Hypnotic sound – part 3

We all, whether from the caves of France, the coasts of Spain, plains of Africa, Celtic trails, or arid deserts, have been touched by a shaman. It is what gave our ancestors a sense of meaning beyond finding food and shelter. The “ones that know” tapped¬† into the liminal space between this world and the spirit world. They stepped into realms of discovery in order to bring us culture, creative expression. Art, music, healing powers, and sensuality were the gifts they brought back from the “others”.

We not only have the power to find our way home, we all possess a 6th sense that we dilute with outer stimuli. The ancient ways are still in us and we can find it whenever we want! Creation of alternate realities through art, branching of ideas, altered states of consciousness, and all modes of meditation help us utilize the magic we possess.

Reclaim your power. Does it sound cheesy, who cares. Gifts should be appreciated.

cave_paintings.jpgPrehistoric hands


shamanstar.jpgshaman-moab.jpgmushrooms_art2.jpgaustralianpetroglyph.jpg Depiction of shamans in prehistoric art

“For Amiri Baraka”

 ~ written by Diane Di Prima, January 10, 2014


Holding their daughter


don’ matter was it

yr left foot went bad

or yr right

don’ matter yr lungs

or yr heart

don’ matter if that


on yr liver was


or what’s been wrong

so long

w/yr kidneys

don’t matter


or herbs

or acupuncture

or why you didn’t


to those appointments

don’t matter how much you drank

or if you drank

don’t matter you did or you didn’t

take drugs

meaning meds

or take drugs

meaning drugs

what matters now

what matters &

what’s gonna matter

a hundred

a thousand years

what matters when

what we wrote

what we thought

is lost

(& don’t kid yourself,


it’s all of it

gonna be lost)

what matters:

every place

you read

every line

you wrote

every dog-eared book

or pamphlet

on somebody’s shelf

every skinny hopeful kid

you grinned that grin at

while they said

they thought they could write

they thought they could fight

they knew for sure

they could change the world

every human dream

you heard

or inspired

after the book-signing

after the reading

after one more


faculty dinner

after that god-awful flight

& the drive to the school

what matters:

the memory

of the poem

in thousands of minds

that quantum

of energy

passed over


all the way over

to the other

to thousands

of others

what matters


what matters


what matters

the poem

taking root in


of minds …