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The Power of Despacho Ceremonies

The Q’ero, a Quechua-speaking indigenous people of south central Peru, believe that everything in nature is animate and in the concept of ayni, or reciprocity.  Andeans practice this principle within their communities, as well as in their interaction with the energies of nature.  The…

September 20, 2017
culture shamanism

In Perfect Balance

Those of us who have been walking our spiritual paths for many moons understand the significance of the equinox as a cosmic-spiritual event, the equal duration of day and night, as a time for bringing ourselves into balance: the “as without-there-in-the-universe, so within-our-human-body-selves.” I’d…

September 20, 2017
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The Shamanic Gardener

Summertime and the living’ is easy, or at least, spent in the garden.  In my corner of the world my lot is wooded and a creek runs through it. I see my share of wild life and appreciate Pachamama for all her glorious gifts,…

July 18, 2017
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Exploring Shamanic Drumming

The drum has been used throughout various indigenous and shamanic cultures as a tool to alter consciousness or to enter a trance state for various reasons. Shamans or healers enter into a trance states to travel to different realms to aid in healing, finding…

October 24, 2016
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Incense Fit for the Mountain Gods

Life in the elevated levels of the Peruvian Andes Mountains can be tough and the climate can be the most diverse in the country. When storms blow, tearing across the rugged peaks, they are often accompanied by strong winds, killing lightning and damaging hail. …

September 30, 2016
animal medicine shamanism

Siwar Q’enti: Royal Hummingbird

Who doesn’t love the iridescent splendor and seemingly magical ability of a hummingbird as it floats and flits in mid-air?  As a birder and animal lover, I still get a thrill at seeing hummingbirds at my nectar feeder.  In the Midwestern United States, I…

August 22, 2016
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Deep Medicine of Light

Summer solstice. It is time to step out into the light of your being. To open up to share this radiance, coming from deep within you. To remember the reason why you came here. So you could shine, and allow yourself to be all…

June 18, 2016
healing shamanism

Sacred Endings Ceremony

An excerpt from the book Living Sacred Ceremony by Natalia Karoway. Life is full of cycles. Just as a seed sprouts, grows into its full expression, produces its own seeds, then dies and returns to the earth, many phases of our lives come full…

May 25, 2016
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Drumming Medicine

“Drumming opens portals to the spirit world, draws spirit in, and opens you up to receive it.” ― Michael Drake Drumming is one of the oldest forms of vibrational healing on this planet, and drums and rattles have been used in shamanism for thousands…

February 22, 2016
animal medicine shamanism

The Medicine and Mythology of Owls

Owls have been around in my life for a very long time. The title “Owl Woman” follows me around. Sometimes I get emails from people asking me about the meaning of seeing an owl or dreaming of one. Every now and then, I come…

November 18, 2015
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Interview with don Oscar Miro-Quesada

Peruvian born internationally acclaimed shamanic teacher and healer, don Oscar Miro-Quesada discusses his new audio book Healing Light, how he dreamt it into being and his desire for all of us to become Shining Ones. SM: The image on the CD cover is gorgeous.  Is…

October 20, 2015
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Shamanic Transformations

True Stories of the Moment of Awakening How does one receive the “call” to enter onto the shamanic path? What causes some people to change their safe, uneventful, and ordinary lives and start on a spiritual search? For many it is a singular instant,…

September 24, 2015
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WIZARD OF THE FOUR WINDS

New in Books: Wizard of the Four Winds – Long Awaited 2 Edition Just Released! Wizard of the Four Winds: A Shaman’s Story is the text that introduced the outside world to shamanic healing in northern Peru. The story of don Eduardo Calderón (who was…

July 20, 2015