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Odin The Crucified Shaman


I’d like to introduce you to my new friend Odin.

He’s a wisdom keeper, a Norse God from the shamanic tradition of the Indo-Europeans. Lately I’ve been contemplating what it means to live wisely, so getting to know Odin has been a HUGE GIFT!

In most version of the myth Odin hangs himself on the World Tree to attain “runes of wisdom.” After an epic journey to the Underworld he is reborn as a wise healer. He spends the rest of his life devoted to helping others.


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Robert Holden On Living Your Purpose


In a few weeks time, I’ll be teaching on the St. Francis of Assisi pilgrimage, hosted by Dancing Spirit Tours. The theme for this year’s pilgrimage is Living Your Purpose. I attended the Assisi pilgrimage last year, and it was one of the highlights of my life. Places are still available this year!

I’ve been re-reading my journal entries from my Assisi pilgrimage last year. Here are some of my reflections on pilgrimage, purpose and following the holy plan for our life.

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How To Live Your Purpose


We are constantly trying to find our purpose. People are always saying to me: “Wow, you found your purpose and made your dream a reality! How do you do it!?”

That’s not true for me. I haven’t discovered the ultimate answer to this existential question. The truth is, I think “finding” your purpose is a myth. We can’t go looking for our purpose “out there.” When we externalize our happiness through the fabrication of an idea outside ourselves, we ine

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5 Reasons To See Vienna Before Christmas

Vienna, Austria’s capital, lying on the banks Danube River, is one of Europe’s most romantic, imperial cities and a place where the Christmas spectacle is second to none.

For the month of December, beginning with the onset of the most magical of times, advent events are held across the city, that allow a glimpse into the age old and often forgotten real meaning of Christmas.

From beautiful Christkindl markets set amidst the backdrop of Baroque architecture to concerts at some of the mo

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The Well of Grief

“Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief

turning downward through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,

nor find in the darkness glimmering
the small round coins
thrown by those who wished for something else.”
– by David Whyte

I lost someone 5 weeks ago. It has truly been the most painful experience of

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Feeling Alive


It’s simple. We travel for one reason – to feel ALIVE.

‘Feeling live’ means experiencing the juiciness of the moment. It means exploring something new, taking time away from the daily grind, and putting yourself  in a new environment. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes you have to just do something differently. Break your routine and shake yourself awake.

AWAKE. ALIVE. Tune in to the creative heart of who you are. I dare you to live from that place of passion and w

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Action Is The Only Change Agent

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility

As much as I try, this holiday season it’s especially difficult to focus on decorated trees, baking cookies or the traditional winter activities I enjoy.

This year, my thoughts are spread across the world, with the 12 million innocent Syrians who have been displaced from their homes. This year, instead of buying gifts for my loved ones who already have everything they need, I vow to make a difference for a family who strugg

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