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Embracing All of Life's Cycles

Embracing All of Life's Cycles Eden Clark

Over the past two years, I've had the opportunity to sit in ceremony with jungle shamans, also known as the curanderos, deep in the Amazon jungle. The trek to get there takes a few days of traveling on big planes, little planes, buses, and motorized canoes. Deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle, the nightly ceremony we do is not for the faint-hearted, but it is life changing. Our ceremony work involves moving through death, journeying between worlds, seeing the deepest parts of yourself, and going far beyond what I ever thought reality to be.

A Longing for Cosmic Understanding

One of the first lessons I received formed the foundation for an intense period of transition that followed. Ultimately, it formed the foundation for my life. You can apply this to any point in your life—be it a relationship, a career, a life change, or any other milestone. I hope it helps you wherever you may be.

Like the two nights before, I made my way along the dense jungle path to the small wooden hut. We all walked in silence, listening to the crunch of the broken nut shells under our feet as we wound our way along the jungle's edge to the small thatch-roofed hut. The torches that lit the darkest parts of our walk poured a thick gray smoke into the night air but were sufficient for us to find our way. We climbed the wooden stairs and opened the creaky door, entering in silence to take our place within the circle. Soon after we began our journey.