Las Vegas, Sin City, City of Lights…… Well while it’s high rises, light shows and entertainment are vast and impressive on so many levels it was definitely not my thing!
I had a good chuckle at myself yesterday as I walked down the strip with all the craziness and energy that is Vegas and felt like it was all a bit too over the top for me. There was a time in my life when I am sure I would’ve had a huge jol here but it’s just not where I am right now. I also think that having coming from the immense beauty of Colorado to the non stop 24/7 vibe of Vegas was maybe too much for me.
I did however walk 23000 steps yesterday in 48 degree heat while I checked out the strip. I also imagine my sister and mom having a laugh as they both know how much I hate shopping and malls so would’ve appreciated the fact that I at least gave it a go.
Back at my hotel I met a great lady and we had a good laugh as she felt pretty much the same as me about all the craziness. We landed up having dinner and found out that we were both on similar journeys and pathways of change. As my teacher Robin always says there are no coincidences in life and it really was good to meet here and make a new friend.
Today I am heading out to the Grand Canyon which I know will be more my thing. I am unfortunately not going to get to the Falls as the only way in will be to hike in as helicopters not flying in due to heat wave. Unfortunately with having just recovered from pneumonia this is one of the times where I just need to listen to the Docs and be safe rather than mess up the rest of my trip by being stupid and pushing it.
Tomorrow I leave for Seattle and can’t wait to see Heika and her girls and get some quality time in beautiful Seattle.
My 6 days in Colorado were filled with a combination of ancient teachings and great friendship and love. It’s so amazing to learn about different cultures and to understand how we may all be different in many ways but we are all the same in so many.
Our world right now is fraught with anger, pain and a lot of marginalization. There are many people who are fighting over what religion, belief system, race or concept is the “Right” one. Bottom line is that there is room enough in this world for all walks of life and it is time to get over the judgment and bullshit. It is time to simply be kind and consider how you manage your own behaviors on a daily basis.
I have been blessed to have met some of the kindest, warmest and humble people on this journey so far. Each of the communities I got to meet with had the same dream I have and that is to find the best version of themselves and give the best of themselves to the world at all times with no judgement. This is often more challenging than not as the daily grind tests us and pushes us on every level.
Take time to be grateful for all that you have and don’t focus so much on what you don’t have. Wes my one teacher shared two statements with me, “No healing can occur without safety” and the second was “What you have yet to own, owns you”. These two statements resonated with me immensely as often we become so focused on what we don’t have that we forget to be grateful for what we do.
The last seven years of walking this journey with the myriad of infections, chronic pain, surgeries and constant challenges has opened my eyes to how truly blessed I am in so many other ways. It has taught to appreciate every “good” day and be gentle with myself on the tough days.
So in ending this latest entry all I can say is that I loved every minute of my time with the special friends and communities I met in Colorado and look forward to the next part of my journey .
In many Native American traditions, healing and spirituality are connected to a single process that you can choose to walk either from your childhood to elder status or like me over the last 10 years.
This choice is known as walking the Red Road in modern English terms. The Native America Tribes have extensive diversity and they have their own connection to how they teach and what they teach. The best way I can explain my journey on this road is that it is the most personal, introspective journey you will take to achieving beauty, balance and harmony in all things.
The Red Road teaches us that adversities of life such as illness, personal loss and other life crises provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and meaning.
I have had people ask me often how it is that I have such faith and belief and the answer is simple but takes dedication and commitment. I am listening to myself on a daily basis I check in to how I feel and simply allow myself to feel whatever that emotion is completely. I have found a truly spiritual connection that has provided me with complete and utter surrender to all that is.
In this modern world we are so focused on bottling up our emotions and putting on a face for the world that doesn’t truly reflect the battle going on inside us. This is not something that serves any of us really as all we are doing is creating a pressure cooker of emotion that eventually will explode.
Part of this amazing journey I am on at the moment is working with various teachers who are helping me to find Beauty, Balance and Harmony through medicine wheel teachings and other ancient teachings.
Yesterday I spent the day doing a beautiful pipe teaching with an amazing community and a sweatlodge with another community. I have been welcomed in with such love and acceptance that I feel truly blessed.
Tonight I shall be meeting another community and will be doing another sweat lodge.
Tomorrow one of my teachers is taking me to the Indian Healing Hot springs in the mountains which I am sure will be truly enlightening.
Friday 7th July 16:35pm I finally touched down in Denver Colorado. For the last 32 hours I had been in transit and I am finally here. It was all kinda surreal to be honest.
When I landed in Dallas I had 2 hours to collect my luggage, get through customs and then get to my connecting flight. I thought at least I have time for a quick coffee, however I did not realize that to get to my boarding gate I had to take a Sky train to get there.
Following a sprint to the train I managed to make it just in time. I boarded the flight and then we sat on the runway for 20 minutes. Its kinda surreal when you realize that the airport requires a 12 minute train ride to your boarding gate.
Arriving in Colorado was filled with great excitement. Marley and Patrick were waiting with big smiles and welcoming hugs. Marley Man is so much like his mom and has her incredible vibrant spirit. He has a beautiful open heart and a laugh that bubbles out of him. Patrick has created a life for this little guy that is filled with so much love and dedicated attention that it fills my heart with joy.
The weather is warm and the city is filled with wide open spaces and beautiful walks and trails. We took a walk up to Red Rock Ampi-theatre which certainly challenged both my knees and lungs. Walking up to the theatre meant that we were at 2000m altitude. The three main rocks that make up the Amphitheatre are know as “Creation Rock”, “Stage Rock”, and “Ship Rock”. It is a truly amazing feeling to stand and look at this magnificent stage and setting for a concert.
I have been blessed to spending special times with Patrick and Marley and have gotten to meet Patrick’s sister and family which has been a truly warm and welcoming experience. My next journey will be the beginning of my special Native American medicine work with Wes and Victoria.
Planes, Trains and Highway Lanes
Reunited with Patrick and meeting Marley!
The beautiful space I get to stay in while in Denver
Red Rock Ampitheatre
Family Walk to Red Rock