Hello, I am so delighted that you have taken the time to visit my site. My name is Daniel Baxley. I came into this world on August 5th, 1950. I was born in Kansas City, Kansas, grew up, went to High School and College, and lived and worked there most of my life. I have been married three times and consider the third one to be the charm. I am married to my soul mate, partner, and friend my wife Karrie Marie Baxley. Karrie is a gifted artist who works in oils and pastels, and is the author of the book Dancing with a Thousand Bees. I have 3 fantastic step children with Karrie and young granddaughter and grandson. From my first marriage I have a daughter, a teenage granddaughter, and two adult grandsons.
My first career was as a Firefighter for almost 30 years in my hometown of Kansas City, Kansas. It was a fulfilling occupation and I enjoyed being able to be of service to others and to the community. I have many stories from my experiences over the years that I may share with you at some point in time. One of them is on this site. I retired from the Fire Service in 2000 at the age of 50. Prior to my retirement I began to explore my spiritual self, and began to look at other areas of interest I want to experience. I have always been a very intuitive person and have had a strong connection with the unseen realms and the beauty of the natural world ever since I was a child.
Several years before 2000 I immersed my self in educating myself in alternative healing, different traditions and spirituality and becoming more of a whole person.. seeking balance and wholeness in this life. I became certified in many different healing modalities and went through many different programs. Among these were Massage Therapy, Reike, Craniosacral Therapy, Akashic Record Reading, Tai Chi, Attunement Therapy, Actualism, and Shamanism.
In 1998 I was ready to start my healing practice, just 2 years before I retired as a Firefighter. By the time I retired in 2000 my practice had grown and had become a full time business, which eventually became known as Shamanic Pathways. During the first part of my practice my emphasis was more on some of the established healing modalities that I practice in the fields of different energy therapy and massage.. however that began to shift dramatically as I got more involved with the unseen realm, and the practice of Shamanic Healing. I was originally introduce the Shamanic work by the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and worked with a very gifted teacher Sandra Ingerman. Around this time I began to study with some Lakota elders, and began to be adopted in the Lakota Tradition. I was sanctioned by my Native American Teacher to pour the Inipi. That is to conduct the Sweat Lodge in their tradition, as well as to practice other healing techniques.
In 2002 I met Oscar Miro –Quesada. Oscar was a native Peruvian and brought the ancient traditions of the Andes to the United States. He started the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition as a response to a request from his indigenous teachers to preserve the tradition by carrying it on to the western world. Oscar eventually founded the Heart of the Healer Alliance as an organization to spread these teachings and preserve the culture. Eventually he trained a cadre of teachers to train others in this tradition through long 5 weekend apprenticeships over the course of a year. It was my honor to be trained to be one of the first teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. I have also traveled to Peru numerous times and worked with and studied with many local elders.. During the last 10 years of my practice my primary work was in Peruvian Shamanism through the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition teaching apprenticeships, conducting ceremonies, and doing Shamanic Healing. My Beloved Karrie Marie and I also became stewards of a local community in this tradition know as the Heartland Ayllu and began to grow a strong fellowship of like minded, heart centered souls who were called to this tradition.
Karrie Marie and I were married in June of 2007. A couple of months before we were married we purchased and moved to 10 acres of beautiful land, just 30 minutes outside of Kansas City in Gardner, Kansas. The land was originally owed by a Shawnee Native American and his family know as Jesse White Deer. We have a copy of the original hand written deed from 1858 transferring the land to him. Immediately upon moving onto the lands we could feel and experience the presence of Jesse and his ancestors as they danced and sang for us welcoming us to our new home. We had a very nice 30 by 50 outbuilding on the land which we converted into a stand alone healing space which we named White Deer Lodge to honor the tradition of Jesse and his family.
From 2007 through 2016 I practiced my Shamanic Healing and taught numerous classes in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. We had thousands of clients pass through these doors over the years, as well as being the home for the Heartland Ayllu Community. Over the years we served as a gathering place for all kinds of Shamanic Ceremonies in addition to hosting Solstice and Equinox Ceremonies throughout the year. Everyone was open to attend the ceremonies regardless of what tradition they practiced and they were always free of charge.
I retired my healing practice in December of 2016, and began a journey to explore my creative and artistic side. Since that time I have done many group art shows in the Kansas City area, and have received honorable mention, as well as first place awards for my work. I have attended numerous Sculpture classes at our local Community College, and am deeply interested in furthering my knowledge of this work. I also work in the mediums of painting and other 2D work, Mosaics, and Fused Glass , and any other creative endeavor that moves me and inspirers me. I enjoy exploring my inner artist and being in that blissful flow within the creative state. I really do this because it feeds my soul, yet I hope others may enjoy it as well.