Silver moonlight broke through the clouds, illuminating the room as we dug into delightful Chilean sea bass in white wine and butter sauce. It had been a long time since we’d seen each other and we had a lot to catch up on. We talked for hours about the changes in our lives, about our spiritual views, and our hopes for the planet.

I slept deeply and awoke to the smell of freshly brewed coffee; raindrops were washing the window of my room. Later, we sat at the kitchen table drinking a cup of coffee, and then I helped Dana load the workshop material in his car. As Dana clicked in his seatbelt, he turned to me and said, “One cup of coffee won’t do it. Let’s go to First Cup for a second cup.”

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“Divination is a way of revealing the truth, a way to a deeper understanding of events and circumstances surrounding a situation or person. In certain societies outside the West, divining continues to play an important role, revealing what is hidden, easing anxiety, and helping people come to terms with challenging circumstances that demand the implementation of difficult decisions. It is also often used to understand the meaning of dreams and visions. Divination has always been an integral part of shamanism. Participants in a divination workshop have the opportunity to engage in journeys for each other as well as for themselves, and to acquire experience in using several proven shamanic methods.”

The room was silent as we took in what he said.

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