Podcast Ep. 120: Equinox Ritual for Balance

As I recorded this episode the Sun was just a few hours away from entering Libra and marking the Equinox. The hours of sunlight and darkness are as equal as they are going to be (it isn’t exact at all latitudes) and there is a seasonal transition. Reflecting on the Equinox and the balanced light, I was drawn to offer a meditative ritual for bringing balance to each of the elements as they manifest in your body, mind, and spirit. While the Equinox is a good time to work on balance, you can do this for yourself whenever you would like.

You can find information and the schedule for upcoming virtual Shamanic Reiki Level Two and Master Practitioner trainings, as well as upcoming in person trainings in northern New York, on the Shamanic Reiki Training page.

While you are here, check out the rituals and workshops page. Virtual Wheel of the Year ceremonies are returning this coming Samhain.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and an invitation to shamanic journeys and other virtual events.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair! And thank you to Gidon Pico from Pixabay for this episode’s image.

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep. 119: Desk Yoga for Keyboard Activists

I have been at my computer more than usual lately, writing and engaging in my own keyboard activism and I find myself relying on my favorite desk yoga movements and poses to combat tired shoulders and neck pain. If you are feeling the tension in your upper back, shoulders, and neck, try this desk yoga sequence during your next screen break.

You can find information and the schedule for upcoming virtual Shamanic Reiki Level One, Level Two and Master Practitioner trainings on the Shamanic Reiki training page.

While you are here, check out the rituals and workshops page. Virtual Wheel of the Year ceremonies are returning this coming Samhain.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and an invitation to shamanic journeys and other virtual events.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep. 118: Loving the World Into Balance

Because it was seminary “homework,” I never had the opportunity to deliver an inspirational talk I wrote which I called “Loving the World Into Balance: A Call for Climate Justice.” I was feeling like it needed to be heard, so I recorded it for this episode. May it inspire you to seek the experience of interconnection through divine love.

You can find information and the schedule for upcoming virtual Shamanic Reiki Level One, Level Two and Master Practitioner trainings at https://debbiephilp.com/shamanic-reiki-training/

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook. Visit myshamaniclife.com and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and an invitation to shamanic journeys and other virtual events.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep. 117: Find Your Sit Spot

The core of my shamanic practice is my sit spot, inspired by the book, Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown. In this episode. Learn what a sit spot is and get some tips on finding your own.

You can find information and the schedule for upcoming virtual Shamanic Reiki Level One, Level Two and Master Practitioner trainings on my Shamanic Reiki training page.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and upcoming virtual events.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep. 116: Shifting Vision and Shamanic Reiki

In the previous episode I shared my understanding of shamanism. Now I introduce Shamanic Reiki as created and taught by Llyn Roberts. I also tried to start an environmental and wildlife news section but ended up just reading you a bunch of depressing headlines that emphasize why it is so important that we are doing the work of not only advocating for change but of dreaming a better world into being. The episode ends with a shifting vision eye exercise, which I teach in Shamanic Reiki Level One.

You can find information and the schedule for upcoming virtual Shamanic Reiki Level One, Level Two and Master Practitioner trainings on my Shamanic Reiki training page.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and upcoming virtual events.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep. 115: What is Shamanism Anyway

After so many episodes, I think it is about time I explain a bit about the word “shamanism” since I through it around so much. I touch on why I don’t call myself a shaman but do share contemporary shamanic practices in Shamanic Reiki trainings. You will be guided into a shamanic journey to find or create your sacred place, a basic journeying practice I introduce in those trainings.

Interested in learning more about shamanism and Shamanic Reiki? You can find information and the schedule for upcoming virtual Shamanic Reiki Level One, Level Two and Master Practitioner trainings on the Shamanic Reiki Training page.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and upcoming virtual events.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep. 114: Reemergence

I am calling this my reemergence episode. Since I last recorded, I have been ordained as an interfaith minister and I needed to figure out what that meant. You’ll hear me share my statement of ministry and personal vows. I’ll share one way I am reemerging into public (and you are welcome there). And you will be invited into meditation to explore interconnection to the beings in your local ecosystem. Thanks for listening after all this time and witnessing my reemergence.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and upcoming virtual events.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

On Listening, Gun Violence, and Squirrels

The morning after the terrible incident of mass gun violence in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, I did what I do every morning. I took my whole self, alternately weeping and fuming, outside to sit with the squirrels and find some solace in the other-than-human world.

But there were no squirrels scampering to meet me, the bearer of a container full of peanuts. I could hear them, though. From the trees came alarm calls – the shrieks of grey squirrels, the scolding chatter of the reds, and, closer to the earth, the “chip-chip” of chipmunks. Even the blue jays interjected their caws to help with the warning.

I did not see one, but a predator must have been close. Hawks and other raptors have swooped in on more than one occasion, owls sometimes roost in nearby trees, and fox and coyote come by. The message that something had made the normal morning nut gathering unsafe was repeated in the trees and everyone stayed away.

While the cacophony of squirrels continued, I reflected on listening. Humans, in general, are poor listeners. The world we have created is loud. There are too few places where one can go to escape the noise of motor vehicles, the hum of electronics, or the overhead rumble of air traffic. We make desirable sounds, such as music and movie and television audio, even louder so we can hear over the background sounds. When we try to hear each other, we are often saying, “What?” and repeating ourselves.

Even when we can hear one another, there is little listening. The alarm cries about gun violence have been raised for decades by those who have recognized the danger and want us all to be safe, but they aren’t repeated until the danger is gone. Instead, some hear, “Hawk!” and think, “I’m okay. The hawk is my friend,” and belittle the fear felt by those who know better. Calls for change stop and we go about our days while the hawk circles above us, watching and waiting.

The excessive number of guns in the United States is not the only issue of importance right now, of course. It is just front and center in my mind the day after another gun was used in the way it was intended to be but against those who were not acceptable victims. And, as usual, there is a good deal of yelling and pleading and very little listening by those who would rather we are all easy prey than interrupt their daily gathering of wealth and power.

We are not squirrels, of course, and comparing us humans to them is simplifying a complex situation so I can come to my own understanding of it. As I am soothed by nature, I am also informed by it. I believe the other-than-human beings can teach us much about being better humans.

What I’ve learned about squirrels is that they listen to each other, and even to those who are of different species but face the same threats. Because none of them are safe until they are all safe.

Podcast Ep. 113: Honor Your Tired

It has been a month, friends. I got a bit whiny as I recorded this, but tired is my truth and I choose to honor it. If you feel it too, I hope you will also honor your tired and take some time for rest and renewal. The yoga in this episode is an easy, supine practice and leaves you seated for meditation.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and upcoming virtual events.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.

Podcast Ep. 112: The Thing About Balance

I missed a couple of weeks of recording because some personal stuff upset the illusion of balance I had for myself. The thing about balance, especially that work-life balance that is often spoken of, is that it does not exist. Instead, we are merely juggling our obligations or, as I put it in this episode, running from one side of the seesaw to the other trying to keep them both in the air. Sometimes, however, something unexpected but important and urgent lands on one end and you just tumble off. In this episode, I invite you to explore balance, and then let it go, in an equinox inspired yoga practice.

If you are a Shamanic Reiki Level Two practitioner or a Reiki II with shamanic journeying experience, you can join the upcoming Shamanic Reiki Master Practitioner training taking place virtually over the first two weekends in April, 2022. Visit my Shamanic Reiki Training page for more details and online registration.

I would like to welcome new My Shamanic Life patrons. Thank you! If you like this podcast and would like me to keep recording new episodes, please visit my Patreon page and become a patron for as little as one dollar a month. When you do, you will have access to patron-only guided shamanic journeys to meet animal helping spirits and read posts about the animals’ symbolism and archetypal energy as well as the natural history and conservation challenges those animal face in their living incarnation. As you work with different animals, you connect more deeply with the natural world and may be inspired to advocate for one of the wild beings you resonate with.

If you would like to chat about this episode and connect with others who share your love for the wild beings, join the Shamanic Flow Circle group on Facebook and get the free Guide to Getting Real when you sign up for the email newsletter, which is full of moon magic and upcoming virtual events.

Much love and gratitude to Blair Sutherland for the beautiful intro and background music. Blair is also an outstanding webmaster and makes sure I can share these episodes with you. Thank you, Blair!

While the yoga and other practices presented are intended to be accessible to most, please be open to practicing in an appropriate and safe way for you. It is recommended that you consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program and that at any time during a practice you feel nausea, dizziness, or pain you stop and seek medical advice. I accept no liability whatsoever for any damages arising from the use of my podcasts and, while I make all reasonable efforts to share accurate instruction, the podcast may contain unintended errors. Before all else, listen to your body and trust your inner knowing.