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The Evening Standard: A “SPIRITUAL SHAMAN”

A “SPIRITUAL shaman” who has worked with stars including Gwyneth Paltrow is turning his attention to Londoners, who he says “drown their emotions out with alcohol and cigarettes”.

A “SPIRITUAL shaman” who has worked with stars including
Gwyneth Paltrow is turning his attention to Londoners, who he says “drown their
emotions out with alcohol and cigarettes”. Durek Verrett, known as Shaman
Durek, said more people in the capital were approaching him for help to become
“the best, happiest version of themselves”. The Californian spiritual guide and
teach has worked with chief executives of major US companies as well as stars
including Selma Blair and LeAnn Rimes. Twelve years ago, he developed
complications from an illness which left him clinically dead, but claims he
recovered using his knowledge of healing. He said: “I have a growing number of
clients in London. The issue I see in London is that people have forgotten how
to be childlike, their light and their joy. There is so much negativity, it is
an illness, a darkness. Londoners are so concerned about how people see them,
they trap their emotions inside and they are screaming from within. “They drown
emotions out with alcohol and cigarettes. The time when Londoners become joyful
is when they are drinking, which is not authentic.” The 42-year-old claimed
high levels of anxiety and cynicism in the capital were also to blame. “Normal
anxiety levels are, say, 15 per cent,” he said. “In London with my clients, I
would say it is at 55 per cent. So even if you are doing yoga and eating
healthy, that doesn’t matter. The level of the stress hormone cortisol in your
system, it is destroying Londoners from within.” He added: “I feel like I can
help get rid of this illness, this darkness, of London people. I want to help
people maintain positivity. Positivity will make people feel good. Who doesn’t
want to feel good?” Shaman Durek claims he became aware of his talents when he
was five. He began learning how to become a shaman, a healer who is believed to
have direct access to the world of spirits, both good and evil, at the age of
12. “As a kid, I could see spirits and I could see emotions and how they were
feeling,” he said. “I could talk to the trees, talk to the flowers. I could
feel everything. And when I say talk to it, I mean have a connection with it.
People were very scared of me as I could see things they couldn’t.” Of Paltrow,
he said: “Basciallly, she sought me out and I thought it was for an interview
with [her health website] Goop but it was actually to hang out. We are now like
brother and sister.” Paltrow has described him as “both a beacon of and a
channel of light”, adding: “His mission here is to help us all uplift ourselves
by accepting our innate power.”