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 »

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 »

Stunning Sunbow Illuminates Moscow

On Sunday, January 19, Valera Yangurazov, a passenger on a Moscow train, videotaped a dramatically vivid Whirling Rainbow (Sundog, or Sunbow) illuminating the sky in Russia. You can watch the short video on this page. Beholding the natural beauty of the Sunbow as I watched the video, I immediately recalled how that vivid sky sign played […] Read more »

How We Must Be to Influence the Future

The late Navajo elder Leon Secatero once told me that he saw the Wind Walkers take corn pollen in their mouths to bless their words before they spoke to him. “The elders talked about positive things, focusing on the positive to make things happen, to bring in good energy so that life will continue. They […] Read more »