…And By Opposing End Them

I had to repost this from the pen of Sue Vincent, as it so beautifully expresses a part of the human condition which, though crucial in allowing us to express the various parts of our individual make up in a variety of disparite situations, can so easily lead to the loss of self. It is too easy to fall into a place where we express the expectations of others, in order to fit in, be part of the crowd, find acceptance, that we are no longer certain of our own expectations, desires and beliefs.
There is much in my past which many would find strange, yet there is no shame in any of it. Every step, every mistake, every lesson learned, has led to this moment in which I am the person you see now. Nothing could be omitted and result in the same personality.
The key is to find strength in the recognition of the parts which no longer serve the innermost desires of your heart, lay them aside, and grow in the knowledge of self.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo



I was at the Shakespeare again this morning….

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?”


That really is the question, isn’t it?

There is a huge amount of stuff out there purporting to tell us how to come to full consciousness. Some of it valuable, some less so. No school, however, can confer or guarantee the gift of Being. That is for the student to find within themselves and in this we are all students. All  any school or system can ever do is open a door and show a way, arming the student with the tools of the quest we have found to be of use, a map lovingly crafted by…

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About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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