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Day 10 & 11 - Arches and Valley of Fire

Day 10 – 9/17/13

Arches is a beautiful park with an 18 mile center road and many side roads and canyons to investigate. We chose to hike to two arches, the Delicate Arch which is on the state license plate and the Long? arch which is the length of a football field.

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Day 8 - Chaco Canyon and 4 corners

Day 8 - 9/15/13

Today we learned how to be tire empaths and got the gift of breathing in the stillness and energy of Chaco Canyon Park near Farmington., New Mexico.

There had been rain out in Chaco Canyon and that always impacts the roads coming into the park as the county does not take care of them.   The drive could take up to 2 hours and we were told that if there was water in the wash, well we needed to make up our own minds. Also there was a “slick” place which was very muddy. We left for the trip with a little trepidation.

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Day 7 - Mountains and Desert

Day 7 - 9/14/13

After another sad goodbye to my son and his family, we spent the day driving through the mountains of Colorado and down to  Farmington New Mexico.  This drive was through high mountains and large valleys.

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Day 4&5 - Kansas, Oz & Rain

We drove to Wamego Kansas to see the Wizard of Oz museum which houses the largest collection of memorabilia about
the original books, the author and of course the Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland.   No indians here for us!  Just memories of the movie and learning alot about what came before the movie.

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Day Three - Cahokia Mounds

Day 3 – 9/10/13

Cahokia Mounds is located just outside of Collinsville Illinois.  They are the ruins of a city that once had 20,000 Indian inhabitants from about 800 to 1200 AD.  There were more than 120 pressed earth mounds in the original city.  Many now are worn done by farming and years of abuse.   Many are also quite substantial still.  There were round mounds where dead were buried and flat top mounds where mortuaries,  sacred building were housed and there were long narrow mounds with slanted sides.  All of the building were oriented to a specific direction.  N and S or E and W or toward the Winter Solstice too.   Imagine what kind of planning that this site took!  What leadership!  What human labor! 

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Day Two - The Serpent Mound

Day 2 – 9/9/13

We spent the morning exploring Serpent Mounds and its
grounds.  We were the first visitors there at 9am and stayed for over 2 hours.
The Serpent Mounds were built around 850AD.  The energy can still be felt coursing through the snake and the energy is particularly thick around the head which holds the egg of life.  The head of the snake is over a granite overlook from which you can view the entire valley below.  We took time to walk down into the woods and
visit the creek below.  Little caves dotted the granite face and we wondered who lived there now.  Lots of critters would be my guess.   I got a gift of chiggers which stayed with me for a week or so. (:

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A Journey Across the US - Day One

This trip has multiple goals.

1.  To get my car to Los Angeles so that it could be
shipped to Hilo, Hawaii

2.  To connect to the land along the way.

3.  To be present with all that transpires and all the people that we would meet.

My sister-in-law, Judith, and I drove over 3800 miles through 16 states:  Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California and Hawaii.

The following is a recounting of the experience from my viewpoint.  I couldn't have asked for a better traveling companion.  I should thank my brother more often for marrying Judith! (:    We had very
compatible routines with the same waking time, morning meditations and liking to save money and time by bringing food along in a cooler.

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A Journey's Beginning

The steps of a journey are always easier to see in retrospect than during the process.  This is true for this story as well. 

Should I tell you the end of the tale first?  Surely you might guess it along the way.   There were many hints that I didn't even notice until time had passed.

All spring and summer of 2012, I had a sense that I was to be doing something different, but I couldn't figure out what it was.  Should I stop teaching?  Should I focus more on phone clients?  I talked with friends and searched in my meditations for guidance, but nothing came strutting forward to tell me "Go there!" "Do that!".   Oh shucks, I so wished that some guidance would be more direct. 


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Collaboration: A Core Human Value

Humans are, at their core,  collaborators.   Not the idea of it but the act of it.  While conflict seems a basic part of the human condition as well,  it holds everyone in their position.  Our greatest acts of creation occur through collaboration.   Creativity, growth, development happen only in collaboration.  I believe that this skill and core value will become much more dominant in human relationships as we move forward in this century.



While collaboration occurs in business and in community groups,  it seems to be lacking in our politics.  The disappointment that we feel in the "non-negotiable" baseline of most politicians today is evidence that collaboration and compromise are the expected and valued response by constituents.


Humans are collaborative beings.  Our souls collaborated with our bodies to create our unique expression in the world.   We are richer as we learn with others, as we are challenged by others, as we are loved by others.   We are richer when we co-create a new life together or a new business together.   


For the rest of human's days on earth, we will grow our abilities and our joy in life through partnerships and collaborations.  It is the give and take of relationships that  truly allows us to listen and adapt to the needs and wants of others.  I believe all humans want to be part of growing something bigger than themselves, where they can co-create with others, where they treasure others and where others treasure them. 


Where are you on this question?  

How do you partner in life? 

Is there love, respect, appreciation in the relationship? 

Is there challenge, growth, trust? 

Do you feel free to be YOU in the relationship?  If not, how can that change?   


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End Times? Hardly!

This is a joyful, exciting, scary time!   We have no written record of what it was like to go through this transition 26,000 years ago.  All we know is that everything is changing now. The weather, land and water shifts are the result of the huge energies that our planet is moving through.  The changes in governments, institutions and economics are part of this process as well.  Luckily YOUR personal changes are part of this process as well! 


Cautionary note:  For those of you who want things to always remain the same, well, being that change is the only thing you can count on...You are really out of luck this year if you want to cling to or return to old ways.  Your best bet is to create your new world from the best of both the past and the future imagined!


The Mayan's didn't say the earth was ending in 2012.  They just said that it was an end of the last cycle that they could describe.  They knew that tremendous change was coming as it does every time the earth is at the apex of its arc away from the center of the Universe.  What those changes bring to our planet are for us to experience, describe and imagine.  It is up for humans to not only name this new cycle but be part of the transformation. 


The important thing is that you choose the life that you want.  First, it is time to examine your life.  Is it the one that your family expectations designed for you, or is it the one that you designed for yourself?  If your life is not fully what you want it to be, then this is the year to transform it.  What is one thing can you do this year to transform how you live your life?


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The Shortest Day

This is my favorite Winter Solstice poem.  It really speaks to the meaning of the season for our ancestors and for us today.  Check out the Revels.  There are Revels programs in most major cities in the US. 


 Written for the Revels by Susan Cooper in 1997

So the shortest day came,
and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their home with evergreens;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing, Behind us--listen!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends and hope for peace.
 And do so we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!