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Rune Drum Video: Warning Trees About Logging

Aug 23rd, 2018 | By

  Earlier this year a shamanic teacher colleague in the US gifted me a large drum. The drum and I flew across The Atlantic together and it expressed a strong preference for living and working with me in Sweden, not in London (where I spend more of my time as my children attend school there).

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Rune Activism for Fallen Trees

Jun 1st, 2018 | By

By Imelda Almqvist In Germanic regions, it was believed that mankind was created from tree trunks, echoing the perception that people and trees have much in common. In Sweden, some trees were considered ‘wardens’ and could guard a home from bad luck. The warden was usually a very old tree growing on the lot near

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A Ghost Story involving the Ancestor of Place

Apr 11th, 2018 | By

  By Imelda Almqvist Last night my husband came out with some interesting statements about ghosts: “Ghosts are very positive because they enrich our lives and they weave together past, present and future”. My best guess is that most people will not share his perspective! In January 2018 I wrote a blog titled Ancestor of

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Karma, Projections, Fantasy and Delusion

Mar 27th, 2018 | By

Karma, Projections, Fantasy and Delusion By Imelda Almqvist   Karma (/ˈkɑːrmə/; Sanskrit: कर्म, translit. karma, IPA: [ˈkərmə] ( listen); Pali: kamma) means action, work or deed;[1] it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).[2] Good intent and

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WOW Air is NOT so Wow!

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By

By Imelda Almqvist Twice a year I teach in the U.S. I usually take a direct flight from London to Philadelphia. Earlier this month I needed to get myself from the East Coast to Stockholm instead and things got a lot trickier. My husband found some affordable flights with Wow Airlines: from London to Newark

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Gratitude for Death

Jan 30th, 2018 | By

 By Imelda Almqvist  Gratitude for Death Our youngest son Brendan published a book in 2014, when he was 9 years old.  He loved nothing better than writing and drawing. His big dream was to be a published author.  On his ninth birthday received a big box for a present: full of copies of his own

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Pilgrimage to the Mountain of Healing

Jan 25th, 2018 | By

By Imelda Almqvist Yesterday I had a small operation under local anaesthetic. I decided to view this as a shamanic journey. As the doctor entered my body, I also “walked in” using the “x-ray eyes of the shaman”. It was an incredible experience! Of course I know that our human body is a gift from

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I Can Ask And You Can Say No – Right?!

Jan 18th, 2018 | By

By Imelda Almqvist This week I have been feeling somewhat overwhelmed. The word “somewhat” is only inserted here because after living in the UK for nearly 30 years I think and write in British English (rather than my mother tongue, which is Dutch). British people are masters at the art of understatement: they do not

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Ancestor of Place

Dec 31st, 2017 | By

By Imelda Almqvist Without our ancestors we would not be here. – This is a very simple truth, but one we forget or gloss over in Western society. For indigenous or tribal peoples the honouring of ancestors is at the very heart of of community life. Without the gifts and blessings of our ancestors we

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Novena for Fallen Trees

Dec 28th, 2017 | By

By Imelda Almqvist Our house in Sweden is situated in the Forest (yes, deliberately spelled with a capital letter F!) I am not talking about a piece of woodland here, I am talking about an ancient enchanted type of Forest, stretching for miles and teeming with trolls and gnomes! Here humans can easily get very

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