Why Do a Dieta?

  By John Flynn Dieta is a Spanish word that means simply diet. The dietas originated as a plant-based practice for developing connection to the Spirit that underlies all of life. In traditional indigenous Amazonian cultures, dietas had broad purposes, such as hunting, healing, communication with ancestry, community development, etc. For the purpose of this […]

Mirrors, Shadows and a Holographic Universe

By Adam Shaening-Pokrasso As humans, we have been gifted with an insatiable curiosity and contagious imagination. Most of us, arrive at a place at some point in our lives where few facts serve to explain the greatest questions of existence, consciousness and being. It’s at this point we go inward to our inner knowing and […]

Cacophony of Chaos

By Ben Boomer, CSEE Board President Coyote plays a big part in Navajo culture, and was very much a part of my childhood.  Those coyotes are an hilarious and tricky bunch with their howling cackling cacophony waiting just out of sight for any opportunity for shenanigans. Opportunities abound for the trickster as they wait for […]

The True Nature of the Heart is Neutrality

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I figured that a teaching about the heart seemed appropriate. For indigenous people all over the world the greatest path of power is the path of the heart. The heart has 4 major ways of being, and when we work with them in their positive poles our true magic, […]

Medicine and Healing

by James Pittman   A Cree medicine man traveled to a Unitarian Universalist summer camp beside a beautiful lake deep in the Adirondack mountains when I was there as a boy, and our community had the honor of welcoming him to the land. This man was on a mission to share sacred Sweatlodge Ceremony with […]

Journaling: A Way of Self Healing

by David M. Ross, LCSW Journaling is a powerful form of self-therapy and self-healing that engages us in shamanic right-left, right-left back and forth eye and hand/arm movement. All that is needed is pencil and paper and attention given to the emotional content of a distressing issue. We often believe we need to seek out […]

How to Create an Altar as a Focal Point for Awakening Your Spiritual Self

By Katherine Skaggs, CSEE Board Member Creating an altar is a spiritual activity of intention as much as it is a physical endeavor. Altars can be communal, public or absolutely personal and tucked away from others’ curious minds. When created ceremoniously and in ritual your altar is a place for sanctuary, prayer, meditation and ritual. […]

Icaros: The Power of Song

by Stephen Vierra (CSEE’s newest Board Member) Quantum physicists will tell you that the reality we experience everyday is made up of different frequencies of vibration. High vibrations and low vibrations, creating the very substance of the universe that we live in. Nothing is static, and everything is always changing. Shamans have a very similar […]

Joy Must be Respected and Savored

By CSEE Board President Ben Boomer The steady rhythm of my heart beating as a metronome to an ancient song, sung in a language I don’t speak, but with a meaning that would heal my spirit. I sat in darkness both physical and metaphoric as my mind would begin to struggle with understanding, only to […]

Sage Advice

By Ben Boomer My step son is 13 and he loves it when I Sage the house at night before bed. I had given him his own Abalone shell and a white Sage bundle a few months ago, but he just kept it on his book shelf unused. Just last week, when I intended to […]