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23 Jan 2011

Updated May 27 - Horsing Around...; Memorial Day Weekend Consecration, Barbecue

Battle of the Gulch Over

"Camp Rainbow Shower" officially closed, home opened... New Apucheto, Rainbow Shower Emerge

FROM HAIKU, MAUI (HAWAII)

Battle of the Gulch Over

New Apucheto, Rainbow Shower Emerge

HAIKU, Maui, May 23 - Well, the Battle of the Gulch is over.  Victory is at hand.  My new Apucheto is also finished down there.  And the Rainbow shower now has two beautiful new rainbows, fusing the male and female energies into one beam that runs like a spine atop our home, before pointing to the gulch Apucheto and Puu Kukui (the female volcano).

It all happened in the nick of time, as is always the case with things that are meant to be.  I l leave for Peru next week.  (Hawaiian) God Lono and Goddess Pele saw to it.  They blessed the endeavor by providing dry days during heavy construction, wet weather when needed for the soil to settle, and by keeping my contractor and friend Charlie and I safe during the five weeks it took to build it (see Building of "Gulch Expressway" at "Rainbow Shower", Apr 2009). 

Take a look at what the bottom of the gulch looked like when Charlie finished the heavy construction last Friday.  You'll have to visualize the lawn in the above pictures wherever you say plain dirt now.  Bottom line?  We have more than doubled the size of the useable property.  There is now an Upper Rainbow Shower and a Lower Rainbow Shower, each unique and very different.  Yet very beautiful.

A week or so earlier, the gulch started to talk to me.  That's when we first discovered tips of what appeared to be two large rocks near that solitary tree in the middle left shot.  I felt they were there for a reason, perhaps to point me to where I needed to build the Uaca (sacred space, or Heiau, as the Hawaiians call it) and the Apucheto (Oahu - an altar) within it.  So as soon as Charlie pulled his big backhoe out of the gulch, I started digging by hand carefully around these rocks.

And this is what they revealed to me that first night.  They looked like the two giant "Murphs," as Charlie called them, might be joined into one.  I kept digging and digging deep down that narrow gorge between them, hoping to hit the hard surface which unites them.  I had to abandon my "archeological" dig by the time night had fallen with inconclusive results.  So far, it appeared as if the two Murphs were morphing into another giant Maui heart, as you can see in the left shot.

The following morning, I woke up early with a vision of what my Uaca (Heiau) and Apucheto (Oahu - shamanic altar) should look like.  The two rocks were not to be moved, as Charlie and I had contemplated at one point.  They are to be the anchors of the Uaca (Heiau).  Their whose job is to mark the spot for me exactly where the Uaca (Heiau) was to be built.  They were my Lode Rocks.  Like the Lode Star (Polaris), they were navigational instruments that Lono and Pele and Pacha Mama had put there for me.

The other vision that appeared to me that morning was a triangular shape for the Uaca (Heiau).  When Charlie and I went down to the gulch, I explained everything to him and marked the three corners of the triangles with little flags.  He got it right away.  He told me that the traditional Hawaiian Oahu's were triangular.  And that they pointed to mountain tops.  I had no prior idea about that.  Which is another proof of divine guidance that I had been receiving from Lono, Pele, King Kamehameha and my other Master Spirit Guides. 

So while Charlie went to get some more fuel for his backhoe, I continued to dig by hand around my two Lode Rocks.  I discovered that they were exuding male and female energies, just like the rainbows at the Upper Rainbow Shower.  And as they fused together, they gave birth to another Baby rock which I dug up under the surface (two right shots).  I understood instantly that the Baby rock was to be the center point of my Apucheto (Oahu - shamanic altar), like the seed of new life in Pacha Mama's (Mother Earth) womb.  So I dug the Baby rock out and saved it for later, when the time comes to build the Apucheto. 

I then let Charlie go to work to dig out the Uaca (Heiau) triangle with his backhoe.  Meanwhile, I took the same pictures of the Lower Rainbow Shower in the morning light that I had taken the night before.

Back up at the Upper Rainbow Shower, I found Elizabeth getting ready for a day of gardening... by painting her toe nails. :-) I also found an unwelcome guest at the entrance of our garage... a baby centipede.  They are said to be in Hawaii what scorpions are in Arizona - bad news around the house.  So I did not let this one proceed any farther.

Several hours later, when Charlie was done with his backhoe work, I took some pictures of the new Uaca (Heiau) triangle (left).  It was only then that I realized why I was guided to shape it that way.  The top right corner points directly to Haleakala, the male volcano.  The bottom one from where I took the pictures connects to Puu Kukui, the female volcano.  The top left ties it to Mama Kocha, the ocean.  And all three lines intersect in the middle of the triangle at the center stone, the shaman's prayer rock (middle).  And you can see the original two male/female rocks at the bottom (west) end of the triangle, along with their baby (right), which I moved to the center of the Apucheto (Oahu).  That's straight ahead in the middle, facing the east and the sun rise.  That's where the designated place for the altar (Apucheto or Oahu) was (top right). 

While I was doing this work, one of the rocks split in three, again symbolizing male/female and a baby energies.  I placed it at the top of the altar (top right).

You can also see the new Uaca (Heiau) at the bottom of the gulch from the new access road we built right above it (two left shots).  Back up at the top, Charlie and I did a fire ceremony at my upper Uaca (Heiau) - to celebrate the end of Phase 1 of the project, and to thank the Creator and the spirits for guiding us and protecting us during all this work in the last five weeks (middle right). 

Later that day, I also planted several new trees to mark the occasion.

During the last week or so, I worked nearly every evening for 3-4 hours till nightfall, hauling and rolling large rocks, and carrying smaller ones, while building them into the new Apucheto (Oahu)  You can now see it in its finished form above (as much as an Apucheto is ever  finished). :-)

New Rainbows at Rainbow Shower

While Charlie and I were working in the gulch, a local artist was painting the two rainbows that appeared to me on my second day at our new property (see Stories from the "Rainbow Shower", Mar 2009). Here's an excerpt from that story...

On my second morning at the new home, the property started to talk to me (meaning, the spirits did, using the property as the channel). 

When I first opened my eyes on Mar 26, I saw this tree of life climbing up a post of our the master bedroom (left).  Then I noticed that it was connected to this beam that was transmitting the male and female energy right down toward the bottom of the gulch, where I was told I needed to build my new Apucheto (shaman's altar - see Stories from the "Rainbow Shower")

During the last three weeks or so, Alani Bird, a Makawao-based artist who was born and raised in England, gradually translated my vision into reality.

You can see her in the left shot at the start of the project.  You can also see some sketches in the middle left picture that I made while guiding her about the proportion and the positioning of the rainbows. Long before that, Elizabeth and I had picked the "sky" color of the blue accent walls for the family room and the two rainbow columns that Josef Butala, our Slovakian born painter, had painted on them (middle right).  The middle right photo shows the rainbows in progress after about a week's work.

And now, you can see two finished rainbows... male and female, along with the artist who painted them (left).  You can also see how they fuse together not just at the ceiling beams, but also if observed at the right angle from the ground level (far right and far left).  And you can see them in various daylight and night time light settings (middle shots).

And now, I invited you to join me in taking the tour of the Rainbow Shower, our home, now that the Rainbow Shower, the camp, has been officially closed...

No narration was necessary as most pictures had a caption at the bottom.  In the last row, the leftmost shot is the master bedroom, the two middle ones are the guest bedroom, and the far right is the office.

And that's all she wrote this time from the now mostly finished Rainbow Shower - Upper and Lower properties.

By the way, I am about to leave for Peru (in five days time), to join a group of Inca Shamans (Altomesayoks, the highest level of a shaman who can call in the winged mountain spirits) in communing with the Holy Mountains again.  Three weeks at dizzying altitudes, both literally and figuratively.  So if you don't hear from me regularly, it either means I have no access to the net or that a condor took me.  :-)

Enjoy your weekend! Aloha.

Memorial Day Weekend Consecration, Fire Ceremony, Barbecue

HAIKU, Maui, May 26 - Forget jogging.  Scratch mountain bike rides.  Drop yoga.  Never mind hiking.  Try lugging 200-300 pound railroad ties in a wheel barrow down a narrow dirt road over an 80-ft elevation drop on a hot and humid day.  Then add to it rolling some 200-pound stones and anchoring the 12 railroad ties to them around my new Apucheto (right).  And call it training for Peru.

Well, that's how I spent at least a part of my Memorial Day weekend.  And you know what?  It was fun.  ("If you survive it," as a character from my adapted play "The Professional" says just before going into surgery). 

So I would not recommend that kind of "entertainment" or "training" for everyone.  But this labor of love felt good to me.  For, I knew I was building a sacred space.  And they are always made of love, blood, sweat and tears.  I also knew that I would not get seriously injured, beyond the cuts and bruises that come with this kind of work.

When it was all done, Elizabeth and I spent a part of the Memorial Day on the beach - a new "baby beach" we discovered on the North Shore, not far from Hookipa Point. 

After that, I consecrated the Uaca (Heiau, sacred space) and the new Apucheto (Oahu, altar) in a fire ceremony.  As I was addressing Father Sky and Father Sun at the end of it, a beautiful Monarch butterfly fluttered in (like the one on the right, only a little paler).  He landed on the ground right in the middle of the Uaca (Heiau), not more than three feet from me.  He remained still, facing the Apucheto with me, as I continued with the ceremony.   He stayed like that for at least 3-4 minutes.  I knew that he was the messenger from the Creator who has been sent down here to acknowledge my prayers and bless this holy ground.  I felt so honored.

The butterfly flew away after a while, up the road in the direction of the Upper Rainbow Shower.  I had told him to take the divine blessings up to Elizabeth and ask her to come down.  Not more than two minutes later, while I was still finishing up my ceremony, I saw her coming down the steep slope.

Elizabeth joined me in the rest of the ceremony.  She also helped me roll another large boulder to a corner of it by cheering me on as if it were a football game ("you're now on the 50th yard line..."; "It's first and go on the 5th yard line..." - when I came close to the corner). :-)

We then used the same sacred fire for our Memorial Day barbecue - burgers and tuna - that turned out great.  Since we used only local fuel (dry wood and cinders... no charcoal here), the meal had a hickory-like smell, like grilled dishes in fancy restaurants.

A Divine Grill: A Perfect Fit

By the way, the grill we cooked on, as it turned out, was truly a gift of God.  A few weeks ago, I tried buying a grate at Home Depot or Lowe's.  Neither had any in stock.  Then one day last week, as I was clearing some dead cane grass behind the shed, something black protruded from the ground under the debris.  Once I lifted the dead grass, I discovered it was a rectangular grill.  Not new, obviously, but it was in a very good shape.  And after Elizabeth had cleaned it, it looked like new.

I then took it down to the Apucheto to see how it will fit.  It was a perfect fit, as if I had measured the Apucheto for it.  All I had to do is just place it.  And voila!  It was ready to be used for a barbecue.  The funny thing is that I had a feeling this would happen the whole time, from the moment I picked up the grill behind the shed, until I actually saw how perfectly it fit the space inside the Apucheto.  Of course, I had built the latter without any conscious awareness of the grill which I was yet to discover.  Which is why I told Elizabeth that the grill was a divine gift, as all perfect things are in life.

After the meal, I kept the fire going for several hours till late at night, as you can see from the above photos.  That's when the Apucheto (Oahu) fire was joined by Hawaiian torches in the three corners of the Uaca (Heiau) and a candle right above it.  The above shots were taken by my cell phone camera, which is why the quality isn't the best.  It was a spur of the moment decision to film that part of our Memorial Day (or night, as it were).  We also lit the torches at Upper Rainbow Shower, around the spa and the Upper Apucheto as a tiny sliver of a Moon looked down at us over the ocean and Puu Kukui (volcano), smiling kindly.

And this is what the place looked like "the day after," at sunrise this morning, May 26.

Oh, by the way, just in case that life is all work and no fun around here, check out the left photo I took during one of our shopping trips to Kahului last week.  These models were rehearsing for a fashion show that evening at Queen Kaahumanu Mall. 

"They are the most beautiful girls on Maui," a man who was setting up the chairs told me.  "And the prettiest one of all is my daughter.  She is the director of the show."

We both laughed.

Enjoy the rest of the week. Aloha!

Horsing Around...

HAIKU, Maui, May 27 - On our way home from various appointments in Pukalani, we stopped to watch a 2.5-week old foal horsing around a yard with his Mom.  Check it out...

No narration is necessary...

He is a frisky little fellow, wasn't he?  And now picture a 2.5-week old human baby by comparison.  Pretty helpless, aren't we, Homo Sapiens?

Okay, off to Peru now...

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