What is a Power Animal?

Power animals are spirit guides in animal form, valuable allies who can help you navigate through life’s challenges and transitions. You can turn to these perceptive and trustworthy oracles for advice and counsel on any questions or concerns, for they’re exceptional teachers who will help you learn about both the spirit and the natural world. Working with them on a regular basis will enhance your personal life and expand your spiritual capacities immensely. Power animals can appear in meditations, visions, dreams, ...
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Ancestors, Ancestors We Are Calling

Ancestors, ancestors, we are calling Ancestors, ancestors, hear our call Sing or chant the above words for at least four rounds, as you stand in honor of the ancestors to welcome them. As you do, create a simple gesture to welcome the ancestors, such as prayer hands over the heart, or raised to the heavens. Ask your body to help you create it and include some form of movement. Have fun with it but also be focused on the welcome. Try it ...
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Problem Solved

An axiom that has been circulating the Internet via Facebook lately caught my attention. It was, “My therapist set half of a glass of water in front of me. He asked if I was an optimist or a pessimist. So, I drank the water and told him I was a problem solver.” It’s a well-worn adage that if you see it as half full or half empty, it suggests that you’re either an optimist or a pessimist. Yet another option ...
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Shamanism and Acting

In a recent article I described my foray into an acting class that meets once a week. In it I describe how I was so intrigued with my first experience in that class that I knew I had to keep going, even though I have no real desire to pursue that path professionally. Well, okay, confession: I have thought about it but I realized very quickly it’s not what I’m supposed to be doing right now. Over the past several ...
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Stop Acting!

A few months ago my niece Jordan, 16 years old at the time, indicated she wanted to find an agent and receive some training so she could start working as and actress and model. She and her two younger sisters had gotten some print modeling jobs a few years back so she was somewhat familiar with the process. Though most of the agents and acting schools were in Los Angeles, fifty miles away, through her research she found a local ...
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Becoming Gratitude

In the northern hemisphere we now enter the season of the harvest, marked most obviously by the celebration of Thanksgiving here in the U.S. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and pause to appreciate the abundant bounty that is available to us. It’s a time to share and open our hearts to others. It’s an opportunity to extend our gratitude to all the gifts we have in this lifetime, including the gift of life itself and the ...
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SDD: Spiritual Deficit Disorder

Although I don’t care to make New Year’s resolutions, I do set intentions and write them out at the beginning of each year. One of these is to do a shamanic journey at least four times a week or more. Though I occasionally have lapsed with this commitment, this year so far I’m on target. In a journey I did on the morning of December 28, I had quite a conversation with Ana’o’oto, whom I also refer to as Grandfather, ...
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(#25) LADYBUG SAYS: “Notice the Little Things”

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” —Leo Buscaglia “I think it's important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy.” —Paula Cole There are some rosebushes in our side yard and unless you go around a corner of the house, you would miss them. About a week ago I wandered there and was struck by several roses on three different bushes ...
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(#24) MONKEY SAYS: “Try Something New”

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”—Brian Tracy “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”—Walt Disney When my now adult daughters Nicole and Catherine were children, whenever they would say, “Dad, I’m bored!” I would often say, “Good! That means something creative is about to happen!” I wasn’t being ...
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(#23) WOLF SAYS: “You Are Safe and Protected”

“Don't give in to your fears. If you do, you won't be able to talk to your heart.” ― Paulo Coelho “There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.” —Andre Gide Psychologist Abraham Maslow presented his concept of a hierarchy of needs in 1943 and it has since become a staple of psychological teachings. He identified five levels of needs, often presented as a pyramid drawing, one level of needs layered on the other. The foundation ...
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