SpiralDance 01We are all shamans but few put in the time, effort and focus to truly awaken those inner powers. An awakened shaman is a person who is in constant alignment with the spiritual realms and receives continuous spiritual "downloads" from the spirits of the universe.  A genuine shaman does not "specialize" in one kind of spiritual connection, but is able to open up to all spiritual levels, from the lower Astral, through to the highest spiritual levels. In addition, he or she can align with the ancestor spirits and nature "devas" or fairies of all kinds and in all circumstances. For many this kind of focus takes years of training and dedication. Training is always first-hand apprentice-type trainings because shamanism cannot be taught from a book, a large classroom or the internet course because it is not intellectual, but via intuition and focus. In most cases a shaman is born as an Empath and/or a StarSeed.

wolfpack2There are many wonderful Native American Indian teaching stories. You may remember the coyote road-runner cartoon show which was based on the coyote teaching stories of Native Americans. Naughty coyote tries to outsmart the innocent ones but always ends up making a fool of himself. 

The other well known story is the tale of the Two Wolves which pops up on Facebook frequently.

You will recall that a grandfather tells his grandson that everyone has two totem spirits walking either side of them. One is a black wolf and would lead you astray and the other is the white wolf, who leads you to the light.


There are many stories about how the Sacred Pipe, also known as the Peace Pipe was given to the traditional people of North America. In all cases, and with all nations, it was always brought to them in mysterious ways and always via a woman.

Perhaps the most famous is the Lakota story of the White Buffalo Calf maiden, which is a truly beautiful legend. To the Blackfoot people, the woman came from a cloud and was wearing lots of feathers in her hair. To the Cree she came on a small boat along the great rivers, and she is called the White Beaver Woman.. so many stories and all containing incredible wisdom. In all cases, the feminine is the gift giver and therefore we are all asked to nurture her within. 

ricketts1I have been so blessed and at times challenged by some of my experiences in our world, yet despite it all, the inner song of who I am and why I came here has guided me, around the world and back again. 

Many years ago I lived and worked with traditional Native American Elders and so I learned very quickly that the old ones have a power, a secret and a deep understanding that only comes with living to an old age. Sadly, in the west, our Elders are not always respected and can be seen only as burdons. I have visited nursing homes to see our Elders drugged and wheeled in front of a TV and then fed a sugar-rich, plastic diets. Yet all Elders, for all and every background, have enormous wisdom for us, if we could get out of the way, drop all the judgements, and simply listen and learn!

I have written about my "writing" adventures as a journalist in northern Canada, through to Arizona. My final book in this series is Ghost Mountain which ends with my arrival in Australia at the end of 1988.

Since the dawn of time, the shaman has been the healer and spiritual helper of his or her tribe or group. The shaman is a way shower, a pointer to the answers to the mysteries of life. The biggest question we all face, at one time or another is the fact that we die. Babies die; old people linger in pain for years; almost everyone eventually becomes sick or distressed. Life can be painful, difficult and very short! . Like so many others, I wanted to know why some people get sick and others don’t. I went in search, just as so many others have at other times.....My journey led me to Canada and right around the world. I have written several books on my journey. I have called them the Shaman’s Door, because I believe it is a door we can all enter to walk in a new world, and have a new life. Not everyone is meant to be a shaman for others, but everyone can benefit from a shamanic healing.

Joe elder1We are all on a journey of spiritual awakening and the only thing that holds us back from living a powerful, spiritual life is fear! Therefore, healing fear is the ministry and goal of the true Shamanic Pathway. Some believe the shaman’s role is to offer general healing using various rituals, sacred herbs or magical powers. Yes, sacred tools are important, but there is a deeper wisdom that comes once the shaman has aligned fully with the heart and soul of the seeker.

If, for example, a seeker has deep fear around “outsiders” or "evil spirits" the Shaman doesn’t try to reason with him. Instead they lovingly accept, without judgement, that person's belief, and seek ways to heal the underlying problem.

DragonflyOneThe Shaman aligns with nature and allows Mother Earth and Father Sky to be the guide along with all the brother and sister spirits, we often call totems. While we each have personal totem spirits, there are also collective totems who give us all the same kinds of messages. One of the most powerful teacher-totems is the beautiful dragonfly. The Earth herself is a temple, but within the wilds and sacred places she offers us many signs and many Totem Spirits to help us all heal ourselves and our world. The shimmering and magical dragonfly is the totem of eternal and ever renewing life and is one of the spirit healers of the soul. She shows herself when we might be in grief over loss or change because she reminds us that spring-time is near and that is the magical time of renewal.

owl 02We all have spirit guides and angels, yet there are those who feel closest to spirit when they connect with an animal or totem spirit. The word totem means friend and every shaman embraces the gifts the little owl friend has to offer! The word "medicine" refers to the gifts the totem brings. All totems have gifts, but the owl's gifts are magical!

The owl-medicine gifts include the ability to see in the dark, extreme sensitivity, intuition, patience and the stamina to overcome obstacles. There are some who say the owl reveals deception but this is only one of her many gifts. When you hear but do not see the owl, she asks us to remain alert, focused and in step with the ever evolving, changing spiritual pathway.

So many of us feel drawn to owls, even if we rarely hear or see them. I believe this occurs when our inner soul-self is gently asking us to delve deeper and awaken our natural clairvoyant sensitivies. We all have this ability, and the gentle, and yet strong, owl can help us find the right way to strengthen our intuition and spiritual abilities.