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The Journey of Healing

The Journey of Healing, edited by Marjorie Ryerson, featuring S. Kelley Harrells’ poem “diligent suns.”

The Spirit of a Woman

The Spirit of a Woman, edited by Terry Laszlo-Gopadze, featuring ‘Telling the Bees’ by S. Kelley Harrell

Nature’s Gifts

Nature’s Gifts, edited by Smoky Trudeau, features Kelley’s essay, ‘Spiritual Gardening’

Engaging the Spirit World

Engaging the Spirit World, edited by Lupa, featuring Kelley’s essay, “Remembering the Tradition.”

iPagan

iPagan, edited by Trevor Greenfield, features Kelley’s essay ‘Life Beyond Ecstasy’

 

What is Shamanism?

What Is Shamanism? edited by Trevor Greenfield, featuring, “Modern Shamanism, the Middle World, and Ego,” by Kelley

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Nineteen Years

Nineteen Years

https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cv0J0Lhg1Ex/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==Nineteen Years Much the way new parents refer to their babies' (I have twins; always plural 😉 age as "twelve weeks" or "twenty-four months" as a way to deeply honor the...

Compassionate Depossession

Compassionate Depossession

Compassionate Depossession An aspect of deathwalking is depossession, which isn't just the removal of a life force from a place that it is no longer functional (or was never functional), but seeing that it is returned to the place that it can be tended and...

You Are Where

You Are Where

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cu9EQktr8wj/?igshid=MmU2YjMzNjRlOQ==You Are Where Not a question. A statement. A fact of being. I've always loved the Rumi quote, "Wherever you are, be the soul of that place," though I think I hear it differently than others. Where they...

35 Years an Ancestor

35 Years an Ancestor

35 years The summer that I was 17 my great aunt, whom I was very close to, died. In an anthology chapter I wrote years ago, I described her as, "the cook, the hostess, the comforter, and the keeper of all the mysterious secrets for how to do just about everything." It...

Becoming Spring

Becoming Spring

In seasonal change, we cheerlead the ecosystem as it does its thing, because when we’re more intentionally part of it, IT can be bigger.

The Body Awake

The Body Awake

Miraculously Recover or Die Last week was the 22nd anniversary of my awareness of the politics of form, and that anniversary hasn’t been without ripples. It was the anniversary of my initiation into chronic pain, autoimmune disarray, and what would become a 15-year...

The Risk of Apathy

The Risk of Apathy

It’s time to internalize that Apathy is depression. It’s a life force. It’s alive, and Apathy functions as a container, a holding place for feelings so big we don’t know what else to do with them.

Pluriversal Sowilo

Pluriversal Sowilo

Pluriversal SowiloRepeating History and The Broken Path In writing The Weekly Rune last week, a nuance came up in it that I wanted to explore further, though was outside the scope of the actual runecast. I will elaborate here. Please come along with me and share your...

Dying Well in Community

Dying Well in Community

Dame Cicely Saunders, midwife of the hospice movement said, “You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” Similar can be said about...

Reconciliation and the Dead Time

Reconciliation and the Dead Time

The Dead TimeSince I began blogging at Intentional Insights in 2004, I’ve shared personal spirit encounters as a lead-in to the Dark Time. In many earth-based spiritual traditions, the progression to the darker time of the year is a seasonal observation of Shadow,...

Deathwalking Fear

Deathwalking Fear

I’ve had a new deathwalking class in the works since last fall. and one thing after another has stalled it. Curious that the thing stalling it now is death. As such, it’s an opportune time to talk about some of the aspects of deathwalking that should be animism 101,...

#metoo, Animism, and Ancestral Trauma

#metoo, Animism, and Ancestral Trauma

This post contains references that may be triggering for survivors of patriarchy. During the public display of Dr. Ford's personal life, an older article (by Sharon Blackie) circulated on the rape of the well-maidens. It offers deeper insight into the Celtic story of...

My Response to DIY Shamanism

My Response to DIY Shamanism

A dynamic I see often brought up in shamanism forums is the projection that shamanism is and should be DIY, or it's not authentic. (Ranting ahead.) Somewhere along the way modern shamanism internalized the idea that the shamanic path is done alone. Whether it's that...

My Response to “How Do I Meet My Animal Guide?”

My Response to “How Do I Meet My Animal Guide?”

This question is another that I see often in shamanism forums.   The revelation of animal guides has spread far beyond mere shamanic trope. I see it brought up in tarot forums, groups focused on general spirituality, paganism, divination... It truly is the new,...