Monday, February 2, 2015

Groundhog Day 2015: Honoring Right Timing!

Happy Groundhog Day!  Once again I'm making time to blog about this important portal day that marks the passage from Winter to Spring. This year, like the last 2 years, Punsxtawney Phil from Gobbler's Knob in Punsxtawney, Pennsylvania did see his shadow and has forecasted 6 more weeks of Winter.  When you hear 6 weeks, you think, OMG--six more weeks of Jack Frost and his brothers!  But, if you check your calendar, in 6 weeks we will experience the Vernal Equinox, the cosmic timing for the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  The right timing for the return of Spring!

Punsxtawney Phil dreaming of Spring
So what Phil has given us is an opportunity to ask ourselves, "What can I do to make the most out of the next six weeks in preparation for the Spring?"  In other words, how do you honor right timing?  This is necessary because it is so easy to think that things we want to happen should occur at the time when we think they should.  It is so easy for us to forget that we are in this New Earth for a purpose and that everything we experience is the result of what is happening to others.  And what happens to us will also directly and indirectly affect others.  We are not in this alone, by any means.  This is what unity consciousness is really all about.

If you've read my previous Groundhog Day blogs, you know I'm a huge fan of the movie. 
So I'm going use it to give an example of how the movie teaches us about Unity Consciousness and the importance of honoring right timing.  And, if you are reading this and haven't seen the movie yet, shame on you, and you can watch it on cable TV's AMC (American Movie Classics) channel all day today.

Basically, this is the story of how a man gets trapped in the same day, February 2nd, and has to live it over and over and over again.  Once he accepts that it is really happening, that he's not dreaming, he begins to experiment with choice and consequences.  Like a young adolescent, he first begins to break the rules, break the laws because he thinks he won't have to experience external consequences, like going to jail for years. And this works for him for a while, until he begins to experience internal consequences.  He realizes that his behavior is anti-human and that he really doesn't like himself.  This awareness is grown as he falls head-over-heels for his colleague.  And no matter what form of manipulation he employs to get her to go to bed with him, it always fails.  After attempting suicide in many different forms, he finally surrenders to his situation and finally ask himself how he can make the most of his time trapped in a time warp.

What we get to see through the movie is how Phil's final acceptance of being trapped in Punsxtawney, and taking on healing and growing himself, results in his being able to provide many services and contributions to his adopted community.  He's even able to save a man's life, and show kindness to a man whose life wasn't supposed to be saved.  This is the mystery and magnificence of right timing --to be where we are supposed to be, doing what we are supposed to do, in the time we are supposed to do it.  Phil is rewarded for his patient endurance and learning to love himself.  If he hadn't honored right timing, his relationship with his Beloved would have been superficial at best!

So the moral of my blog is, let go of judging the remaining six weeks of Winter and embrace what you need to do to improve yourself, your relationships, and your ability to honor right timing.

May the Ancestors guide your every step! Ashe!

(PS -- I changed the name of this blog in order to honor this next phase of Living the 2012 Shift.)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ground Hog Day 2014: The 7 Gifts of Waiting

Yes, the time has come once again to heed the message of the Groundhog.  He's asking us to slow down and wait because he did see his shadow this morning at the annual ceremony in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  There will be at least 6 more weeks of Winter!! 

Now of course this is the last thing that most people in this nation want to hear right now, because this has been a Winter to remember.  Atlanta, Texas and even Hawaii have all experienced the powerful reach of Jack Frost and the North Wind.  And states in the Upper Midwest and Northeast are experiencing the coldest winter in a decade, with sub-zero temperatures and accompanying wind chills as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit!  Ouch!!

But thanks to a story by Danny Rubin, assisted by screenwriter/director Harold Ramis, and a wonderful ensemble cast of actors led by Bill Murray, we can transcend the 5-sensory experience of the Ground Hog's dismal forecast, and open our minds, our hearts, and our souls to changing bad news into good medicine!  In this picture to the right, we see the character Phil in despair because once again he's waking up at 6am to hear Sonny and Cher.  He's still trapped in his time-warp.  When you've seen the movie several times as I have, and you know how it's going to end, at this scene you just want to tell Phil, "Don't cry!  You are going through an initiatory experience so you can finally have your Happy Ending!!  JUST WAIT!!

But, it's really hard to wait when you can't understand or figure out how to get out of your time-warp, your cycle of suffer & struggle, your treadmill of unconsciously believing that you are not enough. Thank goodness for this film because it provides us with some practical answers. And the most important one is to embrace the waiting as a precious and time-limited opportunity to become all of who you truly are so you can have your happy endings.

Last summer at the annual book sale of St. Matthews' Church here in Milwaukee, I came upon a book written by Holly W. Whitcomb, a pastor & clergy-woman living in a suburb of Milwaukee.  The book is titled, Seven Spiritual Gifts of WaitingShe discusses the many types of waiting that we are called to do in life and references the popular Rumi poem that personifies "waiting" as guest we should learn to treat well.  Holly writes, "Waiting is an important guest to honor in the guest house of our humanity.  If we consciously allow waiting to be our teacher, we can accommodate waiting more peacefully."  The Seven Gifts are as follows:

  1. Patience: to trust in the fullness of God's time and be available to others;
  2. Loss of Control: to surrender to grief, ask for help and experience resilience;
  3. Living in the Present: to relinquish worry, act on faith, and experience "enough";
  4. Compassion: To receive, to know we are not alone, and to feel hopeful;
  5. Gratitude: to value the small things and turn obstacles into opportunity;
  6. Humility: to live without judgment, to reach for Love rather than achievement;
  7. Trust in God: to embrace the invitation to pray, to let go of fear and trust in Love.
Holly's wisdom is asking us to let go of having to wait as a burden, and to embrace it as a gift.  She's telling us to trust the process.  And waiting is no joke, especially when it's about money to pay your rent, or the results of test that screened for cancer or AIDS, or bed in a homeless shelter. And yes, we are human so we are going to get pissed off and angry, and sad and resentful, and  judgmental and scared.  But at the end of the day -- or the meltdown, we can remind ourselves that the world isn't out to GET US, it's actually out to GIFT US.  Like the character Phil, we can become courageous and audacious.  We can take on the learning of what we really want to do and who we really want to be.  We can experience the grace of just being willing to go on a journey to self-love, instead of cursing God and/or the weather.

So, I challenge you over the next 6 weeks of Winter, to consciously practice waiting and to consciously experience each of the Seven Gifts of Waiting.  I challenge you to make good use of the days when the weather does not permit you to drive safely, or to even walk outside your home without the risk of frost bite.  Contemplate what you can do to heal, to grow, and to evolve yourself, to love your Self, without doing what you would normally do-- or are scheduled to do.  I challenge you to wait, let go, and let come.

I leave you with this blessing from Holly's book:
Stand as you are able, and cross your arms over your chest.  Bless yourself with the words, "May God bless me in my waiting and in my trusting."  Ashe!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Message 2013

 The Salvation of Humanity:
Living with Purpose as Connecting the Head with the Heart
by Jojopahmaria Nsoroma

What does it mean to know your purpose?
What does it mean to have a purpose and to live with that purpose?
What does it mean to live in a meaningful way?

Knowing and having purpose is more than you knowing and performing the job that you love,
or that you've discovered your right livelihood;
for when you live purposefully there will be many jobs to perform.

Knowing and having purpose is more than the leadership roles you play in family, at work, out in the community or the world;
for when you live purposefully there will be a myriad of leadership opportunities and roles that you will experience.

Knowing and having purpose is more than finding your true Beloved, and achieving spiritual partnership;
for living purposefully is allowing that sacred relationship to touch the lives of others in unselfish and selfless ways.

Knowing and having purpose is more than your ability to discipline yourself to follow and practice a particular spiritual path, or religious set of teachings;
for living purposefully requires that you honor and respect 

the diversity of Faith.

The essence of 'purpose' is our human ability to connect our head with our hearts, and to live wholeheartedly -- embracing vulnerability and choosing love over fear.  To live each day from the center of your heart is what true purpose is all about.  To be on purpose, you must be heart-centered in your work, your relationships, and your spiritual practices.

History tells us of the horror that erupts from humans having their hearts shut down.  Most recently, the results of building a nuclear power plant in an earthquake zone has clearly demonstrated that modernity is full of intellectually brilliant -- yet heartless human beings.  Especially for humans participating in Western culture, having our heads disconnected from our hearts
may produce material wealth and comfort, but it requires us to believe
that other humans, certain humans, and anything in Nature, is at our disposal.

We struggle greatly to have reverence for life, and are plagued by chronic diseases because life can have no reverence for us.

So how do we become heart-centered in our work, relationships, and spiritual practices?
How do we connect our heads to our hearts?

We have to first make three commitments -- or as it says in the fairytales -- 

we have to make three wishes:
  1. I wish to be able to feel my pain so I can feel my joy.  I commit to no longer running from my pain through sedation, neurosis, or drama-making.
  2. I wish to be released from my core wound so I can find the treasure it has made for me.  I commit to no longer playing the victim to my life.
  3. I wish to know God as my divinity within and as the key to my wholehearted lifestyle.  I commit to learning how to love my Self at a deepr level each day, and to share that love with others.
Ashe!  Asho!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The 2013 Message for Groundhog Season!

Groundhog with Attitude!
According to the "Animal Speak" dictionary by Ted Andrews, the groundhog (aka woodchuck) as a totem means "mystery of death without dying--trance--dreams."  Groundhogs do true hibernation that last between four to six months, in which they achieve a state of unconsciousness until awakening in late winter/early spring.  This is why they symbolize 'death without dying.' 
So today, February 2nd, 2013, is truly significant as we focus our attention on the prophetic Groundhog in Punxsutawney, PA, who did not see his shadow, and let us know that we will have an early Spring.  In the meantime, we have 6 more weeks of Winter.  I believe that the Groundhog as a totem, and the movie, "Groundhog Day," have some pretty clear advice for us on how best to use this significant and important time wisely and effectively. 

1) Embrace the Dream-time:  Hibernation is a time of initiation. It is a time for unimaginable healing and growth. It is a time for us to allow our dreams --both nighttime and waking, to bring up and into our consciousness more of our truth and divine purpose.  Don't resist the call to rest & sleep.  Even if it is only 6pm or earlier.  Even if you feel to stay in bed all day long. You are not being lazy.  Allow your body to shut down so your soul can go walking into other dimensions to learn and bring back new & needed knowledge.  We are living in a post-2012 existence, and it is essential that we move forward into the new and unknown.  Getting horizontal may be the only medicine needed for any of your worries and concerns.

2) Release the Past by Learning Somethings New: In the movie, "Groundhog Day," our anti-hero Phil, goes through a "celebrity death-match" with God, attempting every form of suicide he can think of, before surrendering to his Divinity Within.  And once the pure Love of the Universe touches his heart, in the form of Rita believing in his Divinity Within, he realizes that he has to first learn to love himself.  To do that, he begins to improve himself through learning new skills, like playing piano, and thinking about others rather than just himself.  Over the next 6 weeks, take on learning something new.  What is it you always wanted to learn about or do but never have taken the time to just do it?  Begin with a small step and let it naturally grow.  Of course I recommend watching the movie to help inspire you.  I watch it every year on Groundhog Day, to remind myself that the way to continue transcending my core wounds is to risk doing something new.  Go for it!

3) Go Deep and Stay Deep:  As I discussed in my previous blog, part one of my annual New Year's message (part 2 coming out this week), deep and simple is more powerful than shallow and complex.  It's time to put this wisdom from Mr. Rogers into full throttle.  If you aren't sure what "deep" is for you, start by asking the Ancestors, Angels or Spirit Guides to help you become conscious about when you are being shallow.  Take on self-mastery of your shallow & complex lifestyle.  Learn what is looks like, feels like and taste like.  Once you become familiar with it -- where you are when it happens most, who's around you when it happens most, and what you feel when it's happening-- you will be ready, willing and able to experience your depth.  Remember, life is DEEP (contains emotions) and the truth is SIMPLE.  Thanks to Henry Ford and other turn-of-the-century Titans, we got conditioned to believe that mechanized labor and institutions, the destroyers of emotional intelligence, would solve all of our financial problems and therefore we'd be happy and healthy.  NOT! 

To know true love, you must go Deep, you must experience all of your emotions, and allow this Simple truth to oust your fears:  You are divinely and unconditionally loved by God, the Universe, and All That Is. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Welcoming the Age of Illumination: Choosing Love over Fear

(Dedicated to the memory of all the souls who kept their Sacred Contract at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who are now part of our Ancestor network, enabling us to grieve, to release and transform our ancestral pain. Thank you.)

The cultural transformation from the love of power to the power of love is the drama of our times.  Ours is an era that future historians will look back upon, marveling at the magnitude of the challenges and changes we are now experiencing.  They will call it a time of Great Awakening, a time when the best and the worst of humanity played their parts in the fate of human evolution.  But if future generations are alive to tell this story, it will only be because the best of humanity prevailed and pulled together with a love so profound that the seemingly impossible was achieved.   Anodea Judith, from “Waking the Global Heart”(2006)

A Long Awaited Event

This month on Friday, December 21st, a long-awaited event will take place.  It is the dawning of a new age of human evolution. It is called the Age of Illumination, by some indigenous people and me, and multitudes of people will be gathering all around the planet to celebrate the birth of a more enlightened era. (See website  In preparation for the 2012 Shift, we have grown our collective consciousness by initiating a willingness to choose Love over Fear. Potent evidence of this shift is our learning how to release and transform the pain of the past rather than transferring it and resigning ourselves to a life of struggling and suffering.  It has become more socially acceptable to seek Forgiveness than to seek Revenge.

Mister Rogers Rides Again!

And who knew, that it would be Mr. Rogers who would present me with a powerful insight and teaching for navigating this Age of Illumination.  (Well, I really am not surprised because his teachings helped me transform fear into gratitude back in 2008. But that’s another story for later.)  A documentary was released earlier this year called, “Mister Rogers and Me,” that honors Mister Rogers for the amazing impact his gentle and powerful ministry to children had on adults. The film shows Mister Rogers as a true wisdom keeper, messenger and healer, and I was most affected by the following quotes:

“Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex. Simple is not the same as easy. Simple is often very difficult. Simple is right.  Human life is very deep and our modern lifestyle is not. ”
 –Mister Rogers

Wow!  Ain’t that the truth!  And, I add to these quotes that deep and simple is hard to become because it’s about telling the truth, to ourselves and others. The Age of Illumination requires a conscious effort on our part to choose what is right, and to do it simply through faith, Grace, and gratitude.

Deep & Simple versus Shallow & Complex

The old paradigms that are shifting right before our very eyes are giving way to new thought patterns designed to enable us to experience our Divinity Within, our internal power, which Gary Zukav so elegantly popularized through “The Seat of the Soul” starting in 1989.  It’s so time for each and every one of us to fully embrace the truth, the depth of our human existence, and let go of our dependence upon the Matrix –- the illusion that power as external. For those who haven’t yet taken the red pill, the shift is going to help make that an easy and effortless choice because the Matrix is disintegrating.  So I’m going to share some characteristics of a lifestyle that is shallow & complex versus one that is deep and simple.  And, I’m not sharing anything you don’t already know!

The shallow and complex lifestyle is primarily characterized as a life devoid of loving purpose, with limited emotional intelligence, and having no viable connection to the Divine, to Source.  By viable I mean the ability to believe in the pure Love of the Universe and make right choices despite what others may say or do.  The shallow and complex lifestyle is rooted in fear/victim consciousness and fuels greed (you are never enough), promotes vengeance (you are unwilling to receive the grace of Forgiveness), and breeds domestic and all forms of violence and injustice (you transfer pain instead of being able to transform it). Common belief systems operating within a shallow and complex lifestyle are as follows:

“It’s not me, it’s them. The world is out to get me.”
Control drama and attachment: “If I don’t do it, it won’t be right.
“I’m not enough. What do I have to do/say/be in order to be liked or loved?”
“I’m better than them. I can’t let them win.”
“Why do things always have to change and make it harder for me?”

The deep and simple lifestyle is primarily characterized as a life full of loving purpose, with unbounded emotional intelligence, and having a viable connection to Divinity within and that which is beyond human capacity to imagine or know.  The deep and simple lifestyle is rooted in love/Grace consciousness and promotes gratitude and appreciation (you are enough), ignites compassion (willingness to ask and receive the grace of Forgiveness daily), and creates significant opportunities for personal and interpersonal peacemaking and reconciliation (you are able to transform your pain instead of transferring it).  Common belief systems operating within a deep and simple lifestyle are:

“All that can show up is what I believe about myself.  The world is out to gift me.
“I trust that my efforts are never in vain, but may not produce the outcome I would like.  I can learn to trust the process."
“I am enough, and people can love me exactly the way I am. I choose to grow myself to be in full alignment with my loving purpose.”
“I am unique and my difference is to be valued, not compared to others.  I believe in win-win, not win-lose because there are no disposable people on this Earth.”
“Change is challenging but inevitable.  Growth is optional, and I choose to embrace change as a growth opportunity.  I believe in the truth of my Sacred Contract.”

Choosing Love over Fear

Learning to live a deeply and simply requires a mental and spiritual attitude that is grounded in the pure Love of the Universe.  To master the Love Posture is no different from any other skill-building process – it must be practiced. And, a key ingredient of the practice is learning to regulate how we think, behave and relate to ourselves and others.  Below are 5 elemental Love Postures I recommend for deep and daily practice during the coming year.  I will discuss them in contrast to the 5 primal Fear Postures associated with the shallow and complex lifestyle, which must be transcended in order to support our human evolution of consciousness.  These Postures will be the foundation of my elemental rituals, radio/media communications, and writings during 2013.

Fire Posture - Acceptance and Faith: When I accept the truth of my Earthly existence, both the good and the bad, I can then impact the quality of my living through my Faith in my Divine existence.  As a human being, when bad things occur, I will go into denial (This can’t be happening to me!) and plunge into despair (There’s something wrong with me!).  But I can choose to transcend this reactive response and adopt a creative response, by going beyond the limits of my trouble box through asking and thanking my God for revealing the treasure that is always embedded in the challenge.  Immaculee Ilibagiza’s “Left To Tell” is an awesome example of the power of Acceptance & Faith.  She survived the Rwanda Genocide in a closet-sized bathroom with 6 other women, and taught herself to read English while enduring starvation for 90 days.

Water Posture - Trust & Unconditional Love: Trust can be easily broken, but it can be repaired, because the ability to trust resides within and is not dependent upon the actions of someone else.  And, people can grow and heal from their pain and fear, which is the belief of unconditional love.  The lack of trust in a relationship fuels the need for external control (Men/women/teens can’t be trusted!) and attachment (I need to figure out how to get that person to do and be what I need in order to trust).  Once someone demonstrates that they are untrustworthy a boundary must be set, but we can’t make someone change. What we can do through the grace of Forgiveness and unconditional love is to release our attachment to the victim role we played, and accept the person as an evolutionary teacher, come to reveal our pain so we can heal it. 

Earth Posture - Personal Sovereignty & Vulnerability: We must be grounded in the truth of who we are –- Divine beings on a mission to choose love over fear-- in order to have relationships that are authentic, loving and supportive of our truth.  Until we are able to believe that people can love us for our truth, our insecurity and co-dependency (external focus on what someone thinks of me and no internal consideration of what I think of my Self), are evidence of an undeveloped belief in our supreme and independent power/authority over and responsibility for our thoughts, choices, and resulting behaviors.  Authenticity emerges from vulnerability which comes from a willingness to feel and to experience “not knowing.”  In a numbed out culture, emotional intelligence is hard to come by, although in her Ted Talk video, that has over 800,000 views and counting, Brené Brown says, Vulnerability (tenderness) is the birthplace of love, joy, happiness, and fulfillment.” 
As we continue learning to appreciate the depth of our human existence, our connectedness to everyone and everything, we will stop denying our feelings and giving our power away under the delusion that these actions will insure our safety, our happiness, and our experience of love. 

Mineral Posture - Curiosity and Excitement: As humans, our natural curiosity and ability to learn is what makes life exciting.  Before standardized testing, a person was more able to discover and value their genius – like Phyllis Wheatley, Thomas Edison, and my grandfather, who could fix anything in and around the house. None of them took an SAT or an ACT.  Arrogance and our addiction to anxiety are the obvious results when the love of learning and discovery of loving purpose is overshadowed by competitive measurements of intelligence to determine quality of life. 

Education/learning has become a survival mechanism versus a tool for living on purpose.  People leave academia more afraid than when they went in because traditionally there are no conscious spiritual growth opportunities involved in the learning process.  Education/learning becomes an accumulation of knowledge in order to prove that one is worthy of “white collar” employment, and salary above minimum wage.  Education is not meant for achieving meaning and purpose in life, and it ought to be.  Education/learning is supposed to involve authentic communication, sharing of knowledge, practicing wisdom, and making a significant contribution to the community. How shallow our educational systems are for the emphasis on “making a living,”(math & science over wood shop and orchestra) or feeling superior to those who don’t have a college degree.  A deep and simple lifestyle is fueled by your ability to remain curious and excited about your purpose, that of all life forms, and the power of love until the day you die.

Nature Posture - Fulfillment & Gratitude: Fulfillment is the experience of fullness and satisfaction in the heart and soul, and gratitude is the attitude that enables us to live fully.  We feel fulfillment and then we act grateful. Then along comes some form of trauma that awakens our pain body which teaches us coping mechanisms for numbing and ignoring the pain.  And, when we numb our pain we also numb our ability to feel what is enough. Combine this with satisfaction overshadowed by competition, and the forgetting of the cosmic law that to everything there is a season, we will embrace greediness (The more I have, the better I will be), and envy (The grass is always greener on the other side) as postures for success. Of course we will only succeed at becoming more insatiable and frustrated by a no-win pursuit of happiness. 

Thank God we live in an ever-changing Universe that is cyclical in nature.  Thank God we also have free will.  Thank God we can choose to transcend these postures of fear and embrace the postures of love (acceptance & faith, trust & unconditional love, personal sovereignty & vulnerability, curiosity & excitement). The practice of Love postures not only greatly contributes to the transformation of our pain, but it will always manifest fulfillment.  This in turn will enable us to practice “gratitude attitude.”  Melodie Beattie, author of that classic self-help book, Co-dependent No More, says, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more.”

In Conclusion:

 It is my hope that conscious awareness of the 5 elemental Love postures will enable you to recognize and shift away from the thoughts and behaviors of the 5 primal Fear postures.  The more of us who commit to walking the Awakened Path, the more our ability to choose Love over Fear will become as easy and natural as rolling off a log.

I leave you with this quote:

We stand at the dawn of a new era.  Immersed in technology, yet hungry for the sacred, there is deep longing for a story that balances masculine and feminine, progress and sustainability, order and freedom, power and love.  The stories we tell ourselves shape our world.  They guide our relationships to each other, to the environment, and to the future.  Life in the twenty-first century is spinning a new myth.  It is time to listen to the growing chorus of voices that make up this story.  Together, we are discovering and inventing a way to the future.
-Anodea Judith, from “Waking the Global Heart” (2006)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Dagara Medicine Wheel & The 2012 Shift

I'm very pleased to share with you my initial offerings for 2012.
It is a teleconference series (webinar) entitled,

The Dagara Medicine Wheel & The 2012 Shift: 
Living Higher Consciousness in the New Age.

This seven-part teleconference series will guide you through ancient indigenous wisdom from the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso in West Africa and teach specific technology for using this African medicine wheel to achieve a higher consciousness lifestyle. Through discussion of 5 powerful and soul-nourishing themes that characterize new age thought, conference participants will receive guidance, inspiration, and wisdom for addressing challenges in personal development, physical and emotional health, relationships, money, and right livelihood.

The 5 themes are: 

Divinity Within (What if you were born in grace instead of sin?)
Personal Sovereignty (Why do we so readily giveaway our personal power?)
Interdependence (Can we really transcend co-dependency through vulnerability?)
Sacred Contracts (How do fairy/folk tale and movie characters reveal life purpose?)
Unity Consciousness. (Can a telepathic ritual teach reverence for life?)

Each of the 7 sessions will be presented monthly on Thursday evenings 
from 7-8:30pm CST/8-9:30pm EST/5-6:30pm PST
beginning February 23rd through August 23rd.

The cost is $25 per session.

To receive a description of each session and instructions for registering and payment, please contact

I look forward to working with you in cyberspace!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Enter 2012: A Fire Year, A Black Water Dragon Year, and the Dawn of a New Age

Finally, we have arrived at the most significant and long-awaited year in centuries! It is time to put into practice everything we now know about Higher Consciousness learning, living and loving. No longer can we be excused for our ignorance of the truth of the cosmos. We are firmly on the path of the coming together of all the races, eliminating that which separates us, and experiencing ourselves in authentic community with all humans, the animals, the plants, the Earth and the Universes that surround us –seen and unseen. 
We’ve crossed the boundary from 
the World of Separation and have entered the World of Illumination.

The Dagara Wisdom for a Fire Year
We come into the world in order to bring into completion that very plan which, as we are born into this side of reality, became our reason for human life. In order to fulfill our purpose, we need the a driving force of fire, just as a vehicle needs fuel to reach its destination.
--Malidoma Somé, The Healing Wisdom of Africa, p.210

In the Dagara cosmology, Fire is the primary element that animates all life and connects us to our purpose and our Ancestors – who provide us with unconditional love and support for achieving what we’ve promised to do. Fire has the ability to transform and transmute that which no longer serves our ability to be loved and loving. In Western culture, our biggest block to being whole-hearted and open-hearted to ourselves and others is the Ancestral pain we unconsciously carry. This pain is so big and so old that we find it difficult to believe that the love of God/ All That Is /The Universe is given to us freely, perpetually, and unconditionally. And so our challenge this year is to realign ourselves with the generative nature of the Fire element through Forgiveness, Dwelling in Possibilities, and Living the New Age.

Fire Person in A Fire Year
Fire people are gatekeepers between the Ancestors’ world and this world. It is for this reason that they seem to live in the future, always ahead ofor setting trends. They understand the dream world, have a facility for interpreting dreams, and are at home in mystical and supernal landscapes. Because fire energy is ancestral, Fire people have the ability to see and hear the truth –especially when someone is trying to hide and/or avoid
it. It s easy for Fire people to be in conflict, and they are disruptive to people and situations because of their gift. If you or someone you know was born in a Fire year (birth year ends in a 2 or 7, ie.,1942 1987) then this year will be one of intense personal growth and spiritual development as the Cosmos works it’s magic to bring you/them more into alignment with your/their essential nature and highest purpose.

Fire Out of Control
In Western culture, fire has been misaligned with the external experience of wealth, success and progress. The Industrial Age is often visually characterized by the 24/7 bellowing smoke stacks of steel mills, where fires raged and created our modern conveniences. Fire has brought us to a post-modern lifestyle full of comfort and vacations, but it has had a destructive impact on the animals, plants, waterways, atmosphere, and human health. The horrifying and tragic consequences of our use of war bombs and nuclear energy demonstrate how out of alignment we have become with the true essence of the fire element. It is way past time for us to reconcile our misuse of fire by utilizing its power to reconnect us with our true purpose for being alive –to love and be loved in return.

Challenges and Opportunities with the 2012 Fire
Fire has the ability to transform and transmute that which no longer serves our ability to be loved and loving. In Western culture, our biggest block to being whole-hearted and open-hearted to ourselves and others is the Ancestral pain we unconsciously carry. This pain is so big and so
old that we find it difficult to believe that the love of God/ All That Is /The Universe is given to us freely, perpetually, and unconditionally. Again, our challenge and opportunity this year is to realign ourselves with the generative nature of the Fire element through Forgiveness, Dwelling in Possibilities, and Living the New Age.

FORGIVENESS: Transforming versus Transferring Pain
The practice of requesting and expecting the grace of Forgiveness is essential for realigning with the generative nature of the Fire element. Forgiveness is not about letting someone or yourself off the hook for wrong doing. Forgiveness is about letting go of carrying and transferring pain.
All wrong doing is the transference of pain.
We hold onto the pain through
fear that it will happen again, judgment of why it happened, and the inability to accept the pain as a pathway to a happy ending. Forgiveness becomes trans-formative when we go beyond the intellect and accept that saying or hearing the words is only the beginning of a much deeper and more powerful energetic shift that can only come from our Divine Connection. It is a grace experience that is bestowed upon us at the right time and in the right way. Our job is to ask and to be willing to receive this grace without being attached to the outcome.

Honoring the Unpredictability of 2012

I dwell in Possibility
A fairer House than Prose –
More numerous of Windows –
Superior – for Doors –
Of Chambers as the Cedars –

Impregnable of eye –
And for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –

Of Visitors – the fairest –
For Occupation – This –
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise –
By Emily Dickerson

According to Chinese astrology, 2012 is Year of the Dragon and it will arrive on February 4, 2012. Dragon years are traditionally associated with new beginnings and good fortune. The myth and lore surrounding the Dragon tell of its unpredictability. As Gandalf said to Frodo, “Even the wisest can not tell the ending.” So, it is very wise for us to stop ourselves from trying to know how our dreams will come true, or what dreams may come. During 2012, we are being asked to trust the process and keep our eyes on the prize. Everything that happens –good, bad or indifferent—will result in our Happy Endings!

The Black Water Dragon brings a balance to the Dagara Fire element, but doesn’t keep us from traveling through the deepest part of our emotional pool in order to support the healing of our old pain. Calling upon and/or working with the Fire and the Ancestors to transform that pain will insure that our new beginnings bring enormous good fortune. 2012 is a time for dreaming big, allowing our imaginations to run wild beyond our limitations concerning beauty, truth and love, while staying out of the Universe’s way in order for those dreams to come true. Let go and let God handle the details. Remain open to the possibilities of unimaginable joy and peace in your life.

LIVING THE NEW AGE: Through the Fire of a New Landscape In 2003, I was gifted with wisdom from a Thunderbeing named Kumelia regarding beneficial and detrimental beliefs in preparation for the 2012 Shift. Now that 2012 has officially arrived, we are expected to step fully into an entirely new landscape by acting upon these beneficial beliefs:
(1) power is internal not external so I am self-referred, not object-referred; (2) the World is out to gift me –not get me; (3) healing Ancestral wounds versus ignoring them brings freedom & joy; (4) being inclusive and compassionate towards others, versus exclusive and judgmental creates abundance; and (5) the daily practice of gratitude attitude overcomes my anxiety addiction.
The consequences of forgetting this evolved consciousness will be hard and fast, because after all, this is a Fire year, and the Truth will not ignore or hide from us.
Our Ancestors have been given a green light to help make sure that we practice what we preach, and walk our talk. No more practice time or going back for those who are awake and aware.

This is not a test. This is the real deal.
And, we are ready and able to jump into this transformative, disruptive, truth-filled, and most awesome time of our lives.