Kalani Honua Blog

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stephanie Juris and Ali Slous

Amid a trifecta of auspicious celestial events - Spring Equinox, supermoon and solar eclipse – a group of world-renowned astrologers descended upon Kalani for The River of Stars Conference to contemplate our place in the cosmos. Among this group of spiritual thought-leaders – such as Maurice Fernandez, Linda Tucker, and Rick Levine (who submitted his widely syndicated horoscopes from Kalani’s Communications Office) – was also Kaypacha, a rising star in a new paradigm of educators, who share information freely through YouTube.

Kaypacha, who has utilized astrology as a healing art for over 35 years, publishes a weekly astrological forecast entitled: “The Pele Report.” Kaypacha’s Pele Report began with a webcam as a playful means of sharing insight with friends and colleagues; it has rapidly grown to captivate a niche audience of individuals seeking inspired guidance to navigate the ongoing global shift in consciousness, as well as budding astrologers. As of now, each forecast garners as many as 50,000 views. Even with the exponential growth of Kaypacha’s following, he still edits and uploads each video himself from wherever his travels take him.
Each video, created outside in nature, includes a breakdown of the week’s astrological aspects along with an authentic sharing of what the energy that week will feel like, and how we can adapt to it. Watching Kaypacha’s videos has become a weekly ritual for his viewers, as they offer a sense of comfort and release, steeped in ancient wisdom. He closes each report with a relatable mantra and signature sign off: “Namaste. Aloha. So. Much. Love.”
We held an intention to synch up with Kaypacha during his visit to Kalani. We were thrilled that the stars aligned for an opportunity to sit down with him in between a packed calendar of event presentations – such as “Painting Your Horoscope” and “Rites of Passage” - personal chart readings, and private workshops. We discovered that this celebrated astrologer’s experience on The Big Island mirrors many of our own experiences of transformation and self-discovery.

Kaypacha’s powerful moniker – an Inca word translated as puma – came through Mother Giamvati - a Brazilian shaman - during an ayahuasca ceremony in Brazil. This rebirth came after an abrupt departure from his then home on The Big Island and set off a sequence of life-changing events that catapulted him into a new identity and role.
In the Inca teachings, the Puma was known as the guardian between worlds and the guide between this world and the next. Preferring to be called Kaypacha rather than his given name, Mother Giamvati  told Kaypacha that practicing his new name would activate its meaning and vibration: mastery of the sensory world.

In his own words - on recieving his spiritual name:

Following his unfolding spiritual path, Kaypacha’s adventure led him to Costa Rica, where he found love and invested in land as part of a burgeoning permaculture community. There, Kaypacha lives his message of sharing resources and encouraging collective consciousness. With representation from 26 different countries, 43 lots, shared community kitchen, pool, yoga space, and gardens, Kaypacha is not only talking about the new paradigm, but fully embodying it.
Kaypacha took a moment to reflect on his returning to The Big Island for the first time since 2012:
In his own words - on returning to Hawai‘i:

Beginning another new personal chapter, Kaypacha shared that where he used to feel like an outsider, he can now be recognized going to get a cup of coffee or traveling through airports en route to workshops and appearances around the world. When we asked him how does he keep up with the demand for the content he creates each week, he replied:

"All I can say is that spirit is definitely behind me, through me, helping me. I live a magical life...When I'm on track, I feel so supported, and I am so blessed, and I am so grateful."

In his own words - on spirit:

With regard to being back at Kalani, Kaypacha adds:
“This place is changing now; it has turned more into a community. That’s very exciting…there’s a lot going on here. This is the leading edge.”
Kaypacha’s teachings remind us on a weekly basis that the new paradigm is no longer created by talking about ideas and information. Rather, we welcome the new paradigm by living it, modeling it, embodying it, leading by example, and, most importantly - sharing our knowledge and wisdom with others. 
And, as for integrating self-care into his globetrotting, content-sharing lifestyle, Kaypacha remarks: “You gotta do your yoga. If you’re not doing your yoga in the morning, something’s wrong.”
To learn more about Kaypacha and to watch “The Pele Report,” visit his YouTube channel or explore The New Paradigm Astrology Cooperative.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

LJ Bates, Kalani Executive Director

“Synchronicity is ever present for those who have eyes to see.” – Carl Jung

As Executive Director of the extraordinary Kalani Honua, my schedule is rarely the same routine from day to day. While I have my own personal rituals that both prepare me for the day, and then ease me from the day, the happenings in between those practices are never the same. This vast diversity of daily events, and the energies of our varied conversations, combine to become the source behind the richness of the Kalani experience, and the reason that our days seem like weeks and our months feel like minutes. If you have spent any time here at all, I am sure you have felt and experienced this magic.

Kalani founder, Richard, Executive Director, LJ, and General Manager, TikiThere is a remarkable joy, honor and privilege of serving this ‘ohana, this community and this world, from, what I believe to be, the best vantage point on the planet. You see, as ED of Kalani, I have the opportunity to observe human behavior from so many viewpoints within the human experience…laughter and comradery, failure and disappointment, fulfillment and bliss, fear and animosity, joy and love, anger and frustration, freedom and happiness. I am blessed with the daily opportunity to see the full spectrum of humanity as our ‘ohana begins to explore and find their path to healing along with their realization of the blessings before them. For many, it is also the first recognition of those fierce barriers and protective walls, which we all create in order to protect ourselves, yet prevent us from a joy-filled existence. It is simply awesome to see these transformations on a consistent basis.

I am also offered the perspective of witnessing both my own response to the human experience, as well as the varied methods by which my ‘ohana employs their own techniques of maneuvering through our shared existence. It is a remarkable opportunity; this witnessing. It allows me the opportunity to both surround myself with people who compliment my shortcomings, as well as observe the beauty and brilliance of the diversity within our ‘ohana. Because of this opportunity to observe human behavior, I truly believe that I am one of the luckiest people on Earth, managing one of the best roles that I could ever possibly imagine or manifest. I am humbled and grateful for the place I hold within this remarkable place on our planet.

As I bask in the beauty of our diversity, I cannot help but recognize the deep need to enhance equality among our community and the need to come to a collective understanding of the word “enough.” I see the effects of the outside social systems creep its way into our community and I hope, on a daily basis, that we will create something better…a system based upon justice and equality that serves everyone, not just the few. And while some of the external systems and structures are required by the very nature of our present global economy, it is my greatest wish that we at Kalani create new and innovative systems that improve upon our current economy and create new structures that serve every member of our community equally.

The wonderful part of living in a place like Kalani is that you get to see your personal wishes become a source of exploration for others…especially as we research varied techniques to achieve equality, while thriving together. Here at Kalani, we can do better than the external system that has challenged our souls…that system that required our spirits to seek each other out…searching for new ways of living with the Earth and with each other. It is nothing short of inspiring to have found each other…and together, we can do better! Which calls my attention to the daily attempts we make to inspire those who come to us having already been inspired by that “seeker” in all of us…which forces us to change our lives, find a new path, and make the journey to the magical land of Kalani. I often get to hear the stories of how people find themselves here, and when I do, my soul is instantly energized as my heart swells, filling my chest with the realization that we have found yet another beautiful spirit, who has miraculously made their way here, to add to the gorgeous diversity of this magical place.

"Mission Moment" with LJIf you have joined us for the Monday Morning Meeting of our entire ‘ohana, you have witnessed the beauty and soul-nurturing impact of a community truly immersed in gratitude, who comfortably and openly share their appreciation for one another. It is a beautiful thing to witness and even more beautiful to participate.

My method of weekly participation is through my “Mission Moment.” This started out as a method for me to introduce and strengthen our collective knowledge of Kalani’s mission statement and the purpose behind our service efforts. Since then, the Mission Moment has evolved into an opportunity where I am able to tap into the synchronicity of the ‘ohana and highlight a common theme or feeling that has been floating through the community.

The synchronicity at Kalani is something that can only be defined as magic, as these weekly themes show themselves so easily to me during each of my daily meditations throughout the week. If there is a prevalent emotion, theme, or challenge, rippling through our community, it immediately shows itself and we are able to speak to the issue and connect directly to the souls of our ‘ohana. This is but one more benefit to my role; to connect with this gorgeous collection of beautiful souls, each and every Monday morning, and share in our collective synchronicity.

When I first arrived at Kalani, I used to test the synchronicity of Kalani’s ‘ohana by simply asking questions at breakfast. I would ask easy things like: “I wonder what would happen if we painted that…” or more difficult questions like “Has anyone ever thought of changing the way we…?” After delivering those questions, just once in the morning, I would simply wait. But, I learned that I would only have to wait until lunchtime. By that time, I would either hear from a vast number of people who were thinking the same thing, and we would discuss how to move the idea forward, or, on the other end of the spectrum, I would not hear another thought on the subject. I got to know very quickly that the synchronicity of Kalani came from the fact that our community was its own energy source; flowing and pulsing in a unique state of synchronicity which could both energize a thought into beautiful results, or keep a thought from disrupting the collective flow. It is a powerful force and a beautiful entity to acknowledge.

It is my greatest hope that everyone get to experience the synchronicity of Kalani…whether through your participation in volunteerism within our community, through the sharing of your wisdom around our dining lanai tables, or through your delivery of creative ideas to improve our community. It is remarkable how quickly we can tap into the entity which is Kalani’s synchronicity, and either experience that our synergy is in line with the community, or find that our idea has fallen flat. And even though we often move on from those ideas which do not immediately resonate, it should never stop us from collectively attempting to move new thought forward. The introduction of new methods and ideas, especially within a community which experiences such high synchronicity, is the only way we will reach new heights in our operation and in our service to others.

I thank you for your personal contribution to our Kalani ‘Ohana and I love you!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ali Slous

"Do you think you are a puny form when the universe is folded up within you?" ~ Sufi Mystic

Are you spirit or are you matter? We often talk about being "spiritual," but what does that mean and how can we bring ourselves down to earth?

The sensory, three-dimensional world is composed of energy; infinite swirling molecules that, when interpreted by the mind-body system, facilitate vibrant experiences of form. As part of this interpretive process, our minds categorize people, places, and things to form understanding. The mind habitually draws from stored mental concepts to comprehend experiences and create meaning.

As we expand our awareness, we may encounter new experiences that defy all stored mental concepts and rational, scientific explanations. As a result, we must choose to seek another source of information to understand the significance of an event.

At the moment we can no longer rely on our rational, logical mind for explanation, we are introduced to spirit - a stream of intelligence that exists beyond stored concepts in the mind. Upon awakening to spirit, we realize that spirit is an underlying constant, the transcendental energy source that infuses all things material.

When we become aware that our spiritual and material nature are inextricably linked, we may become increasingly connected to earthly magic through the physical body, our vehicle for experiencing this realm. Integrating simple practices like barefoot walking, sky-gazing, or sharing unconditional love with a pet can deepen our connection to the wondrous experience of life on earth.   

April Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Mauna Kea - White Mountain

Mauna Kea, or "white mountain," named appropriately for its snow and ice-capped winter peak, is one of five dormant volcanoes that make up Hawai'i Island and represents the highest point in the state. Located here on the Big Island, Mauna Kea stands over 33,000 feet from base to piko (summit), making it the world's tallest mountain.

Mauna Kea's summit is also home to Poli'ahu, snow goddess and counterpart to fire goddess, Pele. Whereas Pele's lava destroys that which no longer serves and creates space for new life, Poli'ahu coolly and elegantly guards the sacred home of the Na Akua (Divine Deities), Na 'Aumakua (the Divine Ancestors), and the meeting place of Papa (Earth Mother) and Wakea (Sky Father).

In Hawaiian culture, the kupua (demi-gods) - including sisters Pele and Poli'ahu - represent powerful aspects of nature that shape both our outer and inner worlds. As we practice appreciation for life, we can invoke Mauna Kea as a sacred earthly temple, protected by Poli'ahu's icy sheath. 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Ali Slous

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." ~ Lao Tzu

Are you ready to March forth? What has been unfolding beneath the surface of your life that is now ready for expression?
This month's powerful Spring Equinox is punctuated by a rare celestial event: a supermoon solar eclipse. A potent planetary alignment, the equinox supermoon eclipse heralds the arrival of a great burst of energy: the power necessary for new life to emerge from the (seemingly) dormant winter earth. If this winter season has felt particularly challenging, we can allow this supermoon eclipse to represent the shift to a completely new chapter in our lives.
During a solar eclipse, the moon, traditionally associated with our inner emotional being, temporarily blocks the light of the sun, representing our conscious awareness. While the light of consciousness is "off," - creating a disruption in ongoing mental processes like interpretation, classification, and judgment - we may open greater access to profound intuitive and emotional clarity.
With emotional clarity, it becomes possible to move "stuck" energy out of the way so that new emotional landscapes can emerge. When the light of consciousness comes back "on," we are receptive to new insights into what we must give up, change, or transform to manifest the highest possible outcome for our next chapter.
Fortunately, we need not "do" anything to harness the energy of this great shift. Rather, our simply being here on the planet at this auspicious time of awakening facilitates the alchemical process of transformation to unfold naturally, as all things do.

March Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Mālamalama - Patience

Mālamalama means "the light of knowledge," and is also associated with English words including clarity, clear perception, and enlightenment.

Hawaiian creation myths refer to mālamalama as the light of creation that follows a period of darkness (po), as well as to the light of the moon (mahina), when it shines brightly against the night sky. From a mythological standpoint, mālamalama invokes the light of the sun as illuminator and life-giving deity in the sky.

Mālamalama also carries the meaning of spiritual enlightenment. In Hawaiian cultural teachings, mālamalama is described as the inner feeling of joy that arises when one becomes fully present in the task or interaction at hand. This joy compounds when one considers the collective as an extension of the self, and acts accordingly.

As we prepare for the Spring Equinox, we may contemplate mālamalama - the light - as the counterbalance to the dark. In doing so, we can help align ourselves and our loved ones with the inner light of clarity that inevitably follows the darkness.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ali Slous

Kalani announces ILLUMINATO on February 28th, 2015 – a nighttime light installation and performance art show that sets Kalani’s expansive campus aglow at the end of the winter season. In its third year, ILLUMINATO will present unique ways of experiencing light, visual, and performance arts, set against the canvas of Hawaii’s elements.

Kicking off Kalani’s fortieth anniversary year, ILLUMINATO strives to embody Kalani’s non-profit mission: to facilitate learning, healing, and wellness, utilizing Hawaii’s abundant natural and cultural gifts. An open invitation for creative self-expression, Kalani welcomes seasoned and novice artists, alike, to bring their vision to fruition as part of ILLUMINATO’s sensory wonderland.

“There is something magical about things that glow in the dark that bring out the kid in each of us. ILLUMINATO gives people of all ages a chance to renew our sense of awe and our desire for exploration” said Drew Delaware, Kalani’s Communications Manager and ILLUMINATO creator.

Outdoor exhibits will include fire-sculpture by Sprocket, professional fire-spinning and dancing, a candlelit labyrinth, and a unique improv-based performance by Big Island Improv in Kalani’s specialized watsu pool. Local Puna artists Rose Adare and Peggy Stanton will also contribute to the evening’s talented roster.

Centered around a thriving, volunteer-based intentional community, Kalani will draw a diverse mix of local residents, international visitors, and innovative artists for this one-of-a-kind experience. The pre-event revelry begins on Kalani’s Dining Lanai for an India-inspired meal, after which diners and show spectators can begin exploring campus. Event attendees are also encouraged to “wear” art, through creatively-lit costumes and glow-in-the-dark attire.

One of Kalani’s most highly anticipated events, ILLUMINATO celebrates the artist in each and every one of us.

To participate in the show, please contact [email protected].
To view images from ILLUMINATO's past, visit our Facebook Album.
Love taking pictures? Hashtag your images #ILLUMINATO to share your photography with the Kalaniverse.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Ali Slous

"Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know." - Pema Chodron

How do you heal yourself? Many healing modalities call for "letting go" or "releasing old patterns," but what does that mean and how can we apply it?

Although we are born as individuals, our experience on planet earth is a collective one. It is through cooperation with others - our families, friends, and colleagues - that we learn. And, each new experience with another provides us with an opportunity to meet ourselves.

Rather than look at the outer world as "separate," we can choose to see the outer world as an extension of self, shining the light of awareness on what thoughts, beliefs, and emotions are coming up within - and creating our external experience. With practice, we can become more sensitive to the ways in which each experience is designed to facilitate a deeper discovery of our capacity for love.

As our awareness of self deepens, we inevitably encounter experiences that bring up deeply embedded emotions such as pain and grief. At these times, we may find ourselves repeating similar, painful experiences, due to an old belief system that no longer serves our highest good. This cycle can lead to a feeling of victimization that holds the existing pattern in place.

However, it is within our most painful experiences that we are given the most profound opportunities to heal. We begin by recognizing the pattern, forgiving ourselves and others who have co-created it, and, finally, allowing the experience to pass. Over time, our hearts become more open to loving experiences that transcend what we previously thought possible.

February Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Ahonui - Patience

Ahonui, translated literally, means "great breath," and can be applied as a practical tool for healing and self-realization. Ahonui is also associated with the English word "patience."

Whereas, in English, the word "patience" may connote the need to tolerate something unpleasant - potentially carrying the energy of victim consciousness - in Hawaiian, ahonui more closely signifies perseverance. Ahonui speaks to the process of recognizing ourselves in a challenging situation, focusing on what we are being asked to feel, and then moving through those emotions with ease. Rather than project our feelings externally, we are asked to go deeper within. 

We all encounter situations that ask us to dig deep, take responsibility for ourselves and our behaviors, and, finally, to forgive and let go. When applied to healing, ahonui reminds us to connect to the "great breath," one of the most powerful tools to bring us back into the present moment; a simple, but profound practice that helps us to release anything that is not love. 

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Ali Slous

"Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything." - Napoleon Hill

What does your heart truly desire? Do you allow yourself to want what you want?

As creative beings in an energetic universe, our desires - when aligned with cooperative thoughts, beliefs, and inspired action - manifest into experiences.

Our free will to create is supported so unconditionally that we can create what we want just as easily as what we do not want. The universe does not judge our desires.

Underlying each manifested experience is a set of beliefs; a series of thoughts that we have practiced over time. When we create an "unwanted" experience - rather than reject, judge or avoid it - we may choose to perceive it as an opportunity to get closer to our desired outcome. We can do so by releasing old limiting beliefs and by creating new beliefs that open us to possibilities beyond our previous frame of reference.

When we have integrated this lesson, we may begin to view challenging experiences with less trepidation and more excitement, understanding that each contrasting experience gets us closer to manifesting that which we truly desire. At these times, we can reaffirm our commitment to the process and trust that the universe is conspiring to make even our biggest dreams come true.

January Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Pele and the 'Ohi'a Lehua

Metrosideros polymorpha, also known as the 'Ohi'a Lehua, is a species of flowering evergreen tree endemic (native) to Hawaiʻi. We selected the 'Ohi'a Lehua to symbolize Kalani's 40th anniversary year, for its ability to flourish despite challenging conditions, and because its color is befitting of our ruby anniversary.

According to Hawaiian legend, Pele became enamored with a handsome warrior named Ohia, not realizing he had already pledged his love to another - Lehua. When Ohia rejected Pele's marriage proposal, she turned him into a twisted tree, leaving Lehua devastated. Taking pity on the separated lovers, the gods turned Lehua into a flower on the tree, reuniting the lovers for eternity. Legend says that plucking this flower separates the lovers and fills the sky with rain.

The 'Ohi'a Lehua blooms sporadically throughout the year, which has baffled scientists. Contrasted against the black lava rock from which this resilient tree mysteriously grows, the 'Ohi'a Lehua reminds us that beauty often emerges from the fire of transformation.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ali Slous

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. Let us begin.”
- Mother Theresa -

How present are you? How often do you focus your energy wholeheartedly into the here and now?

If Earth is an interdisciplinary, multidimensional school, then our assignment is embedded within the present moment. However, when we diffuse our energy reviewing the past or attempting to control the future, we may lose focus of what we are being asked to see, learn, or experience right now.

As creators, we magnetize the people, places, and experiences most needed for our mutual expansion. Each joy, heartache, challenge, and triumph is constructed from the center of our being, and we do not mis-create. The fullest expression of our true self becomes readily available when we release judgment of self-perceived "mistakes" and step into full acceptance of what is.

Present moment awareness, free of egoic judgments, is the foundational first step in consciously creating a life of contentment and bliss. Upon cultivating present moment awareness, we open ourselves to seeing the perfection in each of life's twists and turns - and approaching new challenges with trust.

Today's powerful New Moon Winter Solstice in Capricorn reminds us not only to align with our highest expression of self, but also to align with like-minded, like-spirited others to create mutually-beneficial agreements - working together to identify practical, manageable steps that move us in the direction of our individual and collective goals.

December Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Laulima - Cooperation

 Loren Frohning, 2014 Hawai‘i Yoga FestivalThe Hawaiian word laulima translated literally means "many hands working together," an essential concept in Hawaiian culture emphasizing cooperation. Laulima underscores the importance of aiming for the highest good of all to ensure the best possible outcome - understanding that unity is imperative to progress.

When we apply the concept of laulima, we may become more finely attuned to the opportunity to collaborate with our peers, noticing that each person with whom we cross paths has something to share. When we shift our awareness to this truth, we become receptive to the gift of cooperation that propels us forward, together.

Photos by: Matt Bulger and Loren Frohning, 2014 Hawai‘i Yoga Festival

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ali Slous

“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.”
- Alan Watts -

How have you reinvented yourself lately? When you release parts of yourself that are no longer in alignment, what remains?
Through awareness practices such as yoga and meditation, we become increasingly sensitive to our experience on subtle, energetic levels. Upon further reflection, we begin to understand that our outer reality is simply a reflection of our inner reality. With this understanding, we can reclaim the power to consciously reinvent ourselves.
 Loren Frohning, 2014 Hawai‘i Yoga FestivalReclaiming this power starts from the inside out. If every nook and cranny of our home is filled with clutter, clothes that do not fit, and stacks of papers and mail collecting dust, our energy fields may become stagnant or blocked. We can utilize the energy of November to shed these unneeded layers and open up new pathways for energy to flow.
Whether it's raking away fallen leaves, donating items to our local food pantry or thrift shop, or recycling items we no longer use, we can take daily actions to create space in our external world. When we practice creating space externally, we transmit a clear message to the conscious universe that we are ready for new and better experiences - both within and without.

November Ha‘awina Hawai‘i | Makia - Energy Goes Where Attention Flows

 Loren Frohning, 2014 Hawai‘i Yoga FestivalMakia is one of seven sacred concepts in Huna, a modern shamanic practice inspired by Hawaiian teachings. Makia signifies: energy goes where attention flows, teaching us that what we focus on is what we ultimately create. As powerful creator beings, this concept applies equally whether we focus on what we want to create or what we do not want to create.
When we apply Makia as a tool for conscious, deliberate creation, we may become aware of limiting perceptions, thought patterns, or beliefs that are no longer in alignment with who we are now. As we let go of these beliefs, we free ourselves from the known - while bravely stepping into the unknown.  
As we explore Makia this month, we may practice questioning even our longest held beliefs. When we release old beliefs, ideas, and labels that once contained us, we allow space for surprise and delight in each moment.

Photos by: Loren Frohning, 2014 Hawai‘i Yoga Festival
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ali Slous

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust -

 Matt Bulger

What project are you ready to (re)initiate? What inspired action can you take to make your vision a reality?

Each season is characterized by a unique energy signature that supports us in distinctive ways. This month, we are asked to renew our focus on projects laid to rest during the celebratory summer months.

To engage the (re)initiatory spirit of October, we must first undergo an energetic reboot. In doing so, it is helpful to take a critical look at how we spend our energy and then use that information to eliminate energetic drains.

We may also use this information to ensure that we are making sufficient time to rest and refill our energetic wells. If our current practices do not support our overall wellbeing, now is the time to (re)initiate constructive resting practices such as: spending time in nature, reflecting silently, and enjoying connection, creativity, and collaboration with our peers.

Once our reboot is complete, we can look at our projects with new eyes and identify clear actions that will allow us to realize them with ease. Rather than push to get every task done ourselves, our work is to hold the vision, take excellent care of ourselves, and trust that all necessary components always come together perfectly in the flow of life.

Photo credit: Matt Bulger

October Haʻawina Hawaiʻi | Pouli - Eclipse; darkness

CC BY-SA Thomas Tunsch

Pouli is the Hawaiian word for eclipse. With both a total lunar and a partial solar eclipse this month, we will experience the obfuscation of our luminaries - a temporary darkening of the bodies that illuminate our day and night.

We each experience the darkness differently. For some it triggers fear and unease, while for others, the dark symbolizes deep rest and regeneration.

As we work to rebalance our energetic systems, we may take refuge in a few moments of darkness - by shutting off the lights, the smart phone, the computer screen, or even allowing time to still our minds. We may find that, in the quiet darkness, we create space for new inspiration to strike. 

Photo credit: CC BY-SA Thomas Tunsch

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