Category Archives: shamanic experience

New Book: Gathering My Life Into Feathers: A Wondrous Spiritual Journey

When I was a kid, I remember being told that if I didn’t gain more weight, the wind would blow me away. That didn’t scare me. I figured with just the right amount of lift, I could fly. From 10/15 … Continue reading

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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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