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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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The Power of Altars: How to Build, Tend and Grow Your Own Altar

The Aliveness of Altars Nearly a decade ago, when my love affair with the sacred began (or maybe it’s more accurate to say “we got back together”!), I felt an urgent need to create my first altar.  I did it haltingly, worried I might…

May 16, 2019
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The Space Between Seasons

Sitting In The Stillness Now that the big event of the season (the holidays) have surpassed us, it can be easy to ignore what’s right in front of us and have that what’s next mentality. Spring fashion seems to be popping up already. Plans…

January 23, 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
Peruvian Stones And Crystals

THE 101 ON PERUVIAN STONES & CRYSTALS

THE 101 ON PERUVIAN STONES & CRYSTALS A deep-dive into the crystals & stones that Peruvian Shamans work alongside within their healing practices, rituals & ceremonies. Through the ancient art of ‘Stone Medicine’ we can heal mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Crystals can help…

November 7, 2018
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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
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Making Everyday Sacred With Ritual

In life I have found it helpful to have beliefs. I have also found it helpful to be willing to allow those beliefs to evolve as I grow in wisdom. Having said this, some beliefs are long standing, life sustaining and act as pillars…

October 22, 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
Clearing Eneergy and Grounding

Grounding and Clearing for Empaths and Healers

Living on Earth requires learning how to navigate and transform many different kinds of vibrations. If you are a healer or an energy worker, it is crucial to know how to release dense energy once processed, in order to maintain strong personal health and…

July 21, 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

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 Karpay (Energy Initiation or transformation) from his teacher, don Mariano…

May 21, 2018

5 Steps to Creating An Ancestor Honoring Altar

I recently watched online The Power of Shamanism Summit featuring 31 shamanic practitioners from many traditions including African, Siberian-Russian, Peruvian, Celtic, Egyptian and Greenland-Inuit, to name a few. Woven through many of the presentations was the thread of ancestor honoring. Not the same as…

March 19, 2018

Benefits of Drumming

It starts in the womb. By 24 weeks, babies hear noises a mother may not even notice: beating heart, air moving in and out of lungs, growling stomach, and blood moving through the umbilical cord. You could say it is in the womb we…

January 24, 2018

How to Choose a Shamanic Drum

Thrum of the Drum Every shaman needs a music maker. Sound and music are used to call in energy and spirit guides; transport one on journeys; support ceremony and ritual, and facilitate meditation. Drums frequently serve this purpose. If you have ever had the…

January 24, 2018

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

Whistling Vessels – Magical Mysteries

Whistling Vessels, Huacos Silbadores. Are they ancient artifacts, magical musical instruments or ritual shamanic tools? According to some, maybe all three.  These dual chambered ceramic vessels are designed to be filled with water and then either blown into or tipped back and forth by…

February 27, 2017