SHAMANISM – A Very Brief History

SHAMANISM – A Very Brief History

  High population and large territory don’t eliminate shamans … They show up under different auspices and in different costumes. Even in our era there are urban shamans channeling messages from beyond. Some are bogus. Some are sincere. And some, no doubt, are...

SHAMAN

SHAMAN

There was a tradition in the temple of Dodona that oaks first gave prophecies. The men of old in their simplicity, unlike young philosophy, deemed that if they heard the truth even from an oak or a rock, it was enough. - Socrates in Plato’s Phaedrus   I’ve been...

The Creative Process – Beauty is a Byproduct

The Creative Process – Beauty is a Byproduct

“You use a mirror to see your face, you use art to see your soul.” George Bernard Shaw Mark Nepo, the prolific poet, transformational writer, and cancer survivor has a new book out in 2019 called “drinking from the river of light - the life of expression,” (purposely...

Pickles, Dragons, and Creativity

Pickles, Dragons, and Creativity

For this article, I’ll write a little bit about my own creative process. I got myself into a pickle this summer... Well more like a big vat of pickles, more like an alchemical crucible I’ve agreed to immerse myself in until, hopefully, something crisp and tart and...

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

People say that what we are all seeking is the meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive. —Joseph Campbell, in an interview with Bill Moyers As Bob Dylan said in one of his songs, “I’m...

The Phoenix Rising – Creativity and Life Force

The Phoenix Rising – Creativity and Life Force

In so many ways, following through on a creative project teaches a radical level of mindfulness and self-compassion, as well as the grace of ruthless, unconditional forgiveness. The creative process instills a remarkable ability to not only tolerate ambiguity and...

Harmony Doesn’t Stand Still

Harmony Doesn’t Stand Still

Recently I was having a catch-up call with a close friend. She spoke of how many years it took for her to be able to love herself for the whole of who she was, where she could be a caring and kind friend, or at least friendish, towards even the more excruciating and...

Music and Healing : The Edge of Science

Music and Healing : The Edge of Science

  “It goes like this: the fourth, the fifth / the minor fall, the major lift.” From the song Halleluja, by Leonard Cohen I found myself in a dilemma in the process of writing this article. That’s not anything new, after all this is the creative process of writing...

Music and Healing – The Art of Listening

Music and Healing – The Art of Listening

I’m both excited and apprehensive about a six week course I will be teaching in the 2019 summer semester at Colorado Mountain College on the subject of music and healing. Wow. Music and Healing. Such immense topics. Both subjects...

Self-Compassion: Making Peace with the Predator

Self-Compassion: Making Peace with the Predator

Mindfulness. Compassion. Self-Compassion. Yeah nice stuff!  I was at at the Department of Motor Vehicles acting a bit spacey and muddled by the time I got to the counter. The nice lady with the camera smiled at me and said, "Take your time. Be mindful." I laughed and...