Aloha Ke Akua

From YouTube post:

Music by Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) – Aloha Ke Akua.

Nahko “Bear” Parayno

Oregon native Nahkohe Parayno is a sixth generation Apache/Mohawk. This medicinal troubadour (his Cheyenne name given to him by his grandmother) didn’t grow up on his native land, with his Puerto Rican/Indian mother, or Filipino father.

Born, raised, and blessed in the suburbs by his adopted family, Nahko found roots in music and throughout his teens taught piano lessons and directed musical productions for local high schools. His talent on the keys eventually got him signed to a seasonal production in Denali, Alaska and there, he praises, in the grandeur and majesty of the wilderness is where he began to discover his truth.

Activating his audience with stories of a humbled walk upon this precious earth, Nahko’s ability to criss-cross generational wisdom and inspire in the struggle of classism, racism, Indigenous rights in Native America and abroad, environmental justice — sparking a fire of ambition to live the change and shift with the Aina for a more sacred walk with Spirit.

Currently on a medicine music tour (for the rest of his life), Nahko calls the Big Island of Hawaii home. There he works and lives on his brother’s off the grid farm up the Hamakua coast. Cleverly weaving old traditions with modern day paradigm conditions — Medicine for the People focuses on ‘real talk’ lyrically based music — dubbed as “spirited thump-hop storytelling” — promoting sustainability, green energy, and healthy living through music.

Visual production by The Mates Group for Estrellas Del Bicentario.
Shot in Mexico with Phantom & Red One Cameras.

The Education of the Heart ~ Creating Sustainable Systems for Education and Learning & Honoring the Value of Creativity and the Imagination

I love Ken Robinson’s ideas on creativity and the education of the heart. Plus, he’s really funny, and I love laughing along with him.

“We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we are educating our children” Robinson says. He advocates educating the whole being.

We cannot come to LIFE (Live In Full Expression)* and water the world with the fullest expression of who we are if we forfeit our value in creativity and the imagination.We must create sustainable systems, working our way from the inside out.

I believe when enough of us awaken the world within, we will create a groundswell with the capacity to radically shift the way we do everything in our world, including education.

Essential Quest-ions:

  • What can I do today to awaken my inner world and connect more deeply to the heart of my authentic creativity?

  • How can I root my learning in the values of creativity and imagination?

  • Where can I encourage a child or young adult to embrace his or her whole being?

  • What one action can I take to support heart-centered education?

Love and Blessings,

* Book 1 of the 3-book Cultivating Essence series, Awakening the World Within (available here: offers the first 39 of 90 momentum action pathways that are a MAP for coming to LIFE and Living in Full Expression alongside Essential Quest-ions like the ones above for SEEDS Journaling Practice (SEEDS = Soulful Exploration for the Essential Discovery of the Self).


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