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Refresh and Advise

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I will be away from Pantelleria making some work in Bolgna, in central Italy. It is also a chance to refresh some supplies, buy some DVD movies, eat Chinese food, MAYBE have access to DSL internet (here on Pantelleria I have only a dial-up modem).

There is a big open street market on the weekends in Bolgna that is amazing. People come from all over the world to shop in this gigantic market. Clothes, food, shoes, more shoes, accessories, odds and ends, kitchen things, etc etc....everything at astonishing prices. which is to say very cheap...but very good things (if you pay attention) at very good prices. So far I have been buying all my clothes there. I got a great carry bag for my Macbook Pro 17 inch computer there for $25 (easily a $70 bag retail). Excuse me for being so domestic. There are also great art supply stores, book shops, every kind of advanced european shopping nearby. So it is a chance to upgrade the tools and supplies, within the budget mind you.

Near to the house in Bolog…

Asking For Nothing

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Equinox 21 March 1:07 am (CET)

(An extension of the Gray Antelope Rule)

What you have before you now is more than you could have ever imagined.

If you weight it against how much time you spend thinking about what you do not have......what bitterness and rage shall replace itself in your mind!

Your desire for what you do not have may become like a light blinding you as you stumble about in want inside the palace of your dreams, completely unaware of the treasures you have made inside your soul.

"Want nothing when you come in here",
is what the old man said to me as I crawled on four legs,
back into the womb of mother earth,
ma-doo-dis e wan; (my dear sacred water)
you shall hold me while the wind carries me.

"I am here already.
Yes, I am everywhere around myself."
And so we sang inside the sweat lodge so many years ago.

Everything has been provided, you need only understand how to see what is in front of you.

It is very easy to become a victim of your own desire for somethi…

The Spiral Spirit

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Breaking the boundaries of your normal life.



Above, Apache Dream Society Shield, and below, Women gather in Pantelleria for the first ceremony of the Womens Circle.


Art (Life) as a Revelation (The Spiral Spirit)


It is possible.

You have to take a chance.

You have to understand that the moments you have of pure light, even if for only a single heartbeat, contains all the information your spirit needs to awaken into a life of walking in beauty. Every person has a moment of light. Sometimes the light is like thunder, and so you can become frightened. Every seed of light which reaches inside your soul, so that the dreamer within is excited and open, even for the briefest moment, this is the real treasure of god.

Sometimes I guess I think I tend to ramble on, tend to repeat myself. I have found myself struggling at many times in my life. To move my life into a new culture, into taking my little bundle wrapped around an old red sacred pipe is a little breathtaking at times. Where will the mea…

Using the Rule of Silence

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Above, Red Shirt Master Drum Maker of Taos Pueblo (New Mexico). Below, one of his drums and some of the associates of this drum inside the mystery life. Copyright 2007 Turtle Heart.


To the old Indians, the people who are in fact, the people of the sacred pipe; spoken language had and has its problems. When people discuss their ideas the result is religion, politics, lies, exaggerations, oppositions, hidden meanings and on and on....language is a problem when it comes to speaking and understanding the truth.

As Kurt Vonnegot has argued, the big gigantic brain seems to be the problem. In the ceremonial moment with the Sacred Fire, with the Sweat Lodge, with the Sacred Pipe, every effort is made to bypass the dominance and self-absorption of the big brain. Silence is used inside the ceremony and this behavior immediately awakens other senses. Breathing is used, and this sends strong energies throughout the body.

In my work we use the Rattle, or Shaker (zhiishiigwan-an in ojibwe). We use the…

The Gray Antelope Rule

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Digital Revelation of Eclipse Photo (above)
Below, New sculpture today "emergence"


05 March

The Gray Antelope Rule

In these days we make the fire each day. The Sacred Fire, sometimes called the Morning Fire, also the Tobacco Fire.
If you make the fire every day you will change things. From now until the Spring Equinox (21 March, 1 am cet) we make the fire each day.

The wood is Olive, Lemon and Eucalyptus. The 3 sacred wood and plants of this island. The Lemon tree is very happy on this island. It grows typically in what is called an "Arabic Garden". This is a very tall circular shaped in stone, a large house really, and inside you grow the lemon tree. The shape captures the condensation and so conserves water and also protects the tree from the formidable winds.

The Tobacco Fire is an opening, a kind of mouth through which the earth can speak to you....but also an ear so you can hear yourself when you talk to the earth. Does the earth listen as well as speak?It depends en…