A Modern-Day Shaman
By Isabella Stoloff, Shaman,
Speaker, Spiritual Guide
was asked to write an article on Indigenous people from a modern-day
Shaman’s perspective, I thought, what could I possibly say that
everyone does not already know? So then, as I often do, I began to
think outside the box.
are we so interested in Indigenous people? What is so special
about them? The thought of Indigenous tribes takes us back and
connects us to another time and space, a time when we trusted our
intuition and knew how to be stewards of the earth. It was a time
when we felt a deeper connection to everything.
today’s world we’re losing our connection. With so much
information coming at us all the time we have lost touch. I think we
love the Indigenous peoples because we can feel they are still
in touch with something much bigger than themselves.
is a certain vibe when we hear the word Indigenous. It conjures up
images of a time long ago, ancient civilizations, different cultures
and traditions we could never understand. It also makes us think of
jungles and plant medicine, unfamiliar territory to most. But this
territory is where people are finding their way back to themselves.
who are noticing that something is missing from their lives are
seeking ways to get in touch with their soul’s purpose. The
people who want to connect and return to the Mother are what I call
“New Indigenous Tribes.”
tribes are yearning for something more. We see them popping up
everywhere. All religions, all walks of life, are joining together to
make a difference in the world. Permaculture, sustainable living,
communes and more, are sprouting up all over the country. Occupy
“whatever” is the fad of the day and people are joining
in force saying enough is enough. And, because of this, things are
believe this is the time to take control of your destiny. If things
are not working, fix them. We can no longer stand by and allow the
lies to fill our day. One way to do this is to begin clearing your
life of all that no longer serves you. I say, if it makes you feel
bad or is negative, it is a lie. If it makes you feel good and is
positive, it is the truth. As the old saying goes, “The truth
will set you free,” and freedom is what we are all
1991 when I began on my path, I remember making the decision to be
honest in all my affairs. That meant absolutely no lying. It was not
easy, and even harder for those around me. But I told my truth and to
this day I do not lie. I feel this is one way for others to dial in
to their intuitive nature. Speak your truth no matter what.
us are connected to every living thing. Once we tune into the planet
and listen, all of our questions will be answered. It is a waste of
time to sit around and beat yourself up over things. To tell yourself
you are fat, or not good enough, or stupid. Allow these thoughts to
melt away and fill your mind with love. Love is the answer,
especially at this time. We are in the middle of a great change and I
feel this change can bring us back to our Indigenous state of being.
what if we took the word Indigenous and created our own culture, our
own tribe, our own world? What if the word Indigenous described us
as, the people of the new world, the world we have all been talking
about, one filled with peace, love and light, compassion and
solidarity. How would that make you feel? Imagine it now. Let that
image spread all over your being.
all feeler healers and once we clear our minds, learn how to tell the
truth and trust ourselves, we will be ready for the next step,
using our connection to the Mother and inner guidance to assist us on
our path. The inner guidance system, what I refer to as “my own
tracking device,” is that intuition we all possess. When you
are open and dialed into your heart and the planet, magical things
can, and do happen.
are tuned into the Mother. They can feel her heart beat as if it were
their own. Very simply put, Shamans are conduits between the physical
and spiritual world. They commune with nature and speak with spirits
to assist individuals, communities, and the planet. They are grounded
in earth medicine and live between the worlds. Shamanism is not a
religion, it is a spiritual practice, and can be for just about
anyone, no matter your religion. People come to me from all walks of
life to deepen their understanding of themselves, and to grow.
2010 I was asked to speak at the 6th Annual Shamanic Conference in
Iquitos, Peru. Each July Alan Shoemaker brings people together in
love to meet Ayachusca Shamans. Here they learn about plant medicine
and herbs so they can explore their subconscious minds and get in
touch with their souls.
at the conference was very enlightening. Here I was this white Shaman
with blonde hair from Orange County, and they accepted me. After I
finished giving the Shamanic healing on stage I could feel they
appreciated my work. It was during this time that they named me the
Golden Condor Healer. It was an affirmation from the universe that I
was on the right track.
plant medicine is not for everyone, when it is used correctly with a
trained Ayachusa Shaman it is an experience like no other. Talk about
expanding your consciousness, and healing your soul! These Indigenous
Shamans made me feel like I was one of them, there was no difference
there, I discovered a sacred piece of land where I now lead groups on
spiritual journeys. A connection to the land is vital if we are ever
to get past the trauma of our lives.
spoken of worry and fear long enough. The time is now to fully shift
into this new light, this new consciousness, and we need to do it
with such confidence and determination that we never look back again.
It is time for us to step forward and become the new Indigenous
peoples in our communities, shining our light for the world to
Stoloff is the Golden Condor Healer and Shaman of the light. She
founded the Orange County Healing Center in 2009, and speaks all over
the world. She is a visionary and her sessions leave you feeling
clear and focused. Isabella teaches a year-long certification course
on Ancient Healing Techniques, guides people on spiritual journeys to
the Amazon and Peru, and assists her clients in healing at the
deepest level. Book your session today! (714) 603-8624, visit: