Meet Sergey Baranov
Sergey Baranov is the author of PATH: Seeking Truth in a World of Lies and The Mescaline Confession: Breaking through the Walls of Delusion. Both Sergey’s books are the result of a lifelong spiritual search and over a decade of ongoing shamanic practice.
Living in various countries and growing up in different cultures, Sergey gained an understanding of the essential core of human experience that lies beneath the differences to be found in every culture. By walking different paths and seeing through their limitations, Sergey found shamanism as a unifying path for all people regardless of their cultural background.
Working with the sacred Huachuma cactus, he uncovered an ancient way of celebrating the gift of life through a deep connection to the natural environment and the cosmos. Huachuma is a Quechua word for a columnar cactus most commonly known as San Pedro. Its post-colonial name refers to the Biblical story of the apostle Peter, who was given the keys to Heaven. The heavenly experience of Huachuma makes this connection obvious. Native to the Andes, it thrives at high altitudes, dancing with the wind and clouds. Its ethereal spirit gently and lovingly takes you to a place where your soul feels at home. This state of consciousness is a conduit to a deep spiritual healing, otherwise known as awakening. Refreshed and recharged, grounded and connected, you return home to your life but with another perspective, which now becomes your inner guru.
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
– Thomas Merton
Sergey’s spiritual path has become his livelihood. Doing what he loves, he introduces people to an ancient healing sacrament that grows naturally in the high Andean environment that he has made his home.
Huachuma shamanism can be practiced in different forms. Sergey’s orientation comes from receiving inspiration from an ancient cultural stream whose center is at the enigmatic temple of Chavin de Huantar. Sergey’s work with Huachuma acts as an anchor into this profound ancient mystery that lies beneath the veneer of modern Peru.
Sergey is the founder of Huachuma Wasi, a healing center in the heart of Sacred Valley, which is open all year to receive guests and spiritual seekers from around the world. Sergey’s work with Huachuma is an intimate and personal encounter with an ancient stream of healing energies, as opposed to mass-market “mystical’’ tourism. Here you may find what you have been seeking and perhaps even more.