Category Archives: 10th Alignment Principle

Intention and Dreams

The full moon has arrived as well as the alignment principle for this month: Grow Your Dreams With Impeccable Intention.

During the new moon I told you about my incredible good fortune to come upon a beautiful community in Uruguay. Another of my dreams was to take this opportunity to work on my White Bear Medicine Shield workbook that I have been drafting and planning for a number of years. I thought that going to a foreign land would rid me of the many distractions that interrupt me at home. I wanted to use the time here wisely and productively.

Well, embarking on one’s Path With Heart that includes a dramatic degree of change will almost certainly cause distracting and unanticipated digressions. Such is the nature of a learning curve. There have been moments when I thought that working on my project just wasn’t going to happen.

However, with the advent of meeting intelligent new friends came inspiration and hope. Although fatigue is a symptom of the many processes of change, the intention and determination to realize this dream of work began to materialize.

I am happy to report that work has begun and for the first time, I truly feel as though I am on the correct path. I feel as though I am working on a painting. Each day brings a new problem to resolve. I meditate on a resolution that will resonate with my deepest self and then the answer arises from the natural world all around me thanks to All My Relations. I focus and apply the best of my abilities to the task, and, so far, have been happy with the results.

The only thing that remains is stamina so I will make sure that I eat well, rest well, and exercise well. Ho! May it be so!

Creative Writing

I’m taking a bunch of fall courses through various MOOC offerings. One is called, “How Writers Write Fiction” based out of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. I completed a setting/dialog exercise last night for this week’s assignment. It’s practice for my dream of writing a Young Adult novel in the near future. Here it is:

Setting/Dialog Exercise

They pulled into the dead end street. Susanna could see the side of the auto body shop come into view, its concrete face looming over barren scrub and dirt. She grabbed the window crank and whipped it around until the window disappeared.

She didn’t need to lean her head by degrees because her face was instantaneously slapped by heat. She instinctively let her mind turn her body into a flyspeck then cast it toward a dark cellar.

“What are you doing? You’re messing up the air conditioner,” said her mother.

Susanna sat all the way back in her seat and turned the window handle opposite the natural movement of her thumb. It ached to push it this way.

“Will you hurry up, for God’s sake!”

The wheels crunched against the gravel road and she could hear the hard crackle turn into a softer shiver as they pulled into the wide incline of her grandmother’s property, the entire front lot covered in sand.

Susanna’s mother put the automatic lever into park jerking the car to an abrupt stop and turned to her.

“We’re here,” she said.

Susanna didn’t like her mother’s expression. Master at feigning the pursed smile, Susanna invariably perceived it as a sort of grey grimace, the natural pink outline completely pressed out. This lynx-like expression nearly always came before a storm, clouding what Susanna thought might be reasonable, making her feel vulnerable. She thought, here it comes.

“Just one second, Susanna. Before we go in I have something to tell you. I had you pack for a week but the truth is– I’m leaving you here for a while–a few weeks this summer.”

Susanna couldn’t breathe. She tried to suck in something that would help her feel a tangible now. She folded her arms and pinched the skin by her left elbow. Was she really here? Wasn’t she promised the lazy comfort that comes from all things familiar—her room, her books, her music?

Her mother shifted, her eyes an indistinct gaze through the windshield.

“It will be OK, I promise.”

She turned back to look at Susanna and said, “Get your things. Let’s get moving. I want to get back.”

Susanna fixated on her mother’s lipstick, the crimson of it meeting at a dark pin prick where the lips merged, drawing her into its vortex.

“Come on,” she said.

Susanna came back to herself.

“What happens if I don’t like it here?”

“Just help your grandmother. I’ll call you soon. Before you know it, the time will fly.”


Let me know what you think. 🙂










Weaving Your Web

I had my class yesterday and I was so inspired by our discussion about using our intellect to uncover our creativity. What does that mean exactly? This month’s alignment practice is to work with this truth.

The truth of developing our personal creativity comes when we begin to understand our emotions, accepting that movement is inevitable. Once balance is achieved via flowing with emotions, we may become witness to our intellectual pursuit for higher knowledge. This understanding helps inform our creative spirits.

We feel, we learn, we create, we grow.

This is what Spider Woman of the Indigenous American diaspora taught us. This forms the basis for human interaction and communication.

Alignment Practice for the 10th Moon

Intend your dreams with impeccable craftsmanship.

Reflect on how you currently walk in the world. Where do your thoughts generally take you? What are your habits of behavior? Who are the individuals that you associate with? Is there anything that is a barrier to attaining your goals as a balanced, centered, and enlightened being? How may you “tweak” any of these practices so that you are more attuned to being more authentic?