Monday, July 30, 2018
I can't believe it's been almost 3 years since I published my book. It's been on my mind as I have a series of book signings and events coming up. What I remember people asking me at the time is, "When is your next book coming out?" Now I didn't say it but my in my head I was thinking, "Hey asshole I just finished this one give me a minute!" If you've never written a book you can't appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes. What's even more amazing is that while I was writing it, I was continuing to pen my blog.
I do my best to put a blog post out every week. I'm under no obligation to do it, but I feel the pressure to keep it up. It has its own momentum now and I am a afraid of losing that. I have posted almost every week for the last 5 years. Having a weekly writing assignment really helped me develop my narrative voice. I learned that I have several different tones and that I can even blend them. These days I think I have a fairly well developed writing style so I am torn between keeping the blog active, and cutting myself some slack. See I don't know that many people actually read this thing. This is like a message in a bottle that floats on the ones and zeros of the web.
So why do I do it? Well it may not be widely read, but there have a been a few times when people have told me that what I wrote really helped them. There have been instances where writing about my life helped me to see it more clearly and get my thoughts and feelings more sorted. When you have to compose things for others you have to step outside your normal perspective. It's the difference between knowing something and being able to explain it. Of course with all of this speaking of my truth, I do worry that I am making myself completely unemployable. Companies scour the internet for prospective employee's postings. My posts can be not safe for work, or quite radical.
Why am I telling you this? Well the art of the written word is the one thing that sets us apart from other species. While other creatures have language (particularly dolphins and whales), they don't tend to write anything down. Writing gives a permanence to thought, as well as organization. For this alone it is useful. Writing crosses the ocean of time to share words and ideas between people both intimate and strange to each other. However the value I find is that the stranger within myself gets to know itself. As I write I see more clearly the content of my own mind. Some things I see are not comfortable to view. Others give me hope. So I suggest you write your own thoughts down. Put pen to paper. You need not cast it onto the electronic ocean for strangers to gawk at. You may keep sealed in a secret place for your eyes only. See yourself through the lens of your words. You may be surprised at what you find.
Peace and Blessings,
Sunday, July 22, 2018
I hope you had a rewarding week. I've kept myself occupied. I got to go out of town to visit a friend and make elderberry syrup. Yes I know exciting. I've also done a lot of planning for my upcoming trip up north in August.
So this little beauty showed itself yesterday evening. Many of us, myself included have had a rough few months. I personally have been bombarded with family issues at the same time that my friends have been going through their own crucibles. So rather than supporting each other we've been pulled to our own corners. However the coast seems to be clearing for us and we're once again coming together. I'm hoping that brighter times are ahead. This rainbow was the first of 3 rainbow references to show up in a 24 hour period. Sometimes the universe just wants to make sure I get the message. You know I can be a bit slow at times.
There's a lot of bad going on in the world. It can be overwhelming and seem like things will never get better. They will, I can't guarantee it will be soon, but they will improve. The rainbow has been a symbol of beauty and hope for many ages. It usually appears against the darkness of the storm clouds that helped create it. To me that says problems or challenges inherently contain the elements necessary to overcome them. Maybe it is about taking the darkness and from it creating something of transcendent beauty. It could also just mean, keep your head up kid things will turn around.
So why am I telling you this? Well it is too easy to get discouraged these days. Between traditional media and social media, people are vying to control our attention. More often than not it is negative stories that grab our eyeballs. Some people have postulated that what we are experiencing on a societal level is a wake up call. A decidedly rude wake up certainly, but a call to ditch our complacency with the status quo. This may also be happening in our personal lives. We can become comfortably unsatisfied with our lives, but be unwilling to shake things up. The good news is that life will come in and shake things up for us. Wait is that good news?
How about you? Are you stuck in the blahs? Are you seeing only the dark clouds and missing the rainbows? It's okay we've all been there. What if you started to look around you to see the good in the world? What if you stopped scrolling on Facebook? What if you spent more time disconnected from screens and more time beneath the sky? Try it out see how that feels, and until next time.
Peace and Blessings,
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Another week gone by and another blog post to pen. The summer has finally brought its bounty in tomatoes to my garden. The sound of the summer wind is heard in the chorus of cicadas and other insects. The long warm days and golden twilight remind me of years past.
You really can't get good store bought tomatoes. They have to harvest them green and spray them with a gas to force ripen them on the way. Otherwise they are too fragile to transport. So if you want really good tomatoes you have to goto a local farmers market or you have to grow them yourself. These cherry tomatoes have a vibrance and sweetness to them that they won't have at the tail end of the season. They'll still be hands down better than any ones you could get at the supermarket, but right now they have the sweetness of the sun in them.
When it comes down to it all life is a bit of captured starlight specifically our star, the sun. Nature has found a way of taking that light and infusing us with it via the food we eat, the fuels we use, and even the very vitamins in our body. When we are children we tend to personalize nature. That's why you see happy faces in crayon drawings of the sun. As we grow older we seem to pay less attention to these stalwart celestial objects. The sun and the moon become more abstract concepts as we lose our relationship to them. As we move through a human centric world we can if we're not careful succumb to the feeling of separation and isolation, even as we engage in 'social' media. We have lost connection to the land, sun, moon, rain, and winds. A vast majority of us eat food so processed that our ancestors wouldn't consider it real food. We live in highly inefficient climate controlled boxes (not that I don't like AC believe me with the weather we've had I am grateful) and we barely interact with each other.
Why am I telling you this? Well I think so many of us, myself included, have forgotten the real elements of life. We are bombarded by empty entertainments and instant communication, but we are drowning in isolation. In short. we have forgotten what matters. Not just in the human world, but in the world of our animal cousins and plant neighbors. I have watched as neighbors and friends have put their heads in the sand as atrocities committed in our names are perpetrated against people and the health of the planet. Fouled waterways are someone else's problem, mass incarceration is not their fault, and children ripped from their families and put in cages are part of a political slogan. I can't imagine that there is much sweetness in the lives of those that would choose to harm others they have never met.
So how about you? Are you aware of your roots? Can you taste the sweetness of the sun in your fruits? Is the world of men leaving a foul taste in your spirit? There are other relationships we can cultivate beyond our human neighbors. We can be friend to the sun and streams. We can be lovers to the moon. We can delight in the song of the wind. My hope is that as we reconnect to those relationships that we'll act in a way that honors them. The echo of our soul is to be found in nature, for we too are part of nature. Remember that as you enjoy the fruits of the seasons.
Peace and Blessings,
Sunday, July 8, 2018
I hope your week went well. Everything seems to be happening at once which if you don't hold with linear time is alright. If you are still operating under that dream then you best hold onto your hat, because this is where things get weird.
For quite a while now I've been seeding possibilities for many different ventures. It seems they are all coming up right at the same time. I find myself slightly overwhelmed. I'm simultaneously getting back into my artwork, while setting up a chi kung video, speaking at a new psychic fair, and I am preparing to teach my first international workshop. I think it is apt that it happens to be about the multidimensional nature of the soul. It quite literally is a quantum leap forward for my life. (Side note tell me which of the above images should be the poster).
As I was flipping through channels today I saw that the movie Tomorrowland was on. This movie got rather poor reviews and a lackluster reception at the box office when it came out. There was a complaint that it was too optimistic. Looking around these days I can't think of better praise for something. One quote that sticks with me is, "Dreamers have to stick together." One of the central points of the film is that our dreams for our future shape and guide it. I am reminded of the teachings of the Inca who had a type of shaman whose sole purpose was to dream the world into being. That dream was a quantum snapshot, collapsing the possibilities into place forming the structure of our participatory reality.
So why am I telling you this? Well if you look around our world it seems that our quantum snapshot got stuck in one of our nightmares rather than the more pleasant dreams. We live in an age of distraction. Everything between ads, social media, traditional media, and political leaders are doing their best to distract us from our quantum nature. That part of us is capable of incredible and sometimes instantaneous transformation. The power structures of the world are afraid of that. A vast number of us have both the information and technology at our fingertips to create world altering phenomena. So they sing lullabies and conjure apocalyptic visions to keep our minds focused on what we fear. Then they jump in to 'save' us from the bad ugly thing that terrifies us.
So how about you? Are you ready to take a quantum leap forward (or sideways, or slantwise) in life? Are you entranced by the 24 hour media storm of tragedy and scandal? Is your instagram feed eating your soul? Are you letting the sands of your life slip away reading endless blog posts? Not this one of course. ;-) Well I think it is time to get synched up with your soul, access that power, and DREAM BIG BABY! Make the powers shake in their little boots. Tear off the roof of what's possible. Forge a destiny and write it in the stars above. The world needs dreamers like you badly. Heed the call. Leap forward and claim your dreaming self. I will see you in that delicious reverie.
Peace and Blessings,
Sunday, July 1, 2018
I hope your week went well. We've had intense weather as well as a lovely full moon. I sometimes wonder how much to share in these musings. It felt really good last week to spew forth a blue streak of my frustrations. However I also realize that this blog gets shared to both my homepage and my author page on amazon. I need to present as professional for potential clients and customers, so I try to balance between authenticity and prudence. Many people have an idea in their head that people who do this sort of work are more evolved. They mistakenly think that we don't have blind spots or flaws. I believe this sort of thinking is dangerous for people who seek spirit practitioners and for the spirit practitioners themselves. It fosters an imbalanced power dynamic that can allow the more wounded parts of the self to exert an undue influence. You see this in the rise of cults, where the leader starts to believe his (or her) own hype. I find it difficult to reconcile broadcasting my human failings with the idea that I can be of service to you. Maybe I lose some business, but I like to think that the people who end up coming to see me do so with eyes open. Hopefully it balances out.
Lately I've been building the energy for my summer workshop series I'll be teaching in Minneapolis and Thunder Bay in August. I've been playing around with my crystal skull Pepe. He is very jolly skull and I can't wait for all the participants to experience his particular vibe. He's been enjoying being around for my ceremonies and grids. Friday at the office he was present as I opened the space, which I do the same way each time. As I did so I had a strong multidimensional feeling, it was if there was a line of me behind and in front of me across time. All of us were performing the opening ceremony together. This brought home the idea of working across time to create more powerful effects. This is also one of the reasons that I do my prayer ceremony on the same day every week. If I was really spiffy I would do it at the exact same time, but that would be expecting life to be a bit more predictable than is realistic.
Time is a funny concept. I've mostly felt it like a weight. Staying in the same place too long it can sometimes be a challenge to break out of a pattern. As I walk down the same streets I feel the echo of all the times I have walked down them before, and what I carried with me. The flip side of that is I also have all the times that I transcended on my side too. Learning to access more of myself, I can leverage more power to create the life I desire. We exist across time for a reason. We cannot be contained in only one moment. Our soul needs that continuum to bring out all of our richness.
So why am I telling you this? Well, our habits carve grooves in time. This can work for us or against us. The more we show up in a loving way, the more of that loving self there is to call upon in every other moment of our lives. The more times we ask Spirit to come into our lives, the more powerful the effect, because we have the cumulative effect of that intervention.
How about you? Are you neglecting the dimension of time in your life? Are you valuing it? Are you using it in a mindful way? Are you gathering all your past selves to you lovingly? What about your future selves? Do you feel burdened by the familiar paths? Do you long to cut a new path across the valley of time? Do you spend your days feeling isolated from the vastness of your soul? If so I suggest you pick an action whether it be prayer, meditation, or exercise and engage your selves across time both past and future. Check into to all those emanations of the soul across the timeline. See how that feels, until next time.
Peace and Blessings,