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  • Georgia’s Journey in India – Part 4

    DAY 18 – Gathra Sundareswarar Koil, Kanjanagaram – Krittika Gathra Sundareswarar Koil is for Krittika Nakshatra which is my birth star. It is a special blessing to pray and make offerings at the temple…

    November 12, 2019
  • Georgia’s Journey in India – Part 1

    Aloha, India! I flew from the Big Island of Hawaii through Honolulu, Osaka, Singapore and then into Chennai. To break it up a bit, I overnighted in both Osaka and Singapore. I took off…

    November 12, 2019
  • Georgia’s Journey in India – Part 2

    DAY 6 – Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, Thirupparankundram – Ashlesha Today is a very special day to visit the Ashlesha Temple as it is Ashlesha nakshatra. Ashlesha translates to the word Naga (meaning snake).…

    November 12, 2019
  • Georgia’s Journey in India – Part 3

    DAY 11 – Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar Koil, Pudukkottai – Uttara Bhadra This temple is where Goddess Lakshmi worshipped Lord Shiva with 1000 lotuses and is called Sahasra Lakshmeeswarar because Sahasram means 1000. Sages Agir Budhan,…

    November 12, 2019
  • Girl In Alpaca Poncho

    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…

    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…

    February 15, 2019
  • japanese forest-bathing-shinrin-yoku

    Healing With Shinrin-Yoku – Japanese Forest Bathing

    “The forest responds the same way you call.” Niin metsä vastaa kuin sinne huudetaan – old Finnish proverb When I first came across the concept of Shinrin-Yoku, an image of wandering around the forest…

    January 1, 2019
  • The 2nd Andes Summit

    The 2nd Shamanic Andes Summit – June 15th – 23, 2019 – Ecuador  Discover centuries of deep wisdom for transforming your energy, expanding your vitality and creating a new heart-centered way of experiencing our…

    December 31, 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…

    September 17, 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…

    August 29, 2018
  • Healing Journeys – Reflections on the film VOICES THAT HEAL

    With good reason, the Peruvian Magazine Caretas called the film “audiovisual therapy”. Co-directed by Delia Ackerman and Heather Greer, VOICES THAT HEAL brings us into the life of a traditional Shipibo shaman, Herlinda Agustín,…

    July 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…

    May 21, 2018
  • Abelardo Receives the Nusta Karpay

    Recently our good friend and master shamanic artisan, Abelardo Mirano Chara, created a new Nusta Khyua (sacred initiation stone) to honor the feminine huacas (sacred places) of Peru & Bolivia after receiving the Nusta…

    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…

    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…

    April 23, 2018
  • Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy

    A little llama. A wise old man. A country steeped in Andes mysticism. And the eternal question of “Who am I?” These are the ingredients of Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy…

    February 19, 2018