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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