Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Star Wolf on Conversations LIVE Radio, Dec 29, 8 pm Eastern

Don't miss Star Wolf discussing Visionary Shamanism on Thursday, Dec 29 at 8 pm Eastern with host Cyrus Webb on Conversations LIVE  - an interactive radio show for those interested in arts, entertainment and current events to discuss whatever unites them in life.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Surving Family Conflict During the Holidays

Will Hall interviewed Shamanic Breathwork facilitators Jen Gouvea and Kent Bye on KBOO FM 8-9am Talk Radio call-in show, with the topic "Surviving Family Conflict during the Holiday Season." They took phone-in calls and gave ideas about how to deal with family difficulties in a time that's stressful for many people. We think they should start their own radio show! 
Check it out:
http://engagedheart.com/sites/default/files/TalkRadioWillHallJenGouveaKentBye12-9-2011.mp3

Jen is teaching an on-line Flower Essences class for Venus Rising University in early 2012.  Contact her for details:  jen@engagedheart.com

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Star Wolf on Strategies for Living, Thurs Dec 22 at 11 am Central

Don't miss Star Wolf discussing Visionary Shamanism with family therapist, David McMillan, on Strategies for Living - a nationally broadcast daily podcast dedicated to helping listeners improve their quality of living in body, mind and spirit. The daily podcasts are posted HERE by 11 am Central Standard Time.  

McMillan has interviewed hundreds of spiritual teachers and thought leaders such as: 
  • Dr. Wayne Dyer
  • Dr. Bruce Lipton
  • Dr. David Hawkins
  • Neale Donald Walsch
  • Byron Katie
  • Dan Millman
  • Dr. Judith Orloff 
  • and many more.

Friday, December 16, 2011

FREE Event Tonite - Star Wolf at Golden Word in Sedona at 6 pm

Star Wolf will give a FREE Visionary Shamanism author talk, guided journey and book signing tonight at Golden Word Books and Music at 6 pm.

Golden Word Books and Music

1575 West Highway 89A, Suite D
Sedona AZ 86336
Ph (800) 248-4405
 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A message from Leonard Orr, founder of Rebirthing Breathwork

Dear Shamanic Soul Friends, We were delighted to award an honorary degree to Leonard Orr, creator of Rebirthing Breathwork, at our Venus Rising University graduation ceremony on November 27, 2011.  We hope you will enjoy this piece that Leonard recently wrote and shared with us. Thank you, Leonard, for being a guiding Light in the world!



The Feminine and the Masculine
By Leonard D. Orr

The feminine principle is the Infinite, Eternal Energy.
The masculine principle is the Mind - Thinking.
When the thought impregnates the energy, a child or reality is created.
Energy becomes what it thinks about.
The feminine is energy, infinite being, spirit, substance, or life source. The masculine is the rational faculty, thoughts, ideas, or inspirations.

The masculine moves the feminine into action, but the feminine supplies the power. The feminine is the passive power, the masculine is the active power. They work together and support each other. Both men and women have both of these principles inside of them. We each have to learn an appropriate balance.

The divine feminine is the space between our thoughts. It is this being that is sourcing and doing the thinking. But the energy doesn't do anything, until thought moves it. Energy is evenly distributed throughout time and space. Thought gives it shape and action. And it is this energy that gives substance to the reality created by thought. However, this Space between our thoughts is not nothing, It is the Presence, it is feeling Itself, the Source of all feelings. When our pure feeling is not colored by thoughts, it is all the Divine feelings of bliss, wisdom, love, peace, beauty, and all the goodness.

The basic function of the mind is to create, maintain, manage, and destroy what it has created, when the creation becomes obsolete or undesirable. The mind can make mistakes, the energy cannot. The energy is naked power, it always says yes. It always supplies the substance for whatever thoughts are chosen to be materialized. The mind is the most dangerous thing in the universe.

The universe is often thought of as the Divine Mother in action. It is the Feminine which maintains the reality of materialized form when the mind forgets about it. The name of this aspect of the mother is Maha Maya. All created reality can be uncreated. Theoretically, it is temporary. However, its duration is not necessarily determined by its level of intelligence. Stones for example, may endure longer than humans. Or we may ask, do stones have more intelligence than some people? Maha Maya is also refered to as the Divine Mother. Her Shakti supports the universe. Therefore, the Feminine is the Source and the Form. The masculine is only the mind- the in between. But this mediator directs the show, the mind decides what is to be created and destroyed.

Repetition and conscious reasoning is the creative process. Each repetition gathers more and more energy and each time it is thought, more thoughts are added to it until a structure of thought and energy is strong enough to materialize into form that stays there when we are no longer thinking about it. This is the nature of the creative process. These forms that energy created out of itself, infinite eternal energy, have a tendency to last forever until they are unthought. This is called karma, cause and effect. This is the ultimate science. And it appears that some created things can disappear through neglect. This may mean if we can hang out in the Space between our thoughts long enough, maybe all our problems might disappear. However, multiple deaths don't seem to be enough for our soul to lose its karma. We have to be conscious and responsible for what we have created. Obviously, it is best to stay conscious of what we are thinking all the time and thus keep life simple.

This is the victory and the problem of the soul. We tend to be stuck with our thoughts until we erase them or transform them. We have to live with our creations until we uncreate them. Each thought can create only in relation to every other thought that we have. Thoughts may conflict or neutralize each other until we harmonize and integrate all of our thinking. Then our mind and energy can work together in full power. Sometimes called concentration.
This is the job of meditation. We have to carefully evaluate and judge the value of each thought as it passes through our consciousness. We have to evaluate and choose. We have to be careful what we create. When we keep our thoughts in harmony with our divine nature - truth, love, simplicity, beauty, wisdom, joy, peace, harmony, creativity, self-control, patience, etc, sooner or later we will be the total masters of our personal reality. And the quality of life we have will be worth living forever.

The divine feminine and physical immortality.
Single women live longer than married women. Married men live longer than single men. This is just one of the practical results of the value of the divine feminine. But this simple statistic reveals something else. Conscious immortality comes from the purification of the mind. Menstruation in women is the basic purification method built into the human species. Menstruating young women keep the human race alive by purifying their energy and through love - conscious or unconscious love - process the negative energy of the people in their environment.
When they become conscious of this and develop a full consciousness of the idea of their energy body and how to keep it clean, it is easy for them to become immortal. The blood is the unity of earth, air, water, and fire. Menstruation is the symbol of the basic practices of spiritual purification with earth, air, water, and fire. When the human energy body is daily or frequently exposed to these practices, it can sustain the physical body in health and youthfulness forever.  Menstruation is a gift of the Divine Mother God to women for perpetual happiness, and women have 30 or more years to figure out its meaning. And when they discover that the practices with earth, air, water, and fire not only make them more healthy, energetic, intelligent, powerful, beautiful, and alive, but make menstruation easier, they can become more consciously divine.

Conscious fire purification with fasting and solitude can give women total power over their body shape. Maintaining the disciplines with earth, air, water, and fire makes women not only powerful and beautiful, but caused them to shine with the Divine Light. The presence and light and healing power of spiritually purified women is a blessing and inspiration to everyone who sees them and has the opportunity to be with them. Women who practice spiritual purification consciously as well as unconsciously through menstruation have a double power. Men are attracted to them like bees to honey, and other women like being around them also.

The feminine aspect of earth is that although we may actively choose what we eat, it is the feminine aspect that digests and makes use of this food and turns it back into Divine Energy from which is came. Exercise may also be active, but the results are largely determined by our somewhat passive Divine Energy.

When we are relaxing in the bathtub, the feminine quality of the water is doing all the work of purification.
Even when we are breathing, it is the Divine Energy that is doing all the work, without much help from the mind.
Fire also does the work when we are relaxing in its presence. The more feminine the mind becomes in the presence of the fire, the greater the results.

Therefore, spiritual purification is primarily a feminine work. We have to relax and receive and allow the elements to do most of the cleaning work that brings us back into the joy of life and our Divine Source and bliss. Earth, air, water, and fire are the eternal vehicles of grace and renewal and beauty. They are the physical qualities of the Divine Mother-Mother Nature.

While the mind is thinking fifty thousand thoughts per day, the Divine Mother in the body is thinking millions of thoughts every second to keep the body together and functioning successfully.
Therefore, the Source and the Universe may be primarily Feminine, and the mediator of these two realities is the Masculine Mind. The Masculine Mind may be the director and the actor, but the Feminine Energy is the Source, the Power, and the Sustainer of all of our realities.

We are the eternal interaction of the Mother - Father God.

 Om Namaha Shivaiya

Thursday, December 8, 2011

FREE EVENT Star Wolf at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ TONIGHT

FREE EVENT - Star Wolf will be discussing Visionary Shamanism and leading a guided journey tonight at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ at 7 pm.


Thursday, December 8th, 7 – 9 pm
Visionary Shamanism:
FREE Author Talk & Guided Journey with Linda Star Wolf
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
Ph:  480-730-0205

Star Wolf on TV Friday morning!

Don't miss Star Wolf's TV interview tomorrow morning, Friday, December 9, at 8 am Mountain Time on AZTV's Morning Scramble.
Click HERE to stream it LIVE. 
(That's 7 am Pacific, 9 am Central, 10 am Eastern)

If you don't have Silverlight already in your computer, you may need to download it - and they have a link for that on the AZTV website.  

Star Wolf's AZ events start tonight!
FREE book signing and guided journey
Changing Hands Bookstore at 7 pm
6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283

Visionary Shamanism Workshop this weekend!
December 9 - 11
at the Sanctuary at Sedona

Friday, December 2, 2011


Visionary Shamanism: 
Birthing a New Future for Our Planet
with Linda Star Wolf
Author talks & guided journeys 
 
Tempe, AZ
December 8th, 7 – 9 pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
6428 S McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85283
Ph:  480-730-0205

Sedona, AZ
December 16, 6 - 8 pm
Golden Word Books and Music
1575 West Highway 89A, Suite D
Sedona AZ 86336
Ph (800) 248-4405


Venus Rising Association for Transformation is a 501c3 non-profit

Thursday, December 1, 2011

At the Still Point . . . You Need to Breathe, by John Deakyne

 http://sedonawordsmith.blogspot.com/

We all have those moments when we feel deeply contented, at peace, and comfortable in our own skin . . . for no apparent reason except that, without thinking, we know in our bones that everything is alright . . . just as it is. 

They are moments that when we try to figure them out, or try to grasp them, they fly like fleeting gossamer dreams.
 This is the sacred instant when we are practicing perfect self-love, opening to the constant supply of affirmation that is pouring out upon us.  If we rest in the stillness of these times we can extend them indefinitely.  We find this “still-point” when we rest in the truth of our connection to everybody and to everything.  We often have this experience when we are out on the land, feeling the dirt beneath our feet and the sky gracing our brow.

The Genesis story says that, in the beginning, we were fashioned by the Divine from the clay of the earth, and I imagine the clay was red in color.  It is said that this great creative force made us in the image of him and her-self.  The Old Testament uses the plural:  “we” formed them, “man and woman” in our image, as if our source has always unashamedly embraced the force and power of the masculine and the creativity and nurturing of the feminine.

This clay, this dirt from which we are made (with the help of a little holy spittle) was once a part of a star.  We know that light is born out of darkness; darkness comes first and it is all God – there is only God.  Scientists agree that our Universe began with a “big bang” and this chunk of rock called Earth was thrown into place.  So this dirt was once stardust and that means we are also made of stardust.

So we are intimately connected to the planet; we belong here; we are here on purpose; and perhaps our most important “reason to be” consists of remembering why we are here.  What did we come here for?  When we sometimes feel like “strangers in a strange land” we are aware of our connection to the stars, but have forgotten our profound connection to the earth.  We arrive at the still-point when we know it is not “either – or”; it is “both – and”.  

Our feelings of discontent are often the catalyst for our healing; our remembering.  I want to say that our soul-self is always at peace with our “place in the universe”, but our human-self is often uncomfortable because we may have a constant nagging feeling that we do not belong here.  It is not enough to bring this understanding into our human mind; we must bring this deep knowing into our blood and our bones.  This is why we journey:  to bring many of the things we have known forever with our minds into a body-felt knowing; a visceral understanding.  

In this season of gratitude I am thankful to be hiding out in Portales, New Mexico with my dear friends and soul-family.  I am repeatedly impressed with this unlikely place of portals, this place of doorways, out here on the edge of the prairie, home to dairy farms and acres of peanuts.  Many are taken by what is missing, like trees and hills.  Many do not notice the great expanse of sky that invites us to celebrate our relationship with that living breathing blanket over our heads.

I am thankful for the amazing group of seekers that showed up last Saturday to experience Shamanic Breathwork™ Journeying.  We had eighteen on the floor (mostly breathwork virgins) and Anne and me walking the floor; holding sacred space.  I guess I am constantly surprised how folks keep showing up to do their inner-work, to find a deeper understanding; to experience that illusive still-point and to begin to step into the reason they were born.

I will be returning to Sedona to repeat this workshop for our “First Saturday” gathering on December 3rd.  I am impatient to share this transformative experience with my soul-family there, and I am incredulous that any of my friends and associates have so far resisted my constant harping, “YOU NEED TO BREATHE!”  

My wish for you at Thanksgiving is to recall those moments when, for no apparent reason, you knew that everything was alright.  That feeling is your birthright as sons and daughters of the earth; as sons and daughters of the stars.

John Deakyne is a Shamanic Minister, Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator and congregation leader with Venus Rising.  Click HERE to read his blog.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Visionary Shamanism Events in AZ, Dec 8 - 16

Visionary Shamanism Workshop
with Linda Star Wolf 
and Brad Collins
Friday Dec. 9, 7:30 pm – Sunday Dec. 11, 4 pm
at the Sanctuary at Sedona
www.sanctuary.net
Click HERE for details.


Venus Rising Association for Transformation is a 501c3 non-profit
 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

THRIVE: The Story is Wrong but the Spirit is Right by Charles Eisenstein

Click HERE to visit Charles Eisenstein's blog:

“What is keeping us from thriving?” asks the new movie, Thrive. The answer it gives is “the global elite,” the people who control the financial system that in turn controls everything else. Operating through the power institutions of our society, this elite pursues a conscious agenda of total world dominance, purposely suppressing anything that would disrupt their power: from clean energy to alternative cancer cures.

This answer might serve to give expression to feelings of rage, hate, grief, and indignation that otherwise, in a world where the wrongness is so ubiquitous as to seem woven into the fabric of reality itself, would turn inward. Ultimately, though, this answer feeds the mentality of control that is a much deeper culprit in humanity’s failure to thrive.

To put primary blame on the global elite says that the primary problem is not the system; it is the masters of the system. If only they were not such awful, greedy – in a word, evil – people, they would relent and create a new system. Certainly that’s what you and I would do if we were in a position of power – right? Because we, unlike they, are decent people. In other words, the culprit for the planet’s woes is evil, which implies that the solution is to somehow defeat or eliminate evil (though to its credit, Thrive advocates non-violent means to accomplish this.)

The quest to create a better world through conquering evil lies at the heart of civilization as we know it. Originating in the earliest agricultural civilizations, the concept of evil first applied to weeds, wolves, locusts, hail storms, and other natural phenomena that were, before agriculture, merely parts of an interdependent whole, and not the enemies of mankind.

In the ensuing millennia, the War Against Evil developed in tandem with technology and religion. The conquest of nature extended into the internal realms and became a struggle for self-mastery, self-control, and the transcendence of the flesh. It extended into the social realm as programs of social engineering that sought to eliminate evil on a mass scale. Taken to its extreme, it took the form of purges, pogroms, ethnic cleansing, Nazism, Stalinism, Maoism. In other words, the elimination of evil lends itself to the very same dominator mindset that is part of the problem.

Thrive advocates peaceful non-compliance with the institutions of domination, except in cases of “self-defense”. But when you see an enemy implacably bound to enslave you or murder you, the line between defense and offense blurs. What war of aggression in the last hundred years has not been justified as a kind of self-defense? The Indians are scalping innocent settlers! The North Vietnamese communists attacked our ships in the Gulf of Tonkin! Remember the Lusitania! The terrorist regime is producing weapons of mass destruction!

That is not to say that there aren’t powerful people in the world that do tremendous damage, or that these people should not be held to account. These people, however, are produced and given power by a system that runs deeper than anyone’s capacity to design. It is a system that has taken on a life of its own, a system that includes even the film’s favorite targets – the Rockefellers and Rothschilds – among its thralls. The money system – born of interest-bearing debt and generating separation and exponential growth – is at its core, but even the money system rests on a deeper foundation. It rests on our civilization’s defining myths: scarcity, reductionism, determinism, dualism, separation. But as the filmmaker must know, these stories have run their course, and so has the world built atop them.

The money system and its underlying mythology necessitate the roles that the power elite fill. Remove those people without changing the underlying beliefs, and new tyrants will rise to take their place. However strong our idealism, do we imagine that our revolution against evil will produce results any better than the French Revolutionaries or the Bolsheviks did? The War against Evil never ends, because it generates a limitless supply of new enemies, progeny of its own shadow.

Perhaps there was a conscious conspiracy to suppress free energy devices, alternative cancer therapies, and so forth, or maybe it was an unconscious conspiracy comprising the agents of the status quo whose careers and intellectual paradigms these technologies violate. In either case, the suppression is decreasingly effective, as the guardians and executors of the system struggle just to keep it going a couple years longer. The analogy to control-based technologies of agriculture or medicine is quite precise. You can suppress each new pesticide-resistant weed with a new chemical, but eventually the consequences of chemical agriculture pile up faster than you can invent new technological fixes to deal with them. It works great at first and yields rise significantly with very little effort, but eventually huge chemical input is needed even to break even. In medicine, you can suppress with a pharmaceutical drug the symptoms caused by the last pharmaceutical drug, but eventually the patient is on twenty medications and getting no better; synergistic side effects proliferate and the patient rapidly deteriorates. Such is the inevitable end game for any program of control. The illusion of control can only be maintained temporarily, and at ever greater cost.

If there ever was an Illuminati orchestrating world events, it has lost control. Today, the atmosphere among the financial elite fluctuates between panic and resignation. They cannot be bothered to suppress films like Thrive, like What on Earth, like Moon Rising, magazines like Infinite Energy, and all the information freely available on the Internet that is accelerating the shift of consciousness away from separation and scarcity.

The ground has already begun to shift, and that shift will accelerate as the “old normal” falls apart. It has fallen apart in many ways already, yet its afterimage lingers. The supermarkets are still full of food, the malls full of shoppers, the highways full of cars, and the ATM’s full of cash. The last-ditch strategy of the financial elite, “extend and pretend”, applies to our entire society. It is still possible to pretend that the world of our parents will be the world of our children, and to extend its lifestyle a few more years. But that pretense is wearing thin.

Despite this criticism, I would say that Thrive gets the story wrong but the spirit right. The dominator model is not an evil to overcome, but rather an evolutionary stage that has reached its fulfillment and is giving way to something new. Toward the end, the film touches on this understanding through the words of Elisabet Sahtouris, who likens the present historical moment to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, or to the transition of an ecosystem from headlong growth in its immature state, to symbiotic homeostasis in its mature state. I wish the film had given her greater voice, and developed the idea that the power elite are not reprehensible villains, but players of a role soon to become obsolete. This would be an attitude of forgiveness and invitation. After all, the rewards of the rich, whether measured in money or political power, do little to further their authentic happiness. The rest of us, having not attained the pinnacle of success, can at least tell ourselves that our angst would be relieved if only we reached the top of the ladder. The power elite have no such anodyne to assuage the desolation of life at the top. The system, in other words, isn’t working for them either. We want to invite the 1% into a world that is better for everyone.

The film argues that if only we threw off the yoke of the tyrannical Illuminati, we would live in a magnificent, abundant, peaceful world. For example, it says, the deliberate suppression of “free energy” technology would end. Again, the film gets the story wrong but the spirit right. I won’t consider here the scientific plausibility of such technology, which appears to violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics, but will rather address the film’s contention that the main reason for the misery of the Third World masses is lack of access to energy, and that unlimited clean energy would be a near-panacea for humanity’s problems and would usher in an era of abundance. The story here – call it “technological utopianism” – is that technology is going to rescue us, create a new and better world, and solve our problems. We have heard this story many times before, starting with the steam engine, and proceeding through electricity, chemicals, atomic energy, computers, economics and political science, nanotechnology… each invention promised an age of leisure, freedom from disease, social perfection, and other wonders; two hundred years later, none of these promises has been redeemed. We work longer hours than in 1973 and, by many measures, are sicker and unhappier than a primitive tribesperson or peasant.

Why has the promise of technology never been redeemed? If not an evil illuminati consciously suppressing or co-opting the technologies of abundance, what has kept us in a state of scarcity and extreme inequality? If we don’t address the reason at its root, and instead blame it on evil people, we will never redeem the promise either.

The truth is that without a change in our consciousness and in the social systems built on our consciousness, no technology will be any more successful than any of those I just listed in bringing peace and prosperity to all people on earth. Indeed, such a vision, and the technologies that are part of it, seem “too good to be true” to someone accustomed to scarcity and habituated to the responses to scarcity: domination, control, struggle against each other and against nature. When this mindset changes, no new technology is even necessary. We already have, and always have had, potential abundance at our fingertips. The scarcity that so many experience today is not the result of any fundamental lack, but rather of the maldistribution of political power and resources. What kind of abundance would we have if we didn’t spend trillions of dollars on wars, guns, non-recyclable packaging, sprawling suburbs, automobile culture, consumer junk, transcontinental food, unnecessary pharmaceuticals, and every other form of waste that contributes nothing to human happiness? In one way or another, all of these things are the end products of a civilization built on separation.

A world of justice and abundance doesn’t depend on any new technology, yet it is also true that new kinds of technology will emerge from a different kind of consciousness. The shift of consciousness of which I speak is from separation to oneness; from being to “interbeing”; from a discrete and separate self in an external objective universe, to an integral part that contains the whole. The new self seeks less to dominate than to cocreate, less to control than to share. It knows that the whole universe is as alive and as conscious as oneself. From that perspective, technologies that do no harm to other beings come naturally; from this perspective, it seems as a matter of course that the universe wants to freely provide what we need, rather than requiring us to wrest it from an indifferent or hostile environment. Thus we have a paradox: we do not need new technology to enjoy abundance; yet, the shift of perception that is necessary to enjoy abundance will also bring forth new technology. Or we might say that free energy technology will be a symptom that our consciousness has shifted, or perhaps an instrument for the actualization of abundance consciousness in material reality. The filmmaker understands that on some level. The spirit coming through is this: a more beautiful world is possible, right in front of our faces, waiting only for us to accept it. It is a spirit of vast possibility readily available.

Because it carries this spirit, the film has attracted a cult following despite its disjointed editing, repetitiveness, and the narrator’s frequent resort to “I believe,” and “I am firmly convinced” in place of actual evidence or arguments. Indeed, at times it seems that the film wants to be about Foster Gamble’s personal journey to radicalism and hope. Despite its flaws, in its invocation of evil and in its appeal to technological salvation, Thrive arouses our conviction that the world isn’t supposed to be this way, and that a much better world is closer than we dare think. Even if it wrongly ascribes the source of the problem and misidentifies the essence of the solution, still it will stimulate people to deepen their questioning of the boundaries of consensus reality. This is a good thing. Once the questioning starts, it will not stop until we arrive at a new story aligned with the spirit being born today.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Make Gratitude Your Main Dish, by Nita Gage

This Thanksgiving, Make Gratitude Your Main Dish

And Life Will Become the Dessert
by Nita Gage inspired by Lee Lipsenthal’s book

Enjoy Every Sandwich:  Living Each Day as Though it Were Your Last

“The daily practice of gratitude shifts your focus onto the parts of life that you appreciate. You still see and manage the difficult areas of your life, but your emotional focus shifts to gratefulness.  When we practice each day, life becomes sweet regardless of our life circumstances.”
–Lee Lipsenthal, MD

            After he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, Dr. Lee Lipsenthal wrote Enjoy Every Sandwich to inspire others to live joyously. His life’s mission was to help people find purpose and peace in their lives, and his profound ability to embrace his mortality and live life fully even while facing death was possible because of his capacity for gratitude. Dr. Lipsenthal knew that gratitude can be developed and strengthened by anyone seeking a more fulfilling and joyful life, and he spent his life teaching gratitude as a practice that leads to mastery and happiness. It was a principle he remained devoted to until he passed away in September of this year, just a month before his book was published.
           
Dr. Lipsenthal always loved a great meal, but he knew that what really draws us to the table is our love for one another. And because of that, Thanksgiving Day is a perfect time to kick-start a gratitude practice and to make it a tradition every year with your family and loved ones.
On Thanksgiving Day, before starting the meal, invite everyone to close their eyes and, for a few moments, breathe slowly and gently while sending thoughts of love and appreciation from their heart to everyone at the table.  Then have them expand the reach of those thoughts to send love and appreciation to one or more people in their life who aren’t at the table. Ask them to gradually widen the size of that circle of love until they are sending love and appreciation to everyone on the planet. 
For a fun and enlivening experience, go around the table and ask everyone to name something they are grateful for. Encourage people to think of things that aren’t so obvious, something that will be a surprise to the others at the table.  Gratitude is the gravy that makes everything taste better, but Thanksgiving shouldn’t be the only time we think about the many things we’re thankful for in our lives. We should work to make every day a thanksgiving day. When you make gratitude a daily practice, it’s something that gets easier with time until it is second nature. Here are some simple ways to develop your capacity for gratitude:

·      Begin with Gratitude. In Enjoy Every Sandwich, Dr. Lipsenthal wrote, “If I looked for fun, joy and playfulness, I would find fun, joy and playfulness. If I looked for trouble, stress and heartache, that was what I would find.” Adjusting your mind-set changes what you see, so it’s important to begin the day in the right frame of mind. To do so, start your day with this simple exercise: Think about or picture someone you love. Now, close your eyes and slow your breathing by letting the air fill your lungs completely, and gently exhale slower than you inhaled. As you do this, imagine you are sending love and appreciation to that person. Doing this not only fills you with a sense of peace and gratitude, but it also has a positive effect on your heart rate and your ability to think clearly. It’s a feeling that will stay with you the rest of the day.

·      End with Gratitude In Enjoy Every Sandwich, Dr. Lipsenthal wrote, “I found that if each night I wrote down… three things that I was grateful for, each day was filled with more fun and joy.  Fear and anxiety began to fade.”  Every day towards the end of your day, write down three things for which you are grateful. Some days you will find yourself stretching to be grateful for anything, and on those days, it’s most important to do the practice. The list may consist of everything from small things like “I am grateful for my slippers” or “I am grateful for the sandwich I just ate” to gratitude for the fundamentals in life, such as friends, family, health.

·      Practice Expressing Gratitude Tell at least one person a day how much you appreciate them. At first, it may seem artificial. That’s okay; it is a practice. Eventually, you will notice that you always mean it when you say it.

·      Spontaneously Respond to a Sense of Gratitude: Dr. Lipsenthal taught the practice of taking the time to contact with friends and love ones for the explicit purpose of thanking them for being in your life. Something nice someone did for you may spontaneously pop into your head, or something may come to mind during your morning gratitude session. When it does, pick up the phone and call the person, just to say thanks. Let them know what they did that you’re grateful for and why you appreciate it. If it’s too early to call, make a note to call later. Even better is telling them in person. 

·      Practice Gratitude When Life is Giving You Lemons.  You can always make lemonade; the trick is to sweeten the lemonade with appreciation for whatever is happening in your life. Challenges and difficulties, large and small are part of life and can be seen as opportunities to grow, to be creative. Actually acknowledging you are thankful for these times can be a stretch, and even cause some discomfort.  Stretching with and through discomfort is one of the ways we strengthen the capacity for gratitude just as we strengthen muscles by working out.

After a few weeks of practicing these exercises, they will become second nature. As Dr, Lipsenthal explained in Enjoy Every Sandwich, “You are remodeling your brain to be grateful, even optimistic.” And being a grateful person or an optimist increases your health and resiliency.
                        Gratitude is not a feeling, although embodying gratitude produces warm and fuzzy feelings and a sense of fulfillment in your life. It’s larger than this. Developing your capacity for gratitude is the foundation for a happier and healthier life. This Thanksgiving Day, start a gratitude practice so you, too, can enjoy every sandwich and live fully every day.
So begin your gratitude practice by answering: What are you grateful for today?

Nita Gage, PhD was Dr. Lipsenthal's colleague and co-facilitator of workshops around the world for the last fifteen years. Dr. Lee Lipsenthal’s book, Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day As Though it Were Your Last was published earlier this month. For more information and to read an excerpt, please see http://www.enjoyeverysandwich.net/

Nita Gage is a Shamanic Minister and Shamanic Breathwork practitioner.  She can be found at:  nitagage@aol.com.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Star Wolf's recent interview with Andrew Aloha

Click HERE to listen to Star Wolf's most recent interview about Visionary Shamanism with Andrew Aloha on Spiritual Image Productions - BlogTalk Radio.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Star Wolf LIVE on BlogTalkRadio this Sunday!

Don't miss Star Wolf discussing Visionary Shamanism with Andrew Aloha LIVE on Spiritual Image Productions BlogTalkRadio this Sunday, November 20 at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain or 6 pm Pacific.  Click HERE to listen or call  (646) 716-4251 to talk to Star Wolf and ask your questions.

"The Earth is undergoing a highly transitional time as outworn structures break down and new ones are being created.  We no longer have the luxury of learning only from the past--we must also download information from the future in order to make worldwide change and reach our highest human potential as quickly as possible.” Linda Star Wolf 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thank you!!!!! Visionary Shamanism a #1 Best Seller on Amazon!!!!!!

Visionary Shamanism:  Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field
by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon
Forward by Barbara Hand Clow
PLUS!  CD of new journeying music by Matt Venuti

Dear Friends,
We did it!!! Visionary Shamanism ranked throughout the day on Friday as #1 in Shamanism, #1 in Paganism, #45 in Personal Transformation, #72 in Religion & Spirituality and it is still at the top of Amazon charts today!  Thank you so much for your incredible support and for being Visionary Shamans in your own lives!  Together we can give birth to a new future for our planet!
If you have not ordered yet, it is not too late!  Anytime you order this week will help our rankings.  Please also continue to post Visionary Shamanism on your Facebook pages as that helps spread the message to thousands of people.

FREE Visionary Shamanism Journey with Star Wolf!
In gratitude to all who order Visionary Shamanism during November, Star Wolf will offer a FREE Visionary Shamanism teleconference and guided journey to download the imaginal cells of the future.  Just email your receipt to venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org and we'll send you the teleconference info so that you can listen LIVE on January 4, 2012, or you can access to the recording if you can't attend the live teleconference.  Please tell your friends!

"This is a very brave and extremely lucid introduction to a shamanic vision of how we can birth our future. I recommend it with joy."
--Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism

Visionary Shamanism explains how to
  • Heal the past, learn from the future and activate the imaginal cells - which are encoded with information from the future
  • Manifest our most creative ideas and newest incarnations more quickly
  • Speed up our evolutionary potential in this lifetime and reach our highest human potential as quickly as possible.
Click HERE to read an excerpt or order the book.

Praise for Visionary Shamanism:  
"A beautiful work of wisdom and inspiration, powerful medicine for a soul-sick and frightened world."
  --Allan Combs, co-author of Thomas Berry:  Dreamer of the Earth and Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies.   
 
"Visionary Shamanism reminds us to create from the future and not from the past. Through its many wonderful stories, ancient spiritual teachings are revealed and clear guidance is offered as to how we can heal our past and clear the way to be the best self we are meant to be."  

--Christine R. Page, M.D., author of 2012 and the Galactic Center

Thank you!
Thank you for being Visionary Shamans in your own lives and for spreading this message of hope around the world!
 
With deepest gratitude,
Star Wolf, Brad, Ruby, Laura
and the Venus Rising Team

Friday, November 11, 2011

Visionary Shamanism available TODAY

Order Visionary Shamanism TODAY and help millions of people awaken to their highest potential and give birth to a new future for our planet!

Visionary Shamansim:
Activating the Imaginal Cells of the Human Energy Field

by Linda Star Wolf and Anne Dillon
Preface by Barbara Hand Clow

PLUS:  CD of new journey music by Matt Venuti

Get a FREE Visionary Shamanism Teleconference and Guided Journey with Star Wolf! (details below)

"This is a very brave and extremely lucid introduction to a shamanic vision of how we can birth our future. I recommend it with joy."
--Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism
 
Visionary Shamanism explains how to:


  • Heal the past, learn from the future and activate the imaginal cells
  • Manifest our most creative ideas and newest incarnations more quickly
  • Speed up our evolutionary potential in this lifetime and reach our highest human potential as quickly as possible.
Click HERE to read an excerpt or order today.

Will you please help us spread this important message of hope to as many people as possible? 
When a large number of people buy a book on Amazon on the same day, Amazon takes notice and then recommends that book to others who are interested in related topics.  Please join us in helping millions of people awaken to their highest potential by making Visionary Shamanism a #1 Best Seller.  Click HERE to order today!
 
FREE Visionary Shamanism Journey with Star Wolf!

In gratitude to all who order Visionary Shamanism on 11/11/11, Star Wolf will offer a FREE Visionary Shamanism teleconference and guided journey to download the imaginal cells of the future.  Just email your receipt to venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org and we'll send you the teleconference info so that you can listen LIVE on January 4, 2012, or you can access to the recording if you can't attend the live teleconference.  Please tell your friends!

Praise for Visionary Shamanism: 
"A beautiful work of wisdom and inspiration, powerful medicine for a soul-sick and frightened world."

  --Allan Combs, co-author of Thomas Berry:  Dreamer of the Earth and Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies.    
 
"Visionary Shamanism reminds us to create from the future and not from the past. Through its many wonderful stories, ancient spiritual teachings are revealed and clear guidance is offered as to how we can heal our past and clear the way to be the best self we are meant to be." 
--Christine R. Page, M.D., author of 2012 and the Galactic Center


Thank you!
Thank you for being Visionary Shamans in your own lives and for spreading this message of hope around the world!
 
With deepest gratitude,
Star Wolf, Brad, Ruby, Laura
and the Venus Rising Team

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Andrew Harvey near Asheville NC, Oct 24, 7:30 pm


“When the joy of compassionate service is combined with the pragmatic and practical drive to transform all existing economic, social and political institutions, a radical divine force is born.”
Andrew Harvey
 

Internationally acclaimed author, mystical scholar and social activist, Andrew Harvey will make a rare appearance in western North Carolina on October 24, at Venus Rising University, one hour west of Asheville. 
Special session with Harvey open to the publicOctober 24, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, $25.  The evening will begin with live music by Asheville songstress, Kristin Luna Ray.  Space is very limited.  Click HERE for more info.  Call 828-6312-2305 or email venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org to reserve your space.

Harvey will teach Sacred Activism, the topic of his most recent book, The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism:  


It is essential that sacred activists, while pursuing their individual spiritual paths and embracing their own specifi­c kinds of service, learn to work together and to form empowering and encouraging 'networks of grace' - beings of like heart brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.”  Andrew Harvey
 

The author of over 20 books, Harvey is the Founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism and the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary, The Making of a Modern Mystic.  A Fellow of All Souls College Oxford, Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, The California Institute of Integral Studies, the University of Creation Spirituality, and at various spiritual centers throughout the United States. 

Special session with Harvey open to the publicOctober 24, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, $25.  Space is very limited.  Call 828-6312-2305 or email venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Andrew Harvey teaches Sacred Activism at Venus Rising University, Oct 24 - 25

Special session with Andrew Harvey open to the public:  October 24, 7:30 pm – 9 pm, $25.  Space is very limited.  Call 828-6312-2305 or email venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org.


“When the joy of compassionate service is combined with the pragmatic and practical drive to transform all existing economic, social and political institutions, a radical divine force is born.”
Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey, internationally acclaimed author, mystical scholar and social activist, will make a rare appearance in western North Carolina on October 24 – 25 at Venus Rising University for Shamanic Psychospiritual Studies in Whittier.  Harvey will teach Sacred Activism, the topic of his most recent book, The Hope: a Guide to Sacred Activism.  Click HERE for details! 

“It is essential that sacred activists, while pursuing their individual spiritual paths and embracing their own specific kinds of service, learn to work together and to form empowering and encouraging 'networks of grace' - beings of like heart brought together by passion, skill and serendipity to pool energies, triumphs, griefs, hopes and resources of all kinds. When people of like mind and heart gather together, sometimes miraculously powerful synergy can result.”  Andrew Harvey

The author of over 20 books, Harvey is the Founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism and the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary, The Making of a Modern Mystic.  A Fellow of All Souls College Oxford, Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, The California Institute of Integral Studies, the University of Creation Spirituality, and at various spiritual centers throughout the United States.

Venus Rising’s month-long Transformation and Training
program can be taken for one’s own education and empowerment, or to become ordained as a Shamanic Minister and certified as a Shamanic Breathwork™ Facilitator.  This course is also eligible for credit towards an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree with Venus Rising University.  Participants may attend one evening, one week, two weeks, or the full four-week course. The curriculum also includes energetic bodywork, yoga, group processing, creating sacred community, and the use of music, art and ritual as tools for personal and planetary transformation. 

For more info or to register contact Venus Rising at 828-631-2305
or venusrising@shamanicbreathwork.org or visit:  www.shamanicbreathwork.org.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUBMISSION AND SURRENDER

by Harry M. Tiebout, M.D. - found on Silkworth.net:

      One fact must be kept in mind, namely, the need to distinguish between submission and surrender . In submission, an individual accepts reality consciously, but not unconsciously. He or she accepts as a practical fact that he or she cannot at that moment lick reality, but lurking in the unconscious is the feeling, there'll come a day , which implies no real acceptance and demonstrates conclusively that the struggle is still on. With submission, which at best is a superficial yielding, tension continues.

      When an individual surrenders, the ability to accept reality functions on the unconscious level, and there is no residual of battle; relaxation with freedom from strain and conflict ensues. In fact, it is perfectly possible to ascertain how much acceptance of reality is on the unconscious level by the degree of relaxation that develops. The greater the relaxation, the greater the inner acceptance of reality.

      We can now be more precise in our definition of an act of surrender. It is to be viewed as a moment when the unconscious forces of defiance and grandiosity actually cease to function effectively. When that happens, the individual is wide open to reality; he or she can listen and learn without conflict and fighting back. He or she is receptive to life, not antagonistic. The person senses a feeling of relatedness and at-oneness that becomes the source of an inner peace and serenity, the possession of which frees the individual from the compulsion to drink. In other words, an act of surrender is an occasion wherein the individual no longer fights life, but accepts it.

      Having defined an act of surrender as a moment of accepting reality on the unconscious level, it is now possible to define the emotional state of surrender as a state in which there is a persisting capacity to accept reality. In this definition, the capacity to accept reality must not be conceived of in a passive sense, but in the active sense of reality being a place where one can live and function as a person acknowledging one's responsibilities and feeling free to make that reality more livable for oneself and others. There is no sense of "must"; nor is there any sense of fatalism. With true unconscious surrender, the acceptance of reality means the individual can work in it and with it. The state of surrender is really positive and creative.

      To sum up, my observations have led me to conclude that an act of surrender is inevitably followed by a state of surrender that is actually the positive state in the conversion picture. Because of the two always being associated, I believe they represent a single phenomenon to which I attach the term "surrender reaction."

From Wikipedia:
Harry M. Tiebout M.D. (2 January 1896 - 2 April 1966) was an American psychiatrist who promoted the Alcoholics Anonymous approach to the public, patients and fellow professionals. He served on the Board of Trustees of Alcoholics Anonymous from 1957–1966 and was president of the National Council on Alcoholism from 1951-1953.[1]

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Creation Calls -- are you listening? Music by Brian Doerksen


Please watch this amazing video and share it with your friends!
In love and service to the One Source,
Star Wolf

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ruby Falconer on Reflect Radio TONIGHT!

Don't miss Ruby Falconer discussing Shamanic Egyptian Astrology TONIGHT on Reflect Radio with Shelli Speaks, host of A Journey for You - 6 PM Eastern / 9 pm Pacific.  Call in LIVE (805) 292-0357 to ask Ruby questions about your chart.

Ruby Falconer is the co-creator, with Linda Star Wolf, of Shamanic Egyptian Astrology.   Shamanic Egyptian Astrology inte­grates the Egyptian pan­theon, the ancient lan­guage of astrol­ogy and shamanic prac­tices to pro­mote a new way to inter­pret and work with natal charts.  This book pro­vides a prac­ti­cal frame­work for access­ing the wis­dom of ancient Egypt and offers astro­log­i­cal and shamanic tools for spir­i­tual guid­ance and the com­ing shift in plan­e­tary consciousness.

Ruby teaches Shamanic Egyptian Astrology work­shops and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grams at Isis Cove and around the coun­try. A pro­fes­sional astrologer since 1977, Ruby holis­ti­cally inte­grates her exten­sive knowl­edge of astrol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy, phi­los­o­phy and meta­physics with a com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of shaman­ism and con­sid­er­able tal­ent as a sto­ry­teller.  Visit Ruby’s web site at www.astrologyinsights.com.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

What’s a Good Catholic Girl like You Doing in a Place like This? by Meredith Star Raven

Last week I was ordained a Shamanic Minister. When I told my mother she said, “Wow, from Catholic to Shaman, that’s really something.” Yes, it is something. And while I don’t pretend to come close to the title of Shaman, part of this path is awakening the “inner shaman”—not really so different from the Holy Spirit, or the kingdom of heaven Jesus spoke of. And it’s about helping others awaken to their own inner shaman/healer/counselor/teacher.
On a much earlier segment of this life path, I was a charismatic Christian. A group of like-hearted seekers, perennially suspect by ministers and church elders, we diligently studied the Bible and applied it to our own lives. When Jesus said “Greater things than these will you do, for I go to the Father”, we took it literally. We simply did what the Bible said: laid hands on the sick, cast out demons, saw miracles happen in answer to our prayers of faith. We told mountains to move, and they did. When I became disillusioned with the form of Christianity practiced in churches, I walked away from all of it. I had not yet found the Divine outside that form. When I left the church, and much of my spiritual practice, I did so deliberately. I told God: I want the truth of You. I am sick of following this path or that path, only to be disappointed in what I find there. If you are real, if any of this is true, show me.

I took two verses from the Amplified Bible with me. One, from Jeremiah—“ If you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you.” And the other from Hebrews, talking about the 40 year wandering in the wilderness: Because they did not have an “experimental faith”. So, I challenged God. I had an experimental faith. And for ten years I wandered in the dark. When I moved to Arizona, I had nearly destroyed my back, was on 2 antidepressants, several anti-inflammatory meds, and morphine for pain. I wandered into a Tai-Chi center, discovered energy, meditation, and God. I bumped into God while stumbling around in pain and darkness.

I’ve been on a superhighway of learning and transformation since that day. What I learned in the early bible study days has come around full circle in a much deeper and fuller way. And I’ve seen and made my own this Golden Thread of Truth that runs through all the great spiritual teachings

All that is to say, that this ordination, is a culmination of the journey. Now, to take all the “stuff” I’ve collected along the way, and with the blessing of my teachers, and my community, alchemically transmute it to healers gold.

My conviction is that we are evolving into a new kind of human –from Homo Sapiens to Homo Spiritus, to borrow a phrase from David Hawkins. As we evolve, we change the species, the planet, the cosmos. Just by doing our own work, just by tending to our own evolution. It is also my understanding and conviction that our evolution into the Oneness of our Divine Source, of necessity includes all of us—all the bits we’d rather leave behind—the ugly, the shameful, the hurtful, the uncomfortable, the wounded; past selves, aspects of us that exist on multiple dimensions simultaneously, our future selves. We, all the parts of me, become One, and One with All That is.

Through the work I’ve done with the Venus Rising Association for Transformation, as well as a lifetime of inner work, I’ve reclaimed much of that lost and abandoned soul territory. And while I’m far from finished, there is in my being immeasurably more peace and wholeness now than ever before. And it is for this that the world is crying. And so it is to this that I am called to speak, teach and most importantly, to live.

Thanks to divine grace, and so many teachers along the way, I’ve stepped into much more of who and what I really am, and, to a much greater degree, out of a limited, fearful, self-sabotaging life picture. As I step more fully into my own healing, and into the experiential knowledge of myself as a limitless spirit being, I am being recognized and sought out by others as a teacher, mentor, healer and guide. This ordination provides a framework and a platform from which I can better fill these callings, and step into an even greater expression of the package known in this lifetime as Meredith Star Raven Davis.
 

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My journey in life has been a spiral path of wholeness that continues to move through cycles of change taking me through many symbolic death and rebirth experiences, which I refer to as “shamanic portals of transformation.” I have learned more than I ever thought possible through a process I will share with you in my future writings, called the Shamanic Breathwork™ process, and the five initiations process called S.H.I.P. Once I have made sense of the lessons on my path and discovered the bigger picture, I am ready to pass on and share both my stumblings and my leaps along the way. In my own spiritual quest, I have always appreciated most those who shared their struggles and victories in an authentic way. That will be my humble attempt within the context of this blog.

I believe that we are all indigenous to this earth. I respect all my relations, whether they be human, animal, plant, mineral, visible or invisible ones. We are all related by the great web of life and sent here from the great beyond. Everything we say and do touches all parts of this magnificent web of creation. If I treat myself or anyone else unfairly, we are all affected in some way. Fortunately, the converse is true, as well. I am not perfect. If I am honest and have humility, I can admit that I will make mistakes as I seek to further evolve my conscious awareness. I can also make living amends by striving to change my negative thoughts and behaviors, and live from a more open-hearted connection to others and to myself. I have learned over time that all the changes I seek in the outer world must begin by looking within myself first. I have also learned that it is imperative that I have the courage to be honest with myself and to look at the “shadow” side of my personality. When I have had the courage to truly know myself better, the light and the dark, I have found the inner strength to change my life and shape-shift myself into the light of my true soul’s image.

From time to time I will share different programs and events that are being offered through my non profit organization (Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts) in my blog, as well as photos, videos and teachings, etc. But the main purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet to share the inner musings of my shamanic spirit and journey, and to hear yours as well. I look forward to connecting with all of you who intuitively know that you, too, are a valuable part of the shamanic process of conscious co-creation and evolution on the planet at this time. We each have a role to play and a soul purpose in the drama unfolding in our world today. Together we can create a better place for all beings on earth to live and leave a powerful legacy for those who are yet to come.

I believe we will all be remembered by future generations for the choices we make during this time of huge evolutionary change. In the words of the wonderful poem, “Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

In Love, In Service, In Gratitude,
Namaste’
Star Wolf
Feb 2nd 2009