The Altar of My Soul…

Through initiation in my religion, one is reborn. Our initiation is a conscious act of letting go of negative influences that weigh down the spirit, allowing the spirit to soar and to embark on a new beginning. The energy that naturally flows from initiation opens up inner channels, granting the initiate the ability to see, feel, smell, taste and hear more accurately, and to be more present in the world.

By combining my knowledge of the spiritual and the secular worlds, I have found a universe that unveils all of its wisdom and beauty before me. Like the great orisha goddess of the ocean, Yemaya, who lives both in the ocean and on Earth, we must avail ourselves of all of the natural treasures of both worlds.- Marta Moreno Vega, The Altar of My Soul: The Living Traditions of Santeria


The voices say I am a strong shaman. Actually, they say I am a “strong, strong, strong shaman.” I don’t feel very strong though. My heart is heavy and life’s events tend to push me into myself.

I am coming to terms with the voices though. They have been with me for such a long time. I’m getting better with going into public spaces and not talking to them in front of other people…though I sometimes still slip.

The more I associate the voices with shamanism the more I am in control. They aren’t as foul as they once were but they still invade my dreams. I don’t blindly follow what they say. I use good judgment and just like speaking to another person, I consider what they say and make up my own mind.

This is work. It is hard work to stay in control of oneself under these conditions but I am learning.


So much of our definition of love, as a human race, is founded upon the rock of the idea of mortality—the idea that we know we’re going to die.
So, you want to find someone to share your life with because you know it’s short. But what if your life was not short?
What if it was eternal? How would that change the way that you love, and the way that you see and accept your lover?- Tom Hiddleston