For the past 100,000 years Shamans around the world have gone directly to the heart of nature to tap into the power of the universe.

Our future depends on our learning how to reclaim this ancient power of direct revelation to meet the challenges of today!

We all want to live a life of peace, harmony and fulfillment. We want to make a difference with our lives, to be authentic and contribute to our family, community and the world.

But things seem so chaotic. We’re moving so fast we find ourselves running just to keep up with our basic necessities. We often feel lost, disconnected and out of balance with an uncertain future that looks bleak and foreboding.

The human race has become disconnected from nature and the web of life. Cut off from our mother and our relations in the non human world we suffer as environmental orphans cut off from our true source of power.

To live a shamanic way of life is to walk in beauty. To recognize that everyone and everything is sacred and holy. Not only in the visible, but in the invisible worlds.

When we recognize that we are not separate from nature we can reclaim our innate power and move from a cluttered head to a spacious heart. It is from this place we can see things rightly.

We have not fallen from grace. There’s no need for salvation. We only need to return to the garden which is our true source of nourishment.

In this book on living a Shamanic Way of Life we explore three key teachings from the heart of nature. These 3 core lessons will lead you to the miraculous life that’s been waiting for you. They are:

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Journeying to access the Wisdom of our Ancient Cellular Memory. For the most part we have become a disembodied species relying primarily on our heads rather than our hearts. In this embodied exploration of our least used source of wisdom – our bodies – will reveal the evolutionary wisdom contained within these magnificent temples of perception.

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Merging with the Web of Life. We have lost touch with the sacredness of the elements of which we are made and the lessons that each has to teach us. By merging with the elements we can access the specific teachings that support our Divine purpose and our natural path of service and self-expression.

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Moving with the Cycles and Patterns of Life. Everything that exists has a beginning, middle and end. To not be aware of the natural cycles in life is to be removed from the real world. In this segment we will move into alignment with the motions and commotions of life and learn how to transform chaos into grounded clarity and appropriate action.

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Last night I was having dinner with some friends here on the BC coast and they asked me what I thought of this election fiasco going on down in the states. I told them that I felt it was very important and potentially positive as it has revealed the underbelly of the US so that real healing might take place. It’s time we focus our attention and intention on the healing, not the sickness. There is so much evidence of a shift in consciousness going on in the world today. Let’s put our concentration there and build on it! 

Every time I would say something positive, a very intelligent and articulate young man would tell me why the future I was proposing was not possible. I suggested that one outcome might be a people’s uprising (like the one Bernie Sanders has already started) and a shift towards a more egalitarian form of governance. He said that it was never going to happen and that the people in power would never let go. I reminded him that the Iroquois constitution, which was the model of the United States Constitution, was founded first on peace and freedom for all.
He went on to remind me of the monetary system, military power, climate change, over population, and all the other reasons why we are doomed to eventual Armageddon. It reminded me of my old self, an angry environmentalist pointing to the problems of the day, thinking I was helping to wake people up, when all I was doing was being annoying and driving my friends further into avoidance. It’s not that there aren’t monumental problems and issues to resolve in the world, it’s that we need to shift our focus and from disaster thinking to envisioning the solutions and what a world that works could look like. It is time to put our attention and intention on healing. 

IMG_0754It starts with healing ourselves and our relationships to each other and the web of life. Today there are 7.4 billion people living on this beautiful blue planet. What ever we observe in the outer world is a reflection of our inner world. Every worldly issue we have can be seen as a reflection of our own personal issues. There is no separation between the world and us. The wars raging out there are a reflection of our own lack of inner peace, the pollution and eco destruction, reflects our inner pollution, climate change is our living ecosystem trying to find balance and harmony. To change the world we must change our thoughts and conversations. 

Words and thoughts have the power to transform and transition us into a world that works for all life. Isn’t it time time to challenge our own thinking, speaking and relating to the world? I am reminded of something my friend and teacher, Sandra Ingerman said about the children’s phrase “abracadabra”. This powerful statement of magic is actually an ancient Aramaic phrase “Abraq ad habra” which means, “I will create as I speak.” To change the world we must change the nature of the conversations we are having with others and ourselves. 

Just because global harmony hasn’t happened, doesn’t mean it won’t. It all begins with finding our own inner harmony with the world. It is a matter of paying attention to the impact of our speaking and listening. How we listen to others shapes their reaction to themselves and us. One person does make a difference and we are a majority of One. We are the 99% that is going to bring about global change. So let’s dream together and let our dream of the future be one of peace, love and harmony. A dream that informs and guides us in how we live our lives today. 

With love and blessings,
Michael 

The Well Of Light: July Special Issue 2016:  

Special Issue: Two Free Programs That Could Change Your Life

 

The Well Of Light: July Issue 2016:  

From Completion to Manifestation

 

The Well Of Light: June Issue 2016:  

Living in Wonder: Accessing the Miraculous

 

Completion

Nature never rushes, yet everything gets done.
Donald L. Hicks

ravenEverything in the natural world has a beginning, middle and an end. All manifestation begins and ends in completion. It has always been the way of things; stars burst into being, shine and explode into a memory of light; seasons come and go in all their splendour, bodies are born, live and die, all existence is being born, unfolds and dies to be born again. Form comes into being from the void and dissolves gracefully back into nothingness. Only humans seem to try to defy the cyclical nature of natural law. It is a unique foolishness that is born of language and lives in our conversations with the world. However it is not fixed, it is entirely transformable and that transformation begins in the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and how this identity I call me interacts with others and the world. Our stories give us both our limitations and the opportunities for personal and spiritual growth. Creating a life we love begins by bringing completion to the past and the obsolete stories of our life, so that we can invent new more empowering ones from a state of pure presence and the ability to be with things as they are and as they are not. It is from this place we can manifest life from a future we invent, rather than a past we inherited.

How often have you had a great idea of what you wanted to manifest, and started on a project only to become frustrated and distracted before it even got off the ground, or got overwhelmed in the middle of a project and decided you just couldn’t do it, or you were nearing the finish line and were stopped by some obstacle you felt was insurmountable? Many of us have a trail of these unfinished plans and incomplete projects that tend to leave us disheartened and immobilized – afraid to embark on anything new, exhausted and feeling like we’re drowning in the weight of things undone!

All that we are is a result of all that we thought.
Buddha

IMG_1234The quality of our life, health and productivity is dependent on our ability to complete the events and cycles of our life! A mind cluttered and chaotic in the wake of things undone is a mind immobilized with incompletions. It leaves us buried in guilt, regret and self-doubt. There is no space for manifestation when we are over flowing with frenzied thoughts and incomplete commitments. All creation comes from nothing and follows a natural cycle to completion. To empty our busy minds we must have some way of keeping our projects, commitments and endeavours in existence. In other words we need to clear and declutter the mind, to make space for creation and manifestation.

Definition for Complete:

  1. having all necessary parts, elements, or steps <a complete house>
  2. brought to an end :  concluded <a complete period of time>
  3. fully carried out :  thorough <a complete renovation>

To be complete is to be clear on what you are going to do, and not do, and to create structures, rituals and systems that support your completing each step of the process. To accomplish the things you say you are committed to doing, you must be engaged in actions that lead from conception to a natural ending or completion in the cycle of creation, existence and dissolution. You are complete when you acknowledge and celebrate your successes and release the struggles, stories and complaints of your journey. To be complete is to be authentic and honest with our selves. It is not about, “is our project doable or possible?” Giving our selves to an undoable and impossible project can be one of the most transformative, empowering, contributing and rewarding tasks on which we can embark. The real questions is, “can we whole heartedly take on a project that may in fact take generations to fulfill and finish? Think, climate change, peace on the planet, a world without hunger or violence and restoring our ecosystems to support all life.  Even though we might not finish a project, it does not mean we have to be incomplete. So what does it mean to be complete?

Simply put, integrity as we define it provides access to incredible increases in performance – in whatever performance you are interested in –  as well as the personal peace and self-confidence that comes from being a well-integrated person.
Michael Jensen, Texas A&M University

IMG_1256If we honor our word as our self and recognize the power inherent in operating with integrity (see integrity article by Werner Erhard and Michael Jensen http://www.wernererhard.com/integrity_paper.html) we can reclaim our true power to access the miraculous. We recognize that, in our word we have the power to be complete with all which is still unfinished. To be complete is to declare ourselves complete! The question is, can we let go of our stories and complaints of “not being enough, it’s not my fault, conditions changed, it’s unreasonable, someone did it to me…” to actually recognize ourselves as the author and creator of our own life? Inside of that commitment to honouring our word as our self, we call in all manner of unseen forces and resources from the invisible realms to support and guide us on our way! This is the true path of shamanism, to know ourselves as co-creators of our world! Manifestation starts with focus and intention, endures with commitment and unreasonableness, and is released with gratitude and grace. There is a natural aesthetic and beauty to being whole and complete. The realm of completion is congruent with wholeness. Wholeness recognizes and embraces the perfection of each moment, as it is, in it’s entirety.

Manifestation

The truth is that we are always manifesting. Every thought, word and action creates a world. The problem is that most of our manifestations come from our identity, which is little more than a projection from our past.  If we focus on what we value and appreciate it grows and appreciates. If we focus on what we lack or what’s wrong, we call that into existence. It’s really that simple. Some discomfort and resistance will, usually accompany bringing something new into existence. That’s how you know you are birthing something new into the world. You have labour pains! It’s as natural to growth as discomfort is to birth.

Definition of Manifestation

  1. The act, process, or instance of manifesting
  2. A perceptible, outward, or visible expression
  3. An indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something
  4. A public demonstration of power and purpose

True manifestation is a process of shapeshifting from one energy to another. We see ourselves one way, then with focus and intention we experience our selves in a different energy. In the transition we act, interact and communicate from the new expanded or transformed view of ourselves until the new way of being in and of the world has been transformed and the world mirrors back to us this transformed state of being.

Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity,
you can be virtually anybody.
Zeena Schreck

IMG_20160602_211927_01Intentional manifestation is an act of will. It is our birthright and our destiny to be co-creators with the spirit that lives in all things. The more we recognize our profound interconnection with the web of life, the more we can draw on that energy and co create with spirit, the life and world we want to dream into existence. We are moving from a contracting world of control and habit to an expanding worldview of peace, possibility and prosperity. To know yourself as God, the author of life, is very humbling because you see the vastness of our opportunity to bring forth heaven on earth, even in the darkest of times. Thank you for your partnership in the task of bringing forth a world that works for all life and the children of future generations.

It is an honour to see you in your radiant brilliance! Thank you for sharing your light with the world.

with love and blessings,

michael

Every thought we think is creating our future.
Louise L Hay

June Newsletter

Living in Wonder: Accessing the Miraculous

What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world.
G.K. Chesterton

ravenThe other day I was talking to a friend of mine about a program I thought would really benefit a friend of hers. She said, “Oh no, he’ll never do that, I know him, he’s just not that kind of a person.” It’s amazing how often we shut the doors of possibility for ourselves, our relationships and the people we care about by thinking we know them and filtering our comments, offerings and actions towards them from our projections about them, rather than opening ourselves up to and seeing new possibilities and horizons for the people we encounter in our lives, especially the ones that are closest to us!

When my closest aunt got Alzheimer’s it was a really a challenging time for me as she was my most beloved family member. She really taught me something about wonder! I just never knew what was going to come out of her mouth. I found myself falling out of my 50 years of knowing someone into a place of wonder and curiosity and loved our final days together. One day at the dinner table, in our quite proper family household, she blurted out “You know the good thing about Alzheimer’s?” (In my family it was just “inappropriate” to talk about death, disease or money at the dinner table) I said “no, what is the good thing about Alzheimer’s?” Her jovial response was “You meet new people every day!” Unfortunately, I was the only one laughing, which was appropriate since I was seen as the black sheep of the family (at least that’s how it seemed to me). What if we brought a sense of childlike wonder and not knowing to all of our relationships? How could that open up the world of the miraculous?

When you don’t cover up the world with words and labels,  a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought.
Eckhart Tolle


638One of the problems of knowing and naming is that it limits the potential possibilities unclaimed in the person that has been named. It robs them of the relative potential to expand their capacity because the way we listen to them is like a social harness that keeps them and us from discovering new ways of being. When we reclaim our childlike sense of wonder, awe and curiosity the world becomes a miraculous habitat for self-expression, creativity and connecting to the sacred. When Jesus said,
I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven; I don’t think he was talking about that mythical place in the sky that you can only access by following the patriarchal doctrines of the church. For me his words mean, when we look from a place of wonder we see the numinous world of miracles that connects us with all life.

635How do we get ourselves into a state of wonder? I suggest we practice dreaming the impossible, like the queen in Alice and Wonderland, and train ourselves to be astonished by the beauty surrounding us.  Can we be surprised out of our own fixed and tranquilized perceptions that have solidified and doomed our current experiences to mere stories adopted from the remembered past? The miraculous only lives in the present. It doesn’t have a past because it is unfolding moment to moment like the expanding universe in which we find ourselves wondering. I wonder what life would look like if we lived inside questions like: I wonder who I am? Who could I be? Who are you? How does the invisible world effect the visible? I wonder, if you the reader, can go beyond your strongly held beliefs and static perceptions to wonder yourself into living a life you love and a recognition that the world is fixed only because we have become fixated on what we know rather that what is possible in not knowing?

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
Stephen Hawking

IMG_20160602_211927_01Cultivating a sense of wonder leads us into the very mystery of existence, into the miraculous. I invite you to throw off the constraints of your remembered past and live with a searching eye and heart towards the miraculous. If you look you will find that we are surrounded by miracles. Starting with ourselves, just the fact that you can hear, or see, touch and love. Don’t these things fall into the category of miracles? You just have to look from a place of wonder to see all that is wonder full.

I invite you this month to make wonder a practice and let it lead you into the mystery of being itself. Who would you be if you committed yourself to not knowing, but wondering? IMG_20160602_211939_01Thanks so much for participating in this inquiry. I invite you to write and let us know what discoveries unfold in the wake of wonder.

With love and blessings,

michael

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein

The Well Of Light: May Issue 2016:  

Language, Beauty & Evolution

 

 

Language, Beauty & Evolution

Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future…
but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that
clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
Helen Keller

ravenAt the age of 19 months an illness left Helen Keller blind and deaf, lost in a dark and soundless world. How then did she become a prolific writer (12 books and numerous articles), tireless advocate for economic justice, activist for the rights of women and people with disabilities, respected lecturer, world traveler (she visited 39 countries), Oscar winner (1955) and student of foreign languages (she studied Latin, Greek, French, German)? It all began with a word! The moment she discovered the word water, a vast and beautiful world opened up for her and that word not only changed her world, it changed ours as well.

Here is what her teacher, Ann Sullivan wrote on that fateful day when a world of color, beauty and heart emerged from the dark catacombs of isolation for young Helen: …We went out to the pump-house, and I made Helen hold her mug under the spout while I pumped. As the cold water gushed forth, filling the mug, I spelled “”w-a-t-e-r”” in Helen’s free hand. The word coming so close upon the sensation of cold water rushing over her hand seemed to startle her. She dropped the mug and stood as one transfixed. A new light came into her face. She spelled “water” several times. Then she dropped on the ground and asked for its name and pointed to the pump and the trellis, and suddenly turning round she asked for my name. I spelled ”Teacher.”

Helen_Keller13P.S. …Helen got up this morning like a radiant fairy. She has flitted from object to object, asking the name of everything and kissing me for very gladness. Last night when I got in bed, she stole into my arms of her own accord and kissed me for the first time, and I thought my heart would burst, so full was it of joy.  How is it that one word can bring forth a world of connection, splendour, hope, love, creativity, color, peace, contribution and immense joy – and yet another word can lead to separation, ugliness, resignation, hate, alienation, war and destruction? I would like to explore the connection between beauty, truth and evolution with you in this month’s column.

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Our lanIMG_0866guage shapes how we meet the world and the world we live in is the one that lives in the stories we tell. If you want to know why your life is the way it is, just observe what you are speaking and listening into existence. Our actions live inside the language and words we use. We believe that there is a world “out there” and somehow the image of the outer world meets our retina or eardrum and produces an accurate representation of what we are seeing and hearing. But, it is not so. The world that we experience in our consciousness is not the “real world”, whatever that is, although it does constitute our reality. The real world for us is the story that we live inside of, which is constantly shaping our actions, interactions and perceptions. While my world has similarities to yours, it has more to do with our cultural brain development than objective reality. We live inside a model of the world that is literally created by our brain, and shaped by the stories we hear and tell. Each of us has a different perspective on the world and therefore a different reality.

It’s our ability to interact somewhat reliably with the world that causes us to believe it’s real. We can never know for sure, but our brain tends to treat beliefs as if they are 100% true, until we discover to our surprise, that we’re wrong. Our stories about others and ourselves are also not real, they are fabrications based on our experience, beliefs, assumptions and what we have been told or heard from others. How then is one to know truth?

We are made immortal, by the contemplation of beauty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

IMG_0822As I grow older I find great solace in experiencing truth in beauty. It is a truth that, while I am still immersed in the world of language, seems to transcend my story and leave me in a deep and abiding sense of presence and stillness. I am not talking about the glamor and glitz of the jet set, high fashion, man made, diamond studded, wall street consumer oriented beauty. I am talking about the beauty that stops you in your tracks and takes your breath away. The beauty that opens your heart and connects you with the natural world and the web of life; a sunrise over still waters mist rising to greet the day, a certain tree you meet in the forest when the light streams in through its branches, or the birth of a newborn baby… there is so much beauty in the world!

Kalon is a word in Greek, which means both “good” and “beautiful” at the same time. We don’t have a word like this in our culture, which seems to have lost it’s relationship to beauty and I would suggest to goodness. We so often tend to focus on all the ugliness and negative things that are happening in the world and get caught up in awfulizing, which is really just another story. True beauty has the power to bring us into the present moment, beyond our beliefs and stories of good and bad. Beauty reminds us of the goodness in the world. It points to an order, a perfection, a virtuousness and a knowing that there is an evolutionary force that moves towards the good and the beautiful. It fills a hunger that is so missing in our culture and our times.

The human soul is hungry for beauty… When we experience the Beautiful,
there is a sense of homecoming.
John O’Donahue

What if we bIMG_0893egan to shift, at least some portion of our day, to exploring our relationship to goodness and beauty. To begin to meet the world with a greater sense of wonder, awe and reverence. How would the story of our lives change if we were scanning our world for beauty and goodness? Starting within ourselves! What beauty can we discover within, what goodness? Can we bring a sense of wonder and curiosity to exploring the magic of just being here in this body on this abundant planet in this vastly expanding universe? How much of our day is caught up in ugliness, listening to the news, worrying about how our life is going to turn out, withholding our goodness in fear of lack, being a victim of our past?

There is an order and aesthetic to everything. To recognize it, experience it and open to the inherent beauty of being alive, is to find ourselves at home in the majesty of the universe. This requires stepping out of our mostly self-debasing stories of inadequacy, doubt and lack. This is how we become one with the force of evolution itself. When we find the beauty within ourselves we give permission to others to experience their own radiance, to open and flower in the shining of our reflected light. Seeing the beauty around us means that there is more beauty in the world. We evolve towards what we see and experience which shapes the stories that creates our future…

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
T.S. Eliot

I invite our readers this month to schedule time in your busy schedule to immerse yourself in beauty, what ever that means to you. It is there that we can discover together our own goodness, step out of our old story and into the presence of our own loveliness, and belonging. Beauty and goodness are calling forth a new voice, a new level of gratitude for the miraculous unfolding of our world…

With love and blessings,
michael

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and
the whole of nature in its beauty.
Albert Einstein

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The Well Of Light: April Issue 2016:  

The Well of Light: April Issue 2016

 

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