The Sacred Blog

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 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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