After a very mild almost snowless winter a blast of cold weather, high winds and snow roared in like a lion. The moisture always welcome in the high desert of Northern New Mexico, made us grateful for the warmth of the growing dome and the beautiful greens that sustain us in winter.
A walk through the woods on our land brought me to a hidden grotto, a memory palace opening a door into all possibilities. This serves as a fitting reminder as we celebrate the Lunar New Year, welcome the Year of the Dog in the Chinese Zodiac and explore themes associated with Uranus the awakener. There is so much potential for our future. Each of these events plays a role in the seismic shifts currently underway in the political landscape, a potent reminder of the possibilities before us in 2018.
The initial inspiration for the sculpture Inner Field I: The Joining that was created last year at the Mothership was to recycle excess crossbars, feet, and extending rods from old gong stands into what would represent a hexagram of the I Ching as thrown randomly from yarrow sticks (steel). Other supporting materials would add dimensionality and conceptualize the original ideogram and gua.
We extend our best wishes to each of you for this holiday season. Whatever spiritual path you follow December has come to represent a time for family, friends and community. It is also a time when we look for opportunities to share something special with others, whether it's a physical gift, a gift of time or simply engaging fully with our hearts to share stories and create meaningful moments.
On October 23rd, we entered the sign of Scorpio ruled by Pluto. Pluto themes include issues of shame related to sexual assault and harassment, death of old paradigms, hidden secrets and victimization. But the energy of Pluto also aids in getting to the heart of an issue to break down or break through limiting patterns. There is enormous potential for regeneration, transformation and growth that takes place on both a personal and transpersonal level, as with secrets revealed recently on a collective level.
This morning, we woke to snow in the mountains and the golden light of fall blankets the Earth here at the Mothership. Donna has been diligently at work converting the growing dome from summer to winter plants and we are still enjoying some of the bounty from the outside gardens as well as the last tomatoes, cucumbers, chilies and spinach from the growing dome. We’ve not had a frost yet, but given the temperature drop today, it is likely that we will have one soon. Our classes for the year have wrapped up with a great group of students from around the globe moving toward their Acutonics Certification.
This past month at the Mothership we have been engaged in a variety of creative pursuits, from making art to trying out inventive new recipes with some of our abundant fresh produce. I’ve hammered steel to create sound sculptures, and Donna, Joanie Solaini and Max have been welding metal bars together and cutting steel for a new art installation that will represent Hexagram 8 of the I-Ching: Bi, to unite or hold together with our own inner truth, unity, union, community, intimacy and closeness. This hexagram also relates to uniting the disparate parts within us. Bi is an expression of community and the bond between people. In this hexagram, we have Water above and Earth Below, envision the way in which water nourishes the Earth and the Earth provides sustenance. This is also a reminder of the importance of loving and caring in any union. In our lives, nothing is more destructive than successive conflict and more auspicious than building harmonious relationships between people, recognizing that we are all one.
On July 23rd we entered into the sign of Leo, which is ruled by the Sun. The Sun is the heart of the solar system a guardian of the gateway to other worlds generating warmth and providing energy for us and for all growing things. The Sun is both our wake-up call and our benefactor, looking over us with fatherly protection, unconditional love and generosity. Theologian Matthew Fox writing about generosity reminds us that true generosity is when we give from the very depths of our heart and soul, without a sought-after or guaranteed return. When we are able to recognize the unique gifts that each living organism brings forth and to openly share our divine spark without demands, this is true abundance, generosity endowed with true divinity. How blessed we are to reside in a vast, magnificently beautiful, and infinitely generous universe that demonstrates myriad levels of interconnectivity.
The theme for this months’ newsletter shines brightly as I reflect on the Acutonics® community, this months contributions, and the world at large. On June 22nd at the time of the summer solstice we entered into the sign of Cancer ruled by the Moon. The Moon guides our journey as we work to embody the best characteristics of the ancient healers, the purity of the stream, the sacredness of the healing experience, and the critical importance of being connected to the cycles of life and the natural world. While many of us and those we serve are struggling with heightened anxiety, a loss of hope, and genuine concerns about the environment and survival just stop for a moment and reflect on the huge accomplishments occurring through the efforts of people who are unwilling to accept the status quo. In his book Blessed Unrest (published in 2007) Paul Hawken wrote about the largely untold story of the millions of people around the world who through imagination, the courage of their convictions, and resilience, are engaged in work to redefine their relationships to one another and to the environment. Ten years later, these issues are still front and center, but grassroots movements continue to grow working to address deep global issues of health, social justice, and planetary healing.
In this newsletter Paul and Jude Ponton’s contribution explores techniques for shifting our conscious awareness so that it is in resonance with the spirit and field of the heart. Our featured teacher Susan Goldstone guided by lessons from early in life strives to live an authentic heart based life, connected to Source. Kay Broyles, our profiled student has been interested in healing since she was a young child, inspired by stories of medical missionaries and fascinated by faith healings of spiritual healers such as Kathryn Kuhlman, Olga Worrall, and Edgar Casey. At 70 Kay is actively engaged in her community teaching people about living a chemically free life and working as a tireless volunteer in her hometown of Muenster, Texas. Each of these contributions is reflective of people who have made choices in their lives to live from a place of integrity and light, engaging in open, heart-based communication. The response to the terrorist event in Manchester, England by the local community has been extraordinarily heart based, respectful, and thoughtful — not giving in to fear. It is so easy for these tragic events to provoke fear and distrust of our neighbors, or they can bring people together with open hearts to seek unity, inspire one another and work to promote peace.