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The Sápara reach out to protect their ancestral land and wisdom.

“And our message to our friends,” says Manari Ushigua, sitting within the Amazonian rainforest which is alive with the sounds of life, “is that the world and nature can come together, united, to defend our lives as human beings and... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: As Bringers of Light and Wisdom

“We grandmothers have come from far and wide to speak the knowledge we hold inside. In many languages, we have been told it is time to make the right changes for our families, for the lands we love. We can... Continue Reading →

Museworthy Quotation: Remember the past to reweave an alternative future.

“I don’t criticize ...That’s not my approach. I look for avenues of transformation, and I feed them. I’m always looking to generate something, as opposed to just taking something apart.” “The way I think of it is, every time we... Continue Reading →

The Dream of the Modern World

I appreciate this post from An Elegant Mystery (as I appreciate many of the posts shared via Elegant Mystery’s blog).

“Waking from the dream” (and dreaming a more vibrant, conscious one) is a theme that arises in several Indigenous and spiritual traditions.

You’ll see links to related posts, and a link to the full post as well.

Muse-food for thought, inspiration, and passion-power.

Big Love,
Jamie

An Elegant Mystery

(Image by Pash Galbavy and Larry Pollock)

The following is an excerpt from an article by Martin Winiecki

In the 1990s an unusual encounter took place in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In plant rituals, shamans of the Achuar, a tribe living in pristine forest that had never been in touch with Western civilization, received the warning that the “white man” would try to invade their lands, cut down the forest and exploit the resources. Deeply shaken, they called out to the Spirits for help. Soon after white people did approach them, coming to them however with supportive intentions – a group of activists from the United States, searching for ways to protect Indigenous Peoples from the oil industry. The Westerners found a deeply interconnected tribal society living in profound symbiosis with the Earth. Seeing the bulldozers coming closer and closer, they asked the Elders of the tribe how they could survive…

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Cultivating Humanity: A Transformative Path

"Life is a mystery, a blessing, and a challenge. It is exciting and full of adventure, but can also be overwhelming or even tragic." "We are reaching several thresholds in our journey as human beings on earth. We need intentional... Continue Reading →

Grief: Ancestral Ghosts and Spirits of Place

When we think of grief ... or well, when we think of much of anything ... we might not consider the grief that we inherit along our ancestral lines, that's in our cells and bones. Nor might we consider what... Continue Reading →

Wildly Pronoiac Attitude Adjusters from the Babemba and Og

Both of these Attitude Adjusters brought to you by Rob Brezsny's Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. I've been enjoying yet another (re)visit with this perception-shifting gem -- it's... Continue Reading →

The Singer’s Voice and The Well

“Tyranny cuts off the singer’s head but the voice from the bottom of the well returns to the secret springs of the Earth and rises out of nowhere through the mouths of the people.” ~ Pablo Neruda, trans. by Alistair... Continue Reading →

Well-Fed Roots – #Blesstival Tidbit for Today

“All spiritual traditions, including Christianity, have shamanic roots. When the roots are fed, they sink deeper into sacred ground.” ~ Bradford Keeney, Shamanic Christianity Let’s have a blessing-bath with that last sentence for a minute … let the essence of... Continue Reading →

In Memoriam: A Wise Warrior-Poet – John Trudell

“Protect your spirit, because you are in the place where spirits get eaten.” ~ John Trudell The wise warrior-poet John Trudell died on December 8th. He was, to say the least, a great inspiration to me, and to many others... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: Hale Makua on Foundations and Ancestral Wisdom

"The perception of foundation is of great importance in our time, for we are coming to the end of a world cycle, and everything is beginning to unravel." "We cannot begin the next cycle of ages without a foundation on... Continue Reading →

The Necessity of Spirituality and ‘A Moral Question’ – Native American Elders William Commanda and Oren Lyons

"In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders,... Continue Reading →

PLANETARY – the New Film With Beautiful Views of, and on, Earth

From the creators of the award-winning short film OVERVIEW comes this new feature-length documentary film PLANETARY, making its formal launch on April 22, 2015. The filmmakers share, "We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten... Continue Reading →

Chiron and A Shaman’s View of Sensitivity, ‘Mental Illness’, and Spirit-Gifts

“So this is how the healers who are attempting to be born are treated in this culture." "What a loss that a person who is finally being aligned with a power from the other world is just being wasted.” ~... Continue Reading →

From ‘Fears of Older’ to the ‘Wisdom of Elder’

"A culture falls apart when its sense of youthful imagination disappears at the same time that the wisdom of the elders is forgotten." ~ Michael Meade Thanks to a few evocative posts and links from my fellow blogger at Elegant... Continue Reading →

Ancient and Modern to Meet Today’s Challenges

"While many urbanized cultures turn almost exclusively to the modern world for direction and inspiration, and feel that the future will bring new answers to our existing problems, indigenous cultures especially in more natural surroundings are increasingly pulling from both... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Reawakening Earth Wisdom

"We believe, however, that we may not need something new, but need to reawaken something very old, to reawaken our understanding of Earth wisdom." ~ George Sessions and Bill Deval, Deep Ecology

Lilith, Changing Stories, and Our Seed-Task

"If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life." ~ A Siberian Elder's Proverb "Those who do not have power over the story that... Continue Reading →

Hero’s Journey: The Return – Seeker Becomes the Knower

“With the great quest complete, the seeker has become the knower, the student a sage, the pupil a potential teacher. But there is one more phase before the journey is complete: return and contribution. With one’s own questions answered, the... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Radical Discontinuity. No Maps.

"We are living in an age of radical discontinuity. The lessons come faster and faster as our souls and the universe push us into new growth. Familiar waters seem suddenly perilous, alive with uncharted shoals and shifting sandbars. The old... Continue Reading →

Why Wasn’t Wisdom Taught, and Why is She Needed?

When we wander off the well-traveled path and begin to do a bit of deeper-digging, we realize pretty quickly that the foundational stories we've been taught and told are either incomplete -- key bits left out, you might say --... Continue Reading →

Reclaim Your Mind, and Your Ancestral Wisdom Legacy

“You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Our ‘Word’ Power

  With the passing of each day, it seems more and more vital not to get caught up in the swirling vortex and mass-hallucination of what's gone -- and what is going -- horribly wrong. Recently I noticed what seemed... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Water Teacher – Faith and Flow

"Let the stream follow its course, it will know the way among the mountains. Watch, and it will lead you to the ocean with gentle certainty -- unforced. Have faith in your direction." David M. Bell, Spirit of Nature: The... Continue Reading →

The Essence of Spring and Bringer of Plenty

Happy Spring Equinox, to those in the Northern hemisphere (and Autumn Equinox, to those in the Southern 'sphere). Here's a little Spring-time reflection food for you, to help tap into or attune with the essence of Spring, wherever you may... Continue Reading →

Thanks-Giving and Wild Bounty

It's Thanksgiving week here in the United States, though the underlying meaning can be summoned up at any time, in any place. Of course, I'm thinking about the soon-to-be-feasted-upon turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, Brussels sprouts, and other dishes traditional to... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Swimming in Intensity, Evoking the Liminal

"Trees have their sap from water. Water fecundates all things made that are called "creature". We see by means of water. Water gives many souls a splendour not to be outshone by the Angels." ~ Wolfram von Eschenbach (c. 1170... Continue Reading →

The Curious Origins of Halloween

"... what's been lost, can be remembered and reclaimed, as many are doing now." ~ Molly Hall, Wild Bee Grove It's that time of year again, at least in some cultures, when the stores are filled with bags of candy,... Continue Reading →

Water Teacher: In the Faith and Flow of It

"Let the stream follow its course, it will know the way among the mountains. Watch, and it will lead you to the ocean with gentle certainty -- unforced. Have faith in your direction." David M. Bell, Spirit of Nature: The... Continue Reading →

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