FLOW OF LIFE
MAY 2023 -
The stream is flowing, calling with every note
as the fresh water tumbles over the rocks
Listen, even the thrush is inviting you
Rejoicing in the sun
The green stretches, opening wide
A simple day, so rich and full
Life is here. Let us join the dance
** SHAMANIC INSPIRATION:
During Spring, Life energy is everywhere. It is a good time to enjoy being alive. However busy we may be, Spring is an opportunity to appreciate beauty, and spend time with miracles unfolding in Nature…
MARCH 2023 -
Each new day opens us to many possibilities. How will we respond? Sometimes it is easy to see where we are going and what the right choice is. Sometimes the road seems muddy and hard going, and we become bogged down, confused, uncertain. Trusting can be hard when we feel vulnerable, hurt or alone, without solid ground under our feet.
Yet here we are, alive and present, still able to take a breath. We come back to ourselves and remember what we long for.
Life does not come with g…
FEBRUARY 2023 -
Slowly I stir into Being
Remembering what it means
to come to Life again
Slowly I stretch
feeling the joy of opening
Breathing freely once more
I shake loose
and see that you too
are here, we are so many
to Life and its possibilities
** SHAMANIC INSPIRATION:
Although Springtime is still some way away here in Scandinavia, seeds are waking under ground and starting to get ready. Now stirs a new beginning, coming into being, even if we cannot see it…
DECEMBER 2022 -
Here we are on the threshold of the Winter Solstice, coming closer to the end of the year that has been. Before moving on, it can be good to stand still for a while, and remember.
Remember what this year has brought you. What you have learned and received. Decisions you made and choices that became clear. Teachings from the Spirits or Nature that have changed your life. What do you want to put down now and what you want to take with you?
Stay for a while and listen. Listen to …
SEPTEMBER 2022 -
Walking through this time of year, there is much coming to fruition: berries, nuts, fruits, pumpkins, beans and corn. This is the end of a cycle that has been working deeply all year – and also a beginning, new seeds forming already now for the future.
In our lives too, certain aspects are ripening. Maybe a process or project we have been sowing, hoeing, watering and weeding, is now growing into maturity. It can be an important moment to mark.
How do we recognize it? How do w…
Life makes itself known, in its vibrant and insistent regeneration. Springtime in Scandinavia is a rich time - tight tiny buds on trees unfurling, early flowers reaching for the Sun and green growth overtaking dry remnants of Winter.
Whatever tragedies play out on the human stage, Nature insists on Life. Here it is again, right in front of us. We can open to the Power of new Life, of Regeneration, of Budding and Blossoming. Even in sadness, grief and anger, Beauty is here. Even in …
“You are not alone”. Many times have we said these words on courses and in circles. The Spirits are with us all the time, if we remember to reach out and open. But how do we remember? It is up to us to connect, but it is not always easy when time is tight or we feel weak, tired or stressed. Often it is hardest to ask for help when we most need it.
A good place to begin is where you are right now – right where you live. You can choose to relate to your home, your local area or wor…
THE GIFTS OF PLANTS
LATE SPRING 2021 -
Where we live, in southern Sweden and Denmark, this time of year is bursting with the bounty of nature. All around, Life is wild and vital, bringing the verdant Green back into being. Trees are unfolding their leaves, opening to the Sun. Flowers and plants stretch up, with the joy of growing into fullness and receiving blessings from Rain.
There is an old Swedish saying: if you can keep going until the Nettles come, you will survive. In older days, when a long hard Winter m…
MAGICIANS OF CHANGE
AUTUMN 2012 -
A golden Autumn day. In the Sun’s warmth, the frost on the oak leaves melts to mist in the crisp air. Change. Life is so full of the unexpected, the things we feel to be “good” seeking balance with what we feel to be “difficult.” The main work of the shaman is that of healer, yes, but healing in a bigger sense, of being the one who dances with the rhythms of life and finds ways to restore the balance.
The shaman is the one people turn to in times of change. So the shaman must als…
THE JOY OF RESPONSIBILITY
FEBRUARY 2013 -
Many of us recognize the importance of finding and following our own path. My own life experience has been that sometimes I find my path to be be hard and stony, sometimes smooth, sometimes inspiring, sometimes boring, and sometimes it just didn’t seem to be there at all - even though it always is.
In January, I volunteered to be Firekeeper for our International Shamanic Community (ISC). The Firekeeper takes on the responsibility of tending the spirit fire of the community for …
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