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Dory’s passion as a Shamanic Practitioner and Teacher is leading clients and students in finding their own true essence.
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
Stories unfold chapter by chapter. And so it is true that in our embodied lives special events such as marriage, childbirth, anniversaries, graduations, new jobs, and more, annotate our chapters. We also create artificial chapters by noting the passing of time, such as the end of one calendar year and the beginning of another. The celebration of the New Year brackets a day when we set intentions, or what some call resolutions, for the year ahead.
During the holidays we are far more likely to visit with family and repeat patterns of behavior that are not genuine. What does it mean to be “genuine? Marketers of various wares toss around this word…genuine leather, genuine experience, and genuine gemstone, they say. But, what does it mean for a person to be genuine? Thesaurus sights these meanings and synonyms: “real, candid, honest, frank, sincere, unpretentious.” Being “real” or “honest” in all situations is not easy.
As the days shorten and temperatures begin to tumble during evening hours, my heart becomes acutely aware and appreciative of light and the growing shadows. With the Sun approaching its lowest path, deep shadows are cast in the landscapes of the Northern Hemisphere. This rich golden light is a photographer’s haven and balm to the souls of many, including me.
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?