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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 shamanic healer, teacher and writer who approaches all of her work with grounded energy, strong spiritual guidance and an earthy sense of humor. Recommended by Sandra Ingerman as an expert in Soul Retrieval, Dory teaches at Kripalu (MA), Omega Institute (NY) and various locations in Maine. Dory also offers individualized healing sessions online and in-person from her office in Brunswick, Maine.
Latest Shamanic Musings
Our current society has a skewed view of aging. The media feeds us a daily dose of ageism and we as consumers eat it up. As a consequence, employers have become blind to the aging workers’ value, women and men dye their hair to hide the gray to avoid becoming devalued, and many health care providers shy away from providing the same level of care as to their younger patients. These are but a few of the many examples aging peoples face on a daily basis. Our ancestors honored the aging. So, how did ageism evolve? Would it be wise to return to the ancestral ways of respect for elders?
If you are a shamanic practitioner like me and you are working “with” and “in” spirit a good deal of the time, you may find it is quite easy to forget that your spirit currently resides in a body that does not have infinite powers and reserves. This is a lesson I have spent most of my years as a practitioner learning and re-learning. It is very easy for me to be “in” spirit. As my astrologer would say, “it is where you actually live, Dory, not here…out there!” As a result, my body is the last to get noticed because my Spirit just naturally overrides it!
The United States celebrates her war dead in May, on Memorial Day. However, of late I have been musing about the fact that we, as humans, do not memorialize the extinct Beings who have travelled this Earth for hundreds of years and who are no longer among us in physical reality. How can we so easily forget them?
With the rest of the world, my heart goes out to France this week. Watching the images of the famous spire of Notre Dame crumbling in flames, in addition my grief at losing such a monument, I was struck by the chaos and disorder our world is quickly becoming. It is easy to feel that we are all going down in flames as the structures we have come to know, love and trust are burned to the ground (metaphorically as well as literally). As an elder shamanic healer, I have seen enough of the signs to know that we are being given a cosmic lesson of epic proportions: we are being collectively asked to awaken.
Are you marching forward or have you been placing your inner life on hold? Your work, commitment to your children, completing household tasks, going to medical and other appointments, getting to the kids’ soccer practice on time, and so many other daily requirements, may be interfering with your stepping forward with the growth of your inner life and your soul’s larger purpose. Entertain, for a moment, the notion that you could accomplish all of the above while continuing to advance your personal growth and spiritual evolution in ways that nurture you. How might you accomplish this?
Groundhog day was just a few days ago. 21st Century meteorological marvels are at our fingertips, and yet we rely on a single groundhog who, by the way, gets prime time on the national news to predict the winter’s future! We are a funny people!
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.