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Native shamaness Ohki Siminé Forest: “Wisdom Owl for Global Awakening”

Native shamaness Ohki Siminé Forest offers a weekend intensive - Wisdom Owl for Global Awakening: the 7 Mirrors of Western Culture May 2 @ 6:00 pm - May 4 @ 6:00 pm $429 / 20 CECs Opening ourselves and midwifing others in opening to true transformation is at the core of all “helping professions”…
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The Healing Power of Ceremony and Nature

During the warm days of autumn, a small group of us gathered in a wilderness area beside a lovely mountain stream, high above Santa Fe.  The entire mountainside was covered with green conifers and aspens turning gold.  At 10,000 feet elevation, deer and elk are abundant and the air is pure.   Just…
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Aha and Aho! Reflections of Gratitude

Today I attended the first of a two day  Phoenix based EMDR conference with Columbian born Ana Gomez.  Ana  is reputed to be a leader in EMDR implementation, research, and development of  protocols for children and adolescents.    Her presentation today began with a liturgy on the importance of metaphors (Thanks Jim Nolan)…
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It’s been raining. I am wet up to my knees.  Cold and overcast.  I am already primed with fear because I saw a black bear on the side of the road on my way here.  Sure enough, a  few minutes into the bush and there is fresh bear spore... less than a day old, I’d say.  I retrace my steps…
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Marijuana and the profession of psychotherapy

  The plant known as marijuana has long been known in the indigenous world to carry a seductive feminine energy that creates dependence while at the same time appearing to enhance spiritual expansion. The energies of this plant, while perhaps occasionally useful in a limited ceremonial context, typically create weakness in the individual's medicine body…
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Southwestern College sends interns to the Andean village of  Maras, Peru, to work with children ages 4-12 in the elementary school and in an after-school program.  This region, located at 13,000 feet, is very poor due to an ongoing drought and loss of crops and animals.  Men and boys leave Maras to work in the…
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I am blessed to have amazing teachers in this lifetime – from India, from South America, from the reservations of our own Turtle Island.   My favorite teachers are the everyday people who teach just by being who they are. I think of Ronnie, our Navaho guide for our vision quests in Canyon de Chelly. …
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Counseling Center Staff Despacho Ceremony

The staff at Southwestern Counseling Center works very hard so, at our last staff meeting we decided to arrange a ceremony to call in some extra support and prayers for ourselves. Luckily Carol Parker, our Director, agreed to facilitate an authentic Peruvian ritual, more accurately, a "Becoming Despacho".  Despacho translates into "dispatch", so here we…
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