Re­con­nect and heal your­self – visit a mod­ern-day shaman

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he word shaman con­jures up im­ages of a mys­ti­cal medicine man at the heart of the jun­gle. But Bart Smyth is a mod­ern­day shaman who talks to us via email. Bart helps clients to heal them­selves through a com­bi­na­tion of nat­u­ral el­e­ments, an­cient and new philoso­phies.

Bart has trained with South Amer­i­can teach­ers and holds the ti­tle of grand­mas­ter of Tai Chi and Qi Gong (an­cient Chi­nese ex­er­cises). He con­ducts group heal­ings and work­shops at the Life’n One well­ness cen­tre on Jumeirah Beach Road.

He says: “I work with ev­ery­thing and my ap­proach is based on prin­ci­ples of mar­tial arts, Chi­nese medicine, West­ern medicine, neu­ro­mus­cu­lar and learn­ing meth­ods.

“The com­bi­na­tion of bio com­puter tech­nol­ogy, phys­i­cal ther­a­pies, quan­tum physics with these prac­tices are ef­fec­tive and de­liver re­sults. My tool box is an eclec­tic mix­ture that up­grades all as­pects of the hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.” But be­fore dis­cov­er­ing shaman­ism in the 80s, Smyth (right) owned an ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign and con­tract­ing com­pany. He said he was ‘not open to the con­ver­sa­tion of spir­i­tu­al­ity’, un­til a car ac­ci­dent gave him a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on life. “It made me stop and take care of my­self in­stead of con­tin­u­ing to work on past pain. “I had to re­gain my bear­ings in life and search for my­self and find bal­ance where be­fore, I was al­ways full on.” Na­ture is at the core of shaman­ism, he says. “The con­nec­tion and truth of na­ture is in and around us all, yet, as my teacher Don Ben­jamin in the Ama­zon told me, ‘Na­ture is scream­ing at you Bart, you’re not lis­ten­ing.’ With guid­ance and fo­cus, we can con­nect and utilise the bal­ance of na­ture to bring our in­ner and outer world to bal­ance and free­dom.”

Clients ap­proach Smyth with dif­fer­ent con­cerns from phys­i­cal trauma to com­mon ill­nesses and also for per­sonal train­ing and coach­ing. He re­it­er­ates he does not ‘heal’ any­one, be­cause only a will­ing per­son can heal one­self.

“Even walk­ing in rub­ber shoes that in­su­late us from Mother Earth’s en­ergy cre­ates dis­con­nec­tion. We all want to feel strong, en­er­gised, and con­fi­dent. With the nat­u­ral ways sup­port­ing the mod­ern world, medicine, busi­ness, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties can func­tion with more ease. In fact, sim­ply stand­ing with our feet to the earth for 30 min­utes a day is shown to elim­i­nate many ail­ments.” See lifenone.com

AT ONE WITH NA­TURE: Em­brace na­ture for a hap­pier life

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