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Wholeness, Much Love, and Pura Vida.

I had the pleasure of joining the Diamante Valley community at EcoMaste when the indigenous Mamos elders arrived. Masters at listening to nature and creating harmony with earth’s energy, this year they made offerings to the earth and held an open circle discussion for our heart tribe community. You could really feel the change in energy. As a frequent visitor of EcoMaste, I always love the family vibe, relaxed setting and abundance of nature. On their last visit the Mamos determined negative and positive stones on the property. They explained that all lands embody both masculine and feminine, positive and negative qualities. Negative or positive not being especially good or bad rather holding a specific charge. The co-founders of EcoMaste Amanda and Jose were instructed to not move the stones, acknowledge both the negative and positive and create a deep relationship with the land. On this recent visit they moved the negative stone, explaining that the stagnate, heavy energy of the land had been shifted and the land was calling for rock to be moved and erected. The positive stone was also positioned upright. The Mamos said that these areas were ready to be activated so their energies could flow harmoniously without obstructions.

I could feel it the moment I walked through the doors, the feeling was lighter. That’s one thing I’ve learned from Mamo's visit to EcoMaste, that each land has positive and negative energies. We don’t have to evade or cover up the negativity of the past or pain, but rather sit with it and listen to how the earth and what our bodies are telling us. There isn’t a lesser or better energy, they both need to be honored and given space to be fully expressed. Also, there is no need for excessive conversation about right or wrong, but rather the Mamo’s delivered a message of radical simplification and deep listening to self and land.

Famous for their role as “Big brother” and guardians of the heart of the spirit of the world, they told us that we as “the little brothers” are not lesser or bad, but simply the younger siblings who choose to travel the lands. They believe we have been gone too long and have lost our way home due to confusion. As members of the community asked questions of diet and why they are drawn to this place, the Mamos reminded us gently, if you ask the question you already know the answer. Don’t weave in confusion and doubt. Learn to listen to yourself. Even the most skeptical can learn to listen to our mother earth for she is telling us what she needs, what we need to survive.

We are all one family, the big brother, the little brothers, the waters and earth. We are earth people and this is our home. As little brothers we must learn to integrate and guard the spirits of the earth instead of just taking from our mother. We can stop weaving the ideas of profit, productivity and fear. When we think these things we create them in our physical reality. As humans we are thinkers and we are the creators of our own realities. We all will find peace and harmony as we return to the natural laws of our earth and live in alignment with our mother’s call.

Simplify, Listen, and Be Empowered were the main takeaways from the Mamo's message. As a community we made beautiful organic meals, some brought black bean cake, others made music and many just sat by the river and listened to her sing. It was simple and happy. We came knowing we have a lot of ups and downs to work through, to create the healing communities and destinations many of us envision, and we left united knowing that our careful thoughts and words could be the thread that can weave our visions together.

By Natalie Bankhead

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What does love mean to you? We dove into this question and others for this Full Moon gathering the theme being, "Love as a New Creation." The inspiration of this theme came from the progression of our last gathering which focused on forgiveness. After releasing the suffering and pain caused from ourselves, others, and situations within and out of our hands a new spaciousness was made available.

Surrounded by Love

Many of us have stories and conditions around love. We have reasons why we don't accept love or why we grip onto it so tightly that we eventually suffocate what we wanted to flourish.

The first step in reprograming is acknowledging what's there and why, forgiving, and then setting down a new foundation which supports who you are now and how you want to give and receive love. A light was shed on women's moon time because it is another area of our lives that has been hidden and made into something unholy. The truth is women's moon time reflects the life cycle, death, birth, growth, decline. By seeing this parallels in ourselves and honoring it also opens yet another door of potential love and new creation. After moving and transforming so much energy and digesting the last several events I can say that I am not the person I was 3 months ago. I've been shown that I am a every evolving being. I have my ebbs and flows and so does everyone else. Sometimes the way I love is by choosing to close my door and just simply being alone. Other times its by making delicious food, offering full hugs, and giving my complete attention to someone.

My husband and I have been married for over 6 months now and have been in a journey since February. Taking a huge leap of trust and committing to move to Costa Rica and creating EcoMaste. During the last several months I've surrendered more and more into trusting love and appreciation of my partner. Learning the art of making direct clear requests, and not taking things personally. Acknowledging each other for what we do for ourselves, each other, and for the community.

For me my new creation of love is one that mimics the torus. I am love within and project love, and I choose to receive the love around me. I set clear boundaries of what I do not wish to experience. I'm learning to release expectations and be open to receive someone else's expression of love and accept that its beautiful even if, its different than mine. My love language is thoughtfulness, little gestures like, (making me cacao in the morning when I don't ask), touch, listening, and patience.

I invite you all to re-create love for who you are now. Dive into how you want to express it, feel it, embody it. How would you like to offer it, receive it, in what forms. Those parts of yourself that you spend the least amount of time with, befriend them, they need it the most, and see if you can truly encompass all that are with love. Then play with love, with all different relationships. How can you bring love within every exchange you have. What would change in your life if you practiced this. Can you imagine the shift if every person in a small community or even a household did this?.

The thing is, it's possible for your to experiment with these practices and take note of the changes within your life. Then, the people around you will become curious because you always seem to have this presence contentment. Slowly you share or just simply modeling love and your vibration will carry and inspire others to create the love they want to experience. May you and all beings always feel loved and cared for.

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We recently came together for a Full Moon in Aquarius Women & Men's Forgiveness Gathering. The circle began with heart songs led by Leo then flowed into the question,

"what does forgiveness mean for you?" The answers varied from freedom, release, love, openness, and more. As you read this blog I invite you to ponder the same question.

Our brother Marcus led a deep 9 layer meditation. We ventured into forgiving our ancestors, great grandparents, grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, friends, past lovers, co-workers, and ourselves. Then made a list of all the persons in each category. The women were instructed to pick a man on their list that they had the strongest negative reaction. The men did the same but with a woman.

The big take away I had was, those that had cause me suffering did not do it out malice but rather how they were raised or out of fear. I felt a huge sense of relief, as if

I was a bridge for my ancestors to release what they weren't able to do.

This exercise also reminded me of generational trauma. The memories we may not be aware of but hold inside of our DNA. When we do forgiveness work we not only free up energy within ourselves but also release what our ancestors could not or weren't able too. The only way we can transmute this trauma is to accept and acknowledge that it is there.

A practice that many know is the Hoʻoponopono. It's a series of phrases that originates from Hawaii. The phrases are:

I'm so sorry

Please forgive me

Thank you

I love you

Orin offered a song of the Hoʻoponopono. I invite you to play with repeating them out loud or play with singing, perhaps begin with forgiving yourself. Explore the melodies that resonate to you.

The men and women separated and we journeyed further into forgiveness. Both groups had the opportunity to write out all the suffering the person that caused us a strong negative reaction in detail. Then women were guided by Sophia and the men were guided by Marcus reinvent this person and our relationship with them. Giving us the opportunity to fully forgive them for all the pain they caused and receive what we may have been yearning from them for many years.

The importance of our words was emphasized. Many of speak as though our words hold no power. We make empty promises, talk against ourselves and to others.

Our word is a vehicle for manifestation. To quote the Bible:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1

"How can a young person stay on the path of purity?

By living according to your word" Psalm 119:9

We gave our word that we would honor the holiness of our word. Later we did this by the men and women coming together at a sacred fire and burning the words of suffering so we could embody our reinvented relationships and intention around what we had written.

The heart medicine of Cacao was facilitated by Ita from Cacao Magic after the fire.

Mark & Sherrie shared their deeply healing Kirtan music with ancient mantras infused with Cacao. Making for a sweetly potent journey back to ancient vibrations calling and receiving the presence of the ancients ones.

Together we created a masterpiece of forgiveness. When we acknowledge, and accept our traumas we gain our power. When we release suffering we gain the ability to heal ourselves and collective. This opens us up to receive clearer guidance, inspiration, energy, and deeper levels of love. May we all be impeccable with our word, fully release what no longer serves, and embody the joy and divinity that we are.

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