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GOING ON THE ROAD 101


Booda Dog - Frankie Lee's Artist Studio, Venice CA

This entry includes the awarenesses your gypsy spirit will want to know to pack up your life, set yourself up powerfully to go on the road and be FREE to be where you’re most meant to be in the world. It contains a number of guiding principles I’ve garnered over several year-long excursions, along with my April 4, 2011 re-entry to being on the road full-time. And it is inspired by all the lovely people who are reaching out and sharing your enthusiasm to follow my example. It is my desire that making some of what I see visible, will ease your way.

Launching oneself on the road full-time after being settled for a period of years, is a bit like getting ones sea legs. There is a different movement and pace, and it’s good to accept right off that you may be a bit wobbly at first. In 2004 when I set off for South Africa, starting with a three-day stop over in the UK, my second night out I was sleeping on a trundle bed – the kind with drawers underneath. About three or four in the morning I woke up thirsty, and half asleep, totally forgetting I was in this really high bed, fell splat on the floor. There I was, just me with me in the dark, lying on the floor laughing. Suffice it to say, the material world holds many unfamiliars.


Good-bye Bathtub Hello World!

Familiars are what keep people stuck in one place. A kind of sentimentality to ones place as if an extension of oneself and somehow meaningful. It’s all made up, of course, but we take comfort in thinking it relevant. Ordinarily one doesn’t consider being sentimental about a bathtub, but this was a major anchor that kept me at my lovely little art studio in Venice longer than originally envisioned. Luxurious triangular bathtub, big enough for me to have my knees under water and to float. Floating was a commitment I made to myself, to do every day – to take the time to relax and float in the warm water, and forego rushing about with the madding crowd.

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THE SPIRIT OF CIRCLES UNITING

WE ARE ALL THE CENTER OF A CIRCLE
AND OUR CIRCLES OVERLAP TO MORE OR LESSER DEGREES ALREADY
UNDERSTANDING THIS, WE HAVE SIMPLY TO AFFIRM OUR CONNECTION
AND ACT OUT OF THIS AWARENESS
FOR THE SHIFT WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IN THE WORLD, TO BE
A CIRCLE CONNECTS WITH ANOTHER CIRCLE AND ANOTHER
BECOMING THE SEED AND FLOWER OF LIFE
THIS IS THE SACRED GEOMETRY OF CREATION
VIBRATION COMING FORTH AS ALL LIFE
FROM THE HUMAN ZYGOTE TO THE GREAT STAR NEBULA

CIRCLES UNITING is a global humanitarian project designed to direct consciousness to our essential Oneness, by empowering people everywhere to create their own circle projects and link them together as one continuous celebration of life. What we make of it will move us into our higher destiny as human beings, conscious co-creators with Creation itself, one family of the Earth.

The Spirit of CIRCLES UNITING has been growing in and as us for millennium. For me, it was what birthed A Circle of Women and The Art of LIVING Coalition, the Great Sun Circles and annual International Women’s Day events that we as an extended wisdom community co-created across greater LA from 1991 to the present. And it is the message I've carried with me these last six years, living in over 60 places in five countries.

I envision CIRCLES UNITING as a kind of global cultural exchange which will turn humanity onto itself and bring forth a new Renaissance – broadcasting the story of our Awakening to our greater selves through intercontinental celebrations sharing the music and mythos of all people. The next generation of Live Aid, Hands Across America and the World Peace Flame, now ongoing and designed to move, support and sustain everyone in actively participating in creating the lives and world we really want, with skill and awareness.

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MOVING INTO THE GREATER WE

The image I keep seeing and would like to share with you, is that of a circle within a circle.

The smaller circle in the center is the “me” or the small “we” - which represents anything we ordinarily associate with ourselves individually and collectively in terms of our day-to-day existence, our family, our work, our community, basically our comfort zone, what we see as the “what is” of life, our dreams and schemes from the stand-point of having to make things happen ourselves.

Added to that is a basic principle of the art of living which has to do with affirming our connection and acting out of this awareness. It is what I call “me plus One” or “we plus One.” Applying this principle is the “plus factor” which allows us to move into the greater “WE". It creates the additional space, and provides the momentum for our lives to flow more abundantly.

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WHY WAW?

Over the course of my Circles Uniting tour I've met many remarkable people, and had the opportunity to experience so many wonderful ways of communicating and being with one another. The name I chose for my blog - Waw! Waw! - pronounded Wow! Wow! translates as Yes! Yes! in Woloff, the tribal language of my dear friends from Senegal, the Baay Fall, who I got to know while living in Amsterdam. When I learned "Waw," it seemed to say so much with so little about what I feel to be true when we simply say Yes to life and appreciate the magnificence. So, if anyone asks you what languages you speak, now you can include that you speak Woloff. WOW! Here's something curious to consider - maybe we've been speaking Woloff all along.



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AN ARTIST OF LIFE VIEW OF THE TRANS KAROO

“We don’t see many Americans on the train,” says Mr. Dawie Breet, the burly Afrikaans train manager who serves as my host for the 26-hour trip from Cape Town to Johannesburg called the Trans Karoo. No surprise, considering the 10,000 mile distance from my home of the last 25 years, Los Angeles. I am happy to be the eyes for my friends at home, privileged. It is a big world out here and too easy to become myopic within a big country such as the U.S. or, according to Mr. Breet, a small country set so far away like South Africa.

I am asked many questions on the train about being an American, by Mr. Breet, by the all black staff in the dining car where I spend much of my time looking out through the large picture windows, by the two couples who are traveling in the coupe next to mine, on their way to Krueger National Park - one of whom, it turns out, know Beth and Charles Hutchinson, the parents of my friends Annie and Lesley who I spent the previous month living with, between their homes in Cape Town and Saldanha Bay in the Western Cape.

It has been a long time since I oriented to the world according to politics and hierarchies, so I can say little in response to the questions I am asked about the men who appear to head our country except that their ways are of a past that is dying and much of what we see on the surface is their attempt to hold on. The shifts that are most poignant have already taken us beyond borders - technology that allows me to be connected with people on every continent via the internet, to write this article on the road, to be your eyes in this moment; the youth who have grown up in a new Africa where the pure and sane voice of Mandela set the intention for “a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.” and is continually rekindled in this country now 10 years into its shared experience of democracy.

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AN ARTIST OF LIFE DEFINED

an artist of life:

  1. behaves daily in ways that support and enhance life
  2. plays a pro-active, creative role in sculpting his reality
  3. is courageously dedicated to being herself
  4. “walks his talk,” and willingly accepts responsibility for his thoughts and deeds
  5. lives her dream
  6. has a rich and fulfilling existence
  7. is fully present in the moment
  8. loves himself and acts out of what is best in himself
  9. passionately infuses love and vitality into everything she does
  10. is grateful to be alive
  11. measures his success by a balance of the personal and professional, societal and spiritual
  12. thrives on change
  13. assesses situations in terms of challenges and opportunities rather than problems, and works to find viable solutions
  14. is resilient and open to more than one “right” way of doing things
  15. is authentic and honest with herself and others
  16. embraces differences while affirming our essential connection
  17. treads softly on the earth
  18. honors and respects the freedom of each individual
  19. extends compassion to all living things
  20. is committed to doing “the best he can” to live these principles
  21. teaches by example


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GOING ON THE ROAD 101


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MOVING INTO THE GREATER WE

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