with Melinda Rodriguez

Archive for May, 2012

WHAT do you choose to be?

ImageEvery year here in Southern California we experience a wind event phenomenon called “Santa Ana’s.”  They are warm winds that blow in from the East and can get quite fierce in some of the wind-prone areas.  In fact, unfortunately they often spur fires which some years seems to turn into firestorms that erupt all around the area.  But they also clear all the smog from the mountains, pushing it out over the ocean where the salty air cleanses and purifies the “gunk.”

I have always enjoyed the winds as I know they stir up “dirt” (metaphorically and literally speaking) and blow it into our sight for cleaning.  We often don’t see the dirt that has settled into some of the nooks and crannies until the wind swirls it around and blows it right in front of our face.  Likewise, many of us have feelings and emotions buried deep within our psyche that we are not even conscious of.  Yet, these subconscious emotions tend to drive our daily decisions and actions.  When the wind blows, we have the opportunity to go out into it and let the air “cleanse” our being and summon to the surface what is ready to be discharged.  Mother Nature always provides the perfect platform for the needs of her children.

Air, Fire, Water and Earth are the four basic elements that mark the four directions and the four quadrants of the medicine wheel.  When we are working with Air and wind we are working with an essence of cleansing and clearing to pave the way for awakening, new beginnings and re-birth.  The bounty we reap when we are willing to purify is the blank canvas in which we can create upon.  When we awaken from the slumber of old energy that does not serve us, we step into a new space of awareness and inspiration for what we are choosing to create.

Now more than ever we MUST remember our power and our ability to create our own reality.  We have choice every day.  We can choose to buy into media hype and cultivated chaos, or we can choose to put on our rose colored glasses and write our own script.  Does that mean we ignore what is going on like an ostrich with its head in the sand?  No!  It means that we acknowledge what others choose as a reality and know that we have the option to discern what our personal reality is and create from a place of hope, not fear.  Instead of being motivated by fear, we can choose to be motivated by Joy.  Instead of moving away from our past, we can choose to move forward towards happiness.

Some powerful tools that can help us stay in a place of power, no matter what kind of chaos is going on around us, are ceremony and of course….drumming!  I have been using ceremony for more than a decade to create positive change and release old limiting energy that no longer serves.  Ceremony is such an amazing tool because it focuses our thoughts, words and actions into one cohesive stream of energy.

There are two basic types of ceremony – those that have been around for centuries and handed down by ancestors, which we never change, and those which we create on our own.  Anyone can create simple ceremonies that they can perform, either as an individual or in a group of two or more.  The three components to any ceremony are to set the intent, bring in safe and respectful ritual, and honor Spirit.  I like to begin with an invocation to the 4 directions.  Then perhaps I will drum, rattle, or chant to raise power.  That is followed by an action of some sort that solidifies my intent.  For example, if I am releasing I will have a fire going either in the fireplace, a fire pit, or by candle.  Through breath or writing down what I choose to release I give it to the fire.  If I am putting paper to fire, obviously I use extreme care.  I say words that coincide with my intent such as “I release to the fire what I no longer desire.”  I may then drum, rattle, or chant more to further empower my intent.  I close by giving thanks.

Drumming is also a powerful tool we can utilize to set intent, manifest, or release and discharge negative energy.  The drum has been used as such a tool since the beginning of recorded time.  This too can be done solo, or with a group of people.  Even in a drum circle we can enter the circle with a specific intent in mind, regardless of the focus of the circle.  It is our personal action through the drumming that creates the manifestation of the intent.

So right now ask yourself – “What do I choose to be?”  Who you are is Spirit.  What you are is how you choose to express the Spirit that you are.  Write down your choice as intent and put it somewhere where you will see it daily.  If the chaos begins to affect you, remind yourself of your choice and your intent.  Perhaps bang a little on a drum, your desk, or simply let the pulse of your heartbeat sing a song that carries you to that place of intent.  Make it your personal mission statement and let it guide your daily words, thoughts and actions.

Tell me – WHAT do you choose to be?

In Joyful Rhythm & Blessed Harmony,


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