We are all made up of the elements that surround us. Earth – Air – Fire – Water, are a part of our very genetics. The Huichol say that we are a mirror of the universe; that everything around us, also exists within. Brant discusses this indigenous perspective of our “outer” environment and ways in which we can unify ourselves with the four elements.
This interview also explores various spiritual representations of the elements and how they are interconnected with our physical bodies.
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.
The second element I'd like to talk about is the air, the breath of life. That is the power. The symbol, you might say, for the air is the eagle, mother eagle girl. TATE-WARIKA-UMARI, grandmother eagle is the symbol for the breath of life. For that as I used to say, "Try to remember with every breath that you take, the eagle giving you the breath of life, giving you life itself." That's the second. We're all breathitarians aren't we? No matter what religion we are, no matter where we live, no matter what culture we come from, each and every one of us, breathitarians. That's important to remember, the air, is an important element.
The next element I'd like to talk about is the water. Water, we say, is called, HA. The water has the power of beauty, and it's just like when you're at home, if you don't water your plants, if you have plants, they don't look so beautiful. We are the same way, we need to be watered. We are like a garden, and we are part water, inside of us is water. We're about 65% water, every single one of us here. Remember John Kennedy, President Kennedy used to speak about that marvelous reality during many of his speeches, that we are a mirror of our environment. Water is another element, and it has the power of beauty.
Then, the last element is the earth, and we have the earth inside of us with different minerals that live inside of us. The spiritual power of the earth is love. From a physiological perspective, the different minerals live inside of us like copper, zinc, et cetera, potassium. That's important to remember. All of these elements mix in the heart, which we say is the fifth element, the fifth direction.