The Sacred Blog

A Native Smoke Ritual For Renewal And Clarity

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into any place of worship or sacred ceremony, there is always one repeating theme? Yes, the symbols and prayers spoken may be different, but one thing is universally present – the use of smoke. Beyond its pleasing aromatic qualities, smoke is viewed in many ...

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8 Herbs That Calm Your Mind

A few months ago, I had the honor of sitting down with the godmother of American herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar, at her magical home in Vermont. We were honored to film her as part of our upcoming documentary series on Plant Medicine… Today, I’d love to share a quick video from our encounter with ...

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A Solstice Fire Ceremony and A Hopi Prayer

The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is a sacred time to express our gratitude to the yellow dwarf star at the center of our solar system – the sun. For without it, life could not exist. It has been celebrated by our ancestors for centuries. From Scandinavian Norsemen, we gain the ...

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A Winter Shrine To The Sacred Pine

As the winter solstice approaches, there is an ancient tradition that many of us still practice. Many adults and children alike here in the States and around the world get into the holiday spirit by hauling a bushy evergreen tree into the living room, standing it up in a prominent location and decorating it ...

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A Native Sun Prayer To Brighten Your Day

Something stunning happened while I was driving my son to school yesterday morning. My eyes were fixed on the dark, dawn-lit road ahead as my mind was busy mulling over the various things on my schedule for the day. Then I noticed a gigantic ball of flame creeping over the trees into the sky. A sense of ...

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3 Gratitude Rituals For Joy And Wonderment

Did you know that it’s almost impossible to be upset and grateful at the same time? It’s one of those universal truths that is easy to prove – just try it yourself. Being thankful flips a switch inside of you that clears out any negative feelings you were experiencing a few moments before. “Gratitude ...

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The One Thing I Had To Give Up

Sometimes the one thing that is slowly sabotaging our lives is right under our noses. When we feel “out of whack”, our monkey minds tend to blame someone or something outside of ourselves – the over demanding boss, the guy who cut you off in traffic, the child who refuses to listen, the ...

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A Morning Prayer To Start Your Week

With the onset of autumn here in the northern hemisphere, the cold dark mornings can make it difficult to jumpstart your day. This is where a morning mindfulness prayer can really come in handy. I recently came across a beautiful, short Ayurvedic prayer that is a reminder of the beauty and wonders of the ...

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3 Wild Herbs For Lucid Dreaming

Do you remember what you dreamt about last night?  How about the night before? For thousands of years, we humans have placed a ton of value on the content of these bedtime reveries, deriving inner wisdom and even premonitions from them. Dreaming feels like a birthright, an extra sense that allows us to ...

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The Ancient Art Of Chakra Bathing

Okay, I have to admit—it took me a while to get on board with my chakras. First of all, they don’t teach us about our energy systems in science class. Second, we can’t see them, so they’re not obvious parts of our bodies like, say, our hands. But the more I learned about chakras, and the more I got in...

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Soul Wisdom From The Dagara Tribe

This morning, I came across a bit of wisdom from the Dagara people of West Africa that really struck a chord. The words below were spoken by Malidoma Patrice Somé, a spiritualist and writer from this tribe, whose work is centered on the ancestral healing traditions and sacred rituals of his people. In Dagara...

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A Modern-Day Shaman Shares Her Wisdom

A few days ago, I had the honor of speaking with a woman who has made a profound impact on the world of shamanic healing over the past 30 years. Her name is Sandra Ingerman and her wisdom stems from ancient healing traditions deep in Siberia, the land where the word “shaman” originates. The presence she ...

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