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Alternative Healing Facilitator
Maya began her learning in alternative and spiritual healing as a child, when Angelic entities spoke to her and her first babysitter, a healing witch, took her deep into the woods to study the ways of plants and animals. A course in Transcendental meditation at age 15 began Maya’s in-depth investigation of many traditions of meditation, contemplation and spirituality. By the time she was in university she was leading a weekly meditation group and working as a peer counselor. Maya graduated from the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, Albuquerque, NM. in 1984, having completed coursework and practicum in a number of healing modalities including Swedish Massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Color Healing, Visualization Therapies, Counseling, Flower & Herbal Remedies, Chakra and Crystal Healing, Colon Hydrotherapy, Alternative Nutrition, Anatomy, Physiology and more. Maya had been a student of psychology and biology of the human body at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. From an early age Maya’s training in Shamanic Healing has taken place with traditional healers and shamen people from Mexico to the Southwestern USA, West Indies, West and Southern Africa and far into the Dreamtime.
Maya has facilitated women’s Moon Circles, Survivors for Survivors (a sexual abuse self-help group), meditation & healing circles, and art therapy groups for over 30 years. Maya’s one on one sessions offer an eclectic mix of ancient and new therapies designed to work with and enhance whatever programs clients doctors have prescribed. Maya is also a Diplomat of Earth Stewardship, Certified Spiritual Healer and Ordained Minister with the International Assembly of Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards Congregations. She is a certified Reiki Practitioner, and has been a Certified Natural Childbirth Educator with Informed Homebirth/Informed Birth & Parenting. Maya is a ritual and ceremonial designer, choreographer and leader.
Crystal Caretaker & Priestess
From the time she first picked up a stone, Maya was enchanted with “The Stone People”. As a small child, and later as a young teen, Maya was ‘shown’ images of specific crystal beings that she believed existed only in the ethereal or dream realms. In 1988 Maya learned that one crystal she had been shown and worked with in the non-physical realm for years, was, indeed, actually present on Earth in physical form – this was the acclaimed Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull. Thus began Maya’s pact with her guides to seek out the other crystals that had been shown to her. She has had the privilege of spending time with several amazing crystal beings including the Mitchell-Hedges skull, the British Museum Crystal Skull, ShNaRa, several large uncut crystals in undisclosed areas and many, many powerful crystal beings and their human caretakers.
Maya has worked in healing ceremony with her Crystal Allies and hundreds of human Light Pilgrims in the deserts of Southern California, New Mexico and Arizona, and her crystal friends have taken her up into the crystal grids of her home province of British Columbia. For most of her life, Maya kept her deep work with crystal mostly to herself, using stone in certain healing work with those in need, but not sharing this with many. Finally, after waking one night in 2008 to an image on her wall of one of the crystals she was shown as a child, she felt that that crystal was on its way to her and that their work together must soon begin. That stone being did come to her – she is Zaba, the 96 lb crystal skull. Since Zaba arrived in Maya’s life, Maya’s crystal work has gone public, and she and her crystal partners are honored to share their joy, love, light and healing.
Maya has studied crystal healing at the New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics, The Lynn Andrews Center for Arts & Training, several short courses, with indigenous healers of several nations and most importantly to her, with the Stone People themselves since early childhood. Using her Shamanic training and teachings from the Dreamtime and the Angelic Realm, Maya’s work with stone & crystal, and specifically quartz crystal has been the most important part of her life. Urged by Zaba and her Angel friends to bring her crystal work out into the world, Maya now humbly and joyfully shares with all who ask.
Maya’ and Zaba's book, Full Embodiment, on activation of the LightBody or Chakra System, shares much of what she has learned about working in partnership with crystal and how you may enter into your own human-crystal friendship for health, freedom and fulfillment.
Shamanic & Fine Artist
Maya has taught art to children from ages 3 to 83, to kids diagnosed with autism, inner city children labeled “problem” kids, teens and to adults. For 19 years she taught shamanic art to 250 women at an annual spiritual gathering in the desert of Southern California.
(Maya, by the way, does not believe that ANY kids are ‘problems’.)
Maya has been making art since she was a child of one year old. Growing up in an artistic family (mother a potter by trade, father a brilliant though part-time painter), her joy in making things was well nourished. She attended a fine arts high school (The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, Ma.), where she studied dance, science and visual arts including painting & drawing, printmaking, sculpture and art as personal and political statement. She then continued her love of the arts at Bennington College (University) in Bennington, VT, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. Her studies included dance, fine arts, psychology and art education. Maya’s investigation of the uses and making of shamanic art (art created as healing tools or gateways – such as drums, rattles, fetishes etc used in healing ceremonies or to shift consciousness) began at a young age and lead her from the deep woods of her own back yard to Mexico, the Southwestern USA, West Indies, West and Southern Africa and far into the Dreamtime.
Maya feels that each piece of artwork is an entity seeking to be born – artwork looks for our light, and when it finds a suitable vessel, comes to us, tricking us into the belief that it is we who have dreamed it up. Maya sees her job as artist to be to remain as clear, open and willing as possible so that art of the highest nature may find and choose her. In communion with the “Otherworld” Maya allows artwork wishing to be born to enter through the gateway of her being.
Maya believes we are all capable of inviting spiritual art to flow through us, and to this end, facilitates workshop participants in clearing the blocks and mending leaks in their energy fields so magical art may be born!
Actress & Poet
Maya is a working actor in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Her work in film and television has included roles in Caprica, The L Word, House, Supernatural, Outer Limits, Poltergeist, Dream Works’ The Uninvited , upcoming Cabin In The Woods, and others. In 2002 her performance in the short film Death’s Dream won her a Leo Award for Best Performance, Female. Maya’s extensive studies have included film & TV acting, voice & movement, voice-over work, improvisation, comedy, stage combat and Shakespeare in both Los Angeles and Vancouver. In 2008 she fulfilled a long-time acting dream and completed the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Shakespeare Program in London UK. Maya's current passion is Performance Capture work (Motion Capture or 'MoCap'). Maya has also studied many forms of dance and movement from an early age (including Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, African, Jazz, Improv and Shamanic dance, various yogas, breathwork).
Full list of Maya’s acting credits and training available upon request.
Maya’s work in Alternative and Crystal Healing combined with her acting has lead her to the development of the use of the chakra system to enliven and authenticize performance. Maya shares her techniques with actors, public speakers and anyone wishing to unearth their ability to use voice, powerful emotion and presence to enhance performance.
Maya On Line
Maya on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1185639/
Maya’s Acting, Art and Poetry site: MayaMassar.com
Maya’s art at East Side Culture Crawl: http://www.eastsideculturecrawl.com/artists/maya-massar-studio
Maya’s book Risk; A Month of Poems on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=risk+a+month+of+poems&x=0&y=0
Maya’s Alternative Healing site: http://healinghut.webs.com/thehut.htm
Maya & Zaba’s Crystal Healing site: CrystalZaba.com