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Halloween Q&A with a Shaman: Calling on the “Switch Witch”

How does a Shaman prepare her family for Halloween? We asked Andye Murphy, the Rock ‘n Roll Shaman, to tell us what we she does to keep her family safe while honoring this ancient tradition.

Viva Institute: First, in 5 words, how do you feel about Halloween?

Andye Murphy:  I get WAY excited about Halloween!

photo credit: Julia Kuzmenko

photo credit: Julia Kuzmenko

VIVA:  Halloween’s pagan origins are ancient, going back to Celtic England and Ireland (and probably earlier). At that time, the focus was very different. What do you think we’ve lost since that time?

AM:  Back then it was an honoring of the dead; it was about communing and respect and reverence, but now it’s just commercial. In my family, the Day of the Dead is much more important than Halloween. That’s where the power is—that’s where the honoring is.

VIVA:  As a parent, how do you prepare your little person for this day? What do you talk to her about?

AM:  Oh, WOW! So first there’s a side story:
This year my daughter said she wanted to be an “evil witch,” and after I freaked out, a girlfriend talked me down and said:

“Honey, she’s just exploring
her shadow self.”

This made sense to me—thank you! So I used it as an opportunity to have a conscientious discussion with my daughter about why she wants to be an evil witch instead of a regular witch and what that meant to her. Right now everything is about vampires and zombies and the dark side of things, so let’s just accept this desire this as an invitation to explore our shadow-selves.

VIVA:  How does a Shaman energetically prepare for the “trickster energies” that will be out and about tomorrow?

AM:  Oh man, I’ve had about 7 calls from parents this week saying that their kids can’t sleep, they’re so freaked out and afraid. The energy is really intense right now!

This is the time for extra prayers and blessings. I’ve given my daughter a spray bottle of holy water, so if she feels scared she can feel empowered by having her own tool. I tell her, “You’re in a physical body, so you get to be in charge. They’re only spirits, so the most they can do is scare you. If you don’t want them to do that, you can tell them to go away.”

It’s my belief that ghosts or spirits show up for a reason. When I feel those energies, I always ask: “Is it a ghost, and does it need help?” If they need help we’ll help them, but if they’re just there to taunt you, then we need to tell them to go away.

VIVA:  What are some ways that we can pay respect to the spirits?

AM:  Altars, altars, altars! I love altars. Marigolds, flowers, candles, pictures of our ancestors. The beauty of altars – in addition to just looking beautiful—is that they hold the space for our loved ones. It gives them life again! It also creates an opportunity for family to ask questions and for us to tell stories about the ancestors.

VIVA:  Give me 3 things that people could do, right now, to keep everyone safe on Halloween.

  1. Intention.
  2. When you play in the dark, call in the light, and always bring yourself back to the light.
  3. Give away most of the candy the day after! (You don’t want that stuff in your house, trust me!) In our house, we call on the Switch Witch. She comes the day after Halloween to take back the candy. When you give the Switch Witch the candy, you get a really nice present in return!
Andye Murphy, e-course instructor

Andye Murphy, Shamanism e-course instructor

Do you love Andye Murphy? Us too. She’s the newest addition to Viva Institute’s teaching team, and her e-course Shamanism: Your Key to Truth and Transformation, begins on November 3. REGISTER TODAY.

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New E-Course on Shamanism from Viva Institute

Viva Institute is proud to present its newest e-course, Shamanism: Your Key to Truth and Transformation. Andye Murphy, the Rock ‘n Roll Shaman, is the course’s creator and will be your guide during this 3-week online course. A gifted medium, healer and intuitive, Andye sees who you came to the planet to be and re-empowers you to become it.

Shamanic awakeningIt is Andye’s conviction that we were never meant to be disconnected from shamanic practice, and for many who undertake this journey, the experience feels like coming home. Life becomes more navigable, meaningful, and exciting.

This intensive and spirit-filled e-course will support you in remembering your own innate power — and in this reclamation, you will discover the answers that have been inside of you all along.
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Course Date:  November 3 – 23, 2014
Course content is available 24-7

In this 3 week e-course you will:

  • embark on the Shamanic Journey and rekindle the wisdom of the ancients;
  • participate in shamanic initiations & activations;
  • discover how to create ceremony in everyday life;
  • meet your guides, angels, and power animals;
  • connect with your inner knowing and restore forgotten knowledge
  • receive physical, emotional, and spiritual healing;
  • discover quiet places of renewal within;
  • discover teachings & medicine that can help your family and community; and
  • expand your Consciousness and gain greater meaning in your life.

Course Structure

  • 3 teleseminars: held LIVE weekly, recorded for playback
  • 2-3 audio recordings
 per week (guided shamanic journeys)
  • 2-3 instructor videos per week
  • 2-4 downloadable worksheets
 per week

About Shamanism: Your Keys to Truth and Transformation

Andye Murphy, e-course instructor

Andye Murphy, e-course instructor


This e-course will fill quickly, so register soon!

In Praise of the Next Wave (I Have to Celebrate You, Baby)

by Leigh Hopkins

Last week two brilliant souls made their transition into the light. The first was Dr. Masaru Emoto, the scientist whose experiments with water molecules demonstrated how our thoughts can change matter. Dr. Emoto’s passage was closely followed by therapist Dolores Cannon, a thought pioneer who developed a regressive hypnosis technique called “Quantum Healing Hypnosis.” Her work resulted in a book called The Three Waves of Volunteers and the New Earth, which pointed to startling patterns in the lives of her clients.

Happiness, Dr. Masaru Emoto

Happiness, Dr. Masaru Emoto

Sound far-fetched? Cannon laughed at skeptics who called her work “science fiction,” because during regression therapy, literally thousands of clients explained that their souls had specifically chosen to come to Earth at this very time in order to raise the vibration of the planet. To make life better, happier, and more peaceful for all of us living here. Through these sessions, Cannon learned that for many of these volunteers, Earth life has been exceedingly difficult. For this very reason, there are literally “waves” of high-vibration volunteers — many of them in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s — who have come to ease our suffering.

When transitions like those of Dr. Emoto and Dolores Cannon happen in such close succession, I imagine that it’s time for another wave of volunteers to fully embrace their calling and pick up the torch. The energy is intense (especially this week), and the best way to manage it is through a collective intention to lift the vibration. The time is now.

I Have to Celebrate You, Baby

Today, I’m celebrating one of those brave souls who came here to light the way. Her light is fierce and bright and true. (When you click that link, you’ll see why!) Her soul’s voice reverberates with Truth, and her Spirit shakes this planet with everything she does. I’ve nominated her on Viva Institute’s Facebook page, and if you agree with me, let her know! Click “Like” at the bottom of this article and tag another person you recognize as being a vibration-lifter. Let’s keep passing the torch.Andye Murphy-raw

Your time is now, Bright One. 

We’re so glad you came.

Call to Action!

If you know someone who is a leader or teacher– through their words, actions, or simply through their kind, loving and uplifting presence — it’s time to call them out and lift them up.

Do you know someone who strives to bring all of us into the Light? Into a place of kindness, compassion, and peace, no matter the circumstances? If you do, post a link to this article and let them know, “I see your Light.”

“We are moving into a new frequency, a new dimension…the New Earth, and it’s going to be extremely beautiful. The most important thing is that we are living in the most important time in the history of the Universe, and it’s very important to be here now. There are thousands of souls who want to be here to experience this – even if they can just be here for a few hours. They say even if they’re born and die right away, they can say, “I was there when this occurred.” This is how important this is to the entire Universe. So, you’re living in a very wonderful time that will never be repeated again.” — Dolores Cannon, The Edge

VIVA Radio: Guest Greg White – October 9 at 8 EST

VivaRadio_LGVIVA Radio continues its October 2014 #BeCurious Campaign with a live interview with Leigh Hopkins and author and world traveler Greg White. Greg has circled the globe following the things that make him curious (sometimes even wearing clothes), and it’s his voracious appetite for life that makes him the perfect guest for #BeCurious.

Leigh Hopkins and Greg White met in 2011 in Rio de Janeiro when Greg was producing a documentary on the raw-vegan lifestyle, and it was love at first sight. (Greg can speak for himself.)

Greg White regularly contributes to The Good Men Project and to The Huffington Post, along with his personal blogs, Eat.Greg.Eat and Go.Greg.Go. You may recognize him from his appearance last week on Mark Burnett’s new reality show On The Menu (TNT), where he cooked a drool-worthy poblano burger for Chef Emeril.

Greg White, Eat.Greg.Eat - Go.Greg.Go

Greg White, Eat.Greg.Eat – Go.Greg.Go

To ask Greg a question live, submit your question in advance here.

Thursday, October 9
8 pm EST / 7 CST / 6 MST / 5 PST

Call: (425) 440-5100
Pin Code: 954713#

About Greg White

Author, blogger, television writer, world traveler, and inveterate bon vivant Greg White is also a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, now battling it out on his blogs Eat.Greg.Eat and Go.Greg.Go. On Friday October 3rd, Greg competed on Mark Burnett’s new reality show On The Menu.

He has written a new memoir – The Pink Marine — about his time in Marine Corps boot camp, pre-don’t ask don’t tell. (He tells anyway.) Follow him everywhere — Twitter, Facebook, Instagram — @Eat,Greg,Eat.

He is living it up. 

Leigh Hopkins

Leigh Hopkins

Leigh Hopkins is the Director and Co-Founder of Viva Institute — and a passionate curiosity junkie. In 2010, she left a 20-year career in education reform and public policy, sold her house in Philadelphia, and bought an organic farm in Brazil. For 3 years, she ran a retreat center (“Instituto Viva”) and worked as a raw-vegan chef…because it seemed like a fun challenge. Today, Viva Institute’s e-courses have reached thousands of curiosity-seekers in 6 continents. (Antarcticans, where ARE you?!) 


#BeCurious – Day 7


Be Curious about the possibility that every time you walk into a room, people think you’re awesome.

“I believe we create our own lives. And we create it by our thinking, feeling patterns in our belief system. I think we‘re all born with this huge canvas in front of us and the paintbrushes and the paint, and we choose what to put on this canvas.” – Louise L. Hay

“Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.” – Stacy London

For more about the #BeCurious Campaign visit:


VIVA Radio with Libby Moore

Event Recording — October 2 Broadcast

VivaRadio_LGOn October 2, VIVA Radio kicked off its October 2014 #BeCurious Campaign with special guest Libby Moore. Libby is the former Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey, a role she held for 11 years and calls, “The Greatest Job on Earth.” After Oprah, Libby took a Leap of Faith and took one year off to do “The Libby Moore Gypsy Tour”… no plan, no map, just 365 days following her heart’s desire. Today, Libby is a Certified Martha Beck Life Coach & Career Coach, Inspirational Speaker, and self-proclaimed Nomad. She is an inspiring example of how following your curiosity can lead to a meaningful, exciting, and spirited life.

Listen to the full interview here:

About Viva Institute

Viva Institute was created in 2008 as a “virtual retreat center for the modern mystic.” Viva Institute’s mission is to provide learners high quality, spiritually-focused online learning opportunities from experienced teachers and seminar leaders. You are your path — Viva Institute is here to place touchstones along the way.

From 2010-2013 Viva ran as a raw-vegan retreat center on an organic farm in the mountains above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in 2014 Director and Founder Leigh Hopkins relaunched Viva Institute in the United States. Today’s menu includes e-courses and spirited bloggy goodness.

Caller Feedback

Libby Moore

Libby Moore

I’ve been seeing Liz Gilbert’s quotes on curiosity but I hadn’t heard or seen the rest of that talk about lacking passion.  THANK YOU Liz, Libby, and Leigh for bringing this all out! I LOVED when Libby told how she responded to Oprah’s question about life plan, ‘What life plan?  I don’t have one.’  THANK YOU!

I woke up this morning renewed and energized. The wheels started turning and (I’m feeling)  brave enough to write a query to a local magazine on a story idea that’s been on my mind all year.  And I said the prayer, ‘God, what is it you want me to do?  I’m ready.”  — Peggy

“Thank you so much, Leigh and Libby! I hung up feeling inspired. What I love most about this call is the idea that we are all “searching” regardless of circumstance and that adventure doesn’t always have to be grand. There is adventure in the everyday (although I definitely will be tuning in next time to hear more about the “gypsy tour”). I am looking forward to following where curiosity leads over the next month and asking for help to wake up that part of self that has been asleep. It kind of takes a lot of the pressure off knowing I don’t have to figure it all out.” — Kimberly 

“What I take away from this conversation is the act of ‘asking’ for help or guidance from the infinite creator–can be the catalyst for opportunity, serendipity or coincidence to enter our lives! I have been reading recently some teachings from a spirit from a higher realm that tells us that our own free-will actually prevents spirit/guides/divine beings from interfering with our soul journeys until they are called upon by us to do so! They wait for our call! You don’t even have to get their number–just call upon these helpers in the higher realms. They want to help. Seems to be a common theme in the conversation tonight!” — Lori