Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ritual and Rapport on the Path of Drum

Ritual and Rapport on the Path of Drum

Rapport is the state of being connected, of being noticeably “One with another”, feeling at the same time being one of two and also, of being only one with the other… 

When I prepare to go to my sit spot, my private natural world observatory, I try to dress in the same clothes I always wear for this, so that I will become familiar to other creatures around, who will hopefully learn to treat me as a non-threatening element of the furniture. When I sit in my sit spot, and gradually become calm, I realize first the silence of earth and growing life around me, then perhaps a few birds and other creatures bring moving manifestations given life by the plant and tee and earth/water life in which they move and have their being. As I meditate and observe I am conscious that my frequent visits to this spot have become a ritual for me, something of “rapport” that I use as an entry into contact with what I call spirit. I am thinking now of the spiralling of leaves around the trunk and branches of the trees, of the minute exactly identical small leaves of the cedar that comprise the larger leaves… each a faithful replication of the ones previous. Is this display of the life-seeking leaves not a ritual, a performance in the sun and air? So I and these trees are connected in our forms of ritual, we are “in rapport”, mirroring each other’s way of taking part in the dance of life. 

So this is why I do ritual, to reconnect with Earth Mother, with the universe of life.. I sit in a safe container of my own construction, safe from the busy chaotic world of city life endeavour, which is connected only to its own busyness, and would have no life were it not for the mindless activities, or the excessively thinking activities, of the human brains that swirl in its chaotic dance… And when we do ritual or ceremony together, we create that safe space, a wall of trust around us, for deep sharing, or prayer or celebration. 

Sometimes we do the Warrior Dance, 200 or more of us fasting and sleeping by day and dancing and fasting for four nights under the full moon in the wide Prairie sky, drums beating, singers singing, healers, fires blazing. This is our ritual display. The sight is glorious. And then we see overhead the blazing green and yellow and white of the Northern Lights, Mother Earth displaying her ritual.. as we respond with ours, showing her we recognize her gifts, feeling deep in our bodies the welling emotions of connection to all life around, all weathers, all mountains, all waters,, all forests and plains…

So when I drum or do my Pipe, or call in the Four Directions, or conduct the Lodge, or Smudge myself or others, I am creating a formalized ( a “form”, repeated)  safe space connection to Mother Earth. Feeling all the emotion of that living power flowing through me.. To be in connection, in rapport with the natural world and the spirit world that animates it, I must engage my body/mind and that I do with my ceremonies and rituals.  


It was Earth Mother that birthed me here at this time. She gave me as my tasks to speak my thoughts in the truth of poetry, and to support my connection to life through gifting my drum-making, making the sacred hand drums, which then led me to all my spirit-encounters and my life enhancing friendships, ceremonies and rituals.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Trump Phenomenon..letter to a friend

Dear Friend your word that you felt shame over the election shocked me, and I was surprised at my reaction. Of course I don't ever want you to feel ashamed, particularly over what other people do or don't. So I had to reflect on what I myself was feeling and after some time, came up with what follows...

My Musings on the Trump Phenomenon

Oh I am really feeling the pain these days of those of us who are reacting with fear and dismay to the unexpected win of the US Presidency by the ultimate narcissistic ignorance of Donald Trump. And also the pain of many of his supporters who felt they had no choice but to take a chance on his being able to do and actually doing what he said he would to distribute the resources of the USA more honestly and fairly. The pain of those who are realizing they have lost their democracy, that neither of their two traditional parties has been defending their democratic constitution. They feel themselves staring into the abyss of the unknown. 

Every day there seems to be something in the news of the world stage that I ought to react to with either fear or celebration.. A lot of it is in the unknown future, or a manifestation of the reportage which I might not agree with had I witnessed the events they describe… I give myself hope by learning to become detached from my desire for any particular outcome, to become detached from excessive and destabilizing emotionality when the unexpected occurs.

  I daily follow the path I know to be mine, where it leads I know not, so am learning not to have expectations and just continue to be interested in what actually occurs. This way, I won’t have a problem, until I do. As for being upset at the apparent decisions of the collective to which I belong, country, race etc.etc. or those with whom I must interact, I am my own moral compass, and choose whether to follow the collective, or not. Certainly, I wish us all well, that the miserable become happy, that moments of joy occur to all. And so walk seeking to project compassion and universal love onto all living and non-living… I know some wise old trees who have the same attitude….

In Peace  Donato Nov. 16  2016


Friday, February 5, 2016

Concerning cultural appropriation concerns

Letter to a young friend concerned he may be transgressing on another's territories by taking part in their spiritual ceremonies, concerned to try to find his own indigenous heritage, his own lineage therein....

Dear .....

 I would be honoured to hear more of your journey and that of others as they unfold. 


As for me, I am like Squirrel, I was put here onto this land by Mother Earth to find my spiritual practice, my spiritual gift, which I am then compelled to follow. All I have is not my fault, it is my gift from Mother Earth. I owe nothing to any traditions save those which are gifted to me, and which I discovered for myself from the habitat in which I landed, just like Squirrel...In one way Squirrel has an advantage over me, he did not have to search for the Way he is compelled to follow, he was born following it. And I am not accountable to Manitou for the way in which others do or did live their lives, only for the way in which I live mine. Walking lightly, disturbing nothing, I need manage only myself... That is enough for one life. Even writing this, is a kind of disturbance, but I am not yet a hermit, though that I may become in time..... 

Donato  Feb. 5  2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Indigenous or not?


Some idea that indigenous people are different from us. That they have some status and claim to live safely on this land that we do not have. 

Thinking of myself, whose grandparents came from Italy, where their DNA had lived in a small village for 2000 years or more, and from America, after travelling all across Europe with the Celts and the French Huguenots and the Puritans, to what is now called by some the USA. My DNA has done lots of travelling since it last resided in what most today would call indigenous cultures. I prefer to say of my ancestry that I am descended from a long line of poets and drum-makers, for thousands of years. My DNA heritage in this spiritual calling is more important to me than what my DNA has encountered in the various language and cultural groups it has travelled in the past 40 000 years or so back to the Cro-Magnon people of the Eastern Mediterranean. 

So I would be happy to listen to anyone who had spent time and effort to track their own DNA in history, and learn what spiritual practices and songs it has been exposed to…

And I say Mother Earth birthed me here out of my DNA heritage, because this is where she needed another human poet and drum maker.. And I have the word of my Anishnabe friends living North of Superior that they too recognize me in that way…I am not taking anything from them, In fact they freely welcomed me and gifted me with the spiritual values and practices I now follow, as I gifted them with with what I was called to do. 


I say it is better to base your spiritual practices on the ways you choose to follow, or are gifted with, out of knowing your own spiritual gifts, than to blindly adhere to one or two of the probably hundreds of spiritual practices your DNA has encountered over the millenia. And if ancestors are important, then I am already an ancestor of a thousand who will come after me, and so I too am important. as we all are…

Donato Feb. 3  2016

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Monetary system collapse

Monetary stuff

Saving into the financial sphere hurts the real economy

 time period 1  corporate revenue = expenses + profit + wages 

time period 2  all must be the same.  If some wages or profit saved, then there will be less revenue, less money circulating in the economy and maybe fewer jobs….unless the government puts money into the system by deficit spending on real goods and services, like infrastructure (not just more financing). Government deficit spending is needed to offset the loss of money supply going to private savings…, or there will be a recession, and lots of hardship, and transfer of ownership wealth to the already rich. 

Prison example

Where cigarettes are currency, fixed number, unless admin puts some money in that can be used to buy cigarettes from outside.. i.e. admin deficit spends.. if some prisoners start to save cigarettes, then fewer circulate, and the economy dies up…again, unless the admin deficit spends more cigarettes into the system…


Boomers and children

Boomers don’t like to pay taxes, and the government and everyone thinks deficit spending is bad,
 so welfare and education and small business financing and affordable housing are cut back, and the Boomers children stay at home, financed by their parents money, the money the parents wouldn’t pay out in taxes… these parents say, I won’t pay for others people’s kids to get welfare or be educated or get jobs…. These parents save money by investing in already existing large corporate bonds and stocks, not in small business, thus draining money from the real economy..

Boomer’s excessive savings, a result of Government money printing,( the hyperinflation of real estate and stock and bond prices)  are wrecking the real would economy.

Recession

When a severe recession hits, because too little money is circulating, ( because of too much financial sphere saving, not enough spending on real goods and services) people can’t pay mortgages and they lose their property. The property flows into the hands of those wealthy enough to buy it up at bargain prices… so recession means wealth transfers to the already rich. The rich like recessions, and oppose the deficit spending on real goods and services needed to halt them…


We are headed to a global monetary system collapse, it has already begun in many countries, because the major governments, The USA, The EU, Japan and China, have fostered pouring trillions into the financial sphere and practically nothing into the economic sphere to offset the wealth transfers to those already rich (in ownership paper), or newly rich..

If you are rich enough, you can easily get a big loan from a bank, to buy more stocks and bonds. Enough of the rich do this, the bonds and stocks go up in price, and you can now use the extra collateral to get even more loans… The financial system feeds on itself.. unless some of that money spent on stocks and bonds goes into infrastructure, or factories, or other real goods financing… but then, we have the system sustaining China, of example, where they build one new city for 4 million people every two weeks ( which  will only house 1/4 of the increase per year in new housing needed). These cities are empty, people can’t afford to live there….the cities can’t return the capital spent to build them. The system eventually collapses, as the ownership paper on these cities eventually collapses in marketable value, and those owners risk going bankrupt.. While others get the buildings for bargain prices. But without the jobs to justify the workers rental payments, how can this system survive? 

Where is government money printing going?

Into enormous expenditure on empty buildings, empty cities,

Into enormous increases in private investment into the armaments industry,  on war weapons including nuclear weapons. 

Into fostering the weapons industry by destroying existing economies, and lives, in the Middle East and elsewhere, creating jihadists, thus increasing the justification for more weapons to fight them, 

By generating fear of terrorists, justifying huge increases in expense on surveillance techniques and personnel, and cutting back on expenses to real economy goods and services, 

By fostering and subsidizing poor nutrition, meat and dairy farming, thus increasing the need for more expense on pharmaceuticals and mainstream medical education and infrastructure investments, draining money from the real economy (affordable housing, small business jobs).  


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Teen Age Years: a reconnection with spirit

The Teen Age Years: a reconnection with spirit

The teens are years of manifestation and re-connection with spiritual longing. We must no longer describe teen years as a time of crazy abnormal behaviour. Nor are they purely awakened sex drives. Teens are experiencing deeply emotional spiritual meanings, beyond mere sexual procreation.

The word says it,  “procreation”. “pro”, in favour of, “creation”. Teen age behaviour is a manifestation of deep desire, an awakening to the conscious experience of creation, all of creation, the entire Universe. Their ardent  desire insists they become conscious of themselves as also spiritual beings, not just a creator of more humans. Since our culture, the adults, never teachs them this, they must go seeking on their own without knowing for what they are looking. All they know is to bond with their desire. And so they ;appear to adults to some how be crazy, unmanageable, sexually driven.

In our beginning the spirit world birthed us to this planet. We spent our early years exploring new territory, gradually learning about our physicality in relation to all around. Gradually, we as young children lost our connection to the spirit world, that blissful (unconscious to our infant selves) place.  At puberty our bodies awaken us, urge us to recover consciously our connection to spirit. Waves of longing and desire for connection flow through our teenage selves, Enormous energies, matching the tremendous scope of this task. What could be more powerful than getting a sense of connection to our place in the total Universe, the physical and the spiritual Universe?

White culture insists this energy belongs to the priests alone, to be administered at times of their choosing, and is certainly not connected to our physical sexuality, which is thought to be sinful somehow. So the culture suppresses the spiritual as well as the physical expression of our desires. So these enormous awakening energies, have no cultural container or appropriate ritual, no way for the young person to understand and flow with them, No wonder they appear to go crazy!!

We must not continue to try to control and shame teens into “better” behaviour.

We must find ways to celebrate teens in song, dance and spiritual rituals, to help them sublimate their desires to be intimate with each other in spiritual as well as physical expression, so they may awaken, now consciously, to that place from which we all came, and be ready to play their full part in creation, as creative spiritual beings, in creation…

Donato Cianci, Aug. 28  2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Mainstays of our NA Economies are the growing and harvesting of sickness and death...

Understanding our current monetary situation,
-as neighbors and vassals of the USA, growing and harvesting sickness and death as the mainstays of our economies...

A primary job of government in the fiat (paper) money era is to manage the money supply.  (ref. http://moslereconomics.com/wp-content/powerpoints/7DIF.pdf )  This requires a bit of work to digest. I suggest reading on and coming back later if you wish to verify what I’ve said here.

Too much money in circulation runs the risk of creating an inflation panic which will destroy the value of savings. Too little money means not enough for economic activities to grow with the population and stay at healthy employment levels.
The government should manage the too much money scenario by increased taxation, and the too little money, by deficit spending.

The only way the new money needed to keep pace with needed new employment, is for the government to deficit spend, i.e.. to spend more than they collect in taxes. (they have to spend first, in order to be able to collect it).  Balancing the budget by definition will cause unemployment to rise, businesses to fail, and deflation to set in, and if kept up, result in a  major depression.

Because voters have been taught by the corporatists over the years that deficit spending is the rocky road to the evils of foreign socialism, our governments in North America are forced to strive to achieve balanced budgets. The resulting periods of recession and near depression cause massive unemployment, each time shifting wealth from the mass of population to the 1%, eroding the middle class on the way.

(This is why our economists, and governments, and universities, do not teach what I’m writing here, because they depend on subsidies by the 1%, for their classrooms and their election campaign expenses)

Nevertheless, led by the USA, our governments have found a way around this. Spending massively on armaments and health, they avoid the label of “deficit spending”, but can still increase the money supply when needed.

In addition, giant agribusiness and pharmaceutical corporations contribute massive inputs to economic activity, aided by governments which overlook the fact that agricultural subsidies and agricultural marketing all go to increase the meat, dairy, egg, and corn and soy industry inputs. These agribusiness industries are major contributors to the unhealthy lifestyle and sicknesses which are the chief raw material for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. 

When did you ever hear an agribusiness advertising campaign for broccoli, or cabbage, or apples, for anything but dairy, or meat?

The pharmaceutical industry spends much twice as much advertising as it does on research, ( and much of that is bogus) . It spends 6 times as much advertising to doctors as to the public. And increasingly we learn its products either don't work, or cause side effects which require yet more drugs to palliate.

So we have the armaments, agribusiness and health industries, all complicit with government subsidies and expenditures in growing and harvesting sickness and death as the primary support of North American and indeed, global economies... 

What we lose is the opportunity to fund education, healthy food, increased effort to stave off global warming. Instead we build a world full of enemies, and transfer increasing ownership of land and its resources to the 1%, who are like the landlords and warlords of the Middle Ages, using our bodies and abilities to fight their interminable wars of conquest, grasping absolute ownership and control of more of everything than they can possibly use, on the path to eliminating life on planet earth in the process...

The USA budgets about 18% for defense (really “war”), and 25% for health, plus another 4% to farmers to grow unhealthy food.

Canada budgets 8% on defense, and about 11 % of federal revenue and up to 50% of provincial revenues on health, and another 15% of provincial revenues on education which perpetuates the economists myths.