I remember when I was “24 and there’s so much more”, while visiting my uncle and family out in San Francisco, being really into Beat poetry at the time and contemplating moving out to the Bay Area. One evening, we ventured out to North Beach, ate at a place where Francis Ford Coppola reportedly liked to eat that featured a garlic & basil pizza to die for, then went across the street for a brew at Vesuvius, followed by getting lost for a while in City Lights, the worlds largest independent bookstore. While On The Road, I felt the spirits of Jack Kerouac, Neale Cassidy and Allen Ginsberg with me howling at night, feeling like one of the ’10, 000 Maniacs’ in this “world of 10, 000 things.”
“Wolf . . . teacher, pathfinder, moon-dog of my Soul. Howling, singing teaching how to know new ideas who returns to the clan to teach and share medicine.” I can relate to the Wolf in me as I venture out into the woods, away from the pack and my den to commune with Nature and be with my solitude. Although I am loyal like a dog and a faithful family guy, I really need to just be with myself sometimes (don’t we all?). As such, I set the intention and choose to follow through with creating that space for myself down wit my Nervous Woodland Creature (NWC) peeps, Straight Outta Woodland, Ma Chucka. Moreover, the cumulative effect of staying in alignment with this energetic action plan, is that I am noticing that I am becoming the change I want to see in the world. And though I firmly Bee Leave in the ancient wisdom that asserts, ‘heal Thyself’, I also understand the awareness that there is no substitute for good therapy. In the spirit of healing Our Selves, sometimes it takes letting go and trusting a gifted professional to allow Our Selves to tap into Our power in a way that has been cloaked in the Darkness of the subconscious Underground, due to Unseen fears within the individual and Collective Consciousness. Although this is important for all of Us, it is especially paramount for those of Us that are healers and helpers, as We have a responsibility to elevate Our vibrations to Our Higher Selves. I strongly encourage all of You to spend some time alone out in Nature and/or a quiet Sacred Space that allows the teacher in You to come about. In doing so, You will evoke and share great truths that will help lead Us to a perceptual shift in the consciousness of Humankind and beyond. “Mister I ain’t no boy, no I’m a man and I believe in the Promised Land!”
In conclusion, I remember hearing an old Native American story of Grandfather that is teaching his grandson about controlling his emotions and keeping his power without auctioning it off by reacting without reserve. Grandfather relates to his grandson that there are two Wolves always fighting with each other inside his head. One wolf is quick to anger and will rage in its desire to tear everything he sees into tiny little pieces. The other Wolf understands Temperance and is very wise, stays in control of himself, knows when to assert his power and when to yield. After hearing Grandfather tell this story, grandson asks, “which one wins?” Grandfather responds, “whichever one I feed.” Remember balance between authentic Self and respectful family/community is key. Please enjoy becoming the Full Moon during the wee hours of January 9th, shapeshifting into its energies and the hearty digestion process thereafter–as We breathe fire into the Chinese Year of the Dragon on January 23, 2012.
I Hopi You are Well,
Ari- Your dedication to making this world a better place is evident in everything you write. Thank you for keeping the flame lit during these trying times for so many people.
This was a particularly touching blog for me. Made abundant contact with me at a time when I was in a search mode. Thank you, Ari.