Listening to Life

One of the first concepts I teach when training Shamanic Apprentices is to re-understand the nature of Reality. Things are not as solid as they appear to be. However the energy that emanates from them is. This means that you will always “See the signs” before you experience the Reality. You will “feel” the ghost, before it can borrow from your consciousness to appear to you.

We can use this same dynamic for the Lessons life will provide to help us grow. People, places and situations will “Feel” uneasy before the real obstacle or issue appears. Animals in the wild are magnificent at demonstrating this. A bird will stop, look around and fly away if it “feels” something is not right.

Because we have the luxury of Free Will, we can become blinded by that desire to move in a direction we “want”. Very often my clients get very frustrated because they are not getting the results they want. For me, in those circumstances it is a matter of looking for the “signs” so we can understand what Life is really trying to tell us.

Here are a few things to be on the look out for:

  • Somehow always being late or delayed when trying to get to a specific place
  • Pests showing up when you go to a specific spot
  • Arguments happening in a specific location you frequent
  • Any sort of object that falls accidentally and shatters
  • Tripping on anything while being in a specific location
  • Encountering a very angry or rude person
  • Seeing the same image and/or the word describing the image more than twice
  • losing a personal object in the company of someone or in place
  • Pets getting hurt or sick in any way
  • Any mild health discomfort before or after having spent time with someone
  • A computer virus or any appliance breaking down

We project a protective energy field all around us, so when unusual events occur it can mean that an intrusive vibration is entering that field. It will start revealing itself through signs such as the ones I shared above.

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Manifesting and Density

Shamanism categorizes this existence in three levels of Reality, each less dense than the other. This same concept applies when manifesting reality around you, as long as an equal exchange of energies has occured. Understanding this dynamic also sheds light on how other lesser known beings exist and behave.

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The Shadow in Shamanism

Although I greatly respect Jungian Psychology (and have been an active member of the International Association for Jungian Studies for many years), their assertion of the “Shadow” seems limited from my experience as a Shaman. This is part of what Wikipedia says:

“In Jungian psychology, the shadow (also known as idshadow aspect, or shadow archetype) is either an unconscious aspect of the personality that the conscious ego does not identify in itself; or the entirety of the unconscious, i.e., everything of which a person is not fully conscious. In short, the shadow is the unknown side.”

If you do a little research on books written about Shamanism and their relation to the Shadow, you’ll find that most authors don’t veer very far from the above psychological definition.

I’ll quickly break it down for you, as one of my Master Shamans (without any college education) did. As a Human, you walk this Earth and at the same time you walk inner worlds (your thoughts, feelings, impulses, etc.). Within these inner worlds there will be many allies and foes, some will be very alien to you and others so intimate that they might as well be you. As long as you know who, where, when and what you are; your thinking is clear and your heart is pure; none can influence you (for good or bad) without your consent.

This is easier said than done, but at least it gives you a target to center back into on a regular basis. Where the scientific mind wants to understand and analyze the components and pieces of the “Shadow”. The Shaman seeks to communicate and negotiate a win-win Path for the person and his shadow. We, Shamans, understand that there are no negative energies in the Universe, but there can misunderstandings, miscommunications, misplacements, etc. We also know, that it is in the darkest recesses that the largest treasures are found. For us, encountering the “Shadow” is an optimal and promising pursuit.

The “Shadow” will roughly usher us into what seems like an uncontrolled state of being as a way to help us evolve and grow. Initiations, tend to follow a very similar process. To the average working citizen this will feel like a breakdown. To a Shaman it will be a time of evolution and awakening…

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Winning by Losing

I got out of there as soon as I figured it out….

A few days ago I found myself in a very awkward and uncomfortable social situation. I was among a group of people I thought I’d have a great time with, but before the hour, one person started expressing micro-aggressions and increasing rejections towards me. Because of what I do for a living, my intuition picked up great discomfort and annoyance towards me from this particular person, initially I had no idea why. I was not in “Shaman” mode so my ego started assuming useless theories and ways to counter attack. Today, I have achieved inner harmony with the event (and culprit). A lesson was learned and I am grateful for it.

One of my goals is to live in harmony with my environment. A few days ago, my mere presence was disrupting someone’s inner harmony. This was an issue this person was having because they were comparing their reality in relation to others present there. In other words, it was an inner issue, absolutely not related to anything I had done or said. Initially my ego was right to advise that it was this person’s problem and not mine, but the Shaman seeks overall internal and external Harmony. As humans with intent to evolve, being aware of another person’s problem actually hints at some discrepancy that we can internally balance out. Consciousness will manifest circumstances externally to point out internal work to be done. In this case for me it meant that if my presence was disturbing to someone in a situation completely unimportant to me, then why force things? Why try to “win” (an ego) battle that I did not care about anyway? As soon as I figured the dynamics of the situation, in an educated and gracious way I removed myself from that gathering.

Everyone won! The person I inadvertently was making uncomfortable, no longer was. My Shamanic Purpose managed to improve external harmony, thus internal ones as well. I improved my Ego:Higher-Self ratio of decisions. True; it could be argued that I lost by missing out on a fun activity, but when compared to my Life’s Aspirations it is an Absolute Win!

Cause/Effect and your Destiny

Is it that we are affected and thus have to discover the cause?


Something is caused because we decree the effect?

These are questions that will dictate your life. If given the proper time to reflect on them, they will also guide you into a completely new way of seeing your destiny. One of the saddest wastes of human potential, from my unique perspective, happens when someone speaks to their doctor about a life threatening health issue. The “effect” would be the health issue and yet the actual cause, of the originating cause is rarely hunted down. Without that information, the chances of “Decreeing” a desired outcome decreases exponentially. Our power to speak is not limited to communication, actually that is a secondary benefit. Speech, or vibrations emanated from one’s Free-Will into sound, creates a bridge between the internal and external worlds. Those vibrations when uttered with self assurance will command neutral/stagnant energy into directed motion. This type of speech resides within a very thin line between inner knowing and conviction. This is a state that is reached through study, practice and reflection. Luckily, in whatever moment you are in your life, you have done all three of those, so “Decreeing” your destiny is literally a few words away for you…try it now!

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Sunrising vs. Sundowning

In Shamanism, we embrace the “Duality” of the Universe. We embrace: Father/Mother, Day/Night, Summer/Winter, Life/Death, etc. We understand that this existence is greatly assisted by Polarity. In a very basic way we use this cognition to merge with natural flows that are occurring in our environments.

Very often my clients, as busy members of this complex society, tend to become pessimistic and with no aspirations in sight. A simple exercise I share with them is to list most of the things they really dislike. Then after done to create a new list with the exact opposites of each point. So often it’s not that we don’t know where to go or what we want, but that we are focusing in the opposite direction.

The official website for the Mayo Clinic, states:

The term “sundowning” refers to a state of confusion occurring in the late afternoon and spanning into the night. Sundowning can cause a variety of behaviors, such as confusion, anxiety, aggression or ignoring directions. Sundowning can also lead to pacing or wandering. Sundowning isn’t a disease, but a group of symptoms that occur at a specific time of the day that may affect people with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The exact cause of this behavior is unknown.

For a Shaman, the above is a very useful information. We just flip the data around. People that maybe suffering from a debilitation mental condition will have their auras weakened, and this will make subtle influences more visible. Thus if “Sundowning” creates confusion, anxiety, aggression, etc. wouldn’t “Sunrising” create exactly the opposite?

Below are the antonyms provided by

calmnesshappinessclaritycomposurecalmpeacesystemorderorientationmethodsenseorganization, certaintycalmassurancecontentmentbeliefCollectednesstrustadvantagecomposurepeaceblessingtranquilityjoyhappinesseasenonchalancefaithpeacefulnesssurenesscalmnesssecurityconfidence, graciousnesspacifismgenialityshelternonaggressionkindlinessdefensiveamicabilityretreatbenevolenceamiabilityaffabilitysociabilityresistancerepulsiongentlenesssurrendermildnesspleasantnessamenabilitycordialityfriendliness.

By the way, in the excerpt I included from the Mayo Clinic, it is admitted that the cause of this behavior is unknown, and yet I believe any Mystic or Shaman would immediately recognize that our Sun constantly emanates illumination both externally and internally.

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Keep Moving!

I was having a casual conversation with one of my spiritual advisors. I had mentioned that the last year or so had seemed to have possessed an entangled energy. She looked at me and said: “The natural state of balanced energy is to flow; whenever you have any sort of indication of being stuck, just move”. It took deeper thinking to realize that this applied not only to physically twitching but all the way to move from when one lives.

As an Urban Shaman and Therapist, I often have to abandon my ideal spiritual state of being and engage in business thinking. Living in a city, requires dealing with unnatural things like bills and “costs of living” (…that phrase is so ridiculous when you think about it). As a business owner I also have to consider things like taxes, marketing, expenses, etc. Keeping my practice healthy is a big part of being a full time Shaman. In the last few years although my expertise had developed the product delivery felt outdated. Upon reflection, something kept pointing towards optimizing the space. I tried many changes but in the end the true solution was to move to more optimal conditions for living and practicing as a therapist and shaman. Now, a few months later I wake up everyday with a sense of refreshed enthusiasm and my business has never done better.

As humans we are constantly emitting energy, staying still or repeating an action will create a cyclic effect. This applies specially to relationships, addictions, routines, etc. Shamans don’t dislike habitual behavior. We are very observant of it. As time flows, elements in our material existence subtly shift and change and we have to be careful that old habits are in constant harmony with new conditions, If not, something needs to be rebalanced.

By the way this principle applies in all areas. It is particularly beneficial in old stuck useless emotions, such as resentment, emotional trauma, hopelessness, jealousy, etc. Try remembering a past event that affected you negatively and “Move” those emotions, make them flow, evolve them, invent and daydream a completely different outcome if possible. Re-tell the story with a funny and heroic twist. Always be the heroic and adventurous protagonist of your own story; or come see me you will always be that Hero for me as your Shaman, because I know this to be the ultimate Truth in your Soul.

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The Energy and Magic of Words

For years now, I always have a Latin Dictionary by my desk. Besides the academic and functional importance of language, words and their origins will usually lead you down a mystical road. Understanding the origin of words is a very alchemical, shamanic and magical process. Just like a Shaman will be able to read the “energetic” trace of what would look like a random event to the uninitiated; words in my experience will almost always lead back to some sort of mystical or archetypal force.

Let’s take the word “Opportunity” for example. It derives from “Opportune”, which could mean “Favorable”. If you look at my Latin Dictionary, in Latin you will have “Opportunus” which in meaning (energetic resemblance), similarity and a few words apart you will have the word: “OPS”…name of the Goddess of Plenty! For a Mystic, using this word literally activates a vibrational tone that may have been used in strong faith by many humans in ancient times, to call in energies of plenty, wealth, resource, power, etc. In other words there is a reason why certain words are put together the way they are. If you are conscientious of these reasons then by using certain words your inner vibration will invite the external equivalent vibrations that will create manifestations of that quality.

Nowadays, you don’t need to have a dictionary by your desk, it’s just a click away. If ever intrigued by a certain word try to research its origin (etymology), see where it leads you and if it is compatible with the manifestations you are aiming for.

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Our Mother Earth and Father Sky

In Shamanism we know that Mother Earth is a living sentient being. We are extremely loving and grateful to our ultimate Mother, because she has given of herself to provide for our biological body. More so, all through out our physical life while here, Mother Earth also provides a vast and magnificent array of ways for us to maintain our physical vessel and through material interaction for us to enjoys blessings, learn lessons and evolve spiritually. We are literally cradled by her from the moment we are born to the moment we transition.

Father Sky, provides us with the internal aspect of who we are. Thanks to him we have life drive, consciousness, individual thinking and free will. We are his etheric children. A magnificent divine spark given the chance to increase its brightness while transmuted and blended into a physical vessel.

As we experience what we call “Life”, we are the manifested union of Mother Earth and Father Sky. Shamans call humans “Two World Walkers”, because in this form we are always connected to both our ultimate progenitors. It only takes a few moments of contemplation to realize how precious each and every one of us is and how much love is constantly emanating into every sliver of our existence.

I invite you to celebrate this Truth and to send some loving and grateful thoughts every day to both our Parents. We’ve truly been given a chance within the Cosmos of Eternity.

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Meet my new Handsome Friend

2020 brought some fundamental changes my way, among them I sold the house I had lived in for 20 years and bought a smaller apartment in a neighboring area. The building is next to a park and within the park I have started making some new friends.

We, Shamans, consider and treat anything within Mother Nature as “People”. From a scientific point of view, I understand the difference between a person and a rock, plant or animal, but from a desire to live in Harmony with Mother Nature, there is no way around it but to treat all as people. Being in this state of mind while strolling through nature, will allow you to create a loving bond with your environment. After some time, the environment will start communicating with you in a surprisingly attentive way. Breezes will caress you, birds will follow and sing to you, gifts will be left in your path, etc.

In this post I decided to introduce you to one of my new friends. He is young compared to his family within the park. He stands about 20 yards from the bay. His shape and texture express that he is masculine. Most of his branches are pointing towards the East, this is another Shamanic sign that he’s a boy, but it also hints at his personality. The Sun rises from the East and breezes tend to come from that direction daily as well, which tells us that he’s bold and adventurous. On the West side of his trunk I often find little pieces of bark that he discards as he is growing, this tells me he’s detached and prefers to outgrow his limitations. Every morning when I go to greet him, there is a little gecko that peaks at me from one of his crevices. Geckos are nocturnal animals, which is the time where growth and magic happens for Shamans, so I also know that this tree-person holds and harbors that energy. There is more I could share and there will more as we become even closer, but trees tend to prefer their privacy.

If you observe the photograph closely you can see there is a picnic table on the right. This is where I’ll sit sometimes when I need to sort out dilemmas related to the characteristics I described above. Living in Harmony with your natural environment teaches you that some energies and vibrations will be more abundant in certain spots and these will also attract corresponding ideas and thoughts needed to find solutions. I guess you could say it’s the same as with human people, you’d ask an accountant if you had an accounting question, right?

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