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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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Change the Story of Your Health

A physician may have the persona of a wise healer, all-knowing about what to do to be healthy. Yet, the shadow for her might be failure to acknowledge her own unhealthiness and to practice what she preaches. A man could be a critic of the lifestyle choices of others and an expert in what to do to be healthy. Yet, he may not apply these principles of healthy living to his own life. The story ...

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Integrating Transpersonal Experiences Into Your Everyday Life

Shamanic and Jungian practices allow you to engage energies that can fuel personal transformation. However, too often, inertia begins to set in as you allow yourself to become caught up in the events of your everyday life. You may continue to feel like taking risks in your relationships, and being more honest with yourself and others, but in the moment of choice, you fall into the old habit of avo...

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Romance, Relationships and Risk

If you send a valentine, do you feel a twinge of fear that you won’t receive one in return? I remember making valentines in my elementary school classroom in the 1940s. Today, teachers tell children to make them for every single student so no one feels hurt when the valentines are distributed. But back then, the process was more Darwinian. I gave a few and hoped to receive valentines in return, ...

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Working with the Archetypal Energy of Endings—The Death Principle

If you are resisting change, and you would like to overcome that resistance, you may benefit from using shamanic and Jungian techniques for working with the archetype of death, also known as the death principle. The death principle is the force or energy of endings. By engaging with it, you may find you are able to make the changes you seek without being sabotaged by your unconscious desires and y...

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