60’s and the 70’s have seen a kind of (re)birth
of the East in the occidental world. The beat generation and the
hippie movement started importing from India and China a whole
universe that would come to “contaminate”, deeply
and positively, our whole Christian and capitalist world.
It seems that Gaya, the Planetary Conscience, feeling the huge
unbalanced situation – both environmental and human –
through which Earth is living, thought it would be interesting
that millenary knowledge could be found again, and, who knows,
maybe that ancient knowledge could contribute to reverting the
troublesome scenery in the world.
And the insertion of oriental cultures in our own culture conclusively
influenced towards a deep reflection and a wide change in points
of view –new paradigms – about Life, us and our relations
with ourselves, the other(s) and the Universe.
Nowadays, everyone has somehow heard of or experienced Yoga, Shiatsu,
Meditation, Acupuncture, Tai Chi Chuan, Feng-Shui, or has heard
of Chakras, Macrobiotics, Buddhism. In short, after 40 years,
the oriental universe is perfectly integrated – and it’s
still growing – with the occidental universe.
The great message and main contribution – among many others
– that the East brought to us was the idea of Oneness. The
perspective that the Universe, the Creation is but one Organism,
just one Being, totally inter-related, interconnected, integrated,
interacting, interdependent, and totally conscious, infinite and
A huge web, where every atom and every galaxy is conscious and
intelligent. Where each element of this huge web, besides being
interconnected with the whole web, also works as a magnet, constantly
attracting and repelling things and situations, in a synchronic
and intelligent movement of permanent evolution, of permanent
(re)creation of Reality.
And this shift in perspective came to soothe the low self-esteem
to which the current religion has conditioned us: now we know
that we aren’t filthy sinners, depending on the mercy from
a God in a distant paradise, to become something we are not.
And also that we aren’t guilty of anything (nor victims
of anything), and we aren’t the final product of the Creation,
nor was Earth created primarily for our own exclusive use.
The new paradigm (re)informs us that, actually, we are already
the Perfection, Plenitude and Happiness we look for. Our primordial
essence is One, pure Light and pure Love.
We are just narrow-sighted, ignorant of this reality. We have
to recover the conscience that we are all co-creators and co-responsible
for the Universe, for Life, we are part of this conscious and
living One that is the Creation. Isn’t it much better being
ignorant than being guilty and a sinner?
Another great contribution brought by the East was the recovery
of the Energy. Of Vital Energy – in its different manifestations
– that is out there, sustaining the Universe and that, in
many ways and styles, we can instrumentalize and use to our own
benefit, for our growth and to help other people.
From the universe disclosed by the East, many other paths have
been unfolded, grown and multiplied – at first through the
hippies – such as environmental conscience and the ecologic
movement, alternative therapies, organic agriculture, natural
food and spiritualism and esoterism in general. All of those are
now totally inserted in our urban and globalized universe, bringing
in its core a new world vision, holistic and integrative.
At the same time, Science also changed its paradigms, with the
expansion of Quantum Physics, confirming and supporting what the
Orient and Shamans have been saying for thousands of years.
When the German Physicist W. Heissenberg, one of the fathers of
Quantum Physics, realized that the smallest portion of matter
could behave whether as wave or particle, depending on the observer’s
point of view, this fact created a super link with the oriental
concept that says that being in the absolute or relative level,
being in the shadow or in the Light, being in ignorance or Knowledge,
it’s just a matter of point of view, of perspective.
And Psychology, mainly through Transpersonal Psychology, also
largely expanded the possibilities of understanding the mind and
life, and expanded the use of countless old cure tools, too.
Nonetheless, there were some other ancient cultures that should
also be surfaced again, in Gaya’s perspective, bringing
their ancestral Knowledge and Wisdom.
So, the 70’s and 80’s saw the beginning of a movement
of redemption of several distinct cultures, such as the American
peoples (Brazilian and North American Indians, Incas, Aztecs,
Mayas and Eskimos), the Africans, the Siberians, the Australian
and Hawaiian Aborigines. And all of that has been called Shamanism.
There are two very significant prophecies in the shamanic universe:
one is the Incan prophecy that said that 500 years after the invasion,
the eagle would fly with the condor again, in an allusion to the
recovering and (re)integration of the native peoples of America.
The other prophecy, from north-american indians, said that also
500 years after the affliction that would stab that land, the
red skinned people would be born once more as whites, and those
whites – called Rainbow Warriors – would help remembering
the Red Way.
And these two prophecies are really being fulfilled nowadays (as
well as many oriental prophecies that said that, in these times,
spiritualistic Orientals, monks and Masters, would be reborn in
But what will the contribution those apparently primitive cultures
– from a Western point of view – have to give to the
modern world be, since most of them, for example, didn’t
even develop literacy?
First of all, endorse everything the East had already said. In
Shamanism, the idea of One is also the spine, the central core
of the Knowledge and the Way. And the recognition, perception
and utilization of energy are also widely known and practiced.
Perhaps the main contribution the so-called Shamanism brings to
us – and which is also one of the reasons why cultures so
apart and so different such as the Siberians and the Australians,
for instance, are all labeled Shamanism – is what we could
call the “recovery of the sixth sense”. This slumbering
sense is also called sensitivity, paranormality, mediunity, extra-sensorial
One of the main assumptions of Shamanism is the multidimensional
reality of the Universe. But, as our culture (and its predominant
religion) denied sixth sense and energy, man was left with only
five senses and a rational mind to live and research his inner-self
and to deal with his psycho-emotional and emotional issues.
The five senses and the rational mind are excellent instruments
to live and deal with material life, objective and concrete. But
in the multidimensional life, in the world of intuition, in the
world of feelings, of contact with other subtle levels of existence,
those five senses aren’t the most adequate tool. It’s
the sixth sense that opens the doors for a conscious multidimensional
We were educated in the idea that Conscience is a prerogative
of the human brain, full of neurons. But the Indians know, for
example, that Conscience exists and expresses itself in each stone,
each animal, each plant, each living being and in each dimension
of Existence. But, to communicate with these other kingdoms and
other levels, the five senses and the rational mind aren’t
enough. It’s with the sixth sense. And that’s why
– and that’s how – an Indian communicates with
stones, trees, animals and beings from other dimensions.
Another interesting thing, worth observing, is that, in the History
of humankind, every time the natural reason for something, some
unexplainable phenomenon, was unknown, usually a supernatural,
mystic, superpowerful or hidden reason was considered. And that’s
when religions, mysticism, esoterism and mythologies were created.
And later, so many things were not considered mystic or esoteric
anymore, when occidental Science (mainly Quantum Physics) started
reading them differently.
Let’s imagine someone trying to describe a cell phone or
the Internet to a person from the Middle Ages. They would probably
be cast into a fire for witchery!
So, what we are talking about here are universal laws, discovered
a long time ago, and old technologies, developed from that knowledge.
For example, when Dr. S. Freud “announced” the unconscious
to the occidental world and when he talked about libido; when
Dr. C. G. Jung brought his theories of archetypes, the collective
unconscious, the Self and the sincronicity; and when Dr. W. Reich
found out the correlation between emotions, energy and the physical
body, and found out about orgonic energy, all of them, aware of
it or not, were re-reading in a scientific manner – and
that’s wonderful – the knowledge that ancient peoples
had already “discovered”, explaining it and instrumentalizing
it within other parameters and their own perspectives.
And the largest part of humanity always used the sixth sense.
More modernly, for instance, Allan Kardec had the insight of developing
and specializing the sixth sense, to open a channel for interaction
with the world of the incorporeal spirits. And actually he developed
a very serious and competent methodology, which he called Spiritism.
Umbanda, the Brazilian religion that integrates African, Indian,
Kardecist, Catholic and Oriental cultures, also works with the
sixth sense within the same perspective – mediunity.
In the African cults (Candomblé), seldom one works with
mediunity regarding incorporeal spirits. The medium incorporates
the archetypical forces – gods – of Nature (the Orixás)
and enjoys their Axé (energy and qualities). It’s
another use of the same sixth sense.
In the Shamanic world, where both the above mentioned uses of
the sixth sense can happen, the keynote, the most important form
of using sensitivity is to access the contents of the unconscious,
the negative psycho-emotional beliefs and patterns (self-boycotters
and self-saboteurs), the knots that come from previous lives or
from ancestrality, the pains and psycho-emotional blockages that
start with a traumatic event in some point of our history and
are yet vibrating inside us, and end up being somatized in physical
diseases, difficulties in the emotional, professional or financial
aspects of life, as well as in repeated cases of energetic interference
The sixth sense is a tool, qualified to access those unbalanced
psycho-emotional contents directly, the ones that hinder the path
of every human being towards one’s main realization: the
(re) experience of one’s real nature – the One.
As our culture hasn’t accepted the concept of sixth sense
and energy (nor the whole holistic and animistic perspective of
life), it has built its Science (the Cartesian, mechanistic and
reductionist paradigm), its Philosophy, its Medicine (the allopathic
and symptomatic view of health) and its Psychology (mainly the
Psychoanalysis) based on the universe of the five senses, the
ego and the rational mind.
Being so, for example, in Psychotherapy (mainly Psychoanalysis),
the therapeutical processes are usually very long – and
that’s not criticism! Most of the times, it’s really
necessary that it takes long, because through verbal and rational
mechanisms, the therapist facilitates the gradual deconstruction
by the client of the complex web of control and defense that we
build throughout our life (lives) so we can avoid our pains, until
we can contact the contents of the core, and proceed through catharsis
and re-signification. And all of that has to be slow, normally,
because one can’t simply implode people’s defenses,
which are, in many cases, what keeps them alive.
But if we have a tool, able to access the cores that produce patterns
(that Hindus calls Samskaras and Vasanas) directly and transmute
them – and that’s the aim of “channeling”,
another use of the sixth sense –, the web of defenses and
control dissolves by itself, because there’s no need of
defending and controlling anything anymore, and the process of
healing can happen much faster and widely.
The most important, however, is never losing the perspective that
none of this is supernatural, esoteric, mystical or magical. All
of it is absolutely and simply natural in the Universe, even if
we don’t know how and why it works.
And where is Fogo Sagrado in all this?
Initially, it was first developed based on the life experiences
of a white Shaman among the Indians – Aloyzio Delgado Nascimento
–, who named his work “Energetic Alignment”,
which has, as Shamanism in general, its philosophical and theoretical
axis on the idea of Oneness, and the basis of its methodology
on the wide therapeutical use of sixth sense and Energy.
Four aspects characterize Fogo Sagrado: observance of the laws
of Karma, Synchronicity and Resonance; neutrality and absence
of judgment; no-invasion of fields and no manipulation of energy
(the goal is not to interfere with karma to make wishes come true,
but to unblock areas in which the person limits him or herself);
and detachment from results (belief that the Universe is intelligent,
is always right, is a partner, but we can’t and shouldn’t
even try to control Him).
On the other hand, three aspects characterize the way Fogo Sagrado
is inserted in the context of the Shamanic universe in general,
that is, what is more representative as a contribution from this
work to the insertion and expansion of Shamanism in general within
The first is the development of the capacity of transmuting energy
and healing, without any kind of ritual.
The second is the ability to access other dimensions (external
and internal ones) without use or ingestion of any kind of substance.
We aren’t against rituals or sacred plants. We have already
interacted with both, and respect them. However, that’s
how this work was intuited and developed by Aloyzio, and later
restructured by Mônica Oliveira (being thus called Fogo
Sagrado): to do what Pajés and Shamans do with ceremonies
and rituals in the environment of a therapeutical office, in the
middle of the concrete jungle, with the ability to shelter from
agnostics and atheists to people belonging to all religions and
areas of activity.
Finally, the third aspect of Fogo Sagrado is the proposal of being,
far from a dogmatic, rigid or sectary path, mainly a quantum healing
technique and an ecumenical, eclectic and universal bridge between
the Sacred Knowledge, specially between the Oriental and the Shamanic
knowledges, and the Quantum Physics and the Psychology, integrating
all kinds of knowledge, trying to put the parts of the great Universal
puzzle together, inspiring and expanding the conscience of Oneness
in all of us.