Is My Philosophy Outdated?

Have you ever read something you wrote some time ago and been surprised at how outdated it seemed?  If not, substitute, seeing a photo of yourself from “some time ago,” and I bet you’re with me now.

Last night I found myself reading this following section about my Philosophy from my website to see if it needed a major overhaul. I may make a few edits here and there, but it still basically sums up how I feel about things.

-My philosophy evolves, as I do, but I always come back to the power of the natural world to help me keep my footing. The spirit of nature infuses my personal world and my professional world. It is one of the aspects of shamanism that engages me consistently and profoundly. Nature speaks to us if we stop and listen. Shamans of all ages knew this. Being in nature reactivates our connection to our source. It reminds us of our animal nature and of our divine nature. Being in nature helps break down the barriers our egos have created. It allows us to shift more easily to receptive states where we can hear our own instinctive voices as we hear the wind in the trees. The warmth of the sun on our faces rekindles the knowledge that we’re not alone in the universe. Being in nature makes it easy to look through our shaman’s eyes, to see the interconnection between all beings and the larger patterns at play. Nature creates a space where we can find union with each other and with God.

You may feel like the world is shifting under your feet and it’s hard to stay balanced. You may have friends and family, a doctor or a minister, a therapist or all of the above. However, now may be the time to try something new, because what you are experiencing doesn’t fit neatly into any category from your past. Maybe you feel something welling up inside and sense change is coming whether you like it or not. You’d like to figure out how to respond to this sense of urgency (or gentle voice, or feeling that something is not quite right in your life) proactively rather than reactively. You need a place that is safe and sacred, welcoming whatever your beliefs are, wherever you are on your journey. My goal is to provide that sacred space, to be a catalyst for you to connect to your internal and external sources of spiritual support, guidance and healing.


Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Wishing you a peaceful heart,


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About Mara

Mara Bishop, M.S., Th.M., C.S.C., is an intuitive consultant, shamanic practitioner, teacher, author, and artist. She is the owner of WholeSpirit. In her private practice, Mara combines intuitive consultations, shamanic healing, shamanic counseling, Reiki, and Healing with Spiritual Light. Her Personal Evolution Counseling™ provides each client with an integrated approach to spiritual healing, personal growth and emotional well-being. Her book, Inner Divinity: Crafting Your Life with Sacred Intelligence, explores ways to rediscover your "inner divinity," the spirit you were born with which holds your unique key for bringing balance, healing and joy into your life. Mara has worked in the fields of intuition and shamanism since 1995. Mara is a graduate of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies Three–Year Program in Advanced Shamanism and Shamanic Healing with Michael Harner and Sandra Ingerman, and Sandra Ingerman’s Teacher Training program in Shamanic Journeying and Healing. She is the only Harner Certified Shamanic Counselor® in North Carolina or neighboring states such as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Mara is also a Reiki Master, and a founding member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners. In addition she holds Master's degrees in Energy Medicine and Theology. Mara conducts workshops in core shamanism, intuitive development, and the concepts she developed in her book Inner Divinity, among other topics. She has presented for various programs at Duke University, the Rhine Research Center and at events such as the Body-Mind-Spirit Expo. Feel free to contact Mara and schedule a class or event. She can be reached via her web form.
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One Response to Is My Philosophy Outdated?

  1. Psychic Nest says:

    Hi Mara,

    I definitely feel where you are coming from. In the past “outdated” thoughts and writings used to scare me, that feeling of not being consistent was very uneasy. When I went past the fear, I realized that change is inevitable in life. Look at Mother Earth and how rapidly she changes. Acceptance is the key and understanding of the new path we are paving. Thank you so much for this thoughtful post!


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