I finished the paintings to honor the seven chakras housed in the body. My mind turned to the chakras outside the body, especially the 8th and 9th chakras that reside above the head. The color most associated with the 8th chakra is “ultraviolet.” Ultraviolet means “beyond violet”, which is the color of the highest frequencies […]

This is the 5th painting in a series of paintings that I’m calling the “Chakra Series.” I paint a canvas with the color of a one of the chakras, red, orange, yellow, green, indigo, violet or, in this case blue, the color of the 5th chakra. I then use all those colors and paint an […]

My paintings are a projective experience much like clinical psychology’s Rorschach test. I paint a background of an undefined and ambiguous scene. I then paint the images that I see emerging from this undefined space. As I interact with the images, painting them, amplifying them, dialoging with them, listening to their personal and archetypal meanings, […]

When a person dies the physical body is gone, usually cremated or buried. However, the energy body or soul may linger. Instead of moving on or “going into the light” some people become earthbound. There are reasons for this. Sometimes guilt, fear, unfinished business, confusion, or the grief or pull of family members left behind […]

I awakened with an urge, a kind of longing to journey into the realm of what the shaman calls “non-ordinary reality” to seek connection to what felt like split off and rejected parts of my soul. Perhaps the feeling was the residual effects of some forgotten dream in which these split off parts had made […]

This painting was inspired by two shamanic journeys. I journey to the place of the Hummingbirds. I sit in the grasses at the pond and drum, thanking the hummingbirds for their admonition to write, thanking them for their inspiration and their feeding me the sweet nectar of life. As I drum they come in groves, […]

This morning as I sat on the ground looking at my sand painting and reflecting on our upcoming 50th wedding anniversary trip to Folly Beach, South Carolina, I hear a Mourning Dove singing her easily recognizable song. Immediately, I am carried back to Garrett, Indiana. I am 5  years old. It is early morning.  It […]

I experienced a wonderful weekend of healing and transformation as I welcomed for the third time into my Luminous Energy Field the Munay-Ki . I thank Brett and Lisa Daugherty for bringing shamanic healer and practitioner, Celia Blackwood, to our community for this powerful weekend. Celia was a clear vessel for the transmission of these […]

In 2012 I traveled to Peru to sit and train with the shaman of the high Andes. The night before I left Cusco to travel into the Sacred Valley and ultimately to above 14,000 in the Andes, I dream that a colleague of mine is presenting a case at Integrative Psychotherapy at the Crossing. She […]

The shamanic journey is a practice common to all indigenous societies throughout history. By listening to a drumbeat or other rhythmic percussion, the shaman enters the invisible worlds of “non-ordinary” reality–an altered state of consciousness beyond time and space–to access spiritual guidance and healing, assist others and the planet, and to connect with the cycles and […]