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Friends among strangers

Friends among strangers

You know how it feels when you arrive at a party and don’t know ANYONE there… and then you see your friend! And it’s all good. Suddenly it’s a safe crowd and you can relax and have fun. That’s how it is for me as a woodsman traveling across the South and exploring environments I’ve never seen before. Many of the plants and animals are so new to me. And yet… the ones I know… the ones who are flexible enough to live in harmony within multiple landscapes… offer an invitation to me to do the same. There is a Song of Place. I’m learning this as I witness differences and similarities of nature and cultures while exploring the South.…

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Mushroom of Immortality

Mushroom of Immortality

Mushroom of Immortality This is the Ling Chi, aka Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) and the mushroom of immortality. I was hoping to find it on this journey! This decomposer of living hardwoods is literally found all over the planet, from Canada to Argentina and Europe to Siberia, China, India, Australia and Africa. It’s rare in Western US, but pretty common here in the Southeast (I found this one in Georgia), It’s been used for centuries to increase vitality and promote longevity and it’s also used to treat cancer. I think of mushrooms as a bridge. They are essential to plants in the acquisition of water and minerals, and the mushroom mycelium (the network of fungal threads that make up the vast…

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Mahogany Seed Pod

Mahogany Seed Pod

This is such a cool design-by-nature. The seeds taste horrible and I was told that they are poisonous, yet a quick search online yields reports of the medicinal benefits including improved blood circulation, heart health and blood sugar regulation. So many wild medicinal plants are also toxic… depending on the dosage.  I believe that the wisdom here again returns us to relationships. There is an ancient instinct we all have to taste and smell our potential food/medicine. Depending upon what our bodies need, this can manifest as a craving for… say… stinging nettle tea (deeply nourishing) or, during pregnancy, for meat (protein and iron, among other things). Wild creatures will sometimes seek out specific foods only seasonally or under special…

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WK Adventure Series: Spring 2019. Phoenix, AZ

WK Adventure Series: Spring 2019. Phoenix, AZ

Artifacts and crystalline soil. Ancient stories lay on the surface as if from yesterday.

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The Journey Begins: 2019

The Journey Begins: 2019

Road Trip, Elements Gathering, spring classes, a new podcast series, Authentic Relating, Adult 4 Day Skills Course and more!

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Delicious and healing Mushrocolate!

Delicious and healing Mushrocolate!

Seriously a delicious drink! I’ve been making hot chocolate using Oregon reishi mushrooms (Ganoderma oregonense). There are so many great reasons to consume medicinal mushrooms and drinking them in either hot chocolate or coffee is an excellent, easy way. Simply simmer the ground up or finely sliced mushrooms and use the water. Ummmm… that was easy! I simmer the tea for about 30 minutes and then leave the pot on the stove, reheating to boiling every time I make a drink over several days. After all of the mushroom tea has been drank, some additional healing benefits can be extracted with alcohol, since not all medicinal components are water soluble. This is called a double extraction. Other medicinal mushrooms can…

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Fascinating Fungi!

Fascinating Fungi!

Life is inseparable from death. More importantly, perhaps, is that death is inseparable from life. Everywhere is evidence that death is simply a new beginning. At least that’s the way it works within our biosphere, that thin layer of life between Space and Rock. Here, death invites a plethora of mysterious characters whose goal is to disassemble and re-assemble the parts of the deceased. Life is reconfigured and reanimated death. Some of the most interesting characters are fungi. There are perhaps 10 times more species of fungi than plants in the world, and only 3-8% of fungal species have been named. Sooooooo… if you seek immortality through naming some curious species after yourself, fungi are an excellent field of study.…

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How to challenge the sanity of your mother

How to challenge the sanity of your mother

I discovered this praying mantis egg case recently in Pasadena, CA. I find about one per year, so it’s always a happy moment of discovery. And… I always remember the first one that I found… in the middle of winter in a snowy field in Michigan. I was about 10 years old and so excited to find this… something… I wasn’t sure what. I brought it home with me and combed through my books until I found out what it was. Really?! The egg case of a praying mantis! WOW! Of course I kept it. In my room. Soooooooo cool! My mother asked me about it and I calmly told her with absolute confidence based upon no factual information whatsoever,…

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Ancient Wisdom, the decline of fossil fuels, and techno utopia

Ancient Wisdom, the decline of fossil fuels, and techno utopia

ANCIENT WISDOM, THE DECLINE OF FOSSIL FUELS AND TECHNO UTOPIA: Sir Ken Robinson, a noted speaker about child development and future education, presents a study of 1500 children age 3-5... and 98% test as "genius". Over time, that percentage drops until we reach adulthood and see that only 2% of the adult population still test as genius. A good way to think about this is to do this now: Take a minute and write down all of the uses you can come up with for a paperclip. Ready... go! * * * * * If you're like most people, you've got a list of things like: Holding paper together. Opening a lock. A fish hook. A figure (paperclip art)... Maybe…

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Primitive archery repair kit

Primitive archery repair kit

Primitive archery kit. Scrap buckskin pieces, moose bone awl, pitch stick for seating arrowhead into arrow shaft, deer antler knapping tool, foreshaft, extra points, sinew, tobacco and obsidian flakes.  

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Abalone oil lamp

Abalone oil lamp

Darkness makes the candle relevant. How would you know how to love beyond fear without this opportunity? Pictured: Abalone oil lamp with wick made of mugwort leaves and cord of New Zealand flax. I usually use olive oil because it burns smokeless and is fine for indoors.

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Should Modern People Hunt and Gather?

Should Modern People Hunt and Gather?

  I've lived with the land via homesteading and also replicating Stone Age living. I lived for many years on an average income of $3000/year, with most of the money spent on non-food items. I lived along the most remote mail route in the lower 48 states, where mail came once a week by jet boat on the Snake River, and it was a 3 mile walk down canyon to get it. For over 20 years, I didn't buy meat or fish from a grocery store. I have lots of experience in hunting and gathering, both with modern tools and primitive ones. I fully support anyone who wishes to pursue conscious hunting, fishing and gathering. Along the way, I suspect…

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Being with Difficulty

Life isn’t always easy.  Sometimes our lives are just plain difficult, or even painful, and we can’t immediately change it.  We need to “BE” with difficulty. Modern society doesn’t teach this essential skill, but in fact teaches the opposite.  We are bombarded with images from the media showing us how to be more popular, prettier, smell better, more comfortable.  There is no market in the acceptance of one’s current state of affairs. Consequently, most people who experience difficulty immediately look for something to “fix” it.  Maybe some chocolate will help.  How about a movie?  Call a friend?  Something to drink? It’s not that these “fixes” are bad, it’s just that our experience of difficulty has something to teach us, and…

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The Healing Journey of Parenting By Chris Morasky

Despite your best intentions, the advice of friends, and the parenting books that you’ve read, you may some day realize that you are unqualified for the job of parenting. You struggle to instill your values, protect your child from harm, and provide her with the tools necessary to become healthy and successful. And yet, your child may resist your teachings and behave in ways that you find maddeningly opposite to what you want. She may whine and complain, or be slow, or have temper tantrums, or won’t eat what you make her, or a million other frustrating behaviors. Why? What are you doing wrong? You have a problem if you see this as a problem, when it is really an…

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How to Build a no Trace Fire

How to Build a no Trace Fire

Choose a location that is free from tree roots.  Sand is the best substrate to build a no trace fire upon.  If there is sod, dig down at least 3-4 inches and set aside the sod.  Lining the edge of rocks is up to you; rocks hold heat and reflect heat back towards the fire, making for a hotter fire, but the flames may blacken the rocks. Gather a large quantity of small twigs, finger-sized branches, and wrist-sized branches and keep them in separate piles. Begin your fire with the small twigs, but keep half of the twigs aside.  Build up your fire with larger sticks until you are using the largest wood that you have and maintain the fire…

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Laughing to Wholeness by Chris Morasky

Laughter is a combination of fear/surprise and safety. You can see this when a child first learns the peek-a-boo game: dad "disappears", then suddenly he’s back and says "Boo". The child's eyes go wide, then the laughter is screaming-joy, like a person stuttering on their exclamations. Even as adults, whatever makes us laugh has an element of surprise. Laughter is one of the best transitions from fear/surprise (and anger and sadness) because it takes the energy of these states of being and "moves" it. Do you know what it’s like to get stuck in a bad mood? Laughter gets us unstuck! After a really intense fit of laughter, you breathe deeply and anything that was troubling you is forgotten, at…

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Why Teach Stone Age Skills and Nature Connection?

As the parent of a 15 year-old son, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the journey we are on together and how to best support him on his way to becoming a man. Having an obedient child would be easiest, but many children that are complacent as pre-teens become angry terrors in their teen years. Besides, obedience is a quality that I value in a dog, not a man. I looked at the adults that I admired and enjoyed spending time with. What characteristics did they have in common? These individuals were confident, open-minded, decisive, compassionate, positive, grateful, intuitive and had a great sense of humor. And more to the point, these people knew themselves deeply, knew what…

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Why Children Sometimes Feel they are A Burden Today:

For virtually the entire span of human history we have lived as Gatherer-Hunter peoples within close communities of 25-50 individuals. Modern society is but a blink in the eye compared to our primitive past (people in "developed" nations were still starting their fires with flint and steel barely more than a hundred years ago). Children growing up within their tribe were secure in knowing that their future occupations included 1. Hunter, 2. Gatherer, and 3. Shaman. That's it. They learned by watching their elders and mimicking behaviors. Almost as soon as a baby could close it's hand around something, a grinding stone or bow would be placed in it. When children mimicked adults successfully and dug up an edible root…

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Parenting Impact

Every thoughtful parent eventually realizes that s/he is unqualified for the job of parenting.  You struggle to instill your values, protect your child from harm, and provide her with the tools necessary to become healthy and successful.  Your child resists your teachings and behaves in ways that you find maddeningly opposite to what you want.  She may whine and complain, or be slow, or have temper tantrums, or won’t eat what you make them, or a million other frustrating behaviors.   Why?  What are you doing wrong? You have a problem if you see this as a problem when it is really an opportunity. You are on a journey with your child of exploration, about the world, about love and pain, about…

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Children are Born to Grow up their Parents

Become wise like a child.  Imagine that anything is possible.  Be openly enthusiastic about new experiences.  Use your whole body to experience play.  Feel your anger, sadness, joy and fear intensely and completely, then let go to experience the next moment.  Give and receive love with tenderness and innocence.  Experience living with so much excitement that you can’t possibly go to bed yet, until you fall down with exhaustion.  And then do it all again tomorrow.  

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Medicine Wheeling Trauma

The Journey to Wholeness is not a straight line. Climbing the mountain is not a precise metaphor. A better line would look jagged with plateaus, showing the places where we struggled and fell, our breakthroughs, and our “resting periods”. Perhaps the best way to represent our journey, though, comes from some Native traditions through the medicine wheel and the process of medicine wheeling. Medicine Wheeling along the Journey to Wholeness: I’ll present you with a way of understanding how we move through our stuck energies and limiting beliefs via a year around the medicine wheel. As you read about the seasons, try to find yourself within the descriptions. You have more than one issue in your life, so more than…

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Relationships & Vibration

Today I’m going to talk about relationships: why you’re attracted to whoever it is that you find attractive, regardless of their faults, abusiveness, argumentativeness, laziness, and so on.. I’ll also talk about why relationships fail and how you can create lasting love. Finally, I’ll talk about the big picture of how this is all about you learning your lessons along your Journey to Wholeness. In the first video, I introduced trauma and the vibration and limiting beliefs that accompany it.  When our unconscious mind brings us back to familiar experiences that activate the stored energy of the original trauma, that is called re-traumatization.  Let’s go into some detail about how this works in finding your “true love.” Every time an…

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You can Run but you Cannot Hide…By Chris Morasky

One of the most profoundly liberating realizations is that we have no secrets.  Every untruth and limiting belief that we hold is embodied in us and revealed to everyone we meet.  What we try to hide is observable in our posture, the tension and relaxation of our muscles, our tone and volume and pace of our speaking, our choice of words, the degree of openness of our eyelids, our skin tone, where we focus our eyes, our degree of coordination, our activity level, the clothing we wear, and many more traits. Very few people consciously understand what these outward manifestations mean, but EVERYONE understands them unconsciously and immediately.  We are an open book whose entire story is read by the…

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