Itzhak Beery - Becoming a Shaman

Itzhak Beery is a respected shamanic practitioner and teacher who, after a career as an artist and in advertising, found himself called to the shamanic lineages of the Amazon rainforest and the Andes mountains. He was initiated into the Circle of 24 Yachaks by his Quechua teacher in Ecuador and by Amazonian Kanamari Pajè. He has also trained intensively with other elders from South and North America. Itzhak speaks with great clarity about shamanic practice from a contemporary western perspective -- not as a detached scholar, but as an accomplished practitioner. This is a deep episode, with much insight and gentle wisdom. You might want to listen to it twice, to catch all the jewels. 

Itzhak Beery is the author of 3 books, including The Gift of Shamanism: Visionary Power, Ayahuasca Dreams, and Journeys to Other Realms. For over 21 years he has bridged the spiritual and practical wisdom his indigenous teachers entrusted in him with a forthright contemporary approach relevant to our stressful and unbalanced modern times. Itzhak is the founder of, The Andes Summit and co-founder of the New York Shamanic Circle. And he received the 'Ambassador for Peace Award’ from The Universal Peace Federation and the UN.

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Theme music is “Measure by Measure,” courtesy of DJ Spooky, aka Paul D. Miller (@djspooky), from his album The Secret Song, and interstitial music are tracks by The Human Experience: "Sunu" from the album Soul Visions with Rising Appalachia, and Here for a Moment on the album Gone Gone Beyond. 

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