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First indigenous map of its kind; U.S. map displays “Our own names and locations”
Photo courtesy of Aaron Carapella
By Monica Brown, Tulalip News Writer
Aaron Carapella, a Cherokee Indian, has taken it upon himself to create a map that shows the Tribal nations of the U.S. prior to European contact. The map is of the contiguous United States and displays the original native tribal names of roughly 595 tribes, and of that, 150 tribes are without descendants. Without descendants means that there is no one known to be alive from that tribe and are believed to be extinct.
Aaron’s journey to making the Native American Nations map began 14 years ago. At the age of 19, Aaron had already gained a great deal of knowledge from listening to stories from his family, elders from his tribe, and reading books on Native American history. To explain where his knowledge came from Aaron said, “My Grandparents would tell me, you’re part Native American and that’s part of your history. They would give me books to read about different tribes’ histories, so, I grew up with a curiosity of always wanting to learn more about Native American history.”
After reading the many books on Native tribes and not finding any authentic type maps which failed to accurately represent the hundreds of modern day and historical tribes, Aaron decided to start creating a map for himself that would be authentic and cultural. “The maps in the books were kind of cheesy, they only had maybe 50 to 100 tribes on them,” said Aaron.
The inspiration for the map to depict original tribal names came from a book that he was reading which explained the real names of tribes and reason they were given the names they have today.
“I didn’t want to make a map with just tribe’s given names on it. I wanted it to be accurate and from a Native perspective,” said Aaron.
The process to collect tribes’ real names led Aaron from books, to making many phone calls to tribes across the country, asking them one seemingly simple question, what is the actual native name of your tribe?
“Some tribes, once contacted, wouldn’t know that information,” he said, but they would get him in contact with an elder or someone that would have the information he needed. “Every tribe I’ve contacted, I’ve noticed they are really good about getting back to you about cultural questions, they had a really good response time,” said Aaron.
On the map there are approximately 175 merged tribes, listed among the 595. The map displays what others fall short of, to make known the significant fact that is overlooked every day and that is, that tribes inhabited the entire U.S. and not just small portions of it.
“It is kind of sad that I can’t find a tribe’s real name because they aren’t here anymore,” said Aaron about learning the truth of what happened to many tribes. Some tribes were victims of genocide, some dwindled away from disease or other life threatening situations and some were merged forcefully or willingly with other tribes to make one large tribe. “Today some small tribes are enumerated under larger tribes, and do not have separate sovereignty. A good example of that is the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma who recently split from the Cherokee Nation,” said Aaron explaining about how some tribes have merged.
“To be honest, in general in the United states, Americans are very ignorant about Native American history and the only time they deal with Native history or reality is when tribes have enough money to fight back against injustice happening to them. In my small way, making this map is to reinforce the true history of the injustice and the genocide that occurred,” Said Aaron.
Aaron has not received any funding to create the map and any profit from the map sales will go towards Aaron’s future map projects, which will include an in-depth look at the tribes of the states of California and Washington. A map of the First Nations in Canada is already in the works and close to being complete.
Aaron is of European and Cherokee descent and can speak the Cherokee language. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is considering returning to school to get a master’s degree in Native American studies so that he can pursue his interest in Native American history.
The Native American Nations map can be purchased from his website and prices range from $89 to $199. For more information or to purchase a map visit http://aaron-carapella.squarespace.com/. Aaron can be reached through email firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 949-415-4981.
There was a tradition of playing games in our household as we were growing up. My mother was competitive, and reveled in a variety of board and card games. When I became an adult, I more or less left the family system for a time. I decided that playing games was a waste of time. There were more important pursuits. But as I began spending time with my family again, I saw game playing as an important backdrop to positive interaction; a ritual of gathering. Our game of choice became pinochle. We played four-handed with a double deck.
I had a very Zen attitude to playing. I had to be competitive enough to make it fun for everyone, but I made conversation and joviality a higher priority than winning. I believe that attitude helped bring us closer together.
But one day, winning became a high priority for my brother John. He began to openly declare he was going to use Power to get a good playing hand. He had joked about using shamanism to favor the cards before. But this day, I could feel his serious intent. He took a hand carved piece of wood that was shaped like a rattle. He began to shake the “rattle” over the cards. On some level, I thought this was inappropriate, so I silently blocked his magic, like blocking a seer’s vision in the bone game. Our mini-ritual played out, I dealt out the cards. I misdealt, meaning that I did not deal out the correct amount of cards to each person. I had two quick thoughts. The first was that I never misdealt, so the misdeal was somehow connected to my trying to block John’s magic. The second was that we had an understanding that misdeals were thrown in and re-dealt. So I threw in my cards and declared the misdeal.
John was angry. He had been dealt eight aces, two of each suit, which gave him an automatic 100 points in a 250 point game. The odds of getting dealt eight aces in that fashion are extremely slim. I re-dealt the hand, and John was dealt a poor hand. He began to silently fume.
My dad dealt next and misdealt. He tried to deal again, slowly and carefully, but misdealt again. For his next try, he dealt one card at a time, very deliberately under the careful scrutiny of us all. Unbelievably, he misdealt again. We checked all the cards to see if any were sticking together. They weren’t. My dad tried to deal again under the same group scrutiny. He misdealt again. So we counted the cards. All present and accounted for. John attempted a mock deal just to try and figure out what was going wrong. He misdealt as well. We put the cards together by suit to make sure all the cards were there. Again, all present and accounted for. My dad again tried to deal. You guessed it – another misdeal.
I recognized that these extremely unusual circumstances were linked to our playing at magic to influence the game. I felt that John’s anger stuck to the intent of the magic and was creating the misdeals. Call it a curse. I suggested to John that he take the carved wood, the “rattle,” and shake it over the cards to remove his anger over my having misdealt, thus spoiling his perfect 100-point aces. John shook the wood over the cards seriously. Rolen dealt the cards out correctly. “The deal is correct!” he said triumphantly. There were no more misdeals the entire game. John never again tried to use magic to influence one of our games.
During this little event, there was nothing personal at stake. We were only in danger of misplacing a card game (which would have been unfortunate). But the broader lesson should be clear. Strong emotions bind with intent. Intent exerts an influence on outcomes. Unless we are prepared to cleanse negativity, it is possible to get stuck in the shadow of murky and misguided intentions.
The slings and arrows of chaotic intention
I was blessed with a 30-year career in Human Services. I was also fortunate to be in the field at a time when training was ongoing. We often brought in a psychologist to talk about various aspects of counseling and behavior management. One day, she was talking about the power of language. She said that because we were all in human services we tended to be kind with our use of language. She said that was not the norm in the business world. For example, her sister was always zinging her whenever they get together for holidays. Her sister worked in the business world. She tried to confront her sister, but her sister did not understand. But finally, her sister explained: “We do this every day at work. I need to do this so as not to get run over by the other guys in the office.” In other words, zingers were used to enhance power and status. How sad.
I also recall receiving training in de-escalation and appropriate self-defense. The trainer said: “It doesn’t matter if you get screamed at. No one ever died from getting screamed at.” It just so happened that I had read a study only the previous day, and said: “It turns out you can die from getting screamed at. In a study, lab rats literally died from getting screamed at.” Words can hurt, especially when they are laced with anger or intent to harm. They used to call this setting a curse. A premeditated intent to bring chaotic language into an environment will sow the seeds of curse. Bad karma there.
How can the cards be properly dealt? You can probably think of a setting where it might be useful to employ a shamanic or energy-based healing to clean up the antagonistic residue. Another suggestion: carry the antidote in your heart or with a sacred object. The response will then feel guided, perhaps as active silence. I knew someone who reported saying, “Bless you,” and smiled whenever he was put down. I witnessed it once and it was disarming. Another phrase: “Is that so?” And there are “magic words” given in a dream, shamanic journey, fantasy, or alternate reality experience. The word might seem mundane, and you are asked to work it into the conversation. But the word isn’t mundane, because it links to the Dream. Talk your walk.
Cursing the Cards was adapted from Gathering my Life into Feathers
If you’d like to learn more about the power of intention in Shamanism, considering taking a course in shamanism at the International Metaphysical University. You might even want to get a degree in shamanism!
Is DMT the key to consciousness? Is DMT the Spirit Molecule? Is it a language that links all living beings? Dpes DMT stimulate the pineal gland to awaken the soul within the body? Does it explain the near death experience? Does it explain mystical experiences? Is this what the mystics and shamans have been talking aoout for centuries?
by Serge Kahili King
When I talk about habits, I am including personal behavior patterns as well as relationship patterns and patterns of repeating circumstances. I am not saying that anyone necessarily creates all these patterns.
However, I am saying that these kinds of patterns do not keep repeating themselves without our help. The solution is not to blame others, or luck or fate. The solution is to change our own behavior in some way. Which brings us to our first point.
The most important factor in changing any kind of habit is motivation. Motivation is poorly understood, because it includes two different, but related, concepts that are equally vital for a habit change to be effective.
The first concept is desire. In order to change a habit, there has to be something you want that is different from what you have. This is usually called a “motive,” a reason for making a change. Most commonly, this is a desire to get away from some kind of pain.
That is also the weakest kind of motive. That’s because it takes a lot more energy to move away from something rather than toward something. I’ll explain why a little further on. Just note that a motive for something has more power and less strain than a motive against something.
The assumption I’m making now is that you have a habit–or a habitual situation–that you want to change. So think about what you’d like to have instead of what you do have, then think about the benefits of having something better, and pela no! There you have it! Your motive!
That’s only the first half of the first part, though. The second part of the first half comes from the other meaning of motivation: action. It doesn’t matter how positive or worthy the motive is, nothing happens to change a thing until we take action.
If you want to stop smoking, you have to do whatever it takes to help you stop smoking, and then, at some point, you have to actually stop smoking. If you want to have better relationships, you have to learn what better relationships are like, and act accordingly.
If being unsuccessful seems to be a habit, you have to learn all you can about successful people, and do what they do, in your own way. The same is true if being unhappy seems to be a habit. Study what happy people do, and practice.
Now we have reached the really tough part: taking action. Habits, even bad ones, are comfortable, because they are easy to do and they hold few surprises. New habits tend to be uncomfortable, because it takes time to become skilled at them and they usually hold lots of surprises.
By the way, for the benefit of anyone who doesn’t know this yet, you can’t get rid of bad habits. You can only exchange them for new habits. Smokers learn how to be non-smokers. Unsuccessful people learn how to be successful. Unhappy people learn how to be happy.
It’s time to take a look at what it takes to change a habit once you know what you want and have begun the process. The next thing is concentration. You have to practice the new way of thinking, feeling, and acting until it becomes a habit.
One thing that helps concentration is the strength of the desire you have to change. How much do you really want the benefits of changing? If you discover that the benefits of not changing outweigh the benefits of changing, to you at least, then nothing you try will work.
You can increase the level of desire–and therefore concentration–by imagining the benefits in detail and allowing yourself to get excited about them. You can also find as many ways as possible of reminding yourself of the benefits, because they are easy to forget in the middle of an old habit or under stress.
The third thing after motivation and concentration is confidence. This means not allowing doubt to slow you down or make you give up. It doesn’t mean to be completely free of doubt. Even Superman has his doubts. Having doubts is not the problem.
Whether there is a problem depends on what you do when doubts appear. Too many people take this as a sign of failure, when it’s only a sign that you are beginning to change. You disempower doubts by ignoring them, chasing them away, or replacing them.
What do you replace them with? Positive words (like strong affirmations, decisions, or self commands), positive images (of the benefits, or of yourself as you will be when the new habit is working), and positive feelings (based on good memories and good expectations).
Another excellent thing that helps weaken doubt is self appreciation. Give yourself positive acknowledgment for every little good step forward and ignore or declare the unimportance of any steps backward. Treat giant steps forward as being equal in importance to baby steps. As a wise old man once said: If you want to change your life, you have to change your life.
One of our students suggested that we blog this post and I have to say that I agree. While I don’t know who this woman is, she really has a way of describing the experience of being a psychic. Good stuff. Well worth reading, especially if you are considering honing your own skills as a psychic through the Intuitive Arts program at the International Metaphysical University where we offer training and certification including tarot, astrology, animal communication, and more.
Our interviewee this month is Laurie Smith, a Psychic Medium from the Brisbane Valley. I believe you will find his answers not only interesting but also enlightening.
Now before we jump into the interview, here is a brief definition of a Psychic:
‘A Psychic is a person that has the power of extra sensory perception (i.e. a sixth sense) that enables them to acquire information and/or affect objects with Psycho Kinesis. There are two ways Psychics acquire their psychic abilities. The first is that they are natural psychics, i.e. they were born with psychic powers which were most probably passed down to them from someone in their family tree. The second is the arising of psychic abilities through a suffering of a severe or life threatening experience that causes emotional and physical trauma.’
~ Start of Interview ~
1. What is the difference between a psychic and a medium?
A psychic is a person who uses various means to read the future and make predictions. A medium can also be a psychic however their talent is in speaking with and channelling messages from those in spirit.
2. How and when did you discover you were gifted?
At the age of five after my Grandmother died, I sat with her when she passed and couldn’t understand the commotion at her funeral. When I pointed out her obvious presence at the graveside I received a clip under the ear for my trouble. I experienced my first scrying event at seven years old. We were able to afford a television rental and I loved to lie on the carpet and watch it. One evening while watching ‘The London Palladium’ the screen shifted, and I saw, in colour, a plane flying over a desert region with the credits rolling for an Australian show. I sat watching ‘The Flying Doctors’ about thirty years earlier. The opening credits were what I saw as a child. Life was tough enough for me at the time without continuing to go on about seeing spirits, so I went on with being a kid. After a canoeing accident in 1978, where I ended up wedged underneath a tree stump in the middle of a set of rapids for over five minutes, I had a classic near death experience. This gave me a different view of existence however it didn’t change my life in any obvious way. In 1982 I suffered from a severe whiplash in my duties as a police officer. After that I began seeing, hearing and smelling things that weren’t there. A range of tests for epilepsy failed to show any reason why I should be experiencing these events. Being involved in my work I ignored them as much as possible. Ignoring it didn’t stop the out of body experiences though. I left the police in 1987 and bought a small farm house in the Brisbane Valley area. It came with resident spirits and that’s when my awakening began. The visitation by my sister’s spirit, the week after she took her life convinced me that something was happening to me and I needed to investigate it further.
3. What abilities do you currently own (e.g. clairvoyance, etc.)?
Clairvoyance: Clairaudience, Psychometry, Medium, Aura Reading, Remote Viewing, Channelling, Dowsing, Allowing spirit to form over my face (spooky) and Reiki Master. Once I started my journey I tried everything that I read about, if I liked them then I carried on studying.
4. Could you briefly tell me how you got started in your field professionally?
After spending a couple of years attending a local Spiritualist Church, where I found my niche in meditation, healing and working a little as a platform medium I decided to try my hand at Tarot reading. I had been studying Tarot and found that it quite often opened me straight up into the spirit world. After some inner debate and meditation on the subject of ‘going public,’ I had some business cards printed and left them at a local crystal shop. My first customer made an appointment the following morning. An hour before they turned up I sat in my recliner and took a nap (this became a common event) where I was visited by a four year old child in spirit. When I woke up I had already seen her parents and knew about a dozen items that were placed in the child’s coffin. The reading was powerful and a help for the mother. She had accidentally run over her girl in the driveway. The girl hung around and popped into my life over several months, giving me vivid and sometimes embarrassing information about her parents. From that reading I moved on to having a full book for the next five years.
5. How do you communicate with your Spirit Guide? And, does everyone have a Spirit Guide? How does the information you receive from your spirit guide come to you?
The issue of spirit guides is one I had mixed feelings on for years, mainly because in mediation circles nearly everybody has a Red Indian, or a Monk, Chinese Wiseman etc. There are only so many to go around. My view is that yes, there is help from spirit for those starting on their path and I feel they present themselves as something more interesting. That way they get your attention. They are there when required; especially when you start a healing then I can see several of them. When I first started medium work I was quite aware of someone being there, mainly behind and to my right. I would see a form in my mind get a name and work with that entity for a period of time. As I moved along then someone else would take over. The information comes in a clear voice straight into my ear, or in still pictures, feelings or smells. When you are working as a medium there is some spiritual form of a gatekeeper going on. You may be channelling spirit A for client B, when spirit X pops in wanting you to contact someone who isn’t there. Even with a spirit guide it can happen. I still channel the occasional spirit that will pop in if someone they want to chat to is nearby. However I’m not that aware of a guide any more if I sat down and meditated on it then I’m sure they would be there.
6. It’s said that we are all psychic, if this is true – what can we do to develop our abilities?
I believe it’s true; we all have a mind that is part of the Cosmic Consciousness. For psychic ability to work you need to believe in it. The ability is there, if you are going to play the violin you need to practice and learn your notes. The same goes for any sport or pastime. I found the most helpful way to develop as a psychic is to read the stories of psychics and their work. Read everything you can on anything to do with it, practice, learn meditation, get in with a reputable group, and believe.
7. Can someone control my mind with their psychic abilities?
No. Even under hypnosis we won’t do what goes against our moral guidance. A good psychic can mess with it though.
8. Are there any questions that people should NOT consult psychics/mediums on?
Medical questions before you have exhausted all avenues with Doctors. Questions on religion and beliefs, because it is a subject so ingrained in mankind I feel you would only be getting a filtered view of the psychic’s beliefs. Anything to do with your life savings and investments, money questions are fraught with difficulty. Sure, ask but look at the answer along with what your financial advisor says. I feel that any answer you receive from a psychic should be looked at along with your own thoughts and ideas on the subject. Remember, psychics are only human, with an ability to view life a little bit ahead of the pack.
9. Have you ever had a reading go bad (e.g. a person take your advice too literally and end a relationship based on your words)? Did this make you feel responsible, or do you have a set of ethics that you return to?
Oh dear, when readings go bad. I could prattle on forever with readings that have been misunderstood, misconstrued, misread and plain old missed. I make a point of speaking clearly into the microphone, or writing it down. Clients tend to hear what they want to hear, especially those who are upset or scared. Even when they go away with a tape recording, or copious notes they can still get it wrong. I had a reading where three young women turned up, two sat out on the veranda and I read for the first one. She brought a picture of her boyfriend and I said, A B C. After the reading she went outside and declared, ‘Laurie said, D E F.’ Thoroughly disgusted I went out and corrected her, ‘Oh, that’s right, I forgot.’ I always stated that a reading showed what could/would happen IF the client continued on their present path, that it was totally up to them whether or not to take on board what had been revealed. Personal/love relationships are the hardest to read, mainly because of the emotions involved. Strong feelings pour off the client. I never advised anyone to leave a relationship, I gave them two versions. One of what would happen if they stayed and the other on what would happen if they left. It is then up to them to make a decision they should be making anyway. I did have a woman go away from a reading and intentionally do the exact opposite of what I had shown her and then come back and complain about the reading. Go figure.
10. Do you talk to dead people?
I talk to those who have passed into spirit and find it to be a remarkable experience. It doesn’t involve long fireside chats, a few words are enough sometimes.
11. I would imagine that in your field you come across a few sceptics. How do you deal with those who don’t believe in your abilities?
I’m my own sceptic to a point, only because I question all I see and hear until I’m satisfied of its veracity. Not every bump in the night or slamming door is spirit. In relation to sceptics who belittle those who do what I do, I say it’s obvious they don’t want to believe in anything. Because you can’t see something it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The one thing that irks me about them is their haughty superiority and snide mocking remarks. After I’ve been irked a little I ignore them.
12. What is your most memorable experience with those from the other side?
It was a late rainy afternoon reading for a woman, where over an hour twenty nine of her relatives came through to me from spirit. Each and every one of them stood in the doorway of the house where the client had lived in Scotland. They gave me their names and showed themselves fully, telling me how they died. An unlucky bunch they had all passed before their fifties. My client was delighted.
13. Have you helped any law enforcement agencies? And if so, what is your most memorable case with law enforcement?
Being an ex-policeman I know how police departments officially scorn and ridicule psychics. Every murder and disappearance brings out the wannabes, deluded and attention seekers. Some officers are sympathetic but you can’t base a case on advice from a psychic. My youngest sister lives in the USA and was dating a police officer where she lived. She passed on the name of a victim and I was able to give a description of the crime scene, victim and a description of the suspect which happened to be her boyfriend. However this was information they already had. I would like to give you an insight into this subject. In 1994 we had moved house and whenever we went to town our route took us past the house of a woman who had gone missing in the early eighties. I won’t mention her name; suffice to say it made the headlines for quite a long time. Driving by it one day I said to my wife, ‘I wonder whatever happened to so and so?’ Now the house we had moved into was without doubt the most heavily haunted place I’d ever lived in. Underground streams criss-crossed the property, two of them under each end of the house. The radiating energy that emanates from these streams creates a great environment for spirit. That night I woke at 2:00 am as usual: toilet, then out to the kitchen, have a glass of water, return to bed. We kept the kitchen illuminated by a night light it gave a soft glow. I walked back towards my bedroom when a young woman, naked as jaybird appeared in front of me, remember I was wide awake at this stage. After getting over the initial shock (naked woman) I realised it was a spirit form. Taking a deep breath I walked towards her, she vanished then reappeared in my bedroom. Naturally I asked who she was and my mind became a jumble of images. I sat on the side of my bed and asked her what had happened; the images came again, this time clearer. The details of what occurred to her before her murder and afterwards are too horrific to spell out here, it’s suffice to say she suffered terribly. She showed me items of her jewellery, identifying marks on her body, where she had been taken and exacting details of the men who had killed her and their occupation. Back in bed I thought about what had occurred and went into a fitful sleep. This went on every night for a week; I gave it some thought and decided I had to tell the police. I went to town and bumped into a sergeant I had worked with and told him. When I described the men and the pub they frequented he said, ‘Oh, I know them, that’s so and so and his brother.’ I asked him to pass it on, I don’t think he did. The haunting stopped, probably because I had told someone. In the early twentieth century, mediums wouldn’t pass on murder suspects to police because hanging was still a punishment. I also remember reading about a psychic in California back in the eighties, he gave police such an in depth report on what he’d picked up psychically from a murder four houses away that they charged him with the murder. He served nine years before the real killer was located.
14. What has been your greatest prediction? And, have there been any predictions you wish you had not given?
My greatest prediction involved preventing a young woman from going to Surfers Paradise. Nothing startling or earth shattering I know. Most clients came along in twos, mainly for moral support and so they could chat about the psychic on the way home. Two women turned up on a Monday night, the first joined me in my room and I began, while her friend sat in the lounge and had a cuppa. I always started my readings the same way: reassure the client that nothing scary would be happening (hmm), have them relax and then I would touch their hands and read their aura. This always gave me an insight into the person and helped me keep on the right track with the reading. The aura also holds everything you needed to know about the person, I digress. Then I would offer them a card reading, medium work if someone had popped in, or Psychometry. Most opted for the cards. As soon as I touched this woman’s hands I found myself hovering above a set traffic lights at the south coast, where you turn off to Coolangatta. I saw a white Kingswood sedan with the woman in the front passenger seat, a man driving and the woman sat out in my lounge room in the rear passenger seat. A dark coloured car came through a red light on their left and ploughed into the rear passenger side of the Kingswood, obliterating it. I said, ‘I see you going down to surfers this Friday night, with that woman out there in the back seat.’ Blank stare from her, ‘Oh yeah, there’s a party on.’ I told her what I’d seen and she laughed at me, ‘That’s bullshit.’ The reading went on, she seemed happy and the other woman came in, I told her what I’d seen, ‘I’m staying home.’ I found out the following week that vehicle was involved in an accident exactly how I’d described it. The rear passenger stayed home and the car was totalled. The two in the front escaped with minor injuries. I think the rear passenger would have survived but with terrible injuries. There are worse things than dying. As to predictions I wished I hadn’t given, none come to mind. A prediction I wished a woman would have taken? Yes. As soon as she sat down I knew something was terribly wrong. A quick scan of the aura showed a black patch over the front of her head. I had a strong feeling of dread and that if she didn’t seek medical treatment she would die. Her daughter rang me three weeks later and told me her mum had dropped dead in the shower at home, from an aneurysm in the brain. She rang because she had listened to her mum’s tape of the reading and wanted to thank me for trying to help her. The woman had queried her health and I had told her straight out that she needed to have a medical check-up. She said if you mean my brain it’s fine they’re only headaches. I tried to get through that a check-up wouldn’t hurt, that it would be in her best interest. You can only say so much, if she had asked if she were going to die I would have said yes, if you don’t get help.
15. What do you think about charging money for readings?
I always charged for readings, never as much as the going rate because I wasn’t doing it for a living. Clients often asked why I should ask for money when it was a God given gift. It may have been a gift but I had to spend the time reading, studying and practising my craft to the detriment of other things in my life. I would suggest they try asking that same question the next time they went to the dentist. People are funny, when I quoted my price they’d ask, ‘What aren’t you any good?’ I spent a solid six years studying, reading everything I could, including books on physics, nature, different belief systems. I would average five books a fortnight. They paid for my time and expertise. When it came to healing I never charged if they came to me, now that is a gift from the Source. The sad thing is a lot of people don’t get it; they never value something that is given freely. I ask them to pass on the wealth and help the next person that needs it and give what they deem appropriate. I somehow think that many of them don’t do it. Obviously if it’s not expensive, it’s no good.
16. And lastly, how should we cope with the rapidly shifting times?
Think for ourselves, love unconditionally, live knowing that underneath the different coloured skins, each and everyone us is a great spiritual being on a journey back to the Source.
Here’s another endearing article from Cat Running Elk. Here she talks about the importance of giving yourself permission to be imperfect. Its not such an easy feat to master, though I too, can attest to its important as a lesson in my life. Frankly, if I hadn’t learned this lesson, and been willing to face the consequences of imperfection, IMU wouldn’t even exist.
To me the lesson came most clearly from a book that a friend lent me once called, “Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott. Lamott teaches the value of giving yourself permission to “write a shitty first draft.” For her, the writing process, like the process of life, starts with an idea and then an imperfect step in the direction of the idea. Get the idea down on paper, let it be AWFUL if need be, then come back and clean it up from there. I have used that advice in my life on a daily basis ever since. (As you can imagine, this very article started with a “shitty first draft” and is now on its third, ney FOURTH iteration.
The second great teaching that I gleaned from the book came from a scene where Lamott’s father, a famous author, is teaching her 9 or 10 year old brother to write a book report on birds. The kid is struggling from overwhelm when the father sits down next to him and says, “let’s just take this bird by bird.” To me, life is like that too. I have no idea what is going to happen next year, or next week, or even later today. Instead, I can only take life minute by minute, breaking it down into small parts, and doing my best in every moment. THAT I believe is the key to creating both a university and a life.
So, like Cat, I struggled with giving myself permission to start IMU. I mean, who in the world am I to think I can start a WHOLE UNIVERSITY!!!!!! Christ. I can traverse an entire list of reasons why I shouldn’t even give myself permission to get out of bed in the morning, so starting a university was, well, daunting to say the least. Crazy is probably more accurate.
At first everyone told me I couldn’t do it and they told me all of the reasons why I couldn’t do it. I remember sitting at dinner with Grandmother Mechi Garza and some of her students at Olive Garden one night when the subject of the school came up in conversation. We were on the brink of starting and it was a very exciting time for me. I remember vividly when one of the women at the table turned to me and said something akin to, “You aren’t REALLY starting a university! You’re just calling yourself that. It takes millions of dollars and you have to get the government to give you their permission. And they’re never going to let you start a REAL school.”
And as I sat there, stunned and diminished, I realized that she represented probably a million people in the world. Maybe she represented a BILLION people as certainly MOST people would agree with her. Afterall, no one had ever done this before so who was I to think it could even be done, let alone to believe that I could do it?
And at first, I thought, “she’s right.” No one will take us seriously”, followed by an entire barrage of defeatist thoughts about how I really COULDN”T do this and how I should just walk away. I should go get a job like most people. Follow the rules. Be good. Do what I’m told.
But then I went home, wrestling. Deciding. Asking.
And then, God stepped in. As always, the guidance starting flowing. Quietly. Sloppily. Almost imperceptibly.
And then back came that lesson. “Take it bird by bird.”
And I went home and continued working on my “shitty first draft”, excited to see what IMU would look like when I was done.
It started with a few shitty classes and a shitty website and some really shitty structure.
And then we stepped back, looked at it, learned, and made it better.
And then we did it again.
Truth be known, we’re STILL doing it and probably always will be. But here we are, three years later, with an honest-to-God university. A university with GREAT freaking classes and world class instructors and degrees you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Not to mention that I get to work with a team of very talented people who are completely dedicated to all that IMU has to offer the world. I am a very fortunate person indeed.
So when I read Cat Running Elks story, I knew that it might just provide someone else with permission to set forward and to follow their guidance, even when the odds are against them or they don’t feel worthy. We all need a little encouragement now and again.
Take a Sloppy Step Forward
by Cat Running Elk
“Take a sloppy step forward,” she told me, “You want to do everything perfectly and you are waiting until you know the next step will be perfect.”
I was flabbergasted as Rhonda Britten gave me some of the best advice ever. Words I will never forget flowed through her that day many years ago.
“You can wait forever or…”she paused and held my silent gaze, “how about this…I give you permission to take a sloppy step forward.”
I met Rhonda years ago, after she had just published her books “Fearless Living” and “Fearless Loving.” I took some classes with her and she met me at the time I was still on the fence and waiting for the right moment to step out into the world as an author and teacher myself.
At the time I did not feel worthy of being anyone’s teacher. I did not feel worthy of my name, my book, or any titles. I wanted to wait until my confidence grew. At that time I thought someday I would feel confident enough, wise enough, brilliant enough to actually step out into the light.
We do not learn to walk by waiting. We do not learn to ride a bike by watching. We learn best when we just do it. Our confidence grows with each successful step. And we grow wiser with each fall that we take.
I have taken many sloppy steps since that moment when Rhonda gave me permission to do so. My first talk was a memorized speech. With sweaty palms I gripped the podium and watched a clock facing me that no one else could see. I tried to slow down but I raced through my thirty minute talk in less than twenty.
If not for the gentleman in the front row I might have given up. But as I picked up my notes I heard him say to the woman sitting next to him, “That was good.”
That was all I needed to help me take the next step, to do my next talk, a bit slower and more mindfully. And then the next one, without a clock. And the next one without memorizing. And so on and so on, to where I learned to just show up and allow Spirit to speak through me.
And eventually I wasn’t walking, I was gliding.
It got easy.
Until I fell down.
I really did. Last month moments before my class was scheduled to begin I stepped outside to touch the earth and center myself. I caught my heel on the first step, and fell down several steps onto a brick path.
Falling to my knees I touched the earth hard.
Introducing myself in a disheveled lace dress, knees bleeding through my ripped ivory tights was quite the humbling experience.
It took me right back to the beginning. My confidence fell. I started to believe I was doing something wrong.
Then I remembered Rhonda looking at me and letting me know it was okay to take a sloppy step forward.
An old friend showed up for this class with a woman he felt needed to meet me. I didn’t feel like I was making a very good impression as I fumbled to begin the class holding a washcloth against my throbbing knee. As I tried to stop the bleeding I searched for the right words to say.
The woman that came to meet me watched me bleed, and then she opened up to me.
Healing happened for both of us as unconditional love streamed in and through me for her.
Would she have been willing to let me see her pain if she had not seen mine first?
There have been many times I have fallen down, in different ways of course. Over the years I have had some amazing success and some humiliating failures.
I have learned how to fall gracefully, and not so gracefully.
I teach others the importance of asking for help and support, and I have had to learn how to do the same.
In falling in front of others, we learn who will be there to help us up again.
We learn that it takes a lot of strength to be vulnerable.
The greatest lessons are often painful ones, until we have the courage to share them.
Take a sloppy step forward. I know you can.
Don’t hesitate, just do it.
We’re all human here, and we will understand if it’s anything less than perfect.
In Love, Light and still wearing my heels,
by Janet Decker, C.Ht. Dean of Metaphysics, IMU
I am sharing with you a dream I had in the early morning hours of December 22, 2012.
Although many were not aware of it, at midnight on December 22 there was a huge download of new energy designed to further raise our vibration and our ability to “See” into other densities and dimensions. This dream was so profound that I had great difficulty functioning for several hours after getting out of bed. Also, I did not/could not wake up at my normal time but rather slept a full 2 hours longer than usual. I call this kind of sleep a trance sleep and when it happens I know my High Self is out there in another dimension working with the ascended masters and councils of light. I am 100% certain that this dream came to me as a result of that midnight download.
Let me first just say that beginning at 11 AM on the 21st I had been staying in the moment, doing only what a felt to do and nothing more. Among the things I felt to do were prayers, meditation, thoughts of gratitude, visioning the new earth, feeling myself on the new earth, and wondering what my work would be once the transition was complete.
When the dream opened I was in a place of nothingness. I was total consciousness, no body or form. This was oh so brief and when the nothingness parted I was at Camp Etna which is a spiritualist camp in Etna, Maine. When I arrived I was briefly confused as to what was going on, sort of like waking from a deep sleep suddenly. There was only one other person there at that moment and it seemed to me she had arrived just moments before me.
I knew this woman so we smiled and greeted one another, each very happy to see the other. We discussed our new beingness and what a wonder it was. Everything at the camp was so green, beautiful, and peaceful!!! So much so that it is hard to describe. In fact no words can describe it.
For only a moment I was wondering what I was to do here then another person materialized out of thin air and I knew she had arrived as I had, being born along with the new and higher vibration of a new earth. I was told, or rather I just knew, it was beginning, the new earth was being born, and I was part of the welcoming party.
Then, there was another person materializing and then another. These people were in tune with the transition process and so they needed little reassurance. They arrived and after a brief moment they knew what was going on. These were the light workers from the old earth. We were the first to arrive and we basically arrived with the new earth. It made complete sense to me that we, the knowing ones, would arrive first.
Then others began to come. One of the first was an entire family. These were people I know now, in this life on this earth. Really good folks but not in tune at all with what was happening so I went to them and reassured them that all was well and they need feel only peace and joy at being here. It was then that I fully realized why we, the light workers, had been the first to arrive with the new earth. We came first because it would be our job to work with those people who had no clue what was happening to them.
All of this communication was telepathic. And here is another interesting thing, when the family showed up I could sense their confusion and fear and the moment they saw me they calmed right down. My realization was that not only were thoughts telepathic but also feelings were instantly perceived and absorbed on all levels by those who saw me. So this family felt the peace and joy I was feeling and it had an instant impact on all of them. It was all so very incredible, and again, there are no words to describe the experience.
So, people were materializing right and left and those of us who were there to welcome them were quite busy as you can imagine. Now, I was made aware that not all of these people would remain in the same density/dimension that I was in. Once they were made welcome and given the download of information they needed they moved on to a whole different place. I was thinking, what if I want to visit them, would I be able to? The answer was, yes, “If you think of them with the intention to visit them you will be instantly there”. In other words, just thinking of them would not put you in their presence but think of them with the intention of visiting with them and you would be there. This made so much sense to me because if every time someone came to your thoughts you were popping in on them you would never be still!
In the dream I even tried visiting my friends, the family I mention earlier, and it worked! It is also important to know that I was aware of everything I was dreaming. I knew I was dreaming, so it was a lucid dream. But instead of directing the dream as I usually do when I lucid dream, I simply was present to see what was happening. This was an entirely new way of dreaming for me.
Now, in picking this experience apart to see if I could ascertain a time frame I am aware that I am at my current age and it is spring/summer. When I was shown in a dream about a year ago what it would be like to ascend it was spring/summer and I was my current age. Also, everyone I knew in this dream was their current age. This would lead me to conclude that this transition to the new earth will occur in the very near future before any of us are much older.
I have never believed that the transition would occur on Dec. 21, 2012, but rather I have felt it would occur sometime after that date. Where as I respect and honor the HUGENESS of that alignment, it is only one aspect or one element of what is necessary for the new earth to be born.
So, I am still pondering this experience and more may come to me as the days roll on. If it does I will share it, I promise.
Wishing you rich blessings and peace beyond measure in the days ahead.
by Serge Kahili King
Human beings find it very hard to agree on anything. When we talk about health, wealth, happiness, and success, or fear, unhappiness, doubt, and stress we all have different ideas about what those experiences mean. The differences may be small or huge, but there are always differences. There is one experience on which all humans can agree, however: pain hurts. And most people want it to stop as soon as possible.
When we start to talk about what causes pain, though, disagreement sets in again.
There are currently about half a dozen “theories” about what causes pain. I put “theories” in quotes, because some of the ideas are not theories at all, but simply reasoned opinions or wild guesses. A theory is an idea that can be tested with fairly consistent results, but which cannot be absolutely proven. Some of our most treasured mathematical concepts that are put to use every day still remain theories. A reasoned opinion is often called a hypothesis. This kind of idea can be tested, and the tests determine whether it becomes a failed hypothesis or a new theory. A wild guess, on the other hand, cannot even be tested, but if enough people like the idea a lot they may use it to interpret certain experiences without any real evidence, and they may go so far as to call it a theory when it isn’t. A couple examples of very popular wild guesses that go by the name of theories are the “Big Bang Theory” and the “Theory of Evolution.” The same problem exists in regard to the cause of pain.
One of the oldest theories about pain is that it is caused by nerve damage. This is a valid (effective) theory when dealing with the acute pain that comes with tissue injury, but there are many other types of acute pain that do not involve tissue injury, and for those types of pain the theory is rendered invalid. Also, it doesn’t even come close to explaining chronic pain. Unfortunately, today many types of acute and chronic pain are still treated as if they were caused by nerve damage when they clearly are not.
Probably the most popular idea about chronic pain today, at least among many in the medical profession, is something called the “Gate Control Theory of Chronic Pain.” Of course, it is more of a wild guess than a theory, because there is no evidence to support it and no way to use it or test it. It’s popularity comes from the fact that it involves the spinal cord, the brain, and the peripheral nervous system. Since these are actual, physical systems in the body it makes the idea sound reassuring to those who like everything physical. The whole idea is quite complicated, and you can look up the details yourself if you wish. In extremely simple terms, however, it assumes that certain kinds of nerves carry only certain kinds of information through “nerve gates” in the spine and that the brain sometimes overrides those signals in some mysterious way. The fact that no trace of any such gates has been found does not deter its supporters at all. In any case, it is neither a theory nor a hypothesis as it stands.
There are other less well known “theories,” but we will move on immediately to the “Kahili Theory of Pain,” possibly the least well known and most valid theory of all. I named it after my Hawaiian family, from whom I learned most of what I know about healing, but I am also indebted to Dr. John Sarno, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, and Dr. Majid Ali, Professor of Medicine at the Capitol University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, D.C. for certain elements of the theory. In my book Healing for the Millions I presented this theory in a somewhat incomplete form as “The Dynamind Theory of Pain.”
The Kahili Theory is almost absurdly simple, which will no doubt make it quite unpopular with the more scientifically-minded, but here it is anyway:
A. Pain is one of many stress response signals in the body.
B. The experience of pain is a direct effect of oxygen deprivation at the cell level caused by cellular tension and inhibition of the lymphatic and vascular systems.
C. Pain signals may be distributed by the nervous system or by chemical transmitters.
D. To the degree and at the rate that cellular tension is reduced and circulation is stimulated, pain is reduced or eliminated.
This theory has been tested with highly consistent results in thousands of clinical cases around the world. In addition, it provides a clear explanation for all kinds of pain and all kinds of treatments. According to this theory, it does not matter if the treatment is done by medical intervention, drug therapy, massage, hypnosis, exercise, imagination, affirmations, distant healing or any other method. As long as sufficient tension release and circulatory stimulation occurs, pain will go away. And the theory is valid for acute pain from injury as well as chronic pain from physical, emotional, or mentally-induced tension. Of course, sometimes one method is better than another in a particular instance, but the theory says that when they work they are all providing the same benefit, and when they don’t they are not.
As stated above, pain is a stress response signal. It is not physical, it cannot move, it never comes back.
It is not physical: Although it is a response to stress, resisting the sensation of pain can cause additional stress tension and sometimes more pain. The more quickly one can relieve tension and increase circulation the more quickly the pain gets less and disappears. Much pain can be reduced or eliminated by drinking water or breathing deeply.
It cannot move: The idea that pain moves from one place to another in the body comes from the awareness of different areas of high tension as more prominent areas of tension are relaxed. Pain is not a thing, it is only a stress reaction.
It never comes back: Pain only exists in the present moment as a reaction to stress. When the reaction is relieved, pain disappears forever, like a wave that is no more when the wind stops. If pain occurs in the same place at another time, it is always a new pain reaction to a new stress.
I gave this article a title modified from an old children’s chant about the rain that often works. I’ll finish the new chant now. And who knows? Since so many other methods work to relieve pain, it might even help as well.
Pain, Pain, Go Away
I don’t want you here today
Cells relax, blood move fast
Feel good now and make it last