What’s in a Name?

For a long time I've been fascinated by names. In many traditions we are given different names and titles as forms of initiation. During the confirmation ceremony of Catholics children receive a Christian name, usually to honour a saint or a relative named for one. In medicine traditions people are offered names by teachers and [...]

Shamanism as a Path of Unity

'Shaman' has become a shorthand term in the west. Taken from the word 'Saman' meaning 'healer' in the Tungus language and culture of Siberia. Some are in resistance to this term in Western technocracies, believing that what this word represents can only exist in indigenous societies. Ironically this belief is in contradiction to the essence [...]

The Lighthouse Keeper

“Be the light you want to see in the world” - (probably misquoted from) Gandhi. Some vintage good advice there. Right? Maybe. The way I originally encountered this saying was in fact; ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. Change... Therein lies the massive difference. First of all what is ‘light’? When [...]