November 2020 — Shamanic Meditation Studies – Remembering
 
I plan to hold our November meeting on Saturday November 21, at 3 pm Arizona (5 pm eastern) time. (time change)
 
The relaxed feel of undivided attention (Presence) reveals a free-flowing and fluid Consciousness, beyond beliefs and expectations.
 
Transitory realms of consciousness are in plain sight. It is not a matter of going there, but finding a way to accommodate peace – here, and now. All of us Shamanic Dreamers need to deal with our individual contributions to the "dream of the planet." Now, is the perfect time to remember that we are dreamers and this is our dream!
 
We are here to inspire each other to wake up from our "particular" dream of separation. Particularly, when we notice how the focus of our attention is on looking for answers, and not on understanding the context of the query.
 
And, we are here to Remember that this is a life of service! 
 

39 Responses to “November 2020 — Shamanic Meditation Studies – Remembering”

  1. on 24 Nov 2020 at 7:16 am Keshav Howe

    Death is our greatest advisor, and equalizer. Time bound yearnings for the good old days (when men were men, and woman were glad of it) are sorted out by death's minions. The death of old and time worn ideas make room for a fresh view of life. Here in Heaven – right here, and right now!

  2. on 24 Nov 2020 at 4:55 am Braveheart

    Keshav, the Tucson packrats who survived still tell the tales of the Italian woman in residence. I understand though. Bugs and spiders are welcome to live outside and I will be the first to catch and release them if they are inside but if they surprise me (scare me) all bets are off. And somehow a mouse got into our house. He must not have liked living with the resident cats as he hasn’t been heard from since.

  3. on 23 Nov 2020 at 10:41 pm Keshav Howe

    Missy: here is what I like about ants:
     
    I appreciate ants for how efficient they are at breaking down dead desert plants, and such. I appreciate how focused they are at "tidying up" the surface of the desert. I marvel at how they drag stuff (much bigger then themselves) deep underground. And, the mounds of sand they leave behind are beautiful works of art. However, If they start showing up in the house, they will have to deal with an Italian woman in residence. She is an artful killing machine.
     
    I love this time of year in Tucson. Sleeping with the windows open in November is a real blessing. Last night, I fell asleep with a local owl gently cooing!
     

  4. on 22 Nov 2020 at 9:35 am missy

    Before I read about what I missed last night I wanted to acknowledge it was yet another choice to make to stay tuned into my family being home together, it’s a precious time in the world of uncertainty. We’re masked avengers enjoying real time together not behind some screen that doesn’t always cooperate, the difference is not even remotely comparable.

    What Love is, is indescribable when put into presence. I know you were all in Circle as we were here. Walks in the woods along icing beaver ponds, waiting for more snowflakes, lighting a fire outside later today while we grill, making memories? Or just staying present… it all works from the center of Love.

    Keshav you were gardening with me last night and said ants were invading your ?plants from underneath so I gave you a big plastic barrel to use instead… hope it helped… Namaste, love to you all, see you in a couple weeks… Peace.

  5. on 21 Nov 2020 at 9:58 pm Keshav Howe

    Thank you all for sharing the journey space today. Thank you for supporting me as we figured out the audio issues! What an exciting time to connect with the spirit guides that are here to inspire. I am grateful. 
     
    As I write this the Coyotes are sorting things out in "our" front yard. My relationship with Wolves and Coyotes clearly stems from another lifetime. On the spirit realm they appear as very focused and clear protectors of the unknown. In large part, they remind me to stay true to the way of the shaman. And, to use this body/mind as a tool of Self-discovery and service. Whenever I seem to struggle with change, I can call on them to help me relax into uncertainty. A fierce dedication to the Sacred Circle of healing is the wolves way. This is the time to individually and collectively wake up from the dream of the planet. Like Castaneda, wolves are dedicated to looking past what we believe, while revealing that the Dream and the Dreamer are one.
     
    The Polar bears are "spirit cousins" of the bears that the Mohawk Nation asked Michael Harner and his students to welcome back home. It was a wild time to work with a mix of ordinary and non-ordinary reality bears, simultaneously. Uphill and downhill, bears can run as fast as a horse. Running away from a bear is a bad idea because it confuses them. Bears remind me to stand my ground (rooted in my truth), whenever my integrity is challenged by my own misguided distractions. Polar bears remind me to steal the time to play, for no good reason. They slide down mountains and remind me that Now is the time to get lost in play – particularly when the mountain is full of snow (they love to slide down on their backsides). Now is the perfect time to celebrate our true and lasting Nature.
     
    I am grateful that we took the time to sit in silence – together. And, to feel, and understand, that we are each other's wake-up call. Cartoon characters like Donald Trump are almost totally mired in the dream of the planet. They are here to remind us to stop bullshitting our way through life. They are also our wake-up calls. They remind use of what we are fighting for…

  6. on 21 Nov 2020 at 12:27 pm Betty

    I feel desperate feelings every day about many areas of my life. For my own sanity and well being I have to let them go, after I have taken any action that I feel is necessary.

  7. on 21 Nov 2020 at 7:17 am Keshav Howe

    It is critical to me to give myself permission to acknowledge any and all desperate feelings that arise. Being angry about feeling anger just feeds the dream of the planet.

  8. on 20 Nov 2020 at 12:06 pm Betty

    Assuming that the President is severely mentally ill and assuming that Rudy is suffering from dementia I believe that all the people who could step in and stop them from endangering our country and our democracy are the real traitors, to us, to their country. The supposed friends and allies of these two men are standing by and watching them continue to humiliate themselves and practice their villainy should be held accountable and their lack of action speaks volumes about their absence of morals, patriotism and just plain human decency.

  9. on 20 Nov 2020 at 10:50 am Keshav Howe

    ASAP.

    Personally, it is disturbing to have a traitor acting in the role of President – in the middle of a pandemic, and the desperate need for a "peaceful" transition of Power. Trump's lawyer Rudy is so full of shit, it was dripping out of his ears yesterday. I know that is judgemental. But, again, what is it going to take for all of us to wake up to Reality?! And, to consider how our actions and reactions cause suffering in ourselves and others. No relief package in sight for millions of people that are suffering…

  10. on 20 Nov 2020 at 9:54 am Braveheart

    Keshav, so the owl was able to relocate a yappy dog? Let’s send that owl to the white house.

  11. on 18 Nov 2020 at 6:51 pm Keshav Howe

    Great example Diane. Whenever we "take the time" to relax and allow life to be – Life seems to appreciate the absence of a seeker. Magic is in plain sight. A simple Hi sums it up.
     
    Like me, the Owl does not appreciate yapping little dogs that seem to be complaining about everything in life going wrong. The Owl did not eat the dog, it's too big for that. He "relocated" it.
     
    Who or what else needs to be relocated…

  12. on 18 Nov 2020 at 6:33 pm Diane

    I love that the other day I sat out on the patio and asked nature to send me something and released it. A few minutes later I was In reverie, looked up and there was a roadrunner walking right in front of me calmly to the end of the patio off into the desert. I said hi!

  13. on 18 Nov 2020 at 5:32 am missy

    Awww I love that Sparky is roaming freely! Teehee, the Owl is fat and happy if that’s true… My backyard has a few sizes of Deer visiting the remains of my veggie garden, they love the parsley, good iron for them, and managed to get to the Brussels sprouts before I did but also left us some! Chickadees were loudly reminding me it’s time to feed them again, I think they ate all the sunflowers I planted this year… woke up to a complete blanket of white snow, and the sun peaking through the remainder of clouds… I talked with Keshav about all the Unknowns recently, but this reminds me to embrace the beautiful unknowns we are shown every moment, if I only pay attention to what’s really important… Namaste. Love.

  14. on 14 Nov 2020 at 2:05 pm Betty

    The "Sullivan Ballou letter to his wife brings up a whole lot. You cannot but appreciate patriotism. Yet too many wars end up settling nothing and the cost of a human life is unfathomable. Yes, the states remained legally united, yet still are separated. Yes, the slaves were freed, but their descendants are still fighting for equal rights. There are many ways to be a patriot, many ways to support Democracy. Maybe if we were more patriotic, civil wars and civil unrest could be avoided. But it is a lesson about life to all those who read it. Facing the threat of death Sullivan realized what is really important and what is frivolous. And he understood that, though his body might die, he would live on. Only when we learn to help one another, when we learn to compromise, will there ever be agreement that might last. Of course I am so sad to read this letter. But it teaches us what is important, what is real. What would we cherish and what would we regret at life's end.

  15. on 14 Nov 2020 at 1:37 pm Betty

    “Ashokan Farewell” really tugs at my heart. It brings back to me my childhood when my mother’s mother played the piano, her step-father played the banjo, her brother played the violin and the rest of us sang.
    for a short time in Tucson I attended global chant where people played guitars, drums, violins, etc while we chanted. I would wish with all my heart that I could find another post covid group like that. It was like having family again.

  16. on 14 Nov 2020 at 9:50 am Diane

    Gotta love nature. Thanks for the update! Definitely a cooler neighborhood watch report than my community!

  17. on 14 Nov 2020 at 8:00 am Keshav Howe

    I know this is random, but it just tickled me: Current news from our local neighborhood watch:
     
    1. Sparky the Horse (my friend) was once again seen wandering the neighborhood yesterday, but once again he made it back home at sundown.
    2. The owl that perches in our yard, scooped up a small and noisy dog yesterday. The dog is still missing, and the owl is back on its perch this morning (is that a smile on its face?).
     
    I'm not in Connecticut anymore.

  18. on 12 Nov 2020 at 1:38 pm Braveheart

    Keshav, I know the letter and song as well and have the same reaction as it pulls my heart and soul. For me it is the space between the words, of love and loss, the certainty of uncertainty and yet a knowing.Similar to the spoken and unspoken words of countless others. I can’t wrap my mind around the behavior of the current guy in the White House. He has no clue or slightest idea.

  19. on 11 Nov 2020 at 3:24 pm Keshav Howe

    I'm on a fishing expedition:
     
    I posted two videos on YouTube – 
     
    The "Sullivan Ballou letter to his wife," was written a few days before his death in the Civil War.
    The content of the letter is startling! I cry every time I read or listen to it.
     
    (Note: my personal point of view about going to war for love of country, is partly a remembrance of how angry I was at being drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, while actively protesting it. Eventually, I came up with a letter from a doctor friend; my safety net at the time.)
     
    There is a mentally ill man in the White House, and no one currently playing the role of public servant – has the balls to bring up Article 25; as the virus spreads, and the essential and peaceful transition of "power" in our democracy is challenged. 
     
    There is also a deep understanding that we are here to experience ourselves, as we evolve. And, to love and support each other…To be clear about what we are fighting for.
     
     

    What comes up for you when your hear the "Ashokan Farewell" fiddle tune?
     
    For me, it reminds me to surrender to the feel yearning for the Shamanic Dreamer within to Dream. The yearning for what is already here, suddenly makes sense. Making room for quiet self reflection (time out) – throughout the day – is essential for me to fully to relax into Me.

  20. on 11 Nov 2020 at 11:22 am missy

    LETS GET REALLY LOUD SO THE WHOLE WORLD HEARS US!!! I plan to drum and rattle along with you Keshav, thank you for holding such a sacred space to create change every moment we get together… Love.

  21. on 09 Nov 2020 at 9:39 pm Keshav Howe

    It sure is.

  22. on 09 Nov 2020 at 9:30 pm Braveheart

    Keshav, drumming is a great way to celebrate!!!!

  23. on 09 Nov 2020 at 6:55 am Keshav Howe

    Due to the lack of response, Donna and I will be doing something on our own today. I’ll likely drum on Thursday.

  24. on 09 Nov 2020 at 6:37 am Diane

    In all liklihood I won’t  be on this Thursdays meditation, so please consider what I posted as my contribution.  Thanks..Love, Diane

  25. on 08 Nov 2020 at 9:02 am Keshav Howe

    Thank you Diane! We will figure it out together.

  26. on 08 Nov 2020 at 8:13 am Diane

    P S. Being careful NOT to put the Glass (glass ceiling) back together!!

  27. on 07 Nov 2020 at 5:14 pm Diane

    I love this idea of breaking the glass ceiling ritual. My first thought for next step was to find a way to put the country back together with a different object such as a puzzle (as we do when we gather for our intensives). OR doing an art piece simulating how we see the country coming back together! Again something we do with intensives.

  28. on 07 Nov 2020 at 1:31 pm Keshav Howe

    I am really looking forward to having a Woman as Vice President.
     
    I would like to use the Thursday night "drumming" time slot as a celebration of the crack in the glass ceiling. The idea of the moment is: for all of us to carefully hold a glass object over an alter cloth – – and shatter it.
     
    Any ideas about what you would like to put into a 30 minute ceremony of the shattering of the glass ceiling – together?

  29. on 07 Nov 2020 at 12:46 pm Russ

    Congratulation To our new President. I wish him great success in his office.

  30. on 05 Nov 2020 at 12:41 pm Keshav Howe

    To broaden the aperture: we find ourselves hurling through space on the third rock from the nearest sun and hope for certainty, when:
     
    The only thing certain, is uncertainty.
     
    The only choice is how we choose to take this all in.

  31. on 05 Nov 2020 at 10:48 am Braveheart

    Keshav asked how we find peace in uncertainty.
    I work to STAY PRESENT and do what I can rather than falling into fear or anger, when COVID puts those I love at risk.

    I feel GRATEFUL that I missed the oncoming car a few weeks ago, when my brakes let go rather than focusing on the inconvenience and cost of repairs.

    I find BEING OF SERVICE helpful as my sister in law and her doctors confront cancer for a second time?rather than focusing on questions.

    And I share UNCONDITIONAL LOVE to my family – my Human Rights degree daughter who voted for Biden and her father, who did not!!!!
    She hasn’t been home since Monday.
    Choosing presence, gratitude, service and love NOW.
    May it bring peace to all of us in these uncertain times. Namaste

  32. on 05 Nov 2020 at 6:02 am raven

    I have been spending the past few days in ceremony…smudging with sage, devotional chanting, dancing, drum, rattle and prayer…I made the decision not to allow this election take my power from me and wanted to offer my energy, in the form of Love, to Mother Earth and everyone…
    Feeling the power of the feminine…Very early this morning I found myself in ceremony once again…a nurturing of love and compassion unfolding…can you feel the shift?
    Namaste….

  33. on 03 Nov 2020 at 2:26 pm Russ

    My time with you Keshav, Carol and everyone in the group is among the most cherished and appreciated aspects of my life. My life is so much more amazing with you in it. Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I love you all.

    On another note, my wife Kathy came home excited from the Doctors yesterday and advised me that the doctor said she had the body of a 24 year old. I asked her what he said about her 55 year old ass. Oh she said, your name wasn’t even mentioned. :) Couldn’t resist.

    Thanks again for the well wishes and thoughtfulness.

    With Love,
    Russ

  34. on 02 Nov 2020 at 8:36 am Keshav Howe

    Happy Birthday Russ!! You are a rare treat, and it is an honor to sit in circle with you!

  35. on 29 Oct 2020 at 11:45 am Braveheart

    Betty, you do inspire. Thank you for the gentle yet clear reminder of how important it is for us to share and connect here. Keshav thank you for the reminder that this is a life of service and for keeping the light on for all of us. More to come.

  36. on 28 Oct 2020 at 4:13 pm Keshav Howe

    Thank you for keeping the light on Betty.

  37. on 28 Oct 2020 at 4:07 pm Betty

    I always start by tuning into the peace that is always here. Once I am aware of that I can act and speak from a place of love. As Martin Luther King said: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Personally, the best way I can help those who are desperate financial times is to vote for those who have compassion and feel that their responsibility goes beyond their own personal needs. And then write to them, sign petitions, etc. I use social media as well to try to make people understand that we are all in this together. I say that today it is me, but tomorrow it may be you, in order to get those separate selves to see that they are not better, they are only equal.

    We need to do whatever helps us to release the extreme negativity that we are constantly being afflicted with. This online group is one way, playing mantras another, reading inspirational authors another, Thursday and Saturday groups. Because certain tones seem to tune me into peace I am currently doing a daily on line “primordial toning.” And crystal bowels are also another way to tune in, as well as chanting. I think staying in contact with each other is a good way to remind each other of who we really are and not to get caught up into the chaotic dream of the planet. It is my personal belief that I chose to be here at this time in order to help shift consciousness, staring with my own. It is a perspective that takes me out of victim hood and puts responsibility squarely on my shoulders. Every little thing we do from love and compassion is contributing to breaking down the walls of separation. I believe is has a cumulative affect.

  38. on 28 Oct 2020 at 2:27 pm Keshav Howe

    Taking on the role of Shamanic Dreamer is an ongoing balance of attention: between a separate self and a Dreamer that Knows that the "dream of the planet" is a proving ground for awakening to the Divinity [within]. The ability to tune into our divine nature isn't that easy on a bright and peaceful day. But, it is challenging when evolution is going through a growth spurt. Like now.
     
    (on a personal note: I do not understand how we humans can tolerate an existence where pain and suffering is ignored; and then personalized. I really have a hard time dealing with starvation in the middle of conspicuous consumption.)
     
    This is the Shamanic Super bowl. Right here at the top of this Hell Realm. 
     
    How do we inspire each other to wake up in this dream as the Dreamer…
    How do we fight for Peace, in the middle of war…
     
    There is no answer to how to find peace. Instead, the focus of our attention must shift to how we avoid, or resist, the Peace that is already here. We cannot get there from here.
     
    I invite you all to make a peace offering to yourself. Forgive yourself for holding onto war with life. Spread the peace; forgive those pesky others.

  39. on 28 Oct 2020 at 12:04 pm Betty

    For me life is meaningless without service. I visit this site in the hopes of inspiration given or received. Any heartfelt comment has the ability to inspire someone. We are creators and we need to be careful what we are creating for ourselves and others. Let us speak and do from an open heart. If enough people do that we could change the world.

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