BELIEVE TO SEEBTS

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SPIRITUAL LEADERS
  • Abuela Margarita
  • Ayakcihuatl
  • Nicolay Oorzhak
  • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
  • Hiah Park
  • Admor Hassaraf
  • Angaangaq
  • Jean Shinoda Bolen
  • Brother David
  • Abuelo Héctor Falcón

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I chose photography 25 years ago. Along the way, I came to realize what images generate. I understood that they can transmit a subtle vibration, a frequency that tunes in to the forces of creation and connects us with our Soul.
My work gained a deeper meaning, it gave me the opportunity to sow seeds of consciousness through what I show to the world.
I took that responsibility and I used my inspiration to give life to this project.
Believe to See is the expression of the invisible, the network that holds us together as one, what many call Faith.
To portray the leaders is to seek their essence. Each master, each message, each experience is a new point of view and contributes to create a space of spirituality and diversity of creeds.
There is still a long way to go and I keep moving forward. I keep creating a space of encounter, unity and connection.

Gaby Herbstein

We belong to the same Source. Humans, animals, plants, earth, we all have a common origin. When we believe that we are better, when we use our power to cause chaos and destruction, we generate division. We get disconnected.
Today, we are awakening. Today we can change.

BUT HOW?

EXPANDING OUR CONSCIOUSNESS

When you are conscious, every one of your actions, every thought, every feeling, even the slightest, makes a difference and helps to raise awareness in others. Start with yourself and it will spread.

WHAT IS BELIEVE TO SEE?

Believe to See is a multidisciplinary artistic project led by the Argentinian Photographer Gaby Herbstein, that spreads the voice of 12 spiritual leaders of different beliefs, philosophies and cultures from around the world.

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BELIEVE TO SEE is on social networks and will also be on the streets. We are planning an art exhibition, a documentary film and a book. Different means to show the path to awakening the power of collective transformation and to contribute to improving the planet by honouring unity and diversity.

different points of view,
one message.

FUTURE EXPRESSIONS OF BTS

URBAN ART INTERVENTIONS AROUND THE WORLD

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AN ITINERANT MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION

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A BOOK

/ / DOCUMENTARY SERIES

Created by Gaby Herbstein.
Directed by Gaby Herbstein and Eric Dawidson.

AVAILABLE ON JUNE 2020

10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

Created by Gaby Herbstein.
Directed by Gaby Herbstein and Eric Dawidson.

AVAILABLE ON JUNE 2020

10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

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BELIEVE TO SEE

On a path of search for unity in diversity, photographer Gaby Herbstein invites us to travel around the world to meet spiritual leaders of different creeds and philosophies, to know their thoughts and teachings, to participate in their ceremonies and to share moments in their communities and sacred spaces.

Believe to See is the expression of the invisible, the network that keeps us together, what many know as Faith.

    Season 1

  • first episode
    EP1 - THE NATURE WITHIN US
    EP1
    THE NATURE WITHIN US

    Abuela Margarita, Ayackcihuatl and Hector Falcon in Mexico
    Gaby travels to Mexico where she meets 3 shamans or “abuelos” (grandparents) as they are called there. Héctor Falcón, who introduces us to the Mexican worldview, Ayakcihuatl, a 14-year-old Nahuatl girl, “Abuela Niña”, who lives in the mountains and works with children. And Abuela Margarita, who spreads ancestral teachings through songs as simple as they are profound.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    Abuela Margarita, Ayackcihuatl and Hector Falcon in Mexico

    Gaby travels to Mexico where she meets 3 shamans or “abuelos” (grandparents) as they are called there. Héctor Falcón, who introduces us to the Mexican worldview, Ayakcihuatl, a 14-year-old Nahuatl girl, “Abuela Niña”, who lives in the mountains and works with children. And Abuela Margarita, who spreads ancestral teachings through songs as simple as they are profound.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

  • first episode
    EP2 - SING TO HEAL
    EP2
    SING TO HEAL

    Nicolay Oorsak in Siberia
    Gaby arrives in Tuva, the region of Siberian Russia where shamanism has its roots. She travels to meet Nikolay Oorzhak, a shaman recognized worldwide as a master of "Khoomei" or throat singing, an ancient tool used for well-being and expansion of consciousness.
    There, she participates in "The Call of the 13 Shamans", a meeting organized by Nikolay in a sacred land where shamans from all over the world gather to share their knowledge.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    Nicolay Oorsak in Siberia

    Gaby arrives in Tuva, the region of Siberian Russia where shamanism has its roots. She travels to meet Nikolay Oorzhak, a shaman recognized worldwide as a master of "Khoomei" or throat singing, an ancient tool used for well-being and expansion of consciousness.
    There, she participates in "The Call of the 13 Shamans", a meeting organized by Nikolay in a sacred land where shamans from all over the world gather to share their knowledge.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

  • first episode
    EP3 - WE ALL HAVE A GIFT
    EP3
    WE ALL HAVE A GIFT

    Sri Ravi Shankar in India
    Gaby travels to India to meet Master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore during the most important celebration of the year: Navaratri. There she shares rituals of offerings, and learns about the importance of the sacred "Vedas" texts, meditations and ceremonies with more than one hundred thousand people guided by the guru.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    Sri Ravi Shankar in India

    Gaby travels to India to meet Master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bangalore during the most important celebration of the year: Navaratri. There she shares rituals of offerings, and learns about the importance of the sacred "Vedas" texts, meditations and ceremonies with more than one hundred thousand people guided by the guru.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

  • first episode
    EP4 - DANCE TO HEAL
    EP4
    DANCE TO HEAL

    Park in Vienna
    "People need to wake up," says Hi-Ah Park as she walks on the streets of Vienna. Here, people need more. People here are blind. Here "Seeing is believing".
    This trip also results in a journey into Hi-Ah's history, her struggle for female, spiritual liberation and finding the roots to become the most recognized Korean shaman in the world.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    Park in Vienna

    Gaby meets this “mudang”, and joins her on a journey to Prague where Park performs a healing ceremony.
    This trip also results in a journey into Hi-Ah's history, her struggle for female, spiritual liberation and finding the roots to become the most recognized Korean shaman in the world.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

  • first episode
    EP5 - THE ILLUSION OF TIME
    EP5
    THE ILLUSION OF TIME

    Admor of Malta
    Gaby travels to Malta, an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with a vast history of cultures and religions. In the city of Valleta, she visits the healing rabbi, Admor Hassaraf, a descendant of a great dynasty of rabbis. Admor is a recognized spiritual leader, consulted around the world for his great charisma and interest in helping to eliminate differences between religions and elevate spirituality towards the Divine. Admor opens Gaby the doors of his home. For Admor the power of simplicity, attraction and creation are a way to approach the spiritual world.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    Admor of Malta

    Gaby travels to Malta, an island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea with a vast history of cultures and religions. In the city of Valleta, she visits the healing rabbi, Admor Hassaraf, a descendant of a great dynasty of rabbis. Admor is a recognized spiritual leader, consulted around the world for his great charisma and interest in helping to eliminate differences between religions and elevate spirituality towards the Divine. Admor opens Gaby the doors of his home. For Admor the power of simplicity, attraction and creation are a way to approach the spiritual world.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

  • first episode
    EP6 - WELCOME HOME
    EP6
    WELCOME HOME

    Angaangaq in Greenland
    According to a belief of the ancient people of Greenland the world was once only water, until God sent a shower of stones forming the continents and upon them created life. Gaby travels to the North Pole to meet "the great shaman" Angaangaq, a descendant of shamans and healers from the Kalaallit tribe. From his ancestors Angaangaq received a mission: to be a link between them and the world in order to melt the ice in people's hearts. In this way Angaangaq, chosen by his tribe, conveys a message to raise awareness about climate change and the loss of the great ice of Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctica.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    Angaangaq in Greenland

    According to a belief of the ancient people of Greenland the world was once only water, until God sent a shower of stones forming the continents and upon them created life. Gaby travels to the North Pole to meet "the great shaman" Angaangaq, a descendant of shamans and healers from the Kalaallit tribe. From his ancestors Angaangaq received a mission: to be a link between them and the world in order to melt the ice in people's hearts. In this way Angaangaq, chosen by his tribe, conveys a message to raise awareness about climate change and the loss of the great ice of Greenland, the Arctic and Antarctica.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

  • first episode
    EP7 - THE PEOPLE OF THE TREES
    EP7
    THE PEOPLE OF THE TREES

    Shinoda Bolen in Mill Valley, USA
    On the peaceful and beautiful woods outside San Francisco, Gaby visits Jean Shinoda Bolen, a Jungian doctor, psychiatrist and analyst. For Jean, even coming from scientific disciplines, it is necessary to "believe" in order to "see", and she has found a gift in listening to people using abstraction and imagination as the predecessor Carl Jung did. In addition to her practice, Jean is a conference speaker and has written books analyzing the psyche of men and women in "archetypes" drawn from the Greek religion and culture. In her studies she has been able to shape a theory about how Greek deities are represented in people's ways of being. Jean lives surrounded by trees and close to natural parks with indigenous ancestors. She says nature and beliefs have been a big part of her career. Gaby photographs her in those places that are important to Jean: in his office, between books and surrounded by ancient trees.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    Jean Shinoda Bolen in Mill Valley, USA

    On the peaceful and beautiful woods outside San Francisco, Gaby visits Jean Shinoda Bolen, a Jungian doctor, psychiatrist and analyst. For Jean, even coming from scientific disciplines, it is necessary to "believe" in order to "see", and she has found a gift in listening to people using abstraction and imagination as the predecessor Carl Jung did. In addition to her practice, Jean is a conference speaker and has written books analyzing the psyche of men and women in "archetypes" drawn from the Greek religion and culture. In her studies she has been able to shape a theory about how Greek deities are represented in people's ways of being. Jean lives surrounded by trees and close to natural parks with indigenous ancestors. She says nature and beliefs have been a big part of her career. Gaby photographs her in those places that are important to Jean: in his office, between books and surrounded by ancient trees.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

  • first episode
    EP8 - LIVE GRATEFULLY
    EP8
    LIVE GRATEFULLY

    David in Argentina
    Gaby returns to Buenos Aires after her journey in search of deepening the ways of living spirituality. There, in the peace of the pampas, she finds herself working on new writings on education by the Benedictine monk and philosopher Brother David Steindl-Rast.
    On long walks in nature and in prayer, Brother David shares his broad vision.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

    David in Argentina

    Gaby returns to Buenos Aires after her journey in search of deepening the ways of living spirituality. There, in the peace of the pampas, she finds herself working on new writings on education by the Benedictine monk and philosopher Brother David Steindl-Rast.
    Gaby sets out to photograph the last thinker of her first journey, to finish understanding that religion is in everyone, as Brother David says: the heart of every religion is the religion of the heart.

    Monday June 8 / 10 PM ARG-MEX / 8 PM COL / 9 PM CHI

AN INSIGHT JOURNEY

encounters with the leaders

experiences that help us
REMEMBER

  • ADMOR HASSARAF

    // KABBALIST RABBI

    Israel

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  • SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

    // SPIRITUAL LEADER AND PEACE AMBASSADOR

    India

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  • ABUELA MARGARITA

    // MAYAN SHAMAN

    Mexico

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  • ABUELA MARGARITA

    // 13 YEAR’S OLD NAHUATL SHAMAN

    Mexico

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  • ABUELO HÉCTOR FALCÓN

    // NAHUATL SHAMAN

    Mexico

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  • ANGAANGAQ ANGAKKORSUAQ

    // KALAALLIT SHAMAN

    Greenland

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  • JEAN JINODA BOLEN

    // JUNGIAN ANALYST, AUTHOR, ACTIVIST

    United States

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  • NIKOLAY OORZHAK

    // SIBERIAN SHAMAN “KHOOMEI” MASTER

    Siberia

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  • HIAH PARK

    // COREAN SHAMAN

    Korea

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  • BROTHER DAVID

    // BENEDICTINE MONK

    Argentina

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the path

OCTOBER 2019

Brother David

San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

OCTOBER 2018

Ayakcihuatl (Abuela-niña)

Tepoztlan, Mexico

Jean Shinoda Bolen

San Francisco, USA

JUNE 2018

Nicolay Oorzhak

Tuva, Russia

MARCH 2018

grandmother margarita

Guadalajara, Mexico

NOVEMBER 2017

hiah park

Vienna, Austria -

Prague, Czechoslovakia

SEPTEMBER 2017

grandmother margarita

Santiago, Chile

JULY 2017

ANGAANGAQ Angakkorsuaq

Kangerlussuaq, Kalaallit

Nunaat, Greenland

MAY 2017

father THOMAS MATHEW

Buenos Aires, Argentina

admor hassaraf

Malt

FEBRUARY 2017

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

Miami, USA

NOVEMBER 2016

admor hassaraf

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pope FRANCISCO

Vatican City, Italy

OCTOBER 2016

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

Bangalore, India

JULY 2016

admor hassaraf

Santiago, Chile

JUNE 2016

father THOMAS MATHEW

Buenos Aires, Argentina

admor hassaraf

Miami, USA

Faith for Rights, an initiative by the United Nations Human Rights Office, supports Believe to See in spreading the messages of unity in diversity.
Upholding the dignity and equal rights of all human beings is our common goal.

Faith For Rights is an initiative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that promotes a space for a cross-disciplinary reflection on the connection between religions and human rights to foster the development of peaceful, tolerant and respectful societies.
Faith for Rights promoted the Beirut Declaration in March 2017, which lists 18 commitments that identify the common ground among all religions and beliefs to uphold the dignity and equal worth of all human beings.
Faith For Rights does not identify with any particular religion and seeks to benefit the respect for human rights and human dignity around the world.

See Beirut Declaration
See Faith4Rights toolkit

DIFFERENCE IS NOT AN OBSTACLE,
DIFFERENCE IS A BLESSING

(Beirut Declaration, March 2017)

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Gaby Herbstein

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Gaby Herbstein is a photographer and visual artist born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She uses photography as an awareness-raising tool, launching different projects that reflect her concern for the planet and mankind.
Throughout her long artistic career of twenty five years, she had participated in different solo and collective exhibitions in countries around the world, including Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, the US, Russia, China and Japan.

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about our team

  • Gaby Herbstein

    Creator and Director of Believe to See Project Documentary Codirector

  • ERIC DAWIDSON

    Documentary Codirector

  • DANIEL LOFFREDA

    Executive Production

  • MARIANO DAWIDSON

    Executive Production

  • FLORENCIA RICO

    General Coordination

  • ALEJANDRA PRESA

    Strategy and General Coordination

  • GUIDO GABELLA

    Camarógrafo

  • Mabel Aguirre

    Coordination

  • CIRILO FERNANDEZ

    Musical Direction of the Documentary

  • MARIANO RET

    Director de post producción de sonido

  • Rodrigo Álvarez

    Content Writing

  • GABRIEL ARREGUEZ

    Post-production

  • PAOLA BRAILE

    Design and Post-production

  • MATÍAS FERNANDEZ

    Coordinador de Postproducción

  • JUAN MANUEL BUGARIN

    Segunda cámara y Sonido directo

  • PABLO CAMACHO

    Camarógrafo

  • AUGUSTO SINAY

    Guionista

  • TEBAN KIM

    Digital Strategy

  • SEBASTIÁN MALUGANI

    Digital Development Director

  • Mariano Chernomoretz

    Legal Advisor

Believing is seeing.

Doing is achieving.

If we believe in the Light within us, we will see, we will do, and we will achieve!

“ ”

angaangaq
Angakkorsuaq

[greenland]

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Angaangaq was born in Kalaallit Nunaat (“Greenland” in kalaallisut, the Greenlandic language) on November 2, 1947. He is an Eskimo descendant of a family of traditional healers and shamans. He was elevated to the rank of "Angakkoq” (“Shaman" in Greenlandic) by his people, and is the spiritual chief of the Kalaallit tribes and representative of the Elders of the indigenous at the United Nations. When the ecological crisis and climatic changes took place in his homeland, he received a mission of the Elders: to be their runner, the link between them and the world – both ways. This duty was given to him June 1975. Since then, he has been traveling the world, spreading his message.

“Only by melting the ice in the heart of Man, Man will have a chance to change and begin using his knowledge wisely.“

LEARN + ABOUT
Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

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QUESTION 3:

What is illness, what is the origin?

THE ORIGIN OF ILLNESS IS OUR MIND.

My grandmother was a doctor, when I grew up I asked her "how do you know they have illness?” and she said,

“They probably have seen things, they shouldn't have seen.
They probably have heard things, they shouldn't have heard.
They probably have smell things, they shouldn't smell.
They probably have said thing, they shouldn't said.
They probably have felt thing, they shouldn't feel.
They probably have been thinking thoughts, they shouldn't have think.
... And they probably felt things in their heart, they shouldn't feel".

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GREENLAND

The biggest island of the world, Greenland is located at “the top of the world”, in the northeastern region of North America. 85% of its surface is covered by the Sermersuaqa, or Greenland Ice Sheet, a 3-km-thick layer of ice, that extends for 2,000 kilometers from north to south. Greenland has 56.000 inhabitants, 90% of them are Kalaallit, the native people of the island. They are generally known as Eskimos, a word that some consider a pejorative term, although Angaangaq uses the word Eskimo himself often and does not see it as a negative term. Eskimo means: "Raw meat eater".
The indigenous turn to the Shaman as a mediator and spiritual guide between the earthly and the supernatural world for matters such as illness, death and the ceremonies of reincarnation of the soul.

sri sri ravi
shankar

[india]

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was born in Thanjavur, India, on May 13, 1956. At the age of four, he was able recite some verses of the Bhagavad-gītā, the Hindu Holy Book. His first teacher was Sudhakar Chaturvedi, who also collaborated with Mahatma Gandhi. In 1981, after a period of ten days of silence on the banks of the Bhadra River, Ravi conceived the Sudarshan Kriya, a breathing technique that is the cornerstone of the Art of Living courses, the humanitarian organization he created later the same year. The Art of Living carries out activities related to health, education and disaster relief. Currently, the Foundation is located in 155 countries, is as a United Nations non-governmental organization and its volunteer work is one of the largest in the world. In 1997, he co-founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), implementing sustainable development projects for the promotion of human values and the coordination of initiatives to resolve military conflicts.

"My mission is to see the world as a united family, a happy family. I want to see waves of happiness generated in every village, in every city, in every home."

LEARN + ABOUT
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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QUESTION 2:

How would you define death?
Does it really exist?

Well if you really analyze, in your body every moment, every day, some cells are dying and new cells are being born. So life and death is a continuous process in your body that is happening. Every day new cells are being born, old cells are dying. In one year all the cells in our body have undergone changes. The cells you have in your body today, one year later, they're all dead and gone.

SO DEATH IS PART OF CREATION.

I would say transformation exists because there is death and we need to die in every moment from the past, it’s similar in the mind also. So many events are happening in life and we are dying for older past events and then born from new events for the future.

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INDIA

It is the second most populated country of the world, with 1,331,793,000 inhabitants, and it is characterized by a diversity of religions.

The main religions are: Hinduism 80%, Islam 14%, Christianity 2.4%, Sikhism 2%, Budism 0.7%, Jainism 0.5%, others 0.4%.
Hinduism conceives a three-form divinity (Trimurti): Brahma the creator, Shiva the destroyer and Vishnu the preserver.
The Ganges flows through a big part of India. In Hinduism, the river is considered sacred since it represents Ganga, the goddess of purification.
Every spring, over 100,000 Hindus celebrate the birth of Mother Ganges. Small leaf-trays filled with marigold petals soaked in ghee are lit and thrown into the river.

ADMOR
Hassaraf

[Malta]

/ / ADMOR Hassaraf

Admor is an important spiritual leader, recognized around the world for his great charisma and concern to help eliminate differences between religions and elevate spirituality towards the Divine.

Born in Israel and a descendant of a dynasty of rabbis, he was ordained a rabbi at an early age. Today, in addition to being an Admor of Malta, he is a Grand Rabbi Master of Kabbalah and is admired in every part of the world he visits for promoting a message of inter-religious unity, peace and harmony. Admor is the founder and Grand Master of the Order of United Light, an international organization composed of people of different religions who come from scientific, academic, economic and financial backgrounds from all over the world, with the mission of overcoming religious boundaries, as well as overcoming the restrictions of race and religion to help people come closer to the light of God.

Charismatic and warm at the same time, he is consulted by world leaders, rulers, personalities and people of different nationalities and creeds for his strong spirituality, healing powers, simplicity and clarity of concepts. LEARN + ABOUT
Admor Hassaraf

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QUESTION 6:

Where did you learn your gift?

Such things cannot be studied. There is no school for that. It comes from another dimension. People call me Admor the Miracle Worker, because I perform miracles with thousands upon thousands of people around the world. Things like that are not so easy to comment on because ... you have to understand pure simplicity. As long as your receptacle is simple, you can transform the energy. I am like a wave, a movement that comes from the divine. I do not have the power of myself, as a human being. The gift is something that cannot be learned, cannot be studied. It exists in your existence and it flows there and it moves like the wind in the winter, that goes through the leaves of the trees. Leaves cannot fly on their own, only the wind can make them fly.

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Malta

The Republic of Malta is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. Its islands are strategically located in the Mediterranean Sea, which is why it has suffered several invasions and dominations of powers throughout history, only to gain its independence in 1964.

With a great historical tradition, Malta has also managed to possess a very rich spiritual legacy thanks to the fact that in its territory many cultures have left their mark, not only religious but also architectural, such as Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Aragonese, French and British. This multiculturalism can be seen in its constructions, megalithic temples and archaeological sites declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

95% of the population in Malta is Catholic, the official religion of the Republic and the legacy of the Knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, who were based on the island, and different orders of the Church, such as Jesuits, Franciscans and Dominicans. In turn, Judaism had its peak in the Middle Ages until the domination of the Kingdom of Aragon on the island forced the Jewish population into exile or conversion. Today, religious and spiritual freedom prevails in the country.

Ayakcihuatl

abuela niña

[méxico]

/ / ABUELA NIÑA

Ayakcihuatl, which means "The woman who is no one", known as a Abuela niña, is a 14-year-old Nahuatl girl, considered the world's youngest shaman.
A charismatic speaker, avid reader and with a strong personality, the "abuela niña" has received her training from her parents, grandparents and elders in her community. Ayakcihuatl is a spiritual reference; she conducts rituals and gives lectures from an early age. In her talks she proposes the liberation of education, the freedom to learn and the importance of games in the educational process. Although her work is mainly with children, she is respected and admired in every place she visits by adults of all ages.
Ayakcihuatl has been to the United Nations and has traveled to various places raising her voice on behalf of the little ones, the defenseless, the humble and in defense of mother earth, ecology and indigenous peoples.

LEARN + ABOUT
Abuela Niña

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QUESTION 4:

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO HEAL?

Yes, of course we believe we are all medicine. We heal each other, each of us within, in our hearts we have a light, we have the energy to heal. We have the necessary strength to cure any disease just by putting our hearts, our love into it. But the problem is when someone discovers it, when someone discovers they have that power, they realize there is great magic. The point comes when they think they are the only person who has that magic or the only one who has been able to discover it. All of us can and if someone tells you that they come to teach you how to control this way of healing, you have to keep in mind that you also have it and you do not need teachers to discover it, you do not need anyone other than your own teacher, your own being who will teach you.

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Tepoztlán

Tepoztlán is a town of 14,000 inhabitants, located south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. Known for being the birthplace of the Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god represented with a feathered serpent, it is considered a mystical place because of its legends and its centennial traditions that are still respected by its inhabitants.

Named Magic Town (Pueblo Mágico), Tepoztlán, whose name comes from the Nahuatl language and means "place of the copper axe", is located at the foot of the Tepozteco hill, home of shamans and priestesses. Its particular energy, mysticism and good vibes are reflected in its nature, its streets and its people, who live, enjoy and share a purifying mysticism.

Tepoztlán is a living example of different cultural manifestations that result in a delicious syncretic mixture influenced by pre-Hispanic wisdom, colonial wealth and modern spirituality.

abuela
margarita

[mexico]

/ / ABUELA MARGARITA

Margarita Núñez Álvarez, known as Abuela Margarita, was born in 1935 in the countryside, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico and lived in the mountains of Guadalajara for more than 20 years. Margarita was brought up by her great grandmother and since a young age she practices the dance circles of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon, spiritual rituals linked to nature from the feminine.
Respected among indigenous circles around the world, Margarita is a member of the Council of Indigenous Elders and spokesperson for women. Her word is heard in conventions across the planet, where she not only transmits the tradition of her ancestors but also proclaims the values of women as transformers of society.
The mission of Abuela Margarita is to share a message of love for Mother Nature, where the fundamental thing is to return to the origins and to simplicity, in a compassionate and comprehensive manner. Her teachings serve as inspiration to people and help the recovery of memory through ancestral rites.
"Nothing is learned, all humanity has divine wisdom inside. No one learns, we all remember. We are here to remember who and what we are: essence and divine presence."

LEARN + ABOUT
Abuela Margarita

/ / 12 LEADERS, 12 QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1:

WHAT IS FAITH?

Well, for me, Faith is seeing God in everything. So I see him and tell all forms of life, all those I can see and those I cannot see. (Sings) “You are God's presence. You are in my heart, I am you, you are me, we are God's presence.” And especially when we see human beings. And we look into their eyes. And if I put my right hand on your heart, on the left side, very close to the center. And you put it in mine, your right hand, you put it in mine and we say (Sing) "You are the presence of God. You are in my heart. I am you, you are me, we are the presence of God."

That is faith, seeing God in everything.

/ / abuela margarita

Tapalpa

Tapalpa, "Place of Colored Land", is a town in Jalisco with only 20,000 inhabitants, located 140 kilometers from Guadalajara. It is considered one of the Magical Towns of Mexico for its beauty, warmth and natural landscapes.

Mystical and legendary, Tapalpa is a picturesque city in which the scent of pine, oak, and flower trees that surround it, as well as the smell of firewood burning to keep the homes warm, envelop its inhabitants and make it a unique place, where contact and synergy with mother earth is sacred and fundamental.

The colorful celebration of Nuestra Señora de la Defensa de Tapalpa, which has the love and devotion of its followers, has been held for 370 years without interruption and is a sign of the fervent spirituality of the city's inhabitants.

Nocolay
Oorzhak

[siberia]

/ / NICOLAY OORZHAK

Nikolay Oorzhak,a traditional Khoomei singing teacher and descendant of a Tuvan shaman of the Black Skies clan, was born in December 1949 in a small town called Khorum-Dag, in the west of the Republic of Tuva, in Siberia, Russia.
In his youth he began to produce sounds such as his father and grandfather used to sing. These sounds are known as Khoomei, or "throat singing". It was then that the elders and wise men told him that he was destined to be a shaman and that his talent should be shared and freely expressed.
Today, Nikolay teaches seminars in different cities of Russia, Ukraine and Europe, teaching shamanism, throat singing and the use of harmonics in the practice of healing and self-development.
"The Khoomei, in conjunction with the sound of the tambourine, creates a holistic approach, superior to the human being. There are no tricks or illusions but the power of a solid sound. Throat singing allows us to feel the vibration of life with our entire body, to feel the rhythms of the universe, the sound that when transformed into our consciousness expands energy and connects us with the spirits of the celestial energy ".

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Nicolay Oorzhak

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QUESTION 9:

Do you think what we perceive with our senses is everything that exists, or is there something else?

Yes, exactly. Our life depends on the invisible force that harmony with nature means. In simple words, we breathe so that the grass and the ground also breathe. We do it with our breathing. It is just an invisible state of mind. Everything is connected, like a chain. We swim in the water.Matter is connected to our body. We always want to swim. That is exactly the love of our nature. We climb mountains, we demand a lot from ourselves, we feel weak but as difficult as it is, we still try. This is exactly the longing to be on top of your land and breathe the air, to look at the world, in this way we, being in our nature, begin to love ourselves. And we don't love each other enough. We must love our land where we breathe together. We should not think that we are the only ones and that we exist separately. Such a thing is impossible.

/ / Nicolay Oorzhak

Tuva

The Republic of Tuva is a territory south of Siberia, on the border with Mongolia. The nation is part of the Russian Federation as an Autonomous Federal Subject and has a unique history, culture and nature. Its geographical diversity is such that there we can find all the landscapes of the Earth, from the desert to the tropical jungle.

Its population is characterized by having a great local ethnic heritage in which throat singing or Khoomei occupies a fundamental place in society. The practice of this ritual is the center of the shamanic ceremonies practiced by both men and women. For centuries, in Tuva there has been a tradition of spiritual practices and Shamanism is recognized officially.

Tuvan society is a great example of how ancestral shamanic traditions can exist in a contemporary context and helps to create awareness of national heritage and the preservation of nature. The landscape of the republic is full of sacred places that are crucial for shamanic practices and community worship. It is said that in Tuva every rock, every mountain, every river has its own history and purpose.

Hiah
Park

[South Korea]

/ / Hiah Park

Hiah Park is a "mudang" or Korean shaman who specializes in ritual dances. An artist, healer, and teacher, Park works at the level of the primordial state through ecstatic trance.
In her youth, Hiah has been a dancer and musician for the Korean court. In Seoul, she graduated from the Korean Institute of Classical Music and Dance. After moving to the United States, she studied ethnomusicology, earned a master's degree in dance ethnology, and is a master specialist in sound and improvisation.
Since her initiation as a mudang in 1981, Park has traveled the world performing shamanic ritual dances, trance dances and traditional Korean dances. Currently, she also gives lectures and workshops on spiritual healing and ecstasy techniques. His work has led to a renewed interest in and respect for Korea's ancient spiritual practices, as well as providing a catalyst for spiritual healing and transformation.
Park is also an expert in the healing arts, communicating the needs of humans to spirits and the oracles of spirits to humans.

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Hiah Park

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QUESTION 7:

What is your mission in life?

To be alive and to be happy, simple. Many people think they have to search for the meaning of life. Yes, it comes as a fact of society, yes, you will have to find it, but we have to be alive. We have to be happy. Only then can you help other people, that's all.

/ / Hiah Park

South Korea

The Republic of Korea, commonly called South Korea, occupies the southern half of the Korean peninsula at the eastern end of the Asian continent. The country has a long history and tradition that it shares with the neighbouring Democratic People's Republic of North Korea. After a bloody war, the two countries separated and since 1948 have been two completely independent states.

Korean people have developed a unique culture based on their particular artistic sensibility. The geographic conditions provided Koreans with the opportunity to welcome and nurture different cultures to form distinctive traditions and legacies, such as talchum (masked dance) and pungmul nori (practice of traditional musical instruments), two of their leading cultural exponents.

Korean shamanism, or Muism, has an estimated 15 million followers. The mu priest shaman is known as mudang if she is a woman or baksu if he is a man. The term mu (shaman) is synonymous with the Chinese term wu, which defines both priests and priestesses. The role of mudang is to act as an intermediary between the spirit world or gods, and the human plane, through rituals (gut) that seek to solve problems in the development patterns of human life.

Abuelo
Héctor Falcón

[Mexico]

/ / ABUELO HÉCTOR FALCÓN

Hector Falcon, "grandfather" as wise people are called in Mexico, is a renowned Mexican shaman, who lives in Leon, Guanajuato. A great observer of nature, he travels around the country introducing the sacred and ancestral ritual of the pipe, a ceremony that allows one to reach a connection with the great consciousness through fire. Thanks to his knowledge and the loving, practical and profound way in which he transmits his experience and knowledge in a balanced and harmonious way, he is admired and respected by different communities around the world.

"When I speak, it's no me speaking. It's my grandparents speaking, my uncles speaking, my ancestors speaking."

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Abuelo Héctor Falcón

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QUESTION 5:

Is the planet in danger today?

Of course not. There are microorganisms that love oil spills. The ones at risk are us, we are the ones who seek the conditions of life. But there are many species that have different living conditions. The planet is not at risk at all. Probably, the living conditions that sustain humanity are at risk. That is probable.

/ / Abuelo Héctor Falcón

León

The city of León, in Guanajuato, Mexico, is a modern city that harmoniously combines centuries-old areas with modern buildings from the last century.

People in León carry spirituality under their skin and demonstrate it in every manifestation of their faith. Different festivities unite the entire city on pilgrimages to sanctuaries to leave offerings in gratitude and in exchange for blessings.

At the same time, each community in León has its own patron saint, its own "guardian", who fulfills the function of providing identity and distinguishing one community from another. It is said that in León, no one is a stranger to a patron saint festival. And it is in the rural areas where these festivities take on a broader meaning. The tranquility of its inhabitants, the aroma of burnt wood from the region and the freshness of its wooded surroundings give the patron saint festivities that stamp that marks the path of ancestral traditions. Celebrations that have always existed and of which even the youngest know the details, to whom they have transmitted that memory over the years.

JEAN SHINODA
BOLEN

[Mill Valley]

/ / JEAN SHINODA BOLEN

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., is a psychiatrist, jungian analyst, writer and speaker.

Born in 1936 in Los Angeles, Shinoda Bolen is internationally recognized for her books on feminism, spirituality, and the development of the concept of archetypes, which help men and women understand their qualities and characteristics through stories and personalities drawn from Greek mythology.

Fervent women's rights activist, Jean Shinoda Bolen who lives surrounded by trees and near natural parks with indigenous ancestors, shares through her life and work an urgent message to all women of the world to save the planet, society, the economy, and thus save themselves through selfless and voluntary action.

"Women are the ones who can change the world in the coming decades.”

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Jean Shinoda Bolen

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QUESTION 8:

What stage of evolution do you consider humanity to be at?

Metaphorically, thinking that if the bird is the spiritual aspect of humanity; in order to fly the wings have to be the same. There must be a male and a female wing each with the same balance or the bird will not fly.

What women have to contribute, must grow and be the same, must be in balance with the masculine side.

/ / JEAN SHINODA BOLEN

Mill Valley, California

The city of Mill Valley, is a small community of 14,000 people located on the outskirts of San Francisco, California, 14 kilometers north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Known as a town with a strong artistic heritage, Mill Valley ranks among the top 10 best cities to live in the United States. Art galleries, film festivals, gourmet food and wine tastings, and theatrical performances are part of the daily life of a community that has hosted artists, writers, intellectuals and various cultural personalities, attracted by its peaceful life, beautiful landscapes and cultural offerings.

Mill Valley is surrounded by hundreds of acres of forests and natural reserves open to the public where the residents of the town usually go for a stroll, to meditate or simply admire the majesty of its trees, vegetation and wild animals, in an oasis of pure air, silence and tranquility.

"One of the most beautiful attributes of Mill Valley is its infinite capacity to provide shelter for everyone, for those whose path has been straight and narrow, and for those who have marched to the beat of different drums". - Nancy Swadesh, "Mill Valley Historical Review", 1982

brother
david

[Argentina]

/ / brother david

David Steindl-Rast is a Benedictine monk, author, and speaker born in Vienna, Austria, in 1926.

Scholar of the arts, anthropology, psychology, he has a doctorate from the University of Vienna. Trained as a monk in the Benedictine monastery of Mount Savior, in the state of New York, he was one of the first Catholics who received training in Zen Buddhism and participated, and continues to participate, in the Buddhist-Christian dialogue. He is a speaker at The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and co-founder of the Center for Spiritual Studies with Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu and Sufi teachers, and since the 1970s he has been a member of the Lindisfarne Association of cultural historian William Irwin Thompson.

A spiritual teacher, specialist in ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, Brother David has divided his time between periods of hermit life dedicated to prayer and writing, and extensive tours giving lectures around the world to both low-income students and university professors of the most prestigious universities.

Today, at 91 years of age, Brother David continues to travel and share his spirituality, teaching his listeners to renew their lives and discover their full potential, especially through the practice of gratitude.

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Brother David

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QUESTION 12:

Could you choose a message to give to humanity?

Perhaps the most important thing is to learn to live gratefully. And that can be done by anyone at any time if one follows these three simple steps: stop, look, go. Stop, with confidence in life, that life is going to give us whatever it is that we need right now. Stop and see the opportunity that life is offering you now. And when you can see that opportunity, mostly an opportunity to enjoy life, to take a break, you have to take a deep breath and enjoy life. Sometimes it is more difficult, but whatever it is, one must take this opportunity and that is the great goal. You always get something positive out of that opportunity, so the simple message for a grateful life that anyone can follow is: stop, look and go.

/ / brother david

San Antonio de Areco, Argentina

As the National Capital of Tradition, San Antonio de Areco keeps alive the customs of the Argentine Pampa. Located just 113 kilometers from the City of Buenos Aires, the town was one of the first Jesuit settlements in the country.

The National Tradition Festival is not only the most important event of the year for "Areco" but it is also the oldest “criollo” festival in the country, in which the gaucho customs are honored. Customs and traditions that are preserved intact in a city of 20,000 inhabitants and survive embodied in the peñas (traditional bars), grocery stores and historic restaurants that populate the streets of the old town.

The colonial houses, characteristic of the outskirts of San Antonio de Areco, are also a remembrance of an era that continues today, in which resting, disconnection from the noise of the Capital and contact with nature and traditions make Areco an ideal place for introspection and a more relaxed life.