Mama Medicine - Deborah walks us through her Medicine Readings
Tell us about your journey to becoming a holistic practitioner?
From a very early age I've been able to see aura's around people, animals, plants, stones and places, that combined with a very strong seeking of god in all forms and the mysticism that surrounded this exploration. After a very tumultuous, childhood at the age of seventeen, after 3 strong tragedies, I experienced an awakening that made me commit myself to my spiritual path.
How and why did you start developing your practices?
I started with very traditional hatha yoga, zen meditations and studying vedic texts, that lead me to becoming a Reiki Master over the course of three years traveling back and forth from NYC to Thailand. Then I went onto studying herbalism, and in 2007 I began an 8yr apprenticeship in peruvian amazonian shamanism, traveling back and forth to Peru to learn from the amazon's plants and natural rhythms.
Who was your great mentor/teacher?
Definitely my teacher of Amazonian Shamanism, Mother Earth and the present moment.
Tell us about your practice style?
I offer something called Medicine Readings™ A Medicine Reading is a personal or group ceremony, developed by Deborah Hanekamp (Mama Medicine™) in 2007, designed to balance the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual bodies. The formula for Medicine Readings was channeled to Deborah Hanekamp (Mama Medicine™) in 2007 as a way to integrate a range of ancient healing traditions, creating a palatable and approachable healing experience that is uniquely crafted for modern existence. Each Medicine Reading draws from healing traditions from around the world, blended seamlessly together, and tailored to the individual or group’s unique needs and experience at the time of the Reading. A Medicine Reading is a full-sensory experience that engages the faculties of scent, sound, and feeling and lasts no more than 2 hours, inducing a trance state in the recipient. A recipient does not need to believe in anything in order to benefit from the experience (skeptics welcome). After effects may include: euphoria, bliss, stability, feeling grounded in the present moment, and profound sense of wellbeing. Long term benefits can include anti-aging, weight loss, physical radiance, anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, ability to be open to love and connected to your purpose, the acceptance of and gratitude for the life you live.
What obstacles has developing your practice helped you overcome in your own life?
My work has taught me that pure consciousness exists outside of duality and our ideas of right/wrong good/bad. From this I have found a state of self acceptance and understanding that the true master, healer and guru is love and that love is within me and around me always, should I choose to accept it.
Who do you admire in the holistic world?
I admire companies that are focused on ahimsa (non harming) and putting love and care into there products. For example La Tierra Sagrada Hair.
What practice or treatment can’t you live without?
I really cherish dream journaling it's one of the strongest tools of spiritual development I've found. I began dream journaling at the age of 12 and after learning to speak their language, when I peak back at some of the dreams, I'm amazed by the foresight they hold.
Which ancient modality systems attract you most?
Peruvian Amazonian Shamanism, Native American Shamanism, Sufi Mysticism, Ayurveda, Yoga, Reiki, Zen and North American Herbalism.
How do you remain authentic within a commercial world?
I try my best to be aware of the origin of everything that I consume, be it clothing, food, cosmetics and the consciousness behind it. I also try to use my voice in a way that cultivates consciousness within me and therefore around me as well.
Tell us about your company and where we can find you?
What is your favourite treatment that you like to spoil yourself with?
A facial from Britta Plug
What do you do on a daily basis that you find keeps your life on track in a holistic way?
A morning sadhana (spiritual practice) consisting of meditation, chanting and prayer. Some form of physical activity also helps keep me balanced.
Where is your favourite place to nourish yourself?
Getting out into any kind of really wild wilderness is extremely fortifying to me as living in NYC can be energetically taxing.
What do you find is the easiest way for you to connect to your holistically minded community?
I find instagram amazing for meeting likeminded people in my field.
How do you morally react to practicing new age spirituality and using western medicine?
I see more and more nurses practicing Reiki in hospitals and hope one day western medicine and alternative medicine can collaborate.
What led you to seek healthcare opportunities outside of traditional western medicine?
I always wanted to know "why" something was happening, western medicine generally doesn't provide the why so being naturally curious I started looking outside the box.
What unique challenges and rewards come from working with your clients?
I feel like I'm being balanced and harmonized when I'm with my clients, no matter how challenging their circumstance at that time may be. To me there are no coincidences and whatever they bring is what I'm meant to learn from that day.
What are some of your personal and/or professional goals for the future?
I wish to spread Medicine Readings across our beautiful planet and collaborate with conscious brands.