Lunatics, Idiots, and Charlatans: Bridging the Secular and the Spiritual

I was raised in a secular-intellectual environment firmly grounded…

The Spiritual Teacher - Student Relationship

A spiritual teacher is someone who serves as a guide along the…

On Death and Suicide: A Shamanic Perspective

As today, November 16, 2014, marks the 10th anniversary of my…

When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: The Soul in Times of Great Change

St. John of the Cross, a medieval Spanish mystic, went through…

Creating the Moment: Shamanic Practice in Musical Performance

The following is a write-up I did for a conference on musical…

It Can't Be About That - Freedom from Cultural Spells

As an extension of my prior post, Forget Self Esteem, I want…

Forget Self-Esteem. How About Freedom Instead?

The epidemic of negative self-perception in our culture has led…

Together - Separate: Cycles of Intimacy

Anyone who has had any kind of long-term relationship has likely…

The Power of Community

One source on the etymology of the word "community" has it related…

Reframing the Patriarchy - The Goddess in Winter

For approximately the past five thousand years, Western culture…