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Our members gathered around the campfire last night for our first Story Hour of 2012.  Soulful Stuff who is a leader of our team was our Story Teller.  We currently have a team challenge going on with Kokopelli as the theme.  To see the entries to date, go to  
It is fitting that Soul would select a Kokopelli story to share.

A little prologue about tonight’s story….

Out of intimacy is born something new….only in intimacy can we connect…contribute honestly…a connection of who we truly are.

Kokopelli draws us into that dance of intimacy….playing the flute…the hollow bone…he teaches us to empty ourselves of pretense and become who we truly are…and in that place, we give birth to a greater reality….

Tonight, our story is a Hopi tale…..

The story of Kokopelli….and Ice Flower

A cool rush of high mountain air blew up the canyon to stir the embers of the communal fire….just like ours tonight…. into a whirlwind that exploded, filling the night sky with starlike sparks. Tiny embers swirling….alive with passion….rising to sing their song to the Cliud People. The gasps of wonder from the mouths of the People echoed through the moonless night. Suddenly the light that the Fire-beings cast, gave enough light for everyone to see the masses of Cloud People who had gathered in the heavens to answer Kokopelli’s call. Once again, the People cried out in awe at the magic of this half-god, half-man, Kokopelli. Even the sleeping babies awakened to the spectacle of Kokopelli’s magic. Surely the long-awaited rain would feed the Three Sisters and the People would live. Kokopelli called out for everyone to gather up their clay pots so that the moisture could be collected for future use. The Thunderers called out that Rain was about to begin.

The Fire Sticks gave quite a light show before Rolling Thunder broke the silent night. The only other sound was the scurrying of feet in yucca-fiber sandals running up and down ladders to grab the pots. One maiden stood entranced near the main plaza marveling at the lightening in the night sky while others around her became frenzied, running to and fro. Kokopelli looked at her beautiful, innocent face filled with wonder and approached her, still holding his flute like a child. She was filled with a sereneness that had piqued his curiosity.

“Why have you not gathered your pots?” he asked. “They are in place high on the mesa,” she answered. When he asked the maiden her name, she replied, “I am called Ice Flower of the Winter Clan of White Corn.” “Why are your pots already in place, Ice Flower?” he asked. “Because your flute called to me when you came up the canyon and told me you would bring the rain,” she answered. Kokopelli was intrigued. He smiled in a knowing way as the maiden returned his smile. “So you are the one,” he said. The People assembled for the Medicine Chief of the Eagle Clan’s prayer of gratitude just as the first Rain People began to touch the Earth Mother.

Kokopelli took Ice Flower by the hand and led her to the Fire. All eyes were watching the couple as they made their way to the head of the plaza. When the prayer was over, Kokopelli placed the flute, wrapped like a child in Ice Flower’s arms as a symbol that this woman would share his music and his seed.
Magic was in the air and the child of this union would use the magic of this Medicine to assist the People in finding their way back to the stars. The legend of the Pueblo People tells that they crawled up from the underworld after creation. Meanwhile the spirits of their Ancestors went back into the underworld until it was time to walk the Earth again. Kokopelli spoke to them of a time before the Creation when each person was a spark of Fire from Great Mystery’s Eternal Flame and had fallen to Earth to seed the Mother with fertile thoughts, ideas, and actions. He told them that they would all become like Fireflies in the Great Sky Nation on the day when the Toltec and Pueblo bloodlines came together as one.

The Aztecs say that Ice Flower brought a man-child, who became a great spiritual leader of the Eagle clan, into the world. His Medicine was the gentleness of his mother and the Fire of his father. Since Mesa Verde was abandoned hundreds of years ago, we are left with this question: did they leave the Earth and go to live in the Great Star Nation? If so, the fertility and abundance of Kokopelli shines on our world each night.

Now there’s a whole different perspective on what is meant by enlightenment. We humans don’t realize our enlightenment just to hang around to enjoy it. We have a whole universe to enlighten with our love. Humans have been especially gifted with this capacity and only a few have realized their true potential. Kokopelli and You see…Kokopelli didn’t just dance and play a flute. Kokopelli represented fertility, new growth, he carried seeds in his backpack, he was a wandering Lothario, a legendary Casanova. He is portrayed in the petroglyphs as a sensuous, sexual seducer and dancer. He danced a dream dance and spread his seed far and wide. He was appreciated and venerated for the many ways that he had touched their lives and were enriched by his presence.

Out of intimacy is born something new….only in intimacy can we connect…contribute honestly…a connection of who we truly are.

Spirituality evolves as intimacy increases….spirit is sensual…spirituality and sexuality weave together and are deeply intertwined…though few move far along that path. Like the smoke of the pipe rising…it is a path of letting go…emerging…revealing…dynamic flux in a path ever-evolving.

Kokopelli is seen by some as the ancient ever present guide on that journey through the seven levels of intimacy and love. Deepak Chopra defines these levels…and in doing so invites us to a deeper understanding of Kokopelli.

The First Level of Love is Attraction. The Law of Attraction states, “To be attractive, you have to be authentic. You are as you are…natural….no shame…no blockage to discovering who you truly are. Kokopelli is raw and natural….he invites discovery!

Many people feed an attitude the stops the exploration of their authentic nature. They deny the shadow and in doing so, block the light. Listening carefully….growing in wisdom and understanding as we stumble in balance…that is how we reach this first level.

Kokopelli played his flute….to a receptive woman…balance.

The Second Level of Love is Infatuation. “This law states that infatuation exists to open the door to a deeper, transcendent reality. Infatuation happens when the attraction between two people is so intense that it transports them beyond ordinary perception and the ordinary world becomes enchanted.”

Kokopelli was a sexual icon and his search for the deeper meaning of it all was an infatuation, an enchantment with the transcendent. Yet, so many become caught up in the infatuation and never do the work of discovery….and become stuck in the wanting.

The Third Level of Love is Communion. “The Law of Communion says that communion is contact of soul with soul. Communion is the sharing of spirit. Therefore, communion is the basis of trust
In this stage, lovers move into territory of the unknown, taking from each other what they did not possess alone

Kokopelli teaches us persistence and to move beyond the fear of rejection. You are enough..and Kokopelli teaches us to continue the search with that knowing.

The Fourth Level of Love is Intimacy. “The law of Intimacy states that in true intimacy flesh merges with flesh, and spirit with spirit. In intimacy, sexual energy and spiritual energy are recognized as one. Sexual energy is seen as the creative energy of the universe.”

Because of Kokopelli’s creative energy he was sought for successful harvest, a successful hunt, fertility, and ecstasy. Kokopelli did the dance of intimacy open to the wonder, open to learning the new….open…..

The Fifth Level of Love is Surrender and Non-Attachment. “The Law of Surrender says that losing yourself in another person is the best way to find your true self. Surrender is the result of relinquishing the ego’s last claims to separation. Surrender and non-attachment open the door to the miraculous, because miracles exist outside the realm of I, me, and mine.”

Ego is a most powerful barrier to spirituality as well as sexuality….staying open to unknowing…..or knowing in a cloud of unknowing….is the path to connection and truth.
When you can let go of these self-expectations learned from the expectations of others, then you can journey into the next level of spirituality
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The Sixth Level of Love is Passion. “The Law of Passion says that higher reality is experienced in the merging of the masculine and the feminine in one’s own being. Passion for life and passion in love are the same thing. This is because life, in its essence, is love.”

Kokopelli often seems to be depicted wearing feathers or plumes, honoring passion in our true nature as Children of the Feather.
The eagle is passionate, focused, yet aware of all that surrounds. The owl even in the darkest night is the same.

The Seventh Level of Love is Ecstasy. “The Law of Ecstasy says that ecstasy is our original state. This is where we come from, the Garden of Eden, the state of grace to which we shall one day return. Ecstasy is the final stage of intimacy with spirit that flows through love.”

We were designed to become the Heart of the stars, a starring role in the universe, our stardom, because we have the incredible power to love deeply, infinitely and eternally.

Kokopelli teaches us constantly to let go…discover…awaken the truth…and to fully realize who we truly are. In that way, our seed is most viable…we share the best of ourselves…by planting in love the love we are within. Kokopelli has much to teach..if we allow him…

Wado for listening….

And Wado to you Soul for relating this legend. 

There were several new members present at our Story Hour last night and we welcome them all. 
One was Ross Hoover, owner of PrimitiveDesignTx, was a first time attendee at our Story Hour last night.  Ross
lives in San Antonio, Texas. He says this about his work:
I make primitive style jewelry such as chokers, necklaces, earrings, bracelets much in the style worn by Native Americans. Although I am not Native American, I have always admired their culture, beliefs and their historical (yet often overlooked) significance in our history since my youth. With that in mind, In each piece I attempt to bring out an authentic, intrinsic yet dignified natural elegance I see in my surroundings along with color combinations I see in wildlife and places I visit.

Here is an example of his work.  To see more, go to:
www.etsy.com/shop/PrimitiveDesignsTX?ref=pr_shop_more

Body of Christ Choker Necklace by PrimitiveDesignsTX
Ross, we hope you and all of the other new members enjoyed Story Hour and will attend regularly!

 

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