The Sacred Blog

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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An Ancient Verse That Shatters The Illusion

I came across a poem this week that stopped me in my tracks. I was reading the Tibetan Book Of The Dead when the eight lines below jumped off the page. I’ve never seen a description of “source” written on paper so succinctly. This is the epitome of what we are touching at the height of ceremony and deep...

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The Power Of Purpose

Are healing and embodying a powerful life of creativity, self-expression and freedom important to you?  If so, you may be overlooking an essential aspect of your journey.  Soul Medicine is the discovery of your unique life’s purpose as a governing principle for creation, embodiment and transcendence. ...

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A Taoist Priest Shares 9 Secrets Of Life

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein As a Taoist monk, much of what I learned from my teachers was passed down from shamanic heritage throughout Asia. Communion with nature, “animal play”, herbalism, energy...

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10 Signs You’re a Shaman & Don’t Know It

As I feel indebted to the shamans who saw themselves in me and helped me understand why I have always felt like I don’t belong in mainstream medicine, the intention of this article is to respectfully honor the shamanic tradition, and not to violate it in any way.   Because modern culture doesn’t have a ...

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10 Tribal Teachings To Live By

I wanted to share a bit of Native American wisdom with you today. Like many of the teachings that come from indigenous culture, the 10 virtues below are intended as a roadmap for living a more balanced and connected life. The beauty of these ancient pillars of existence is that they always remain relevant, ...

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When Western Medicine Meets Shamanism

If you mixed the ivory towers of Western Medicine with the back jungle villages of the native shaman and shook them up with Pop Rocks, you’d wind up with something that starts to resemble the way I have sometimes worked one-on-one with patients and clients. At least that’s what other people who hear me ...

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The True Peace

We’re entering a truly special time of year. If you look back across the sands of time, you’d be hard pressed to find a civilization that didn’t have the next few weeks earmarked for a big celebration. For some it’s the honoring of a prophet or savior’s birth, for others ...

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“Sage” Wisdom

Winter hasn’t officially started yet, but you could’ve fooled me. Just about everyone I know has been fighting off some sort of cold or flu these past few weeks. We all know the feeling – rummaging through the natural medicine cabinet with nose running and the first cough coming on, while the inner ...

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