Begin the journey: Odyssey of the 8th Fire

The year 2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of a great journey that took place over the course of 8 months as a band of pilgrims guided by traditional elders of North America walked from the Atlantic to the Pacific under the sky sign of the Whirling Rainbow. To help commemorate that walk, I am creating a […] Read more »

In Search of Human Beings

A legendary elder of ancient Greece, the man named Diogenes gained renown by walking through the streets of ancient Athens in broad daylight carrying a lighted lamp. When people would ask him why his lamp was lit in the day, he would reply not that he was looking for an honest man, as is so […] Read more »

Twenty Years Ago – Thanksgiving Day, 1995

November 24, 1995 – A band of pilgrims gathered at First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod Massachsetts with Grandfather William Commanda and Frank Decontie of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, and Jose’ Lucero of the Santa Clara Pueblo. In a circle around the roaring ceremonial fire on the beach, the pilgrims vowed to begin a prayer […] Read more »

Reunion: Eagle-Quetzal-Condor

In this brief video clip, Chief Phil Lane shares his understanding of a key ancient teaching of the Americas: the reunion of the Eagle, Quetzal and Condor. Read more »

What is the Purpose of a Long Life?

Throughout history most successful and long-lived civilizations have held a place of respect for elders, and benefited from their life wisdom. By and large this tradition is missing today, to the detriment not only of elders but also of society. Each moment, each day, each one of us grows older. Thanks to medical advances and […] Read more »

Remembering an Epic Walk for the Earth

  Nineteen years ago today – June 23, 1995 – a small band of pilgrims set out walking from the Atlantic to the Pacific on an epic journey that I have come to regard, and to write about, as the Odyssey of the 8th Fire. The saga of their journey is well worth knowing, for it […] Read more »

The Latest Soul*Spark: Teach Us to Number Our Days

With pleasure, I announce the publication through Soul*Sparks Books of Teach Us to Number Our Days: A Compilation of Keys for Adept Aging (2nd ed.). Throughout history most successful and long-lived civilizations have held a place of respect for elders, and have benefited from their life wisdom. By and large this tradition is missing today, […] Read more »

Farmer Geiger’s Thanksgiving Grace

I was there in New Hampshire a year ago in September 2012, just a few miles away when dairyman Lincoln Geiger was badly hurt by a trampling bull. That Sunday they airlifted him to a hospital in Boston to reckon with life-threatening injuries. But Lincoln’s spirit was strong and he moved through the wounds and the shock, and […] Read more »