A Powerful Habit I Learned From A Shaman

March 6, 2017 161 Comments

A few years ago, a shaman in Honduras taught me an extremely useful technique that gives you clarity on your path and dissolves stress and anxiety. It’s had a pretty profound effect on my life and today I’d like to share it with you.

Like much of the healing wisdom that comes from native cultures, this teaching began with an observation about nature.

As we sat together, the curandero asked me how I felt about deer. Yes, our furry four-legged friends that frolic in the forest.

He explained that they are a mighty power animal and a great role model for us humans to learn from.

A deer knows it’s a deer. It has no inner conflict about its past, its purpose, its needs, or its destiny. It lives in the moment and is 100% resourceful at all times, minute by minute, its senses completely keen, its focus pure and unburdened.”

Can you say that you spend most of your day this way? Or even just an hour? Some might argue this is not even possible in today’s world.

While we may not be able to live with completely clear and open minds like our furry counterparts, we CAN begin to nurture longer stretches of this purity in our lives.

How do we do this?

An Ancient Technique:

The practice below is all about noticing and preventing yourself from being derailed mentally and emotionally.

What do I mean by the word “derailed”? I’m talking about any time you allow yourself to be distracted by thoughts that aren’t serving you.

For example, you wake up and are having a beautiful morning until you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and notice something you don’t like. “Wow, I’m getting… (fill in the blank with your personal peeve about yourself – old, fat, skinny, bald, ugly, pale, stupid…).”

This is the bright shiny detour sign that beckons you to stop traveling your peaceful path and start engaging in negative self-analysis. Most of the time we don’t even notice this road sign – we just fly right off the highway into the valley of the downward spiral.

This can be a 5 to 10 minute dialogue with yourself, laden with lower thoughts, that saps your energy for an hour, and sometimes the entire day.

The mirror is just one example, but it could be a phone call, a text message, a minor inconvenience that triggers a stress response, or the product of just overthinking your life with a busy brain instead of simply being in the moment.

So many ways to get there, but the destination is the same.


As you work with them, you begin to see these mental detours for what they truly are – invisible bars of a cage imprisoning your true self.

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Here is how I was taught to address these sneaky pitfalls and break the chains.

1) Pick an hour in your day. It doesn’t need to be quiet, or free of distraction. This practice is best done during your everyday life. You can be at work, with family, doing household chores, out for a hike ­– the only thing that matters is that you’re starting this hour in a positive and happy frame of mind.

2) The actual practice is simple. All I want you to do is proceed through life over the next 60 minutes, remaining as peaceful as you can. The only work you need to do is pay attention to your thoughts and gently note any times you find yourself slipping into negative self-talk, or getting derailed.

This derailing doesn’t need to be major for it to qualify – it can be as subtle as a 2 second judgment or brief moment of anxiety.

To be clear, this practice is not about working with the negative thought pattern whatsoever. We are simply taking inventory of what comes up in our periphery over the course of an hour of daily life. The more emotionally neutral you can be, the more information you will pick up.

The shaman gave me this bit of wisdom before I started:

“We are watching our thoughts like a child on a river bank takes note of what floats by. Curious, playful even, but unattached.”

You might want to write these negative triggers down so that they can be worked with later, but this is completely your choice.

This life habit has helped me in two key ways:

      • These points of disruption as we walk through life are great entryways or portals into deeper inner work LATER.
      • The simple act of observing and acknowledging your triggers with an open and neutral eye can bring healing to them in ways that your brain cannot quantify. The light of consciousness is healing in itself.

If you’re up for it I’d like to challenge you to one of these power hours of self-discovery. Anyone can do it, and the benefits to body and soul can be extraordinary.

Yes, this is work. But it’s some of the most rewarding work I know of.

Are you with me?

Much love,


PS: When I first started doing this I found it was hard to pick up on the triggers themselves. I had almost programmed myself to ignore these subtleties in my reality. But once I began tracing negative emotions backward to where they sprouted, I had a huge a-ha moment. Once you notice how and when the seed is planted, you can begin to do more conscious inner gardening.

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Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and producing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick's current role as executive producer of the docuseries "Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science" and "Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness" stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the natural healing knowledge and earth-based medicines that our ancestors passed down to us.

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  1. Heron says:

    So interesting to receive this today, as last night in my dream I had many deer in my house – so many that I was tripping over them. I let them outside to feed, etc., then opened the door for them to come back in.

    • norma says:

      Thank you for your great post. I live on an island with a lot of deer. We love their gentle presence and daily lessons. Sometimes I spend a lot of time simply connecting with them, watching, respecting from a distance and it is always so healing, clearing, grounding. ANimals are so powerful with their lessons. THank you for the reminder and the excercise.

  2. Donald says:

    Thank you!

  3. Wietse says:

    A great habit, never top late to start with. Uncovering he hidden.

  4. GARY says:

    type your comment here…This is great and it really works . Thank you

  5. Wietse says:

    I meant: never too late to start with. Uncovering the hidden. In myself.

  6. J Ojeda says:

    Starting T O D A Y and t h a n k. Y O U!

  7. Taylor Kay Stephens says:

    Great analogy being a dear! For some reason this resonated with me – thanks for sharing this.

  8. Ingrid says:

    I’m with you Nick … how beautifully, elegantly, lovingly, simple … thank you :o)

  9. Maryann Ayer says:

    When I see deer, I am overcome with the same joy and awe I feel when I look at an infant. Now I know why. Much love back to you, Nick. Keep doing sacred things.

  10. Wynja says:

    Thank You for shearing this!

  11. Josephine Rakow says:

    Beautiful and constructive message. Thank you!

  12. Kathy says:

    Thank you! I am putting this into practice today!

  13. Mari says:

    “Dear-ailed” – when our thoughts are less than kind and loving toward ourselves …
    “Dear-healed” – when we regard ourselves with loving-kindness, body mind heart spirit “whole-d”
    Dearly appreciate this “dear-deer” reminder today! Thank you so much!

  14. Patty says:

    I love this! The association of the deer’s ability to stay focused and alert and the ability for us to use this to help ourselves was an a-ha moment for me.
    Thank you so much!

  15. SusanGoodBear says:

    Clearly, this is a form of meditation. Thank you.

  16. Morag says:

    Deer weren’t in my dreams last night but a piglet and a young foal were… as often happens in dreams, strangely, I found myself unfolding the animals and once unfolded they filled out and went on to enjoy themselves playing…. nice to watch!

  17. vicki says:

    Thank You Nick -I needed this today. Blessings

  18. Max says:

    Yesterday, the first thing I saw when I looked out my bedroom window as a young buck walking up the hill. I took a photo to share on Facebook.
    This advice you have shared sounds wonderful. I will start practicing today! Thank you!

  19. Nadananda says:

    Thank you for sharing this particular process, looks very helpful. I look forward to trying this.

  20. Samantha says:

    Thanks so much …..it is a challenge for me, but your guidance is always welcomed & inspiring. I’ll do my best…In Love & Light.

  21. Nana Schimka says:

    Thank you so much ! This came at the exactely right time!

  22. Linda says:

    This is awesome. One of my favprotes

  23. Pat Wiggins says:

    Thank you for this positive fun activity. You are the best!

  24. Marisa says:

    Gratitude for share.

  25. Isabelle says:

    Thoughts come and go… like visitors, sometimes you just have to kick them out. i just try not to take them too seriously if they upset me. If they keep coming back, I try to do something about it. I don’t judge myself for having them, I am very forgiving. It is part of my self-care routine.

    • Denise says:

      I like the way you seem to so easily forgive yourself and how you’ve captured this as ‘self care’….very lovely!

  26. Sue says:

    Yes, mindfulness. It makes the world easier to love in. Thanks for that.

  27. Theresa says:

    Your technique is amazing.

  28. Felicia Bander says:

    Really glad to be on this mailing list. I’m gonna try this practice very very soon. Thanks for everything!

  29. Marg says:

    It’s the “letting go” of the derailing thoughts/actions that’s the hard part. They tend to get into the autonomic, unconscious parts of our being before we realize it. I’ll try your technique. Thanks

  30. Patricia says:

    The image in my mind of sitting on the riverbank and just watching/observing my thoughts—without judgment or action—evokes a clearer understanding of meditation. Thanks!

  31. Sharlyn says:

    Amazing timing. Thank you

  32. Debrah says:

    Thank you so much for this information. It happens to be just what I’m working on.

  33. Jacquie says:

    When i see ” sacred science ” appear in my mailbox, i am always happy and impatient to read your message. Tonight’s message is one of the most powerfull and has already an impact on me. Nick, thank you sooo much for sharing this deep teaching with us, and all my thanks to the Shaman.
    I’ll put it into practice right away, it came for me at the Exact Right Moment !

  34. Lynn Pierce says:

    I love this quote:“We are watching our thoughts like a child on a river bank takes note of what floats by. Curious, playful even, but unattached.” Really changes the perspective on those random thoughts.

  35. Meg says:

    Thanks for this wisdom put in a way I haven’t quite heard before

  36. Arthur Tassinello says:

    Thank you for all the positive and helpful messages you send.

  37. Andrea says:

    Thanks so so much.I really appreciate learning this info more than you even know.I will definitely apply these principles to my life.Thanks Nick.

  38. Timothy says:

    A Terrific piece of Wisdom.!

  39. Michele says:

    Love the post, and appreciate you taking the time to share and educate us humans that are trying to understand how to live in harmony with our surroundings

  40. Kellie says:

    Yes, I’m with you!! I will start today. Tomorrow at the latest. 🙂

  41. Eagle says:

    I had heard about this several years ago and totally forgot about it. Thank you for sharing….Very powerful!

  42. margeaux says:

    I love this site, a shaman is my true holy man, Thank you.

  43. Marty says:

    Thank you for this information, I derail myself all the time.

    • FLAMISSIA says:

      Great description of mindfulness meditation, Nick. Powerful practice indeed. Hey encouraging to hear it from a shamans perspective. I learned it from a Tibetan lineage, practiced it at Hindu ashram, and when joined Christian in Centering Prayer. Out it’s so basic and so universal. Your post has motivated me to return to daily practice. And you make it so simple – no need to sit on a cushion or chant or anything. Love it!

  44. Ruth says:

    This is SO helpful – thank you.

  45. Amina says:

    Thank you!

  46. ShannonMcRae says:

    Thank you for this timely blog.

  47. Vickie says:

    Looked at myself first thing this AM and thought oh my I am really getting old. This started the distractions about my weight, age, finances etc etc, as I proceeded to overindulge ( once again) keep thinking I must get up and start moving before I visit my son this year who lives in the Amazon. So, have put on my joggers for a still walk in our local parkland
    Thank you

  48. TonyD says:

    Thank you Nick, excellent advice and a quite unique approach.

  49. Steven says:

    This is really the same as Buddhist mindfulness practice.

  50. Larry says:


    I’m going to use this as I attempt to declutter my apartment (my life?) …here goes….


  51. Riesah says:

    Dear Nick, perfect timing for me and others I know who’ve been derailed by the chaos and distractions. Thank you and blessings.

  52. Norma says:

    The ashram I attend, you get to see many deer. They said that if a deer visit is because is blessing land. I believe that. Thank you for this teaching is like I was waiting for this lesson. Many thanks again.

  53. Maureen says:

    I love what you have shared and would love to become more deer like!
    Thank you.

  54. tom-paul says:

    Perfect, I have practiced this in the past… But lately…na… Thanks for RE-minding me, Im onto it. Cheers. tp

  55. Louise says:

    Thank you Nick for taking the time to share such a simple yet profound principle for peace. Our Western World is geared to telling us what we lack in order for us to buy and invest in the consumerism monster. This practise opens the door to the truth that we are even more majestic than the awesome and powerful deer! That makes us dangerous and exciting! Goodbye to the endless negative and hello to the truth which is always positive and full of possibilities! Bless you Nick for caring and sharing in such a beautifully simple way so we can start the year right!!

  56. Karen says:

    I love it. I am going to start doing it right away

  57. Claudia says:

    Dear Nick, Thank you for sharing this teaching, I desire with all my heart to start to practice this technique, you don’t know how much it means!

  58. Keith says:

    It’s going to interesting trying this and I think I’ll try while walking in the woods. Trees are my go to to be energized and relaxed at the same time.

  59. Delwayne says:

    I’ll try it!!!

  60. Aurelia says:

    Thank you for reminding me, it’s so beautiful to reach that place of peace in our life’s when we live in the now.

  61. Marian says:

    Thank you I think I heard this just when I needed it. I have been rather off balance and critical of myself lately and well this exersize is just what I need to be doing right now. So again thank you.

  62. Diana says:

    I appreciate your gentle way of passing useful information. Thank you for quality posts and for the work you do. God Bless.

  63. Cindy says:

    Thank you I will try it…just last week on the way home when everyone is rushing I passed a beautiful deer with antlers that has just been hit and killed minutes before. I stared right into his eyes…I was so upset and felt I had to pull over in a quiet place on the side of the road the moon was bight and I cried thanking the deer for his life for being so beautiful and peaceful … Maybe this is his gift back to me

  64. Rebecca says:

    Thank you. I appreciate and look forward to your e-mails/blogs.

  65. Marlene says:

    How appropriate it was for me to read this article today. I woke up feeling OK, then took a look at the mirror and noticed all my wrinkles – gosh I’m 77 – what do I expect. I noticed how the next thought followed on from that and on and on it went – until I became unconsciious again. I’m so understanding what thoughts do now. I can get an instant fit of anxiety, go hot and then terribly cold and realise I’ve been thinking ‘that thought’ again. I have to work hard to lift the rails to my brain that have been so well entrenched unknowingly at the time.
    Thanks Nick for sharing your wonderful gems with us. It is much appreciated. Many blessings to youl.

    • Glo rose says:

      Oh my Marlene ,we are reading from the same hymm sheet!,
      Good luck on your journey, all the best, your a star,
      Peace and healing,
      Glo x

  66. Jean Sikute says:

    I appreciated you actually telling us what to do. I need to work on this. Hope it’s helpful. I have chronic pain and chronic insomnia…so I could really use the help. Thank you.

  67. Luz says:

    thanks Nick ….. it’s like the flower, just being a flower ……. good reminder!..

  68. Matej says:

    Thank you Nick, so simple and yet so powerful!

  69. sarveshwer tiwary says:

    To enlight pure human rational being ,wisely you have exalted >deer< pure animal being ,both created by pure almighty creator. The deer is attached to its nature. May I submit ,the pure human rational being is being victim of engulfing consumerism alarming materialism , so languish.

  70. Grace says:

    Thank you for this useful advise

  71. Wim. says:

    Thanks, my dear Nick,
    This is very helpfull.
    I live in the now in LIGHT and LOVE, and will look 4 these moments.
    This Mr. Pedram brought Me interesting excercises, but never respondet on my questions. I deleted Him. In respect. I love U! <3 <3 Have a nice sun(ny)day. From germany, where father suns shining through the clouds 2 tell Me: its oké, Ur doing well. What I learned from 1 Shaman: every morning at sunrise I go out barfeet greeting and caressing mother/father earth and the plants,talking with the birds and stay some time hand in branch with a bush, feeling eternity and whatever comes. 1 day there came 1 white light., that filled Me.

  72. Ali says:

    Thank you very much for this lesson.
    This is what I really need at the moment. I will integrate it in my life.

  73. Paul says:

    Hi Nick, thank you for sharing your experiences of which I am willing to give a go/
    I know deep down inside that it makes sense.
    Many Bright Blessings.

  74. Sonia says:

    You always do it to me!! How you manage to give the right message at the right time that is. You must be on your way to becoming a shaman yourself, and this is evidence of it.
    May your life be filled with good hearted people just like you, who are there to offer you well meant advice when you need it the most too!!!!!

  75. Kari says:

    Thank you for posting this. I’ve struggled for decades with depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. I’ve discovered some major triggers, but never associated the tiny daily negative thoughts with how I feel. It seems totally do-able & hopefully effective.

  76. Sally says:

    Thank you I needed this

  77. Joe says:

    Many thanks for this and all of the other great stuff you guys have given us recently.

    My friend unfortunately hit a deer on his way to work last Monday and is still in a state of devastated shock, so I will pass this exercise on to him to help with his healing.


  78. Patricia Zecha says:

    Thank you Nick, always love your words of wisdom and sharing it as well! Many Blessings

  79. katrina says:

    Thank you for this post. I never thought about being such a great animal. However I will watch them more closely now. Because of there strength I will remember that I have that same strength. I will be more conscious from this day forward. The pass is behind me the future I can see, however the present is where I want to live going forward.

  80. Meg says:

    Hi Nick, thank you for sharing your story and experience of inner work. When I was reading this post right after reading the steps on what to do for this practice, my mind suddenly switched to positive mode. In our busy daily lives we get so caught up in our minds and the things that don’t matter around us. We need to pay more attention to nature that surrounds us and remind ourselves to be living in peace as the deer do in their natural habitat. Thank you for reminding me to reconnect with nature. I will start my practice today and look forward to that one hour to feel completely happy, and hopefully that hour will add up each day until it become a full day of living In peace.

  81. Pam says:

    Thank you for this wonderful message and exercise. I am struck by how simple and honest it is, yet aware that the healing can go very deep.

  82. Barbara says:

    Loved the Powerful Habit and the analogy of the deer. I started today. So helpful and powerful. You sent an email regarding your Dvd and I wanted to let you know I have already purchased it, and “the
    Sacred Cookbook.” I am enjoying both immensely. Thank you so much.

  83. Sandra says:

    This came in the right moment, the same day I’ve asked myself exactly how to overcome stress. Thank you very much.

  84. Deb says:

    I see deer near my home several times a week. They always make me smile and remind me to be gentle with my words, my behaviour, my actions…often steering me away from thoughts that are negative and harsh. For this reason, I always feel blessed to catch sight of them.
    This is a lovely idea, to spend some time simply observing our thoughts without judgement.
    Thank you as always!

  85. Ewa says:

    I will try to do it. Seems to bring peace.

  86. Lori Anne says:

    Dear Nick – thank you for this e-book and for sharing sacred secrets. I have Native American ancestry and send you heartfelt gratitude for this special gift. May your work continue; may you feel appreciated for what you are doing; and may abundance and inner peace be with you always.
    Light, Love & Peace 🙂

  87. Janet pomponio says:

    Sounds like something I need in my life. When I got older I thought things would get easier. Not so. I’d like to be able to ignore all the politics being thrown at us and thinking I’m to stupid e
    To understand it all.

  88. Soulla says:

    Thank you dear Nick for this information especially about the raindeers because when I was under a lot of stress I kept noticing raindeer images. Perhaps, some inner healing was taking place… Sending LOVE and LIGHT!

  89. Janette says:

    Thanks for this lesson. I have noticed how often this thinking can lead to spiraling into an entire play in my mind.

  90. Bessie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. My ancestors come from Honduras., My grandmother was a Curandera … We lived in Island of Amapala ( La Tigra) I have that gift ” El Don” like we say it in Honduras….I’m exploring every bit of… Thank you for the reminder. ❤️ ❤️

  91. Charlie says:

    This teaching just reenforces The Witness Consciousness that is tought in Yoga.

  92. Ana says:

    YES, synchronicity. I just recently spontaneously started this! Certain useful info including your article have appeared. Ha!

  93. Gesence Westlund says:

    Thanks Nick!! This Ancient technique came in the right time for me!

  94. Terry says:

    Yup Yukyukyukamuccà — MACA 😉 XY&Z Dearest – Feel LlV, its a beautiful day y’II… I have to write how I feel like writing.

    I’m “trying” to get an ice fishing adventure day together for all intentional purposes… A kind of until he’ll freezes overall – Well, w/ &/or when we can get together with good ice awa inclusive of and for all peoples, sentient beings, children etc., Ohm heck, l bought a kite and we haven’t had any ‘wind’ until today-l mean three days of calm… & warming warmth / Catch & Release 0nly

    Also, I’m not ready to call it a victory until we have something that can help……
    Dreams and aspirations awa Art are smoke signals connecting the one tribe over-time.

    • Stories and myths do the same.

    Often we are so greatly taxed by circumstances that we lose the larger view of time and how we are always related,not only to those around us but to those who came before us and those who will come after us.
    Often when I’m thrown out of my own complications, I feel a sense of any of this larger tribe that I can never quite name or place. When tossed into great loss &/or ***wonder……


    It’s a given & Given how buried we are in our dunes of knowledge and given how little we(wind) truly know, the sciences suggest that we might do better to name MO ourselves as Homo spiritus, Latin for spirit or breath. Better for us to go about our quest for true knowing by acknowledging that we are, spirited beings most aware of this, common life force that moves through everything. Then knowing is how we engage & engaged……….

    ***this common life force, not how we describe it. It’s then Community becomes the art and science of understanding and engaging the life force that moves through everything. All other communities are functioning organs of this bodiless body — we call the living universe. Our forgetfulness of this elemental F£€$lNG connection causes much suffering.

    Like – ic-knowledge-Ing ***What does s/he see? Sea? That they couldn’t ‘Iet’ go of??? Or was it invariably, just trash, could they have picked up after themselves? Was it the light on their necks? Or the thunder!?! &/or those big glassy eyes taking in everything.

    The Cure Is to see the child w/i asking for you not to deny it, &/or come out to play…. the extremely amazing amount of knowledge we do not sea in a knowing child.

    Unmistakably… Unmist The Child!!!

    Mistaking repetition for accuracy, we live for years on end in a continuous bullshit machine created by right wing nuts in government and their PR agencies, the corporate controlled media, a sleeping giant in every sense of the word. Somehow individually and collectively, we will believe security comes from principles and from controlling other people. But the kind of SOUP SOUP SOUP Sope, that kind of security simply doesn’t exist.

    In other words, learning to describe, to speak what is simply true, requires an unlearning of hard-earned preconceptions and a relearning of how to perceive with as little preconception as possible. Knowing The difference between perception and conception and getting good, through practice, at distinguishing between the two can save your life. Both the quality and length of your life can be increased through learning to focus on making a distinction over and over again between value-laden words and descriptive words.

    Descriptions make pictures happen in the minds of the speaker and the hearers, create experiences like sexual excitement, anger, righteous indignation, embarrassment, sympathy, sadness, joyfulness, or laughter. An honest person is one who is creating vivid pictures, feelings, sounds, and smells in the singular attempt to portray what has occurred or is occurring within her or around her. An honest person is concerned (st) foremost with accuracy. Being honest is not just for the sake of feeling good about being a virtuous person; it is a very vital necessity.

    •That means your life depends on it.

    Learning how to be honest and being willing to do so is the cure for all non-environmental stress disorders. It is the key to managing the disease of moralism. It is the most worthwhile focus of our attention as humans of this time and the only thing with half a chance to save us from ourselves. This is vital to our life and to the survival of life for all of us.

    Our problems do not arise from not thinking enough before we speak. Just the opposite is true. The way we learn to think and modify what we have to say before we speak kills millions of us unnecessarily and lays waste most of the cripples left, injured but still alive.

    I Believe the ways we take care of ourselves so poorly arise out of the starvation we experience from being cut off from the nourishment of commonplace experience, including the experience of intimacy. We are responsible for cutting ourselves off from experience by substituting our interpretations of reality with & for reality. We invent some fundamental lies about how life should be and shouldn’t be, how ‘a life’ is or isn’t according to what we have taught ourselves to ignore or deny and what can or cannot be talked about.

    We compensate for our sense of something missing in our board him with a kind of frenetic, compulsive use of food, alcohol, and drugs to try to get temporarily from imprisonment in our own minds.

    ***We are all liars. People with notable stress disorders like ulcers, insomnia, spastic so-called lightest, etc., are worse liars the normal people, although so-called normal people are generally unhappy from lying, withholding, hiding, and avoiding boarder lined on having spastic, whichever.

    UHGa bugga Yup Yukyukyukamuccà MACA maca god, or worse… abating as well.

    A lot of what I have ,touché….. to say is depressing and negative. E Nevertheless, I invite you to take courage from what I say and begin the work of learning to tell the truth. When I say what people normally do & what l normally do, please take it as a personal invitation to be abnormal.

    The Best way to judge what is normal is simply to look into the faces of people walking down the street or on the freeways while driving to work. Keep track of how many look happy. In my most recent count, seven out of ten looked either dead or damned unhappy. This is an invitation to have not just abnormality from someone who has tried both normalization & l have a limit to ‘The line Iike the rest’ like & the abnormal truth telling.

    Thank you for your support.


    PSYCH, l hope you enjoyed this LlLbity rant! PeaceA choice made on purpose — a possible choice of a way to live — LlV!

  95. Cynthia says:

    Recurring dreams of my Gradmothers home….. a deer met me outside a hospital while I was awaiting robot surgery to remove my uterus. … I knew I would be ok….and I was.

  96. Jose L. Oliva says:

    It seems that I drive parallel lines of thought with you. The reign of consciousness is very wide. It requires a defined intention to spell out all the trash that postpones our real freedom in all dimensions. Once this illusory garbage is eradicated the path is open for us to reinforce our clear choice. I found a very interesting article and a shamanistic perspective of cohesiveness with nature. We, ‘civilized men’ should think and act that way too for the sake of our planet. Thank you for your effort.

  97. barb says:

    I’m my own worst enemy. Poor, poor, pitiful me. I needed to see and read this. I’m on-board with you

  98. Christine says:

    Very useful, Nick. Thank you.

  99. Don says:

    Thank u Nick. Will try to practice!

  100. Cheryl says:

    Can you say Devine timing? Yes I’m in

  101. Ruth says:

    Thank you for this i did this sppntaneously at work last week and it was very powerful. I too love deer they hold a very special place for me but I don’t see then so often as I am in Australia.

  102. Mac says:

    Hi . This is a beautiful technique and I confirm its efficacy. We practise it in yoga also. After being established, it can be extended to the whole day, and on enjoys perennial bliss. Thank you

  103. Paula says:

    As simple as these instructions are, doing it consistently can be extremely difficult. I hope to make it a routine that supports me every day of my life. I’ve realized that paying attention to myself in this intent way is a doorway into my very soul and into knowing myself. Thank you Nick, for the inspiration you share, the source it touches and the love you exude. Many blessings…

  104. Jeanne says:

    I find I do this so often in my day. Distractions, negative thoughts, multi-taking…
    I will try this, thanks Nick

  105. Justin Perryman says:

    Nick I live in states and have a second home in Honduras
    Is there a way j can contact this shaman when I’m in Honduras thanks Justin.

  106. Darla says:

    I find the truth re-sounds it self thanks for sharing.

  107. Jan says:

    In the midst of a life threatening illness and rolling with the sea waves, I suddenly found myself in the oceanic fury of all the unfulfilled desires of my life and the unslaught of financial worries…Major Triggers which will not likely help me heal other than to bring HUGE AWARENESS TO MY PATTERNS.THANK GOD A TREE DOES NOT CARE IF IT HAS WRINKLES .Does it worry that it has no lover….I am walking my path.Sat Nam.

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  109. Barbara Sinclair says:

    Thanks, Nick! I LOVE this! 🙂

  110. Lesli says:

    I’ve been doing this for about a year now and it seriously has been a game changer for me emotionally…..I can now control my temper and my inner sadness because I have traced my thoughts back to the root o them and done the inner work……Shamans have always intrigued me and I have much respect for them….I just wish we had more connection with them and their ways so I just try to spread light and wish for everyone to find their inner shaman as I’m learning to invoke that into my own life…..Thank you Nick! As always it’s another beautiful,post full of integrity and honesty. You’re a beautiful soul Nick…..

  111. Beryl Mallinson says:

    Thank you so much for this-I am being presented with this knowledge in so many different ways over the last while. I am grateful for the different perspectives and the reminders. Your site is one I highly value.

  112. Janet says:

    This is how the deer gets shot and his head gets mounted to the wall above somebody’s
    fireplace. He stands there, like the deer in the headlights, and makes for a perfect target.

  113. Pedro says:

    Great !!!

    Thank you for sharing !!!!!

  114. Karen says:

    Very useful reminder. I have come upon this practice on my own, after making an abrupt change in lifestyle, and geographic location. It forced me into living in the present moment, and in doing so, I began to notice how much of my thinking was useless, which was disrupting my present experience. The result after 3.5 years has been an illusive feeling, most of my life (I’m 72)…I am happy. I am peaceful. I am.

  115. Nalini says:

    I can see that the deer is not worried about its past and the other things and is completely present at any given Time. To me this means it is also switched on to its fear of would be predators if the deer is living in a tropical zone. That means that the shaman has not chosen the correct animal – an elephant or a lion or a crocodile may have been good examples to my understanding. In documentaries of wild animals one can see the same traits as humans. They do worry about the future – especially mothers with babies who have to keep moving their babies every few days to avoid them being killed by other predators – how different is that from our forward planning? I may be wrong in understanding the shaman however I loved the meditation thanks

    • Marie says:

      I must be one of the few who has to disagree. First I have never seen a wild deer ,only on wildlife programmes on TV. In the rutting season they fight furiously to be top dog and the winner has a docile band of females followers. My main objection to the analogy is as follows, deer do not know they have limited time on this earth, so dont worry how short life is, they dont have to buy their food or pay to keep a roof over their heads, I could go on but you get my drift, May be you caught me on a bad day, and Im just in a bad mood, but all this sweetness and light is not reality. M

  116. Taryn Wayne says:

    Thank you!!! At around the age of 19, I had about a 10 minute experience of looking in the mirror and seeing myself as a deer! It was so intense that I told all of my friends who I was hanging out with that night to look at me and tell me if they saw it too…and some of them did! So this was a beautiful message and practice to come upon today. Thanks again for your work!

    PS. I am also having a session with my Shaman today for the first time in years!

  117. Lynda says:

    Thank you Nick, The deer is so sweet and precious. Great wisdom, I’m doing this exercise starting today. Perfect for me, not enjoying the derailment at all.

  118. Yoshiko says:

    Thank you! A big YES! and I will! I was ignoring your mail for a long time,but some reason I read this and there was a message . Thank you again for sending it in a way that I could understand what it is so important for me to practice about every moment of my living to become a better and capable human.

  119. Nicki Goff says:

    Just what I needed to read today, Nick, as I’ve been having challenges with my meditative silences lately. Thank you

  120. Sandy Artman says:

    I’m with you, Nick. Thank you for this since I especially appreciate being able to integrate this into my everyday activities. I am focused on eliminating toxicity from my life and this practice fits in beautifully. I feel challenged to establish a peaceful center amidst the bombardment of negative energy that is so pervasive right now. I am living in the “valley of the downward spiral” much more than I want to be and so your words are a guidepost to getting back on the path. Blessings to you. (Let me take this opportunity to thank you, also, for introducing me to Nick Ortner and the Tapping Solution!)

  121. Gloria says:

    Thank You, Nick

  122. Maureen Chandler says:

    I claim it!

  123. John McIlwain says:

    Very much a classic mindfulness practice. Formal meditation helped me build the capacity to just sit by the river and watch the thoughts go buy, without a) following them (they have velcro on them!), or b) judging them. It’s taken me time to just let my thoughts be thoughts, with no need to believe in them or act on them. He’s a wise shaman, to be sure.

  124. linda donahue says:

    Fantastic Nick … such a great reminder. If you can follow these when they happen sometimes, you will begin to realize these are things being done to us, to keep us from becoming used to our presence of our personal power. These are veils being worked on as we speak. By us, I hope, by Angelic sources, … to dismantle or to quiet the volume of these exacerbating waves (12 things you should know about scalar waves). There is so much I do not know about these things, but keep the mind open, open to Truth, any and all Truth, then love whatever it is you are shown. And speak with love for all.
    Love and Light

  125. CHERYL says:

    Thank you for this article.
    Last year spirit suggested i become aware of my criticism and judgements of others. As a result I have noticed a long time knee pain has subsided considerably. I have also added, verbally, expressing gratitude for such such as:
    the blue sky, rain, remembering to bless those less fortunate when encountering them, having sight, being able pay for what I need and also for pinching my finger, being able visit the dentist……for each and every experience joyful or painful.
    Thank you , again. I know this works.

  126. rayne says:

    Thank you, Nick. Your blogposts are always timely and enlightening. I truly appreciate reading them. Be well and happy… much love… rayne

  127. Paul DeCourcey says:

    Thanks Nick, sounds a lot like taking inventory of the soul and recognizing when we are in error. Love is the only truth, everything else is created out of ego.

  128. Nad says:

    I already know one of my triggers is a slow internet. It may be a modern marvel, but apparently
    I want to move faster.

  129. Pauline S. says:

    Thank you for sharing this idea. I love it. I’m looking forward to making this a daily practice….it’s so easy to let random thoughts take over our lives when we are unaware.

  130. Manuela says:

    What a perfect timing for this suggestion to practice! With all the negativity bombardining us from all sort of ways, radio, news, talking to others etc. this should be a mandatory practice against self induced depression. I do thank you Nick, from the bottom of my heart.

  131. Wayne Griffith says:

    How very interesting…..I live in central British Columbia where deer are plentiful…..however I have just come back from a very isolated area of the Fraser River where we saw too many deer to count. They do make one stop and be in the moment. Thank you for sharing this story.

  132. Nita says:

    Hi Nick,
    This post seems to be the right message at the right time. It clarified my thoughts immediately because it gave me the words to describe what I was thinking.

  133. Anne MK says:

    This reminded me of your bike rides and time in your backyard. I think of you everyday.
    My best friend’s cat died yesterday while he was on a trip to relocate his husband’s mother.
    I’m thinking of The Rainbow Bridge prayer.

  134. Anne MK says:

    This reminded me of your bike rides and time in your backyard. I think of you everyday.
    My best friend’s cat died yesterday while he was on a trip to relocate his husband’s mother.
    I’m thinking of The Rainbow Bridge prayer.

  135. Rebecca Hale says:

    Beautiful. I needed this reminder today.

  136. William says:

    Thanks Nick for this wisdom. I appreciate hearing your persepctive. May your work prosper! The deer is my sprint animal. He brings me great wisdom and strength.

  137. Nicola Bradbury says:

    Thank you Nick. Your e-mail has arrived at a very significant point in my life and this daily exercise should be very illuminating.

  138. Nicola Bradbury says:

    It’s so lovely to read the comments and to realise how many of us find these words and practice relevant in our lives right now…pool of consciousness or what…if we needed convincing. Just love it !

  139. Laurent says:

    Thank you Nick!

  140. Rene' says:

    Thank you for the beautiful way to bring ourselves back into the moment and appreciate all that is around us. Also to clarify our negativity. Very insightful. Thank you again.

  141. Rene' says:

    Thank you Nick for sharing this. It is a beautiful way to ground ourselves and learn to pick out when and where our negative thoughts start. It quiets the mind, brings mindfulness to the front of our thoughts. That can only be helpful. Getting rid of the negative is much harder but recognizing it and when and how it starts is a great help. Thank you again.
    Love and Light to you and yours,

  142. Pamela says:

    I wish I could live life only minute to minute like that of a dear, without that much of a care and absorb God’s beauty and nature all around me. If only I too were a dear. I am going to try to begin thinking like one so that I may enjoy my journey more. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

  143. Potts says:

    To be here, to be now. The present is the presence. Aware of these happenings – knowing this is the moment of importance whereby all coming linear time is directed.
    The article is wisdom, thank you for it.

  144. Rebecca says:

    This us getting wrote down on some nice paper and hung on the wall in my apt. So I see it until its in my head

  145. Isa says:

    Thank you

  146. Akin Gabriel says:

    Before I came across this site I always had the feeling there was something more to me than meeting the eye, up on till now I still am confused about what it is, I do have almost all the symptoms of a shaman I might need all the help I can get…..

  147. Diane Brook says:

    I agree with everything you said. I need to get my 32 year old daughter to start to practice this.
    She seems so uptight. Her job, the boyfriend, the traffic. When i talk to her on the phone….the first thing i say, calm down and breath!!

  148. helene says:

    Thank you for this exercise! Will start to implement in daily activities. I love nature and find deer to be an amazing creatures. They are so peaceful and beautiful.

  149. de'bora says:

    hello nick. i injoy the info that you give. especially since i cannot visit many of these places and meet these wonderfull healers right now. what i am interested in knowing is why the names of the folks who give this knowledge is often times not mentioned? do they wish to remain anonymous? i am jaded when it comes to indigenous knowledge being usurped by others who wish to spread the word but not pay homage to where they got the word from. because over time it will seem that those spreading the knowledge came up with it. i hope you can understand what i am saying. thank you. injoy!!!

  150. Bianka Lee says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful wisdom and knowledge.

  151. Elaine says:

    Thank you, I have already sensed this but good to confirm.

  152. Linda Devlin says:

    Nick, please accept my thanks for your invaluable work in this wonderful Sacred Science.
    I am full of thoughts that I would love to express but the words….so suffice it to say I love what you offer and am full of gratitude.

  153. Blackbird Woman says:

    Its called stalking ourselves.. We must do this if we wish to learn how to live a life of peace.. and inner knowledge.. I do this daily.. In negative times.. I am especially aware of my thought patterns.. it is not easy to keep it up.. how ever it is easy to learn how to do.. Being consistent is the key

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