Princess Märtha Louise and Shaman Durek, also known as The Princess and the Shaman, opened up in an exclusive interview with GURUS magazine about their gender-free love, Shamanism, racism, and the undeniable support from the monarchy.
As the firstborn child of King Harald V and Queen Sonja, Princess Märtha Louise, Norway’s fourth in line to the throne, is all too familiar with controversy and scrutiny. As a member of the royal family, life under the microscope is just another day in the life of the Princess. Allotting her clairvoyance abilities and choice to marry a man who openly speaks about his past relationships with men put Princess Märtha, yet again, under public speculation. But now, at 51, with her spiritual armor to guide her and the love of her life at her side, the couple is encouraged to clear up any misunderstandings about who they are and what they stand for.
GURUS Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek Warburton opens the interview by asking the couple to clear up misunderstandings about who they are as people, their beliefs, and how they came to this place of gender-free love and acceptance. “I’m all about love,” explains Princess Märtha. “It’s people we fall in love with. It doesn’t matter who they are and what sex they are. Love is love. For me, at least. Many people have reacted to that, wondering how I can accept him. But he loves me, and I love him, and it doesn’t matter.”
Princess Märtha had chosen a different path from her family’s traditional views for a more unconventional, alternative approach to medicine long before meeting the Shaman. This spiritual commonality motivated a mutual friend to arrange a lunch where the Shaman and the Princess could meet. Shaman Durek is a sixth-generation shaman. Stemming from a long lineage of spiritual men, the guru has built a well sought after spiritual empire with a world-renowned client list.
Shamanism, by definition, is a person who interacts with the spirit world or otherworld. The goal is to direct energies for healing. Shaman Durek interprets further that shamans examine all aspects of their clients’ lives and utilize their trained ability, understanding, and growth as a shaman to read the information that other people or traditional medicine don’t see.
Furthermore, they facilitate this information so clients can understand and find their power within themselves. “The goal is to succeed, to be happy, and to live well,” says Shaman Durek. “To feel nourished, to feel nurtured in life, to feel the understanding that I can move forward in life without fear and I can choose in this lifetime to have liberation. In that process, the Shaman’s role is to create whatever space necessary for that person to expand in all possible ways of thinking.”