What this meant energetically was that the dominant timeline that elite powers on the planet have been orchestrating for decades if not centuries more through mass media control, perpetual warfare and a host of other paradigm manipulations had suddenly been replaced by a new one—an assertion of our collective humanity, reclaiming control of the powers of creation of our world. Truly, this is what my partner and I mused upon while lying in bed contemplating the stunning result of the election in the country that is the primary effector of the world—it felt as though a wave of incredibly powerful consciousness had been stirred and was crashing through reality, transforming things like never before.
Some say that Trump’s victory means we have chosen an accelerated timeline, in the sense that he is an obvious expression of much of our collective human shadow and we will now have to struggle quickly and resolutely to wrest control of our planet and the future of our species and all life now held in the balance of humanity’s megaton influence on the ecological environmental homeostasis. We are impacting things globally with how we've been interacting with the Earth and the results are horrific. If we are to survive, truly, we needed a giant leap forward. I feel that much of that has been taken. Yet...
We are now in that strange and even eerie place following a giant leap: the unknown of not knowing exactly where we’ve landed. This is why there’s so much seeming tumult now macrocosmically on the geopolitical stage and also microcosmically in our lives—2016 was a time of tremendous courage where an empowered collective of humanity united to challenge the old world order, climaxing in the incipient victory of Standing Rock, which has lit a fire of activated humanity that will continue to grow in the coming years as more and more people realize that the fight to save the Earth is THE fight. I and other visionaries have perpetually purported that it would be the environmental crisis that would resolutely unite a divisive humanity and galvanize us to take on the corporate-government hegemony. And that’s exactly what we are witnessing. At Standing Rock, not only did a united humanity victoriously resist nefarious corporate interests, but it also represented the coming together of legion North American indigenous tribes who had not connected in a very long time. Moreover, cultures from all around the world are uniting under indigenous leadership. There was also the moving forgiveness ceremony conducted by the US Army Veterans to ask for forgiveness on behalf of colonial culture from the Native Americans who were victims of genocide. These are no small feats. In the spiritual world, this was akin to the lighting of the torches at the conclusion of “The Return of the King” in The Lord of the Rings to call on all the tribes of Middle Earth to unite to fight the dark forces of Sauron. Massive things are being swept into play by the flap of these brilliant butterfly wings of beauty.
Another highlight of 2016 for me was the sacred passing of David Bowie. I say sacred because the way he went out was well extraordinary. To make an entire album as a final message, knowing he was dying, exuded spectacular bravery, and you could feel that strength being draught by humanity. Recall that fear of death is the ultimate fear so for Bowie to turn it into a graceful execution of art reminded me of the buffalo turning to face the coming storm. The unprecedented outpouring of love on social media for a man who truly embodied almost every facet of the human condition—Bowie was gay, straight, bi, an alien, a punk, a glam rocker, a stylish industrialist, a gentleman, a teacher, a mentor, a magician, a king, a warrior and a lover—a true lord of the four quarters! In my life I have never seen such love for a human being being expressed and it rivetted our collective consciousness. For all of our divisiveness and infighting, here we are celebrating a man who danced with all of our diversity, seamlessly and playfully, and our love for him symbolized a very powerful thing about what we truly honour. If only we could remember to honour the wild expressions of our humanity every day and welcome the kind of ultimate freedom of humanity that Bowie exuded as a basic aspect of what makes our world amazing. In time :)
Connecting with the energy of 2017 was at first difficult, which makes sense—as I mentioned, we’ve taken one giant leap forward, and we’re still in that phase of not knowing exactly where we’ve landed. Yet, as I contemplated and reflected more in meditation, it came clear as dawn: 2017 is the year of FULL ON GLORY. We are just like that humbled and even bewildered hero who, after upping their game diligently to face their initial dragon adversary, following victory are unaware of what to do next. And suddenly, there comes that feeling of celebration, as if the universe has acknowledged our glory by placing a gleaming crown on our head; a cosmic regalness earned by hard-fought transformative evolutions. Yet, it can still be hard to connect to our glory because well we’ve been so abused as a species for so long, disempowered by tyrannies, that there’s still a part of us that feels undeserving of our essential power and beauty. This is why transformative and conscious culture is becoming so mainstream—we are realizing that in order to reclaim our glory we need to enter into consciousness enhancing activities like ecstatic dance, tantric sexuality, plant medicine journeys, sacred singing and many more golden grooves to constantly usurp our limited egoic consciousness with the full thrust of our multi-dimensional, uber-radiance of soul--what Jung called THE GREAT SELF and what the Vedic sages called THE ULTIMATE SELF, Atman in Sanskrit, oftentimes translated as THE ONE. AND WE ARE ALL THE ONE at the same time, every moment--that's what we're now dancing into embodiment :)
I had the blessing to ring in 2017 at the Cosmic Convergence Festival in Guatemala, a truly magnificent transformative adventure. For five days, humans from all over the world came together to revel in high vibing dance music, diverse, live performances from musicians from all over the globe, healing workshops, yoga, nutritious foods and elixirs, consciousness explorations, and many magical and spontaneous orchestrations and cuddle puddling bliss-bombings. All of this was forged in a container by unbelievably beautiful and wise Mayan elders who held sacralizing opening and closing ceremonies, as well as those to honour the sacred waters and a tobacco ceremony to honour right and ‘revelatious’ use of this medicinal plant to support complete letting go of all that is no longer needed.
One of my personal highlights was participating in a Trance Dance workshop with Gaia Ma from Inanitah. During fervent shaking and pulsing psy-trance beats, we moved and cathartically released for 90 minutes in a beautiful open field surrounded by volcanoes with our eyes closed the whole time! The theme was of a caterpillar bursting as a butterfly from its chrysalis as a metaphorical movement map to engage our own personal and collective journey as a species coming into its full empowerment! What a better symbol of coming into our full-on glory!!!
A growing theme in the world has been the burgeoning of what is called many names, from transformative culture, to conscious culture or simply the rise of interest in spirituality, mysticism and also the wonderful interweaving with rationalisms such as empirical science. Reality is becoming increasingly a blender of all aspects of existence, which is wondrous for those who know how to dance the multi-dimensions; who can flip from logical explorative dialogue into an ecstatic dance in a heartbeat. For those who are still releasing themselves from the matrix of rigid thought patterns, an imprinting possibly a millennia in the making, these times can be trying. And yet, there’s so much hope: my world travels have resolutely affirmed that EVERYWHERE there is the rising of universal culture sourced in spirituality—the art and science of unity and oneness. So for those still healing these long, generational wounds (which to be frank is us all at some time or the other), there’s so many resources now with the plethora of yoga studios, shamanic workshops, healers and more to help us shift and keep shifting as we embrace the essential flow-state of ecstatic livelihood--truly what living in greatness is about. AND on top of that, global transformative festivals like Cosmic Convergence, Burning Man and the Envision Festival are popping up all over the place, offering nodes where a new world can be practiced in a festival container. The freedom of humanity being unleashed in these festive nexuses should not be underestimated. We are witnessing a now mass and revolutionary awakening on the planet. The real question isn’t when but how far we want to take it :)
This is where glory becomes full-on. It’s a commitment, full-on, to each and every day see oneself and one’s widening, emboldening community, as caretaker for this newborn world that we are nurturing, inspiring, cultivating, co-creating together—as something so glorious and bold that we could remake the world—godly/goddessly/divine/and yet indigenously human, Earth-arisen, cosmically endowed; taking universal shape; becoming impervious to the deceptions of old that oppressed our true power from summiting rightfully the holy mountain of our fulfillment and possibility as a divinely human being and a transcendent and ever-singing song of galactic soul!
And just like ecstasy, glory should not be taken as something patriotic to the terrain of joy alone—recall that ecstasy means intense feeling states, intensity denoting a wide spectrum of high vibrations that could range from bursting joy, to grave-digging grief, to utter horror. Glory harkens to be the standing in full splendourousness, where all is accepted because we know deep in the essence of what we are, that no matter the adversity, no matter what is before us, we can take it on. In this knowing of our instinctual genius, we actually revel in the midst of struggle: when it beckons, there is no hesitation in us to lift our chin to face it, find our robust, centering breath, and with a ferocious presence, leap into engagement. A subtle smile spreads its humble arms, cupping one of the sweetest feelings—the knowing that here is an opportunity to practice and exude the brilliance of the human soul; before the most defying conflict, a chance to weave the most nimble, and incredibly restoring unity that will bless enemies, turn demons to winged virtues and invite the whispers of the divine and galactic ones to nestle in the ears of our hearts the universal wisdom that makes the world torrential with virtue.
This next year and those to come will not necessarily be paradise. In fact, there will be times when we feel paradise to be totally lost. But so much less will be our dismay, the more exuberant and enthused our hope, more active our willingness to be the change; the great shift. We will be required to tousle together more to support each other’s glory and to fully and finally understand that glory is ultimately born from our connectivity, becomes more radiant, as if we are logs blazing away, feeding a greater flame when touched together. And this great LIGHT, this bounding illumination of our collective consciousness, our interdependent awakening, that is washing the world awake, is for us all to tend, to adore and be devoted too, especially when the shadows writhe by being touched, perhaps for the first time since immemorial, by the blessed ray of unity; of love. There is no turning back now—we have taken the leap, and our feet landed on cosmic ground. We are bursting with miraculous potentials and now we shall witness the full glory of what we really are and what all really is. It is not a time to let up but to surrender to the immense waves of consciousness evolution, stirring us awake to our true identity as magical Creators of realities, worlds, and wondrous frequencies of beauty and truth. Let this be a year where you allow your most excellent qualities be honoured, and committed to total unfurling, for we all need each other in such brilliance now to save the planet, and celebrate this new world dawning by the beat of our mutual dreaming of the possible paradise we already feel and see in the depths of our endless hearts! Be glorious, relentlessly, for we are nothing less!