Crow Moon

As I was watching this short film, I thought about the meaning of the solstice and the ancients praying for the light to come back every year at this time as far back in the past as we know.  I see that as a very old struggle between light and dark that is alive in the psyche of humans.  I know a lot of us cannot abide the darkness.  In shamanic terms, everything has the potential to be life-giving.  The darkness of winter is the season where we go within to cast light on the shadows so we know what we want to birth in the spring.  It is a dreaming time after the releasing of autumn.  Darkness cannot exist where there is light and so knowing our own darkness is the best chance we have of living more light. In that way, darkness is a HUGE gift to us and keeps us evolving as a species.

“Carl Jung, the noted psychotherapist, spoke of the consequences of not facing our dark, or shadow side[:] ‘Everyone carries a shadow…and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.  At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag, thwarting our most well-meant intentions.”  The shadow side simply means the side that the light of consciousness hasn’t yet shined upon.  It is no worse than the nonshadow side, any more than the dark side of the moon is worse or more nefarious than the light side of the moon.  To pinpoint your shadow, ask yourself, ‘What don’t I want to look at?  What would I pay a million dollars not to have to look at in my own life?’  That is the shadow.”

-from THE ENERGY OF MONEY: A SPIRITUAL GUIDE TO FINANCIAL AND PERSONAL FULFILLMENT by Maria Nemeth, Ph.D.

Happy Solstice and New Year, everyone.  May you bring more of your shadow into the light and experience more joy!

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Hawaii Photos: Last Take

We went swimming with spinner dolphins. Here are some of them!

I think JoAnne was expecting a nice smile 🙂

And she finally got one...

Walking the lava fields...

Lava Tube: Volcanoes National Park

Me and a rainbow 🙂

Hawksbill Turtle with a message....

Sand Volcanoes created by me and Michele

Goddess Pele at home in Mt.Kilauea

Gratitude: Louie Schwartzberg

This lovely 10 minute TED Talk will likely make your day and warm your heart.

Gratitude

More Hawaii Photos

Place of Refuge: Honaunau National Park

life growing out of lava rock

irridescent colours in lava rock

Pele's flower

more sparkly lava rock

lava fields of Volcanoes National Park

The holes in this petroglyph are indicators of a lineage. Ancient Hawaiians used to come and place the umbilical cord of a new child in their own freshly made hole and pray to the ancestors to bless the child with mana (universal energy).

Mt. Kilauea- an active volcano that is goddess Pele's home. I like that the glow of fire is heart shaped reflecting the goddesses love for the people and the land. The spirit of Aloha.

Hawksbill Turtle at the Place of Refuge- taking a rest on the sand. Quite fitting, dontcha think?

swimmers at Hapuna Beach at sunset

rainbows followed our group around Hawaii

plumeria tree and flower

Mahalo (thank you) for welcoming us, Pele.

 

Kona Historical Society

I spent a brilliant day at the Kona Historical Society. It seems sorta funny to me that I had to come all the way to Hawaii to make traditional Portuguese Stone Oven Sweet Bread, but I did! The oven was built by descendants of the first Portuguese that came to Hawaii as dairy workers.  They brought their traditions with them from the Azores Islands.

making sweet bread

It is sort of cool that we separate the bread into 7 balls (seven being a lucky number for the Portuguese people) and 7 in Mayan Shamanism stands for the Sacred Dream of Life.  It then gets put in a flower shape in a pan.  The egg wash gets brushed over top just before they go into the oven.

ready to go in the oven

I came back two hours later to watch them taking them out of the oven.  I enjoyed their beauty and their smell.

For $7 US a loaf, you can take them home and enjoy them with your family.  They tell me they are highly anticipated by the locals and all sold out at the end of the day.  Some people even pre-order!!

I also got to take a tour of a real Kona Coffee farm.  The Greenwells are an old family on the island and came over from England in the 1800s.  In fact, I got to meet one of their decendants who happened to be there from San Diego trying to tease out her family history.

We toured the farm and got to taste all the blends and coffee roasts they offer.  We also got to taste the coffee beans (the actual pit of the cherry or fruit) and they were so sweet just out of the casing!

Here is the view down to the ocean from the coffee farm:

The grounds are gorgeous and covered in fruit trees: orange, banana, mango, and avocado.

When we got back from the tour, I saw a bunch of kids in the orange trees and I went over to see what they were doing.  It turns out that they had caught Jackson chameleons that live in the tree and came down to show me:

The most interesting thing was how they immediately started changing colour as soon as the kids grabbed them from the trees and when we put them back, they altered again to match the colour of the branches and foliage.  Their eyes moved 360 degrees and were so wild to watch.  The ones with three horns are the males and the ones with one are the females.  Males take a tree or two as their territory and chase out all the other males so they can mate with the females in the trees.  If a female isn’t groovin’ with the male’s advances, she basically jumps on top of him and holds his neck in a vice grip.  Chameleon romeos, beware!

Jackson chameleon

I came back to Kailua-Kona Village a happy woman and relaxed by the ocean and watched the sun go down.

my dirty and happy feet in the sunset

Tomorrow I am off to meet up with my friends who are all arriving from different parts of Canada for our week long excursion.  I probably won’t have time to write any more and I will post photos when I come home.  Hope that was a nice taste of Hawaii for those of you who have never been.   It is REALLY kid friendly and I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to come.  Can’t say I would recommend the hostel I am staying at, however.  I am glad to be moving on tomorrow.