Writing from the Heart

Power of Words

Power of Words

Ka Ta See is an ancestral lineage, a way of living, which deeply respects the power of words. In this medicine-storytelling tradition, words and stories are used purposefully as medicine. Our inner thoughts and the words we speak and write have influences and effects. How can we reclaim the healing power of our words? How… Read full article…

Way of the Tumbleweed

Way of the Tumbleweed

I’ve been clearing a patch of land where there’s a burly overgrowth of dried Tumbleweeds. My harvesting wardrobe includes thick leather gloves and toeless socks pulled over my arms to prevent painful encounters with the prickly thorns. I’ve been wondering about these still-rooted Tumbleweeds. Why haven’t they tumbled the way Tumbleweeds do? What’s holding them… Read full article…

Closer to Home

Closer to Home

During our quarantining, may this story bring you some medicine… My wild-harvesting quest carried me across state lines into the mountains of southern Colorado. Instinctively, I headed toward the red rocks which hold stories of the peoples who lived there in centuries past. I hoped to find Sage in the wilderness lands surrounding the sacred… Read full article…

Taking Steps

Taking Steps

Taking baby steps. When these words are spoken to describe a process of making change, there tends to be a hint of judgment. The “smallness” needs justification. It’s a disclaimer, of sorts. As though the steps and the step-taker aren’t quite enough. As if the incremental changes don’t really count. Somebody else would do it… Read full article…

Bear Medicine

Bear Medicine

On my morning bike ride, I noticed people walking toward me with a few dogs on leashes. In their exuberant explorations, the dogs were romping around roadside to roadside. As we neared each other, we began navigating the crossing of our paths. The women corralled their dogs to one side of the dirt road. I… Read full article…

Coyote Medicine

Coyote Medicine

I saw the coyote peering back at me through the sagebrush. So highly attentive and tuned into the world around her, she was aware of my presence even with the window and adobe wall between us. With ease and grace, she turned away and disappeared among the trees. Even such brief encounters, like hearing the… Read full article…

Thunder Beings, Lightning & Butterfly

Thunder Beings, Lightning & Butterfly

Our New Moon gathering, a Throwing of the Bones Ceremony, was immersed in a field of magic. We were joined by booming Thunder Beings, crackling jolts of Lightning, Winds and Rains. Just as I began describing the medicine of Butterfly who is sitting in the heart of the ceremonial symbol, a butterfly with blue wings… Read full article…

River Rock

River Rock

I was instructed by the spirits to find a special stone to bring to ceremony with groups of people. This guidance was perplexing. I’d recently moved across the country and just had let go of my license as a psychologist. Most everything in my life felt unsettled. My work was undergoing unexpected change. I wasn’t… Read full article…

Behind the Masks

Behind the Masks

These past few months, I’ve been learning about masks. How to sew them. When to wear them. How to navigate six-feet of separation. How to communicate with muffled words and smiles unseen. For the past twenty years, I’ve been learning about masks in a different kind of way. In the healing traditions of Ka Ta… Read full article…

     
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