I’ve been quite introspective over the last month or so, even more than usual (see my previous post, Hail to the Hermit).
Those who aren’t introvert–contemplative types (most people, seemingly), can’t grok the need for periods of deep introspection, quiet, and listening-sensing.
But for the true (vs. “plastic”) “walkers between the worlds,” the artists, the writers, the contemplatives … the transformation catalysts … these non-structured (or less-structured) periods of introspection, quiet, listening, sensing are essential to the wisdom, the insight, the healing, the art that depends on them.
As always of late, I sense into and watch what arises, and then track the patterns for themes, ideas, synchronicities, and guidance.
I’ll be writing and sharing more of the ‘gems’ from this most recent deep-sea, deep-consciousness expedition in coming weeks and onward — it has a lot to do with the role of true (by calling, nature, and initiation path) “walkers between the world,” by artists, ‘creative nonconformists, and contemplatives in a world rocking and roiling with the forces of transformation, including those ‘transformation agents’, and those who would actively (and sometimes violently) guard the status quo.
Two key archetypes — and these are just two of a ‘council’ of them right now — are Uranus and Pluto, the Promethean awakener and the ‘resistance is futile’ transformer of the status quo. A lot more people are about to be introduced to The Narrow Path.
We’re being shaken and stirred, and that’s only going to intensify – not because of planets in the sky, but because the status quo has become psychopathic and unsustainable.
Having been born and imprinted with the energetics of this Uranus-Pluto dynamic (harken back to the mid-Sixties, when the two last met in this particular way), it feels very familiar, and my life has been an initiation in it (as is the case with some of my other Uranus-Pluto Conjunction peeps — see Jem Neal’s article on the Uranus-Pluto Magi at his Chirotic Journal).
(See a recent Sophia’s Children article on this mid-60s, original/core Generation-X group (and a few others facing key Life Milestone passages) here.)
For now …
As I’ve been contemplating these various clues and puzzle pieces that have arisen into new clarity, and pattern-tracked for guidance on purpose and mission, a friend with whom I was in conversation on these things sent a quote from Jim Morrison, the very Scorpionic-Aquarian, Venusian lead singer for The Doors in The Sixties — when Uranus and Pluto, that famous duo, were conjunct in Virgo.
And here again these very same themes were reflected, having seeded and roiled for a stretch of years in The Sixties, and now ‘up’ once more for a continuation and extension.
Awakening and liberation or ceding our power into enslavement? In service to Life, or to Greed?
Take the Red Pill or the Blue Pill — dive into Cerridwen’s liberating cauldron, or stay within the comfie, cozy, oh-by-the-way captive Matrix?
Those were the themes fifty years ago amidst this Uranus-Pluto backdrop, and lo-and-behold, those are the very issues this time around, amidst the Uranus-Pluto and Emerging Feminine backdrop.
Here is just a snippet of what mystic, shaman, poet, and artist Jim Morrison shared in an interview with Lizzie James back then (link below to full interview):
“I think people resist freedom because they’re afraid of the unknown. But that unknown was once very well known – its where our souls belong. The only solution is to confront them – confront yourself – with the greatest fear imaginable. Expose yourself to your deepest fear. After that, fear has no power, and fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You ARE free.”
“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade your senses for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”
“But we can only open the doors – we can’t drag people through. I can’t free them unless they want to be free – more than anything else….Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of, to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything – not just wealth. All the bullshit he’s been taught – all society’s brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other side. Most people aren’t willing to do that.”
“The most important freedom is to be what you really are.”
For most people, remembering exactly who that is, is an epic mission in personal archeology. But there are clues, and bread crumbs pointing the way.
Are you one of the mystics, shaman, artists, writers, or other version of transformation agent who is called to be what you really are?
From the strength with which this theme has arisen again for me in recent months, I’d guess that being that is important for these next few defining years.
You’ll find lots of other inspiration on this and related topics; just link-surf through Sophia’s Children, check the categories for what tweaks your heart-and-soul strings, or start with this heartful musing:
Restoring the World’s Lost Heart
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Read the full interview with Lizzie James and Jim Morrison — there is more insight that very much pertains to now.
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June 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm
This is a wonderful article. Thank you.
July 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm
You’re most welcome, Lanora. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Blessings, Jamie
August 20, 2014 at 7:54 am
Love your writing, love the images you share — thanks for doing this work! I’m interested in getting some shamanic help de cluttering some “toxic slime” — how to proceed?
August 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm
Thank you, Megan. I so appreciate that! I’m glad you enjoy the images, too; I really enjoy finding just the right ones. I’d be happy to share wisdom on energy work that helps to de-clutter some toxic slime! You can email me directly, and I’ll send along a direct email to you as well. Blessings, Jamie
July 4, 2017 at 5:33 pm
Reblogged this on Infinite Shift.
July 11, 2017 at 11:52 am
Thank you for sharing this one, Iconoclast. I appreciate it (and really do appreciate those Jim Morrison insights as well, so glad they rippled out a bit further!).