Dancing Ancestors LLC: Spiritual Guidance with Nick Literski, MA

Dancing Ancestors LLC:  Spiritual Guidance with Nick Literski, MA Professional spiritual guidance counseling, writing, media, public speaking, and workshops by Nick Literski, MA.

A truly lovely article...."How strange that organized religion has always aspired to express a certain androgyny of spir...
12/19/2019
Coming Out Whole

A truly lovely article....

"How strange that organized religion has always aspired to express a certain androgyny of spirit yet insists on absolute physiological gender differentiation. To realize androgyny in our bodies is to challenge the status quo to its core."

A Buddhist teacher explains why she came out as transgender in the nineties.

When we speak evil about ourselves, we insult all the ancestors who came before us.  Who we are is the culmination of wh...
12/05/2019

When we speak evil about ourselves, we insult all the ancestors who came before us. Who we are is the culmination of who they were!

“If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling. If our religion is based on wonde...
11/10/2019

“If our religion is based on salvation, our chief emotions will be fear and trembling. If our religion is based on wonder, our chief emotion will be gratitude.”
~~C. G. Jung

10/14/2019
09/22/2019
A very thoughtful, helpful article, that mirrors my own approach to helping others explore their own spiritual paths!  M...
08/01/2019
In Defense of New Age - Real Magic - Medium

A very thoughtful, helpful article, that mirrors my own approach to helping others explore their own spiritual paths! My big questions is always "Is it working for YOU?"

"Only by measuring an individual’s experiences, in terms of his or her conduct, can you reach a reasonable, empirical, rational judgement of whether an ethical, religious, or philosophical system proves beneficial in someone’s life."

A historian argues that it’s time to reclaim and reform alternative spirituality

In my own journey, I have found it necessary to separate myself from communities which attempted to eliminate "negativit...
07/20/2019
The Danger in Fake Positivity and Spiritual Bypassing

In my own journey, I have found it necessary to separate myself from communities which attempted to eliminate "negativity" in the name of spirituality. As a Jungian scholar, I find that these communities often misunderstand C. G. Jung's concept of the Shadow as if it is something to overcome. True spiritual and emotional health involves embracing our Shadow, as we learn to integrate and embrace the fulness of our Self.

Negative emotions and experiences allow us to grow

Temples are lovely and all, but YOU are more sacred than any building!
06/24/2019

Temples are lovely and all, but YOU are more sacred than any building!

“May We Embrace" by Judy GrahnGreat Mother, Great Spirit, Great Mother-Father Godmay we embracethose whose deity is a ta...
06/04/2019

“May We Embrace" by Judy Grahn

Great Mother, Great Spirit, Great Mother-Father God
may we embrace
those whose deity is a talkative stone,
a sacred tree or reindeer
may we embrace
those whose deity is a complex historic story
of martyrdom, suffering and redemption
may we embrace
those whose deity is immanent in a dance of joy,
in drum-song, or a literate tattoo carved in flesh
of sacred human body
knowing your is the greatest of all bodies

Great Spirit, Great Father-Mother God, Great Mother
may we embrace
those whose deity is the keeping of just law
and may we embrace those whose deity is the breaking of unjust law
may we embrace
those who deity is a sexual being, and
those whose deity is crafting a talisman of jewels
or a beautiful cloth, a parting in sand
of our lives as paintings in the wind
knowing yours is the gift of thoughtful action

Great Father-Mother God, Great Spirit, Great Dancing Mother
may we embrace
those whose deity drips with gore
in the eternal bone yard
of the nonreality of any body
and may we embrace just sitting with all being
and may we embrace
those whose deity is present in a tender kiss
of the baby god
and the blessing of all relationships
knowing you are the blood red web holding our short lives
on this long earth

Great Mother, Great Spirit, Great Father-Mother God
may we embrace
our own hearts
may our hearts stretch large
as wombs
as consciousness
as the river of life
you of the nebulae and the black holes
you of the microbes and spinning cells
you of the shimmering cosmic delight
may our hearts stretch toward your heart
you of the largest heart

may we embrace

Our spiritual practices can often benefit when we incorporate both intuitive and scientific insights.  I'm excited to se...
05/16/2019

Our spiritual practices can often benefit when we incorporate both intuitive and scientific insights. I'm excited to see my article, "Shamanism and the Soma-Psyche Connection," finally birthed into print! Sending gratitude to all the beautiful people who support my work! ❤️

Dancing Ancestors LLC:  Spiritual Guidance with Nick Literski, MA
05/07/2019

Dancing Ancestors LLC: Spiritual Guidance with Nick Literski, MA

Draw insight and wisdom from wherever you can find it, but in the end you'll need to discern for yourself!
05/03/2019

Draw insight and wisdom from wherever you can find it, but in the end you'll need to discern for yourself!

If our spiritual beliefs do not bring us joy, we owe it to ourselves to reevaluate those beliefs!
04/26/2019

If our spiritual beliefs do not bring us joy, we owe it to ourselves to reevaluate those beliefs!

"A religious text that diminishes any human life, a religious text that seeks to denigrate any human pathway to holiness...
04/25/2019

"A religious text that diminishes any human life, a religious text that seeks to denigrate any human pathway to holiness, cannot possibly be part of the god of life. So whenever you see the religious institution on the side of diminishing life, whether it's the life of a gay person, or the life of a minority, or the life of a woman, or the life of another religious tradition--whenever religion diminishes life, it cannot be of god, and you cannot perfume it by quoting the text of holy scripture." ~~ Bishop John Spong

Our culture suffers badly from a lack of rituals to mark our important threshold moments in life.  How can we create new...
04/25/2019
Opinion | There Should Be More Rituals!

Our culture suffers badly from a lack of rituals to mark our important threshold moments in life. How can we create new rituals to re-sacrilize life in the 21st century?

The small acts that keep a society together.

Encounters such as this can be psychological powerful, as well as spiritually profound.  One important role of a spiritu...
04/24/2019
Experiences of ‘Ultimate Reality’ or ‘God’ Confer Lasting Benefits to Mental Health

Encounters such as this can be psychological powerful, as well as spiritually profound. One important role of a spiritual guidance counselor is to help a person process and integrate these experiences!

Experiences of ‘Ultimate Reality’ or ‘God’ Confer Lasting Benefits to Mental Health 04/23/2019 Credit: Getty Images People over the millennia have reported having deeply moving religious experiences either spontaneously or while under the influence of psychedelic substances such as psilocybi...

This does NOT mean 50% of Americans are atheists. An increasing number of those leaving our existing religious instituti...
04/19/2019
U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades

This does NOT mean 50% of Americans are atheists. An increasing number of those leaving our existing religious institutions still consider themselves religious or spiritual. As institutions come up short, our journeys become more personal. This is one scenario where a professional spiritual guidance counselor can become an important support--a companion on that journey, who listens, reflects back, and supports your individual path!

The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has fallen 20 percentage points within the past two decades.

There are many paths--at least as many paths as there are humans beings.
04/17/2019
Your Brain on Spiritual Experiences

There are many paths--at least as many paths as there are humans beings.

Regardless of tradition, spiritual experiences lead to the same brain activation

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Notre Dame de Paris. I visited the cathedral in October of 2017, and though I am not...
04/15/2019

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Notre Dame de Paris. I visited the cathedral in October of 2017, and though I am not a Christian, I felt compelled to light this prayer/remembrance candle. The site has been held sacred for millennia, at least since the time when a Roman temple to Jupiter stood there. Ancient sacred places hold a palpable energy, perhaps generated by the thousands of humans who focused their devotions there. These places hold meaning, linked to the innermost drives that make us human. They represent our ability to transcend mundane reality, whether we see that as spirituality, psychology, or some combination of both. No doubt that meaning will continue, and as it has done in the past, it will inspire renewal as the cathedral is rebuilt from the ashes. My love goes out to all those for whom this architectural masterpiece has held sacred importance.

Rejecting parts of ourselves will always lead us to project those parts onto others, who we will hate.
04/14/2019

Rejecting parts of ourselves will always lead us to project those parts onto others, who we will hate.

Beautiful architecture may inspire us, but the Divine is to be found within ourselves.
03/26/2019

Beautiful architecture may inspire us, but the Divine is to be found within ourselves.

03/12/2019
03/12/2019
Setting healthy boundaries is good mental hygiene!
01/17/2019

Setting healthy boundaries is good mental hygiene!

The world changes by each individual transforming themselves.
01/13/2019

The world changes by each individual transforming themselves.

12/29/2018

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12/27/2018

"The common error of ordinary religious practice is to mistake the symbol for the reality, to look at the finger pointing the way and then to suck it for comfort rather than
follow it."
~~Alan Watts

The Return of the Sun!“Every mythology, every religion is true in this sense, it is true as metaphorical of the human an...
12/21/2018

The Return of the Sun!

“Every mythology, every religion is true in this sense, it is true as metaphorical of the human and cosmic mystery. But when it gets stuck to the metaphor, then you’re in trouble." ~~Joseph Campbell

11/26/2018

To my Higher Self
The One who wears the masks
Of Odin, Buddha, Quan Yin,
Coyote, Adonai, Ganesh,
Cernunnos, Shiva, Venus,
Self with a capital S,
And a thousand other gods

The One in disguise as the old woman
Down the street, who has seven cats
And talks to strangers as if
They were her husband, who is long dead.

To the One who already knows
Wisdom, compassion, patience,
Beauty, peace, gratitude,
Humor, joy, union

Make me all that You are
Let me experience all that is
Both human and divine
Both sacred and profane

Teach me what jewels lie within
The scaffold of who I am
Show me that all the glories
That I assign to You
Are already present in me
Waiting only to be claimed

~~Nicholas S. Literski
November, 2015

11/18/2018
Doubt is a lovely gift...
11/02/2018

Doubt is a lovely gift...

Had a lovely Paleo Spirituality (tm) conversation last night with a friend who lamented how women have been devalued in ...
10/22/2018

Had a lovely Paleo Spirituality (tm) conversation last night with a friend who lamented how women have been devalued in modern religion. I showed her how 30,000 years ago, human engagement with the numinous was female-centric, honoring the Goddess as the life giving, nurturing support of creation.

The greatest measure of spiritual authority comes from within, not from external writings or persons.
10/14/2018

The greatest measure of spiritual authority comes from within, not from external writings or persons.

10/04/2018
Healthy spirituality requires constant re-examination of our beliefs.  Is a particular belief serving you well at this p...
09/25/2018

Healthy spirituality requires constant re-examination of our beliefs. Is a particular belief serving you well at this point in your journey?

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With advanced degrees in Spiritual Guidance, as well as in Jungian and Archetypal Psychology, Nick Literski provides group and individual spiritual guidance/coaching, along with ritual work, public speaking, workshops, and writing.

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