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A Quechua Woodsman Uses Palo Santo To Heal 2 Ducklings

In the video below, a Quechua woodsman named Braulio shows us how to use the wood of the sacred Palo Santo tree to heal 2 sick newborn ducklings. This was an unexpected medicine moment for us and we were happy we had a camera ready when it happened! Make sure to turn on English subtitles (in the YouTube ...

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Sacred Breadcrumbs On The Spirit Path

When I was in my mid-twenties, my friend Mark and I used to go trekking deep into the Rocky Mountain wilderness for days at a time. We’d drive out into no man’s land and find entire ranges that were unmarked. There weren’t any beaten trails or signs to guide you safely over a mountain peak or across an ...

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This Ojibwe Healing Ritual Will Move You

A few years ago, we were invited to attend a tribal meeting in Northern Wisconsin, called the Midwest Shamanic Gathering. When we were invited by the elders to film some of the ceremonial practices that were being shared at this special celebration, we jumped at the opportunity. Many people associate this ...

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Wildcrafting Plant Medicine
 – The Sacred Way

We’re deep into spring and many of our medicinal weeds, herbs and edible wild foods are beginning to grow. Harvesting from the wild is truly a magical experience, and when done correctly, it can nourish the relationship of people and plants. Many of us herbalists have places we return to in the wild to ...

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A Native Prayer To Start Your Week

Welcome to another beautiful week on this lovely blue planet we call home. I came across a powerful Native American prayer recently that feels like the perfect way to start off a week. Sometimes, the first day after the weekend can feel heavy – this is a perfect time to call in some guidance and strength ...

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A Simple Mantra to Start Your Day

Do you believe that words have power? I do. Whether they are spoken or thought, whispered or sung, the bursts of sound that we call our voice can communicate much more than we know. In the ancient wisdom traditions of India, the repetition of specific sounds is used to invoke peace, healing, and change. They ...

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Healing With Your Hands – A Forgotten Art

There is a feeling that comes over us when we’re being cared for. A warmth that floods our senses when someone is devoting their complete attention to our health. A vibration that courses through the body. An inner sigh of relief. The phenomenon of human touch is at the heart of the healing traditions we ...

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Do These Two Forces Exist Within You?

The other day, I was reading in the living room when my 3-year-old son River paraded through the doorway wearing a dress with glittering sequins on it. “Daddy, look at my superhero outfit!!!” I hadn’t seen that piece of clothing since my wife was in her twenties. How and where he dug it up was beyond ...

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Do you talk to animals? Here’s why you should.

Have you watched children at play lately? Did their peals of laughter, their pitter-pattering feet, their cheeks flushed with energy, make you smile? They always do for me; there’s nothing more delightful than joining in and forgetting all about the fact that I’m an adult and expected to behave like ...

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A Breathing Exercise To Take You Higher

A few years ago, one of my teachers taught me a powerful breathing exercise that I’d like to share with you today. Variations of this technique have been used for millennia to induce altered states of consciousness and connect more deeply with the divine. On the surface, it’s hard to fathom how breathing...

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The Art Of Smudging – A Shamanic Cleansing Ritual

If you grew up religious, you probably witnessed the ritualistic use of smoke in ceremony. For me it was frankincense and myrhh being burned during Sunday mass. For others it might be smoldering incense at their Buddhist Temple, or the spiraling tendrils of bukhoor in a mosque. There is something ...

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A Heart-Opening Technique For Deeper Intimacy

As Valentine’s day approaches many of us are thinking about that special person in our lives and how we can show our love to them. Today, I want to share a simple practice that opens the heart center so that we can be truly present with ourselves and our partners. It’s easy to buy a hallmark card ...

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