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    Darn the Tears

    She sits on the ground and is sewing a blanket — darning the tears that have appeared between each of the colors.

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    Helpers

    “Helpers is ... a story that reaches beyond our humanity to the smallest grain of sand, or the tiniest drop of water, or an inkling of a new green leaf. We all want and need help sometimes….” --- Diane A

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    The Hitchhiker

    The fly lands randomly upon the fence-wire, and we ride along as a privileged traveler or a hitchhiker who has been graciously picked up by a God.

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    A Healing Basket

    "Fear only exists within what could happen tomorrow -- today I choose to love"

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    Austin Labyrinth Project

    Walking the Labyrinth is an amazing way to move into your own journey and focus in on where you have been, where you are and where you are going. Visit the Project page for a list of Austin-area Labyrinths.

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    Medicine Drum Making

    A drum is a living being, built with intention and love. It is birthed through proper prayer and blessings. It is a guide and guardian and teacher that can bring healing by taking one on a journey within or a journey to another place.

Journey Work

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From the MIND, HEART and SPIRIT of Nate Long "Owl" with poetry and illustrations, journaling and mapping conversations with Spirit to bring hope, healing and love to whomever and whatever is in need.

Art

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Drawings, paintings and photographs -- drums and rattles -- dream catchers and stones -- ceremony and music. All work has been created with honor and respect and is infused with sacred intent -- and interwoven with prayer.

Books

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Helpers is a book about a child discovering unexpected helpers along her very challenging journey. It is a book for all ages, because we all need helpers. Other books are currently in the works, both children’s books and inspirational.


The Shamanic Artist

I try as best as I am able to live a life that is shamanic. My creations are my prayers to whatever Spirit says needs help. I am able to channel the needs and create a physical, verbal or musical gift. These “made prayers” are my way to assist in healing… emotional, spiritual and physical.

This is a sacred universe, which contains a sacred Earth, upon which resides sacred plants and animals, sacred thought and prayer, sacred hope and caring. For everything is truly sacred and contains a Spirit that deserves respect and devotion. We, as Human, must find this vision of everything again... for where we have forgotten how to see the magic, everything else within this universe has not. Blessings, Nate Long “Owl”

Shamanism is a way of thinking and seeing the world and reacting to the world. It coexists and enhances almost all forms of religious beliefs and cultural spiritual practice. It is about living with a view of the world as a living and connected organism. We, as Human, are a part of the whole, not in charge of - or overseers of - the world.

Ceremony creation and facilitation is another form of art and of making prayer. It can be a beautiful and loving undertaking or a powerful healing, supportive and visible statement. Ceremony involves the deep journey work, persistence and fearlessness of judgements.

Different from dreaming and from meditation, the shamanic journey is a tool used to provide a closer and more direct conversation with Spirit guides and ancestors; with the plants, animals and elements; and with the Earth herself. Within the journey, similar to lucid dreaming, questions are asked and answers are provided and healing and messages are sent and delivered. Bringing back the stories and recreating them in whatever artistic way is needed is the true job of a Shamanic Artist.


My Latest Journey Work

The following posts have been created based on shamanic journey work and meditations and everyday insights.

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Porcupine’s Helper

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… the best armor or shield or defense is not enough. Sometimes we need the help of something greater to keep us safe …  Porcupine’s Helper A tree of great size rises up as I approach. I am drifting silently on a slight breeze. The tree, maybe an ancient elm, climbs up into the sky, […]

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The Hitchhiker

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The Hitchhikers On the wing of a fly the moon is born as giant reptiles roam and we circle around the sun. Then off to the sink faucet as a nearby mother coos to a baby cradled on her chest. A stop to listen to the other flies buzzing and teasing the horse ears, making […]

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The Heart Rope

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The Heart Rope A rope tied to my heart Braided from the fibers of fatherhood Has been tossed over into the turbulence With a prayer that your hand will grab it… And I know that only you can grab it This is my journey –Nate Long “Owl” Oil pastel with digital manipulation  

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