Curanderismo: A Mexican Healing Art
Traditional Medicine Without Borders
Many who have heard of Curanderismo have a narrow view of what it really is and what it involves. The Spanish word itself, "curar", meaning "to heal", is used to describe a person who helps your body, mind, and spirit heal naturally. The notion that the practices of curanderos and curanderas might be based primarily in the practices of Native Americans is actually a myth. Although Native American cultures have made important contributions to these arts, the fact remains that the bulk of these traditions come from Mexico, where these practices survive even up to today, and that which is practiced there, and throughout the Spanish speaking world.
My mother and I have been practicing Curanderismo for many years, as this has been a family tradition. My mother was her grandmothers "helper" and has been doing limpias for over 40 years! I myself grew up with the same traditions, and learned a couple other healing modalities along the way, but my roots are still those of Curanderismo. I have been doing this for about 17 years, herbal remedies and natural " cures" are still primarily what is done at my house. We are highly intuitive and are connected to our guides, we are understanding, compassionate, honest, and caring.
Curanderismo is not only a form of folk healing, it also includes the practice of white magic, ritual, cleansings, energy work, spirit contact, divination, herbal medicine, healing rituals, spiritualism, massage, psychic healing and a vast amount of prayer just to name a few. While some practitioners prefer to engage only in one area, others work in all areas. It is a system of traditional beliefs that are common in Hispanic-American communities, particularly in the southwestern United States.
Curanderismo is a very spiritual practice with strong faith. Practitioners use a variety of objects including herbs, spices, eggs, lemons, limes, Holy Water, Saints, Crucifixes, prayer, candles, incense, oils and divination tools. Most include spirit assistance. Not all practitioners work in the same way. For example, one person may perform a spiritual cleansing with a raw unbroken egg while another may employ a bundle of herbs for the cleansing tool.
On a healing level, the Curandera views life as a whole (mind-body-spirit). The three connected is what creates life. If one of these parts is missing life does not exist. You simply cannot heal one area without concern for the other. All physical, mental, and spiritual illnesses are an imbalance of the mind-body-spirit. For example, a person becomes physically ill with high fever...once the fever is gone the harmful energy of the fever remains. The lingering energy can create mental fatigue, emotional disturbances, or bad luck. On the other hand when one is suffering from a spiritual illness, once removed the energy can continue affecting the physical....actually creating more illness. To remedy this, the entire connection (the mind, the body, and the spirit) must be approached. The practitioner may approach healing by means of rituals, herbs, massage, aromas, channeled healing, candles, Saints, incense, and prayer. Sometimes healing can include all of the above. This depends on the practitioner and on the individual's personal situation.
The Curandera or Curandero who include magical workings in their practice usually only perform "good magic", as the purpose is always to help and never harm. The rituals often invoke the help of Saints, Folk Saints, Angels, Archangels, family members who have passed on, Spirit Guides, or other light beings. Sometimes the practitioner will include the presence of the individual in part of the ritual but most often will work alone. The individual may be asked to recite certain prayers over a period of time, do some cleansing baths, or given something to carry in their pocket. And again prayer is always involved.
A common practice used is a "Barrida" is a type of purification ritual practiced by Mexican or Hispanic healers trained in the tradition healing system of Curanderismo. An object (egg, rosemary, crystals, lemon, crucifix, etc.) is used as an energetic sweeping tool to cleanse and also sweep away any negative energies. When an egg is used, rather than sweeping negative energies away, the egg is intended to absorb the bad energies, the Cuandera(o) then "reads" the egg. Afterwards the energies are disposed of by breaking the egg and washing it down the drain or the egg is buried into sacred ground.
Limpias or Barridas are commonly requested for removal of "Sustos", Males, or Mal de Ojo.
- "Sustos": are basically shocks/traumas or a frightful experience, children and adults often get this and as a result become easily scared, whiny, and have difficulty sleeping. It can also be useful in cases of PTSD.
- Males:Are curses that are brought upon by different reasons, i.e. someone wished evil upon you, or placed a curse "spell" on you.
- Mal de Ojo: Evil Eye is a curse of envy, hatred, or when someone dislikes you. This can also affect children and have the same effects as a susto.
Just to be clear we do not place hexes, "spells" or curses on anyone. We do not claim to heal a person, We are but mere channels....God, the divine creator is the healer. The gift of healing rests within each one of us, and we only enhance your energy to boost the ability to heal.
The work of a Curandera can be very complex and every case is unique in its own way. We are guided as to what type of work should be done to provide the best balance, by guides, intuition, divine assistance, and what the client is experiencing. According to our belief, you are able to perform magical practices and/or be a healing channel as these are truly gifts from God....without God nothing is possible. Because We are Spiritual Curanderas ... the teachings of my courses reflect our spirituality. The beauty of Curanderismo is that it is not prejudice. The material can be applied to ANY path or belief system.
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