What do we believe as Americans?


I’ve had many thoughts about the Presidential Election but I didn’t want to repeat what others were saying. However I am concerned about the level of dissatisfaction among citizens and the general sense of fear and worry being expressed. What should we do? How should we act?

I sought solace in my Hawaiian Mana cards. I asked, “With the unexpected changes in politics we seem to have more worry and fear in our lives. How should all citizens behave?”

The spread I used was the Kukui spread, a one card draw. Of course I always check the card on the bottom of the deck for additional illumination.

After randomly moving all cards around the top of my kitchen table, stacking them together, cutting and riffling them three times, dividing the deck into four piles and then reassembling it in reverse order, I then turned over the top card for my answer.

The draw card was number 44, Ano-Ano which is about Intention. Ano-Ano is one of only five cards in the deck of 44 that can have two meanings. In this case the calabash pictured on the card was pointed up and has the following meaning:

  • “The seeds you plant in your thoughts, words or actions determine what you harvest. Therefore it is important to be in touch with the intentions that underlie those thoughts, words or actions.
  • Focus on your thoughts. Visualize your desired outcome.

Good advice. So I turned the deck over. The bottom card was number 19 ‘Ole which means Stories. It advises:

  • “What stories are we telling ourselves? Revising them can change your past, present and future.”

This is great advice and demonstrates one of the reasons I return to these cards time and again. I get so caught up in life that I lose impartiality. The Mana cards give me the uncluttered and unbiased answer I need. So let’s go back to the first question in this blog.

What do we believe as Americans?

Our nation’s history is full of conflict, some physical, some political. How did we survive? We survived because our elected officials always found ways to work together, find acceptable compromises, and come up with acceptable solutions. The solutions don’t make everyone 100% happy, but they keep us together as a nation because they create solutions that we believe are fair for the vast majority of American citizens.

THIS IS OUR STORY. It is a true story because it is based on fact, the fact that we are still called the United States. So when someone asks you what will happen just tell them our politicians will find solutions, because that is their job, and we will continue to be called the United States of America.

Please share this with your friends as well as with those who voted for a different party.

Going With the Flow

1 Comment

I hate waiting for ‘life’ to happen. Even though I am a laid back kind of person, I’d rather do something than sit and wait. It’s one of my personality challenges. Perhaps my decision-making process is governed by the planet Mercury. I don’t know.

Right now I feel like my life is ‘idling’. I believe something is going to happen but I don’t want to wait. So I consulted my Mana Cards this afternoon. After saying a prayer for spiritual help to get the best answer for all concerned, I asked the following question: “When it comes to performing an act to improve our life, is it better to think-decide-act or better to wait for inspiration to direct us?”

I set the deck on the table, pushed the cards in every direction to mix them up, formed them back into a deck, cut it and fanned the two halves together, not once but three times. Then I cut the deck into four piles, reassembled it and picked the top card. The top card was number 26, NALU. It means waves and also contemplation. It shows a man swimming in ocean waves, the sun and rainbow overhead, lava flowing into the sea underneath.

Meaning: Waves are neither good or bad; they simply come and go. Our reaction is what counts. Contemplate the waves; learn to anticipate their patterns. To avoid problems caused by the wave’s force, dive under it, or go with it. Sooner or later it will lose it’s force and release you. Study the patterns and allow the waves to lead you to the shore.

Darn! I guess I’ll just sit here and watch the ebb and flow of my life and see where it takes me.

Drumming Circle: Blood Moon


What goes on at a drumming circle? I’m glad you asked. Last night I attended a drumming circle organized by Lauren Torres. We meet the first Tuesday of each month in Alsip, Illinois. For information log on to FaceBook and go to Chicago Shamans. Then click on Events. You’ll find information there. There are usually five or six regulars that show up for the circle. Last night there were five. We started off drumming for ten or fifteen minutes, clearing the space of negative energies and inviting our helpful spirits and power animals to join us.

Then, as usual, we discussed what was going on in our lives. This involves someone telling something that happened to them and then having the rest of the people comment on it. There is no set pattern and comments are purely voluntary.It is a very friendly and helpful process. Sharing ideas with others and having them share their ideas is a productive way of getting input to the various issues life sends our way. We all enjoy it. Some of the talk was about what jerks guys can be and I, being the only male present, had to duck a few slings and arrows. They weren’t necessarily aimed at me, but I WAS the only guy there. In reality it was a good natured discussion about relationships, you know, the venus/mars kind of things we have all encountered.

Toward the end of the evening we discussed the upcoming eclipse of the full moon. This time it would be what they call a ‘blood moon’. A major lunar eclipse like that one is a great time to look for areas of our life where we need to make change: breaking bad habits, ending unproductive relationships, etc. Lauren suggested we journey to the lower world to ask our power animals to assist us in discovering these issues and help us start getting rid of them. She drummed and we all journeyed. When I went to the lower world I met my friend the beaver. He knew what I wanted and we wandered around for a short time until he brought me to a large mass of what looked like large, old rubber bands. The beaver joyfully picked up a large scissors and began cutting away. I had to laugh to myself. I knew this was symbolic, but I didn’t realize I had so many bad habits that needed clipping. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that some of those were the negative ‘self-talk’ thoughts that we all have. I imagine some of them went back to my childhood (previous millennium). The drumming ended and we all packed up our drums and went home. The process of getting rid of negatives had started and would continue until the next eclipse about six months from now. Blessings!

Mana Cards: Great Changes

Leave a comment

Looking for inspiration, I asked the Mana Cards “What should I tell my blog readers today?” I expected to pick one card for a theme, however two cards popped out while I was cutting the deck into four stacks. I took that as an indication I needed to use both.

First card: 33, WA’A, meaning Transition. The picture on the card shows a large ship with sails on a rough sea. The Pleiades are overhead representing our point of origin and used for navigation. The message is “Great changes are on the horizon: a journey or an unanticipated change in direction. This change requires timing and patience to insure safety. We must chart our course carefully and allow the winds to move us forward.”

Second card: 36, POHAKU, means Relations. The picture on the card shows an upright, phallic stone representing fertility. Nearby is a bowl of coconut milk representing semen. Various plants surround these two items suggesting purification, the umbilical cord, healing and a blow of poi represents family. The message is: “Healthy relations nurture, heal, inspire and provide us with a sense of who we are. Unhealthy relations drain our energy, make us ill and depressed, and confuse us about our purpose or self-identity. We must seek a sense of community to survive and thrive. Now is the time to connect with a community if you haven’t already done so. We have an important part to play and important contributions to make to our community. These will strengthen our connections, not only to our community, but also to our Source.”

The concept of community does not mean the large city or town we live in. It refers to smaller, independent communities which may or may not consist of blood relations. The community must provide a foundation for all activities: spiritual, environmental, political, economic and even artistic activities. You’ll know if you are in the ‘right’ community based on how the members treat each other.