When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: The Soul in Times of Great Change

St. John of the Cross, a medieval Spanish mystic, went through a period of several months in which he was detained and tortured by the Catholic Church.  From that experience he coined the phrase “dark night of the soul” to describe a time in which a person experiences challenges to the very foundation of their […]

Creating the Moment: Shamanic Practice in Musical Performance

The following is a write-up I did for a conference on musical leadership in churches.  They asked me to contribute by answering the question: “Why might we want to include a shamanic element to service through musical performance?” First, we need to define what we mean by the word “shamanic.”  I recommend taking it out […]