What You Should Know About Taking Ayahuasca

What You Should Know About Taking Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca: A Brief Helpful Manual Currently tens of thousands of people are exploring the visionary medicine known as ayahuasca, huasca, yaje, (and many other names) both in South America and around the world. Many seek the experience out of curiosity and sometimes...
Xhosa Sangoma Medicine

Xhosa Sangoma Medicine

From time immemorial the medicine person’s job was to help the community reconnect with their ancestors and thus find their vision and soul’s purpose. For it is well known that all people come to earth for a particular purpose and when that purpose is realized then...
Follow Your Name

Follow Your Name

“I received a letter containing an account of a recent suicide: ‘My friend jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge two months ago. She had been terribly depressed for years. There was no help for her. None that she could find that was sufficient. She was trying to get from...
Why Poetry?

Why Poetry?

Like shamans, poets have visionary experiences which they share with others through their poetry.  If a poem is mystical, or even semi-mystical, it resonates with something deep within us.  We feel that our souls understand the poet’s vision. Aristotle said that...
African Shamanism & Ancestral Wisdom

African Shamanism & Ancestral Wisdom

Dr. Steven Farmer interviews Gretchen Crilly McKay about the wisdom obtained from working with a Sangoma (African Shaman) through a divination process called throwing the bones. Gretchen is reunited with her African ancestors as she begins to cultivate the healing...
Doubt and Discipline

Doubt and Discipline

Can the uncomfortable travel companion doubt, be a stern teacher commanding you to do work or an ally protecting you? How does discipline interact with doubt as a way to help you move forward? Through song and prayer we can ask spirit to help us remove doubt and old...