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Hi Hazel - Here's a little something, maybe for the webpage : read/share
YOUR Tribal Voice
- From Anonymous

I see trees of green, red roses too,
I see them bloom, for me and you.
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue, and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

The colours of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are there on the faces of people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, sayin' "How do you do?"
They're really saying "I love you".

I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world.
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world.

What a Wonderful World
By - George Weiss, Bob Thiele, Louis Armstrong


Good morning Hazel,

This is Michael, the new bloke who came to the drum
circle last night. Thanks again for facilitating such
a marvelous evening. Even though it took me a year
to come by, last night was definitely the "right"
moment. I am so glad to have made the connection
with you and the group.

I also wanted to let you know I appreciated the way
you let things flow. I felt very welcome to share
my own spiritual background by adding Hebrew
chants. I also felt very welcome in sharing and
receiving from others as well.

Thanks again! Take good care and be well.
b'shalom and warm regards,


"I believed in the healing power
 of words..." - Eugene Fitzpatrick

"Until the End of the World"
     Shalom 'n' Namaste, y'all!


Being a drummer, I'm impressed with what you are doing by gathering people together to drum.  That's very important for a western culture like ours.  I recommend checking out (if you haven't already...) the 63rd st. beach circle that's been going on for over 50 years.  Those cats can play, it's really intense, and it's every friday and saturday evening when it's nice outside. Some of you should really think about checking it out.


I have to say, in the most gracious way that I can (please be patient with me, I do read your emails and they're fascinating) that it's hard for me to drum- even in the presence of community- in the name of several theologies that I have no relationship with.  This is the point where open mindedness between people can be so misconstrued and twisted.  This is not to say that I'm better or bigger or more in tune with things.  Truth is, I believe and I know as Fact that God cares very much about music and its place in our culture... it has become so vital in our country over the past 100 years (from an American standpoint) and... whether or not people choose to admit it... it influences us in our actions and thoughts.  It determines much more than we can notice from a quick listen to a radio station or a glance at the silly music video. 

What's my point to all this, you ask.  Hazel, Five years ago I found out that I had a lot of assumptions on how God ties into music.  I tell you the Truth, He cares about nothing more than the intimate RELATIONSHIP we have with Him, a one on one dialogue that takes place day to day- void of necessary rituals and clear of social assumptions.  Like most people in our media- hungry country, you're probably goingto sigh when I explain to you that I love Christ more than anything.  Without a thorough relationship with Him... meaning exposing ourselves to all the dark shit in our lives, as well, and facing it by letting ourselves go and letting Him, in... pure real joy can be only tasted and not lived. I say this not as someone who hates "fags." Not as someone who believes in blowing up clinics.  Not as someone who hands out pamphlets with how "to get to heaven" printed on the back.  Not as a priest who touches little boys.  Not as a tele-evangelist.  They are deceivers.  I say it as someone who follows Christ. A simple guy who lives in Chicago and is a musician.  I fuck up all the time, and sometimes I even forget to brush my teeth or put on deoderant.  I'm a normal guy who's trying to get by like everyone else.  I can not, even if I tried to, praise and give thanks to false dieties and to the things of this world that are simply an great example of His Creation.  Please do not think I'm naiive to all this, I beg you.  I've been studying many religions/ philosophies/ world thoughts beside my own for a long time.  And I can say that as socially noble as some efforts are, they eventually fall short and contradict themselves.  Where some are quick to judge a world view by the actions of its followers, I judge it by its credibility.  New Age Paganism will not satisfy the needs of the World, let alone intimately change the heart of a person who believes they are too far away to know God.  

Hazel thanks for reading this, if you did.  Thank you for your patience. Please respond if you feel the need, I'm open to any type of conversation.  I believe it's healthy

Cheers, shawn rios 

sweet Shawn -

thank-you so much for your feed back...

it's important to communicate & share...

i also have had an eclectic education, my major in collage was Philosophy & Theology...

my many experiences have lead me to have a profound personal relationship to "The Christ"

in all His/Her manifestations...

so it's great to hear we have that in common...

i hope that you will be able to feel comfortable in sharing your faith with the community...

the rhythm is just the vehicle to celebrate the Divine in us ALL...

blessings &

Peace -
Hazel Aura G.

Hazel, you rock, sista.  Feel free to post it wherever and whenever.  Thank you so much.  I'm am glowing and delighted.  I so did not want to fit any paradigm when I was sending that to you.  we live in a time where the absloute battles with the realm of "open mindedness" more than ever.  If you understand and follow the absolute, then you're seen as close minded.  Ravi Zaccharias, the Christian philosopher from India, talks in depth about it. He explains that fighting the absolute and refusing it is, in fact, completely proving its existence.  Denying it is to say there is absolutely no absolute... that the statement is an absloute in itself.  Just the mere fact we exist proves the absolute... then the next step is revealing its relevance to Jesus Christ and the synoptic gospels.

Man, you're a theo/philos major.   That's so rad.  I only went to art school.

cheers, and thanks again,  shawn rios 



While they can be found in books, in our minds, and in our hearts, these things only really live on our tongues.  

Here is a gift for the children.      

Source:  Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833­1908).  An American Anthology, 1787­1900.  1900.
1036. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
By Eugene Field
YNKEN, Blynken, and Nod one night
  Sailed off in a wooden shoe,‹
Sailed on a river of crystal light
  Into a sea of dew.
³Where are you going, and what do you wish?²
  The old moon asked the three.
³We have come to fish for the herring-fish
  That live in this beautiful sea;
  Nets of silver and gold have we,²
        Said Wynken,
        And Nod.
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
  As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
  Ruffled the waves of dew;
The little stars were the herring-fish
  That lived in the beautiful sea.
³Now cast your nets wherever you wish,
  Never afeard are we!²
  So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
        And Nod.
All night long their nets they threw
  To the stars in the twinkling foam,‹
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
  Bringing the fishermen home:
¹T was all so pretty a sail, it seemed
  As if it could not be;
And some folk thought ¹twas a dream they ¹d dreamed
  Of sailing that beautiful sea;
  But I shall name you the fishermen three:
        And Nod.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
  And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
  Is a wee one¹s trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
  Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
  As you rock on the misty sea
  Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three,‹
        And Nod.

Love & blessings from the Tranceman



I say to the tribe:

Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat.
My shoulder is against yours.
you will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine

rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals:
not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding

around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables.
When you really look for me, you will see me

instantly --
you will find me in the tiniest house of time.
Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God?
He is the breath inside the breath.

mick everly wolf

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