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    There Are No Creative Blocks

      THERE ARE NO CREATIVE BLOCKS I am a shamanic teacher, painter and author. In this article I am going to explain why, viewed from a shamanic perspective, there is no such thing as a creative block. This may sound a bit controversial or flippant as creative blocks can feel very real to people who are on deadline for a book, article, film or other creation. For that reason I will start by acknowledging just how soul destroying such times are, when the flow appears to dry up. If you are self-employed this may also mean that your income dries up. In its most severe form it can bring on…

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    The Voices and Visions of Young People for Personal and Planetary Healing

      This year I was asked to appear on the Shamanism Global Summit, July 2017. The Shift Network requested especially that I speak about my shamanic work with young people again, as I did last year. My shamanic group for children, The Time Travellers, has grown “older and wiser” since 2012, when we started this work. They are all teenagers now and acutely concerned about what is happening in our world One thing is clear: young people MIND not being asked for their opinions and visions. They will outlive us and inherit the consequences of many decisions we are making right now. Decisions about the environment and global warming, political…

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    Book Review: The Crane Bag by Joanna van der Hoeven

    THE CRANE BAG By Joanna van der Hoeven   I read this slim volume on a two-hour ferry crossing between Dover and Dunkirk! This morning I woke up (in our house set in the forest in Sweden) to the call of two cranes in the field in front of our house. It seems that today is the day for writing my review of this book. The cranes themselves say so! This book is not actually about cranes though it does start with a Celtic crane myth. It is really a brief introduction to ritual tools and practices from the Druid tradition. “Held deeply within Celtic mythology, the crane bag is…

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    Sacred Art

      The God Pan in His Bee Keeper Manifestation I made this painting in the year 2012. I t was inspired by a powerful dream I had where the ancient god Pan came to me. This painting sold a few years ago, it lives in Switzerland now. Green Dreams These days I dream in green A wise maiden appears and promises me a dream And in that dream within a dream I meet an ancient bee keeper He has horns, and a beard and the hooves of a goat Says he The Honeybee tells us how to be and not to be that intimate connection between life, death and new…

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    BROOMSTICKS!

    (Apprentice of the Wind.  Original Piece by Imelda Almqvist) Here is last night’s conversation in the Almqvist family (I wrote it down verbatim as it unfolded) Youngest Son: “Mum, I know you fly around on your broomstick but I can’t see it anywhere!”   Me: “I have made my broomstick invisible – so no one borrows it without asking first. For instance Middle Son when he runs with elks in the Forest at midnight…   My husband: “I want a GPS on my broomstick so don’t end up having a full frontal collision with somebody else flying around in complete darkness…”   Middle Son: “I just want a normal broom…

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    Fun as a Foreign Language

    Before I had children people often said to me that children learn foreign languages by osmosis, they “pick up a foreign language as easily as adults pick up a common cold”. I am Dutch, married to a Swede but our family is living in London, UK. To my mind that meant three languages ready to be absorbed by osmosis! The reality was different. Our eldest son had Dutch as his first language until age three (when he started nursery). By then his brother was 18 months old. Between them the boys never spoke another language than English, from day one. A third brother was born and he was slow walking…

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    Art Video

    SEVEN DESERT MAIDENS As an Apprentice of the Waning Moon, I needed to walk into the Desert to find the wide open spaces within myself. This art video shows how that journey unfolded after Six Maidens appeared in a dream and told me to go looking for the mysterious Seventh Maiden. As the external journey unfolds through extraordinary landscapes the inner journey of soul-making occurs at the sane time. Along the way there are encounters with Kokopelli (Fertility Deity and the Spirit of Music) and The Man In The Moon. This film explores he essence of creativity and the keys to creative flow. It also explores how dreams offer a…

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    Book Review: Icelandic MAGIC – Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers

    Book Review: Icelandic MAGIC: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers This fascinating book opens a window on some rare material! During the Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages, many books of magic (also known as grimoires) were lost as the ancient pagan traditions were suppressed and demonized (and this mood still colours our perception of magic today)..However, in Iceland the practice of recording magical spells in a book secretly continued for centuries. Even though those surviving books of magic represent only a tiny proportion of the material that used to exist, they still open a window on a magical tradition that never quite disappeared completely and…

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    I LOVE ME TOO!

    Middle Son (15) is a bit of a jester and trickster both. Whenever I tell him that I love him, he gives me a lopsided grin and replies: “I love me too!”     As well as funny I think this is actually brilliant as we are constantly being told that we can only love others in as far as well love ourselves. And if we do not love ourselves (wholeheartedly, sufficiently) our love for others becomes distorted because our own needs and unresolved issues colour the space. Manipulation and unresolved shadow material often comes into play, even if this is unintended and we are not aware of it. Many…

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    Sacred Art

      CATHEDRAL IN ICE This painting is based on a vision I had in Greenland: Ilulissat, Kallalit Nunaat (Greenland), Friday 22 August 2008   4 a.m. I sleep like a log until something wakes me at 4 a.m. The Spirit of Greenland is calling me: “You have always wanted to visit Greenland, but the truth is that I was calling you! On the way from the airport you noticed a flock of sea gulls gathered on a melting ice floe in the harbour. You felt tearful as you heard the spirits say: this is an endangered continent. I am shown an image of Knud Rasmussen (the great Arctic explorer)  setting out with his dogsled. Here…