MY SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE is primarily shamanic,
thanks to countless indigenous teachers who patiently reawakened my "western mind" to the Divine spark in all things.
I'M PARTICULARLY DRAWN toward animal "medicines"— the
unique wisdom teachings offered by each of my wondrous creature-being relatives. Make no mistake; I do not worship animals. I
learn from them. They help me remember who I am.
ABOVE ALL ELSE, wild animals are true to their own nature; a frog
doesn't pretend to be a mountain lion, an eagle doesn't try to be a whale. They are each exquisitely content with who they are. They know
their essential role in the world, and they fulfill it impeccably.
FEW HUMANS CAN CLAIM this same peace of being. Most of us are "taught out"
of our Original Medicine when we're very young. We spend the rest of our lives searching wildly for
our true identity. Many settle for a convenient camouflage that sort of fits, a "fake fur" that offers a modicum of protection, one
that at least fools or impresses others. Sadly, we never feel at home in our own skin because we aren't wearing it. Deep down, we're
just frightened little "wolves in sheep's clothing" slowly eating ourselves alive.