Celebrate the Tonal

Flower of Life

Flower of Life

“Tonal” as a word is amazingly beautiful. The root of the word in Nauhatl language comes from “tonalli” which means daylight or bright energy. Yet the synchronicity of the word’s alignment with music is just as amazing.

Tonal music is ancient music where composers created lines of rising and falling, (arsis and thesis) which intersect each other. When you have four voices or lines, occasionally they align and harmonize. This creates a resonance, which sings in the body and space in which the work is being performed. But between those moments of alignment are progressions, disharmonies, which “push” the work towards resolution or harmonic convergences. Thus tonal music is always falling forward or has a sense of moving forward towards….

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Toltec Artist’s Paintings

As many know, my work with the ideas of the toltec warrior are often expressed in paintings and images seen throughout this blog.  Here is a comprehensive overview of many works created in the last three years.  These works are in galleries and or in my collection and for sale.  Yes even warriors of freedom must make money somehow.  Many of these images are available in print form.

If you are interested, please contact me to inquire about pricing, size, further pictures or prints of these works.  Since several are represented in galleries… they are out there for the world to see.

Appreciate all the interest in the work, the words and the way of the warrior.  Contact me at ravencircle1@gmail.com for further information.

Raven in a Maze

Raven's Maze Raven becomes trapped in the maze, working through words, finding heart, raven springs forward and spirals out in hopes of breaking the threads which endanger us all... creator creating creation.

Raven’s Maze
Raven becomes trapped in the maze, working through words, finding heart, raven springs forward and spirals out in hopes of breaking the threads which endanger us all… creator creating creation.


A warrior is detached and at ease with his world.  He views the world as an overlapping field of perceptions generated by the combined assemblage points of all and the earth.  The warrior’s maneuver is to learn to shift perceptions and thus shift the assemblage point to a place beyond or before or outside the boundaries of ordinary reality.  As he practices this, freedom becomes more and more a part of his entire being.  The warrior sees that the creator creating creation.

World events can trap our attention.  The events of recent have challenged the warrior to the core.  A simple example is the Fukushima nuclear power plant which is dumping toxins into the oceans.  Here is a recent report of the effects of this slow yet consistent drum of the mold of man.  How do we manage this bombardment on our assemblage points, our perception of the world?

The earth is a living being consisting of the assemblage points of all of life.  These gathered beings build up to an amazing awareness of life itself as a globe.  Carlos Casteneda reminds us how essential it is to have ultimate gratitude for the planet which hosts life and awareness in all forms.  Genaro swimming on the earth shows us how beautiful this physical expression is.  Yet we are on a journey to Xtlan, a journey to a farther shore which we may never reach, but the journey is worth the effort with heart.  The earth is our major connection, our major source of power and energy.  She pulses with life and rolls the force of life over us at all times.

It is heartbreaking to read about nuclear disasters.  If you are not angry, you are not paying attention.  But what good is anger to a warrior.  Anger is always self importance.  It is the self importance of a species believing that it is the alpha predator in this world that has unbalanced the equations of life on the earth.  One can argue with the details, but the truth is more evident than ever.  We destroy the oceans and all life in this band of awareness, the beauty of the earth, is over.  There will be no energy to move forward and evolve.  Again, one can argue the details, the evidence, the awareness of a seer is now more clear than ever.

This is not just a doom filled awareness.  It is awareness at the root of our energetic matrix.  Warriors must search for other sources of energy if they are to sustain themselves.  And the universe is a tricky bastard… it does what works, and we are proving that we don’t work well.

We ride on the razor’s edge between seeing potentials… choosing globally, acting locally… even in the face of the odds against us.  We ride on the razor’s edge seeing the emptiness in the canyon below us that could swallow up our species and choose other means for awareness.  Maybe one that can survive the polluted state we have left this garden in.  Maybe technology and science with race ahead and provide necessary solutions.  But while we wait, the majority of us are filled with an awareness that the energetic system just does not work any more.

We must radically shift our assemblage points.  We must look at the laws of the living planet that we have been breaking for years.  And rather than sit and say, oh well nothing to do, do something different, something that works… because she will do this of her own accord.  She, our mother, the earth, will decide if we choose not to decide.  There are only two ways, the ways of the earth and the ways not of the earth.  Let’s choose.  Let’s shift our perception, lets ride these beautiful waves to better choices.

The nay sayers will decry and say, that is not a warrior of freedom’s concern.  But red flags go up.  It is the essential concern of the warrior of freedom.  We earned our freedom from our lives, from our walk here with this amazing matrix mother.  She is aware, and as we become more aware, we know our debt of freedom is to her.  Be grateful, be overwhelmingly grateful… Choose now.


EPSON MFP image“It’s because we simply cheated ourselves all the way down the line.  We thought our lives, by analogy, was a journey, a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose by the end.  The point was to get to that end, success or whatever, or maybe heaven after you are dead. But we missed the point the whole way along.  It was a musical thing and we were supposed to sing or dance, while the music was being played.”  OTT – One day I wish to have this kind of time.

A warrior’s humility is not the humility of the average man.  Got it, but does that make us in any way special.  Hell know!… In fact it makes us the same as the average man.  One of the traps of any path, any way, anything we practice is that we think we are getting the right answer, the right way and the world makes more sense to us than any other human in the world.  (We sometimes forget that the insane apes are us!)  In fact there is nothing special about the warrior of freedom’s path in comparison to any other path whatsoever.

We progress through the four battles of life, we build up personal power, we align with intent and so often we forget that everything is aligned with intent and has power to say nothing of freedom.  Every person, plant and animal has the same freedom that we do within the realm of the position of their assemblage points.  To walk a path of freedom is not in anyway superior or special to any one else, rather it is a dance of knowledge and awareness of the panoply of creation and how amazing the universe is in creating awareness in all its variations.

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Fuel to the Flame, Season’s Passing

This morning the sun rose in the sky and illuminated the eastern horizon with that fire of pink and magentas with a burst of awareness that comes only rarely.  This amber glow of fire reminds me of how precious our awareness of life is.  The shift and change across a brief period of time was as vast as it was subtle.  Like ephemera it was there and gone.  Each second was a full bodied experience only to be replaced by the next one.  These colors were so amazing that no painting could come close, yet every day the attempt is made to create such a fire in the sky in paint.  The most brilliant colors seen in the depths of ceremony could not heighten this morning’s glow of awareness. 

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The ultimate ground of being

For several posts I have written and extolled the difficulties that I find with religion.  And in fact it is lost on most people who claim a love of freedom and awareness that religion is all about not being conscious, aware or free.  Rather it is about being a part of the controlling matrix which dominates our world with one single purpose, to get us through life with as little conscious awareness of the real spirit of life and certainly to move us onward towards some unknown afterlife.  This distraction has brought out a host of responses which are often set within the context of each person’s feelings about religion which was down loaded into them at a young age.  On top of this, those that claim they are science oriented or philosophy or any number of other paradigmatic structures claims they are not religious and are free having the truth.  Wow, it is hard to see that all paradigms are just that inwardly focused, limit the conversation to the territory they are comfortable with, and self sustaining through arguing or influencing each person with their claim to the truth.  Humm, this would be a religion in my mind. 

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Battle of the Seer (Artist)

This series of battles and enumeration of them concludes with the battle of the seer.  Knowledge is a trap as much as any other stage of growth and development.  Knowledge can become so specialized that it traps the attention in itself.  Also knowledge is not the same as information.  We have great people who spend their whole lives gathering information and perfecting the information that they have.  Yet knowledge is the connective glue that holds it together.  Knowledge is the wisdom to act upon that information with correct timing.  And yet it is a trap for that is why we battle with knowledge as spiritual warriors.  We must remain fluid and open through our knowledge.

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