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Dory is a powerful healer with accolades from her own teachers as well as hundreds of clients and students. Dory is a teacher who teaches from her heart and soul, leading with power and a grounded energy.
Latest Shamanic Musings
As a global group of shamanic practitioners, where do we stand on highly charged and deeply divisive issues? How are we to respond to the outrageous words and actions of individuals and groups, particularly those that may be polar opposites of our own individual beliefs and opinions?
In the mid 1960’s, a close family member was seriously burned in an industrial accident because of a chemical explosion. He was not expected to survive; he had 6 children under the age of 8. Being Catholic at the time, all family members fell to their knees and invoked the power of all the saints, Jesus, the Virgin Mary and anyone else who may be able to help with a miracle! My sister asked our family priest to pray for a miracle, and his response was curt and clear: “There is no such thing as a miracle.” I will never forget this, and, despite my youth and his spiritual authority, I knew he was not correct.
Grief is a natural part of life…as natural as joy and other human feelings. Grief is, however, a feeling we all hope to never have to experience; but, yet, it is inescapable. Sooner or later we will be faced with the loss of a loved one, a colleague, a friend, or a neighbor, and consequently faced with this feeling you want to avoid. This has been historically true for all the days of human life on Earth.
“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”, sang Mary Poppins. Sugar as a chaser to your medicine, though appealing, is not a panacea by any means. In fact, today we know the opposite to be true. Mary Poppins was surely singing about some nasty tasting herbal concoction she was attempting to get the children to swallow.
Following the theme of the current newsletter, let's talk about expansion and elasticity. Recently I have been reading about neuroplasticity and elasticity and the brain’s ability to continue developing and expanding regardless of aging or developmental challenges. It appears that science is catching up with what ancestral shamans and mystics have known for centuries…that the human experience is not stagnant unless we allow it to be so.
My recent musings have been about trusting and taking many things for granted. Isn’t it true that we just expect and trust that the sun will rise in the morning, that spring will come and the snow will melt, and that the birds will continue to fly to our feeders? These are merely expectations into which we do not generally put much thought effort. But, what if these generally accepted norms were to end unexpectedly? How would you cope? What would you do?
The most challenging love to practice daily, in my opinion, is self love. Caregivers of any genre are particularly susceptible to forget about themselves. Loving ourselves is an essential factor in our ability to be fully present and loving with those we serve, and yet, self love is often an illusive fragment of our lives.
In the midst of these dark days as we approach the Winter Solstice, it can be challenging to see the light in others and in ourselves. I believe it is because of the lack of daylight in December (in the Northern Hemisphere) that we have historically celebrated the birth of new life/light. Our ancestors created all manner of ceremonies and rituals to dance the Sun back to them. It does give us a boost of hope and peace, doesn’t it…just believing in the return of the Sun and gathering with family while holding fast to our traditions and rituals.
This month, we are featuring a guest blog post by Carrie Bancroft, former student and frequent guest teacher. In addition to being my marketing shaman, she is also a spirit worker and shamanic healer. The following post is about her favorite spirit holiday, the Day of the Dead.