A BRIEF HISTORY
For 30 years Vinod has been studying, learning and sharing Shamanic Healing techniques in sessions and in workshops which he has facilitated in Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Holland, The UK, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Trained in Shamanic Healing in Glastonbury and Devon, UK, from 1994-1997, he also completed several courses in a technique known as Body Electronics during that time. He was then drawn to the jungles of Thailand, and practiced as a Shamanic Healer in The Sanctuary, Thailand, from 2002 – 2013, sharing Shamanic Healing Techniques, Massage and Shamanic Ceremonies.
He spent several years in Pune, India, where he practiced meditation, dance and movement, Tibetan Pulsation and also completed the Path of the Mystic training. Also in Pune, he completed a month of Satsang with the Radical Zen master Dolano. In the Himalayas he became attuned into Reiki energy healing to master level.
In 2008/2009 he lived and worked at Mantak Chia’s Tao Garden Resort in Northern Thailand, and is a certified Universal Healing Tao Instructor. He has 35 years experience as a massage therapist, being certified in Lomi-Lomi, a traditional Hawaiian Massage and in Ayurvedic Yoga massage.
“I define a Shaman as a healer of relationships: between mind and body, between people, between people and circumstances, between humans and Nature, and between matter and spirit.” – Serge Kahili King PhD
The word “Shaman” comes from the Tungus reindeer herders of Siberia, and was derived from the verb “sa” meaning “to know”. The word has since been applied to healers, visionaries and seers from many cultures all over the world. Therefore, Shamanism is not a practice from one specific place, but rather can be found at the roots of many spiritual traditions. Shamanism is therefore pre-religious spirituality.
The aim of the Shaman is to help and guide people to gain their own sense of power, to take responsibility for their own healing, and to find their own connection with the Source. Some spiritual practices have this recognition of Source (or “enlightenment”) as their only goal. However, Shamanism recognises that even once Source has been recognised, the boundaries of existence remain. Shamanism offers maps through this existence; a new way of looking at reality.
One common thread of all Shamanic pathways is Nature: learning from Nature and using natural therapies for healing. Learning from Nature helps us to understand our connection to the entire cosmic web of the universe. The Shaman looks at the patterns, spirals and cycles seen in nature and uses them for guidance.
There are no priests or leaders in Shamanism, only techniques that can be passed on. The wisdom of Shamanism cannot be intellectually learned. There are no beliefs to passively accept, rather Truth to be recognised and known from within. Shamanism is humankind’s most ancient and universal system of harmonious and mindful living, also known as Walking in Beauty. Though rooted in many different traditions, the common purpose that connects them all is to bring healing to the minds, bodies and spirits of human beings of all races and kinds, and to help to reawaken an awareness of the holistic nature of all things, and as a consequence bring healing to Planet Earth Herself.
Shamanism has no dogma, scriptures or sacred writings to revere or to be (mis!)interpreted, only the book of Nature. And by looking to her with an open heart can be understood all of life’s Mysteries.