Category Archives: Native American Traditions

Who are you, really? Gabor Mate, stress, and childhood attachment problems

That’s an interesting question. Sticking a “really” on the end of his question like that suggests that the speaker wants a different answer from the one you are giving. I had tried to explain who I am with descriptions of … Continue reading

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Seeking a Counselor is the last choice

When do we finally call the counselor? James Hollis noticed a pattern in his clients which is worth passing on to any person who feels like his or her life isn’t really working out that well. Of his clients Hollis … Continue reading

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The Spiral Dance

The painting below is by my friend Neville Bridgeford.  It is in part conscious and in part an unconscious expression of the artist’s experience leading up to his thirty-first birthday. It was created after a spiritual emergency triggered by the … Continue reading

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Philo means Love

I did a radio show back in 1999 on dreams and their meaning. Those callers whose questions could not be answered got a call back. One was a young man in his early twenties, who wanted to know the meaning … Continue reading

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Coyote, Keeper of the Southern Door

The Medicine Wheel suggests, by its very structure, a relativistic approach to human experience. There are four directions, an inner circle and an outer one. Things appear differently depending upon your position, where you are on the wheel of life. … Continue reading

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Ganymede, the Hellenes’ Eagle Dancer

In order to understand the story of Zeus and Ganymede, we have to set the stage. Before the gods and goddesses of the ancient Greeks, there was a process which started with Chaos. Next was Gaia the Earth Goddess, then … Continue reading

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The Caput Aureum and the Medicine Lake

The end product of the alchemical process is the caput aureum, or golden head. This stage of consciousness is also “round, it is the wholeness, and it is transparent stone. Which consciousness is like this, inflexible, hard, detached, immortal, and … Continue reading

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Jumping into the Abyss

Originally posted on Ancient Whiteagle Wisdom:
A few years ago I was talking to Ed Duran at a Native American Wellness Workshop which he gave for the Northern Circle of Tribes in Ukiah, CA. We were discussing the difference between…

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Re-establishing Relationship with the Feminine

Before writing there were stories.  We told one another these stories which preserved our knowledge.  The stories told by our ancestors and passed down to us are their understanding of the nature of the things they experienced, the workings of … Continue reading

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Child’s Play

Originally posted on Ancient Whiteagle Wisdom:
Talking with a younger colleague about the importance of naps and play in childhood, I was thinking about the Native American concept of sacred space. In the old times when we were free to…

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