Visions from the Heart by Paul & Neelam
November, 2016


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We live in a disposable society, where life is often looked at in milestones and measured by accomplishments and restrained by the memories of failures.

Mankind has a tendency to either focus on the past, or it looks far down the line, ignoring the present. When all this happens, many aspects of life are missed, overlooked or neglected.

In the USA, we approach Thanksgiving at months end. The holiday centers on gathering of family and loved ones and a tremendously high caloric intake.

It also has a dark side to it in its origin that also needs to be acknowledged....

In my family
after we gatheredwe would take a moment to share what we were grateful for. This, of course, leads me to some Food for Thought...
  • How often are you grateful?
  • Are you grateful for the BIG things? And are you grateful for the small things? What kind of small is small? How BIG is BIG?
  • How do you display your gratitude?
  • When did someone do something for you that made you feel grateful?
  • Are you a Giver or a Taker?
  • Can you receive with gratitude?
  • Can you give with gratitude?
  • When was the last time you thanked the sunrise? The Sunset? Your near and dear One(s)? Is it with the same sense of gratitude?
  • When was the last time you thanked a failure?
  • How grateful are you for BEing you?
  • When was the last time you thanked yourself?
Neelam and I live Life in Gratitude. We are Grateful for each other. We are Grateful for our Families of both blood and spiritual. We are Grateful to Great Spirit. And We are Grateful to You!

Blessings to you and to all that you are Grateful towards.

Paul & Neelam
Quote of the Month:

“Be grateful for the small things, the things that you will one day long for, such as water, the wind, time...and breath.” The Dying Man
Musical Link of the Month

Ever have one of those days when an artist shows up that you somehow or another, missed? Of course, it also so happens that the artist shows up at the right time! Here is such an artist for me: Istvan Sky.

From his website:

Istvan studied singing and music first from nature, then from his family and Indian and Tibetian Masters. In 1990 he became the disciple of the renowned sarod maestro Smt. Sharan Rani in India, from whom he learned complex spiritual musical art (table, vocals and sarod). He tours worldwide with his unique chanting voice and healing music, and has full house concerts/workshops all over the world.

This particular piece is enchanting and deeply moving. This will certainly find a place in our workshops!

The Song of the Butterfly by Istvan Sky:
Shamanic Vision News

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Shamanic Drum Circle happening in Ahmedabad, Nov. 8, 2016
We are conducting a Shamanic Drum Circle in Ahmedabad at a students home. It also happens to be Paul Birthday...come a join us
from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We will meet at:

391/ Saraswatinagar, near Azad Soc, B/H old IIM, Ahmedabad 380015.
Cell : 992547044 & 9979901933

NEW! Highly Specialized Shamanic Workshop
Paul is offering a very specialized two day program from our home in Ahmedebad: Shamanic Extraction and Psychopomp. Each day is dedicated to the specific topic. Due to the depth of the Psychopomp program, all potential students are required to have taken our Extraction course and they must also apply and answer a 10 point questionnaire. The Psychopomp questions are found here:

If this work calls out to you, please contact Paul for immediate consideration. Seating is highly limited and selective for this workshop.

NEW! An Introduction to Shamanism: Finding The Divinity Within—Online Program

For our Dear Ones around the world, we are starting a 4 hour program of online teaching that will introduce you to Shamanism. The program focuses on Shamanism as a Way of BEing, as a way of Life.

This is not a workshop about the Shamanic Journey process. Instead it is about connecting with all of Life from the Divinity within you. We will broadcast live and will also record it so that you may listen to it at your own pace. In addition, a dedicated whatsapp group will be assembled so we can share and continue your education after the workshop.

Energy Investment: $40.00 USD

Further details can be found on our website here:

The program will take place on Sunday, December 4th at 8:30 a.m. PST. (We will broadcast LIVE from India which will be 10:00 p.m. IST)

One Year Mentorship Program 2016-2017 begins on November 13, 2016.

We have a very strong Tribe of dedicated Shamanic Practitioners from all corners of India this year. We are deeply honored to share these teachings with you dear Tribe!

We return to Bangalore in November!

We had two wonderful workshops in Banglore earlier this year and we are happy to announce that we are coming back to town!

On November 26-27th, Neelam and I will conduct our Foundations of Shamanic Practices workshop at a private residence in Bangalore in HSR Layout Sector 3.

This is our final Foundations offering for 2016 and seating is limited. Register here.

The Phoenix Returns!

Neelam and I are thrilled to bring back our notable Becoming the Phoenix workshop to Mumbai on December 16-18th.

This is our strongest workshop, a REAL life changer!

We have a series of informational webinars on this event, one is an overview and then three others that cover each of the three days. They may be found here:

Because of the depth and intimate nature of this workshop, seating is limited. You may enroll here.

Full Moon Calendar:

A reminder that we gather around the world on the night of ever Full Moon, asking Grandmother Moon to assist us in healing the Earth Mother. Details are found here.

Full Moon dates for the rest of 2016 are:

November 14, 2016

December 14, 2016

The Sea is Our Mother: Healing by the Sea Retreat

Neelam has been hard at work behind the scenes on putting together our first 100% residential retreat in India: The Sea is Our Mother: Healing by the Sea Retreat. We now have place and dates:
Place: Quiet Healing Center, Auroville
Dates: Check in: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 with group dinner and a Sea Healing drum circle. We will then be together until Feb. 26th with our workshop. Room check-out is on Monday morning, Feb. 27th before 11:00 a.m.

Please contact Neelam for more details: or call (India) 9979901933

From the Storyteller

I walked on the trail, hungry.  A man came to me...a man from a far away land.

I saw in his eyes that he was troubled.

“What is it my Brother? What troubles you so much that it is worn around your eyes like a coat?”

He looked away, his ears turned red as if burnt by the Sun. He then turned back to me; “I have nothing to live for.”

My heart went out to him; “Why do you say such a thing Brother?”

“I have ruined my life. I took up drink...I gambled...I caroused with women and drove my wife away...and then, she died. It was twenty years ago...and feels like it happen yesterday."

The wind of North came onto my face; it spoke to me. I closed my eyes and thanked Great Spirit. I heard the voice within seek its wings. I opened my mouth and my words took wing.

“These things happen...have you learned from them?”

He nodded, looking away at the ground.

I opened my hand, inviting him into my home. We soon sat at the fire. “These things happen...they happen for a reason. If you learn, and you honor...and are grateful for the lesson, then this thing has served its purpose. Let go of what happened. It is done. Thank it. Be grateful.”

He looked blindly through the fire; “Be grateful? For what?”

"For having had the chance to taste all sides of Life. To have known have known pain. To be man enough to taste your own tears. To have gotten back up on your feet and to walk again.”

“Walk again?”

“Yes my Brother. To walk once again in this World, for you certainly survived a far worst place than where you are today.”

He sat still for a while. He nodded, and opened his bag. He drew out a piece of dried elk meat, tore it in half and offered it to me.

I took it, with gratitude.
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