Nov 27, 2009

Horn of Plenty

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.


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When we study sacred geometry, we begin to see the world of form differently. We gradually begin to recognize how these seminal shapes and proportions repeat themselves over and over, in nature. We also look at symbols, religious and otherwise, with new eyes. I had one of those moments of realization this morning, when I glanced at a Happy Thanksgiving post, on a blog. An image of a cornucopia, overflowing with harvest bounty, topped the page. I haven't really thought much about cornucopias since I was in grade school, tracing my hand to make Thanksgiving turkeys, and looking at pictures of happy "Indians," with their pilgrim friends. It had never occurred to me how profound a form the cornucopia is.

This symbol of the abundance, for which we give thanks each November, traces to ancient Greek mythology.

The cornucopia is a symbol of food and abundance dating back to the 5th century BC, also referred to as horn of plenty, Horn of Amalthea, and harvest cone.

In Greek mythology, Amalthea was a goat who raised Zeus on her breast milk. When her horn was accidentally broken off by Zeus while playing together, this changed Amalthea into a unicorn with 17 whiskers. The god Zeus, in remorse, gave her back her horn. The horn then had supernatural powers which would give the person in possession of it whatever he or she wished for. This gave rise to the legend of the cornucopia. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, was depicted with the horn of plenty. The cornucopia was also a symbol for a woman's fertility.

Nov 25, 2009

Cafe -- Updated

Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving

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New WINGS Update from Karen Bishop

The Crash Landing is Over...We Are Finally Home

On the week-end of the 21st and 22nd, we finally landed securely in our new homes, our very new spots, and in the places that the tumultuous energies were guiding us towards. Feelings of a very new grounding, a wonderful contentment, and most certainly, a very new and welcomed feeling of “home,” could be felt in many ways. Finally, a calm…..finally a peace….finally a sense of security and safety.

To recap: June’s solstice threw everything up and out, so that anything and everything could land in a very new space, some on one side, and some on a very new “other side,” while creating the start of a chasm between one reality and another. A MASSIVE movement of energy was required to accomplish this result. For many, it felt like an energetic bomb had exploded. So then, the anchoring in and grounding that was supposed to occur in June, is finally occurring now. The required change of plans that most of us are now familiar with, resulting in the separation of the worlds, created this delay.

From the equinox of September until now, massive amounts of energy were moving once again, but this time, the purpose was to align everything with where it would ultimately end up. Thus, intense energies were pushing everything into alignment. This pushing created strong experiences and feelings of panic, anxiety, depression, tension, racing hearts, hyperventilating, and an inability to focus and concentrate, to name a few symptoms. Alternating with break periods of lethargy and very low energy, darkness, and confusion, and then joy and happiness, the see-saw and erratic energies created great mis-matches in the beginning, as all the energies were trying to navigate to their ultimate connections and new locations. Everything was being pushed every which way.

Nov 24, 2009

Mr. Deity Discovers that Eve is From Venus

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.




The newest from Mr. Deity introduces the newly created Eve. (Adam is in post op, after losing a rib.) The deity and Larry rapidly discover the differences between female and male communication styles. Earlier we met Adam, (see below) and he is most definitely from Mars. Aah, fun with gender roles!

Nov 21, 2009

A Christian Prayer for Obama

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.


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"Pray for Obama." At first glance it seems well meaning. After all, there were many such admonitions, from the Christian Right, to pray for President Bush. Prayer cards were even distributed to some deployed troops, committing them to pray for their Commander in Chief. Then we read the verse in question, Psalm 109:8. It isn't well meaning at all. And the Psalm gets worse from there. It is one of those dark passages in the Old Testament that belies idealized notions of Christanity as a religion of love and peace.

8. Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
9. Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
10. Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
11. Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
12. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
13. Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
14. Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
15. Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Nov 18, 2009

Cafe -- Updated

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New WINGS Update from Karen Bishop

The energies are really moving of late…like a yo yo, with great intensity and at other times great lulls, things may indeed feel erratic, but as with all things, there is a distinct purpose behind it all, as we are most assuredly gearing up for the very new beginning that we have waited for, for so very long.

. . .

So then, on November 11, we were given a new opening to a higher dimension, or rather to a higher level through the portal it created…the portal of 11:11. This created some interesting dynamics. Instead of feeling great, for some, it created a massive opening. And when we experience a massive opening, it can create all sorts of wild and crazy feelings, experiences, and emotions. Being that we were already at a new and higher level of residency, going even higher through the portal was equivalent to having experiences many of us had not had for a good ten years.

When we open and expand, we often feel a terrible darkness which is almost unmanageable. Depression, deep emotional pain, massive darkness, and even suicidal tendencies can be felt by those who are unusually sensitive. For others, it may have felt like just a bad day. And some may not have noticed a thing, but perhaps felt very tight or even tense. After we connected even higher through the 11 portal, we then had a very strange dis-connect, which was most notable on the 13th. Feelings of fatigue, weakness, lethargy, and just not wanting to do a thing were common manifestations. No energy. A great lull.

Nov 16, 2009

Immortality and the Quest for Eternal Life



I only just became aware of author and internet broadcaster Sonia Barrett. Some of her ideas are very compelling and worthy of consideration. The following is from the blurb for her book The Holographic Canvas:

The Holographic Canvas explores many possibilities one of which raises the question [sic] "is Earth as we know it but a matrix or system of programs? Is death then a necessary process or is it simply part of the matrix program? Is it then possible that the concept of dying will cease to exist once humanity uncovers the deception?" Sonia Barrett proposes that human bodies are vehicles not yet turned on but designed to make molecular modifications according to the vibration of our consciousness. She takes us on a journey of our existence in a holographic world, as she states "a virtual game; an assortment of illusions strung together by the brain and the mind. It's an exploration of the illusion of a solid world generated by fluid movements against a canvas of energy, all of which is taking place against the backdrop of the void." Barrett concludes that the answers are all tied into the forgotten past and like the single cell of a plant our history is encoded in our cells, DNA and the air we breathe.

Much of this material is covered in the Red Ice Radio interview embedded above. Enjoy!

Nov 13, 2009

Cafe -- Updated

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2012 A New Age

Discussion and Wisdom concerning the times we live in in relation to 2012, the ascension process and what is happening in the world. We must keep in mind there is a parallel between :geographical :economical stress: war and astronomical events, and human emotion and discord. Our thinking, intent and emotion influence all around us. Including events that we would not think as being influenced (like earthquakes). We are the creators. It is said "as above so below" so remember its also "so inside of us so outside of us" Think balance and peace! Listen in and see what resonates. Thank You

Sunday, Nov. 15, at 10 PST, 12 CST, and 1 EST
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Sharon Osbourne, Susan Boyle, and Facing Our Shadow

Crossposted from Celestial Reflections.




I have this theory that celebrity news stories pull our eyes away from news of far more important, world changing events, because celebrities are, at bottom, just people whose very human foibles we can we relate to. Despite all their money and fame, the vicissitudes of their relationships and their little human dramas reflect the best and the worst in all of us. I was reminded of this recently, when news broke of a very unfortunate incident involving Sharon Osbourne and a microphone. I have posted the video of Osbourne's interview on Sirius Radio above, but I warn you, gentle reader, that it is not for the faint of heart.

Osbourne, who is a judge on 'America's Got Talent,' slammed the 'Britain's Got Talent' superstar's looks on Sirius XM's 'The Opie & Anthony Show.' She says Boyle was "hit with the f***ing ugly stick"....as opposed to the surgeon's scalpel?

Here is a partial transcript of her expletive-laced tirade. You can watch the entire thing below.
"I like everybody to do well. Even somebody that looks like a slapped arse. God bless her. It's like, 'You go girl'. She does look like a hairy arsehole. She is a lovely lady. You just want to say 'god bless' and here's a Gillette razor."

Nov 12, 2009

Mr. Deity Tries to Understand the Trinity

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.




I'm getting caught up on my Mr. Deity videos. The above is one of the funniest ever, as God and Jesse try to figure out how they're the same person... but aren't. My favorite episodes of this show are the one's with Jesse (aka, Jesus), in part because the guy who plays him is really hot. Ooh! Can I say that? Mmmmm... Sacrilicious!

And now a word on the new YouTube: It's awful. Everything that made YouTube videos the most smooth, flexible, customizable, videos on the web went to hell when the Google merger completed itself. The newer videos -- maybe because they allow for the possibility of high def (???) -- are really bandwidth and processor intensive. All I know is that they don't play smoothly on my machine. They stop and start, the video and audio tracking go out of sync... And no, I'm not trying to play them in high def. So, I've been very frustrated trying to get newer content, like the newest season of Mr. Deity. That is, until I discovered, while looking over the Mr. Deity site, that they are available for download on iTunes. Much better! So, if you're having trouble getting the above embed to play smoothly, I highly recommend opening iTunes and searching for Mr. Deity. The podcasts are free and they play really smoothly, at least for me.

I love this mug, by the way. And Christmas is around the corner... hint, hint.


Nov 11, 2009

Cafe

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So here's what happened. About two weeks ago Celestial Reflections on Soapblox went down, without warning or explanation. It never went back up. I have made several attempts to reach owner Paul Preston via email, and have received no response. Therefore any future business with Soapblox is out of the question. But I refuse to allow someone else's lack of professionalism stop my vision of a shared community blog for spiritual content. If you were blogging on the Soapblox site, or had a desire to, and hadn't gotten 'round to it, email me and let me know. I want this to be as open a space as possible for sincere, spiritually themed bloggers to post their original material or crosspost it from their personal blogs.

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"Why Shamanism Now?" with Christina Pratt

Beyond Good and Evil
"Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating." With this inspiration from Simone Weil we will explore how to engage with life beyond the concepts of good and evil. The first step is to relearn to trust our intuition and see the power moving directly or as power over. Ideas of good and evil and the fear that they generate distract us from watching the real energy and tracking power accurately. Fear based thinking is the fertile soil nourishing the roots of the current paradigm and our inability to heal, transform, or to simply ask for help. This thinking keeps us locked in the problems of our ancestors and in their way of thinking about solutions. Join host, Christina Pratt, as we explore shamanic ways to see through the hackneyed concepts of good and evil and to move us body and soul into the next paradigm of the right use of power, creativity, and connection.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 2PM Pacific

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Buddhism Meets Psychology, Confusion Ensues

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

Lotus Flower in the Morning Light, Sukhothai, Thailand

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A hat tip to Shonin Justin on Ordinary Extraordinary for his point to this interview on ABC. Shonin Justin writes:

"Meet a doctor who thinks you can better understand the self by destroying it"

After the confusion about 'annihilating the self' is cleared up this is a very interesting story.

I'm not a Buddhist, but I am experiencing ego death, so I can fully relate to the healing potential of what Dr. Mark Epstein tries valiantly to get across to the interviewer. But mostly, I've been finding myself staring at lotuses more than usual, and I needed an excuse to post a pretty one.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to embed the video, so follow the link.

Nov 9, 2009

The Power of Grumpy Thought

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.



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Perhaps Dorothy Parker and H.L. Mencken were onto something. It may be no accident that some of the most incisive wits of literary history were curmudgeons. New research overseen by Professor Joe Forgas points to a connection between grumpy mental states and sharper analytical skills.

The University of New South Wales researcher says a grumpy person can cope with more demanding situations than a happy one because of the way the brain "promotes information processing strategies".

. . .

Those in a bad mood outperformed those who were jolly - they made fewer mistakes and were better communicators.

Professor Forgas said: "Whereas positive mood seems to promote creativity, flexibility, co-operation and reliance on mental shortcuts, negative moods trigger more attentive, careful thinking, paying greater attention to the external world."

I may, at some point, tire of saying this, but psychological research keeps disproving the "power of positive thought" espoused in vehicles like The Secret. To every emotional state, there is a season...

Nov 8, 2009

Time Monk Clif High on Pole Shift

Crossposted from Reflections Journal.

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A little over a year ago, I wrote a series of entries on the Time Monks webbot project, and the accuracy of these forecasts. As I said then, what I was getting intuitively was pole shift, but there was little in the predictive linguistics of the Time Monks to validate that. Instead, I turned to the most recent information I could find from Drunvalo Melchizedek on the subject. What a difference a year makes. Recent material from Drunvalo, posted here and here, goes into more depth on pole shift and how it fits into the Mayan prophecies. Now comes a wealth of information from Time Monk Clif High on his near certainty that there will be a dramatic pole shift event tied to that 2012 date.

Clif has been making the rounds talking about his most recent report. There's lots of stuff to make us all very nervous on the collapsing economy, the potential "death of the dollar," and more, but what will probably be most chilling to people unfamiliar with this idea is the prospect of the magnetic poles reversing and solid land masses rolling around. His most in depth interview on the subject was the other evening on Rense Radio.

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