Thank you, everyone, for your extreme patience in waiting for this move from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Atascadero, California to take place. It was an arduous journey, but thanks to the glorious help of Judelon and Tim LaSalle, it is done, and settling nears.

This interim moment of the blog provides a space to say something about the act of reading and the necessity in this media-time, this mediated time we are in, of developing soul-reading-awareness.

I’ve noticed that when the blog is published, nearly all the “likes” and comments come in within one, at the most two days and then stop. I suspect this quickness indicates that reading occurs rapidly – a way of skim-reading encouraged by Facebook as well as all digital media. The art of reading is endangered. This week’s entry remembers the depth of reading.

There are several traditions of soul reading, the aim of which is to move away from reading only for information and concepts and instead letting the words become living speaking that impress into the life of the soul.

There is the monastic tradition of Lexio Divina. While this form of reading was confined to sacred texts in the monastic tradition, we can learn much from it. In this tradition, reading constitutes a supreme act of listening. The words of a text cannot be glossed over, read only for their informational content. Language itself consists of two simultaneous forms happening at the same time. La Lingua, and La Parole, is the way the French linguists speak of these two simultaneous forms. La Lingua concerns the grammatical structure of the language and its content. La Parole concerns the living word. In the tradition of Lexio Divina, the attempt in reading is to hear the living word, as if someone were speaking; and, in fact, someone does speak through the writing ….. the author, the tradition, maybe even the spiritual beings of the word. To approach this level of reading, it is helpful to read some of the writing aloud. Feel the texture, the qualities of the words. Slow down your reading. Slow down your reading. Slow down your reading. The soul moves slowly; it loves to move this way, making images of what the words are saying. When you read, try to be in the imagination of being read-to.

Remember what it was like to hear stories when you were a child. Approach any writing as if it were a story. Become interested in the words…not just hearing through the words into the concepts. Read with your whole body, not just with your eyes.

There is the other great tradition of reading that comes from the medieval world, also centered in the spiritual tradition, the reading of Sacred Texts. However, Dante extended this tradition into all writing and reading. Every text can be simultaneously read at four levels: the literal level, the moral level, the allegorical level and the anagogical level.

Without going into these levels in detail, notice that the first level is the literal level. This is the words as they present themselves. You have to start at this level. You have to get what is said. Thus, always read a text through for an initial understanding – but while doing so, the other levels also take their place and are simultaneously speaking.

Example of the four levels:

If a biblical text says: “Israel went out of Egypt”

The literal level — the Jewish people left Egypt

The moral level — This phrase refers to the conversion of a soul from a sinful life.

The allegorical level — The text is an allegory speaking of redemption through Christian conversion.

The anagogical level — Anagogical means “mystical”. The text at this level speaks of the movement of a life from temporal to eternal states of being.

It is not necessary, nor recommended, that you ‘analyze’ the levels of a text. It is important to try to hear the polyphony of language; to hear many things being said in a text, and try to take them all in, though all are not taken in through the literal reading going on. Soul and sprit participate and are the true guides of what literally speaks. The literal level is thus important, but most people get completely stuck, caught at the literal level.

Soul Reading is a particular kind of reading in which, through the literal level one tries to hear, or to live in the listening question: What is being said to the soul and by the soul in this speaking – and,  What and how does the soul hear? Unanswerable questions but living experiences, easily felt happening.

In order to read in this way, it is necessary to pause a lot in your reading. In the pauses, let what you just read sink down from the region of the head into the region of the heart. Then, listen within and try to be aware of the response you are hearing from within region of the heart; the response will not be content but heart-feeling. Try, though, to hear, in an inner way, the soul’s repeating of what was read and understood mentally when you read the text.

The soul does not speak English – or any other language; so the soul “hears” images, hears imaginally. If alert, you may re-hear, not in words, but in the many images that come pouring in – probably too fast to get hold of, or too distracting to keeping concentration on the reading. It is unnecessary to hold such images, though some might hold you, and how that happens has importance, for such images will stay and work with and on you. It is only necessary, though, to read with image-awareness as you simultaneously ‘believe’ you understand what is being said in the writing. It is more you are being-under-stood – presences “stand under”, “stand in and for” your reading. Sometimes they are listening – and when they do, we find ourselves deeply moved, changed. After reading, ask yourself – What stays with you now of what you read? Not necessarily an intellectual content… rather, how are you moved, and if you are not, then either the writing was not originating and creating, but was secondary; or, you read only with the intellect.

A third imagination of soul reading comes from the practice of hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the philosophy …and the art of interpretation. Interpretation here, however, does not mean saying what you think something means…making an interpretation. The word “hermeneutics” is based in and says that reading concerns the art devised and living in the soul as the gift of Hermes, the the god of boundaries and the crossing of boundaries. He is also the god of communing, of healing, and many other qualities, such as ‘telling’ you where you are – the ‘herm’, a standing stone in the middle of nowhere when one is traveling, marking the crossroads where you are and where you are going…herme..neutics. The word means a “carrying across”. Hermes is the messenger, moving “between” the gods and the mortals and the underworld and the mortals. Soul reading moves into the between, feeling the many regions in the text occupied by the souls –of the past and the dead, and the regions occupied by the spirits, and the regions occupied by the humans. Hear a text in this way, as a kind of message from the spirit/soul worlds, clothed in the language of the human world.

The main work of soul reading is to refrain from restricting our reading and the discussion of our reading to: a) “This is what I got out of the reading.” b) “ This is what the author means.” c) “Lets discuss the reading together”, d) “I agree or disagree”. Refrain from asking questions as questions move the reading to confinement with the intellect only. Reading listens.

Try instead to re-say what the reading says, speaking now from the viewpoint of the soul. If, for example, a text says: “The soul resonates” — what does the soul hear in these words? How can you say what you hear the soul saying in these words? Take a text as a mystery — as something to enter into more and more deeply, not as something to master and take the living blood out of so you can take the informational knowledge and pack it away somewhere. At the same time, respect, respect, respect the literal level of any text. If you do not “get” the literal level, the soul/spirit level of hearing will always, always, always be wrong, off, artistically bad.

Imagine a text as someone, a soul being, or a spirit, speaking to you.

All writing cannot be lived into in these ways. Secondary writing – writing that consists of putting together thoughts that have already been thought – “thoughting” rather than creating-thinking – thinking happening as if for the first time — cannot be heard as soul/spirit speaking. Most writing these days consists of a “talking about” rather than “the within emerging” and taking the reader to where it emerges from – that is, the bulk of what passes as writing seldom opens to the soul/spirit dimensions because these dimensions are not present.

Since most writing is not soul/spirit presence, readers have become used to reading with non-presence, and indeed, are educated to read in this manner. Thus, when writing of some depth and awakening is encountered, it will be read as ‘non-presence’, for we are used to reading in this manner. Such non-presence exemplifies what now comes over digital devices, so here, special caution, special awareness, must be present, for skimming over the top of soul/spirit writing harms not only the reader, the writing too suffers, for soul and spirit intent has been curtailed.


Blog 41 – Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit

(Dallas Museum of Art – Hopi Emergence)


Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit

From time to time I have read speculative comments that the Hopi originally came to this land from Lemuria. I did not take the comments very seriously — until reading a book, The History of the Hopi From Their Origins in Lemuria by a Hopi Elder, White Bear (Oswald White Bear Fredericks). White Bear was the person who recorded 30 Hopi Elders telling their creation myth. The great writer, Frank Waters lived with the Hopi for three years, gathered the material and organized it as the Book of the Hopi, one of the truly great works of all of culture.

White Bear also tells that the Hopi originated in Lemuria – and thus, gives this previous speculative view important validation – that enables going into the implications of such an image.

In reading this blog entry, however, it is important to be present to the overall feeling conveyed rather than the particular content, for the content on Lemuria diverges widely with different researchers; the feeling qualities, however, remain quite constant. What follows is more of a mythic story than historical fact, and thus more important for the soul, for myth is “something that never happened but is always happening”.

Very little is known of Lemuria, as it existed before recorded history, at the very foundations of the evolution of humanity. It was the antithesis of Atlantis, a highly technical culture that destroyed itself with its own uncontrollable weapons, not unlike the present world seems likely to do. Lemuria was a highly spiritual, clairvoyant, and peaceful culture.

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Spiritual Science, spoke some concerning Lemuria as he was able to clairvoyantly read the Akashic Records, a kind of subtle, spiritual record of everything that has ever happened. As you will see in a moment, what he says startles, for if I would have tried to write a description of the soul qualities of the Hopi, it would be very much like what he saw. He does not connect the Lemurians, though, with the Hopi or any other of the Original people of the land now called America. The Lemurians existed when Earth was still highly more fluid than now.

I want to go just a bit into the imagination of the Hopi culture in relation to Lemuria because it gives the archetype of the people being the land – and thus, an image of what we now need to inwardly develop to be Whole, at-one with the land. Approaching Hopi culture in this way will focus on the soul element of these people much more than on externalized history – and is thus a contemplative approach. I chose this approach in order to awaken these images within our soul, now.

The location of Lemuria centered in Palatquapi, what is now Lake Titicaca – says White Bear. Another source locates the earth influences of Lemuria being along the “Ring of Fire”, referring to its destruction — that whole region where some 90% of volcanoes now occur The eastern edge of Lemuria extended to California and British Columbia in Canada. Take both locations as an image. As the destruction of Lemuria began, due to volcanoes and more deeply, due to the destructive forces of the Atlanteans, the continent began to sink into the rising waters (climate change?). The sinking of Lemuria carries the imagination of its soul direction as downward and awakens the imagination to the later emergence stories from within the Earth of the Hopi. At the time of its sinking, some of the people left and migrated, looking for the center of the universe. – and, eventually, they found themselves at this center – Kykotsmovi, what is now the location of the Hopi in Arizona.

The Hopi creation story speaks of the emergence (evolution) of the people from Spiritual-Earth in four epochs – each epoch completed with some catastrophe due to increasing decadence; we are now nearly in the fifth Hopi epoch, and there are two more epochs of Earth, and two more after that in another place. According to the Hopi prophecies, we are approaching a time of total catastrophe due to decadence, a prophecy spoken long ago by the emergence stories. Later, we may work with the prophecies – they are difficult to approach without taking them in totally literal ways, which makes them seem inevitable, which makes self-destruction seem inevitable. The Hopi say that the prophecies will take place no matter what BUT the timing within which they take place can change radically according to how we now live. The inevitable demise of the fourth world and the emergence of the fifth after the destruction could conceivably be delayed forever.

Oraibi, one of three Hopi villages (Shongopovi and Hoteville are the other two) is the oldest village on the continent. The name means “rock place up high”. It is said of this village that “the true knowledge will come from here”; and this is the place of the “Holders of the Light”. There are villages that lay beneath present Oriabi – the first was founded around 4,000 years ago. Lemuria is much, much, much older than this, of course. THE THREE MESAS OF THESE THREE VILLAGES ARE THE PLACES OF THE FIRST PEOPLE OF THIS LAND. The Hopi are the FIRST PEOPLE OF THIS LAND—the archetypal people of this place of Earth, now known as America.

The people were peaceful, but there were internal conflicts, and at various times, some left – these became the people of the various Pueblos in the area. (“Pueblo” is a Spanish word – the people were known by their tribes – the Zunis, or the Tewa, or the Lagunas, or the San Il Defonso, and so on). All these tribes (there are only nineteen of them left), are of the Hopi and can be considered of the Original people.

The rest of the “Original” people of the land migrated here much later, from, for example, Asia – after the ending of the last Ice Age, and, in a way, are not the Original people. The Mound Builders, for example, are Gaelic in origin. Still, the influence of the Hopi ranges throughout this land because initiatory migrations took place in which different clans migrated to both coasts, circled around and returned to the center of the universe. Many, of course, stopped, permanently, on the way. The etheric and soul forces of the Hopi, however, extend throughout this land, far before other tribes arrived. This gives an emerging picture of the deep soul of this land.

Of great importance in this image of the Hopi are the Kachinas. They are the equivalent of angels and archangels and were/are revered and worked with ceremonially. The name means “highly respected Spiritual People of Growth”.  There are more than 400 Kachinas — of animals, healers, plants… nearly everything.

In other words, the presence of the Kachinas were/are the guardians of everything of Earth, and indeed were present within everything of Earth, in the manner developed in this blog – as the radiance of the divine, or as the elemental beings, or the angelic beings accompanying the composing everything of earth in a rhythmical manner.

The men of Lemuria, and thus, in perhaps a more developed way by the Hopi people, were physically part of the land, entwined with the land. There was no difference for them between “interior” and “exterior” – that is the physical was also the soulful, completely. The sounds they made were the sounds of Nature, and they influenced what they were within by means of the physical/soul power of the will. It was not at all will as we think of the will as a power to make something happen; it was much more a physical/spiritual will, a kind of sensory clairvoyance, both physical and spiritual simultaneously.

(Dallas Museum of Art)

We know, of course, that America is characterized by will (C. G. Jung saw the prevalence of will when he visited America, and predicted it would be the downfall of this country; actually, it was more than a prediction, it was an actual vision he saw) but it is a degraded power of will, and used for ones’ own purposes and against others.

To be at one, for the at-one-ment for what we have done to Earth requires re-finding, in terms of the kind of consciousness now present, this more physical/soul sense of will. I know several people who are doing this – one, who is researching, discovering, and practicing running, not at the usual kind of exercise of endurance and building up muscle, keeping in shape, but as physical/spirit/soul presence. I know another person who, through soul research into the physical movement has discovered how to heal others through the subtle offering of the other person, the physical/soul/spirit currents of the body. These examples are Hopi-like, though in the modern world.

Lemurian men, says Rudolf Steiner, could influence their surroundings – others, animals, plants, and even inanimate objects by means of the physical/soul/spirit will – what can be imagined as a kind of earth-creating within earth presence. This power was derived from the things around them – for they saw and experienced everything as alive. Lemurian men influenced what was around them as what was around them reciprocally influenced them – in a very direct, immediate, soul-physical way – a kind of Earth-Creating within Earth Herself.

It is not hard to imagine these qualities as similar to those lived by the Hopi, now expressed through the rhythms of dance and ceremony. If there was/is, for example, a deer-dance, the dancers become the deer and the deer become the dancers and both are one with the Earth – as physical, soul, and spirit. This way of life is connected, intimately with the creation stories of emerging from within Earth, rather than from the Cosmos, although the way ‘up; is the way ‘down’ – sort of like the cosmology of Rudolf Steiner as the Way from above and the Underworld of C. G. Jung as the Way from below.

Women were completely equal to men, and, being of Mother Earth, the Lemurians and thus the Hopi also, were/are matriarchal cultures. Women also developed different, complementary capacities than men. Their chief characteristic was the development of a powerful imagination and the ability of calmness under any circumstances – that is, imagination as emerging from the deepest of stillness. They experienced Earth and world as like powerful dream-images, which were not ‘caused’ by anything external, but occurred as occasions of the external – thus they experienced Earth and Nature – animate and inanimate, and others too, in a visionary way – as coming into creation every moment rather than as  ‘objects’ separate from their soul life. They far surpassed, says Rudolf Steiner, all that mankind, through memory, intellect, and imagination has since acquired in arts and sciences.

For the Lemurians, and then, later, the Hopi, all was divine Wisdom and Art.

The leaders arranged things in such ways that the will-power and superabundant energy of men were ennobled and purified by the “soul” in woman.

The way of the Hopi was/is the Way of Beauty. The Way of Earth is the Way of Beauty. WILL WE BE LIKE LEMURIA AND THE HOPI OR LIKE ATLANTIS?


(Dallas Museum of Art)







Blog 40 – RHYTHM




The last entry was a bit of a diversion, though a very necessary one. As long as we are not in connection with the ever-present deep grieving existing within the souls of this land, grief as a response to the genocide of some 75 million Original people of this land, a border exists between this world and the spiritual worlds – the spiritual worlds on one side, the earthly world on the other., an impermeable boundary kept in place by the presences of the un-grieved, souls motivated by the desire to return to earth.

” I consciously and intentionally made my life miserable, because I wanted God to be alive and free from the suffering man has put on him by loving his own reason more than God’s secret intentions….. Try to apply seriously what I have told you, not that you might escape suffering — nobody can escape it — but that you may avoid the worst — blind suffering”. C. G. Jung  — quoted by Peter Kingsley, Vol. II – Catafalque, pg. 48.

There is truth to such a division between the earthly world and the spiritual worlds, the division that “spiritual paths” assume, and religions, too. There is no attempt here to counter such a reality. But, ever since I can remember, I’ve searched for the link, what is the link?  The opening cannot be seen very clearly, nor entered very readily, though, as long as there are blocks that not only hold the boundary in place but make it seem that there is no link, only a boundary.

Very, very, very few people have the knowledge and the capacities to develop the ‘spiritual organs’ to move from this side of the boundary to the other while still living. Frankly, it seems impossible once the resonances of the spirit world no longer re-sound within, or cannot be heard within the earthly world. It is this resonance that we seek in these writings – a resonance lived by the Original people of this land. We cannot go back, but we can listen and develop ways of being in this resonance according to our time and circumstances.

After his visit to the Taos Pueblo, C.G Jung’s colleagues argued about whether the Original people there were “fully conscious and individuated” — Jung tired of the argument and said:

“Well, I don’t know about that. They may not be conscious but they hear the inner voice, they act on it, they do not go against it — that is what counts.” (quoted in Catafalque, Vol. II by Peter Kingsley, pg. 467)

Later, we will have to go on yet another slight diversion to speak of another block keeping a rigid separation between worlds that must be recognized – one that has arisen only since the 1950s – electronic technology. We will have to find the way through this block that not only keeps the earthly world separate from the spiritual worlds, it obliterates the memory and the reality of their even being spiritual worlds, the state of civilization at this time. What are the practical ways through this block?

We shall also have to go on a third slight diversion to speak of a block very intimately related to the two above. This block concerns the nature of the elemental beings of this land, the inherent guardians of this land and that some of these elemental beings are inherently oriented toward fostering greed. We will have to see that the people who came to this land were certainly motivated by greed, but they were also being attracted here by beings of greed.

The Original people of this land knew of these beings, and one of the great mysteries is how they were able to live without getting caught by impulses of greed. It is a most important question because there is an imagination involved that will make it possible for us, now, who are also subject to these elemental presences, to know of and to avoid becoming caught by these presences of greed that greatly, greatly enhance our inherent urgings toward greed. A hint. The rampant greed we see and experience these days is really not about money or even power. It is about control. More in future writings. 

But, for now, let’s work further on opening the border-resonance, tearing down the wall, because the wall not only keeps beings of great importance out, it also keeps us in, unable to see larger. This opening, always present, expresses as the RHYtHMS composing Earth and Cosmos, and everything too, of the human world; pure materialism becomes materialism by ignoring universal rhythms.

To say all of this in more immediate language,  the creator and creating forces, exist who are indeed completely independent of this world, usually called “God”. The earthly world seems to go on independently of this other world. The link –  is the rhythms characterizing EVERYTHING of Earth, the simultaneity of the presence of the spiritual worlds as ALSO within all of Earth, the visible expression of All. Creating forces, creating beings, pure STILLNESS, AND the presence of MOTION, characteristic of everything earthly – existing together as RHYTHM.

The “Force” of God (within and without), and the “Force” of Motion, WHEN they are in balance, results in the immediate bodily, sensory, perceptual, knowing this world as also spirit imbued throughout.

Think of the ongoing rhythms of Earth as analogous to a “teeter-totter”. There is the fulcrum, the point of constant Stillness along with the lever that moves rhythmically up and down. And there is the polarity of all MOTION, the movement of everything of Earth(even stones will wear away. – one tribe, for example, says that a stone takes one breath every day and the sun takes one breath every eleven months. Breathing is a primary example of Universal rhythm.) The lever moves up and down in rhythm because there is the constant still point of the fulcrum in unison with constant movement.

This analogy shows that the larger world of the unity of Spirit-Earth is being composed, continually, and everything of Earth consists of waveforms, and the world appears as it does – that is, as separated entities, because we are unaware of universal rhythm, which we can also call the Universal Heartbeat of Earth, which we can also call LOVE. We are unaware of Universal rhythm (which composes Earth, and also the Whole of the Cosmos) because, through our interventions, the Whole is out of balance – we do not experience Universal Rhythm, though we can, and we will work toward showing how that can easily happen. When rhythms are out of balance, connected ‘things’ do not seem connected at all, and when rhythms are excessively out of balance there is destruction, violence, fear, behind which are forces seeking control, now operating primarily through the medium of greed.

Just begin to notice, or imagine, some earthly things – like:

The rhythm of a seed of a tree and the tree – the Whole tree is contained with the seed as a point of concentration that unfolds as the expansion of the tree. Then, the tree ‘dies’. It actually does not die – earth, too, is immortal – and, of course, we also do not ‘die’. Within this rhythmic imagination, there is a constant process of concentration and expansion – the expansion is a period of rest before the movement back into concentration.


Imagine a spiral galaxy:

See here the simultaneity of the rhythm of condensation, the motion toward the center and the motion of expansion outward from the center.


the imprint of yourself as such rhythmic motion – in your fingerprint:’



the constant concentration-expansion movement of a labyrinth:



The Original people of this land lived constantly and awarefully within and as rhythms:Their dances were ways of speaking with Earth; for example the Deer Dance of the Pueblos, or, the Buffalo Dance, the Corn Dance….all dances speak the language of the rhythms of the presences of Earth with the Beings of Earth and the Being of Earth:



The Wave Rhythms of a Navaho Rug:



The simultaneous spiraling rhythm of concentration and expansion of a Chaco Canyon petroglyph showing the rhythmic union of the creation of Earth creatures and the Spirit-Creator.



The Soul of America: New Beginnings 39

The Soul of This Land

The Original people of this land lived within the ongoing act of all-creating, the continual, rhythmic, balanced interchange of giving and re-giving, with Earth as a spiritual place, the expression ( not the ‘expressed’ and certainly not the ‘excretion’) of Father Sky/Mother Earth — these people participated, with awareness, at a very high, spiritual level of instinctual existence.

The severing of creation from its ongoing spirit-source occurred long, long, long, long ago – at the end of the Egyptian times, pre-pyramidal times. The early Egyptians lived within the all-giving and re-giving of creating – until the desire for power entered. Greed did not enter the world until about the 25th century B.C. Since that time, the ascendency of technology of all types occurs accompanied by the decline of living intimately within the going act of creating happening. True, intimate living with everything as spirit presence by the indigenous soul never followed this path of decline. They never left the Wholeness of Cosmos, Earth, Nature, the Human Body, and intimate connections among People as Whole, as One, occurring simultaneously as multiplicity.

By intimately being within all creating happening, I mean living that does not become codified as ‘spirituality’, for ‘spirituality’, at least as we think of it, relies on a contrast with some form of so-called ‘evil’, or else is ‘floaty new age”, and also relies on the existence of fear, which it promises to heal. When we today imagine spirituality, it is in the context of being an answer to sin, division, opposition, greed, fear — fear of death, the fear of God, or punishment and guilt – or some form of wanting to be better, a confusion with truly knowing who we are… and all the rest. Love is given as the answer. But Love is already present – as the invisible/visible Everything, and requires only ‘being here’, with full awareness, not as observers of earth, but as earth-awareness. There is nothing to ‘recover’ because it did not go anywhere.


After the time of the early Egyptian spiritual culture and the rise of power, self-interest, and technology, a number of individual spiritual Masters appeared from time to time and lived and worked to bring re-balance — Confucius, Laotzu, Buddha, Krishna, Jesus, Mohammed, and others – all of them were born into descendant civilizations, and thus are “Masters of Recovery”. None of them, however, seem to have had Earth as a central concern, and their views are oriented solely to the human. There are no more than a handful of individuals of this kind, and several hundred individuals who have lived in deepest connection with creating and have sprinkled poetry, music, literature, painting, philosophy and other forms of inspired creation that still generate idealism, which more and more, though, has no place., for they are all usurped by entertainment or ‘culture’ as a particular form of commodity.

The contributions of these great souls are not here in question or doubt. Without them, we would not even have a memory of “Higher Worlds”. But, once they have lived and have spoken and their words recorded, their contributions easily become commoditized, encoded, and encased, and, in this time, when attended to without larger spiritual-Earth awareness, become precious more than living, with practices that do dip into the spiritual heights and do ameliorate, sometimes, our various individual and collective troublesome tendencies. Nearly all of them, however, neglect to speak of the spirit nature of Earth.

The modern and extremely simplistic way in which the assumed separation between the human and the rest of creation occurs is often spoken as …’change yourself first, and then you can go out and change the world.” The implied division is untrue.

The descent into mediocrity and worse continues and now complete separation from even ‘corrective spirituality’ is at hand with the result of the complete loss of even the memory of what culture means, and the rise of a completely decadent civilization. Life is now completely out of balance.

My intent was to begin developing a picture of the balancing process, not by doing What the Original people did/do, but doing AS they did/do, according, though, to present consciousness. We have not yet gotten to the specific ways in which this requires that we live in a meditative state while within full “day-consciousness.” We will get there in these writings. There is certainly no ‘appropriation’ of how the Original people lived and live; it is not a matter of taking what they gave for the purposes of our use. They were never possessive in the first place, though to take THEIR ways and try to apply them as they were, now, would indeed be to appropriate, that is, taking what they lived as if it were something that could be picked up and out of a mysterious whole, possessed and used. But, to be awakened by the living inspiration of the Original people, that is something completely different than taking and using.

Before we go further and deeper, however, it is necessary to be living as fully earthly-human as is possible, and what makes ‘human’ beings fully earthly-human is grief, the very deepest body/soul state of being.

This whole blog series began by speaking of the genocide of the Original people. I remember some of the comments… ‘sad’, ‘that is terrible’… and so on. As you who read these entries have let some if that enter and linger, however, you may, hopefully, have come into grief. Grief is a permanent state…not just a momentary reaction to death. If you feel grief, it is because it is inevitably already there, and, in large measure, the way we live in this civilization is a way of remaining unconscious of deep grieving.

At least 75 million Original people were slaughtered, and we have to ponder the spiritual result of this act which occurred over a period of 100 years, and especially ponder that our identity as ‘Americans’ is unavoidably that of being ‘genocidal’ beings and that we have not faced this in any way. We cannot dis-identify from what happened by thinking – well, that was those people who came from Spain or from England who were the perpetrators.

That we have not faced what we have done has the primary consequence that “America – the Land of Genocide”, not the land of “the free and the home of the brave” continues its tradition, now – and what we are now experiencing, everywhere — greed, self-interest, degradation of the land, devastation of all creatures, violence, terror, lying, racism, corporatism, politics, more and more and more technology that excludes any ongoing developing of soul capacities, is the act of Self-Genocide! How could it be otherwise?

How Self-Genocide works has been masterfully described by Martin Prechtel in “The Smell of Rain on Dust.” In Guatemala, where he lived with the indigenous people for many years, the living imagination of death there says that when someone dies, if they are not grieved, their soul cannot find its way to the heavens. Such souls then return and inhabit someone of the family, the most vulnerable soul. The result is that the person is ‘infected’ with the soul of the dead, and that soul voraciously seeks life, which cannot be found. This seeking shows as the one inhabited often becomes alcoholic, for example, for the dead are very attracted to the effects of alcohol. Or drugs, or violent behavior of every sort. And, when that person dies and is not grieved, then two souls return and inhabit a member of the family, and that spreads beyond the family, through the village, and eventually through the country. This process goes on and on, and it is easy to imagine it taking over a whole culture….such as ours.

When someone dies and is grieved, then that soul can enter into the spirit world. What do the spirits do “there” — not just relax and enjoy — but these spirits create the natural world!!!

Consider noticing the unnoticed grief that we each live, collective grief, more even than individual grief. Daily, or before sleep, let you consciousness release fully into your body –- a felt sense of grief awakens…and let that grief go toward all the Original people of this land – you will feel it, you will begin to even enter images of the actual genocide events. You will cry, seemingly endlessly. Because of the circumstances of being killed instantly, often without warning, men, women and children, many of the souls of these dead are hungry ghosts – through whom the Self-genocide of this land now occurring.

To attempt to go further into the presence of creating happening always, and the remarkable, amazing, astounding, true destiny of the human being to be awake, aware, and within ongoing creating without facing what we have done and enter grieving would be to introduce something unforgivable and untrue.












The Soul of America: New Beginnings 38


(Si Wa Wata Wi – A Zuni Elder)

When the Body is Whole we Live as Earth

The anonymous intention that has a hold of America is rapidly becoming clear. Loot the place, trash it, and get out of here – to Mars, probably. This seemingly utterly fantastic imagination can begin to happen in earnest within a few years!

If we feel totally repelled by the prospects, and that is a big ‘if’, for it may already be too late, spiritual-earth awakening seems crucial. It is not a matter of returning to the spiritual–earth, it is a matter of co-creating the always-intended future unfolding of this Beloved Being. 

Accompanying such awakening, and further ways of coming awake will be suggested later. Those suggestions bear no weight, however, without entering Spiritual Poverty (St. Francis) and Vulnerability.

Here is my story of falling. Maybe others will share stories:

The Necessity of Falling into Mystery 

The Zuni reservation experience

I visited the Zuni reservation, three hours Northwest of Albuquerque recently. When I drove into the village, I was appalled – a large ‘village’ of about 12,000 people – it is the largest of the Pueblos. The whole village consists of very modest, extremely modest houses, many of them, perhaps most of them, in need of a lot of repairs. There is no ‘center’ to the village. Upon entering, the village strikes one who lives within the consciousness of our civilization as a place of extreme poverty, and anger arises toward the government for the manner in which Indigenous people have been treated.

I went to a B&B. That night —-

A Dream:

“I am teaching a seminar/workshop. No sense in the dream of who is there – other than an attractive elderly lady. At one point in the workshop, I said something – not clear what – that disturbed the whole group. A clamor arose, so loud that we took a break to settle down.

The elderly lady and I take a walk and are talking about what happened; I was trying to understand what made people so upset. The lady seemed to be trying to also understand. Between us, it came, the reason – imagination! – some sort of images had entered the group, disturbing them. It was not any particular image, but imagination itself; and when introduced, the people could no longer understand… and the chaos of being thrown out of mental-ness expressed itself in the groupas rage.

Upon waking, the most vivid memory was of the ‘lady’ – she is very familiar, but no one that I recognize — tall, thin, grey hair, very active and very animated and completely engaged in the workshop.

This dream came while I was at the B&B at the Zuni reservation.

Upon coming more awake, I was feeling a disappointment with the place, Zuni, NM. The reservation seemed to be just a very, very poor town – no center, the houses are completely ‘American”, and are very poor, very run down, repaired with patching, in the dirt, no yards. The place felt like a whole village of very poor people.

But, upon waking, a very different sense came. My imagination ‘woke up here’. I suddenly “know” imagination.

Early in the morning, after spending the night at the B&B, at 6 a.m. – dressed and went for a walk. It had rained last night (It had also rained at home, Albuquerque, before I left to go to Zuni – just as I finished building the Medicine Wheel in the backyard.) Ah, renewal!

As I walked out onto the street, I saw two Native American men – walking, on the other side of the street, slightly behind me. They were somewhat disheveled, as if they had, maybe, been out all night. (A mental interpretation.) Felt a bit of fear, but also did not know how to talk with them, so I stayed on my side of the street. They got closer, but everything was fine. I was walking in the street and went to step up the curb onto the sidewalk. I slipped and I fell, hard. I laid there holding my arm, examining my elbow, feeling it may have broken. One of the men rushed over and gently helped me get up, and kept asking if I was alright. Then, he looked at me and said: “Old”. I said, “Yes, old age.” He said, “Still walkable.” He did so being fully here.

It was like my spirit speaking with me.

At that very moment, sensing and perception itself changed. I literally saw that this place was not poor at all. I was seeing it before only through my own ‘civilized’ eyes, a kind of comparison with the world I am from. This place, Zuni, is a community – with everything that entails – it is Whole. It is not an ideal place, but a real spiritual-earth place. Community is sensory, visible, tangible, not some abstract idea. It lives in and as the place itself.

I realized at that moment that Humility and Vulnerability are the primary pre-requisites for Elder-consciousness, and probably the reason we think of Elders as ‘old’ people. One does not have to be old, though, to enter elderhood; the primary requisite is humility and vulnerability as quite natural, like Earth Herself.

An aside: Before I left the village, I bought two Zuni fetishes from different folks who came up to me. One is a fetish ‘shrew’ – very unusual, have never seen before. He said it was an Underworld being, an animal that lives underground – he said, it helps things to grow. The other – a most unusual “corn Mother”; with a basket of corn in front of her and specks of turquoise – both the perfect image of the ‘real’, that is, imaginal, experience of this village. I knew that nothing that happens in that village is accidental.


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