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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
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.
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.