Thursday, December 28, 2006

A random conversation about the passing of James Brown and the transformation of planetary consciousness


My dear friends,

The following is a poetic rant that my long timefriend and I had this evening on the phone...

I was chatting this wee morning with my healer and musician friend, Sudama
who has a passion for being a beacon to inspire each of us to live as a radiant force of love energy.

Thought you'd enjoy the extemporanous interview...

Anyway, we were saying goodbye on the phone when he threw in the comment that James Brown Died on Chistmas...

Q - "James Brown died on Jesus' 'Birthday'. Good day to die, huh? I always thought he had good timing, and sense of rhythm :-) What do you think is the deeper meaning of the timing of his death?"

A - "It's time to break down the barriers between the performer and the audience so the egoic structures crumble away so we can achieve in small collectives everywhere.

Environments where people drop all the bullshit and are consciously co-creating a love field that is a nested hologram of sacred geomatry" ( co-creating is a term coined by Barbara Marx Hubbard ).

He continues - "This is difficult to achieve in egoic environments. Music, healing intention, awaremess of divine heart presence and mutual interconnectivity, create telepathic resonance that transmits coherency to a struggling world. We need new ways to harness chaos, to move with chaos. For example in Denmark and Holland they have instituted a policy of very minimal traffic rules, or even street markings... The sidewalk and streets are all blended together...

Q - "That's amazing, how do they navigate that system in a big traffic filled city like Los Angeles?"

A - "Well, in their system of chaos everyone has to be conscious and present, otherwise it would be life threatenin to everyone one.

Q - "It kind of raises the bar accross the board of the collective mind, correct?"

A - "Correct."

"It's as if. it allows the creator of the universe to be more present and consious cause there are fewer constraints on freedom. And then we can collectively experience the force more effortlessly."

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Notre Dame

Here we have a French woodcarving that is a tribute to those who kept the teachings of the Great Mother alive during the Christian era in Europe. She continued to be central in people's psyches. In the early days she was worshiped equal with Christ. Later , an astonishing percentage of the wealth, energy and artistic talent of the Middle Ages was devoted to the construction, sometimes over generations, of the cathedrals of Notre Dame, "Our Lady".

At the same time unassimilated reverence for the Goddess was threatened when church, state and the rising male-dominated medical profession allied themselves in attempts to eradicate the overlapping populations of Goddess followers, midwives, wisewomen and peasant revolutionaries. Within a period of a few centuries, an estimated nine million women, men and children were executed as witches in a suppression of matristic consciousness that continues even today.

Yet many kept the Goddess's tradition alive, both inside and outside the Church. This piece was probably made by someone who wished to portray Mary literally as the Mother of God. Closed, she is the traditional Virgin with Child. However, she may also be seen as the archetypal Mother, creatrix of life, holding the sphere of the world in her hand. Opening her reveals the truth: She contains God, Christ and the rulers of the spiritual and temporal spheres. To whom, then, are these pious worshipers offering their prayers.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Today is the Day of the BIrth of the Sun in many Ancient Cultures - Google it for yourself and find out

In case you decide not to do a google search: Here's what I found fourth entry down on my google search....

"Date of Christ's birth uncertain in the 3rd Century.

[p. 249] Uncertainty about Jesus’ birthday in the early third century is reflected in a disputed passage of the presbyter Hippolytus, who was banished to Sardinia by Maximin in 235, and in an authentic statement of Clement of Alexandria. While the former favored January second, the learned Clem- [p. 250] ent of Alexandria enumerates several dates given by the Alexandrian chronographers, notably the twenty-fifth of the Egyptian month Pachon (May twentieth) in the twenty-eighth year of Augustus and the twenty-fourth or twenty-fifth of Pharmuthi (April eighteenth or nineteenth) of the year A.D. 1, although he favored May twentieth. This shows that no Church festival in honor of the day was established before the middle of the third century. Origen at that time in a sermon denounced the idea of keeping Jesus’ birthday like that of Pharaoh and said that only sinners such as Herod were so honored. Arnobius later similarly ridiculed giving birthdays to “gods.” A Latin treatise, De pascha computus (of ca. 243), placed Jesus’ birth on March twenty-first since that was the supposed day on which God created the Sun (Gen. 1:14–19), thus typifying the “Sun of righteousness” as Malachi (4:2) called the expected Messiah. A century before Polycarp, martyred in Smyrna in 155, gave the same date for the birth and baptism placing it on a Wednesday because of the creation of the Sun on that day.

Source: Walter Woodburn Hyde, Paganism to Christianity in the Roman Empire, pp. 249, 250. Copyright 1946 by the University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.

Christmas: The supposed anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, occurring on Dec. 25. No sufficient data … exist, for the determination of the month or the day of the event… There is no historical evidence that our Lord’s birthday was celebrated during the apostolic or early postapostolic times. The uncertainty that existed at the beginning of the third century in the minds of Hippolytus and others—Hippolytus earlier favored Jan. 2, Clement of Alexanderia (Strom., i. 21) “the 25th day of Pachon” (= May 20), while others, according to Clement, fixed upon Apr. 18 or 19 and Mar. 28—proves that no Christmas festival had been established much before the middle of the century. Jan. 6 was earlier fixed upon as the date of the baptism or spiritual birth of Christ, and the feast of Epiphany … was celebrated by the Basilidian Gnostics in the second century … and by catholic Christians by about the beginning of the fourth century. The earliest record of the recognition of Dec. 25 as a church festival is in the Philocalian Calendar (copied 354 but representing Roman practise in 336).

Source: A. H. Newman, “Christmas,” The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, Vol. 3, p. 47. Copyright 1909 by Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York.

December 25th instituted as a Christian holy day

A star cult, sun-worship, became (in the third century A.D.) the dominant official creed, paving the road for the ultimate triumph of Judaeo-Christian monotheism. So strong was the belief in the Invincible Sun (Sol Invictus) that for example Constantine I (d. 337), himself at first a devotee of the sun cult, found it, indeed perfectly compatible with his pro-Christian sympathies to authorize his own portrayal as Helios. And in 354 the ascendant Christian church in the reign of his pious but unsavory son, Constantius II, found it prudent to change the celebration of the birth of Jesus from the traditional date (January 6) to December 25, in order to combat the pagan Sun god’s popularity—his “birthday” being December 25.

Source: Frederick H. Cramer, Astrology in Roman Law and Politics, p. 4. Copyright 1954 by the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia.

Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th?

Although Christmas is celebrated on the 25th day of December each year, the exact date of Jesus' birth is unknown. Most biblical scholars agree that the birth, in fact, did not take place in December at all, but probably occurred during the spring of the year. The Gospel of Luke states that the shepherds to whom the announcement of the birth was made were watching theirs sheep by night (Luke 2:8) which would suggest the lambing time (the spring). Only then did shepherds bother to guard their flocks around the [p. 206] clock. In winter, for example, the sheep would have been kept in the corral.

Why, then, the 25th of December? Actually, the date was chosen not by the Christians, but by Romans, the traditional antagonists of the Early Church.

Each year as the days became noticeably shorter in November and December, the Roman citizens feared that the earth may be "dying". With the "return of the sun" at the end of December resulting in longer days, the Romans celebrated the "Feast of the Sol Invictus" (Unconquerable Sun") on December 25. Bishop Liberius of Rome ordered in 354 that all Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child on that day. Scholars believe that the bishop chose this date so that Christians, still members of an "outlaw religion" in the eyes of the Romans, could celebrate the birth of their Savior without danger of revealing their religious conviction, while their Roman neighbors celebrated another event.

Source: The Christian Book of Why, by John C McCollister, copyright 1983, ISBN 0-8246-0317-6, published by Jonathan David Publishers, Inc. Middle Village, New York, 11379., pages 205, 206.

The Winter Solstice - Day of the Sun's birth

[p. 89] A very general observance required that on the 25th of December the birth of the “new Sun” should be celebrated, when after the winter solstice the days began to lengthen and the “invincible” star triumphed again over darkness. It is certain that the date of this Natalis Invicti was selected by the Church as the commemoration of the Nativity of Jesus, which was previously confused with the Epiphany. In appointing this day, universally marked by pious rejoicing, which were as far as possible retained,—for instance the old chariot-races were preserved,—the ecclesiastical authorities purified in some degree the customs which they could not abolish. This substitution, which took place at Rome probably between 354 and 360, was adopted throughout the Empire, and that is why we still celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December.

The pre-eminence assigned to the dies Solis also certainly [p. 90] contributed to the general recognition of Sunday as a holiday. This is connected with a more important fact, namely, the adoption of the week by all European nations."

THE SECOND COMING: The Messiah Has Come and the Messiah is YOU

My first Spiritual teacher Swami Muktananda said this:

"You are all pure souls. You were born pure. Your perfection was already with you. Each of you was a flame of that pure Self.

The Self is pure, perfect and always satisfied. And it never touches sin, virtue or impurity of any kind. I am sure you know this.

The Self is the embodiment of all gods and sacred places. It is the Self which is called consciousness and the highest truth. Let that Self revel with bliss in your heart-this is my greatest wish.

Love is the Self, love is religion, love is God, love is the path, love is the cult, love is the only thing of great value to acquire."


Isn't the time ripe (again) to dust off that self-identity and for each of us to take full responsiblity as human beings, as YOU (me), and live in as much joy and service of love as possible.

Even Time magazine is singing this tune: they have decided who the person of the year is, and it is YOU!

"Ball's in your court" the saying goes...

See the following links:

Time Magazine's:

Also Make sure to read my friend Jason's Blog on the new Time issue:

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Heart as an Organ of perception

Brain Mind: Logic, rational, outcome, control
Heart Mind: intuition, systems, process, collective

Issue: March/April 2006
The Heart as an Organ of Perception
Stephen Harrod Buhner
Remember what it's like to see a puppy walking slowly along, sniffing the ground, tail wagging, small body slightly askew? Something pulls you toward the puppy, so you say, "Here, boy, over here," and the puppy looks up, sees you, and bounds over. In that moment, it's as if something leaves the puppy and enters you and something in you leaves your body and touches the puppy. You want nothing more than to hold each other and enjoy the warmth of your closeness.
We have this experience almost daily, with our dear friends, our children, and our mates. If we're lucky, we may feel it with a special piece of land, an old-growth tree, or a great ancient stone. It is one of the most real experiences we have, a particular kind of intimacy, yet we have no word for it in our language.
It is this moment of intangible touch that I've been exploring for the past 36 years as a psychotherapist, herbalist, and teacher. What would it be like to feel this every day, with everything, I wondered? What exactly is it and how could I create and sustain it?
It took me decades to find the answers to these questions. The ancient Greeks knew it well. They called it aesthesis, which means "to breathe in." They recognized that the moment of touch was accompanied by a gasp, a particular kind of inspiration. They considered it the moment when the soul essence inside us, and the soul essence from something outside us, met and mingled. It is the root of our word "aesthetic."
Years into my studies, I also began to connect something else to this experience. Indigenous peoples who still live close to the earth experience life very differently than we do in the West; they seem to perceive things that we cannot see, things that they are surprised we do not perceive. The explanation for this is simple, but profound: when you ask them where in the body they live, they gesture to the region of their hearts, while modern Westerners typically point to their heads. Perhaps the great lyrical writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry had some insight into this phenomenon when he wrote, "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
Meaning Is in the Molecules
Consciousness studies in the late sixties focused almost entirely on the brain, in part because conventional wisdom held that it is our brain that distinguishes us from Earth's other inhabitants. In the decades that followed, however, a few researchers worked without this preconception. Rollin McCraty at the HeartMath Institute is one; he began to look at the heart and its role in cognition and awareness. He and others suspected that consciousness might be mobile and that it might inhabit different locations in the body other than the brain.
One of the most important findings that emerged from these studies was the concept that our organs and bodies are highly complex "nonlinear" organisms in which the whole is far more than the sum of the parts. As Ary L. Goldberger, M.D., director of the Rey Laboratory and professor of medicine at Harvard University, put it: "The body is a complicated symphonic system, much like nature itself . . . onlinear systems composed of multiple subunits [such as the body] cannot be understood by analyzing these components individually."
To understand such nonlinear systems, it's helpful to look at the behavior of molecules. Researchers have found that when billions of molecules are enclosed in a container, their movements are at first random. But at some moment that can never be predicted, all the molecules spontaneously synchronize and begin to move and vibrate together as one coordinated whole, or system. In that moment of synchronicity, something comes into being that is more than the sum of its parts. And that something — call it the soul of the thing — cannot be found in any of the parts.
At that moment of synchronicity, the new system also begins to display what are called emergent behaviors as it acts on the parts, or subunits, to stimulate further, more complex synchronizations. A continuous stream of very rapid information — in the form of temperature fluctuations, velocity, pressure, chemical, electric, magnetic — begins to flow from the parts to whole and from the whole back to the parts in order to stabilize the system, according to Stanford University biologist Jan Walleczek. The meanings within the molecules, called the electromagnetic (EM) signature, tell the receiving organisms how these inputs affect its state of being. These meanings are analyzed and integrated into the organism, and a response is initiated.
All living systems work this way, retaining an exquisite sensitivity to disturbances of their equilibrium. They remember this equilibrium because they are highly intelligent and possess a soul force, this thing that comes into being that is more than the sum of the parts.
The heart is such a nonlinear, self-balancing system. It possesses self-organization and emergent behaviors. It functions not only as a powerful endocrine gland, but also as a unique kind of brain — a cognitive and perceptual organ, and a powerful electromagnetic generator and receiver.
The Field of the Heart
The heart contains pacemaker cells that set its beat. At the moment of self-organization, the first pacemaker cell begins pulsating and oscillating at a regular rhythm. Every new cell "hooks" itself to this one and begins beating in time with the first. This is called entrainment. As individual pacemaker cells couple by the millions, new and unique perceptual capacities come into being. As Goldberger notes, "Nonlinear coupling generates behaviors that defy explanation using traditional (linear) models."
When the heart is fully online, it produces an electromagnetic field much larger than that which is created by the aggregate of the individual cells. The field is 5,000 times stronger than the brain's and can be detected by sensitive scientific instruments up to 10 feet away. It is strongest from the body's surface to 18 inches away, but continues indefinitely into space, like radio waves, according to biologists like Mae-Wan Ho at the Institute of Science in Society.
Not only do heart cells entrain with each other; the heart also entrains with other electromagnetic fields it encounters. When two heart fields oscillate in unison, there is a rapid exchange of information, resulting in alterations in heart function, hormonal cascade, and physiology generally. A kind of dialogue begins.
When the heart field of a healer and a patient meet, for example, the electrocardiograph (ECG) or heart pattern of the healer can be found in both the ECG and electroencephalograph or brain patterns of the patient, according to research by Rollin McCraty. The heart field of the healer literally paces the patient into new patterns of health.
Heart entrainment is natural to us, occurring at the earliest stage of life. In the womb, the infant's heart entrains with the mother's and continues to do so after birth, writes Joseph Chilton Pearce in his book The Biology of Transcendence. The mother's electromagnetic field is filled with information and meaning, including how she feels about her infant. In fact, our feelings always affect the information encoded in our hearts' wave patterns. Babies, like all living systems, take in and decode this information. We remain sensitive to these fields after birth because we have gestated in the midst of this kind of language. Once born we routinely, often unconsciously, scan encountered fields for information. The way we as humans encounter these fields is unique: we experience them as emotions.
In essence, the heart is an extremely sensitive organ whose domain, we instinctively know, is feeling. Recent research reveals why: our heart processes a particular and unique EM bandwidth with complex signals that we experience as unique emotional complexes. These EM signals, taken in through the heart, are processed in the brain in the same manner as our conventional senses such as sight and smell. Unfortunately, this kind of emotional perception of the world starts to atrophy in most of us when we begin locating consciousness in the brain, rather than in the heart.
The Heart-Mind Information Superhighway
Living organisms possess extremely complex electromagnetic fields that encode everything about the organism: its health, history, potential, and more. When the EM field passes into and through the heart, the information is then routed to the brain, which analyzes the information and extracts the meaning from the EM signature.
The heart can act as a "mind" or an organ of perception because approximately 60 percent of heart cells are neural cells, which function similarly to those in the brain. They cluster in ganglia and connect to the neural network of the body through axon-dendrites. This is not an accident. The heart has direct connections to specific centers of the brain and these connections create a direct, unmediated flow of information from the heart, according to research by Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology at the University of Arizona, and Linda Russek of the Heart Science Foundation. The heart, in fact, is hard-wired into the amygdala, thalamus, hippocampus, and cortex — brain centers involved with emotional memories, sensory experience, the extraction of meaning from sensory inputs, problem solving, reasoning, and learning. To enhance communication with the brain and central nervous system, the heart also makes and releases its own neurotransmitters as it needs them.
The mind-heart connection is further enhanced by a state called "heart coherence," according to McCraty. During coherence, the heart's rhythm sets the beat for the entire body and the heart waves increase in amplitude, giving the heart field greater depth and power. Coherence also brings an immediate change in brain function. Large populations of cells in the forebrain begin to oscillate to the heart's rhythm, and the brain waves ride on top of the heart waves. The perception of those brain cells — the kinds of information they process — is very different than when consciousness is located in the heart.
As brain function changes, so does what we see and learn. What people perceive when they live from the heart is quite different from what they perceive when they live in the head. In coherence, a whole new world opens, and things not normally perceived become commonplace.
When someone in a state of heart coherence allows his or her heart field to entrain or merge with another EM field, the rapid download of information between the organisms happens naturally. While this information download occurs in a language of its own, it rarely happens in words. In one sense, it can be thought of as a direct conveyance of meaning without language. Information flows through the heart first and is then routed to the brain where it is translated, much as radio receivers convert radio waves into music. But in humans, the process is more complex, as the brain translates sensory data, memories, experiences, and knowledge into sound, image, touch, taste, odor.
From these translations of sensory forms, which are shaped by the culture in which we are raised, come meaning.
The Shape of the Heart Field
We all live immersed in meaning-filled fields of information. These fields flow into us from the moment of our birth. We experience these fields not as a stream of words on a page but as emotions, the touch of life upon us. This interchange, rooted in our hearts, alters our lives, shapes its quality, reminds us that we are never alone. It reconnects us to the ground of being from which we come and nurtures in us a natural empathy with the world around us. We are one intelligent organism among many, one ensouled form amid a multitude.
Heart cognition moves us from a rational orientation in a dead, mechanized universe to one in which the unique perceptions and emotions are noticed and strengthened. It allows us to deeply experience the living soulfulness of the world, constantly reweaving us back into the fabric of life. We may be out of practice, but our capacity to perceive from the heart comes naturally to us, and it never disappears. As I've explained, we are made for the unique nature of each thing to pass into us through our hearts, which store memories of this thing, and engage it in dialogue.
With practice, it is possible to learn the shape of your heart field as well as you know your own hands, and use your heart as you do your hands to touch the world around you. It is also possible to entrain with other EM fields intentionally, allowing the information in these fields to pass into you in the form of information you can use. It is, after all, as natural to us as the beating of our hearts. Ancient and indigenous peoples, locating consciousness in the heart, commonly experience aesthesis as a regular part of life. They know those moments when there is a blending in the soul essence of two living things, when the human begins to know the nonhuman directly from itself.
Why We Can Talk to Plants
This ancient knowing explains how these people learn direct depth healing of human disease and the use of medicinal plants: a blending of the EM fields between human and plant occurs of its own accord, a moment of synchronicity when information is directly exchanged. Often, this blending is experienced as a visionary or dream state. Manuel Cordova-Rios, the great Amazonian healer from Peru, describes one such moment: "In infinite detail her internal organs appeared on the screen of my vision. As the liver came into my sight, it was obvious from its black color that it had ceased to function and I knew that it was no longer serving to purify the blood. As this became clear to me I turned my attention to the remedy and the appropriate plants appeared in my vision — flowers from the retama tree and roots from the retamilla shrub. As the visions faded off into more general dreams, I knew it was possible for her to recover."
This direct exchange is how the German poet and botanist Goethe discovered the "pregnant point" and, cultivating it, came to his understanding of plant metamorphosis: that all parts of a plant — pistils, stamens, stems — are merely leaf morphed into different shapes. "He who sees into the secret inner life of the plant, into the stirring of its powers, and observes how the flower gradually unfolds itself, sees the matter with quite different eyes — he knows what he sees," wrote Goethe.
This is how the great agriculturalist Luther Burbank was able to coax new food plants into existence in two or three years and, trotting down rows of 20,000 seedlings, could pick the seven that would breed true. From him came many of the domesticated plants that we take for granted as food. It was sensitivity, he explained, that "partly accounts for my unusual success in selecting between two apparently identical plants or flowers or trees or fruits."
This is how Masanobu Fukuoka, the great Japanese farmer, equals the yields of technological farming without fertilizers, weeding, or tilling the soil. He taught himself to understand the true nature of barley from within itself, to grow it under the unique conditions of his own field, and to see the human from the barley's point of view. "Only to him who stands where the barley stands and listens well, will it speak and tell, for his sake, what man is," said Fukuoka.
Reductionist approaches are like concrete sidewalks. They suppress the wild, but the power of the green — veriditas as Hildegard of Bingen called it — always breaks through. When we locate consciousness in the brain, we reduce the breadth of full perception and thought to a narrow band. Everything else is relegated to the realm of superstition or heresy. But when we reclaim the heart as an organ of perception and cognition, we feel first and then know — the oldest way of being human.
Sensing Your Heart Field
Have a friend stand six feet away. Walk up to him or her slowly. When you're 12 to 18 inches away, you will suddenly experience being in this person's "space." Your two heart fields are touching. Once you get to know the feel of your field, you can learn to extend it out from yourself and use it like sensitive fingers to touch the world around you.
Learning to Think with Your Heart in Four Steps
1. Focus on a natural object, such as a plant or a flower or a piece of fruit. Notice its appearance, its colors and shadings. Immerse yourself in its sensory aspects (or, put another way, come to your senses). This is the first step in getting out of your head. 2. Continue to look at the object before you and ask yourself, "What does it feel like?" This activates the heart as an organ of perception and helps naturally to shift your attention to the object's electromagnetic field. You will then experience a unique feeling complex, which you probably can't name, as the object's electromagnetic signature moves through your heart. 3. Allow the feeling to fill you. Breathe through and with the feeling while continuing to focus on the object in front of you. Notice how your breathing has slowed, your vision slips into softer focus, colors seem to brighten, and your body relaxes. These physiological shifts always accompany the movement into heart-centered perception. 4. Reach out with your heart field and hold the thing in front of you. Allow yourself to feel a sense of caring for it (this creates specific alterations in the EM field of the heart). As you do this, the two fields will entrain, and you will feel a flow of energy between you and it. If you do this with a plant, you might at this point ask it to tell you about itself. George Washington Carver used this process to deepen his understanding of food plants such as the peanut. "Anything will give up its secrets," he said, "if you love it enough."
Stephen Harrod Buhner is an herbalist, psychotherapist, and teacher. He is the author of many books, including The Secret Teachings of Plants: The Intelligence of the Heart in the Direct Perception of Nature and Sacred Plant Medicine.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

I Said To The Wanting-Creature Inside Me

I Said To The Wanting-Creature Inside Me

I said to the wanting-creature inside me:
What is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.
Do you see anyone moving about on that bank, or resting?

There is no river at all, and no boat, and no boatman.
There is no tow rope either, and no one to pull it.
There is no ground, no sky, no time, no bank, no ford!

And there is no body, and no mind!
Do you believe there is some place that will make the
soul less thirsty?
In that great absence you will find nothing.

Be strong then, and enter into your own body;
there you have a solid place for your feet.
Think about it carefully!
Don't go off somewhere else!

Kabir says this: just throw away all thoughts of
imaginary things,
and stand firm in that which you are.


Thursday, December 14, 2006

From Pro-Creation to Co-Creation

Barbara Marx Hubbard leads a group called the Foundation for Conscious Evolution in Santa Barbara. One of the terms that she underscores is "co-creation" which in my mind is a choice to align your sense of life purpose with others to bring about a better world.

She also speaks to something that has resonated deeply with me for a long time: we simply have too many people on the planet - why have children? If you really want kids, adopt instead.
Read my blog entry here about the work of Redefining Progress

Personal fulfillment does not necessarily lie in having children. And for many of my friends, the drive to have children is held near and dear as life force. Yes, creating a family is magnificent, yet many of my family and friends appear to be overlooking their role in the planet's overpopulation - by either contributing to it, or not.

My friend Andrew Beath interviewed Barbara for his book "Consciousness in Action"

"When activism is motivated from the deepest level of consciousness, you are being activated at the soul level with a calling forth of your life purpose. This is your true vocation, your soul's code– that inner guiding genius that each one of us possesses. Its arousal is the next stage of your evolution as a person. If you are not activated to express that uniqueness through some form of ongoing service, then true fulfillment will elude you. James Hillman writes about this in The Soul’s Code.

New Intimacy

And it is a very intimate relationship from a bio-evolutionary point of view, since only in the last couple of generations have people been told, “Don't be fruitful and multiply.” There are already more people than the planet can readily support. So it seems that there is a spiritual hormone turning on. It is stimulating us toward the fulfillment of our unique life purpose, in concert with others. The drive toward self-reproduction is expanding into the desire for self-evolution, which occurs through the expression of life purpose. The urge to procreate is becoming the desire to co-create, to join our genius and give birth to our greater selves and our work in the world. Many of us are responding with the same drive we felt toward reproduction.

Co-creation involves tapping into the universal creative life force that flows within us all and then joining one’s genius with that of others and learning the pathways of resonance together, loving the other as oneself, listening with compassion, learning how to speak the unspoken and not harboring hidden resentments."

For further reading - Barbara was interviewed in What is Enlightment Magazine on the topic of "Sex, Immortality and the Future of Women"

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Thoughts on Gaia

The words of William Irwin Thompson:

"If Gaia is an important spiritual idea for our time, then we must remember that a spiritual idea is not something we think about but something that inhabits and shapes us. It is like a strand of DNA, organizing and energizing our lives. A spiritual idea is not just another bit of data to be filed away. It is incanational in a profound way, coming alive only when incorporated (made flesh) in our lives through our work, practice, effort, skill and reflection.

It becomes part of the foundation and architechture of our lives. Being a new icon for worship is not enough. Invoking the spirit of Gaia is insufficient unless we understand just how we shape and participate in that spirit, and how we in turn are shaped and participated in by it."

As quoted in Jason Keehn's "Ov earth (& planetary cultures...) An Interactive Tome"
(Jason is a friend and fellow blogger - see his stuff on

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Power of relaxation...

I traveled in India via Paris late 2004 and early 2005.

I was in Kerala at Amma's Ashram when the tsunami hit.

I wrote a blog for the entire 5 week trip and took 50 rolls of film. I posted a few of my favorite photos on flickr... ( yes, I do prefer a film camera... I guess I'm a purist in many disciplines!!!)

Anyway, I kept an online travel diary when I was there. Naturally, as you can imagine, it was life changing event.

I'll take two of the seminal pieces ( little poems and quotes from that experience: one that I posted on my website before the trip - a poem of Kabir
and the second, a little quote of Amma from a travel office wall. )

The first one is my favorite poem from the 12th century from a Kabir an Indian saint loved by Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists alike:












And the second quote is from the end of the trip. In Amma's ashram temple, there is a travel office in the second floor where they'll attend to all your travel needs... there was a quote in a little frame that was about relaxation.

I was in a delightfully relaxed mood one day in the ashram (I had spent the day with children in the relief camps. we mainly played and made paper airplanes while I also took pictures with them - what fun!!!)

Anyway, I looked on the wall while the Ashram volunteer was dealing with the indian version of th travel office for the airlines ( thank GOD that she was dealing with those people!)

Here's the quote:

"Children, learn to be relaxeed in all circumstances.

Whatever you do and wherever you are,
relax and you will see how powerful it is.

The art of relaxation brings out the power that exists within you;
through relaxation you can experience your infinite capacities.

It is the art of making your mind still , and focusing all your energy on the work you are doing, whatever it may be.

Thus you will be able to bring out all of your potential.

Once you learn this art, everything happens spontaneously and effortlessly."

- Amma

Sunday, December 10, 2006

wisdom of transformation from tree spirit release

From a friend of mine in Northern California. His residence had a tree fall upon it the weekend I was visiting...
A intergenerational healer from Africa wrote the following to him:

"Make Beauty.
Make a gift to the story, because all of this Failure that we have has to be the place where we plant a new time.
We take all of our tears, all of our failure and make a hummus like at the bottom of a tree, and plant possibility there.
And in that humus, something will sprout,
and what will sprout and be grown with our grief –
not our weeping –
but Grief turned to Beauty,
Grief turned to Art,
Grief turned to Song, living every footstep as prayer.

Small things make big words glow,
and what might happen as well is this Tree of Hope might grow;
maybe two, maybe three,
and maybe all Diversity could grow on it,
beyond our Imagining,
and maybe that flower will attract the Divine,
and maybe the Divine will be like a Humming Bird,
or a Bee and a Beetle,
or some wild and crazy Wind,
and it will fertilize a time beyond our own into a fruit,
whose seeds will drop to the base of that Tree,
into the great pile of Humus,
and grow a time of Hope beyond this Nonsense.

Grief is the throne of all Beauty.
Beauty cleans Consciousness."

a perspective on "relationships" - in this transitory time

From a blog of a friend of mine:

Thursday, November 16, 2006

all things

All things mystic-healingenergy-neardeath-interdimensional-shamanistic-modernintegrated in one….you are not you having a spiritual experience, you are spirit having a you experience. It's not about you!

But paradoxically, it's all about you.

The real work is determining who you are.

It's an ever expanding process of death and rebirth.

Do not resist the melting process into the moment.

Continuous re-emergence and metamorphosis.

The phoenix rising and falling simultaneously.

Just float and feel, here, now.



A friend told me about a website of her friends:

On it he says "Seeking the truth is meaningless if you don't understand who is doing the seeking..." (



words flow words ebb words say nothing words say it all
words light resonant field or do words darken resonant field?
flowing fields of lighter darkness dancing revolution

know thyself the sages say

know thyself the sages say

plumb the depths of deep compassion for yourself and others
nurture yourself, flourish in your own love affair with yourself
and find that the more you fall in love with yourself,
the more you fall in love with the magnificent
abundance of the world of myriad forms
colors and infinite _expression
be here they say right here
right now is all we need
to focus on
to find

someone somebody

someone somebody

someone somebody

not just anybody

you are


all there

is is you

how now brown cow

did the mad hatter man

say that again right here right

now is all that the cheshire cat said as

zero gravity becomes ten zillion g's as the

magnificent multidimensional now explodes into the









has come

they say "the messiah has come"

and it is said

to them

and that messiah



Sunday, September 17, 2006

clean clear face

clean clear face

A poem I wrote on Feb 26 2005

A month ago I returned from my first trip to Ganeshpuri after so many years, never having visited before now.

I sat in Baba's Samadhi Shrine and wept for three hours, felt the light blast from Bhagavan Nityananda's Samadhi shrine and Gurumayi's warm friendly welcome. Not to forget the Bhadrakali Shrine on the road between nor to forget Sri Sri Sri Vajreshwari Devi.

Then to Nityananda Caves and Guruvan Ashram in Kanhangad Kerala, full of radically raw Young Nityananda Kali energy.

Down to Devi Shrines and Snake Temples in Central Kerala to arrive at Amma's ashram on Christmas day - the day of the birth of "our Lord"

Tsunami hit the next day and all was washed away with a tsunami of love, leaving only the clean clear face of a radiant beaming child in my camera lens.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Paul Stamets on Mushrooms

Paul Stamets - A leading mycologist is revealing to us the magnificent world of the fungus.

He is showing that extracts are showing promise in the treatment of viral infections such as smallpox, with prospects of HIV.

Mushrooms have been effective in digesting oil in contaminated soil, and even found a strain of mushrooms that EAT sarin vx nerve gas, one of the most toxic chemicals we have in our midst.

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