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We Are All in the Same Boat

We Are All in the Same Boat

At the DeYoung museum recently I got to see one of my favorite pieces, a shamanic sculpture by Inuit artist Abraham Anghik Ruben called Passage of Spirits. It’s a carved boat with sea goddess Sedna in the bow and some humans and animal-headed beings as paddlers.
Humans, animals, and spirits. Sharing the same world, interconnected. If we go back for enough, we are all descended from shamanic indigenous people. We all have roots and cellular memory of being nested in Nature.
Societies that get disconnected from Nature suffer from a fatal sickness. Extreme drought, flooding, and fire are Earth’s way of showing us how out of balance we often are in the so-called developed world. This blog is about the expansive healing of our home and our own spirits.
“The more we understand the One Idea, how all of life is interconnected and interdependent, the more we can act in positive ways for the good of all.”
― Laurence Overmire, The One Idea That Saves The World: A Call to Conscience and A Call to Action

One of many citizen actions that inspire me is the gathering of intertribal people and allies at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.  They’ve created Sacred Stone Camp to take a stand as protectors of the waters of the Missouri River and all rivers that are the lifeblood for native peoples. The Dakota Access Pipe Line is being forced on native people, where white communities refused.

To stand with the indigenous spirit in all of us, to help the people protecting the waters of North America, I invite you to please donate:

Your prayers for the free flow of clean, safe water are also appreciated.

Mitakuye Oasin. (All My Relations – we are one!)


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Healing Quotes

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them…life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”

– Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Grief is not a task to finish,
And move on,
But an element of yourself –
An alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing,
A new definition of self.”

– Barb Mather

“Now is the moment, Here is the place of Liberation.”

– Alex Grey

“Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.”

– W. S. Merwin

“Don’t run away from grief, o soul
Look for the remedy inside the pain.
Because the rose came from the thorn
And the ruby came from a stone.”

– Rumi

“In order to be a good warrior, one has to feel this sad and tender heart.”

– Chogyam Trungpa

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure.”

– Joseph Campbell

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– E. M. Forster

“It’s time again. Tear up the violets and plant something more difficult to grow.”

– James Schuyler

“The next message you need is always right where you are.”

– Ram Dass

“Our only security is our ability to change.”

– John Lilly

“The absolute tranquility is the present moment. Though it is at this moment, there is no limit to this moment, and therein is eternal delight.”

– Hui-Neng

“We are the facilitators of our own creative evolution.”

– Bill Hicks

“Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So suffering must become love. That is the mystery.”

– Katherine Mansfield

“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”

– Elizabeth A. Behnke

“Joy moves always to new locations,
the ease of its flow never freezing.
A long winter’s tale is over. Now
with each spring day, a new story.”

– Rumi