A Story about Free Will + Intuition

A handful of years ago, 5 1/2 to be exact, I was invited to accompany a new friend of mine on a 4-day Shamanic retreat in New Mexico. My friend confided that the feeling to extend the invitation for me to join him was rather unusual. He had been going to these retreats and studying with his teacher for years and he rarely mixed his friendship and spiritual worlds together. Apparently, the sense was so strong for him that he even offered to pay a portion on loan for me. I said yes to it all and off we went.

Several months prior, this same friend had given me the book Awaken the Inner Shaman: A Guide to the Power Path of the Heart by Jose Stevens. Jose was my friend's teacher. I was so inspired by this book that I had incorporated parts of what I was learning into a workshop that I held earlier that year. Really, really good stuff.

The retreat was held at Eagle Bear, which is a remote piece of land about an hour or so outside of Santa Fe. At the time of my visit, there...

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Santa was a Shaman?!

holy days storytime Dec 15, 2020

In 2013, my mind was blown in discovering Daniel Vitalis's telling of the origins of Santa Clause. Although brief, he breaks down the symbology of modern day Christmas as we know it.

I have since felt a kinship with the Holy Day known as the Winter Solstice. Various wisdom traditions throughout time also herald the Soulstice as one of the great, spiritual thresholds each year. 

The stories that emerge from any spiritual based path, especially stories of holy days, are enigmatic to say the least. But that's partly what peaks our curiosity + inquiry, isn't it? I find it interesting + exciting, at the very least, to consider the merit behind these uncovered tales...

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 Santa was a Shaman?!

+  A DEEPER DIVE...

 The Shamanic Origins of Christmas

              

 

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