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Update from 10/5/09

Living in Pele’s lap (Pele is the Volcano Goddess, said to live in the Kiluea Caldera in Volcano National Park, just a few miles from my new home) is a real challenge.

It is difficult to explain the challenges of living here.  No matter how simple or luxurious the accommodations, no matter how easy or difficult the path, no matter what the details of living life involve, there is an energy of transformation and deepening to one’s Truth here that is undeniable.  The challenge is to meet oneself in those transformations as they arise – or should I say they flow, like the lava?

The pace of life here, and the pace of ‘getting things done’, is much slower than on the mainland.  Patience is a very necessary virtue for survival here.  “Go with the flow” has a different meaning in Hawaii; the flow is indeed like the lava, not so much like a river.  It can be devastating; it can be underground, hidden; it can be dramatic; it can be slow or fast.  The flow here creates new pathways and new ground.  I am learning to recognize the new in the midst of the transformations.

Changes can come slowly or quickly, take a long time or a short one.  Things can stay the same for a very long time, then suddenly shift with little or no warning.  This is the way of the Island.  There is also a sense of relentlessness; the lava flows no matter what is in the way, no matter what people think or believe.

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