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If We have ever met in person and/or you have Witnessed the ‘About Ari’ section of my blog, You know that I really love to See folks wake up and Bee True to their Self–hopefully without getting too stung in the process! In fact, I don’t need to look further than yours truly to observe this unfolding process of Awakening. In the Spirit of that, all We really have is right Now and the process of staying True to the Self, is a process of integrating The Many aspects of Our Selves within the ever evolving Living Present moment.

In my experience, it is both a challenge and an opportunity to express Oneself authentically and respectfully in relationship to Self and Others. In my journey, I have been digging deep, unearthing, scuba diving into the mysterious Unknowing, checking in and getting honest with myself and learning to ‘Know Thyself’, as the ancient portals to the Mystery School’s once noted “a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away”. Yes, there has been much pain and sitting with uncomfortable tension in the unfolding evolutionary impulse, but I trust the Universal pillars of wisdom that Love and Truth will illuminate the shadowy veils that keep Us separate and disconnected from Our Oneness. Although it is wise to let go of outcome, it is yielding the result of discovering a burning passion inside to naturally radiate a genuine sense of authenticity. Bill Murray’s character at the end of the film ‘Groundhog Day’ carries this kind of energy, so that like Bill’s character, when We clear Our own Karma and release aspects of Our Selves that no longer serve Us, We clear space for a perceptual shift that opens Our Higher Vision. And this benefits what psychologist Carl Jung called the ‘Collective Unconscious’, as We dream a New Dream for all humanity to enjoy, a la “what’s good for the Goose, is good for the Gander” (pronounced Gandah in this neck of the woods). This is how We learn to stop playing roles and just Be with One another. And sometimes, the way We need to Be with One another, changes like the caterpillar changes into Butterfly. To say, “that’s just the way I roll” is like saying “that’s just the way it is” when qualifying ‘separate but equal’, which cleverly protects status quo energetic patterns.

Finally, We live in a dying realm of conceptual, mental concepts that fuel and perpetuate the existence of the ego, which likes to hide on “the dark side of the moon” and the “ghettos of the mind”, behind fortresses of the Intellect and sometimes around the Heart. And the ego is a master trickster that likes to cleverly use the intellect and spirituality to hide behind and maintain the status quo of personal identity. I see the ego as semantically akin to a demon that likes to convince Us of “the better the devil you know” mantra. Really, it makes for a skillful meditation practice–even for some of the wiser, “advanced” healing-energy practitioners I’ve come to know. In the spirit of that, I invoke the Art of Persuasion  to encourage folks flocking in this neck of the woods to tap into Blue Jay’s lessons on being a master pretender and True Wizardship. Blue Jay doesn’t care, as it’s medicine will remedy either. However, I’d like to assert that in the spirit of the “power of Love, not the love of power”, I’d rather be a somewhat scorched Eagle soaring in Heaven, than a Crow comfortably, blissfully and ignorantly navigating through hell. On radio channel Now, I can hear Larry King interviewing Marlon Brando when he admitted something to the effect of, “all  we (actors) do is pretend”. If I have a choice, pun intended, why would I eat a hamburger when I can have a steak–so long as I remember to eat mostly veggies?

I Hopi You are well,

Ari

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For the first time in today’s moccasins, I had the honor and the privilege to venture out to Salem, Massachusetts with a bunch of kids and a handful of adults. I can’t imagine a more Spirited time to visit, being as close to Halloween and subsequent holidays that appreciate the ‘thinning of the veils’ honoring Our ancestors that have passed on. It was a bit surreal, visiting Old Salem and seeing how the Pilgrims lived in conservative quarters, mixed with liberal doses of paranoia. I can imagine why it might be enticing to be a Witch and fly away on a broom for a spell, especially back then with little time for fun to be had and skeletons in the closet were swept under the rug. Besides, I love working with stray cats and in the spirit of that, the Universe presented a moment to yours truly, where a Bat mask was calling out my name. I wonder if they have Witches in China, where my new mask was made? “Sacred Bat . . . Fly to me, from the darkness of the cave. Womb-like reflections, answers it gave. Birth, death, rebirth, cycles of the whole . . . never-ending just eclipsed, the journey of the Soul.”

I remember an adventure in the desert some years back (although I wasn’t on a ‘horse with no name’) when I traveled off the beaten path to a mysterious Batcave deep within the Earth. Prior to ‘Batman Begins’, I look back and empathize with Bruce Wayne when I shut off my headlamp and meditated in the damp underground cavern with hundreds of Bats hanging around and flitting about. Admittedly, the Joker in me couldn’t resist teasing my Bat comrades a bit vis-a-vis flashing my headlamp onto some of them just to watch in awe to see them fly . . . “will someone please tell me what kind of town we live in when a man dressed up as a bat, gets all of my press . . . this town (Old World) needs an enema.” Moreover, I have had other significant encounters with Bats and I am inspired by Bat medicine and the power of wearing masks to facilitate the alchemy process in becoming something greater. It is somewhat akin to Buddhism’s Idea of Reincarnation in breaking out Our fast in allowing Our old selves to die, so that We may clear space for rebirth–particularly in the Aztec, Toltec, Tolucan and Mayan traditions. Soaring backward to last Sunday, I put on my new mask and Native feather-necklace after playing morning football with some menfolk from around the way and saged myself to loosen up and lick my wounds. Part of the reason I keep up with my Shamanic-Taoist martial arts training is so that I can keep playing football without hurting myself or anyone else, so I’m learning new ways to play. What’s more, an Eagle in flight soared above to confirm my inner transmutation, as a Blue Jay on the ground gently reminded me of the Kingdom of Heaven within, a la ‘as above, so below’. Some moments thereafter, some Crows used their communicative magic in chasing away Hawk, while a red Squirrel chimed in and a flock of Geese reminded me of ‘High Fidelity’, though I heard the Boss but didn’t see John Cusack. But I’m pretty sure I glimpsed a Shrew before She scurried away, though I’m unsure if Shakespeare helped tame Her Nervous Woodland Creature energy.

Finally, I know the ‘powers that were’ and the properly indoctrinated ‘sheeple’ whom have towed the Coke and Pepsi party line, by pledging unconscious allegiance to the ‘Corporatocracy’, may hardly bat an eye at the Law of Impermanence. But it will not always be like this, as the only constant is change. Besides, Bats eat pests and help fruit a New Earth by spreading the manna, I mean mantra, ‘shit happens’. In my experience, it is more empowering and less work in the long run to face Our fears head on, rather than hide from them through skillful avoidance tactics. This Fall, as I Leave behind my old self, like Han Solo in Star Wars, I assert, “never tell me the odds”. Given that I took probability and statistics three times in College, hung out in the energy field of manipulation and intervention way too long, I now understand that the field of infinite possibilities is way more exciting and fruitful. Moreover, living Life as if it were a hedge fund might seem like a sure bet and a safety net. However, I’d rather fly into the zone of the Unknown (like the Bats that died from human wind power towers) with my trusted inner voice as my navigation device. While Divine Will is beyond the realm of predictability and comprehension, walking in alignment with It is a knowable experience. As I meditate on Bat, I hope it’s in the cards that I don’t get hung up on the man I am, but welcome who I am becoming. What a breath of fresh air in creating everything anew from the Ground Up . . . So long as I use my psychic abilities to read defenses and stay calm in the pocket like Tom Brady–even through I didn’t play at the Big House or grow up in California. Can you dig it?

I Hopi You are well,

Ari

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I remember when I was bucked off a horse when I was three, had another erratic experience with a horse at a camp while on the cusp of early adolescence and avoided horses like the plague until early adulthood.  But I faced my fears head on and got back in the saddle again on a family reunion at a Dude Ranch in Wolf, Wyoming some years back. It required trust and taking many deep breaths while traversing the narrow trails of the Big Horn Mountains, thousands of feet up from the deep valleys below. And today, I felt relaxed as I pet a horse at an Autumn fair with family. Has anyone out there ever seen the film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’? If so, do You remember the razor-sharp cut from ‘The Dawn of Man’ scene tossing the bone in the air, to the floating Space Station? If I were re-imagining the film today, I might bridge the cut with a Unicorn gleaming the Heavens to the soundtrack Jimi Hendrix and Traffic jamming A Session together, “Excuse Me, While I Kiss The Sky”. “Mighty Horse . . . Power to run across open plains, or to bring the vision of the shields dancing in purple dream rain.” If only ‘the powers that were’ would join Us in tapping into the Power Animal of Horse, then We could all become ‘Captain Americas’ by accessing Our inner psychic shields when We need protection. In the Spirit of that, shamanic practices throughout the world, tap into Horse medicine to allow shamans to fly through the air and reach Heaven. In dreaming a New Dream, Horse represents freedom, basic instincts and personal power, which might mean taking more risks by embracing a Lao Tzu perspective, rather than strictly clinging to a Confucian one (not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive). Giddy up Wayne, et. al., and “Do the Tao Now.” Thank you for inspiring Us to become the change We want to see in the world by sharing with Us Living the Wisdom of the Tao.

Additionally, given all the egoic pontificating over public-private budgetary issues and the sinking Titanic of the dying world, isn’t it empowering to know that Horse’s energy is free health care We may access, if only We allow for it? After all, Horse is responsible for allowing humanity the privilege of expanding into the Great Wide Open and freely mingling with diverse tribes. Now, I realize there are phallic attachments to 28 billion dollar nuclear warheads, Area 51 and black hole accounts that radically funnel monies from hard-working folks, whom are already pinching pennies to get by. We have blazed saddles in Monopoly, where the privileged few are trotting across the Globe, while the overwhelming majority watches “green fields turn to brown like paper in fire”. Moreover, if California is quenching Its thirst by drinking Its own toilet water, I Bee Leave that We can assist Frank Lloyd Wright’s Divine Hand in energetically flushing ‘the powers that were’ down his Guggenheim toilet in NYC without cutting down any trees or stinging anybody in the process. However, I strongly encourage the ‘Occupation on Wall Street’ to remember to keep their Underground Weather calm, so that Our Critical Mass will come about peacefully, as a developing Sacred Geometrical equilateral triangle becomes increasingly buoyant in the rising tides of Aquarian Sea of Consciousness. Here on Channel Now, We’re already inundated! We know that violence begets violence and those that rule by force and maximum economic profit only works in the Land of Make Believe. The Christ, Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. King and many other ancestors have shown Us the way, through their peaceful acts of civil disobedience and rebellion.

Finally, I recently released a Genie vis-a-vis a Chinese fortune stating, “LEARN Chinese Zodiac-Horse (and) don’t let your limitations overshadow your talents.” In one of my Shamanic animal books, Horse folks are described by Chinese Zodiac as friendly, adventurous and very emotional and also appealing and persuasive. In that Light, who needs Gallup Polls, when White Stallion said, “You Dreamwalker have made the journey to heal a brother in need, to share the sacred pipe, and to heal Mother Earth. You have the knowledge through humility that you are an instrument of Great Spirit. As I carry you on my back, you carry the needs of the people on yours. In wisdom, you understand that power is not given lightly but awarded to those who are willing to carry responsibility in a balanced manner.” Perhaps ‘Rocky’ channeled his Horse totem when he saddled up Mickey’s teachings about balance and keeping ‘Franky Fear’ in his stall. In carrying a balanced Medicine Shield, We must remember to access an internal space of empathic shapeshifting and the wisdom remembering that “compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are gateways to power.” Who needs to be a distilled ‘Evil Dewar’, when Horse might inebriate Us toward trotting into the Spirit realm to guide Us on Our travels toward New Vistas and mythical journeys? And given my propensity toward Alpha Male energy, I am so thankful to Horse for helping me tame my sexual desires and release them to Heaven, where they can be transmuted into a formless single malt beverage for God’s Holy Grail. After all, I’d rather be a True King than a fool’s gold.

 

I Hopi You are well,

Ari

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Kundalini Rising

I remember when my Mother was deathly afraid of snakes. Perhaps not coincidentally, I once killed many snakes ‘long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away’, while visiting a magical place on Lake Michigan called Fox Island. Gravely but understandably, my behavior was liberally reinforced by a bunch of adults, mostly men, for ‘clearing vermin’. Today, I choose to say ‘peace out’ to the ‘powers that were’ by transmuting my relationship with Snake, gently facing my fears head on and killing them with kindness. “Snake . . . come crawling, there’s fire in your eyes. Bite me, I’ll learn to realize, the poison transmuted, brings eternal flame. Open me to heaven, to heal me again.” I so appreciate the power Snake medicine has to transmute Our physical, mental, emotional and/or spiritual dimensions, given that We humans are multi-dimensional, Universal Beings. Moreover, Snake medicine invokes creativity, sexuality, psychic energy, reproduction and Ascension (Immortality). When we tap into Snake’s energy, We uncoil Our Chi that has slumbered at the base of our spine and allow it to slither upward and onward, snaking its way through our Chakras and Energetic Beingness. What can I say, I like to enjoy cold, frothy beverages with a little head on them from time to time and didn’t a Wise One once Christen ‘water into wine’?  If you would like help with balancing your Chakras, please see my entry on July 18, 2011 entitled “Birds of a feather flock together and spinning Chakras”, in the archives. And if you would like another Auric energetic booster that mixes nicely with spinning Chakras, please see my July 8, 2011 entry entitled “Leave Me Alone”. I feel a sense of Nirvana striking a chord when I sing to myself, “what else can I say, everyone is a spiritual DJ”.

While tracking Tom Brown’s footsteps in his Field Guide of Nature and Survival Guide for Children (yes folks, all adults are big kids), I like what he says about Grandfather’s wisdom encouraging Us to carry a ‘meditation 101’ perspective–that having an open, passive attitude is a key ingredient to staying connected to Nature. Who knows, perhaps being a ‘snake in the grass’ will increase Our visionary and intuitive capabilities. However, with great power comes great responsibility, so it is always wise to look within first and ask One Self, “is that the voice of the ego, or the voice of spirit?” Further, Divine Energy is when Yin and Yang, Masculine and Feminine energies are balanced and coalesce into One–coming Full Circle, so to speak. In exploring the depth of this truth, One may awaken to the perceptual shift that in Creation, all things are equal and that even poison can be “eaten, ingested, integrated and transmuted”. While ‘watching bush T.V.’, I get fired up on the ground by breathing in passion, desire, procreation and physical vitality. Emotionally, I get a charge out of cultivating ambition, creation, resolution and dreams. Mentally, Snake stimulates my intellect, power, charisma and leadership. In the realm of Spirit, Snake uncoils wisdom, understanding, wholeness and connection to Great Spirit. There’s a great story of ‘Three Peaks Chang’ in a children’s Tai Chi book that talks about a Lao Tzu character studying the way that a snake ‘wards off’ an attacking bird until the bird finally gave up and flew away. When I read this story to my daughter, her old Preschool peers and teachers, I blew into my didgeridoo and We were all inundated.

In becoming True Shamans, Snake medicine offers Us the potential to shift Our consciousness, if We merely allow Our Selves to transmute Our energy by accepting the power of Fire. I take Snake’s lessons as somewhat akin to my Shamanic-Taoist Martial Arts training, in that it’s medicine reflects the ability to “kill or cure, ultimately leading to dramatic healings.” Shamans of the Americas have spoken of Quetzalcoatl–a snake-like god. I see Quetzalcoatl’s return as a prophetic metaphor for a Collective shift in Cosmic Consciousness as our old world dies and a New Age awakens, a la ‘out with the old, in with the new’. It’s not necessary to have the ‘Midas Touch’ and turn everything into gold (just look to Goldmember in Austin Powers–don’t be that guy). Just because I’m a man and ‘packin’ heat’ in a ‘Land Down Under’, doesn’t mean I have to act like ‘Multiple Migs’ in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. Moreover, what is truly empowering is to notice the illusionary veils lifting, perceive through their thinning and begin to See the world as it really Is. In the exfoliation of Our dead skin process, We may transparently slither through wide open fields . . . And then We shall become Our own Boss as We sing, “were the green grass grows, tomorrow never knows.”

I Hopi You are well,

Ari

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While walking in the woods recently, I found myself Falling back into some darker feelings, singing the blues to myself, if you will. Then I noticed the foliage changing colors and said to myself, “tis the season”, as I was able to leave those feelings  behind for a spell and shift in alignment with Inner Peace, while remembering gratitude for what is. Simultaneously, I heard a Blue Jay calling out to me and then watched another bathing himself in a creek after I found a place to hide.  From the Ground, I looked Up and said, “thank you” . . . the most important prayer I know. And just a few moments ago, I heard a Woodpecker reminding me to follow my own internal rhythms, while My Blue Herons encouraged me to stay rooted as I determine my own Destiny.

Following a Tai Chi workshop last weekend, I picked up some Thai food to go and while driving along the Road Less Traveled, I noticed a Racoon watching me as we shared a heartfelt gaze, if only fleetingly (I didn’t want to crash and burn into either of Us). In the spirit of darkness and disguise, I took my encounter with Racoon as an immediate connection to the self-defense aspect of the internal martial art that I’ve come to love, master of self-defense raccoons are. In fact, the “real master” that taught the workshop struck me as True to His Self, rather than a master pretender. When he spoke of closing Our eyes, if only briefly, it was as if he channeled Racoon’s Medicine to put on a mask and access a primordial space within.  I took this lesson as somewhat akin to when Obi Wan Kenobi instructed his late-blooming student to put on a mask and “use the force Luke.” In this way, We may step into a New dimension and access deeper realms. Has anyone out there ever heard of the ‘Johari Window’? In the Spirit of that, Racoon Medicine reminds Us that We have the opportunity to dive into the Unknown and retrieve New Vistas from aspects of Our Selves that might otherwise be unavailable. True, this process elicits ambiguity and equivocation because there is the sense of a ‘death of the old self’ and letting go of ‘who I am’. However, in this process of Alchemy, a re-birth and ‘who I am becoming’ lies on the Horizon. In much the same way as my Nervous Woodland Creature (NWC) friends–well, that’s something I can dig on, Ma Chucka.

Finally, the implications for Racoon Medicine are mind-bending and leaves plenty more to digest through the seasons, even as Chlorophyll wanes and meanders into the Dreamtime. Perhaps an Occupational Therapist might integrate a Shamanic perspective by tapping into Racoon’s energy when working with folks in developing their ‘fine motor’ dexterity and manipulation, while prescribing a ‘sensory diet’. Next time I’m ‘Chi washing’, I’ll marinate on Racoon Medicine when cleansing my Auric energy field and think of my martially masked friend as inspiring me to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, as I remember to wash them clean. While sleeping, I’ll dream a New Dream of putting to bed old aspects of myself, welcoming changing faces and exploring New Awakenings. Who knows, perhaps Racoon’s medicinal offerings might include some shapeshifting Gateways into my T’ai Chi martial arts explorations.

I Hopi You are well,

Ari

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