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Coyote's Call

In the span of my lifetime, the rate of upheaval in populations and weather is staggering. It is hard for me to imagine how the planet can take this continuing abuse and still sustain life as we know it. This week I feel discouraged by the lack of any real progress at the International Conference on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico, after a similarly unproductive conference in Copenhagen last year. To ask individuals, nations and conglomerates to sacrifice profits and lifestyle and to invest in more progressive technologies that could limit emissions and dependence on oil may be too much during rough economic times. It is hard to understand how losing species and habitat, rising temperatures and coastal waters, melting ice caps and dying deserts and oceans make a difference when one is just trying to get by. How can we ask those not immediately affected by climate change to care? At times I find being human beyond overwhelming!

Practice and a Zeus Like Moment

While doing practice at my recent class at ASOS, a poem came to me unbidden and "full blown" that I would like to share.

-Practice-

I heard my thoughts
full with a thud,
edifices of architectural grandeur.
A thoughtless wind
moved them like smoke
or maybe just like mirrors.

video on beginners

Hi Jason,
I loved that video because it reminded me to see myself as a "beginner" when I sometimes feel like an old shoe. It brings back the awe inspiring feeling I had from my initial spiritual experience. When the pixels formed the photo snap of my present life circumstance.....to be a kid again.
Thank you, I trust this video will help many beginners take note to trust the process, eyes wide open!

Diane

Appreciation - Sharon's article in Ray of Connection

In the 2010 winter issue of RoC Sharon Golden writes beautifully about the meaning of community and IKH community in particular. I had read her words some time ago but now, reading them again this morning I woke up to a deep realization of what the IKH community really is and does.
When life tumbles us in a rough way and we reach out for support, the difference in response and the sense of being heard and held couldn't be stronger between members of our community and the "outside" circles of friends, colleagues and even family. With all my respect to the latter I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for the gift of IKH in my life.

Kristiina Kurki-Suonio

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hate

I am learning to let myself hate. Just hate and feel the pleasure in it. It is warm and alive.

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Beauty, Bold and Bittersweet.

In the plains of Colorado a dusting of frosty snow and a dollop of cold air has descended at last. This autumn, magnificently mild and dry, has showered us with a canopy of colors evocative of a New England Fall. The dancing golds and flaming reds are juxtaposed against the vastness of the endless cerulean blue sky. Joining the jubilant celebration, I bask in this sea of lively color when I gaze out my living room window or stroll in the gardens and parks. I have been roller blading with the abandon of a teen, avoiding the slick panoply of vibrant leaves and twigs on the path, knowing these days of Indian Summer are nearly gone.

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Hawk-ness ...

HAWK ... is the messenger. IT is also about visionary power and guardianship; the hawk is very protective of the young in its nest. It teaches us about providing for family and self. Hawk teaches us to be observant and to pay attention to what we may overlook. This could mean a talent we don't use, a blessing for which we haven't expressed gratitude, or a message from Spirit. The hawk has keen eyesight, it is about opening our eyes and seeing that which is there to guide us.
~ Power Animals website

This past weekend, I began to explore the animals I relate to based on the astrological forecast for November by Elizabeth Hermon. It is about seeing our strengths and weaknesses through the animals that we are. She suggested thinking about those animals whose characteristics we identify with. I had previously done a lot of work with my Fox energy, but this go-round, thanks to the inquisitiveness of a fellow non-dual healing classmate, something very different arose.

The Hawk.

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Does Divine Energy behind Letters & Words Unify Different Faiths?

Does Divine Energy behind Letters & Words Unify Different Faiths?

It can be no accident that the Word holds such significance in many world religions and practices.

"In the beginning was the Word" proclaims John 1:1 in the New Testament. In Hinduism, Brahma the creator, first appears as a sacred vowel sound, aum, and in Sanskrit, the sacred power behind every sound and letter is called Matrika Shakti. Also in kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, letters hold special power: there is divine mystery behind the drawing, placement, and viewing of each line.

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, pointed out that the first sermon in Islam begins with the word, "Recite!" She goes on to say, "The Koran swears by the pen and what it writes. Such a sermon and message cannot be in conflict with awareness, knowledge, wisdom, freedom of opinion and expression and cultural pluralism."

BE

Dear One hold me
and show me your truth.
Enfold me
until I am You.
Will you reveal yourself to me?
Am I already everything I need to be?
Dear One look inside my soul
and help me feel whole.

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Beyond Statistics

According to FBI statistics, black men made up 40 percent of all murder victims last year. That is a stunning number for a group that accounts for only 6 percent of the nation's population.

You've likely read the grim stats. The homicide rate in the US is among the highest in the industrialized world. The high incarceration rate of Black men, coupled with the homicide rate, result in what many would call genocide. At the very least, we, as a nation, are faced with a crisis that has deep roots in both historical and current economic and social conditions.

I dedicated most of my undergraduate studies examining racial identity formation and the history of slavery in (all of) the Americas. My graduate studies focused on urban education, analyzing what I understood to be the present day outcomes of institutionalized social and economic practices. That's not what I want to discuss right now...