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The Craziest Market in the World: The Bamako Death Market

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Paula Froelich

When I went to Bamako, Mali, these baskets are what I expected to find. Then I went to the Death Market. Fun fact: People in the Wes...

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: 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: Nauthiz

Kelley Harrell | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

This week, gently consider where soul sustenance has become rote. This is a bold undertaking from inside the comfort zone.

Everyday Journeying: When the Ecstatic Becomes Mundane

Kelley Harrell | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Normalization of the journey experience isn't failure. It's natural, it's progress, integration. The act of journeying is a relationship, not just the connections we make from it.

Tragedy, Collective Soul Loss, and the Healing Story

Kelley Harrell | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Take time to reflect on your healing story. Write it down, if it helps, or draw it, paint it. Express all of the feelings wrapped into your experience of the healing process, and know that in doing so, we all heal. We all move closer to wellness.

To Heal or Not to Heal: Shamans in the New Era

Kelley Harrell | Posted 02.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

"Rivers know this; there is no hurry, we shall get there some day." -- Winnie the Pooh "Too many times we confuse motion with progress." -- Albert Ei...

Mindfulness and Animism: The Art of Soul Healing

Kelley Harrell | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

To create and sustain soul healing we must bring some sort of awareness into everything that we do. When we decide that we want to heal, we must become active participants in that process.

A Shaman's Journey

Kelley Harrell | Posted 10.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

In all, I took the off-road adventure, self-creating my own shamanic path without the guideposts and maps we are used to finding on spiritual quests, a feat common to many modern seekers on broken paths in this cultural melting pot.

The Shamananic Narrative of Tigger's Bounce

Kelley Harrell | Posted 10.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

"Bouncing is what Tiggers do best. -- Tigger, from A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh Since the birth of our twins a little over three years ago, I've de...

Pagan Is As Pagan Does

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Kelley Harrell

Regardless of how they're ushered into my work, it is within local circles that I encounter the most powerful misconceptions about shamanism. In talking with clients about how they find me, startling ideas emerged.

Emotional Avoidance and Disbelief in Death

Kelley Harrell | Posted 04.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

While I do experience that the soul in some guise persists after the form expires, I most definitely experience that our life as well as our physical death are highly relevant events in our soul's growth.

2012 and the Spirit of the Age

William Horden | Posted 01.12.2012 | Home
William Horden

Whether the ancient Mayans intended it or not, the end of their calendar coincides with a profound turning point in human civilization.

Totems of the Holiday Season

Kelley Harrell | Posted 02.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

As you decorate for this season, think about the totems that are important to you and the reason that they move you. Are they traditional to your family or religion? Have you discovered new totems as you explore personal meanings of the season?

You Don't Call, You Don't Write... The Quiet Dead

Kelley Harrell | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

The thing is, there isn't anything special about people who experience spirits and those who don't. The difference is willingness and the taming of cultural domestication to see life in a fuller, less-prescribed way.

Neoshamanism: A Call to the Western Animistic Soul

Kelley Harrell | Posted 11.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

The path of shamanism in the West is a curious thing. The dogmatic world religions of our ancestors are crumbling as institutions no longer meet the needs of the modern spiritual seeker.

Harry Potter and the Elder Futhark

Kelley Harrell | Posted 09.18.2011 | Books
Kelley Harrell

The Story of the Boy Who Lived Told Through Runes The Harry Potter story presents a strong, modern archetypal connection to Jung's hero's journey. As...

Dark Green Religion And Stephen Colbert's Quest For A New Faith

Bron Taylor | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Bron Taylor

Here are the top 10 reasons why dark green religion might be just what Stephen Colbert is looking for.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Babies and Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Sorta weird how this became the globe-trotter episode. I'd seen Babies a few weeks ago and was going to go with it as the sole focus of the show, then...

Just Another Spiritual Oil Slick

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

To those of us who revere nature and the future generations as sacred, this oil slick is an emotional and intellectual catastrophe.

God Is One Mind

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

It is difficult for some of us to say "God thinks each of us into being" without feeling like we're falling back on childhood Sunday school stories.