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Our Human Self vs. Our Spirit Self

There are two sides of us.  One side is human.  It is bound to this earth both by gravity and necessity.  The other self is our spirit self, our soul, our consciousness.  This self is boundless; it is eternal; it is inextricably linked to Spirit with a capital S. Our human self needs food and water to survive.  It has physical needs.  Our spirit self needs things which elevate our vibration and consciousness.  This will vary from person to person, but it could include things like spiritual community, sunlight, water, music, dance, etc.  The spirit self will also thrive on…

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Making Amends for the First Thanksgiving

I confess I have always loved Thanksgiving. Feasting is a near universal ritual celebrating the harvest. It is truly a good and important thing to give thanks for the food that we are blessed to have and to share it with others. That said, the way that we teach our children about the first Thanksgiving in our country is quite deceptive. In our schools we imply that it was a warm and fuzzy feast shared between the Pilgrims and the Indians. I forced myself to do research tonight and was stunned to find out that many “thanksgiving” feasts were held…

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Inside vs. Outside

For the first month of this pilgrimage I have been called to–this sacred journey through parts of our nation–I was mostly camping outside, only occasionally taking refuge from the cold and damp in the warmth and comfort of a motel room.  But now, moving into my sixth week, I have been staying in the homes of hospitable friends.  And although I am enjoying this time with ones dear to me, my spirit is beginning to notice something.  When I am away from nature I get more out of balance. When camping, after my day’s activities (or lack thereof) I am…

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The Peace, Power, and Challenges of Pilgrimage

Last night marked the eighth night of my pilgrimage.  It has already been simultaneously much more challenging physically than I expected and much more profound spiritually. I haven’t been camping alone since about the year 2000, and that was at the height of the summer in the southwestern desert.  I understood traveling and camping in unbelievable heat, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the cold 40-something degrees of nights high in the mountain.   The physical discomfort has been worth it thus far however, because the spiritual benefits have been notable.  I really didn’t expect to already being feeling such a…

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