Please Don’t Call it Native American Shamanism

I see a lot of people offering spirit medicine who call themselves Native American shaman. As a Native American, I respectfully as you to please stop. I assume that you mean well and have the utmost respect for the Native American culture. If that is true, I ask you to use that same respect to […]

What’s a Cloutie?

If you’re going to the British Isles, you will want to know about clouties (also spelled clootie). What’s a cloutie? Clouties are prayer ties. Traditionally these were small pieces of cloth that were infused with the energy of what you want to get rid of (like a wart, an unwanted lover, or a pain). If […]

You Can’t Think Your Way to Spirituality

Once there was a well known philosopher and scholar who devoted himself to the study of Zen for many years. On the day that he finally attained enlightenment, he took all of his books out into the yard and burned them all. ~Zen parable A lot of people approach spirituality from a head space. They […]

Let The World See You

Everything and everyone is interconnected. People whom westerners see as primitive often still have and live with this knowing. When you see others and let the world see you, you embody that knowing. What am I talking about? The movie Avatar displayed this beautifully. In one of the final scenes, Neytiri holds Jake in his […]

Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin.

Aho! Mitakuye Oyasin is a simple yet deeply meaningful statement. It is Lakota for “all my relations” and recognizes the human, plant, animal, mineral, and ancestor relatives. It is an acknowledgment that all are one. It is spoken during prayer and ceremony to petition God on behalf of everyone and everything on Earth. Mitakuye Oyasin honours […]

Sleeping in the Shadow of Bear Lodge

This is one of the legends of the Bear Lodge/Devils Tower. Long ago, three Native American boys were playing. They shot their arrows far into the sagebrush and ran after them. Then they heard a small animal making noise and went to investigate. They came to a stream with many colorful pebbles and followed that for […]

The Earth Weeps at Wounded Knee

Sometime we don’t go to places for light and love. We go to remember. To feel. To touch the other side. And sometimes to heal. Wounded Knee is such a place. We arrived in the mid afternoon. The sun was thankfully mild that day, and the breeze made it easy to sit in the shade […]

Five Days in Egypt

The following is an account of my first five days in Egypt- the experience that unwittingly introduced me to sacred travel. Wednesday Wednesday, my first day in Cairo, started with a midnight arrival. As we flew over the city, I was in awe over how big it was. It seemed we flew for miles and […]