. Dreamtime is Aboriginal Religion and Culture.
The Dreamtime contains various aspects: the history of things that have happened, as the universe has come to be, how human beings were created and how the Creator intended the purpose of the human being in the cosmos.
As in all other cultures - one speaks of the Gods and Goddesses who created the Earth - some of whom were loving - while others were cruel.
Aboriginal Australians speak of jiva or guruwari, a seed of power deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal worldview, every activity, event, or important life process that takes place in a particular place leaves a vibrational residue in the earth, just as plants leave the image of themselves through seeds. The shape of the earth - its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and pools of water - and its invisible vibrations are the echoes of the events that led that place to creation.
Everything in the natural world is a symbolic imprint of the metaphysical beings whose action created our world. As in the seed, the power of every place on earth is coupled with the memory of its origin.
The Aborigines called this "Dreaming" of a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of or in tune with the inner dream of the Earth.
Australian Aboriginal shamans - "intelligent men" or "men of high rank" - describe the "heavenly ascensions" to meet "the Gods of Heaven", such as Baiame, Biral, Goin and Bundjil.
The shamanic Aboriginal "death and resurrection" experience of tribal initiation of "high ranking men" finds interesting parallels with modern UFO abduction stories.
The "chosen one" (voluntarily or spontaneously) is attacked by "spirits", ritually "killed" and then experiences a wonderful journey (usually a climb to heaven in a strange kingdom) and meets the "god of heaven". His life is restored - a new life as the shaman of the tribe.
Ritual death and resurrection, abduction by powerful beings, ritual removal or re-settlement of body parts, symbolic dismemberment, implantation of objects, aerial ascents and journeys to strange worlds, personal empowerment and transformation - these and many other phenomena are recurring elements in the extraordinary shamanic tradition.
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In this article you will really discover everything about San Pedro:
Echinopsis Pachanoi, also known as San Pedro Cactus, is a cactus native to the Andes of Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador. It grows at an altitude of about 2000-3000 meters and is widely used as an ornamental plant. In these countries, however, it is best known for its hallucinogenic and healing properties. Especially the Moche civilization has made use of it using the cactus for healing and divination purposes.
In South America, the Echinopsis Pachanoi is known by many different names: Achuma, Huachuma, Wachuma, Aguacolla, Hahuacollay or Giganton describe what is most commonly known as "San Pedro Cactus" in Western civilizations.
It is said that the traditions of using the San Pedro cactus in Peru date back more than 3000 years. The oldest archaeological evidence suggesting the use of San Pedro is a stone carving (see photo below) of a huachumero shaman of the Chavín civilization in the old temple of Universal Consciousness at Chavín de Huantar, in northern Peru.
According to archaeologists, the carving dates back to at least 1500 BC, and probably even beyond. There are also old Chavin textures that portray the cactus with jaguars and hummingbirds surrounding it.
It is difficult to establish a continuity of use between the traditional use and the current one of San Pedro in the Andes area. One thing that is certain, however, is the fact that the use of the plant changed dramatically with the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. Coming from the traditional view of the Christian world, the use of San Pedro has been transformed to serve the doctrine of the church.
In fact, the name "San Pedro" refers to the St. Peter of the New Testament.
According to legend, it was St. Peter who held the keys to the heavenly doors; a strong reference to the transcendent moods that San Pedro can induce.
Still today, the cactus is used by the indigenous people of the Andes and on the coasts of Peru and Ecuador for the same medicinal and therapeutic purposes that are inherent in the plant.
Today's San Pedro ceremonies take place for the same reasons as ever: to cure spiritual, emotional, mental or physical diseases, to predict the future through the prophetic and divinatory qualities of the plant, to fight witchcraft, to bring success to their exploits and to awaken love and enthusiasm for life. It may be precisely for these reasons that South America has seen a strong increase in tourism for San Pedro in recent years.
The San Pedro Ceremony is truly transformative and surprising. The San Pedro is a very powerful cure, the effect lasts twice as long as the Ayahuasca, and opens the heart to love and peace towards oneself and the world. Ayahuasca is often represented as the female part of the two sacred master plants and San Pedro is the male part. My shaman friends in Peru say that Ayahuasca shows you what you need to change, gives you an idea of your challenges and problems, and San Pedro (Wachuma) gives you the power to make that change happen.
Often, in a healing experience, the mind is on the way to the wisdom of the heart. The San Pedro goes straight to the heart and bypasses the defenses of the mind and the resistance of the ego. There can therefore be surprising transformations for people who have a lot of mental activity that holds them back from healing, with fantastic openings of the heart's energy center.
Ayahuasca is more of an inner journey into the universe within you, while San Pedro is more of an outer journey that shows you how other dimensions merge with physical reality, showing you your multidimensional nature. Your motor skills are not as affected by the San Pedro as they are by the Ayahuasca, which is why you usually take walks in nature during the ceremony.
Among the most common effects that this master plant can make you feel there is the possibility to bring back to mind distant memories, which you thought you had forgotten on which you can then go to work with the help of the spirit of San Pedro. You can also acquire an increased ability to see and feel the world around you by feeling an unconditional love for any being or earthly creature and for any inanimate form and entity.
Throughout the history of its use, San Pedro has been known to function as a powerful medicine with the ability to cure "unknown diseases". While one can belittle this conception as a simple superstition of primitive tribes in the Andes, there is actually science that suggests medicinal benefits from taking San Pedro. Research has shown that San Pedro is able to reduce hypertension, reduce the risk of heart disease, treat nerve disease and alleviate joint problems.
Cactus San Pedro has also been associated with powerful antimicrobial properties that prevent the growth of more than a dozen strains of penicillin-resistant bacteria, such as Staphylococcus.
San Pedro contains high concentrations of the psychoactive compound called mescaline, so there is much controversy surrounding this "substance". It should be kept in mind, however, that mescaline does not produce physical dependence.
The preparation of San Pedro for healing use takes a long time. Sometimes it takes up to 24 hours for the entire preparation process. First, the plant is cut into small pieces. Then, the pieces are boiled until they are very soft. Once they are soft enough, they are crushed and filtered of all their liquid. The liquid is then added to the water used for boiling the plant.
The resulting solution is reduced until only a highly concentrated bitter green liquid remains. The liquid is then drunk by those attending the ceremony. Today, the preparation of the cactus takes only four or five hours, with about 30cm of San Pedro being chopped and processed.
It is important not to ingest the waxy coating of the cactus or its plugs. The same applies to the central section of the cactus.
Before the San Pedro ceremony can begin, three different elements must be present to allow Shamanic Healing: the spiritual power of the shaman, the mescaline that strengthens him and an altar, called mesa. The mesa is covered with objects loaded with spiritual energy that is divided into three zones. The area on the left is associated with death, the central area is a neutral zone that is associated with balance and the area on the right is associated with the gift of life.
For a real ceremony, all three sections must be present. The left area is used to reveal the disease, the central field is used to balance negative and positive energies, and the right is used by the shaman to find the right blend of healing herbs. Just like the chants (Icaros) that are sung during Ayahuasca ceremonies, the objects of the mesa allow the shaman to structure the experience of his patients so that healing can take place.
Usually, the ritual takes place at night or during the day depending on the type of shaman and consists of a long preliminary purification ceremony followed by the ritual itself. The ceremonial acts consist of prayers, invocations, and songs that are accompanied by the beat of a shamanic rattle. Through these acts, the gods of the indigenous and Catholic faiths are invoked.
Then the purification ceremony ends and the medicine is drunk. Usually, it is the shaman who drinks the first cup. Then it's up to the participants of the ceremony. Normally the medicine consists only of the pure extract of San Pedro. If necessary my shaman teacher Gendo also helps patients with Reiki to support them in the process with the plant.
In this way the energy can flow freely throughout the physical body and also into the higher bodies, balancing the Chakras and allowing a faster healing.
After his vision has been activated by the plant, the shaman can see the cause of the patient's illness. As a treatment, the shaman sometimes stops to massage or aspirate on parts of the patients' bodies. He aspires to extract the supernatural source of patients' ailments. In some severe cases, it is believed that the forces that cause the disease are powerful enough to attack the patient during the ceremony. This is dangerous and requires immediate attention from the shaman. He will then engage the attacking forces in battle.
During this part of the ceremony if it is daytime you usually walk in nature and connect with Mother Earth.
The ceremony can be integrated with the Ritual of the Rapé or the Ritual of the Sananga. In addition, there is also the possibility of doing shamanic baptisms in the sacred river.
When the first part of the ceremony is over, each patient goes from the shaman to his mesa. The shaman then identifies the herbs that will be used to wish the patient good luck. He will also identify the herbs on the right side of the brim that will cure the disorders of the patient.
After identifying the appropriate herbs, the shaman throws some coca leaves. This form of divination is intended to confirm whether he has made the right choices. In the end, some shamans blow Agua de Florida, water, sugar, and powder on each of the patients. Then there is a final blessing or prayer. Each participant is then offered a bottle of sacred herbs.
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Sananga is a tropical plant that grows along the Amazon rivers in South America.
This powerful sacred medicine of shamans is used for various medicinal purposes ranging from healing physical and spiritual ailments. It is used to clearing the mind and energies and obtaining a complete new form of perception and approach.
Sananga can be applied to the eyes, but there are many ways to use this sacred plant: when used to counteract malaria, it is applied by nasal infusion. When used for wounds, it is cut and applied externally. For digestive problems or nausea is applied as a tincture. For coughs and fevers, and for use as an antivenom, it is applied orally by decoction.
The flowers and leaves are used to make a tea that has strong aphrodisiac effects and, in addition, increases the capacity of lucid dreaming and calms. When dry rhizomes are mixed with tobacco and smoked, they are reported to produce hallucinogenic effects.
The pure spirit of Sananga supports a deep cleansing of the blocked energies on the emotional, physical and spiritual levels. Sananga can balance and increase your energies, and find the roots of your illnesses and blockages, leading to complete balance, concentration and peace of mind.
Furthermore, the drops will expand your vision and spiritual awareness, and enhance your ability to read other people's intentions.
In addition, Sananga increases your long-range vision, which is important for future visualizations and predictions.
Sananga is a native Amazonian plant, but grows in many other tropical areas, including Africa and Asia. There are about 499 botanically identifiable species of the family Cyperaceae and about 30 different types of Sananga, belonging to only three species: Eleutherine Bulbosa, Cyperus Articulatus and Cyperus Prolixus Kunth. Thus, there are many types of Sananga that are used by shamans, each with its own specific use and spirit.
Sananga is used on its own, but it is also known as an additive to Ayahuasca beverages. The shamans acknowledged this sacred plant for hundreds of years as an important plant of the Shaman, however, Sananga has also been introduced into Western medical practices: already in the early twentieth century, Americans used Sananga extracted fluids, sold as a drug called 'Adrue', as a herbal remedy for stomach and intestinal pains. The same drug, Adrue, was used in higher doses as a sedative for anxious or nervous patients who, in turn, enjoyed its dreamy, euphoric side effects.
For most prescriptions the rhizomes or stems are dried and pulverized and then prepared as tea, bath, or eye drops. However, each tribe has its own way of using this magical plant, the Shipibo tribe, for example, crushes fresh rhizomes and extracts the juice to make eye drops.
Detoxifies the body. Increases visual perception and improves colors.
Clears long-standing internal anger.
Helps with mental disorders such as addiction, depression and anxiety, restores energy field.
Treats spiritual illnesses caused by negative energies in the body.
In addition to this, the drops are also used to cure and improve a wide range of eye problems such as myopia, depth and color perception, image definition and detection accuracy. In addition, this magical medicine is indicated in cases of serious eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and blindness.
Although Sananga is famous for its effects on vision and visualization, this medicine is considered an indigenous multipurpose remedy. It is applied for febrifugal diseases, emetics, diuretics, painkillers and several others.
In addition, Sananga is often used to cure skin diseases (dermatitis), suppress appetite, alleviate dental problems and counter wounds from snakebite and poisoning, heal eye injuries and rheumatism. Another important curative aspect of the botanical family is its widely explored antimicrobial activity, which demonstrated that this family has a strong antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antifertility/contraceptive, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory effect.
Traditionally, tribes like the Matsés use Sananga as a hunting tool to obtain clear perception and concentration, and to allow detection of subtle movements in the dark jungle.
On the other hand, the drops can allow strong visualizations of the prey or the plant to be hunted, allowing a quick and successful search. Sananga is often combined with other hunting tools, such as Kambo, which further improve hunting skills. For most indigenous tribes, hunting means survival and therefore means an exceptionally important and crucial skill.
Tribes believe that becoming a good hunter and a good seeker can only be achieved by using sacred plants. These sacred plants improve perception and sharpness, intention, sense of smell, endurance and luck. Therefore, hunting tools such as Sananga and Kambo represent about a quarter of all medicinal plants used in indigenous tribes.
Kanawasta. In Shipibo this word means "to focus better on art". Sananga drops are used to improve the ability to focus on crafts such as sewing, painting, embroidery and the production of handcrafted pottery - which is carried out by the women of the tribe. The Shipibo are famous for their embroidery and textile painting.
From an early age, Shipibo women are initiated by their mothers and grandmothers in this practice. A Shipibo says: "When I was a little girl, my mother put drops of Sananga in my eyes so that I would have the vision for the patterns of my paintings".
Wekunwarti. In Shipibo this word can be translated as 'for better vision'. Sananga drops are used before and during Ayahuasca ceremonies, and are told to open the participant to the world of visions and improve their ability to "see" things on their multidimensional journey to other worlds. After the use of eye drops, the visions become clearer and more detailed.
Shipibo members also say that eye drops are 'to look far' - allowing for a better ability to foresee upcoming events and intentions.
Active components: All these substances have a broad spectrum of action in the body, including vasoconstricting effects at the circulatory or neurotransmission level. Sananga contains several different biologically active alkaloids, including flavonoids, polyphenols, saponins, tannins and terpenes, although their biological actions are mainly attributed to cyperons, which are believed to show antimalarial and prooxidant effects.
On the other hand, studies have shown that Sananga reeds, which itself contains a large amount of ergot alkaloids, the full spectrum of effects and bioactive ingredients contained in this sacred plant is still not fully understood. In addition, as the plant does not reproduce by seeds but by vegetation there are many different subspecies of Sananga divergent and alkaloid composition.
It is said that Sananga contains a large amount of alkaloids, it has been suggested that Sanaga includes the potent active ingredient ibogaine, however, this statement has not yet been defined proven. In addition to ibogaine, other alkaloids such as coronaridine, quebraquine, heineanine, 3-hydroxyconaridine, ibogamine, and vocanine are also believed to be found in Sananga. All of these alkaloids have powerful psychoactive effects and can also exert strong antibiotic effects.
There may be small differences in the composition of Sananga: the Becchete of the Matsés tribe contains Tabernaemontana undulata roots, while the Sananga drops of the Kaxinawá tribe contain Kunakip (Tabernaemontana sananho) roots. It is known that these two roots produce a strong vision (waimatai) that are very useful for a successful hunt.
Note: contact lenses should be removed before applying Sananga to the eyes.
Before thinking about dosage, you should pay attention to the power of your thoughts: each medicine can only achieve and cure what one firmly intends and believes.
Just one drop per eye is enough for a powerful Sananga session. It is recommended to find a quiet and quiet place, either in nature, or at home in a quiet environment and with meditative music. Acute effects will disappear after 10-15 minutes, although subtle later effects may last for days.
Be sure to lie down to allow good application and keep your eyes closed during the session. It is important to apply one drop to both eyes, and do not wait with the second drop, apply it immediately to balance the energies in both eyes. Thereafter, you should blink with your eyelids for a moment to distribute the fluid over the entire eye. Ideally, a healer should apply the Sananga to you supporting the entire process with Reiki.
Shortly after application to the eyes, most people report a strong burning sensation and a release of energy into the body and emotions. However, these effects reside after a few minutes, and can be relieved by focusing on your breathing and visualizing how the pain removes your blocked energies and produces deep healing.
In addition, you may also experience vomiting and bowel movements, which are additional indications for the elimination of blocked energies and diseases. Try to surrender completely and relax as much as possible.
The best way is to totally abandon yourself. Let yourself go completely and embrace that feeling. And at that moment, the healing can really begin to happen and do miracles.
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You've probably heard about 7 chakras before in your life.
The chakras are in fact the key points in Eastern philosophies since they are very important energy centers in our body.
In this article we will see in detail what chakras are, how they work and how to awaken them through the practice of reiki and meditation, in order to obtain numerous psychophysical benefits.
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Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel, disc or circle. The chakras are our vital points and represent the energy centers of our body that have the task of absorbing our vital energy (prana) and redistributing it. Our energy flows through our Chakras.
According to Reiki, in the human being there are about one hundred vital points (the chakras, in fact) located between the vital body and the physical body, whose activation allows you to acquire certain physical and extrasensory capabilities, achieve inner peace and finally reach the awakening of consciousness. The Chakras would then be united to the different bodies of man (astral, mental, causal, ...) through a series of channels called Nadis, real energy highways.
But within this group there are the 7 basic or main chakras that are distributed from the lower part of the spine, where there is the Kundalini (energy tangled in the shape of a snake, which must be awakened) to the highest part of the head. The energy flows through these channels with ascending and descending movements, while it forms a kind of spiral, turning like a wheel.
The chakras are also represented with lotus flowers seen from above. For this reason they can also be called Padma, which means "lotus".
Each lotus representing a chakra also has a different number of petals and a different color and contains different elements, such as a mantra, a letter of the Sanskrit alphabet on the petals or a symbol with a particular meaning.
Each chakra is also associated with particular elements, such as colors, sounds, stones and so on. But I don't want to anticipate anything: I'll talk about it in a more specific way in the course of this article.
After this introduction, you probably wonder, "Why are chakras so important to us?"
It's very simple.
The chakras are fundamental points in our body because they are strong energy centers that connect the various bodies and the psyche.
When the chakras are open, the energy can flow freely, with positive effects for both the mind and the body. But when the chakras are closed, the energy can no longer flow, forming a blockage that causes negative repercussions on all levels, both physically and psycho-emotionally.
For this reason it is very important that the chakras remain open and I will soon explain how to do this.
And now that you know what the 7 chakras are, you may be wondering what they are for: officially the main function of the chakras is to absorb the universal energy called Prana, metabolize it and feed the different aspects of the human being to finally radiate energy outward. More simply, we can say that the chakras are energy centers on which depend different functions, not only of the physical body but also of the psyche and subtle bodies.
Below I will describe each of the chakras with some of their most used meanings and characteristics, as well as some illnesses and psychological illnesses that could be caused by the bad development of each chakra.
The chakras are 7 energy centers situated in our body located between the head and the lower part of the spine and are:
Muladhara - Earth or root chakra
Svadhisthana - Water or sacral chakra
Manipura - Solar Plexus or Fire Chakra
Anahata - Heart Chakra
Vishuddha - Cleansing or throat chakra
Ajna - Chakra of the light or of the third eye
Sahasrara - Crown Chakra
These energy centers have the task of receiving energy and redistributing it through the nadis, a sort of channels connected to the spine that have the task of transporting the energy in the rest of the body.
Our goal will therefore always be to maintain the right opening of our chakras, in a balanced way, so that the energy can flow smoothly without energy blocks (closed chakras) or an overload of energy (chakras too open).
Both of these situations can lead to mental and physical discomfort.
Since the chakras are connected to the nerve ganglia and endocrine glands, the closure of the chakras and the resulting energy blockage can cause a state of inner crisis and psychophysical discomfort as well as the onset of pathologies to the organs connected to those glands.
When a chakra is awakened and then opened, we reach a greater awareness of ourselves and a development of precise psychophysical benefits.
Moreover, the chakras are not unrelated but have a strong influence on each other, especially with regard to the chakras close to each other. This means that the opening or closing of a chakra can also have a positive or negative effect on adjacent chakras.
Each chakra, as we have already mentioned, also has a precise color and a stone that represents it. In the course of the article you will also find a technical sheet where you can also find the colors and stones of each chakra.
The stones and crystals have beneficial influences and used in combination with the chakras also increase their effect.
Now that we have understood what chakras are and how they work, and after observing how important their balance is, we come to a crucial question:
"How to find out if our chakras are blocked? And how do you open them?"
Later, when we describe the individual chakras one by one, I will also give you examples of whether one or more of your chakras are unbalanced.
When a chakra is too closed or too open, in fact, there are some physical, emotional and mental imbalances, a precise practice or meditation can help you solve them.
By realigning the chakras, you will also achieve a balance in your organism, so that your mind and body can live in unison, with all the benefits and positive effects that come with it.
Now that we know what chakras are and how they work, let's have a closer look at each of them!
The word Muladhara comes from Sanskrit and literally means "base support".
This chakra is located at the base of the spine, in the perineum. It is the chakra that is connected to the legs and is therefore a symbol of the earth and everything that is solid and stable. For this reason it is also the chakra of all the hardest parts of the body, such as nails, bones and teeth.
It controls different parts of the body such as the nose, sense of smell, lymphatic system, bone system, prostate and lower extremities. It is usually associated with the color red. The root chakra or first chakra symbolizes stability, self-confidence and security and is related to our survival. When it is balanced we feel safe, happy and able to live the present moment, full of enthusiasm and ready to plan our future.
It is in fact essential to have solid roots on which to base our whole life, just as the roots for the survival of a tree or the foundations for building a solid house are fundamental.
When the first chakra is blocked, we can feel lost, apathetic, distrustful and without self-confidence. We will never feel satisfied in one place and we will tend to change house or country often.
Even our body suffers from the blockage of this chakra: we will feel tired and exhausted, we will have problems with our teeth, kidneys and joints.
When it is too open, opposite feelings are unleashed, such as a strong attachment to material goods and the past, without being able to live the present moment.
We oppose to change and we develop a total lack of fear or excessive fear, which can lead us to get into very risky situations or the inability to enjoy the beauty of life.
To balance the chakras you never have to pretend to be what you are not. For example, you don't have to fake pretending to be happy to align it, but on the contrary, if you manage to rebalance it, you will start to feel happy.
If you can't do a Reiki session, there are several exercises, positions and visualizations you can do to unlock the first chakra.
The first thing I recommend you do is to find a quiet place where you can be in direct contact with the earth, such as a wood or a garden. The garden at home is also fine!
Also do visualization exercises. Sit on the ground with your legs crossed and your back upright. Now visualize roots that start from your body and go deep into the ground.
As the roots go down, they will carry with them all the negative energies you have accumulated. When you feel ready, call back the roots to yourself, which will go back together with the positive energy of the earth.
To help you keep your concentration, you can also listen to the LAM mantra, the mantra corresponding to the first chakra, which you can find in the video below.
You can also open this chakra by walking (e.g. experiencing walking meditation), doing aerobic exercises, flexing your trunk until you touch your toes while sitting, doing dance or dance exercises, jumping on the spot, doing exercises that enhance self-confidence, practicing yoga, etc..
Continuing the journey of ascent of the kundalini, the second chakra we find is the splenic chakra or water chakra. Unlike the first one, which indicates stability, this chakra is associated with liquids and therefore with letting go, with the flow, with the capacity for change.
The second chakra is the fulcrum that connects the soul with the body. It is located in the lower abdomen, just below the navel, and is the chakra of emotions, spontaneity, creativity, pleasure and sexuality.
The splenic or orange chakra is related to the sexual organs, the reproductive system and the lumbar plexus.
When the water chakra is blocked, it is the emotions that are most affected.
We have strong mood swings, we are full of anger, guilt and shame and we are subject to panic attacks. The search for sex is transformed into a mere physical stimulus but without involving emotions. This inevitably leads to unsatisfactory stories with your partners.
Physically, problems and pathologies can occur in the lower abdomen, such as kidney stones and dysfunctions of the reproductive system and the menstrual cycle, as well as fluid flow, such as the circulatory system or the bladder.
Other consequences of splenic chakra malfunction are sexual repression, fear of pleasure, contempt for sex and energy blockages that limit the expression of one's personality.
If the second chakra is too open, there is a search for pleasure and immediate but ephemeral satisfaction, developing emotional addictions or addictions related to food, alcohol, drugs or sex.
To rebalance the second chakra, you will have to work on your emotions and your creativity.
The practice of Reiki will help you to know and manage your emotions. Breathing is also very important to rebalance the splenic chakra. Just like a fluid, in fact, you will have to be able to let the air that you breathe through your whole body flow.
The mantra of the second chakra corresponds to the Sanskrit letter Vam. You can listen to it in this video below.
Listening to this mantra during practice and meditation will help you rebalance the second chakra.
To activate this chakra you can also dedicate yourself to some exercises such as swimming, give yourself long baths, showers, some relaxation in a jacuzzi, or even with dances or dances involving movements and rotations of the pelvis, closely related to sexual relations.
The third chakra, the solar or fire chakra, is located in the solar plexus, the part of the abdomen that lies between the diaphragm and navel, is associated with the yellow color and involves different parts of your body such as the skin, muscle system, stomach, liver, large intestine and glands and organs at the level of the solar plexus. It is also associated with the eyes, the sight and the muscles of the face.
If the first chakra is connected to stability and the second to flow, the third chakra is that of the union of these two elements, namely light, energy, heat and when it is well balanced we feel energetic, self-confident, strong and self-controlling.
We are not afraid of the judgments of others and we know how to always be up to the situation and we have no difficulty in managing ourselves and our emotions.
It is connected to the digestive system and digestion, which "devours" food just as fire devours what it finds in its path.
When the third chakra is unbalanced we can see many negative symptoms, both physically and mentally, especially related to our safety and our digestive system.
When it is too closed, in fact, we notice the rise of insecurity, low self-esteem, introversion and a strong sense of inadequacy in all situations. On the physical level, however, problems arise such as liver disorders, nausea, ulcers, gastritis, difficulty digesting and coeliac disease.
Problems can also appear when this chakra is too open, making a person appear very arrogant, aggressive, far too self-confident, constantly seeking power and always feeling the need to self-celebrate to hide their defeats and insecurities.
To rebalance the Manipura chakra you can practice Reiki and all yoga positions involving the abdomen, such as the Navasana, the position of the boat, or the Parivrtta Trikonasana, the position of the rotated triangle.
Meditation can also help you. You can choose to do meditation using the Ram mantra, found in the video below and which is the mantra of the third chakra, or opt for a guided meditation.
You can open this chakra also by running, relieving tension, changing boring habits, breaking routines and doing bow exercises, such as the 5 Tibetan rites (you can find many videos on Youtube).
The heart chakra is the most central chakra. It unites the higher, more spiritual chakras, which represent elements that are in the air, with the lower, more material chakras, which represent elements that are on the ground.
The Anahata also represents the air, which unites the earth with the sky. The fourth chakra is therefore a real link between the top and the bottom, between the ground and the spiritual, and this is also demonstrated by the two triangles within it, one with the tip up, to indicate the sky, and one with the tip down, to indicate the earth.
The fourth chakra is closely related to the heart, the circulatory system, lungs, heart plexus, the entire area of the chest and the breathing. It is associated with the color green.
When it is open we are able to love unconditionally, showing ourselves generous with others, caring and heartfelt. But we are not totally dependent on others and we can also love ourselves and our lives.
Physically, the air is able to enter our lungs fluidly, charged with oxygen, which is transported into the rest of the body by a functional circulatory system.
If the fourth chakra is closed, the resulting problems are linked to the affective sphere. We are incapable of loving ourselves first of all and consequently also those around us. We become cold and apathetic, always suspicious and circumspect because we tend not to trust anyone.
If it opens too much, however, our attention will be focused exclusively on others to divert attention from ourselves. But it will not be a disinterested love: we will try to obtain the greatest number of benefits from a relationship, without the intention of giving anything in return.
Other consequences of the malfunctioning of the heart chakra are the inability to love, respiratory and cardiac diseases, selfishness, disconnection and isolation.
Then let's see how to rebalance it.
The asanas that help to reopen the fourth chakra are all those where the chest is the protagonist, such as the Anahatasana or the Dhanurasana, and all breathing techniques, such as Pranayama. As always, Reiki can help this chakra to activate and to balance itself.
You can also concentrate by listening to the mantra Yam, the mantra tied to the fourth chakra, while practicing or meditating.
To open this chakra you can also do full-breathing exercises involving large chest openings, help people every day and put aside hatred.
The Vishuddha chakra is located right at the base of the throat and is connected to the communication, both with others and with ourselves, and to the emotions that result. It controls the neck, throat, hands and arms, and is associated with the bronchial or cervical plexus.
The color of this chakra is light blue and symbolizes transparency. When this chakra is open, in fact, you can express yourself clearly and transparently, with touch, without offending. Your voice is calm and relaxed, you know how to listen to others and you always manage to express what you think and let yourself go.
The opening of the fourth chakra also brings great creativity, which is a very powerful way to express yourself. Our social relationships are pleasant and relaxed, we take an intense interest in others with understanding and without judging.
Our ability to concentrate is also very high. Since we are very predisposed to listening, learning also becomes fast and effective.
On the contrary, the closure of this chakra leads to not being able to express oneself well or to listen to others. We are unable to say no, we feel extremely shy and awkward and we can no longer express our creativity, either through words or through artistic disciplines.
All this leads to a situation of deep discomfort that in the long run can make us close so much in ourselves that we do not want or even be afraid to be together with other people. Needless to say, our social relationships will inevitably disintegrate.
Even at the physical level we can run into problems, first of all the thyroid, but also the breathing and related organs. Illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, mouth ulcers, speech disorders, but also ear aches and pains will appear.
When the chakra is too open and working too much, we become logorrhoic, never listening to what others tell us. What we say, however, is not what we really think but our conversations will be based on lies and manipulations.
We also feel too self-confident and we do not accept criticism, even when it comes from the people we love.
When the fifth chakra is unbalanced, what we have to do is bring out our creativity and learn to appreciate silence and listening.
It doesn't matter if you have a creative block. Try to fight it by painting, writing, dancing or singing, even if the result won't be the best! The important thing is to be able to let go of your emotions.
You can practice Reiki or even yoga asanas that affect your neck and shoulders, such as Matsyasana, also called the position of the fish.
I also recommend you to do meditation, focusing deeply on your breath, maybe listening to the mantra of Vishuddha, the HAM, which you can hear in the video below.
Any other methods to activate the throat chakra? With rotations and movements of the neck, shouting everything you hear in a quiet place, doing vocal exercises, doing singing exercises and pronouncing mantras in a repetitive and systematic way.
We continue upwards along the path of the kundalini, until we arrive at the penultimate chakra: the chakra of the third eye.
The chakra of the third eye is located in the head, between the eyebrows, and is the symbol of intuition and sight beyond appearances and beyond even reality itself.
It is inevitably connected to the eyes but also to the forehead, temples, brain and spinal cord. In this chakra are connected all opposites and all duality, such as male and female, reason and intuition, form and substance, body and mind, good and bad.
And the third eye sees what exists beyond these concepts, dissolving the duality to get to see the true reality.
If the flow of energy that crosses this fifth chakra is not blocked, we get in tune with our higher self. We become intuitive, aware, concentrated and highly perceptive. We can visualize thoughts and images, empathy amplifies and we can understand what other people think.
We see the world for what it is, in its energy and spirituality, wisely and without prejudice. We can understand the essence of what surrounds us, seeing beyond what we physically see with our eyes.
When Ajna is blocked, we become selfish, cynical, materialistic, cold and calculating. We only trust what we see with our eyes and can no longer perceive what exists beyond.
We can no longer dream or plan our future, we become insensitive and detached, without the ability to stay focused on something for long.
Physically, the head will be affected: headache, migraine, fatigue, insomnia, neurosis, eye pain and even blindness. But the sixth chakra can also be too open and in this case, in addition to the physical pains, we become manic, self-celebrating and tend to blame others for our faults.
It is therefore important that even the sixth chakra is always balanced to maintain inner serenity and a stable relationship with others.
To rebalance the third eye chakra, meditation is very important. Through meditation we can communicate with ourselves and with the energy that is around us. Even the practice of Reiki undoubtedly brings you closer to this goal.
It is also important to practice pranayama to learn how to get benefits from our breathing. To open the sixth chakra we can do so by listening to the mantra of the sixth chakra, the om.
In addition to Reiki and meditation, to rebalance the sixth chakra you can do activities that stimulate creativity or immerse yourself in nature, paying attention to the small details of life and contemplating the beauty that surrounds us every day, such as a sunset or a starry sky.
Details that make our existence so beautiful, deep and worth living.
To activate the third eye chakra you can also do guided meditations, visualize simple geometric shapes, massage the temples and eye contour in a circular way, and massage the eyes with the eyelids closed using your fingertips.
Finally we arrive at the seventh chakra, the highest, the last one that reaches the kundalini in this ascent: the crown chakra.
It is located at the top of your head, just like a crown, and controls the top of the head, the nervous system and the brain. It is associated with the color purple.
The Sahasrara is the chakra of liberation, knowledge and bliss. It is not found in the physical body, but above, above the head. It is linked to the energy of the universe, to the connection with the Divine, to the Enlightenment. Whoever reaches this stage will have understood the mysteries of life, including birth and death.
This chakra is represented by a lotus with a thousand petals, a symbolic number that indicates infinity. Its energy will dissolve your Ego in the Whole and transform us in turn into energy.
The opening of the seventh chakra will give you wisdom, well-being, tranquility and happiness. You will be patient, understanding and compassionate.
But what happens if the energy flow of the seventh chakra is blocked? When the flow is blocked, we will not be able to cultivate our spirituality. We will then feel apathetic, despondent, unwilling to live, depressed.
If it is too open, then we will be attached to unimportant things, material goods and power, overwhelmed by ignorance and dissatisfaction, and we will always feel anxious, arrogant, impatient.
Even on the physical plane we will be affected and suffer from exhaustion, mental confusion, depression, apathy to the point of ending up in psychosis and schizophrenia.
Other problems with this chakra can cause the need to dominate and manipulate others to get what you want, the fact of always wanting to be right, bullying, rigidity in the form of thinking, a high ego, materialistic values, the difficulty in concentrating, the difficulty of thinking independently.
In addition to Reiki sessions, the yoga positions that help us rebalance the seventh chakra are those that stimulate the top of the head, such as Sirsasana or Sasangasana, but also Padmasana, also called lotus position, which will help you find the concentration for meditation, perhaps listening to the mantra Ah.
You can also activate the crown chakra with meditation and prayer exercises, you can also try to keep your mind free of thoughts for at least 20 minutes with the help of a mantra and in a sitting position with your back upright.
We have come to the end of this long and fascinating journey to discover the 7 chakras.
Together we saw what chakras are, how they work and why it is so important that they are always open and aligned.
Maintaining the balance of the 7 chakras will help you to live a full and serene life, obtaining a perfect relationship with yourself and with the people around you, developing knowledge, beauty and serenity, until you reach a deep peace and harmony with the energy of the universe.
I'm curious about your impressions and experiences. Have you already practiced Reiki and meditation to realign your chakras? What results have you obtained?
Let me know with a comment below.
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The word Reiki comes from REI which means universal energy and KI life force. The universal energy is around us and is also in plants, animals, nature, represents life and, most interestingly, is inexhaustible. The vital force is the energy that we have individually and that circulates through the whole organism maintaining its functions.
The human being has not only the physical body but also the emotional body and the mental body. These three bodies are moved by the vital force.
When there is a problem, a concern or a restlessness, this activity is directing the three bodies: we think about the problem, this, in turn, awakens some emotion and can affect the physical body and cause a contracture, for example.
Reiki is one of the few therapies that can act on all three bodies.
When a session is carried out, no objectives are set, nor subjects to touch.
The therapist is neutral and lets the energy flow through the channels and reach the palm of his hands.
The energy the person receives is neutral and acts on the person depending on their own needs.
During a Reiki treatment, the energy flows through the hands of the therapist to the patient.
Normally the patient is lying on a bed with clothes on, although a Reiki treatment can also be received sitting or standing.
The Reiki Master places his hands in different positions near different areas of the patient's body, corresponding to the main Chakras. Each hand position is held for three to five minutes. The placement of the therapist's hands should not be inappropriate or exert any kind of pressure.
During a treatment, you feel a deep relaxation, a great sense of peace. Many people fall asleep, which has no influence on the final result, some feel a tingling, heat or cold in different parts of the body as the energy flows, other people see colors, experience a feeling of "floating" or feel emotions that come to the surface and others simply do not feel anything, in this case Reiki will be working at more subtle levels.
It increases your energy and your mood, giving you a more positive outlook on life.
Past stressful situations don't seem to worry you as they used to.
Many patients after receiving their first sessions experience changes that can be annoying. It is common that in the days following the session you may have feelings of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat or just spend a week angry or feelings come to the surface. Then this person thinks that Reiki has gone badly and that it is worse than before the start of the sessions. This is called a Healing Crisis.
A healing crisis is a process that is activated in our being, through which our physical body releases toxins accumulated in our organs and our mental-emotional body releases emotions or reveals patterns of thought that are harmful to us. This is what we call a healing crisis.
Mental-emotional symptoms that we may experience during a Healing Crisis are:
Physical symptoms we may experience during a Healing Crisis:
Each person responds to treatment in a different way. In general, in order to suffer a healing crisis, it is necessary to carry out a treatment of several sessions where the person cleanses himself thoroughly of the blockages.
The longer a Reiki treatment is, the more complete and lasting its effects will be. More results can be achieved with the combination of Reiki with Sacred Plants. For this reason I use:
A session, for example, acts on the consequences and solves specific problems; on the contrary, the Reiki applied in a planned and unhurried way is oriented towards the cause of the ills and harmonizes the individual and its globality.
In these cases, the apparent aggravation will disappear after two or three days, but it is usually convenient to carry out more sessions.
In addition, it should be borne in mind that a comprehensive treatment affects the whole body, mind and spirit.
Someone can visit a Reiki Master to be healed of an ailment and at the end of the treatment have changed completely behavior, way of thinking or way of relating to others. This is due to the emotional and mental rebalancing that Reiki produces.
Through Reiki we relive past events that are often unpleasant and produce feelings of anguish, fear, abandonment or rejection. Manifesting emotions is necessary to cleanse the soul and release it energetically, but it gives rise to those emotional crises that we call "catharsis".
When the energy triggers these traumatic phenomena also known by reiki practitioners as "removed", the patient should not be frightened and leave the session but on the contrary, reaffirm their confidence in the power of Reiki.
In order to carry out a good Reiki treatment, as we have already said, three to five minutes are dedicated to each one of the positions, which makes the session last approximately one hour. The patient will remain lying on a bed, barefoot and dressed. During the session, soft music and aromas such as incense or essences (aromatherapy) are used.
In this time there are three well marked parts: the preparation time, with a small talk between the reiki master and the patient (in this first part will be alse performed the energy cleansing), the time of imposition of the hands in the different parts of the body, the time after the imposition of hands. This time is more important, as the person usually reaches a high degree of relaxation. In the last part, there is no time, it depends on the person.
The essential part is not the number of sessions, but how the person feels in each of the sessions. The work that is done is very subtle and many things can be removed, some of them that have been kept for a long time.
As the person feels as he feels, the visits are adjusted; one a month, one every two weeks, one every week.
In addition, with the following sessions, you can also work deeper with the help of special meditations of the Shamanic Reiki lineage, crystal therapy, pendulum, tarots, sacred plants, music therapy. All these practices are performed here in Berlin, at Reiki Shamanic Healing.
You have to make sure that the place where the Reiki treatment is going to be carried out has good vibrations.
The room should not be too cold or too hot, it should be painted with soft colors, order and cleanliness should prevail, otherwise, bad vibrations and negative energy will accumulate.
It is advisable to use incense or mild aromatic essences and relaxing music that will help the patient to be more receptive.
What you feel during the Reiki treatment changes a lot from one person to another, it is very subjective.
Some people notice the therapist's hands very hot and sometimes very cool.
Most people who receive a Reiki treatment feel very comforted, relieved of tension and very relaxed. The benefits that are received with Reiki are cumulative, that is to say, that perhaps during the first session nothing was noticed but for sure that in the following sessions you will perceive new and very pleasant sensations.
Not at all. Reiki treatment is safe and can be compatible with any type of medical care you are receiving.
More and more hospitals are applying Reiki treatment to their patients, which shows us that Reiki is effective and highly recommended.
Reiki is a path of inner growth, both if you receive it and if you want to deepen and take the initiation. The person who enters into it discovers an unimaginable world that is within reach of his hand.
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Throughout our lives we experience internal blockages that hinder the circulation of energy, so we sometimes feel disharmonized.
When our vital energy (Ki) is strong, we are physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy. When our life energy is at a very low level, we can become unbalanced or sick in various ways. One of the ways we can replenish ourselves with Vital Force is by using Reiki.
Reiki is a Holistic technique as it harmonizes and unblocks all planes of the human being, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. It does not attack the body in any way and does not create addiction or side effects or collateral effects because it does not employ chemicals or foreign elements to the body but only the energy of life that is present in every living being.
It is used in combination with sacred plants:
The immediate benefits of Reiki are many.
On a physical level, you will feel a deep relaxation, your heart rate will slow down, and you will breathe better. The Reiki will restore your body's energy balance and set in motion the body's natural ability to heal itself.
The most common physical effects are:
On the mental and emotional level, Reiki reconnects you with your emotions and feelings, allowing you to let go of what is no longer useful, resulting in a state of peace of mind that we rarely experience in this fast-paced world in which we live. You will experience:
Greater ease and satisfaction in your personal and professional relationships
The Reiki is absolutely safe. It is non-invasive and there is nothing in it that can interfere with any medicine you are taking. In fact, many of the world's most luxurious spas, and more and more hospitals, are offering Reiki therapies as an ideal complement to their traditional services.
Reiki has a lot of properties and benefits for those who receive it. Thanks to this technique, some of the results we can achieve are the following:
Promotes harmony and balance
Reiki helps promote harmony and balance. It is an effective non-invasive energy healing technique that enhances the body's natural healing capacity while providing energy and promoting overall well-being.
Reiki works directly to restore balance at all levels and goes directly to the problem that causes the ailments, rather than simply masking or alleviating the symptoms.
When we talk about balance, we mean mental and emotional balance, left and right brain, male and female, labeling things as good or bad, positive or negative, etc.
By balancing all the levels Reiki can help reducing anxiety and depression.
Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension.
After a Reiki therapy, you will notice that you are much more relaxed than when you started. It generates balance and general well-being, by reducing stress, you will feel much better about yourself and your environment.
What many people enjoy about a Reiki treatment is that it gives them time for themselves, a time during which they are not "doing" but simply "being". Patients always say that they feel clearer, more peaceful, relaxed and "lighter" after a Reiki therapy.
Reiki provides a space where you can become more aware of what is happening within your body and mind, to learn to listen to your own body and make wise decisions regarding your well-being from this place. Being more present means that you are in your body, which helps you to access even more of the inner knowledge and wisdom that we all have.
Dissolves energy blockages and promotes the natural balance between mind, body, and spirit.Reiki harmonizes and balances all planes of the person: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. In this way, it unblocks stagnant energy. Often we do not dedicate enough time to ourselves, and that generates some waste of energies, good and bad, within ourselves.
Stagnation becomes a burden that we carry with ourselves and one of the benefits of Reiki is to help us unblock that toxic energy.
Regular Reiki treatments can provide a calmer, more peaceful state of well-being, in which a person is better able to cope with everyday stress. This mental balance also improves learning, memory, and mental clarity.
Reiki can heal mental/emotional wounds and can help alleviate mood swings, fear, frustration, and even anger. Reiki can also strengthen and heal personal relationships.
Because Reiki improves your ability to love, it allows you to open up to the people around you and help you grow in your relationships.
Helps the body cleanse itself of toxins and helps the immune system.
We spend so much time in the stress-reactive fight/flight phase that it becomes our "norm" and our bodies literally forget how to return to balance.
Reiki reminds our bodies how to move into the parasympathetic nervous system self-healing mode (rest/digestion).
Rest doesn't mean you have to stop being active and productive, or 'do nothing'. It allows you to sleep and digest better, which is important for maintaining health and vitality. The more you find yourself in this space, the more active and productive you will be without stress or exhaustion.
Reiki is a booster of our vital energy and electromagnetic field, which is directly related to the immune system. This is why Reiki helps strengthen the immune system, which results in better overall health.
In this plane, Reiki is also advisable to reduce migraines and combat insomnia.
Strengthen any medical treatment.
Applying reiki to medications and at any time of a medical treatment, it will be of great help to facilitate healing and reduce the possible side effects of such treatment.
Clear your mind and improve your focus
Reiki can help you stay focused on the present moment rather than being trapped by regrets about the past or anxieties about the future. It can strengthen your ability to accept and work with the way events unfold, even when they do not meet your wishes or expectations.
You begin to react to situations, people, and yourself in solidarity rather than as a habit.
Furthermore, Reiki increases your concentration, by avoiding stress states, concentration increases, making you a more effective person.
Helps you sleep better
The number one result of receiving a Reiki session is relaxation. When we are relaxed, we sleep better, our bodies heal better, we think more clearly, and we relate more genuinely. Often, clients will experience deep relaxation during their Reiki session and sometimes deep sleep during the session as well.
And this is one of the best benefits of Reiki, it is important to learn that, to love others, the first step is to love yourself. Value and take care of yourself above all else. Reiki is the perfect path for that.
Free yourself from obsessive thoughts.
The daily practice of Reiki helps us to observe the movement of thoughts without getting hooked or obsessed with them. This results in greater mental clarity, improved concentration and sleep regulation.
One of the key aspects in the origin of the illness are the emotions. Knowing how to recognise, manage, heal and transform them is something that Reiki moves easily.
Increase intuitive awareness.
Naturally the more you practice Reiki, the more you expand your awareness of all that we are. This allows us to access states of consciousness where we can obtain information and guidance to help us in our evolution.
To stop repeating patterns of behaviour and to create new ways of relating to existence is another of the benefits of the practice of Reiki.
Balancing and empowering the energy centers.
On the energetic plane, it allows us to keep each of our energy centers or chakras always activated and in harmony.
Accelerating spiritual growth.
The immediate and simple possibility of connecting with divine states of consciousness accelerates our evolutionary process.
Guide you towards spiritual enlightenment.
Enlightenment, not as the end of the road, but as a greater liberation from ignorance and separation, leading to true peace and happiness. It is a very possible state in human evolution. Reiki will not give you enlightenment but it can speed up the process so that you reach the gates of that state.
Reiki is a complementary therapeutic practice recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1995, since it does not try to replace conventional treatments, but to complement them to minimize side effects that may arise, as well as emotional, mental and spiritual situations caused by the same disease or its diagnosis.
It is defined by the NCCAM (National Center for Alternative and Complementary Medicine in the USA) as Energy Therapy, and more specifically as a biofield therapy since it concentrates on the interaction of the different levels of energy in the body.
The Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Policy, and Equality, in its document/report analyzing the situation of natural therapies, says in this respect: "it is a method of energy transfer to facilitate the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of people, rebalancing at all levels. It is an approach to natural self-healing. It uses the concept of universal vital energy (Reiki) which, suitably directed by a professional, either at a distance or by placing his hands on or near a person, aims to improve the spirit and, consequently, the body. The therapist's hands can transmit vital energy to the patient in order to treat mental and emotional problems, as well as to alleviate or eliminate symptoms, discomforts and cure acute or chronic illnesses".
Another classification classifies Reiki within touch therapies, so-called because it is believed that the energy field is touched, an effect that occurs by the application of energy to restore, activate and balance the disorders of the energy fields through manual techniques or not.
It has also been encompassed within Integrative Medicine (IM), which deals with a person's body, mind and spirit in a holistic (total and integral) way, encouraging them to collaborate in their treatment and strengthening their healing/self-healing capacity through the combination of Conventional Medicine and Traditional Alternative and Complementary Medicine (TCAM).
According to the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM) the basic principles of IM are:
It reaffirms the importance of the relationship between health professionals and patients.
It encourages patient-centered care by empowering patients to collaborate in their treatment.
Focuses on the person as a whole being: body, mind, and spirit.
Uses evidence-based therapies (conventional and MTAC) to support optimal health and healing.
This is the list of the major benefits of Reiki:
To access Reiki you don't need to be sick, anyone who feels that "there is something more" and doesn't know what, and doesn't find much sense in the things he/she does in his/her daily life, can find their reason for being in this life through Reiki.
Through this method, we make our body healthier, our thinking calmer and we increase the joy of living.
Reiki follows the principles of shiatsu, acupuncture, and reflexology. It channels vital energy through the imposition of hands and applying the theory of the body's energy fields. The hands are the tool that balances these channels and unblocks the energy that has stagnated due to some kind of disease.
According to this philosophy, any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual illness appears when an energy field is blocked. When the natural flow of energy is restored, the body recovers its survival system and restores health as well as natural vitality. Reiki operates, therefore, on each of these fields, obtaining different benefits in each of them:
For many skeptics, Reiki is a type of magic without any solid foundation. However, its foundation is very similar to many premises of quantum physics. The people who have practiced it also claim to have obtained benefits. In any case, many hospitals and clinical centers are increasingly incorporating this technique as a complementary therapy to conventional treatments
To start a Reiki therapy we need a Reiki therapist and a patient. Reiki therapists are people who have studied the technique and can perform it with a patient.
One of the benefits of Reiki is that anyone can be treated, it has no side effects or contraindications. When we talk about a Reiki therapy we are not talking about invasive or aggressive therapies, quite the contrary.
It is not necessary to have a specific problem to receive a session, many people use it as a tool to feel better with themselves, less stressed and less overwhelmed.
Opening yourself to Reiki is like opening the door to a new life.
When we give Reiki to another person, we are effectively channeling the universal energy that flows naturally (ki, chi or qi) through our crown chakra, passing through the third eye chakra and throat chakra, into our heart chakra where the energy divides, descends from our arms to our hands and from our palms to a person. This universal energy is transported in the form of light, and as we know, light is a form of energy and has the duality of wave and frequency.
Then, that energy that we are channeling in the form of light excites the electrons of our atoms (which form our body) and makes them vibrate at a higher frequency, letting more energy flow into the body.
We are also unifying our energy into one field, and this energy field communicates in a sub-atomic way throughout our entire energy system, as well as the world around us.
When we give Reiki, we are channeling white light, and white is made up of all the colors of the rainbow. You will remember this from school experiments in light refraction. We can also imagine different colors of light that have their own signature of frequency. For example, violet has a very high frequency and ultraviolet light (which humans cannot see) even more.
Many alternative health professionals take health problems related to energy blockages in parts of our body that have reduced the flow of energy to vital organs that manifest in physical health conditions. In other words, low energy flow affects the ability of a body part or organ to heal properly and quickly. That's where Reiki comes in. We are directing the universal energy to excite electrons, restore the flow of energy and bring life-giving energy where it is needed, remove blockages and stuck emotions, stagnant energy, information or trauma at the cellular level.
Experienced practitioners of Reiki or other energy healing techniques can also detect energy, blockages and movements of energy with their hands, vision, inner vision, intuition and the use of physical tools such as crystals, pendulums, and feathers. Practitioners can also gain a good understanding of the person's energy system by talking to them about a person's life and current situation. These assessment tools can help us organize a suitable session for the person according to their needs.
Sometimes practitioners use sound instruments such as Tibetan bells and bowls, essential oils, incense, crystals, and whispers. This helps to create a more relaxed, liberating and joyful environment to further facilitate the healing process.
My most important discovery with Reiki Therapy was that it does work. It is tangible (I can feel sensations on my palms) and gives me results (often an incredible "before and after" effect). There are no special skills needed to learn it, and after an initiation (the initiation ceremony offered in a Reiki course) everyone develops the important function of Reiki, the healing with the hands.
Its use on a daily basis, however, gave me an even bigger surprise: Reiki works on all aspects of my life, from the physical to the psychological, from the changing circumstances of life to a deeper spiritual understanding.
Reiki Therapy goes far beyond what I expected, in other words, far beyond when it was presented as an "energy healing practice". Or, perhaps, my understanding was simply too limited of its meaning, since, after all, the vital energy really means, is that everything is interconnected and can move and transform the reality of your life.
The healing of Reiki Therapy not only applies to physics but includes a complete global vision. And Reiki is not only a therapy, but in fact a personal spiritual practice. In fact, this is how it all began: a connection to the highest levels of consciousness, discovered in the early 20th century by the Japanese erudite Mikao Usui as the result of deep meditation practice.
Here are my 10 ways Reiki Therapy can help you heal your life:
1. Reiki Therapy in Physical Healing:
Reiki promotes physical healing and general well-being and can be used for any disease. Pain is often significantly reduced and the healing process can be accelerated. It is completely safe and there are no contraindications, precautions or no matter whether you use it in a small cut from a kitchen knife or to treat a cancer patient.
2. Reiki Therapy to Complement Allopathic Medicine:
There is no need to separate the use of Reiki from conventional therapies. It perfectly complements them and even reduces the side effects of the medication. Did I mention that Reiki is accepted and practiced in hospitals? Of course, it is.
3. Reiki Therapy for animals, plants, and food:
My dog loves Reiki. A friend treated a bumblebee until it could fly again, and another friend's almost dead tomato plant resulted in almost an industrial production of large tomatoes. It can also be used while cooking, or work on an already prepared meal.
4. Reiki Therapy for inanimate objects:
Whether it's a dishwasher, an electric drill, a computer, a printer or a car, nothing is immune to Reiki.
5. Reiki Therapy in Difficult Situations:
Just think of a situation, and the intention to send Reiki to it. Or connect to the energy before entering a meeting. I'm sure it will work more smoothly and harmoniously in that situation.
6. Reiki Therapy for Harmony and Balance:
Reiki helps you relax and allows us to deal with anxiety, depression and emotional problems. Everything seems more balanced and peaceful and can work wonders if we have a problem in our relationships!
7. Reiki Therapy for Courage and Strength:
"I got out of my old job", "I finally said a few words with my boss", "Now I have the energy to follow my dream". These are some of the many stories I hear from people after learning Reiki.
8. Reiki Therapy and Intuition:
"Where did this intelligent idea come from, where does it suddenly come from?" Reiki opens us to the realm of intuition, guidance, and creativity. Many Reiki practitioners are able to develop incredible psychic abilities.
9. Reiki Therapy and Understanding the Universe:
The use of Reiki (which can be translated as universal or spiritual life energy force) connects us with something beyond what we can grasp with our five senses. What you call the universe, God, love, or simply energy. In Reiki, it often feels like light.
10. Reiki Therapy and Helping others:
Is there anything more satisfying than being able to help others? With Reiki, you can! Instead of only "professionals" believing that they can, actually, everyone in tune with Reiki can give treatments. It can treat your partner's headaches, help a chronically ill relative, or give Reiki to your neighbor’s cat. Reiki turns empathy into practice.
Sound too good to be true? Well, I thought the same thing. Until I started to witness Reiki Therapy on a daily basis in my own life. If you already practice Reiki, I'm sure you agree. If you are new to Reiki and you are intrigued, why not have a treatment, or even learn for yourself...
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Since the beginning of time, Spirituality has been present in the human race; it is therefore an undeniable state of its nature and its capacity to interpret the cosmos, which gives a purpose and a meaning to its existence.
This ancient Spirituality has always been linked to the understanding of the surrounding environment represented by the earth, which is the donor of physical life, for this reason called Mother Earth or Pachamama. It is the sky that sustains life through the water that falls on it, and for this reason it has been called Father Sky.
That is why Shamanism is the most authentic and pure way to remember our roots, already forgotten by many in the present age.
The "Power Plants or Master Plants" play a very important role in this process, because they are the sons and daughters messengers of ancestral wisdom, to help man to remember his purpose and his union with the cosmos.
Shamanic Reiki is defined as the ability to learn to heal and channel internal energies (intention, thought and emotions) and external energies (lived experiences, the 5 elements of nature) for the evolution and awakening of consciousness, leading to happiness free from any conditioning and attachment.
Reiki is a word of Japanese origin, which dates back to the time of Grand Master Mikao Usui in 1922. His word is composed of two words REI: UNIVERSAL SOURCE and KI: ENERGY. Therefore, the word Reiki is defined as a universal source of energy from which to learn how to channel one's own happiness and that of many beings.
But this healing energy is much older than the word Reiki, because the word is only a way to define something much greater. Much earlier in Egypt this energy was already known and was called KA (Divine Essence, Pure Personality. It is the spiritual energy that animates and gives life to men and gods). In China it was known as TAO (infinite and mysterious energy that cannot be defined). In old India it is called PRANA (The universal energy that manifests itself in man), while in Andean shamanism it is called KAWSAY PACHA (Cosmos of living energy). He may also have received many names, depending on the time and culture in which he was practiced. It is also important to know that it is a luminous energy that is everywhere, the same word God is born from the ancient Greek Deux, whose translation is Light.
So it can be called in many ways, but it is the same energy of loving healing. For the same reason the word Reiki today has been taken as synonymous with well-being and health, adopted by many other types of paths, but originally it is Japanese and coined by master Mikao Usui to define and channel the wisdom gained in his experience of satori (Enlightenment).
When Reiki is applied for healing purposes, it begins to transmute the energies of our body, mind and spirit. Reiki accelerates self-healing, opens the mind and spirit to the true causes of illness and pain, which have their origin in the mind. The Usui Reiki System is a natural art of healing, employing the loving energy that vibrates in all beings and things manifested by creation.
The Usui System of Natural Healing continues to be transmitted through the Reiki Masters. In the past this was an oral tradition (Kuden), today there are many books and texts on Reiki, but for the transmission of energy and lineage it is necessary to be in physical presence and have a true human contact with a Reiki Master, to receive that deeper teaching. The Masters are committed to the art of Healing, its lineage, the principles of Reiki and the lifestyle that this entails.
In fact, the lineage in Reiki is the only possible certification that tells the story of one's own personal Reiki.
My lineage is the: LINEAGE USUI SHIKI RYOHO, SHAMANIC REIKI INCHITURIN
Here you can see all my great masters:
Dr. Mikao Usui
Dr. Chujiro Hayashi
Sra. Hawayo Takata
José Guillermo Aguirre
Andean Shamanic Reiki works at every level and naturally adapts to the needs of the receiver. Reiki is excellent for treating physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems and gives wonderful results.
Reiki treatment increases the body's natural ability to heal.
It increases vitality and energy, body functions, mind, emotions, essence and aura.
Reiki treatment releases blocked energy and promotes relaxation and reduces stress, chronic fatigue, fears, phobias, addictions.
Reiki energy has an innate intelligence and goes where the body and aura need it.
It helps to purify the body from the energy and physical toxins, increases its power over time, increases energy, intuition, meditation and spiritual evolution.
It strengthens the immune system, balances the endocrine system and normalizes blood pressure.
Reiki is absorbed by every cell in the body in the necessary amount and flows where there is a deficiency.
Reiki: "Secret method to attract happiness. Wonderful medicine for all diseases of the body and soul".
1. Just for today I abandon my worries
2. Just for today I abandon anger
3. Just for today am I grateful (I honor my parents, teachers and elders)
4. Just today do I work honestly on myself.
5. Just for today I flow and I am compassionate towards all sentient beings.
The Gokai have a very strong energy in the practice of every Reiki Practitioner and many times they are not given the importance that they really have. They were inspired by Emperor Hiroito, the last emperor of Japan, who was very attached to the arts and poetry. Mikao used them as a sympathizer of the emperor, took them and made them part of his teachings, but with a much deeper and more introspective nuance.
These are 5 principles that every Reiki Practitioner should practice, meditate and deepen every day.
Just for Today - Kyo Dake
It refers to the value of each day. The only thing that really exists is the present, not the past or the future. Life is today. Today is the experience of every moment and the way we live this moment determines our life. The power of the now is giant and has a unique power, because to be happy it is necessary to make decisions that lead to that happiness, not yesterday, not tomorrow, NOW. This precept invites you to live life in this moment, to take charge of and transmute all those energies in the present (here and now), in this day.
"Just for today" refers to the other five principles.
Just for today I abandon the worries - Kyo Dake Shinpai Suna
The concern is powerless and useless, it is a huge waste of mental energy and has never solved anything. Instead of worrying, exercise in each of your actions and take care of them. If you act with an enlightened heart, you will cross the world without generating any karmic imprint. Learn the art of letting go the mind and its fears, to transmute them into faith.
A great Master used to say, "Each day has enough trouble of its own.".
Just for today I abandon anger - Kyo Dake Okoru Na
Have you ever seen or experienced that anger solves something without causing pain? Feeling anger, irritation, hurts you and hurts others, doesn't help, doesn't work, realize it and start looking for another approach that turns anger into wisdom. Anger is just another energy, but it's not part of your essence.
The energy moves under the universal law of cause and effect, one thing leads to another; fear leads to concern, concern leads to control, control inexorably does not go as we want and frustration originates, and from frustration comes anger and with it the physical illness and many troubles of the world. If you want to cut the chain, turn off all the fear that is the root of everything.
Learn to look at it and observe yourself when it comes and you'll get rid of it.
Selfish people are destroyed through anger, resentment and hatred. Through Reiki we can learn to harmonize our emotions and our spirit. Do not confuse this with repressing anger, you have to channel and transform it.
Just for today I'm grateful to you - Kyo Dake Kansha Shite
Be grateful to others and to the power of nature, because you have been given the gift of life. Gratitude is an energy of high consciousness. We lose ourselves when we forget the feeling of gratification and gratitude.
Many beings to desire what they do not have, lose what they do have.
Gratitude generates abundance, just like a loving mother or grandmother when she gives you your favorite food, and if you thank her, she happily serves you another dish. Our beautiful Pachamama is the same: thank every day the gift of life, the gift of breath, your food, the beings who love you and so gratitude will begin to be an integral part of your essence, you will never miss anything.
Precisely for this reason, "Thanksgiving is for the wise".
Just for today I work honestly on myself. - Kyo Dake Goo Hage Me
Dedicate time to your personal and spiritual growth. Begin to develop the spiritual discipline necessary to achieve your full happiness, the old bad habits are no longer good companions on this journey. The most sacred value of the universe are Time and Space, thanks to them life as we know can exist. Give time and space to your practice and you will see how heaven will reward you.
It's like watering a plant and what you water grows.
Don't waste time criticizing or judging others. Bring all that energy to your being, to awaken all the potential you have inside. You have a lot of work to do, be constant.
Just for today I flow and am compassionate with all sentient beings. Kyo Dake Hito Ni Shinsetsu Ni
Taking care of Nature, our Planet and all living things, especially our fellow human beings, is the only task worth doing in this world.
If people help each other, a healthy community is built for the first time. There is no difference between oneself and others in terms of importance in the universal dimension. It is the same spirit that exists. Remember the Great Law of the Cosmic Mirror, where all that happens to you is a reflection of your inner self. So being kind to others also means taking care of yourself. This feeling will naturally develop during the practice of Reiki, discovering a lesson of love and harmony in everything that surrounds you.
Shamanism is a totally experiential path, where the healer, before offering a certain master plant or ceremony/experience, must first of all have lived it himself. By experiencing first-hand the benefits that this can bring. Therefore, for a being to declare himself a Shaman, he must have had many experiences, put all wisdom and knowledge to the test to see its truthfulness and effectiveness.
The Shaman is a Chakaruna (man or woman bridge) between the world above and the world below, his purpose is to maintain the balance between the two planes. For this reason it occupies different types of vehicles and tools that help it to heal and get in touch with the invisible world of spirits and all the energies that move there.
The Shamanic Reiki Practitioner is a healer par excellence, that using all his knowledge and with the help of visible and invisible guides, has managed to heal himself first and foremost and free himself from the afflicted states of mind. For the same reason he is ready to help free other beings.
He is a wise being who does not act quickly, but observes until the right moment to act appears, is patient with himself and with others, speaks lovingly and sincerely, does not seek a result or even less control, but lives in every moment in the hands of the great spirit and its plans. He does not make enemies, nor fears demons, because he knows that they are the reflection of his subconscious, then he integrates them with the immortal love and makes them his allies.
The Shamanic Reiki Practitioner must find the magic that is hidden in everything created. Where some see chance or fortune, he must see the universal causality and synchronicity that has meant that, where some lose themselves in labeling, structuring and shaping things, he can instead see the solar and lunar energies that move between the shadows, where everyone analyzes he must intuit, where all have lost their calm he must remain serene, when all cry and flee before death, he must smile and embrace it.
Every living being that pulsates on this planet is a reflection of the cosmos, "As it is above, so it is below, and as it is below, so it is above," says the ancient universal law. For the same reason every pulsing being in this world has something to show us, something to teach us and we have something to learn and integrate.
Therefore, the great vegetable kingdom has many things to teach us, we just need to become its observers. For example, every plant wisely searches for sunlight that is thousands of miles away, it is miraculous that something as small as a flower seeks something far away and that is millions of times larger than it, but at the same time something as small gives a purpose to something so big, this is the miracle. We must learn from him and know that the solar vitamin is fundamental in the organism for the fixation of calcium, as well as other minerals in the bones, and the main form in which it is acquired is being exposed to the Sun, this allows us to develop and grow like a plant. Thanking the Father Sun at sunrise and in its twilight, is to thank life and be in union with the cosmos. Never complain about such a beautiful gift.
At the same time, every plant, every flower, every tree, has a different purpose, a different size, a different shape, a different aroma. We must also learn from this and accept diversity and differences, because this is the beauty of life.
Each plant also has different properties, with different virtues and gifts. Our ancestors have been wise in this regard, since herbal medicine is thousands of years old and they have kept its records in many ways.
For example, a plant of hierbabuena, has relaxing properties and for the digestive system, ginger helps us with infectious processes and others also have aromatic properties, oils and other for bathing, in short is a gigantic fan for different uses as well as therapeutic.
Within this plant kingdom, there are some very special plants, which work not only physically, but rather at the level of the subconscious and unconscious, these plants are the bridges between the world of man and the world of the gods, so they are given the name of sacred plants or plants of power and at the same time they are also called mother plants, because they have to teach human beings and show them the great truth. These wonderful plants are daughters and sons of the sun and the earth and bring us a message of healing, liberation and wisdom, so their fear makes no sense. You must love them, not fear them.
There is a huge variety of these authentic nature spirits, each of whom is waiting for you: each one is a master in himself and each one has a message and a teaching for your happiness and your awakening.
There is an enormous amount of disinformation and ignorance based on sacred plants, which produces a lot of fear and their rejection. Part of our mission as Shamanic Reiki Practitioners is to appreciate and value such a beautiful gift given by Mother Earth and then share it with those who need it. Einstein said, "It is easier to divide an atom than to disintegrate a prejudice," so sometimes the task is not easy, but with love everything can be done.
A Master Plant is and always will be a living experience, so its teaching is direct and profound, and allows evolutionary shortcuts in our learning and understanding of the cosmos and its energies. What can cost years of experience to acquire and integrate, with the right guidance of a Sacred Plant, can be shown in a few seconds.
It is not enough to recklessly try these plants, or give them to everyone, to the right and to the left. The plant also needs us, it needs a channel that understands it and knows how to direct its energy. Remember that a remedy at low doses has no effect and that in excessive doses it could be a poison. The middle way is the path of the Shamanic Reiki Practitioner, but the only way to walk and learn in Shamanism is to live it. That's why TRUST and FAITH deposited in the plant and in the being that guides and teaches, is a fundamental pillar in shamanic learning and the origin of all wisdom. The old disciple-teacher relationship, the earth and the sky, the moon and the sun, is lived in a human and at the same time divine experience. The same act of taking the plant is the proof of faith in Shamanism.
In order for a Sacred Plant to be energetically activated and reach its maximum potential, it needs two basic ingredients that are LOVE and WISDOM, without them no ceremony and healing makes any sense and therefore loses its ability to free human beings from their afflictive states, here is where it ends up becoming a form of escape and, worse, a vice. Remember that love and wisdom are the key.
When I work in Perù I use as well another Master Plant:
In the initiates, the energy of Universal Reiki flows through one's being. Reiki is a subtle energy. The energy usually comes from the crown chakra, passes through the heart chakra and flows through the arms to the hands and from there goes where it is needed. This seems to be the uniform pattern of the flow of Reiki and many other healing energy systems.
Reiki is an energy that works in a descending way, so we cannot receive a negative energy or disease from the patient, because we become just a channel of light. We could say that the cosmos is the great mountain where the waters accumulate and the Reiki Practitioner is the river where they circulate, so no energy can go against that beneficial and powerful current.
The basic energy of Reiki has always been the ACTIVATED INTENTION.
Reiki uses the energy of the Ki or universal life force to make changes and transmute blockages in the energy body, to promote the preservation of well-being and health.
A therapist, harmonizes to heal.
Energy healing is very effective when the person follows an active treatment (followed) in a path, at the first session the patient will experience a lot of well-being and it is always advisable to perform at least 3 sessions per person.
Humanity is thousands of years old, more than science imagines. There have been complex civilizations in this world as they are now, with many technological advances even more advanced than now. Just see ancient cultures such as the Maya, Aztecs and pre-Incan cultures. Even more ancient are the cultures of Egypt, the Sumerians and so far comes science. More ancient are the civilizations of the lost continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, the true origin of all the other cultures mentioned above. But everything is cyclical and, as the great universal law says, what has a beginning will have an end, as well as this modern lifestyle based on fossil fuels and everything that accompanies it will have an end.
In Shamanism, we talk about a RECALL, a reminder of who you are, your life purpose, your cosmic purpose. But the human being does not remember, lives in a IGNORANCE (Avidya), the ignorance of not knowing its origin, its mission, nor know where it is going. From this ignorance of not knowing, comes the ignorance of the attachment to material things and all the erroneous beliefs that generate pain and affliction in this world.
REMEMBERING is fundamental today, to revive the old glories where science and spirituality were one, where mind, body and soul were harmoniously aligned with the universal currents of knowing how to live. Hence it comes the importance of ancestral wisdom that helps us to remember and awaken in this present the knowledge of our ancestors to recover the lost harmony.
And it is here that the process of self-healing takes on its fundamental role. Because the only way to restore your balance and alignment of bodies in harmony with the great source of being, is your SELF-HEALING and all the benefits that it attracts. Love your body which is the vehicle you have been given to live this short but wonderful human experience, take care of it and use it wisely, it is your temple. Love your mind and learn to calm it (Meditative states), love your emotional body and learn to channel its energies (Love Detachment). If you follow these noble steps every time you will feel better and lighter. You can become an oasis for other beings who live in a desert and are thirsty for refreshing wisdom that extinguishes all afflicted states. True Medicine is PURE WISDOM, you should appreciate it as a treasure.
With Reiki you have been given a nice gift, you're coming back to remember again. Never lose faith and like the old sages: live your life, moment by moment.
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The Rapeh o Rapé is a tool of shamanic sacred medicine, a spirit of stellar medicine, which has been used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin for thousands of years.
In practice it is a complex mixture of various medicinal plants of the Amazon, whose main ingredient is Nicotiana rustica, a strong tobacco 20 times more potent than Nicotiana tabacum, used in cigarettes.
This sacred medicine can have a psychoactive or stimulating effect, depending on the plants used to prepare it.
When used during shamanic ceremonies, it can cause very deep experiences. For shamans and indigenous peoples, the Rapeh is sacred, in fact it is considered a spirit of nature. The Shaman uses it in prayer rituals to invoke the forces of nature for healing and to receive the blessings of the forest.
The main ingredient of Rapeh is Nicotiana rustica, but its preparation is usually enriched with other finely ground vegetable ingredients or alkaline ashes. These can be tonka beans, cinnamon, banana peel and many others. Some preparations contain hallucinogenic plants such as mocambo, anadenanthera, chacruna, virola, etc.. Shamanic tribes usually keep the exact ingredients of their Rapeh secret.
Very important is the presence of Grandfather Tobacco which helps to order, integrate and balance the other ingredients, and to direct and channel them towards a specific intent. At the same time, Tobacco is a port of connection with the spirit and the universe and helps us to awaken the essential purity of ourselves and of every medicine.
Tobacco is now one of the most consumed plants. Its most common forms are cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.
Almost all products derived from this plant have acquired a negative reputation throughout history; during the time that this innocent plant has accompanied us. Tobacco producers have modified the "tobacco" to such an extent that it loses all its beneficial properties. Transforming it into a product that encourages excessive consumption, and that creates dependence. For this purpose, they have used highly toxic chemical additives.
However, it is not the fault of the tobacco, but of the human being. A cigarette made only from dried tobacco leaves and grown at home can help to get out of a lung disease.
It serves as an antiseptic and astringent for all conditions and infections that may occur in the respiratory tract, unlike the products we find on the market today.
Fortunately, there are products that have been protected and kept out of the tentacles of the large tobacco multinationals. One of these is Rapeh.
To take the Rapeh in the traditional way you need two people. Your ritual partner uses a bamboo or bone pipe (called "Tepi" in Brazil) to blow the mixture into your nostrils. There is another type of pipe called "Kuripe" that is used for self application. The Kuripe is V-shaped and connects the mouth to the nose, so you can blow your own medicine.
The Rapeh is blown with a pipe in each nostril, balancing the two hemispheres of the brain, our feminine and masculine side, yin and yang. To receive the medicine we must be receptive, calm and hold our breath.
The closure of the glottis prevents the powder from falling down the throat and the bronchus. The Western practice of inhaling tobacco is a distortion of the original scheme of this type of medicine. When inhaled, tobacco does not reach the frontal cavities or sinuses and penetrates the lower respiratory tract causing irritation. In this way it does not fulfil its essential purpose of cleaning up the mind and upper canals.
The entrega of the Rapeh (i.e. the act of receiving the blow in each nostril) helps us to heal from individualism and reminds us that we need each other, that some medicines are taken by ourselves and others are received by the hands of a brother or sister.
Those who blow the Rapeh must be centered and empty, moving from its energy center, not to put anything of themselves and simply to be a channel, knowing that the work is done by the ancestors, by the spirit of the plant. In this way, those who receive the blow can let themselves go to medicine, put themselves in its hands as their ancestors have put themselves in ours.
The use of Rapeh produces a strong stimulation of the mucous membranes, which can be experienced as a hard internal hit. This intense hit opens the mind, allowing the stated intentions to do their job. The Rapeh helps the person to free himself from emotional, physical and mental diseases. It frees the person from negative energy and confusion.
Healers of the Amazon rainforest use Rapeh to balance their energy and connect with their higher self and universe. The ritual of the Rapeh is also considered a form of purification and detoxification of the body. Tobacco dissolves the mucus and eliminates bacteria, thus helping to combat inflammation and various diseases.
It is important to remember that removing the medicinal and sacred purpose, thus giving it a social and superficial use in inappropriate contexts, leads to the use of the strength of plants to feed diseases instead of to fight them, which has happened with cigarettes.
The dose and frequency depend on the real and conscious need of the spirit, like all natural sacred medicine, in the relationship of each one with it and for each moment of one's evolution. It is well known that excesses and extremes are usually not good medicine, and that it is not only the quantity but also the quality that makes the difference, and especially the quality of attention and heart that we devote to the moment of the ritual.
In addition, Rapeh is an air medicine. In the act of blowing we receive the blessing of the Grandfather Wind, universal source of energy, which cleanses our perception, clearing the mind and opening the upper energy channels, to connect with the highest part of our being.
Tobacco and natural medicines help to eliminate entities, energy parasites, contamination and interference in internal dialogue. After receiving Rapeh's entrega, the medicine goes up cleaning, ordering and aligning our energy field, especially the centers or chakras of the third eye and crown, and then up and down the spine, the Tree of Life.
It is also a medicine for the body, which helps to expel mucus and parasites from the frontal and paranasal sinuses. It eliminates headaches, mental confusion and dizziness, as it decompresses the pressure of the skull.
A Rapeh ceremony in a medical circle helps to synchronize and align the attention and perception of participants in moments of opening or transition in the ritual.
It is also a medicine for the vision of the spirit, helping us to free the mind and stop the inner dialogue, to be truly present so that we can see beyond our mental interpretations.
Indigenous peoples in South Africa use tobacco to help wounds heal faster, fight ulcers and repel insects. It is used to reduce fatigue, pain, hunger and thirst and to increase endurance. Rapeh can also clean the respiratory tract. Many people find that after having performed the ritual of Rapeh, they can breathe more freely and have a better sense of smell. There are special mixtures of Rapeh that are used against flu, although this is mainly the work of other herbs that are present in the mixture. In high doses, Rapeh can purify the body by inducing sweating and sometimes even vomiting or going to the bathroom. Tobacco alkaloids have an antidepressant and stimulating effect.
Some argue that Rapeh can repair the pineal gland by decalcifying it. The pineal gland produces melatonin, and thus regulates our sleep rhythm. It is also called the third eye and is located in the center of the brain. The pineal gland has an important function in the central nervous system and is potentially involved in diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Although there is as yet no confirmed scientific evidence, there is a theory that tobacco nicotine can help control these diseases. This issue is currently being investigated and studied.
About 90% of people with schizophrenia smoke. They do so as a form of self-medication. Rapeh is much less harmful than smoking and therefore schizophrenic people can benefit from the use of the tobacco plant nasally in the form of Rapeh to avoid the harmful use of cigarettes.
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