Acknowledgments

Spirit Hacking: Shamanic Keys to Reclaim Your Personal Power, Transform Yourself, and Light Up the World - Shaman Durek 2019


Acknowledgments

I am so honored and grateful to my mother for giving life to me and for teaching me to be honorable and loving under all circumstances. To my great-grandmother Mamal for keeping our African heritage alive. To my sister Angelina for guiding me to stay in my course. To my niece Alex for making me a better person. To my niece Natalia for being brave enough to tell me the truth when I need to hear it. To my grandfather Leon for turning his back on shamanism and becoming a Seventh-day Adventist minister and for teaching me religion and showing me the beauty in it, as well as the hypocrisy. To my aunt Hazel, my uncle Ronny, and my aunt Ruth for reminding me to stay true to who I am, despite my family’s opinions of me. To my aunt Shirley for introducing me to culture and giving me the strength to travel the world. To my friend Melanie Dawn, who believed in me, fought my father, and stayed by my side every day so that he wouldn’t pull the plug while I was on life support. And to Stephen Clark for the hypnotherapy sessions that helped keep my mind from falling apart. To Abby Girvin, Sandra, and the rest of the Clark family for wrangling the friends and showing me such deep love. And to Mike Byrne, who supported me when I was sick and picked me up off the floor when I couldn’t walk. To Ishanti and Bernie Diaz for seeing my truth and nurturing my shamanic path. Thank you to Gwyneth Paltrow for being my soul sister and guiding me through all of this. Thank you to Kelly Marks at Pure Public Relations for getting my message to the people of London. Thank you to Kelly Rutherford for always being there for me during difficult times. Thank you, Russ DeLeon, for supporting me in starting and writing the book, and for being a loyal friend. To my dad and stepmother, Geri, for an intense childhood that taught me to overcome any obstacle. And to all the bullies and the haters, thank you for giving me the ability to persevere. I would also like to give thanks to all my family members, friends, teachers, healers, and doctors who supported me on my journey, as well as to all the wise women who weren’t afraid to put me in my place and teach me how to show up in my heart. To Marcus Hunt, who stayed by my side when I died. I’d like to thank Alexis Ware for helping me stay inspired to write this book and see it through. Sam and Aaron Ritter, thank you for your constant devotion in seeing me support the people globally. To Tanya Khani, my publicist, for believing in my message and for opening up doorways. To Hank Greenberg for your constant support in my health and your determination in seeing me fully committed to my path. To Michaelangelo L’Acqua, Anne Vincent, and Matt Kibble for helping me introduce shamanism to the mainstream. To Jimmy Chamberlin for being a badass bro and for keeping it real with me a thousand percent. I’d like to thank my literary agent, Coleen O’Shea, for just being amazing and walking me through the process every step of the way, as well as my publisher, my soul brother Joel Fotinos, and everyone at St. Martin’s Press and Macmillan Publishers for believing in my vision of a greater world. And a special thanks to Dani Katz for honoring the promise we made all those years ago, and for helping me write a book that will put the power back in people’s hands, and change the world. To all the people who have suffered, felt alone, confused, hurt, or lost when all they needed was love to come back, I dedicate this book to you. And to the tribe for keeping it lit and riding the lit train!

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR SPIRIT HACKING

“This guy does next-level stuff. I have worked with him, and I have no idea how or why he is able to do some of the things I have witnessed. Science is just catching up with biohacking. It’s time to start studying spirit hacking and how Shaman Durek can achieve the tangible results he achieves.”

—Dave Asprey, founder and CEO of Bulletproof

“Rarely, if ever, are books by or on shamanism page-turners. This is the first I have seen, and it is stunning. Spirit Hacking will surprise you, undo you, and make you laugh. It invites you to a way of seeing the world that is deeply inspired and unique, entirely based on experience. It is authentic, gobbledygook free, astonishingly honest, and a verbal mind-blow that is urgently needed at this time. It will flat out change how you see the world.”

—Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and New York Times bestselling author

“Profoundly insightful to the times we’re living through, and hugely helpful on how to thrive in their midst—in spite of ourselves. Shaman Durek is a compelling storyteller, and he writes exactly as he speaks—casually, potently, and with a brilliantly calculating sense of humor. He knows what he teaches, and this is absolutely the topic that most needs hacking.”

—Mike Dooley, New York Times bestselling author of Infinite Possibilities

“I didn’t have any understanding of the spirit world and how much power it could add to my life until I met Shaman Durek. I’m new to all this but with the help of Shaman Durek and Spirit Hacking, I’ve developed a deeper connection to myself and my personal spiritual path.”

—Nina Dobrev, actress and activist

“In Spirit Hacking, I was swept away in an exploration of spirituality, quantum physics, neuroscience, and the real essence of what it is to be human. Shaman Durek has a unique way of bringing people out of themselves and helping them become their authentic selves.”

—Dr. Caroline Leaf, cognitive neuroscientist and author of Switch On Your Brain

“Shaman Durek is a bright light, the kind of light the world desperately needs. His authentic, loving presence allows anyone who is talking to him to feel like they are the only one in the room. In a world where we are caught up in the next, he rests in the now. This deep present-moment awareness is where Shamen Durek shines. This book is his light in literary form.”

—Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert and international bestselling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum

“Shaman Durek cuts through the noise of the modern spirituality scene and tells it like it is—making Spirit Hacking seem more relevant than ever for our modern lives today. Larger than life and with the presence of a true guru, Durek is a real-deal prophet for the Now Age.”

—Ruby Warrington, author of Material Girl, Mystical World and Sober Curious

“Thank goodness for Shaman Durek. He is the real deal—big heart and no BS. He is a force of love and fierce wisdom, and in these current times, we need that more than anything.”

—Lisa Lister, author of Code Red and Love Your Lady Landscape

“Shaman Durek breaks the barriers and helps you to connect to your deeper self. Spirit Hacking is one of his many tools for bringing spiritual wellness into your life. He empowers you to shine your brightest you.”

—Jasmine Hemsley, author of East by West

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Shaman Durek is a sixth-generation shaman who has devoted decades to study and practice in becoming a thought leader and spiritual enthusiast for people all over the world. His focus is educating people on how to make shamanism a lifestyle choice for evolutionary adaptation. He is an author, activist, and a women’s empowerment leader.

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