The Sacred Blog

Gotu Kola – The Brain Herb

Over the past year, the team and I have been filming a brand new documentary series about ancient healing herbs that has taken us on a green medicine roller coaster ride. The new series is going to be called Remedy: Ancient Medicines For Modern Illness and I can’t wait to share it with you in a few months, ...

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2 Remedies for a Chaotic Mind

We certainly live in unusual times, don’t we? When the news headlines are filled with fear and uncertainty, it’s easy to be thrown off keel and get into our heads. But the elders have taught for thousands of years that personal evolution doesn’t occur without a little ruckus, just like new seeds won’t...

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Seeing The Invisible

A few months ago, we had the rare honor of sitting down with master herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner to document his wisdom for our upcoming film series on herbalism. In the middle of the interview, Stephen dropped some unexpected wisdom (as brilliant thinkers often do!) about seeing what cannot be seen. He ...

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The Ayahuasca Chapter [Free Audio Recording]

10 years ago, I stepped into a ceremony that changed my life. Before entering this sacred ritual, I thought I knew something about this reality and who I was… I was wrong. How do you find yourself leaping off the edge, plummeting into a confrontation with ultimate truth? Thinking back on it, I had been ...

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3 Powerful Indigenous Herbs From North America

Growing up, I was fascinated by the hundreds of interesting plants that grew in the forests behind my childhood home in rural Connecticut. We would wander down old forgotten trails for hours, lost in the greenery and enchanted by the timelessness of the place. I would later come to realize that these old ...

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Food Of The Gods (sacred chocolate)

Ever wondered why people exchange chocolate on romantic occasions? Like Valentines Day for example? Long before Willie Wonka came around, it was known among the ancient Maya as the “food of the gods,” because chocolate, or cacao, can act as a powerful aphrodisiac that awakens the “love hormones” in ...

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Loving Your Jing – Winter Medicine

Two thousand years ago, the following words of truth were spoken by one of the world’s legendary healers: “Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly, should proceed thus… Consider the seasons of the year, and what effects each of them produces  – for they are not at all alike, but differ ...

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Death Of Distraction, Birth Of Awareness

A big misconception about shamanism and native medicine is that it’s a cosmic thrill ride into the spiritual realms that magically helps you overcome anything you’re struggling with. Sometimes it can be. But the journey involves a lot more than reality-altering ceremonies. In authentic Amazonian ...

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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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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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