Radio: The Art of Dreaming

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Today on Going Shamanic, your host Jennifer Engracio interviews Marilyn Keffer on the show.
You will hear what it means to really dream – in both the sleeping world and the waking world. You will gain tools and tips on how dreaming informs us in so many unconscious ways, and when we listen with intent, life unfolds beautifully.

Marilyn Keffer holds an Honours BA degree in psychology and has studied and trained extensively in Shamanism with teachers of the sacred spiritual pathways of the Mayan, Toltec, Yaqui, and Q’ero peoples of North, Central, and South America.  Marilyn is co-founder of the Institute of Shamanic Medicine and co-author of the book “Shamanic Ceremonies for a Changing World.”  She is a shamanic coach and a shamanic practitioner and teaches across Canada and at home in British Columbia.

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Radio: Traditional Hawaiian Medicine

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Join “Going Shamanic”  host, Jennifer Engracio and Aunty Fran as they talk about indigenous medicine and how it can marry well with modern medicine.

Francine Dudoit-Tagupa, also known as “Aunty Fran” to her patients and co-workers, began her career with Waikiki Health in 1998. She comes from a lineage of Native Hawaiian healers who taught her skills that are valued both in the Native Hawaiian and general community. Her areas of specialty are Native Hawaiian Healing, Hawaiian Cultural Education, Advocacy for Kupuna, Chronic Pain Management, and Individual and Family Counseling. Healing modalities include Ho’oponopono, Lomilomi and La’au Lapa’au.  Aunty Fran has more than 35 years of experience as a Registered Nurse and Native Hawaiian Practitioner.

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New Book: Women’s Power Stories

The long-awaited book “Women’s Power Stories: Honouring the Feminine Principle of Life” edited by Jennifer Engracio and Carell Mehl is COMING THIS SUMMER (2015)! To put your name on the wait list for a book, email:

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“You are invited to come on a journey as thirteen ancient goddesses remind you of the power and beauty of the feminine aspects within you. Whatever your gender may be, the twenty-six stories in this book will touch the very heart of the strong feminine presence within you and awaken parts of you that may have been asleep. What power story lies deep within you wanting to be told? Contained within this volume, you will find inspiration, resources, knowledge, and suggestions that will support you in tapping into your own victories.”


“This book definitely took me to another space inside myself, into the womb, where I was able to connect the energy of the goddess and the energy of the Earth Count together to find a space that wanted to heal.  It made me feel that part of the goddess and Earth energy! It helped me to connect to the story inside myself as I read through the pages–bubbling up and coming present.”

-Lori’ Nelson


I found that each story was deeply moving–to the point where I had to pause and put the manuscript down after each one in order to digest the experience. For me, reading each story was a little like being shown a movie filled with vivid, personal images.   Each author writes in her own voice, but what each one has in common is openness and candor. It would even be fair to say they are intimate. I had the feeling of being trusted–the kind of feeling one gets when someone tells you a highly personal secret. “

-Greg Leach


“This book took me on a journey and helped me touch the feminine aspect of my soul–the part of me that I was afraid to engage with. It helped me connect with the strength of my goddess within. I realized the power in vulnerability and it sometimes moved me to tears. Through those tears, I released the hidden wounds that were still there from the past.”

-Michelle Darago

The Hawaiian Art of Forgiveness

On “Going Shamanic” radio show, Jen Engracio interviewed Uncle Harry Uhane Jim on the Hawaiian art of forgiveness called “Ho’oponopono.”  Uncle Harry  joined us to talk about why clearing the past is important to our health and well-being in the present, and shared with us how it’s done.  Don’t miss this show!  It’s filled with wisdom you can take into your daily life.

Harry Uhane Jim is a Kahuna, healer, and teacher. He is the author of the book, “WISE SECRETS OF ALOHA.” He was born and raised on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.  He has been doing healing work for many years and has been trained in the traditional apprentice style by the best known native Kahuna’s of the last seven decades. Shot 2015-03-02 at 12.19.05 PM

The Gift of Aloha

After spending a month on the Hawaiian Islands, I’ve come home renewed with a greater appreciation for aloha and the elders there who continue to share their lineage teachings with me so graciously.

From “The Book of Aloha: A Collection of Hawaiian Proverbs and Inspirational Wisdom” by Mutual Publishing of Honolulu:


The official flower of the island of O’ahu.

“Visitors to Hawaii will inevitably encounter the term aloha at some point during their stay. They will most likely hear someone say ‘aloha’ when they arrive. They will soon realize that aloha is not just a word but a concept that is multi-dimensional, that it encompasses random acts of kindness, that it means giving love or affection to both close ones and strangers, and that it represents an attitude, a way of thinking, a spirit of living, a philosophy. Aloha is an integral part of the Hawaiian culture and can be considered its gift or legacy to the world. Giving aloha, acting with aloha, and caring with aloha sets examples for all to follow. Aloha can be said to be the soul of Hawai’i, the thread that ties together the Hawaiian cultural and social values that make these islands so unique. Long after returning home one remembers not just the scenery but the feeling of aloha which lingers like a fragrant scent. Live aloha, let aloha into your life, be aloha.”

Here’s a strategy that has worked well for me that I’d like to offer:  Start by giving aloha to yourself. In tough or stressful moments, take deep breaths into your belly and allow the aloha to flow from your High Self to your Low Self like a river. Keep going until you feel filled and refreshed.

I’d love to hear how aloha appears in your life and how you tap into this energy.  If you care to share, please do so in the comment box.

Interspecies Communication

Tune into “Going Shamanic” radio with Jennifer Engracio. This episode, we explore Interspecies Communication with Val Majeau from Sacred Paws.

How can we learn to communicate with animals? What can they teach us about living? How can they help us heal? 

This conversation will bring up some age old questions about the ‘feelings’ and sensitivities of animals.  Val Majeau is the owner of Sacred Paws, a business she runs from the Calgary, Alberta area of the world.  Sacred Paws is a mobile service, devoted to all animals. Animals suffer from physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues just as we do. They are sensitive to human moods and changes in their environment.  Val also helps humans to understand their animals’ needs better.

Learn more about Val and her amazing work at

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Women are Worth it

I’ve been feeling deeply disturbed and unsettled since the news came out last week that a CBC broadcaster, Jian Ghomeshi, has been abusing women for years in his workplace and in the wider community. The troubling thing is how many people knew and said nothing. This was allowed to continue because no one took action. Many people were afraid of tarnishing their reputations or impacting their career advancement options.

I thought back into my own past and saw many times where I was apathetic to news such as this: I’ve gotten the subtle and overt messages my entire life that my rights as a woman were less than those of a man. Moreover, I had experience to show that if I came forward to report abuse and harassment, no one would do anything. I was born in Canada.   And the following stories happened here.

When I was in high school, a teacher sexually harassed me. He kept giving me poor grades and told me the only way I would pass the course would be to come after school for ‘extra credit’ work- a classic move by perpetrators to isolate their targets. I told my mom about this. She knew how hard I was studying for that course. I wasn’t slacking or looking for an easy ride. The material was challenging and I didn’t feel I was getting the support I needed from a teacher to help me master the concepts presented. One Friday late at night, the phone rang. It was this teacher calling to complain to my mom that I hadn’t been going in for extra time with him to ‘catch up’ on what I was missing. My mom interrupted him: “You have the gall to call me up on a weekend- my time off work- to tell me lies about my daughter? I happen to know that she is working hard at that course and that instead of supporting her learning, you have been harassing her. She will not be attending your after school ‘sessions’ and if you know what is good for you, you will leave her alone.” She hung up the phone without waiting for his response. She never talked to the principal about it. I knew that a few students had already filed their own grievances and nothing had been done. My mom took care of business herself.

When I was in university, I began being sexually harassed by a professor. It was mild at first but it quickly escalated to the point that I felt nauseous every morning before his class. He was the only professor who taught this course- a prerequisite to getting my major. When I couldn’t take it anymore, I went to the advisor responsible for his department. When I walked through the door to file a complaint, she told me she already knew whom I was going to mention. She pulled out a file of grievances as thick as a book and proceeded to tell me there was nothing she could do because he had tenure. I went home and sat with my choices. I was unwilling to go through that abuse any longer and decided to change my major. Some time later, my mom and I were filling up with gas at a station when he pulled up beside us and started taunting me. I had to lock my mom in the car so she wouldn’t kill him. Jail time wouldn’t have served either of us! I stood strong and he drove away.

The thing is, all of these incidents were so ‘normal’ in my life as a woman that I never thought of standing up to these men as a victory. I don’t know any women in my close circle that have not had to deal with harassment and abuse of some kind. I had the courage to stand up to these teachers because I had already had lots of incidences in my childhood where I had not and was left to suffer the consequences: pain, shame, guilt, low self-esteem, and lack of self-worth.

It occurred to me recently while collecting women’s power stories for a book I am editing that women’s stories are full of victories and tragedies that go unnoticed in society because they are seen as being run of the mill. Many women I asked to contribute stories initially said they couldn’t think of times where they’d felt powerful. When I started talking to them, we realized that women’s power is wrapped up in everyday stories that they live: abuse, miscarriage, birthing and raising children, harassment, addiction, depression, and a host of others. They are not seen as heroines or particularly exciting figures in mainstream media, but in reality, these women are the foundation of any society. Without women, literally none of us would be here. I think of countries where female babies are killed because they are considered a liability and wonder: what kind of insanity is this? Do they not realize that they are killing off their lineages and impoverishing their communities? We need more women’s voices and stories out in the world to counter this sort of ignorance.

I refuse to think of myself or these women as victims based on their past histories and what they have struggled with. All of us have made poor choices or the best choice we could make in crappy circumstances. There is a resilience about women that is something I admire more now after editing this book than ever before. These women survived horrific trauma and still found ways to heal and thrive. I hope in the future that more stories like these come out and that women see their inherent worth as human beings and the birthers of human life on the planet. I pray for a world that honours women and the feminine principle of life. I pray that women who have been mistreated or abused find the power within them to reclaim their lives and find the support they need to move forward in a good way. I pray for women to take back their personal power and inner balance. We are all worth it. In fact, the future of our species depends on it.

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