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Landing in the Island of Gods

“Om swastiastu!” He begins his story with a Balinese greeting which roughly means “Peace and Greetings from God” or “May Health be Upon You.” According to him, it was love at first sight when he met his current partner. She isn’t really saying, but…

November 21, 2017
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Dragonfly Medicine

I experienced many mystical visits from the Dragonfly this fall. One afternoon, a Dragonfly landed on my arm, and right on top of my Owl tattoo, resting there for quite a while staring right at me. The following morning, a song arrived, and I…

October 17, 2017
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A Chicken in Every Backyard

To incorporate more mindfulness in my life, I began applying this awareness practice to eating food.  Those times when I was actually sitting at table and focusing on my meal, which I must confess isn’t always, I began to focus on what I was…

October 17, 2017
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New Release: Ch’aska Punku by Sami Brothers

Today, September 20, 2017 the Sami Brothers, Alex & Madhu, release there 2nd studio album, Ch’aska Punku. Ch’aska Punku means Star Portal in Quechua, a language of the high Andean indigenous peoples, and refers to stellar alignments which we experience on Solstices, Equinoxes, and Solar…

September 20, 2017
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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
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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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Solar Eclipse Myths From Around the World

On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, casting much of its dark shadow over the United States. People around the world and through time have come up with many a tale to explain the sun’s disappearance. Viking sky…

August 16, 2017
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Healing With Tibetan Singing Bowls

BRIEF HISTORY Tibetan singing bowls are an ancient tool for healing and meditation. The history of Tibetan singing bowls dates back to 10th century B.C, and they have been used by Buddhist monks for at least 2500 years, making them one of the oldest…

July 18, 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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New: The Jewelry of Hypknotica

Our roots are in Metro Detroit. And, if you haven’t heard, Detroit is booming with talented artists and creatives. In one of our neighborhoods, Ferndale, there is a market known as The Rust Belt. It features traveling artist but has an emphasis on local…

June 21, 2017
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Midsummer Fire and Ceremonial Rites of the North

With long dark winters in Scandinavia, the arrival of summer solstice is the most important event of the year. In the northern hemisphere, near the arctic circle, the midsummer night marks a time when the sun doesn’t set and when night and day unite.…

June 20, 2017
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The Wisdom of North American Sage

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. — Arapaho Proverb smudge stick form of incense frequently is associated with North American culture. To discuss the act of smudging and use of smudge…

April 17, 2017
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Celebrate Sustainable Palo Santo This Earth Day

Protection for Holy Wood: Palo Santo If you are an aficionado of aromatic Palo Santo incense or essential oil, you are probably aware that although the trees grow in various parts of the dry forests of the Andes, the biggest concentration of trees is…

April 17, 2017

Ways to Honor Spring Equinox

With new growth abound And life all around I embrace the changes in me That Mother Nature has helped me to see The first official moments of Spring will happen today. All over the world we experience equal parts daylight and equal parts night.…

March 20, 2017
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Tibetan Incense

When you hear the phrase “Tibetan Incense,” it could be referring to any number of incense types made mostly in Buddhist communes in the Indian and Chinese Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, Taiwan and parts of Thailand and Sri Lanka. Incense from these places are…

March 17, 2017