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Here is a beautiful message from Sharon McErlane, I hope you enjoy as much as I do:

Often I have wondered why, with a message as profound as theirs, more women do not step forward into leadership positions and spread the Grandmothers’ message. In the last week I journeyed to them twice on this subject. On the second journey I said, “Grandmothers, yesterday you showed me why more women don’t step forward to carry your message. “They lack belief in their own greatness,” you told me. I understand this,” I said, “but what do we do about it? So now I have another question for you. You see us as we really are and you see the world as it is. Given that, then tell us how we can believe in the greatness within ourselves, and go ahead and act on it.” The Grandmothers nodded as I spoke and smiled. They liked my question.

Immediately, before me appeared two female figures I had sculpted two months ago, figures depicting women from an earlier time in history. As I looked them over, the Grandmothers said, “You can’t look backward to find feminine role models.” “Yes, Grandmothers,” I said, “I know you are right.”

As soon as I said this, I became aware of a fire blazing in the space before me, and as I watched it, I felt heat rising up inside my body. And from this I understood that this fire is present inside each woman.“What you are experiencing is the fire of shakti,” the Grandmothers said, ” the elemental power of life.” ” It is in our body and in our spirit,” I thought and as I mulled this over, the Grandmothers stood by, watching. “Call on it,”“Call it up. This is the life force within you. Women hold the spirit of shakti. You carry life force. That’s why you carry babies. That’s why you have a well-spring of such great feeling within yourself and why more women than men are ‘spiritual.’ You carry pure life force. they said.

“Think of this force now,” they said. “Give yourself permission to feel it and become aware of it. Where in your body do you feel it?” they asked me. “It’s in the center of my body,” I responded, “running from my solar plexis on down.” And as I felt it, my body begin to rock, a rolling sort of movement. “This is where life comes from. You are the carriers of life,” they said, and turning to me, asked, “Don’t you realize what that means?” “I don’t think I do, Grandmothers,” I answered, stunned by my own ignorance. “I don’t think I do.” “You carry the fire of shakti inside yourself and through this you bring life into form. Without you, the world would end. You are the carriers of life,” they repeated, giving me a piercing look.

“Over time this truth became minimized and hidden. It’s import was trivialized, even institutionalized,” they said. “You have been lied to, dominated, and controlled,” they said, their eyes fierce, “treated as property. Many of you are still treated like that. You Are Shakti,” they held each word a long time and as they did, they rose to a great height–enormous women. “You are life force itself”“This is the truth.“, they said.

“You can trust the force that pulses in your veins, the force that moves within you and flows through your bloodstream. You carry life and you are worthy of deepest respect. Your part in the human drama on earth is great. You are utterly necessary.

“It’s time to own the truth of yourself,” they said, giving a small shake of their heads. “The lies you have been told about the nature of woman,” they paused and shook their heads. “Ridiculous,”they said and threw up their hands. “It’s time to dismiss all that. Feel the force of life within yourself,” they said again. “Place your awareness there. “This pulsing power of life came to you through your mother, through her mother and her mother and her mother and her mother before her. You are of the female line-the mothers of the earth,” they said. And looking me up and down, the Grandmothers again drew themselves to their full height and announced, “Mothers of the earth, step forward now. It is time. We are calling you.

“If,” they said, and paused for emphasis, “you are now ready to awaken from the Big Sleep that long ago overcame you, ready to claim your greatness, you must stop pretending you are not important, pretending you are ‘not very much.’ Instead call on this fire within. Call up the power of shakti until you feel it. It is real,” they said, secret smiles playing about their lips. “This power serves life. It is a blessing for everything. For too long it has been hidden, diminished and made to feel ashamed of itself, ashamed of its great, loving, giving beauty. “We’re calling women to power now,” the Grandmothers said, “calling for the good of everything that lives. It’s time to return to balance,” they said, heads nodding wisely, “and for this, women must lead.”

Wishing you all the very best,

Sharon McErlane
The Grandmothers
phone: 949 338 4691

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For about 3 weeks we get to experience Venus in Pisces.  The Goddess of Love, swimming in her own Neptunian birthplace, provides a luscious environment for sensuality, love, and harmony.  She does have a shadow side of wrathful vengence and fury if her love is denied, thwarted or challenged so mind your ‘p’s and ‘q’s when dealing with other’s hearts.    Venus enters Pisces on Thursday morning at 4:10 am.  Notice what and how things happen for you in the attraction/manifestation of projects.  I like the energy of pisces, its quite comfortable for me and having venus and jupiter in the sign of pisces makes it a really really BIG experience of energy.  Make friends with the non linear, nonphysical aspect of pisces and allow yourself to practice nonphysical awareness training inside where it really counts. Pisces is much easier to identify if the resonant field is in movement.  If you find yourself confused about what’s what its most likely due to a stagnant energy field that is not moving much.  Stir it up and you’ll find answers and understanding much faster!  Have fun!

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Whether its white male or black male, tall person, strong person or spiritual – most of us can find our own external experience of entitlement.  But it’s also the thing “we” “found” by our twenties in order to survive in the patriarchal, top down world of dominance and control.  Those of us who found our own keys to success mostly found the part of us that could dominate in some way because that’s what works in our outer world.

Early on I choose my ability to DO it as my entitlement, it was easier to just do things myself rather than collaborate. The family around me really hated that! Then later I perfected my mind through a metaphysical spiritual keyhole that few could follow me through.  That gave me the edge, something I could sell, that set me apart and gave me my own brand of entitlement! A spiritual entitlement that I taught to students so they could claim their own abilities, unlike in another era where we played it out as sorcery, using our mastery to take up the tools and abilities of others for our own advantage. Check it out, you probably took up a cultural entitlement unconsciously or made up one that suited your own default to mastery mechanisms to a tee.  Those default mechanisms mostly come from our past lives where we spent whole lifetimes perfecting some thread of reality that paid off with success in the local culture.

Each personal default to mastery zone must be remembered, reclaimed, and reconstituted for current collaborative co-creation.

Another mechanism of entitlement gets played out as some form of dominance on the playground in elementary school.  This one is the most dangerous to us culturally now – the one where the biggest, richest, prettiest, nastiest is still stuck in the schoolyard of reality.  The ones of us or the part of us that still lives here missed the primal scream of the sixties, the self help groups of the seventies, the flight from the dysfunctional codependency of the eighties, and even the backlash to all consciousness movements of the nineties.  So here we are in the new millennium’s second decade with our entitlement cathedral showing cracks in the glass slides.  This time we all have to dismantle the entitlement, even the ones born unquestionably into it.

The planet, the people, and the astrology, all require that we DROP IT AND GO.

Take up the collaborations willingly, gracefully and enthusiastically, because we can’t save ourselves individually anymore.  We can’t continue to work alone and get by because getting by isn’t enough.  In collaborations of creativity we can find grand resolutions instead of band-aid solutions.  In collaborations of co-creation we can become a new reality that includes and thrives on everyone’s participation and wellbeing, which in turn creates more collaborations of co-creation.  It’s a snowball rolling downhill benefiting everyone along the way.

“Glass slides?” you say.

It’s a brilliant system for monitoring the outer external effects of change.

Once when I toured the cathedral in York, England I saw these little glass microscope slides glued on the tower’s stonework a hundred feet off the ground in its tower.  It turns out that is the practical method of monitoring the majestic tower for potential settling and dangerous although infinitesimally small movements of change.  The glass slide is glued on either side of any tiny cracks so that even the tiniest change will break the glass slide.    The cracks were so small that I didn’t even register that they were under there when I saw the slides.

The irony of that tiny change threatening the strength and longevity of the colossal monument to a spiritual tradition of entitlement that claimed the resources from the people who both willingly and unwillingly contributed the resources of their reality to build it.

The thing about entitlement that doesn’t work is when it unconsciously precludes others from their rightful place in the mix.  The pattern, of course, that is really boring us today is the one from the genderly/racially unconscious masculine still stuck, no matter how subtle or needy, in dominance and control.  All of us can have our Masculine playing out the old tired patterns. They can be in white men, black men, brown men, yellow men, gay women, straight women, children and dogs!  Yes, I said dogs.  They resonate and respond to the masculine non-physically in the energy field and physically in their behavior.  If you have a dog, you know what it takes to be alpha and the bigger or more alpha the dog the more alpha you have to behave to stay in control and dominance.

This is why the Haitians will not play out some weird violence in their grief.  They aren’t stuck in our western, American, cultural entitlement of dominance or control.

When nature says its time to collaborate, the wise begin the co-creation.

It is my feeling that compassion and truth are activated by the profundity of humanity in need as in the experience of a major earthquake.  People of the truth respond with compassion and appropriate behavior unlike the old dominance and control, which would either be unable to respond or would behave in an opportunistic way.  The last entitlement hold-outs are still working the media for advantage since it might be the only thing they’ve got left to play.  Likely the Haitians are not getting the television messages from us.  They’ll do their own right thing.  And like Katrina the world’s wise and compassionate ones are already on their way to Haiti to help in any way they can with what they’ve got right now.  They know who they are and I bless them and send them my love as they begin a magnificent collaborative co-creation of life emerging from the ruble of mother nature’s demand for presence.

In case you need more information about how to be aware and demanding in the dissolution of the patterns of entitlement in your own life here is a little help.

A Profile of Entitlement:

– Verbal monologue-ing that is not interesting to the listener – and only mildly to the cultural anthropologist. Verbosity on the topic that defines the particular self appointed field of mastery in reference to the world of duality and polarization that puts the entitled on top.

– Repeatedly and often soliciting rave reviews and active recognition of this mastery and prowess.  Did you see that?  Did you like that?  I did that, That was me, It’s all about me, me, me, me, me.  Designed to reinforce the entitled’s position at the top of at least the listener’s field of reference.

– Diminishing the options of the perceived underlings in order to maintain the illusion that the entitled is still supreme in some regard.  Classic to this tenet is the abused wife cut off from family, friend’s and culture by having no car, violence if leaving the house or talking to others who threaten the dominance of the entitled person.

–  Needing to experience the world through one’s sexuality or verbalizations as the primary domination.  Loves football, dogs, and anything else that can be verbally controlled or physically won.  Ok I’d love to have this one not be true, my sister is a football maniac and she assures me that she is not entitled in any way but the truth is that these items do make up a large part of the pattern structure so it magnetizes the entitled ones into its field of play.

On this idea, the pattern of entitlement reaches is cliché.  It’s a good place for me to get back to the subtlety of it because we all have to personally unravel by UN CHOOSING our own entitlement behaviors.  For most women and some men, it is now time to create our own authentic field of respect and EXPECT-ation.

It’s time for us to expect to be treated with respect, expect reverence for the feminine, expect protection for the earth and her natural creatures, expect to be abundant, expect to be included in the flow of life, expect to have our creativity recognized, and expect to collaborate wildly and successfully as we co-create a grand resolution for ourselves, our communities, our families of choice, and our meaningful relationships.

Happy eclipse season and may all your created entitlements dissolve into authentic birthrights.

Collaborative Co-Creation is our next step into abundant health, wealth, happiness, and wisdom.

Whether you are back stage, on stage, in the audience, or at your computer, I honor your part in our collaboration to co-create a new reality.

Casey Wood, 310-430-9283



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Wow here we are in the science fiction zone of the 1950’s and there’s no George Jetson reality.  But it could arrive in 2010!  Robots are ramping up, technology is already reved, the old world is crumbling, the economy threatens to tank even worse and the Chiron/Jupiter/Neptune conjunction just keeps on going.

On New Year’s Eve we are treated to a Full Moon, which is a Blue Moon or second full moon in one month.  It’s also eclipsed by the earth. What an amazing day!  These are big energies that are focused in the sign of Cancer where we want safety, tenderness, home and hearth.  Usually the full moon puts lots of light on our subconscious needs so that we can see them more clearly.  The eclipse however will give us lots of exposure of the subconscious but without the lights on – allowing us to experience the Shadow of the Shadow. Allowing us to go in – archeologically – to explore and change the subconscious through experiencing authentically and witnessing that experience.

This one is in Cancer so what kind of home do you really want, how do you really feel, what does your family really mean to you?  And of course keep going deeper, like past life families, build a home out of dirt, or consciously invite a created family together to manifest your dream of a safe environment.  There’s more to come so stay tuned…

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Saturn (the big daddy, rules and regulations) is just finishing up a more than 2 year stint through Virgo, which is the SHADOW of the last 2160 years! Just what it sounds like – the dark gookies, the hidden agendas, the unexpressed/repressed/oppressed/suppressed.  But also the mind at its most manic, trying to figure everything out, manipulating everything, masking all authentic actions.  And what I call the shadow of the shadow where the “other” responds with a huge no and over reacts to 2 thousand years of b.s. by some big overplayed card slamming onto the table in repressed/suppressed/oppressed over reaction.  And it was probably about time for some change anyway…  you just can’t tell anymore if there was ever a victim or perpetrator or only just overplayed mistakes in emotional misunderstanding in the pendulum swing from one life to the next. Anyway Saturn moves into Libra today!  Now it will play out in the relationship arena.  Maybe you were starting to see the Libra context (relationship) beginning to develop.  Anyway Saturn forces its topic of the day up to the top of the list and demands that it be handled first and in those last few days/weeks of a sign the “shit hits the fan” and those on the growth path try to “squeeze blood out of the current turnip” so as not to miss anything.  Saturn will go back into Virgo for 3 months in early 2010 so it will be interesting to see if the patterns of late reemerge then.
We also have Pluto, Mars, and Saturn (all the warrior energies) playing big cards while Uranus (the radical shake up artist) gooses their asses into eccentric behaviors.  Should be quite a show!  I’m amazed and relieved that we haven’t had any global wild card warriors hit the table.  It would be good to divert the repetition of history on this one.

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