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Are You Avoiding Your Own Truth?

Healing, Life LessonsGuest Writer
Why do you avoid facing the truth?
Facing the truth upfront rather than turning from it will keep your life moving in a forward and positive direction.

Most of us have had the experience of being in possession of a piece of truth that we were afraid to share because we knew it would not be well received.

There are also instances in which we ourselves have been unable to handle some truth confronting us.

This might be a small truth, such as not wanting to see that our car needs repairs because we don't want to pay for them, or a large truth, such as not fully accepting that someone close to us is pushing us away. Usually the truth is evident, and we can see it if we choose, but we have elaborate ways of hiding the truth from ourselves, no matter how apparent it is. 

For the most part, we avoid the truth because it scares us, or makes us angry, or makes us feel like we don't know what to do. We often create our lives based on a particular understanding, and if that understanding turns out to be fully or even partially incorrect, we may feel that our whole sense of reality is being threatened.

It takes a strong person to face the truth in circumstances like these, and many of us run for cover instead.

Nevertheless, we can only avoid the truth for so long before it begins to make itself known in ever more forceful ways. 

Ultimately, there is no way to avoid the truth, no matter how painful it is, so the sooner we let down our defenses, the better. When we know the truth and accept that we may have to adjust our lives to accommodate, we are in alignment with reality.

At the same time, we can be patient with people around us who have a hard time seeing the truth, because we know how painful it can be.

Whatever the truth is, we make a sincere effort not to close our eyes to it, but instead to be grateful that we have access to it.


MADISYN TAYLOR | WRITER

Best-selling author Madisyn Taylor is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the popular inspirational Website DailyOM. A recognized leader in self-help and New Thought Spirituality, she has more than 15 years experience in personal development and alternative-healing methodologies. When not working, Madisyn can be found meditating in her garden and communing with nature.

Article reposted with permission from DailyOM – Inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day. Register for free at DailyOM.com.

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The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

PoetryGuest Writer
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

Oh Me! Oh Life!

 

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,

Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,

Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)

Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,

Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,

Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,

The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

 

Answer.

That you are here—that life exists and identity,

That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

 

 

— WALT WHITMAN

 
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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

PoetryGuest Writer

The Summer Day

 

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

 

—Mary Oliver

 
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Lost : A Poem by David Wagoner

PoetryGuest Writer
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Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you.

 

— David Wagoner

 
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Love Poem by Rumi

PoetryGuest Writer

In the realm of lovers
There is only one beloved

In this realm of lovers
There is no coming nor going

Lovers wander
Looking for each other

There is no need for this wandering
The soul of Lovers lives in a place beyond time

The one beloved
Searching for herself in the other

Let us become passionate lovers

Lovers in life
Lovers in death
Lovers in the tomb
Lovers on the day of resurrection
Lovers in paradise
Lovers forever

If you have not known this love don’t count your life as lived On the Day of Judgment it will not be counted

There is a bazaar
Where love is traded for free

There is a river of wine
Where drunken merriment knows no rest
Where burning passion knows no repose
Where billions of galaxies dance
Where restless lovemaking
Gives birth to Universe upon Universe

 
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Drumming Is More Effective than Antidepressants, Study Suggests

Shamanic Drum Journey, Health Mind Happy SoulGuest Writer

As our scientific and cultural understanding of mental health continues to progress, finding solutions for people struggling with depression become increasingly important. Long gone are the days when people who were struggling with mental health issues were locked up in prison-like asylums. However, modern drugs can often have a similarly oppressive effect on sufferers, as people’s emotional responses are numbed and they become unable to experience highs as well as lows.

These drugs are often thrown around without caution, and they fail to acknowledge the circumstances behind the individual’s depressive state. They attempt to treat the symptoms rather than the root cause. A group of UK-based researchers seems to have found an unlikely cure – group drumming.

The study, which was conducted earlier this year, worked with a group of 30 adults who were already being treated for depression but had refused the use of antidepressants. The participants were split into two groups, one being assigned a 90-minute group drumming session once a week and the control group enrolling in quiz nights and other social activities. All drumming sessions were conducted on traditional African djembe drums, with the group sat together in a circle.

The ten-week study involved participants who were matched exactly regarding their ethnicity, gender, age and employment status. Over the course of the ten weekly observations, the groups were monitored psychologically and physically for signs of depression. The results were overwhelming!

After ten weeks the drumming group had significantly improved their mental health. There was a clear reduction in depression and anxiety, as well as a vast improvement in the social resilience of each individual involved. Physically, every member of the drumming group shifted from a pro-inflammatory immune profile to anti-inflammatory. The study proved both the benefits of communal drumming and the link between mental health and underlying inflammatory immune responses.

The control group saw very minimal improvements and in the follow-up tests three months later; the drumming group had maintained their improved state of mental health. One theory as to why the drumming circle works is that the activity of producing music, alongside the sense of community that the circle gave the participants, led to an increased feeling of fulfillment and gave them something to look forward to each week.

The reason for the vast improvement is open for debate. However, the results are indisputable. The ancient art of group drumming helps people with depression and boosts your health. These findings and other associated research could continue to alter the way we view and treat mental health issues.

It is a move towards a future where doctors recommend drug-free solutions that treat us all as individuals rather than treating mental health sufferers as broken cogs in the machine.  A future set to the rhythmic sound of drums.

Study link

*Article originally appeared at The Hearty Soul.


The drum, sometimes called the shaman’s horse, provides a simple and effective way to induce ecstatic trance states. When a drum is played at an even tempo of three to four beats per second for at least fifteen minutes, most novices report that they can journey successfully even on their first attempt.

Shamanic journeying may be undertaken for purposes of divination and for personal healing. Its a way of communicating with your inner guidance and spirit self and receiving information.

Your inner self is in constant communication with all aspects of your environment, seen and unseen. You need only journey within to find answers to your questions.

If you are curious about the healing art of shamanic journeying and shamanic practices, you might be interested in exploring The Four Directions Apprenticeship.

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you wonder about God.

Chloë Rain
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At sunset the mountains come out so high in the sky that you wonder about God. And behind you on the other horizon the moon is bright white in a bright blue sky above the tall pine trees. It's like coexisting in two different worlds, outer space and inner space. If the outer world is a reflection of my inner landscape then I see God residing within me a paradise like utopia on fire.

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Drum Journey to the Spirit of the North : Connection to the Element of Water

Video, Shamanic Drum JourneyChloë Rain
Shamanic Drum Journey to Connect with the Spirit of the North and the Spirit of Water

I've been feeling the inspiration to create a number of shamanic drum journeys out of doors and yesterday Mother Nature gave me a beautiful nudge and the opportunity to create a journey for you to connect with the Spirit of the North and the Spirit of Water.

I am going to be experimenting with this medium and creating more drum journeys as I am inspired by Mother Nature all around.

If you've never heard of shamanic drum journeys and their uses or benefits, this is not an instructional video..... so maybe this isn't the very best place to start. I do hope to be writing some articles in the near future explaining more of the basics and importance of shamanic practices and how they can help us with our wellness.  

The video is about 18 minutes long and gives you some introduction and instructions, you may want to make time this weekend to journey to the Spirit of Winter and glean any last insights as we move into the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere on Monday the 20th!

If you are curious about shamanic drum journeys and what purpose they may serve in your life and wellness, I welcome you to write me with your questions.

The idea of doing virtual drum journeys and attempting to include some nature elements has been swirling around me for a little while, so this was my first inspired attempt and I'm excited to share it with you! All the footage was taken on my land in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Skywater Hollow Retreat.

I hope this journey serves you.

Please let me know if you have any questions about shamanic journeying or any of the work that I do, you can always connect with me at chloe@exploredeeply.com.

On my land at Skywater Hollow Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley.

On my land at Skywater Hollow Retreat in the Shenandoah Valley.

If you like this video and you'd like to see more virtual journeys like this one, please let me know and include any requests you may have on subjects or needs or curiosities.

May we all walk in beauty.

Sharing some pictures of sunrise, morning snow on the blossoming Quince trees.... INJOY!

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The Price We Pay for Spiritual Growth

Life Lessons, Spiritual SignificanceGuest Writer
The Price we Pay for Negative Emotions

Most the time we think that emotions sweep over us and overwhelm us, and they do. But we also often live in lingering states: a constant state of fear, or of emotional flatness, or anger, or resentment, or grieving, or cynicism. At that point we have crossed over from being overtaken by a wave of emotion and into agreeing to live in a state of emotion. That's when we enter into an agreement to pay the cost. 

When I live in the ongoing state of fear or anger or cynicism, I am agreeing to pay a price in energy. The shamanic term for energy is power. In order to live inside the power of fear, I give up another kind of power as payment.

The price of fear is intimacy. 
The price of certainty is wonder. 
The price of greed is patience, and since beauty relies on patience, the price of greed is beauty.
The price of arrogance is surprise.
The price of cynicism is open-armed love. Since open-armed love includes grieving, because grief is a form of love, the price of cynicism is stifled grief, and since grief is one of the main lubricants on the hinges of the doors to Spirit, the price of cynicism is connection to Spirit. 

On it goes. 

Shamanic thinking tells us good news: That equation can be reversed by replacing the word "price" with the word "medicine." 

The medicine for fear is intimacy. 
The medicine for certainty is wonder. 
The medicine for greed is patience, and since beauty relies on patience, the medicine for greed is beauty.
The medicine for arrogance is surprise.
The medicine for cynicism is open-armed love, and since open armed love includes proper grieving, prayers that summon tears are medicine for cynicism.

We are in a time period in which more and more people are taking a hard look at the price we pay for the "normal" that has been programmed into us. More and more people are understanding that the price is too high for living a life, as archetypal psychologist James Hillman said, "happily in “the system of rip-off economics [that] promotes its communal senselessness by substituting "more" for "beyond.” 

The energies of fear, arrogance, greed and cynicism are programmed into us so deeply that it takes great commitment to let go of them. These old energies rise up with great ferocity when we turn our attention toward authentic spiritual power, and we hear these old energies as voices of self-doubt, embarrassment, self-deprecation, and sometimes outright shame. It's helpful to hear these negative voices as a parasite in you screaming for you NOT to bring the medicine. The medicine is perceived as discomfort by the parasite, who wants you to stay in a state of disempowerment, so it can continue to feed on you. 

The surrealist painter Salvador Dali said, "The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad." What he meant (I hope) is that by working honestly with his artistic energies (which is the same work in many ways as working your spiritual power) he learned to trade the negative price for the Medicine.

Another way to say this is, "The difference between a mental breakdown and an opening of the spiritual path is discipline and courage."

Well, that's how I see it. 

A note from Jaime Meyer: I am indebted to Jose Luis Stevens for stimulating many of the ideas in this piece.  

Reposted with permission, go here to read the original article "The Price For Gaining Spiritual Power".


Jamie shares a prayer with us he hopes we'll find useful:

Great Spirit,
I have lived smaller than I want to live.
I have listened to those voices that shrink me.
I am ready
to trade the price I have been paying
to stay disempowered and disconnected from Spirit.
I am ready
to trade for the Medicine.
The light grows across the face of the moon.
The sun rises stronger each day from the south.
The ice releases its grip on the shore. 
The land awakens and revives.
Bring this medicine to me
So that I may stand strong in this world.

I have something to accomplish in this life
And I am so grateful that you are here always to help me.


Jamie Meyer

Jaime Meyer | Shamanic Practitioner | Author | Teacher

Jamie's popular book Drumming The Soul Awake is an account of his journey to become an urban shamanic healer. His varied background includes earning a Masters Degree in Theology and the Arts and cross cultural studies with a variety of shamanic teachers since 1983.

Jamie continues to study with the Shipibo people of the Upper Amazon in Peru - an extension of his studies with Jose and Lena Stevens of The Power Path School of Shamanism. He completed a two-year Celtic Shamanism training with Tom Cowan. He has also studied with Ailo Gaup, Martin Prechtel, and Sandra Ingerman, among others. He is the president and board of directors of the international Society of Shamanic Practitioners.

He co-founded the first theatre in the world for the Hmong community (a refugee population from Laos and Vietnam) and managed it for ten years, mentoring dozens of writers and scores of actors, and playing to 200,000 Hmong and non-Hmong people in various cities, including in refugee camps in Thailand.

Find out more about Jamie and his teachings here: www.drummingthesoulawake.com.

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#1 Energetic Tool to Feel Happy & Grounded

Healing, Nature, VideoChloë Rain

Explore Deeply Session: #1 Energetic Tool to Self-Heal, Feel Happy, Connected, & Grounded

I encourage you to write me with your questions and I will answer them in upcoming Explore Deeply Sessions {Vlog}.  xoxo


There are times when our world feels like it is breaking down and dissolving right in front of our eyes and we might feel like it is totally out of our control.

As we are stripped of things we once thought were important, as we lose things, precious things, we begin to understand that at the core of our being we are worthy of existence, not because of what we do or what we have, but because of who we are.

Your life and the value you bring to the world through your own self expression and creativity are the most priceless possessions that no one and no thing can ever take from you.

There is no other speck of stardust in the Universe just like you.

No one else thinks your thoughts, feels your feelings, has your desires, or is capable of doing the things you do, in the way that you and only you do them.

When we explore deeply our reason for existence, we begin to know our own self-worth in a way that we've never contemplated or experienced before.

The essence of gratitude, is appreciation for life in and of itself. Your life matters, because you are you, and no one else can do what you are here to do. Since you are still alive, your life has a reason and a purpose and if there is still breath in your lungs, you haven't fulfilled your mission on earth yet.

Time to figure out what you are still doing here and go for it. When you find yourself asking the question,"What is my purpose for being alive?"

Know, that if there is still breath in your lungs, you have a purpose. There is a reason for your existence.

So often, people feel like "there's got to be more to life..."

Maybe it feels like you’re missing out on your potential in life, career, or maybe you haven’t found the right partner in love… 

You need to know that your life purpose exists and who you are serves a greater purpose in this world. 

How do I know about this? 

...from my unique challenges in life, starting from when I almost died in an accident, then later was diagnosed with a debilitating auto-immune disease, and risked every thing I had ever created in order to recover my health and ultimately my happiness. 

I learned teachable techniques that helped me to grow a successful business which serves people around the world, and create a life filled with love, purpose, adventure, and miracles.  

These are the same techniques I've taught normal people just like you and I to become successful entrepreneurs and award winning artists, and I'd like to teach you how to start finding and restoring your life purpose too. I can promise that you will never look at life the same way again.

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