1. Patty Jenkins 9 months ago

    I have been a student of the Medicine Wheel for 14+ years. As a child I was drawn to nature, animals and Native American teachings. I sit with the Medicine Wheel for inner reflection and to work out issues, personal and life decisions. I.’ve felt there was more the wheel could do so decided to take the deeper dive this program offers. I love when family and friends ask how the Wheel helps me and if I would help them be able to use it.

  2. Hamels Eli 2 years ago

    I work in a University as an electrical engineer, I’m 33 years old and happily married.
    My spiritual journey is going on for several years.

    Since early childhood I’ve been struggling with moderate stuttering, on occasions very severe.
    I chose to ignore all past events (good or bad). That way every time I stuttered or was caught in a awkward social situation, I could just ignore it.
    So I’m excellent at hiding my emotions from myself.

    During my life I’ve had numerous occasions/situations that I had dreamt of beforehand.
    The most exceptional event was that I dreamt/predicted that my best friend and me would have the exact same score on our report.
    I’m a Seer, but I don’t have any control over it.

    The past +8 years I’ve been reading several books on how to become happier in live, trying to get some more quality/stability on an emotional level.
    Looking back at this, I was still ignoring the elephant in the room; the stuttering.

    This year in February me and my wife had to let go of our daughter (Merel) at 15 weeks pregnancy.
    A few days before the event, I made a connection with Merel. It was a profound experience for which I am very grateful.
    The period after I started meditating daily. I noticed that I started growing on a spiritual level. Things stared to move, and here I am.

    To sum up:
    * I’m excellent at hiding my emotions from myself. [ Lucky my facial expressions are not hidden, so my wife tells me when I’m not Ok. 😉 ]
    -> I want to change this.
    * I’m also finding it difficult to stay in my power zone. Sometimes I can be in the ‘zone’ for a few days and then I get lost for weeks or months.
    -> (emotional) stability is what I’m looking for.
    * I have no control over my Seer capabilities. Are there tools, methods?

  3. Debora Howell 2 years ago

    I am not comfortable sharing much about myself unless with a close friend, I have always had trust issues which has held me back from going forth with new relationships. My circle of precious people in my life is small, powerful, and loving. I am grateful and thankful, and yet I struggle with feeling like I am not enough, wishing I could do and be more for them. My struggle intensifies each passing year. Recently I started talk therapy, one of my coping mechanisms for crisis. During a guided meditation with my therapist, she helped my find my safe place when I was a little girl. At the end of this meditation, I was sobbing, because
    for the first time I saw this girl as bold, strong, and oh so brave. I fell in love with the little girl within me. This new love for myself gave me permission, to dig deeper, face fears/facts about myself that I know will be difficult. My hope is to heal myself, so that I can do my part in healing my family, not just the ones close to me, all of us, the ones who have gone before us and the ones living on this beautiful earth today.
    I have a friend who has been working with the medicine wheel and you Dakota for a while, the peace and growth i am witnessing in this amazing woman is profound. This amazing woman is what has lead me to you and I am grateful, thankful and hopeful I can do the work.


    • Dakota Walker 2 years ago

      Hi Debora, what a powerful statement to yourself and to be witnessed in this space and community. I am grateful you are here, and that through your journey you have found that way back to yourself – to fall in love with those parts of yourself that we too often forget about. This is the true work of our soul, to be brave and loving in the same breath, to be whole even while collecting the fragments, and to step up when every fiber of our being has struggled for so long. I applaud you, and stand with you … and I witness this big step you have taken. Aho!

  4. Marsha Fehl 2 years ago

    I had my first visit to the upper world at the age of five, in my bed I would be surrounded by the beautiful, luminous bubble that Dakota speaks of, and it would be filled with angels and all sorts of animals were there as well. I was never afraid, just in awe of it. I know that this happened more than once, but don’t know anymore. I can still see everything in that bubble and feel the same awe just thinking of it today. So much peace, love and protection for me. I grew up with a very strict father who offered no grace or mercy and I have searched for the safety and protection of the bubble ever since.

    I studied the Native American Medicine Wheel with a beautiful group of women, doing pipe ceremonies, sacred sweat lodges, wild dancing around the fires, and much more for several years, found horses and became enveloped in them, always living in the country side, gardening, making pottery and art and building a home in the back woods. Then I married and began a business with my husband and my spiritual life fell behind.

    The marriage lasted 20 years and I couldn’t endure the loss of my spiritual path any more. But I survived very well and twelve years later I still have my horses in the countryside with my cats, dogs and garden. I found yoga and went deeply into that until I became an instructor and have fed my spiritual life through the Eastern thought for several years now.
    I meditated with Insight Timer for years before finally finding Dakota’s 10 day Tools for Your Shamanic Journey. What an incredible gift. I loved her immediately and wanted more.

    She is my teacher, mentor, leader and I am here to learn all that I can about myself, my soul, my spirit guides, ancestors. In short, I want it all. I was definitely led here and do feel so at home. I have pain from my childhood that I have carried through my adulthood and I’m ready to cast it off in whatever way I can. I am honored to be here and look forward to going deep into this Shamanic Journey with myself, and all of you as well.

    Much peace and love moving forward. Aho

    • Dakota Walker 2 years ago

      Marsha, thank you for these heart-spoken words. And mostly, thank you to your soul for having that thread that never fully left but kept you tethered to your soul for those 20 years until you were ready to return to the path of you. There is such richness in life and when we allow that flow to be turned on again, it’s electrifying. I’m so grateful you are here, and that this space will be your home for a bit. You are among soul family here.

  5. Tania Morris 2 years ago

    I am here beginning with the South Direction with the intention to connect with the lost pieces of who I truly am. There are areas within me that have been numb for far too long & I am realizing that its finally time to explore & listen to & heal these parts of myself so I can live more fully. I feel that these numbed off places within could also be the places where I am unable to deeply connect with those I am in relationship with. I’m grateful to be a part of this healing journey & looking forward to meeting myself at the other end.

  6. Vera Jones 2 years ago

    I am here after looking for the next path for my soul to take. I find that my life is in better balance when I actively engage in meditation and paying attention to the animal guides who show up in my daily life. I only recently discovered Dakota and found her on insight timer. This is the first time I have ever done shamanic journeying and I feel like I am finally home with these meditations. Thank you all of you for witnessing and being a part of my journey.

  7. Ryan Griffith 2 years ago

    Why am I here???
    …Today (at least) I believe there’s some appointments our soul seems necessary. The time and place is predestined. Waiting for us to get there linearly. Until the “time” comes when I finally can stay present in the realization that time doesn’t exist like I’ve been conditioned to experience it…I digress. My guides have always come to me in ways that get my attention. This time it was disgust. I had just finished an amazing reiki session on my husband. I was feeling one with him and the universe. And as I walked around the reiki table to snuff out my candles and clean up I stepped on something cold, wet and slimy..& immediately jumped and gasped. Ewwww it was stuck to my foot. A slimy icky slug. I flicked it off my foot with my other foot and immediately felt bad and went to find where it had landed to see if it was still alive and if so hurt. It was fine. I got a piece of paper and waited patiently (while sending reiki to my sweet slimy guide) as he slowly contracted and expanded his little slug body onto the paper so I could take him outside.
    I then went to wash my left foot- I was still a little grossed out. And man, the slime would NOT come off. I had to really scrub.
    And the I had a super strange urge to look up
    Dakota. (Who I found on YouTube on 12/21/12 while throwing an “end of the world party with a friend…which was just us being young and silly watching spirit science and YouTube meditations and smoking a lot of pot- but I fell in love with her voice and eventually found the twin flame meditation and would listen to that for almost a year before meeting my now husband). I digress again.

    Anywho it’d been years since I looked up Dakota. And gaia Winston now exists and had 2 days left of enrollment. So.. still ever so stubborn.. my guides urged me to look up the spiritual and shamanic meaning of slugs …and there was then no denying this was the path the little guy was leading me to. So here I am. (And you’d your reading this I suggest googling slugs) and any other random creature that might be trying to communicate with you. So grateful to be here.

  8. Amanda Tolchard 2 years ago

    I am here to go deeper in my inner world, to understand and work with my spirit guides and unravel my sacred purpose. In January I like to be quiet, hibernate and usually do but without guidance – I’m hoping this work keeps me on track and less distracted.

    My father died almost four years ago and this month it would of been his 72nd birthday as well as his 4th anniversary. I’ve been still and inward during January for the past few years to honour him, remember him and give myself the time I need to heal and awaken. This year it has felt very different, I didn’t enroll on this with my grief in mind, I was hoping to get to know my spirit guides better, learn more about the North Direction and feel clearer in my sacred purpose. It now feels that I may be diving deeper in my grief to better understand myself, heal and then learn what I am here to do.
    Thank you for the opportunity to share!

  9. Holly Jones 3 years ago

    Dakota is the first person who spoke to the intrinsic wisdom I have had within me all along. As a child, I grew up in an oppressive and authoritarian environment. I have always felt strongly connected to the natural world, the plants and the animals. But my strict southern Baptist upbringing told me that was wrong and sinful. Fear was used by the church and my family. I was not encouraged to express myself but to be obedient. As a female, I was raised to be a self-sacrificing, co-dependent. This was my purpose as a female I was told. My father was abusive and an alcoholic as were most of the men and the women were to submit and take it. I was the black sheep. No matter what they did or how hard they tried to dim this light, this truth, this connection I had within, they could never completely extinguish it. It has taken me over 40 years and an abusive marriage to find the strength to break this cycle for myself and for my 13 year old daughter. My power animal, the bear has helped me immensely to find the strength to love myself again and to trust in my innate wisdom and worth. I am so excited and grateful to embark on this journey back home to myself.

  10. Melisa Perschon 3 years ago

    Why am I here? Well my ancestors and power animal the spider keep bringing me back here. I love the wheel, I love sacred geometry, I love the ogham, runes, and my soul just breathes this life. It’s been calling to me since I was born, but allowing outside influences took me away on some level.
    I ‘m a LMT, CESMT, Animal Communicator, and Energy Healing Practitioner but my full calling is that of a Shaman. My spider keeps bringing me back to finish creating this piece within my web of life.
    Dakota just spoke to me with Druidism and Native American aspects of the wheel. Druidism has been passed down from my Scottish and Welsh ancestors. It just makes sense and vibrates inside of me,but I need another teacher in physical form to help !e grasp the wheel more. It’s part of the way I communicate with all things. Excited!

  11. Robert Martin 3 years ago

    Why am I here…This is a difficult quest for me to explain, but I will try to find the words. As a child, I had a difficult life and when I left home I have always searching for something…not really understanding what I was looking for I studied many walks of life, keeping everything to myself, putting on a front that I was conforming to “traditional upbringing” and did not let anyone know what I really felt or believed. In the process I feel that I have slowly lost so much of myself by conforming to what others believe that I have let many of my own personal beliefs and abilities erode.

    I have journeyed for a while and in fact during your meditations my power animals have assisted, so when I found you it felt like I could have a true family/tribe where I didn’t need to hide what I truly am. Where I could listen and learn from someone while traveling this path and learn to trust my abilities again and truly be myself.

  12. Maria Bovin de Labbé 3 years ago

    Hi all. So happy to be here with you.

    I’m here due to a sincere wish to live and play deeper and lighter, to learn about my life purpose and dedicate time to spiritual practice. I wish to build close relations with my spirit team, connect with my ancestors, be in more intimate contact with nature, and clear a fogginess I’ve felt for a time. I wish to “own” and be proud of my gifts, stop comparing myself with others, and honor my soul’s journey this lifetime. I’m ready to come home.


  13. Mindy Mcclymonds 3 years ago

    I am here because i have a deep urge to be ballanced. I want to learn trust within myself to create my own spiritual path. To be lead by guides and to fullfill the reason i am here in this life.

  14. Kayla Farr 3 years ago

    Why am I here…l. I have been searching for a long time and when I found one of my teachers on Insight Timer, Dakota I knew I had found my path towards hOMe. I have just retired on Friday after 30 years of being a nurse and holding many jobs in that role, holding space for others, helping others crossover, it is now my time for my own healing. After caregiving for that long of time you lose a part of yourself, even if you try with all your might not to. I know I am a healer but now it my time to heal myself. I am in search of my authentic self and looking for ways to embrace this with grace. I enjoy the work of a community of people who are seeking their path as well to share in this journey with , tribal work. It feels safe and it feels right to be here and I am grateful for the guidance to be here.
    I am here to help myself return to myself if that makes sense. I am seeking knowledge, wisdom, support and a sacred relationship with myself.

  15. Graciela Casas-Silva 3 years ago

    I am doing this Mentorship program to remove anything physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, professionally on all levels, in all dimensions, in all times, that is keeping me from sharing my sacred gifts with the world, from receiving and keeping and sharing abundance prosperity wealth, from being in radiant harmony with myself and my health, and from being in a lasting committed mutually loving and respectful partnership. I am here to let go of anything and everything that is not serving me and STEP INTO MY POWER….with ease, Grace, joy and laughter. THIS OR SOMETHING EVEN BETTER FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD OF ALL CONCERNED.

  16. Laura Christy 3 years ago

    Allowing myself to heal, pause and learn…listen with my heart in this space. Dakotas shaman course on insight timer was the first I ever heard of “journeying “!! Profound for me… I believe guided by the divine. Dakota spoke to my heart and I could trust it. Trust?! That’s huge! I’ve started an immersive journey into reclaiming Laurie.. to live, not to die with addictions. In this reclaiming I’m finding I’m shedding what no longer serves me, planting new seeds, celebrating and reuniting with soul pieces and trusting the process. I’ve been working a 12-step program of recovery based on Native American 12-steps and medicine wheel… it’s called Wellbriety. The medicine wheel came alive for me and I want more. Also, I have begun realigning, learning and making space for my Irish heritage..so the Celtic education here is very welcomed indeed. So here in the West direction, guided ultimately by and thru light of great divine, in discipline,embracing spirit guides/teachers and ancestral guidance..I seek balance harmony clarity of life purpose and more Love! Making interconnectedness. Making life sacred..live deeply with love. Learning protection and boundaries for more abundance. Forgiving. Letting light shine through wounds for healing… embracing life, others and Laurie. A’ho

  17. Kirsty Norton 3 years ago

    I am here to explore the next chapter my life will bring forwards. I’ve been in a period of studentship and incubation for a while. I sense there is something important to bring forwards for the greater good but I’m confused about what it is and keep getting scattered and overwhelmed about which idea to bring forwards. I also see you do a course in Soul Dives, I also have one named that which I took as a sign I’m on the right path! I’ve loved Dakota’s meditations and videos that I’ve seen before. The work is deep and I hope to gain clarity and direction.

  18. Crissy Vukic 3 years ago

    I have always been someone who looked inward for answers. After my teen years, I abandoned this part of me and found that I had lost myself over the 10 years of ignoring it. I am here to reclaim myself, and to experience a life more purpose driven so I may feel fulfilled.

  19. alsabalr 3 years ago

    The Universe was whispering to me about shamanism for several years, but it was when I began working in cardiology (I’m a nurse in a hospital) that the call was so strong that I could no longer ignore it. Cardiology was the most stressful work I had ever done and I began to question my religious practices. I began having dreams where I was praying wrong, or going to the wrong church. A lot. During down time at work, I began researching shamanism and its practices. That was how I found Dakota. I left my religion last year and then I left my husband in April. He is very devout and our marriage did not hold space for such differing opinions; there was no way to continue growing in that marriage. I am here in hopes of learning how to work more with the Universe to be a healing facilitator. Thank you Dakota, Lee Ann and Sherrie for this opportunity!

  20. Jen Trulson 3 years ago

    Hello Beautiful Souls and Kindred Spirits. Dakota, thank you for creating this space and Lee-Ann and Sherrie for the team support. I am excited to have slipped in even though the doors were closed. That always feel a little magical to me.
    I have been on my spiritual and soul journey since 2006 when I left high school sweetheart / husband. I left with no intention of reconciling and 9 months later (rebirth for both of us) we decided to give it another go. All divinely guided. Since then I have gone through all sorts of trainings and had a mind-body life coach practice for 9 years.
    Then as life does, we were invited to a whole host of life challenges… chronic back pain, depression, anxiety, the world of addiction with our oldest daughter, deaths in the family and such. Life. I used to be a lover of life and 2014-2018 were H A R D. For me, that time sucked – I was in all the pains: physical, emotional, and mental. Looking back, I continued with my spiritual practices even though I wasn’t feeling it. Somehow, deep within, I knew it was my lifeline. Personally, I believe what happens to us, happens for us. I would never tell someone that as they are going through the messiness. Instead I listen and love them where they are, because it was so damn nice to have others do that for me.
    I’ve done grief work, volunteered for hospice, and held support groups for parents who have lost babies and infants. I lost my first son 25 years ago. Calvin was born still at 7 1/2 months. I’ve been immersed with a native sister-friend in earth medicine practices over the last 3 years.
    I have always loved community and stepped away from it until just recently. Everything was just too much. I felt overstimulated, couldn’t hear my own voice, needed to go within. Preserve. Hibernate. Restore.
    Over the last year I have been re-emerging. Reconnecting. Feeling strong. I can actually say I am loving life again which I haven’t been able to say for a chunk of years.
    I LOVE the medicine wheel as a guide, the moon cycles, nature, drumming, journeying, talking to my guides, Spirit, ancestors, and spirit animals. I love meditation, gratitude, my practices and rituals. And while I have these things in my life, I still love to learn from others and be in community. I want to continue moving with the medicine wheel as a guide and seeing how I can go deeper. And here I am. Thanks to Insight Timer and Dakota sharing her 10 day course on Tools for Shamanic Journey. Her voice and teaching style resonated so deeply. Her responses in the community forum resonated. So Dakota, thank you for being you, sharing what you know and have been taught, and shining your light is a very real and open way.
    If you’re still reading, thank you. I can be long winded at times. I just told my daughter today that she talks too much – in the sense of sharing more information than is needed – and she said, thanks mom, you taught me! lol. And here is the evidence 🙂 She will laugh when I tell her.
    ps~ I have so enjoyed reading some of the others intros too. So fun to hear others experiences and what brought them here.

  21. Glenn Cameron 3 years ago

    I am here because my guides led me to this mentorship. My story is too long to lay out here but I am definitely on a spiritual journey that started sixteen months ago. This period of time has been intense and I am simply following guidance, uncertain where it will lead me, but open to whatever that may be.

    I did the Soul Archetype quiz yesterday and I was shocked to see the result. It indicated Soul Shaman which is so far from who I have been, or who I thought I was. But as I read the detailed descriptions for the archetype I was amazed how much it fit who I am, or at least, who I have become today. I am excited to see where the next year leads and what direction my life will take. I believe this mentorship will be a big part of the changes that come my way.

  22. Raven Blakely 3 years ago

    My higher self brought me here, the last few months I’ve been feeling kind of un-anchored, adrift, my dad died in April and my relationship of the last 20 years shifted dramatically, and I have been praying for guidance, But very much feeling like I was going through a dark night of the soul and didn’t know where to turn, all my usual avenues of making me feel better were not making me feel better.A few months back when I first heard one of Dakota’s meditations, phoenix rising, I was wondering if she was a teacher and was training people, and then one day I was on insight timer doing my morning meditation and I saw Dakota’s ten-day shamanic journey class, which I jumped on board right away, which led me to this website, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that taking this class was what I needed to do, and soon as I signed up synchronicity‘s have been happening right and left, guides have come to me before I asked for them, I love the tribe that has formed here, and feel really blessed to have found this wisdom online, I have practiced medicine wheel in one way or another for many years, but this looks like it’s all put together in one piece and I realized that it will really help stitch my life together and make sense of a lot of fragments and that’s the idea of the medicine wheel is to bring it all into one whole, And maybe when I get my wheel together, I can help in anyway I can bring the whole thing back into balance

  23. Kaya Cooper 3 years ago

    I didn’t get that we were supposed to say why were here. I feel I was truly meant to be here. From Insight timer, to facebook, you tube and finally I’m here. Wonderful!

  24. Kaya Cooper 3 years ago

    I finally met my spirit teacher. I was thinking of who I wanted always before, but this afternoon I just let him appear. I’m of Irish and English heritage, so was surprised my a Native American man of about 50 years of human age. I could, and still can, see him, sense him, and hear him clearly. Our bond was very deep. I see and feel him, trust and love him deeply. I know he will always be with me. I never read the other comments until I’ve added mine so I won’t be influenced. I will read them now. Thank you Dakota for bringing my human spirit guide and I together. Aho!

  25. nancyerichardson 3 years ago

    Why am I here??? I feel like I have been drawn to this path my whole life. I never thought the way others did..I never understood why others always found fault with everything instead of the good in things. I never fit in because I didn’t like to gossip or talk about others so I was considered by most (except for my close friends) untrustworthy because I didn’t chime in something negative. Soo strange right? I have been through hell and back and it has most definitely not been an easy life especially in my childhood and challenging in my adult years but I could still see light in the dark. I was always dabbling in things but could not commit to true studying till I retired in 2010. Then I babysat my granddaughters for 8 years and started taking all kinds of classes and now that I am officially retired I am drawn into more shamanic type work getting back to the roots and working with earth energy. I was looking through tube for meditations and happened upon Dakotas channel Coffee with Dakota and I think it was called Shaman shorts..anyway I was hooked and googled her and just came at the right time a little before the beginning of the North Direction. I have taken many shamanic classes but these are truly amazing. I had also signed up for another intense class before I knew about Dakota so I have been trying to balance the two but I want to devote my entire time to this class which I will be able to do at the end of this month and I am really excited. Everybody in this group is amazing and I just really enjoy all the good calm energy. I am really trying to figure myself out in order to help others. I have my own holistic healing practice but feel I want to be more in touch with myself to be of service properly. My major obstacle is finding my Spirit Guide /Spirit Animal.. I have listened to soo many meditations and have done too many rituals and nothing so I don’t feel as advanced as everybody else ..I know all in good time..but I am 65 and running out of time!!! lol. Anyway I thank you Dakota for being you ..for being so calming..for being so gentle and I truly appreciate you. Sorry for all the rambling..its been an insightful day. I did your find your Spirit Guide meditation twice last night and this morning and then journaled and a lot came up ..no guides..lol but other things. Thank You

  26. Jenifer Mahanes 3 years ago

    I feel like I have been on this journey my entire life and this is just help me peel through more of the layers to get a deep understanding of me and how to best share my gifts with the world. My pain points are an emotional disconnect from my mother and the transition of my father and the death of my marriage. I know the guidance comes from within and allowing that wisdom to rise is how I heal. Grateful for the connection here✨

  27. jimalex 3 years ago

    I have done much of this work in years past, but have been away for a very long time, caught in the here and the now and not hearing the things that I had already learned.
    Having met Denise some time ago,and being drawn to her energy and intentional living, I began to think again about that which I didn’t know or had forgotten. We have had many long talks about the “whys and the wherefores” of our lives here and now, and the interconnectedness of the Universe. It was at her urging that I embarked on this challenge to learn about the Medicine Wheel, and from that the Soul Shaman-North Direction.
    The brief study of the Medicine Wheel wet my appetite for more, but I really didn’t know why. Since starting the Soul Shaman teaching, I have continued to go back to that Medicine Wheel course to try a get a better understanding, as I struggled with the North Direction.
    For me it started to make sense three weeks ago on the Thursday night class, with everyone assembled and Dakota asked if there were any questions or concerns. I began to formulate a question in my mind, when another classmate started asking my question. It was almost word for word of what I was thinking. I forget now who it was, but the response from Dakota provided both of us with the answer.
    It was as if she was talking directly to me, so appropriate was her response.
    From that point on, my meditations were more meaningful. I felt as I was starting to “get it”, an awakening of what I had already known. Spirit guides became more apparent to me, my heart opened to a realization that I was, and am, totally blessed with an understanding of many of my “whys and wherefores”!
    With this “awakening” has come a lot of what I had known and done before, it’s like coming home. An example is a “prayer” that I have been reciting daily for over thirty years, to the point that it had almost become mechanical. It has taken on a different meaning for me now. I would like to to share it here.
    “I am Whole, I am filled with the light. I am Perfect, I am, I am filled with the light. The light fills every cell of my body. The light surges into and through my blood, making it a fountain of life, bringing Purity, Vitality, Youth and Beauty to my entire being. I am in the infinite light and the infinite light is in me. I’m surrounded by the pure white light of the Christ. Nothing but good shall come to me and nothing but good shall go from me. I give Thanks, I give Thanks, I give Thanks.”
    Thank you, Dakota, and Thank you to all of my fellow travelers.

    • Dakota Walker 3 years ago

      Jim, what an absolutely beautiful prayer! I am so grateful you joined this journey and that our souls are in sync … love to know that I”ve answered questions for you even without you having to speak it! 🙂

  28. naomicampbell26 3 years ago

    why am I here? That is why I am here, to work on the relationship with myself, with my spiritual self. I feel like my life has been this constant search for my purpose, I feel as though I have been collecting pieces of a puzzle that I don’t know how to put together. Yet. A couple years ago I thought I had put it together properly, I was studying art therapy, and I had another level of spiritual awakening, and with that brought very overwhelming, powerful connections to spirit, and some pieces that did NOT fit into my jigsaw the way it was put together. The jigsaw that was my life was turned upside-down and all mixed up, twice over.
    Participating in this program with Dakota and her community for me is about putting the pieces of my life, my relationship with self, spirit, the world and others back together in a loving, authentic, truthful, intentional way. 2019 for me is about living MY truth. I had a spirit guided message that this program was the next piece of my puzzle I needed to make things flow. To be guided back into mother earth’s arms and father sky’s embrace in a slow comfortable supported spiral, rather than an explosion of power resulting in a short circuit, and spiritual blowout.

    All my love and gratitude

  29. Paula 3 years ago

    I am very drawn to Earth Medicine work having immersed myself in Pagan / Native / Celtic teachings, Plant Spirit Medicine / Herbal Medicine… on & on. I want to go deeper into my soul work, work with my spirit guides.

    Pain points? Trusting, allowing myself to be vulnerable & in partnership. Deep communication that is from the heart.

    I want to live more soul-fully for myself and the lives I touch.

  30. cliftonls 3 years ago

    I have a desire to learn more about ancient spiritual rites & how to use them in my daily life . All my life I have been told what I should & should not do. I was brought up on a farm , an only child & have a deep connection with the earth. When I was very young i was told by a grandma that when I was speaking with my imaginary friends that I was talking to the devil. They were very real to me but having been told it was the devil i stopped talking to them . Now I know they were & are real .
    My mother always had control over my life all the way to 65 years old when she passed. Even after she passed I could here her telling me what to do. She was a good mother but a very sad woman too. I ended up in therapy & sense i have been in a journey to find me & live my life as I wish. Shamanism has been a real force helping me to truly be myself.
    I am in the North direction of my life now & whatever the time I have left , I want it full of love for myself . To be free like a bird , flying high & fulfilled in all aspects of my life . Knowing when I love me, I will love others ! I have a long way to go on this journey but I pray to make progress everyday .
    Sending peace & love!

  31. maratomara 4 years ago

    I am here to dive into all layers and aspects of myself to finally know and become my true self.
    I am ready to step beyond my fears. I am ready to get this party started … Ha! I am ready to look deep inside. I don’t want to run anymore. I am sick of hiding. I am tired of feeling like a square peg in a round hole. I no longer want to live in constant exhaustion d/t working a job that doesn’t resonate with me causing constant anxiety and inner turmoil all to pay for a house we no longer want. I am all set with circuming to our high paced societal norms. I want to slow things down. I want a simple life. I desire to stand in my power and take my life back. To live in harmony, peace & joy the majority of the time vs. rare glimpses. I yearn a life where I honor my sacred purpose (once I know what that is (wink) lol)! I am ready to be free. I am ready to do the work to obtain this. I want to simplify my life.
    I was drawn to this community by my guides. I am very excited and can already feel myself being prepped for what is to come. I have been super emotional. Hot mess … table for one (rasing hand) … Lol! I can feel the depths that this class will have not only on me, but each and everyone of you as well as the world. This is going to be awesome!
    I feel like I have been in a holding cell for years … Just plan stuck. Life has thrown me constant struggles for the past few years. So much so that it has been hard to process much of it at all. I am busy working as a fulltime nurse, happily married, I have a toddler and two dogs! I am constantly being pulled in a million directions. I hesitated signing up for this class because I thought to myself … How am I going to have the time to do this intense self work when I can barely manage to bath myself on a daily basis? I decided I am worth it. It is time! I have set new boundaries. I am making the time. Plus I asked my guides for their full support as well as setting the intention that the next 9 weeks will flow with ease and grace and I will have ample time to do all the inner work that I need to do with no interuptions! So be it! Let this new journey begin!

  32. Caitrine Hellenga 4 years ago

    I found Dakota through the Insight timer 365 day challenge. I was walking the dog in the dark to the daily curated meditation. It was the Rise of the Phoenix meditation. I had the same reaction as the first time I was in an Astanga yoga class…”Whoa! What just happened?!”. So I looked up Dakota, got an unrelated book on the medicine wheel, and started downloading her meditations. I realized there was something in my past that had started me down this path but I didn’t realize what it was at the time. About 17 years ago I had a 15 year course of migraines that led me to take Excedrin every day, wreck my stomach, ended up on Prozac so I could eat. Within a month of starting anti anxiety drugs I went to a psychiatrist who was known for being able to get people off of medication. After a year of cognitive talk therapy, I told him talking didn’t make me feel any different, and did he have anything else? That was the permission he needed to enter into a very non traditional psychotherapy (what an unusual and gifted psychiatrist). He told me I was a shaman that would have been initiated back in the old days. I wasn’t initiated into the modern veterinary medical profession which was possibly the source of me not feeling grounded. In the brief time before I moved, he worked with on power animals and spirit guides and taught me about chakras. I was just getting to the good stuff when I left. After looking into Dakotas teachings I found my old journal and was able to put the psychiatrist’s teachings into a framework I hadn’t realized existed. I have PTSD symptoms where I dissociate from my body and don’t feel grounded and then I feel anxiety. I also am high functioning ADD which twirls my brain creatively so it feels like energy is coming out of the top of my head and I have great visionary ability but my poor root chakra is lost. From previous meditation work, the dissociation from my body was triggered by a lot of high fevers and also central nervous system adverse/toxic side effect from me not processing an asthma drug given during hospitalizations. My earliest childhood memory is being discharged from ICU at age 3 and I am in the ceiling of the room watching it happen so I started dissociating before I can even remember. I am interested in the process of soul recovery since the terrors from early hallucinations made separated pieces of me. I need help with setting and enforcing mental boundaries between work and home to stop ruminations. I also have trouble with the drama at work, compassion fatigue, and setting energetic barriers from the negative energy when people get upset. I am an extreme introvert who has trained herself to be an extrovert for the career. But I get so exhausted by people that when I come home I hibernate and don’t have the energy I would like to put into personal relationships. I dream about work and get insomnia and exhaustion. It’s not the number of hours, I feel like I am doing it to myself with rumination about drama so I think boundary setting would improve my energy level. I feel like I get used up at work and then there is nothing left for home life. I am a “fixer” where I am fixing animals, clients, staff all day long. I wonder if I can still be just as successful being the lubricant that helps keep the hospital flowing if spend days without actually “fixing”. It seems part of the job for a Medical Director, but maybe there are other ways of getting good results. Meditations have been helping the anxiety mind states so I would like to keep working on that. When I first was looking at mentor ship I thought it was a dream. Then I realized the only thing stopping me was me. So I got out of my own way. Thanks Dakota for giving me the opportunity. Caitrine.

  33. Julie 4 years ago

    Hmm, accidentally hit reply before I was finished. I just want a deeper connection to my truths, my guides, my purpose on this earth. The past few years have been oddly flat for me, as if I’ve been going through the motions while not really “getting” anywhere. Right now it’s as if I’ve been abruptly reawakened to my soul energy and drive. As if I’ve been told, Now is the time! Wake up! A few months ago a friend died, which actually triggered in me the soul seeking/connecting again. Then a few weeks ago I had a powerful dream in what I believe was the fifth dimension, of such enormous, pure love with someone with whom in this waking world would never be possible (or desired). I genuinely believe it was a soul catalyst for me, urging me onto the spiritual path again, as if to say it’s so very much time to reawaken and bring my gifts to the world. I found Dakota’s YouTube channel shortly thereafter, then this course. Clear signs to me that I’m not only ready again to step onto the path, I really need to do so. So here I am, excited and ready to explore the Wheel and just find that deeper connection to soul and self.

  34. Julie 4 years ago

    I love that this course appeared for me now. I’ve recently been stirred to dive back into my soul purpose, to connect strongly with my guides and my higher self.

  35. Ashleigh 4 years ago

    I have start going inward and there are millions of directions to go, a million potential paths to take and a million different teachers to follow. I want to be my own teacher and build something that works for me personally. I was drawn to this program because I feel it offers a foundation for me to look inward with guidance while creating something all my own. I hope to gain clarity on my personal purpose and find my daily motivation again. I am ready to do the work and glad to have found a community for the journey.

  36. Amy 4 years ago

    It’s time to dig deeper, to do deep soul work. Through this healing I’m working through the blocks keeping me in a fog – can’t see what it’s leading to – what my purpose is. I’m here to step into my power. To heal my soul. To grow.
    I want to bring to the world all that is inside me so I can serve.

    I grew up in extreme poverty, with a mother who was mentally ill, where my needs were not met, boundaries did not exist, unsafe people were in my home. My guides have always kept me safe. I then moved in with relatives where the abuse came again through mental emotional manipulation. I’ve done a lot of hard work, but counseling and yoga and teachings only went so far. Only recently was able to understand my relationship with my guides and tap into their wisdom and love more intentionally. I’m on the next step of my journey – moving with the current – and letting go of what I thought I wanted and trusting in where I belong.

  37. Amy 4 years ago

    It’s time to dig deeper, to do deep soul work. Through this healing I’m working through the blocks keeping me in a fog – can’t see what it’s leading to – what my purpose is. I’m here to step into my power. To heal my soul. To grow.
    I want to bring to the world all that is inside me so I can serve.

  38. Cheyanne 4 years ago

    For a while I have felt like something was missing in my life. I had a great family, friends, nothing too traumatic, a nice home, a loving partner, enough money to fulfill basic needs… so why was I feeling this way? I thought maybe it was because I had drifted away from religion and now I felt lost.

    I was raised in a Christian household, believing in God and Jesus, but had started questioning all of it as I got older. I was steered away from christianity because of all the terrible things I’ve seen or heard of being done “in the name of God”. It’s not like all Christians were bad, but it just didn’t sit right with me. And as I learned about other religions, who was I to say that this religion was right and this one was wrong? I came to the conclusion that all these beliefs centered around the same thing: a higher power. Ok so now what? I needed to feel more clarity. I always knew that people had souls but what did that even mean?

    I was in a time of my life where I’d get sad for no reason. I would just feel down in the dumps. When this happened, I had a feeling that I needed to get out into nature. That always made me feel better. But I was still hopelessly wandering through life not knowing what I’m doing here. What’s the bigger picture here. I have a long past of self deprecation and loneliness, and I just had to fill this void in my life that I couldn’t fully understand.

    Then one day, a cousin of mine invited me to join this Facebook group called Gaia Wisdom Medicine. Oh great. Another group of people trying to get you involved in their way of thinking. I declined. But for whatever reason I got the urge to just check it out. It was during that time that Dakota was doing the 21 day gratitude challenge and I hooked onto that like a fish. It fulfilled me so much and gave me a greater appreciation of my life and the world around me. Ok so this is what gratitude is all about. It was during that time I discovered how much my job was sucking the life out of me and ended up quitting.

    So this was great and all, I was connecting to nature and meeting such kind and wonderful people in the Facebook group, but as soon as the gratitude challenge ended I was back to feeling stuck. I heard a lot of people talking about the mentorship and it honestly felt like a scam to me. I didn’t need to spend money to learn what I felt like I could do on my own.

    As time went on, that familiar void kept making itself well known in my life. Something was still missing. I changed jobs, so that was a good thing. I’d been looking for a new place to live because it was necessary, so I felt that was also a good thing, I’d been practicing gratitude and THAT was a good thing, so what was missing?? I always found myself being drawn back to the Facebook group and found moments of clarity. Dakota started posting mini teachings about what the mentorship was all about and they really resonated with me. Eventually I gave in. I had to see what the fuss was all about. I scraped up the savings I had and joined the mentorship program.

    I felt it was good to start in the South direction because the South is my jam. Through and through I was a sacred heart warrior. This is my first direction and it’s been so eye opening. I’m finally getting the clarity I’ve been searching for and discovering the real me, my authentic self. I’ve learned how to love myself, how to connect with spirit and my guides, how to read their messages, finding my voice and stepping into my power, and I just gotta say that for the first time I feel full. Full of life and light and love. Every now and again I find myself feeling rather down, and a voice in my head tells me I need to do some past life/ancestral healing. So I hope to dive deeper into that because it’ll be another piece to the puzzle that is my life.

    To end this novel of a response, I’ll leave it at this. I am incredibly grateful. For these teachings, for Dakota who pushes us to find the answers within ourselves, for this group of amazing, beautiful souls who wander this earth in this life time, searching for their true selves and their purpose. We are not meant to wander alone, and to be part of such a uniquely diverse group of like minded people all over the world is the far opposite of being lonely. Thank you. Aho.

  39. Jackie Derham 4 years ago

    I started a new phase of my life 2 years ago. I have self love issues which I have worked on over the years but still it lingers. I worked in a family business for 30 years, my department was the catering, it was a lovely location right on the beach in Dorset, south UK. It was lease hold and we sold this 5 years ago as it was no longer making me or my brother happy. A few years after this my father passed and my mother who was suffering from early onset dementia went very “funny” she had been my best friend but was now accusing me of drugging her, bugging her phone, stealing and everything else you could think of. It was like I had lost them both. My partner and I decided a change was needed so we moved down to Cornwall 2 years ago. (My mother moved to be nearer my sister). Just before we moved I was led to rescue 2 ponies one of which has laminitis (can’t eat much grass). The day I went to see the owner about her because she was looking so unhappy was the day they were going to put her to sleep. So we moved with more than we had bargained for which was a struggle as we had put nearly all our money into buying this run down Cottage with 8 acres. The last 2 years have been the most difficult of my life, we have very little money and more debt and no jobs, selling what we didn’t need and making a little here and there. We had so many things happen a chimney fire, a house fire, one of our dogs died, my partner got breast cancer and has had a double mastectomy amongs other things.
    I have in the last 2-3 months started an up-cycling business of furniture with an artistic paint job. I have yet to sell anything as have not thought them good enough and have redone several items a few times, but I think I am getting there. The whole move has been through following our instincts and at times it felt like we were just puppets in this bigger picture, we love the area it has good energy and lovely people. The reason I am on this course is I got back into Shamanic journeying and found Dakotas meditations resonated with me. I would like to be happier in myself, to stop beating myself up when things go wrong, to be less depressed and to loose the weight I have put on, and to know if I am on the right track in what I am doing. I feel there is something else but not sure if I am ready for it. I would love to learn more about the medicine wheel and what Dakota has to teach me. I also love being with like minded people so look forward to getting to know you all. Thanks. ♥️

  40. Cindy Yellow Butterfly 4 years ago

    I am not really sure what drew me – or how I ended up here, but, I am sure glad that I did. I really love Dakota’s teachings. They really speak to me and make me think about the areas that I want to grow and shift. I have looked into many teachings on the wheel – but, this is the best I have experienced so far. I really believe when the student is ready the teacher appears- this has been my experience so far on this journey. I hope that through this work I explore some of those shadow areas and embrace some new changes that will shift me into a more authentic, open, higher frequency of me. Thank you Dakota for all that you do!

  41. Becky 4 years ago

    I am here to dance…to embrace all that brings me joy and release all that no longer serves me…To regain my childhood love of nature and imagination…To find my fearlessness and get my compass straightened out…To gain strength and wisdom from all those around me…Oh…and to truly know myself!

  42. Megan 4 years ago

    I don’t know why I’m here. I just know I’m supposed to be. I don’t know why I do a lot of things in my life and question myself frequently. I ask myself; “what are you doing? Why are you doing it? The answer is usually something like. “It doesn’t matter, just do what you do because if you don’t you will be denying your souls purpose. But I don’t know what that means.

    Now that I’ve probably confused you. I’ll try to explain.

    I began working with energy, studying metaphysics, reading cards, astrology and rembering bits of past lives when I was really young. I got books from garage sales. The first was Linda Goodman’s sun signs. I loved that book. I was about 9 at the time. All this was strange because my family is not into anything like that. They undermined it.

    I had a terrible upbringing. Lots of abuse. I got good grades and followed all the rules but felt like I was dying inside. Literally, I was afraid I would die and was sure I probably would due to the abuse. Then, I discovered very early in life that alcohol dulled everything. That was how I coped and I developed a serious problem before my teens. This went on for years. I felt relief when I visited my grandparents in Montana in the summers. I have a strong connection with the land and ended up moving there. While I was there, two teachers appeared in my life. They brought me back home through shamanism but we didn’t call it that. I was introduced to the directions. I was back on a deep and rich spiritual path where I had loving and supportive guidance. But, I wasn’t ready.

    I continued to drink and end up in one bad situation after another. At one point I was completely homeless and spare changing on street corners. Sometimes; I didn’t even know what state in the U.S. I as in. Then, I learned I was pregnant and had my first child at 21 alone. I was totally alone in the hospital etc. This is the point where I made a conscious decision to “turn off.” I don’t know why I did this but for some reason I felt like I wouldn’t be able to live authentically. In my mind, I had to conform. So that’s what I did for the next 18 years. I pulled myself together and got through college and worked as a contributing member of society. I still wasn’t done with drinking until I was 30. But once again, I had teachers come into my life and I’ve been sober for 14 years now. I am extremely active in the 12 step community and have been helping women and young girls who struggle as I did for many years now. I don’t get paid for this. It’s just what I do and where I feel I have a real purpose. It brings me so much joy to watch the light turn on in their eyes.

    In the last several years I’ve had ups and downs as most of us do. I went through a horrible depression a few years back and came out of it a completely different person. Suddenly, I started to become who I am supposed to be. I even look different. It’s so weird. It’s amazing. I’m grateful and in a good place today. I’ve had lots of teachers in all areas of life. I feel strong and secure and grounded most days. My passion is to write poetry and fiction (short stories). I love photography but not as a career. I was doing reiki but I’m not sure how I feel about it at the moment so I’m not currently practicing. I facilitate meditation groups and have different classes. I’ve scaled back because I burned myself out in the past. I mainly do all of these things because I enjoy it and if I don’t I feel like something is missing. The main thing that is out of balance is work. I work in social work and I know I’m not supposed to be. But I don’t know where I’m supposed to be. Hopefully it will have something to do with traveling the world.

    I’m here because I want to form relationships with my spirit guides. I want clarity on my life theme and purpose. I’m here because I’m back where I’m supposed to be. : )

  43. Jackie 5 years ago

    I am here to become more authentic, real and honest with myself and others….not such a people pleaser and not let my ego drive what I do…rather be the person I was meant to be and fill my spiritual need. Thank you!

  44. PhyllisEagleDancing 5 years ago

    I am here to create greater balance in my life and using the medicine wheel is a great tool. I have studied the medicine wheel for a long time, but this course actually provides instruction in ways to use it. I appreciate that and can see the value of its application. Balance is important to me. I know when I am in balance because there is a deep sense of peace and self-love. The opposite is true when out of kilter.

  45. Karen MacFee 5 years ago

    Greetings beautiful Souls 🙂
    Thanks to all for sharing your stories. I love this work…the inner journey, thank you Dakota and Amber for this beautiful, sacred space you create. Here is where we sow our seeds of intention, water and nourish them…help them to grow, and harvest such bounty! I found my way here through the work Dakota so generously shares on YouTube…I have been in recovery for addiction for a few 24 hour intervals, and find this work to be the most effective and transformational for people like me. I am in the trenches on the front-lines in the recovery community, doing the Soul-level work it takes to recover, with as many willing people as I can. This inner work enables me to have something nourishing and life-affirming to offer those willing to follow the path 0of liberation and freedom.
    Love and blessings to you all 🙂

    • HillaryBanksSelf 5 years ago

      I’ve been a spiritual seeker most of my life and have found solace in nature. Even as a child, I’d prefer climbing a tree, alone, to sit with the birds in the sky than to playing Barbies with my sisters. I was raised in Oklahoma and my Grandmother was born on a Cherokee Reservation, so she and my Mother infused Native Teachings and wisdom into my life from an early age and it’s something that has always resonated with my heart and soul. For some reason, in this lifetime, I’ve experienced deep wounding from the masculine energy, in particular. I was violated at the age of 5 by my Father who suffered from alcoholism and an addiction to pain pills. He was in and out of rehab and jail most of my childhood and our family was taught to “hide” all of the chaos and pretend that everything was perfect on the surface. So, I’d dance as fast as I could to keep everything looking “okay”. I became an overachiever in school and truly attempted to be perfect at everything, in hopes that if I did “good” enough – I could make everything “okay”. My mother finally divorced my father when I was 14. Because of the abuse, and the reputation that my father had in town, I had a difficult experience in the community, too. I had “a reputation” even though I remained a virgin well into my college years. It was just expected that I must be a certain way because of who my Father was and what had transpired. Small towns can be cruel. At 18, I moved away on a full-ride scholarship and never looked back. In college, I really blossomed. I found that I could “achieve” as much as I liked – and no one ever questioned my pedigree. Who I was, as a person, and what I did was enough – and there were no questions about who my family was – that didn’t matter. So, in college, I once again dove into achieving and have followed that path all the way into a successful career. I’ve enjoyed some wonderful achievements in my career, and have made a life out of producing large-scale events for Fortune 500 companies, but what I’ve found is that while I’ve done a lot of work on learning to heal & accept myself and forgive my father for what happened, for some reason my relationships with men have always been strained. I’ve been engaged four times, married and divorced two of those four times, and here at 37, I’m living in LA, alone – thousands of miles away from my mother and sisters and nephews with no real support system. The men I’ve shared intimate relationships with have all dissolved out of my life for one reason or another, but it re-affirmed to me, time and again, that I couldn’t depend on a man. Currently, I work 70+ hours a week and while the things I get to “accomplish” at work look shiny and impressive from the outside, I am deeply unfulfilled. In January of 2016, my dad died after a 6 month decline. During that time we had the chance to discuss what transpired when I was younger and while he did not apologize (because he said he was “blacked out and couldn’t remember doing that”) – he did tell me “IF that happened to you, that was wrong.” And, for me, that was a very helpful new step in my healing. In the time since he died, I have dove deep into a personal spiritual journey – attempting to clear myself of the past pains and to heal my heart where I can have healthy relationships with men. I’ve been doing meditations, reading books, and journaling on these deeply painful topics, excavating my soul over the past 18-20 months – and in that time I discovered Dakota’s meditations. The Rise of the Phoenix was especially cathartic for me. What I hope to gain from this experience is deep soul healing and a clarity about who it is I truly am here to be, and what it is my soul incarnated to give to this Earth at this time. While I do still long to have a family and children, as I always have, I understand that time is passing and so I’m learning how to open myself up to other ideas of family and community and how I may be of service in this lifetime. In journeying around the medicine wheel over the next year, I hope to learn skills and gain insights into ways I can contribute to the world, relate to others in a ways that is safe to be vulnerable whilst still maintaining healthy boundaries and balance. I’ve been a people-pleaser for so long that I’d like to learn how to please myself – and I’d like to learn how to feel “safe” and stop worrying that “something bad is going to happen” as I have for much of my life. And, finally, it is my hope that I can balance my own energies so I can learn how to hold space for others. My ultimate goal would be to open and manage my own private event venue – since I love planning events so much. And, if possible, I’d love to block out times on the calendar at my venue to host celebrations in conjunction with the medicine wheel’s solar and lunar festivals throughout the year, as a way to create and hold a sacred space for others to gather and share in the healing magic of the medicine wheel. It would be so rewarding to help foster a community and feel that I’m truly a beneficial presence on the planet – and that I’m unconditionally loved and loving to those who share in that community. I’ve so enjoyed the first week’s information and I feel truly at home in this place. Thank you, Dakota for creating this incredible school for each of us to benefit. I’m so excited to embark upon this journey!

  46. Jessica Mills 5 years ago

    Why am I here…..
    To be honest, I don’t know. What I do know is I have been drawn to Native American culture since as far back as I can remember.
    The last few years of my life have no doubt been transformational , it’s like I can see things as they really are now and it’s scary. I am not sure what to think or how to feel. In the last few years ive had a lot of signs from my guides that have pointed to ancestor heading, whether I am just intrigued by it or my ancestor lineage needs healing.
    All i know is I have found comfort In Dakota’s teaching/meditations. It’s almost as if she is the only person that understands what I’m feeling or going through…. So maybe that’s why I am here !

    • HillaryBanksSelf 5 years ago

      Same! The Native American wisdom and teaching is what brought me to Dakota’s Meditations on YouTube – and, like you, I’ve always been drawn to their teachings. Our first week’s worth of lessons were absolutely what my soul has been thirsting for. SO excited to see what we learn from here. 🙂

  47. Valerie 5 years ago

    Hello everyone, I came here trough Dakota’s guided meditations a few years ago, when I was in a defficult period of my live. I have always been looking for more in my live, to learn. Even when I never really had interessed in my school live. I always was drawn to outside and nature. I was always a bit of a rebel, quit school before finishing it. I have been contacted many times in my live but never really explored deep. It was like I never really could bring inough efford in it. Putting myself in al kinds of adventures. Doing ghosthunting, holding seances, exploring the Woods and so,many things. Then a few months ago I was gliding back in a defficult relation and something told me to stop en follow your spiritual path, and this time I listened. I stopped the relation and then I saw Gaia wisdom mentorship. I was drawn to, did the gratitude challenge and so much changed since then. I feel like I was ready, so therefore I am here. Ready to learn grow and take part of this course. So I am grateful for beeing here now that I am ready ❤️

  48. Hanna Isaksson 5 years ago

    I found Dakota through the meditation “Rise of the phoenix” at youtube last winter. That meditation changed my life. Every week I would let go of some old fears that were just holding me back. I was amassed how powerful meditation could be (I think it was the first one I did).

    When I started with the south direction my goal was only to finish the south direction. I didn’t know much about the medicine wheel. I didn’t have the understanding of what it was. I think it’s actually now, after the course, that it starts to be more clear to me.

    With the help of the medicine wheel I hope that I will be 100% myself. That my full potential will be in use and that my life will be in more balance between work and private life. I want to find my sacred purpose, I want to feel that I live at the right place, I want to share my life with a partner, I want to be more creative myself. I feel that I never get passionate about anything, not 100%. I get interested, I do it for a couple of years, job or sports or where I live, and then after 3-4 years I will start doing something else or move. I think I want to feel more at peace with my decisions. I always just go with the flow. That’s good in one way, but sometimes I forget to ask myself what I truly want to do. I would like a more mindful way of living.

    • HillaryBanksSelf 5 years ago

      I am right there with you! We share very similar hopes and dreams and have experienced very similar frustrations concerns. I’m excited to go on this journey together! This is my first part of the medicine wheel, but already I’m enthralled!

  49. Michelle 5 years ago

    OOPS pressed wrong button. Because you have just heard the call of your power animal flying over head and you look up and there is a halo around the sun, and the colours in the sky are the sign from last night’s mediation that your guide is with you. You just want to shout and tell every one, any one. But there is no one that would appreciate it. That,s why I am here, for like minded people. Who just get it. So I have now forgotten the original questions but I can’t wait to begin my journey around the medicine wheel with each and every one of you.

  50. Michelle 5 years ago

    I am here because I have lost myself. Not long ago I caught my reflection in the mirror and I truly couldn’t recognize who it was looking back me. Who was this person? How did I become so overweight and why do I look so old? I’ve only just turned 50 this year, and here I am wasting my life, finding excuses, procrastinating, and worrying about what every one else thinks. Full of shame and guilt. Too scared too change, waiting for the right time and everything to be perfect, and hiding the real me from the world. I can’t make decisions easily or with confidence. Full of self doubt. Working in the same job for almost 30 years that no longer provides the satisfaction that it once did. Existing in a relationship of 24 years, knowing deep down that it really cannot be rescued. I gave my power away to someone and now I want it back. On top of this my mother recently died. She was an extreme hoarder and I now have the task of cleaning up and selling her house which is quite some traveling distance away. At this stage in my life, I’m at the crossroad. If I don’t do something very soon to change direction and transform my life, my physical health and life in general will continue to spiral out of control. Having said all of this, I have never felt so grateful for life and absolutely love the way the Universe sends messages, and keeps sending messages until you get it. I love the connection with animal spirit guides, especially those of birds. When synchronicities happen one after the after in a short space of time through meditations and books, and songs that just pop into your head, and your’e running around the backyard in your pyjamas with only one sock on thru the bindies because youe

  51. Joy Little Mountain Richards 5 years ago

    Kept seeing a ring of fire in any meditation I did, saw others round fire, felt part of group, saw the Native American Indians, the tepees and landscape, felt was home. So drawn to shamanic path, organised a group of my friends for a teacher to help us as she said she was shammin. Went once a month, very deep meditations, loved it. Was hurt when a friend of a friend joined group and they went off doing 1-2-1 journeying…Heyhoe… Still all friends but it I was hurt so thought better see if I can find someone to lead me on path. Found you Dakota, 21 day challenge started on my mums birthday (RIP) so good omen. Was thrilled when learnt you blend it with Celtic wheel! Awesome. Jessie my Nan, was from Shetland island, north of Scotland, and Herbert, my granddad, from Cornwall, furthest south you can get in these British Isles. Pain points, I’d have to say don’t want to loose my power again, gave it to two others, drove me to point of Suicide. But I lost so many over the vale, no children, parents or grandparents and two awesome friends to cancer. Not doing the poor me, but felt so alone, couldn’t see point continuing. The day I was going to commit suicide spirit wouldn’t let me. I opened one book and said, give me an answer why I should stay. Got answer in one sentence…karma! Okidoky…had to stay… Just stayed, but couldn’t move forwards for a long time. I wish to become empowered so I never get to that point again of thinking my one answer was to vacate the planet. I want to stay now, 21 day challenge given me faith and hope in future. So happy found you Dakota, I know you’ll provide the tools, it’s up to me to do the work. Plus, I loved the link to Roberto Assagiolio, I did my specialising in person centered counselling on trans personal analysis! Awesome! So I’m feeling I’m in with the right tribe, speak the same language…just hope I keep up! Blessings a thousandfold for providing this opportunity, I feel truly blest.

  52. Calvarez 5 years ago

    Hello everyone 🙂 Why am I here? Well…. I am getting ready to relocate soon and I have been slowly getting ready. I have alway been attuned to the earth and everything related. My friend who spends a lot of time up up and away calls me her little earth girl because of my affinity for the planet and yes I love my little rituals. I have always been drawn to Shamanism but was taught it would come to you if that is what you are meant to do, that it’s not something you can just find. I have known for sometime that my life would go in this direction and I have been slowly preparing. I have native american blood (quite a lot from what we are finding out) so I know it’s in my ancestry though my family does not know much about what community we belong and I suppose it does not matter. The affinity is there. I did a meditation like a week ago and then stumbled upon Dakota… and in teaching myself to listen to my soul urges more… here I am! I’m not sure what you mean Dakota about pain points? I have gone through the phoenix dance many many times and would indeed be a wounded healer. I am preparing to move to North Carolina next summer way up in the mountains… our home is going to be done soon! We just received more land so yay!!! I have to say I know that all of this is leading somewhere and as dolphin tells me this morning … Ride the waves 🙂 I look very forward to getting to know all of you beautiful souls and healing/transforming together … I feel very thankful… 🙂

  53. Lee-Ann 5 years ago

    So many great testimonials here. A lot are very familiar to me. Rise of the Phoenix on insight timer was my first introduction to Dakota about 18 months ago. That meditation took me some place I had never been before. It was absolutely amazing and very emotional. I followed her on Facebook and love the coffee sessions. The timing just wasn’t right until recently.
    I’ve always been one to follow my intuition or my initial reaction. I have also experienced a lot of deja vu, where I dream things and then they come true. Or something is just so familiar, like I’ve lived through it before. I’ve always wanted to learn more about spirits and guides and to just live a happy loving spiritual life. I have become lost along the way. I am very content living in my solo bubble. I need to learn how to come back out and play. I’ve taking other classes but nothing as extensive as the mentorship.
    I’m also at a crossroads in my life, where I have the opportunity to change the road I’m on and not have to worry about money. Now is the time I decide what I want to be when I grow up. I feel like I’m finally coming into the reason I’m here in this world. That I was just biding my time until I got to this age. The medicine wheel seems to be the tool I’m looking for.

  54. Heather Thomas 5 years ago

    I am not sure if Dakota found me or I found her. I am told that it happens that way when you are ready for a teacher. I have been looking for a teacher, I thought it would be yoga and ayurveda, but here I am and I know that I am in the right place. I had a huge sense of excitement and relief after I signed up.
    I am here to learn and grow inside and out. With Dakota as a guide I know she can only do so much and I have a lot of inner work ahead of me, and it isn’t so scary as I once thought it was.
    I am here to connect, finding some similar people to chat with and explain some of the things I am experiencing and opening to, Not something easily shared with just anyone.
    I am here to ground and connect with Nature on a deeper level.
    I am here to heal, this life issues and a few leftover from other times. I believe that my life is set up to do just that heal and learn. I have the time and money in order to make it happen.
    I am here to open my heart
    I am here to speak my truth
    I am here to listen

  55. Ron Shackelly 5 years ago

    I agree with Marisse, so many great stories! Some I experienced, some not. In our Year of Ceremony sessions, Peruvian Shaman Don Oscar was asked, should I stay with a pure system, or do several? Love his answer, sample several, then work on what feels good for you! I find that Shaman Trainers are like Reiki Masters, most of them put their own ‘twist’ on their methods. For ten years of my 72, the Residential School kept me ‘cramped’, depriving me of my culture and traditions. When my married days, and working days were over, I was like the emerging butterfly. I had looked at Shamanism years ago, but was told that I could get a bad spirit and may not be able to get rid of it. I felt I needed healing, so I’ve been looking at various healing modalities, one being Shaman. I have read books and taken courses, enough to see that there are variations such as the Colours and Elements for the Directions. The common theme is journeying to communicate with Spirits and Guides, or even with The Creator. For ten years, the Residential School forced Jesus on me. When I left, I drifted away from Jesus, leaning more to The Creator. Now, I think They are one and the same. But I do not go to Church, preferring to go out into Nature. When I saw Cloudy’s Gaia offer on FaceBook, and chatted with her, felt drawn to bite the bullet, scrape the bottom of my credit card and buy into this course. Here I am!! Loving it! With a lot going on, I feel a bit overwhelmed, but I think that is part of The Lesson. A’ho.

  56. Marisse Gabrielle 5 years ago

    So many beautiful testimonials here. Thank you all for sharing. I feel honored to be here with you all ♥

  57. Patricia 5 years ago

    Since childhood I have had a life more filled with traumatic and painful experiences and loss of close loved ones. This includes my father passing away at the age of six, being sexually abused by a cousin at age 10, which led to entering 2 long term relationships both equaling 27 years in total, where I experienced all the other forms of abuse. Then a month shy of my 40th birthday my only sister suddenly passed away. I have two children, one from each relationship a son now age 31 and a daughter who was born with Downs Syndrome (don’t like to lable). She’s so special now age 9. Both are very spiritually aware. In 2007 at 3 months my daughter had a life saving heart operation and In 2008 my son was fatally stabbed. Then in 2009 a close cousin took her life by throwing her self in front of a speeding train at the age of 36. I was diagnosed with asthma in my early 20s and have stopped breathing / hyperventilated at least 4 time. I or those who witnessed never expected me to still be here. In 2011 after 30 plus years of carrying a secret that was not mine I finally found to strength and courage to report my sexual abuse to the police. In 2014 my cousin was sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison. In a nut shell theses are the experiences that had the most profound effect on who I was to become. But I became disconnected from my feelings and sense of self. As a result from as far back as I can remember I have always asked myself two questions ‘how am i? And why am I here.? As there had to be a greater reason for all these experiences. I have been discovering the answer to these questions though my spirituality throughout . Although i have always had an interest in what was called at that time new age spirituality, my spiritual awakening took place in 2008. And since then I have been on a journey of self discovery and healing. To date I have completed level 2 Reiki, and qualified in reflexology, aromatherapy and massage. I was also introduced to Shamanism and my mentor became a good friend. The only set back was that maybe in her infancy as a teacher I was trained to become reliant on her validation rather than beening empowered to rely on myself. This is a more recent realisation. Being guided not to rely on her. I suddenly felt disconnected, no directional and lost. I lost all trust in my own gifts and had no confidence in my connection to spirit. I have however done a lot of self discovery and healing but it is an on going process. And felt I was ready for my next level of spiritual growth. I was further drawn to shamanism and knew I would need a mentor. The emails from Dakota were divinely timed. So here I am. In short I just want to feel connected and balanced In all areas which is the purpose of the medicine wheel. I need to be in connection with like minded people, to feel connected with myself, the spirit world and earth. To learn to trust my own intuition. I have often been told I’m a powerful woman but don’t believe it. I want to discover my sacred purpose, to be be my authentic self. To bring complete balance into my life. I yearn for the ultimate twin flame union. So this journey is one that I believe will lead me to all these things…..I think this journey will be so amazing…

  58. Kate Towell 6 years ago

    Last five + years I have been on a journey into Self though the study of Yoga, Ayurveda and other schools of shamanism. I have always found Spirit in nature and seek a deeper connection to the divine through that pathway. I left my long-time career as a research biologist and started my own biz in the yoga and wellness field and since that time have been doing the work through the help of many different modalities. I have studied with many beautiful teachers and in wonderful communities but have not found the teacher or community that feels right. For some reason this one did. I am life long learner and consider myself a student first and teacher second. I have have collected many beautiful teachings over these last several years and am really longing for integration. I was drawn to this course because the structure of the wheel is easy relatable to the other modalities I have studied. Not just from a shaman perspective but I see lots of overlap with yoga and Ayurveda as well. So Integration is my why. I look forward to the journey. Aho! Munay!

  59. Betty 6 years ago

    Why am I here? There are so many reasons. I’ll try not to leave a novella here. Here goes:

    I’ve always felt like an outsider, that I never quite belonged anywhere. I’ve had friends but they usually weren’t the satisfying, deep relationships that I craved. I was brought up in the Christian church and even though I tried very hard, never felt as though it was quite right. I’ve always been a very spiritual person but I just couldn’t get comfortable with everything I was hearing and seeing. I assumed it was me; I wasn’t trying hard enough, doing enough. Before my first separation/divorce (I’ve had two), my sister screamed at me “God hates divorce!” It was my fault, I was wrong, not enough, inadequate somehow. When my son came out at 13, I watched our supposed “friends” at the “church” and the “church” itself turn their back on him and condemn him for being wired differently just as I’d been condemned some years earlier for divorcing his father. His courage at 13 to be who he truly was gave me the courage at 43 to attempt to stand up for myself too. We left the church and I felt a weight drop from my shoulders. That was 9 years ago.

    Since then I’ve studied and searched different religions and spiritualities. It’s taken time, but I’ve learned to trust my intuition and the inner wisdom I’ve always had, just never payed attention to. I had a session with an Intuitive Psychic about 6 years ago. She told me things that I wanted to believe, that felt true in my soul, but I wouldn’t allow myself to really believe them because I knew I was different, but never thought it was a “good” kind of different. I had a Reiki session 4 years ago and she told me a lot of the same things that the Psychic had said. She also sensed my “aloneness” and told me that, in time, I would find “my people.” Two separate people giving me the same information; I couldn’t deny it anymore. I then had a Past Life Regression and saw some of my past lives. Everything began to slowly come together. I would see and hear things but then deny them with my own self-doubt and fear. It was quite a balancing act and left me feeling overwhelmed and defeated most of the time.

    I met a woman through work last year who has since become a friend of mine; a deep, soul friend. She has helped me to begin to reframe the way I think about myself and to continue searching. I don’t remember the events exactly but I know that one of the conversations she and I had led me to begin looking into Shamans. I read a book on Celtic Shamanism that resonated deeply with me. I would close the book after just a chapter or two because my body and mind would be humming with energy. I was doing the “surfing the web because I’m bored at work” thing when I stumbled upon the Gaia Wisdom page. My eyes hit the page, my heart lurched and my soul started humming. I knew that this is where I’m supposed to be. All that was left was to say “yes.” I’d already extended myself financially to help my son fix his car and buy my daughter’s wedding dress, so I was extremely hesitant to make another financial commitment. I walked, meditated, fought with myself and waited until the last day to decide. When it came down to it, I knew I just had to. It was time to say “yes” to me and trust the Universe, the Divine, to figure out the finances. The day after I signed up for this mentorship, I was given a large bonus and a raise at work. I said YES and the Divine answered.

    So….why am I here? Because here is exactly the right place for me. Aho.

  60. Brenda Sherer 6 years ago

    Six years ago I quit my job where I was completely overworked and underappreciated and started my own company. The Universe clearly had other plans for me. The same day I found out my mother had stage 4 cancer and within three months I found myself back in California caring for her for the next six months until she passed away in 2011. At the same time my aunt who was like my second mom was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and I felt completely guilty that I couldn’t take care of her too. I did what I could to help though. In 2013, Just as I felt I was starting to get my feet back under me, my dad was diagnose with stage 4 esophageal cancer and died a month later. As I was dealing with that, my father-in-law got sick in Florida and my husband and I moved him and my mother-in-law back to Maryland so we could help her take care of him. Little did we know that three months later he would start developing dementia and I would become responsible for taking care of him for the next nine months until he past in 2014. That is when taking care of my mother-in-law took over which I am still doing. Then 2015 brought the death of two close friends within a month each other. One of those close friend’s family just walked away from everything and it was left to my husband and I to deal with his condo and possessions because it was the right thing to do.

    Completely drained at this point, I decided that 2016 was going to be my year. My year to focus on myself and trying to learn to put myself first which I suck at, but I am getting better. The first time I encountered Dakota was in three months into “my year” when I found her “Rise of the Phoenix” meditation on Insight Timer. It was perfect timing. I needed help in trying to let go of all the baggage from dealing with all of these deaths so I could find myself again. For six years I had been taking care of everyone else but myself. Somehow Dakota gave me permission to put myself first.

    “My year” has been extremely productive for me in terms of taking care of myself and along the way there continued to be more of Dakota’s meditations and teachings that I found helpful. The fact that her teaching were a combination of Native American and Celtic resonated with me since I am a Cherokee and Welsh. I had actually a point in “my year” where I was ready for the North, for a deeper connection to myself and to spirit without even realizing it until one day I got the special deal for the Wisdom Keeper Mentorship. How appropriate was it that I was already working on the North and here the mentorship was about to start the North? But with money being a big issue I was putting myself second again. All of a sudden the quote “20 seconds of courage could change your life” popped into my head and I took my 20 seconds of courage and told my husband I really wanted to do this for myself. To my surprise he said “Then I think you should do it. We’ll figure out how to pay for it.”

    So with 20 seconds of courage I committed myself to another full year dedicated to myself and here I am.

    What I am hoping for is to be able to take better care of myself, to put myself first and to keep being a better version of myself every day.

  61. Hana Cechova 6 years ago

    I took this course because I believe that it will deepen my inner journey. I was following Dakota for a while on youtube and I love her meditations. Funny thing is, that at first I postponed my decision to join because of money issues. And the very next day the subscription options below the last video disappeared. At the moment I was like – Oh no, I missed my chance. It´s over, all places have been taken. In the afternoon came newsletter e-mail with subscription options open. I think I have never been so quick to pay with my card on the internet :)). I partly ruined my savings for moving house but I believe it´s worth it. I have been praying for a useful and practical tool for over a year. I believe, this is the calling…

  62. April Doyle 6 years ago

    Wow – I’ll abbreviate – there are SO many signs! I have been searching for my place for years… Trying to find what resonates with me. Personal training was a start – having my own business – but it has lacked depth over the past couple of years. I’m less about getting a body stronger or losing weight as I am about the person behind all of that. And where do people – where do I – get hung up on & discontinue moving forward. I have had people in my life for years who “know” things, “see” things, create tarot decks or are empathic. Most recently I have spent hours with two people, one who dreams (Trina) and one who has visions/communications freely with the spirit world and helps out in that dimension (Josh). My role for them was to be 100% accepting, although I don’t really understand what they see or how they see what they see. And they have told me things and have helped with my own healing, although I am still searching for more help & searching for my own path of ease. I have been seeking for years.

    This summer was my summer to read. Josh gave me a book on Shamanism & I devoured it! Then, EVERY book that came into my hand had some kind of story about a woman who was a healer, not only physically, but spiritually and emotionally. The next book he gave me was on the sacred path of the warrior, which I am only part way through. Trina had me pick out a deck of tarot cards for her & so I picked one for myself – the Dreams of Gaia – with all the eagles, crows & hawks – that I didn’t notice until I got them home! I brought Josh and his son to a local place 4QF.org & witnessed my first full moon ceremony and hand fasting! WOW!!! I am in training to become a Reiki master.

    My time of being able to read freely for hours on end has been “interrupted” by working a “full-time” job that doesn’t guarantee my hours working with kids with disabilities – this has caused me HUGE amounts of physical & emotional stress… I’ve been so sick with anxiety for the past month…(the political system isn’t helping)…

    There have been so many coincidences that it’s hard to ignore. And now Trina’s son has made a book without her helping with medicine wheel gardens and when I showed her the medicine wheel, her mind was blown!

    It’s just time. YAY!

  63. Machell 6 years ago

    What brought you here?
    Searching for natural mind body, spirit connected healing and life coaching.
    Thru all my research, “Shamanism” was a repeating theme. So I started looking into it.
    After an extensive stent of research, typed in google search ” Appalachian Mountain Shaman, low and behold there was Dakota and her school, the more I researched her and her work I was intuitively guided to reach out to her and here I am.

    What are the “pain points” of your life?
    Always being seen as a masculine female.
    Walking thru life numb, detached, not ever being really present, being lost & broken, scatter brain all the time, not knowing my way.
    Not knowing and actively living sacred purpose.
    Not having skill set to deal with Life tramas.
    Not knowing how to Forgive.
    Lifetime of being Co -Dependant
    Not knowing how to love Self …..

    What are you hoping to gain from this experience?

    Learn who am I,
    Learn sacred purpose and actively live it.
    Acquire skill set to forgive self and others.
    Learn to truly trust .
    Learn self love .
    Learn how to balance my feminine & masculine power, walk in graceful confidence.
    Learn to take ownership of my mind,body and spirit.

    How do you want your life to be different?

    Be Alive
    Feel, think, eat, sleep,live, breath … constant connectedness with the natural world, while making a difference.
    Walk thru life, without being crippled by negative energies affecting me on every level , No Soul Suckers!!!
    Be bright,healthy, balanced, fully functional in all aspects of mind,body and spirit.
    To be able to find my grace & dance again!…….

  64. Kirsten 6 years ago

    I am here to continue this path in a conscious way and remain tethered to it. I said in my soul pod (go hobbits!) that I started this journey inadvertently when I had a breath work session summer 2015. It was POWERFUL! So powerful I talked about it with anyone I thought would listen. More opportunities to learn about myself surfaced over the year and I explored them. I think of it as a slow unfolding. Then last April, around the time of my birthday, I myself unfolded and it was a beautiful thing. I was triggered emotionally and the damn broke, so to speak. I cried for 2 weeks. I felt inconsolable and it frightened me initially, but I got the best advise: “Don’t try to make sense of it, just let the tears come”. And I did, and they did. I call it my baptism of tears. It strengthened my resolve to continue on this path. To believe in it and trust it. I don’t know what is going to happen and though I like to know, I don’t need to know. I breathe, I ask for help, I try to have fun, and I acknowledge that each day is a new day and I can try something different and the sun will rise again tomorrow.

    • Ron Shackelly 5 years ago

      Kirsten water cleanses the body, tears cleanse the soul. I admire You!

  65. Marisse Gabrielle 6 years ago

    I am here. 🙂

    I am here because my life is shifting and I feel I’m coming more into my authentic self. I’ve done a lot of work on shedding what I was conditioned to become. I’ve gone through a lot of lessons with boundaries and letting go of expectations. But now I’m looking for a life of more meaning – with me showing up as my full divine being. A strong woman that doesn’t diminish herself to make others more comfortable or to feel less threatening. I’m ready to be fearless and step into my full self. A change in living environment is happening and career is happening in the next 4 months too.

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      That is truth spoken there Marisse … You are a divine being who deserves to step up and be fearless! Your words remind me of the Marianne Williamson quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

      • Marisse Gabrielle 6 years ago

        Ah! This is great. I love that quote, but I haven’t read the words that come after “We ask ourselves…”. This is worth reading everyday. Maybe I need to tattoo this on my forehead. Haha.

        • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

          Yes, @marissegabrielle the full quote is really lovely. I often assign it as “homework” for people to read daily, right @jennifer!?? As for tattooing it on your forehead …. hmmm … maybe if it was in the right color? haha!

  66. Marisse Gabrielle 6 years ago

    I love these two sentences: “I have always believed in the power of community and the added benefits of walking this path knowing that others just like us are walking alongside of us. It gives me solace and permission at the same time to do the inner work while being gently guided and profoundly supported all at the same time.”

  67. Deborah 6 years ago

    I think I really began to feel my spiritual journey in the 70’s even when I didn’t know about a spiritual path. Something has always been drawing me nearer my whole life to understanding the peace I have wanted to be able to share. My childhood and young adult life was scared by an abusive step-father and events no child should experience. There are still areas of pain and unforgiveness, but I have often said I would not be the person I am today had I not had those events in my life. I surely have unknowingly had spirit guides who have protected me. I want to be able to open my heart and mind so I may feel the power and energy of this journey. It isn’t easy to open ones-self up to total strangers. I was concerned about what I would write, but having read others stories I feel a part of everyone here. That we are all searching for an understanding of our purpose and how we can be grateful for and protective of all things.

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      Debbie, so much happens when we allow ourselves to take off the masks and set them aside so that we can be authentic not only with the community but within our own spirit as well. At the end of the day, we all want to experience love, and peace and to know that our life matters. Those experiences of your childhood did create who you are and who you are is beautiful and magnificent. The scars are battle wounds but the soul outlasts them all. I’m so happy you are here … and allowing yourself to be present.

  68. Autumn 6 years ago

    Happy Autumnal Equinox to all!!!

  69. Autumn 6 years ago

    I was divinely guided to be here. I knew that I needed to make some changes in my life, with my relationship with the earthly mother, to reprioritize what is really important in my life. Through time, I could feel my spirit becoming heavier, my body physically growing ill, my anxiety being high, and my mind spinning around like a circus. I had lost touch with my authentic self. I had gone to sleep and forgotten who I was and what it was like to be fully alive in the moment. Then I started to wake up and thought I needed to do some breathe work which brought me to the Gaia school webpage. I ordered some meditations, and then poof I saw the email about the medicine wheel. I signed up, went on vacation to Sedona, bought a white horse Zuni fetish necklace, only to discover that my soul pod had changed to the Spirit Riders. Every day I am gently reminded about how important this experience is for me.
    My pain points or life lessons are death of people close to me. My aunt Nancy when I was a child, anxiety, death of grandparents, friends, divorce and then the biggest pain point was the death of my father 3 and 1/2 years ago.
    I am already gaining from this experience. The meditations and exercises continue to reaffirm to me that I am exactly where I need to be. I am excited about putting a medicine wheel on our land. My life is already different since I started this class. My spirit is lighter. I met my spirit guide and spirit animals, I am changing holistically. I interviewed for a new job this week. Positive changes are happening very quickly. I think the catalyst for this change was this class, Sedona, Hopi Second Mesa, the Harvest moon and the autumnal equinox.
    What am I manifesting? I am manifesting being healed holistically so that I can continue to benefit others, to create sacred space wherever I am, to create abundance on all level, to contribute to a spiritual community and on the bigger scheme of things, to be love, light, peace and truth to help counterbalance the negativity on our earth mother.

    In Loving Kindness,

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      The messages are so powerful when we are ready to “wake up” and when we are that ready, there is no stopping us! Autumn, I am so happy you are here and you have and are following your heart. What a gift you have given to yourself and the fact that you are so open and willing to follow the guidance of your guides, the clues, it’s all perfect. Welcome home …

  70. Amanda McGuckin 6 years ago

    Hi everyone! Why am I here? I’ve worked with Dakota and Amber many times in the past several years, and every time it is life changing! This class came to me at a time where I have been really seeking clarification for a few things in my life! I’m married and have been with my husband for 9 yrs, and he doesnt want children. Lately its really been weighing on my heart, for about 3 years now, and it hasn’t gone away. And also we live in Charleston but my family and friends are in Rochester NY, and I’ve really been missing them alot. We really want to move forward with our future and buy a house, but I cant commit to buying a house in charleston when I really feel like I need to be home with my family, and I want to start a family but to get those things that I desire, I would need to leave my husband. So I’m really trying to find clarity on this situation, because I love my husband deeply, but we just dont want the same things at this point! I also really want to take some time to nurture myself, and grow! Thanks!

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      Mandie @amanda, I am so touched that you have chosen to be here and I feel your struggle – to have your heart torn in two places, to want two things or outcomes. It is so hard to not be on the same page with someone we love dearly. I hope that during these next couple of months, you find the clarity you need – and deserve. I feel confident that you will at the very least come to love yourself in an even deeper way which will allow you to make a heart centered choice for you.

  71. Philip 6 years ago

    Hi everyone, I have known Dakota and Amber for a while now. I miss the peace of their place all the time. I have had a bumpy path for the last 5 -6 years. I left a damaging marriage, became a Hypnotherapist which is really wonderful. Before Christmas in the annual corporate cull I took early retirement from a high pressure aircraft engineering position( :-(every limited airline staff travel now). I am now fostering a lovely little 8 year-old boy with extensive learning difficulties. 🙂 a massive life change. I’m here to make sure I get my next steps on the path correct. I look forward to the community of this journey. Phil

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      Phil, you may never know how happy it has made me to watch you grow and fully step into the YOU that you divinely are! I’m so proud of you for embracing this new life and using your gifts! And we miss you here … you are always missed when you leave!

  72. Jodi 6 years ago

    I am here because I have some deep seeded anxiety, fear and pain, and I would like to find out why and how I can learn from this and move on. I truly would like to be at peace within myself and get to know who I am at the core. I would like to meet and converse with my spirit guide and be guided in the correct direction for a sense of wellbeing that I know is out there somewhere to be felt. I am lonely and have been married for 20 years, I have given up on having a healthy loving and compassionate relationship there, and I am looking for healthy friendships as well as like minded. I have so much to work on and I really hope that I can find some peace and serenity. I need to learn how to make friends and to be a friend. There is so much I could say, but I feel like I am boring people with my problems, could be part of my problem, I just don’t know.

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      Jodi, you are not boring!!! I find that there is some kind of magic that happens when we finally *decide* to do something for ourselves, whether it is to claim our divine rights, find our passion, live our life not someone else’s, or simply to find peace and serenity … when you decide enough is enough of the things that hold you back, you’ll be given the wings needed to fly as far and as high as you can go. And you are in a beautiful community, surrounded by others who are waking up and claiming that divine right as well … so you already have friends here who are like minded. Welcome …

  73. Dar Smith 6 years ago

    I am here because I am changing, growing spiritually. I have been feeling it for awhile, but never really knew how to go forward with my spirit self. I found this site as I was You Tubing everything I could find about Native American spirituality and wisdom. Everything I saw resonated deeply with me and I decided I needed to know and learn more about like minded people like Dakota.

    For me the main pain points of my life are the ones when I don’t feel the spiritual energy that I need in my life. Mostly this occurs at work, but I also wish I were always just “in the spirit”. When I react as the person I don’t like I get really really disappointed in myself for not being strong enough to stay in the peaceful state. I hope, from this experience, that I grow and learn skills that can help the spirit me flourish and become front and center in ALL facets of my life.

    I really just want my life to become one of wisdom and knowing. Wisdom of how our spirits work within the seasons of life and the knowing that the journey we are on is the real reason we are here, and that so much of the crap we spend our energy on is just that – crap.

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      Dar, you are in the perfect spot! The Medicine Wheel, from what I know and have learned, is exactly as you have described – allowing spirit to be an underlying current in all the things we do but also weaving together this thing called “life”. I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds for you …

  74. Barbara 6 years ago

    I am here because I wish to have support, guidance and a framework for the transformation I am experiencing at this moment. I feel I have been in a transformational process for at least a coupple of years now (and really since my spiritual journey ‘began’ in 2005). I am ready to take a big leap forward and to use the insights, messages and my intuition in creating the work life I desire. I wish to take action and start creating and believing instead of ‘just’ understanding and knowing – I am ready to manifest. And I have decided that this is my year of faith.
    I have felt in a vacuum for some time now. My father died in March 2014 and recently after that l gave in to all the pressure and stress I had been feeling for years (also from being a single mother, feeling for the first coupple of years that I was close to breaking down but my only solution was to keep going) and I was sick from work for 3 months. It was the first time in a long time I stopped to pause. And I still feel the desire to sit in a cottage staring at nature for a year! But I also really need the connection with other people, and I have a deep longing to finally create the life I have been longing for. I wish to live at my fullest potential and create a life that is in balance with who I am. And the major challenge here has been my work life and discovering fully, as well as manifesting, my sacred purpose.

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      You are a here … and your intentions are clear! I feel like you are going to see your life do a 360 once you go through this transformation fully. So many good things on the horizon for you (and for your son!) How lucky is he to have you as a role model, to learn what it means to pursue your sacred purpose!

  75. Debra 6 years ago

    I am here because I feel like I am in the next phase of my life. I have completed the career and saved the world and lost myself in the process. I want to be selfish for once and fix me. I know that I have so much more to experience in life and I feel like I have a lot to give if I could just obtain the knowledge which includes me learning how to breathe and take the time for myself. I have know Dakota for years and it seems like when things are starting to fall apart I want to connect and learn the Shaman Way and she always appears to me one way or another. I love animals and nature and feel like I need to be apart of it again in order to survive and Breathe. I look forward to learning and meeting everyone. Sending blessing to all of you on the same journey!!

    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      @demangelmsn-com So happy that you are here – finally. All these years we both have circled the wagon around one another and felt that connection, knowing that somewhere our paths would always cross. I hope that in this process you do find that time to breath (like your beautiful candles you make!) and be and become … and perhaps, it is not so far fetched that you might become a neighbor … that would be grand!

  76. Grace 6 years ago

    I am here to become my authentic self. The person I have been emerged from a child that was emotionally traumatized. My entire life path — career, self-image, relationships, etc. — was built of this pain and based on a false self. Through my healing work, I have come to see that through these hurts, I have been given many gifts. As I remove all the layers, I am trying to learn who I truly am. On this path, I was led to shamanism. I am here to learn the spiritual tools whereby I can merge the healing inner child with the wonderful gifts that I possess so that I can become the Grace I was meant to be.

    It is a wonderful journey but it is sometimes filled with scary twists and turns. The old me has died and the new me has not quite been formed. Others are trying to figure me out because the independent, goal setting, outgoing, high achieving, codependent has vanished like Houdini. I am trying to figure me out too. It’s my hope that through this community I will find the push to evolve with a gentle hand of support. I also hope I can learn more of my sacred purpose, find more confidence in myself, and give birth to my passion for writing.


    • Dakota Walker 6 years ago

      It can be a scary place to be – in that flux, the space in between lives. But I have seen your strength and fortitude … you will be safe, protected, and led!

  77. Jennifer 6 years ago

    Dakota already knows some of my story, but in short, I’m here because I’m ready to do this work, I need to do this work. Last fall, I lost my corporate job after 5 years. I was not happy there because of the company culture, and my colleagues were not supportive. There was no work-life balance, and it just made me feel dry and dead and useless. But once I was free, I felt like I was crashing hard – I had no direction, no idea what I wanted to do next, just some vague ideas and this overwhelming fear that I wasn’t good enough to do my own thing and do what felt right. I was very much in the public eye in my old job, and I was (and still am, to some degree) a little bit terrified that people won’t be able to accept this new version of myself – Jen 5.0, as it might be.

    So I’m here, quite frankly, to get my shit together and finally address the things that scare me and have been holding me back. I’m here to learn more about myself, so that I can be fully present in my life. I have been told over and over again by friends, by acquaintances, that they feel I’m a powerful spirit, but I don’t know if I’ve quite ever believed that. I’ve felt it at times, I’ve had a glimpse of it in myself, but I’ve never felt fully strong and alive in it. I’m here to do this work because I’m ready for it, and I’m ready to believe it.

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