Someone else’s shoes

We’ve all heard the saying the above saying in one form or another, but what does it really mean? I’ll illustrate this with an example taken from a recent consult. A young woman came to me wanting to find out why her life wasn’t working the way she...

Live for This Moment

I write this in sorrow, having lost a dear friend of mine to cancer last night. She was the second one this year, and that’s two too many. I am very grateful that I was able to be there with her and her family for her last two days and that she was able to pass...

God Would Say…

Like many others I encounter who follow the shamanic path, I was raised to follow a formal mainstream religion. I am grateful to my parents for doing this as it allowed me to believe in something greater than myself. However, as time went by I grew away from the...

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There’s a billboard in front of a hotel’s meeting rooms facility that is just off one of the main freeways in San Diego. They always have clever, attention grabbing sayings. Given how we seem to be living in a world where people have ever thinner skin and...
The Power of Signs

The Power of Signs

One aspect of shamanism that can be used by anyone is that of signs and omens. I see many clients who come for healing or counseling sessions who want advice on how to improve their lives. While at times they do receive their answers in the session, as often as not...

Ditch the shoulds

Many people go through life with preconceived ideas of how life should be. These ideas come from all around us: parents, families, friends, society, and culture.  They are not all bad, and in fact they can be strong guiding forces when we need a beacon to guide...