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Reclaiming the Self and Nature: The Wisdom of Shaman don Oscar Miro-Quesada

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The reader can start this exercise by considering the political, national and government scenes and how these externals do hold on to an illusion of control. More importantly, it is imperative for the reader to look within his or her self. There are many liberals, for example, that think if the conservatives behaved themselves by supporting healthcare, no wars, etc then everything will be fine. But does this truly change the system? Indeed, coming out of the 60's there were some changes due to anti-war and anti-Apartheid demonstrations. But, this did not truly change things....for in the 70's there were more what I term as "border wars" going on with the 80's allowing for all-out warfare in the Middle East. These wars continue to this day. Of course we did win with Obama backing down on Syria.

But who is the next enemy hidden up the sleeves of the powers that be? You and I for reading and writing articles like these?

These are huge questions. In this writer's opinion they are imperative for the reader to explore. How do we make REAL change while allowing change to occur organically within ourselves, the systems we live within and on our planet? Our changes must be open to change! Indeed, there is no sure end result!

At this point, the answers cannot be legislated. Answers can't be introduced by Obama, a landmark decision of the Supreme Court, or the ridding of the Koch Brother's Tea Party Republicans in Congress. If we follow the traditional model of change, as happened in the 70's during Vietnam with the protests from those days, we will ultimately remain in chains. How many wars have we been in since Vietnam? The problems have gotten worse, not better.

Thus, we need to let go of the system we live in. We must recognize that the life-support machine we have plugged into is really using us to support destruction. In Rob Kall's terminology, we need a "bottom up" revolution. This means its up to you and me.

This is truly what Shamanic practices are about. Yes, they get into different layers of Reality. And, yes, there are shamans who teach in the traditional manner of the term education, meaning to unfold. What is it to unfold? It means unfolding the potential within us. What is potential but power not yet directed. It means activating our Yin power to enfold the world in our hearts and our Yang power to emplant our hearts in the world. It is activating the life-power within us. Thus the shamans are there to help kindle your power, for they know deep down that your being powerful is good for the culture as well as the Earth.

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Thus is the work of Don Oscar Miro-Quesada. He shares it with us freely and graciously in his book, Lessons in Courage.

To listen to an interview the author and his wife did with don Oscar, visit:

Don Oscar's website is at:

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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