Tending Graves

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A Vietnam veteran I knew told me a story about the first time he visited the exquisitely profound Vietnam Veterans Memorial, located in Washington, D.C.  He said he paused at the name of every one of his friends who had fallen in that war and pressed his finger on each inscription.  Then, he said, he was able to lay them …

While I Lay Sleeping

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The other night, I had a half-waking dream in which I was given the following teaching: There are two worlds.  The realistic world and the idealistic world.  The realistic world is ruled by one’s father and the idealistic world is ruled by one’s soul. This little missive kept me awake for quite a while, not so much from a physical tossing …

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

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There has been much talk about the meaning of this now past year, 2012.  It is clear our world has been deeply shifting and evolving for some time, and we are not always certain, at first glance, whether these changes are good or bad.  The universe and the Earth within it have forever sought balance–this is not new.  So, for …

Go For the Gold!

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Relationships are said to be a mirror, in which we can see ourselves more clearly.  No surprise, we don’t always like what we see.  All the scars and wounds from the past—the ones we thought were so well masked—flare out onto the surface like a bad rash.  When the pain of abandonment, rejection, of not being understood or heard rears …

Talking to Trees

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Once upon a time, I was going to call this blog Talking to Trees, because I love tree-talking more than any other shamanic practice.  Trees are magnificent, gentle and wise beings.  All of nature is generous, but trees have always struck me as the most giving of all Earth’s creatures. Recently, I attended a conference in the Hudson Valley with …

Where’s the Magic?

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A couple of weeks ago, I started a blog entry about how magical my life was feeling.  Everything felt very rich and serendipidous, even though the truth is, I have been living with less income this year and constantly wondering how to pay for the things I need. Despite the financial constraints, however, my life felt as if everywhere I …

A Spring Ritual

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At the time of the next new moon, plant something–a shrub, a tree, a seedling, or bulb–whatever you choose.  Give the gift of this planting to the earth in a special way and for a special reason. Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.  The new moon is always the optimal time to initiate the new: new projects, dreams …

A Mid-Spring Night’s Dream

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This visual exercise can be done either as a self-guided meditation or as a shamanic journey: I invite you to step into a dream:  Allow your imagination to follow the prompting of the words.  Take a deep breath.  Let go of your awareness of your room and any present concerns that weigh upon you.  See yourself setting down the worries …

The Days of Miracle and Wonder

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This entry is part of a sermon given at the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodbury, CT during April of 2012: “The Poet Dreams of the Mountain” by Mary Oliver speaks of the longing—and need—to step out of human time and live according to the time and purpose of the Earth itself.  To emerge from an urgent personal agenda and …

Creation is Never Done

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We are creators for sure.  We have heard this said in many different ways, but the bottom line is that the world as we know it is our ongoing creation.  Though we are not genies from a bottle—we cannot simply cross our arms and blink things into being—it is probably best that we aren’t capable of instant manifestation.  Folk tales …