Everything is alive
WHO IS THIS GUY?
You may well ask. I do. But perhaps a little history will help you form an impression.
I stepped onto the shamanic path in 1983 when, in a local Minneapolis bookstore, the topmost copy of Michael Harner’s The Way of the Shaman leapt off its stack by the cash register and landed in my hands shouting: “READ ME!” I got chills and said to the clerk behind the counter, “I guess I’ll take this too.”
And so my journey began.
No wizened natives beckoning from behind cacti; no paradigm-shattering mystical visions along the roadside. A prosaic beginning, but a beginning nonetheless. Discovering shamanism gave my spiritual seeking a direction and focus it had lacked before. I did not feel as if I had come home. My response was more: I think I really need to learn about this.
A few months after I read his book, Michael Harner himself came to teach a workshop in basic shamanism. After completing that, I was most definitely hooked. I have been exploring ever since and have learned from many other teachers along the way.
After some years of learning and practicing with fellow students, I began to ask other friends and acquaintances if they would give me the gift of allowing me to attempt to assist them shamanically with whatever they might need. Slowly over time, other people began to approach me and ask if I would try to be of help to them. Gradually I built a shamanic practice which today reaches out to all parts of the United States as well as into Europe and Asia.
I am dedicated to fostering people’s personal healing, growth, and empowerment and also to strengthening their connection to the world of spirit. I do this by providing tools giving people access to that world through workshops, classes, events, and individual coaching and consultation.
My principal focus is exploring the shamanic path. Shamanism is the collective name anthropologists give to the spiritual beliefs and practices of many of the world’s tribal peoples. Many consider it to be the oldest spiritual tradition known to humanity. One of its basic tenets is that everything is imbued with the essence of the Divine and so in a spiritual sense everything can be said to be alive. Shamanism taps into and explores this cosmic vitality. Though ancient, it remains a robust and viable path for people today. It can be explored. It can be explored by you.