A Full Sturgeon Moon, Dragonfly, and a New Moon Shines in later August.

Artwork designed by my aunt Barbara Merlotti

A Full Sturgeon Moon is happening on Monday, August 3rd, followed by a New Moon in its wake on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020.

Sturgeons are tough fish that can outlive centurian humans by many years, can grow to 20 feet, and tip the scales at nearly a ton. They are the largest freshwater fish, and have especially thrived in the American Great Lakes.

Their peak catch is traditionally in early August, which is in alignment with the harvest of plentiful seasonal crops that are on their way. As such, their energies reflect abundance that want to yield to your bounty.

For these reasons, meditation on the energy of sturgeon can help you build resilience in challenging times, particuliarly in preparation for darker days ahead, and also while diving into the deeper waters of Climate Change.

Remember that we will be experiencing another intense astrological eclipse season in November/December, along with the Winter Solstice, the darknest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The old world that is fading into a black hole, like your old self, is dying. As such, they are undergoing a funeral pyre. At the same time, a New Earth is rebirthing, as is your new self that, at a soul level, wants to align with this transformation during this rebirth.

Movement with these shifts, paying purposeful attention to the signs and synchronicities, taking note of the writing on the wall, will reflect powerful personal spiritual growth in your life.

Truth will be recogognized over harmony in your minds, but not without the balance of love in your hearts. They need to dance together in your soul, like the yin and yang, light and dark, masculine and feminine.

The Age of Aquarius is upon us, and the light of a New Age and Paridigm is impossible to ignore and resist now.

Some people fight tooth and nail to keep the blinders on, which of course reflects hellish nightmares of suffering. These are attachments that need to be released, and let go of. They need to be released and let go of on a personal and collective level.

Black people, women, LGBTQ, Indiginious people, and anyone else that has been oppressed have had enough. No more band aids to quell their desire for liberty, justice, and equality. Gone with the wind are the times where some people are entitled preferential treatment over others, and expected to stay in the lines.

The problem with the exclusive club of deep pocketed people who have access to material power and control systems, like Donald Trump, and Congress, are that they profit off of the ignorance of their supporters. And that isn’t right.

But you can’t point out the Emperor’s new clothes to the people who are enchanted by his seductive spell. And if you come at those that parrot the party line with hate, you only energize the charades they play into.

Now is the time to build more self-care into your daily routine. Casting out this line of intention, and reeling its committment will assist you in lean times.

For those of you who have watched the dazzling movements of dragonflies, don’t they remind you of the seemingly impossible ariel flight patterns of UFOs? Hummingbirds do that too.

Yeah, there is a lot of fake news out there. Evidence of creatures from other planets visiting us in no exception. But more evidence of the truth of extraterrestrials, and their advanced technologies, including those technologies that we have coopted is on its way, and will become harder to dismiss or ignore.

We are sitting on that technology that can leapfrog us out of the dirty energy mess that pushes us toward more war, and exacerbates Climate Change.

Instead of weaponizing, and profiteering those technologies, they can be used for clean energy that can help heal our planet, and level the playing field.

Consider inner peace as a state of consciousness. It’s easier to go with the flow when things are going your way, as following your bliss feels more natural.

But when you feel triggered by someone or something, it is so much easier to be ejected from the seat of inner peace, and become seduced by anger, other unwanted negative emotions like disappointment, and a botched sense of expectation.

And then comes the slippery slope of getting into past scripts, feeding an attitude about someone or something, and building resentments.

Now is a great time to focus on the spirit of Dragonfly to guide you into the magic of emotional regulation with yourself, and coregulation with someone else that you are having a disagreement with, instead of going to war with them.

If you are willing to look beyond the smokescreen, and peer beyond the veil by having an open head and heart, then you will see things as the really are. And that will set you free.

You can lighten up your energy field with the medicinal properties of Dragonfly, as well up a color your vibrations with truth in your minds, and love in your heart.

Till we tweet again folks,

Ari

Slithering Out of Our Ruts During This Full Buck Moon

Rebirth

The Eclipse season passes our orbit on this Full Buck Moon on July 5th, 2020. The third, and final eclipse gleans the skies with a Full Lunar Eclipse.

The next Eclipse season will be at the end of November, and mid-December, about a week before the Winter Solstice.

Movement into a New Age and Paradigm continues to accelerate at a more rapid rabbit-like pace.

A respected professional astrologer I know predicts a major doorway for souls to access opening into the Age of Aquarius at that time.

Some people ask that if reincarnation exists, then why do most of us forget our past lives?

Without the gift of forgetting, we wouldn’t be blessed with an awakening to the mystery of life, and choices we are given to make along the roadmap of discovery.

But nobody said becoming mortal, and growing up on Planet Earth would be easy.

And yet it is deeply empowering to take responsibility for the personal choice to find meaning during this lifetime.

Sometimes, finding meaning can be difficult, and require digging deeply into the dark bark mulch of the soul.

Yeah, past lives matter, and future selves are important.

But the gift of the present moment is where the true mystical divinity lives.

Right here, right now.

Is a male deer conscious that his new antlers are going to grow into larger, more powerful ones, or preoccupied with how many points he will end up having on his new rack?

Is he going to get stuck in a rut of analysis paralysis over it?

Probably not.

In much the same way as a deer’s budding antlers, coupled with the New Moon coming on July 20th – the old tracks are fading into the backdrop.

And so it is with the old tracks of a dying old world.

As the past ways fade into yesterday’s rearview mirrors, the birth of a New Earth is growing out of the rubble.

The unknowing facing humanity can be looked at as an opportunity for gentleness on the self, with compassionate allurement into new adventures.

When I think about the masterful predictive algorithms of the stock market, consumerism, and the weather, I am amazed at the mind boggling level of intellectual progress in human manifestation.

But the thing is, everything is changing, and up in the air.

What once served me, or functioned as dazzling spiritual tricks, no longer does.

There are new rules to learn, and respect.

In this process, there will be a new normal. We will need to acclimate, and become wise to it, while saying fairly well to the old normal.

Every soul is here to experience its evolutionary path. This expansion tends to happen by way of a catalyst of adversity.

Sometimes, that evolution looks like taking one step up, and two steps back, or the feeling of being caught up in a holding tank of conservation.

Other times, with the spirited winds at our backs, the opportunity for growth is exponential.

If we are willing to follow through with the commitment, the growth organically attriculates, and shines onto all areas of Being.

Experience teaches that by surrendering to the will of the Universe, I can trust that my boat will be carried to wherever I need to go.

If I can let go of the shores, avoid trying to push the tides, and make myself small, then I can trust, and allow my boat to carry me to my new destination, so that my inner light can shine on the world.

Like when a snake sheds its old skin, the alchemic rebirth of transformation takes place with a new vision, and a renewed sense of choice.

We can all do this.

Till we meet again,

Ari

If you would like to hear an audio version of this blog post, please click on the link.

Japanese Tanka Summer Solstice Poem & New Mindfulness/Meditation YouTube Interview

A fiery summer
solstice blazes in the air.
How will this new You
Tube make your hearts sing to share?
Plant your feet on our Mother!

Black Lives Matter now,
As does Me Too and LG
BTQ as well.
No more band aids to quell us
Raise your fist, and take a knee!

Together we are
standing tenuously on
Native lands we call
the Americas today
this is our home that we share!

Our spirits should be
puncture proof but true that words
do hurt wounded souls
Release, and let go of pain
that no longer serves you now!

Awaken brothers
and sisters around the globe
We are one and yet
not all the same because we
shine light in different rays!

 

Here is my latested YouTube interview with my coworker friend, and fellow High School Chemistry Teacher. Included in this video, Quincy demonstrates his use of the Tarot to awaken/engage consciousness. This interview, and more can also be found on my new school website:

A Strawberry Full Moon, and a Powerful Eclipse Season

When I think of June,
I reflect on the energies of Butterfly,
and the powerful transformation they symbolize.

A Full Strawberry Moon arrives on Friday, June 5th.

It is also a Lunar Eclipse, marking the beginning of an
atypical three eclipses during an astrological eclipse season.

A Solar Eclipse adds heat to the normally rising intensities of
peak sunlight light during Summer Solstice on June 20th,
while the Winter Solstice comes about in the Southern hemisphere.

As such, it will be the longest day of light or night,
depending on where you are on Planet Earth.

The day after that, a New Moon reflects new beginnings of a new season.

And then the last Lunar Eclipse arrives on July 4,
Independence Day in the United States, followed by
a Full Buck Moon on July 5th.

Remember that Deer is symbollic of gentle allurment
into new adventures in consciousness.

Everything is changing so rapidly in the Universe today.

It is more important than ever to be gentle, and kind
on ourselves, and with our one human family.

But that can be challenging when examining institutionalized oppression,
like awakening to the reality of white privilege, white supremacy,
and resentments that run deep from those power imbalances.

What is underneath the protests, and rioting going on right now?

The truth is, nobody wins from abuses of power,
not even those on top of the pyramid.

A system that is set up to divide, and conquer winners versus losers
is unjust, and immoral – regardless of what line in the sand you stand.

Notice how the growing cost of these disparities invite more chaos
to level the playing field.

And then watch how chaos fuels increased security controls,
like the militarization of the police as people take to the streets.

But now more than ever, with the virus affecting our planet, and
the down-bound economic train affecting the human plight –

It appears more self-evident to me that the movement of labor pains are
intensifying as an old world dies, and a new one is being born.

We have been discussing this theme for many years now in this blog.

This is analgous to the way many people choose to have another child,
after their first experience with childbirth –
often do so because they often forget how painful giving birth is,
and how much work the labor of love is during the early stages of child rearing.

Some people say that about forgetting the reason we might choose
to incarnate as a soul on the Earth, or make the agreement to become mortal.

The miracle of childbirth is akin to any rebirth,
as well as the birth of a New Earth.

And within the blessing of these miracles,
there are also courses in curses.

Going back to the familiarity of an old world,
and an old paradigm is akin to the better the devil you know mentality.

Back when Lincoln was President, a lot of people didn’t want
to end slavery or deal with the consequences of systemic change.

Same thing with the 60s, when old roles, and ways of doing
things were changing, as is always the case during
cultural wars, like we are in right now.

There are those who say they just want things to go back to normal.

And yet, the normal we all knew was really a nightmare that was
merely the better devil otherwise known as a security blanket in consciousness.

Some people call the Age of Aquarias a great awakening of
our superhuman powers, a new human, or Homo Luminosity.

When we focus on the positive, and look for the silver lining, it doesn’t
mean that we don’t notice the dark, and stormy.

That would be like an ostrich burying its head in the sand,
or a toddler plugging its ears, and making noise to tune out
the unwanted perceptual experience.

What it does mean is that we can focus on our breath or a mantra to
help us be in the present moment, and realize that we can’t control
everything that happens to us.

Instead of paying attention to the 10,000 things that are waiting to
distract us from the truth of who we really are, we are training our selves
to pay purposeful attention to waking up to self-actualization, or our soul purpose.

But, to a much larger degree, we can control how we respond or
react to what comes our way.

Yeah, it does take work to adjust to the changes that accompany
movement from a grub to a caterpillar to a butterfly.

It is unrealistic to spiritually bypass one form over the other.

Before you can fly in the heavens,
you have to learn how to move along on the ground.

May we recognize the butterfly effect of our actions.

What are you building in the shadow areas?

What will they look like if they were to come out into the sunlight?

Through the polorizing rise in nationalism, and globalism, we can relax this
barrier by stepping into a unified field of awareness.

Just imagine the possibilities of sustainable green energy jobs, access to
energetically clean resources, like quality education, health care, meaningful
work for our human family, and all sentient beings.

Many people were very skeptical when the New Deal came about during
The Great Depression era in the United States.

But when the private sector dried up, and people were without jobs, there was no
more hiding behind the veil of band-aids, and skeleton life support systems.

Humanity does have a tendency to be at our best, when we are at our worst.
And humans do have a strong survival instinct, and are socially driven creatures.

We are creatively cognitive creatures craving meaning with deep feelings.
You can try to quell those with a garden variety of distractions.

But at the end of the day, it would be like
trying to convince a grub to not turn into a caterpillar,
or trying to con a caterpillar not to transform into a butterfly.

See you further along the trails,

Ari

Please feel free to check out my recent you tube video with my coworker friend Nick Bucci, and featured guest Paul Knoll:

May This Full Flower Moon Awaken the Fragrance of our Collective Air

Some of our ancestors called this Full Moon a Full Flower Moon
because many spring flowers are blooming around this time.

A New Moon arrives on May 22nd.

For various reasons, this Full Moon on May 7th is also being called a Supermoon –
the third consecutive one of its kind in 2020.

This threepeat makes for an appetizing prequel to this
Summer’s polyenergetic Astrological Eclipse Season.

They will be arriving on the Summer Solstice in later June.

Energies intensify more than usual around these times.

But this Full Moon is also called the Wesak Full Moon.

This is symbolic of the Buddha’s Light of Compassion that shines brightly
on the consciousness of our planet at this time.

It’s always good to have a compassionate approach.
But especially good medicine when spirits spring out, and up.

Do whatever you can to ground yourself, so that
your feet stay anchored into the Earth.

In the Northern Hemisphere of the Americas,
many of us remember learning the mantra:

April showers bring May flowers

Today, it’s especially hard to be a student or work at a school
when school isn’t in session.

Many people are out of work, or being told to stay home.
But how do I make a living? What do I do with myself?

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, we are experiencing great adversity –
humans especially, know calamity on the planet right now.

But there are positive signs regarding the environmental impact
of staying home, and consuming less fossil fuels on our ecosystems.

I’m hearing students, and coworkers say that they miss being at school.
This is coming from people that you don’t typically hear express those sentiments.

And I’ve heard stories about areas in the Himalaya’s
that you couldn’t see a month ago.

Reportedly, skies are clearing to show their beautiful vistas
to the world again in that location.

As if we needed any proof that fossil fuels
don’t adversely affect humans, and all Earthlings!

They certainly aren’t good for the multidimensional Universe either.

What you can do with this adversity right now,
is allow yourself to awaken to the present moment,
and sit with what is.

You can become mindful of the energy of your thoughts,
and the emotions that connect to those thoughts.

You can become mindful of your breath, replace your fears,
and quiet your chattering monkey mind with peaceful, calming thoughts.

Do this one step, one breath, and one moment at a time.

On the horizontal level, you can play with the forms, including your own.

Get plenty of rest, practice self-care, follow a routine,
nurture your creativity by writing, making art, music
take photojournalistic pictures, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy foods.

On a vertical level, unplug from the gadgets,
travel inside your body into your formless dimension,
and notice what awakens within you in the quiet darkness.

What comes up for you in this empty space?

Can you come down into your soul into this unknowing,
and unmanifested area of you that might want to become conscious?

This is a place beyond ingrained thinking, and robotic habits.
It is a space beyond linear, clock time, and schedules.

Yet paradoxically, you can access this space within the
mundane tasks of your daily routine.

This is where the magic wakes up by allowing your
consciousness to see the light of day.

This is the place where the
darkness of night walks out in the sunlight.

It is a commingling partnership with our masculine, and feminine beingness –
inside of ourselves, and outward bound with each other.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

Oceanic Poem

When I gaze out onto the sea of love . . .

I can picture dolphins, whales, and other creatures of the deep
coming about, and swimming peacefully . . .

My pineal gland’s third eye releases righteous DMT!

Within the depths of my own
oceanic consciousness . . .

In these changing tides, may we
scuba dive into mysterious whirlpools of femininity.

Rocky coastal edges of old school masculinity are washing
away by softening chi of feminine tidal waves.

Intrinsic soulful caverns
awaken their soft, yin-ward watery dimensions.

But not at the expense of breathing in the present moment by exploring
the wondrous watery caverns of under-explored darkness.

The winds of Climate Change are raining a dirge
onto crashing waves of shadowy human-centric doubts.

Walk with Spider in the center of the Web of Life
with your head and your heart scripting a balanced dance-step.

May communication with Dolphin bring lighthouses of curiosity and empathy
into the gales of our inner tapestry.

Let us give birth to a New Earth,
and let the dead ways of the old one go with forgiveness.

Like moths, and seasons,
the one constant in life is change!

May we gently, gradually, and gracefully allow the
bountiful ocean to clear away all salty toxicity on these hard lands.

In the meantime, may a whale of a heartbeat spring forth empathic
connections to your own soul power
that aligns with the mystical vibrations of Universal Consciousness

 

 

Ari is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, ReikiMaster, Published Author, and Educator. He has over 20 years of social work experience, and has been working in Public Schools in Gardiner, Maine, for over 14 years. More importantly, he has been a husband for decades, and is a dad, and animal lover too. Ari is also the MSAD 11 School District Wellness Committee Chair, Facilitator of the Mental Health Awareness Team (MHAT), and Middle School Civil Rights Team Co-Advisor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania, and Master of Social Work degree in Miami Florida. Ari’s office is located at the Gardiner Regional Middle School, where he spends most of his school days. Ari also works at the High School, and visits the Elementary Schools periodically. He was born in Alaska, grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan during his formative years, graduated from High School in the Hartford area of Connecticut, and lived in Australia while studying abroad in College. Ari has hiked in the Andean mountain range in Venezuela, and also all of the 48/4000 footers in the old White Mountains of New Hampshire. Ari’s name means lion in Hebrew, he was born in the Chinese year of the tiger, has lineage connections to a band of gypsies that fled Spain to Italy during the Inquisition, Judy Garland, the mighty Cherokee, and more. Also, he’s been meditating consistently for over 20 years, has been in a lot of therapy himself, and still goes regularly to unpack his backpack. Here is his new school website: https://abouse22.weebly.com/

Paddling Through the Currents of Events with the Grace of a Swan

A Full Pink Moon rises in our skies on Tuesday, April 7th.

But as many of you know, you can feel the effects of a hungry, and
digesting moon cycle a few days prior to, and after the actual Full Moon.

As this current pandemic event spreads,
so does early spring vegetation across the fruit plains of the Americas.

It can be hard not to resist the not so grand waters
of these rapidly shifting tides of life.

Navigating mixes messages can be like that.

There are many who just want life to go back to normal again.

Some of these people are the same people who
have been waiting on the world to change.

But without an inner directed focus, and spiritually
driven internal shifts, it will be harder to experience any
transformation of becoming the change you want to see in the world.

Staying put, and remaining at home seems like
an easy enough mantra to follow.

Unless it is not.

We are invited to turn inward, and reexamine everything.

Polluted canals in Venice are clearing up,
and dolphins are swimming into inlets that hadn’t been.

With less cars on the roads, and jets in the air,
the planet can rest, and take a deep breath.

If this isn’t a time of a planetary, and universal deep
energetic spring cleaning, then I don’t know what is.

Like an agitated swan, maybe the current waters of life
are enough to make you hiss.

But upon a deeper reflection, may Swan awaken an embracement of
staying afloat through grace under fire during an Aries time of year.

A New Moon on the 22nd, brings new beginnings, along with the
current spirit of the season right now.

Like the Corona virus, Spring is a season of transition
that is not without its mixed messages.

There are rememberances of the ghosts of winter in the air,
of old ways of doing things, that might conjure up nostalgia.

And there are the winds of change in the air, like other times
in human history where massive changes have taken place.

It’s easy to forget that when we have been conditioned to
buy into the business as usual mantra.

Like the Hopi elders say, we are the ones we have been waiting for.

Consider that, another name for corona is crown.

The crown chakra is what connects us to our universal connection to Spirit.

We are living in a time of our crown chakras waking up on Planet Earth.

While being quarantined isn’t the preferred outcome,
we are being given an incentive to awaken this prophecy.

Further movement into Spring’s outgrowth of energies,
reflects the rising light, peaking on the Summer Solstice in later June.

As light starts moving downhill after that, will we see
the darkness of this current pandemic clear up?

How will we all continue to respond to its aftershocks,
readjustment, realignment to a new normal way of being?

With the winds of Climate Change picking up, we do have the opportunity
to come down into our souls, and be in our hearts with each other.

We are being prompted to let go of our attachments to our
deeply engrained habitual distractions that have kept us
sufficiently medicated on life supports.

The present moment contains all that is.
You can heal the past, and create a new future trajectory.

This is authentic power, and you can step into your
power at any given moment.

One step, one moment, one breath at a time.

This can become your new reality, and your new habit
of sacred ritual.

Mindful walking, breathing, and way of doing things
shifts your experience with reality, as does the
reality around you changes.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

Here is the link to my new school website. May it be a holistic wellness mind-body-spirit resource for your soul: https://abouse22.weebly.com/

The Tides of March, and A Full Worm Moon

I remember when Hawk flew-over
the trails on the last New Moon.

This reminded me about them being symbolic of new beginnings,
and sacred connections with New Moons, Hawk and Mercury.

Mercury in Retrograde springs forth relationships from our past
that often circle back to the present.

Sometimes, these reunions revisit us in a variety of forms of phone calls,
post cards, letters, emails, or other virtual social media platforms.

Or they might come in the form of dreams, visions, or memories of
someone you might not have known back in the day, or even in the flesh.

The point is we are given opportunities to revisit, and rework old
patterns so that we can release old ways, and rewrite new scripts.

But pretty soon, a Full Worm Moon will be in effect on
Monday, March 9th, and then Mercury goes Direct again.

On the day before that, Daylight Saving Time begins,
signals the call to the light.

As the fog lifts, and the skies clear,
may red breasted robins remind us that the early bird gets the worm.

Can you feel the winds of change whistling to you in the air?

Our days are getting longer, which tends to
spring forth an outgrowth in spirits, and budding energies.

And then, Yin and Yang will be equal again on
the Vernal Equinox on the first day of Spring on March 19th.

This is a time when Nature shows us equality
between masculine and feminine energies.

The Yin and Yang are always in flux,
as the one constant in Life is change.

We are in a Pisces time of year, which is a good
time to meditate on the water element,
and the fishes of the sea.

Have you ever noticed that fighting against the current leaves
you feeling more submerged underwater, than going with the flow?

Meditation on Whale is good medicine to tap into
the heartbeat of the planet, remember our history,
and know where we are going.

These great creatures have a living memory, and crystalized wisdom
that we might as well heed, and respect.

Like it or not, we are swimming into the waters of different pods,
and new ways of defining family constellations.

Do you ever wonder why an elderly, Jewish, card carrying Socialist that
hasn’t forgotten about the Civil Rights movement of the 60s,
continues to be written off as an “electable candidate” by
the corporate media, and even liberally-minded voters?

Where does that voice come from that says we can’t afford to
subsidize quality health care, or free college education
for those who want to access higher learning?

Or why the two major political parties
are so against Rank Choice Voting?

Consider that Donald Trump, and his friends in the Billionaire Class
that control the resources want nothing to do with a civically
engaged public because it seemingly threatens their way of life.

This way of life says that your ability to make money makes you better
than those that are not, and it is predicated on property rights, and privilege.

But really, it’s just that they want to control where the
“general welfare” goes, and who benefits from it.

Everything about that kind of thinking is wrong, because what we
are talking about is what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

It is impressive how in the dark people are about where
the money comes from, and where it goes.

That’s why the bulk of the money in the Military-Industrial (Economic) Complex
hides in shadowy “black hole” accounts.

By and large, the Billionaire Class prefers to go unexamined,
and wants to keep it that way.

Like when the white slaves, and black slaves were manipulated
by the slavemaster to believe one was more of an underclass
than the other, and therefore inferior.

Today, the ego of the habituated mind is addicted to
segregated, us and them kind of thinking.

There are those that are entitled to preferential treatment,
and those that are not, says the voice in the head.

But where does that come from?

Perhaps it’s about time that the age old social democratic values that
have been muzzled in this country come out into the sunlight.

Opening up to abundance means that there is enough, and everyone can win.

And if you are sick of getting sucked into March Madness,
and election year politics . . .

Think about the frogs and salamadars finding their way
to vernal pools on Big Night. See them arriving to their breedings grounds,
safe and sound so that we can all carry on our merry way in peaceful coexistence.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

Sometimes Slow and Steady Wins the Race by Following a Turtle’s Pace

In today’s fast paced, high octane, and trigger happy world,
doesn’t it feel like a politically radical challenge to hit
the pause button, and remember to hit the BAR?

Just pull up a chair, and Breathe And Relax!

May this be a mantra to live for on this Full Snow Moon.

I was talking with a coworker recently, and he admitted
that he worries about having panic attacks, and gets
nervous about focusing on his breath.

He’s probably in the normal majority of people in that way.

But what if only we take a moment to picture a turtle to slow down,
and accept the sublime invitation into the present moment?

Who would I be if I tuned into the sacredness of the
life force that lives in my body?

The showtime of the living now is all there ever really is.

And when you awaken to right now, you start to recognize
that you might as well say yes to it.

Think about how a turtle just knows the futility of
trying to push the river.

It’s kind of like the self defeating absurdity of trying to
kill your ego or make it an enemy to demonize.

Or the quackery of giving the Heisman pose to your Higher Self.
What are you afraid of saying yes to by accessing your personal divinity?

From a developmental psychology framework, we know that
the first stage of human development is trust versus mistrust.

Human beings are prewired to trust.

But of course that doesn’t happen when we don’t feel safe or
that we don’t belong to a greater community.

Of course, it is incumbent on all of us to learn how to work
with that on the inside.

And we all have to do our part to both manage ourselves,
and create a better world for all of us to coexist peacefully in.

Yeah, it may feel daunting at times, and we have a long way to go.

But if you think about a turtle dreaming about waking up, while
they are sleeping under a white, wintry blanket –
perhaps it will inspire you to ponder . . .

Do I need to come out of my shell and be more social?

Or do I need to turn inward, and be compassionately curious
about slowing down, and retreating from the world’s hurried pace?

Speaking of a slow, and low tempo, we can look forward to Big Night,
arriving sometime between the Spring Equinox in late March,
and early April.

That’s when the Frogs, and Salamanders head
for Vernal pools, and make their way across dangerous
crossroads of pavement where cars, and trucks traverse, in New England at least.

In our hustle, and bustle, we could stand to take stock
in Nature’s way, and follow a long term game plan
of Mother Nature’s creatures that have been here longer than we have.

Besides, an outgrowth of energy, and a faster pace will be budding
once we make our way to the equality of yang and yin energies
by Spring, and then increasing activity levels into the Summer Solstice in June.

They do have an innate wisdom about them, and we could stand to
pay more purposeful attention to their intelligence.

Celebrating our diversity within unity is something all
creatures can win by way of profiting off of mutual aid.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

Releasing Old Stories, and Reworking New Scripts

A New Moon arrives on January 24.
And then after that, the Chinese New Year of the Rat on the 25th.

The duality of an old world dying, and a new one
birthing is laborious, and painful to watch at times.

This transition into a new age and paradigm
goes by different names, just like the moons.

Does that early leaf falling in late summer,
bring you into your fears about the waning light,
and cooler temperatures?

Like all transitions, many people are
questioning where they have been,
and where they are going in their lives.

Some say they don’t want to live on the planet anymore.

There are many forms that people play with to do
that in their consciousness by way of escapism, fantasies,
hitching a ride to another galaxy in a spaceship, running from
our feelings, or retreating into a personal bubble.

One of the ways people give up is through death by suicide.

Killing yourself is certainly one of the 10,000 ways into
the valley of death.

But there are more purposeful ways to expand our souls,
and liberate them, rather than by ending your body’s experience here.

Besides, it’s a really traumatic experience, and terribly confusing.

That’s why I try to be mindful of killing with kindness, and
remember to meditate on Groundhog to die without dying.

It makes sense to me that our ancestors celebrated the Imbolc,
because it marked the mid-point between the Winter Solstice, and Vernal Equinox.

The popular American holiday of Groundhog Day reflects
this symbolism because energetically Spring is starting already.

It’s good medicine to celebrate the light rising at the end of the tunnel,
and the wisdom to see light, and dark balancing each other out again.

As dark of a topic as suicide is,
it does not discriminate.

It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, what your race,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation is, what political
party you belong to, or if you are an introvert or extrovert.

Suicide is something most people contemplate.
But most people don’t do it.

And one of the reasons people don’t end their lives is that people think about
the impact it will have on the survivors, and the holy hell it leaves behind.

One of the complexities of suicide is that people
who try to end their lives, or do end their lives
are sick of the pain, don’t want to deal with it anymore,
and wish their pain would go away.

As a survivor of a completed suicide,
it has been a long journey in working through my own healing process.

It hasn’t been easy to look forward to this month in a new way.

Anniversaries can bring all those feelings,
and old stories right back to the surface –
regardless of how deeply submerged or buried they were.

I can still remember getting the call that my mom
had left this Earth 25 years ago, like it was yesterday.

As you can imagine, that wasn’t an easy call to take,
even though I had tried to prepare myself for it from her previous
attempts, and knowledge of how extreme her shifts
between internal order and chaos could be.

I feel thankful to my family, friends, and fraternity brothers
who were there to cushion the blow, and help me see that
a safety net was there when I needed it.

There have been many ebbs and flows along the way,
regarding how I have handled this tragedy, or not handled it.

Like Sting, I have worn the royal crown of the King of Pain,
and traveled through Dark Knight of the Soul.

For a long time, I’ve been good at hiding that side of myself.
Wearing masks can do that.

But it can also show you who you really are before you are
ready to show your dark and shadow sides to others.

The old survival of the fittest paradigm is
part of a dying process, just as are old stories.

On some level, we have believed that “it’s just the way it is.”

People have been put into boxes, and believed in those boxes.

If you didn’t identify with one version of yourself,
or what someone told you about yourself.

Perhaps you’ve rebelled by becoming the opposite side of the same coin.

The grip of those old stories can be hard to let go of.

We humans have believed in them,
and developed attachments to those stories.

Like with all new moons,
this new moon coming is associated with new beginnings.

And so it is with the lunar energy of a new year.

Rats are shrewd creatures, and can symbolize prosperity,
according to Chinese astrology.

What shrewdness, and prosperity do you want to bring to the table,
and manifest on our Planet in the year ahead?

In social science, rats are associated with behaviorism,
and applied behavioral analysis.

Like humans, rats are intelligent creatures.

Sometimes, behaviorism gets a bad rap about
wanting to manipulate, and control people.

But any knowledge that gets in the wrong hands
embodies that kind of stupidity.

I recently saw an old you-tube interview with B.F. Skinner.
And it was illuminating to see him talk about how he
saw his psychology as a way for individuals to empower themselves.

And I don’t think it’s a coincidence that country rats have been
identified as smarter than city rats.

We all do better in smaller, more intimate circles where we feel
part of a community, and organically connected to Nature.

If you can see the maze for what it is, you can then
see yourself rewiring new cognitive maps.

These are the days of creating amazing portals into new ways of being.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari