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Ayni and Spirit

In the Quechua language, there is a word, ayni, which means reciprocity. Having ayni with Spirit, the creative force that expresses love to us, means two-way communication and a mutual partnership. Do you know what you want from Spirit, and what Spirit wants from you? How do you communicate to Spirit? And how does Spirit speak to you? You might talk to Spirit through prayer yet find those pr...

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When Your Spending Habits Aren’t Working for You

The beginning of a new year holds the promise of reinvention, retooling, and rejuvenation, and we eagerly anticipate that this year will be different and better. We vow to change old habits that are no longer working for us. Soon, however, we find ourselves stuck again in the old patterns. If your spending habits are not working for you, and you believe you are committed to changing them, you may ...

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7 Keys to Dream Interpretation

Have you ever wondered what a dream means, or are you worried that a frightening dream could be a warning you don’t understand? Dreams can be amusing, intriguing, or disturbing. They can always be educational if you are willing to work with them and learn from them. Using techniques from shamanism, Jungian psychology, and my own experiences working with clients, I’ve developed these seven keys...

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A Time to Imagine

Is it a time to imagine what you might create for yourself? When planning, planting, and cultivating something new—such as a relationship, a career, or a project—we naturally want to avoid difficulties. Yet we also want to enjoy a bountiful harvest that lasts a long time. Therefore, we imagine, we plant, and we persevere, hoping to bring into being what we desire. If we have invested g...

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How I Think About Giving on the Street

When it comes to our stories, most of us want to think of ourselves as people who are supportive of others. How much of your story involves giving to those in your community who are less fortunate? Many people don’t often ask this question of themselves until a stranger asks them for money. In that moment, they have to make a decision. Shamans say that we live in ayni, or mutuality, with the ...

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