No Self Is An Island

By Kingsley Dennis

‘No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main’ … John Donne

‘For eternally and always there is only now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end.’ … Erwin Schrodinger

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Whether we like to admit it or not, we need other people. Other people in our lives help to teach us about who we are. Their actions and attitudes are like a mirror that reflects to us not only aspects of human behaviour but also facets of our social conditioning.

It is said that our most dominant feature as humans, and similarly our most ignored facet, is that when we are speaking about other people, or things, we are actually speaking about ourselves. Because of this blindness we actually need other people in order to project ourselves onto them. And then perhaps in some moment of clarity we will gain the insight that our descriptions of others are in fact descriptions of ourselves. It is through our social environment and connections that a light may eventually shine back at us.

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In God’s Image — secretsoftheserpent

In God’s image is a concept of patriarch religions that all humans are created in the image and likeness of God. It is time to right another wrong that these patriarch religions have caused. It is said there is three common ways of understanding ‘imago dei’. I don’t care how many ways there is […]

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What They All Have in Common . . . New Moon in Aquarius

By Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.

Take a look at the crystals in this email: what do they have in common?
You guessed it — all are offbeat, original, unusual . . . one could even say — physically impossible — and yet that is how they naturally developed!
What they have in common is that they apparently did not get the memo on how to grow in expected ways, like other crystals . . .
This is how you may want to think of yourself after this New Moon / partial Solar Eclipse in Aquarius.
This New Moon / partial Solar Eclipse in Aquarius is on Thursday, Feb 15 at 4pm encourages us to open up to
  • new ways of thinking about our hopes, wishes, and dreams
  • expressing ourselves in all the ways that make us unique
  • change in how we view and how we build the supportive structures in our lives
  • investigate the possibilities for communicating our ideas at a larger scale
  • looking into new ways through which we can spread progressive ideas
  • envisioning a creation of communities that will promote greater awareness of all that is beneficial for humanity
  • working together and collaborating in new ways for higher ideals and a greater good
Crystals to help with these are Herkimer Diamond, Moldavite, Chevron Amethyst, Chrysocolla, Clear Quartz (Scepter formation) . . .

A Druid’s Meditation Primer

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In this time as the light is coming back into the world, the time surrounding Imbolc, I find myself often going deeply inward for healing and strength and turning towards meditation as a guide for spiritual balance.  This deep winter period is, of course, coming on the heels of the frenzied holiday season where many of us get burned out by the amount of hustle and bustle.  Further, many of the demands of modern living, particularly for those working wage-earning jobs, require us to move faster, be always “connected” and present with new technology, and have an increasingly fast stream of information pouring in and out of our heads. This can lead to long-term drain on the spirit. In this quiet time of the year, amidst the snows and frozen earth, various meditation techniques allow for rest, centering, and rejuvenation.

The quiet that nature provides... The quiet that nature provides…

Meditation offers us…

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Free Will

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Free Will is something that has been grossly misinterpreted. Most see it as making a decision or choice without outside influences. Problem is that we all have been programmed since the day we were born. How are you going to make a decision that is yours and yours alone when nothing in your mind is original? Did you just decide one day that you were going to get up and go to school? Did you decide what religion you were going to be? Men, did you decide you had to be mister macho? Women, did you decide you had to wear make up to be visually pleasing for men? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the answer is no.

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Taking up the Path of the Bard III: Practice makes Perfect

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“You have so much talent” or “I’m talented enough” are powerful statements, statements I hear on a regular basis from those who long for a creative practice. The idea of talent can cause an incredible amount of inaction, of people not feeling they are “good enough” to even try.  I see this, in particular, with the visual arts. But the first time you put pen to paper, if you aren’t Picasso or Monet, you might as well forget about it. This larger cultural ideal, of course, seems at odds with the druid tradition where Eisteddfod and the channeling of Awen are central to our spiritual life. In the druid tradition, creativity isn’t about producing something of commercial value or high quality, its about the channeling of creativity for spiritual purposes. But for those coming out of mainstream Western culture with all of the cultural baggage, this can be difficult to…

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The Light Has A Distinct Feeling You Can Follow To Lead You Toward Joy

By Amy Brucker

I was standing at the crossroads of darkness and light.

One of my favorite clients, a woman I’d worked with for nearly two years, needed a different kind of support than I could give her. She was reluctant to end our sessions, but life was taking her in a different direction. It was time for her to move on.

Even though I’d reached the same conclusion, letting go was not easy. I wasn’t only saying good-bye to a client I loved, I was losing a significant portion of my income.

In that moment I had a choice.

I could succumb to sadness and fear at the loss of a client and income.

Or I could focus on the glimmer of light that was shining through the veil of my mood.

I latched on to the light and immediately began to feel something new emerge. I didn’t know how long it would take to come to fruition, or what would happen. But I let it guide me.

Imbolc and the Light of Hope

Imbolc (February 1) is a holiday my ancestors celebrated to acknowledge the return of Light as winter transitioned slowly into spring. This time of year is a good reminder that no matter how dark it gets, light always follows.

Sometimes when you come to a crossroads, though, there’s a path of darkness and a path of light. Although you get to choose which you follow, your choice colors your experience.

The path of darkness can be comforting. Sometimes it’s a warm cave we curl into while we regenerate after a long journey. Darkness offers shelter, provides protection, gives us the space we need to find our center again.

But it isn’t always necessary to go down the path of darkness. Sometimes that route leads to denial of new life that’s trying to emerge. Life that is ready to burst forth if we only let it in.

With my client gone, I knew I had a choice to follow the dark or the light, the sadness or the joy. I could feel the distinct energies running through me. I knew neither was right or wrong, but I also remembered the times in my life when I needlessly chose the sadness and succumbed to the suffering. I didn’t want to do that. I chose to feel the light. To revel in it. To trust the void and embrace the unknowing.

Turning to the lightness brought me to where I needed to be. The next day I signed on a new client whose needs are beautifully aligned with everything I want to be doing in my work.

The light pulled me through. I was safely on the other side.

Celebrating New Life

There is nothing wrong with the darkness. It carries the seeds of new life.

But you don’t always have to linger in the dark in order to process your pain before you can authentically move forward. You can simply acknowledge the pain, feel its existence, say hello with gratitude, let it go, and move on.

Where in your life is there a glimmer of hope shining through the darkness?

What might happen if you acknowledge the dark, but focus on the light and let everything else go?

Who might you be if you surrender to trust and have faith in Spirit, letting the light guide you toward new life?

That’s something worth contemplating.

Sweet dreams,

Amy

Victims of Circumstance

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It is our limiting beliefs that hold us back. The beliefs we have been taught our whole lives. The beliefs we were born into. This whole world is a victim of circumstance. A victim of circumstance is said to be an individual that suffers from ill consequences that are out of their control. A person born into a bad situation. What is the circumstance that people have been born into? We have all been brought up in ignorance.

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The Best Time To Hear Your Intuition

By Amy Brucker

Winter is the perfect time of year to develop a deeper connection to your intuition. The darkness makes it easier to tune out external stimulus so you can go within and hear yourself as well as hear Spirit.

Winter, though, isn’t always about the cold, dark months of the year. It can also be the cooler, darker times of the day (late night and early morning), or the period in between life-cycles when you’ve completed one thing but haven’t yet started something new.

This still, quiet time is a gift many Westerners ignore. We tend to fill every bit of our lives with something do to. TV. Netflix. Parties. Busy-ness. They all have their place, but when they eat up every minute of our “down time” we miss a great opportunity for connecting to our Soul.

Tonight, once everyone has gone to bed, sit in the darkness of your home. Take five, ten, or twenty minutes to sit quietly and tune in to what you perceive.

Do you feel spirits around you?

Can you hear the voice of God/Goddess talking with you?

Is your inner voice easier to hear?

Just listen. Don’t try to do anything with it. Let the voices come naturally. Observe.

If you do this for awhile, you’ll eventually be able to sense the voice of Spirit more clearly.

How you sense the voice will be unique to you. It may sound like actual voices in your mind (or as though it’s coming from outside of you). You may get blips of images. You may feel sensations.

The darkness makes it easier to notice these things, which in turn makes it easier to practice developing your intuition.

When it’s light outside, you still have access to this type of guidance, but in the light you will be distracted by external stimulus and it makes the more subtle bits of information more difficult to notice.

Practice in the dark and soon you will be able to do it in the light, too.

And have fun! This is a skill worth developing.

Sweet dreams,
Amy

Dreaming of Winter, Snow & Ice ~ The Diagnosis & The Remedy

By Amy Brucker

I love how dreams are “soul medicine” that help us cultivate wellness in mind, body, and soul.

Since it’s winter where I live, I thought I’d share how dreams of ice, snow, and blizzards have their own special “diagnosis and remedies” to help you navigate your life.

Each “diagnosis and remedy” below is general, not specific to you. Your dream will tell you what you need to know. Use this as a guideline only.

Snow and Ice

Ages ago, I dreamed I was sleeping on my bed. When I woke up, I realized it was sitting on a frozen lake that was thawing! I had to walk on cracking ice to get to shore.

The dream was telling me I was “waking up” from something, only to discover I was in a precarious situation, perhaps dealing with old “frozen emotions” that were beginning to crack open.

Of course, snow and ice can be about a lot of things in dreams, but the first thing I notice when I have these dreams is that snow and ice are frozen water. In dream-land, water is often about emotion and the unconscious. Whenever I dream of snow and ice I ask myself where I might be “freezing someone or something out” due to anger or “experiencing frozen, unprocessed emotion.”

To discover the deeper meaning of your dream, read it out loud, but instead of “ice” or “snow” say “frozen emotion.” So the dream becomes, “I’m sleeping on my bed. When I wake up, I realized the bed is positioned on frozen emotions and they’re thawing. I have to walk on cracking frozen emotions to get to shore. I’m afraid I won’t make it.”

Simple but effective.

The diagnosis: there is frozen, unprocessed emotion that is problematic.

The remedy: let the ice inform you. If thawing needs to happen, navigate with care, have support to help you through it.

Blizzard

A blizzard mixes the elements of water (unconscious, emotions) and air (Spirit). Dreaming of a blizzard might be an invitation to recognize how Spirit (air element) is stirring up emotions you haven’t wanted to process (frozen water), making your life a blurry mess until you’re able to process things, which will naturally calm them down.

The diagnosis: Spirit is moving quickly, perhaps causing fear, yet it’s an invitation for you to move or shift some energy so you can connect more freely with your life and Source.

The remedy: acknowledge your situation and lean into it instead of slipping into avoidance. Get help if you need it.

Frozen Lake

There’s a stillness to a frozen lake. It’s cold, hard surface creates a pathway, so instead of walking around the lake to get to the other side, you can just cut across the middle.

But if you’ve ever lived in a cold climate, you know that frozen lakes are not necessarily safe to walk on. If the ice is thin, you’ll fall through. It needs to be a couple feet thick in order to be able to drive on it.

So just like frozen emotions not yet processed, an icy lake is precarious, giving us a sense of false safety and security. This dream theme is a reminder that you may feel like you’ve dealt with your emotions to the point where you can safely move forward, but there is a possibility that the ice will thaw and you’ll fall more deeply into the emotion than you had intended to.

The diagnosis: you may have created patterns or behaviors of avoidance that make your life path appear easier, but it is precarious and temporary. Eventually the ice will thaw.

The remedy: contemplate the frozen quality of your life. Find a source of heat–creative outlet, therapy, shamanic healing–and begin to warm up the frozen emotions so you can process them more easily.

Summary

These are just a few ways of looking at winter themes in dreams. What layers of meaning have you uncovered?

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sweet dreaming,
Amy