Fire Ceremonialist. Sacred Artist. Storyteller. Teacher. Coach. Guide.
Tom has lived in community, engaged in the art and craft of shamanism, for most of the last 20 years—an organic evolution inspired by a voice, in answer to a prayer. His determination to be present to truth—and its practical expression in life—is the driving force of his shamanic path.
Through his writing and teaching, Tom shares a perspective found in ancient spiritual traditions, quantum physics, and indigenous practices… a universal thread available to anyone who will listen with a deep desire to know and understand.
Tom’s connection to the elements—fire, air, water, earth, and spirit—is rooted in an ancient memory he shares through writing, storytelling, ceremony and sacred art.
Tom’s relationship with fire—expressed in a ceremony of beauty and power—draws people into the light of their own wisdom and authenticity.
His ability to create safe, sacred space, and listen, allows others to find their true voice—the One Voice that speaks their name—and reclaim the sacred memory of who they are and why they are here.
The power of ceremony, sacred journaling, vision quest, shamanic breathwork, and other transformational tools have shaped the course of his life’s work on the shaman’s path.
Reclaim the Sacred touches the heart and awakens the desire to reclaim, or take back, the language, practices and authentic ways of being which inherently belong to one’s self… and the powerful realization that everything is sacred.
With more than 25 years in chiropractic practice and the healing arts, Tom understands that the mind and emotions create the conditions expressed through the body.
Dis-ease in the body reflects an often unrecognized spiritual crisis.
Bridging ancient shamanic practices with universal laws, Tom addresses the need for deep healing so crucial in our culture today.
In 2000, Tom moved his family to Durango, Colorado. Here he found a great corridor of ancient tribal energy that provided an unbounded opportunity to explore deeper realms of shamanic work. Between earth and sky he learned to surrender—and trust his own intuitive knowing.
“I didn’t know it at the time, but the Native energy here in Southwest Colorado, and my own Gabrielino Tongva tribal ancestry, was calling me, recalls Tom.
“Witnessing my friend’s decline catalyzed a crisis in me that was completely unexpected. I started going to the woods before sunrise, at sunset, and often staying out all night. I was driven and I felt called out. Rain, deep snow, and cold; it didn’t matter. I would make a fire, lay out an altar, kneel and pray, journal and cry. As I raged and begged, I also asked deep questions. I wanted to know how to live my truth, how to be true to myself. Over time, I learned: When God talks to you, listen, and take good notes.”
Tom was so moved by his time in the sacred space of the fire circle that he began to invite others to share the experience. Over the last decade, these fire circles have become a capstone of his community, an arena of energy medicine where spiritual healing, shamanic medicine, guidance, and wisdom can be found. Tom calls it going to work “in the deepest sense.”
Simple in nature, these fire ceremonies teach the profound lesson of being present to something powerful, and, above all, to listen.
“I listen to the stars, to the fire, to the silence,” he says. “Things come to me. I realize it’s my gift to make the invisible things, visible, and give language to the inexpressible, both humanity and divinity together.”
Who I am & What I teach
I am a mentor, guide and teacher, working in a shamanic way at an elemental level with energy, nature, spirit and the human condition. This is my calling, my sacred purpose.
The work of reclaiming the sacred in your life is the work of forgiveness, surrender, trust, and gratitude, creating the condition for peace, which lays the foundation for your greater work to unfold.
The activity of prayer and the art of blessing are potent tools to utilize on your path, giving you access to your power and the contribution of your gifts, your medicine.
Together we go to ground to unearth the deeper wisdom within you. Through deep listening and reflection, ritual and ceremony, we discover what you most need to learn, helping you to remember who you are and why you came. I guide you to find your way to the place where your deepest purpose lives. Together we walk the path for a little while until you know your way.
This is the Hero’s Journey, realizing your spiritual mission, strengthening your connection to the Creator, finding the grit and passion to carry on in service to humanity and fulfill your soul’s commission.
The Language of Shamanic Fire
Against the darkness, in the hours before dawn or at the approach of night, the fire beckons. In silence the fire draws us near to listen for wisdom and truth.
The language of fire is the primal tongue of creation.
For thousands of years humanity has gathered around the fire. What did they talk about? What did they learn?
A relationship with the fire is based on trust. We come to the fire humble and defenseless, without pretense, trusting.
The fire teaches us to listen. It speaks of the illuminating qualities of Light and a total commitment to transformation.
When we listen to the fire, it knows we are listening. Only then does it speak of things deep and intrinsic to the spirit, the human condition, and life on earth.
Watch a fire and notice that it burns with an intensity all its own, releasing its light with a total commitment to transformation.
The fire reminds us to burn with an intensity all our own and in this way release our light.
Transformation comes with the realization that our purpose lies solely in our relationship with our Creator, a relationship intimate and personal, and born of Light.
The fire helps us to awaken, to remember what was never forgotten and find what was never lost. Seeded deep within us is the memory of who we are and why we came.
At the fire we remember what is most important in this life and the purpose we came to fulfill.
For this reason, we come to the fire.