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11:11 New Moon, New BeginningsIMG_2334

It’s here! All astrologers are on fire talking about 11:11, portals and new paradigms. The old has gone and we have solidly stepped into the new. The possibilities are endless, but must be grounded in reality to take form.

How do you know which of the possibilities to pursue and which to let go? Follow your heart. What makes it sing? Where do you feel it in your body? If it energizes you, go for it! Thought and feeling together create matter. So if you have feeling in that area, if the momentum is there for you, that’s half of the equation. Let that be your sign to move forward on it!

Of course nothing ever manifests without taking action. Even IMG_2335your greatest money for nothing dream of winning the lottery involves buying a ticket. So today, on this new moon, set your intention and take a step towards what makes your heart sing!

The question I asked using Be Tao Now today was, “What is the best hexagram to help with the energy of the moment?” Of course it was Taking Action! I listened to the drumming pattern while lying in bed. That woke me up!

Later, I opened up Be Tao Now on my iPad. Opening the app requires spinning the wheel. I asked no question and received Focused Intention. Makes sense to me. New Moon is a great time to focus on intentions and one should ideally have focused intention before taking action! I could have simply decided those two hexagrams are what were needed. Knowing the astrology of the times, I could have chosen to listen to the drumming patterns for Taking Action and Focused Intention.

But sometimes what come up isn’t what I thought would come up. If obstacles exist which need to be addressed first, that might be revealed in the random selection spin of the wheel. More pressing personal issues trump what’s going on in the collective.

My point is that one of the functions of Be Tao Now is that it acts as a Guidance tool. Sure, I can choose the hexagrams and listen to the drumming patterns with which to align, but I try not to assume I have all the answers. Even in the usage of the app exists a balance of being and doing, being receptive to answers and actively choosing the energy you are stepping into.

So enjoy the New Moon, set some intentions, listen to your inner Guidance system, dream wildly but definitely take some action! Take one step and the Universe gives you another, and pretty soon you’ve reached your goal. Joy is in the journey, and the journey is easier when you’ve chosen a goal that makes your heart sing!

The randomly spinning wheel, all 64 hexagrams and their accompanying patterns are found on the app, Be Tao Now ~ I Ching Drumming for Triumphant Living! It is currently for Apple products, only but, soon to be available for Android.

New Moon Blessings,


#54. Impulsiveness. Thunder over Lake. #54. Impulsiveness

What to do when impulsiveness strikes? Its a shock of energy that makes you want to do something! You may wonder, “Where did this come from?”

Today I had an image in meditation that made me ask that very question. I was declaring my abundance and suddenly I saw a Hasidic cowboy. If you don’t know, a Hasid is a very orthodox Jew who dresses in black and if old enough, has facial hair and peyot (the locks hanging down from the temples). The man in my dreams had light skin and luscious dark brown curly hair that peaked out under his black cowboy hat, a trimmed moustache and beard, cute, curly peyot that made me want to tug them, glasses that made him look smart and fun at the same time, cowboy clothes including jeans and black boots with spurs and an insidious grin.

See? I’m a strange combination of east meets west. In this case, its Eastern European meets western cowboy.

The cowboy’s hootin’ and hollerin’ brought me out of meditation as fast as a prodded bull comes out of a pen at the rodeo. I’ve had this goofy, light-hearted energy all day. Funny ideas have come in my head, some sane, some not so sane. How to channel all this energy? I feel like a calf breaking free from the herd.

What is the herd? The herd is the collection of thoughts that keep me perceiving myself as I did yesterday.

We all need days like this so we can break free. I feel a new perception coming on. I’m using this energy as a way to spring forward, even though its autumn. I don’t want to fall behind.

Gentle Persistence or Perseverance?IMG_1904

#57. Gentle Persistence. Wind over Wind. Love yourself through this time of new energy coming in…Success comes from persistently keeping with the energy of that which you want to see manifest in your life.  Excerpt from the iOS app, Be Tao Now ~ I Ching Drumming for Triumphant Living!

Two years. That’s how long it’s been since that fateful meditation that changed my life. I wasn’t really looking for new direction. It came looking for me. “Create an I Ching drumming app,” are the exact words I heard in meditation. What? At that time I didn’t even own an app. Only a few people had heard of I Ching drumming. Many westerners had never heard of the ancient system of divination (over 5,000 years old) from the Tao te Ching based on eight elements in nature.

After my initial shock, I tried to remain open. This is how I’ve always lived my life. Open to change. Listening for signs. I follow that inner voice that sees beyond the physical, knows beyond the logical.

Still, my practical side had questions. What was the app’s purpose? Would it help people better their lives? Was the creation of this app an attainable goal? Would using this app help people be happier, attain their goals? Would it uplift? Inspire? Would it bring freedom to me? To others?

For years people who have known me marvel at how I live from my intuition, and wanted to know how they could do the same. One dramatic example of following that inner voice of wisdom happened when I lived in the Middle East. I had some business to attend to and could either get there by bus on Tuesday or Wednesday. Something about Wednesday didn’t feel right. I found out why. The same bus on Wednesday I would have taken on Tuesday had a bomb on it. I missed a near death experience because I listened to my guidance and took action on it.

I’m not saying that following intuition makes your life perfect, but that’s another subject matter. It took me a long time to realize how impactful this app might be for those seeking their own guidance. The wheel of eight elements is set to spin randomly, so the app responds to the energy of the person using it. No belief required. Time after time I’ve seen a jaw drop after a person asks a question and spins the wheel. “How does it do that?” is a question I hear often.

Within a month of the first meditation telling me to create an I Ching drumming app, my initial team was revealed to me. Someone came into my life with a little experience creating apps. Another friend did beautiful, inspiring graphics. A trip to India yielded guided meditations recorded on a sacred mountain. Getting the right programmer was a different story. At one point the plot twists and turns made the journey seem more like a mystery than an adventure. I will say one thing. The entire process has called for gentle persistence.

In the traditional interpretation of the I Ching, #57 hexagram is called Perseverance. Don’t get me wrong. I have great respect for tradition. However, perseverance feels so heavy, which is why I changed the title. In the days of old, people persevered and were proud of it. Some fought for our civil rights, the right to vote, the right to free speech. Some endured hard working and living conditions simply to survive. I realize life isn’t always easy, but I want to live in a world where life is gentle and less pushing is required to make life work.

I want to align with my goals and get there after a joyful journey, not reach them panting and screaming. Rhythmic alignment makes me feel like I’m doing something about reaching my goals by simply listening to the drumming. As a friend said, “I get the energy of the hexagram almost through osmosis, it changes me.”

Gentle persistence has been coming up on my wheel consistently for the past month. I’m in the home stretch now. The app has long been created, but improvements and issues with Apple app store have delayed the process of the free app version reaching the public. I know the outcome is inevitable. I’m persistent in staying with the energy of having the app finished and in the hands of people regularly benefitting from it. This isn’t such a stretch of the imagination as some people already use it regularly with great results.

I can see my app helping people by empowering them to live from their own guidance. I know people more easily align with peace and joy, following their hearts and reaching their goals with the help of Be Tao Now. I feel gratitude watching happy people living mindful lives. I feel fulfilled knowing that this app enriches lives and the people using it pay that forward and open heartedly give back to their communities to make a better world.

Last month I was in Mt. Shasta with friends. We couldn’t hike because the smoke from the fires ravaging the parched hillsides was so thick. Fire burns off the old and makes room for new growth. The smoke followed me to Ashland, Oregon, then back to the San Francisco Bay area. I thought for sure there would be clean air in New Mexico, but the smoke followed me here too.

Tonight there is rain in Ghost Ranch, where people have lived, survived and thrived for well over 12,000 years. The storm whips up the wind across the dry, red clay earth. At first, it seems like it is simply throwing dust around, but I know the wind brings with it new energy. The smoke from the fires has followed me north, west, east and south. I have followed my passion (fire) and now the smoke lingers. But not for long. Wind brings in new energy reminding me to gently persist in keeping with the vision I want to see manifest. And just today one more obstacle has been removed. Thank you Wind.  IMG_1713

IMG_1488#22. Beauty. Mountain over Fire. Fire burning brightly attracts wondrous connections. Combine fire with inner strength and you have a beauty that surpasses time…find beauty in yourself and the world will look beautiful to you.  

Sometimes I forget that the beauty I’m seeing is the beauty I’m looking with. I must be feeling gorgeous today because the scenery around me is scrumptious as I’m sitting on the patio of a French bistro waiting for an omelet with goat cheese and herbs Provence. Across the courtyard two middle aged men who have already had lattes and chocolate croissants are content to share their inspiration in a lazy, summer jazz piece on clarinet and saxophone.

This California beach town is humming with conversation. Children laugh and squeal as they run around the fountain in bright colored clothes, reminding me of my favorite childhood story of tigers turning to butter. My ten year old mellow puppy dog takes another sip of water, looks at me, then resumes her own people and dog watching.  A palm tree waves as a mother picks up her daughter, her pink dress waving back as she’s twirled around. A white butterfly flits across the courtyard bringing attention to the leashless black lab scrounging for food. Friends are catching up through encouraging smiles, talk of God, barbecues, parents and work.

There is an abundance of beauty around me. I feel like that butterfly looking down and catching glimpses of love and joy. The loveliness of the mountain is in my heart that burns passionately for life and all living things. The truth within me knows that seeing through the eyes of love and gratitude is both the beauty I see with and the beauty I look upon.

Hexagram description, by Elisheva Herrera, can be found in the app, Be Tao Now – I Ching Drumming for Triumphant Living!                           

What Do Monks, Monkeys and a Mountain Have to Do With Peace?IMG_0034

The mountain called Arunachala is known as one of the most sacred places in India. India is a country with many deities, each holding its own unique energy, and people tap into that energy in order to embody it.

The three main gods in India are Brahma, the CreatorVishnu, the Preserver and Shiva, the Transformer. The story goes that there was a disagreement about who was the mightiest deity. Shiva won. The people pleaded with Shiva to reveal himself in physical form so they could know him better. The story ends with Shiva turning himself into the mountain known as Arunachala.

IMG_0272If you sit still for long enough before the mountain, beliefs you didn’t know you had surface for examination. At least that’s what happened to me.  That reflective state is what comes about for people for whom I have drummed the I Ching symbol for Mountain. The stillness of the mountain, whether in the actual form or drumming of it, brings about contemplation.

I sat at the base of the sacred mountain of Arunachala for three blessed weeks, soaking in the energy and letting old beliefs and habits fall away. The only time I’ve ever felt an area so alive with transformational energy was when I had the privilege of living in the holy city of Jerusalem for an entire year.

Arunachala is special and has been home to many monks and monkeys. Ramana Maharshi, the sage who lived on the mountain for 54 years said one can’t help but become enlightened there. I took advantage of the sacredness of the mountain.

The day before I left, I awoke before sunrise and with the help of a couple of friends, climbed partway up the mountain. I sat alone with the sounds of nature waking up. Birds were singing their melodies, and bees buzzed as the sun started to sneak up over the horizon. Before the droning of motorized vehicles began, I grounded my energy in the mountain and tuned into the vibration of each of the eight elements of the I Ching. There, on the side of the mountain, I recorded a meditation for each element, with the sounds of nature as background landscape.IMG_0059

The presence of the mountain could be felt in each recording, however, most had too much interference noise to keep. The only recording clear enough to stay exactly as it had been made was Fire, which is my element. Fire is transformative. Shiva is Fire. It made sense that the only meditation to remain would be the element of Fire. Another story from the Indian scriptures was that Shiva was a burning pillar of fire. He burned so brightly that he threatened to wipe out all mankind. Shakti, the feminine energy, saved the world by impaling herself onto Shiva and cooling his flames.

The other elements; Mountain, Earth, Wind, Water, Thunder, Lake and Heaven, were transcribed word for word, along with Peace and Prosperity, and re-recorded in a quieter studio away from the sounds of monks and monkeys. These meditations are available on my app, Be Tao Now ~ I Ching Drumming for Triumphant Living! including a free Peace meditation.

The peace of Arunachala has stayed with me and I tap into it as a daily discipline, especially drumming the I Ching pattern for peace.  Peace is in the meditations. Peace is in the drumming. Peace is within me and I want to share that with you.


Slide4If war is destructive, peace is creative. We tend to think of peace as a passive thing, an absence of strife. What if peace were not passive? Everything has its opposite. Peace/War. Love/Hatred. Resistance/Acceptance. Action/Inaction. Stillness/Motion.

In the I Ching, Peace is seen as the balance of Yin and Yan, the balance of feminine and masculine energies, the balance of being and doing.

Think about how things come into being.

A thought about something emerges, then a feeling follows. If we like how we feel about that idea, we move forward on it. Thought and feeling come together and it is creative. Masculine and feminine come together and create matter. That’s how babies are born.

We have the power of creation in our bodies and in our lives. What if Peace was a focus in your life? What would you create with it? How would your world look different? If enough of us are actively involved in our own inner Peace, we will see Peace manifest in our lives and in the world.

First we have to meet the war within ourselves with Peace. Then we combine action with Peace and it turns to Joy.

The other night I went to sleep listening to the I Ching drumming pattern for Peace. I awoke in a peaceful, but highly excited state with a flood of ideas pouring through me. I couldn’t wait to write them down so I could share them with the world. Once I moved on those ideas that emerged from Peace, I was in a powerfully joyful state. Creativity moved through me urging me to do something with it.

Peace is creative. Here’s a challenge for you. Try going to sleep with the drumming pattern for Peace. See what creativity you wake up with.

How can you get more peace in your life?

1. Drum the I Ching pattern for Peace. Stay tuned for my “How To” video.

2. Listen to the I Ching drumming pattern for Peace on my app, Be Tao Now.

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Peace is creative. How will you use it for good?