Huichol traditions are closely linked to the earth, its’ elements and seasons. In this interview, Brant explores how we can bring positivity, balance and meaning into our lives by incorporating shamanic practices such as speaking our dreams to Grandfather Fire and breathing in the beauty of Grandmother Ocean.
Shaman & Healer
Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned shaman who passed away in 1990 at the age of 110. Brant Secunda is the adopted grandson of Don José and was chosen by Don José to take his place to help carry on Huichol Shamanism. He is the co-founder of the American Herbalist Guild, and the founder of the Huichol Foundation. Since 1979 Brant Secunda has been the Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies and leads seminars and pilgrimages worldwide. His work has been documented on television, radio, and in articles and books throughout the USA, Europe and Japan. He is the co-author of the award-winning book Fit Soul Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.
Water has the power of beauty according to Huichol cosmology. When you go to the water, you go to a river, you can just breathe that sound into your heart. Then when you breathe out, you give away any problems that you might have that might be holding you back from being happy or healthy. This is one of a few different exercises. Another exercise might be what you could do in the day is to tell your dreams, whatever dreams you've had from the night before. Tell those dreams to grandfather fire. Just to relate, you don't even have to speak out loud, but relate your dreams to the fire. When you do that, you're also bringing light into your life. These are a few practices.
That's the way to work with shamanism in the city or you find a place where there's earth. No matter what city you're in, there's always a park or always a place where there's earth underneath you. You go to a place and you can just stand there and visualize the love or feel the love of Mother Earth coming up into your body because we say the power of Mother Earth is love. You can just stand there on the earth no matter where you are and just imagine or just feel that love of Mother Earth coming up into your body, into your heart. Just to feel this can really bring a lot of positive feelings to a human being's body or heart.