Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My Light will not be drowned.
A Light house a Beacon on hallowed ground.

I stand as brilliant as I may be.
Not for you... I do it for me.

The ships may waver and face the deep.
Their journey is theirs- not mine to keep.

I do not go searching amongst treacherous waves
I do not dive into the danger and watery caves.

I Am light. I am LOVE. I am Tall.
I AM horizon. I am Solid. I am the Call.

A Lighthouse a Beacon upon the shore.
The LIGHT the Window. Nothing less. Nothing More.

I SHINE for me. I AM for us all.
Whether or not the ships sailing crash or they fall.

I Am LIGHT. I am Hope. I am the Flame.
Not for nobility, recognition or fame.

Because given the chance to be dark or burn Bright.
I will stand tall. I will choose to be LIGHT.

Katie Jo 

Monday, September 28, 2015

The ROOTS... of Drum Circle. THE TRIBE. Sacred Ground

It's not often that I step foot onto this land when there is no Circle gathering.... but I remember the last Circle....
I remember the faces of those souls standing there. 
photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography

"What do you stand for? What do WE stand for? What do we CREATE?" I asked the Circle... the Tribe.
They wrote it.
On FOUR RED BANNERS these words sway in the breeze... releasing the ENERGY of those who STAND...the TRIBE.

We who CHOOSE to BE the difference we Desire to see in the WORLD.

These FOUR Pillars, DECLARATIONS.... Claiming our Rights as Children of Humanity to Stand as ONE Circle... and that we ARE HERE to create A NEW beginning for us all.

photo credit : The I AM Message (me)

 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
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 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
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photo credit : The I AM Message (me)

My heart is touched.

I have seen tears rolling down cheeks of my brothers and sisters on this ground, arms outstretched, friendships sewn together, hands clasped in love, voices raised in song, laughter echoing over the ground and up to the stars. 

 photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography
 photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography
 photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography
photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography

 photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography
photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography

Truly, this is Hallowed and Sacred Ground. 

Last year I remember praying in a humble cry to my Creator asking how to do "The Work"... ? As a single mom, with limited time and resources... and yet getting called all over the state by those aching for "Tribe" the "Circle" in fact; in one week I had traveled from Logan, Ogden, Murray, Draper, to Capitol Reef... heeding the calls....

I reached out to Steve Price. I asked for a central location to host the Circle. He said with his jovial smile.... "I'm in."

Photo Credit: Wade Haskel Photography

The rest is history. 

 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
 photo credit : The I AM Message (me)
photo credit : The I AM Message (me)

Looking back now... I couldn't have fathomed the healing that was about to occur.
For myself... but for those who gathered.
Seeing YOU- you who arrive early to set up and chop firewood, YOU who stand in service, YOU who play and sing and laugh and cry... YOU who DANCE!! YOU. All of you who care enough to gather in the circle. To stand with your fellow brothers and sisters and CREATE a new world. A new beginning. A new way of life.

I KNOW that as we come together.... in ALL our unique differences, backgrounds, and beliefs... that we do so and do it IN PEACE... that WORLD PEACE is possible. 
I see it. 
I see it twice a month. 

I am so grateful. 
I am so blessed. 
I am so honored to witness YOU. 
Thank you. 

photo credit : The Maven of the Heart Photography

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Joan of Arc was killed for wearing Pants

When I was about 5 years old I had a good friend a couple years older that I watched as they learned to ride their bike without training wheels.

The wobbly winding of the wheels; the final accomplishment as she exuberantly rode 10- 15- 30 feet down the gravel road.

I remember being inspired, invigorated really. Passionate about learning to break the shackles of my own training wheels.... to soar down the road in freedom; to feel the breeze through my never combed tomboy hair.

Of course I decided to learn to ride also....
It turned out .... I was pretty natural at it.

Of course I found myself on the perch of my yellow banana seat sailing on two wheels only down the road in front of my childhood home.

Up ahead- I could see her... the 7 year old on the grass with a handful of friends. I called out to their circle ecstatically "LOOK!!!!"
they looked...I approached at rapid speed (roughly, 3-4 mph)

Her head turned to me and without thought, she skyrocketed to her feet, charged into the road at a run, and pushed me over into the street. It hurt.

I got road-rash.

The bike a little tangled and scuffed.

What I couldn't seem to comprehend though was how someone I loved and adored so much could have animosity for me.

"Don't you know how much I love you?" I felt.

Looking back, I know... we were kids. She was 7. She had just created a major success, and thought perhaps I was in competition with her... perhaps even robbing her of what was "hers."

I contemplated today one of my dearest SHEROES.... Joan of Arc.

He story inspires me mainly because she was content to sit in the garden and live her life out as a maiden of no name. But it was the voice- the call of greater things that she arose from.

I carved a drumstick gathered from France with one of her quotes.... "Act. And God will Act."

She pressed forward. Against all odds, against all resistance.... she trusted her message, trusted her intentions, and above all lived in a way that continually connected her heart to God.

Buuuut.... as it sometimes goes- those she trusted turned her over because of politics. In fact, her following had grown to the extent that they were worried that she could somehow take the loyalty of the people away from them- diminish their coffers and power.

She was killed for wearing pants.

Imprisoned, subject to trials and questioning over and over- her intentions were in alignment with her Creator, her accomplishments and loyalty without question. Indeed- they could not tarnish her reputation or deny her results. The miracles manifested as she had walked forward in her calling.

But, in prison- in order to protect her virginity from the guards- she wore pants. Which was illegal.
She was burned to death for impersonating being a man.

So, I reflect on her life. Her story as it has been told over and over again. I honor her. I love her. I thank her.
I revere her courage. I am humbly inspired by her resolve and her pain as she looked to the one's she loved and felt "Don't you know I love you? I would never betray you?"

And I think....
We must do what we are called to do.
I must follow the guidance within.
I must press forward when the battles rise. I must follow the whisperings of the voices that say "Continue on... it will work out."
I must trust.
I must know that regardless the outcome in my life--- however it ends...
I must step forward. Live as my heart calls me and if the flames engulf me... I will know- I listened. My intention was pure.
My heart is free.
My love is real.
My mission to flood the world with LOVE and LIGHT.... accomplished.

I must ride the bike.
I will embrace and welcome the road rash.
Having the memory of wind through my hair, arms outstretched, sailing on asphalt.
I'll take that over sitting on the sidelines of life... ignoring the call to be more, live more, contribute more. LIVE my Purpose.

It's safe on the sidelines.
But that's not what life is made for.

Katie Jo

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Out of the Box and Into the Tree

Yesterday I was referred to twice by wonderful people in their conversations as "leaving religion behind."

Naturally, I've been contemplating it.

What I expressed during one of these conversations was this:
"I haven't left anything behind. Everything I've experienced is part of me. I just resist Classification."

When prompted to explain this is how I did.

"I don't classify anyone by religion, including myself. Otherwise you may as well place a gold star on my chest- I don't introduce my Jewish, or Catholic friends by saying 'This is my friend the Jew/the Catholic' it would be rude and incomplete. It would be a tiny lil part of how and who they are in this world. So WHY does anyone feel the NEED to identify themselves by/as a Religion- like it's a badge of honor? It's still a badge of classification. Of separation. It's a sub category.

 I AM DIVINE, a Child of Universe and God. I AM Equal. I AM undefinable, Indescribable. I Am more than a small box or dogma. I SERVE where I'm called to serve and that can be any religion, organization, country, or cause."

It's not being OUT OF THE BOX. There is no BOX.

It's the tree.

I refer to the TREE a lot in my Drum Circles... here's another reference.
Trees don't "LEAVE things BEHIND" they GROW new BRANCHES. There is no ceiling, there is no limit- they expand outward and to new heights, clipping and trimming branches that they no longer want to give energy to. New branches grow and blossom and that doesn't make old branches wrong... it's a matter of expansion.

As I contemplate Jesus, Buddha, even Joseph Smith... there were "boxes" in their time. The WAY it's supposed to be done and believed. Each one of them and many other World Changers honored the Box, reverenced the Box...said "Hey, that's great what you're doing... keep it up... but I KNOW there's something I GET to do that is a little different."

Respectively; All the Great World Leaders did the same thing... Bowed gratefully to the BOX and stepped forward into following their Heart.

Became the Tree.
Buddha is known for the tree... Jesus and Joseph both reference trees. Tree of Life, By their Fruits.... etc etc.

Be the Tree.

The "WAY" is you. YOU are the "WAY" it's not something you find or search for. It's simply BEING the WAY. BEING the CHANGE you desire to see. (Ghandi)


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Once in a Blue Moon

By now.... you must know that I do drum circles.

Often people misconstrue what a drum circle is- at least the kind I do.

Drum Circle is an active meditation. A gathering of people who join their hearts, (the drum is a metaphor in hand for the Heart,) and unify in an intention.

On July 31st, the BLUE MOON... there were over 500 RSVP's to our drum circle and Speaking Event featuring Jeff Olsen, acclaimed author and Tina Metcalf, public speaker/life coach and Debbie Straley Reiki Certified Master Teacher.... and Me.

Part of WHY I feel like this "MOVEMENT" has grown and flourished the way it has... is because we; as the HUMAN RACE, are READY for ACTION. 
Calls to action historically have been to WAR. BUT TODAY, we CALL to ACTION for PEACE. Drum Circle is ACTION, MOVEMENT, JOY, DANCE and UNITY... we are still learning, we are still taking the time to Meditate, Read, and sit in Cathedrals... but we ACHE to ACT to FEEL physically the shift we are involved in creating.

In the past, it was for the survival of a tribe, for rain, for prosperity, for peace- My drum circles are not so different.
We gather for the survival of us all, for the healing of our hearts and the hearts of ALL. We stand as ONE CIRCLE, ONE TRIBE.

Yes, There is science and physics and metaphysics that all can be proven and taught about sound waves, and shamanic drumming. I learn and teach about these things.

But my intention is and has always been that we gather as One Circle, One Tribe. We stand for us ALL. We create and manifest Miracles as we join our hearts. It's as simple and complicated as that.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

If I said NOTHING else in my life....

What is your message?

If I said nothing else it is this:

There is Divine Order and Light. I know this as God. 

Mother/Father God. So perfect, so loving, so pure, so intelligent that we build ALL our scientific data and knowledge on the calculations and order provided by this phenomenon. 

Chaos is human created. 
WE have the power of intention and free-agency. 
Where GOD is... there is PERFECT order and Peace. EVEN amid HUMAN created horror and pain...the PRESENCE of GOD/Peace IS there and may be felt according to free-agency.


The lilies in the field, the sparrow in the nest, the tree in the sunlight.... ALL receive the peace, love, and bounty of God almighty without judgement of themselves or debate on their worthiness. They simply OPEN, TRUST, RECEIVE. 

The POWER of GOD is what heals. This is NOT subject to ANY HUMAN/3rd DIMENSION prerequisites. 
Human realities like gender, right/wrong, specific rituals/religions/locations. 

It is the POWER of GOD, the MERCY and LOVE of Him/Her that heals, that serves, softens hearts, opens us to LIGHT. Angels Administer, it is our FREE-AGENCY to receive (aka Faith) that allows or blocks this abundant Compassion for all. 

My brother Jesus taught me when He explained over and over "Thy Faith has made thee whole." Or when He gave glory to God and explained it was God- NOT He who facilitated the healing. My dear brother served as the catalyst... the emblem who gave those around him the courage to receive. It was HE who DARED to say "I AM ONE with GOD.. and SO ARE YOU." that allowed those near him to trust in their own Divinity- their OWN DIVINE RIGHT to receive. The COURAGE of He, who dared to CLAIM his Noble Birthright and remind us all the our BIRTHRIGHT is the same.

Remember- Humans created the prerequisites for healing... Just like the Pharisees of Old had rules and financial requirements for the saints to receive... and Jesus taught a different way. 
I AM here to share with you that WHATEVER you have done, WHEREVER you are, God's light is available to you. 

Go to the churches, the temples, the mountains; live with self discipline and measure and service.... do this because it TRAINS us to learn to be RECEPTIVE to God's Light and LOVE... but do NOT be deceived that it is NECESSARY in order to receive. 

God's miracles, love, and mercy are FREE. ALL it takes is Faith like a mustard seed that you DESERVE it. 

~ Katie Jo 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The "To Be" Murderer

I sat in the stark and abrasive courtroom. I was thinking.... "this is unfriendly" the walls unrelenting white, contrasted with the abhorring particle board podiums and stands across for attorneys and legal counsel.
The only color in the room was the peanut gallery... the dark green metal and fabric chairs that we were corralled into while we waited for our case to be called.

I was moral support. 
My job was to sit and hold peace within me so my friend could face the dragon she had come to stand up to. 

People were being called and shuffled in front of the judge. I found him compassionate and stern. Mid-50's. Patient. Black cloak, sandy and salt and pepper full head of hair.

Beside him against the wall stood a large Angel who's luminescence was primarily bluish violet.

There were white Angels around the court bailiff.

In the Center of the Room I witnessed a faint beam of light... similar to Star Trek Teleporting special effects. This is where the people stand in front of the judge.

The purpose of this light is Clarity. Many spirits supported those standing at the podium- their intention was knowing that this MAY be their opportunity to shift their lives. Truly... this was their crossroads. 

We sat and watched the back of the man we were there to be witness for and stand for accountability.
My friend and I sent light and love through our hearts.

Before him, there is a defined path. He can now shift towards light... truly no path is so dark that a candle cannot be illuminated- Or he can continue down the path he is on and will eventually be a Murderer.

He was barely saved from that title by the Grace of God who allowed my friend to survive his attack. If we don't stand now. If we don't hold accountability- not only will he take a woman's life...( he's come so close many times before- many times before the women backed down in the legal battles because they were scary and long.... ) He will damage his eternal reality as well as theirs.

But she's not backing away. She's not, because she sees his path. She sees the women and children in it- and HIM. She sees that in order to STAND for light and to SHIFT the ENERGY of this experience... someone MUST take a STAND. 
So she is. 

She knows that AS she Does.... the Energy shift ripples out across the planet across every abusive relationship. AS SHE STANDS.... she breaks the chains of energy and patterns in her life, her children's lives... and ultimately- His life; the "To Be Murderer" as he finally has consequences extreme enough to offer him the opportunity to change... to break the chains of HATE he is bound by.

Truly, her act is an ACTION of LOVE. 
Love for herself, for humanity. 

Image Credit. Known as LADY JUSTICE UNMASKED

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Body Shame and Balance

It was like jumping off a cliff.

I was terrified.

But, my perfect friend held my hand and said "Do It" and stood with me and photographed me.

For OVER half of my life I rarely exposed the skin on my body.
Wearing Long Sleeves and Long Pants. Summers were sticky and hot.

I AM a photographer. I take over 50,000 pictures a year on average. I cover events, weddings and private retreats... I even have a photography movement I've founded known as THE I AM MESSAGE.

(my website can lead you to the Facebook Page

But I have SHIED away from being in the pics.

For a few weeks My soul sister Debbie, Red FoX, and I planned on taking some shots at Bear Lake. I was "covering" a New York Times Best Selling Author's Writers Retreat there and facilitating a Drum Circle on the last eve... Sunday Morning... we planned the photoshoot.

We walked along the beach and Debbie wrapped her arm around my waist.

I borrowed the outfit (from a friend who is NO LESS than 4 sizes SMALLER than me "It's okay- the waist is stretchy!" she said and I've been checking the pics freaking out because how tight the band was.... )

But here's the thing.....

I KNOW I get to honor my body.
I get to acknowledge my body and my vehicle of light and beauty.

It's taken me over 20 years just to NOT HATE it.

In fact, Getting to the place of Neutrality has been a journey through the desert and wind rarely finding water.

And I'm proud of myself for being NEUTRAL.

And then...... Drum Circles Manifested.

The Girl who never spoke to anyone or in front of class or touched or hugged people... Now stands in front of hundreds of people every month....
Sometimes I stand in the Center of the Circle and feel 360 degrees of eyes staring at me and I begin to shake.
I ask my Soul friends to stand with me.
Steve Price usually walks to the center with me and begins speaking. He watches me and knows when my nerves are balanced enough.

It's the MESSAGE- the WORK of UNITY that fuels me. The DRIVE to encourage us ALL to be ONE CIRCLE- ONE TRIBE that calls me to stand in the Center. So I process my fears and I STAND for that, Speak for that, Dance for that.

But .... the pics........

Debbie told me to send them to her if I couldn't edit them. If my head got in the way.... and to be honest... it has taken me 2 weeks to face them.

I realize it's time. It's time that I AM vulnerable. 
It's alright to embrace MY body as PART of the GODDESS I Am. 

I claim healing and this has been part of it.

It's important too that I clarify that I ADVOCATE MODESTY. 
Modesty in the way of knowing my body is a sacred gift. I AM modest, I AM most comfortable being modest... but For me... I distorted and twisted MODESTY into a cloak to hide my body shame behind.

For me, the "stretch" of honoring my body is in being fearless to show skin. (obviously- not all of it)

It's ok to face comments or ridicule or judgement. If I DON'T embrace it... how can I set the example for my own Children to do the same.

Honor and Reverence.... Beauty and FREEDOM.