Category Archives: shamanic experience

Omen of the Four Vultures

7/2015: I leave my driveway in rural Wisconsin around noon, taking my dog on a walk.  I get to the edge of my property where I had re-planted a white pine that was going to die. The tree is now … Continue reading

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Quietly Doing the Work

It’s important that we have qualified shamanic teachers that act with honor and dedication to further a transpersonal goal. It’s important that we have honorable teachers in all spiritual pursuits. It also follows that teachers who put themselves in public … Continue reading

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What is a Blessing?

I actually remember the following joke, which was told by the new minister who began preaching at our Fundamentalist church when I was a ten-year-old child. He told this joke on his very first day: his welcome sermon. A man … Continue reading

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Experience with Power Animals

Recently, I was attending a meeting of a local group that refers to itself as The Philosophical Society. It was our first meeting, and the organizer asked that we all introduce ourselves by name and by power animal. Given that … Continue reading

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Smudging, Smoking, and Offerings

To smudge or not to smudge Shamanism is not church. There’s no place for dogmatized or imitation-ritual. At the same time, ritual can be an important link that guides us from everyday consciousness into non-material realms. An informed or well-tailored … Continue reading

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