- Anaïs Nin
My Mentors & Trainings
The diversified teachings of my mentors have provided me with certain perspectives and practices—compassion, personal accountability, the magic of fully participating in this life (magic simply implies ‘to make wonderful’), and the honor to be able to assist others as they reflect and self-heal.
Life is a spiritual practice. What that implies is that we need to become accountable for the life we wish to experience, initially by facing our self, and then changing that impact on our actions and choices moving forward. Throughout my trainings—whether through indigenous, multi-cultural, scientific, psychological, or body-oriented instruction—my gratitude for the richness of all that has been shared with me, through each of my significant teachers, practitioners, or wisdom-keepers, is mingled into that which I wish to share with you.
These four indigenous women, in addition to all their esoteric teachings, taught me something unique: That when a woman tells the truth about her life, and honestly claims who she is with all her foibles and glory, her soul work becomes neither martyrdom nor sainthood, her life becomes balanced and whole.
The late Grandmother Twylah Nitsch--Yehwehnode Two Wolves, She Whose Voice Rides the Wind, a Seneca Elder and one of the wisest woman I have ever known. She initiated me into the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge and counseled me on the use of a psychological concept based on Native wisdom wheels--the Pathway of Peace and the Cycles of Truth—a powerful study to expand awareness within the healing process for a more fulfilling Earthwalk. She acknowledged, and instructed me, in the use of my personal medicine gift, a dreamtime counselor—one who can assist others to tap into personal terrain by reviewing their dreamscapes.
Through Gram I came to understand my involvement since early childhood with the Starbeings. [Experiences further delved into with the late Dr. John Mack and Roberta Colasanti of PEER: the Program for Extraordinary Experience Research.]
The late Gram Kitty--Da Keel She Wa, Dark Sun She Walks (referring to the corona of the sun during an eclipse), a Lakota Peace elder and Sun Dance grandmother for 14 years, who gifted and trained me in the sacred chanunpa and the lifetime vow made by being its carrier.
The late Maya Perez, born in Guayana, South America, a mystic who imparted training on numerology, the psalms, the power of prayer in the healing process, and how to use breathe and thought to "teach people to purify their inner consciousness in order to visualize and create a new way of life".
Oh Shinnah Fastwolf, She Who Makes the Song of the Earth, who imparted teachings on the use of crystal healing, the power of the elements and elementals, women's ritual, and who initiated me into an ancient women’s lodge known as the Sisters of the Violet Flame.
These South American mentors, taught me how to work with the mesa (healing bundle) and the Kawsay Pacha—the world of living energy. Further, these teachers taught me that men can bring something distinctly different to the teachings, a healthy balance that need not be a conflict to contemporary roles and expectations.
Dr. Juan Nunez del Prado, an anthropologist, kurak priest in the Andean Mystical Tradition and scholar on multiple subjects, especially world religions and Jungian psychology. Instructed to disperse this body of knowledge from his master teachers'—Don Benito Qoriwaman, Don Andrea Espinoza and Don Melchor Deza—initiated me into the 4th level Andean Mystical path in '94 and as a Chumpi paq’o. Juan's unswerving loyalty to the truth and pragmatism of the Andean teachings has been a constant reflection of true integrity.
The late Don Mariano Apasa Marchaqa, Q’ero elder and kurak akulleq, who awakened me to the power of munay—how to forgive and use heart energy as a catalyst to bring union between the left and right sides of the Andean Mystical tradition. Don Mariano also bestowed upon me the rite of Pachakuti, opening a new mesa embodying the ancient feminine—to restore balance, not superiority, of one gender over another.
Americo Yabar likewise was mentored by don Benito Qoriwaman and initiated as a chakaruna or 'living bridge' between cultures. Americo instructed me in the left side of the Andean Mystical Tradition, while teaching how to recognize and embody 'salka energy' (natural universal, undomesticated energy). In ‘92, Americo took a group for the first time to Mollomarqa, his ancestral home, where I first met and was initiated by don Mariano Apasa.
Practitioner of PSYCH-K. Completed all protocols through P-K certified instructor Robin Graham. Rob Williams, a psychotherapist and the originator of PSYCH-K, created the protocols of this brilliant whole brain methodology. Rob states, “The source of nearly all suffering, no matter whether it is mental, physical, or emotional, comes from the basic illusion of separation from our true Spiritual Nature.”
Zen shiatsu certification late ‘80’s through the Boston Shiatsu School, in Cambridge, MA with Kikuko Miyazaki Zutrau, and simultaneous classes in acupressure with Kiiko Matsumoto. Certified AOBTA [American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia] since 1989. Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on healing modality originating when Buddhist monks trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine migrated to Japan. Both acupressure and shiatsu work to decongest energetic accumulation/blocks in the body’s meridian system.
Certified through the Upledger Institute. The late Dr. John Upledger was a Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University and co-founded the Upledger Institute. He and his research team established the first scientific basis for the cranial-sacral system, which provides a gentle noninvasive approach to re-establish balance to a wide diversity of physical or emotional conditions.
Study through the Academy of Future Sciences, a non-governmental organization founded by Dr. J.J. Hurtak, a social scientist, futurist, investigator of ancient civilizations, and a remote sensing and space law specialist. Author of multiple books, though best known for The Keys of Enoch. With two Ph.Ds, and his M.Th. Dr. Hurtak’s lectures, classes, and books provided constant motivation to shift and grow in awareness.
Although their approaches varied, I learned this Susto/Limpia spirit healing work through the diversity of these three indigenous healers: Señor Manual/Mayan elder, from outside Merida, Mexico; Vincenté Alfonso Garcia Ramirez/Santeria healer, from Veracruz, Mexico; and donas’ Ysabel and Olinda from Chiclayo, Peru.
Ethical curandera/o’s-female/male healers, use prayer, spiritual cleansing (which may utilize specific herb bundles, eggs, staffs, and candles), body-work, meditative guidance, and healing ceremonies, to extract the corded wounds held in the light body, from first frights, birth trauma, ancestral lineage issues, accidents, etc. and restores harmony/equilibrium to the physical body, mind, emotions, or spirit.