Among the Xhosa, the process is called intwaso (which literally means “spiritual emergence”) or ukuthwasa (as a verb meaning “to emerge as a healer”). Intwaso usually presents itself in the form of a mysterious illness, physical or psychological, that does not respond to treatment.

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While living in a residential meditation and yoga ashram from 1999 to 2013, Leon devoted his life to the study and practice of meditation.
He accumulated about 15,000 hours of practice over many longer immersion retreats, including hours of silent meditation, chanting, prostrations, and mantra.
While participating in a "meditation marathon," he once sat in meditation for 40 hours straight. More importantly, he fell in love with meditation during this time.

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