In March 1994 I went on a magical mysery tour of the Yucatan.
This photo is of the Temple at Becan, where I got my name, Dakan from Becan.
The Highway Shaman Wisdom Reading
for July 29, 2020
Sometimes I feel like I’m going around in a circle. I wonder what it means to find out who you really are – to reach your full potential. Right now almost all of us are in a “process,” called the Pandemic of 2020. I’m an old man who chose to self-isolate in a remote Mexican town, to be away from all the craziness and health risk in the USA. The card MARRIAGE reverse talks about losing my power to a process. Am I making excuse in into COMPARISON, which is telling me to see whether I’m fulfilling my own potential in the best way I know how. I’m not sure. I am committed to these blog and my daily art projects, and question whether or not I have what it takes to meet my full potential. The TEN OF EARTH – reminds me that I am now able to step back and observe the results of what I built through my dedication and hard work. I claim ownership of the castles I built that have taken form in the material world. I have achieved mastery and inherited treasures of knowledge and experience thanks to all I have been through. I smile appreciatively at my run of good fortune.
Below the Reading is a blog I wrote about this very issue 26 years ago, several month after I returned from a life-altering journey to the Yucatan. Is my life exactly as it has been sense then, all along and how its meant to be?
The Elements Tarot: MARRIAGE:
The joining of distinct forces or entities together to support a common purpose or mutual aspiration. Partnership.
REVERSED: Losing individual identity and power to a person, project or process.
Osho Zen Tarot: 5 of Clouds – COMPARISON:
Comparison brings inferiority, superiority. When you don’t compare, all inferiority, all superiority, disappear. Then you are, you are simply there. A small bush or a big tree – it doesn’t matter – you are yourself. You are needed. A grass leaf is needed as much as the biggest star. Without the grass leaf God will be less than he is. The sound of the cuckoo is needed as much as any Buddha – the world will be less, will be less rich if this cuckoo disappears. Just look around. All is needed, and everything fits together. It is an organic unity – Nobody is higher and nobody is lower, nobody is superior, nobody inferior. Everybody is incomparably unique.”
“The way to find out who you are is not by comparing yourself with others, but by looking to see whether you are fulfilling you own potential in the best way you know how.”
The Good Tarot – TEN OF EARTH – Affluence, material abundance, mastery, financial security, inherited wealth and knowledge.
“I am now able to step back and observe the results of what I built through my dedication and hard work. I claim ownership of the castles I built that have taken form in the material world. I have achieved mastery and inherited treasures of knowledge and experience thanks to all I have been through. I smile appreciatively at my run of good fortune.”
Dakan in 1994
It seems as if my life is just beginning today. This is different than other days. I tried to leave the house three times this morning. I couldn’t. My inner voice kept telling me to “stop, be quiet and be patient.” I noticed how difficult that is for me . . . I’m always off doing this and doing that – mostly to hustle a few more bucks in order to keep my story going. But what’s my story? “The Hustle to Keep Hustling Story?” There’s no plot to this story- no direction or goal. Today I had to stop and just be with myself and listen . . . and be patient. For what? I don’t know. Something new and different needs to unfold in my life – something that will stimulate and ignite my spirit. It’s my spirit that’s trapped in same-o-same-o land and is fighting to be free.
I really think that life was meant to be experienced as joy. We seem to feel most alive when we’re either lost in laughter/fun or in extreme danger. I think danger reminds us of how precious life is and how important it is to fill it with love and joy. Recently I was at a great party. Over 100 people came together just to have fun. Nobody argued or fought – everyone seemed to be there ready and willing to enjoy those moments . . . dancing and laughing and playing. It’s times like this that we collectively experience the abundance of life and joy of living.
I want to create fun in my life as what I do to experience abundance. Is that possible? Is it possible for me to create abundance doing the things that bring me joy, happiness and love? I sit here this morning willing to change directions in order to experience what in my heart I believe is possible. I don’t know what that is is. So I get this message to “stop, be quiet and be patient.” I don’t really have to rush off and do whatever I thought I had to do. Maybe dreaming up fun plans is worth more to me and my life right now than the few dollars I could be making somewhere else.
This is the time given to me to adjust and rearrange my life. I have to take that old cliché to heart . . . this is the first day of the rest of my life. What do I want to do with it? What gives me joy in life? What’s fun for me and creates happiness in others? My answer doesn’t have to make sense. Making sense is not always a prerequisite to making money – I just don’t totally buy my old thoughts that being a serious and sensible businessman will necessarily bring me all the riches and happiness I believe I deserve. Well, it may bring me riches, but will it bring me joy and happiness? What will?