The Visionary Activist Show

The Visionary Activist Show – Perigee New Moon Radio

image of Ron KaukPerigee New Moon in Gemini today – ’tis the Moon of Diaspora, sending forth Liberating Seed Ideas. Caroline welcomes back Ron Kauk, resident of Yosemite, one of the world’s leading rock climber’s, who has used his skill to guide incarcerated youth back to the healing embrace of Nature… {http://sacredrok.org/}

KPFA is in Fund Drive today, so we will be offering Ron’s book
“Letters from Sacred RokEducation Nature’s Way”
and also pairs of tickets to my Summer Solstice presentation:
“Re-joining the Choreography of Creation in the Garden of Conscious Kinship”
Tis the wedding of all that’s been falsely estranged, that we humans may humbly co-operate with Nature’s Guiding Evolutionary Genius (aka Compassionate Trickster)
All moments in time await our dedication to animate the most desirable stories being so generously proffered to us by the guiding Sky-Earth Story…
7 pm June 21st
Open Secret Bookstore
923 C street San Rafael California 94901
as magnetizing pledge incentives!
(and if those 5 pairs of tickets get snarfed up on air,
everyone welcome to attend, reservations can be made at 415-457-4191, more information)

 

 

 

  • Gypsy Scholar

    “So my mind has developed climbing rocks and learning to harmonize and find a way, find that pattern of the whole that lead you up things that didn’t seem possible. Then you start to realize, well you know, everything is possible, if you keep looking into it. So to look into that waterfall and see your connection evokes, maybe, the spirit of you and that connection with natural world, which gives you all the power you need…. There’s just so much medicine and healing in this idea of going to nature to remember who we are as human beings.” —Ron Kauk

    Of a “foundation in nature;” of being “a waterfall” (and fallen Waterprotectors standing for the “Water” — in the fourth act—“speaking pretty loud and clear here”) in the “flow of creation” . . . and other “Voices that would like to speak to us now from Yosemite.”

    In the hope of helping to evoke the the spirit of “the sincerity of giving”: besides my sincere pledge today, I humbly make this sincerely offering:

    “Sunshine over all; no breath of wind to stir the brooding calm. Never before have I seen so glorious a landscape, so boundless an affluence of sublime mountain beauty. The most extravagant description I might give of this view to any one who has not seen similar landscapes with his own eyes would not so much as hint its grandeur and the spiritual glow that covered it. I shouted and gesticulated in a wild burst of ecstasy ….

    Waterfalls, five hundred to one or two thousand feet high, are so subordinated to the mighty cliffs over which they pour that they seem like wisps of smoke, gentle as floating clouds, though their voices fill the valley and make the rocks tremble.”

    —John Muir, “The Yosemite”

    And so here’s to add what I’d like to bring to today’s “party,” my own unique and idiosyncratic way of responding to the conversation between the VA and Ron Lauk.

    The supremely cool thing about Ron Kauk’s (an emissary or ambassador from his own “spirit of place”) spiritual way of the waterfall (Native American Animism meets Chinese Taoism meets good ole’ rugged, outdoor Americanism) is that you can actually be both at the same time a great *mystic/visionary* (“stand by the water or waterfall,” relaxing your grip and letting yourself go with senses engaged, liberating yourself and becoming one, monistically, with “Nature”) and a great *political activist* (“standing for the water”—and all our relations—becoming one with that “community,” both the ecology of souls and the body politic, both from Yosemite and Standing Rock)! So, such a “visionary activist,” without even a hint of contradiction (between the spiritual and the political, or the mystic and the politico), can be confident that the story evoked by taking this “stand” in the “flow of creation” by waterfall and water/fall will be all part of your *inner story” (“there’s a story that sort of gets invoked that’s inside you as a human being, an ancient story even of our DNA, how far back do we go and the intelligence that’s in us that’s waiting to come out”).

    PS: While I’m so happy to hear someone of the depth and spiritual stature of Ron Kauk is gifting American kids to the mysteries of the natural world, oh how I terribly miss (mentioned) brother John Trudell (“DNA – Descendant Now Ancestor”) at times like these!

  • Gypsy Scholar

    An idiosyncratic contribution to today’sprogram with Ron Kauk: about the Spirit vs Matter dualism of Western religion and philosophy.

    Axial Age religion of the East and the West is pretty much a spiritual-ascetic path of the negation of the body and the senses, a withdrawal from the outer world and its stresses, to one’s interior life (and, finally, an otherworldly reality) to look for the Light, for Truth. (Interestingly enough, the science of modern physics, albeit for very different reasons, agrees with these religious traditions — the senses are illusory when seeking Reality.)

    However, among these Western traditions of world-denial there have been dissenting (human) “voices” (of a repressed counter-tradition) who would not separate matter and spirit and, therefore, the body and soul. (1. “Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that call’d Body is a portion of Soul discern’d by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age. 2. Energy is the only life and is from the Body and Reason is the bound or outward circumference of Energy. 3 Energy is Eternal Delight”.)

    So, since Ron Kauk, in describing his “I am that waterfall” paranormal experience, didn’t say it was by way of “disengaged senses” but rather by way of “senses fully engaged,” I don’t think it would be too much to say that today’s guest shares in William Blake’s (heretical/antinomian) tradition (of “Desire” or *eros*: “a wild burst of ecstasy”). As the mad (genius) poet-artist put it (for Aldous Huxley’s and Allen Ginsberg’s “counter-culture” at least):

    “The ancient tradition that the world will be consumed in fire at the end of six thousand years is true, as I have heard from Hell.
    For the cherub with his flaming sword is hereby commanded to leave his guard at the tree of life, and when he does, the whole creation will be consumed and appear infinite and holy whereas it now appears finite & corrupt.
    This will come to pass by an improvement of *sensual enjoyment*. But first the notion that man has a body distinct from his soul is to be expunged ….” (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell)

  • Gypsy Scholar

    “So my mind has developed climbing rocks and learning to harmonize and find a way, find that pattern of the whole that lead you up things that didn’t seem possible. Then you start to realize, well you know, everything is possible, if you keep looking into it. So to look into that waterfall and see your connection evokes, maybe, the spirit of you and that connection with natural world, which gives you all the power you need…. There’s just so much medicine and healing in this idea of going to nature to remember who we are as human beings.” —Ron Kauk

    Of a “foundation in nature;” of being “a waterfall” (and fallen Waterprotectors standing for the “Water” — in the fourth act—“speaking pretty loud and clear here”) in the “flow of creation” . . . and other “Voices that would like to speak to us now from Yosemite.”

    In the hope of helping to evoke the the spirit of “the sincerity of giving”: besides my sincere pledge today, I humbly make this sincerely visionary offering:

    “Sunshine over all; no breath of wind to stir the brooding calm. Never before have I seen so glorious a landscape, so boundless an affluence of sublime mountain beauty. The most extravagant description I might give of this view to any one who has not seen similar landscapes with his own eyes would not so much as hint its grandeur and the spiritual glow that covered it. I shouted and gesticulated in a wild burst of ecstasy …. Waterfalls, five hundred to one or two thousand feet high, are so subordinated to the mighty cliffs over which they pour that they seem like wisps of smoke, gentle as floating clouds, though their voices fill the valley and make the rocks tremble.” —John Muir, “The Yosemite”

    And so here’s to add what I’d like to bring to today’s “party,” my own unique and idiosyncratic way of responding to the conversation between the VA and Ron Lauk.

    The supremely cool thing about Ron Kauk’s (an emissary or ambassador from his own “spirit of place”) spiritual way of the waterfall (Native American Animism meets Chinese Taoism meets good ole’ rugged, outdoor Americanism) is that you can actually be both at the same time a great *mystic/visionary* (“stand by the water or waterfall,” relaxing your grip and letting yourself go with senses engaged, liberating yourself and becoming one, monistically, with “Nature” in the free-flow of the “Imagination”) and a great *political activist* (“standing for the water”—and all our relations—becoming one with that “community,” both the ecology of souls and the body politic, both from Yosemite and Standing Rock)! So, such a “visionary activist,” without even a hint of contradiction (between the spiritual and the political, or the mystic and the politico), can be confident that the story evoked by taking this “stand” in the “flow of creation” by waterfall and water/fall will be all part of your *inner story” (“there’s a story that sort of gets invoked that’s inside you as a human being, an ancient story even of our DNA, how far back do we go and the intelligence that’s in us that’s waiting to come out”).

    PS: While I’m so happy to hear someone of the depth and spiritual stature of Ron Kauk is gifting American kids to the mysteries of the natural world, oh how I terribly miss (mentioned) brother John Trudell (“DNA – Descendant Now Ancestor”) at times like these!

  • Gypsy Scholar

    Part I: “The Healing Embrace of Nature”

    “So my mind has developed climbing rocks and learning to harmonize and find a way, find that pattern of the whole that lead you up things that didn’t seem possible. Then you start to realize, well you know, everything is possible, if you keep looking into it. So to look into that waterfall and see your connection evokes, maybe, the spirit of you and that connection with natural world, which gives you all the power you need…. There’s just so much medicine and healing in this idea of going to nature to remember who we are as human beings.” —Ron Kauk

    Of a “foundation in nature;” of being “a waterfall” (and fallen Waterprotectors standing for the “Water” — in the fourth act—“speaking pretty loud and clear here”) in the “flow of creation” . . . and other “Voices that would like to speak to us now from Yosemite.”

    In the hope of helping to evoke the the spirit of “the sincerity of giving”: besides my sincere pledge today, I humbly make this sincerely visionary offering:

    “Sunshine over all; no breath of wind to stir the brooding calm. Never before have I seen so glorious a landscape, so boundless an affluence of sublime mountain beauty. The most extravagant description I might give of this view to any one who has not seen similar landscapes with his own eyes would not so much as hint its grandeur and the spiritual glow that covered it. I shouted and gesticulated in a wild burst of ecstasy …. Waterfalls, five hundred to one or two thousand feet high, are so subordinated to the mighty cliffs over which they pour that they seem like wisps of smoke, gentle as floating clouds, though their voices fill the valley and make the rocks tremble.” —John Muir, “The Yosemite”

  • Gypsy Scholar

    Part II: “The Healing Embrace of Nature”

    And so here’s to add what I’d like to bring to today’s “party,” my own unique and idiosyncratic way of responding/contributing to the conversation between the VA and Ron Kauk.

    The supremely cool thing about Ron Kauk’s (an emissary or ambassador from his own “spirit of place”) spiritual way of the waterfall (Native American Animism meets Chinese Taoism meets good ole’ rugged, outdoor Americanism) is that you can actually be both at the same time a great *mystic/visionary* (“stand by the water or waterfall,” relaxing your grip and letting yourself go with senses engaged, liberating yourself and becoming one, monistically, with “Nature” in the free-flow of the “Imagination”) and a great *political activist* (“standing for the water”—and all our relations—becoming one with that “community,” both the ecology of souls and the body politic, both from Yosemite and Standing Rock)! So, such a “visionary activist,” without even a hint of contradiction (between the spiritual and the political, or the mystic and the politico), can be confident that the story evoked by taking this “stand” in the “flow of creation” by waterfall and water/fall will be all part of your *inner story* (“there’s a story that sort of gets invoked that’s inside you as a human being, an ancient story even of our DNA, how far back do we go and the intelligence that’s in us that’s waiting to come out”).

    PS: While I’m so happy to hear that someone of the depth and spiritual stature of Ron Kauk is gifting American kids the mysteries of the natural world, oh how I terribly miss (mentioned) brother John Trudell (“DNA – Descendant Now Ancestor”) at times like these!

  • And so here’s to add what I’d like to bring to today’s “party,” my own unique and idiosyncratic way of responding/contributing to the conversation between the VA and Ron Kauk.

    The supremely cool thing about Ron Kauk’s (an emissary or ambassador from his own “spirit of place”) spiritual way of the waterfall (Native American Animism meets Chinese Taoism meets good ole’ rugged, outdoor Americanism) is that you can actually be both at the same time a great *mystic/visionary* (“stand by the water or waterfall,” relaxing your grip and letting yourself go with senses engaged, liberating yourself and becoming one, monistically, with “Nature” in the free-flow of the “Imagination”) and a great *political activist* (“standing for the water”—and all our relations—becoming one with that “community,” both the ecology of souls and the body politic, both from Yosemite Sacred Rok and Standing Rock)! So, such a “visionary activist,” without even a hint of contradiction (between the spiritual and the political, or the mystic and the politico), can be confident that the story evoked by taking this “stand” in the “flow of creation” by waterfall and water/fall will be all part of your *inner story* (“there’s a story that sort of gets invoked that’s inside you as a human being, an ancient story even of our DNA, how far back do we go and the intelligence that’s in us that’s waiting to come out”).

    PS: While I’m so happy to hear that someone of the depth and spiritual stature of Ron Kauk is gifting incarcerated kids the mysteries of the natural world, oh how I terribly miss (mentioned) brother John Trudell (“DNA – Descendant Now Ancestor”) at times like these!

  • Part II: “The Healing Embrace of Nature”

    And so here’s to add what I’d like to bring to today’s “party,” my own unique and idiosyncratic way of responding/contributing to the conversation between the VA and Ron Kauk.

    The supremely cool thing about Ron Kauk’s (an emissary or ambassador from his own “spirit of place”) spiritual way of Nature (Native American Animism meets Chinese Taoism meets good ole’ rugged, outdoor Americanism) is that you can actually be both at the same time a great *mystic/visionary* (“stand by the water or waterfall,” relaxing your grip and letting yourself go with senses engaged, liberating yourself and becoming one, monistically, with “Nature” in the free-flow of the “Imagination”) and a great *political activist* (“standing for the water”—and all our relations—becoming one with that “community;” both the ecology of souls and the body politic, both from Yosemite Sacred Rok and Standing Rock)! So, such a “visionary activist,” without even a hint of contradiction (between the spiritual and the political, or the mystic and the politico), can be confident that the story evoked by taking this “stand” in the “flow of creation” by waterfall and water/fall will be all part of your *inner story* (“there’s a story that sort of gets invoked that’s inside you as a human being, an ancient story even of our DNA, how far back do we go and the intelligence that’s in us that’s waiting to come out”).

    PS: While I’m so happy to hear that someone of the depth and spiritual stature of Ron Kauk is gifting incarcerated kids the mysteries of the natural world, oh how I terribly miss (mentioned) brother John Trudell (“DNA – Descendant Now Ancestor”) at times like these!

  • Part I: “The Healing Embrace of Nature”

    “So my mind has developed climbing rocks and learning to harmonize and find a way, find that pattern of the whole that lead you up things that didn’t seem possible. Then you start to realize, well you know, everything is possible, if you keep looking into it. So to look into that waterfall and see your connection evokes, maybe, the spirit of you and that connection with natural world, which gives you all the power you need…. There’s just so much medicine and healing in this idea of going to nature to remember who we are as human beings.” —Ron Kauk

    Of the “foundation in nature;” of being “a waterfall” (and fallen Waterprotectors standing for the “Water”—in act four—“speaking pretty loud and clear here”) in the “flow of creation” . . . and other “Voices that would like to speak to us now from Yosemite.”

    In the hope of helping to evoke the the spirit of “the sincerity of giving”: besides my sincere pledge today, I humbly make this sincerely visionary offering:

    “Sunshine over all; no breath of wind to stir the brooding calm. Never before have I seen so glorious a landscape, so boundless an affluence of sublime mountain beauty. The most extravagant description I might give of this view to any one who has not seen similar landscapes with his own eyes would not so much as hint its grandeur and the spiritual glow that covered it. I shouted and gesticulated in a wild burst of ecstasy …. Waterfalls, five hundred to one or two thousand feet high, are so subordinated to the mighty cliffs over which they pour that they seem like wisps of smoke, gentle as floating clouds, though their voices fill the valley and make the rocks tremble.” —John Muir, “The Yosemite”

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