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There is a very famous Indian parable about the blind man and the elephant that can teach us a lot about animism. It goes something like this. Six blind men stood begging on the road-side every day. They had heard many stories about elephants but had never actually seen one. One morning a man drove […]

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I recently discovered that there is an animist revival happening! Lots of people who lost touch with their animist roots are now being drawn to reawaken this part of themselves. Mixed culture people are deepening their knowledge and practice of their animist side. Tribal people are benefiting and recoiling from this explosion. To navigate this […]

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October 15, 2019

Moon Drunk

moon drunk

flames dance to the steady, rhythmic drum, first red, then gold, then green, as disembodied voices echo through the trees joining the singers in the circle. who’s here? crickets? frogs? dogs? ghosts watching from the darkness? dancers writhe in shadows to Nature’s feral orchestra lost between here and there I am perceiver and perceived. I […]

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I’m wobbly. This isn’t the first time that this has happened. Spiritual travel can do this to me. Death, birth, graduation, marriage, divorce, menopause, betrayal, bankruptcy, or disillusionment, can create it. Heck, life can sometimes do it for no particular reason at all. It’s where we go when our world breaks open. The boundaries explode […]

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In Wales I learned to hear the whispers. In the past I have concentrated on going where Spirit roars. These are power places where even the most dense people can feel the swirls of the earth’s chakras attuning their bodies. They are exciting. They provide “proof” that something transformative is happening. Big shifts happen. Lives […]

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Nature has a carrying capacity. The western, modern way of dealing with that is to take from the “haves” to give to the “have nots.” For example, if one area doesn’t have enough water to support the population in, they bring more in. If there are too many wolves in the area for human safety, […]

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This weekend I finally traveled to a place that has been on my bucket list for a long time. People talk about how beautiful it is. They rave about the wonderful energy. They even say there is a vortex there. It’s one of the lands of my ancestors too, so I can’t tell you how […]

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Sacred travel isn’t just about seeing spiritual places. Sometimes it is just about being in communion with nature and allowing the high vibrational energy to work its magic. That’s what happened for me at Machu Picchu. I’d been to Machu Picchu before. It’s stunning. When the clouds parted to reveal the picturesque ruins, it took […]

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I should have known it was just a matter of time. It’s here. Spiritual tourism has invaded the pow wow. There appears to be nowhere to hide from the spiritual hunger of the mainstream world. No one is immune to the almighty dollar. I went to a pow wow this weekend. It’s one I haven’t […]

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The first time I went walking in the rain was in Italy. I had only nine precious days. There was no way I was going to waste one of them sitting inside when everything I wanted to see was outside. I wasn’t going to let a little rain stop me. Only it wasn’t a little […]

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