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As the year comes to a close, my thoughts drift to the last holy day of the calendar, Christmas: Christ mass, the annual time people throughout the world unify to celebrate that sacred birth 2000 years past. As I contemplate Christs birth, though, my thoughts are more with Mary and the vital role this humble woman played throughout his life. Little is written in the Bible about the mother of Christ, and yet she has always enjoyed a place of honor among her many devotees.
This article was prompted by numerous calls, letters, and e-mails following The New Times October 2001 publication of "Circumcision in America: The First Cut Is the Deepest." Most responses were positive. However, there were also voices of confusion and self-admitted ignorance, along with indignation, disgust, and denial. From this array of comments, I selected five common objections I call them myths that I've heard repeatedly since 1988, when I first started writing publicly against circumcision.
A New Approach
to World Peace
Jerry Falwell, Louis Farrakhan, Dan Quayle, the chief rabbi of Jerusalem, and the Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon are not people you would normally expect to have much in common. However, from October 19-21 in New York City, all of them, along with 450 other world and religious leaders, were all in one place, talking about the same thing: peace on our planet and interreligious and interracial harmony.
By adding the universal year 2001 (2+0+0+1=3), to the 12th month of December, we come up with the vibration of 15/6. The 6 month asks us to tune into how we can be of service to others through expressing the healing power of love. The challenge this month is to learn how to tap into our love of beauty and harmony so that we can come into balance. Take some time this month to work on beautifying your environment. By doing so you will feel more harmonious and balanced and others will feel healed solely by being in your space. Try to see yourself as a channel for unconditional love flowing through. As you tap into this love yourself you will be able to give it out to others without feeling burdened or drained.
on Terrorism and Charity:
Since the arrival of her album Spirit, Ive been curious about Jewel Kilchers brand of spirituality. I wondered just what her ideas were, and how she came to them. In particular, I noticed her close relationship with her mother and manager, Lenedra Carroll, and decided that Ms. Carroll must have a fascinating story all her own. With the recent release of her book The Architecture of All Abundance, I found that I was right.
11: A Holy Day
Within the thick cloud of horror choking us into stillness on September 11 were woven recollections of why wed all incarnated upon Earth at this time. The smoke and soot that blinded peoples sight, the mass confusion of running throngs seeking escape, the mute incomprehensibility of so many purposely perpetrated deaths, our wonder at how and why this could be, still remain the backdrop of our lives.
Symbolically and physically, we remain blinded by clouds of misinformation, continue running from our responsibility to make personal and national amends, remain about the horrors of continual killing, and are left wondering how it will shake out. Yet, symbolically and physically, we are being awakened, challenged to deal with old energies of fear, anger, intolerance, injustice, brutality, war, religious difference (and indifference), and, ultimately, our inhumanity to each other so that we may all shape our lives and world anew.
Kokopelli! Kokopelli! His is a most melodic name. It rolls off the tip of the tongue like a child exiting a slide, its consonants forming notes that rise and fall as the laughter of rivers. Go ahead, say it aloud: Ko-ko-pel-lee. He comes from the south, the direction of intimacy and trust, and among the many gifts he brings is a particular lesson, especially for us.
Yes, his is the figure of the hunchbacked flute player carved on the pink and purple cliffs of southwestern mesa and canyon land, from Casa Grandes in Mexico to the San Juan basin, from the California desert to the pueblos of the Rio Grande. Petroglyphs of Kokopelli (carved into the dark surface patina to expose the lighter rock below) and pictographs (daubed on with a brush of pounded plant fiber soaked in earthen pigment) date back to A.D. 200 and earlier, recording his influence on far-flung cultures over a long period of time. He's most often found with what appears to be a horn or ant-like antennae, a hunched back and a flute in hand, knees in the air as if dancing: a pied piper of things wild and free, ecstatic and unruly. More often than not, he'll be found with an enlarged phallus, attesting to his role as seed-bearer and fertility god, as guarantor of new crops in the spring, new life in the bellies of the village women.
On September 8 I left Seattle on my first train trip ever. On my last birthday Id made a list of things to do that I have never done before; at age 53 I had never been on train, so there I was at Union Station with my sister and son saying goodbye like a kid on her first day of school. My very loving sister insisted on giving me some "streetwise instructions," which included martial arts defense moves and how to carry myself with empowerment. I had no real sense of danger or fearfulness, but I listened and was grateful for such a caring and realistic soul looking after me. On September 10, I arrived in Denver, Colorado full of wonderful train experience and excited to see my friends and family. On September 11, everything changed.
I am struck lately by how synergistically the universe responds to us in our strivings for spiritual growth, understanding, awareness, and even physical and spiritual safety. We talk about the teacher appearing when the student is ready, and we speak of our spirit guides helping us. We also notice that sometimes we seem almost magically to be somewhere at just the right time to discover a perfect "next step" in our lives. Admittedly, we sometimes like, and other times very much dislike, where we find ourselves, but always we can gain from the experience if we will.
Responsibility and Healing
Like all of us in this country and the rest of the world, I have been struggling with making sense of recent events and the issues raised in the aftermath of September 11. Allow me to express some thoughts, while attempting to offer a spiritual perspective on this situation.
The day was cold and wet, the ocean roar a constant drone in the background. I had been two and a half months at Great Oceans edge, living in an old three-sided log shelter built by the Civilian Conservation Corps or the Works Project Administration; I cant remember which now. By afternoon, the drizzle had given way to broken clouds with sun breaks. Finally, I could gather firewood without getting drenched. I appreciated these moments walking the beach, having nothing but time to contemplate and observe life happening in a place so remote the animals werent even afraid of me.