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4-magicThe duck pond on the Sonoma Plaza 🙂

 

On an early Sunday morning in February of 1983 my best friend Kent and I went to Sonoma and the Valley of the Moon.

I had moved to the Stockton area in 1982 to live and work with Bhante – the Dharmawara Mahathera and learn Vipassana Meditation in greater depth. However I rebelled against being a devotee – something he had wanted (not me) and moved out.

Hanging out at the Blackwater Café in Stockton I came to know Kent. We became good friends. He introduced me to the magic of Sonoma.

His introduction was replete with great wisdom and insight.

I am eternally grateful to him for opening the door to my home.

We left around 6 am in the dusk of a cold morning on that February. He drove his van with his dog and me across the delta towards Sonoma. He had a knack for introducing me to the magic of Sonoma and the Valley of the Moon with his mythic-poetic musings peppered into our conversations.

We missed Bill at perform with his guitar at the church. We met Bill and his wife Shirley at the First Congregational Church on West Spain Street in Sonoma at the tail end of the 7 am Service. Then Kent drove us to their cabin near the top of Moon Mountain Drive in Sonoma. We ate brunch and talked.

My third eye opened wide upon entry into the Sonoma Valley.

Kent and I took a short walk on the fire trail to the south of their house and he waxed on about castles in Europe appearing out of the fog – such as the fog in the valley.

Something quite unexpected had happened that day. I digress – that for the past 18 months I had been doing an inner exercise – a meditation in the morning to create light for the “soul’s body” and open the 3rd eye. My third eye opened wide upon entry into the Sonoma Valley.

I felt the town welcomed me, just as Mount Diablo “spoke” to me about becoming a healer. Of course the impressions didn’t come in English but I translated them into language for a better understanding. At first I explained the opening of my Third Eye by all the spiritual work that was done by others in the valley.

Many years after another answer came to me in a softer manner. It was the land herself, the configuration of the Valley of the Moon and the power center (the Plaza) of Sonoma Valley that has been a source of mystery and powerful transformation. I believe the way in which Kent introduced me to Sonoma and the Valley was replete with great wisdom and insight. I am eternally grateful to him for opening the door to my home.

Towards the end of this Field of Dreams film clip Burt Lancaster’s character Doc Graham makes a powerful statement about “home”. This is how it is for me in Sonoma.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCNp_jl5m6c

PS I give workshops/individual sessions in some of the magical places in Sonoma http://the-kai.com

 

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A Quick No-Think Grounding Method

imagesHere’s a quick way to get grounded and centered in the body quickly:

  1. Go into your kitchen or a place where there is a firm counter-top.
  2. Stand facing about a foot to six inches away from the counter-top.
  3. Put your finger-tips underneath the lip of the counter-top (below the molding).
  4. Focus your attention on your feet as you pull up with your finger-tips under the counter-top.

 

Notice the isometric tension in your body.

 

Do you feel in your body, grounded and centered?

On Global Warming: Resistance is Futile – or is it? (from 11/17/2015)

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Imagine a world where

trees, plants, animals, air, water and earth

are respected beings.

Humans are animals

Let us live in communities of harmony

We all know that there are those people, corporations and the like that are resisting their responsibility for Global Warming. We are also a part of contributing to Global Warming by the nature of living in the civilized world – this is a matter of degree. Unless we have exercised a radical position we are at effect of the power-possessors to contribute to global warming.

Those that remain entrenched in a position those human beings and our carbon emissions do not contribute to the natural phenomena of Global Warming. That Global Warming is a good thing because it means longer growing seasons. This is the reasoning.

Oil and its producers are here to stay. As oil becomes increasingly limited it will become more expensive allowing those rich in oil to stay powerful and the rest of us will pay. There are plenty of scenarios that define the problems of Global Warming and point to solutions on through the Internet and common sense alternatives.

By continuing to resist the Oil Rich effectively insulate themselves from the suffering of the world so they can stay comfortable in their mindset reinforced by their wealth.

Change is difficult. We are raised in dysfunctional families. From the inside this looks and feels “normal” until we compare ourselves to others and to a model of health. In other words we become used to or familiar with the dysfunction of our childhood and these maladaptive behaviors are woven into the fabric of our lives. Then we may work to overcome our dysfunction and live happier lives. Even if we are miserable or unhappy in some way we get comfortable in this place and fall asleep to our unhappiness. Perhaps we were born into the middle class in the USA insuring a level of comfort insulated from the poor in America and in the world; an out-of-sight out of mind rubric.

Comfort allows for a modicum of safety and allows resistance to change to form. We are comfortable in our place and don’t want change. Or we want change without having to work for it. We want some things to change while maintaining our comfort.

Change is uncomfortable. We are leaving our comfort zone to live in an uncertain place where anxiety and fear to the unknown flourish. It may feel “wrong” to change.

Good psychotherapists create an environment where the client may change. Spiritual practices help resist the comforts of sleep for change and transformation to flourish.

In 1992 the frequency of Planet Earth changed. The frequency of the patriarchy changed to something different, but no one knows what the difference will look like. Some have called it a partnership paradigm. We can look at recorded history to see how the matriarchy was different from the patriarchy and we might surmise the nature of that transformation. To us the Huns came across Asia and Europe and decimated the matriarchy and that happened in “the blink of an eye”.

Global Warming is a catalyst for partnership alliances to form to help the most people survive and help balance to world so we are in harmony we Earth instead of using her as an “it” to plunder.

 

Imagine a world where

trees, plants, animals, air, water and earth

are respected beings.

Humans are animals 

Let us live in communities of harmony, with the adage:

“What I do to you I do to myself.”

 

 

 

A Non-Alcoholic Hot Toddy for Sleep

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(…While awaiting Santa Claus toasting in front of the fire… – your other fireplace is for Santa’s descent…)

 

You’ll need:

Pero – contains Barley, Malted Barley, Chicory and Rye

Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea (Celestial Seasons)

Vanilla Soy Milk

 

A favorite mug or two (or more)

 

Boil enough water for one or two (or more)

 

Place about half a teaspoon of Pero in your mug and add 1 Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea bag. Pour over steaming hot water leaving about ½ to ¾s of an inch room for some shaken cold Vanilla Soy Milk.

 

Stir.

 

Leave the teabag in or take it out.

 

This is a drink with the body of coffee without any caffeine – the soothing relaxing nature of chamomile with hints of vanilla and honey and a soothing cap off of Vanilla Soy Milk.

 

Yum. Prepare to go to bed within an hour or less of drinking your Soothing Toddy or you may dose off where you are.

The perfect wind-down beverage in winter or summer…

If you have stiff or sore muscles you can add this remedy:

https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/home-remedies-for-stiff-or-sore-muscles/