SHAMAN DUREK

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shaman durek

the new school interview

NAME

SHAMAN DUREK

SIGN:

SCORPIO

I'M CALLED TO:

PLACE THE POWER BACK INTO THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE.

FROM THE MOMENT WE ARRIVE ON THIS PLANET, ALL HUMAN BEINGS NATURALLY BEGIN THEIR QUEST FOR MEANING. WHO AM I, WHERE DO WE COME FROM, AN WHY ARE WE HERE? AND YET, THERE ARE SOME WHO NOT SEARCHING. SOME WHO KNOW IN THEIR BONES, IN THE AIR THEY BREATHE, THAT THEIR PURPOSE IS DIFFERENT. IT’S ANCIENT, IT’S A LINEAGE AND HERITAGE PASSED DOWN FROM HIDDEN MAGIC, AND TRADITIONS ALMOST LOST. WE LOOK TO THESE LEADERS AS GUIDES IN THIS COMPLEX AND ENTHRALLING EXPERIENCE WE CALL LIFE. ONE SUCH INDIVIDUAL, IS 3RD GENERATION MEDICINE MAN, AND HOLISTIC HEALER, SHAMAN DUREK. DUREK’S PURPOSE IS BEING OF SERVICE TO OTHERS, NURTURING THE GROWTH AND EVOLUTION OF THOSE HE SERVES. DIVE DEEPER INTO HIS CALLING, WHAT MOVES HIM TO ACT AND HOW HE NURTURES HIMSELF.


CREATE

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY I HAVE LOVED PEOPLE UNCONDITIONALLY AND I FOUND THAT WHEN I FOCUS ON THE HEART, I CAN SEE PURE HONESTY AND TRUTH. WHEN TRAVELING TO THE MANY COUNTRIES I AM CALLED TO, I FIND MYSELF PEOPLE WATCHING AND THE TRUTH THAT IS REVEALED FROM UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, ALLOWS ME TO SEE THE MANY LAYERS OF HUMANITY AND LIFE. THIS OFFERS ME THE UNDERSTANDING OF HOW I CAN SUPPORT CHANGE AND EVOLUTION FOR MANKIND WHICH GIVES ME GREAT INSPIRATION.

 

WHICH CREATIVE FIGURE INSPIRES YOU MOST?

WE HAVE SO MANY. CHUCK JONES FOR HIS CARTOON CHARACTERS, PUTTING LIFE INTO PERSPECTIVE, MARTIN LUTHER KING. METALLICA TAUGHT ME A LOT ABOUT THE DARKNESS. AND TRACY CHAPMAN’S MUSIC HELPED ME OVERCOME AND MOVE THROUGH MY OWN SHADOWS WITH POETIC BEAUTY. 

 

BELIEVE

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE TO BE TRUE ABOUT YOURSELF?

THE TRUTH, WHICH IS I DON’T REALLY KNOW MUCH BUT I DO. I’M A MULTIDIMENSIONAL BEING SO I SEE THINGS FROM MANY ANGLES. I WAS THE “WHY?” KID ALWAYS LOOKING DEEPER, SEARCHING FOR MORE UNDERSTANDING WHICH EVOLVED TO BEING SOMEONE WHO OFTEN PLAYS DEVILS ADVOCATE FINDING CONTRADICTIONS UNTIL I’VE FOUND THE TRUTH. 

 

WHO BELIEVED IN YOU THE MOST?

MY MOTHER.

 

3 THINGS ON YOUR ALTAR/SACRED SPACE?

DUE TO MY EXTENSIVE TRAVELS I DON’T HAVE AN “ALTAR” BUT I DO WEAR MANY SACRED JEWELRY PIECES AND BLESSED BEADS. I HAVE LEARNED TO FIND THAT SACRED SPACE WITHIN, WHEREVER I FIND MYSELF.

 

MOVE

WHAT MOVES YOU TO ACT?

INJUSTICE. I STAND ON THE FRONT LINES TAKING ACTION AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY THE VALUES OF LIFE. 

 

WHAT MOVEMENT PRACTICE GETS YOU MOST IN YOUR BODY?

SHAMANIC ELEMENTAL MOVEMENT WHICH IS A LOT LIKE DANCING, STOMPING OF THE FEET GROUNDS ME TO MOTHER EARTH, SWAYING OF THE HIPS INVITES THE WATERS, POUNDING THE CHEST IGNITES FIRE AND RAISING THE ARMS SUMMONS THE AIR. THIS PRACTICE CONNECTS ME WITH THE ELEMENTS WE ARE ALL MADE OF. 

 

IDEAL RETREAT DESTINATION?

SWIMMING IN THE SEA IN BODRUM, TURKEY. PRAYING IN EPHESUS. HORSEBACK RIDING AND SOAKING IN THE GEOTHERMAL POOLS IN ICELAND. FLOATING IN THE DEAD SEA IN EIN GEDI, ISREAL OR MEDITATING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF GOLAN HEIGHTS, SPENDING DAY AT SUNSET ASHRAM WATCHING SUNSET IN IBIZA SPAIN. THERE ARE SO MANY AMAZING RETREAT DESTINATIONS ON THIS PLANET.

 

HEALING

HEALER/PRACTITIONER ON SPEED DIAL?

MY SISTER ANGELINA VERRET WHO IS A HEALTH KINESIOLOGIST, DR LISA UPSHAW, MY MASSAGE THERAPIST CF HARLOW AND ALEXIS WARE FOR THETAHEALING.

 

WHAT MODALITY ARE YOU MOST CURIOUS ABOUT OR WANT TO TRY?

MOST RECENTLY THE SPIRITS HAVE LEAD ME TO EXPERIENCE SENSORY DEPRIVATION TANKS WHERE YOU FLOAT WEIGHTLESSLY IN WARM SALT WATER WHILE IN TOTAL DARKNESS WHICH HAS SENT ME ON SOME FAR AND DEEP INTERNAL JOURNEYS.

 

WHAT HERBS, SUPERFOODS OR HIGH VIBE PRODUCTS KEEP YOU THRIVING?

WHEN TOURING I TRAVEL WITH AN ABUNDANT SELECTION OF NATURAL HERBS, TONICS AND PRODUCTS FROM SUN POTION, ELEMENTAL WISDOM AND A NEW LINE I AM EXCITED USE IS CALLED NOW ALCHEMY.

 

NOURISH

GARDENER, COOK, OR HOST?

GARDNER. I ENJOY PUTTING MY HANDS IN THE SOIL, PLANTING THE SEEDS AND NURTURING IT TO GROW INTO SOMETHING NOURISHING FOR THE BODY.

 

3 THINGS ALWAYS IN YOUR KITCHEN?

1. COLD PRESSED JUICE

2. HERBS

3. FILTERED WATER

 

FAVORITE NOURISHING LOCALE AT HOME + AFAR?

IN LONDON FARMACY AND NAMA FOODS. GLOW IN ICELAND. IN TURKEY, BI NEVI DELI. AND IN LOS ANGELES SAGE IN ECHO PARK, SUN CAFE IN STUDIO CITY AND CAFE GRATITUDE IN BEVERLY HILLS ARE ALL FAVORITES OF MINE.

 

SERVE

HOW DO YOU SERVE YOURSELF BEFORE TAKING CARE OF OTHERS?

THROUGH A WIDE RANGE OF PRACTICES SUCH AS SHAMANIC POWER WORK, MEDITATING WITH MY SPIRIT GUIDES AND ANCESTORS, CONSCIENCE VIDEO GAMES, PLAYING WITH ACTION FIGURES, FLYING KITES AND SINGING DISNEY TUNES AS LOUD AS I CAN.

 

WHOSE MISSION ARE YOU CALLED TO SHARE?

MY CALLING AND PERSONAL INITIATIVE IS TO FIGHT INJUSTICE AND DISCRIMINATION. I SERVE IN PLACES WHERE THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN ARE OPPRESSED AND LIMITED BECAUSE OF CULTURE, RACE, POVERTY AND/OR ABUSE. I'M A FRONT LINE KINDA GUY I GO TO COUNTRIES THAT ARE BEING BOMBED AND HAVE MAJOR CONFLICTS.

 

EXPAND

WHEN HAS YOUR HEART EXPANDED TO ITS GREATEST CAPACITY?

WHEN I HUG PEOPLE.

 

CONSCIOUS

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CONSCIOUS?

TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO CREATE OR DESTROY.

 

WHAT IS A CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE?

TO LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY IN THE PRESENT FURTHER EXPANDING A UNIVERSAL HARMONY OF LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE. 

 

CELEBRATE

HOW ARE YOU CELEBRATING TODAY?

I DANCE AND REJOICE FROM THE ENERGY AND VIBRATIONS OF LIFE ON THIS BEAUTIFUL AMAZING PLANET WE LIVE ON.

 

WHAT GETS YOU INTO A STATE OF PURE JOY?

BEING OF SERVICE TO OTHERS CARRYING OUT MY PURPOSE HERE IN THIS LIFE AND SEEING THE GROWTH AND EVOLUTION OF THOSE I HAVE SERVED.

 

FAVORITE SONG ON A PARTY PLAYLIST?

“ONE MORE” FEATURING MO BY ELLIPHANT