Richard Alaniz received a B.A. degree in psychology from California State University Long Beach and has more than twenty-five years of training in indigenous shamanic practices. He has lectured at various universities in Southern California on Indigenous Spiritual Healing Practices. When not lecturing, Alaniz is a writer, researcher, meditation teacher, and a spiritual counselor, incorporating modern psychological theories and indigenous shamanic principles. Through Mr. Alaniz’s sixteen-year practice as a spiritual counselor he developed a new paradigm in approaching psychology which he calls Psychospiritual Psychology. This new approach to therapy involves the process of spirit consciousness to aid clients to awareness of what he calls the “Spirit-self” in order to bring about a positive outcome within the counseling process. Alaniz has earned the title of Punong Guro (Principal Master) of Balík Kali Silat Martial Arts. With his comprehensive knowledge he developed Balík Meditation as a means to guide participants to spiritual consciousness and psychological wellness.

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