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Finding the Divine in the Dark of the Year

Finding the Divine in the Dark of the Year

Did Lao Tzu’s words of ancient wisdom startle you? Or perhaps even perturb you? They certainly run counter to today’s typical “wisdom” about Darkness.   In the aftermath of the 2016 election, you may have heard a lot about these times being “dark”—and not at all the way Lao Tzu means. It’s become commonplace for […]

The Healing Space Between

The Healing Space Between

  I’ve been following, and talking about, and LIVING, the recent 3-month SuperMoon cycles and their energetic effects. For a bit of review, see my previous post. The SuperMoon “pull up and stir” of old emotions was pretty wild for me–made it a little difficult to take my own advice and “enjoy the energies” :/ […]

SuperMoons of 2014–Enjoy the Energies!

SuperMoons of 2014–Enjoy the Energies!

  I always love getting energy/spirit news from alert subscribers, and the August SuperMoon prompted two of them to notify me of the energetic and astrological significance of this unique Moon moment. Since I’m not an astronomer, I really like learning more about the planets so I understand what I’m seeing. Click here for some astronomical info […]

A Blessing of Deep Peace

A Blessing of Deep Peace

In turbulent times like these, we can feel beleaguered and battered by events and energies swirling around us. The ongoing proclamations of national and global economic collapse; news of terrorism, war, and crisis in governments; the growing awareness of the long-term impacts of disasters like Fukushima on ourselves, our fellow creatures, and the Earth–the list […]

A Solstice Gift in the Forest

A Solstice Gift in the Forest

I honored the Solstice on the 20th by playing my 3 Native American flutes in the Forest Preserve, under a 6-trunked tree next to a clear-running stream.  Just after the last note died, a doe approached from across the stream, apparently drawn by the sound.  She nibbled leaves off various branches, and slowly, silently drew […]

Balance: It’s Like Surfing, not Stillness

Balance: It’s Like Surfing, not Stillness

When I thought about “balance,” it usually involved symmetry and always meant holding still (as in yoga postures).  Even spiritually, balance seemed to be some kind of ideal stopping place that once achieved, must simply be HELD, for any further movement risked losing balance and maybe even FALLING (from grace!). But the Fae knew better […]

A Weekend of Wonder: Celtic Shamanism

A Weekend of Wonder:  Celtic Shamanism

The weekend of April 28-29, 2012, I took an excursion into Celtic shamanism with Tom Cowan, sponsored by Animal Spirit Network, that was literally life-changing.  Being new to shamanism (even having done the reading and taken an online intro to shamanic journeying), I was a little unsure of what I’d experience.  I discovered that the […]