World Right Side Up

A dozen or so years ago,
I visited a Shaman.
He waved a large eagle wing back and forth over me.
He took me on a Journey of Soul Retrieval – we did not see the wolf which I am given to understand means that my Soul did not need to be retrieved. Apparently, I have all of it with me – so that’s a relief!
He danced and chanted and drank some green juice from a glass bottle with a long thin neck – then gargled and spit it across my body…
That doesn’t happen every day!
He explained to me that there is a group of Shamans from all over the World who meet in some sacred place — maybe somewhere in South America — once every fifty years to hold sacred ceremonies for several days during which they receive a Message from the gods about the World in the coming Half Century.
He told me that in the 1950’s when they had last met, the Message they received was,
“World Upside Down!”
More recently, just after the start of this Century, they convened once again and received the Message for this Half Century:
“World Rightside Up!”

Events of these past two decades – and in particular, these past three and a half years – may not make us feel that the World is Rightside Up! Quite the contrary, it feels we are through the Looking Glass, especially this past 100 days or so.
And yet… (more…)

My Favorite Pair of Shoes

Y-3 ShoesThe piece that follows was written on the Last Day of February in 2013 — one year ago.
I post it today, a year later, in Celebration of How Far we’ve Come over this past year, with the Defeat of DOMA and how much of this piece is, ThankFully, no longer the case. Let us acknowledge that Great Achievement and how much Progress can be made in a singe rotation around the Sun!

At the same time, Let it serve as a Reminder, as the Evil Hostilities of the Arizona Legislature attempt to further discriminate against Marginalized Groups and divide a Nation, of How Far we still have to go.
Kudos to Governor JAN BREWER for today’s Veto of the Bill! (more…)