Capitalism and the Spirit of Place

My home for 13 years

When we decide to move from one place to another, to leave a city for a new one, or a suburb, or the countryside, we individually weigh multiple factors. Amongst those are economic and aesthetic concerns. We each experience this as a set of decisions based on free-will, but there is an external engine that affects these internal decisions. [Read more...]

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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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Of Love and Land Spirits

Courtesy Eric Wallen

Worlding the spirits of land into our lives is not just for seers or mystics. It’s also the art of the bard, and it’s an act of love. [Read more...]

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‘Big’ people are people, too.

argesar

Living in Eskdalemuir and not being part of the Samyé Ling community is an interesting experience. It has its advantages. But it’s also strange, in unexpected ways. [Read more...]

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Traveling Toward Birth

By William Murphy from Dublin, Ireland [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My dreams have been full of buses and trains. My friend’s baby hasn’t made his way into our world just yet, but I know that he’s found the right vehicle. We’ll meet him in person soon. [Read more...]

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The Logic of Disenchantment

Cyril Mann--"Dark Satanic Mills"

In the 1700′s, something was spawned from the countryside of England, and it’s disenchanting the world. [Read more...]

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Energy Signatures of Place

In The Secret Language of Plants, Buhner describes ways in which you can open yourself up to experience these communications directly through what he calls “heart-centered cognition” and then process the symbols you get from there with your brain. Using these methods, you tap into the shamanic tradition of asking the plants what they are good for and asking a sick body what it needs. [Read more...]

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