Twisted Roots

By Jim Dollar

It never occurred to me that any of my ancestors might be Quaker. Now that I look around this place, I realize that they might have been, and if not Quaker, they might have still been people with alternative ideas about God and Spirit. Ancestors on my father’s side might well have struggled with some of the same questions I struggle with. They might have fought the dominant paradigms of their day and tried to find better ways to live. [Read more...]

The Value of Communities of Place

Knit-bombed Seattle. Image by sterling 2011

Sometimes the most important communities are the unintentional ones, the ones that happen just because you live in a place and you run into the same people every day whether you like it or not. [Read more...]

The Place of Death.

Photo by Anne Burgess

I’ve known for a while that one day I would have to learn what death was like — so far every supposedly terminal person I’d done healing for had recovered. But this friend was not going to be the person to teach me about Death. I told her, “No. It can’t be you. That’s just not right. You were supposed to go to the clinic in the morning!” [Read more...]

Wide Angle Vision Part 3: Ignoring the Impacts

While reading The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth recently, I found myself shocked at how I’d completely ignored the ecological impacts of modern medicine on the environment. [Read more...]

Wide Angle Vision Part 2: Missing The Variables

Dice

Spiritual insights may come from an innate ability to process the relationships between many variables at once on a not-quite-conscious level. We know that humans are able to take in cues that we are not consciously aware of: body language, chemical signals, and other environmental factors. This is another sort of “wide angle vision”. [Read more...]

Wide Angle Vision Part 1: A Useful Meditation

Photo by Elisheva Sterling. Some rights reserved. cc by sa

My friend calls this wide angle vision a “useful meditation technique” because you can use it to meditate while you walk and while you do some kinds of work. Which tasks does it help and which does it hinder? Try it out and see what patterns you find. [Read more...]

Traveling Toward Birth (Part 2)

passport

This dream bothered me so much. Why was I taking the little boy to Thailand when his mother is in America? What was this passport that I’d forgotten? What did these symbols mean? (I must be the worst shaman of all time!) [Read more...]


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