How to harvest seeds

Carrie JordanShamanism

Carrie harvesting seeds

I am packing up my life, and that means my garden! Gathering up and harvesting clippings, herbs, and blossoms. And I’m making sure that next year I will be able to create a magical garden by harvesting seeds. It amazes me how nature just gives and gives. When you garden, you can really see the cycle of life, letting go (of seeds … Read More

A most flowy transition

Carrie JordanLife Design, Shamanism

Since my vision quest on the summer solstice, my life has completely changed. The feeling I have is that I am being carried down a gentle river—listening, and most of all trusting that the journey will be smooth. A couple of weeks ago, Alex and I drove out to Colorado with a moving truck full of all our stuff. At … Read More

Ancestral ways are rooted in a sense of place

Carrie JordanShamanism

ancestral ways rise collective

People have asked me why I am interested in ancestral ways and Native American traditions and lore; in particular, people have asked me why I am “going on the mountain,” or doing a vision quest this week of the solstice. The vision quest is a Native American (and other indigenous cultures) rite of passage that adolescents undertook for thousands of … Read More

Tradition in ceremony creates structure

Carrie JordanShamanism

As a child in church, I always thought that people sounded monotone during prayers and songs because there wasn’t much feeling. It has taken me this long to realize why that is! Last weekend I went to a sweat lodge, an indigenous purification ceremony from the Native American and ancient Celtic (known as sweat houses) traditions. The non-traditional ceremony took place on an … Read More

Enjoying the last restorative week of winter

Carrie JordanLife Design, Shamanism, Womens Wisdom

photo of a rose bud

Winter is the time to hibernate and reflect on the year behind us. What have we accomplished? What do we still need to face or deal with? What do we really want? Although the days are already longer and we have the scent of spring in the air, this week is the final week of winter before we move into Spring. … Read More

Romanticizing sexual violence is 50 Shades of Bullshit

Carrie JordanShamanism, Womens Wisdom

Poster from the movie

How we relate sexually is deeply connected to our groundedness, and our sense of self-worth. When our sexual lives are not in alignment, it deeply affects the ways that we view ourselves in other aspects of our lives. I have never read or watched 50 Shades of Gray because I find the idea of it repulsive, however I’ve heard a lot … Read More

We have come to be danced

Carrie JordanShamanism, Womens Wisdom

earth dance by Alex Grey

Dancing balances the four elements within the being, and it also activates the subtle energies within. It helps us get in touch with our true essence—our soul came here to be danced, and to express its true self. When we dance, the soul is able to do that! I love how this poem perfectly describes what this means. by Jewel … Read More

The first step to cultivating a spiritual connection

Carrie JordanShamanism

A few people have asked how to begin bringing the element of spirit into their lives, so I made this video as a response. I explain why prayer is a great way to connect with divinity, and how to begin making prayers. Prayer power! Update: It’s been brought to my attention that youtube is having some issues. Here it is … Read More

Honoring the ancestors on the day of the dead

Carrie JordanShamanism

Halloween is coming up at the end of this week, the day of the year when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest! It is a magical day and people celebrate it all over the world. The Celts celebrate it as Samhain, Mexicans and Central American and South American countries celebrate the Day of the Dead, Filipinos celebrate All … Read More