In his State of the Soul podcast, author, mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade shares this Wise Elder wisdom: "The heart of the human drama concerns whether we are moving towards a greater life or moving away from it. Either we... Continue Reading →
Much has been written about yesterday’s full lunar eclipse of the sun, which was seen in all of its full glory along the totality path from Oregon to South Carolina in the United States. Even now, in modern-day writings, we... Continue Reading →
"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... Continue Reading →
I wrote recently about Mars coming out of its retrograde, cave time, and vision quest (June 29). With Mars in the archetypal Scorpion-or-Phoenix zone just the now, additional key shadow possibilities include the hoarding-witholding typical of the Taurus-Scorpio shadow. With... Continue Reading →
We’re born into this world already with just the blend of inherent traits, ancestral intelligence, and soul imperatives we need for this lifetime’s expedition. Some of this encoding is time-released, and some is latent until it’s activated by certain forces... Continue Reading →
Here's the latest article in the Empaths & Sensitives Series here at Sophia's Children. This one takes a look at a couple of ways that Empath-Sensitives can "live into their strengths" and gain more mastery over the gifts, while being more aware and skillful in the face of the challenges of being an Empathic-Sensitive in a loud and often bully- and Narcipath-favoring culture.
I deeply appreciate Laura’s perspectives shared here in her blog post.
As I jotted in her comments section, this post in itself (as are so many) is a portal or potential doorway into dialogue with “those who have ears to hear” and can actually have conversation on such things.
It made me think of a favorite Anais Nin quote (shared in the image) — a very “Scorpio-Pluto” notion with which I and transformation-catalyst kindreds resonate deeply.
And it makes me think of what the Black Madonna symbolizes — and resolutely and with fierce compassion, stands for — and what the Great She evokes in us and stirs into embodied remembrance.
It also makes me think of the Power of the Word and the actual, real magic of presence, intention, attention, imagination … the very things that have gotten burgled and co-opted, unless and until we wise up to that and claim them back.
And it brings to mind the straight-talking, provocative, and evocative phrases — and invitations — from the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King about Creative Maladjustment and Transformed Nonconformists.
That whole Gen-X (and Kindreds) Phoenixing thing I wrote about recently.
Yep, I’m an associative thinker like that, but I think you’ll see what I mean.
Have a look; see what Laura’s blog musing stirs for you.
Lots of love,
…lies somewhere between this:
The United Nations 2030 Agenda decoded: It’s a blueprint for the global enslavement of humanity under the boot of corporate masters
by Mike Adams …
Yes, pun intended. Truth upon lies upon truth upon lies — a mise en abyme. Yes, I agree with Mike Adams (except his comment that only male energy can save us — imho, we need a return of the Sacred Masculine, as well as the Empowered Feminine.We’ve got plenty of patriarchal BS, thank you very little, but we need the Male Principle to get back in touch with the sacred, and we need women to become empowered in ways beyond putting on a pantsuit and out-aggressing all the men. We also need to recognize that masculine and feminine energies are bigger than sex or gender, and that we each have some masculine and some feminine begging for expression…
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"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." ~ Gospel of Thomas, Saying 70... Continue Reading →
Persephone, like Inanna, is such an important mythic and archetypal story about the epic Underworld Journey and initiation into our deep-Feminine wisdom. Some of us experience a real-deal Dark Night of the Soul, a true Underworld Journey, as we're shaken... Continue Reading →
My friend Molly Hall at the Wild Bee Farmlet has shared another insightful and heartful perspective on the energies, questions, and opportunities of now. She writes of a "disturbance in the psycho-sphere," and asks, "Do you believe everything you see... Continue Reading →
I’m happy to share this lovely musing from Nimue Brown on ‘Redefining Luxury’.
One part of reclaiming our mojo in various areas of life involves reclaiming and redefining words (and the corresponding actions) that have been co-opted and put in service of the Rat Race.
By reflecting on and reclaiming our own definition of ‘luxury’, we’re also centering in on what truly has value and worth to us (rather than what we’re brainwashed to value regardless of whether it contributes to our own and the collective wellbeing).
This is a natural question for those of us exploring the Taurean-Venus ‘mystery school’ (aka Taurus Rising) in this lifetime, since the soul-expression of Taurus is to explore, define, and take root in what’s truly of worth and what expresses the deepest and truest of all values (vs. the more superficial and transient ones defined by consumption-driven culture).
But regardless of the soul explorations and adventures we’re immersing in, these are questions that invite us all to come home to what matters most to us.
What has value, what feels (and is) of real value and worth to us, and in what simple, often-overlooked ways might we rediscover real luxury and decadence?
Many of my ‘Top 10’ (or 20, or …) simple and rich luxuries would overlap the list that Nimue shares (you’ll find the link to her post below).
I’ve added another recent discovery in the comments on Nimue’s post — going ‘minimal or sans electricity after sundown at least several (or more) days a week.
I’ve found that, as much as I love and appreciate technology, this practice feels truly decadent in our over-tronned times!
Another simple-pleasures practice of mine in recent years has been to reclaim the wisdom of my wise woman/man ancestors by learning the ‘wild plant allies’ around me and their nutritional and medicinal gifts to us. Truly rich, and very abundant.
My ‘about Jamie‘ musing includes more of my own appreciated, simple and rich luxuries.
Thanks to Nimue for this lovely post and invitation to reflection and the power of redefining and reclaiming ‘luxury’. You might also want to check out some of her other posts, like “What’s it Worth?”
How about you?
What simple pleasures and natural luxuries have you rediscovered or renewed your appreciation for?
Western culture tends to define luxury around items that cost a lot of money, or at a pinch, experiences that cost a lot of money (luxury holidays, mostly). ‘The Good Stuff’ is all about objects, and to afford the objects, or cheaper replicas of the objects, we have to work very hard. The culture of things is not sustainable, our planet cannot keep everyone in the style of an average western household, much less in the style of a household that can afford a lot of luxury goods.
What do you consider to be a luxury? Is it the price tag? Is luxury defined by scarcity? Is it an emotional response to something indulgent? If so, what feels indulgent? If we can redefine luxury, perhaps more of us can get off the treadmill and enjoy living, rather than chasing after objects that will soon become obsolete. Here are ten things…
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In the spirit of the reblog, here’s a powerful piece of truth-speaking from a fellow blogger, Christopher Chase at his Creative by Nature blog.
It reminded me of Nicholas Carr’s book, The Shallows, which made a case for how the unmindful overuse of tech-gadgets was making people, well, stupid.
The book was based on an Atlantic Monthly article Carr wrote, which I blogged about way back when.
But you’ll have to read more of Carr’s work to see just what he means by that (it’s something you’ll likely have noticed yourself).
For now, check out Christopher Chase’s excellent, ‘plain-speaking’ blog post about “the real agenda of so-called education.”
Read on …
“What if I told you that the hidden agenda of those controlling public education policy has actually been… to snuff out young people’s natural creativity, curiosity, independence, freedom of thinking and love of learning?”
For a long time now, we’ve been told by our leaders and the media that our nation’s education problems are caused by bad teachers, low expectations, lazy students and/or unclear national standards. They tell us that by setting higher standards, making school more rigorous, testing students frequently and then firing “bad” teachers we will be able to “fix” our schools.
To put it bluntly, this is nothing but a Big Lie. What if I told you that the hidden agenda of those controlling public education policy has actually been to crush innovation, make children more obedient, force teachers to “dull & dumb down” their instruction, and do whatever else is needed in order to snuff out young people’s natural creativity, curiosity, independence, freedom of thinking and love of learning?
How could this be so? It is so…
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