Power Journey Testimonials
The “dream” of Peru is very different than the dream of the US and that made me look really hard at the fact that there is not only one way to dream, there are many ways, none ”better” or “worse”. Of course, I “knew” that but to really experience it in a deeper way that is more of what the teachings are about. Experiencing what is there, without thought or interpretation, without imposing our belief system on what is there, what is happening, allowing it to unfold and be just what it is, in the moment. That’s what Keshav constantly invites us to do, gently asking us to drop all the stories, the filters, the interpretations and just experience the energy for the unqualified, ineffable experience that it truly is. We are a part of all that, we are all that. It is only the stories we tell ourselves, those we have been told or those we are immersed in by virtue of living in a particular place and time that create the illusion of separation from whence comes our pain. We all have our stories and as we share them, we realize, it is all the same story. There are slight variations or twists but it boils down to the same story of separation and the subsequent pain and it simply is not true. Can I say it has dissolved completely? No. I suspect for some, the illusion can drop away all at once. Although the illusion may not burn away completely, instantly, every realization, every direct experience helps dissolve and dispel the lies and we see a little clearer. Thank you Keshav and all my fellow explorers. Thank you for sharing your stories, your examples, the beauty of who you are behind all that “stuff” which allows me to see that in myself, as well! En lakesha, Mitakuye Oyasin.
Power journeys have been a way for me to push myself to a point where the persona breaks down and whatever I have stuffed comes to the surface demanding to be dealt with. Such was the trip to Peru. It was an intensive 12-day trip which I found physically and emotionally demanding. I was consumed by the experience. Each part of the journey– shamanic ceremonies and purification rituals, visits to energy vortexes and walking in the ruins—broke me down a little bit more. It is always wonderful being with others who share the work of discovering who they really are. Magnificent views, the beautiful and haunting melodies of the flute, and the wonderful Peruvians with whom we were able to interact are just a few of my fond memories. Last, but not least, our fearless leader, Keshav, a remarkable and much-loved teacher, assisted me in abandoning my stories for the Truth of who I really am.
______________________________I found Peru to be a magical place on this earth that combines both the immensity of nature and openhearted nature of people along with the intensity of its mystical history and energetic vortexes. Those attributes in combination with the graceful style and mindful teachings of Keshav Howe helped me to see exactly what I needed to do and that I, indeed, could do it…release any and all mind concepts and fear that kept me separate from what is around me, from what is me. Peru opened its arms and I walked in and fell in love with myself again.
Power Journey to Thailand in 2006. This trip was transformational for me. I had gone to Thailand in 2005, and it was an exciting trip filled with wondrous ancient sites, an environment so different from the US as to be disorienting at times, comfortable and unique lodgings, fantastic traditional food and compassionate, beautiful people. It was hard to imagine how it could be any better, but I went again this year because of where I was in my own work and the memory of the state of spirit and mind elicited while exploring a Buddhist nation.
Keshav and Alan had planned an incredible trip full of unique experiences and many opportunities to stretch emotionally and spiritually. It is difficult to find adequate words for the sense of safety created by these two facilitators who are so dedicated to providing a supportive yet challenging environment in which to explore oneself. We visited temples. And rode elephants! And visited temples. And hiked deep into caves and high into villages. And rafted lazily through beautiful country after a Mitote on the banks of a raging river. I’d go again in a heartbeat.
Carol Jean Porter
Weekend Intensive Testimonials
Keshav’s Workshops have been a life changing experience for me. They have given me a new way of viewing the world in which I live and have caused me to question the reality of it – or what I perceived as reality. I found that what I thought to be real was an illusion created by my own misconceptions. He has opened the door to another world where I alone am responsible for what I create. Keshav is very adept at bringing core issues to the surface and invoking a new level of healing and understanding. His work, and the tools he has given me, are continuing to move me to see and embrace my true self, thus letting go of old restricting patterns and beliefs – which is such a relief. Such freedom!
For weeks after a workshop, I have all these little realizations about things Keshav said to the group or me – things that I reabsorb into who I am. He is never dogmatic, however. If anything, Keshav strives to show that through our humanness we can transform our consciousness to another level. He always seems to come to town just when I need to hear what he has to say.
Shamanic Studies Group Testimonials
I now “know” that the degree to which I love others is directly proportionate to the degree to which I love myself. This is what Keshav has taught me and it has led to a life of freedom and bliss beyond expectation.
A catalytic crucible not for the faint hearted, or maybe it just is!
When a person is seen, heard and acknowledged… great healing can take place. This is one of Keshav Howe’s gifts – being present for others. ––– Working with Keshav directly, I have seen how his ability to listen allows for understanding, how his wisdom and life experiences allow for a common bond and, how his compassion and dedication provide a place of safety. ––– All encouraging trust, healing and change. ––– His workshops, counseling sessions and power journeys offer a variety choices for personal growth. ––– I personally recommend the counseling sessions for those seeking guidance to discover both their questions and their answers. ––– These one–on–one sessions have helped me find peace and joy. ––– And, for a life changing event, try a power journey or weekend intensive!
I am honored to sit in circle with Keshav.
Apprentice Program Testimonials
Keshav is connected to the nerve web of the universe where perception alters irrevocably. Keshav knows and feels the deepest of dark and light places that we wallow in and aspire to. Keshav is a relentless ruthless stalker in my awakening, and a gentle landing for my soul. Keshav is a sacred gift in my awareness and love of life, a savior–friend who really just helped me find the savior in me. Keshav is a rare being who lives in a waking dream of total freedom and comfort with uncertainty. Keshav is perfect unconditional love without expectations, combining the brutal honesty of a life–long buddy, and the angel in your corner who believes in you just as you are. Imagine someone who weeps with joy in the ecstatic embrace of a plant’s love, who rips into his own or others’ dishonesty unswervingly without rancor, who swoons at the simplest pleasures of eating or eliminating with total abandon, who glows with the musical undomesticated laughter of a child living freely in a heaven on earth, who can feel another’s pain like an electric shock without story by reliving his own descent into the same kind of pain, who can go into silence and stay and stay and stay, who can be the perfect sounding board when we’re lost in our self–crucifixion, who can be long out of sight and mind with a client yet reappear with the familiarity of a lover, who exhibits the hyper–awareness of inflicted cruelty and supreme pleasure sometimes attributed to the “mentally ill” yet loves with equal fervor the so–called best and worst that life offers, who’d grant the same standing to a rock as a beautiful woman and make love with it with the same passion, who knows a conscious universe – this is Keshav to me. Keshav is avatar and mirror for us all in living with and beyond fear where love and fear are one. Keshav redefines masculinity as a perfect union of total vulnerability and taking stands. Keshav loves being as water, flowing effortlessly through life along the path of least energy relative to one’s strengths, weaknesses and needs. A biologist friend commented that wild animals think about energy in their every move and about energy conservation the same way humans think about money. What if we allowed our psychic lives and choices to be ruled as water by the gentle irresistible gravity of our love and gratitude? No one is likely lost to life’s callings who listens and falls into such futures. Keshav is a doorway for humanity to a personal reality and awakening uncolored by ego. Keshav is a wonderful living example of a theme from an old Beatles tune – let it be. Keshav is what we never lost – home.
Working with Keshav clearly and consistently facilitates my evolution.
Keshav carries a presence of inner stillness. The manner in which he teaches is purely open and filled with heart…allowing one to stop and step into a their own peaceful place and experience the pure energy of awareness.
I am so glad I found Keshav. I first came to see this Shaman in hope that his Penobscot heritage could inform me in my work with a patient of Penobscot ancestry. So, I sought out supervision. But, I also had a personal motive, as I have been unable to form a relationship since my divorce in 1985. I have been in 11 years of therapy, including a 7–year analysis, and I have certainly learned a lot about myself, but still there was deep within me this achingly dark sadness and plenty of anger. In 26 months of Apprenticeship with Keshav, including counseling, supervision, shamanic work, and Power Journeys to Peru, Thailand and Hawaii, I have accomplished more than in all my ‘therapies’ combined. Keshav has relentlessly and impeccably shown me the way to healing myself. As a result of his unwavering love, compassion and clarity, I have found within myself a joy I believed I had lost forever. I am healing and opening my heart to those around me. My patients comment on my peaceful presence, my ability to listen and meet them where they are, the hope and optimism that I model for them. My friends have noticed the calm way I respond to misfortune, and my willingness to continue when the outcome is anything but certain. I have more energy, more compassion, more creativity and a more centered place of stillness from which to work, love and play. I am alive again and steadily becoming aware. The most reassuring thing my Shaman has ever said to me is “Girl, you don’t know anything for certain anymore”. I laughed and sighed with relief. I am patiently walking the path towards Freedom. And then there are the hawks, which never cease to make my day. I am so grateful to have found Keshav.
I am very grateful for the opportunity to apprentice with Keshav; he has been a wonderful guide in facilitating my inner exploration and helping me to achieve greater spiritual consciousness. The wealth of experience that Keshav teaches from has been a beautiful mirror for my personal transformation. Working with Keshav has been an amazing spiritual journey!
Plant Spirit Healing Testimonials
Keshav has a marvelous way of ministering to those who seek his wisdom by utilizing his vast store of knowledge to help his clients improve their physical, spiritual and mental conditions. He is a true genius in his field, whether it be utilizing the power of plants to heal illnesses, or guiding those in need with his insights into the spiritual realms. I look forward to continual improvement of my health with his holistic approach.
The private healing sessions I have with Keshav always shift my energy in a major way. After every healing, my life takes a whole new direction indicating to me that something has moved in me and freed me from conflict and blockages. I am so grateful for the work. Thank you Keshav.
“How great it is when we come to know that times of disappointment can be followed by times of fulfillment; that sorrow can be followed by joy; that guilt over falling short of our ideals can be replaced by pride in doing all that we can; and that anger can be channeled into creative achievements and into dreams that we can make true!” ––– Mister Rogers Working with Keshav Howe and Plant Spirit Medicine Healing has helped me know this and has helped me know myself. Keshav knows Plant Spirit Medicine. His extensive knowledge and training are complimented by his wisdom and intuition. Plant Spirit Medicine Healing has been a life changing experience for me. I highly recommend it!
The combination of Plant Spirit Healing along with my yoga practice has helped to straighten my spine and greatly diminish physical pain caused by a childhood injury. Both Keshav and the plant spirits healing have challenged me through the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of my life and supported me in making conscious change. I am continually learning to interact with life rather than react to it, making it a much more loving and peaceful journey.
It is hard to put into words the unseen work that spirit does through Keshav. All I can say is that it is amazing and I love plant spirit medicine.
Charlotte S. Hunter