Some of Castaneda‘s works collected for online reading. Enjoy.



As a student of the school of shamanic thought i was granted the opportunity to do a power animal retrieval ceremony last year.

To the beat of a drum I lay on the floor relaxed with my eyes closed. My teacher guided me through a small visualization. I visualized myself traveling into a hole in the ground and through a tunnel within the earth. I travelled through the tunnel until i saw a pin point of light. My teacher now left me alone with the beat of the drum as i saw a pinpoint of light and followed it. I crawled out of the tunnel and found myself in a field with random trees and a forest on the far site. I saw animals everywhere, mostly birds. A hummingbird vividly appeared to me. I walked through the field exploring the new world i was in. I saw another hummingbird. I walked along and saw many other animals but once again the hummingbird appeared to me, and finally again for a forth time. I asked the hummingbird, “are you my power animal”. Suddenly i entered the hummingbird’s body. I felt the beautiful joy and magic of this small bird and saw beautiful pink and purple flowers everywhere.

The answer was clearly YES.

I left the hummingbird’s body and watched it fly about me. I grabbed the tiny bird in my arms and carried it back up the tunnel as the beat if the drum sped up. We flew so fast up and out of the hole in the ground that i had originally entered.

Slowly i can back to reality clutching my chest and the memory of the tiny bird in it. A shaman came to me and asked if i had found my power animal. I nodded, he asked what it was. “Hummingbird” i replied still groggy from my trance-like journey. He smiled and told me to hold the image of the bird in my minds eye and that he would as well. As i held the image in my mind he blew into the top of my head and sealed my auric field with a few shakes of his gourde. Now the hummingbird is with me.

I see her (the hummingbird) often in visions and while in ceremony. My friend as saw a little luminecent humming bird flying over my head once and i often hear the vibration and hum of her wings when i am in ceremony, meditaion or prayer.

The hummingbird was a very sacred animal to the Maya and Inka peoples. The hummingbird’s medicine is pure joy and beauty as well as magik. She also brings with her the wisdom of flower essences and how to heal with flower essences.

I am very grateful to have her with me. She carries much healing for me.

Love and Light.


Stalking yourself is a warrior technique. To do this, watch your thoughts and reactions, feelings and moods from day to day. What pushes your buttons? Watch for patterns. Do the same problems arise constantly for you in your life? What is the source of the negative pattern that is happening in your life. Most importantly remember that only YOU are in control of you life. Others may try to tell you what to do. Society may try to tell you how to be and how to live but only you are in control.

Take me for example! I create chaos in my life on a constant basis. I have noticed that I have a difficult time saying no to people. I hate letting people down. I have gotten much better at it over the years but it has created and enormous amount of stress in my life. I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder and depression caused from anxiety disorder when I was 18. Call it what you will but I have created an illusion in my life that if I let people down my life will fall apart! WRONG. Clearing this pattern is part of my life’s work, as clearing many of your patterns is the key to clearing your karma.

Not only is stalking yourself a valuable technique in discovering negative patterns in your life but stalking others. This is how you can learn to avoid misery and chaos in your life. Of course when I say stalking I do not mean that you should follow someone home from school and hide in the bushes and watch them from their bedroom window, but observe people you see in your daily life. People at work, on the street, at the supermarket. What mistakes are they making? How are they creating un-needed misery in their life.

Watch and learn. One of the greatest gifts we have is that we do not always have to experience tough life lessons first hand to learn the lesson to save ourselves misery. Although sometimes to really get a lesson we need to have something happen directly to us so that it can be integrated properly and really hit home.

Life is the greatest teacher. Keeping a journal is an excellent way to watch for patterns or simply reflect on your day every night before bed. Look for patterns. I do this on the train traveling home from work.

A spiritual guide or teacher, psychotherapist or life coach can help you to discover things about yourself that you cannot see from within yourself.

My spiritual teacher gave me warrior tasks based around a journal that I wrote – my life story basically. This is called the Shideh journal or life journal. I will write another article specifically on the Shideh Journal in the future.

Basically the warrior tasks will allow me to face my fears and avoidance in life directly. They will make me into a strong spiritual warrior not afraid to meet many challenges life presents. They also are designed to help transform me into a stronger, freer human and will eventually help me to be happier and more confident in my everyday life.

These tasks will allow me to not only stop my negative patterns but to completely transform all weaknesses into strengths, all misery into freedom, confidence and happiness.

Love and Light.
Sacred Alchemy.