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Wonderful news – we’ve struck water!

Yes, Pachamama (Mother Earth) has blessed us with our first access to water at our center in Maras (a message from ARI)

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Seen anywhere else in the world, Maras would seem like a place from Mars.  Desolate.  Dusty. Or muddy, depending on the season. But looks can be deceiving.  Especially in the Andes. This tiny village on the high plains above the Sacred Valley of the Incas is actually a holy place.

Maras June 2009Maras is where this writer first encountered the winged mountain spirits of the Andes – the Apus, as the locals call them in Quechua language. And the Santa Tierras – the feminine earth spirits. A group of western and local shamans spent hours talking to these amazing spirits (see The Altomesayok Journey: On the Angels’ Trail, June 2009).

Bob-Shaman-July-2008I mean,  literally talking! The spirits spoke in Spanish or Quechua. We used English. Jose Luis, a local shaman who organized these sessions, acted as an interpreter.

These conversations changed my life. Also literally.  Shortly after the first such encounter in July 2008, I started to make plans to move from Arizona to Hawaii.

So what brought this up again today?


I got an email this morning from the Andean Research Institute, or ARI, a non-profit humanitarian organization based in Maras that Jose Luis had set up.  Here’s what it said (you can read more below):

Wonderful news – we’ve struck water!
Yes, Pachamama (Mother Earth) has blessed us with our first access to water at our center in Maras.

That’s a huge deal for Maras. Because a lack of water has always hampered the operation of this project whose purpose is to help the local population while at the same time allowing the Apus and Santa Tierras to transfer celestial technologies and wisdom of the Spirit realm to select shamans incarnated at the present time.

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In fact, I recalled a conversation we had with the Apus and Santa Tierras on June 8, 2009 after the completion of the challenging Altomesayok Journey: On the Angels’ Trail. Following up on the guidance we received from Apu Huascaran, the Santa Tierra for Maras made the following promise:

Water in Maras. Santa Tierra for Maras said that we should place our offerings in the four corners or the property. “And then we’ll see what we can do to help,” she added.

And now she has delivered on it.  So I made another donation this morning to the ARI non-profit fund as part of my “365 days/year Christmas” philosophy. If you feel so inclined, I invite you to also do the same.  Just click on the link below:

We need your help to expand the blessing of our new water source

Happy Holidays!

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Wonderful news – we’ve struck water!
Yes, Pachamama has blessed us with our first access to water at our center in Maras.
Thanks to individual charitable giving and many hours of hard work on the part of volunteers, ARI has sunk a well to provide the first running water to our Center. It will nourish our program participants as well as our volunteers, who come thousands of miles to teach our programs.
More wonderful news
The water is fresh, and we’re deeply grateful for this. We had been concerned that the natural salt mines surrounding Maras might have made the water undrinkable. We see this clear fresh water source as another gift from the earth, one for which we must continue to nurture and extend ayni. We’ll do this, with your help, by expanding the water system.
We need your help to expand the blessing of our new water source

Here’s also a short video about the ARI:

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We need your help to expand the blessing of our new water source




Hard to believe that a year has already passed since that magnificent solstice sunrise I witnessed on Dec 21, 2013 atop the 10,000-ft Haleakala volcano in Maui (see below).IMG_2606

Well, for this year’s solstice, Elizabeth and I did a more modest hike – up and down the Pinnacle Peak trail in Scottsdale.  The weather was perfect and the mountain was teeming with hikers. There were even some people rapelling the nearly vertical cliffs at the very top of Pinnacle Peak.

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Solstice: Celestial New Year

As a shaman, I have come to realize that the December solstice is actually the Celestial New Year. Jan 1 by the Gregorian calendar, and Jan 13 by the Julian one, are merely man-created new year’s.

Back home, this is what yours truly looked like at the exact December 2014 Solstice Moment, i.e., the Celestial New Year 4,500,000, 2015. 🙂

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So Happy Solstice and a Happy Celestial New Year everyone!

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On top of Haleakala, Maui, Hawaii – Dec 21, 2013


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But here we go, the December solstice is upon us again…

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Here’s the exact solstice time in some other time zones…

Universal Time – London (UK) – December Solstice is on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 23:03 UTC (11:03 PM)

December Solstice in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A. is on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 4:03 PM MST (Change city)

Berlin (Germany – Berlin) – Monday, December 22, 2014 at 12:03:00 AM

Sydney (Australia – New South Wales) – Monday, December 22, 2014 at 10:03:00 AM


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If Christmas is a birthday, why not celebrate it as such?

Also, let us bring you “In the Mood” for Christmas

On Sunday night (Dec 14), Elizabeth and I turned our home into a “TV studio,” as we recorded the raw footage for our 2014 Christmas video.

In this Part 1, we discuss the meaning of Christmas and the differences and similarities in how we approach this holiday.

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“In the Mood” for Christmas?

In this Part 2, we will try to bring you “In the Mood” for Christmas…

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Here’s a “sneak preview” of some of the still shots (Part 1 of 2)…

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What do you think, does it look like the two co-hosts are having a good time, or does it look like they are having a blast? 🙂

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But wait, things get even more rowdy after the opening sedentary Christmas message…

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This Part 2 of 2 are the final scenes of us dancing to my “In the Mood” recording. As you can see, Elizabeth survived my clumsy “flip,” and lived to laugh about it.

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Stand by for an actual video in a few days, after I get a chance to edit it.




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This Saturday morning I witnessed an incredible scene.  Elizabeth needed a few small items for her cooking and art projects. I was the driver. We arrived at a Scottsdale store just as it was opening. A long line of people were waiting outside to get in.

“It’s a half price day,” Elizabeth explained. She would know. She is a pro when it comes to shopping. She has made a science of it.

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By the time, we entered the store, the line was gone.

Inside, hundreds of shoppers were busy attacking the racks and shelves with the fervor of a scavenger at a trash dump or a shark smelling blood.

Eyes fixated on the objects at hand, hands strumming through IMG_2572clothes hangers as if they were guitar strings, they were oblivious to anything else but to get the best bargain they could lay their hands on. Like the women you see in the picture (right),

I just shook my head in disbelief. I could not help but recall the third world scavengers I saw in India digging through a pile of trash.

“Oh my God, this is a disease,” I later said to Elizabeth. “America is infected with the shopping virus.  And its passing it around the world, infecting more people with it than Ebola or the Bird Flu.”

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And when the retailers start to hang out their red Christmas sales signs, tens of millions of people, 72% of them women, charge into stores like a bull attacking the red flag.

“Americans save too little, spend too much and borrow excessively,” says Princeton professor Sheldon Garon in his 2011 book, “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves.”

In Western Europe and East Asia, governments aggressively encourage people to save through special savings institutions and savings campaigns, he noted. But not in America…

“America is simply in a league of its own. The only people who come close are people in Britain, but they are about 85 percent of the level of American consumption. Germans, French and others are in the 70 percent range, Japanese even a little lower. So Americans spend like no one else.”

Check out this one-minute SOUTH PARK BLACK FRIDAY ATTACK video…

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And the winter holiday is when the shopping virus is the most active. About 80% of all holiday shopping takes place at this time of the year, according to the National Retailers Foundation.

If you want to see the real Winter Wonderland from a retailers’ perspective, check out these charts.

Holiday shopping stats

Of course, it was this writer who injected the antidote against the virus – the “JUST SAY NO!” signs.  It may be as futile as Nancy nancy_just_say_noReagan’s “just say no to drugs” campaign in the 1980s. But it’s worth a try.

For, nothing less than the health of the nation and the welfare or your wallet are at stake. Because most people buy on credit. And the vast majority buy not only the stuff they don’t need, but the things they cannot afford.

To the bankers’ and credit companies’ delight, of course.

“Materialism without Idealism”

All this brought back memories of how I was weaned off Christmas gift shopping and materialism. It was in December 1997. I was returning home to Arizona from my then second home in Western Australia.  To break up the long trip, I spent the night in Singapore.

What I saw left me with a mixture of outrage and disgust. In a city-state in which the Christians accounted for less than 1% of the population, Bethlehem manger scenes a with little Jesus in a cradle and other Christian symbols  were being used by godless multinational corporations to lure the people to join the Christmas shopping frenzy,

When I returned home, I published the piece Singapore: Materialism without Idealism (see some excerpts below).  And I told my family that we will be no longer getting any Christmas presents from me.

“We are all way too fortunate to be spending money on ourselves,” I said. “Instead, we need to think how we can help others who are not as blessed.”

I encouraged my daughters, then both college students, to make gift-giving a year-round practice. In my case, I resolved to help particularly those who cannot help themselves – the children and the elderly.

In the years that followed, my elder daughter became sort of my Christmas “ambassador.” She and her Russian and American friends delivered gifts I bought for the orphanages in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

“Let’s Quit Playing God & Start Serving Him”

Back home, I made Christmas a 365-day per year holiday. As for Christmas Day itself,  well it is a birthday, isn’t it? It is a birthday of a baby boy now over 2,000 years old. And so, I like to celebrate it as such… light a candle, sing a song, perhaps dance a little.

Those are the gifts the boy’s Father appreciates.

Six years ago, on the last Christmas I spent in Arizona before moving to Hawaii, I wrote about that again.  Excerpts from that essay – “Let’s Quit Playing God & Start Serving Him” – are enclosed below.   Here’s one…

When Man tries to play God, he usually fails miserably. 

So it would behoove us all to play God less, and discern God’s will more.  

If we stay aligned with the forces of the universe, we will be happier in this life.

That’s a GUARANTEE you can take to the bank.

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How would you explain to, say, a 5-year what Christmas is about?

Let’s role-play that scene. This is what I might have said to my grandson when he was five, had he asked that question.

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ALTZAR: Well, Christmas is a birthday.

BOY: Whose birthday?

ALTZAR: Of a little boy who lived a very long time ago.  Do you know his name?

BOY: Baby Jesus.

ALTZAR: Yes. And he is also known as Yeshua or Sananda. 

BOY: So will Baby Jesus get lots of presents for his birthday?

ALTZAR: Yes. Hopefully. If people are kind and generous. 

BOY: So why do I also get presents if it’s not my birthday?

ALTZAR: That’s a good question, my son. A very good question indeed… So should we maybe give birthday gifts only to Baby Jesus, just as you get them on your birthday?

BOY:  Yes, I think so.

ALTZAR: Except that He is no longer with us, you see. So we can’t buy him a toy or a book or crayons. But he can see us and hear us. So maybe we can light a candle for him, toast him with a cake, sing him a birthday song, maybe even dance for him. What do you think?

BOY: That would be fun. Just like for my birthday.

Okay, so stepping back out of the role play… what do you think? Pretty factual, right?I have a feeling that Baby Jesus would like that kind of a birthday very much.

And you never heard the words shopping, Santa, Christmas tree or credit. So everybody can afford this kind of a gift. Everybody can have a Merry Christmas.  All it takes is giving from the heart.

No Lying Santa

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Excerpt from “Singapore: Materialism without Idealism” (Dec 8, 1997)

Singapore has got to be the New World Order’s model city-state. It’s the epitomy of capitalistic communism. Or of communist capitalism. Take your pick… It all seems to boil down to the same thing.


Just like some parts of Manhattan, Singapore is glitzy and glittery, especially at this time of the year. Christmas decorations dominate the downtown landscape. But for the fact that it’s hot and humid here, walking down Singapore’s fashionable Orchard Road at night seems like taking a stroll down Fifth Avenue. Cartier, Bvulgari, Gucci, Esprit, Louis Vuitton, Liz Clayborne… are all there lined up like little NWO soldiers, alongside Starbucks Coffee, Borders Books, Burger King, McDonald’s or KFC. And, of course, Coca-Cola and Pepsi!

Nor are these godless (mostly American) NWO corporations the only ones exploiting Jesus Christ’s birthday in Asia. A Japanese multinational, Hitachi, has also had its name is plastered all over downtown Singapore, underneath its street Christmas decorations. Never mind that Santa Claus, Christmas carols, Christmas trees are all (northern) CHRISTIAN symbols.


Yet the residents of each of these two “Gotham Cities” (Singapore and New York) seem to forget that the first gift of Christmas was not a tie, a toy or a T-shirt. It was a gift of life. It was the birthday of God’s only child. Whom God had sacrificed so as to teach the wayward humans the lessons of love, humility and tolerance… What a waste Jesus Christ’s sacrifice would have been if the NWO materialism were to prevail.

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Excerpt from “Let’s Quit Playing God & Start Serving Him” (Dec 25, 2008)

When Man tries to play God, he usually fails miserably. 

Doctors don’t cure, God cures.  Priests don’t bless, God blesses.  Shamans don’t heal, God heals.  

It would behoove us all to play God less, and discern God’s will more.  

If we stay aligned with the forces of the universe, we will be happier in this life.

How do we do that?  We can start by helping others less fortunate, rather than spending, consuming, wasting Mother Earth’s precious resources on our own selfish gratification, or exploiting other people’s misfortunes for our benefit.

So rather than look for someone else to bail us out, let’s start doing it ourselves.  We could be giving a helping hand to each other.  That would be an act of love and compassion.  That would please the Creator.

We have a choice.  We can earn God’s wrath by trying to play God or allowing others to do so.  Or we can receive God’s love by aligning ourselves with His will.  

Which will you choose?

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The idea of Christmas as a symbol of love and peace on Earth rings hollow to many Americans who have been participating in nationwide protests against police brutality and a police state  which this Republic is becoming.

The “Hands Up Don’t Celebrate Christmas” Jersey City Mayor’s Christmas Concert is one example of it. Here’s an excerpt from their poster…

“The Mayor of Jersey City is having a free Christmas Concert at The Landmark Loew’s Theatre across the street from Journal Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, Saturday, December 20th, doors open at 6pm, showtime at 7pm.

In light of the recent grand jury no indictment decision in regards to Eric Garner, Mike Brown and all victims of police brutality, we will gather across the street from Loew’s Theater and meet on the steps of Journal Square at 6pm. Bring a toy or a wrapped gift with names of victims of police brutality on it to donate to the concert and show your concerns against police brutality.

Hands Up Don’t Celebrate Christmas. Buy Nothing. Keep your hands out of your pockets and purses. Profit should not be made off of a system that does not value black life. Avoid the upcoming commercial Christmas.

No Work. No School. No Business As Usual.”


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Here’s a Christmas message from Science Daily. No Lying SantaThose who still like to indulge in Christmas shopping and gift-giving to their kids as a favored holiday activity may think twice after reading this research article.  They are not doing anyone any favors (except the merchants), certainly not their children.

Certain parenting tactics could lead to materialistic attitudes in adulthood

Date: December 16, 2014
Source: University of Missouri-Columbiano
Summary: A new study found that parents who use material goods as part of their parenting techniques may be setting children up for difficulties later in adulthood.


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Last night, I was practicing for my weekly hospital healing program (see FIRST DAY ON NEW JOB: HEALING WITH MUSIC, Nov 2014).  Suddenly, Mozart morphed into (Glenn) Miller. And I found myself playing “In the Mood,” a swing-era tune I have not played in years.

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And now I know why Elizabeth and I enjoyed our dance the same night (Dec 1). We were “in the mood.” 🙂

The moment was too good to miss. So I started recording it without practicing.  And this music video is a result…

“In the Mood” by ALTZAR – recorded on Dec 2, 2014 on a Clavinova at Eagle’s Nest, Scottsdale, Arizona – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic

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Here’s now also just the audio version of this song (you can also click on the “In the Mood” image to play it):

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“In the Mood” came to me originally 4.5 years ago in Maui after Elizabeth and I attended an open air performance of the “South Pacific” musical on the lawn of Maui Tropical Plantation (see below).

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