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 …

Changing My Tune

Jon Fairies, Shamanic Journeys

You know that expression: you better change your tune?  Well, the faeries tell me that everything has a song, and that we sing songs about situations in our lives all the time.  If you want to change the situation, change the tune, they tell me. So, if you want to establish harmony in your life, here’s a cool journey to …

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 …

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 …