Most of my spirit work training stems from my two year-long apprenticeship with two-spirit shamanic healer Jai Medina in the Balanzu Way School of the Shamanic Arts. The Balanzu Way is an energywork tradition based on the balance of masculine and feminine energies, and the power of transformation that rises in the space between. The tradition is grounded in my mentor Jai Medina's Mexican/indigenous lineage and shamanic practice, and is guided by the spirits we work with. Apprenticeship training in the Balanzu Way is a challenging path of intensive personal and spiritual growth. It takes many years to unfold, and is only open to those who are called by the spirits that guide the tradition. Practitioners of the Way go through seven ‘Gateways’—powerful initiatory processes of energetic attunement—where they must face and overcome their greatest fears with dedication, courage, and sacrifice. Through this process, apprentices gain knowledge, power, clarity, and compassion, while honing their intuitive gifts as spirit workers and healers. Practitioners of the Balanzu Way learn to cleanse and protect themselves and their spaces energetically, to channel messages from guides and spirits, and to vision into the past, future, and deeper into the empathic present for guidance and counseling. They perform energy rebalancing, soul retrieval, past-life work, cord-cutting, entity detachment, and other effective healing practices that transform their own lives, and the lives of their clients. While all apprentices of the Balanzu Way share distinctive hallmarks of the tradition, each practitioner’s gifts are honored and unique.
*While my teacher identifies as a Shamanic Healer (being of native blood), I choose to not use the word shamanic in my practice for political and cultural reasons. Please refer to Why I'm Not a Shaman and Neither Are You for more explanation.