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  • Endings…and New Beginnings

    Posted 2017-07-15 12:55:59 by: Dave A

    Today I leave my little jungle hut and head back to San Francisco for a couple weeks. The past four and a half months have gone by so quickly, and yet it also feels like I have been here for much, much longer.  Saying goodbye is much harder than I thought it would be. Last… Read ...

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  • The Ripple Effect

    Posted 2017-07-08 17:08:40 by: Dave A

    This coming week is my last week in Guatemala. From here, I’ll spend a couple weeks in San Francisco and then head over to Japan. I know that I am a different person than I was when I first arrived here. For starters, I am no longer afraid of scorpions! But, more importantly, every interaction… Read ...

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  • What is Love?

    Posted 2017-07-01 13:07:23 by: Dave A

    When I do my shamanic sessions, I tap into pure, limitless love – the kind of love that embraces everyone regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or actions. I have a hard time describing this love because it is so different from how we tend to describe or portray love. In our society today,… Read ...

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  • Claiming Personal Power

    Posted 2017-06-24 19:22:38 by: Dave A

    I had a conversation recently with a long-time friend and former colleague who wanted to understand how I was able to make the life changes that I did. He thought it was very inspiring and not something that many people would do. I thought about our conversation for some time after we hung up. While… Read ...

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  • Summer Solstice: Renewal and Transformation

    Posted 2017-06-20 13:00:50 by: Dave A

    Today is the summer solstice.  It’s the longest day of the year. The Maya, like many cultures, believed that the annual cycle of the sun represented a spiritual path of enlightenment that they could follow throughout the year. Each solar year, beginning with the Fall Equinox, was an opportunity to increase one’s consciousness. The sun symbolized… Read ...

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  • Emotional Trauma…of a Chicken

    Posted 2017-06-17 13:14:42 by: Dave A

    Do animals have emotions? Can they be compassionate to other animals? I have always believed that they could, and read a book years ago – When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson – that told stories of non-domesticated animals demonstrating emotions. A couple of weeks ago, at about 2:15 in the… Read ...

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  • Embracing Acceptance

    Posted 2017-06-10 13:36:28 by: Dave A

    I’ve been thinking about acceptance lately…probably because I have seen this attribute regularly in Guatemala. What is acceptance? I define acceptance as the peaceful acknowledgment of how things are at an exact moment in time. This doesn’t mean that things can’t change or that you cannot take steps to make a situation different. On the… Read ...

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  • La Blanca…and a Pig

    Posted 2017-06-03 13:16:27 by: Dave A

    The other day, Machete Man and I took a day-trip to La Blanca, a Mayan archeological site known for its Mayan “graffiti” – images carved into the stone by the people who lived there. La Blanca is a couple hours away from where I’m living, and definitely was worth the trip. The site was used… Read ...

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  • Ceremony of the Mayan Cross

    Posted 2017-05-27 13:01:05 by: Dave A

    At the beginning of May, I was invited to Chuarrancho by a shaman there to participate in the annual Ceremony of the Mayan Cross. After driving about 13 hours, my friend and I arrived at the shaman’s house and were invited in. The entryway hallway was filled with a marimba and several drums on one… Read ...

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  • Catching my Breath

    Posted 2017-05-20 13:25:26 by: Dave A

    May has been insanely busy for me, and I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath until yesterday. I started off the month with a road trip to Chuarrancho, about a 14-hour drive from El Remate.  I had been invited by one of the shamans I had me at Uaxactun to attend and participate… Read ...

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