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How I Lead Group Ceremonies

By far the most controversial thing I have ever written was an article called “Please Don’t Call it Native American Shamanism.” Another article called “What You Need to Know Before Engaging in Group Rituals” fleshes it out a bit more. Since I still get questions and arguments about who is entitled to lead group ceremonies […]

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Looking Without Seeing

I recently went for a walk in the woods with a friend. She stopped and gasped when we came across this magnificent tree. Oh, it was fine, and it took her appreciation and surprise to help me see that I was looking without seeing. Yes, I noticed it the first time I came across it […]

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Rain in the Amazon Jungle

Oh, there is nothing so wild and wonderful as rain in the Amazon jungle. It’s a rainforest. You’d expect to see rain there – lots of it. But last season they said they only got two months of rain. Fewer trees means less rain. So when it started raining in May, a month after rainy […]

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Made in China Spiritual Tours

The last four international trips I have been on were to “must see” spiritual travel sites. Some were repeat visits to places I’ve been before and loved. Others were new. The thing that they all have in common is that they’ve become Made in China. What I mean by that is that they’ve sold out […]

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What You Need to Know Before Engaging in Group Rituals

In 2011, best selling author and motivational guru, James Arthur Ray, was convicted of felony negligent homicide after conducting a sweat lodge where three people died. Every year pilgrims to South America die in pursuit of healing. Unfortunately, with the rising demand for rituals, spirituality, and transformative experiences, this may become more common. These types […]

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Today I Lingered

Today I lingered. This is not my usual pace. I am focused, purposeful, and direct. My thoughts and actions are meaningful and targeted. Lingering isn’t part of my program. Lingering encourages seeing, feeling, and discovery. It is what children do. That makes me happy. During our spring retreat, we focused on giving a voice to […]

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I Went to Peru and Fell in Love

I went to Peru and fell in love. No, not with a person, but with life… and perhaps myself a bit. It happened so gradually that I didn’t even know it was happening until I got back home. Peru makes you slow down. You can’t hurry because of the altitude. There is not enough air […]

Have You Gone on an Ancestor Pilgrimage?

Spiritual travel is a big business now. Lots of people go to the pyramids, Stonehenge, and Machu Picchu, but have you gone on an ancestor pilgrimage? What’s that, you say? An ancestor pilgrimage is a journey to the land of your people to reconnect with them and to see yourself. It’s a way to reclaim […]

How to Hold On the the High After Pilgrimage

If you’re a sacred travel junkie, you know the routine. You go somewhere amazing and have an absolutely transformative experience, then you get home and feel like you a fish out of water. What happened? Who are you now? Why is this life so ill fitting all of a sudden? How can you hold on […]

Spiritually Connecting During the Autumn Equinox

Twice a year, on the spring and autumn equinoxes, the day and night are the same length. In September, the sun’s long reign comes to an end and he is “conquered” by his partner, the moon. For the next three months, the nights will grow longer and stay longer than the day until the day […]