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Personal Experience: Strains, Stains, and Rhyming Conclusions

This is another poem from Sacred Conversations: Dialogues with Soul.  I speak in regular font, and Soul speaks in italics.  I also indent two spaces for Soul speak. Strains, Stains, and Rhyming Conclusions It seems that strains – ongoing situations, … Continue reading

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Reflections: The Difficulty with Translations

Warning: This post contains material that some may consider silly. Recently I was having a conversation with a friend* regarding the difficulty with translations from one language to another.  We were discussing the poetry of the Persian mystic Rumi.  Without … Continue reading

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Reflections: The Soul’s Weight

There’s no getting around it.  Sometimes our daily lives carry a heavy weight.  I remember in the early 1990s, working in a corporate culture that felt mildly toxic. I happened to remember this particular occasion because I recently came across … Continue reading

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Reflections/ Shamanic Experience: Incantations (Part 2)

From 1985 to 1990 I read all I could find in the anthropological literature relating to shamanism.  One thing struck me.  Reading transcripts of shamans (such as Mazatec shaman Maria Sabina) chanting in trance clearly lost something in the translation … Continue reading

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