“A too highly developed individualism can lead to a debilitating sense
of isolation so that you can be lonely and lost in a crowd.... 
Ubuntu is not easy to describe because it has no equivalent in any of the Western languages.... Ubuntu speaks to the essence of being human
and our understanding that the human person is corporate.
The solitary individual is in our understanding a contradiction in terms.
You are a person through other persons. Ubuntu speaks about the importance of communal harmony ... speaks about warmth, compassion, generosity, hospitality, and seeks to embrace others.”


American fascist


"The really dangerous American fascist... would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power... They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjugation." US Vice President Henry A. Wallace, quoted April 9,1944, New York Times




Clear bead


"The clear bead at the center changes everything.There are no edges to my loving now. Some say there's a window that opens from one mind to another.But if there's no wall,there's no need for fittingthe window, or the latch."...The clear bead at the enter changes everything..." ~ Rumi


It's play


"This is the real secret of life -
to be completely engaged
with what you are doing in the here and now.
And instead of calling it work, realize it is play."
~Alan W. Watts

Orchestral value







Divination is a numinous way of knowing, a surrender of intentionality and will, and an openness to the confounding images that appear in ritual and dream.The very idea in divination is to give over one's will to the numinous poetics of ritual.Therefore, especially in times of deep change and decision we might turn to divination to wrap ourselves in the dissolving and restructuring suggestions of its counter logic. ~ Thomas Moore, The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life

A moustache on a turtle?


"Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: we won't be able to find it. But when our hearts are ready, peace will come looking for us." Ajahn Cha

Bear Heart

Maybe twenty years ago in a tipi meeting an ancestor Spirit sang into my left ear. At first I thought it was the medicine, but then I didn't know. He sang about a bear paw in the coals of the fire; and then I saw the paw physically in front of me. Afterwards I told Bear Heart (who ran the meeting) about it. He then told me that his grandfather was named for "the right front paw of a bear." He asked me if the claws were extended or if they were withdrawn. He said that a bear moves through underbrush without making a sound when its claws are withdrawn. He called it the Hunter’s Stalk. Sole, heel; sole, heel. Like that. There’s a spot on the sole of the foot (that corresponds with a spot on the palm of the hand) that draws power from the Earth, and communicates with the Earth. All animals know that.  Sun Dancers learn it.


One liner


Thanksgiving 2021


the Mother Ship




Real temple


David Suzuki


No soul



Willy Nelson aphorism


There are two kinds of men: those who are in love with Linda Ronstadt, and those who have never met her  ~  Willy Nelson


Thou as ego


Hawking aphorism




Paul Coelhoo


My People


"My people are not threatened by silence. They are completely at home in it. They have lived for thousands of years with Nature’s quietness. My people today, recognize and experience in this quietness, the great Life-Giving Spirit, the Father of us all.  It is easy for me to experience God’s presence. When I am out hunting, when I am in the bush, among the trees, on a hill or by a billabong; these are the times when I can simply be in God’s presence.

My people have been so aware of Nature. It is natural that we will feel close to the Creator. Our Aboriginal culture has taught us to be still and to wait. We do not try to hurry things up. We let them follow their natural course – like the seasons. We watch the moon in each of its phases. We wait for the rain to fill our rivers and water the thirsty earth. When twilight comes, we prepare for the night. At dawn we rise with the sun. We watch the bush foods and wait for them to ripen before we gather them. We wait for our young people as they grow, stage by stage, through their initiation ceremonies. When a relation dies, we wait a long time with the sorrow. We own our grief and allow it to heal slowly. We wait for the right time for our ceremonies and our meetings. The right people must be present. Everything must be done in the proper way. Careful preparations must be made. We don’t mind waiting, because we want things to be done with care. We don’t like to hurry. There is nothing more important than what we are attending to. There is nothing more urgent that we must hurry away for. We wait on God, too. His time is the right time. We wait for him to make his Word clear to us. We don’t worry. We know that in time and in the spirit of dadirri (that deep listening and quiet stillness) his way will be clear. We are River people. We cannot hurry the river. We have to move with its current and understand its ways. We hope that the people of Australia will wait. Not so much waiting for us – to catch up – but waiting with us, as we find our pace in this world. ......If you stay closely united, you are like a tree, standing in the middle of a bushfire sweeping through the timber.The leaves are scorched and the tough bark is scarred and burnt; but inside the tree the sap is still flowing, and under the ground the roots are still strong. Like that tree, you have endured the flames, and you still have the power to be reborn. Our culture is different. We are asking our fellow Australians to take time to know us; to be still and to listen to us…" Miriam Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, 2021 Senior Australian of the year, is a renowned Aboriginal Artist and Educator who is dedicated to creating bright and fulfilling futures for Aboriginal children and youth. She was the first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher in the Northern Territory and is the founder of the Miriam Rose Foundation. ~ Miriam Rose speaks five local languages along with English and is responsible for establishing the highly successful Merrepen Arts centre in Nauiyu.



Basil Braveheart

 "My grandma used to get up in the morning and say a prayer before she cooked. That prayer was a song. It's amazing to me that the singing she did is an ancient way of connecting with the Universe. The Uni-verse means "One Song." In the early 1930's and 40's, Lakota ceremonies were referred to as lo wapi, which means song/singing. Also my grandma told me that the Universe is singing in the snowflakes, the raindrops, in the trees, the water, and all Creation. Physicists call this holistic holographic universe. Lakotas call it Taku Wakan Skan Skan/Mitakuye Oyasin, which means everything is connected and related in divine rhythm, vibration. Remember the Lakotas know that the song sings the singer. The Spirit sings the song." -- Basil Braveheart


Thich Nhat Hanh


Hurt people hurt people


Mevlana Rumi's Meditation on War


The snakes are scattering venom
and though the sour-faced folks distress us,
yet up in the mountains in hives among the trees
communities of bees still create their stores of honey.
As much as the poisoners spread their poisons,
these antidotes will neutralize them.
When you reflect, this world is all in conflict, particle with particle,
just as spirituality is in conflict with denial.

One particle flies to the left, and another to the right.
One particle flies up and another down:
Witness the conflict in every movement.
All of this visible strife is the result of hidden strife:
This outer discord springs from that inner discord. . .
By means of truly unto him we are returning.
We have come back from ourselves to Your Ocean,
and we have begun to nurse at the source that suckled us.

Phantoms have distracted you from the path,
so don't boast of principles,
if you have lost the Principle.
Our war and our peace are in the light of essence:
It does not depend on us alone, everything is
between the two fingers of God.

The wars of nature, action, language-these terrible conflicts
exist in all the parts of this universe.
This world is maintained by means of these wars:
consider the elements in order to solve these difficulties.

The four elements are four strong pillars
by which the roof of this present world is supported.
One pillar is a destroyer of another:
the pillar of water is a destroyer of the pillar of fire.
And so this whole edifice of creation
is founded upon conflicts;
and for better or worse we are at war.

My own states oppose each other:
each is in conflict with the other.
If I am constantly warring against myself,
how can I be in harmony with another?
Behold the surging armies of my states,
each at war and in conflict with another.
Contemplate this same poignant war in yourself:
why then be so busy warring with others?
Unless God spares you from this war
and brings you into the single-colored world of peace?

Mathnawi, Book VI: 33-39, 41-55, Translated by Kabir Helminski