S02E06 Becoming a Shaman with Itzhak Beery

 
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Itzhak Beery is a leading shamanic teacher, healer, speaker, community activist and author of three bestselling books. He teaches at a number of centres around the world and leads webinars, shamanic circles, and trips to the Andes and the Amazon.

For over 22 years, he’s bridged the spiritual and practical wisdom his indigenous teachers entrusted in him with a powerful contemporary approach relevant to our stressful and unbalanced modern times.

In addition he is an accomplished visual artist and owner of an award-winning advertising agency. He is a husband, father and proud grandfather of four amazing souls.

Itzhak’s website: http://www.itzhakbeery.com

In our conversation I speak with Itzhak about:
- growing up on a kibbutz in Israel
- becoming an artist and moving to New York in the 1980s
- starting a successful advertising agency
- the jewish contribution to western spirituality
- the connection between judaism and shamanism
- creating a shamanic community in NYC
- his introduction to shamanism with Michael Harner & John Perkins
- choosing a shamanic path over financial security
- creative people as “closet shamans”
- travelling to South America to experience ayahuasca
- working with the Shuar Tribe
- the importance of trusting and following your heart
- Itzhak’s apprenticeship with a South American shaman
- balancing family and work life with spiritual life
- staying grounded while pursuing the shamanic path

References:
Way of the Shaman, Michael Harner
Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future, Hank Wesselman
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins
Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for the Modern World, Itzhak Beery

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tags: ayahuasca, shamanism, heart, izthak beery, michael harner, john perkins