In Episode 3 of Packing for Crazy Town, at the core of Dianne Connelly’s teaching was the oft referenced “dance of the five,” or “Wu Xing (wu shing),” or “Five Element Theory,” which as it turns out is a term/label that Dianne doesn’t use any longer. But, I said I would post a picture of what it looked like so you can have something visual to reference what we were going on about.  These images are all variations of the same thing.  At the center is ONE, and then the Yin and Yang embody “TWO,” or as Dianne would say, One showing itself as two…and then the elements and the seasons complete the picture.  I personally know just enough to be quite dangerous about ancient Chinese energetics, but I have fulfilled my promise to post a picture of it, and isn’t it cool looking?

The Shaman’s Tech Support with Shonagh Home

If you don’t have a Shaman on speed dial, episode 2 of Packing for Crazy Town is for you.

I met up with Shonagh Home, Shamanic Therapist, Author, and Poet at her home in the Wilds of Suburban Seattle. A friend for a decade, Shonagh has talked me off many a ledge and pulled me out of a few holes, and in return, I do things she finds mysterious like connecting printers to WIFI,  backing up your cellphone, and editing audio files…thus the title of this podcast. Ours is a friendship that works. And, as a “Medicine Wheel” student of hers for two years some years back, she also taught me how to find people’s totem animals, and do soul retrieval, so there’s that:)

NOTE ABOUT THE AUDIO: recording a podcast DIRECTLY INTO AUDACITY is a no go.  It takes space and clips it out, so …If you’re an audiophile and want to hear Shonagh Home, please check out later episodes, and also stay tuned for “the Shaman’s Tech Support” launching in September.

One thing that attracts me to people, is a fascinating life arc, and in that regard Shonagh is no exception. The short version is “From Wall Street Wife to Martha Stewart on Mushrooms.”  she’s written five books, my personal favorite is ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ a bite-sized (you can read it on a two hour flight ) chronicle of her transformation that occurred through her work with a Mayan priest and shaman. She is voracious researcher and prolific writer with a fearless social media presence, not to mention a fantastic Mother to two of my favorite girls, and an effortless gourmet cook, with an ironclad adherence to only the freshest, most organic ingredients brimming with cell-plumping probiotics. And she uses fuck as a modifier more than you might think, which I find endearing.

This podcast starts out with a conversation about the benefits of bee venom therapy (the beauty secret you’re in denial about,) and moves into the power of intention, affirmation, healing original wounds, words as wands, keeping your eye on the prize and staying out of the national crazy, healing the gut with ancestral foods, and staying close to the divine, and skipping the NY Times and TV in favor of Ancient Wisdom. We work through dark nights of the soul, shadow selves, the awesomeness of mid-life face slaps, and how to stay on your feet in whackadoodle times. Along the way, she recites two poems from her recent collection of channeled works ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ which all flowed out of her in one take, straight up rhyming. And finally, because looking good while getting our go-bag for crazy town ready is not nothing, I say: Shonagh, as exhausting as it will be to hear your daily regimen: let’s have it, sister.

More about Shonagh:

Her specialized private sessions and retreats are probing and revelatory, assisting clients to break chronic, self-defeating patterns, and move into empowered personal sovereignty. Shonagh is an international public speaker on the subject of visionary shamanic-spirit medicine, a voice for stewardship of the honeybees, and a teacher on the subject of Traditional Foods. She is author of the books, ‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’ ‘Love and Spirit Medicine,’ ‘Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms,’ and ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks.’

You can find out more about Shonagh here:


This Body, That Air, Forward…Yes! Free Falling with Dianne m. Connelly


“I hold the human privilege of wording the world as a sacred honor, and so it is not okay to say just any old thing about being.”  from Medicine Words

As this podcast is literally, the very beginning of my exploration of radical vulnerability and mass accelerated something or other,  I knew I had to track down Dianne m. Connelly, author of Medicine Words: Language of love for the treatment room of life,  to begin a conversation BIG ENOUGH for all of us to turn around in.” She applied a pumpkin enzyme peel of ancient chinese energetics to the way I look at how I am in the world, and took 20 years off of my speaking.

“None of us are getting out of here alive, so what ways of living will you design between now and when you’re not here anymore?”

After 2 restarts, Dianne m. Connelly  and I  laughed our way through being beginners at this podding thing…She got me to Donald Trump as holy aspect of the Great Oneness…and reminded me why she was one of the most influential teachers I’ve ever had.

And, a note about the audio quality.  Once you hear Dianne you’ll understand why tying her to a computer and to Skype was not an option, so this was recorded via What’s App. Creation is messy, and Production, at least in the beginning, is fraught with opportunities to get confused, and so so many dials!  Making this is a process, and I want to share that too.

“Can I, will I, allow you to be just exactly as you are? In my every interaction, my every conversation, will I practice opening to you as phenomenon, as Divine showing, or will I draw conclusions, tell stories, make commentaries too small to let you show as “a radiance, a shining?” From Medicine Words.

buy Medicine Words: Language of Love for the Treatment Room of Life Connelly

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