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Museworthy Quote: An Imagination Cleanse

Gateway at the Cistercian Abbey of Thoronet, in Provence, France. Photo by Jamie Walters. Use with Creative Commons citation and link.
Gateway at the Cistercian Abbey of Thoronet, in Provence, France. Photo by Jamie Walters. Use with Creative Commons citation and link.

“Imaginal hygiene is the inner art of self-managing the imagination, to defend it from forces that compromise, pollute, colonize, shrink, and sterilize it, and to cultivate those that illuminate, expand, and nourish it.” ~ M. T. Xen, by way of Rob Brezsny of Pronoia.

Imaginal hygiene goes hand-in-hand with energy and psychic hygiene — they’re all interwoven, as we know. And awareness is the gateway.

M.T. Xen — a pun on words if I’ve ever heard one — puts it in ‘plain speaking’, as it should be.

The imagination — my imagination, your imagination — is one of the Sophia Gifts, part of our Divine inheritance.

With imagination (and other Sophia Gifts) we dream things into being, or give energy to and thus strengthen what’s preoccupying our imagination (and mind).

Imagination is a very, very powerful gift, and for most of us, it’s been co-opted and filled with garbage.

Faceless mannequins. Image courtesy of Public Domain Images.
Faceless mannequins. Image courtesy of Public Domain Images.

Also, if you’re like me, you were conditioned early on away from the power of the imagination by (false) beliefs that it was somehow a waste of time, something to be ashamed of or ‘put away’ as a toy of childhood.

That said, I’ve heard people admonishing even very young children to ‘stop imagining things’, and the child’s neurology isn’t even yet able to tell the difference between ‘fantasy’ and ‘reality’! This speaks to the predominant conditioning and just how hypnotized most people are to it … until they pop out of that spell.

Of course, just because it’s conditioning and passes for ‘normal‘ doesn’t mean it’s right, or even healthy. After all, the same forces that are quick to diminish it are equally gluttonous about colonizing it, pouring all manner of gunk through the plugged-in pipeline.

There’s a clue in that.

Spiral Path in Stained Glass. Public domain image courtesy of Pixabay.
Spiral Path in Stained Glass. Public domain image courtesy of Pixabay.

Spiraling back around to imaginal, energy, and psychic hygiene … awareness is a powerful start, and we pick, prune, and cleanse from there.

We ‘re-occupy’ our own imagination, reclaim the gift, and remember how to work well with it.

In this moment I begin anew … that mantra is powerful any time!

Imagination-stirring musings from the Sophia’s Children treasure vault:

We Must Imagine It

Our Sophia Gifts – Our Divine Inheritance

Big Love and Hard Places

The recent musings, including the one on The Beauty Way of Relating, offer a few lovely themes to imagine into being as well — you’ll find The Beauty Way of Being here.

Big Love, and Imagine Well.

Jamie

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The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)
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The Beauty Way of Relating

Emerald Green Butterfly. Image courtesy of Nature's Crusaders.
Emerald Green Butterfly. Image courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders.

Are you feeling an growing pull towards harmony, beauty, and social artistry?

Or are you noticing, or even mired in, their opposites — disharmony, conflict, relational dysfunction — which are seemingly over-abundant in the world right about now?

I’ll use the mythic and symbolic language of astrology to speak of current archetypal energies … and potentials.

With the Sun and Jupiter now in early Libra, and shapeshifter Mercury to shift Libra on October 18th, there is an invitation, a soul-beckoning into the Venusian-Libran Mysteries.

Perdita, 1966, by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys. Public Domain, Wikimedia.
Perdita, 1966, by Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys. Public Domain, Wikimedia.

We sometimes … okay, often … come to them by way of their opposites: disharmony, discordant interactions, conflict, a lack of beauty.

And yet we know that contrast makes us more and more aware of the choice before us in any given moment.

As I wrote recently, In this moment, I begin anew.

In the spirit of the Venusian-Libran invitation as we find ourselves in Venus-Rising time again (Venus rules both Taurus and Libra), here are a few of the keynotes of the Venusian-Libran Mysteries:

Right thought. Right speech. Right relationship.

Harmonious thought, speech, action.

Social-Intelligence Artistry.

Equilibrium and Equanimity.

The Beauty Way of Relating.

We embody and become that which we would like to experience, and in that experiment of being, we are a healing and harmonious presence.

Positively, beautifully liberating.

Hebe Giving a Drink to Jupiter, 1767, by Gavin Hamilton. Public domain image (date precedes copyright).
Hebe Giving a Drink to Jupiter, 1767, by Gavin Hamilton. Public domain image (date precedes copyright).

This awareness and skillfulness is possible only when we are present and in our whole body.

This, too, is a Venusian theme, from Venus’s other realm: The Taurus Mysteries.

Our mission if we choose to accept it:

(And why not, because the opposite — while passing for ‘normal’ — isn’t what most of us would consciously choose).

To explore, investigate, lean into, intend, and practice these Venusian-Libran themes.

We often find that we learn about these Mysteries by experiencing the opposites of the ideal expressions, too.

For Libra that would mean learning about harmony through disharmony, conflict, and so on, which helps us to cultivate the ‘remedy’ of the beautiful higher-possibility expressions.

There’s plenty of Muse-food for inspiration on these themes here at Sophia’s Children.

Here are a few more Beauty-Way-stirring musings:

Iris the Rainbow Goddess: A ‘Speaking Well’ Shamanic-Diplomat Archetype

The Hidden Beauty (and Spirit) in Relationships

The New Venus: Initiated Wise Women Rising

Venusian Mysteries: The Garden of the Feminine

The Via Feminina: The Garden of the Senses

Perdita and Our Divine Gifts

And since Venus was positively mad for Mars — she was actually the only one in the pantheon who could inspire Mars to use all of that life-force for worthy purposes — we honor Mars (and thus the beautiful Sacred Masculine) as well:

Mars: Power, Purpose and Shadow-Stuff

Big Love on The Beauty Way,

Jamie

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Here! Present and Back in the Body.

Dream Idyll - A Valkyrie, 1902, by Edward Robert Hughes.
Dream Idyll – A Valkyrie, 1902, by Edward Robert Hughes.

The topic of this musing is very much linked to the reminder that resurfaced recently — that I shared in the most recent post, “Today I Begin Anew.”

The topic on the table?

Being present and in the body.

We’re usually not. At all.

I totally own up to it. I ‘fess up to it, right here, right now.

Even with all of the practice and training and knowing about these things, it’s deep practice to stay mindful, conscious and embodied.

My conditioned ego-mind has ever more clever ways of seducing me back into its realm of mental wrangling and storm-crow alert stream … squaaaaawk … trouble ahead! Raaaaghk … you should feel very afraid about this!

Blah, blah, blah.

Round and round and round it goes, like a perpetual spin-cycle in the washing machine from hell.

The conditioned ego-mind is good at it. The nattering nabob of negativity thing is what it’s been deeply trained to do. It’s just not helpful, nor healthy. It just thinks it is.

Whirlpool in a wee pond. CC-SSA image courtesy Shutinc via Wikimedia.
Whirlpool in a wee pond. CC-SSA image courtesy Shutinc via Wikimedia.

There are more than a few consequences of being in the cray-cray tyranny of the conditioned mind and not in the body and ‘creative mind’, just as there are marked, tangible, feel-it-immediately benefits when we are present and in our body.

For example (and more on this in the full post that I link to below):

When we’re in our heads and not inhabiting our bodies, we’re (1) not rooted or grounded, which makes us more ‘mental’ (not good, cuz our mind will drive us crazy); and (2) more prone, then, to the fear- and anxiety stirring ‘programming’ as well as the energy and psychic pollution that wafts through the energy field we all share.

When we’re not in our bodies, it leaves a vacuum to be filled by whatever’s wafting by … pollution and all.

As we know, there are various people, groups, and agendas that thrive on this imbalance and thus foment it all the more.

So it amazes me how often this reminder and lesson about Presence and re-inhabiting my body spirals back around for me, usually precipitated by some ‘rock and a hard place‘ passage (that is just so Saturn-Neptune!).

The Priestess of Bacchus (1889), by John Collier.
The Priestess of Bacchus (1889), by John Collier.

At the same time, given the ego-mind’s fear-centric chatter-frenzy ingrained in the culture and the conditioning, and the ‘negative brain bias‘ I’ve written about before, it really isn’t all that surprising.

Thankfully, each time, I (often) recognize and shift it a bit more quickly, drawing from an increased understanding of it and a better-equipped ‘magic backpack’ of both practice and practices; and I notice an increased gentleness and humor around it where I’d once have been harsh with myself for ‘not getting it the first time’.

Progress is our friend.

On the Initiate’s Path, it’s more about the Spiral than the ‘one time good deal pill’ sort of experience. Onward!

Read the full, updated Being Present to Your Holy Self musing here.

The post includes mentions and links there, too, on Energy & Psychic Hygiene and my Presence: Coming to Your Senses audio program … plus some other ‘intel’.

Big Love & Joyful (Embodied) Presence,

Jamie

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Today I Begin Anew

Sunrise at Stonehenge. PD-US photo from WikipediaToday I begin anew.

Over the last week or so, I found that message – Begin Anew – arising within and around me more than once.

First it simply arose in my awareness. Begin anew.

Then, as I was walking, I noticed a bumper sticker on a car that passed: Begin Anew.

Amazing, right?

Having a more focused Muse Walk on Friday (“Walking the Muse” as I call it), once again it arose clearly in my awareness.

Today I begin anew.

Yesterday morning, as I sat in my morning practice that bridges Dreamtime with waking into the new day, I was moved to pull a book from my bookshelf and opened it to the first chapter.

Can you guess what the title of the first chapter was?

Morning sunlight streaming through the trees. PD-US photo from PD pictures.net.
Morning sunlight streaming through the trees. PD-US photo from PD pictures.net.

Yes, you guessed right: Begin Anew.

After I followed the intuitive nudge to do two very specific energy shifting practices, I noticed that I felt as if a spell popped, as if a ‘glamour’ had suddenly been dissolved.

That happens on occasion.

We live in a world and culture in which fear-stirring glamours (a.k.a. ‘spells’) are woven and rippled regularly out into the collective mind.

We could consider this a type of ‘energy-psychic pollution‘ in the shared field — ala the Morphic (or Morphogenic) Fields posited by Rupert Sheldrake’s work and known to more than a few sages, mystics, and shamanic adepts over millennia.

Those glamours can feel so familiar, or they leave us with a hazed-over sense of not-quite-clarity, that we can’t quite see through the spell-haze to recognize that we’ve been ensorceled.

In the old stories, and the new stories sharing timeless myths — like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and many others — there are always themes of sorcerers who weave glamours and cast spells to confuse or distract or divert the heroine or hero and her or his allies.

Think of The Great Eye of Sauron in Lord of the Rings — Tolkien gave a clear example of that force and its weavers at work.

The Source at Mt. Shasta, California. Photo taken by Jamie, a long time ago.
The Source at Mt. Shasta, California. Photo taken by Jamie, a long time ago.

Yet there are times that, through and with Grace, and perhaps greatly helped by Allies and practices that fortify our receptivity and awareness, the spell pops, the glamour-haze lifts, and we feel and see and hear with the ‘Heart Illuminated’.

Today I begin anew.

It’s a message (and intention or invocation) that’s connected to present-moment awareness and the ‘spacious mind’ that I wrote of recently — the ‘Now’ and the ‘spacious mind’ in and through which we access intuitive guidance, empathy, compassion, creativity, creative thinking, and a much clearer recognition of the wholeness that we are and in which we are.

Perhaps it’s similar to what, in Buddhism, is called the Beginner’s Mind, and in the Jesus teachings is called ‘becoming as a child again’.

I’d guess we’d find it in other timeless wisdom traditions, too.

Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]
Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]
But even with all of these gifts of remembrance, there’s another great gift.

Today I begin anew’ is a reminder that in each moment — Now — we can begin anew, with a shift in perception (and thus energy) and focus that is in greater harmony with renewal and ‘new greening’.

It has a strong connection with the Narrow Mind – Spacious Mind and Decolonizing the Imagination & Soul (and related) themes I’ve written recently about.

We have the possibility to see through the haze-spell that passes for ‘unalterable reality’ and see it for what it is.

Setting Down the Great Sack of Boulders

Often though, if my own experience is any guide, influenced by internalized conditioning and the psychic-soup spell-haze, we drag along an increasingly heavy sack of boulders — like Sysyphus of myth, forever pushing the gigantic boulders up the mountainside.

Sisyphys's Punishment (1548–49) by Titian, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Sisyphys’s Punishment (1548–49) by Titian, Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The great sack o’ boulders includes the guilt boulders, the shame boulders, the blame boulders, the grief boulders, the regret boulders, the trauma boulders, the past lauds and accomplishment boulders, the problem boulders, the drama boulders, and the heaviest boulders of all: the “I’m supposed to” and the “woulda coulda shoulda” (didn’t) boulders.

Needless to say — and we know this, because we’ve likely done it — that boulder-sack gets pretty freakin’ heavy, and carrying it steals more and more energy and becomes more and more fatiguing and diminishing.

Today I begin anew.

In this moment I set down the big-ass bag of boulders that have long outlived their usefulness, and release the false belief that there’s some rockin’ value in the punishment and penance of perpetually dragging it.

Then I breathe back that energy and power I gave to it, and I begin anew, re-empowered and in alignment with the All that Is.

Blue Morpho Butterfly. Butterflies are symbols of transformation, among other things. Image courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.
Blue Morpho Butterfly. Butterflies are symbols of transformation, among other things. Image courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

Stir and repeat as needed. Again and again.

A renewal of heart and mind. In any moment. Now.

Today, in this moment, I begin anew.

An enlivening experiment.

Why not join me?

Big Love,
Jamie

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The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)
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Narrow Mind. Spacious Mind.

nar·row-mind·ed. adjective.

“A person with a limited outlook who is unwilling to consider alternative ideas, perspectives or thoughts. An example of narrow minded is a person who has a strong political position and who will not even listen to debates or arguments from the other side.” ~ Yourdictionary.com

Sirene, by Gaston Hoffman (1883-1926). Public domain image {US-PD}.
Sirene, by Gaston Hoffman (1883-1926). Public domain image {US-PD}.

Hmm, yeah. I’m sure we’ve all been cornered (or had psychic vomit spewed on us) by that sort once or twice.

In contrast, Spacious Mind would be a sort of ‘open mindedness’, the opposite of Narrow Mindedness — at least contrasting the definition above, ya think?

In truth, both Narrow Mind and Spacious Mind have their gifts, and both have their toxic shadow-sides.

We benefit from the gifts, and are often harmed by the toxic expression.

How can we access their gifts and lean away from or transform the toxic stuff?

In his book The Divine Feminine in Biblical Literature, the Rabbi Rami Shapiro notes the difference between narrow and spacious mind.

That which comes out of narrow mind, Shapiro says, tends to be “fear-based, and serve to enforce the power of the few over the many.”

“The teachings that come from spacious mind are rooted in love and compassion, and serve to establish justice irrespective of rank,” Shapiro finishes.

The difference in behaviors is marked: It’s “not only an altered state of mind (moving from narrow to spacious), but an altered trait of behavior, moving from selfishness, fear, and narcissism to justice, compassion, and humility.”

Most spiritual practices — whether from within a tradition or outside of one — have centered on promoting spacious mind as a way of elevating what gets focused through narrow mind.

You know, “The greatest of these is Love,” “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” “Where your heart is, there too is your treasure,” and so on?

Yes, there be actual practical wisdom there.

Suspension Bridge. Photo from Nehlia, PIxaBay. PD - CC-SSA.
Suspension Bridge. Photo from Nehlia, PIxaBay. PD – CC-SSA.

We get some clues from modern neuroscience on the pros and cons of narrow mind and spacious mind — open mind or closed mind — from Andrew Newberg, M.D.’s research on the neuro-effects of consciousness, spiritual practices, and religious experiences.

The fear-based, ‘power-over’ sort of narrow mind that Rabbi Shapiro refers to seems to sync with what Andrew Newberg’s research shows about the Lizard Brain connection.

Spacious Mind, on the other hand — activated by peak experiences, certain spiritual practices, Near-Death Experiences, and so on — seems to connect with what’s observed when a part of our brain gets activated and opens us to the gifts of the ‘higher brain’.

Spacious Mind, higher brain gifts include access to creativity, creative thinking, empathy, compassion, intuition … a pretty impressive gift set.

The Puritans [Image source unknown]
The Puritans
[Image source unknown]

Narrow Mind — fear-based and related constricting stuff — activates the Lizard Brain part of us and apparently narrows or suppresses the ‘brain bridge’ (anterior cingulate) to the higher brain and its gifts.

The spiritual and the scientific. Narrow Mind and Spacious Mind. The common traits associated with each.

In astro-speak, this would be Saturn and Neptune, currently tight in their square-off with each other in the skies.

Saturn is noted for a fear-stirring, constricting, narrowing archetypal and energetic effect.

Neptune is noted for the more ‘spacious minded’, boundary dissolving, inspiration-stirring, Divine-connecting effect.

What does it look and sound like – how do we notice it?

That Saturn and Neptune are in tight (exact) square just now means that we notice this polarity of Narrow Mind and Spacious Mind, closed mind and open mind, intolerance and tolerance, focus and lack of focus, clarity and confusion, fear and faith …

Green labyrinth in Luxembourg City. PD image from Lode Van de Velde, PDpictures.net.
Green labyrinth in Luxembourg City. PD image from Lode Van de Velde, PDpictures.net.

How can Narrow Mind & Spacious Mind benefit us?

Neptune (Spacious Mind and that which stirs it) helps us to access inspiration, imagination, a sense of wholeness and interconnection, Divine guidance, the Muse, intuition, and faith (which, in its scriptural sense, means ‘confidence’).

Then we can tap the narrowing power of Saturn, more constructively to focus and dedicate ourselves to bring the inspiration received into the ‘manifest world’ (Saturn) — as an artist takes the inspiration to the canvas, or a writer takes the Muse-speak to the page.

See how the polarity works in ‘real world’ experiential ways?

As we’re aware, we can choose ‘balancing remedies’ — balancing the Saturn and Neptune, Narrow and Spacious Mind to receive the gifts of each — and those practices that let us more easily lean into the states of being that we prefer and that are more artful … and healthful as well.

Black Pearl in His Shell. GNU-Free image from Brocken Inaglory, Wikimedia.
Black Pearl in His Shell. GNU-Free image from Brocken Inaglory, Wikimedia.

Find more heartful inspiration in these Sophia’s Children musings:

Out of Fear-Spin and Into the Heart, Illuminated

Free Your Heart (and Mind)

 and …

Sacred Scrabble and Crazy, Holy Grace

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Big Love and Be Well in the Meanwhile,

Jamie

The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)
The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)

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MuseWorthy Quotations: Callings, Purpose and Meaning

A reader-favorite: Rafael Sergei Levitsky's Bridge in the Woods. Public domain - {PD-US}.
A reader-favorite: Rafael Sergei Levitsky’s Bridge in the Woods. Public domain – {PD-US}.

“The life I am living is not the same as the life that wants to live in me … Trying to live someone else’s life, or to live by an abstract norm, will invariably fail … True self, when violated, will always resist us, sometimes at great cost, holding our lives in check until we honor its truth…. Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening.”

~ Parker Palmer, as quoted in Brainpickings.

A pathway through the green, on one of my riverside walkabouts. Photo by Jamie Walters, New York, 2013. CC-SSA.
A pathway through the green, on one of my riverside walkabouts. Photo by Jamie Walters, New York, 2013. CC-SSA.

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

PURPOSE-TRACKING CLUES

To find purpose-clues in your astrology natal chart, look at your rising sign (and its ruling archetype), your North Node, and your Chiron … among other clues.

You can also reflect on the patterns and clue-trails from your life journey, and “what has heart, joy, and meaning for you.”

(See the Discerning Vocation and Purpose post for more on that powerful question!)

For more inspiration-stirring about purpose and vocation and meaning, follow the link to this Sophia’s Children post:

Discerning Vocation and Purpose (with more inspiring quotes and links)

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In the meanwhile, breathe deeply and be well.

Big Love,

Jamie

The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)
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Energy Weather: Live Wires, Mind Trips, Zap Zones + Mastery Practice

 Le Pigeon, 1871, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898). PD-US, Wikimedia.

Le Pigeon, 1871, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824–1898). PD-US, Wikimedia.

“The birds of negativity may flock around your head, but you don’t have to let them nest there.”

Then again, Bird Whispering is an art that must be learned and practiced in the nesting season.

Hint: It’s a nesting season.

Have you noticed over the last week or so that you (and/or those around you) have been a bit more amped up than usual — as if someone turned up the ampage of the electrical currents running through your body?

Or like the mental chatter — the birds of negativity (or a swarm of mental wasps, or mad bats) — shot up a notch?

Those are a few of the ways the recent (and current) energy-and-psychic cocktail may have made itself known.

Last week was a Zap Zone trip, and though it’s waning some, it’s still very much ‘live’.

In astro language, one dominant ‘cocktail ingredient’ would be (among other things) the super-activation in the Virgo Zone (details via the links below).

Virgo is ruled by Mercury, and shadow Mercury tends to include the Nattering Nabobs of Negativity out in force (inside and outside of your head!).

Gemini is also ruled by Mercury, and has an equally challenging task of ‘whispering’ those squawking birds into greater calm.

To Give Painless Light, by Roberto Matta (11/11/1911 - 11/23/2002)
To Give Painless Light, by Roberto Matta (11/11/1911 – 11/23/2002)

I’ve noticed that clients and Peeps who have A Lot of Planets (a stellium) in Gemini or Virgo — or even if we tend towards psychic (Air-Fire) and/or empathic (Water-Earth) — are very aware of the uptick not just in the Live-Wire electrical energy boost but also the cray-cray mental chatter in the shared psychic and energy field.

Then again, we’re all swimming in the shared energy and psychic field and are likely to notice what’s floating in the water.

Plus there’s the Saturn-Neptune, Rock-n-Hard-Place Squeeze Effect that I wrote about recently (links below) — that’s very much still emanating its “Mutable Cross” effect (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) into the shared energy field … and thus in and around us as well.

Neat, right? It’s not like any of us wanted a dull moment.

How we feel it depends on our particular constitution or psychic-energetic blueprint — we find clues about that in the astrology natal and transits charts.

For some, additional grounding will help. For others who are ‘wired’ more sensitively to these particular cocktail ingredients, it takes a bit more of an Energy Hygiene repertoire of strategies.

An illuminated Way ... [Image shared in an e-message from the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism]
An illuminated Way … [Image shared in an e-message from the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism]
Being aware and having some context helps a lot — “This is afoot, and this is what helps …” — and some Energy Hygiene strategy reminders for dealing with the energy and chatter and also grounding and soothing the over-amped body, mind, and nervous system.

In that spirit, here are a few of the ‘reader favoriteSophia’s Children posts on these mastery skills:

The Virgo Mysteries (Gifts and Shadow Stuff Clues):

Keepers of the Flame and the Hidden Sacred

Tending the Sacred, Keeping the Flame

Though ruled by mental, mental Mercury (the adept Hermes, at best; Nattering Nabob at not-best), Virgo is an Earth sign and therein we find clues. The articles above will give more details about that. (Gemini is an Air sign … which brings its own gifts and challenges!).

Saturn & Neptune – Rock, Hard Place, redefining “Reality,” and Grace:

Big Love and Hard Places

Sacred Scrabble & Crazy, Holy Grace (plus Creative Adventure & Uprooting From False Ground)

The Blue Bird, by Frank Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958).
The Blue Bird, by Frank Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958).

Empaths & Sensitives Series – Energy Soothers:

See the Empaths & Sensitives Series for more energy hygiene and management tips, or start with Empath-Sensitives and Psychic Pollution, a recent post (with links).

Key strategy clues:

• Nature time, feet or bum on the earth;

• present-moment awareness;

• being in our body rather than preoccupied and too much in the mental sphere;

• slowing, soothing, calming, breathing;

• awareness and skillfulness practice in “Mind Whispering.”

Visit the articles linked above for more effective strategies and reminders.

For more personalized strategies, consider a Sophiastrology reading/consultation or Grace & Golden Thread coaching consultation — or a combo/hybrid.

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In the meanwhile, breathe deeply and be well.

Big Love,

Jamie

The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)
The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)

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1000 Things Went Right Today

Eirene, by Ludwig Knauss, circa 1850-1888 (Image courtesy of WikiCommons)
Eirene, by Ludwig Knauss, circa 1850-1888 (Image courtesy of WikiCommons)

“A thousand things went right today.”

~ Ilan Shamir, Storyteller & Artist

Even slight shifts in wording and perception can make a huge difference.

“A thousand things went right today” is from one of Ilan Shamir’s poems (find more on his writings and uplifting artistry on his site – link above).

It’s a good reminder, isn’t it?

It reminds me of a dry-witted quip made by a Rabbi years ago:

“Thank you God for all of the horrible things that could have happened but didn’t.”

Sort of like the even more dry-witted Mark Twain’s observation:

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

Sound familiar?

Hence the vital ‘high mastery’ skills of present moment awareness and nonresistance — more on those coming soon (see below).

For now, and Ilan Shamir’s wonderful reminder, “A thousand things went right today” …

Banford Rock Agama, India. Photo by Solomon Paulraj, PD CC-SSA Wikimedia.
Banford Rock Agama, India. Photo by Solomon Paulraj, PD CC-SSA Wikimedia.

Our ‘negative brain bias’ (and remarkable good)which I’ve written about here — click click — tends to have us much more easily moving into the fear, scarcity, problem zone.

It’s a Lizard Brain thing (as I also mention in the brain’s negativity bias article).

Lots and lots of conditioning in that, years and generations of it.

Not to mention the tendency of The Forces That Be to do (and benefit from) much epic fear-stirring.

In astro-wisdom language, ‘unconscious’ Saturn expressions would be a main culprit for the rock-and-hard-place fear thing, along with the tyrannical fear-stirring.

With Saturn recently retrograde and in the lovely square with Neptune — the boundary dissolving, Big Love reminding oceanic force — these themes are what we might call ‘up’ for many of us.

(For specifics, look at your chart or schedule a Sophiastrology reading for help with that).

William-Holman-Hunt_The-light-of-the-world-detail_c1900-1904As ever, reminders and focus and practice practice practice are helpful and necessary, really, to keep our center and break out of those fear-spin (vs. heart-mojo) and perceptual prisons (vs. present-moment intuition & genuis) that really do have high costs in health and wellbeing.

No matter how practiced we are, if we’re living in this particular time and shared ‘psychic soup’, we’ll know that it’s ongoing practice — and often deep practice at that — to stay centered and know that it takes a bit more effort to lean out of the brain’s long-evolved negativity bias and into the ‘remarkable good’ zone.

There are various practices that help with that — it’s important to keep our magic backpack of tools and practices well-stocked and current.

One little thing that helps a fair bit, though, is having the reminders … whether helpful bits of reminder-wisdom like “A thousand things went right today…” from Storyteller Shamir, or our Believing Mirror reflections and encouragement.

The sacred pool of the ancient Anatolian city of Hieropolis. [Photo from Wiki Commons]
The sacred pool of the ancient Anatolian city of Hieropolis. [Photo from Wiki Commons]
So for today, dip into the inspiration pool sparked by Ilan Shamir’s poetic invitation … A thousand things went right today.

What were some of them? What went right yesterday? What’s right just now?

On the Sophia’s Children next-up writing table:

The mysteries and challenges of present-moment awareness and nonresistance — Two more really important and valuable perception and skill to master in this wild, wild, chaotic times of ours.

For more Sophia’s Children inspiration, follow the links included in this post or below.

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In the meanwhile …

Big Love & Wishes for ‘lots of things gone right’,

Jamie

Reclaiming Our Gifts and the Golden Thread of Destiny

Grass maze at Dalby, Yorkshire, England. Public domain photo from Simon Garbutt via Wikimedia.
Grass maze at Dalby, Yorkshire, England. Public domain photo from Simon Garbutt via Wikimedia.

“Our destiny is the golden thread that holds together the hearts of humanity and the heart of the world. We carry the heart of the world within our own heart, and through living our destiny we nourish the heart of the world.”

~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Working With Oneness

Working with the Divine gifts — our Sophia gifts — that include our imagination, focused intent, and the remembering of the ancient-timeless wisdom and knowing that is accessible to us, we begin to live our destiny and thus more and more contribute to the wellbeing of all.

“When we begin this work,” says Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, “ancient memories will surface, memories that we carry in our ancestral self, of how this work is done.”

We already have these gifts encoded within us, along with the access-streams we need to do (or rather be and from that being do) the work for which we are here on this planet at this time.

For many called to these paths of awakening, experiences of various transformative events — Near Death Experiences (NDEs), kundalini awakenings; and other sorts of show-stopping, perspective-altering peak experiences — have already been happening to call us away from the false-conditioned life and into our destiny stream.

Rain and a golden reflection on a forest waterway. Public domain photo from Larissa Koshkina via PDpictures.net.
Rain and a golden reflection on a forest waterway. Public domain photo from Larissa Koshkina via PDpictures.net.

We just need to take a conscious, intentional step, and then another, in its direction, and cultivate the remembering and reclaim these ancient-timeless Divine gifts … or our Sophia Gifts as I’ve written before … and then be and do from that center of awareness.

The ancient, timeless, and current wisdom traditions have long given clues about how to make this shift — a renewal of heart and mind, a shift of perspective from fragmentation to wholeness, a shift from ‘stuck in time’ (which means always in the past or the future) to presence right Now.

Sounds easy. It’s not. But there we are. As the poetic prophecies go, “We were born for these times.”

Thankfully, there are ways and practices; there are reminders and clues. They’ve just been marginalized or buried deeply in our individual and collective psyche, waiting to be remembered, reclaimed, and renewed.

This is why, among other things, we reclaim the Feminine gifts of our being — the deeply intuitive, wisely instinctive, pattern-tracking, whole-seeing, connection-weaving, heart-and-body (as well as intellect) honoring, and creatively spontaneous (a.k.a. ‘outside the box’ or ‘genius’) ways of being.

Wooden gate in the high hedges. PD image from George Hodan via PDpictures.net.
Wooden gate in the high hedges. PD image from George Hodan via PDpictures.net.

Vaughan-Lee (and others) affirms:

“In the diffuse consciousness of the feminine, the patterns of relationship are more visible. … Now this wisdom is needed. It can no longer be hidden, but needs to become conscious. … We need to bring this feminine wisdom into consciousness so that we can learn to relate to the whole of life.”

We begin to relate to the whole of life, as LV-L and others have pointed out (and some of us have learned and remembered through our own journey of initiation and remembering).

This is our natural way of seeing and being; that knowing has just been hidden in the vaults of deep forgetting.

Then, Life and its wholeness — the Alaha or Unity, One in which we all live, breathe, and have our being (and that is within us and so expresses through us as well) — meets us and will flow more and more gracefully in and through us into right expression and right presence.

Nature abundance. Mountain stream in Matterhorn forest. PD Pictures dot net.
Nature abundance. Mountain stream in Matterhorn forest. PD Pictures dot net.

Questions to Live Into…

If you’ve been reading long, you’ll know by now that inquiry — the art of asking the right questions — is a key theme of mine and one of our ‘power tools‘ or gifts, you might say, along with the others I’ve mentioned above.

So here are a few good questions to help you open the insight-stream:

• How does the Golden Thread of destiny and purpose weave in and through you?

• To what is Life beckoning and calling you — where are the clues arising and to what are they pointing you?

• What gifts are calling to you to be remembered and/or strengthened into use on behalf of the wellbeing of all, and where your joy meets the world’s need?

There are many other artful questions to spark insight and remembering, but these help get the golden flow of inspiration started.

Green labyrinth in Luxembourg City. PD image from Lode Van de Velde, PDpictures.net.
Green labyrinth in Luxembourg City. PD image from Lode Van de Velde, PDpictures.net.

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Jamie


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QuoteWorthy: Transformation Fatigue and Keeping Heart

Divers descending into the main cavern of Blue Hole, Palau_Islands, Micronesia. PD image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Divers descending into the main cavern of Blue Hole, Palau_Islands, Micronesia. PD image courtesy of Wikimedia.

For many horizon-edge walkers and vision-seeders, transformation agents, and similar culture-shifters, transformation fatigue and burnout are occupational hazards.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and to become fatigued or heavy hearted at what seems a daunting task in the face of myriad epic challenges that roll in like waves from the ocean.

I’m pretty resilient (strong Saturn and Pluto in the chart!) and devoted to The Work and the practices that allow and support it, but sometimes I — like all of us — feel the bone-weariness of transformation fatigue and other occupational hazards.

I’ve learned from experience that dipping often into the deep, rich wellsprings of inspiration from our kindred-spirit edge walkers and vision-seeders is vital … as are other disciplines and practices that help us to be as we are (and as we’re here on this planet, at this time, to be).

Sharing that inspiration, and pointing the way to other wellsprings, is the other part of that reciprocity or ayni balance — and it’s one of the main purposes of Sophia’s Children – read more about that here.

Clarissa Pinkola-Estes. Media photo courtesy of Maven Productions.
Clarissa Pinkola-Estes. Media photo courtesy of Maven Productions.

In this deep-wellspring spirit, here is a much-shared and highly inspiring excerpt from Do Not Lose Heart, from the wise woman and author, Clarissa Pinkola-Estes.

“Believe the evidence of any one of your past testings and trials. Here it is: Are you still standing? The answer is, Yes! (And no adverbs like “barely” are allowed here). If you are still standing, ragged flags or no, you are able. Thus, you have passed the bar. And even raised it. You are seaworthy.”

“Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. ”

“Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. … To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both– are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity. Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.”

Read the full inspired message here:

~ Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Do Not Lose Heart (Creations Magazine)

Find more of her wisdom, inspiration, books & other programs at her web site or Facebook page.

Big Love & Good-Juju Blessings,

Jamie

Emerald Green Butterfly. Image courtesy of Nature's Crusaders.
Emerald Green Butterfly. Image courtesy of Nature’s Crusaders.

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3 Museworthy Quotations: Invoking Humanity … and Courage

Here’s a trio of Museworthy quotations or excerpts from one eloquent and visionary leader, and two inspired writers of different generations, but all “born into interesting times.”

Two were born in the mid to late 1920s, and the third was born in the mid-1960s when the first two were writing and speaking, inspiring and planting consciousness seeds.

Each has inspired me and stirred that sense of heartful, core-deep ‘courage of one’s convictions‘ in the last week or so, as I’ve come back across their words and work.

The theme of humanity and that which invites, invokes, stirs, and reflects our humanity and innate humaneness is but one thread that weaves through these three inspired perspectives.

Another might be couragethat “courage of (y)our convictions” theme again, which all three of these men live(d) with and exemplify as well as write and/or speak about.

Given the rather marked lack of humanity and inhumaneness so often emphasized on ‘the news’ (and by many who deliver ‘the news’), it’s always a fine, fine thing to share inspiration on the virtues-in-action as medicine for the vices/shadow-in-action.

James Baldwin, September 1955. Photo by Carl Van Vechten, PD-US U.S. Library of Congress.
James Baldwin, September 1955. Photo by Carl Van Vechten, PD-US U.S. Library of Congress.

“But the conquest of the physical world is not man’s only duty. He is also enjoined to conquer the great wilderness of himself.”

“The precise role of the artist (creative seers of human truth), then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of its purpose, which is, after all, to make the world a more human dwelling place.”

“The human beings whom we respect the most, after all — and sometimes fear the most — are those who are most deeply involved in this delicate and strenuous effort, for they have the unshakable authority that comes only from having looked on and endured and survived the worst.”

“… a higher level of consciousness among the people is the only hope we have, now or in the future, of minimizing human damage.”

~ James Baldwin (1924-1987), as quoted in Maria Popova’s Brainpickings article.

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The writer and professor Chris Abani, shared this in a TED Talk (and various other talks he’s given since):

Chris Abani, author photo from chrisabani.com.
Chris Abani, author photo from chrisabani.com.

“In South Africa, they have a phrase called Ubuntu. Ubuntu comes out of a philosophy that says, the only way for me to be human is for you to reflect my humanity back at me.

“…the world is never saved in grand, messianic gestures but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion; everyday acts of compassion…”

~ Chris Abani on Humanity (I shared this TED Talk here)

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And the third of these inspiration-stirring Museworthy Quotations – a very Uranian-Promethean theme and wording:

The Rev. Dr. King [Photo image from Biography.com]
The Rev. Dr. King [Photo image from Biography.com]
“Do not conform” is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drumbeat of the status quo.”

“Many voices and forces urge us to choose the path of least resistance, and bid us never to fight for an unpopular cause and never to be found in a pathetic minority of two or three.”

“Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.”

“We are called to be people of conviction, not conformity; of moral nobility, not social respectability. We are commanded to live differently and according to a higher loyalty.”

~ The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his sermon on Transformed Nonconformists and Creative Nonconformists – read it here, and related Sophia’s Children posts here.

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Very powerful, heartful, evocative, and stirring, yes?

Big Love & Stirred-Inspiration,

Jamie

The Power of Inquiry: Loving the Questions Themselves

Fertile and fruitful questions. Image courtesy of PD Pictures.net.
Fertile and fruitful questions. Image courtesy of PD Pictures.net.

I’m always amazed at the seeming magic of replacing a period with a question mark. Know what I mean?

If you’ve explored the power of inquiry — the art of asking the good questions — you’ve likely found, as I have (again and again), that it’s one sure way to open things up where they’ve become to stuck, too stale, and way too constrictive.

(That rock-and-hard-place or ‘strait-jacket’ place I mentioned in a recent Sophia’s Children article!).

This topic, and the magic of the well-asked question, came up in a conversation yesterday.

My dialogue partner and I both ended up smiling as we shared a couple of examples of what happens when you take a statement and change it into a question.

I’ve used inquiry and “the art of questions” in my work — including in the high-conflict communication consulting that was my specialty for many years.

I’ve used it in my life for a long time, too, yet always appreciate the reminder of the power of ‘inquiry magic’.

Colorful questions. PD image from PD4Pic.
Colorful questions. PD image from PD4Pic.

Have you explored or refreshed your ‘beginner’s mind’ joy in the art of inquiry recently?

In this spirit, stir your ‘inquiry power’ with this updated Sophia’s Children post from the archives:

Read The Power of Inquiry: Learning to Love the Questions

To ‘open the box’ and shift the momentum on an issue you’re exploring or a challenge you’re navigating, schedule a tailored Transformative Inquiry coaching consultation.

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Big Love & Joyful Inquiry,

Jamie

Effortless Creativity and Uncompetitive Purposefulness

Crossroads at night in Winter. PD image courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.
Crossroads at night in Winter. PD image courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

It’s no secret now that we’re at a bit of a craggy crossroads, we humans?

It seems that Life herself is more urgently stirring up the recollection, resurrection, and/or Phoenixing of whole areas of innate and indigenous-soul genius that were submerged, repressed, and/or oppressed in the hard-and-harsh lean into the (too-often heartless) intellect and left-brain ways of being.

This will be no surprise to those whose first-and-foremost purpose is to be (recognized or unrecognized) ‘frequency bringers’ — conduits for a certain consciousness frequency, you might call it, and the ideas, insights, and horizon-edge perspectives that come with it.

These ‘volunteer souls’ have been getting stirred, awakened, marinated, pushed, pulled, Underworld-initiated, and Phoenixed for quite awhile now. (Sound familiar?)

In her Brainpickings article, Effortless Creativity, Maria Popova includes some powerfully and evocatively worded musings related to this ‘urgent need’ for such culture-shifters.

Here are a couple that stirred the creative wellspring within me, and will perhaps stir you as well:

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Pancho Ramos Stierle. Image - occupylove dot org.
Pancho Ramos Stierle. Image – occupylove dot org.

“To produce poets, in this largest Baldwinian sense of creative seers of human truth, seems to be among the most urgent tasks of our time.”

“… the nature of this clarified, magnified deepening of being — concentration as consecration …”

“… her insight ripples outward in widening circles (as Rilke might say) to encompass every kind of writing, all art, and even the art of living itself.

(She writes) “In the wholeheartedness of concentration, world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.”

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Illustration by Sidney Smith for The White Cat and The Monk (Anansi Press - see link below).
Illustration by Sidney Smith for The White Cat and The Monk (Anansi Press – see link below).

Popova also includes an illustration from Illustration by Sydney Smith from The White Cat and the Monk, a 9th-century ode to the joy of uncompetitive purposefulness.

The joy of uncompetitive purposefulness

Producing creative seers of human truth being one of the most urgent tasks of our time.

Very evocative ideas, aren’t they?

They’re clues as well — and those clues illuminate our truest values, intent, sense of meaning, and purpose.

Find the full Effortless Creativity article at Brainpickings via this link.

To stir your own innate genius alive and into greater strength — or for Believing Mirror reflections on keeping center and focus in the Phoenixing or transformation process — schedule a Golden Thread coaching series or a Sophiastrology consultation.

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Big Love & Stirred-Alive Genius,

Jamie

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See The White Cat and The Monk at Anasi Press.

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