Author Archives: Running Elk

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 in the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer had begun some four years previously. The detour onto the shamanic way was unexpected, yet has proved to be one of the most rewarding challenges of my spiritual journey.

Dealing with the Friday fools

So… the first time it happened… I may have growled a little. Not much. Just enough. Or so I thought…   The second time it happened… …well… let’s just say that I may have been a little more… …erm… forceful…? … Continue reading

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Listening to the stones

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Originally posted on pondering the past:
It is an old friend, the stone. A friend to whom I infrequently pay my respects. This year, sand martins are flitting, wheeling and turning overhead as I make my short respectful pilgrimage. Admiring…

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The Watcher’s dilemma

I am Watcher. I’m in a high place, yet remain shadowed by brooding mountains that further darken a black sky. The gale flattens a campfire in front of me, casting all warmth to the western horizon. A tent-like structure behind … Continue reading

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Death of a salesman

We’ve all had them. The incessant sales calls, interspersed with the “Hello, I’m a hacker looking for easy access to your computer, erm, I mean, Steve from Microsoft…” type calls. Now, apart from the half-assed hacker boys who I like … Continue reading

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A funny thing happened on the way home.

It was an oddly euphoric moment of complete clarity. The sun, low, casting great shadows across the landscape; highlighting features normally hidden from view. The first flowers of Spring, punctuating in yellow, the intense verdant of the season. The sky, … Continue reading

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Shell shock

Sometimes, dreams come simply; any symbolic element of relevance bubbling readily to the surface. Some wake you laughing; with ludicrous images arising from apparently disassociated elements and ideas. Yesterday morning’s was neither. Myself and a stranger are somewhere in a … Continue reading

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The muses are lying on a beach somewhere…

In the name of the wee man… You’d think, having been away so long, all the pent-up posts would come flooding out. It’s not like I haven’t been writing, either. For the last three weeks I’ve been sitting around in … Continue reading

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