Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 358 – 12/9/2017

Named Descending 9 Earth and Star Being

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

~ Khalil Gibran ~

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live simply and humbly in the tiny space of our one heart

slow down, be still in the center of the cosmic wheel…

see through the eyes of the radiant child, everything is sacred

we are one web of gossamer threads, a star body of shimmering light

we have only this moment, this beautiful moment, now, breathe it in, in pure delight

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thousandfold thanks to all the birds, co-hearts walking the path home together, sharing love and compassion, earth and star presence along the rainbow trail…

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 357 – 12/8/2017

<> on December 8, 2015 in New York City.

holy synchronicity! today’s pilgrimage is a trifecta of celebrating awakening – it’s Bodhi Day, Imagine Day and Day 88 of the Awakening Initiation Journey…

so, what is this bodhi, this awakening, this enlightenment? is it an event or process? a goal or result? a surrender or effort? you probably will answer as i do with a resounding yes and knowing it’s so much more this day of  Buddha attaining enlightenment as he meditated under the bodhi tree, this day of our poetic rebel with a cause, John Lennon, also merging with the all that is and leaving us to imagine a world of peace which is how i’ve enjoyed this double alpha and omega day (88) of awakening…

may we all awaken to a new understanding of reality and the meaning of life and real eyes what we’ve been seeking has been here all along, right in front of us, in our own backyard, in the core of our being… as simple as it is to meet each moment, it’s not so easy to meet each moment openly, with beginner mind, without preconception and what a joy to experience liberation…

may we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun…

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 356 – 12/7/2017

Named Descending 7 refugee river

on this day of  re-membering it’s the 76th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a day when my country entered a war that was to end all wars, but, on this day as we glance across the planet we see we are engaged in endless war resulting in climate and cultural disasters with 152,000,000 million beings in need of humanitarian assistance and 65,000,000 million beings displaced from home…

right now, it’s like this… we are coming into holydays,  a season of welcoming the stranger, a moment to envision Pearl Harbor anew… as a safe harbor, a place of true refuge, a place of beloved community in every neighborhood across the land including our inner landscapes, the sacred space where peace begins…

join with me now in breathing deeply in to the womb of being while placing a hand on your heart and with each deep breath, feel your heart, our one heart, opening a little wider to welcome the stranger and offer warmth beginning with yourself and slowly moving out in ever widening circles of inclusion re-membering we all belong to each other, each of our individual destinies is tied with our one collective destiny… to journey to the core of our being, to our heart of gold to be our original face of radiant love, dancing with rainbow mystery…

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 355 – 12/6/2017

Named Descending 6 Gandhi's Peace Prayer Haiku Alive 4-24-14 007 Wide

right now, it’s like this…

breathing in peace and breathing out peace…

every breath a breath of peace, every moment a moment of peace…

envisioning all relatives being peace…

as night descends under the waning moon,  i join in this rhythm of waning, of softening, of melting, of letting go and standing with you in the garden of serenity which offers that mythical flow of the peace passing all understanding and the mirror of  moments reflecting the dance of still waters and echoing our one heartbeat resonating from the depths… peace prevails on earth… peace prevails on earth… peace prevails on earth…

feel the momentum building…

peace prevails…

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 354 – 12/5/2017

Named Descending 5 Re-Member the Dream chiefarvollookinghorse

right now, it’s like this… an inner journey of  re-membering the dream of the beautiful world we are… thanks to all the beautiful beings walking this path of heart, inspiring me and all others… let us listen deeply to the wisdom of the keeper of the sacred white buffalo calf pipe…

I, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota Nations, ask you to understand an Indigenous perspective on what has happened in America, what we call “Turtle Island.” My words seek to unite the global community through a message from our sacred ceremonies to unite spiritually, each in our ways of beliefs in the Creator.

We have been warned from ancient prophecies of these times we live in today, but have also been given a vital message about a solution to turn these terrible times.

To understand the depth of this message, you must recognize the importance of Sacred Sites and realize the interconnectedness of what is happening today, in the reflection of the continued massacres that are occurring on other lands and our own Americas.

I have been learning about these important issues since the age of 12 when I received the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle and its teachings. Our people have strived to protect Sacred Sites from the beginning of time. These places have been violated for centuries and have brought us to the predicament that we are in at the global level.

Look around you. Our Mother Earth is very ill from these violations, and we are on the brink of destroying the possibility of a healthy and nurturing survival for generations to come, our children’s children.

Our ancestors have been trying to protect our Sacred Site called the Sacred Black Hills of South Dakota, “Heart of Everything That Is,” from continued violations. Our ancestors never saw a satellite view of this site, but now that those pictures are available, we see that it is in the shape of a heart and, when fast-forwarded, it looks like a heart pumping.

The Diné have been protecting Big Mountain, calling it the liver of the earth, and we are suffering and going to suffer more from the extraction of the coal there and the poisoning processes used in doing so.

The Aborigines have warned of the contaminating effects of global warming on the Coral Reefs, which they see as Mother Earth’s blood purifier.

The indigenous people of the rainforest say that the rainforests are the lungs of the planet and need protection.

The Gwich’in Nation in Alaska has had to face oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, also known to the Gwich’in as “Where life begins.”

The coastal plain is the birthplace of many life forms of the animal nations. The death of these animal nations will destroy indigenous nations in this territory.

As these destructive developments continue all over the world, we will witness much more extinct animal, plant, and human nations, because of humankind’s misuse of power and their lack of understanding of the “balance of life.”

The Indigenous people warn that these negative developments will cause havoc globally. There are many, many more original teachings and knowledge about Mother Earth’s Sacred Sites, her chakras, and connections to our spirit that will surely affect our future generations.

There needs to be a fast move toward other forms of energy that are safe for all Nations upon Mother Earth. We need to understand the types of minds that are continuing to destroy the spirit of our whole global community. Unless we do this, the powers of destruction will overwhelm us.

Our Ancestors foretold that water would someday be for sale. This Prophecy was hard to believe! The water was plentiful, pure,  full of energy, nutrition, and spirit. Today we have to buy clean water, and even then the nutritional minerals have been taken out; it’s just clear liquid. Someday water will be like gold, too expensive to afford.

Not everyone will have the right to drink safe water. We fail to appreciate and honor our Sacred Sites, ripping out the minerals and gifts that lay underneath them as if Mother Earth were simply a resource, instead of the source of life itself.

Attacking nations and using more resources to carry out destruction in the name of peace is not the answer! We need to understand how all these decisions affect the global nation; we will not be immune to its repercussions. Allowing continual contamination of our food and land is affecting the way we think.

A “disease of the mind” has set in world leaders and many members of our global community, with their belief that a solution of retaliation and destruction of peoples will bring peace.

In our Prophecies it is told that we are now at the crossroads: Either unites spiritually as a global nation or faced with chaos, disasters, diseases, and tears from our relatives’ eyes.

We are the only species that is destroying the source of life, meaning Mother Earth, in the name of power, mineral resources, and ownership of land. Using chemicals and methods of warfare that are doing irreversible damage, as Mother Earth is becoming tired and cannot sustain any more impacts of war.

I ask you to join me in this endeavor. Our vision is for the peoples of all continents, regardless of their beliefs in the Creator, to come together as one at their Sacred Sites to pray and meditate and commune with one another, thus promoting an energy shift to heal our Mother Earth and achieve a universal consciousness toward attaining Peace.

As each day passes, I ask all nations to begin a global effort and remember to give thanks for the pure food that has been gifted to us by our Mother Earth, so the nutritional energy of medicine can be guided to heal our minds and spirits.

This new millennium will usher in an age of harmony, or it will bring the end of life as we know it. Starvation, war, and toxic waste have been the hallmark of the vast myth of progress and development that ruled the last millennium.

To us, as caretakers of the heart of Mother Earth falls the responsibility of turning back the powers of destruction. You are the one who must decide.

You alone – and only you – can make this crucial choice, to walk in honor or to dishonor your relatives. On your decision depends the fate of the entire World.

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.

Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?

Know that you are essential to this world. Understand both the blessing and the burden of that. You are desperately needed to save the soul of this world. Did you think you were put here for something less? In a Sacred Hoop of Life, there is no beginning and no ending.

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 353 – 12/4/2017

Named Descending 4 Poetic Peace Pilgrim at Waterfall

blessings beloveds, safe passage on the deep sea journey…

awakening tears

greet this moment of mourning

breathe in and breathe out

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suspended motion

in still wave’s sacred center

breathe in and breathe out

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walking through shadows

surrendering to the unknown

breathe in and breathe out

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enter deep mystery

trusting everything is grace

breathe in and breathe out

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a wing, a prayer

carrying us  all to there

breathe in and breathe out

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light, radiant light

at the end of each dark night

breathe in and breathe out

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we are home sweet home now

welcome to the other shore

breathe in and breathe out

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always breathing in and breathing out…

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 352 – 12/3/2017

Named Descending 3 Astonishing Light of Being 11-13-16 Moon Full Super

right now, it’s like this…

Holy Synchronicity! The last full moon of this turn around the sun and a supermoon at that falls right on the weekly installment of sharing an image showing you the astonishing light of your being and what better image than the amazing illumination of you, the moon…

what a delight to gather tonight in sangha knowing that beings across the globe are joining in the Buddhist practice of lovingkindness meditation in celebration of the full moon… how i love this song, this prayer flowing through with every breath…

simple and profound, lovingkindness starts by blessing oneself and gradually expands outward, eventually wishing good intentions for the entire world and all beings including our enemies. There are many variations and translations of this prayer, what follows is the essence of it; if we all said this prayer with sincerity at least once per week, the world could be a very different place:

My heart fills with with loving kindness. I love myself. May I be happy. May I be well. May I be peaceful. May I be free.

May all beings in my vicinity be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my city be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my state be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my country be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings on my continent be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in my hemisphere be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings on planet Earth be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May my parents be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all my friends be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all my enemies be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

May all beings in the Universe be happy. May they be well. May they be peaceful. May they be free.

If I have hurt anyone, knowingly or unknowingly in thought, word or deed, I ask for their forgiveness.

If anyone has hurt me, knowingly or unknowingly in thought, word or deed, I extend my forgiveness.

may all beings everywhere, whether near or far, whether known or unknown, be happy

may we all be at peace

may our one heart remain open

may we all realize the beauty of our true nature

may we all know the astonishing light of our being

may we all be a source of healing for all

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 351 – 12/2/2017

rightNamed Descending 2 Oregon She Flies with Her Own Wings

right now, it’s like this…

our last full moon of this turn around the sun, and a supermoon at that, and the last one before soulstice is just a few hours away as i write these words… somehow, Oregon’s state logo seems  a perfect turn of phrase for  this moon and this moment… this moment of slowing down, turning inward and descending into the watery depths to take this moment to bathe in the illumination of lady luna, and luxuriating in her nourishment of radiance…

last year i was winging my way across the country on an eagle, this year, like my state and the moon, i’m flying on inner wings across a timeless landscape drawing down the energy of this moon of rebirth to open our heart circle ever wider to the flow of compassion that is the very air we breathe…

may we all be filled with lovingkindness

may we all feel safe and at ease

may we all accept ourselves just as we are

may we all be deep peace

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 350 – 12/1/2017

Named Descending 1 Traveling 001

welcome to one of my favorite of moons… descending december… already i feel the pull of the sun coming to a standstill, soulstice, and like the sun feel my rhythms coming to a standstill, a slowing down into the stillpoint, a season of getting down to bare bones and nourishing the roots, the essence at the core of being…

yes, may we all travel awakened, lightened, flowing with the wisdom of the deep dark earth where we transform, go beyond the form pattern to be and become our, as yet, unknown self, a dancing star…

For the Unknown Self
So much of what delights and troubles you
Happens on a surface
You take for ground.
Your mind thinks your life alone,
Your eyes consider air your nearest neighbor,
Yet it seems that a little below your heart
There houses in you an unknown self
Who prefers the patterns of the dark
And is not persuaded by the eye’s affection
Or caught by the flash of thought.

It is a self that enjoys contemplative patience
With all your unfolding expression,
Is never drawn to break into light
Though you entangle yourself in unworthiness
And misjudge what you do and who you are.

It presides within like an evening freedom
That will often see you enchanted by twilight
Without ever recognizing the falling night,
It resembles the under-earth of your visible life:
All you do and say and think is fostered
Deep in its opaque and prevenient clay.

It dwells in a strange, yet rhythmic ease
That is not ruffled by disappointment;
It presides in a deeper current of time
Free from the force of cause and sequence
That otherwise shapes your life.

Were it to break forth into day,
Its dark light might quench your mind,
For it knows how your primeval heart
Sisters every cell of your life
To all your known mind would avoid,

Thus it knows to dwell in you gently,
Offering you only discrete glimpses
Of how you construct your life.

At times, it will lead you strangely,
Magnetized by some resonance
That ambushes your vigilance.

It works most resolutely at night
As the poet who draws your dreams,
Creating for you many secret doors,
Decorated with pictures of your hunger;

It has the dignity of the angelic
That knows you to your roots,
Always awaiting your deeper befriending
To take you beyond the threshold of want,
Where all your diverse strainings
Can come to wholesome ease.

~ John O’Donohue ~

Poetic PEACE Pilgrimage – Year 4 – Day 349 – 11/30/2017

Named Numina November 30 Poetic PEACE Pilgrim Jeweled Profile

on this day of sanctity, in this moment, this moon, this pilgrimage, this life of being in the unknowable, let us bless this space between us, this numinous space, this sacred space of openness where the spirit of all that is always flows through us, where we are one heart always being love…

blessing this space, this unified field of the divine, this pilgrimage of awakening with one small step and another and another, this journey of healing becoming more and more whole as we transmute the holes into the holy, the wholeness we are…

thanks be for it all for everything is the teacher bringing us to this moment of peace, of love, of joy… thanks be for you and your amazing gifts of kindling fire, the inner flame of spirit, of inspiration, of breath, of our breathing together through our one heart…