Monday, April 30, 2007


I saw this fabulous license plate today: WEARTH 4. It can be read at least two ways:

"We are Earth" (We Earth)

In either case, a highly healing message. Any other ideas?

Sunday, April 29, 2007

The Dalai Lama on Creating Positive Change

I was blessed to be able to attend the 14th Dalai Lama's talk in San Francisco today, on Creating Positive Change. My first (and lasting) impression is: the man who wears this mantle embodies his message. He's warm, compassionate, holds a wide-ranging perspective—and is very humorous (which, as anyone who has ever delivered a talk in a non-native tongue knows, is not all that easy to get across in a foreign language—especially English!)

My May newsletter, What Shines, focuses on both personal and planetary peace, so the timing is ideal to integrate His Holiness' thoughts. Here are some highlights from the afternoon talk:

∞ Neither "positive" nor "negative" are absolutes; they vary according to our perception and experience. What brings us comfort, peace, happiness and satisfaction is seen as positive; fear, frustration, unhappiness and anger are viewed as negative.

Example: a homeless person may be happier mentally than someone of wealth who is living in fear and discomfort, because the homeless person has adapted to the situation and is able to feel happiness regardless. As a longtime nomad who's recently published a lengthy article about living nomadically as a spiritual mission, I completely related to what he was saying.

∞ We can learn to transform adversity into opportunity. There are two main tenets of the Dalai Lama's philosophy. The promotion of:

• right thinking/mental transformation
• religious harmony

Mental Transformation

To explain how cultivating mental happiness is far easier than trying to change outer conditions, the Dalai Lama used the analogy of covering the earth with leather to protect our soles as we walk, or covering our own feet (wearing shoes) to accomplish the same result.

∞ As certain emotions increase, other emotions reduce, simply because contradictory forces cannot occupy the same space. We cannot be both self-centered and isolated in fear, stress and anger — and affectionate, warm-hearted, and caring for others at the same time.

∞ Wholeheartedness develops from the mother-child bond; the affection that accrues with survival dependence.

∞ Compassion for others' suffering reduces our own physical pain. The Dalai Lama gave an example of a time a few years ago when he had an acute intestinal illness that was quite painful, and met with some very poor people who were in pain and suffering greatly. As he prayed for them and extended his compassion, he felt his own pain reduce.

** In terms of personal and planetary challenges/difficulties, we must confront without losing compassion, without losing respect. This opens the door to meaningful dialogue. **

Religious Harmony

His Holiness spoke of "secular ethics": taking a non-religious approach to our differences. I've quoted him in an article on the distinction between religion and spirituality.

But since religion is interwoven into so many of our lives, and the cause of much widespread fighting and unhappiness, he offered a visionary path to religious harmony:

In an explanation that brought down the house, he analogized choosing the "best" religion as similar to choosing the "best" medicine: for this person, this medicine is best; for this person over here, that medicine will work best. For himself, given his mental disposition, Buddhism is best. For someone else, Christianity is best. For another, the Jewish religion is best. For this person, the Muslim religion is best. Viewed this way, the Dalai Lama said, "There's no problem!"

Thus, peace begins first with the individual mind. Once we are peaceful, it pervades our home, and others who walk into the room can feel it. (I felt exactly this way recently, when I met with a woman who runs a retreat center and has been meditating and living as a retreatant for 30 years. Her home felt like a sanctuary; it was relaxing the moment I rang the doorbell.)

∞ As he spoke about having lived outside his homeland of Tibet for most of his life (now 72, he has been in exile since age 24), The Dalai Lama closed his talk with an endearing Tibetan saying, which translates as, "Wherever you are happy, that's your home. Whoever is kind to you, that's your parent."


May we all become spiritual activists focused on creating positive, healing change, so that we are all at home everywhere!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Potent Manifestation Portal, May 1-6th

The first week in May augurs a rare alignment of celestial and terrestrial blessings. It's both the Wesak Full Moon (celebrating the birth, death and enlightenment of the Buddha) and Beltane, the cross-quarter holiday on the Wheel of the Year (Earth-based spirituality) that honors both personal blessings and the joy of community. In recent times we've watered it down to dancing 'round the Maypole, but the tradition (like most of them) goes far deeper.

Astrologer Allison Rae describes these synchronous influences evocatively in her latest issue of Cosmic Time. Get ready for the emotion (energy-in-motion) to release like a waterfall next week.

Allison wisely counsels, "Allow energy to flow from the ascended realms to illuminate and heal. Meditate. Pray. Bless. Uplift your thoughts in each moment. Create with intent. Offer your gifts in service to the Divine. Join with others to co-create and form community. Give. Release. And receive."

Blessed Be!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Earth Day Credo

With the Ascension Ambassadors Training still aswirl within me, I returned home to Aluna Joy Yaxk'in's latest newsletter, chock-full of the inspirational words of others to light a fire under us this Earth Day. The following pretty much sums up both my past week and what all of us are called to, now:

"There will come a day when you'll finally decide that you're ready to live up to your full potential. There will come a moment when you will no longer settle for less than you know you're capable of achieving. There will come a time when you'll no longer be satisfied with making excuses and rationalizations. There will come a time when your desire to move forward will outweigh your fear of the unknown. There will come a time when the search for empty pleasures will seem silly compared to the pursuit of real achievement. One day you'll realize that everything you do makes a difference, and you'll put that incredible power to valuable use. There is really no reason to put that golden day off any longer. There is every reason to go ahead and make it happen for you. You were born to do great things, to create much value, to make a real difference. The longing and frustration you feel is a constant reminder, so listen to what it has to say. Your life can be as full as you are ready to make it. Now is the day to make it great."

~ Ralph Marston, creator of The Daily Motivator

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Aries in Action

With the New Moon in Aries (and my Moon in Aries) I've been feeling the tug to fast-forward my life in a really major way, the past week especially. Last Friday night, when I was randomly (I thought!) cruising accelerator artist Bryan de Flores' website, I noticed he was offering a Masters of the Universe Ambassador Training (is that an Aries-inspired title, or what?), this coming week for 3 days, and again in early May. Both events were sold out.

Fortunately, that's never stopped me before. I e-mailed him saying Spirit had directed me to contact him on the chance there might be a cancellation, as I felt strongly called to participate. The May 2-4 event would be best.

Well, Bryan e-mailed back Saturday morning saying, there was indeed a last-minute opening...for the training starting this Wednesday. I gleefully responded, "OK, I'm in!" I'll be on the road a bit later today...and will report in next week, after I've mastered how to be an even better player for the planet.

This is how the magic is moving now: we are in the flow, and it's a swift current. Sometimes it manifests as tragedy, like the horrific massacre in Virginia yesterday, not to mention the weekend of intense storms in New England. It's part of the Great Purification at this turning of the Ages, long prophesied by the Maya, the Hopi, and numerous other peoples with access to the ancient wisdom. The keynote is change, but what that "looks like" will be up to each of us.

My East Coast astrologer friend Judy Goldberg sent links to some other helpful Aries astro info, closing her e-mail with the incisive message, "Tuesday is kick-off day. The Universe is behind your actions. Get moving!"

May you dance yourself deLightedly into ever more expansive Divine expression, this New Moon and always...


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Abbott & Costello - Revived

Thanks to Violette Ruffley for forwarding on this hilarious update on the old Abbott and Costello routine, "Who's On First?" Anyone who's just learning about technology or purchasing their first computer will no doubt laugh with recognition, as I did:


ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for Windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?

(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Off? Click on "START".............

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Cosmic Serenity

Listening to Caroline Casey's Visionary Activist Radio Show on KPFA Thursday afternoons is always revivifying, especially so when she duets with other astrological talent, as she did today with Dale "DocChiron" O'Brien.

An authority on planetary body Chiron (which holds a special spot in my heart since I was born with Chiron, often depicted as the archetypal wounded healer, conjunct my Sun), O'Brien was discussing the shifting Saturn and Uranus patterns now. Saturn, the planet of discipline, structure and status quo, turns direct on April 19th. Uranus is the wild child of the zodiac who heralds the eclectic and electric ~ and is also my ruling planet, as an Aquarian!

He suddenly said, "One way to look at Saturn, Uranus and Chiron in a soundbite is the Serenity Prayer:

'Accept the things I cannot change' ~ that's Saturn
'Courage to change the things I can' ~ that's Uranus
'The wisdom to know the difference' ~ that's Chiron."

How enLighening. I'll never hear the Serenity Prayer in quite the same way again...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Jupiterian Judgment: the Good, the Bad, the Wild!

As we celebrate both the Jewish Passover and Christian Easter, it's a potent time to evaluate where we want to be free and resurrected in our lives. Intuitive astrologer Tara Greene, whose wise and witty readings rain down from Canada to enliven my Spirit regularly, has an especially juicy jolt from Jupiter, now retrograding in its home sign of Sagittarius:

"Jupiter retro’s mambo for 4 months asks us to re-examine our loftiest goals, aims and spiritual desires. Are we shooting our arrows to the highest peaks, shooting our mouths off or shooting ourselves in the foot? Are we following our truth and understanding the dictates of the Spirit? Are we a tad too judgmental? Are we too breezy easy and optimistic?

Are we truly listening to spirit? Are we growing, expanding, taking risks? What do we gamble with too much? Where do we need to reign in our ever-expanding appetites for more? In our quest for learning, what are we truly learning? How is Justice serving us? Let’s look at politics—do our 'elected' politicians and world leaders serve our needs, or we theirs? Has the state of the world/your life got you wondering when the last time you felt truly optimistic was? Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and have some fun, take a break, go to Vegas or Niagara Falls for a coupla days. Eat what you want when you want it. Take up sports, get a new pet, take a course and learn a foreign language.

Learn to tango, plan an exotic adventure now, move it, groove it, get exhilarated with the chase, and by all means ride a horse, remember your animal nature. Everybody’s doin’ the brand new dance now! - The Trot - the dancercise craze of 2007! Trot it to the grocery store, trot it to the bank, trot it in the city streets, let your flanks quiver, polish your hooves, whinny, shake your glossy mane, and get galloping into this big adventure called your Life!"

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A Poetic Perspective on Letting Go with Grace

What Shines subscriber Susan Schwartz shared a truly poetic response to the April newsletter, which focuses on stepping up to the transformational plate collectively, surrendering our minds to our hearts. May her words resound for you:

"You are broadcasting on galactic frequencies—
Tuning and focusing thoughts...

Just tonight, before I read your newsletter, I spent the
Evening with my mom
(the Passover Seder)
A story of rebirth, passage though narrow places.

We speak of young people 'coming of age'
But the truth is, we 'come of age' at many times in our lives.
Each stage a leaving behind of the old
And entering the new

When we are born
When our bodies leave childhood
When we leave home
Join another
Have children
Watch children leave
And, the most profound,
When we lose, almost completely
Who we once knew ourselves to be
And become unknown to ourselves
Free from the confines of our memories
The experience, knowledge that shaped our memories
And self perceptions
Free to create, re-design and imagine new stories
For ourselves
New places we’ve been and are
Every moment new
We lose one mind,
But find another – or others

A true coming of age
Entering a new era
Filled with possibility
Each one alive for a minute or a moment
And then, re-created again.

Thank you for
Your words, guidance and light.

It is, as always,

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Steppin' Out in Faith

This was the title of the second newsletter I wrote, 'way back in June 2000, and the directive is just as true today: every time I relax into thinking I'm going to "settle in" for awhile, Spirit reminds me I'm on a nomadic path, and that requires walking on faith, always. Since I declared this truth out loud with my article, The New Nomads: Spiritual Sojourners with a Global Vision, I've been hearing some extraordinary and inspiring stories of how many of us are living on the edge of the New, creating a lifestyle that is at once avant-garde and ancient. People have always lived nomadically; what's unprecedented is the numbers of us who are choosing this path in planetary service.

But whether or not you're a New Nomad, we're all being called to step out in tremendous faith, as Pluto is doing a slow, deliberate dance of deliverance on the entire earth body's inhabitants. It's only humans who are challenged to adapt.

The following wisdom from astrologer Stephanie Austin may be helpful:

"As Pluto moves retrograde (until September 7), we are called to examine every area of our life and to eliminate what is not in alignment with our soul intentions. The cosmic message to check our spiritual compass is amplified by Jupiter's approaching station retrograde on April 5th. Jupiter stations at 20º Sagittarius and moves retrograde until August 6th, prodding us to question our assumptions, review our options, and get back on track if we have taken a detour.

"On Monday, April 2nd, a Full Moon peaks at 10:15 AM PDT at 13º Aries-Libra. The cosmic keynote for this Full Moon is courage. It takes courage to grow, to face the unknown. It takes willpower to overcome the pull of the past. It takes resolve to endure discomfort or disapproval. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, the energy of initiation, of breaking new ground and birthing new forms. It is also the first fire sign, and fire requires continuous fuel. Creation never ceases. Nature abhors a vacuum. God dislikes boredom. As creators, we too perpetually encounter new edges, new frontiers. This Full Moon illuminates that we are facing a new challenge, and reminds us that as we grow, relationships that honor and support authenticity can grow also.

"During the Full Moon, the Sun at 13° Aries makes a wide trine to Saturn at 18° Leo (exact trine on April 8th) and also to Jupiter at 20° Sagittarius (exact trine on April 9th). This forms a Grand Trine in Fire, a high energy time which remains in effect for the first two weeks of April. Much can be accomplished with a minimum of resistance, as Jupiter in Sagittarius boosts optimism, Saturn in Leo urges us to follow our hearts, and the Sun in Aries nudges us to take action.

"In essence, all these alignments say: 'Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.' ~ Martin Luther King."