A powerful and mind opening conversation with Shamanic Teacher and spiritual guide Hamilton Souther on his life changing work in the Peruvian Amazon and beyond. This exchange goes in so many beautiful directions and is exceptionally deep. We also talk about the transformative power of plant medicine and Ayahuasca .

Hamilton focuses his work on Universal Spiritual Philosophy. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, has a Bachelors degree in Anthropology, and has studied shamanism in California, Cusco, and the Amazon. Hamilton was given the title of Master Shaman by Alberto Torres Davila and Julio Llerena Pinedo after completing an apprenticeship under Alberto and Julio. He guides ceremonies and leads shamanic workshops, in which he shares Universal Spiritual Philosophy.

At Blue Morpho traditional Ayahuasca healing shamans (curanderos) practice the ancient and mystical shamanic arts of the jungle. The shamans conduct ceremonies and rituals that are designed to open consciousness and bridge the physical and spiritual worlds. These ceremonies are personally transformational, forever changing the life of the participant in positive ways. Through Ayahuasca ceremonies, guests can experience spiritual and energetic evolution.

Shamanism is a term that originally pertains to spiritual practices by indigenous people of far northern Europe and Siberia, founded in the belief that humans inhabit a multi-world, multi-dimensional universe that is made up of physical beings and spiritual beings as well. This term now applies to all traditions worldwide that share common beliefs in spirits and the ability to contact, journey with and interact with them, through different spiritual practices or ceremonies. In all shamanic cultures there is the appearance of the shaman, who is the spiritual leader or person with the specific capacities or abilities necessary to contact and interact with the spirits.

The Peruvian Amazon is a perfect example of the expansion of the use of the term shamanism. The native traditions in the Amazon now are considered to be practices under the umbrella term shamanism, while in the past they were known solely by their local names. In the last few hundred years there has been an expansion in the shamanistic practices in include not only indigenous shamans, but Mestizo (a person of mixed racial ancestry especially mixed European and Native American ancestry) shamans and now Foreign Shamans (westerners whom have left their home countries to live in the Amazon to learn the traditional practices.)

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