Why shamanism is red hot right now: 12 things you need to know

He may look the part of a guru with his richly patterned robes and chunky crystal jewelry and celebrity clientele. But Durek Verrett — the sixth-generation Afro-Haitian shaman better known as Shaman Durek — insists he’s here to help people help themselves, with the recent release of his book “Spirit Hacking: Shamanic Keys to Reclaim Your Personal Power, Transform Yourself and Light Up the World.”

Of course, the “guru” tag seems to come with the territory when you are Gwyneth Paltrow’s “light in shining armor” and provide spiritual tune-ups to the likes of “Harry Potter’s” Bonnie Wright, “The Vampire Diaries’” Nina Dobrev and Insta-famous biohacker Dave Asprey. Verrett, a California native, has 145,000 followers on Instagram and was catapulted further into celebrity status this year when it was announced that he was dating Princess Martha Louise of Norway. But the 45-year-old self-professed spiritual counselor and podcaster says his true mission is to bring the ancient practice of shamanism to the mainstream, helping people to “get lit” by cultivating love and acceptance of themselves and others.

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January 5, 2020
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