Archive for June, 2009

New Moon, June 22, 2009

June 24, 2009

Aloha beautiful family,
Greetings from Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga


May this turning time on the earth find you all in great health, peace of mind and joyous life. Not only is this the new moon, it is the solstice –summer in the northern hemisphere and the winter here in the south as well as my mother’s 92nd birthday. I realize again how we carry inside of us what is time. My body carries the summer solstice yet where I am it is winter here in Tonga. Hmmmm

Changes in Whale Watching

Life is such a mystery isn’t it? Just when we believe we have it all figured out coyote throws in a curve ball and we get to reconfigure. I got to Tonga all ready to start on the whale business and found that Capt. Jim had reprioritized. So I took the night ferry to Serenity Beaches where Patti, Semi and Yoda the new puppy
Yoda and Spot romping

Yoda and Spot romping

have graciously opened their hearts and home to me. We are finding ways to absorb the equipment I had shipped here and exploring options to do the biz in a different way. I admit that I was in a state of surprise with the news and disappointed that my home is not a boat now but a land base.
Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Yet what a lovely land base surrounded by gorgeous azure blue waters, 2 beaches, abundant fresh food and amazing loving folks. Do check out www.serenitybeaches.com perhaps a Tongan vacation? Patti, Semi and I hold the vision of the sea/land community and are holding the image of a catamaran sailing into the bay with the perfect captain who wants to also become part of this community and my home on the sea. So I invite you all to assist this manifestation by lighting a candle on this the winter/summer solstice.

Guiding Programs at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

While at Serenity Beaches,I have made a medicine wheel out of large coral pieces to balance the land and the 73rd flying heart art piece out of coconuts and wood. When I tune in I feel the connection of all these medicine wheels and flying hearts in the web I have created around the world. Patti and I hold similar visions for activities and programs here. I have begun to guide morning movement, a combination of yoga, energy medicine and various other movement practices. There is also the opportunity for me to keep guiding new and full moon gatherings and peace fires as well as living a simpler life off the grid with all the challenges that awake my lower chakras. This experience is a way to trust in the perfection of spirit to know that when one door closes another will open. The transition time in between doors is my challenge right now to keep positive, happy and energetic.

Bubbles joins the parade

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

I put on my red nose and funny blue jester hat so that Bubbles could join in the all day parade on the opening day of the Tongan Parliament. This parade is made up of hundreds of school children from grade school through high school in splashes of their uniform colors of orange and white, blue and white, red and white and maroon and white. All of the school bands were very professional sounding and each one had amazing complicated walking patterns as they played familiar western tunes. Bubbles had a great time miming, blowing bubbles and marching with the kids. As some of the tunes played were ragtime , Bubbles sweated and danced with the mothers and teachers marching alongside their school. It felt like a July 4th parade with crowded bystanders cheering on their kids. The atmosphere was light, fun and full of laughter. It is amazing how many people saw me that day. Even now weeks later I hear about the clown who joined the parade.

Sharing with the youth of Tonga
Joining the parade inspired me to seek out sharing my talents of music, juggling and clowning with the youth of Tonga. I am meeting with the youth council here this week and spirit has led a few teachers to me. There is a tradition in Tonga for juggling though interest has been lost due to video and computers which take up more of the youth time than in prior days. Most of the juggling here is solo to see how many balls one can put into the air. This is an opportunity for me to teach the more cooperative type of juggling in which 2 folks do tricks together and pass balls back and forth. I will also be sharing my knowledge of music-banjo playing is rare here so I am as usual an eccentric.

May the winds of change blow gracefully in your life uplifting you to greater opportunities.
Hugs and blessings, Alicia Merlady

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New Moon May 24,2009

June 20, 2009

New Moon May 24, 2009

Greetings from Fiji,

Alicia on the hill overlooking Nabua Lodge, Yasawas, Fiji

Alicia on the hill overlooking Nabua Lodge, Yasawas, Fiji

I am so blessed to be in this warm, green, friendly group of islands. I got to have a much needed rest, rejuvenation time here in the Yasawa islands off one of the main islands of Fiji. Definitely jewels in the pacific. This is a very friendly alternative travelers paradise with crystal clear waters, easy transportation, yummy food and lots of folks from all over the world.

Back in the Water
To my delight a very tiny orange and black fish stayed with me for an hour in front of my mask as I got my first taste of warm Fijian waters with deep purple, lime green, salmon, white and sand colored coral all below me. The reefs are shallow and so great for snorkeling. I am in paradise. Lots of lime green and bright blue chromos fish, the orange clown fish(like Nemo), long silver slithering trumpet fish, fluorescent blue spotted damsel fish greeted my eyes. To my utter fascination I viewed a lion fish for the first time in the water. These fish are shy and solitary. When swimming they look stunning with their long red, grey, and black feathery side fins that look like Lakota eagle bonnets on their sides and tops. Their faces really do look like lions with fullness of gills puffing out around their faces. What a treat. My body feels stronger every day as I swim for 1 to 2 hours.

Kava

Kava ceremony, singing and drinking

Kava ceremony, singing and drinking

My banjo was a curious addition to the guitar and uke playing which accompanies the kava ceremony. I was honored to participate in 4 different ceremonies. Kava is a root which is pounded to a fine brown powder then put inside a cotton bag which is rinsed many times with water. A song is sung and then the kava is passed about to all participants. There is a tradition to clap your hands once before drinking with everyone clapping 3 times back to you. Then after drinking you clap your hands three times. No one seems to know how this tradition started. I do know kava is a favored drink in Tonga as well though the clapping number is different. After 6 or 7 cups of a watery brown herby flavored drink served in a coconut shell, I started to feel my eyes droop,my mind mellow and my tongue tingle. The songs were mellow,had beautiful harmonies and very haunting. All were played in the key of D to make thinking about anything unimportant.

Mother’s Day
As in Tonga, the Fijian people are very tuned to their Christian services on Sunday singing beautiful 4 part harmonies. I was honored to attend a Sunday service in the nearby village near Nabua Resort where I was staying where Buma, the local tea shop lady was presiding in her long sleeved purple dress. I went to her home before and borrowed a lime green dress to be perfectly dressed covering my knees and shoulders. Afterward she invited me to a typical Fijian feast to celebrate with her family Mother’s Day. Very unceremoniously we put down a large blue tarp with a strip of pink fabric to act as the table. Then bowels of steaming pork in a yellow sauce,spicy BBQed pork, a coconut spinach like dish were served along with huge amounts of cassava, sweet potato and tapioca. All of this cooked in the outdoor kitchen or in an underground oven. There were the elderly parents as well as the youngest, a toddler were all served a bowel of pork sausage noodle vegie soup .A pink colored cool aid type drink was served also. I added a sung grace to the grace said and we all commenced to feast. Afterwards a bowel of water was passed around to wash your hands as the roots and some of the pork was eaten with your hands. Though I enjoyed the feast I do hunger for the green salads that I love so much.

Fijian feast

Fijian feast

Fijian anniversary
Back from the islands, John and his partner Baba invited me to her parents 54th anniversary Indian style. Fiji is made up of approximately 50% Indians. The whole family turned out to help mom and dad celebrate with chicken and duck curry, rice, dahl and a tasty mint chutney. I got my banjo out and a few percussion instruments to add to the festivities. What a welcoming back to the main island.

Tonga Bound
OK also have a look at the whale sail Tonga in the website. I am off to Tonga soon to join Captain James and focus on the next adventure…guiding folks with the humpbacks. We have lots to do including obtaining that license. Know that these relaxing days will fuel my next surge of activity.

Blessings to you all..may your dreams blossom and grow up strong and healthy….
Merlady

New Moon April 24, 2009

June 20, 2009

 
Preparing to Jump
May this new moon find you all springing with joy as the earth brings forth her green treasures. I am preparing to jump off the mainland for a south seas adventure. Yes the south pacific is calling me and I am getting all the last minute things together like batteries, buffalo jerky, good hair conditioner and a traveling computer speaker. seals at my favorite harbor Crescent City, Nothern CA

CD is birthed
I am so delighted to announce the New Moon Journey CD birthed at our new moon gathering with our theme of “success blessings”. We are such a creative bunch and we had a fun empowering and blessing all of our collective projects. By next new moon I will be able to let you know how you can have your very own copy of not only the CD but it’s companion piece, Women’s New Moon Guide as well. I have been pushing myself with all the myriad details to get both of these projects out before I leave the country. Figure I can sleep in Fiji or Tonga.

Northern California Coast
The ocean is calling to me. I had a lovely time talking to the seals and listening to the waves break on the shore. I am so looking forward to snorkeling in the warm waters and looking at all the ocean fishes, coral and seaweeds. I hope you get as much of a chuckle as I did from photographing this costal Goddess on a picnic table in Crescent City, CA.

Ashland new moon Sister Circle April 24, 2009

Ashland new moon Sister Circle April 24, 200 Spending my last days here unpacking and packing..something I do quite a bit of. I am so grateful to all of my friends who encourage and support me in this vagabond life spreading the love and joy through the music and laughter as I go. An especially great hug and thankx to Whitewolf, my twin flame whose support steadies me and gives me the courage to keep exploring my path on the ocean.

Until next new moon….may the springtime spring up with many flowers in your heart…
Blessings merlady