MLK Meditation On Buddhist Psychology & The State of Current Affairs to Remember

By grasping onto any pleasant feeling tones, 

and trying to make them stick around, 

our disappointments, and resentments will surely follow.

Like when a formerly positive vibe was once experienced as an old friend or relationship 

that has sadly turned into a dark edge that was misled down a black hole. 

Sometimes, we forget that we are all rivers of passing emotions 

instead of  icebergs of unchanging feelings.

That is where monolithic rocks of rigidity remain. 

We may climb those rugged mountains, but if we cling to them, 

then they will become the dirge of our identities. 

Perhaps the gentleness of a deer will guide us into 

an intrinsic adventure in mindfulness that is worth self exploration.

Beware that following the yellow brick road is not a 

destined cure for unwanted feelings, emotions or everyday pain!

The journey in healing is a process of alchemy

rather than a coveted destination.

When we are watching the unfolding situational screenplay of life, 

we can see that our different strokes are not all good times 

because the facts of life and family ties 

are really just everyday moments at the office

that aren’t always easy to make friends with. 

It can be especially hard to say cheers to the unpleasant or neutral feeling tones. 

With all the distractions of the world of 10 thousand things,

 it is hard not to cling to the wanting of

attention seeking, an escape or being entertained. 

Sometimes, boredom is viewed as an enemy,

as is the fear of missing out (FOMO).

Has this pandemic revealed your fomophobia?

Rather, being awake is merely a process for dreaming a new dream,

and sitting with what is.

In this realm, we are allowing for fluidity, mutability, 

and an open passivity with the changing seasons of life.

Remember that without the cold, dark days of winter, 

there would be no sunshine and rainbows. 

Or without the disappearance of a warm summer breeze, 

there would be no colorful foliage to peep at. 

You can’t have death without rebirth 

or get to the light without venturing through the dark.

Having an appreciation for the widespread panic of

sarcasm, sardonic humor, or grumpy complaining 

is different from justifying their sharper edges, 

or condoning mood driven attachments to their energies, 

and becoming identified with them.

Like any attachments, our judgments can become security blankets, 

that manifest into memes of our own projections, 

as well as other forms of suffering. 

In the spirit of that . . .  

When we reflect on the solidaridy and soul power of MLK Day, 

may we be inspired to raise our fists, acknowledge the reality of our own fears, 

and step into them with a compassionate activism of empathic courage.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

Still the Dark Night Walks in Sunlight

It is with deep gratitude that I share this original poem with you that was recently published by Ephemeral Elegies. “Confessional Poetry” is their speciality, and you will find many talented poets at their website.

For those of you who would like to check out my poem featured on their website, and who are also inspired by the power of poetry, give fellow writer Editor-in-Chief Tiffany Renee Harmon a buzz there at: https://ephemeralelegies.com/2021/01/11/still-the-dark-night-walks-in-sunlight-by-ari-bouse/

Also, here is a live recording of the song version of this poem that I just created in a single take. I recorded it in a way that is similar to leaving a voicemail to someone you are trying to reach on the phone:

Coping with Climate Change, and The Transition Into A New Age and Paradigm.

If you are paying purposeful attention to the plight of humanity today, perhaps you might notice a popular pandemic beneath the viral headlines. From a spiritual perspective, human suffering is largely due to people stopping at their judgements, hiding behind them, and frequently perceiving themselves as either inferior or superior to someone or something else. We all have our talents and struggles. But on a soul level, none of us are any better or worse than anyone else. We all have our issues, and are working out our own dharma. Problems arise when we get identified with our judgments, make our positions the absolute right positions, and then justify our positions by reinforcing them with sophisticated arguements in our minds that build cases against any other viewpoints that appear alternative to our own.

We see this play out when children fight over a toy when playing together until they are confronted by an adult’s intervention. And then typically the child that took the toy from the other child justifies why they took the toy in the first place, therefore making it right, and bypassing any guilt or shame that should be examined on the inside. That’s mostly why humans lie and deceive at times. As adults, most of us have become quite sophisticated at this skillful avoidance tactic, often acting out these nuances in our fantasies, and also sometimes concretely in our relationships. But in reality, this is just the anxious little voice of the ego that is also known in Taoism as the Chattering Monkey Mind. It can become a storied arrogant bravado, as its hubris makes convincing arguments that perceive itself as always right, by acting as judge and jury, case closed. It’s hard to argue with that or peer behind the curtain, beyond the masterful illusion. Besides, there’s no illusion if you don’t see it for what it is.

I remember when I was in High School, I had become quite adept at constructing my own concrete reality in my mind that felt safe to me. Whenever I felt threatened by someone else’s position, I would end an argument by saying something like, “you know I’m right”, and walk away from the interaction feeling like I won. Boy, was this ingratiating to my ego. As if communication in relationships should be competitions, where there is a winner and a loser, and one side walks away with a trophy. Pretty silly, and embarrassing, but many people still buy into this form of propaganda, and align with the dangerous ‘cult of personality’ that spreads vis a vis a pandemic of mis/disinformation, like the wildfires out West. It doesn’t matter if you live in a dictatorship, capitalist, socialist society or the Land of Honah Lee. Here in the US, we have capitalism and socialism, where the private sector’s goal is to make money, and medicare that’s designed to take care of people’s health needs. The stupidity of the arguement is a failure to value that both of these subsystems want to expand. Moreover, the fighting about justifying that one side should be held back, while the other should move forward trumps equitable solutions. The truth is that there are enough resources for both, and we can all win. We know from the Law of Attraction that abundance abounds. It isn’t that the lower self isn’t real. It’s just that the Higher Self is more real. The illusion of polarity is healed and dissolved from this perspective. You can’t see that when your blinders are on, and so rigidly clinging to the righteousness of your attached position.

Take a look at the significance of the myriad of thought forms that are circulating in our individual and collective habituated minds. We are creating our beliefs from within, and they are reflecting back to us from our outer world. Many human relationships, including close friendships, are frequently based on unconscious agreements that are motivated by guilt, and an underlying fear that if certain expectations aren’t met, then the relationship could fade into the backdrop, or is maybe even doomed to end. Think about the ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO) phenomenon that has become a very real experience, and part of many people’s suffering. Rather than speaking our truths authentically, people will give up their power to protect someone else, in an effort to keep the relationship on life support. The internal commercials we buy into go something like this: Well, if I don’t give such and such to my friends, then maybe they will be mad at me, hold a grudge against me, and unfriend me on social media or not invite me to the next party. If I don’t give so and so a Christmas card, then maybe I’ll be off their list. If I don’t suck it up and go to a social gathering, then maybe I’ll be deleted from my friend’s contacts, or a circle of friends group. And maybe you aren’t overtly excommunicated by your congregation, but maybe a lot of pretending that nothing is going on, or people don’t say anything at all, talk behind your back, give you that fake reptillian smile or a furrowed brow next time they see you.

Nobody likes being left out or excluded. But what about when you are leaving yourself hanging out to dry by avoiding personal growth, and nurturing your soul’s evolution? Authentic relationships, and friendships understand that there are times to hit the pause button, and allow people to be where they are at, and who they are. The Higher Self doesn’t live in the realm of tit for tat, or I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine. It’s not about the ritual of gift giving, or proving your love to someone or something. Sometimes, embodying the Universal pillars of Love and Truth is a selfless act of giving another person space, coupled with a self-care act of just being with yourself. The old world paradigm might make for an entertaining Game of Thrones, but it isn’t sustainable or rewarding on a deeper, intrinsicly soul level. Reciprocity is a different way of making connections, and engaging with our human family. There is a way to connect with your own soul, and another soul without any strings attached, or any sense of expectation. We can do this in judgment free zones, and by listening on a level that goes deeper than words, and even beyond attached emotions. Some call this form of empathic listening ‘tuning in’. It is possible to give freely without resentment. It might mean that you give yourself space back to yourself, picture your own inner nobility or the inner nobility of another that could be the target of your disgruntlement, and meditate on that. And if you feel that you are giving in a way that is leaving your feeling resentful, inserting yourself into someone else’s affairs, needing someone else to insert themselves into yours, or finding yourself being seduced to do so or get sucked into someone else’s drama, then maybe you are being invited to examine something deeper going on inside of yourself.

On a larger scale, keep in mind that the global chaos on the planet right now is really challenging the order among our human family, and in society at large. This is part of the transition process from leaving an old paradigm behind, and moving into a new one. I know it is challenging not to get sucked into the chaos, conspiracy theories, or ‘cult of personality’ that we already spoke of. But try to remember that we are spiritual beings having human experiences. On a deeper and higher level, our souls want to be freed from this bondage. The entanglement with our attachment to form is part of our alchemal process that we are meant to relax and let go of. It doesn’t mean you are above the pandemonium or that you don’t feel the pain and suffering of humanity deeply in your bones. It just means you don’t allow yourself to get sucked into the hellish drama of it all. Do whatever you can to connect/ground yourself to this earth, find gratitude in your heart, discover inner peace in your being, and remember to just breathe. You got this. We got this.

Till next time,

Ari

Howling in the Dark Night on a Full Wolf Moon

Images Created by Aunt Barbara Merlotti

Mountain Lion descends down the mountaintop this December.

Good thing for cats because they see effectively in the dark.

That’s true, even on the blackest of nights, on the Winter Solstice on December 21, and a Full Cold Moon on December 29.

This is the last Full Moon of 2020.

On the Winter Solstice, we start coaxing back the light, as it rises during our assent toward the Full Wolf Moon on January 28, 2021.

A long time ago, our ancentors heard wolves howling in the night louder than usual at this time of year, so they heeded their callback, and echoed their spirited wisdom.

A few days after that, it will be the Imbolc, aka the popular Groundhog Day in the USA.

Groundhogs remind us to meditate on death without dying, and the spiritual awakening that takes place when we look toward the light at the end of the tunnel.

The Imbolc marks an X on the hidden half way treasure point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox.

And then the Chinese-Lunar New Year of the Ox begins on February 12.

Meditation on oxen, awakens group consciousness in the new Aquarian age, where we find new ways to work together, smarter over harder.

When I think about wolves, groundhogs, and oxen, I think about the dying old world tunneling and plowing itself further underground.

Black is the color of the heart of darkness, symbolic of the great void of priomordial creation.

It is through this venture into the darkness, that our souls travel through a magical mystery tour of unknowing that is really shaking up our collective consciousness right now.

The heart of Black Lives Matter is that enough is enough.

Reconcilliation is the rap of our heads and hearts.

How do we integrate our primal selves with our divine nature in judgement free zones?

Our egoic lower selves are good at directing judgements on ourselves or projecting them onto others, like when you carry an attitude about someone or something else.

Perhaps an old friend did something to cross your brow, that event or experience was taken personally, and now you’re holding a grudge.

This is part of a soul’s suffering, and draining energetically.

But it is healthier to relax those judgements, take back our projections, and view each other from the pearch of our Higher Self.

Call on Archangel Michael to slash away any attached strings that are pulling your soul from where it needs to go now to be free.

Some old tribal stories posited that humans are decendants of wolves.

And many of our anscestors believed we come from the Sky people.

These beings have also been called gods and goddesses, alien as that might sound.

Whatever the case, wolves are our friends, and copilots here on mothership earth.

Our days are getting lighter again, and light and dark energies will be in equal alignment on the Vernal Equinox on March 20.

I always meditate more clearly on gender equality, and general equinimity on the equinoxes.

The yin and the yang are in a perfect homeostasis with each other at this time.

If LGBTQ egalitarian rights aren’t front and center, they should be right now.

They reflect Nature’s coregulatory intercourse between masculine and feminine energies during these intersections.

It’s not a coincidence that the Earth’s crystalline grids are rising now, and that our multidimensional/planetary consciousness is going through a major shift.

Can you dig on the mulching, and unearthing composting process that is necessary for cross-pollination of a New Earth springing up, so that the fruits of our labor can sew the seeds of love across the planet?

We all have our individual strengths that want to come out into the sunlight, and support the power of group solidarity.

Someone else’s challenges can be supported by another person’s strength.

Boundaries are becoming less rigid and more fluid in this New Age.

People need to find new ways to communicate and work together.

It is more important than ever to honor our diverse expressions of Great Spirit.

But we need to remember our oneness, because in our uniqueness, we are all connected.

We are all both individual, and collective embodiments of Diversity within Unity.

Wolves are here to remind us that the new world we are cocreating is not about an either/or socialist/capitalist order.

Besides, try not to be jarred by labels. They’re just attachments that try to stick to you like glue.

If there is no jar, then there is no glue.

There are many tricksters out there. Don’t be fooled by them.

Coyote, a hybrid of Wolf, can help you balance your wisdom and folly by seeing through the trickery.

Wolf government is not a rigid paradigm, dictatorship or a fixed idea.

Rather it is a complex hybrid of democratic hierarchy, where the alpha and omega communicate with one another so that pathways are created to harmonize with the environment.

There is wise guidance in the eco-balanced consciousness of Wolf political action that is in alignment with universal/natural law.

Picture a Divine Government that embodies a level playing field where each one of us personifies the Golden Rule, and visualizes this in action seven generations ahead.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

Venturing Down From The Mountaintop, And Into The Valley Ahead With Lion As A Spirit Guide

Images Created by Aunt Barbara Merlotti

A Full Beaver Moon on November 30th reminds us to set traps before a long wintry freeze.

Beavers are doers, and they really know how to produce.

May this metaphor warm your soul, and rekindle an attitude of gratitude during the accompanying price tag of stress that the holidays typically bring.

Thanksgiving is also a good time to marinate on gratitude.

But cat consciousness reminds us that there is time for sitting with non-action, and just being curious with an empathic watchful eye is just as important.

After a long, and winding road, we make our way down the mountain by coming down into our souls, and gathering around with our peeps.

Haven’t we all had to come out of our own personal/collective bubbles during the last year especially?

Pretty sure for most of us, it has been uncomfortable at best to step out of our respective comfort zones, break out of our boxes, and find new strategies to replace old ways that no longer serve us.

What once worked, no longer does.

Doesn’t 2020 feel like the year the turtle flipped on the backside of its shell, and the world as we know it stood still?

While that is a naked feeling, there is great release in surrendering to the divine will of the Universe.

In this way, perhaps we are receiving an invitation to attract more energies of vulnerability into our lives that are seen as strengths.

This experience can be hard on the ego, but freeing to the soul.

Like it or not, the global pandemic gave humanity a swift kick that we needed to turn inward, and change the way we operate in our outer world.

I have an old teacher friend who used to follow the saying, “change is bad.”

But in his own transformative process, he has come to see the pandemic, while not the preferred outcome, as a catalyst in changing the way we do Public Education.

There are other teachers, and people who have come to see the virus in this light, even though they wouldn’t wish the experience on anyone.

Humanity has been forced to deal with an inconvient truth of examining our business as usual ways that have largely skimmed the surface, and gone underexamined in the collective dream that we have all cocreated together.

This has not relaxed people’s anxieties!

But with Mountain Lion as a spiritual guide, we can leap into a New Year with a renewed sense of curiosity, mystery, and magic.

After a long December, may we celebrate the darknest day of the year on the Winter Solstice on December 21.

After that, we begin to coax back the light, as our ancestors did many moons ago.

Many people do this by circling around fires, and express what they are feeling gratitude for, and what they want to let go of.

This form of communication can be a powerful way to release old energies that want to be released, and transformed.

In their wisdom, our lineage connections knew to look for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Picture your spiritual DNA, and see its old traumatic tears healing themselves into a new figure 8 sign of infinity transformative wholeness.

From this perspective, we have the awareness that even in darkness, like the small circle of yang within the larger half circle of the yin, there is light.

Speaking of moons, a New Moon on the 14th, along with the signpost of the New Age of Aquarius marks the end of an old Pisces world fading further into our rearview mirrors.

And then at the end of the month, a Full Cold Moon on December 29th is the last Full Moon of 2020.

A New Earth is going through a rebirth.

But this transition is not without its labor pains.

Out of the ashes, the Phoenix Rises.

Relationships that become stagnant need to either transform or sometimes they need to end.

Open communication about these issues can help us work through these changes, hopefully with the grace of a swan.

But sometimes you just have to let nature take its course because mutual attraction cannot be forced.

People have a right to their reactions, including not being pleased with you for living your life in the way that you need to.

For those of you who have struggled with the disease to please, like me, this can be a tough pill to swallow. And the digestion process can be quite bitter.

It is also wise to remember that other people’s opinions are none of your business.

Looking ahead, the Chinese Year of the Ox arrives on February 12, 2021, shortly after the Imbloc or the modern American holiday known as Groundhog Day on February 2nd.

Of course, the Chinese Zodiac still follows the Lunar calendar, which is different from the Sun based Gregorian Calendar.

Sometimes, I wonder why we humans changed from a moon based calendar to a sun based calendar.

And then I remember that we are shifting from a dying sun based patriarchy to a budding new moon based sacred feminine age.

In the New Year, it would behoove us to acquire, and access oxen traits of humility, hard work, and emotional regulation.

Their energies also remind us of the good medicine for everybody to do their part, and that sometimes, it is better to stay in your lane.

In a nutshell, this wisdom can help us have good boundaries with self, and relationships.

Those insights can be particularly challenging for those of us that have strong oppositional streaks, like to march to the beat of our own drum, and have strong free spirited streaks like woodpeckers, and me.

But it can be freeing to accept that whatever “leash” you are dealing with in your life is really about making friends with that on the inside, than resisting whatever outer circumstances make you feel that way.

Even some of our friends that have done hard time in prison came to that spiritual awareness while they were behind bars.

But then again, part of why we incarnate into a mortal body is to know the experience of form, and to play with forms while we are here.

While this is a blessing, it often feels like a curse.

A soul can feel trapped.

Like stagnant water, blockages can lead to getting stuck.

We all get stuck.

“For inside the woods: the poet was renewed and anxiety- stepped aside.”

Here in America, we have elected a new President.

But about half the people voted to keep Trump in office.

For those of you who feel good about the change, and say good riddence to Trump, please remember how bad you felt when he was elected in the first place, and how much you hated that feeling.

Try to remember that’s how many people are feeling now, and see if you can find empathy for those souls who feel differently from you.

You can disagree with someone else’s politics or beliefs. But however radically different they are from your own, they are not to be taken personally.

We are all in this boat together.

We really need to appreciate our differences, and find civil ways to coexist peacefully.

Our survival depends on it.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari

Feathering Our Mystical Ripple with the Mindful Eyes of Turkey’s Energetic Vibrations

Artwork Created by Aunt Barbara Merlotti

A Full Blue Moon is happening on the Samhain, aka Halloween.

Our ancestors payed special attention to this time of year because they perceived that the veils are thinner between the spirit/material realms.

All Souls Day, on November 2nd, further reflects ancestral celebrations that honor those that have left their bodies, but live on with us in spirit.

It is tragic to see how many friendships, and family relationships have died due to opposing political views that are culturally dividing friends, and family members.

Is this an invitation to heal whatever polarity that might be living within you to reconcile those diametrical oppositions, and make friends with those differences on the inside?

Could this lead the way into a dimension of digging up, and then reexamining any buried relationships?

In my civil rights work with students, and as a social worker in public schools, it is always challenging to find ways to discuss our diversity in ways that are done respectfully.

But it is a good communicative skill that we need to breathe more life into our planet today.

It is an interesting synchronicity that Mercury goes back direct on Tuesday, November 3rd, the same day as the official Election Day.

When Mercury is in Retrograde, life can feel like living in the Twilight Zone, where non-localized/non-linear realities are more real, and logical/rational thought/machines systems tend to break down, and become more disrupted.

If you are more of a left-brained thinker, who finds security in the creature comforts of concrete thought forms, then you might need to work harder at letting go, and surrendering to these energetic shifts right now.

Tis the season to get in touch with your feminine side, turn inward, and go into deeper meditations/dreaming.

It’s hard not to see the Presidential Election process being without more ugliness, and controversy.

It could take a while before the results are conclusive.

But then again, if enough of us get out to vote, any cheating or attempts at rigging or buying the election are trumped by we the people.

Those statistics fall apart when enough of us stop our silence, and exercise our right to vote.

Regardless of outcome, try not to predicate your relationship with happiness or suffering with which side wins the election, or dominates the Supreme Court.

What really matters is that we focus on finding inner peace on the inside, and become the change that we want to see in the world.

Giving up your power to the circumstances of life, as much of an armageddon as it appears to you, is a sure fire recipe for more inner misery, and turmoil.

Like Einstein said, insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.

There is a great awakening, and freedom in the surrendering to the heart space of Love, and head space of Truth.

A New Moon on November 15th awakens new beginnings, while a Full Beaver Moon on November 30th reminds us to set traps before a long wintry freeze.

Beavers are doers, and know how to get things done.

They also know how to build multiple exit strategies when it is time to leave the security of their old comfort zones.

Are you building new neuronal pathways inside yourself so that you can expand beyond your familar dams of consciousness?

Rituals can be a form of wellness.

But rigid aderance to them can dim the soul, and cramp the brain.

November is historically the gloomiest month of the year in Maine, as the days are getting shorter till the dark climaxes on the Winter Solstice on December 21st.

We will be at the tailend of 2020 by then.

Take a look back at how much the old world has changed over the past years, and this year especially.

Will there be a peaceful transition into a New Aquarian Age with a new administration?

Regardless of what side wins, it is time to let go of an old age that rewards/punishes winners/losers.

It is time to say goodbye to the dying ways of us/them segregations.

Instead of you’re this, you’re that, we are the fountain that springs from Source.

We are an interconnected diversity within unity.

November is a good reminder that everyday can be a true thanksgiving with an attitude of gratitude, and yield a peaceful harvest within.

It is within our DNA, and spiritual powers to ward off negative chi that wants to suck off of our energy fields.

Meditation on Turkey can satiate your spiritual appetite by fortifying your energy field with a hearty meal of energetic protection.

Gently allow Turkey’s shared blessings to feather away an unwanted ripple effect of dark energies that want to feed off of the amazingly powerful life force that lives within you.

Give this form of self care to yourself.

Till we tweet again peeps,

Ari