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Connection to Pele

Aloha from Hawaii Island. Yes, I am back home (for any of you that know the story). My beloved and I bought a house on the island and I’m living here right now, and more or less patiently (sometimes not so much) waiting until she and her daughters can be here too. Long story, perhaps for another time.

The image above, is an Ohia tree, which is found mostly around the Volcano area on the south of Hawaii Island, but this one is on our farm in Holualoa, just south of Kona. To some it is referred to as “Pele’s tree”.

When we first visited the island to look at this property, we noticed that this tree was completely bare, with no leaves, and my first thought was, ‘I get to practice my chainsaw skills’, but at the same time, I thought, ‘you know, I kind of like this bare tree standing guard on our property. It isn’t threatening the house, so perhaps we will keep it just as it is.’

We didn’t know what kind of tree it was, or had been, but it turned out to be an Ohia. The legend says that Pele saw this handsome warrior named Ohia and asked him to marry her, but Ohia had already pledged his love to Lehua. Pele was furious and turned Ohia into a twisted, ugly tree. Although the gods could not reverse Pele’s magic, they too pity on Lehua and turned her into the flower on the Ohia tree so the two lovers would be forever joined together. (paraphrased from Love Big Island)

Ok, back to our story. We decided to make an offer on the property and then a couple months later did a return visit to do some measurements and such for furniture. At that time, as I remember, I saw a few leaves on the tree. A couple months later I returned to do the final walkthrough prior to us signing all the paperwork, and I saw the tree covered in leaves and Lehua blossoms. I was a bit surprised, but also quite pleased that the tree had come back. It took a bit for me to realize it was an Ohia, and I wondered what it was doing this far up on the west side of the island.

I had returned to my hotel that night, and while lying in bed, I thought about the tree and a thought came (?) to me. This is our connection to Pele. She is in her own way blessing our purchase of this property. I sent her my gratitude and aloha, of course.

When we came back this June to take possession of the property, the tree was looking even better and covered in blossoms. After a few days, we headed down to pay our respects to Pele and give her our thanks, and when I closed my eyes at the crater rim, the first thought I has was of the tree. I knew then that I had been right, this was our connection to Pele and that she would watch over us. When we turned to leave, we were gifted a beautiful rainbow over the crater. I think of those as Pele’s smile.

Two Years in Paradise and Winter Solstice Wishes

SantaI’m sitting here tonight celebrating two events. One is the second anniversary of my moving to Hawaii, and of course the second is Winter Solstice.

December 22 2009, I arrived  “home” to Hawai’i Island and it has been an incredible adventure. At times it seems like just yesterday I stepped off the plane, but at other times it is hard to remember being anywhere else. My friend Frank DeMarco asked if it was 4 or 5 years since I had moved to Hawai’i, so it isn’t just me apparently.

Winter Solstice is a time of reflection and sitting here tonight my thoughts can’t help but turn toward what the coming years will bring, but crystal balls are notoriously foggy and as Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”.  I’m not even up on current events lately since I don’t watch TV and only occasionally look at headlines on the internet. There are, of course, no shortage of dire predictions about the future, and some of it may very well be true to some degree, but  I’m simply not going to focus on those things and lend my energies to them. In the latest SharedWidom newsletter, Hank Wesselman said:

No matter what happens over the next several years, we’ll be at our best if we are grounded and heart-centered.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

To all my countless two or three readers that still stop by (ok, and everyone else too) I wish all of you the happiest of holidays and love and happiness in the new year, come what may.

Hank Wesselman on Coast to Coast AM

The Bowl of Light

The spiritual teachers of the past did not just set everything in motion and then just walk away. They left tracks for us to follow. The ancestors continue to offer support by providing us with clues as to how to find these tracks and follow them. — Hank Wesselman, PhD

I thought I would let everyone know that my good friend and shamanic teacher, Hank Wesselman, will be on Coast to Coast AM on April 26th from 11pm to 2am Pacific Time, and will be talking about, among other things, his new book, The Bowl of Light (Sounds True, May 2011), which I am reading right now and I’ll be posting about when I finish. If you cannot listen to the live broadcast, you can listen to it after it airs at the Coast to Coast AM website.

In 1996, Hank came into relationship with the Hawaiian elder and kahuna, Hale Makua, and over the years Makua provided Hank with a rare glimpse into the heart of the kahuna tradition and before his untimely death in 2004, granted Hank permission to share sacred knowledge seldom imparted to outsiders.

More on Hank and Hale Makua.

Sheesh, my blog is so lonely

I’ve so neglected my blog, but like some others I know, the drive just isn’t there right now (well OK, it hasn’t been there for me really for over a year). I keep telling myself I’m going to start posting at least once a month, but then another month goes by (never was good with New Years resolutions either).

There have been a lot of shifts and such going on, not only in the larger global picture, but also on a personal level. I really do think that winter solstice 2010 was actually winter solstice 2012 (Mayan calendar). This was a substantial winter solstice from so many perspectives.

Things are going well here in Hawaii. Kilauea and Pele had a romp this last week or so and the Pu`u  O`o crater floor collapsed. If that weren’t enough, the lava level in the vent at the Halema`uma`u crater within the Kilauea Caldera dropped nearly out of sight (from around 230 feet below the crater floor to over 660 feet), and a rift opened up between a couple craters and Pele put on a grand show with some lava fountains along the rift reaching nearly 100 meters in height. Some of the cracks in the rift zone appear to by over 50 feet wide from the images. Not sure if it is mostly over or not. Things were kind of quiet down there this morning. You can take a look at some great images and videos of the goings on if you wish.

This image was snapped from my back door the other night, and yes, the sky was purple. No photoshopping at all. You can click to see a larger version of it.

Hopefully it won’t be months before I post again.

The Island had other ideas

I had forgotten that my vehicle inspections were due this month (January) so today I was in a rush to first off, find a place that could do both of them today, and secondly get going early enough so that I could get both of them done. I grabbed the envelopes out of my vehicles so I could inventory the stuff and make sure I had everything that was needed, and started making calls.

The first place I called was the dealership, and they could not get me in till mid-week. Not an option. I then called the place down south that had done them originally and found that they were no longer doing them, but they gave me the name of a place just south of them that they highly recommended. I called and told them the story and they said they would work me in.

I headed down there to get one vehicle done and discovered that when cleaning out the envelope I had taken out the current insurance card. I was miffed at myself since they had been so kind and it was a hour round trip to get back to the house and get the current card which was laying on my desk. Of course, what happened on the way back on the narrow two-lane road? I get behind a person that was traveling at half the 30MPH speed limit and did not pull over to let me go by (most times people driving slowly on the island will). I took a deep breath – OK, many of them on the drive back to the house – and told myself, everything is fine, it will all work out (still slightly miffed though).

I grabbed the card and headed back along the same road. What did I follow all the way? A school bus that stopped what seemed like 10,000 times to let children off which meant I had to stop behind the bus and wait. Again I kept telling myself, everything is fine, it will all work out. I was more concerned about messing up the people at the shop who were so kind to work me in when they really didn’t have any openings in their schedule.

I finally got there, the inspection went off without a hitch and I headed back to pick up my truck. Yes, if you are thinking ahead, behind another school bus that stopped it seemed like 100,000,000 times.

Finally got the truck and headed back down (behind another school bus that made 100 billion stops of course). Finally got there and while waiting for the guy to finish all the paperwork, we were both chuckling about my bad traffic karma, and he said, “this is the wrong island to be in a hurry on” and I agreed with him.

There have been a number of times I’ve headed off in a hurry and the Island has dropped anchor on me and slowed me down. Luckily I’m not the hurrying type anymore, and the only reason I was sort of miffed was that I was putting others out due in part to my inattention.

Moral of the story: slow down, breathe and enjoy life.

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