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I’m Being Followed by a Moon Shadow

June 7-10, 2015

Last night I woke up at 3:30 A.M., as I do most nights now, and went downstairs in the dark. As I walked by our hallway window, I saw the glow of Luna shining through the trees. I stopped to greet her, and, as always, she greeted me in return.

As I was staring up at her and feeling that warm liquid glow flow through my body in response to her rays, I began to think about my recent post concerning my conversations with her and began to wonder how many people might be skeptical about the idea that the moon, like the Earth, is a conscious, communicative being.

I have the feeling that perhaps a few people have no difficulty imagining beings from or on the moon who might wish to communicate with me. But I also have the feeling that the idea that we might find ourselves actually speaking with the moon as an intelligent entity probably has even fewer adherents. Extraterrestrials—perhaps. Planets themselves—no way! But Luna herself had an answer to this objection, and this answer led her to present me with an expansive sense of Self—not just my own Self but the selfhood of all beings.

Part of the problem lies in our tendency to define life and consciousness in very limited terms that are more often than not anthropocentric. But even at the level of the human being, we tend to imagine the individual human to be the seat of consciousness and identity. What this view omits is that even on a strictly biological level, our bodies are composite entities. Our intestinal tract, for instance, is filled with microbes that carry out lives of their own while playing an important role in “our” lives by helping with digestion. (My recent bout with an intestinal flu provided me with a graphic example of such independence on the part of those microbial beings!) Our cells themselves each are tiny conscious entities carrying out their own jobs in ways that contribute to the functioning of the physical body as a composite whole.

The Earth, Gaia, works in just the same way, just as do all other planetary, solar, and asteroidal beings in our star system and beyond. The consciousness of the Earth is a composite consciousness that expresses itself as the conglomerate compilation of all earthly consciousnesses on, above, and below her surface. And we all have the innate capacity to tap into and communicate with that planetary consciousness.

And such is the case, then, with Luna, the moon. Her consciousness includes mental and energetic strains from all of the entities that exist on and within herself. Beyond that, given her particular gravitational relationship with the Earth, she is especially affected by all that happens on our planet. And we here are affected in turn by all that happens within her sphere of influence.

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This is what she tells me. And beyond that, growing out of such awareness, is a more complex notion of psychology, especially in the root sense of study-of-the soul. For we are not only composite consciousnesses on the literal physical level in terms of the host of entities that cohabit our bodies, but on the psychic level as well. Long ago Plato talked about the Tripartite Soul, talking about the complicated mix of souls that make us up—often translated as the Logical, Spirited, and Appetitive souls. Our job is to find the appropriate mix and balance among the three. Freud talked about the Id, the Ego, and the Superego. And Jung sought the integration or individuation of our inner selves—the Ego, the Shadow, the Persona, the Animus and Anima, the Wise Old Man or Woman, and ultimately the Self (the composite inner and outer whole).

Closer to my own active understanding of the composite nature of the soul is the description provided by the composite entity known as Monitor (most often channeled by Harvey Grady). According to Monitor, we are made up of three souls: Our Body Soul, our Basic Soul, and our Judge Soul. Our Basic Soul is made up of our Outer Self, Male Self, Female Self, and Higher Self. The two “hitchhikers” of the Judge Soul are our Mental Judge Self and our Astral Judge Self. The two Judge Selves are defined by their recent inhabitation of the lost planet Maldek. After the calamity that destroyed their planet, they were appended to our human souls in an act of grace and challenge to growth.

Monitor on the Soul

From the book Explore With Monitor, Book 1, p. 197

The overall point Luna has to pass on here is that while we are multidimensional composite beings, we nevertheless more often than not experience this complex nature of the Self through our ego consciousness. If we can take into account the interactions of all of these dynamic selves, however, we can begin to develop a more appropriate psychology, one that is open to all of the different voices in the choir of the Self.

And just as our Ego Consciousness is often oblivious to the existence of and interactions with our various other selves, it is also most often oblivious to our constant Soul communication with the micro and macro beings of which we are a part—including the moon.

Spending this time talking with Luna helps me maintain that open and practical awareness of the Hermetic slogans: As Above, So Below and As Within, So Without. I’m being followed by a moon shadow—and it has utterly transformed who I am.

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Kivi Sky and the Magic of Stroud’s Run

By Gabriel Hartley

November 9, 2014

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We’d been feeling called back to Stroud’s Run State Park for some months now. It is, after all, only about two miles from our house as the crow flies and on the same energetic line that runs through our property straight across Dutch Creek and Scatter Ridge, dropping down from the ridges to Dow Lake. And this energetic line is something else! But with the beauty of gardens to plant and grow and harvest and so much work to do at home, not to mention the constant magic in our own forest right here in our backyard, we just didn’t get back to Stroud’s for awhile.

But this morning, two days after Kivi Sky’s due date, we just felt that it would be right to go, to hike, to get ourselves charged and situated for the upcoming birth. So we drove the five miles or so it takes to get to Stroud’s by road, traveling through some of the most picturesque scenery in the country, parking at the head of the horse trails in the little lot off of Scatter Ridge Road with the beautiful late-morning sun filtering through the mid-Autumn trees.

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We initially started a little way down the first trail we came to, Amaretto Trail, but quickly realized that this path drops down to the lake rather than up and over the ridges to the (unacknowledged) sacred ceremonial stone center we were planning to visit. So we walked back to the dirt road and up to another trail that we thought would take us directly to the stone center.

As way led to way, however, we found that this trail took us far to the southeast of where we had initially planned on going. Instead of being on the high point of the Sundown Trail, we were at the conjunction of the Sundown, Hank, and Indian Mound Trails. It felt as though we had been unconsciously transported to this spot somehow, as though this was one place we were supposed to be but which we never would have chosen to go to on our own. In fact, this was the spot I had at first suggested hiking to, but the parking lot nearest to this spot was closed for construction (probably for fracking).

One beautiful surprise in finding ourselves unexpectedly in this spot was that we were now at another very sacred stone center in the park. This short trail connects the Indian Mound Trail to the Lakeside Trail and drops down from the ancient mounds to the lake shore while passing through several very enchanted fairy abodes. A few summers ago we brought some of my students here on what I call an Akashic Field Trip and this was the first time in a while we had come to this spot together, despite its being one of our favorites.

There are several massive trees that seem to have been exploded across the path, as though blown up by some enormous energy at their base. This has always struck me as an outward sign of the immense energy that shoots through the earth and sky at Stroud’s. Today we found many more trees crossing the paths as we hiked.

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Blasted Trunks Across the Path

So we gave in to the pleasure of being where we hadn’t planned on going and greeted the fairies below us down the embankments from the path. This particular path took us down to one of my favorite spots, a rock outcropping protected by a series of massive exploded trees. In this particular outcropping one of the main boulders has a beautifully precise split down the middle which we are always drawn to, feeling so good just standing over the crack or stepping down into it.

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Sacred Cleft

Anna’s power seemed to magnify as she stood above the crack, taking in the stone energy that had drawn us there this day to celebrate our oncoming stone/sky boy, Kivi.

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Super Mama-to-Be!

I was drawn to lie down in the crack in a warm bed of leaves with the sun shining in my face.

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Taking in the Earth Energy

As soon as I got comfortable, the Stone Beings started talking to me. They told me that this particular spot contained an immense amount of earth energy and that lying in between the two boulder halves like this gave a person a massive energetic charge. My aching back (sore after throwing it out several days earlier) immediately felt comforted by the energy rising from the earth.

As we dropped down to the path below the stony outcropping, we stopped to take more photos and just take in the scene before us. I was thanking the Stone Beings for this gift of energy and communication when they said, “Well, this is all for your boy about to be born. It’s only appropriate that we Stone Beings welcome this Kivi boy into the world this way!” I then realized why we had been led down this way to this particular rock outcropping and let go into a swirl of thankfulness for being in this universe at this moment.

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As we followed the path we turned onto the Lakeside Trail that follows the north edge of the lake.

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Trail Markers

I had felt especially drawn to the lake this day, in addition to the various rock groups, and was thankful to be walking along the lake shore taking in the Water Energy. The lake expresses itself in a very different way from the Stone and Sky ways.

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Dow Lake

Taking in this water power, we then turned up Haley Trail in order to round around to the northwest to the sacred stone circle, now a couple miles away, that was our original destination. As we passed up along Haley Trail we came to another beautiful stone outcropping that I didn’t remember.

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Haley Trail Stone Group

I was again greeted by the Stone Beings as we approached the cliff face. As I marveled looking upward from them through the tree tops into the sky, they again emphasized that this was a day for greeting Kivi into the world.

The next mile or two proved to be rather wearisome, my back aching more and more and Anna’s pregnant belly feeling the weight and the miles. But the Stone Beings kept reminding us to draw our power from the stone. So we steeled ourselves and marched forward in a mixture of pain and bliss as we turned off to the west onto the Sundown Trail.

As always, arriving at the Sacred Stone Circle was very magical. I could see the Altar Stone—an extremely powerful and predominant stone set off by itself next to the Sundown Trail—glowing in a brilliant etheric light through the hills as we had been drawing closer and now seeing its brilliance face to face was very comforting.

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The Altar Stone

I noticed on this trip that there was a wedge cut into the corner of the stone and felt drawn to lie in this niche.

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The Niche in the Altar Stone

I immediately realized that this niche had served in ancient days as a space travel device of some sort and that the Altar Stone itself was a type of spacecraft (in addition to its other powerful features). I suddenly knew that ancient astronauts had lain in this same groove in order to travel into distant worlds and distant times.

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Anna then lay in the niche herself and took off into the skies.

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The Altar Stone the whole time continued to give off the most comforting energy I could imagine—an energy that felt so primal and so familiar.

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Stony Love

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Happiness

After fifteen minutes or more of communing with the spirits of the place, we climbed up the bank to the rock face above that stands guard over the Altar Stone below.

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Guardian Rocks

 

From here we walked up to the high point of the ridge, a spot that has always revealed itself as a meeting place for humans and Sky Beings. We spent five or ten minutes taking in this new configuration of energy.

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On Top of Kivi Sky Peak

As I was lying on the ground, both to comfort my back and to feel the earth energy throughout my body, I was told that this was the climax of our journey for Kivi.

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Getting Close to Mother Nature

This is the true Kivi Sky point where earth and the heavens meet. This was the dragon-power spot that our Kivi Sky is named after, the unification of earth and heaven.

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End of the Hike

By the time we got back to our car we were quite dizzy, exhausted, and exhilarated! What a miracle this world is! How communicative it can be if you just take the time to listen and to learn. We drove back along Scatter Ridge, dropping down to Dutch Creek—where we came across a small herd of orange long-haired Scottish cattle who greeted on the roadside—as we drove through the magical hills back to our house, listening to Neil Young on the CD player and feeling so beautiful and so full of life.

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Scottish Cattle on Dutch Creek Road

 

Solar Thoughts on My Birthday

June 30, 2014

Early this morning I was awoken by Anna’s voice saying “Happy Birthday, Rakas (Love)!” And I thought, “Yes, today IS my birthday! How lucky I am!”

sun cardAs I lay there in the warm glow of those thoughts, a spirit voice began softly speaking, saying:

“Yes, today IS your birthday! And perhaps you have never had the chance to really think about what this day means to you!”

Curious, I asked the spirit voice to continue.

“Well, you might like to think about the fact that this day is the annual reproduction of your personal relationship to the Sun. Remember, you chose to come into this world and this life on this particular day in part because of its specific expression of Solar energy. On the day and hour you were born the sun was in a unique position in relation to your planet and the Planetary Being at large. You were born at that moment as an embodiment of that Solar expression.

This means that each year on this same day you enter into that personal Solar aspect once again and reacquaint yourself with the Cosmic Alignment as it speaks to you. Making yourself conscious of this fact on each birthday allows you to ground yourself more deeply and consciously into the fact of your Cosmic purpose. You are a Star Being carrying this particular ray of sunshine as your own light in the universe.”

Upon hearing this message I felt myself sink deeper into the warm glow of this moment that began with Anna’s loving greeting.

Wow. We truly are unique expressions of the Cosmic Divine as we play our part in the enunciation of the Solar Logos! And on our birthday each year we get to rejoice in our own tone in the great Cosmic Chorus of Existence.

Yes, today IS my birthday! And I am now humming in the tone of my particular being, thankful for the role I get to play, the tone I get to sound, the love I get to express as one of those born into this particular glow of the Sun!

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