From a cross cultural perspective, Shamanism is rooted in a cosmology that seems to be strikingly similar in all indigenous populations. While these earth-based cultures can be quite diverse in terms of geography, custom, ceremony, and lifestyle, foundational to all of them is their deep reverence of Nature. Original shamanic peoples hold Nature with a […]
About Jonathan Hammond
Jonathan is an Energy Healer, Shamanic Practitioner, and Spiritual Counselor with over 15 years of training and experience.
He is a certified Master Teacher in Shamanic Reiki (training with Llyn Roberts and now co-faculty for her Shamanic Reiki programs), and a certified Reiki Master Teacher in both Usui and Karuna Reiki from the International Center for Reiki Training.
In addition to his background in energy healing, Jonathan has had four years of training in Inter-Spirituality and Spiritual Counseling at the One Spirit Learning Alliance in New York City, and was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2008. He now teaches at One Spirit.
Jonathan runs spiritual retreats around the world through The Living Project
He has been a frequent guest on Huffington Post Live speaking about spirituality, energy healing and meditation.
He has completed all core curriculum through the Foundation For Shamanic Studies, and holds a certification in Cherokee Bodywork.
He has privately studied Shamanism, meditation, and the chakras with some of the most prominent teachers in North and South America; as well as an apprenticeship with some of the shamans of the Chapada Diamantina in Brazil.
He is a graduate of Harvard University’s ART Institute, and holds a BFA from The University of Michigan. In addition to his work in holistic health, is an award-winning actor who has appeared on Broadway and Television.
Entries by Jonathan Hammond
There are five Reiki precepts that are taught in a traditional Reiki I training; five pithy rules that Reiki practitioners are asked to adhere: Just for today: – I will do my work honestly – I will not worry – I will kind to myself and others – I will be grateful – I will […]
One of the fundamental and central philosophies of Buddhism is the Noble Eight-Fold Path – eight steps to enlightenment through wisdom, ethics and meditation. The path has eight aspects that are always listed in a specific order: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. Like […]
Shamanism pre-dates, and underlies all spiritual paths and systems. Unitive contemporary spirituality seeks to find and identify that which is true and resonant for all sentient beings. And, the wisdom of the ancient indigenous cultures does this through the reverence of nature. The reason why we would want to revere something is because we are […]
Philosopher and author, Alan Watts on Christianity in his scathing lecture ‘Sex and the Church’ – ‘Christianity has institutionalized guilt. As a virtue’. I am not a church-y guy. But the other day I found myself transfixed (like a car accident where you can’t look away) with one of those Sunday morning Evangelical shows on […]
Curses, evil spirits, and possession – When people contact me believing that they are victims of these things (or the like), I am often wary about taking them on as clients. My reticence is not that a prospective client is ‘cursed’, ‘possessed’ or ‘haunted’, but rather that they are operating from a cultural and psychological belief […]
The origin of the Chakras began thousands of years ago, when they were first mentioned in the Vedas – the ancient Hindu texts of knowledge. Today, with the incredible popularity of yoga and wide-spread interest in alternative healing, they have come into the awareness of the contemporary main-stream culture. But the Chakras are still widely […]
Trauma is an event (or series of events) which threatens life. Classic examples of trauma include physical and sexual abuse, incest, sudden lose of a loved one, an accident, fighting in war, being the victim of violent crime, and surgery – the body under anesthesia still knows on some level that it’s being cut open. When […]
I’ve been wondering if I should edit myself or just honestly share an experience. I decided I would. It may mean something to someone reading this; so here it is: Babji’s presence became known, ok, appeared to me last night during work with the Santo Daime in New York. I only vaguely knew of him, […]
Taoism, in my opinion, is essentially the Chinese version of Shamanism. It’s a philosophy and way of being that has been referred to as ‘the wisdom of nature’. There is a concept that underlies Taoist philosophy, and this idea is key to personal healing and transformation. In Chinese, it is called tzu-jan — that which […]