Marking the Winter Solstice, Honoring the Earth

Jane Burns Uncategorized

Last evening, I participated in a celebration and ceremony to mark this winter’s longest night of the year and the lunar eclipse that fell concurrently on the solstice.  To prepare for the gathering, I took a preliminary journey to see how I could shape our honoring of this momentous occasion.  When I set out on my shamanic journey just hours …

The Things I Cannot Change

Jane Burns Uncategorized

Each morning, I recite the serenity prayer as part of my spiritual practice:         God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,         the courage to change the things I can,         and the wisdom to know the difference.”  I have always loved this beautiful prayer. Today, I am thinking about the serenity to accept the things I cannot …

Zing! Went the Strings

Jane Burns Uncategorized

 This morning while doing a quick journey for a friend of mine, I was struck—as I often am—by the universality of some of the guidance that was being given to her.  This friend had just ended a romance and wanted some understanding of what had transpired.    The faeries—who quite honestly love to talk about human relationship  (seriously, I think they’re …

The Trip to Backwards World

Jane Burns Uncategorized

  The world is sometimes “too much with us.”  Ever feel that way?  Personally, I live a rather cloistered existence, quietly balancing my client work with my own spiritual practice.  Many days, I am floating back and forth between ordinary and non-ordinary reality, traveling on the wings of my drum and prayers, my songs, poems, and simple rituals.  The house …

Hold Harmless Agreement

Jane Burns Uncategorized

Last night, I awoke with a very clear insight into the arrogance of holding grievances.  I mean, it was odd.  It was a perception I could both see and feel—what we might call a knowing.  Or an epiphany. I think it was provoked by a discussion I had yesterday with a friend.  This friend told me he was embittered about …

Holding Still with All my Might

Jon Uncategorized

I am feeling these days like I need to be brave.  So much seems to be hanging in the balance.  Here I am in this new home, needing to expand my work and revise my book and create workshops and devise new ways of reaching people.  Here I am finished with an old relationship and waiting for something to fill …

You Become

Jon Uncategorized

Today, while folding the laundry, my mind drifted off to thinking about these two words: becoming and unbecoming.  (And no, I don’t know what why folding the laundry made me think of this.) As I have practiced and taught shamanism over the years, I have often thought and talked about this process of becoming, as in, moving toward wholeness, or …

Islands in the Sea

Jon Uncategorized

Celtic lore contains a series of stories about mystical journeys into the West, which was for the Celts, the great Atlantic.  Maelduin was the ancient pre-Christian hero who was famous for his sea voyages.  In the 7th century, it was St. Brendan, an abbott and his monks, who became the subjects of these immrama. Immrama were spiritual stories.  The word …

Took My Love and I Took it Down

Jon Uncategorized

Last Saturday night, new guy and I have a chat about our relationship histories.  He is sitting with his chair pushed so far away from the kitchen table, he is practically on the front porch.  I say:  here’s where I am now: I don’t want to play it safe anymore.  I just want to be brave. He gives me a …

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 …