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Month: October 2016

Are You Living the Mystery? On Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent

The shaman Karamakate in his later years and the character based on the Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes in Embrace of the Serpent.

You might consider the Oscar-nominated foreign film, Embrace of the Serpent (2015) an unusual story about an unusual topic, yet it lingered with me for days.  I can hardly put how I felt into words.   Somehow, I remained linked to the sacred ambiance the film imparts or might impart depending upon your interest or receptivity.

The film chronicles two separate journeys made by two different scientists, 40 years apart. It’s loosely based on the journals of real-life figures*, recorded as they traveled through the Amazon in search of a mystical, curative plant called yakruna (or chacruna).  The shaman Karamakate, the last survivor of his sacred lineage, reluctantly guides both men to their destination and respective fates.

Karamakate does not mince words when it comes to whites, whose quest for rubber and evangelical supremacy has systematically and violently destroyed his people, culture, and environment.  He doesn’t trust or respect them and initially refuses to help each of these scientists when they come to call at his river junction.

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How to Surrender Your Resentments and Feel Light, Happy & Free

Learn how to heal resentments + feel happier too.

Most of us are sitting on a stockpile of resentments from early childhood.  You may not be aware of these bad feelings on an hour-by-hour basis, but often they silently dictate your choices, your responses, and your actions.

Resentments suddenly come alive when triggered by situations, challenges, and the words or behaviors of others. They entangle you in endless emotional drama and suck the joy right out of your life.

These hurts must be healed if you hope to find genuine happiness and become a beacon of light for others.

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Just the Best: On Wholeness, Body Awareness, Positive Change & More

NEW EDITION - On wholeness, body awareness, positive change + more.

On my birthday, a few weeks ago, I felt so happy.  In fact, I feel happier than I ever have in my life.  This is related, I’m sure, to healing old wounds, embracing self-sovereignty, and connecting with my truest self more and more.

I’m not sharing this to brag, but because I want to encourage you.  There’s a light inside of you wanting to shine. I want you to know it’s possible to move through the darkness, the patterns, and the wounds to a lighter place.

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How to Stop Stress: Know Your Early Warning Signs

Monthly Stress Challenges | Stress Tips

When you know your early warning signs of stress, you can head tension off at the pass.  This is such a worthwhile habit to develop because chronic stress is a killer. Too much of it kills your joy, ruins your relationships, and wrecks your health.

Take 5 minutes right now and jot down your immediate response to the following questions.  When stress starts to mount:

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