Infinity in the palm of your hand

Helix Nebula, from Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA

I frequently do a meditation where I visualize an image where my heart is, and expand it outward to the size of my body, the room, the state, the continent, the planet, and finally the solar system. I decided to see what would happen if I contracted it. First to the size of a red blood cell, then to an organelle, then to a molecule, an atom, a subatomic particle… Let me tell you, that was weird. [Read more...]

Different And The Same

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Over the past week I have been in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Glasgow, Scotland; London, England; and now I am in Manchester, England. The rain has followed me everywhere. I can see by the news that each place has gotten sunny after I leave it, so the rain must be following me around like a lost [Read More...]

Leaving Greensboro

LeavingGreensboro

After having been repeatedly prevented from leaving due to weather, I turned to my friend and asked her to drive me. She laughed and quipped, “Maybe the gods just don’t want you to go to this thing. Have you considered that?” [Read more...]

The Garments of the Gods

Druid Grotto

When a god in one city appears different in another, perhaps it is that they wear different clothes…. [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 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...]

The Train as Merkava

Train Tracks

As economy land travel goes, a coach seat on the Empire Builder is pretty comfortable, but what discomfort there is I use. Many shamanic states are reached through the conscious use of discomfort, and allowing myself to not only accept the limitations of travel but to embrace them transforms the experience entirely. [Read more...]


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