Shaman: Invoking Power, Presence and Purpose at the Core of Who You Are - Ya'Acov Darling Khan 2020


Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan

For access to all the work I offer:

Our online shamanic courses and ongoing online study through our membership site community:

To find the people in your area who we have trained in Movement Medicine:

Workshops, apprenticeship and training in Movement Medicine:

Shamans and Elders

If you discover, as I’m certain you will, that the Inner Shaman takes you deeper into your own power, purpose and passion to serve life, you’ll need to find teachers and elders. Make sure that they are still learning, they know about safety and they aren’t afraid to challenge you.

Shamans work with power. There’s no way they can fulfil their role without it. Their training is focused on developing personal mastery. But, just as there are all kinds of artists, lawyer and politicians, there are all kinds of shamans. How trustworthy they are depends largely on what power they have and what they choose to use it for.

If you ever run into a shaman and want to get a sense of whether they are a good person to work with, here’s a little checklist:

· Trust your interoception. Your animal self knows.

· Remember they are human just like you. And just like you, they will certainly have their blind spots.

· Do you see humility alongside power?

· Consider how they treat the people around them. Are those people blossoming and coming into their own power?

· Trust yourself. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

Recommended Reading

Shakil Choudhury, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs Them, Between the Lines, 2015

Guy Claxton, Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than It Thinks, Yale University Press, 2015

Julie Diamond, Power: A User’s Guide, Belly Song, 2016

Jem Friar, Choosing Happier: How to Be Happy Despite your Circumstances, History or Genes, Imaginal, 2017

Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson, Animals in Translation: The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, Bloomsbury, 2005

Rick Hanson, Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom, New Harbinger, 2009

Arkan Lushwala, The Time of the Black Jaguar: An Offering of Indigenous Wisdom for the Continuity of Life on Earth, CreateSpace, 2012

—, Deer and Thunder, CreateSpace, 2018

Chris Lüttichau, Calling Us Home: Find Your Path, your Balance and your Inner Strength, Head of Zeus, 2017

Sergio Magaña, The Toltec Secret: Dreaming Practices of the Ancient Mexicans, Hay House, 2014

—, Caves of Power, Hay House, 2016

Charlie Morley, Lucid Dreaming Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Waking Up in Your Dreams, Hay House, 2018

Bessel Van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma, Allen Lane, 2014

Daan van Kampenhout, The Tears of the Ancestors: Victims and Perpetrators in the Tribal Soul, Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, 2008


For music to support your practice, including guided journeys and drumming by Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan:

Trauma Therapy

· Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

· The Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

These are both modern therapeutic practices that are particularly helpful for dealing with trauma.

Protecting the Amazon

· Amazon Watch:

· The Naku Project — a Sápara educational and healing centre in the Ecuadorian Amazon:

· The Pachamama Alliance:


Where is Your Heart Leading You?

You were born with unique, undeniable gifts. In your quietest moments, you can feel them yearning to awaken.

You long to express them and show the world what you’re truly capable of.

By discovering more about yourself, you’ll naturally understand how to fulfill the wonderful potential you know lives deep within you.

This self-discovery quiz will help guide you on your next steps to sharing your gifts with the world.




Photo by Amy Clark

Ya’Acov Darling Khan is acknowledged as a practising shaman by indigenous elder shamans from the Arctic to the Amazon. He believes that a shift from society’s focus on acquisition to reciprocity, a universal shamanic principal, is the key to repairing and evolving our connection to Self, each other and the biosphere on which we depend.

From an early age, Ya’Acov felt drawn to the invisible world of spirit that he sensed behind the physical world. A lightning strike on a golf course proved to be the awakening that changed the course of his life. It led to more than three decades of intense study and practice with indigenous and modern shamans from around the world.

Ya’Acov’s teaching is inspiring, practical and directly from the heart. His audience includes people from all walks of life. He has taught on some of the most pre-eminent platforms driving the transformation of world culture and sustainability, including California’s Esalen Institute and the Embodiment Conference. He founded Movement Medicine — an embodied, engaged shamanic practice for our times — with his wife, Susannah. The both teach worldwide and online.

Ya’Acov is the author of the bestselling Jaguar in the Body, Butterfly in the Heart and co-author, with Susannah, of Movement Medicine. He lives on an eco-smallholding with Susannah, their son, Reuben, and four Exmoor ponies.