May always seems like a soft and feminine month to me. I don’t know why but I always see it as a gentle month where I can feel more nurtured by nature and life itself.

When I was doing my research for Medicine for the Earth I researched miraculous shamanic healing stories, many of which I already knew. But my passion for the Medicine for the Earth work, I was birthing into the world, led me to so many extraordinary stories of healing. I basically researched stories of miracles, transmutation and transfiguration from every spiritual practice I could read about. And I found so much synchronicity with what I had been learning from my helping spirits over the years.

I was actually so excited about finding so many spiritual historical stories that backed up my work I felt I wanted to add quotes from every famous book I had read. I was so excited I added quotes from ancient traditions that were the same teachings I had learned in my own journeys.

I was extreme in my excitement in that I think I had over 200 quotes in my first draft of Medicine for the Earth: How to Heal Personal and Environmental Toxins. I was shocked when my editor, who was trained in shamanism, asked me to take out the majority of the quotes and speak from my own voice.

At the time it was the 1990s and I was so struck by reading so much material that matched exactly what I brought through during my two trips to Egypt in 1998 and 1999 and in my own journeys. Medicine for the Earth was started before my first trip to Egypt, and I finished the book after I brought a group to Egypt in 1999.

The hieroglyphs, pictographs, and the energy in the sacred temples and pyramids really inspired so much spiritual knowledge that all seemed to fall easily into putting pieces of the puzzle together.

So I was so excited to find books that reflected the teachings I learned through my time in Egypt and through my shamanic journeys. I really did not want to let go of the quotes as in some ways I felt they “proved” my work. I was still pretty young and had no mentors. Everything I wrote about and taught came through the power of direct revelation.

I did let go of the quotes and owned my voice. But I was truly inspired by the work of others including Manley Hall which led me into the practice of alchemy, the work of Neville who taught people the magic of the creative process, and that we have the same power of God, Source, the goddess, and so on. I also was influenced by the amazing stories of healing and the work of Jack Schwartz. Besides shamanic literature I turned to the Bible, the Kabbalah, Hindu teachings, Taoism, Buddhist teachings, and the list goes on.

Manley Hall’s book The Secrets of the Ages goes fully into the practice of alchemy which I have always been interested in.  The sun was worshiped for the light it shared on all levels. Manly Hall says the sun reflected the light of the invisible spiritual sun- the true source of light.

Caroline Casey adds that in alchemy, the Great Work is called the Operation of the Sun, which is the full cultivation of the human personality as a translucent vessel through which life can shine. The living gold of which the alchemists spoke is manifest in the radiant energy of the Sun. The Sun is our guiding light, reminding us we are incarnations of the gods. All the planets, god, and forces of our psyche reflect the sun.

The teaching that so many misunderstand about alchemy is that it is attributed to an ancient practice of literally turning lead into gold. But in truth, the belief in alchemy is that we all have this golden seed in us like the gold in the sun. And we have the power to always transmute heavy leaded consciousness into gold light consciousness.

And this was what alchemy was really about. In my book and in my trainings I teach people how the process of alchemy is so wedded in the practice of dismemberment just like we have been going through now.

Jacob Boehme, a seventeenth-century mystic defines the symbolism of the crucifixion as dismemberment. In his description, we see the theme of sacrificing the part of man that experiences himself as separate so that the universal consciousness may be liberated.

There are stories in every culture about dismemberment as a necessary process in clearing away and dissolving all the aspects of our humanness, or our earthly selves, that keep us from remembering our connection with the divine and Source from which we all came. This is essential to call forth the divine to heal the earth through transmutation.

We must remember our true nature as we call forth the true nature of life and purity from the natural world around us.

The two things that block us from believing we can create miracles are our perception of separateness and we don’t believe we can create miracles.

In alchemy, initiates had to show their amazing powers of how they moved from separation to oneness and could turn heavy leaded consciousness into gold light. The initiations were not easy and beyond what most of us would consider going through. So we are put into initiation processes by the power of the universe.

There was one initiate I heard about in one of Manley Hall’s lectures. I can’t remember the details, but the point is what matters. An initiate was placed under a temple bell that rang all day and all night. The initiate, with this bell 24/7, had to sit and learn how to find peace within no matter what was happening around him. That is an amazing story.

Imagine what kind of peace we could create in the world once we go through the hard initiations as we are doing now.

To leave you with a quote that I try to live my life by which Neville always shares, “The whole world is you pushed out.”

What part of you is pushed out into the world – one who holds love and peace in their heart no matter what is happening around them or a world of anger or fear?  We all have the choice of what world we want to live in. It is all about creating a beautiful landscape that is the true reflection of your beauty within and without.

The full moon is May 5. We might not have been through the depths of the initiations of the ancients, but we have all suffered loss and have learned how light can heal. Let’s do our sacred preparation work so you are working in a sacred temple inside of yourself. Imagine the power of the sun inspiring you to allow yourself to let go of what keeps you separate from Source and shine your own inner light within and absorb the nurturance of the light. And then when you are ready allow this light to flow freely within and throughout the Earth.

If you are a new reader of the Transmutation News please read the instructions for our full moon ceremonies in Creating A Human of Light on the homepage.

Please join me in welcoming Cristina Ferreira who is our new Portuguese translator. It is such a blessing to have someone who can help share the work with Portuguese speakers. It is a lot of work to translate the Transmutation News. So please help me in thanking Christina for the amazing work she is willing to do to help expand our community. We wish Cristina all the goodness that life has to offer.


You know how much I love working with Renee Baribeau in doing our Shamans Cave podcast together. When I first read Winds of Spirit I was so mesmerized by the work and I asked Renee if she wanted to partner with me in doing something together and hence The Shamans Cave was born.

Winds of Spirit: Ancient Wisdom Tools for Navigating Relationships, Health, and the Divine is now available on Audible. 

Winner of the 2018 Nautilus Award. Winds of Spirit is a practical guide to connect to powerful wind energies that navigate us toward authentic joy, power, and purpose. Experiential practices include wind breath, wind bath, wind knots, and more!

Bhola is a dear friend of mine. He is an amazing shaman from Nepal. Everyone who works with Bhola is awed by his kindness and compassion and of course his amazing sense of humor. Here is what he shared about his pilgrimage to Nepal in 2023.

LEARNING, EXPERIENTIAL PILGRIMAGE TO STUDY WITH THE SHAMANS IN NEPAL, 2023. We have exciting proposals – travel and study in Nepal suitable for all ages and tastes: exploration, learning, experiencing and receiving healing from the Dhami-Jhankri-shamans elders.

Each day of these experiential pilgrimages will offer new revelations and opportunities to explore the richness of Nepali culture and practice, presented in morning, afternoon, and night sessions with lunch and dinner breaks. All participants are encouraged to participate in ceremonies and the group cleansing and healing processes within the stipulated time and space. For an enhanced experience, all the presentations, discussions, and ceremonies in Nepali or any regional language will be translated into English and vice versa (interpreters simultaneously translate rituals and sacred songs as much as possible). As the Nepali shamans and elders have their rhythms and ways of working and sharing, there will be time to ask questions and get clarity.

As the spaces are limited, you will get more information on how to participate by emailing  You can find the daily itineraries by visiting his webpage

Tune into an interview I did for Blue Soul Summit, together with five other riveting speakers on Accessing our Life Force. Blue Soul Summit’s Season 5 talks with six visionaries from around the world to talk about the various ways we can not just access our life force, but ignite it and use it for more joy, peace, and health in our daily lives. This season includes Shaman, Teacher, Author & Speaker Sandra Ingerman, Lynne McTaggart, most known for her work and book called The Field and the Power of Eight groups, Chakra expert, teacher & Author Cyndi Dale, International Teacher of Meditation, Yoga & Chakras Swami Saradananda, Chief Phillip Scott who speaks about indigenous ways to bring harmony into your life and balance with all things, including nature and Japanese-born Issho Fujita, a Zen-Buddhist Priest who talks about stillness, meditation and his journey to enlightenment.

Register for free here:

I have let you know about the brilliant work of Margaret Paul in past issues of the Transmutation News. I really feel her work is brilliant. She is one of the most compassionate people I know. And her work has helped me a lot. To get a sense of her work Margaret Paul is sharing some of her ebooks. I chose this one for our circle.

The 6 Reasons Why Loving Yourself Is Essential for Inner Peace, Joy, and Loving Relationships

Learning to love yourself can change everything in your life. By reading this ebook, you’ll discover that much of the pain you’re experiencing in yourself and your relationships comes directly from a lack of self-love. 

Discover the 6 major reasons why loving yourself is so essential to living the joyful and fulfilling life you’ve always wanted, as well as simple action steps you can take now to start loving yourself. 

Written by Bestselling Author and Co-Creator of the powerful Inner Bonding® self-healing process, Dr. Margaret Paul.

This information will lead you to enroll in Dr. Margaret’s 8-week online course called Loving Yourself to Abundance, Freedom, and Vibrant Love: The Powerful 8-Module Inner Bonding Process for Healing Your Aloneness. 

I was interviewed by Angell Deer for his podcast. We spoke about the relevance of shamanism today. Here are the links if you wish to listen:

You can find the video recording at:

And the Podcast (on your favorite podcast platform) at:

I have finally learned that there is a retreat center I can teach at. I am looking at teaching an advanced shamanic healing training in 2024!

In the meantime, I am still doing The Shamans Cave podcast with Renee Baribeau. We have so much fun doing this show, and we have had amazing feedback on how we are helping people ride out the waves of change we are in. We have listeners and viewers from all generations and from people all over the world. You can learn more and subscribe to our show by visiting  

There are teachers on who are teaching in-person trainings, online advanced shamanic healing methods trainings with really small groups so everyone can be observed in their work, and there are hybrid courses of a mixture of online and in-person trainings. Due to the intimate size of the group participants are getting some of the best shamanic healing than have seen in past workshops.

And during these times it is a good idea to get some shamanic healing work performed to give you the power and resilience we all need right now. There are brilliant practitioners working with clients remotely and in person listed on also.

I still have Evergreen Courses that are already recorded on Journeying and other topics. Check out my Training page for further information. And you have all received my dedicated email that all my Shift Network courses are now all digital and can be purchased by you to learn from at any time. “The Dark Night of the Soul” is such a powerful course and has great tools to get you through challenging times. And “Healing with Spiritual Light” produced by Sounds True and “Spiritual Immunity” produced by the Shift Network are my Medicine for the Earth and Spiritual Light trainings in an online format.

There is a fabulous course on working with Nature which is one of my favorites “Shamanic Journeying with the Spirits of Nature”.

Please check out my books and audio programs and my Healing Your Thoughts app. I have received such great feedback, and they include information and exercises I teach in my workshops. All my books sell well. And if you haven’t, check out Walking in Light and The Book of Ceremony. You might be missing some valuable shamanic tools and practices you can use in your life to receive guidance, healing, and to honor all the transitions and changes in life.

And due to my work of deepening my practices, I am reading my book Medicine for the Earth again. Besides Soul Retrieval and The Book of Ceremony, this is one of my powerful books. It is very esoteric it never reached a mainstream audience.

And don’t forget to visit our Shamans are Gardeners of Energy Facebook page to post inspirational stories and images and also to be uplifted by what our community is sharing. To join the Facebook group Shamans Are Gardeners of Energy, go to:  The password is “Transfiguration”. 

Sylvia Edwards has generously compiled a list of the ceremonies that have been shared so far on the Shamans Are Gardeners of Energy website. Below is a link to that page. Once there, you will find all the past recordings with a description.

Thank you Sylvia for gifting us with this list:

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