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Beyond Stress: Sound Medicine Heals

In recent years, Sound Medicine has been making headlines. Instead of heading out to the pub on a Friday night, many people are now choosing sound journeys as a way to relax and unwind. To those who view music as nothing more than entertainment, Sound Medicine may sound like a New Age gimmick, and even … Continue reading

Spiritual Bypass

In a recent conversation, I was surprised to hear a woman who considers herself a new-age spiritual teacher say something like, “with enlightenment, we don’t have to care about the worldly stuff anymore.”  I noted a distinct air of superiority in her tone, as if she had finally risen above the need to get involved … Continue reading

Healing the Feminine Soul

In shamanic cultures, soul loss is a condition that occurs when a person has a traumatic experience, leaving one feeling disconnected, fragmented, and lost.  Though ultimately seeking a part of oneself that is missing, those who undergo soul loss often seek external experiences that help them feel whole once more. Others withdraw, unable to find … Continue reading

Foncebadon & the Iron Cross: A Sacrifice in the Mountains

Excerpted from The Slowest Pilgrim ~ the story of my journey along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage road. *** Foncebadon is a fabled village of wild dogs and even wilder fear. A village finally back in the mountains, a place of silence interrupted only by the whistling wind gently brushing the grass covered hillsides with … Continue reading

Conscious Revolution

Step back in time with me for a moment.  Imagine that we are poised at the edge of the first signs of mass conversion to an agrarian society, while most have lived as hunter-gatherers pretty much forever.  While the hunter-gatherer way of life is certainly a difficult one, requiring people to follow the source of … Continue reading

Beyond Nice

I grew up in the south, and learned from an early age that “nice little girls are to be seen and not heard.”  My grandmother’s words still echo in my psyche, and as a small child I was determined to do the best I could to live up to her expectations.  Those were the same … Continue reading

Adolescent Conservative Rhetoric, Part II

In the span of just a few days, so many things change.  Just this week, the current administration failed in their mission to gut and dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and seem to have succeeded in stripping away discrimination protections for LGBTQ people working in the federal government.  These things, together with an ongoing barrage … Continue reading