16 Nov A World of Healing: The Adaptation of the Andean Mesa Tradition into Western Shamanism

I am a carrier of a mesa, a beautiful, multicolored bundle containing various power objects and stones used for moving energy in service of healing. A more commonly known term in the West might be a "medicine bundle".  This powerful shamanic healing tool has been brought from the Peruvian Andes and elsewhere in Latin America to the outside world through a variety of western teachers. 
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26 Feb Meeting the New Shamans

I contacted explorer, Jon Turk after reading his 2008 article in the Shaman's Drum, "Reaching for Otherworlds: A Healing in Siberia."  In it, he described a healing he experienced by an old shaman named Moolynaut.  Many years before meeting her, his pelvis was reconstructed with metal bolts and plates after a skiing accident. He was told by doctors he would likely live with chronic and even debilitating pain for the rest of his life.  This fact did not deter him from continuing his lifelong passion for exploring some of the hardest and rarely trekked edges of the world.  On one of 5 expeditions to Siberia, he was once again struck by a bout of intense pain and was told by the villagers to go see Moolynaut.
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02 Aug Healing for a New Age: Transforming Violence, Finding Peace

“May I offer up my suffering so that all beings will be freed from suffering.” --A Buddhist prayer What happens when we trace the thread of emotional pain throughout our lives, following it unconditionally like a baby duckling follows its mother? What happens when we follow the suffering of the body deep into the recesses of our unconscious? Do we fall apart? Do we break? Do we grow divided within ourselves? Do we succumb to despair and suicide? Perhaps some do—perhaps some must. But perhaps we can do something else. Perhaps we can also become whole and end up having something to say to the world.
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01 May Shamanism: Healing for a New Age

19th century Russian Embroidery The Tree of Life 1This 19th century Russian embroidered cloth, with its geometrical images of a tree reaching up out of fertile fields to the sky suggests that prior to the adoption of Christianity in the 9th century, an earth-based religion may have existed in Russia with all of its attendant rituals, healing and curative practices, and beliefs. With the fall of the former Soviet Union and the end of practices of killing or threatening death to anyone maintaining the old ways, shamanic healers with knowledge of ancient healing practices began to reemerge into the light of day.
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27 Feb What is Compassion?

The word "compassion" is glibly bandied about these days by politicians, religious leaders, and in our daily discourse. We are told we should "have compassion" for the poor, soldiers in war, our physically and mentally ailing family members, and anyone else who appears to be suffering.
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