Q & A
Q: Why is One Spirit Medicine important to the average person?
A: Nature selects for the longevity of the species and not the individual, investing all of its resources in reproduction. After our reproductive years we are useless to the species – human growth hormone production and free radical scavenging systems shut down.
Our bodies’ self-repair systems have been shut down by western diet and western belief systems. One Spirit Medicine details ancient methods for rebooting the biofield – detoxifying the brain and body, while clearing and repairing our Luminous Energy Field. We learn the keys to prevention and longevity practiced by the shamans of old: Super foods and customs that switch these systems back on again, repair mitochondria and unlock password-protected regions in DNA that activate the Sirt1 genes.
We are not slaves to our genetics. The neural networks in our brains will determine how we age, how we heal and how we may die. And we can change that. One Spirit Medicine teaches us how we can get our health span to equal our life span.
Q: What is wrong with the western diet?
A: With the discovery of agriculture 10,000 years ago the human life span was reduced in half. We stopped eating proteins and fats and began to eat carbs, giving rise to a new social class of masters and slaves, religions (“give us this day our daily bread”) and warfare. There is no archeological evidence of warfare prior to the invention of agriculture.
Grains are carbs that turn into sugars. Sugars feed our lower brain, which is predatory, violent, greedy, and needs 10 commandments so we do not kill or steal. Proteins and fats – the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors – fuel the higher brain of creativity and innovation.
Wheat contains Gluten, a protein that is not recognized by the bodies of 90% of the human population. Gluten cleaves the tight junctions of the GI tract, allowing food particles and micro flora to get into the bloodstream and create massive inflammation and autoimmune diseases. The incidence of allergies in non-agricultural peoples is 1 in 1,500. In agricultural societies it is 1 in 3.
What is worse is that by losing the ancient Paleolithic belief systems – oneness of spirit, oneness of life – we become disconnected, disenfranchised (in the earth, not of the earth). We ignore the voice of spirit and nature and we look at the bounty of nature merely as resources for human consumption. We become commercially driven and forget about stewardship and sustainability – the price of which will always be too high. The damage we have wreaked on the ecosystem is irreversible, and has doomed the human race to early extinction.
Q: Why is fasting important?
A: Eating three meals a day is killing us – we used to feast and fast. At the heart of One Spirit Medicine is an age-old practice called the Vision Quest. Through fasting and meditation, a Vision Quest awakens the body’s self-repair and regeneration systems and reconnects you to Spirit and your own deepest purpose.
We fast to turn on the body’s repair mechanisms and clear brain fog. Even during a very short fast, amazing things happen to the body and brain. In just 24 hours, the production of human growth hormone increases by 1,500 percent, repairing cells that make up our tissues. Not eating sugars for as little as 18 hours wakes up the body’s system for self-repair, detoxifies cells, and switches on the longevity genes.
Q: What is the problem with modern health care?
A: We do not have a health care system in America, we have a disease care system. Americans are being killed by the food we eat, the thoughts we think, and the medicine we take. Between the food industry and the medical profession, they get us from cradle to grave.
The “health” statistics are alarming:
- Close to 70 percent of Americans are overweight, and one in three children born in America today will develop type 2 diabetes by the age of 15.
- Fifty percent of otherwise healthy 85 year olds are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is being called type 3 diabetes, linked to a gluten-rich, wheat-based diet and a stressed-out brain.
- One in 60 children is diagnosed autistic.
- Millions suffer from insomnia, stress, depression, autoimmune disorders, soul loss, disempowerment, destructive patterns and behaviors.
In the few hunter-gatherer societies that still exist, autism, dementia, diabetes, and cancer are very rare or nonexistent. My research with Amazonian pre-agricultural societies shows that these people have none of the diseases of western civilization – no cancer, no dementia, no heart disease, because of their diet and communion with the spirit of nature. What accounts for their health and well-being? A primarily plant-based diet and One Spirit Medicine.
Q: Why are so many people unable to find happiness?
A: Our brains cannot produce the bliss molecule (tryptamine) if they are busy producing stress molecules (adrenalin and cortisol.) These “fight or flight” molecules are a constant part of modern culture, but when we can’t fight and we can’t flee we are paralyzed. Stress hormones are also deadly to the region of the brain that is responsible for new learning, so we cannot recreate ourselves.
The religious experiences reported throughout history, are the product of endogenous psychedelics manufactured by the brain for its own pleasure and joy. Meditation, babies, puppies, sex and joy increase the methylation of tryptamines, which in turn become dimethyltryptamines generated by the pineal gland. This is the direct equivalent of the brain producing its own Ayahuasca.
Q: What else does One Spirit medicine teach us?
A: We can grow a new body in one week with super nutrients and energy medicine – a body that heals, ages and dies differently. But that’s not all:
- Ninety percent of our DNA belongs to the microbes that live within us. If the colony is broken, disease happens – we can repair the colony with super-probiotics. Microbes are our best friends.
- Nine out of ten Americans have broken brains. It is possible to upgrade our brain to create psychosomatic health.
- Spirituality is the byproduct of a healed and upgraded brain, not meditation.
- Shamans were the first neuroscientists.
- You can’t dream your world into being until you wake up from the nightmare.
Self-help doesn’t help.
Q: Isn’t spirituality completely different from scientific fact?
A: Science is relatively new while spirituality is very ancient. I discovered that what the spiritual traditions did was put an archaic language to what we describe today as neuroscience. However, what they refer to as “enlightenment” is optimal brain function – the ability to create psychosomatic health. Many people however associate the term “enlightenment” with organized religion when in reality it’s available to all people of any belief.
Q: What is a Luminous Body or Luminous Energy Field? Does everybody have one?
A: Yes, everyone has a Luminous Energy Field (LEF). The Luminous Energy Body/Field is an invisible matrix that informs the anatomy of the body. It contains a template of how we live, how we age, and how we might die.
When there is no imprint for disease in the LEF, recovery from illness happens quickly. By the same token, imprints for diseases can depress the immune system, and prolong recovery time during an illness. The good news is: When we erase the negative imprint that caused the onset of illness, the immune system can rapidly eradicate the disease.
The Luminous Energy Field is a reservoir of vital force – a sea of living energy as indispensable to our health as the oxygen and nutrients carried by the bloodstream. When the vital reserves in the LEF are depleted through illness, environmental pollutants or stress, we suffer disease. We can safeguard our health and vitality and extend our active, healthy years by replenishing this essential fuel.
Q: How can people who don’t practice shamanic work get more in touch with their Luminous Body – and what are some of the benefits of that?
A: Detoxifying the body of toxins, heavy metals and negative perspectives will help prepare the brain for the healing of the light body. Many of these toxins are held in our fat cells – and the human brain is 75% fat. In the west we live with excessive levels of stress, which cause the body to produce high levels of cortisol and adrenaline both of which negatively impact us and keep the body in a permanent state of fight or flight. With the dietary recommendations provided in One Spirit Medicine, any one of us can prepare to make a shamanic journey.
Q: What about chakras? How do they fit in?
A: The chakras are the organs of the Luminous Energy Field. They transmit information of past trauma and pain contained in imprints in the Luminous Energy Field, into the nervous system. The chakras inform our neurophysiology, affecting our moods and influencing our emotional and physical well-being. The chakras also connect to endocrine glands that regulate all of human behavior.
In parts of South America the chakras are known as ojos de luz, or eyes of light. We receive impressions of the world through our chakras, perceiving love in our heart; sexuality, fear, and danger in our belly (second chakra); and insight in our brow chakra (sixth). In a disagreeable situation, our second chakra can go into spasm and we may feel a knot in our stomach. From the unmistakable experience of sensing feelings through the heart center, we come to associate love with the heart, or refer to sadness as heartache.
The shaman can sense the luminous threads, or huaskas, that extend beyond the body, connecting us to the trees, the rivers, and the forests. These luminous fibers also extend to the places where we are born and live, and to our personal history and our destiny.
Every living being has chakras – even crickets, deer, snakes and trees.
Q: How can a shaman tell if something is “off” in a client’s LEF? Can anyone learn to see this?
A: Shamans learn to assess the quality of the LEF through a variety of techniques such as muscle testing, using a pendulum to check the chakras and tracking the client’s light body.
Q: What is an Illumination? What are the potential benefits, and is it appropriate for everyone?
A: The Illumination process, the core foundational healing practice of the Light Body School, is the technique used to clear imprints from a person’s Luminous Energy Field. As the LEF informs the physical body, a shift in the LEF will manifest in the physical reality. As needed, different healing techniques are used with clients. Illuminations are a very standard technique which can be highly beneficial to individuals.
Q: How would someone know if they need “energy healing”?
A: It is commonplace that when a person is in need and ready for healing of the light body, a shaman will appear in their lives. Signs of an energetic imbalance can range from physical to emotional distress or discomfort.
Q: What types of complaints or problems can a shaman help heal through this kind of work?
A: We treat clients with both physical and emotional issues. Some, for instance, may be constantly attracted to the same type of partner who is not good for them. Once the imprint which attracts unfavorable partners is cleared through the Illumination process, the individual will cease to attract those partners.
On the physical realm, I had a man who initially came to me with marital problems and I saw a dark spot in his energy field just above his chest. I asked him about his history with heart disease and family history, and to both he said no. Nevertheless I worked on his heart chakra. A few days later my patient called to inform me that his brother had just undergone an emergency quadruple bypass surgery. The Luminous Energy Field can reveal a condition years before it manifests in the physical body.
Q: A more advanced healing practice is Soul Retrieval. Can a person actually lose his or her soul? How does that happen?
A: During a Soul Retrieval the shaman helps a person access a soul part which became unavailable to them at a time of trauma in their life. It is a traumatic event which causes the soul to fracture. The shaman will help rewrite disempowering contracts with life and reclaim and embody their life’s essence in their experience, helping them to step into a life of grace and abundance.
Q: What happens during a Soul Retrieval? Does the client personally experience anything?
A: The Laika, or Inka medicine men and women, divide the collective unconscious of humanity into three parts: the Lower, Middle and Upper worlds. These are archetypical and energetic domains, not physical places. The Middle world is the one where we live our day-to-day lives, the Upper World is the invisible domain of our destiny and our spirit, and the Lower world is where all of the record of human history is held, it is the realm of the soul.
A shaman journeys to the Lower world in order to retrieve what is necessary for the individual to reintegrate the lost soul part of their client.
Journeying is a unique state of consciousness that the shaman experiences, which allows her/him to revisit the past and heal events that happened long ago and to find more desirable destinies for clients. The shaman helps the client recognize and honor the traumatic event which caused the original fracturing and to renegotiate the sacred soul contracts that were written as a result. Many of these contracts were obligations we entered into during fear and stress at the time of the original wounding, and we no longer need them.
The healed soul part can then be retrieved and reintegrated. Sometimes a gift forms part of the Soul Retrieval and can enhance the experience and help the client achieve his/her best destiny.
A Soul Retrieval is a deeply personal experience and is a unique to each person.
Q: Why did you leave a more traditional medical background to a more spiritual path?
A: My training is as a medical anthropologist versus a medical doctor. As a medical anthropologist, I was curious about other healing systems around the world. Modern medicine, which is wonderful for healing trauma (such as injuries from an automobile accident) is terrible for healing chronic conditions. At a laboratory at San Francisco State University that I directed we were studying how we create psychosomatic disease and whether we could create psychosomatic health. I realized that to find the answer I had to go study with the experts who were in true primitive societies without technology – all they had was the mind’s ability to heal the body.