Into the Vortex

IA LSRI mapThe campaign is over. But if you missed it, don’t worry! We are now trying to find more ways to get the book out there. Now you can Buy the Book that tells everything about my early adventures right here on this website!

It’s called Indigo Animal The Complete Trilogy.

I have always been worried about going into the vortex of commerce but now it just has to happen!

Back in Rome


Well, it’s been awhile. Dame Eleanor Marmot, Yeti, Wombat and I are back in Rome. Our trip to Egypt gave me so much to think about. We went to so many temples. We climbed through pyramids. We visited Abu Simbel.

You might remember that I was feeling close to Anubis, the Egyptian god who looks like a jackel. Then I got the feeling I was in over my head. The pantheon of Egyptian gods are represented sometimes as animals and sometimes as animal/human. I find that, being an animal myself, but also interested in things human, I find myself in a unique relationship with these human/animal gods. When I meditate on them, I see them and I feel like they are speaking to me. So the following reflections come from one of my visions.

The Egyptian gods, or neteru, of Egypt reach far, far back into the past that animals and humans share. Animals used to be revered for their special qualities. Anubis wanted me to get to know Sobek, the neter who is either a crocodile or half crocodile/ half human. Anubis and Sobek work together doing Judgments.

The ancient Egyptians believed that when a person dies, they come before a tribunal of the gods and are judged. Anubis is the master of ceremonies at these Judgments. He leads the recently deceased person to the Balance of Justice where his heart will be weighed. If the person feels a lot of guilt inside, the ancient Egyptians concluded that he must have done bad things and feel guilty for them. On one side of the scale is a feather. The person’s heart is weighed against the feather. If the heart is heavier than the feather that is where Sobek comes in. Sobek eats the heart and the person goes to eternal damnation.

That is really worrying, don’t you think? I mean, what if you are a pretty good person but you feel guilty all the time? Does that count?

I think perhaps it does. So if you are like me, and tend to feel guilty just out of a bad habit, I think the neteru are right, one really has to try to understand what it might be to have a lighter, freer heart. A heart that is light as a feather.

This model of harsh judgment seems very old-fashioned these days, but I think maybe the concepts can be updated for creatures like us who carry around a combination of necessary and unnecessary guilt. Maybe the ancient Egyptians were more psychologically healthy. Maybe we can work on seeing our guilt and accepting our guilty feelings, and maybe somehow, through that process, our hearts will become lighter.

I really hope so.

Here is a picture of me and Sobek. I had a vision that he went with me to a movie recently and shared his ankh with me.

Thanks, Sobek!

Second thoughts about Anubis


Egypt is having an effect on me. I am starting to feel a little superficial, almost like a cartoon character. The erudite animal to whom Midori Frog said she would give us an introduction took us to the museum in Cairo today. Actually, that was where I met Anubis just a couple of days ago. On that day I felt I could hold my own with Anubis, but I am feeling a little insecure about him now.

If you have followed the stories about me, you know that I have worked hard to increase my self-esteem through earnest study of classical statuary. Floral cornices, Corinthian columns and Greek statues have filled me with feelings of joyful self-confidence and freedom. Having been totally self-taught, it was a tremendous step forward in my development to have discovered the Institute where I could study with like-minded animals. That’s where I met Yeti, Wombat and Dame Eleanor Marmot.

I am beginning to think Anubis is part of another institute, but I am not too clear on what they are studying. However, the more time I spend with Anubis and the other animals I have met here at the museum, the more ordinary I feel.

Now I see that it doesn’t quite work to call them animals, even though they look like animals when you first see them. Whoever or whatever they are, they are somehow in another league. I have a lot to digest here. But rather than get all down on myself, I am going to pay close attention to these beings and see what I can learn.

One thing I have learned about Anubis is that they call him “he who is in the place of embalming.” So, that’s what I’m talking about.

Meeting the Sphinx

We got to walk around in the Sphinx enclosure today; that’s where she’s kept. We stood between her long front legs and massive paws, We looked up at her face—a human face. One impression that was absolutely clear to me was that the head had been re-carved. I learned about a theory that the original head, on top of being older than most Egyptologists think, perhaps had been the head of a lion. Of course I like the idea that it was an animal, but I am not so sure about the lion thing, because then the Sphinx would have been ALL lion, and every one of us here—

Dame Eleanor, myself, Yeti and Wombat-having had direct experience of working with the director of our institute Orange Bearcat… well, we are just a bit leery of the Sphinx being all lion.

I think that a combination of the lion body and maybe a marmot head would be both more balanced and more mysterious. It would also represent a combination of both the predator and prey perspectives, which is a philosophical concept dear to my heart!


Apparently somewhere along the line a pharaoh put his own head on it. Now the Sphinx has this tiny human head. Doesn’t that just say it all?

Later in the day another great thing happened. We went to see Sheik Abdul at his flower essence establishment. Lounging in an ornate room surrounded by delightful hand-blown perfume bottles, we were served mint tea as the Sheik told us about the essences, the knowledge of which has been handed down in his family from generation to generation for 7000 years.


The essences have powerful healing qualities, each related to the seven chakras of the body, They have beautiful names, like blue lotus and red amber, and they smell intoxicating, in the very best sense of the word.

Sheik Abdul read my aura and told me that I try to take care of others too much. I don’t think he meant that trying to help others is a bad thing, not at all. But rather that I do it in a way that is harmful for me.

I bought a whole set of the essences from a Sheik Abdul. He is set up to take credit cards. That is one more thing that I learned from him. Sheik Abdul embodies someone who has some real knowledge as well as knowing how to take care of himself on the material plane. This ability to hold the physical and something finer—something spiritual even— at the same time, seems to be part of the wisdom to be encountered here that I am beginning to feel being transmitted to me through the air and impressions of Egypt, just like those wonderful scents of Sheik Abdul.

In the Heathrow Bardo



We thought about going to Windsor Castle to visit a water feature that Dame Eleanor worked on back when she was Fountain Restorer to the Queen. But we are a little too tired and have chosen just to hang out at the airport. Here you see us deciding which health enhancing smoothie to buy. Dame Eleanor, having spent time in Switzerland, is getting the Edelweiss Powershot. I think I will get the Five Amazonian Shamans Vanilla Bean Probiotic Cleanse.