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Yellow Birch

By Blog, The More-Than-Human World
Behind my house, shading the deck and my sit spot, is a lovely yellow birch. For many years, it was just “a birch of some kind.” Deepening my connection with the land included getting to know the trees, and I set about discovering what kind of birch it is. The tree has bark which peels like the white, or paper,…
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Episode 157: Lawn Sunshine!

By My Shamanic Life Podcast
Lawn Sunshine? Sheri said what she said. In this episode, monthly podcast guest Sheri Kurdakul shares some surprising benefits of dandelion, a plant vilified by those who want a perfect green lawn (why?!?). Sheri and I both think it’s a magical plant that spreads happiness. Sheri once again starts us off with an awesome herbal poem. Enjoy! Episode links: Find…
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UU Ingathering and Water Communion

By Inspirational Talks
I started thinking about what to say today the same way I prepare all of my talks – by asking myself some questions. The first question I had was: why water? Water communion is a common ritual for this ingathering service among the UUs, but as I thought back on those I’ve participated in, I couldn’t remember ever hearing how…
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Love Letter to the Earth

By Inspirational Talks
A love letter to the Earth - how to begin? Dear Sir or Madam? Wait, is Earth a sir or a madam? Dear Sir AND Madam? Thich Nhat Hahn started his love letters with “dear Mother Earth.” Numerous cultures consider Earth mother and the sky or the sun as father, recognizing the dual energies that fuel creation. But is Earth…
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Episode 155: Reemergence!

By My Shamanic Life Podcast
Jen and I were both buzzing during the solar eclipse. Listen as Jen shares more about her experience in the totality. Then Jen treats you to an awesome tarot spread you can use in the reemerging energy of spring. Episode links: April 30th Virtual Beltane Ceremony:  https://debbiephilp.com/event/online-beltane-ceremony/ Find all upcoming in-person and virtual events on my calendar:  https://debbiephilp.com/events/   Jen’s…
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Episode 154: Journaling Nature

By My Shamanic Life Podcast
Building on the sit spot practice in episode 117, I am sharing how I journal about nature. This includes recording what I observe and how I feel when I am out there. Have a listen and begin your own practice of journaling nature. Episode links: Email newsletter sign-up:  https://zfrmz.com/hzEVTHbu9jMYw90M7vOy The Shamanic Flow Circle Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1722776598019767 Event calendar:  https://debbiephilp.com/events/ Virtual…
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Episode 153: Ostara’s Potential

By My Shamanic Life Podcast
In the northern hemisphere spring has sprung! I’m feeling into Ostara season’s energy of potential and sharing that and other Ostara things in this episode. Episode links: Ostara Season blog post: https://debbiephilp.com/blog/ostara-season-potential/ Upcoming virtual Shamanic Reiki trainings:  https://debbiephilp.com/shamanic-reiki-training/   Email newsletter sign-up:  https://zfrmz.com/hzEVTHbu9jMYw90M7vOy The Shamanic Flow Circle Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1722776598019767 Event calendar:  https://debbiephilp.com/events/ Virtual Shamanic Reiki sessions:  https://debbiephilp.com/shamanic-energy-sessions/ Original intro…
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Ostara Season: Potential

By Blog
The Wheel of the Year has turned to the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere and we are entering Ostara season. Acknowledging the eight “spokes” of the wheel of the neo-Pagan year gives you the opportunity to tune into and honor the Earth’s solar cycle, the natural world around you, and your inner cycles of change and growth. While Wheel…
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Episode 152: Be a Gentle Weed

By My Shamanic Life Podcast
Is it good to be a weed? Purple dead nettle thinks so and shows us how to be a weed that is a gentle garden companion. Regular guest Sheri Kurdakul shares about this early spring plant and how it benefits its ecosystem and you even though it is not native to North America. Of course Sheri starts us off with…
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