- March 14, 2019
- 7:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Shamans access other worlds using ancestral native practices. Wise beings inhabit these worlds, and they sometimes share their power and wisdom with shamans to heal suffering, use divination, practice soul retrievals and more. Shamans are also leaders in their communities who provide input and guidance. Traditionally, shamans are held accountable by their native communities-if a shaman is not be trusted, the community will not seek their healing.
People outside of these traditional communities have become fascinated by shamanism, and today there are many workshops and trainings. Because some people training in shamanism are not working within a community container, it becomes easy for them to lose perspective, and reinforce their egos. This has created a dangerous environment for people seeking alternative healing because the potential for exploitation is extremely high.
After observing modern shamanic trainings with a growing concern, clinical psychologist and scholar Anotonio Ramirez began exploring more traditional forms of shamanism by interviewing elder shamans in Latin America. In this talk, Antonio shares his ideas about the dangers of shamanism as it is practiced today in urban areas, how these practices are affecting native shamanism, and suggests ways to avoid falling prey to unethical practitioners.
Antonio Ramirez has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, an MA in Drama Therapy, and an MA in music. He is a professor at CIIS in the Drama Therapy department. He also works in a non-profit organization with Latino men who are abusive to their partners and want to stop their violence. He is the author of Violencia Masculina en el Hogar (Masculine Violence in the Home), the second book about the field written in Spanish in Latin America creating many trainings to replicate the model he developed to work with Latino men.