A poem about healing

This poem took sixty-five years to ripen and about an hour to put on paper. The healing of my prenatal traumas and environment were an essential part of that lifelong process. FORGIVEN Would now that I could take in mine the hands that left their marks on me or, quiet, hear anew the words that cut my heart and left … Read More

Worthiness and Love

Recognize the sacredness in yourself. You have within you a beautiful soul. The essence of that soul is love. I invite you to have an experience of the unconditional love of souls for one another and all of Creation. It’s a simple exercise: just read the next three paragraphs, then stop — don’t read farther — and take time to … Read More

Loving Nature, Hating Humans

Not long ago I listened to a young person talk for a time, then commented, “It sounds like you love nature and hate people.” She responded with a simple, firm, “Yes.” This young person is not alone in her feelings. Perhaps you too (almost certainly you too!) have had such feelings. Take your grief to nature. Settle in, get quiet. … Read More

Don’t Be Stressed, Be Blessed

We are all loved, small as we are. That love comes unconditionally and generously from Source, God, the Mystery, the Creator, Universe, or whatever other word you have for that power you understand to be all around, out of sight. A short time ago, I was speaking with a group of people who were preparing to undertake a Vision Quest, … Read More

Shamanism and the Drum Dance

My practice of shamanism is a path of connection both with the physical aspects of nature and with the unseen and unmeasurable spirits and energies of nature. My first steps on this path were about engaging with the physical world at the level of warm blood and green leaves, hard rocks and soft breezes. In the beginning this aspect felt … Read More

Beyond Affirmations: “What might it be like…?”

“I attract abundance and wealth.” “I have only positive feelings toward my brother.” “The world is a loving and generous place.” In a world where we’re bombarded with messages about our inadequacy, affirmations can feel like a breath of fresh air.  The positive images provide something to which we can aspire when we’re stuck in negative thinking or ways of … Read More

I have a son

I have a son. I’ve never played catch with him. I didn’t help him learn to ride a bicycle. I’ve never taken him fishing. I’ve never gotten on his case about getting better grades in school, or showed him how to change a tire, or talked to him about what it means to be a man. When he was just … Read More

Courage, leadership, commitment

Courage, leadership, and commitment. Three ideas that are sometimes difficult for me. Now and then I experience a pure and beautiful form of courage. That’s when I post stories like the one titled, ”I have a son.” Much of the time, though, I don’t feel courageous at all. I allow my fear of rejection, ridicule, or (worst of all) no … Read More

In Over Our Heads

We’re all in over our heads. Covid is a truly global pandemic, a completely new circumstance for humanity. It’s also an unprecedented opportunity to make decisions about the water we’re in more consciously than ever before. So let’s not think of drowning. Instead, let’s dive deep and really look into the water, to see what only becomes visible when we’re over … Read More

A Miracle with Emotional Freedom Techniques

An Amazing Healing of Endometriosis It was the first morning of a large outdoor event that Virginia and I had helped bring together. She asked me for an EFT treatment for menstrual cramps, saying that she didn’t want to become bedridden and unable to participate. As she expressed it to me, the cramping was so severe and the onset so … Read More