PSA: The Fugs will perform “Exorcism of the White House” – May 30, 2017

As announced on Facebook by the Fugs:

In 1967, one of America’s most original bands, The Fugs, went to Washington D.C. on a mission to levitate the Pentagon and exorcise the evil war-mongers who were expanding the Vietnam War. NOW – 50 years later, The Fugs (Ed Sanders, Scott Petito, Steve Taylor and Coby Batty) have returned to save us all from the new crop of evil-doers who have taken up residence in the White House. With the inspiration and guidance of Ed Sanders, Bob Holman, and the spirit of Tuli Kupferberg, Chuck Smith created a music video to accompany The Fugs brand-new song “Exorcism of the White House.”

OUT DEMONS OUT!!!

The Fugs will perform a live version of “Exorcism of the White House” on Tuesday afternoon, May 30, at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., as part of a Veterans for Peace Rally.

PLEASE SHARE AND SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS EVENT!

In all serious playfulness – it’s more important than ever for us to make art, make music, write, create! Sacred Folly!

I’m glad the Fugs are still at it!

Peace and love!

*Image above: photographer unknown – if anyone knows, please let me know

Never Give Up. Always Surrender.

I received this message in my inbox from Heather Bleasdell, Citizen Witch.

Never give up. Always Surrender. ~ Heather Bleasdell

Her wise words makes so much sense to me right now. Caring for my partner while he is recovering from open heart surgery has been a constant surrendering to the situation at hand and taking every action possible to help his recovery. At the same time, while focusing on him, I have had to remember myself and make sure I also take actions toward self-care. It’s been tricky – and I slipped up a little bit. I hope I am back on track.

Heather offered a great ritual for the Aries New Moon and checking in with self needs:

Rather than look outside for answers – approval – affirmation
Feel Inside

What is being initiated within you… regardless of ego’s preference?
Where can you give yourself more space to unfold?

Without pushing or holding back, breathe there.
Spaciousness is the doorway for massive magic.

Heather Bleasdale - Citizen Witch
Artwork by Heather Bleasdell

To see more of Heather’s ritual, her art, her humor, and all kinds of positive messages, check out The Work of Heather Bleasdell.

Thanks for reading!

Your friend,

Holly

Solstice Intention Setting for 2017 (and beyond)

Several years ago I learned an exercise similar to the one I am presenting here based on an Abraham Hicks Teaching. This is my own version of the exercise. I borrowed this post from one of my workshops. The exercise was based on writing and using the energy of the new moon. I’ve revised it for the Winter Solstice – which is, in a way, the New Sun of the year.

IMG_2581Currently, we are at the Winter Solstice, or the longest night of the year. This is a good time to release what we don’t want – what is unconscious and holding us back from moving forward in our lives. Once we have let go and created space within ourselves, we can create a vision and make intentions for how we want to move forward.

For tonight, or, for the next few nights, it is a good time to set intentions. I propose an intention setting exercise this evening. This is a powerful time for growth. During the winter months, the surface of the earth appears to be fallow, but underneath the surface, roots are digging down deep, and seeds and bulbs are waiting for spring to push forth their potential. Right now is a powerful time to plant intentions so that they may grow strong and grounded beneath the surface before emerging in the spring. Continue reading “Solstice Intention Setting for 2017 (and beyond)”

Stone House, Wine, the Forest, and the Sea

amanda

This is stunning. Fantastical beauty by Amanda Palmer and her father Jack (and friends).

This video is a lush dreamscape. Just watch.

 

I originally saw this video on Pitchfork.

Hallelujah

Flying, swooping, listening to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah sung by Jeff Buckley while riding in the forest.

sun through the forest (c) 5.2015 Holly Troy

The sunlight shining through the trees was stunning. Through the camera lens, the light took on an almost solid quality.

Light as entity.

Just as I was coming to this place I was here in the song:

. . . your faith was strong/but you needed proof/you saw her bathing on the roof/her beauty in the moonlight overthrew ya/she tied you to a kitchen chair/she broke your throne and she cut your hair/and from your lips she drew the halellujah . . .

I stopped to listen – and that’s when I saw the light.

Snow, Lace, and Strength

Today it is snowing in Flagstaff. After a winter of very little snow, we have a snowstorm at the end of April. A snowstorm this time of year in the mountains is not unusual; a final shake up before the ease of warm months takes over.

I have not had a chance to write Born on a Thursday for two weeks now! Over the winter and early spring, I slowed way down, walking for hours every day through the pines with my canine companion, Stoney. It was exactly what I needed to do. Stoney’s leash was the gossamer thread that kept me from losing my way as I looked hard at my life.

blue shatter (c) 2012 Holly TroyA few weeks ago I found myself at the center of the labyrinth. Still point. A shedding of old skin. Decisions. Walking back toward the light, life gained momentum. Taking in experience, not much time to write.

Springtime in Flagstaff is much like coming out of the labyrinth. Suddenly the world stirs and people are ready to be out. It’s a relief that I am ready, too.

There is magic in perseverance, going with the flow, and following your dream. Little webs of ideas, small acts of kindness, and seeking and creating Beauty cast ripples out into the past, present, and future. Life is good.

Janet Echelman illustrates this magic in her TEDTalk below.

Born on a Thursday will resume next week!

Thanks for reading.

Om shanti,

Holly

30-Day Challenge – If I Weren’t Afraid

In just two days, it will be January 1st, 2014. I’m proposing a challenge to help you open up to some new possibilities in your life. Check it out below.

January 2014: 30-Day Challenge

An exercise I am borrowing from Sonia Choquette, good vibe expert.

Every morning when you wake up, look in the bathroom mirror and say out loud, “If I weren’t afraid, I would (fill in the blank).” Repeat the phrase, “If I weren’t afraid . . . (fill in the blank)” over and over again for three minutes. Don’t think about it, just let the first thing that comes to you finish the sentence, “If I weren’t afraid, I’d . . . ”

For example (off the top of my head as I write this post):

If I weren’t afraid, I would hike the Pacific Coast trail.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d quit my job.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d visit Cuba.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d travel the world on a sailboat.

If I weren’t afraid, I’d ask for breakfast in bed.
If I weren’t afraid, I’d build a permaculture garden.

You get the picture. It doesn’t have to be huge, just fill in the blank with the first thing that pops into your head.

Do this first thing upon waking, before you look at emails or your phone. Do it when you wake up in the morning because you have to go to the bathroom. It’s best to do when you are in a semi-dreamy state, or before anyone else distracts your day. Three minutes, whatever comes to your head.

Now, pick one thing and do it. If they all seem too huge, break it down. Take the first thing from my list – If I weren’t afraid, I would hike the Pacific Coast trail. If you haven’t hiked in a while, then go for a walk around the block. Start building up to it. Research the trail. Get a hiking buddy. (I live in the desert, so chances are I couldn’t just fly off to Northern California and go . . . but I could prepare).

Or, If I weren’t afraid, I’d build a permaculture garden. So you rent, and you own no property. Get a flower pot and plant something. Start somewhere.

After 30 days, notice what has changed in your life.

“If I weren’t afraid . . . ”

Go!

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I’d love to hear how it goes. Feel free to comment.

Holly

self-portrait in NY light (c) Holly Troy 2013

New Moon (Practical) Magic Phase II – Starting where you are

The next New Moon is in Capricorn on January 1st, 2014. This is the perfect time to talk about phase two of the new moon ritual, since Capricorn is a sign based in practicality, ambition, and duty – and phase two of the ritual has to do with the practical details of putting tiny steps toward your dreams into motion. It’s turning the “I wish” into the “I will”.

Stars Sparkle (c) Holly Troy 2013In the first part of the ritual, we use our imagination and our bodies to release what we don’t want, to reveal what we do want, to envision our lives as if we received exactly what we wanted, and let it go. I have found that with the somatic experience tied into the imagining, the ritual alone creates a powerful shift and focus. (Review the New Moon Magic here).

By reviewing your goals and intentions with the moon cycles, it is easier to stay on track with your progress. I find that as I evolve, it is easier to go through transition while being connected to the moon cycles, which are eternal. Sometimes change, even when it is welcome, can be unnerving, and being connected with nature’s cycles keeps me grounded and connected with, not only my purpose, but with Earth as well.

I am working through the chakras with each moon cycle. Last month, I focused on the second chakra. The second chakra is where we experience the power of relationships, pleasure, sweetness, sexuality, and the desire to create. It is about activating, inviting, and energizing sensuality in our lives. It is our emotional center, and it is linked with water. Water is constantly moving, as are our emotions. The second chakra is also ruled by the moon.

I found that as I wrote out my “three-year success party” I had a lot of gratitude in my life for experiences I have already had. I wanted to include all of those people who have been there in my life – especially my creative life – to my party. That was an amazing, uplifting feeling! And of course, I wanted to include new friends, too. My imagination wanted to integrate the old and the new, which helped me feel grounded and open at the same time.

Boulders in the path (c) 2013 Holly TroyAs the work from the New Moon evolved throughout the waxing and now the waning of the cycle, my intention was to write out the practical next steps from the ritual. But something happened. I found myself feeling stuck – especially in matters pertaining to relationships. I shared this “stuckness”, this inability to imagine things differently, and my friend Terry suggested an open-ended question – a technique she learned from Richard Bartlett.

This, to me, feels like an extension of the moon ritual, almost a mini-ritual for when things seem impossible or doubtful. I would say this is:

New Moon Magic Part 1A (or simply a mind/heart opening exercise that you can do at any time) – The Tool of the Open-Ended Question.

If you find yourself feeling stuck, and focused on a problem, simply ask yourself how it would feel to have what you want.

Start with, “I wonder what it feels like . . . ”

My questions are these:

I wonder what it feels like to be in a reciprocal relationship.
I wonder what it feels like to follow through on my ideas.
I wonder what it feels like to be successful.
I wonder what it feels like to have faith in all that I can create and accomplish.

The interesting thing about asking these questions is that I have had moments, weeks, months, and years of all of these things, so I could put myself in the vibration of the feeling for a minute. Suddenly nothing seems so far out of reach. Like water flowing against a rock, the blockages of self-doubt or frustration seem to slowly dissolve. (I know I will touch back on the “open-ended question” in another post – just for now, try it).

lush (c) Holly Troy 2013This may be enough for you when working with the moon. But sometimes, action is required. For example, If you want to be a singer, you need to actually sing. If you want to be good, you need to practice daily, find a vocal coach, find musicians to play with. If you don’t take action, it’s just a wish. The Moon Magic part of it is to help you focus and maybe even build up the courage to take action.

I was going to say break your three-year success vision all down into doable goals, almost Franklin-Covey style, but I’m a bit in the flow of things right now and breaking it down like that is going to stop my flow – and I love goals and charts and measurable things – I’m a Capricorn after all! I’m finding that working along with the cycles of the moon, I am trusting more and having to control less. Occasionally, though, especially for specific projects, Phase II is useful.

So PHASE II is this:

Break your Three-Year Success Dream into doable steps – they can be the teeniest, tiniest doable steps along your path, or they can be big leaps. Maybe take some small steps to build up your confidence with some hops and pirouettes thrown in. Do it your own way, with your unique style. Do it in a way that is fun and where you are least likely to beat yourself up. Maybe some of those small steps become habit, and once they are established, you reach a turning point. Three years is 1095.75 days. What can you do, see, be? Can you wonder what it feels like to do, see, and be something completely new? Who can you call or enlist to help you on the way? Who and/or what can you let go of? What are 1095.75 steps you can take toward something? Can you enjoy the journey and not worry about the destination?

Start with what you’ve got and where you are. Most importantly, start.

Thanks for reading!

Peace.

Holly

Yule: Winter Solstice 2013

I spent the day steeped in Winter Solstice celebration. My co-creative partner Sydney came over this morning, and at 10:11 am she set an inspiring intention for us and our work. Her words invoked a sense of grounding and confidence for our projects that deepened my conviction that sacred sexuality is important for personal empowerment, happiness, health and well-being.

I had planned a ritual for cutting energetic cords. Sydney and I both agreed that the shortest day of the year was a perfect time for letting go in order to make space for new energy to move and grow as the days start to become longer. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a chest cold and didn’t have the energy for the ritual, so instead, we relaxed on yoga mats and listened to this meditation:

I am really grateful Sydney was flexible and willing to spend the day with me despite my low energy. We discussed many creative ideas throughout the day while keeping things really relaxed. Eventually, since Yule is about the returning of the light, we carved the intentions we discussed into some candles, which we decided we will anoint and burn at Imbolq.

It turned out to be the perfect winter day.

ace of cups Tarot of the Moon Garden DeckTonight, for the Solstice and energy for the next six weeks, I pulled the Ace of Cups (from the Tarot of the Moon Garden deck). It was the perfect card for everything we discussed today, and the energy of this Solstice, which for me feels very Neptunian and dreamy and full of vast potential. The Ace of Cups is about symbolism and subtlety, depth of emotion, dreams, fantasy and imagination, and access to a sense of happiness, satisfaction and self-acceptance. Being in alignment with winter energy, where growth occurs underground, the opportunity that the Ace of Cups presents is inward, extensive, heartfelt, and below the surface. (For someone with four planets in Scorpio, I say, “Yes!”)

Happy Holidays! Life is good and sweet and full of potential. Remember to do something you love every day.

Om shanti.