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Thanksgiving Prayers and Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for the blessings received during the year. It can also be a time for reflecting on the bounty of the Earth. Now that we have access to food year round, we can feel disconnected from this aspect of Thanksgiving. After all, you can find pumpkin pie at a diner in summer, or order sliced roast turkey at a deli in the spring. Feeling gratitude for the riches of 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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