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Father Sun will reach his zenith on the lightest day of the year
on the Summer Solstice on Thursday, June 20th.

Is it a coincidence that Father’s Day is on the Sunday before that?

Adding to the festivities is the arrival of a
Full Strawberry Moon on Monday, June 17th.

There are a lot of celebrations in the air right now.
High School graduations, and award ceremonies galore.

I wonder what would happen if these seasonal celebratory
vibes were less staged, compressed, and instead were
organically woven into everyday life?

And what if celebrations were less about recognizing winners and losers –
but more about simply catching each other being good, like
noticing random acts of kindness?

When I think about the power of empathy in relationships,
I remember to notice the common core standards of the sun and the moon.

Without one, we would not have the other.
Nor would we have any water to drink, air to breathe, or planet to live on.

The Sun has his fire, and the Moon has her emotional tides.
But they don’t judge each other for their different approaches.

They are good role models that way.

We could stand to remember that when we think about the
popular desire to win an argument with someone else.

Who really wins anyway?

If the Sun remembers to bring his light to the Earth,
and the Moon remembers to bring her waters –

Then it stands to reason that we can learn from the Nature about
the power of male and female energies working together during these
difficult times of change and transition that we are living in right now.

Nobody really wins with dripping sarcasms, and us and them kind of thinking.

Yeah, you might feel special when you are given a secret decoder ring to
belong to a club that boasts privileged entitlements.

But a sense of entitlement – that things will be given to you,
or you should get your way, is a receipt for unhappiness.

It isn’t easy to be present with someone who is saying
something that you don’t like to hear.

And it doesn’t get any easier when someone is abusing their power
by throwing their voice by using disrespectful language.

Perhaps you feel fed by getting charged, or developing an attitude
against someone or some group of people that you demonize or see as an enemy.

But you aren’t going to balance the wheels by making them pay
via a punitive, heavy hitting consequence.

A lot of people in jails still see themselves as victims,
and don’t take any responsibility for their actions.

And plenty of folks in mental institutions never leared how to emote,
or speak their truths through the voice of mental health.

To wit: that doesn’t just go for the workers in those social environments.

You all know about the rampage of school shootings these days.
We aren’t going to reduce violence by adding more bullets on the streets.

Remember that those hardest to love are the ones that need it the most.

And you are not going to be able to give love to the tough ones if you
put your nose to the grindstone,
and forget to make yourself a priority to love yourself.

Otherwise, you’ll just burnout and develop compassion fatigue.

Rather, you’ll actually strenthen their resentments, and build
their impetus to retailiate against you, instead of be more more likely
to see where you are coming from.

Just look at the way President Trump,
and plenty of faux news pundits do that in everyday current events.

A lot of people that are Trumpites, follow him because of their
hatred of Hillary Clinton, and the Politically Correct movement.

Or they saw him as the lesser of two evils, and felt like a muzzle was
taken off their mouths because he says things that you felt,
but weren’t supposed to say.

Just like that opposite side of the same coin thought when they took
down Nixon during Watergate.

Real systemic change must come from the inside out.

The times we are living in, like back in the 60s, shows us
that the stars are aligning in a way that we can
cocreate systemic transformation.

But to do that, we need to align with the
Universal pillars of Love and Truth

That doesn’t happen when you hate the guy next door
because you don’t like his politics or the way she looks.

See you at the next trail junction,

Ari

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Has anyone else out there been feeling the powerful effects of
the current events of this Full Moon cycle?

Have you noticed your dreams have been alive, and symbolically reflective
of where you have been, and where you are going?

Yesterday’s Full Moon is considered the most powerful
Full Moon of the year, spiritually speaking.

Our ancestors and contemporaries call it
Wesak, Scorpio, Flower, and many other names.

Of course, they all captured the sentiment of the rising tide of our
collective consciouniousness, as Hall of Fame
psychologist Carl Jung speaks to us from the Dreamtime.

But with these powerful energies, I like to remember
the wisdom to be a defensive driver in life, and not
throw caution to the wind.

I saw a Racoon the other day, and the encounter reminded me of
how the internal martial arts uses leverage in life to
show us the way.

What matters is how we respond to the energies that come our way,
and how we respond to them with love or hate.

It is said that the Buddha returns to Mother Earth
to spread the light of compassion on our Planet.

Meditate on that when you gaze at your himalayan salt lamp,
cook with this spice, or bathe in pink himalayan saltwater.

The Christ, along with many other spiritual light team members
accompany this new spiritual year with the power of love.

Might as well bask in love as much as possible, and not get sucked
into you own fears, and the fear mongering of the corporate media.

It is a good time to revisit and release any past spiritual contracts,
and then meditate on you soul purpose you want to focus on
in the year ahead.

But you don’t have to label yourself as a
Christian or Buddhist to do that.

In fact, these energies affect all of us.

And we can use a healthy dose of their love and light –
now more than ever!

Are you functioning robotically in your doings –
dreaming your life away, and lulled to sleep by your gadgets and playlists?

Might as well take the invitation to
wake up to the present moment, and
be here, right now.

Many of you see beyond the shadowy veil of the
bullying, narcisstic and sociopathic gangsters peddling violence, and other
pyramids of segregation and hate in our world today.

We are all sons and daughters of God, and it makes sense to me that we should
be celebrating our diverse expressions, and yet also shared oneness.

Look at a straight-laced conservative as a part of you,
if you identify yourself as otherwise.

Or if you see yourself as a new edition to the liberal left,
LGBTQ, etc. mind-set – understand that we are all
equal rainbow children, regardless of our identifications.

Anarchy and security/order and chaos
have a natural impetus to learn a new dance together,
like the yin and the yang are always seeking balance.

As the Moon darkens, the Sun Rises
As such, your inner cubs want to
come out and manifest their potential.

Keep in mind the masculine energies of the light of yang
reach their peak on the Summer Solstice in later June.

You don’t need to necessarily be having sex to
express yourself sexually.

Nor do you need to identify with any label
that you feel pulled to identify with.

At the end of the day, we are meant to go beyond
our identifications so that we can transform into
a place of authentic identity in the better
angels of our Divine, soulful expressions of this lifetime.

It is the deeply sensuous place of inner peace
that connects you to your Higher Self.

Till we tweet again,

Ari

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It can be challenging to speak your own truth and let go of it . . .

Maybe you hold a more politically liberal way of looking at the world,
but someone close to you tends to have a more conservative viewpoint

Some people are concrete thinkers and tend to embody rigidity,
while others tend to have minds more like parachutes

Without one, there’s no anchor
Without the other, there’s no setting sail

How do you make friends with these tension of opposites?

It’s when we get identified with our positions where we get into trouble . . .
Otherwise, we sometimes have to agree to disagree

Besides, if you feel charged to convince someone else to buy into your position,
then it might be a good idea to reflect on what’s behind that impulse

The seductive pacifier of fascist kind of thinking, is that it
promises the illusion that a fixed idea can become a savior

But there’s nothing more devilish than an immoveable mountain of fixed mind

Do we build up walls with regards to personal and geopolitical boundaries?
Or do we relax barriers, and become more open and fluid?

Given the rising intensities of Summer’s astrological eclipse season,
wrestling with these tension of opposites are becoming more intense

But shaking up our comfort zones, and habituated mind
are healthy ingredients for making forward progress in spirit and on ground

Maybe you can appreciate going with the flow –
But do you really want to push the river to unleash the secret of your success?

There is such a proliferation of programmed habituated thought forms making it
damn near impossible to opt out of worshiping the opinions of others!

It is healthy to be mindful of and sensitive to their frequencies . . .

But not at the expense of thwarting you into
relaxing into your own evolving vibration!

Self doubt is powerful bait of a status quo version of yourself –
perhaps you’ve been hooked by the lure of the better the devil you know

Be mindful of those stories that peddle the kind of personal beliefs
that sells you packages of your own fears!

On this time of Summer Solstice . . .

Let the rays of Grandfather Sun shine His divine light
onto your soul, illuminating the silhouette of your higher self!

Imagine yourself in the sunlight of possibilities of yourself
that you might not otherwise have envisioned

Drink in the fruits of the forthcoming Full Strawberry Full Moon to help you
see clearly that you have the fire of the sun in your being . . .

Use this beacon of light to torch your motivation to rise up to the Higher Self
that you are becoming the change you want to see in the world!

Till the next trailhead,

Ari

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Do you hear Cardinal whistling a prequel
to the intensities of Summery breezes blowing in the wind?

When I think about suicide, and reflections of some of Anthony’s Bourdain’s
comments about his own arrested development, tasting desperate, privilege,
and the tension of opposites he felt about his
personal wrestling with the interplay between order and chaos . . .

I can understand how he would have had enough of
the pain and suffering in this world, and felt like it was time to check out

Truth is, it can be hard to suck it up, get up,
and keep moving forward in the natural school of Hard Knox . . .

The trick is to learn how to make friends with your inner angels and demons,
and integrate your past selves with the new beginnings of your rebirth . . .

Can you hear Cardinal’s virtuous voice singing
songs about the winds of change blowing in?

Her chorus echoes a callback about empowering us to transition
into the vibration of an innate feminine power!

Perhaps you see yourself as a generalized, intense masculine charged,
get things done, taskmaster doer!

That’s OK, so long as you don’t get identified with that role
Otherwise, you can bet your bottom dollar on a slippery slope ahead . . .

Connect with your heart, let her light your way with your head held high,
with a wide angled gaze in your field of vision . . .

It can be challenging to tune into Nature’s mixed messages that blow in
different directions around our Planet

On one perch, Cardinal reminds us to nurture our own life force –
But too much fire from the sun’s rays can burn you at the stake

Might as well remember to wax on our creative energies
and wash our feminine selves with the watery tides of our intuitive faculties

Time to come out of hiding behind the shadows,
and let your inner light shine like the sun

Meditation on Cardinal’s energy awakens
exploration of traditional, old school values . . .

These re-discoveries are divergent planetary systems of thought
from unconventional beliefs that are worth remembering

Masculine yang gains ground,
while Summer Solstice reveals peak sunlight later this month,

Follow the moonlight toward the Monty of a Full Strawberry Moon
when it bears its fruit at the tail end of the June . . .

See you next time along the trails,

Ari

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The dark side of the moon’s orbit into a New Age Consciousness
is not without its hard rains and bluesy protest songs

Might as well picture great spirit’s Blue Heron when you want to fly away
from inner passages of sinking shackles of life’s muddy waters

But you can be blue like Heron and get a leg up by standing strong on the ground
in the anchor of your personal authority

Mother’s Day is a good reminder for remembering Gaia’s gravitational pull
and our sacred connection with Her

Alignment with Her earthy energies on Tuesday’s New Moon
breathes in aggressive self-determination and internal reliance

Forgiveness has a healing power that helps reclaim the inner child of soul divinity

If you find yourself getting boxed in to fixed states of mind . . .

Let Heron guide you to trust in other ways of getting unstuck and
wade away from dirty marshes toward safer landing pads in other estuaries

Trust the security of your intuition to reveal new ways
of looking at challenges by having the higher vision to see abundant solutions!

Till the next trail head,

Ari

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When I think of the Nature’s imperfection, and the current human plight . . .
I remember metaphorical stories of ugly ducklings becoming swans

Living among the tragic times of today can ignite
darker temptations to become victims of circumstance . . .

The muddy waters of life can be hard not to get stuck in . . .

Do what you can to flit about like a water bug when feeling
like you are a sinking stone in the quicksands of right now

Perhaps perfect practice makes perfect . . .
But an error is only a mistake if you refuse to make corrections accordingly

Meditation of letting go of the disease to please might mean that
happiness as a way of life means building tolerance for being unliked,
and the uncomfortable feelings that accompany that natural experience

The month of May is in the air . . .
Time to spread the floral seeds of love along the fruited plains

Picture our world swimming with the grace of Swan
gently flowing down our collective stream of consciousness . . .

In the dying old world, there is a rebirth springing up . . .
But this stinking mulch merely smells like the spirited winds of change

Might as well approach misunderstandings with
positions of empathic curiosity . . .

Gaining forward progress this time of year means increasing sunlight
illuminating the shadowy remembrances of dark cold fronts . . .

Look beyond those perceptual shifts of us and them judgements,
and realize that we are all here to love each other with clean care . . .

Remember to breathe in one breath, one step, one moment at a time

Till next time up the trails,

Ari

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Cardinal appears in our world today
As Father Sun just revealed a peak light experience
on a waning Summer Solstice

A Full Buck Moon runs through the sky trails ahead

Do you need a strong moral compass or a
yoke tattooed around your neck to be true to yourself?

Yang heats up his fires during the summer months
It is a time for outer growth and an action-oriented lifestyle

And yet, we are heading downhill now until light and dark
are equal again on Fall Equinox in September . . .

Can you sense seismic shifts of
Climate Change across the fruited plain?

As the world turns, may we remember the softness of
yin’s hands calm the nerves of anxiety ridden war mongering

May meditation on Cardinal’s whistles blow in the winds of change
that resonate with crystalline clarity in Mother Earth’s heart beat

See you up the trails,

Ari

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