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Shamanism Summit Synopsis – A Box of Chocolates

“My mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.’” Thus spake Forrest Gump, mouth full, sitting on a bus stop bench, quoting his wise mother. So too is The Shift Network’s Shamanism Summit like…

July 23, 2019
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Animal Communication: Talking To Animals

Talk to the Animals? Yes, We Can Jake was sad. He missed his buddy, my husband, who had just passed. My Peach-faced Lovebird began picking his feathers and skin until a very deep wound developed under one wing. During many trips to the veterinarian…

May 16, 2019
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BIOMIMICRY: A BETTER IDEA

Biomimicry: A Better Idea Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein   Recently, I met an engineer in the aisles of Barnes & Noble, (yes, a brick and mortar bookstore.) I literally backed into him while looking for…

April 17, 2019
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Poncho Pondering: Why Alpaca Is The Best

Alpaca:  Gift of the Gods The next time you sink into the luxurious folds of an alpaca poncho during the cooler in-between-seasons, let your mind wander to the role this storied animal played in the unfolding history of the early peoples of Heart Island,…

March 12, 2019
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Rainbow Connection in Shamanism

It takes both rain and sunshine to make a Rainbow. Proverb When that loveable green Muppet Kermit the Frog sang “The Rainbow Connection,” he asked the musical question “Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?”  Well, there…

February 15, 2019
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The Sound of The Shaman – Sounds of The Four Directions

The power of music to integrate and cure. . . is quite fundamental. It is the profoundest non-chemical medication. – Oliver Sacks, Awakenings Once, heartbroken after leaving a long-term relationship, I took up playing the guitar. Little did I know then that holding and playing…

January 2, 2019
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Sacred Geometry: The 5 Platonic Solids

“No words can express my love for thee, so I will use geometry.”   – Unknown I’ll admit it. I didn’t know how these three-dimensional geometric shapes related to healing and shamanism. Yet, as the study of sacred geometry teaches us how life and nature…

October 23, 2018

The Shipibo – Shamanically Based Indigenous Group

On a layover before one of his pilgrimages to Peruvian sacred sites and study retreats, Bryan Bigelow noticed, in amazement, at a woman struggling to drag a behemoth bag across the Lima airport terminal floor. An hour later he found himself sharing a cab…

September 17, 2018

Sound Healing With OHM

“Sound Healing is the intentional use of sound to create an environment which becomes a catalyst for healing in the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual aspects of our being” according to Zacciah Blackburn’s definition. Many know of the Sanskrit Om, a symbol that represents…

August 29, 2018

Angels in Shamanism

Angels have captivated the imaginations of most of us at some time. Called the messengers of God, these special spiritual guides are numerous and known by many different names. Among the four best known archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. Where did the…

August 29, 2018

Breu Claro – The Brazilian Frankincense

Trees are wonderful creatures. They give us a cool and soothing shade. They give us beauty and comfort. Some give an uplifting floral fragrance. And one, in particular, gives us a sticky gooey resin that becomes a deliciously fragrant incense known as Breu Claro.…

July 21, 2018
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The Super Powers of Super Plants

Anima Mundi is the Latin term for “soul of the universe” or “world soul.” It refers to the idea of a link between spirit and matter, including plants. As regarded by ancient philosophers, it is the divine essence which embraces and energizes all life in…

June 11, 2018

The Breath of Shaman

You’ve heard the expressions. Breathe easy. Take one’s breath away. A breath of fresh air. Such idioms are plentiful in the English language. And then we have words such as inspire, aspire, respire and expire, all of which are related to breath. Consider these…

May 21, 2018

Seven Goddess Initiation Rites – Ñusta Karpay

High in the Andes, the beauty of ancient ceremonies and wisdom embodied in living ancestral languages of word and ritual hold a blueprint for creating a heart-centered life within a living universe. The people have survived here for centuries. Handed Down Recently, signs from…

May 21, 2018

Seven Other Names for Mother Earth

Revered and personified as a deity or goddess, Mother Earth has many names and faces. The underlying belief is that earth is a life-giving and nurturing motherly entity. She crosses many traditions, not confined to shamanic traditions, yet shamans recognize that all life support…

April 23, 2018

12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

In most shamanic traditions, the earth is respected and honored. Call her Mother Earth, Planet Earth, Pachamama, or Gaia, shamans recognize that all life support here on earth starts with her. Ever wonder how Earth Day started? Falling on April 22, Earth Day arose…

April 23, 2018