butterfly

The Butterfly Shaman

Self-transformation is difficult because it begins with complete surrender. We surrender our expectations and our self-criticism. We surrender to the process. We become patience and perseverance. We become like the caterpillar and fully embody our transformation so that we can experience ourselves like the…

August 7, 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, as she faces her own illness and in the process,…

July 21, 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
adaptogenic herbs

What Exactly Are Adaptogenic Herbs?

WHAT EXACTLY ARE ADAPATOGENIC HERBS? Adaptogenic herbs….heard the term yet? Really confused on what that means? So was I. Let’s try to understand the potency behind these healing plants together. When we ask what makes an herb adaptogenic we can first look to where…

June 19, 2018
Lavender Plants

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

“Before us came photosynthetic bacteria that produced our oxygen rich environment. When they breathed, then we were able to breathe. As we breathe, so breathe the other animals and the plants…and thus the earth breathes. When the Pomo and the Paiute, when the Massachuset…

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

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

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

Welcome the Spring Equinox with Ritual

We can sit in stillness and notice the earth beginning to thaw. Each morning a few more songbirds are heard upon awakening. Sunlight lingers longer into the evening and it is oh so welcomed to. Plants peak out as they begin their journey towards…

March 21, 2018

Its In The Cards

Some of us like to know that which is unknown. Doing so creates a sense of predictability and with it, stability, and an easing of anxiety. Since before the Middle Ages, folks have used all kinds of methods to foresee the future and /…

March 19, 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

Amethyst: Meaning, Properties and Powers

Amethyst: Meaning, Properties and Powers by Caroline Lucas In the ranks of crystals with metaphysical properties, few are as famous or as distinctive as amethyst. One of very few stones with its unique purple coloration, amethyst is a form of quartz that contains iron…

February 19, 2018