Rituals, Shamanism

Creating Ritual

  Sacred ritual, properly guided by an experienced shaman, can create a “whole brain” experience that awakens the curiosity of the neocortex, satisfies the need for safety of our more primitive limbic brain, and makes ecstatic states accessed by the frontal lobes of the higher brain possible. Ritual performed wholeheartedly allows us to transcend our… Continue reading Creating Ritual


Winged Messengers

  “Hope” is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all – -Emily Dickinson I use my journal to work through things.  Sometimes I use a prompt to grease the wheels, but I had no idea how far… Continue reading Winged Messengers

Healing, Shamanism

Getting Rhythm

I face eastward as a brilliant coastal sunrise breaks through the clouds, following many days of unrelenting rain. The calming scent of white sage wafts around my body and the parts of the drum I will assemble. The smoke caresses the finely crafted contours of the willow oak hoop, the horsehide, the lacings, the sinew,… Continue reading Getting Rhythm