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crafting to create belonging

Using Crafting to Create Belonging

What would it be like to wake up in the house that your father built covered by a blanket that your grandmother made? When you go down to breakfast, you eat eggs from chickens that you feed each morning. The flowers on the table come from your garden.  There is something really grounding about all that, isn't there? It wasn't too long ago that everything in our ancestors' houses were handcrafted by someone. Most of their belongings were made by someone who actually lived in the household. This meant that everything that that surrounded them had a story of someone's life in it. In some things, you could see your story, your family's story, or your tribe's story. Amazing, isn't it? As we intentionally reconnect to our ancestors, our stories, the land, and...

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what does animism mean

What Does Animism Mean?

The other day I was sitting with my dad and a child when the child asked, "What does animism mean?" I paused and my ears pricked up. I wanted to hear my dad's answer. My father is a talker. That's how he connects. He's curious and likes to trade ideas. He enjoys words, can speak many languages, and always has the right words for what he wants to say. When we were little kids, we'd play "Stump Daddy." He gave us a dictionary, and if we could find a word he didn't know, he'd give us Michigan cherries. We never earned any, but in the end he gave them to us anyway. So, he knows a bit about language. But for the first time that I can remember, he paused and thought before...

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remembering

Learning From Water

A spiritual quest is often a process of remembering what we've forgotten. Trees, foxes, sharks, and moss don't forget what they are. Nature is within them in all their wild existence. They don't lose their way, impersonate other creatures (unless they are phasmids and that is their nature), hurry life, or apologize for not being good enough. They just are. If we want to remember what we've forgotten, we need to be like them. It's not complicated. Let's take a look. Learning from the Water Do you live near water? Go to the water's edge. Watch how it laps the shore. Sometimes it's soft and lazy. Sometimes it's furious and destructive. In some places it washes soil down stream. In others it deposits it. Water nurtures everything. Creatures come to drink it. Some...

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looking without seeing

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 too, but after a while the novelty wore off, and I forgot. We all do this. The brain looks for what is new. It also pays more attention to what's potentially dangerous. So, we are programmed to overlook wonder and see negativity! Yep, if something is bad or harmful, we will pay more attention to it. If we've seen it before, even beautiful things can fade into the background. Knowing this, you can see why life can...

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free spiritual development tool

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 of all of humanity. I believe that dreams are a part of  the universal unconscious, which is the Oneness to which we all belong. As such, it's a most profound free spiritual development tool. Dreams Allow Us to Create We're all creators of reality. Unfortunately, most of us create from our unconscious. We create from fear, so the things we see in our lives are dark, violent, and not affirming. When we create from our conscious hearts, we...

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spirituality of surfing

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 be there early. I'd see them late. Rain didn't keep them away either. So what is the magic of surfing? Well, the only way to really do it is to surrender. The ocean is a powerful, moving force. You aren't going to control it, manipulate it, or outsmart it. The only way to work with it is to become one with it. To do that, you have to surrender. And surrender is bliss. It's the complete letting go...

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spirituality as an escape

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 from your human experience, it could be a way of not being here. It could be a way to escape your life. "I've learned that living is not the same thing as making a life." ~Maya Angelou I get that we are spirits having a human experience, but why not actually have that spiritual experience? Why be in a hurry to leave here? And if you're here, why not enjoy it. Have you seen the way sweet grass gently...

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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 refuse the call to adventure. Let me break this down for you so that you know the call when it happens. Ordinary World We all start out in the ordinary world as ordinary people. Life is comfortable. We know what to expect, but there is also something uncomfortable about it. Or like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, we may be in a space of Ignorance is Bliss. Call to Adventure Then the call to adventure hits! It could be...

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awakening

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 fall in love for the first time? Things were awakening in you that you didn't know existed? You had all these feelings? This confusion? That's a bit like what this "not yourself" feeling feels like. Maybe you feel bits of your old self popping up mixed with something that you aren't really sure what it is because it's so new. This is the feeling of becoming. Things are stirred up. When they settle, you won't be who you...

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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 in, and voila! Instant personal relationship with spirit. This appeals to the western mind because it mirrors our cultural values. We've thrown off the yolk of oppression. We believe we are free to do whatever we want. Cultural, societal, economic, and religious boundaries don't exist for us. We are free to choose who we want to be. Everybody has the same opportunity to make their lives whatever they want. It's all about the Law of Attraction. Not! That's...

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