Uña de Gato, Powerful Plant

Uña de Gato, Uncaria tomentosa, or Cat’s Claw is among the most amazing and powerful plants on this planet. Since I first encountered this jungle vine several years ago, it has remained by my side as one of my most trusted and respected guides on the path of health, clarity, energy and immunity.

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Flowing with Springs

For good reason, gathering spring water has become increasingly popular as more and more people experience the undeniable benefits of consuming pure, clean, living water. Wild water is of course found in wild places, and with the increased popularity comes increased traffic and potential for damage to sensitive ecosystems in which springs are found.

Here are 8 tips to help you maintain right relationship with your water source.

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The Wild Fire of Idle No More

Thousands of people as one; dancing, singing and in sync with the heartbeat of a movement marching above and beyond colonialism, capitalism and racism – overwhelmingly and courageously speaking up and moving forward for indigenous rights and sovereignty, human rights and decency, and the health and stewardship of this planet and its peoples.

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Food Medicine Life

This is a path of uniting stories. An open source invitation into deeper relation with the many things that fuel, heal, and energize us; that which is alive all around us, co-creates with us. This a path of dissolving separation. A path of connectivity. Side with the plants, learn plants, eat plants, become plants – let food be your medicine, let medicine be your food – and begin to synthesize entirely different dimensions of time, technology, communication, and potential.

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Bloodletting with Peter Gorman – Book Review & Interview

In the words of Dennis McKenna; Peter Gorman has “been way, way beyond the chrysanthemum on many a dark jungle night.” Gorman’s long awaited book Ayahuasca in My Blood: 25 Years of Medicine Dreaming tells the story of his long, deep relationship with ayahuasca. This book review, and an interview with the author, sets up camp to explore the edges of an astonishing journey.

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The Grandmothers' Fire

As the weather made a turn for the worse and things got icy, frozen, cold and snowy, I learned that the health of my grandmother and my aunt had also taken a turn for the worse, and that they’d been hospitalized. I asked the universe and I asked the spirits to offer their help in this situation. Shortly after this request, I was presented with the opportunity to do an interview with Jyoti, one of the primary forces behind the creation of The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers.

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  • Often these days I find myself screaming “fuuuuuugggcckk”, harsh and angry through clenched teeth.
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When I read Glenn Shepard’s (@ethnoground_photography) tweets about Brazil and Bolsanaro, when I see @ancientforestalliance posts about the continued logging of old growth forests in BC, when another draconian raisin gets “elected”… it’s all stabs to the soul. You’d think I’d run out of fucks to give, but it seems I’ve got a wellspring of ‘em.
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And again with the Notre Dame cathedral fire: “fuuuuuugggcckk!” Of course it’s sad and tragic and I have empathy for those with heartfelt connections to such an iconic place and historic structure. When I first read the news I winced a sad wince. This gave way to clenched teeth as billions of dollars poured in towards restoration.
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Meanwhile, there’s people, actual real people, cutting down old growth trees of 1000 years and older, all the time. Billions of dollars and laser scanned maps might help rebuild Notre Dame in a few years.
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But it still takes thousands of years for old growth trees to grow old. I'm echoing and adding my voice to all the other nature lovers, tree huggers, plant people and clear-minded folks who have also pointed this very obvious thing out.
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For us, thousand-year-old "cathedrals” are destroyed every day. Cut down to build what? Tables? Chairs? Homes? If anything the Notre Dame fire has illuminated how much of our collective psyche still resides in medieval times
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There’s trees near you that are older than Notre Dame. Go find them. Go visit them. Protect them.
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Follow and keep watch with @ancientforestalliance — right now 109 hectares of old-growth forest adjacent to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, is being threatened with clearcutting — the projected equivalent of 1300 logging trucks worth of old-growth to be cut down — starting April 26th. One week from now.
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TAKE ACTION — start by following Ancient Forest Alliance and going to
https://www.ancientforestalliance.org/send-a-message/
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Maybe we can raise billions of dollars and get some frickin’ lasers too.

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Sapo In My Soul: The Matsés Frog Medicine — By Peter Gorman, Foreword by Morgan Maher