Honor Other’s Free Will

A few years back I held back from belonging to a well known spiritual commerce association because they would not recognize shamanism in its own classification. Meaning they wanted to bunch it up among other spiritual traditions and practices. I understood their rationale (and ignorance) and we tried to come up with a win-win solution, but in the end I was very stern in what shamanism is and where it can only stand, so we each continued our paths towards different directions.

Spirituality is an intimate part of the human experience. It is everywhere in society and within human history. Some belief systems are very systematized, as in the case of large dominant religions. Others prefer to operate from more obscure settings. Some consider humanity sinful. Others consider the ones apart from their beliefs to be sinners. While others don’t believe in sin at all. I could go on and on. The point I am trying to get to is that Shamanism in neither of the above. In Andean Shamanism we believe that we are children of Mother Earth/Nature and Father Sun, and that they love us unconditionally. Humans in this world are all family and we come to help our family and do our work with our parents (both in society and in a more universal sense).

There are no enemies, there is only lack of harmony. What we experience as negative outcomes is just a sign of a dis-balance that needs attention, negotiating, adjusting, discarding, etc. As a shaman, when I see conflict, disease, lack, despair, etc. my immediate reaction is to avoid the specifics of the material situation, pull back my immersion in the material experience and assess the play of forces and energies going on. In other words my observations focus on issues as:

  • Is this an expanding or contracting energy
  • Is this energy dominant or submissive
  • In Mother Nature would this be a predator or a prey
  • Does this problem originate in front of the eyes or behind them (in front meaning something happening materially. Behind meaning from the imagination or beliefs)
  • Is this a more masculine or feminine trait (We are not talking personal preferences here, but rather how it would be observed in Nature)
  • Is Forgiveness required here. This is not limited to humans.
  • In an magical world, what would be the perfect outcome here
  • Is this a blessing or lesson in disguise

There are other more specific process I will go with depending on the situation, but the above alone will clarify the energies involved.

The main reason I wanted to share this with you is because of a characteristic this tradition has. Everyone in our human family is endowed with a Divine Free Will and a Path of their own. Meaning, you can advise and help those you see in need, but in the end each person has to make their own decisions for their own spiritual evolution. Everyone is free to do whatever they want as long as this does not violate that same right onto someone else.

As a healer, I have found myself in this uncomfortable impasse with some of my clients. Very often I have quickly assessed a problem and mentioned and mentioned it again and again, each time pressing harder, only to see my words fly by deaf ears. It is always good to remind myself that even if I could force a solution to anybody, it would be robbing them of their own self effort and evolution. It also creates a paradox for me, since the frustration (lack of harmony) I feel, in itself is a lesson for me to work on. As a final note, this strongly applies to global politics and social correctness as well.

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Choosing The Right Lawyer, A Shaman’s Advice

Iustitia (Lady Justice, Roman Deity)

Shamanism can be a very strong ally while involved in a legal conflict. We shamans have the unique ability to peer inside the intentions of people and forces involved within the situation. Ironically and sadly one of the main complaints I hear from my clients in these situations is usually not from the courts or opposition, but rather from their own hired attorney. Very often, communication is not on point and it can become toxic or dysfunctional. This leads to the person in need feeling more frustrated and angry, which leads to a very negative vibrations. These type of vibrations will lead to undesired manifestations.

Having had attorneys as clients as well, I have seen both sides of the issue. Most of the time it’s just wrong matching of energies when deciding which attorney to hire. keep in mind we exist in a dimension of Time, Space and Consciousness. These three factors must be systematically tested within yourself and the attorney being considered before hiring him/her.

As you first meet a potential attorney, strongly keep in mind that the legal problem is yours, never his/hers. Also know that the money to be paid upfront (as retainer) will also be yours as well. As for the attorney the office space and time spent with you will dictate if he is hired or not. You can always and at anytime walk out and go to someone else.

The attorney’s license will be the “tool” that will be used in your favor within the legal system. The license is the attorney’s livelihood, so it is a huge priority for him/her to maintain it under safe operational parameters (more on this later).

Now, we can focus on assessing if this person is a good match to represent you:

  1. If you had a broken toilet, you’d call a plumber. In this case you have something that needs fixing legally so you are seeking someone to fix it. You are the seeker and you are the decision maker, in essence you hire the attorney. This fact needs to be very present in the client. Lawyers are NOT your therapists, friends, librarians, shamans, etc.
  2. Space. Just observing how comfortable you physically feel in his office the first few minutes will give you a hint of how the whole case with him/her will be. Observe the chairs, table, the pens and pads being used, the demeanor of the assistants, the art, the plants, etc. This will tell you if this person is practical, cold, analytical, emotional, experienced, greedy, etc.
  3. Time. Practicing Law is a very practical, logical and almost mathematical cognitive process. The initial consultation should be managed by the client not the attorney, otherwise it will be conducted as attorneys are trained to think and act. You already know your problem, but you are now here to see if there are any new solutions, use this time to discuss possibilities and strategies with your potential new hire. Lawyers must think in linear ways, but not all legal problems are limited to linear solutions. It is your job to come up with alternatives. Most of your alternatives will be dismissed by the attorney in front of you, and this if fine because we are looking at the way he reacts. Is he/she getting impatient, frustrated, agitated, or keeping cool and collected? Do they love the process of the law, explaining it to clients or just wants to receive your check and get to work? There are no wrong behaviors here, we are looking for someone that matches your vibration so that the process and problem are resolved to your satisfaction.
  4. Consciousness. Is this person benevolent? Back in my real estate years I dealt with many attorneys and I would always get a kick out of this step. It was a way to break the ice and also to show my familiarity with their profession. We’d discuss the needs or projects I had and at some point I would offer some sort of a “kick back or bonus” if my deal was “ushered through” or if some regulations were “…overlooked”. I am very proud to say that not once in 14 years did any attorney actually entertain what I would say back then. Most of the time, they’d have a second or two of a “WTF moment” and then strongly react either with dismay, disgust or wanting me out of their office on the spot. At this time I would crack a smile and they’d realize they had just been had. This would introduced the type of relationship I’d bring in if I decided to hire them. However, there was a deeper factor at work here, I had assessed that they were honest people and had also showed them that my mind could go a little further than their average client (in the context of a joke of course). This created mutual respect from the very beginning. Of course a couple of them did not take the joke lightly and would stay a little uneasy for the rest of the initial meeting. This would indicate insecurity, sourness, internal issues, etc. and would result in my not hiring them. Trust me, if you can’t have a laugh in your job something is seriously wrong.

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Creating Unimaginable Success in your Life!

Saluting Father Sun while in Scala dei Turchi, Sicily, Italy

This material world is controlled by specific Universal Natural Laws. One of the most common ones used nowadays is the Law of Cause and Effect. We use this principle to adjust our legal system (specially in the U.S.). This same principle is repeatedly used in Science, in part, because of this we are conditioned to experience results and repeating or not repeating the actions that lead to them to either increase or decrease more desired outcomes. Mystics and Shamans agree with this view, but also remind us that we could live life in a more proactive manner. We could avoid unwanted results, by just proactively choosing only to focus on the actions (causes) we take and allow the desired results to naturally occur (effects).

Taking it a step further into the “Human Condition”, every material effect causes an emotion. In other words “cause and effect” for a human can mean “perception and emotion”. Everything we perceive in the external world produces an emotion. I am suggesting that regardless of the external word’s appearance we choose to “Feel” the emotions we desire. We are used to “Cause and Effect”, but all Effects open opportunities for Causes as well. Not emotionally reacting to the external world, but rather the external world responding to our internal emotions. As I have just written the above sentences I can already imagine many of you telling me that this is impossible. How could the “external world” know about one’s inner emotions? I could get into a long Metaphysical explanation, but I think I can explain it in an even simpler way. If you train yourself to not be fazed by things that are unimportant to your purpose, your subconscious will (in time) cooperate with you by ignoring those useless cues and paying attention to the ones that internally/emotionally inspire you.

If you are still here…now I can explain how to do this in your everyday life to create immense progress and success in whatever area you choose. First, understand that your emotions will predispose you to the situations you will perceive in your future. Pay special attention to this, particularly when feeling negative towards something. Secondly, decide on certain wonderful outcomes in your life. Know that these new situations will come loaded with new and unfamiliar emotions. Finally and most importantly, prepare yourself for intense emotions, both good and bad (usually the negative ones arrive first). These emotions will be linked to the path towards your goals. Recognize them, celebrate them and keep moving forward, because your emotional body is transmuting. By the time your emotions have evolved to the level of your desires, these will literally be all around you. As one of my teachers told me: “little people walk through little gates, but great people can only walk through great gates…”

Giving Spirits their Privacy

Many of the people that visit me, come because they either don’t want to have some sort of an entity around them or because they perceive a loving one and want to know more. In my case, that veil is carefully knitted by a mutual sense of privacy; both from me to their side and vice versa. I was explaining to a new student yesterday that no disease can stay in the body if its vibration is not at some level compatible to its host. It is exactly the same way with being able to interact with the more sublime energies or spirits. If your vibration rate is optimal, understanding, communication and interaction becomes a normal everyday occurrence.

Once that door to the other side is open, now the concern is “who or what” can come through it. This is the time where the concept of “Respect” needs to be strictly enforced. In my case, this requires me to discover how these unseen forces are influencing certain events. There is also Flavio’s private and personal life and in these moments I am not always open for business to the other side. The exact same interaction happens the other way around. Wonderful people come to get a session here with me and as we talk, behind them I can clearly see the loving influence of a transitioned one, an angel or some more advanced benevolent entity; and yet I don’t always communicate this to the person in front of me. While I am sure most of my clients would love to know this, the vibration of the spirit he/she cannot see wants to remain behind the scenes.

I am mostly writing this article because of a very strong session I had last week. A person that came to see me that had such a strong purpose and was so heroically pushing forward. Towards the last 30 minutes of our session, a loved one appeared behind this person. It was so clear and strong that I had to make an immense effort not to acknowledge it. I did this out of respect for the passed loved one which wanted to participate and be in the room but did not want to interfere in my client’s motivation. This experience has touched me strongly and this article is my way of sharing it without violating the privacy of all of the “people” involved.

It is important that I share why this dynamic is so important to understand. Life in our beautiful Mother Earth is a school where our soul arrives with one vibration and ideally leaves (after a life-term) with a higher one. Faith is a very strong factor in this process. Doing what you know to be the right thing without being told or seeing your overall influence makes all your positive actions much more vibrationally worthy. Loving spirits know this and want you to shine with faith and inner strength and thrive on your purest own. From their perspective, if any of us where to see them and hear them while in those hard or uncertain times, the value of the lesson would lessen. In closing, I’d just like to assure you that we all have a great amount of Love and excitement on the other side. They are always there, always cheering and never disappointed, since time does not exist there. You are a unique creation on your way to magnificence. Keep going, keep Shinning!

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News Paper Article about Shamanism/Psychoanalysis

My heart truly sings, when I see academics or someone in the scientific community realizing what we shamans have expressed all along. Below I share the complete article with you.

Shaman Flavio


Stockbridge psychologist honored for paper, career in psychoanalysis

Posted Tuesday, April 2, 2019 5:54 pmBy Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, The Berkshire EagleNEW YORK — A longtime Stockbridge psychologist was honored Tuesday at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, where he presented a paper that linked the roots of psychoanalysis to the work of shamans. 

Paul Lippmann, an 85-year-old Ph.D. who has been in the private practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Stockbridge since 1971, presented an abridged version of his paper, “The Shamanic Roots of Psychoanalysis: On the Wings of Dreams,” at the institute. He was honored for the paper and his career in psychoanalysis. 

On April 13, Lippmann will present the full version of his paper at the Red Lion Inn, during an event sponsored by the Western Massachusetts/Albany Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology, a professional organization that he founded and of which he previously served as president.

“The modern practice of psychoanalysis is closely related to ancient shamans in several ways,” Lippmann said, describing his paper. “Also, using our dreams, similarly to the way shamans did, can really enrich our work.” 

While it had been believed that psychoanalysis was born out of Sigmund Freud’s mind at the end of the 19th century, its practice is much older, Lippmann said. 

“We are only beginning to realize that the dreams of the therapist contain significant ideas about treatment,” he wrote in a program for the Red Lion Inn talk. “A portion of the presentation will concern the use of the analyst’s dreams — the shaman’s contribution to our work.”

Lippmann has been a fellow, faculty member, and training and supervising analyst at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, and was president of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. He’s also a member of several professional organizations, the author of “Nocturnes (On Listening to Dreams),” and longtime adjunct faculty member at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge. He has lived in Stockbridge since 1960.

The presentation at the Red Lion Inn will begin at 9 a.m., and preregistration is available WMAAPP.org.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.

Beware of the Toxic Nurturer

In all my years of shamanic practice, I have seen countless cases of human relations. There is one that I particularly find very disturbing, I call them the “Toxic Nurturers”. These are people that are usually well off, healthy, good looking and caring. Basically, they have all the deceiving attributes to lure you right into their toxic little inescapable trap.

Here’s how the process can begin. You somehow meet this loving person that suddenly takes a legitimate liking to you. The relationship or friendship moves very fast. Within a matter of days/weeks you find yourself in some commitment, job or living with this person. All along things seem fine and the “toxic nurturer” is constantly loving and giving. The problem is that you are either sinking in deeper emotionally or starting to resent this person. These feelings are originating from a subconscious understanding that in a very subtle manner this person sees you as broken. They have little expectations of your achievements and even anticipate your failures, so you can reinforce their world view. They need you to stay sunk in their set up so they can feel a sense of purpose. From the outside it seems like this person is helping you. From the inside it feels like you are trapped with no hope. They achieve this by constantly feeding you ideas, alternatives and opportunities that you don’t fit in with, basically designed for you to fail in. As an observer, it’s the intense resentment towards the benefactor that starts making me consider this could be going on.

I have had exposure to both sides of this equation. The person under the “toxic nurturer”, just needs to get out of there as soon as possible. It’s energetic, it can’t be seen but the victim is being detoured/delayed of their life destiny. Ironically, I have seen “victims” do very well and very fast after venturing on their own. This will predominantly happen for two energetic reasons:

  • Through their Free-Will, the “Victim” amasses the courage to be sovereign. This will always yield help from their subconscious powers.
  • The “Victim” is actually teaching the “Toxic Nurturer” that their world view is limiting. Helping The Universe bestow blessings and teachings to fellow humans also ignites your subconscious powers.

As for the “Toxic Nurturers”, in over ten years of practice, I have yet to have one stick around long enough to look into their own issues. They usually end up in my practice under the guise of trying to “repair” the relationship with the fleeing victim, or some other person (a current or future victim). It is never about them. These people have a very somber look of the world. They strongly believe in charity service and use it as a way to temporarily get a fix on their inner brokenness.

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Shamanic Attraction Jar

The recording above mainly explains how to activate romantic energy around you, but the same principles can be used to attract anything else. Just focus the list or letter mentioned in the recording and aim it at your desired outcome.

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Note: One thing I forgot to add in the recording is that shaking the jar every so often will increasingly activate the energy. The photo I posted above is the result of an actual manifestation jar after many days of it being shaken.

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Why is it so Easy to Become Pessimistic?

The Sun is constantly sending us light, warmth and life force energy. We stand on Mother Earth, which is always sprouting life and creation as a physical manifestation. Humans share attributes from both the Sun and Earth. We can absorb energy from the Sun and create here on Earth in physical form. Furthermore, we can create with Free Will. We can choose how and in what direction to yield that creative impulse. Just by being alive you are always creating. If you don’t choose to direct your creative force in a positive direction dissonance will eventually occur.

Humans are a perfect harmonious creation. If we find ourselves in an environment that exposes us to dissonant energy, we will naturally react negatively to it. Pessimism is a reaction to the lack of harmony within our environment. That emotional state can be immediately redirected by exercising our own divine free will and choosing an outcome we desire to create.

In other words, while here on Earth, it’s like sitting in a moving car. If you don’t pay attention to where that car is headed, you may end up in a place you dislike. The good news is that the car is always moving, and that at any time its direction can be realigned to where you choose. At first it takes a little discipline not to succumb to the inertia of emotions produced by what we dislike. By always self checking your emotions, you’ll know if you are at ease or if you need to choose a different course of action. I can sum it all up like this for you: Feel-Observe-Choose-Repeat.

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The Shamanic List…It Works

This is a 10 min improvised recording of a very positive habit I’ve had for years to increase manifestation flow. It is based on the book: “It Works”, with some extra shamanic ingredients added for extra energy.

10 min recording, by Shaman Flavio
The above recording was originally inspired by this awesome little book. You can hear it for free in Youtube, This is the
Link for “It Works”

Quick tips and reminders:

  • Don’t show it to anybody
  • Use plain bond paper
  • Fold it so that you have a cross pattern (you can fold it more also)
  • Carry the list with you
  • Try to read it three times a day
  • As you read, it’s best if you use a conversation tone and add more details as if telling someone about it.
  • Update it constantly, it’s good to change, edit, or add to it
  • When you need to change the paper, re-use the safety pins