Why The “A La Carte” Version of Spirituality Doesn’t Work

The modern view of spirituality is often to take a little of this and a little of that and mash it all together to create something that works for you. It’s like ordering a la carte. Add a pinch of Christianity, plus a dash of Buddhism, some Indian chanting, and a little bit of aboriginal ritual thrown […]

Why You Can’t Get “More” Spiritual

I sometimes hear people say that they want to get “more” spiritual. Or sometimes they talk about how they are more spiritual than someone else. You can’t get “more” spiritual. That would be like saying that you’re more pregnant than someone else. Spirituality is something that we all have to the same degree. Some of […]

Beware the Plastic Shaman!

I know it’s not politically correct to say what I am about to say, but say it I must. “Beware the plastic shaman!” What is a plastic shaman? A plastic shaman is a person who represents him or herself as a traditional spiritual leader without the tradition, culture, or knowledge to back it up. Like […]

What to Know Before You Go Vortex Hunting

What is vortex? A vortex is a naturally occurring swirl of energy that spins around a central axis. Tornadoes and water spiraling down a drain are typical examples. These usually pop up spontaneously and end when the energy runs out. The type of energy vortex that is connected with spiritual sites may open up without […]

Four Questions to Know Where You Lost Your Mojo

Lost your mojo and you’re not sure how or where? If you’re life is not right somehow, and you don’t know how to get back on track, as these four questions to figure out where you lost it and how to get it back. Ready? when did you stop dancing? when did you stop singing your song? […]

To Be or Not to Be

I travel often and take others on spiritual journeys. Every tour is rejuvenating. Every experience provides growth. Every one helps me to feel both more grounded and connected with everything else. There is always a theme. Usually I decide ahead of time and set that intention. With this last trip I didn’t do that, and […]

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 […]

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 […]