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The Greater Jihad, by Preston Moser

Linda Neale - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Welcome to my first guest blog.  This article was written by my good friend, Preston Moser, whom I admire and appreciate.  He is a father, a husband, a writer, a historian,  and a sundancer who spent many years studying with Fools Crow and other Lakota elders. This article was written soon after 9/11, but the subject is relevant to any time and place.  Thanks, Preston, for contributing your insights.  As always, you the reader are welcome to comment and share your feedback.  Read More

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Message from Rod -- New Year 2014

Linda Neale - Wednesday, January 01, 2014

This morning I read a New Year's message from Brad Keeney (who will be a featured presenter for Earth and Spirit Council in May), that included the following:   Read More

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New year's resolutions, intentions, actions

Linda Neale - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.    Read More

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What is a Shaman?

Linda Neale - Monday, October 03, 2011

On a recent radio show, I was introduced by the well-meaning interviewers as a "shaman".   I was alarmed.  Nothing in my written bio mentioned that word, and I had a minute or so of commercial time to consider how to respond.  Many things went through my head in that minute.  I thought about ceremonial leaders who have let others define them, allowing people to call them "medicine man", "shaman" or "chief".   I thought about Casimirro Mamallacta, an 80 year old Kichwa ayowaska shaman friend who knows the medicinal uses of every plant in his Ecuadorian rain forest.  I thought about the weekend shamanic workshops you can find everywhere on the internet.  I remembered the years of intense training my Dine (Navajo) friend Patrick went through to become a hitaali, or singer.  I could let the interviewers' comments go, and begin the process of allowing others to define me --  after all, some people say that it's the community that defines who is a shaman, who is a medicine person, and who is not.  But I've met real traditional shamans, and I have too much respect for them and their training to allow that to happen.  Read More


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