A Transformative Encounter: When I met Shaman Dan Reynolds


Dan appeared in my life the year 2011, I was working as the head of technical service in the computer repair department at a well-known company in the city.

I remember it as if it were yesterday when he walked into the store. It was a Tuesday morning, and he came with his translator since he didn’t speak Spanish.

Upon seeing him, I thought, ‘I’ll practice my English, it’s been a while since I’ve done so.’ He approached my service area, but before speaking while he was taking his laptop out of his backpack, I approached his translator and asked if he’d allow me to speak in English to practice a bit. He said, ‘Of course, no problem’.

That’s how I greeted him in English and began asking him what the issue was with his laptop. He mentioned how good it was that there was someone in this company who speakes English and could explain the problem in his language.

The laptop began to be examined and was able to identify the problem. I explained the solution and mentioned that it would take 3 days for his laptop to be fully repaired and ready for pickup. While explaining, I noticed he was observing me closely, as if he detected something, but I didn’t pay much attention to it.

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I told him he should come back on Friday, bringing the documentation I provided. Looking at me intently, he said, ‘Of course, I will return.’

Our conversation ended that Tuesday, and I was very pleased to have been able to practice my English. I thought, ‘The customer left very satisfied.’

Wednesday of surprises at work.

But the next day, Wednesday at 10 am, I was greatly surprised when I saw him entering the store again. It surprised me a lot and made me think that maybe I didn’t express myself well in English, and that’s why he’s coming back.

He approached my area again, I greeted him and said, ‘Sir, I apologize if I didn’t express myself well yesterday, because I told you to come back on Friday.’ He said, ‘Yes, I understood you well, but this morning I’m not here for my laptop. This morning, I’m here for you,’ pointing at me with his finger. I was shocked for a few seconds and said, ‘I’m sorry, sir, what did you say?’

As you heard me, I’m here for you, I drew a nervous smile on my face. He said, “Let me introduce myself, I’m Dan Reynolds, and I’m a shaman who performs ayahuasca ceremonies.” Honestly, mentally, I thought, ‘Oh, this guy must be out of his mind. A shaman? Ayahuasca?’ That year, my opinion about shamans and ayahuasca was extremely negative.

Before meeting Dan, I had the idea that being a shaman was being an ignorant person, without studies and for that reason they believed in spirits and ghosts. But after meeting Dan, I discovered that I was the ignorant one.

Master Denis

Poor man, he must have been affected in the head by taking that stuff,” my expression shifted from facing a content customer to one of concern. At that moment, he said, “Yesterday was Tuesday, and on Tuesday nights, I have ayahuasca ceremonies. In that ceremony, they told me to come for you, that you will be my student since you are also a shaman.

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Remembering my first experience

Mentally, I screamed ‘security!’ Just then, he asked, ‘You’ve taken ayahuasca, haven’t you?’ I replied, ‘No.’ He insisted, ‘Yes, you have. Remember, recall it.’ His persistence was such that I actually did remember. I recalled that I had taken it at the age of 16.

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I said, “I remembered, and yes, I did it.” He said, “Very well. Now tell me, what did you see that you couldn’t forget to this day? I know what you saw, but I want you to tell me.”

I was super surprised, and I seriously started to think about who this man was. I had just seen him yesterday, and in less than 24 hours, he’s talking to me about these things.

I shared with him about my first experience and my connection with the jaguar I saw. He said, “Exactly, you have a connection with the realm of jaguars just like me, so you must take ayahuasca with me.” I replied, “No, sir.”

After that day, he would come to the store every week to invite me to take ayahuasca with him, but my response was always the same, “I can’t, but thank you for the invitation.”

Communication and messages through dreams

Weeks passed, and driven by my desire to work independently, I decided to create my own business. I started my own company selling computer supplies and repairing computers at my mother-in-law’s house.

Months after starting my company and being fully dedicated to it, I began to have very strange dreams. One of them was where I found myself in a ceremonial maloca, sitting on the floor. In the center, there was an altar surrounded by candles, and the person in front of me was Dan, handing me a cup with a brown liquid inside.

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I remember in that dream realizing that I was in an ayahuasca ritual and that the shaman was Dan.

Sharing the dream with my wife

Next morning, I talked to my wife about that dream, and she said that maybe that man is remembering you. I said, “It could be,” and left it at that.

The following week, I had the same dream again, but this time it happened twice that week. I told my wife again, and we both found it very strange. The following week, it occurred three times. It was becoming a situation that was worrying me, but with my daily work, I was able to push it aside.

Fourth week was worse. Out of the 7 days, I dreamed about it for five nights. When I tried to sleep, I saw him giving me that cup of ayahuasca. That’s when I told my wife, “This is too much. I don’t know what’s happening, but I feel like I have to go see him.”

My wife asked me if I knew where he lived or if I had his phone number to call him. I said no, but then I remembered that the second day I met him, he drew me a sketch of how to get to his house, and for some reason, I kept that drawing in my personal files.

Upon finding the sketch, my wife asked, “What are you going to tell him when you see him? What’s the reason for your visit?” I thought for a few minutes and remembered that he mentioned once he always had issues with his internet connection. I told my wife, “That will be the reason for my visit.”

Visiting Dan’s house

With the sketch in hand, I went to his house. At the building’s door, there was an intercom, and when I pressed the button for his apartment to announce my arrival, I thought, “Will he remember me?” I heard his voice saying, “Hello.” I said in English, “Hi, Dan. I don’t know if you remember me, I’m De…” At that moment, he said, “Yes, Denis, come in. I’ve been waiting for you.” And I was like, “Whaaat?” as if he had been expecting me.

Truth be told, I felt a bit scared. Once in his room, I explained that I remembered he always had issues with the internet, and now that I have my own company, I can come to repair his laptop and internet connection.

He said, “Yes, I’m having issues with the internet now. It’s great that you’ve come, as the internet is very important for me to communicate with friends and family in the United States.”

After leaving everything repaired and ready to use, I told him the job was done. He asked me how much for my work, and I told him the amount. That’s when he asked me a strange question, “Denis, do you know what day it is today?” I said, “Yes, it’s Tuesday.” He replied, “Yes, it’s ayahuasca ceremony Tuesday.”

A payment deal that changed my life

I said, “Oops.” He said, “Let’s do this, Denis. I’ll give you 50% now and the other 50% tonight when you come to the ceremony.” Mentally, I thought it would be better to agree since he hadn’t paid me the 50% yet, so I said, “Okay.” He gave me the money, I thanked him, and left..

I went back home and told my wife about what happened. She asked, “Will you go tonight?” I said, “I don’t know.” In Dan’s apartment, my answer was a definite “no,” but once I was home with my wife, it became more of a “I don’t know.” Hours passed, and something inside me was urging me to go. The ceremony was set to begin at 8:30 pm, and I needed to be at the apartment by 7:30 pm.

Listening to my inner voice (Trust Dan)

Hours passed, and that inner voice grew stronger. Around 5 pm, I told my wife that I would go, but I didn’t want to go alone. I said, “I want you to come with me. I won’t be the only one taking it, and I want you by my side in case something goes wrong.” She said, “Okay, I’ll accompany you,” and that’s how it went.

That night, we headed to the apartment, arriving on time. Dan was happy to see me, and he wasn’t alone. There were more people from the United States with different shamanic abilities. I overheard Dan telling them that I was the person he had talked about.

To my surprise in a positive way, Dan had a very nice area, everything first class, comfort so that you can only concentrate on your process with the medicine, everything totally different from what my first shot was like when I was 16 years old.

Everything I tell in this story is completely real, it sounds a little crazy but that’s how things have been since I met him for the first time.

Master Denis

So far is the part about how I met this spectacular person, a teacher of teachers in shamanism, what follows I will tell in an upcoming story.

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