Episode 13 – Ethics

Episode 13 – Ethics

Show Highlights:
• Ethics versus Morals – defining each and their benefits versus the consequences
• In the Unnamed Path we follow an ethical guideline “What is in alignment with my true nature?”
• Ethics allow the individual to decide from himself and determine what to do through deep personal introspection and spiritual work.
• You cannot fail at life
• If you act in accordance with your true nature you will also act in accordance with your Fate and life will become much easier to handle.

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Episode 12 – Death

Episode 12 – Death

Show Highlights:
• Exploring unhealthy or dysfunctional attitudes toward death within our society
• Why talking about Death is important
• Step-by-step process that happens at death
• Birth, sex and death are the three most powerful magical experiences for humans
• Humanity’s fate and destiny is to return to the Cauldron of the Dark Mother upon death
• The Mighty Dead are able to “cheat fate” and escape the Cauldron of the Dark Mother to remain as guides in the underworld
• The services that a Deathwalker performs for his community

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Voices of the Past

When visiting Palm Springs this weekend, my partner and I decided to take a day hike to an ancient sacred native site – Indian Canyons. Here, the geology of the desert is such that springs burst forth from the tilted rock mountains creating valleys bursting with life in an ordinarily rocky, dead location.

The canopy of palm trees overhead shaded the land and dropped the temperature by about 15° F. As we hiked deeper into the canyon, all traces of humanity disappeared, and the pristine land came forth. This area is virtually untouched by humanity – the only evidence is a worn footpath of dirt paralleling the small stream. Many of the trees were blackened from a fire that must have happened recently, and yet all of the trees were green and lush. I stopped for a moment and listened deep into the heart of the earth. My eyes vision went slightly out of focus as I “zoned out.” I reached out with my soul, using the capacity to love that we as Men-who-love-men inherenty have, and spoke with the spirits of nature.

“I come with an open heart, a desire to know your ways and a deep respect for your kind. I ask for your permission to proceed.” I said. The guardians of the land made their presence known and they beamed with happiness for the shaman that was about to enter their paradise. “This is the land of fire, rock and wind. We have shaped this land and it is our domain. Humans have been coming into our territory and unnaturally introducing foreign plants, invading water and shifting the balance of life here. We don’t need your help, as our kind have ever dwelt here and can handle the situation, but we ask that you bring the awareness of the invasion to others.” the guardians said in chorus. “I shall do as you ask. Can I give you some energy to assist in you in your work in recovering from the fire that happened here?” I asked. “No… fire is a normal part of our life, and we can handle it.” the nature spirits responded.

We continued on our trek snaking along the small stream. I could hear ancestral laughter and see figures out of the corners of my eyes. The people who originally lived here led happy lives. They were in harmony with the earth and the forces of nature. They depended on the stream and the palms for their livelihood. Children used to float palm frond boats in the stream. Women wove baskets out of the leaves. men carved the trunks into containers. It was true harmony.

As a shaman and deathwalker, I have learned to quiet my inner mind chatter and turn my spiritual ear toward the land and toward the ancestors. I’ve learned to listen to their voices from the past, share their stories and take away whatever wisdom they are willing to impart. This time around they merely wanted me to share their story with others, and remember that the important thing in life is the time we spend with others, the relationships we have, and remembering to always approach everything with the joyful innoncence of a child.

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Episode 11 – Energy

Episode 11 – Energy

Show Highlights:
• Energy is the intangible part that makes up everything in the spiritual world as well as the backroads of the Middle World
• Source for energy include: the earth, the universe, the ancestors, the self and more
• Energy is used in every one of the four parts of the Unnamed Path
• Energy is directed either through Motivation (desire and intent), Body (breathing, sex, dancing, etc.), or Visualization
• Excess energy should be grounded and not held onto
• World Tree Breathing Exercise
• Recapitulation of Creating Sacred Space for Shamanic workings with an understanding of how to move energy

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The Guardians of the Land

Lake Ontario - Guardians of the Land

I took a trip to Toronto, Canada this weekend to visit one of my dear friends, meet his partner and get to see the sights. One of the things I definitely wanted to experience was the energy of the Great Lakes. Having never been to this area before, I couldn’t really imagine what it would be like to stand on the shores of the giant, ancient masses of water.

My friends and I headed out on a cold, snowy day to the shores of Lake Ontario – my goal was to acquaint myself with the Guardians of this land. The temperature was sub-freezing, and the wind howled from the land out across the water. I stood at the edge of the slumbering still lake. It’s slate gray waters mirrored the soft gray sky. Bravely removing my hands from my jacket into the biting cold air, I took a few deep breaths and reached out to the Guardians of this ancient land with my heart.

As my heart opened, I let the land spirits know that I came with respect in my heart and a sincere desire to know more about them. The Guardians came forth and showed me their forms. Four giant spirits towered around me. Before me in the center of the lake stood an elusive Giant Watery Guardian of the Lake. To my left stood a crystaline Rock Guardian. To my right stood a massive Tree Guardian, and behind me stood the cold Ice Guardian. Their massive forms reached high above me, and welcomed me as a sincere seeker of wisdom.

I then took some deep breaths and began the process of merging with the land spirits. As I reached down energetically with my now freezing hands, I began to pull the energy of the land up into my feet and legs, up into my hips and torso, and all the way up to the top of my head. As I did so, I raised my hands as if I was pulling the fabric of the land itself up over my head and in the process felt as if my body had descended deep into the heart of the earth. I then reversed the action and as I brought my frigid hands back down I pushed some of my own energy down through my feet into the earth until I felt I had returned as much energy as I had received.

The land there is ancient – some of the oldest rocks on the surface of the planet. It was explained to me that the four Guardians of the Land protect and maintain balance in this area, and that they created the topography of this land: ice, rock, tree and water. They also explained that it was currently the reign of the Ice Guardian which is why the reign of the next Guardian had not yet begun (the Tree Guardian.) They were explaining the late snow fall and why I perceived as if Spring had not yet arrived to this land. (Keep in mind I live in Southern California, and everything is in full bloom right now.)

The spirits of the land thanked me and let me know that I was welcome to return at any time and that they would help me out if I ever needed it. These Guardians felt very different than the ones back home – which also feel giant, but not as distinct or old. Then again, California is very geologically young by comparison, so I’m not surprised. This led me to understand that while indeed, the land is all one, it does have distinct parts that are presided over by different energies and currents that maintain its unique ecosystem.

I bid the Guardians farewell with thanks in my heart and as I turned to leave the shores of Lake Ontario, the wind picked up and bit through my skin to my bone. I pulled my jacket’s hood up over my head, jammed my freezing hands back into their pockets and ran back to the car for shelter. All hail the Ice Guardian and his phenomenal power!

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Episode 10 – Love and Fear

Episode 10 – Love and Fear

Show Highlights:
• Every thought has an emotion associated with it – they occur in tandem.
• Every emotion has an associated desire – a need to put energy in motion toward some end effect
• Desire is the motivation that propels our magic into manifestation
• There are two main categories that all emotions fall into: love and fear
• Fear is tense, separating, harmful and physical while love is relaxed, healing, cooperative and spiritual
• The kind of emotional reaction you are having can best be figured out by doing a body check for tension

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Episode 9 – Thought is Creative

Episode 9 – Thought is Creative

Show Highlights:
• This is the first lesson of many to come on the topic of Magic
• The mind thinks in pictures
• The physical world is a direct manifestation of your thought patterns, whatever you “see” with your mind you create around you
• There is no such thing as a random thought. All thoughts come from originating thoughts or attitude you hold in your mind
• No one “does” anything to you, you only create every experience in your life. As such, you have a responsibility for your thoughts
• Use the fact that Thought is Creative to your advantage. Actively choose thoughts to manifest good things in your life. This is the cornerstone of magic

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