Peace. The Good Message. Unity — Three principles for good governance and community.

  The Peacemaker Principles are a gift from the Haudenosaunee people, known incorrectly as the Iroquois. When followed with integrity, these Principles provide a model and process for communication that fosters awareness, respect, and unity. The story of the Peacemaker Principles goes back hundreds of years to a time when a man known as the Peacemaker came to the area occupied … Read More

From fingernail dirt to infinity

Yes, I do enjoy gardening. Connecting with the land, planting seeds and bulbs, feeling awe at the sight of new growth — all of these help me to know my belonging in this world. I also find satisfaction in exploring my place in a larger context, while being solidly planted in the earth. That’s what this piece is about. You, … Read More

Two small poems

Your Eyes, 1 If I don’t hold your gaze, perhaps it is because you are so beautiful that I would weep for joy just to look into your eyes. That can make small talk awkward. Your Eyes, 2 If I hold your gaze perhaps it is because I want you to see your beauty reflected in my eyes And know … Read More

If he can do that…

A few years ago I saw a video of a man who lived by himself on a lake in Alaska, in a cabin he had built from the trees he found there. It was small, with basic furnishings he had made and a well-designed kitchen. He had two dogs and a small herd of goats. In the opening scene he … Read More

Two Spiritual Paths, two poems

This post is about two paths of spiritual awakening that activate from the same place: an irresistible pull to know what lies beyond physical reality. Divergence Imagine that one of the paths goes to the right, the other to the left. The one to the right leads “down” into the earth, to the realm of plant spirits and medicines, the … Read More

No winter blahs!

Here we are, looking through a misty window at a combination of short days, grey skies, humidity, and what seems like a constant drip. Winter can seem like a hard time to enjoy being outside, when you’re near the Salish Sea off BC’s Wet Coast. Excuses are abundant: it’s too cold for gardening, too grey for feeling good, too wet … Read More

I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

I have always loved this poem. It was composed by John Magee, a Spitfire pilot serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force, at the beginning of the Second World War. He was 19 years old when he wrote these words, and still 19 when he died. Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, and danced the skies on … Read More

Born Whole post #18 – How you can work with me

Healing work: EFT and energetic/shamanic work for pre-birth or other life issues – A private session in person, on the phone, or online to heal your own pre-birth (or past life, or current life)  traumas and issues one on one, in privacy and full confidentiality. Training in Spiritual and Shamanic awareness, expansion, and power –  Two introductory online workshops where … Read More

Telling the truth

The Leopard told me once “It’s hard work, being a Grandfather”. Years have gone by; more and more, I understand. The Leopard gave me courage – the years, clear sight. My duty now is to tell the truth. Some truth lifts, pleases, brings joy. Other truth stings, touches grief. I owe you both. Knowing that some will hurt, I owe … Read More

Born Whole post #17 – Appendix 3: The Beginnings of Physical Existence

Later in the research, Grant and I decided to take another journey. This was a side trip from our initial pre-conception-to-birth itinerary. We would begin again at the point when the Chosen One among the eggs was about to be released from the ovary. However, this time we would move not forward but backward in time. Our goal was to … Read More