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United We Stand. Happy Interdependence Day!

Donna Henes | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

Recently I was asked to speak about the shamanic point of view of team building with an emphasis on creating alliances and community. But from a shama...

Feathers and Felonies:The Impact of U.S. Bird Laws on Modern Spirituality

Kelley Harrell | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Kelley Harrell

In the Betwixt series, I talk a lot about Nature Spirit Allies. For many seekers, these allies are engaged through work with fetishes, or power items, as has become the phrase-of-the-day.

Between Life and Death: Deepening the Love Groove

Susan Fauman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Susan Fauman

A few weeks ago, a dear teacher friend of mine died after having been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer just a few weeks before. He had been ill for quite...

Sense8, Animism, and Modern Clan Awareness

Kelley Harrell | Posted 06.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kelley Harrell

If you haven't seen it yet, last week Netflix debuted its new series Sense8. Created by the Wachowski duo (from whom we have The Matrix and Cloud At...

Ciro Guerra's 'Embrace of the Serpent' at Cannes: A Conversation With the Colombian Director About Shamanism

Karin Badt | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

An unusual entry in the Cannes Fortnight, Embrace of the Serpent is a stark black-and-white journey down the Amazon in the 1900s, based on the travel journals of German Koch-Grunberg and the American explorer, Richard Evans Schultes.

Single White Female Meets Polygamous West African Shaman

Tim Ward | Posted 05.21.2015 | Arts
Tim Ward

In her sexy, stormy, spiritual memoir, Honey in the River, Marsha Scarbrough explores the contemporary relevance of ancient African wisdom teachings, wrapped around a love affair with a married African shaman.

The Weekly Rune: Ehwaz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Ehwaz -- horse -- In just over two years of  The Weekly Rune Ehwaz has only visited once. As a result, I find it deeply informative that it presen...

Life After Life Purpose

Kelley Harrell | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

It's true that shamanism isn't my passion. It's my gift. It's the gift I bring, and the gift I receive, ongoing. It's not my job. It's who I am. It's not what I do, it's how I live.

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Yoga?

Dani Alpert | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Dani Alpert

I don't know why I was surprised that there was two yoga classes a day, during my week long yoga retreat in Mexico. It was a friggin' yoga retreat!! The classes were wonderful, but I was a little bored. Why did I go? Someone had put it on my to-do list. Oh, yeah, that was me.

The Weekly Rune -- Raidho

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Raidho -- travel -- Finally, some movement! For a while, now, The Weekly Rune has instructed us to be still, assess, and formulate. This week's adve...

Would You Wear the 'God Helmet'?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

If a region of the brain can be stimulated to reach Oneness through prayer, meditation, fasting, hallucinogenic plants, drumming, chanting, dancing, or rituals of any kind...then why can it not also be reached through applied science?

The Weekly Rune -- Eihwaz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Eihwaz -- Yew -- I like to note trends in The Weekly Rune series, as patterns in casts can inform us on a Rune, as much as its meaning. The last time ...

Truly, Deeply Shifting -- After Winter Solstice 2012

Kelley Harrell | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Over the last year I've been sitting back, watching lots of dramas play out. Groups splintering, belief paths diverging, relationships ending, jobs di...

How We Can Heal the World

Sandra Ingerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sandra Ingerman

All life is connected to what is called a web of life. In our modern day world, we have disconnected ourselves from nature, and this is causing illness on physical and emotional levels as well as impacting the health of the planet itself.

Is Religion of any Practical Use?

Nigel Barber | Posted 12.24.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

Rival religions expend a great deal of effort in magnifying minor differences between them. Yet, the major world religions fulfill similar functions and endorse analogous codes of conduct. They may also provide similar emotional and practical advantages.

Yisreal Feldsott and the Voice of Spirit

Gabrielle Selz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Gabrielle Selz

Just as a metaphysician seeks to clarify the fundamental notions by which humankind understands the world, the work of artist Yisreal Feldsott is a pursuit of an encounter with the nature of existence.

Going Deep With Spirit Guides

Kelley Harrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Despite our best strides in incorporating a shamanistic worldview, we still look upon such bare demands as archaic or outmoded. By our keen intellect, we see ourselves as somehow beyond that base need.

After the Journey

Kelley Harrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Then he began to think of all the things Christopher Robin would want to tell him when he came back from wherever he was going to, and how muddling it...

Weekly Rune: Uruz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Uruz -- Auroch -- Any time the wild things show up, it's about to go big. An initiation is upon us. When we encounter this Rune, we are not only eng...

Weekly Rune: Perthro

Kelley Harrell | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Perthro -- chance -- Most people ascribe the meaning "luck" to Perthro, though I find that our modern definition of luck doesn't come close to descri...

Weekly Rune: Dagaz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 09.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Dagaz -- Day -- Down in the easy chair, up go the feet, arms behind to cradle the head. It's okay to assume the position of a job completed, work w...

Weekly Rune: Laguz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Laguz -- Water -- Fascinating that Laguz visits as mere miles from me Chapel Hill is flooded with more rain to come, while across the country in Ari...

Weekly Rune: Othala

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Othala -- property -- Remember that journey we took with Raidho last week? Well, we did it right! Over the last few weeks the story of the Runes has ...

Weekly Rune: Raidho

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

With Raidho, we begin to understand how our choices affect all things, and how our ability to gently hold focus while changing coordinates on the fly informs the story we tell of ourselves, of our lives.

Weekly Rune: Uruz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

The ability to change our inner story relies on our ability to see its value. In order to see its value we have to take time to understand what we're telling at present and know how we want to write it differently.