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Agape Love and Spirituality

Imagine a loving Spirit who is compassionate and forgiving to all, possessing the quality of agape love, the love for all beings. Can you imagine this agape love as central to your own spirituality? Many of us long to know and connect with Spirit. It's possible to experience a connection to Spirit in our personal energy field, perhaps as a sensation or as an inner knowing that we are united wi...

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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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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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Ayni and Shamanic Work: Achieving Balance and Harmony Within Ourselves and With Our Environment

Some years ago, I was working with fire as part of a shamanic ritual, and the fire had died down. I found myself thinking about my call to do shamanic work and how important it was to me. I resolved to dedicate my life to my shamanic path. At the very moment I had that thought, the fire, which had earlier gone out, burst into flames—not just a coal or two suddenly flaring up, but complete reigni...

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