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Love, Gratitude and Forgiveness

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
HH the Dalai Lama

Given that Valentine's Day is upon us I wanted to invite you into an inquiry into the age-old question of " what is love " and what is the role of gratitude and forgiveness in the fulfillment of living a life of loving kindness? I don't expect to answer the question, only to stimulate a discussion of what it means to be a loving person. Shakespeare once called love a " grave mental disease " and to listen to some of the pop and country western music depicting the trials and tribulations of love you might concur. The way in which people speak of love can also be confusing. How can we equate "I love... cilantro, my new car, cats, movies, and hamburgers..." with "I love him or her?" Sanskrit has 96 words for love, ancient Persian has 80, and English only One. Having only one word for what has been described, as the " greatest mystery " is possibly inadequate to plumb the depths of this conundrum called love.

Perhaps this externalized perspective of love towards someone or something outside of our selves is a barrier to the fullest expression of it? If my focus is on the object of my affection, don't I set up a subject object relationship to it based on outward appearances, projections and our own habitual relational patterns?  Love then becomes dependant on the perceived qualities, actions or behaviors we have towards another. This automatically creates a condition of separation between the object of my love and myself. What if love was actually a unifying force, the key to the illusive oneness that is so often spoken of in religious and spiritual gatherings and writings? If we were to explore love from this perspective we might find that every barrier to living a life of loving kindness and compassion would point back to the evolution of our own personal human development. Every block to loving either another or ourselves could become a portal or entry to loving all that arises within ourselves and give us access to greater peace, harmony, happiness, and personal power.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

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New Shift Course with Michael Stone coming in March!
The Embodied Shamanism Mentorship Program:
Shapeshifting into a New Narrative for Your Life 

The Shift Network has asked me to do another  course on Mentoring.
I hope you all will join us for this 14 week interactive program on 
shapeshifting into a  new narrative for your life. I hope you will join us...

Here are a few quotes from people taking the course we just

Words are so limited in expressing the full extent of gratitude and appreciation  for the many shifts and transformations occurring in my life through this course.

How wondrous this experience has been! Heart blessings and gratitude to Michael,  for such heartfelt support, instruction, and guidance and to this beautiful Circle for all your sharing!

Michael you have done an amazing job of making these teachings so accessible. 

I really appreciated how Michael showed how to unravel and change our "story" and how beautiful he was to share himself with us in so vulnerable a way.

Thank you so much, Michael, for this brilliant and heart healing class and practice for us to continue!! I am so very grateful! Loving blessings!

Stay tuned for my conversation with Stephen Dinan in the next newsletter...

Center for Shamanic Studies

JP Tindell, myself and other shamanic practitioners have started a new collective based on our vision and values around how an Inter-Being "WE" organization should operate and run to reflect the next stage of evolutionary consciousness. We will be making many new offerings with interview, articles, workshops, shamanic coaching and mentoring and much more. Please check it out and make any suggestions for programs, interviews and information you would like to have included in our offering. This site is for you. Enjoy!

Moving Meditation
Dear Friends,

I am so happy that you all are holding the community together.
Syris and I will continue to bring in and support awesome teachers 
for you each week. A special thanks to all the teachers who have
stepped up to hold the space and raise the bar for our tribe.

Feb 21st Clay        Dance Church
Feb 28th Juliette     Sunday Sweat Your Prayers
Mar  6 TBA
Mar 13th Ingo         Dance Church
Mar 20th TBA
Mar 27th Juliette     Special Easter Sweat Your Prayers

Wishing you a year filled with love, joy and fulfillment!

Shamanic Coaching and Guidance

I wanted remind those of you who don't know that I have started up my coaching and mentoring programs again. My primary focus is on providing shamanic guidance, to organizations and individuals. At this time in our evolution I feel it is of paramount importance to transcend our beliefs in separation and access the wisdom of spirit that lives in each and every one of us. I offer a sliding payment scale based on value received and financial situation. Do to my schedule there may be some wait time and I am committed to serving you as best I can. Please give a call or email if you interested in any of the following: 

* Shamanic Coaching and Training
* Power Animal & Spirit Guide Connection
* Soul Remembering & Retrieval
* Organizational Shamanism
* Spiritual Guidance & Journey work
* PTSD and Trama Relief
*Conscious Death Transition
Phone consultations available!

Please note that my coaching schedule for the first quarter of 2016 is almost full. I still have a couple of openings and only want to work with people who are looking for better ways to serve their community. If you like to set up a call to see if that's you please give me a call at 530.277.0937

Organizational Shamanism
If you are responsible for an organization or managing people I suggest you listen to my interview with Frederic Laloux, author of Reinventing Organizations.

I am currently writing a book that integrates my shamanic practices 
with three decades of Organizational Development work. Organizational Shamanism (OS) is the practice and application of ancient shamanic techniques to solve contemporary organizational and community challenges. It is a whole systems approach to gathering information that can help us to revitalize and energize the spirit of our organizations and tap into new levels of creativity, intuition and wisdom not available with contemporary perception. OS focuses on transforming inner states of consciousness to bring about outer change, and taps into a creative potential beyond limiting beliefs and assumptions. 
I am looking for organizations that are interested in trying these new approaches to solving organizational issues. If you and your organization or any one you know are open to applying this pioneering work in your company to bring about organizational change please give me a call. Or email 530.277.0937 or

Books of the Month
The Neurogenenesis Diet and Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life
by Brant Cortright, Ph.D.:
I think this is the most important book I have reviewed in years.
The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle brings together the latest in neuroscience research to present a new paradigm of brain health and aging. Only recently has it been discovered that the brain produces new brain cells throughout our entire lives, a process called neurogenesis. The rate at which we form new brain cells has a profound influence upon every aspect of our life. When the rate of neurogenesis is low, we see cognitive deficits and memory problems, anxiety and stress, depression, and lowered immunity. Life is difficult.
With high rates of neurogenesis we see the opposite: enhanced cognitive abilities, rapid learning, emotional resilience, protection from anxiety, stress and depression, heightened immunity and robust health. We flourish. Life is wonderful.

Awakening the Energies of Love: Discovering Fire for the Second Time
by Anne Hillman

One of my favorite books is coming out in a new editions with a beautiful CD.

An entirely new Intelligence has been blinking in and out of human existence for a very long time. This astonishing gift has emerged from the immense creativity of the universe and is becoming stabilized in increasing numbers of people the world over. A variant in the evolutionary process, it's appeared in countless cultures and been given many names. I call it the emergent consciousness of Love. Such a consciousness is not a different kind of thinking; it is a completely different kind of perception and is not ours alone. Our work is to cooperate with it and integrate it into our lives.

Awakening the Energies of Love will help prepare you for its power and provide a pathway into what Brian Swimme calls "the most significant transformation humanity has ever undergone."

"The Song of Love" from Awakening was set to music by composer Lisa Dancing-Light and has been praised as "an anthem for humanity." We're launching the book and her beautiful CD together on Amazon this week...

Poetry Corner
My beloved child, 
Break your heart no longer, 
Each time you judge yourself you break your own heart 
You stop feeding on the love which is the wellspring of your vitality 
The time has come, your time 
To live to celebrate and to see the goodness that you are... 
Let no one, no thing, no idea or ideal obstruct you 
If one comes, even in the name of 'Truth', forgive it for its 
Do not fight 
Let go 
And breathe, into the goodness that you are. 
- Bapuji

For Someone Awakening To The Trauma of His or Her Past

For everything under the sun there is a time.
This is the season of your awkward harvesting,
When the pain takes you where you would rather not go,

Through the white curtain of yesterdays to a place
You had forgotten you knew from the inside out;
And a time when that bitter tree was planted

That has grown always invisibly beside you
And whose branches your awakened hands
Now long to disentangle from your heart.

You are coming to see how your looking often darkened
When you should have felt safe enough to fall toward love,
How deep down your eyes were always owned by something

That faced them through a dark fester of thorns
Converting whoever came into a further figure of the wrong;
You could only see what touched you as already torn.

Now the act of seeing begins your work of mourning.
And your memory is ready to show you everything,
Having waited all these years for you to return and know.

Only you know where the casket of pain is interred. 
You will have to scrape through all the layers of covering
And according to your readiness, everything will open. 

May you be blessed with a wise and compassionate guide
Who can accompany you through the fear and grief
Until your heart has wept its way to your true self.

As your tears fall over that wounded place,
May they wash away your hurt and free your heart.
May your forgiveness still the hunger of the wound

So that for the first time you can walk away from that place, 
Reunited with your banished heart, now healed and freed,
And feel the clear, free air bless your new face."



love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of
yes live
(skilfully curled)
all worlds

e.e. cummings

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02/09 Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is the author of, Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness. He is an educator, consultant, and recognized leader in the field of nondual meditation and psychotherapy who was asked to teach Sutra Mahamudra by Mingyur Rinpoche and nondual realization by Adyashanti. The founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, he is an emerging voice in modernizing meditation, social engagement, and collaborating with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing.

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02/16 Brant Cortright, Ph.D.: The Neurogenenesis Diet and Lifestyle: Upgrade Your Brain, Upgrade Your Life

Brant Cortright, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a clinical psychologist in private practice. Author of three books, he is a neurogenesis and brain health coach, a consultant on stress, anxiety and depression, speaker and workshop leader, and he has a therapy practice with an integral/holistic, neuroscience-informed approach to depth psychotherapy. or

02/23 Barbara Marx Hubbard:

Barbara Marx Hubbard is a world-renowned visionary futurist, evolutionary educator and inspiring speaker. Deepak Chopra has called Barbara Marx Hubbard "the voice for conscious evolution of our time". Barbara is the author of six acclaimed books that communicate the new worldview of conscious evolution. She is the co-founder and chair of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and additionally co-founded many progressive organizations, including The Association for Global New Thought, as well as The World Future Society.

03/01 James Stark and Penny Livingston: Permaculture and Regenerative Design

James Stark, M.A., F.E.S., is the co-director of the Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal (RDI). He co-founded and currently co-directs the Ecology of Leadership and the Ecology of Awakening programs, which prepare community leaders for the "Great Turning" of our era. James has committed his life to exploring how we - ourselves, our communities, and our species - might move into harmony with who we are and the natural world. He considers the programs and the garden at RDI to be a nursery for growing visions of the new era, and providing skills and tools to bring those visions to life.

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer, and speaker. She holds a MS in Eco-Social Regeneration and a Diploma in Permaculture Design. Penny has been studying the Hermetic Tradition of alchemy and herbal medicine making in Europe and the United States for 4 years.

Sparrow Hart: Letters to the River: A Dream Worth Living

Founder of Circles of Air, Circles of Stone, Sparrow Hart is the author of Letters to the River: a Guide to a Dream Worth Living a highly acclaimed exploration of what it really means to live a spiritual life while engaging in practical reality. He is also the creator of the Mythic Warrior training, founder of the annual Men's Wisdom Council, and a frequent workshop leader around the country. He's currently completing a book on the Vision Quest.

Stephen Jenkinson: Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul

Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW, is an activist, teacher, author, and farmer. He has a master's degree in theology from Harvard University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto. Formerly a program director at a major Canadian hospital and medical-school assistant professor, Stephen is now a sought-after workshop leader, speaker, and consultant to palliative care and hospice organizations. He is the founder of The Orphan Wisdom School in Canada and the subject of the documentary film Griefwalker.

Joanna Macy: Empowerment in the Face of Planetary Suffering

Joanna Macy, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a groundbreaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application. authored 13 books including World As Lover, World As Self

David Korten: Change the Story Change the Future

David C Korten is cofounder and board chair of YES! Magazine, cochair of the New Economy Working Group, president of the Living Economies Forum, a member of the Club of Rome, a former Harvard Business School professor, and author of the international bestsellers When Corporations Rule the World and The Great Turning.

Alberto Villoldo: A Shaman's Miraculous Tools for Healing

Alberto Villoldo, PhD, directs The Four Winds Society, where he trains individuals in the US and Europe in the practice of Energy Medicine and Soul Retreival. In
2011 Villoldo produced the documentary Amazonia: Healing with Sacred Plants that focuses on the sacred plants of Peru's Amazon region, including the use of ayahuasca. He is the author of numerous books including Shaman, Healer, Sage.

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Joan Ranquet: Energy Healing for Animals

Joan Ranquet is an animal communicator and energy healer who teaches basic and advanced workshops nationwide. She is the author of Communication with All Life. Joan is the founder of Communication with All Life University. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Animal Planet.

Colleen Mauro: Spiritual Telepathy

Colleen has had lifelong interest in the untapped powers of the mind. She launched Intuition: A Magazine for the Higher Potential of the Mind in 1988. Her thirty years of experience in magazine publishing includes work as a publisher, editor, advertising director, and circulation and marketing consultant. Intuition explored the higher potential of the mind and the many and varied ways of knowing intuition, inspiration and telepathy-providing both research and how - to information in easy-to-read form for the general reader.

Frederic Laloux: Reinventing Organizations

Frederic Laloux works is a writer, adviser, coach, and facilitator with corporate leaders who feel called to explore fundamentally new ways of organizing. He is the author of the just released Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness. Frederic Laloux demonstrates how the currently emerging, new form of consciousness is bringing forth a radically more soulful, purposeful, and productive organizational model. He lives in Brussels, Belgium, with his wife, Hélène, and their two children.

David Kowalewski, PhD: Death Walkers, Shamanic Psychopomps, Earthbound Ghosts, and Helping Spirits in the Afterlife Realm

Dr. David Kowalewski offers basic and advanced training in shamanic principles and practices, as well as healing, divination, power animal and soul retrievals, extraction, psychopomping, depossession, curse unraveling, and vision quest guiding. He Speaks on subjects such as Deep Ecology, Plant-Spirit Medicine, Developing Your Paranormal, Mystical Wildlife Tracking, and Discovering Your Destiny, based on his university courses, conference papers, and publications in ecology, religion, psychology, and education. He has been trained by indigenous shamans from many traditions, including Native-American, Celtic, Tibetan, West African, Huichol, Incan, and Mayan. His work has been featured in Journal of Contemporary Shamanism,Journal of Shamanic Practice, Sacred Hoop, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Journal for Spiritual and Consciousness Studies, International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Journal of Church and State, and elsewhere.

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