Ancient sacrificial sites await discovery
The first settlers in Finland after the Ice Age remain a mystery, but experts are slowly uncovering clues that might shed light on their spiritual beliefs.
Juha Pentikäinen, Professor Emeritus of the Study of Religions from Helsinki University, examines strange markings on two enormous boulders that stand in a patch of forest near Länsimäki, in Vantaa. Pentikäinen has studied many such sites around Finland over the last decade, working together with a team that includes geologist and archaeologist colleagues.
On Monday, January 19th at 6:00 pm, hundreds gathered at Dupont Circle for this frivolous, yet remarkable, ceremony. A shaman was there to perform the ceremony. Rabbi Sharon Klein delivered the invocation. Together with organizer, Kate Clinton, they took on the gargantuan task of cleansing the White House of evil spirits.Ask the Workplace Shaman
In the course of my career as a management consultant, I've come to see my role as resembling that of a shaman.
The shaman or medicine man/woman traditionally provided healing in the community, incorporating the mind, body and spirit. Organizational-effectiveness consulting involves an element of healing and raising corporate consciousness. Different aspects of the organization, such as plans and strategies (mind,) structure and processes (body), and culture and employee morale (spirit), are part of a complex organism requiring a holistic approach.
A dozen faith healers danced, shook rattles, blew smoke and chanted the new president's name while throwing flower petals and coca leaves at his photograph. The Andean ritual is known as Jatun Sonjo, or "Big Heart," in the Quechua language. "In ancient times, it was one of the rituals dedicated to Inca and pre-Inca rulers," lead shaman Juan Osco said. "Today we dedicate it from Peru to Obama because he is the first black president and his heart is big for the whole world."One Green Year: What You Can Do Today
You could decide to lose weight—again—or this year you could resolve to lighten the load you leave on the planet. To help, we’ve outlined a series of small changes that add up to big results and divvied them up by time frame—tasks you can complete today, in the next week, during the next month and over the course of the next year. Breaking your efforts into smaller, more manageable tasks isn’t a cop-out: By following this plan, each small step adds up to changes that will benefit the health of the planet—and, yes, even your own health—immediately and in years to come.