“If you do not design your life, one will be appointed to you.”

Jan 7, 2016

I finished this special day with a sunset Fire Ceremony of Gratitude at the shaman’s altar, the open fireplace inside the sacred place of the Rainbow Shower, the Anahata-Huaca-Ahu. Which I now know is also my personal Mandala. Rainbow Shower Aerial 12

What was very interesting is the blue smoke that was still coming out of the fire long after the sun had set.

According to Mayan cosmology, the blue smoke comes out of the Sacred Fire. It implies the presence of Spirit. Which, of course, is the point of shamanic fire ceremonies. We send our prayers and messages to the Spirit realm through the fire.


Indeed, during the fire ceremony I communicated to the Spirit a number of things I wanted to see happen in my life. In doing so, I was guided by something that happened earlier in the day, heeding a message I got from the Spider sacred animal.


Earlier in the day, as I was doing my morning rounds of the Rainbow Shower, bright sunlight drew my attention to a couple of spider webs I would not have noticed before. They were hanging high up – 8-10 feet off the ground – in a wide open area of the Rainbow Shower ( known as the Banyan Portal.

Judging by their size, they must have been there a long time. I must walked under them many times. But it was only today, Orthodox Christmas Day, that the sun illuminated them brightly enough for me to take notice. And I was fascinated by what I saw.

(If you look at the PERFECTION 2 photo, which I left in original camera high quality format, you will be able see this work of art and engineering in full size and detail)


So what is the message the Spider sacred animal is trying to give us today

It turns out it was the same as that I received from a famous Inca shaman, Don Sebastian, a long time ago when we were perched on a hillside above the Temple of the Visionary in Pisaq, Peru (see

7_02_08 Pisaq (59)“You encounter life through envisioning,” he continued. “My journey is to live that vision through encounters (which he first envisions, before they happen!). The condor, the hummingbird (the spider)… are embodiments of vision. We can incorporate them into our vision just like the sun and the moon and other celestial objects.”

“Vision is our connection to all objects in nature,” he said. “The light that’s shining onto us (from the universe) already carries a vision. We can shine it right back out.”

7_02_08 Pisaq (22)

Some months later, another Inca-trained shaman expressed the same idea a little more succinctly:

“If you do not design your life, one will be appointed to you.”

Spider Pearls of Wisdom

And that’s what the Spider was telling me today, too:

“Just as the Spider weaves a web, so too must we weave our own lives. The Spider symbol meaning here serves as a reminder that our choices construct our lives. When the Spider appears to us, it is a message to be mindful of the choices we are making – and ask ourselves:

Questions The Spider Asks of Us:

  • How are my choices affecting my life?
  • How can my choices improve my life?
  • How are my choices affecting others in my life?

Not only do Spiders and their webs draw attention to our life choices, they also give us an overview of how we can manipulate our thinking in order to construct the life we wish to live.

Spiders do this by calling our awareness to the amazing construction of their webs. Fully functional, practical, and ingenious in design – Spider webs serve as homes, food storage, egg incubators – seemingly limitless in their functionality.

When we consider this ingenious diversity, we can also consider the web-like construct of our own lives. How are we designing the most effective life?”

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