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November has arrived, and days are becoming darker
in the Northern hemisphere.

We are moving closer to the Winter Solstice,
our darkest day of the year.

But following that, we begin coaxing back the light.

When the shades of Mercury in Retrograde are drawn,
it can fog the left brain, and leave you feeling cloudy.

Here in Maine, November is traditionally the gloomiest month of the year.

Given the thinning veils between spirit and material realms,
and the end of daylight savings time, there are many natural feelings
associated with the dark energies around death, dying, and darkness in general.

Of course, we have been taught to fear the dark in our modern world.

In fact, religions have demonized the dark –
even at times enslaved, and burned people at the stake out of fear.

Just look at how we glorify our attachments to our bodies,
and fear the extinction of them.

But our souls, like the yin and the yang have both sunlight and dark nights.
Every soul has masculine and feminine energies living within it.

You do not have to be seduced by your fears or your dark side.
If you are, then you will become consumed by them,
and attract more of the same.

The opposite is true if you focus on the positive,
and look for the silver lining.

The key dynamic to embrace your oneness with everything,
and celebrate the diversity that makes you unique.

How do you see yourself right now?

Do you see yourselves as separate from others?

Are you becoming the change you want to see in the world?

In my experience, Winter has been a hard time for me,
as the date of January 25, marks the tragic date of my mom’s
death by suicide many moons ago – 25 years to be exact.

Sadly, it is getting harder for people to live on the planet,
and more people are ending their lives.

I feel their pain, and I get their plight, as most empaths do.

The trick is not to cut yourself off from the gift to feel, nor
take the pains of others personally, and also to know discernment with
relation to boundaries.

But according to the Chinese Lunar New Year,
January 25 signals the Year of the Rat.

The social science geek in me appreciates the connection between Rat, and
rat psychology – a derivative of behaviorism, a form of the
science of psychology.

We have been conditioned to buy into a material world that
peddles a dangerous game of rewards and punishments.

Many people that don’t fit into that paradigm,
feel left out, lost and alone.

But the spiritual power of Rat invites meditation onto another possibility.

Do you remember the story about when the Buddha welcomed
the arrival of all the animals to his teachings,
and the first one of 12 to show up was the rat?

At the precipice of a New Age and Paradigm,
the time is now to redefine our idea of success.

We need to become more shrewd in our doings, and awaken strategies to
more effectively tame our nervous woodland creature energy.

Mindfulness is a way out of our suffering that allows us to breathe
in the power of now as it awakens in the present moment.

Meditation trains us to leave the depression of the
past alone, and calm the anxiety of the future.

It is not a cure, but it is a skill that can be developed,
and improve with practice.

The Beaver Full Moon rises in the skies on November 12.

Given their industry, and creative exit strategies,
the energies of Beaver can help you spring the traps in your consciousness.

Remember that consciousness is behind everything,
even the most advanced human brains,
and other intelligences at play.

So you might as well forget about outwitting Nature, or getting caught up
in the manipulations of the egoic mind’s behavioral traps.

The Universe is not out to get you, nor is it an enemy that needs to
be beaten up, subjugated or killed.

At the end of the day, we all need to build new neurons, neighborhoods,
and make friends with our own inner space.

When we do that, alternative energy is cultivated in a way
that is based on the Universal pillars of Love and Truth.

Till we tweet again,

Ari

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Dolphin guides our souls through the wake of a waning Full Worm Moon . . .

The early bird might get the worm, but the madness of March
won’t be without schools of opportunities for sound production

This Pisces time of year inspires dreamy meditation –
while at the same time, we need to sit with grounded mental clarity

We’ll need our feet on the ground during the changing directional winds,
and cloudy days that fog our perceptions

Swimming through life’s waters with sonar precision,
gives us mindful and balanced agility between our heads and hearts . . .

May Dolphin spray spiritual tonic into rational-emotive waterways
How do you feel about how you think about your actions, or the actions of others?

Picture a Dolphin to help you communicate effectively
Knowing when to speak and when to listen are part of spiritual watching

What are you doing to express yourself with
sensuality, creativity, and passion?

A gentle and soft approach to communication is a mystical vibration

Borrow Dolphin’s superpowers of sonar to hear truth versus illusion,
because your uniqueness has its place in group consciousness!

Outer directed projections are suffocated by the undertow of judgements . . .

Dolphin is a friendly reminder to become deep belly breathing to relax
fixed states of mind that suffocate you from being sprung into deeper truths!

Spring Equinox is flowing downstream,
and arriving around the river bend in a couple of weeks . . .

See you along the trails,

Ari

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Owl peers into dark nights with the light of empathic vision . . .

What mysteries will Owl shed light on as we move toward
the darkest day on Earth upon the arrival of the Winter Solstice in December?

Death of old selves, and old ways are waning like nature’s light

It’s hard to say good-bye to those aspects of ourselves, or
our loved ones that have passed, along with the ghosts of yesteryear

When the rains are pouring, and you feel lost and alone . . .
Remember a rainbow’s arrival reflects color back onto your soul

On the global-political front, what secrets will be revealed
about historically buried information regarding JFK’s assassination?

Does any of this news sound foreign, alien or out of this world?
But then again, aren’t we trying on new masks during new normal shape-shifting?

Like in a family affected by mental illness and addiction . . .
The metaphorical Elephant in the Room is partially exposed by President Trump

Does he really want to relax the secretive governance
of the Military-Industrial Complex?

Or are his motivations to expose Establishment suppressions
merely a platform to inflate his already bloated narcissism?

What does in the name of National Security really mean?

Is not the spirit of America’s political roots of We The People
a challenge to protecting the status quo of the minority of the opulent?

Just because you’ve made it to the top, doesn’t mean you forget
who helped bring you to the perch of your solid goal position!

Equal access information is perceived as a threat by the powers that be
that deliver informational food for mass consumption

A seductive mind-set that believes people are inherently bad,
and need to be controlled could stand to remember approaching situations
with openness, trust and an authentically heartfelt solution-focused perspectives!

In this space, apocalyptic, doomsday self-fulfilling prophecies
are easily target marketed into becoming accurate predictions

Till next time along the trails,

Ari

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2017 the number!
Sound the trumpet of the Bald Eagle in thunder . . .

Tragic events like Hurricane Harvey,
and unexpected deaths of loved ones are hitting us hard

But the winds of Climate Change still ride the lightning and strike on rising waters

We all have to work together, and do our part in order to
Trump the Towers that Be . . .

From neurons to neighborhoods,
we are moving into a new frontier of we consciousness

Here in this hard land,
we must move forward by enduring painful tragedies of life . . .

A dirge moves toward the Autumn Equinox, while
songs of waning life, death and dying are blowing in the wind . . .

Survivors guilt always circles around our hearts,
and crops up in our souls . . .

Might as well give ourselves permission to grieve
by leaning into any uncomfortable feelings . . .

May we be guided into illuminating our better angels of compassion and empathy,
given any unwanted emotions we might be experiencing intensely right now

It is harder to hide now from facing the sobering uncertainties of life,
that are magnified by the lack of control that can level our conscious minds . . .

Grandfather Sun is always with us,
even as dark nights move closer in from a shady horizon

It takes a leap of faith to walk into the uncertainty of Infinity . . .
Spirit has a Divine Plan that we might as well surrender to

Picture an eagle’s talons to strengthen your personal authority so that you can
balance earth’s gravitational pull with your free-spirited creative energy

Release any feelings of having clipped wings that hold you back
and welcome your feet anchored in the ground!

Till the next trailhead,

Ari

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Blue Heron symbolizes sound soulful guidance in the area
of cultivating a wise personal security council

Folks in the coaching, mental and spiritual health arena
might call this balancing our rational-emotional minds
with our wise minds . . .

It’s so easy to fall in and out of love with the ways of the world . . .
Anything and everything can be romanticized

Entanglements with form abound, and distract our
pleasures and pains with conveniently inconvenient truths

Where did the poetic pop culture expression
“word to your mother” come from?

Shouldn’t everyday be a combination of Mother/Father/Earth day?
Every moment awakens a new breath of new life into our Beings

That’s a good saying to self to remember in the fog
of seasonal allergies, head colds and other maladies
serving as barriers to knowing inner peace . . .

Singing the blues, ramped up mania and the downward
spiral of melancholy have a way of streaming into people’s lives

For some, clinical depression and its manic opposite side
of the same coin are normal realities!

Full Moons tend to feature a rise and fall of these opposites
Does that drive you nuts?

But now that a new lunar cycle is waking up again
remember that madness is the choice to keep doing the same thing
over and over again, while expecting the same results

Taking responsibility for that choice, blazes new pathways that lead
souls out of the darkness of blaming-oriented,
problem-focused, victim consciousness

There is security in knowing that there is always a third and different
way of doing things that can reveal a solution focused perspective

May the spirit of that light your way!

See you up the trails,

Ari

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A Full Worm Moon arrives today along with Daylight Savings Time
Spring Equinox signals the official first day of Spring on March 20th

But seasons don’t come and go in concrete steps in Nature
Her feminine power isn’t always cut and dry like that

Last week, we swam into deeper spiritual waters with Dolphin
Their energies lighten up our energy fields by breathing in
fresh air of play and curiosity in this reality

Imagine being as joyful about seeing humans hanging around
as you might be about living creatures like dolphins or otters

We can learn to connect in our hearts like they do,
yet without sacrificing our intellect

Otter, like Dolphins know how to be playful,
even when minding their daily business affairs

Seriously, you are not a dopey dwarf for whistling while you work
or laughing at yourself with compassionate light-heartedness

The gravitational pull of our world is heavy and serious enough . . .
But don’t let that take away your right to experience enjoyment

Otter can facilitate a sweet sense of surrender,
and relax control issues

Paradoxically, there is security and empowerment in
realizing that no man is an island . . .

Your spirits will feel less tangled up in the blues when you calm
the need to control, and micro-manage every move

The energy of Otter can help you swim into
feminine waters and soften your edges

Through cooperation, we can build new forms of competition that awaken
new co-creative ways toward spiritual balance in our world

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

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Whale guides us into the realm of our soul’s purpose
When we honor the depth of our inner waters, we awaken the magic of joy

We are living in dangerous times, and the appeal to nationalism is rising
The Military-Industrial Complex fattens itself with protectionist alliances

Authentic purity is about aligning with the Universal pillars of Love and Truth
Tapping into our soul potential awakens deeper seas of freedom and empowerment

We are social creatures that should care about our entire pod
But not at the expense of getting caught up in the undertow of a herd mentality

Waking up to Karmic responsibility does relax a sense security and comfort
There is always a price to appeasement and keeping the peace

But inner peace will reflect in our outer world with greater cumulative power than
the control of Big Business governing and micro-managing our free-spirited Nature

The same rings true in personal relationships

The ghosts of Winter and yesteryear are here to remind us of
where we were and where we are heading

Picture a Whale to dive into the living memory of Mother Earth
Swim into new leagues of empathy

Spring is arriving, and its accompanying Equinox rolls in the later tides of March
Energetic equality dances again where light and dark are in alignment

But before that, a Full Worm Moon arrives with Daylight Savings Time
on Sunday, March 12

See you further on up the trails,

Ari

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