Every year we are given the opportunity to take charge of our lives, make new choices, transition out of old habits, and put into motion our intentions for the year ahead. Winter Solstice, Christmass & New Year’s Eve all happen within a short period of each other in probably one of the most powerful transition points seasonally & energetically, as we close out our year and begin a new one. The winter solstice, celebrated and revered in ancient cultures is a sacred day and also a powerful transition point between seasons that astronomically marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.
The winter solstice holds deep symbolism within it, with parallels that are seen across many of the worlds ancient cultures & civilizations. When I think of winter solstice, I am flooded with images, I am reminded of the mysteries of Stone Henge, I imagine Druid ancestors gathering in the forest to sing songs around the fire , I imagine indigenous tribes doing their ceremonies, I imagine Incan or Mayan medicine people doing corn dances, I think of Egyptian priest & priestesses anointing initiates, aligning them with their intentions for the year to come.
All of these ancient cultures had similarities in that they operated in the understanding that our fundamental experience of reality was one that is spiritual in nature. The foundational wisdom & spirituality of these cultures were harnessed through esoteric practices, ceremonies and teachings focused on bringing one closer to a fully awakened state, towards enlightenment or ascension. These pathways, teachings and practices may vary but the overlaps are profound to witness and the fact that a fully awakened state was the goal and focus of these ancient cultures reveals some of the contrasts and distortions of our modern cultural narrative. Imagine a whole culture and value system dedicated to spiritual advancement, imagine how that dictates the choices of everyone participating in that society and how the system is set up for people.
I have always had an intrinsic fascination in where these esoteric teachings shared parallels culturally. With each discovery of a new parallel it proved itself to be more valid in my rational mind; I was so passionately intrigued that cultures thousands upon thousands of miles apart in different areas of the world had a different name for the same thing!
The winter solstice is one of such overlaps, one of those markers that was so deeply honored, celebrated and revered across the board from ancient civilizations to smaller shamanic & indigenous cultures that there must be something there to explore. New Year’s eve and christmass being within days of this significant event is not a coincidence. One of the most fascinating synchronicities is the parallel of “the birth of the sun” and the birth of Yeshua aka Jesus; which might even draw up further questions around the placement of christmass at this time of year; as no one really knows the actual day that Yeshua was born. Most of our consumer holidays or organized religious holidays were intentionally placed on the calendar to replace a previously existing, deeper pegan or shamanic ritual point of the year.
Most of us grew up not knowing this and innocently participated in the more modern rituals surrounding the holidays, knowing not of the deep esoteric foundation behind most of them. I share all of this not to make our modern holidays wrong, rather to reinvigorate the power that is available to us to at this time that we can learn about from these wisdom cultures. With so much of this vast ancient wisdom washed away in our modern society, surrounded by intense consumerism during holidays, the shamanic origins of christmass hidden within its many symbols of the holiday (a whole other discussion), we see streets lit, bombarded with pressures to buy things and there is a buzzing energy, as bells ring and Cocoa Cola created Santa Clauses yell Ho’ho’ho… Even now, despite all that, there is still so much beauty and as sense of magic around this time of year. That magic is available to us if we so choose. Collective consciousness is powerful and we are affected by whatever “grid” or “collective agreements” we adhere to; whatever culture we participate in we draw sets of values from. And though there is beauty to gathering with family, sharing love through gifts, food and celebration, I personally enjoy & have found great meaning & purpose in the deeper esoteric mysteries that these seasonal transition points offer us. Whatever your path is; there is ancient, scientific magic to draw from, that across the board invite us deeper into our spiritual path at this time of year; that invite us to start a new.
I’ve always enjoyed and utilized the power of “resolutions” and have empowered myself through ritual around these transition times as a way to stay on track with my long term visions, goals and soul desires. Equinoxes and Solstices carry a unique code of primordial energy, somewhere deep in our DNA there is remembrance that our ancestors worked with these cycles of time way before the creation of corporatized, religious or colonized holidays. Before our modern era began to slowly disconnect humanity from its shamanic origins, tribal roots and the natural cycles of the seasons in which the wisdom of these ancient cultures were in synch with; we as earth people found sources of power and ritual at these key junctures in time.
The spiritual & energetic significance of the winter solstice is multi-layered, but the most direct relevance is that it symbolizes the birth of the sun. The story of the birth of a divine child is not isolated to christianity alone, on the contrary it has been shared by belief systems of Egypt (birth of Horus) Persia (Mirthras) and the Druids (Son of Alban Artham). The commonalities behind all of these high beings is that they grew up to represent, embody and disseminate very high teachings to the world. Each one of these avataric beings were directly associated with the SUN. The sun representing the absolute love of the creator, the source of higher knowledge , that which provides life, of Illumination and the cessation of suffering. All of these higher beings taught humanity that we are MADE of the same stuff as them, we are just sleeping.
The birth of these higher beings at this time of the solstice was symbolic of the birth of the spiritual sun within, that we are NOT separate from the creator, as we have been conditioned to believe to feel that we are less than divine beings. Thee higher teachings are imbued in the gnostic teachings of Jesus in sayings like : “You can perform greater miracles than even I”, “I and the father are one”…. Pointing to the “christ” energy that lives in all beings. The LIGHT of the SUN, lives within us, but we have been taught to look outside of us. These stories point towards a foundational knowledge that the winter solstice brings the energy of “being born a new”; just like a child is the most vulnerable at birth so is the sun at it’s “weakest” during the winter solstice, laying a foundation for the year to come building strength toward the summer solstice.
We have the opportunity at this time of year to tend to the deepest aspects of our inner nature, to turn inward, away form the myriad of distractions, of over stimulation, of yearning, of longing, of loss and create ritual space to nurture the birthing of our own spiritual sun within. To realign our choices to the greatest of intentions for what the year brings and make progress in our journey of awakening. These ancient technologies are an incredible resource for personal gnosis (direct knowing or revelation) and of reclaiming our inherent divinity, out of the conditioning we have received from a modern consumer culture that thrives on the exploitation of nature, the very thing we come from.
May we utilize this time of year for the greatest benefit of all beings, starting with tending to our own inner light, our inherent divinity and the divine child that lives within each of us.
May we be deeply nourished but what is available to us at this time.
You’re invited to a very Special Global Solstice Ceremony
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In this ceremony we will be closing out 2016 in a clear way, finding resolution with the challenges the year brought us and enter into a powerful activation for co-creating and manifesting in 2017. Through invocation, ritual and other sacred tools we will co-create sacred space to clear out residues and powerfully align with one of the most powerful years ahead of us.
The focus of this blessing is to come to deeper peace & completion with the past.
The focus of this activation is greater self-empowerment, service, self love and co-creation with the year ahead.
Launch Your Legacy Live Sedona 2016 was very special this year. We were surround by beauty, visited sacred vortexes, went deep into the process of building out one’s platform, how to serve out our highest level, and what it takes to create high-impact projects & benevolent businesses. During this exclusive 3 day immersion we came together to dive into our legacy path. Bridging the Earth Narratives and Entrepreneurial world, our community went deep, sharing boldly and blossoming into the next phase of their planetary service. Launch Your Legacy Live is the Graduation event for Beyond Prosperity, my 7 week online intensive training; but is opened up for a select number of participants. We hope you’ll join the Lion Tribe in 2017 so stay posted!
Having our catered organic lunch outside in the courtyard. Will Kleidon, C.E.O of Ojai Energetics one of our Guest Speakers at the 2016 LYLL. Will is a passionate & brilliant speaker, sharing his journey around starting a B-Corp, his journey as visionary entrepreneur, how CBD is revolutionizing the market and some of what it takes to grow your business.
NUMATIK, Dj’ing our Sat. Night Ecstatic Dance Party.
It would serve the reader to explore my article Soul Evolution and the new renaissance to gain a better understanding of my definitions and concepts of soul as they apply to this article.
The term Right Relations or Right Relationship was introduced to me a long time ago by one of my elders in the Lakota tradition, Vernon Foster (Thunder He Walks With). The term was an english translation of traditional language & indigenous culture. From the indigenous perspective, right relationship meant how we treated the mother earth and how we treated her was an extension or expression of our character, level of integrity and revealed more about our spiritual essence. This was also translated into how we treated others as well. In essence right relationship meant choosing on behalf of harmony, on behalf of the greater good and in honoring of the mother earth.
If I never heard this term in a ceremonial context I wondered how it might be experienced by others that have never heard this expression before. What would they think about? Would this term trigger a montage of past lovers or the friendships in their lives? Would people think of past situations that didn’t “work out”? What does “right” even mean, and what does that invoke in people? We all have ideas and beliefs about “what’s right” and we can even tend to create polarities at times with the people we love the most based on “what’s right”. Ideologies and spiritual-ego can be a very dangerous mix when it comes to the subject of right-relationship but that is a whole can of worms for another day. We’ve been taught what’s right and wrong since the moment we could crawl. As I tend to be a bridge between different cultures and have a passion for sacred relating, this piece is about applying some of the essence of this principle as I understand it. It is about understanding how right relationship can shift our lives towards harmonious relating.
When I use the phrase “right-relationship”; I’m not referring to “right” as a mental construct, a pre-prescribed moral understanding or dogma. For me right relationship brings us into heart-based consciousness and out of the myriad of projections, expectations, illusions and perceived threats of ego-mind based consciousness. When I use the term right relationship, I’m referring to the soul’s unique capacity to respond to life from a place of love, trust, wisdom, reverence and empowerment. In this sense right means honoring. So the phrase here as it relates to the meaning originally introduced and the way that I like to explain it is this : right relationship simply means honoring ourselves and others, in doing so it means honoring all of creation and vice versa.
When we come into right relationship with ourselves, we can meet all of life in right relationship. This relationship is an ever expanding, organic, living discovery with no end. When we are centered in right relationship we are at the nexus point of where our experience is directly responding to life, centered in feeling and grounded in presence. From here, we can form deep, meaningful connections to all of life, be it a person, a plant, animal or cosmic energy. This relationship with self and life is grounded in the understanding that we are not helpless and have the ability to consciously make choices that lead us in the direction of wholeness, fulfillment, healing, empowerment, love and understanding.
When we make choices from this place we follow the natural rhythms of harmony that are encoded like sacred geometry into the fabric of our universe. For example, if our mental mind is still enough, we can directly perceive what “fire” is without interpreting it. We feel it fully and truly experience it, the warmth, the colors etc, we are not in our heads limiting the experience of it through needing to define it, we feel safe enough to “lose ourselves” in the experience. In the same way we can learn to directly relate to another person’s joy, sadness, or truth through direct empathy, compassion and heartfelt presence. We can also come across a tree or a plant and recognize the life force in it that is the same life-force running through us. Through right-relationship we start to see beyond just form and relate to life more in terms of energetics and the qualities of soul.
The qualities of the Soul are the pathways out of suffering, out of struggle, out of dis-ease, dysfunctional relationships and into peace, enhancement, harmony, and lasting fulfillment. These qualities are available to all persons no matter their situation in life, no matter the culture, the age, color or creed, for we are all endowed with Soul. Soul-based living is inherent in right-relationship. These qualities of Soul are not something far off in the future that we have to attain, they do not require the extremes of past cycles of history or dogma, they are qualities that exist here and now; yet like all things that create lasting change; practice, commitment, willingness, openness, vulnerability and support are needed to refine these qualities of the Soul into embodiment and into right relationship.
Right relationship is the foundational teaching of the ancestors, the angelic ones, the ascended ones and the future civilization that we are co-creating. No one owns them, they are to be shared as these principles are part of a living cosmology, mythology and law of universal harmony. I do however share my own unique relationship to these teachings and bring them forth as a guide, a friend, a brother and as one on my own journey of enhancing how I experience life and show up in the world.
Along this path of ascension we are bound to make mistakes, we are bound to affect and be affected by others that we love the most; those who we are in direct relationship with. In this sense I do not wish to make right relationship an ideology that can then be used against oneself or others, but rather a seed of inspiration and also an invitation to participate in a nourishing paradigm of deep honoring. In other words, Right relationship is something to be explored, experienced and to be discovered.
The truth is, the deeper we go into intimacy with ourselves, others and life itself the more chance we have of the greater love of the universe to assist in surfacing that which is not love. The more we come into right relationship with our own innermost being and inherent innocence, the more we can show up as love with others. If these internal spaces go untapped, unaccessed, it is very difficult to have the authentic reverence that comes from soul to then share outwardly, to then be able to honor life; to be in right relationship.
In conclusion, right relationship is the bi-product of one’s soul capacity and as it is developed also develops the Soul’s capacity to choose right relationship. Soul capacity is the culmination of love embodied, forged through trust, wisdom, reverence and authentic empowerment.
Our job is to cultivate right relationship with ourselves and nature and from there we can soften more and more into our relating with all. It is this inherent connection that can shift our present paradigm from destructive and exploitative to nourishing and supportive. When people honor themselves and others they will know how to honor the earth. If people learn to honor the earth and life they will learn to honor themselves and others. Right relationship illuminates the deepest mystery of inter-connectedness of all of life. What I do to others, I do to myself, what I do to the earth, I do to my neighbors and the next generations. Right relationship is the opportunity to discover a living roadmap in which we base our technologies, our primary choices and investments moving forward as a new planetary culture. For a revolution of love is at hand and right relationship will allow this to benefit all beings.
May we all walk in harmony.
May we all deeply honor each other and this beautiful earth we share called home.
Many people have heard the word Alchemy and there are many interpretations of it, some shrouded in legend, some scientific & some mystical. As always, much of my passion is in translating esoteric concepts into their practical application within our hero’s journey. I’m going to share my perspective on what Alchemy is for me and how it relates to our process of soul evolution on the planet at this time. *For those new to the term or idea of Soul-Evolution, please read my article published my blog Soul Evolution and the New Renaissance, which was originally published in the book Re-inhabiting the Village Co-Creating our Future.
History and explanation of Alchemy
When we hear of the ancient alchemists we often think of the phrase and myth of turning “lead into gold” and the legends of the philosophers stone. According to Wikipedia Alchemy was practiced throughout Eurasia and was considered a proto-scientific approach to purifying, refining and perfecting certain minerals, objects, compounds or elixirs. The word Panacea (A cure all) arose from this time as many alchemists were experimenting to try to find cures for many diseases; the greatest disease in their eyes was death, hence the search for immortality. In many ways some historians equate ancient alchemy to the birth of the early medical sciences, but much of what scholars say is the inclusion of some form of spirituality or mysticism was involved in the process. This implies that medicine, science and spirituality were once integrated before they split post renaissance. The great alchemists of previous eras all sought this immortality from different approaches, some through logic, some through, mysticism, some through both and this illuminates an age old mythos of whether immortality is attainable and the reasons behind its pursuit. While many sought to uncover the secrets of immortality motivated by material gain, to establish position, power, control others sought the secret of immortality for the fulfillment of their soul and the covenants of their ancient orders.
Some say that the blend of science & mysticism utilized in ancient alchemy bridged spirit and matter and was designed to unlock something within the individual as they went through their apprenticeships, initiations and conducted their experiments. In other words as you did the experiments (with something physical – matter) something deeper was happening within on the level of soul (non-physical – spirit). This infers that the authentic process of Alchemy correlates to how certain compounds (physical) relate to, affect and inform other elements (non-physical) and the results of their interplay. What is the cause and effect of certain compounds connecting to each other, especially approached with a conscious intention to purify, refine and transmute specific elements within? The result is Alchemy.
Whether alchemists literally turned lead (mortality) into gold (immortality), is hard to say, because the terminology got so associated with laboratories that the deeper mystical inquiries and systems were lost through time. In other words when we think of an alchemist we think of an old dude in some medieval lab mixing green liquids in glass beakers. For me the real alchemy was a mystical system, and stretches way beyond the typical 12th Century European imagery associated with the word. To me the true alchemy was the great process of initiation, that of raising one’s consciousness and vibration to the point where ailment, pain, dis-ease, emotional blockages, perceptual distortions etc. falls away and the individual self comes into a deeper alignment with one’s soul and source. In other words through discipline and focus, one transmutes, purifies, and refines their consciousness to very high level of mastery and refinement. Some of the practical results of this refinement are better health, more pleasure, sustained energy, deeper fulfillment, deeper love, connection and more.
History Cont’d and how Alchemy relates to Ascension
It is my hypothesis, that at the shifting of the ages, the ancient mystery schools (The ancient alchemy practices of egypt, asia etc.) began to disperse because their knowledge was a threat to the rising powers, religions and empires (Internal Alchemy, soul-liberation & love based practices are a threat to war & external power). All the high priests, teachers, & mystics began to spread out and kept their teachings in more hidden forms of Alchemy; many others were killed off and persecuted. India and a lot of asia were some exceptions, (Yoga & Qi Gong are ancient alchemical systems),where many of the original lineages were kept in place, but unfortunately in many places have become watered down, disconnected from their roots, or in places liker modern china the persecution of these great mystics and masters meant facing life in prison.
In the teachings of the ancient mystery schools there was a true focus on the immortality of the soul and the ascension process (the highest level of human potential or “self-realization”) and did not necessarily mean physical immortality (although there are schools focused on this). As a result lineages formed around teachings that either focused heavily on spirit or heavily on physical mastery and very few have survived that fully integrated both systems. It is in my opinion that the integrated systems are now being resurrected; for we truly need both the physical and spiritual, scientific and sacred to be synergized and in harmony within our rapidly changing times. This Ascension process, invites us on a great journey of inner alchemy and is readily available to all of us. The times we are living in are considered the most spiritually opportune; it is said that an hour of authentic practice has the value of up to 100 years compared to previous eras or yugas. For those who are actively participating in their ascension process, you my friend are an alchemist.
Alchemy today as it Relates to the Process of Soul Evolution
So how does Alchemy translate in our modern day? In my opinion the Alchemist is one who is consciously working with the elements of their experience (compounds) to utilize the information & circumstances the universe is providing in order to transmute, refine and purify these elements to directly effect & evolve their non-physical self (soul / spirit). Being an Alchemist means you are actively using your awareness and consciousness to turn lead into gold. Our life is the laboratory my friends and all the compounds needed are our gifts, challenges, relationships and circumstances. We get the amazing opportunity to transform and transmute certain experiences through our free will and choice which then becomes fuel for our soul. In other words, when we graduate the lessons of victim consciousness, we utilize every single challenge, limiting belief etc. as a fuel for our ascension. We take the energy that was bringing us down and we turn into something that can inspire us, we turn it into art, we transmute it; this is alchemy. So what are you ready to purify within your mind and heart, what needs transmuting and how are you willing to transform what no longer serves your spirit into something that does?
The deeper more mystical and yet completely relative aspect of this great process of alchemy, ascension and transmutation on our planet right now is in regards to our DNA. DNA is the bridge between spirit and matter, form and formlessness. It is the true meeting of spirituality and science. Recent studies acknowledges that subconscious emotional energy can directly affect our DNA. From my understanding, we house ancestral pain, (emotional trauma) in our DNA and the process of ascension is designed to unlock this pain and transmute it. As we transmute these long held patterns of pain, behavior, aversions and attachments from our lineages we actually unlock codes or keys within our DNA that are designed to unlock from the transmutation of this pain. The result is an evolutionary process of heightened DNA. We are literally undergoing a type of Organic mutation as we participate in this type of alchemy. Because we were raised in a modern culture with very little ritual around processing grief, pain, or emotions very few people are consciously addressing their ancestral wounding. We were born into a world of distraction, numbness and excessive doing. We were basically given everything we need in the external universe to avoid being fully present with this deeper hidden pain held within the very core of our bio-chemistry / physiology.
The job of the modern alchemist is that of accessing and unlocking the hidden ancestral pain and trauma (lead) in the DNA and transmuting it into gold (new strands of DNA). The result of this is literally forming a new species of human beings with heightened consciousness as foretold by the ancestors. This is where science and legend over-lap. It is not my role to offer pieces of research, other perspectives and offer a scholarly 150 page essay on how spirituality and science are connected through this process. It is not my role to support these claims or this perspective, with data, but simply share my understanding of it through my own experience and the wisdom of the ancients. If one is called to research more about this subject and put the pieces together I’m sure you would have a fine adventure. As always, this is not about just intellectualizing but feeling what is true for YOU and your own subjective reality.
May all find the courage to face the unresolved pain passed down from generation to generation so that we may forge a new civilization formed out of great compassion and the understanding that we are all human and sacred.