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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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The Solar Eclipse – some personal notes

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Coastal fog obscured what would have been a partial solar eclipse in the wine country of Northern California.

I meditated instead.

I felt a profound peace coming from how the event pulled everyone together. I felt a collective sadness.

I felt a physical realignment to Earth’s core and a reconfiguration on my 2nd chakra, birth chakra and solar plexus.

I felt peace in my heart the the burdens of sadness, although I was not identified with this sadness.  It was there and I was witness to it.

Charlottesville and the Downside of The Solar Eclipse

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The eclipse is the shadow of the moon obscuring the light of the Sun on the Earth. Shadow elements of the blockage of the Sun (in late Leo – proud heart of love) is bringing forth its opposite hate, fear and violence to be released.

The god of war – Mars is also associated with action and leadership – on the high side and anger, violence and aggression on the low side. Mars is a (male) yang planet. Mars in Leo can be pushy and dynamic and is associated with the eclipse, part of the shadow.

The impulsive/ dark side violent energy of Mars in Charlottesville was fueled by Moon in Aries wildly impulsive prone to emotional outbursts.

The shadow of fear and hatred has come to light. One of the perpetrators has lost his job. Others are under investigation for their crimes.

The Illinois State Legislators have proposed a law:

http://reverepress.com/news/illinois-senate-passes-bill-label-white-supremacists-terrorist-organization/

Covering the Bases on August Total Solar Eclipse – 2017

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INTRODUCTION

In 999 AD there was a total solar eclipse in Southern Europe. The combination of the ellipse with the calendar – the upcoming 1000 AD produced interesting effects. Many people believed the world was going to end. Farmers stopped tilling their fields. Many people gave property and “worldly possessions” to The Roman Catholic Church.

There was a famine

On New Year’s Eve 999 many huddled in churches waiting for the end. When nothing happened many demanded what they had given to the church back. The Church Fathers said no. There was a famine and the middle/business class collapsed. It took Middle Class took ten years to rebuild.

Many succumbed to a similar hysteria around the Y2K virus. A friend never recovered from going into debt in preparation for the collapse and has been looking into conspiracy theories for new collapses.

Endings and beginnings are based on the invention of language that feed ego.

Astrologers and the current eclipse are predicting big changes and transformation. There is a need in a culture based in capitalism for events and a cellular desire / fear-aversion for endings (also built into Judaeo-Christian and Islamic philosophy). Endings and beginnings are based on the invention of time and language that feed ego functions in us all. While eclipses occur four to seven times per year – both solar and lunar. Solar and lunar eclipses are approximately two weeks apart from one another.

A Solar Eclipse both total and partial are positions of the Moon in front of the Sun casting a shadow on Earth. A Lunar Eclipse is the shadow of Earth that blocks the Sun from illuminating the Moon. The symbology of eclipses or metaphors  in Solar Eclipses – unconscious or “the dark side” of personality / inner self comes to light and in Lunar Eclipses – unconscious or “the dark side” of emotions come to light – because we observe the process.

The Astrologers I have read so far regarding the eclipse event do NOT predict exact events. It’s all rather vague, claiming transformation. There are some reasons for this:

  • Modern Astrology doesn’t predict events
  • Astrological transits (planets, the Sun and Moon in relationships with one another and/or with natal – or birth charts or progressed charts of persons, entities – the USA for example) are parameters of possibility.
  • Parameters of possibility don’t predict events per se. Parameters are about limits and a way of prescribing sets of variables within a set, in a formal manner.
  • Parameters of possibility can fall High, Medium or Low probabilities
  • Parameters of possibility can be interpreted from a Transcendental Perspective, from a Conscious Perspective or an Unconscious Perspective.
  • Whether our experience falls within the parameters of possibilities depends on too many factors, but if we were to list the salient factors they might be:
  • Choice, will, and decision
  • Soul age
  • Hazard / luck
  • If an astrologer were to predict a specific “fearful” event and they proved to be correct then is a self-fulfilling prophecy dictating the process may have occurred. No person or astrologer would want this responsibility.
  • If an astrologer were to predict a specific “positive” event and it proved to be correct then others would look to this astrologer for past and future replication of this “educated guess”. And /or consider them “psychic”.
  • If an astrologer predicts a “positive” but vague and seemingly magical future event then there is usually no way to determine whether it actually happened or not from a common perspective.

BUT

According to astrological cycles the new moon / solar eclipse (August 21, 2017 at 18:30 UT, 2:30 pm EDT, 11:30 am PDT) are about new beginnings having to do with revealing the shadows of the emboldened ego /self. (Trump’s chart relates strongly to this eclipse – more later on that.)

a new world could be opening into a shared power base

Astrologically the obvious major influences are the release of shadow elements regarding authority and a revolution. This could portend a shift of power in the world – ie the USA being dethroned as the top of the heap of the Superpowers and / or a healing of that power.

Communication will be intense (as in negotiation – perhaps) – Mercury in retrograde and fraught with possible deceptions and/or lofty ideals as a one-world government etc. – Neptune (ideals / spirituality, illusions and delusions) opposite Mercury.

Regulus – a “fixed” star has been in Leo for the last 2,000 years and has recently enter Virgo. Regulus – meaning royalty and those that serve royalty (the patriarchy) has moved into Virgo – innocence and healing bounded by a spiritual community.

This looks to be a time of stand-offs that are painfully entering a new time of healing.

Trump could get a karmic kick in the butt

Looking at this as a key opening a lock: a new world could be opening into a shared power base. In other worlds the patriarchal hierarchy is gone and this new way of a community of shared power is emerging. It could be felt in how all our relationships work – assuming you don’t take the role of the parent or child and instead become a peer.

 

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Trump’s natal chart reflects his impulsivity and his karma. This eclipse could reveal his shadow and end up with a karmic kick in the butt.

Trump /GOP notes – the bullet list “Out-of-sight. Out-of-mind” (part 2)

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GOP / Trump says:

  • If your white you’re with me (black is okay to – only if in upper middle class and think poor people don’t count)
  • If you hate people of color, LGBT, Latinos, Muslims – wait – hate is too strong a word. More like out of sight out of mind.
  • Believe in the America of the 1930s and 1940s
  • Might makes right
  • Women belong to men
  • every white and/or upper middle class guy should carry a gun and use it to defend himself, his family and property even if it means proactively hunting down poor people and killing them

 

Solutions for America

  • Poor people should get a job or disappear (get a job, stop complaining and disappear “Be grateful I am your Prez,” so says Trump.)
  • the mentally or physically disabled are burdens and should disappear
  • Liberals should disappear
  • “Problems that aren’t problems will disappear, because I say so,” so says Trump
  • “Anyone who disagrees with me,” so says Trump “should disappear.”
  • “I don’t want to think about those people,” so says Trump.
  • “The rich will inherit the earth,” so says Trump.

 

Disappear Means (though never spoken or written):

  • Be imprisoned (in state and federal prisons, or concentration camps)
  • Leave America
  • die
  • Be Christian or be dead or leave America
  • shut-up, obey “And cower before me,” so says Trump.
  • “Worship me. Tell me of my greatness everyday. Bow before me,” so says Trump.

Dealing with Anxiety – a primer

The Unhealthy World

Anxiety arises from fear and it protects us from danger.

Anxiety has become a complex problem due to many factors.

There are two types of anxieties. One is exogenous and one endogenous. Exogenous means something that is produced outside of us. In and in the way I am using this word is directing the cause of anxiety to an event in our immediate present or near future. Endogenous means causes by something within us and I surmise that this type of anxiety began in the outside world in one or many traumatic events so that it appears to become internally produced or triggered. In this case there is no identifiable cause of feeling anxious and this becomes an existential condition.

Part of what the drug industry has done in helping to treat anxiety has made the emotion an undesirable problem to be eliminated or under constant management.

Exogenous anxiety is a cause and effect relationship. I’m anxious about my day in court. The day comes – it wasn’t as bad as I thought, I feel relived and anxiety is reduced significantly. However if I have experienced clustered exogenous anxiety producing events as a child then these can easily translate into an endogenous anxiety condition.

The two basic systemic problems of coping / dealing with anxiety are as follows:

  • We live in a complex world undergoing transformations even beyond institutional control that are stressful and anxiety producing.
  • Denial that anxiety is an emotion that could be valuable and is thus thought of as an emotion to be constantly controlled or virtually eliminated.

Part of what the drug industry has done in helping to treat anxiety has made the emotion an undesirable problem to be eliminated or under constant management. It is the perfect emotion to target with a product because our attitude towards the emotion (to be gotten rid of) and a world that is a nest for increasing anxieties and thus provides continuing and increasing profits. And it is not that simple either.

The use of street or illicit drugs at a young age for self-medication (dealing with depression and anxiety) and the concurrent addiction issues along with marketed pharmaceuticals on television has engendered a culture that looks to legal drugs to squash emotional problems of anxiety and depression amongst others. And while this may be effective it reduces our ability as a culture for self-reliant behaviors and creative problem solving.

Tolerating anxiety comes from learning and experience.

What happens when a younger person uses street drugs or prescribed medications to diminish anxiety, the anxiety goes away. Emotional growth stops at the age when street drugs and/or prescription drugs are used and often abused. A drug abusing person enters into a drug-culture. Later in life when a person wants to genuinely deal with emotional and psychologically difficulties their emotional responses may be childlike or childish because of legal or illegal drug use. Cognitively they may act like adults but when beset by anxiety they become stuck children. The frustration is overwhelming and dependence on drugs legal or illegal provides instantaneous relief.

 

Beginning to Deal with Anxiety

There are two basic strategies in dealing with anxiety:

  • Tolerate it until is dissipates.
  • Deal with it directly or indirectly.

In order to be able to tolerate anxiety one has to have had a history with it. Embedded in your history are the methods used to cope with anxiety until it goes away or disappears into the subconscious. Tolerating anxiety comes from learning and experience. Even part of tolerating anxiety becomes a part of dealing directly or indirectly with it.

Part of dealing with anxiety directly is being present, centered and grounded in our bodies.

In dealing indirectly with anxiety comes the use of distractions. Some of the distractions may be healthy and some unhealthy. If you are depressed and you begin using methamphetamines to lift your mood, you will get an instantaneous lift from depression along with feelings of grandiosity and anxiety / excitement and this will be temporary. If you use marijuana to reduce anxiety you may become insular, depressed and /or paranoid if used to excess. Watching television to excess can make a healthy distraction unhealthy serve to isolate the individual etc.

Some distractions can also be a direct strategy in lowering anxiety. Taking a walk in nature or a run is one way to burn and / create energy to lower anxiety. It distracts the mind from the feeling and allows the body to detox anxiety on a cellular level.

Part of dealing with anxiety directly is being present, centered and grounded in our bodies. In most modern cultures citizens don’t live in the body, we live in our minds (this also cold be called a preoccupation with thoughts to the exclusion of emotions and the sensory phenomena of the body). We know we have a physical body but we may be unaware of the body in a sensorial manner. Only un-mechanized agrarian cultures may remain in their bodies.

Immediate anxiety is an emotion that serves us when we are afraid and that fear is immediate. Anxiety serves to heighten awareness in this instance of immediacy. If a person is anxious about crossing the street because drivers are going through crosswalks illegally, anxiety and fear protect us from being hit by careless motorists. This is anxiety is exogenous.

Endogenous anxiety may be a feeling of dread upon awakening that develops into a full-blown anxiety attack. When that happens medications may or may not help. Practicing being aware of our body and our breath prior to a panic attack or increased unmanageable anxiety can assist in helping to lower anxious states if one remembers to employ the techniques. Dealing directly with anxiety can take on a number of strategies including:

  • Breath work
  • Systematized processes of reducing tension in various body parts allowing the person to be present with a body in a state of continuing relaxation.
  • a hot bath or shower
  • Receiving a massage
  • Drinking a relaxing non-caffeinated beverage
  • Listening to soothing (floatie-driftie) music
  • Reading
  • Sitting under a tree
  • Being with Redwood trees
  • Watching the waves at a beach
  • Soaking one’s feet in a foot bath
  • Centering and grounding
  • Hiking on a trail in nature
  • Running / Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Meditating

 

Besides using pharmaceutical anti-anxieties there are a number of natural alternatives. The supplement GABA or Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid is a neurotransmitter that has a number of benefits including lowering anxiety and … http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/gaba-uses-and-risks

 

And Acontium Napellus 30 c – a homeopathic formula for anxiety

 

 

Last Mass Extinction Scenarios and the Best Alternative

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About 25,000 years ago life on Earth was substantially very different. People had a natural ability to connect to nature, to communicate with animals and plants as well as each other in a way that was telepathic and empathic (emotional) woven together. A Guardian of the Planet due to races on the other side of the galaxy seeking to mine higher functions of humans – basically to eat the light that humans generated shut off this ability. A buffer was put in place for about 200 to 300 years. When it was removed the ability did not return for the majority of humans though the danger had passed.

 

Not to scale – charts of worlds 1 – 5 (and the beginning of world 6)

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Aliens and humans from the future orchestrated a mass extinction event that instigated a thermonuclear war between two major powers and Atlantis. The war and the testing of a crystalline communications and power transfer system totally destroyed almost all the people of Earth and decimated Atlantis through massive floods and sinking islands and sub-continents. The Toltec described the end of the 3rd world as a thermonuclear war.

 

The era of the 3rd World of Atlantis and Lemuria were a time of clans and guilds. Lemuria pioneered genetically produced human beings to augment and replace the Servant Clans towards the end times of the third world. Many of the new servant class were clairvoyant and knew of the impending end and went into caves. The Bible mentions Giants. The servant class was short in stature 4 to 5 feet tall. The “Giants” were easily six feet or taller. They emerged from Shambhalla (also know as the Hidden Directorate, Shangri-La, Beldovia) to assist the humans of that time to cleanse from radiation poisoning and to provide seed stock and grains. The Shambhallans traveled as couples man-woman pairs taught populations how to cleanse from excessive radiation and then they perished.

 

The servant peoples evolved into the Matriarchy and survived for 5 to 6,000 years before being overcome by the Huns. There was no single Mass Extinction Event between the Matriarchy (the 4th world) and the 5th world, the Patriarchy. The Matriarchy survived the longest in North American before the influence of Europeans and other influences destroyed their way of life through genocide.

 

Jeffery Wolf Green astrologer and author of many books – Pluto being one of them (Pluto – death brings new life) says that we, meaning all of us alive today- born in the mid 1930s to present time were alive during the matriarchy. And those awakened are the leaders into the sixth world.

 

Moving into the Sixth World: Three Scenarios

 Moving from worst to best. Each of the three scenarios listed below in terms of maximizing economics and limiting human suffering is the last choice.

Continue with Climate-Denier Policy

Droughts, floods, super-storms, wildfires, famines, water-wars and other resource wars are just the beginning. Species of plants, animals – gone.

Result – Human Species wiped out.

Preventative measures – life underground for 1,000 to 3,000 years – only the rich will be able to access this. Underground seed banks and genome banks to clone animals when humanity returns to the surface.

A Thermonuclear Holocaust

 A small amount of humans survive – in underground bunkers and space stations. Well space stations are unsustainable. Population reduced to about one million or less. There may be places where radiation may be lower, but due to radiation cloud cover for about 1,000 years it won’t make a difference.

Some may build domes in advance of the war(s) and this could be viable with orbital solar panels.

Underground seed banks and genome banks to clone animals when humanity returns to the surface.

Human Contribution to Climate Change and Actions

The Paris Accord. Rapidly phasing out oil and gasoline…

Humanity is saved and COOPERATES.  Humanity enters a new era.

Search for Meaning

 

Curiosity is part of the human condition. Searching is an action of curiosity – “What’s over the next rise?” or “Beyond the next curve of the path deep into the forest?” Curiosity and searching are the exciting facets built for the thrill of learning. Meaning is derived from learning and beliefs. Beliefs are a complex structure that shapes reality (see https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-other-invisible-beliefs/ )

The idea of separating meaning from our selves may be a game that our egos play that could help to promote learning via the locomotion provided in a journey. Since I am positing that our brains project reality out into the world then meaning is projected “out there” too.

Let’s take a step back for a moment. A child learns language from parents / adults and model their behaviors based on these adults both what they say and what they do. The child’s personality develops through socialization with other children and adults through the structures of school, play and family. The young adult begins to have ideas of their own but only in as much as these ideas a generated in a context of socialization. Perception is trained through the development of ego based on language (written, verbal and non-verbal) and its structures, which through further extrapolation becomes a complex society and civilization that becomes reality.

Okay – back to meaning. Our egos follow whims and are drawn by a curiosity impulse to follow whatever is presented in the field of attention. Some of this could be considered play and some titillation or both. Even if one decides what is the meaning of life a search ensues to uncover the facets to support that meaning. So there is a constant projection game underway.

When I worked as an experimental filmmaker I did a piece for a group of artists / sculptors called “A Rock Video”. It was a group of four artists making sculptures from rocks from a dried stream-bed. They piled rocks on top of each other making towers and bridges without any adhesive connecting glue. I cut the piece to their liking – about twenty minutes. I contacted a woman’s drumming group to do the score. One of the sculptors decided he was going to tell the women how to score the piece, wanting them to do a beat when a rock landed. I told him it was a mistake and would never work. But it was tried anyway and it didn’t work. I asked the leader of the group to watch the video with her group and improv to it. When I showed the final piece the artist who was convinced that it was going to be a disaster was amazed.

“How did you do that?”

“I didn’t your brain made it work.”

Any piece of music match to any film our brains make sense of it. For example if you lay the music of “Psycho” over the part of “The Wizard of Oz” when they emerge from the forest and see the Emerald City for the first time. It becomes a different movie but it works because our minds project meaning and structure all the time. You could try this at home.

We make reality.

This article was prompted from Facebook and the offering of quizzes testing things like – “What Native American tribe are you from?” “What country are you a citizen of?” and other questions indicative of the reality projection parameters. These amusing distractions and the rate we play them may be indicative of a collective shame of being Americans under a dictatorial rule circa 2017 or not.

 

 

 

 

Exponential Trump Logic – The bullet list (part one)

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  • Gut Healthcare – screw the poor – tax cut for the rich
  • Gut Environmental Protection Laws – kill people off twice by A. exposing them to higher levels of toxicity and B not offering adequate health care

 

With more air and water pollution comes more illness both acute and chronic and people without enough money and/or pre-existing conditions set in place by Trump more will die. Is this an out-of-sight / out-of-mind brain of the POTUS or a deliberate ploy to kill off people without enough money to buy insurance (I didn’t say the poor here because the working class and/or middle class is included in this picture). This is a nifty circular ploy.

 

The insular mind of Trump focused on WINNING, GETTING EVEN AND MAKING MONEY automatically excludes an awareness of a fair healthcare bill and how repealing environmental protection laws interact to cause bigger health problems. This allows the less moderate and conservative GOP to eliminate the working /middle class from being full citizens of America in favor of the rich in a play-out of the logic.

An Alternative funding source for Medicaid/Medicare

Premise: Part of the problems of healthcare may be an increase in chronically ill individuals due to age and environment per capital. Due to an increase in population in a context of an increasingly toxic environment health problems have significantly increased. Using the reductive methods of the scientific method without common sense the effect of the environment as a major contribution to chronic disease can always be debated. Common sense follows that ignorant and non-ignorant corporate greed has created a general environment where toxicity has increased directly and indirectly. If we accept that corporations have wittingly or unwittingly contributed to a toxic world over the past 50 to 60 years then we can conclude that they are directly or indirectly accountable for support the health of the citizens.
Actions: The EPA has been the policing agents for corporate polluters. However corporations have not been held accountable for contributing to an environment whose toxicity has created significant health detriments to people, animals Eco-systems and Earth.

Two actions are required. Stop contributing toxins to the environment and pay for healthcare for those that cannot afford health care.
A healthcare tax on corporations could fund Medicaid and Medicare and provide an incentive for ceasing actions that contribute to making a toxic environment.