"the feet of Bhagavan are everywhere. So where can we gather except at his feet?
Time and space are no barriers to the gathering of hearts." Sri Ramana Maharshi

Celebrating the life of David LaChapelle

Celebrating the Life of David LaChapelle: Visionary teacher, see-er of souls, wisdom keeper and devoted follower to the great stillness. Friend to many. Dream coach, author, publisher and speaker. Chanter, painter, builder, philosopher and patriarch. His body let go. His gifts live on...

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Ananda!
I wanted to tell you while it is still fresh. I had a dream last night of you and your beloved David.....it was very, very real.
It was when he first returned back to Silverton with his cancer in full steam. I had a chance to tell him that he would pass...but in my dream it wasn't too late if he would just start chemo sooner.
Do I tell him or let his journey be what it is?
He told me to let him be, to let be what would be, that all would end as exactly as it should. It was proundly peaceful, beautiful and relieving for me....
What a beautiful Christmas gift David, thank you!
I hope you and Cheryl are having a wonderful day!
Love you both so much!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Hymn of Changes is HERE!!!!

The boxes of A Hymn of Changes are in!!! What an amazing feeling to finally see David's words and our work in print

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Photos pulled from Integral Yoga Institute of Princeton email

David quote

Quote from David's book for Solstice
by MF, Boulder CO

Light up the lights for this Winter solstice night.

Today I went to a friend’s house to work on deer hides to make drums. After soaking for days in a water and ash solution, the hides are tacked to a board. The fat and deeper layers of flesh are scraped off, and then flipped over. The hair is then scraped off. I was only able to help for a little while since it was a work day for me.

Since I came in the middle of the process and left after about 40 minutes, I didn’t think about a ritual honoring these deer. (My friend) got the raw hides from a taxidermist.. They would have been discarded. In any case I thought of the story that David wrote about Deer in his book “Mountains of Light, Pathways of Love”. After reading it, I remembered that I had wanted to share the quote about grief.

Today I felt the grief of David’s death, and just the pure missing him. So it seems appropriate…..

“There is a grief which weighs down the spirit and there is a grief which is the cry of the soul. When you have lost someone you truly loved, then your grief is a gift. This is the grief which reaches beyond this world and opens a doorway to the path of light. This path is the journey of the soul. Yours is such a gift, and I would ask for it in return for my fur.”

Rudolf: Silverton community dinner

My first Christmas without David in body... at a community dinner at the ski rec center
the nose BLINKED !


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Morning I Ching throw

Devin Hormann-Rivard met David when he was about 5 years. He kept in touch with his spiritual guide throughout his life and participated in many retreats over the years. After graduation from Naropa University in Boulder he was called to join us in Silverton, helping support David's healing process, to be of service and to learn from his mentor. David's distinct assignment for him was an invitation to take his outdated I Ching book he had published years earlier to the next level for a revised edition. Over the last 6 months, the book has been taken through reformatting, editing, re-editing, design, re-design and publishing stages, and has been officially shipped out from the publisher!!! I will receive the hot-off-the-presses box of books any DAY now... Thursday or Friday this week!!!!

This undertaking truly would not have been possible without the dedication and form-holding capacity Devin brought to the project. David's passing ripped through Devin as painfully as for any of us, especially given that he had specifically moved to Silverton be close to him. He took David's request for the republish to heart and made a steady daily practice of designing and formatting the new layout (not to mention learning the advanced computer software just as diligently to do so). His relationship and practice of throwing the I Ching regularly, as well as his field of study, offered clarity about the complexities of Chinese principles and turned out to be invaluable in David's absence... for all the integrity issues involved in producing another artist's works.

This post is for Devin, seen in these images below on a crisp Colorado camping morning... Throwing the I Ching with Quinn Joyce, sweet young neighbor and friend.

Thank you Kind Warrior

A poem by Devin relating a slice of his experience in Yosemite at David's memorial

Devin handing Quinn the coins of his destiny

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Slideshow has new online location

David's pencil drawing series slideshow by Carlos Delgado has been moved... to view, click HERE or on pencil image. Cards of each image are available. Email your order to ananda@jeffnet.org