Everyone struggles with negative emotions. Brant Secunda shares with us the Huichol perspective on negativity and ways in which they alleviate themselves from these negative feelings.
The Huichol say that all negative emotions stem from three primary negative aspects, each connected to a particular region of the body. We inquire about this emotional/physical correlation and explore specific practices we can utilize to purify ourselves of negativity.
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.
They say that jealousy affects the heart region, and greed, as well. That they try to not be jealous. Don José always told me "If someone is happy, be happy for them. If someone has something bad that happens, don't gloat, but always be compassionate, have compassion for that person."
As well as fear. We say fear affects the throat region. That if you're afraid you kind of gasp a little bit, both literally and metaphorically speaking. They say also that anger affects the stomach region of the human body and so no matter what negative emotion you might have, it's connected to one of those three parts of your body.
We have exercises to help take away anger, fear, and jealousy, and by doing that, by taking away anger, by taking away fear or jealousy, we empower our body physically, as well. It weakens the body when you're so focused on fear. When you're so focused on jealousy, or when you're so focused on anger. It literally weakens the human body, so you want to give these things up and that will empower your physical body, both emotionally and physically.