July 20, 2021

Calling in the Rain

 

Here in the SW United States, our annual monsoon season has started in a very dynamic way.  This is the time of year when the weather patterns shift and we get moisture coming up from the Gulf of Mexico.   The daily rainfall also serves to cool down our temperatures, which had been up around the 100° mark several times lately. 

Last year, and certainly the year before, the monsoon rains had been pretty puny.  The ancient people who lived here long ago depended on this rain for their dryland crops of corn, beans and squash.  No rain meant starvation for them.  This year we were actually at the point where it was recommended that we limit the watering of our lawns and plantings because of the ongoing drought, so this rain will certainly help that situation. 

The storm clouds tend to build up gradually during the day and the resulting rain sweeps through in waves in the afternoon and evening.   Some local areas will get deluged, while others may get only a sprinkle.  The ground here is also very sandy and loose, so mudslides and flash floods can occur, too.  Yesterday, an area north of Cedar City got flooded, with muddy water flowing down the streets, but only a sprinkle in my neighborhood. 

This brings me to the topic of this post.  I like to play around with calling the rain to my vicinity.  I have been doing this for years, and it is definitely a shamanic practice.  First of all, I do not do this on a perfectly clear blue sky day.  There must be a chance of rain and preferably, rain clouds visible from where you are standing.  You can move the rain clouds over to where you are, or even cause rain clouds overhead to start raining on you. 

Here are the steps.  Stand outside, get relaxed, and Ground yourself.  Then expand your Core Essence.  Already you can see that this is a spiritual practice.  From here, you can then do either of 2 things or both at once.  First, you can feel yourself as the big juicy and expanded rain cloud which is releasing its moisture onto the ground below.  Or, you can be yourself right where you are and feel the rain hitting your body.  When I say “feel”, I really mean it.  Do not just visualize the action.  BE IT!  Then hold this feeling as long as you can.  A big dose of gratitude and appreciation must be applied, too.  Rain clouds have consciousness just as you do, and you may find it helpful to communicate with that consciousness while calling the cloud over to you. 

Here are a few other twists to the exercise.  Take a look at a radar view of your area that shows the movement of the rain.  Use your hands or consciousness to move rain over to you on the radar.  If it is raining too much, you can use the above techniques to move that rain away.  I also used to have fun dissolving clouds in the sky.  Mainly the small fluffy white ones.  I would connect my consciousness to that of the cloud, embody that cloud, and feel myself dissolving.

Most of all, do this with joy, gratitude and appreciation.  We are all a part of the natural world and a part of the consciousness of all.  Have fun!  As a side note, I have been intensely interested in how the ancient people managed to move those multi ton megalithic stones.  Perhaps this is how they did it!  They became one with the stone so that carving and moving it was no big deal. 

July 12, 2021

New Workshop in Cedar City

I have finally gotten the inner "go ahead" to start teaching again in my new location.  On July 29th, I will start a 6 week Thursday evening workshop series entitled "Exploring Consciousness and Spirituality".  The classes will cover basic spiritual concepts like grounding, and we will be doing some fun journeys, like Soul Retrieval.  I will know more after our first meeting as far as the attendees expertise and knowledge base, so this first round will be pretty loosely structured.  There will be no set fee, only donations.  

It has been almost 3 years since I taught anything at all, and I am looking forward to getting back at it!  I do not know if anyone who reads this blog is within driving distance of Cedar City, but it would be delightful if that were the case.  Please get in touch if you would like to attend, and I can give you the details.  QuantumStargate@aol.com.  Looking forward to creating some sort of spiritually oriented group here! 
 

July 11, 2021

Hot Stuff

 

Today I am describing “hot” in two different ways!  Yesterday, with our continuing heat wave in the SW US, we hit 100° here in Cedar City.   This is the first “hot” that I am referring to.  Not a good time to be doing outside activities. 

We also had our July Jamboree on Main Street in the afternoon and evening.  This yearly celebration is sponsored by the Cedar City Lions Club and includes live entertainment, a beer garden, lots of different kinds of food and drink available, and vendors from our area.  For me, the highlight was the several hundred classic cars, hot rods, motorcycles and diesel trucks that were parked along a large section of Main Street that had been blocked off for the occasion.  So this is my second “hot”. 

I was not sure I was going to go to this event, but I figured that I could always go home if it became too unpleasant.  Actually, I thought the bottoms of my sandals were going to melt onto the pavement in the heat!

Now, I am not a fan of cars at all.  But I am a fan of anything creative and artistic that we humans come up with.  And, I will photograph just about anything!  So what I had in mind yesterday was to take photos from an artistic viewpoint.

As I walked along looking at the various vehicles, I found myself relating to them as “personalities”.  Certainly, their owners had put a lot of work into restoring them, a process which can take several years.  Some of the owners were even dressed in period costumes to match their vehicles.  I would even suspect that these cars were cared for as if they were children, too.  Did they have consciousness in their own right?  I am sure their owners felt like they did. 

I regarded the front of the vehicle as the “face”, and mainly photographed that.  See if you can detect the personalities of each of these. 












Here is my favorite car named "Creamsicle Delight" by it's owner.  I did send it lots of gratitude and appreciation.  Maybe she heard me?


 

July 6, 2021

4th of July

You probably notice that this post is a few days after our official 4th of July holiday.  Here’s why.  This year, July 4th fell on a Sunday, which posed a number of dilemmas.  Most towns and cities celebrate with fireworks and perhaps a parade.  That normally happens on the exact date.  For religious based areas, like most of Utah, Sunday is not the appropriate day for the festivities.  So that leaves the natural choice of Saturday, the day before.  Here in Cedar City, for whatever reason, they chose Monday to have the parade in the morning and the city sponsored fireworks on Monday night.  Because of the ongoing drought, individual fireworks were discouraged.  Instead, there were designated spots around town where people could go and shoot off whatever they wished, to keep the mayhem somewhat contained.  One of these places was just down the street from me!  I do not know exactly what they were doing over there, but it was pretty loud.

I did go to last year’s parade, which happened in spite of the COVID panic.  Crowds were packed along the street, and the parade theme was” The Spirit of ‘76”.  I thought it was a very nice event.

This year, the same theme was repeated.  In addition to floats following the theme of the parade, there were floats sponsored by different businesses and non-profit organizations, a military color guard, a dancing group, various pageant queens and their courts all on horseback, antique cars, and several fire trucks bringing up the rear.  There were several pairs of children that followed the horses to scoop the poop off of the street.  I wonder how much they got paid?!!!

The big major difference this year was the throwing of candy, freezer pops, Frisbees and other goodies into the crowds of children that lined the parade route.  What a panic that caused!  It reminded me of Mardi Gras.  That was not done last year, probably because they wanted to discourage the spreading of the virus.  Here in Utah, we have the youngest average age population of any of the states.  Below are some photos of the very patriotic fun that was had by all.









What I found particularly amusing was our county sheriff on horseback along with his sidekick on a horse painted like the American flag.  After the parade, they rode up and down the street so that people could pet the horses. 


Last night, I found a good spot to photograph the fireworks display, which was done at our airport.  I was a bit far away, and on top of a big hill.  Apparently, a lot of people thought it was a good spot, too, as there were numerous families with lots of children there.  Below are a few of my best shots.



Hope those of you in the US had a fun and relaxing weekend! 


June 29, 2021

A Beautiful Day

Yesterday morning, I drove up to Cedar Breaks National Monument to do some hiking and wildflower photography.  We had rain predicted for the afternoon, and also for much of the week here, and I wanted to avoid getting wet!  I was amazed and astounded at the bounty of blooming flowers that I saw, in spite of our dry weather.  Below is a sampling of what I saw, including lupines, penstemon, osha, and monument plants, to name a few. 






But the big thrill was at another location that my botany friend Matt had recommended.  I drove directly east from Cedar Breaks to a spot part of the way over to Panguich Lake.  I wasn’t sure I had the right spot, as Matt had mentioned a hillside that was in full bloom with ???, but I didn’t find that.  Perhaps the flowers that he was referring to were finished for the season. 

Instead, I parked at the side of the road near where Mammoth Creek crosses under.  I was pretty sure that was the place he was referring to. 

Below is what that area looks like.  It is kind of barren and at 10,000 feet, it is very cold during the winter months. 

There was a small informational sign in the scruff near the road describing how the early settlers of Cedar City passed that way hauling lumber from near Panguich Lake into Cedar City to build their first official public school.  Via a mandate by the state legislature, this was done in the winter of 1898, as the school had to be completed by that next fall.  Another testament to the strength and determination of those early settlers. 

So, not finding the blooming hillside, I started walking along Mammoth Creek. 

My favorite places to explore in the higher elevations are creeks, as they are ecosystems that are usually unique to their area.  What I found reminded me of the San Juan Mountains in SW Colorado.  I discovered yellow monkey flowers, elephant heads, shooting stars, veronica, bistort, and a beautiful purple alpine violet.



But the big treat was yet another orchid!  Here is a bog orchid that was growing in a few places along the creek that had been wetter in the spring.  Huron Bog Orchid.


I always like to relate my personal experiences to the spiritual path.  If you go through life immersed in what the Native Americans call “The Beauty Way”, you will always find beauty around you.  Especially when you are outside.  Be it and you will attract it.  Communication with nature will also raise your vibration.  BTW—I have been calling in the rain since the Solstice last week, and we have been having some.  Cooler temps, too.