The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said “if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” I say, what does one do when faced with the light of their own Soul? It can appear as a flash; an electric stare into another’s eyes, an elder’s smile, or our ancestors whispering in the crashing waves. The choice is ours to wince in the face of one’s own beauty and power or take responsibility and stay awake. Today I was challenged to stay awake and greet the beauty around me as we traveled to Wishtoyo, the Chumash village of Malibu Canyon, whose name means “Rainbow.” Before we got out of the van, we were immediately greeted with the warmest welcome I’ve ever received and we’ve been having fun ever since. What an incredible time!!!! Words cannot describe–the fire–the smoke–the sand–the corn pollen and tobacco offerings–the head dresses–the dances–the clappers–the laughter–the ocean–the tides–the smiles–the rattles–the guitar–the elders–the future–letting go–accepting–challenges–the spiders–the flies–the ants–my soul–developing–learning–the unknown–the wisdom–I love you–I love you–I love you–the gratefulness–the instruments–the jokes–the strength–I look up and give thanks. More tomorrow after we visit the tide pools!!
Has anyone heard of the song strawberry letter 23 by the Brother’s Johnson (also performed by Shugie Otis)? Captures my mood and the kaleidoscope of colors and beauty before me at Wishtoyo🌈

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