For most of us, shamanism is an unfamiliar term—one that conjures up visions of tribal healers communicating with the spirit world, not no-nonsense practitioners of guided self-help.
Durek Verrett, a fifth-generation Ghanaian healer and spiritual guide to tech giants such as Dave Asprey and celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, wants to change our ideas about this ancient practice, with the forthcoming release of his book “Spirit Hacking: Shamanic Keys to Reclaim Your Personal Power, Transform Yourself, and Light Up the World” (St. Martin’s Essentials, October 2019) in addition to his podcast and new online course called The Shaman School.
Verrett, a native Californian, argues that shamans are the original holistic practitioner, studying everything that affects our daily lives—from physical health and diet to cultural indoctrinations, use of technology and belief systems, in order to help people find their blind spots, tap into their energy and better thrive in today’s troubled times.
“A lot of times people have this misconstructed idea of what shamanism is, and they get caught up in the idea of it being so woo-woo,” Verrett says. But, he argues, shamanism is really about giving people the tools to increase their emotional intelligence and be more aware of what’s working for them and what’s holding them back.
The better you are able to see yourself, he argues, the more energy and power you’ll have to transform your life and make a difference in the world.