The need for healing has always been present and perhaps always will be; for it is a condition of embodiment that we are wounded – even through the simple act of entering into the world – let alone by what happens to us after that … and then there is also the matter of the luggage that we carry with us from countless previous lives: how we have suffered, how we have reacted and how we have died.
Many of these events from the past, if we have not cleared them, remain stored in our energy field. These imprints of past events can create within us predispositions: affinities for certain behaviours or events to repeat themselves: we may be accident prone, we may develop arthritis, breast or prostate cancer or we may find that we marry the same kind of person, over and over.
We also live in a world where the predominant consciousness is in denial about the invisible world, about anything that it can’t explain with reason and science. Where the blessed earth that we live and play and work on is mistreated, abused and plundered to feed our incessant need for more. We are disconnected. We feel alone. We want to find peace and love and hope and just do not know where to begin.
Enter shamanism, an ancient and deeply connected spirituality that has survived since ancient times because its message is ultimately just SO simple and pertinent; in this incredibly complex and convoluted world that we have created it embodies the simplicity of truth itself.
We have allowed our egos and our psychological minds to lead us astray. We have forgotten everything of importance and have come to believe the illusions of our ego’s projections onto the canvas of the world. We have fallen out of “ayni”, out of right-relationship, with Mother Earth and Father Sun, with our relatives, the animals, and with the elements. We no longer recognise that the world of Spirit is primary common denominator to all the other worlds. And the irony is, we do not even realise how close the truth is, how close at hand happiness and peace and hope and love truly are.
The shamans teach us that all we have to do is to shift our perception and slightly – puff! – the world changes in an instant. All of our sadness and sorrow and fear and anger, these vanish in an instant when we finally face the truth of who we truly are. Then, when “stuff comes up”, we no longer experience it as the end of the world – on the contrary, stuff comes up because we are simply ready to heal it.
To be sure, sometimes what comes up – what is triggered within us- feels like a death. Yet we should not allow ourselves to wallow in the presenting “story” and fall into the victim’s spiral, for the story is just a trigger (version 16 of something that happened when you were 4 months old or version 137 of something that happened 23 lifetimes ago). To try and fix it at the level of the presenting “story” is completely pointless.
It is at such times that shamanic healing can prove itself invaluable. This healing reaches past the psychological mind, past the physical body and even past the emotions to work directly upon our energy field. By re-establishing sacred reciprocity (ayni) our inner and outer worlds are brought back into balance and healing can take place.
Well, given that I never know what will happen until it does, this is a tricky question to answer. But usually, I will first spend some time clearing surface energies in your field that can get in the way through a process known as “smudging”, which involves using smoke and sound (drum, rattle, Tibetan bowl, etc) to clear the energy field.
Next, we will spend a little time talking about what is happening, the reasons that have led you to seek a healing, and use that as a portal to access what lies underneath.
Then, using my mesa (medicine bundle), I may start to clear any imprints from your energy field. From here the healing can go in a number of directions: I might do an illumination, or an alchemia, or a soul retrieval or even an extraction – if that’s called for.
Usually, I will also include a decoupling if I find that the fight or flight syndrome has become permanently activated. Always the healing journey follows an intuitive route and I employ whatever techniques or tools are needed to implement a shift in both energy and perception.
How many sessions will be needed usually depends on the following factors:
I am an apprentice on this path of Energy Medicine and I am constantly adding new tools and techniques to the processes I already use. But even more important than this, I have the energetic backing of a lineage of Peruvian shamans known as the Laika (see Munay Ki). It is this lineage that informs and orchestrates the healing so, in a sense, I am just their channel.
Besides my current apprenticeship, I also draw upon a background of previous shamanic and transpersonal training. It has been influenced most of all by my enduring passion for tribal ways including the Sweat Lodge and the Vision Quest. I use techniques picked up during the Spirit Walk of my current life. In my healings, I often incorporate aspects of sound healing, harmonics, and of re-evaluation co-counselling.
But in the end, regardless of past training and techniques used, the most important thing I offer is a reverence for all life steeped in an understanding of our Oneness, our commonality. That we are not merely wounded and lost human beings having the occasional spiritual experience but that we are in fact (all of us) Spiritual Beings embarked on our own unique journey: this human experience of embodiment.
My mission is to assist people to realize that though pain does happen in life, suffering is just a product of the illusions of the mind and completely unnecessary. That we can all learn to live lives that are rich, abundant, connected, loving and sweet.
A healing session with Claudio lasts for approximately 2 hours. The fee is $150.
Please abstain from alcohol and drugs (be sure to let Claudio know if you’re on any prescription medication).
It is recommended to allow some quiet, relaxing time after a session to facilitate integration.
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