Published in Sibyl Magazine, December, 2018
As a firstborn, Virgo perfectionist, my pattern was to be in charge of what I put out into the world. In college, when the electric bill was due, I was the one who collected the money and made sure it was submitted on time. When I had children, I left my engineering career to become a full time mom, thinking I was the only one who could properly care for my children. So when I began doing Shamanic work, I was wary of collaborating, lest my co-facilitators be unable to live up to my unrealistic standards.
Published in Sibyl Magazine, November, 2018
I dreamed of traveling to Peru since a close friend was a foreign exchange student there, way back in high school. She came back talking of the beautiful Andes Mountains and the furry alpacas that were such a big part of her experience.
Published in Sibyl Magazine October, 2018
Human beings are social creatures. As much as the American mythos is build upon the idea of the independent, self-made man who can take care of himself in any situation, the truth is that we cannot survive, much less thrive, when we are all alone.
Published in Sibyl Magazine September, 2018
One of the best things about being a woman is the opportunity to get together with other conscious women and experience the power of the deep feminine. As society moves through the death throes of the patriarchy, more and more women are awakening to the joy of meeting together with their sisters in a spirit of love and support.
Published in Sibyl Magazine August, 2018
We live in interesting times. Change is all around us. The old structures are crumbling and the new forms are yet to appear. This is happening on a global, as well as a personal scale. Once again, the Spiral Path provides a roadmap to help us navigate these changes.
Published in Sibyl Magazine July, 2018
This past year has been a practice of Being in the Not Knowing. After 35 years of marriage, my life is undergoing a foundational shift. All of the old ways of doing things are up for renegotiation. Some friends comment that after 35 years, they thought we’d have it figured out. Others confide that they, too, are considering divorce.
Published in Sibyl Magazine June, 2018
It is relatively easy to live a conscious, spiritual life when things are going smoothly. However, due to the nature of our life on this planet, change will inevitably occur. And, we may not like those changes. Further, we may not have control over the changes that are happening. But, we always have a choice in how we respond.
Expanded version of an article published in Sibyl Magazine, May 2018
My first experience with spiritual travel took me by surprise. It was 1990 and my marriage had hit a rough patch. My husband and I decided to take a Caribbean Cruise in order to have some romantic time away. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom with three children age five and under. The more traditional part of me was active in my Lutheran church, teaching Sunday School, ringing handbells and participating in Bible study. Simultaneously, my closely guarded mystical side was practicing yoga, reading Barbara Hand Clow and exploring the healing qualities of whole foods, homeopathics and herbal remedies.
Published in Sibyl Magazine, April 2018
Throughout our lives we go through many transitions. Some transitions, like starting a new job or moving into a new romantic relationship, are filled with excitement and anticipation. Conversely, when that job or relationship ends, we often move into more uncomfortable feelings like grief or even dread. When we are on the Spiral Path, we have a roadmap to guide us through any transition.
Published in Sibyl Magazine, March 2018
Living in Shamanic Consciousness means we pay attention to the signs. Often, this means we notice what appears in our external environment. We learn to notice the eagle flying overhead or the deer standing by the side of the road. Or we pull a medicine card from our favorite oracle deck. We may look up the meaning of the animal or card in a book and think about how it relates to our current situation. But that is just the beginning.