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Meet Manuel Camarena of Shamanic Journeys

Today we’d like to introduce you to Manuel Camarena.

Manuel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I always remember as a young child, my mother would buy books on metaphysics, and we would both bond on such topics. It was these special moments that would carry me forward within my adulthood, and something I would constantly reminisce on.

Additionally, when I enlisted within the United States military I was opened to a vast array of cultural backgrounds, and I began searching for who I was as a person and who I wanted to be. I studied different forms of religions, took college courses while deployed, and I dedicated my life to serving within the military.

When I completed my 5 year enlistment, I enrolled in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and I studied Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. While visiting my mother in Oklahoma I had a vision, and shortly afterwards a couple more proceeded.

I sought after a Shaman to find answers to my questions and was highly interested in studying the holistic field. That same year I attended a course in Shamanism through Michael Harner: The Basic workshop in Core Shamanism (The Foundation For Shamanic Studies), and I became Usui Reiki 1 and 2 certified.

Upon graduating with my Bachelors degree, my wife and I moved to California and I enrolled in Alliant International University to complete my Masters degree in School Psychology with a School Based Mental Health Counseling certificate. While I was pursuing this further education, I still had an eagerness to grow and to hone in on my holistic skills, I eventually became a Reiki Master within Usui Reiki, Kundalini Reiki, and Holy Fire II Reiki. Additionally, I created a Shamanic Journeys website and I worked with friends and family members. Once gaining confidence in my services, I began looking for room rentals, so that I could give back to the community at large.

Currently, I am an independent contractor through The Hidden Gem in Tustin CA and we have a great group and variety of healing practitioners.

In addition to studying other forms of Reiki, I was introduced to The Modern Mystery School by a wonderful guide, and I became initiated and healer certified within the Lineage of King Solomon. I believe CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) treatments are the extra boost that we as humans can benefit from. It is safe and it can be effective, especially when looking at progressing a person on their life path.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Working within the holistic field has not always been easy. I believe that there are skeptics, fears, and misinformation surrounding the field, which is understandable.

This is especially so when speaking about the Mystery School. The majority of the people I speak to have not heard of a Mystery School, and they want to know how the modalities within the school differ from other modalities, such as Reiki.

Other areas of difficulties are finding ways to either market or communicating with others about the services I provide.

Please tell us about Shamanic Journeys.
Shamanic Journeys is a holistic practice that specializes in energy modalities. I initially created it because I wanted to give back to others. Currently, I am in affiliation with The Modern Mystery School, and what Shamanic Journeys has grown to is a place that facilitates space for people to find serenity and tools of empowerment

When speaking of empowerment, I mean in the sense of doing what one was not able to do prior, through progression. This can be small steps or it can be huge gains, such as moving to another state for a better job or deciding to live a more positive and healthy lifestyle.

One such tool that is highly recommended and that is not offered by every holistic practice is the Life Activation and/or the Full Spirit Activation. Both individual sessions last around an hour to an hour and a half, and they realign the person energetically, while anchoring energy to specific regions. They also are useful in assisting a person to expand their way of thought. Individuals are given the opportunity to see life differently, thus allowing doors to open for them.

If clients are looking to simply get started, I offer sound bowl meditations (The Max Meditation System TM) which allow one to peacefully work through their daily stresses without an enormous amount of commitment.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I believe I am still within my growing stage, but upon looking back. I would connect more with other vendors and professionals. I would also attend more venues and give talks on Mystery School modalities. Additionally, I would create a goal sheet, and I would track my progress to make sure I am reaching my intended goals. Overall, I believe the entire experience of growing an organically developed business has expanded me in all aspects of my life, and for that I am very grateful.


  • Life Activation- $250
  • Full Spirt Activation- $250
  • Essential Oils Healing- $150
  • Shamanic Aura Healing/Aura Healing- $100
  • 7 Layer Egyptian Aura Healing Ceremony- $150 Crystal Healing
  • Crystal Healing- $100
  • Sound Bowl/Meditation Class- $25

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