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The New Venus: Initiated Wise Women Rising

"The New Venus, New Woman, is Venus become one with Persephone her deeper nature. She emerges as the Woman of Revelation "clothed with the Sun" who brings new feminine consciousness, an artful mindfulness and imminent being that is here and... Continue Reading →

Is it Better to Enlighten Than to Shine?

"...it is better to enlighten than merely to shine." ~ St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica,  II-II, q. 188, a. 6. That bit of wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas caught my attention a few days ago, when I came across... Continue Reading →

Empath-Sensitives and Psychic Pollution

"Just as there is physical pollution, so there is a type of psychic pollution in the world. And that is the psychic soup in which we live." "The more open and the more sensitive and the more evolved you are,... Continue Reading →

How Powerful are the Stories We Tell?

"We need to find this thread of the real story of our life—not the story that we see on the television or the news, not even the story our parents tell us—but the real story of our life; you can... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: The Golden Thread, Ikigai, and Raison d’etre

The symbol and metaphor of The Golden Thread resurfaces for me every once in awhile. It's a lovely image, and a beautiful reflection to work with. Though this is always a powerful and helpful metaphor when we need it, it's... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: The Wisdom of the Feminine

"... we have to reclaim the wisdom of the Feminine: to learn to listen, to learn to wait, to learn to be patient. There is saying in the Qur’an “We will show them Our signs on the horizons and within... Continue Reading →

Fresh Beginnings: Who’s Your Muse?

Hesiod and the Muse, 1891, by Gustave Moreau.  Public domain image courtesy of WikiMedia and the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
Hesiod and the Muse, 1891, by Gustave Moreau. Public domain image courtesy of WikiMedia and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Good week to you!

I’ve received a request to re-feature a Muse-stirring article from the Sophia’s Children treasure vaults, so here it is …

New Beginnings and The Muse

Big Love (and Lovely Musings),
Jamie

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Minerva and the Muses, c. 1640-45, by Jacques Stella. In the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia. Minerva and the Muses, c. 1640-45, by Jacques Stella. In the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Happy New Beginnings.

New Solar Year. New Lunar Year. New Moon. New vision. New beginnings. New adventures. New mindset.

Any time we begin anew —or want (or need) to stir new inspiration and meaning into what’s already underway — it’s a fine time to invoke our Muses.

From time immemorial, we have invoked the Muses, or spent our time waiting and praying for The Muse’s visit.

Poets, bards, master craftsmen, magicians, priestesses, and visionaries alike credited the Muses for fanning the fires of vision, imagination, dream, and creativity, and for whispering the inspired words (or notes, or images, or ideas) that would find their way into expression.

The Greeks told of Nine Muse Goddesses, and our ancient ancestors in other cultures and traditions told of and invoked…

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Cultivating Humanity: A Transformative Path

"Life is a mystery, a blessing, and a challenge. It is exciting and full of adventure, but can also be overwhelming or even tragic." "We are reaching several thresholds in our journey as human beings on earth. We need intentional... Continue Reading →

InterSpiritual: Delving Into Sacred Wells to Stir the Heart Awake

Here's another lovely musing from fellow mystic-writer (etc.) Mirabai Starr. I recently shared a perspective from her on the Feminine Mystic. This one is how she describes her own experience of walking the InterSpiritual Way. Different from interspiritual or multi-faith,... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Mystic … and a Feminine Mystic?

What makes a "Feminine Mystic?" This is the question that writer Carl McColman asked Mirabai Starr, author, speaker, mystic, and translator of the mystics, in a Patheos interview. This is an excerpt from Starr's reply. "Mysticism is about a direct... Continue Reading →

Wildly Pronoiac Attitude Adjusters from the Babemba and Og

Both of these Attitude Adjusters brought to you by Rob Brezsny's Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. I've been enjoying yet another (re)visit with this perception-shifting gem -- it's... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: Love, Fear and Early Adopters.

"We are the early adopters of a revolution of values." ~ Pancho Ramos-Stierle, Occupy Love, in a YES! Magazine interview. In the Spirit of Cultivating, Being, Embodying, and Spreading the Big Love, Jamie

Knowing the Ecstasy of the Infinite

"You ask, how can we know the Infinite? I answer, not by reason. It is the office of reason to distinguish and define. The Infinite, therefore, cannot be ranked among its objects. You can only apprehend the Infinite by a... Continue Reading →

The Interspiritual Revolution

The Lady of Shalott Weaving, 1881, by Howard Pyle for Alfred, Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott. Illustrated by Howard Pyle. New York: Dodd Mead & Co.
The Lady of Shalott Weaving, 1881, by Howard Pyle for Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott. Illustrated by Howard Pyle. New York: Dodd Mead & Co.

Sharing this blog-sibling’s wonderful article, linking back to a 2015 article here at Sophia’s Children when I mentioned an InterSpiritual gathering just after last year’s Aries New Moon (late April 2015).

I’m loving the first image here … an image speaks a thousand words, and then some.

Spiritual warriors in each generation … or each ‘volunteer-soul wave’, as Dolores Cannon called it … have helped to contribute to, seed, explore these possibilities, helping to create a layer of foundation (both material and energetic, seen and unseen).

They, and perhaps we, explore into different possibilities, inquire into various questions and possibilities, looking for common threads to weave a bridge over the chasm of what divides us.

This particular InterSpiritual perspective offers just one thread or possibility in an ongoing, emerging conversation.

See what it stirs for you.

Big Love,
Jamie

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How the Occupy Generation Is Re-Envisioning Spirituality

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“We must all achieve our identity on the basis of a radical authenticity.. [for] it is only in the real world of the person – neither singular nor plural – that the crucial factors influencing the course of the universe are at work.” – Raimundo Panikkar, “The Silence of God,” Introduction p. xviii

There can be little doubt that traditional religious frameworks are no longer speaking to new generations as they have in the past, especially in the West. In a recent article in the LA Times, Philip Clayton, Dean of Faculty at Claremont School of Theology, writes that the fastest growing religious group in the United States is “spiritual but not religious,” containing a shocking 75 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29. Clayton argues that young people are not necessarily rejecting a sense of God, rather they feel that religious organizations are…

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Imbolc – Reconnecting with Bhrìghde’s Creative Well

There is deep wisdom in aligning with the energy and spirit of the season ... of Nature's rhythms, with which are bodies are strongly evolved to orient towards (or suffer from the cultural dissociation with Natural rhythms!). There's also a wisdom and mythic quality associated with Imbolc, and other important archetypal energies and milestones as the wheel of the year turns. What inspiration and deep restoration awaits you at this time of the year ... or any time that Imbolc-Bhrigdhe wisdom might spark the fires of inspiration within you?

The Spirit of Radical Experimentalism – from Shamanic Christianity

“Being a Christian shaman involves a radically different way of participating in everyday life. It means that you will sacrifice rarely questioned cultural habits and understandings in favor of honoring innumerable unspoken mysteries.” ~ Brad Keeney, Shamanic Christianity My guess... Continue Reading →

The Singer’s Voice and The Well

“Tyranny cuts off the singer’s head but the voice from the bottom of the well returns to the secret springs of the Earth and rises out of nowhere through the mouths of the people.” ~ Pablo Neruda, trans. by Alistair... Continue Reading →

Benediction: The Blessing-Magic of Speaking Well – #Blesstival-2016

“While our culture is all gloss and pace on the outside, within it is too often haunted and lost.” “The commercial edge of so-called ‘progress’ has cut away a huge region of human tissue and webbing that held us in... Continue Reading →

Peace to this house – #Blesstival-2016

“Whatever house you enter, let your first words be, “Shalama bayta:” Peace to this house and family — May it complete its purpose and tell its tale to the end. May it fulfill itself in surrender to the One.” ~... Continue Reading →

The Astonishing Light – #Blesstival-2016

“I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The Astonishing Light Of your own Being.” ~ Hafez (1326-1390) Wishing you a bounty of 'believing mirrors' that reflect to you, and stir alive within you, the... Continue Reading →

Janus – Looking Back, Looking Forward + a 10-Year Anniversary

January is named for the Roman deity Janus, who stands with one face looking back, one face looking forward, but planted solidly right where he is at the moment. So it makes sense that Janus would be associated with transitions,... Continue Reading →

May the Angels in Their Beauty…

"May the Angels in their beauty bless you. May they turn toward you streams of blessing. May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart To come alive to the eternal within you, To all the invitations that quietly surround you."... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: “The older I become…”

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

Another ‘Tis the Time and Season‘ reflection, stirred and updated from the Sophia’s Children treasure-vaults (so very Uranus-Pluto!).

Whether we’re in the deep-Yin season of Winter, settling into night from day, or in a Winter-season in our own lifecycle journey, it’s always wise to honor the restoration that will otherwise stalk and have its way with us in other (usually less pleasant) ways.

Plus, Wisdom and Wisdom-sourced vision gestate from and are more easily called up in this season, and with the current archetypal energies in which we dance and swirl right about now.

Happy dancing, swirling, and deep restoration.

Big Love and Be Well,
Jamie

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Sybil, by the artist Edward Coley Burne-Jones Sybil, by the artist Edward Coley Burne-Jones

“The older I become,

the more I sense,

the less I speak,

the more I pray —

in ever so many ways.”

I included this wonderful reflection from Clarissa Pinkola-Estes’ book Untie the Strong Woman in a previous Sophia’s Children post you might enjoy:

Storms, Cycles & Black Madonnas

And other mentions of Clarissa Pinkola-Estes in my Reasserting Our Wildish Nature post, and in an homage to the honoring of Deep Yin and the Circadian Rhythms of Winter, in the Sophia’s Children treasure vaults.

A Musingly Yours,

Jamie

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Quoteworthy: Hale Makua on Foundations and Ancestral Wisdom

"The perception of foundation is of great importance in our time, for we are coming to the end of a world cycle, and everything is beginning to unravel." "We cannot begin the next cycle of ages without a foundation on... Continue Reading →

Inspiration for the Season of Lights

'Tis the Season of Lights ... or we're on the cusp of it, anyway. It beckons. Though not without its challenges, it's a potentially delicious time and Season-Spirit of the year ... lights sparking our own Divine Spark, and various... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: Making the world safe for …

“I still think the revolution is to make the world safe for poetry, meandering, for the frail and vulnerable, the rare and obscure the impractical and local and small, and I feel that we’ve lost if we don’t practice and... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

Cornucopia, by Rachel Ruysch (3 June 1664 – 12 August 1750). Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Cornucopia, by Rachel Ruysch (3 June 1664 – 12 August 1750). Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Happy Samhain, All Hallow’s, All Souls, or All Saints week!

May you be enriched by the actual and metaphorical ‘fruits of the harvest’ and the blessings of the Season, and may the Wisdom within grow stronger, deeper roots.

Big Love,

Jamie

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Autumn Vintage Festival, 1877, by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema Autumn Vintage Festival, 1877, by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema

Nowadays, with so much wisdom forgotten, many people think of Samhain or the cross-quarters as evidence of pagan ancestors or ‘ancestor worship’.

Or, among those who self-describe as more learned or intellectual,  such seasonal festivals might be seen as holdovers from more ‘primitive’ or ‘superstitious’ times.

That’s all so much inaccurate thinky-thinky blah-blah that, caught up in the fog of self-righteousness, misses the point entirely.

Starting October 31st on the calendar, and/or when the Sun reaches mid-Scorpio (15 degrees) in the Northern Hemisphere’s Autumn Season, we note the Samhain, or All Hallow’s, All Souls, or All Saints festival. The ‘Halloween’ of modern times.

This year, 2015, the solar or astrological cross-quarter midpoint occurs over November 7th or 8th, depending on where in the world you are (in New York, it’s just about ‘exact’ at 1:00 p.m. on November 7th).

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Resources for Empaths and Sensitives Series

The Light of the World (detail), by William Holman Hunt, c1900-1904. (Image courtesy of WikiCommons)‘Tis the season, given the ‘thin time‘ of All Souls and Samhain days coming up at the end of the month and early November — and the general Transformation Times Zap Zone energies we continue to live in and dance with.

Here’s an updated Resources for Empaths and Sensitives Series musing, along with the link to the garden-bouquet of posts for Sensing-Empaths and other energy sensitives, and transformation-catalyst kindred spirits who are feelin’ it just about now.

Big Love and Thin Times Blessings,
Jamie

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Ahhh, to be an actual, ‘just wired that way’ Empath — One who is naturally made to be more sensitive to the energy currents (subtle and not-so-subtle), including the thoughts and  emotions wafting and swirling around us at any given moment.

To be a Sensing-Empath, oran Empathic-Sensitive as some might say, is to have a set of unique innate gifts or medicines for our times.

In this case, Empathic Sensitivity is an inherent or natural trait — the way we’re made — not a learned-behavior.

But the inherent capacity to actual sense and feel subtle and ‘unseen’ energies? That’s innate, not taught.

I’m not sure — in fact, I don’t actually think — that actual empathy can be taught, though certain awareness or ‘having a clue’ might be increased, and skillful communication and interpersonal behaviors taught (or mimicked).

That said, empathic sensitivity may not always feel like a gift…

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Quoteworthy: Re-Enchanting Your World

“Every day, you're over-exposed to cynical narratives that have been sucked free of delight and mystery. That's why you have to make such strenuous efforts to keep your world enchanted.” ~ Rob Brezsny, author of Pronoia and other visionary and... Continue Reading →

Stepping Out of Time and Remembering the Future – Time Travel and Mythic Memory

Time, timelines, bending time, time travel, time flying. In late-August 2000, I stepped out of time and, as a result, remembered the future. More on that in a bit, but first, here's the set-up for this "Time Machine" blog-fest post.... Continue Reading →

Vision, Hope, and a Crisis of the Human Spirit – The Timely and Timeless Wisdom of Vaclav Havel

Real wisdom, the voice of the human spirit, is timeless, no matter the language or 'parlance of the times' it expresses in, or through whom it flows. And those who invoke it -- those who walk the Underworld or Hero's... Continue Reading →

Harvest Full Moon and Hissy Fit Alerts

The Harvest Full (Blood) Moon rises on the near-horizon -- September 27-28, 2015, depending on where in this amazing world you are. I mentioned it in my earlier post on "Catastrophobia* and Nattering Nabobs of Negativity," since the Blood Moon... Continue Reading →

On Vision: Our Soul-Deep Need for a Worthy Horizon

Given what constantly vies for our attention (or ‘steals’ the magic of our focus, and thus our energy along with it), it’s important to reconnect again and again with the ‘underground streams’ of authentic vision and true inspiration.

I was intuitively guided to track down this Sophia’s Children post, update it, and re-feature it today.

The Wise Ones of many traditions, ancient and now, say that the reality we’re living in is the result of a collective dream … or persistently and commonly held vision.

May we reconnect with the magic of heartful, Wisdom-inspired vision for our own, and our collectively held, ‘reality’ that honors and respects the dignity of all beings.

Our Soul-Deep Need for a Worthy Horizon

Big Love,
Jamie

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Jamie

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“Living without a horizon is one of the greatest distractions. It cramps the imagination; it stifles the soul’s need for wildness, for adventure, or simply for free breathing.” ~ Tom Cowan, in The Celtic Way

It’s true.

Living without a worthy horizon, a new frontier of exploration and purpose, a stirring sense of mission, is more than just a distraction or something only privileged people have the ‘luxury’ of thinking about.

Far from it.

It’s more like being stuck in thick mud or quicksand that sucks the very life-force out of us, leaving us feeling apathetic, deflated, resigned; or angry and fundamentalist, acting out in ‘shadow’ ways.

There are times and circumstances that close in on us and distract us from the horizon by calling so much of our attention and energy to the mire that we, for a time, feel devoid of vision, and with it, purpose, and direction.

Sometimes…

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