Spiritual wellness is something that’s quickly being accepted and practised as part of everyday life. A welcome break from the hustle and bustle of life, whether you’re practising meditation or simply lighting a candle alongside your favourite Netflix show, we’re all incorporating the idea of “switching off” and taking time for ourselves into our routines.
A trend which originally sprung from the A-List, no one knows this better than Shaman Durek – spiritual healer to Hollywood, and close aide of Gwyneth Paltrow, who’s since built a whole brand off of the wellness industry with her shop, Goop.
Durek sat down with GLAMOUR to talk all things Shamanism, incorporating into your world, and of course, the wellness secrets of our favourite stars.
Also known as Durek Verrett, he started practising Shamanism from the age of ten years old, after deriving from six generations of previous Shamans, and says it helps to create a bridge between our world and the spirit world.
“Shamans travel through other dimensions through trances and talk to your guides and angels to bring back valuable information.” he says.
“I was foretold at birth but chosen at 5 and the way that they choose you in shamanism is that the spirits start coming to you and asking you to do certain tasks without question – and if you do certain things that they require you to do to become a Shaman, they then take you through
various experiences that can be very painful, uncomfortable, scary and profound to enable you to recognise the depths of yourself and what it takes to be of service to humanity and put the people first.”
A Shaman can also heal the body with the help of spirits, by channelling ancestors and spirit guides, and goes to the root of the problem, assisting in recognising and taking responsibility for your personal experiences.
The ancient healing technique has been dated back to the 17th century, however, the 45-year-old healer says the popularity has risen in recent times due to people finally realising they need to level-up themselves:
“The A-List are used to people who are hungry for them, and wanting to be around them, and tell them what they want to hear – and they have a hard time finding people who will tell them straight up what their problem is, and that’s what I do.”
But despite a session with the famed Shaman averaging around $1,000, it turns out the biggest misconception around his work is that it’s the client doing it all.
“People think they are coming to have a session with me, but they are really coming to have a session with themselves,” he admits.
“I am just a person who holds space for them and to give them spiritual technologies to help navigate themselves.
Although it may seem like an out-of-touch wellness fad, there’s actually science behind the practise.
It’s said that when you add more onto your life you create more burden and more stress, which in return creates inflammation and constriction of your muscular system, putting strain on your organs and cardiovascular system. This is a problem in a world where you are bombarded by information that doesn’t really need your attention – leading to illness and breakdown of the nervous system.
But what can you expect when you go to see him? Not a magical show – just pure love and positive energy.
“The only thing you can really expect is that you are going to be supported and nurtured with love to see yourself, know yourself, and love yourself. You are never going to be judged on any level.
“A Shaman treats a person in many different ways everything from reading your pulse, looking at the dilation of your eyes, bone reading, soul reading, communicating with spirits in the realm of light, looking at where you are being affected by darkness and negativity, looking at how you treat your body.”
If the idea of having your spirits summoned is a little too intense for you, he says there are plenty of ways that you can bring Shamanism into your life:
“If you want to re-centre yourself, stamping on the spot whilst saying, “I’m here, I’m now, and I’m powerful. This world needs me.” will centre you in your purpose, increase motivation, stimulate your awareness and ground you into yourself and being a valuable asset to planet earth.”
Shaman Durek’s book “Spirit Hacking” is available now.