Shaman Shorts

Whenever I am living the nomadic life, I film snippets of what it looked like to live a shamanic life and how to find the messages and metaphors, no matter where I am. Inspired by the scenery, the people, the moments … all captured here. The Shaman Shorts are a result of those accumulated moments that changed my life and also give me a real-life moment to employ what I teach, and what I walk.

[Shaman Shorts 035] Alchemy of Opposites

I’m standing in front of the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. The water goes through this 200-foot lava tube and then comes raging out on the other side. It is a powerful energetic thing when you have two amazing forces of elements coming together. Here you’ve got this powerful river with the water energy and then you’ve got powerful fire energy of the lava and the two are conflicting, the alchemy of opposites. But the water is still going to flow,  and the energy is creating each other in that alchemy, which has taken thousands and thousands of years. This is a great metaphor for our lives in that we often are going through that alchemy ourselves where we are going through a lot of friction in our lives. We go through many transformations and there are imposing forces that are fighting each other but in the end, we get this enormous amazing beautiful energy What forces of nature are battling it out within you?

[Shaman Shorts 034] Containing Your Energy

When we put things out into the world that might be explosive – whether it is anger or anxiety or frustration, animosity, regre, revenge, – things that are simmering just underneath our undercurrent, it is our responsibility to take care of that energy and not fling it to others. Our energy is our responsibility for how it is introduced into the world around us and knowing that we can influence others in a positive, or in an adverse way. Today’s Shaman Short is about containing our energy when needed. aking responsibility for what you put out there, what have you left simmering?

[Shaman Shorts 033] Going Inward

I’m challenging you to find that part of yourself that is pure untapped raw energy. Maybe nobody’s seen that part of you before. Perhaps not even yourself. What would it look like to you? What if you were to really allow yourself to be that wild untamed YOU? In this Shaman Short, we explore feeling the vulnerability and the sense of aloneness, calm, and quiet solitude. Find your untapped raw energy and what does that look like to you?

[Shaman Shorts 031] Bridges

Bridges are a great metaphor for our life and the journey we take through life. Bridges give us the opportunity to pass from one place to another, a threshold that, once traversed, allows us to move into another realm of being. Sometimes, it takes great courage to cross the bridge, some are scarier than others, and others may feel unstable or unsafe and we must take each step with great consideration. And sometimes, we must build a bridge where none can be found. They can be built from love, wood, courage. We usually think of bridges in the physical sense but any mechanism that allows us to pass from 1 thing to another is a bridge. In this Shaman Short, we are reminded that we can create our own bridges to live life to the fullest!

[Shaman Shorts 030] The Medicine of Deceased Animals

Animals, whether found deceased or alive, have great medicine for us to utilize. I found a dead fox on the side of the road in the most unusual of places. I felt the pull to go back to him and to do a ceremony for his spirit and utilize pieces of his fur to put in my medicine bag. In this Shaman Short, I talk about how I work with the energies of animals who have been hit on the roads, and how and why we have Medicine Bags to carry that energy with us.

[Shaman Shorts 029] Whispering to Horses

Sometimes we connect more effortlessly with certain animals. For me, it has always been horses. Like two magnets, we are naturally drawn to each other, no matter where I am or how wild they are. When we work with our power animals and helping spirit animals, we can forge that relationship in our ordinary life as well. It often is the confirmation we need to know that they are guiding us. Animal medicine is powerful, they are the spirits who have a part of their aliveness here in the 3D world, and in the spirit world so they become potent messengers. In today’s Shaman Short, I stop to connect with Horse Energy on the side of the road.  Take the time to connect with your animal spirit essence & feel the kinship.

[Shaman Shorts 028] Resilience Within Chaos

The Redwoods offers us a unique metaphor for protecting the energy within our core. To be resilient amidst the chaos around us, and to preserve our reservoir when all else is falling apart. Redwoods are naturally resilient, their sap protects them from insects, and even fire. When we stop to observe nature around us, we are given many messages and metaphors which can be applied to our lives.

[Shaman Shorts 027] Taking the Plunge

In today’s Shaman Short, I talk about taking those plunges. I filmed it in Oregon at Kossah and Sahalie Falls. The water, so powerful and violent, and so mesmerizing and beautiful – a contradiction which is much like how it feels when we are plunging into the unknown. I’ve made many plunges in my life and many of them were difficult and scary decisions to make at the time. But everything in hindsight … I am so grateful for each and every time I took that chance on the unknown. How often have you given up parts of yourself to make another person comfortable or even happy? How often have you let fear stop you dead in your tracks? Or questioned whether you were crazy? Worth it? Deserving of something better?

[Shaman Shorts 026] Spiritual Use of Lavendar

I visited a lavender farm in Sequim and was intoxicated by the smell of Lavender! In this Shaman Short, I talk about the uses of lavender but most specifically the spiritual uses including how to use this herb in cleansing a physical space. Lavender is a powerful plant ally physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In the Medicine Wheel, Lavender is used in the North Direction for blessing and purifying.

[Shaman Short 025] Sacred Use of Sage

Sage is a powerful sacred herb used for cleansing and purifying. In this Shaman Short, Dakota shares more information about using sage for sacred use. Learn the use of it within the ceremony space, where it sits in the Medicine Wheel, and how to properly “smudge” space. Plant medicine and using their medicine is a great way of connecting more fully to the elements, and the allies who are here to conspire for us.

[Shaman Shorts 024] Recharging Your Soul

In today’s Shaman Short, I get to surprise my family by “showing up” unannounced! The bond between family (whether blood relative or chosen family) is strong, and it can be a source of recharging your soul. Today we talk about the power of connection, spontaneity, and doing kind things in this world. Our relationships with others provide us with sustenance as well as grit for learning.

[Shaman Short 023] Balancing the Elements

How are the elements showing up in your life? And which element could you use more of or less of? In this Shaman Short, I describe how the elements show up in the medicine wheel and I give you a good challenge to evaluate the elements in your life. Working with Air, Earth, Water, and Fire can be a wonderful resource for calling energies to help us on our path of discovery.

[Shaman Short 022] Meditating Where You Are

Sometimes meditation comes in the most peculiar of places – among crowds, in nature, while bathing – wherever you are, there you are, and learning how to bring your surroundings into your meditation can be a powerful tool that deepens your practice. We can’t always carve out that time and space when we need it most, and yet meditation is a powerful tool for bringing us back to our center. 

[Shaman Short 021] Middle World Portals

Learn what the Middle World and it’s portals look like and what you can do in when journeying to the Middle World. In this Shaman Short, I found a small portal to the Middle World in the Grand Staircase Escalante. In Shamanism and Druidry, we look for portals to travel to the worlds of non-ordinary reality. The Middle World is the spiritual side of the world we live in now, it’s the place of fairies and plant spirits, the energy of the stones, and trees can be found here. It’s also where we go to do past or future life work and healing.

[Shaman Short 020] Path of Flexibility

Sometimes our journey doesn’t quite land us where we think we’ll be and we have to maintain a path of flexibility so we can fully appreciate the guidance that we sometimes ignore. On this leg of my journey, I was certainly not in a place I thought I’d be but in the end, it was exactly where I needed to be for that moment in time. Being flexible can not only eliminate the stress of the unknown, but it gives you beautiful opportunities to look for unexpected messages.

[Shaman Short 019] Power of Your Intuition

When we truly follow our intuition, we are guided in ways you cannot even begin to imagine. Or maybe you can …. and that is one of the keys to working with intuition, is harnessing the imagination. On one of my hikes, I was led by intuition to finding some of the most amazing messages that were on point with my life. This was a magical experience I would love to share with you!

[Shaman Short 018] The Three Voices

In life, we have a choice to the voice we listen to, our ego, our spirit, or the voice of others. During my hike, I encountered three different people who each had a different interpretation of the hike itself. I had to choose which one best aligned with my soul. Find out which voice I eventually listened to …

[Shaman Short 017] Lower World Portals

In today’s Shaman Short, my niece and I visited Old Man’s Cave for some beautiful hiking. It’s a favorite place of mine and having grown up in Ohio, it was the place we retreated to when I was a kid. It’s full of magic, and lower world portals and often when I journey, I use this place as my imagined portal since I know it so well. The Lower World is teeming with vibrant energy and beauty, it’s where we find our Power Animal and can work closely with our guides and all the plant, tree, and stone allies. 

[Shaman Short 016] The Messenger

How do we learn how to listen to those who are giving us messages without even knowing they are the messenger. On this Shaman Short, I shared the experience of talking to strangers to find what messages can help me on my journey, literally! I also share how the gift of authenticity can create a bridge to deeper experiences. Our Spirit Guides are continually sending us messages, even outside of the meditation space (mostly outside of that space!). Learning to listen, and pluck those messages out and compile them into a sensible nugget of wisdom takes presence, curiosity, and openness. 

[Shaman Short 015] Walking the Beauty Path

Our path isn’t always defined, or easy but sometimes it is the unknown, and the conquering of fears and obstacles that makes our path meaningful. Once we are brave enough to face any challenge, we find the most beautiful and profound things. This Shaman Short is a reminder to you to stay the course … no matter what and a reminder that we are always walking the path of beauty, even those times we can’t see a way out or through.

[Shaman Short 014] The Wisdom of the Stones

I have collected rocks all of my life. They tell a story in the way they feel, where they were found, the colors and texture. Stones/Rocks are considered the record keepers of the earth and they carry the knowledge and wisdom of humanity and our earth. In this Shaman Short, I shared with you the story of these ancient record bearers and how to connect with these powerful forces. I’ll give you a few suggestions for meditating with stones.

[Shaman Short 013] The Power of Prayer

Prayer is the feeling, emotion, and intention into our words that go into the ethers to Great Spirit/Mystery, God, Source, etc. In today’s Shaman Short, I visited the Peace Park in Sedona where thousands of people have come to pray and to add to the collective energy of compassion that radiates into the heavens. I share with you the power of prayer, and why it is so important into many traditions. I also talk about the power of our words and being mindful of what vibrations we add to the energy field. I also ended up talking about sweat lodges …

[Shaman Short 012] Meaning of the Goose

A single goose followed me for a while on my journey and I finally paid attention to realize the message it was trying to give me. Animals bring us big medicine and messages, they are the mediators of the worlds and bridge us to our spiritual guides and ancestors. In this Shaman Short, I share with you the message of the goose but also how to work with the messages the animal spirits bring to you.

[Shaman Short 011] Interpreting the Line in the Sand

On my hike through Point Tamales, I kept seeing lines drawn in the sand. I wasn’t sure the source but knew it was a message for me. As someone who teaches people how to read the signs and listen to your Spirit Guides, this is Soul Tracking – a powerful way of interpreting messages.  In today’s Shaman Short, I share with you my discovery and how we can interpret these messages through our own filter.

[Shaman Short 010] 82,000 Seconds

Along my journey, I have met the most amazing people. During a drive along the Burr Trail in Utah, I met this beautiful family in a slot canyon. As we talked, Anna shared with me a ritual that she and Brian share with their kids (Sofia and Alex) each morning, and it is to decide what they will do with the 82,000 seconds they have on that one day.

[Shaman Short 009] Become an Earth Warrior

I traveled through and stayed in Escalante Grand Staircase National Monument. It is a place that is chocked full of eye-popping scenery, breathtaking views, huge energy, tremendous history of the cultures who occupied the area long before we did, and a wildness that is still untamed. Rather than take to the trails that are worn and well-marked, I set out to explore an empty dirt road, not knowing where it would take me or how far it would go, or even what I would find.

[Shaman Short 008] Exercises in Water Element

The Water Element is a powerful conduit as a shamanic tool, it represents our emotional body and in today’s Shaman Short, I give you an exercise/meditation while immersed in water.  I also talk about being present and how it bridges the gap between this world and the spirit world.

[Shaman Short 007] The South Direction

In today’s Shaman Short I give you a quick overview of the South Direction and the energies of the Medicine Wheel. Learn what valuable tools and things we should be working on at this time of the Wheel. The South is vibrant, full of emotion, and vitality. It’s a beautiful direction to immerse yourself into the intimacy of life.

[Shaman Short 006] Being in Awe

I camped in Snow Canyon State Park in Utah and found myself in awe and wonder at the magnificent beauty that surrounds us. Life, if you aren’t amazed then you aren’t paying attention – that was a bumper sticker I had on my car for a number of years, it was always my reminder to pay attention to the things around you.

[Shaman Short 005] Energy Vampires

In today’s Shaman Short I visited a very strange, eclectic place in Joplin, Missouri, On the roof of the building it said it was a Native American Museum but what it was, was a warehouse full of “stuff” from other people – junk, antiques, etc. I got “hit” with energy (ies) and in this short, I tell you what happens and what to do about it… If you visit antique, thrift, or used book stores – this is for you especially.

[Shaman Short 004] The Water Element

Water is symbolic of our emotional body, for cleansing and learning to go with the flow. It’s a subtle but immensely powerful force, just look at how it can smooth the mountains and forge new pathways! Join me today at Ojo Caliente where I worked with the water element. Water is symbolic of our emotional body, for cleansing and learning to go with the flow.

[Shaman Short 003] The Power of Nature

Nature is a powerful and vital healer for our well being. In this Shaman Short, filmed in New Mexico, I share with you the values of nature from a Shamanic perspective.

[Shaman Short 002] Soul Tracking

Today I show you how to use Soul Tracking to decipher the messages we receive from our Spirit Guides and Higher Self. Soul Tracking is a way of seeing, interpreting, and integrating the messages received, and happens in our everyday life.

[Shaman Short 001] Portals in Nature

Today’s Shaman Short was filmed in northern New Mexico, I found a portal to another world – a cave hidden in the cliffs of the Apache Reservation. Portals offer us an opportunity to visit other worlds and landscapes. They are often used in journeying and finding and using them in nature add another layer to our experience.

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