'I Quit My Day Job To Become A Shaman'

Growing up I always felt different. I have what I believe are spiritual and psychic gifts and so I was considered the "weird" child at school and I felt like an outsider in groups.

From an early age I could feel others' emotions and had an understanding of other people's experience, but I suppressed this because I wanted to try and fit in.

At 18 I got a job in London. It was incredibly stressful and I soon burnt out. At 21 I developed quinsy—an abscess in my throat. I left my job at an investment bank, got married and had a son. I started working in property development. But I never truly felt fulfilled.

What followed was a series of events that changed the trajectory of my life. I experienced multiple, non-serious car crashes, and began experiencing daily migraines, depression, chronic fatigue, then developed ulcerative colitis.

At the age of 30, I found myself questioning my life. And it was at the time that I had a serendipitous meeting with a shaman, a woman who would go on to become my own spiritual teacher.

Meeting her changed my life. Within 30 minutes she told me truths I'd been too afraid to tell myself. I cried for two days then went back to her and asked her to help me. She helped open my eyes to my own abilities. She taught me not to be scared of the insight into other people's emotional and energetic histories that I had, but to use it productively to help others.

I became her apprentice, sitting in with her during shamanic journey meditations. I even travelled to Peru with her, and took part in an ayahuasca ceremony in the Amazon rainforest, where I drank hallucinogenic tea with natives, as a way to open my awareness and bring forth my true purpose. It was a mind-blowing experience.

I left knowing that I ultimately had responsibility over my own life, and I felt I had a deep personal power within me that was more important than my outer world.

Back home I took up pilates to help with the injuries caused by the car crashes, and decided to train to become a pilates teacher myself. At the same time I started studying psychology.

I set up a pilates studio, alongside the property development business, to help other people with injuries and began to incorporate healing techniques into my pilates practice. As I developed my shamanic energy with my mentor, I started using that with my clients too. I was able to take people out of their everyday life, and help show them something else about themselves.

I believe the reason I'd had those car crashes and become ill was because I was holding this shamanic energy inside me, and it had got stuck and become distorted.

Although it's important to get professional medical help and advice, a combination of shamanic journeying and self-introspection, combined with homeopathy, gentle exercise, walking and rest, helped me return to full health again.

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Sarah Negus gave up her job as a property developer to become a full-time shaman in 2015. Courtesy Sarah Negus

By 2005, my marriage ended and I had to reinvent myself to make ends meet. I tried lots of things, from becoming an "older" photographic model to offering interior design consultancy, as well as continuing with my pilates and hands-on healing sessions.

Then in 2008, I discovered the online world, and started offering spiritual coaching sessions via Skype. At first I coached people for free. Then I started charging $65 per hour. I received glowing testimonials. Things started to really take off and I was able to increase my rates.

Unfortunately, in 2015 I broke my elbow, forcing the closure of my pilates studio. But it was the best thing that could have happened. I quit my day job and went all in on being a shaman. Today I run a multiple six-figure business as a modern day shaman, helping people all over the world.

I work on a one-to-one basis with clients, and also have online programmes that blend psychology, meditation and trance with therapeutic dialogue, shamanic journeying and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). I predominantly work with entrepreneurs and CEOs; using shamanic techniques to help them find deeper meaning and purpose to their lives.

Shamanic journeying is a 30,000 year old practice. It involves guiding a client into a trance, a deep meditative state. It's a joint experience, a partnership. As the shaman I guide the client in the process and hold their energy in a vibration that allows this journey.

It enables them to go into an altered state of consciousness (ASC). It's incredibly powerful—one recent research paper observed that during shamanic trance generalized right hemispheric dominance occurs. The right hemisphere of the brain is associated with creativity and emotion, while the left hemisphere is associated with logic and decision making. As such, shamans believe helping people into ASC can allow people to bypass what they know and release unhelpful beliefs.

A traditional shaman will use a drum or rattle to take someone into a deep theta state, this process is designed to help them access their higher potential. I prefer to use dialogue, intention and an energetic process to take clients into an altered state of consciousness.

Some people are initially sceptical when they learn what I do, but more and more people are opening their minds to the importance of knowing ourselves deeply, and having inner strength and purpose.

My passion is helping people connect with their intuition and push past self-doubt, anxiety and procrastination. I want to show people how to look within themselves, unravel all the stories keeping them stuck and fearful and enable them to step up and become happy, content and healthy.

Sarah Negus is the Modern Day Shaman®. She lives in the U.K. and specialises in helping people in the corporate world operate more effectively, by using shamanic techniques combined with modern psychology. Download her free 7-Day Energy Reset Meditations here.

All views expressed in this piece are the writer's own.