Dreams – The Free Spiritual Development Tool We All Have

Want a free spiritual development tool? You’ve got it. It’s dreams! Yep. Before there were Bibles, monasteries, or rituals, we all had dreams. Freud called dreams “the royal road to the unconscious” meaning the hidden part of yourself. Jung felt dreams were the way to tap into the collective unconscious, which is  the hidden parts […]

The Spirituality of Surfing

If anyone had ever told me that surfing was a spiritual pursuit, I would have said they were completely nuts. The spirituality of surfing? Bah! Funny, but it really is. I finally get why all those lonely guys in wet suits would be out riding the waves long after the summer crowd had gone. They’d […]

Spirituality as an Escape

There is no right or wrong path. You can’t do spirituality wrong. All paths lead to the same destination. Some paths are just more direct and joyous than others. If you’re using spirituality as an escape, you could be taking the hard, circuitous route. What does that looks like? Well, if your spirituality separates you […]

Will You Refuse the Call to Adventure?

In every life there are many calls to adventure. When you accept, you may have fun. You may get beat down a bit, but you always grow. If you do enough of these, you become the hero of your own story. If you refuse enough of these, they stop coming. Think about this before you […]

Thirteen Signs That You’re Having an Awakening

What does awakening look like? Would you know if it happened to you? If you are feeling a little loopy and are not sure what’s going on, you could be in the midst of an awakening. Here are thirteen signs to let you know for sure. Feeling Not Yourself Remember what it felt like to […]

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 […]

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 […]