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Year of the Fire Rooster–January 28, 2017

All Chinese wisdom traditions, including medicine, divination, astrology, and feng shui, are systems of pattern identification that guide us in adapting gracefully to change. A world in flux is assumed; it is the one constant feature of life. Astrology is … Continue reading

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Who Needs Shamanism?

When I tell people I do shamanic healing I usually get one of two responses. There are those who know something about shamanism, often through personal experience, and are intrigued and interested; and then there are those who think I’m … Continue reading

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A Child’s Power Animal

This is one of my earliest memories. I was about 12 months old. It was bedtime in my family’s little 1950s bungalow in Reno, Nevada. As my parents were tucking me in, I realized with sudden panic that my teddy … Continue reading

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Year of the Fire Monkey—February 8, 2016

Back in November several friends told me they were sure they already felt the effects of the coming Monkey year. I insisted that this was impossible, that Chinese astrology doesn’t work that way, it was too soon, and there is … Continue reading

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Shamanic Song Doctoring

It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon and I lay on a massage table on the deck at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur,  listening to the Pacific Ocean break against the cliffs below us. Cocooned in blankets, I drifted in … Continue reading

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My Introduction to Shamanism

Curious about shamanism? Watch my 5 minute video introduction to the core principles.  

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Shamanism for the curious, but hesitant

My client’s eyes were wide with amazement. Flushed and glowing, she described the herd of wild horses that had thundered through the room during her shamanic journey–how she could hear their pounding hooves, smell their dusky coats, and feel the … Continue reading

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Martial Arts and Feng Shui

Traditional kung fu schools are not known for being pretty. Most martial artists can report a long history of working out night after night in basements, garages, parking lots, and warehouses. I taught my first Tai Chi class 30 years … Continue reading

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What you should know before you start a Tai Chi class

I love teaching Tai Chi, and I especially love introducing this beautiful health promoting martial art to beginners. But many people start out with some ideas that are not only wrong, but prevent them from sticking with the practice long … Continue reading

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Tips on how to memorize a form

Many of my beginning Tai Chi students complain that they find it difficult to memorize the form. Here are some tips from my own teacher, Sifu Ted Mancuso, who has over 40 years of Kung Fu experience and still accurately … Continue reading

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