As a sanctioned teacher, David is passionate about sharing the power and beauty of the Pachakuti Mesa. With the excitement and intensity of one who has experienced shamanic healing firsthand, his goal is to help wholeness manifest wherever it is lacking. In his journey he resonated with others who hungered for a spiritual practice that was both transformational and practical. David knows well the challenge of living as an embodied spirit that yearns to align with the ideals of right action, compassion, spiritual wisdom, and unity. Ultimately accepting the struggles to live heartfully as one among many, he has learned to intentionally honor the intrinsic importance of diversity and interdependence. David wears the mantle of one who seeks to serve as an active agent of peace and reconciliation on the personal and planetary levels. For this reason he has devoted himself to walking a shamanic path, which he seeks to express in his daily efforts to grow corn and potatoes as well as in his opportunities to serve as healer and guide.
David was born in Japan close to the sacred Apu Takeo, but was raised in his family’s home town of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Having been exposed for much of his early formative years to the energies of these two powerful mountains, he found himself drawn to the spiritual qualities of the natural world.
He has engaged native spirituality and shamanism for over 20 years and has experienced first-hand the power of the unseen world to transform life. Being first exposed to Turtle Island pipe and sweat lodge ceremonies in the 90’s, David eventually found strong resonance with Heart Island shamanic traditions in the mid 2000’s. While navigating his own initiatory struggles, he was blessed to find and work with a PMT trained shamanic practitioner who was also a licensed psychotherapist. Over the course of 10 or so years, this relationship and the techniques utilized brought great healing and solace. It was then that he sought out opportunities to formally apprentice.
In addition to his shamanic lineage training, David holds a Master of Theological Studies degree in Medieval Spirituality from Emory University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Prescott College. David is a licensed professional counselor with certifications in clinical supervision and trauma. His professional background includes service as the Director of Counseling for a wilderness-based residential treatment program for adolescents, as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at North Georgia College, as the Vice President of Operations for a faith-based social service organization, and as a Program Director for a large non-profit home health and case management agency. David currently works full-time as the Director of a community mental health center near Atlanta and part-time as the owner and operator of Burning Bear Healing Arts, LLC, where he is in private practice offering psychotherapy, supervision, spiritual direction, and shamanic ceremonial healing.
David now makes his home in Decatur, Georgia, which is within sight of Apu Stone Moutain. He is married to a gifted and dedicated social worker, and the father of two brilliant teenage children. Truly, he counts as blessings all the many joys, responsibilities, and occasional dramas that go along with such a life.
We all have gifts and abilities that when focused and applied to the wounds of this world, are capable of bringing about tremendous change, progress, and healing.
– David Jordan
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