Sergio Magaña was born into a traditional Catholic, Mexican family. Because his mother worked, he was strongly influenced by his nanny Rosita, who taught Magaña healing techniques from her own indigenous tradition — the Otami community in central Mexico.
As a teenager, Sergio wanted to be an actor. When his family refused to let me him pursue this career, he became frustrated and began to rebel.
His mother, trying to help him through a difficult time, sent him to psychologist, Laura Muñoz, who would become one of his teachers.
During one of their sessions and after reading his aura, Dr. Muñoz told him, “You will be like me, and a good one.”
Years later, Sergio began looking for other spiritual options, and found the Toltec-Mexica Tradition, which became the cornerstone of his professional life.
Magaña, now a practicing healer, practitioner and workshop instructor, has worked to become a spiritual bridge between the old ways and the new.
In his most recent book, Caves of Power, Magaña brings to the forefront the sacred voice of ancient indigenous healing traditions which, more often than not, remain absent from the crowded arena of current day spiritual practices.
With ancient Mexican practices presented in ways that are not only easy to understand and implement, Caves of Power seamlessly translates the spiritual healing legacy of his ancestors in a way that is modern, relevant and clear.
According to Magaña, “Many people across the world today are looking for their true selves.
The ancient Mexicans viewed this true self as the ‘caves’, which referred to our spirit, instincts, and subconscious.”
“According to the Mexican tradition, we have seven caves of power. Healing these caves allows us to improve all areas of our lives.”
In addition to sharing powerful practices for healing, rejuvenation, manifestation, and enlightenment, Magaña delves into the depths of his personal journey and how the ancient practices helped him to reconnect with his own inner healing.
BJB: What is the basis of your work?
SM: I work with ancient practices of Mexico. I was introduced to these practices by my nanny when I was a child.
As a young boy, I saw and experienced the way she was able to heal aches and pains through certain techniques. Later, I entered the tradition to learn healing techniques and practices from more experienced teachers.
Now what I do is teach how to integrate and assimilate ancient teachings with modern practices, such as healing for rejuvenation, to release suffering, heal ancestral energies, and regain personal power and also for manifestation.
The teachings are based in ancient traditions, but I am now a bridge to modernize how the teachings can now be applied.
The reason for this is because I have lived a part of my life within the Western mind of the modern world, so I know what the interests are for healing. For example, in the ancient times the rejuvenation practices were done for people who wanted to become masters for eternity. They were not concerned with aesthetics in the way we are now.
BJB: Are caves of power the same as chakras?
SM: Chakras are known to be associated with colors, as where in the ancient Mexican tradition the first and seventh energy spots are black.
In the ancient Mexican tradition, there are seven energy points from the Toltec and the Aztecs that are named Totonalcayos. They are heat spots. It’s similar to chakras, but the meaning is different of what they represent.
For example, the first system is where the energy of your ancestors still lives within you. It’s the base of the old wounds that you sometimes repeat from their systems. This is where you can begin to call in light to clear negative ancestral patterns that reside in your cellular memory.
In the first cave, a practice you could use would be to call in light to move the energy upward through your body like a serpent. This moves negative ancestral energetic patterns out to exit at the top of the cave.
At the end of a clearing you would have opened the channel to make the energy rise up toward the sun to collect your best potential.
In the book I suggest doing the healing rituals inside of a cave. But of course you can also do these inside of your home in a dark room, preferably at night with slight light coming in from the window.
BJB: On page 31 you write, “This body of knowledge is known as ‘the caves of power’, a reference to the power hidden in the inner self. For the ancient Mexicans, the inner self was a part of ourselves where our dreams and underworlds resided.”
How is our power hidden in the darkness of our cave?
SM: In the ancient tradition, everything begins with the first energy which is hidden inside of us. To reconnect with the Inner Cave is to reconnect with the first energy.
BJB: For someone who is new to this, where is the best place to begin?
SM: This depends on what you want to accomplish.
I have a healing school in London for people who want to become healers. If you really want to become a powerful professional healer, you should begin with the practices in Caves of Power. With this level of practice you can begin to empower healing through the hands, and call in energy from the sunrise and sunset to build a strong energetic body.
For those who only wants to heal themselves, there are many individual practices and exercises where you can begin to breathe in the energy of the sun to heal your inner cave.
BJB: Okay, let’s talk about dreams. You write, “Our dreams are the purest expression of our cave, or unconscious. Your dream is what you have become. Observe your life and you’ll know what you dreamed.”
Talk about what you mean by “we dream any disgrace before it happens to us. Only if we don’t do anything to change it, disgrace manifests in our reality.”
SM: Ten years ago, one of my teachers told me, “The one that doesn’t remember his dreams is like the living dead because they’re not conscious in the waking state.”
At that time I didn’t fully understand what was meant because I was like one of the “living dead”. I had lost the connection from what I learned and saw in my childhood.
When I began to cultivate remembrance of my dreams I came to understand that they are perfect advisers.
But first you need to know the ways of interpretation and how to get the details that tell you when you are creating a problem. If you want to approach your dreams according to ancient traditions, you don’t need the psychological interpretation, you can just go with the symbols.
For example, if you dream of water you know you will deal with your emotions and this can take you to an emotional discovery. For me, my strongest issues are with my emotions so I dream about water a lot.
My master also said, “In all the languages of the world is hidden the girl of my dreams, the house of my dreams, my worst nightmare…”
This means that you first dream it and then it comes to your life. People that you are going to meet first appear in your dreams
Now that I am conscious, I have had so many dreams of people that saw in my dreams that I have never seen, and then they appeared in my life. Because they first appeared in my dreams, I then know they are going to play a role in my life.
When I began discovered this it was amazing! These clues are so useful to begin to dissolve the problems that you are creating.
BJB: Would you say the dream is a divine message?
SM: I would say dreams are in the place where they are energetically created.
BJB: So you’re saying if you don’t remember your dreams it’s because you’re moving through your life in an unconscious state.
SM: Yes, because you’re not getting the hints from your dreams. You’re using ancestral archetypes to create the same stories and patterns in a modern way.
To remember dreams you need energy that you have lost in the past, in your relationships, in your sexuality, in your work and so on.
BJB: How do we use dreams to find a solution to problems?
SM: Before going to sleep you can program yourself (plant seeds) to receive a message by saying, “Tonight I will receive the solution for…” whatever it is that you seek a solution.
It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen the first night. If you keep doing it eventually you will have the dream that reveals the solution.
When you take it seriously and begin to program yourself through practices, dreaming can be amazing.
In addition to Caves of Power, Magaña is the author of The Dawn of the Sixth Sun and The Toltec Secret: Dreaming Practices of the Ancient Mexicans and holds workshops around the world.
For more information log onto SergioMagana.com.