NOTHING EVER GOES ONE WAY


Nothing ever goes one way. It sounds–and is–incredibly simple. Yet there is no end to the magic of this simple formula.

We’ve all heard it before, in one form or another, but why does what go around come around? The first and best way of answering is to try it for yourself.

We’ve all noticed how wonderful the world is when we’re feeling great, and how that wonder can vanish when we’re not. Wisdom teaches that we create the world as it appears to us. We interpret the infinite sea of energies and make its countless impressions mean something.

Meanwhile everyone else is making meaning of their own world. Much of the time–cynics would say all the time–we don’t make the same meanings.
Everyone sees things differently. We misinterpret the words and actions of others. By expanding our world to include the worlds of others we get it wrong less of the time. This is what the Mayans mean in their saying In Lakech, "I am another you."

Indeed Mayan, Quechua and many other indigenous languages have this transcendence of me and you built in. Ayni for example, is built into Andean culture, where reciprocal relationships are vital for building and sustaining community. And ayni goes beyond human relationships to include relationships with ancestors, plants, animals, spirits including Nature herself.

Ayni Foundation is a heartfelt collaboration between Davina MacKail and Nizami Elé. Its mission is to live and teach by example, creating spaces that foster sacred reciprocity of all kinds.
Registered nurse, certified counsellor and qualified feng shui practitioner. Q’ero trained master and lineage holder, master practitioner in hypnotism, Time Line Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

My interest in shamanism began when I took the trans-Siberian from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia in 1992.

I started my formal training in 1997 with a 5-year shamanic apprenticeship with Alex Stark (New York). His father was a Peruvian shaman and he also studied under the lineage of Oscar Miro-Quesada, founder of the Thoth foundation, of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition and the wisdom teachings of cross-cultural shamanism.
I started my formal training in 1997 with a 5-year shamanic apprenticeship with Alex Stark (New York). His father was a Peruvian shaman and he also studied under the lineage of Oscar Miro-Quesada, founder of the Thoth foundation, of the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition and the wisdom teachings of cross-cultural shamanism.

During 2006 -2010 I undertook further training with an Argentinian shaman, versed in plant medicines of the amazon and trained in a number of different healing modalities.

I have supplemented this core apprenticeship working with a number of different indigenous shamans from Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Native America besides studying the indigenous wisdom teachings of Europe.

I have taught shamanism at the College of Psychic Studies in London for the past 10 years.

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Born in Forest Gate, London with the nickname ‘Oak’, sylvanian links were signalled from the start–though it took a while for the seed to germinate! Elé is a Bwiti name meaning ‘tree that stands tall.’

I studied AI, psychology and philosophy of mind at Edinburgh and Birmingham, breaking from convention thanks to the writings of Carlos Castaneda. Practising his Magical Passes led me to the Concord Institute in London, where I took journeys in yoga, macrobiotic cooking and transformational group work.

I attended Howard Lawler’s legendary SpiritQuest retreat in Peru in 2007. There I was initiated into Amazonian shamanism by Huitoto maestro Rober Acho Jurama, star of the book Singing to the Plants, and made my first pilgrimage to the 3000BC medicine centre at Chavin de Huantar.
2008-10 I studied shamanism with Pablo Friedlander of the Academia Biosferica, Buenos Aires, attending retreats in England, Ireland, Spain, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia. I returned to Peru in 2010, where I took several dietas with Shipibo maestros Mateo Arevalo and Walter Lopez (Panshim Nima).

In 2011 I received a Kundalini Yoga third eye initiation from Paranjothi Guru Dega in Malaysia, going on to train in Kundalini Yoga with Ketut Asana in Ubud, Bali, where I developed my Spirit13ody shamanic Qi Gong. Natural Wisdom Leaders is the crystallisation of many wonderful mis/adventures and learnings, many of them with Davina.