Curanderismo is a holistic approach to wellness that has been used in the Americas for hundreds of years. In Peru, Curanderismo is also known as folk medicine and is a traditional system of healing practiced by Curanderas. Curanderas are healers who specifically address the spiritual component of illness. Therefore their diagnosis always includes two aspects, physical and spiritual. Curanderas seek to identify the specific physical illness while simultaneously diagnosing the spiritual root cause of the illness. The most common spiritual diagnoses for illness are Susto or Espanto (soul loss or fright), Tristeza (sadness or depression), Envidia (envy), Billis (suppressed anger), Mal Aire (bad air or exposure to cold wind), and Mal de Ojo (evil eye primarily effecting children).
Energetic limpias are spiritual cleansings used by Curanderas to clean an individuals subtle energy body, including their physical, etheric, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Limpias are used by the Curandera as both a spiritual and physical diagnostic tool. Through the ancient art of limpias, they are able to discover the root of imbalance, as well as a curing therapy which may be additional limpias, ceremonies, herbal baths and herbal infusions, all of which are capable of shifting and reconfiguring energetic patterns within the subtle anatomy of a human being that are a contributing factor to their illness.
However, you do not need to have an illness to benefit from a limpia. Individuals who may be struggling with challenging emotions or life experiences and need someone with intuitive abilities will benefit. It may be due to not feeling physically well and being unable to find a medical diagnosis for what you are experiencing. On the other hand, there are situations where it may be clear you are facing a strong energetic attachment that is causing symptoms for you, such as, a sense of disassociation (feeling out of your body), chronic or ongoing difficulty carrying out daily tasks (at home or work), noticing a tendency to accidents or bad luck, and/or the continual inability to fall asleep paired with nightmares.
Limpia con Huevo
The use of a raw egg in its shell is used to extract and diagnose energy in the auric field. The egg is a living being, an embryo, that is used as a vacuum and sacrificial object for the purpose of healing. The egg is used to absorb unwanted energies such as Susto (shock or fright) as well as negative energies that have been knowingly or unknowingly directed towards a person such as Envidia (envy). The egg is passed over the clients body in a gentle rhythmic motion and then cracked into a glass of water and examined.
Limpia con Hierbas / Barridas
During a barrida, the body is swept with a bundle of living, aromatic plants such as sage, rosemary, basil and rue, while the Curandera recites prayers to invoke the healing energy of the spiritual world. This therapy supports the release of stagnant energy to promote good health and a positive mental attitude.
Limpia con Humo
An individual is enveloped in the smoke of a traditional mixture of herbs, flowers, barks and resins that invoke the spirits to help with purifying or protecting. A special blend of dried plants are burned in a clay dish and their smoke is directed into various parts of the subtle body.
To experience the healing therapy of energetic limpias, you can book an Individual Healing Session with Maggie, or to learn the practice of Limpia con Hierbas, sign up for our online workshop PUA SERIES.