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Dreams about my Dad

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Bittersweet dreams of Dad this morning... I remember arriving back in Flushing (Queens) after a long day of psych clients. I had gotten off the 7 train, and I was walking around my old neighborhood, observing how it had changed for the summer months. NYC in summer is full of Magic, and I miss my hometown greatly... I had run up the stairs towards the apt on Parsons & Sandford, and saw that the second set of white granite steps had been replaced with a giant community altar, done in the Central American style. Neighbors were placing their wrapped packages inside a carved-out section (similar to the Maya wrapped offering bundles), and I began searching through my purse to add my own offerings. All I had was loose change, and I left two different offerings within the small cache. After that, I stood up, walked around the crowd, and continued up to the apt. I went through the outer door (never locked), and tried to find my keys for 1-G. They had broken off, and I remember feeling annoyan…

15 minute shamanic drumming video now online!

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In the past 2-3 years of teaching shamanic journeying techniques, many of my students have asked for a recorded version of the Pathworking used in classes.
Longer drumming journeys will be recorded soon, but here is a short 15-minute video to help folks Journey at home:

If you are in the Washington DC/DelMarVa area, I would love to work with you in class! Email me today, and I'll add you to my roster (also available via Facebook). For those that aren't local, email me anyways, and I will help you find a teacher local to you (i.e., shamanic referral process).
Blessings!

Q & A regarding Core Shamanism, Traditional Shamanism, and Initiations

A few weeks ago, I was asked to respond to different questions surrounding a range of issues in Modern Shamanism today: the apparent dichotomy between "core shamanism" vs. traditional/indigenous shamanism, initiations from priests vs. initiations from Spirits, and how to find an effective Teacher.

I am asked these questions often by different students and clients, and I suspect that many others are as well. Working with the wonderful search engine of Google (sometimes laughingly called, "the new version of the Library of Alexandria"), I can find hundreds of articles about the above-mentioned debates, using both academic and experiential data to inform their theories.

Using my ongoing studies, as well as my seven years of public healing work, I have formed my own opinions as well! Here are some of the highlights from my interview with a new researcher:

Q: "Many scholars have distinguished between traditional shamanism and 'core' shamanism, the non-denomi…