Karma Chameleon

Jon Celtic Reiki, Emotional Healing

I am coming to a place of decision in my relationship with the new guy.  I have been uncomfortably perched out here on a limb for long enough—I don’t mind taking a leap of faith, but this is feeling more and more like an act of folly.  My Celtic Reiki guide gives me two symbols, one for Honeysuckle to help …

Keeping My Mind on What Matters

Jon Celtic Shamanism

I am midway through my two-year training in Celtic Shamanism with Tom Cowan (His website is www.riverdrum.com).  Something Tom has encouraged us to practice during our study of Celtic shamanism is memorizing and reciting poetry, which honors the ancient bard tradition.  The bards studied for over 20 years, committing to memory all of the epic tales and poems of Celtic …

The Power of Symbols

Jon Celtic Reiki, Celtic Shamanism

The Celts believed that the feminine creative principle (potential or pure consciousness) required the force of the masculine creative principle (will or action) in order for life to take place.  Neither can create under its own steam.  When the two come together it makes being, existence, life.  This is called Ur, and its symbol is the egg or a five-layered …

Excuse Me While I Kiss the Ground

Jon Uncategorized

Kiss the Earth with your feet, says Thich Nhat Hanh.  Give the Earth your love and happiness.  Nowadays, I recite this while walking.  It brings me back to Earth. That and a wonderful poem called The Messenger by Mary Oliver, which I recently added to my repertoire of memorized poems:  It opens with the line: My work is loving the …

Terra Not So Firma

Jon Celtic Reiki, Shamanic Journeys, Shamanism

So everyday for the past week, I pull a reversed Singer of Connection card from the Faeries’ Oracle deck.  Are you centered, the guidebook asks.  Are you grounded?  Well, no, apparently not. When I visit my chiropractor, Dr. Worden (if you are in the tri-state area, he is well worth the trip!), I ask if he has any ideas for …

Breath of Life

Jon Fairies, Shamanic Journeys, Soul Retrieval

I’ve become really curious lately about what serves as a medium for transporting energy from non-ordinary reality into this physical or ordinary reality in which we live.  When a shaman brings healing energy, power, or soul parts back from the spirit world, the breath is used as the medium of transport.  Breath is after all a life-giving force. For years …

I’ll Take Romance

Jon Celtic Reiki, Celtic Shamanism, Emotional Healing, Fairies

The Celts loved the betwixt and between—it’s where all the power of possibility was said to lie.  But here I am caught in the betwixt and between of the pain and disappointment of a romance that’s ended and the fear of recreating that pain in one that has yet to begin.  Not so powerful a feeling—just powerful icky. Neil Young’s …

Spinning Wheel

Jon Celtic Shamanism, Fairies, Power Animals, Shamanism Workshops

Today I am preparing for a workshop I have taught several times before on the Celtic Medicine Wheel.  I have changed it yet again, expanded it some, removed and rearranged other stuff.  As always, I am at the point of worry, when the structure hasn’t quite gelled and there are many more things to think through before the content is …

The Oak Men Cometh

Jon Fairies, Shamanic Healing

This morning, I draw a card from my Faeries Oracle deck (this is a very cool deck by Brian Froud).  It is The Oak Men, a lovely card, telling me to go speak to a wise old tree.  I happen to have one of those.  It’s a spirit tree—an oak in fact—that lives in my back yard.  Notice I said …

Hidden Secrets

Jon Fairies, Shamanic Healing, Shamanism

My life is really crazy right now!  I’m trying to sell my house, relocate, expand my business, find a new romance, usher my kids into adulthood, get my book published, and keep my head above water in this financial bath we all seem to be swimming in.  There’s nothing stable and set in my life—well, is there ever really?  Nothing …