"I loved our fire talk yesterday. You are a wonderful guide and I feel more focused on my goals, like I am wearing armor to guard from negative experiences. I am definitely recommending you to my friends."
-Nick, U.S. Army, Humvee scout/tracker
"The drum journey that Jeff led our group in did more for me in ten minutes than a year of therapy."
-Tom. software developer
There is one question more important than any other in life. More than all the other urgent questions related to our daily living and working. The most important question is,
What kind of life does your heart really long to be living?
Few of us are encouraged to consider this question. Fewer yet are given the tools or support to actually find an answer and do something about it. We are not taught how to explore and discover our hearts, awaken our authentic self, and bring that self "out of the closet" to walk our sacred path in life. We do not know how to navigate by our own hearts, or bring our true medicine alive in the world.
This is a problem. In fact, it is the problem. Because if your are not living your own life then you are living someone else's life. The "someone else" may be an aggressive or psychologically wounded partner, employer, child, or family member. It may be a church leader, group of friends, or the social programming of our consumer culture. Whatever it is, it has you marching to someone else's drum.
You have your own drum. It's a sacred drum. And your number one duty in this life is to get clear on the sound of that drum and start marching to that song, the song of your life. That is where your power is, your joy, and your purpose in life.
Our number one duty in life is not just to find a job and partner, work hard, raise kids, care for others, attend church, pay taxes, and retire as comfortable and secure as we can be. Our number one duty in life is to come fully alive as the unique soul-person our Creator made each of us to be. To live a vital, forward-directed life aligned to who we are, rather than to the fleeting values of our society, or to the endless psychological needs of other people
This is a spiritual issue. And finding your own answer to this question involves a great adventure, a journey of soul that no one else can make for you. Best-selling books, self-help seminars, religious and/or psychological counseling, yoga, massage, energy work, bible studies, even prayer and meditation alone cannot answer this question. Because you have to do something. You have to make a journey downwards, deeply inside, and explore the landscape of our own soul. Which is the last thing our culture or our egoic self-- our anxious, consciously tended, "packaged self"-- wants to do. Because neither our culture nor our ego-self knows anything about the sacred realm that lies deep within us, and all around us.
I know about this downward journey. So I also know that to be successful on this adventure, the traveler needs an experienced guide and outfitter. A guide familiar with the terrain, and equipped with the gear necessary for the journey.
You will find the guide and the gear in my programs at Great Plains Guide Company. Not a "guru" with all the answers, or a quick fix for real problems. Rather, I offer the reliable "maps", compass, and time-tested practices of traditional healers from around the world for discovering your own inner guide, and safely navigating the terrain of the journey that is your life.
My individual fire talk counseling sessions, group seminars, and outdoor retreats all teach, in various ways, the Path of the Heart, a unique approach to personal healing and transformation rooted in the earth-honoring spiritual practices of our indigenous ancestors. You will learn how to connect directly with your own soul, seek a vision for your life's purpose, conquer the fears and hesitations that have kept you from living that purpose, and come alive with new power and joy to be of real service in the world.
As a veteran spiritual guide I bring thirty-five-plus years' experience to this work, experience earned through thousands and thousands of encounters as a hospital chaplain, pastoral counselor, wilderness guide, and teacher in university and health care settings. All of which prepared me for the shift that was about to come in my own life. At age 49, after a life-changing experience during a 2009 wilderness vision quest, I left a successful twenty-year hospital career to begin a seven-year apprenticeship with two powerful shamanic healers. I have since created my own programs that I call Great Plains Guide Company, a unique array of self-empowerment programs for awakening the soul and living a more purposeful, forward-directed life.
"I return back to my family, friends, work colleagues, and the world as a different, more focused and authentic person than when I came to you. I thank you from the depth of my soul for giving me the opportunity to work with you and with the medicine created through the vision quest week you have created. All the very best."
- Giles Newman, British Columbia (vision quest program)
Ancient Power Tools, Retrieved
At Great Plains you will learn the powerful, life-changing practices of indigenous healers worldwide, including:
- How to seek a vision for your life's purpose
- How to navigate major life decisions and transitions, including education, career, home, relationship partners, serious illness and loss, and new opportunities.
- How to find your animal/spirit guide and get practical help for your life
- How to extract self-limiting voices of fear and hesitation that keep you stuck
- How to break the grip of empty busyness, anxiety, and spiritual stagnation in your life
- How retrieve lost parts of your vital energy, essence, creativity and power (soul retrieval)
- How to call down the song for your life, and become an artist of the soul, creating the life your heart really longs to be living.
- Fire talk counseling sessions
- Travel and Wilderness programs (suspended during Covid).
- Traditional soul retrieval ceremony for individuals (contact Jeff)
- Jeff's Book: The Lost Art of Heart Navigation (2017)
x"The evening you spoke with my class was the best thing that happened all semester. One of my students said when they were driving back to campus they all felt different, more expansive, somehow." -Patricia Sayre PhD, Saint Mary’s College
"Jeff, your talk to my Spirituality of Caring class was awesome! It had a wonderful impact on the students. You are doing very important work, and it is inspiring to see how your deep listening to life has led to this wonderful fruit." -Dominic Vachon, PhD, University of Notre Dame
What You Will Learn
I teach what I know: how to reconnect with your spiritual core, discover your passion, and bring that alive in the world using your heart as a reliable compass. I have re-created my own life four times in thirty-five years and now enjoy great peace, joy, and a deep purpose for living. I make my living now using what I learned and doing what I love: helping people find their own way, safely and confidently, through the fog of difficult, confusing, or painful times to really come alive with new vision and power for living.
Since 2009 I have apprenticed with several of the most respected shamanic healers in the West including C. Michael Smith, Sandra Ingerman, and teachers from the Harner Foundation for Shamanic Studies. The core teachings and practices I learned through all my work and travel is found in my book, The Lost Art of Heart Navigation: A Modern Shaman's Field Manual.
Our number one responsibility in life is to come fully alive, as the unique soul-person our Creator made us to be. Some people know what their heart longs for but they feel stuck, powerless or unworthy to do anything about it. Other people have no idea what they want, what their "heart" is, or what it really feels. Either situation requires a journey downward, into the soul, to discover the destiny of your life and to deal with the obstacles in the way of living that life. You learn to become a true shapeshifter, able to navigate with vision and real power in an anxious world, while living a simpler, more authentic, and grounded life in balance with nature and our wounded earth.
You can begin your own journey to a more happy and rewarding life today. Learn about my programs and get answers to your questions by clicking around this website: What is a nature-based approach to healing? How does it relate to your own faith and religion, and that of Native American cultures? What is a vision quest? What is the difference between a heart-based fire talk session, and psychological counseling? Answers to all this and more, on the FAQs page.
Thank you for visiting. See you soon.
-Jeff Nixa, JD, MDiv, Founder, Great Plains Guide Co.