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Energies of Now: Liberating our Warm, Wild-Hearted Genius

Happy Lùnastal and Full Moon lunar eclipse at the mid-Aquarius power gate. I've already written a bit about some of the Heartistry-inviting Energies (and themes) of Now, so I'll share a few things that surfaced intuitively this morning as I... Continue Reading →

Music Medicine and Muse Food: Guaranteed – Eddie Vedder

Here's a lovely song with potent lyrics from PhoeniX-Generation's Eddie Vedder, from the film, Into the Wild. Speaking of Muses and Muse-food, here's another Muse-stirring piece from the Sophia's Children archives: Fresh Beginnings: Who's Your Muse? Enjoy. Big Love, Jamie... Continue Reading →

Museworthy Quote: An Imagination Cleanse

"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 →

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... Continue Reading →

Effortless Creativity and Uncompetitive Purposefulness

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... Continue Reading →

Artists and Seers: Restoring the psychic equilibrium of the epoch

"Every creative person is a duality or a synthesis of contradictory aptitudes. On the one side he is a human being with a personal life, while on the other side he is an impersonal, creative process." "The archetypal image of... 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

Sophia's Children

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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Creativity and Art Make the Soul Grow… #Blesstival

“The arts are not a way of making a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s... Continue Reading →

Fresh Beginnings: Who’s Your Muse?

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. This Sophia's Children article explores the tradition of the Muses of Inspiration, and how we might connect with our own Muse ... or Muse Posse! You'll even find clues about how to spot the Muses in your astrology chart (which itself is a clue-map from a long-running wisdom tradition!).

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 →

The Real Agenda of “So-Called” Education Reform

The Rat Race, from fbcdn-sphotos via Leave the Rat Race (find it on Facebook)
The Rat Race, from fbcdn-sphotos via Leave the Rat Race (find it on Facebook)

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 …

Big Love,

Jamie

Creative by Nature

 “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?”

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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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Ignore the Nattering Naysayers, and Hold to a Higher Vision.

Former Vice President, Spiro Agnew, called them "nattering nabobs of negativism." I've used the term "diminishing mirrors." But we all know what that is, and we know too well the effect it can have. This can apply to chronically discouraging... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Spaced Out and Cracklin’ with Insight

“I relate to the firing synapses willy nilly ... I am wildly alert, yet kinda stunned or something …” quipped one Aqua'd wayfarer just this morning. Sounds familiar. My mind has been going at warp-speed, as my Aquarius Sun,  Saturn,... Continue Reading →

O’Keeffe: Success is Irrelevant. Make the Unknown Known.

"Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant—there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always beyond you." "You and I don’t know whether our vision is clear in relation to our time... Continue Reading →

MLK on Creative Maladjustment and Transformed Nonconformists

Modern Art Wall Dripped Free-Form, by Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956). Public domain image graciously shared by Tomwsulcor via WikiMedia.
Modern Art Wall Dripped Free-Form, by the Creatively Maladjusted and Transformed Non-Conformist Aquarian Artist, Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956). Public domain image graciously shared by Tomwsulcor via WikiMedia.

Yesterday was the birth-anniversary for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (and the day before my beautiful Capricorn Sun niece+God-daughter’s birthday!).

I wrote this post (see link below) awhile ago, but the wisdom is fresh no matter what the day, month or year.

And that’s no less so than right now (when a healthy dose of Aquarian-style creative maladjustment and transformed nonconformism would be good medicine as psychopaths run all willy-nilly, rough-shod rampant, leaving wreckage in their wakes).

The Rev. Dr. King inspired many during this lifetime — when he surely walked this talk! — and his courage, vision, and daring Wisdom has inspired many more since.

This particular bit of wisdom will resonate with any of us who have Aquarian-fibers running through our own unique tapestry (like moi!), and it’s a theme right now with the Uranus square, extra Aqua energy coming through (with the Sun soon to join that party and send Aqua-trons our way), and the two — read it, twoAquarius new moons coming up.

And this particular speech of the Rev. Dr. King is brilliant not just for what he’s saying, but who he’s speaking to (check it out).

Prepare to stir your Aqua Stuff (or get acquainted with it for the first time and do some experimenting) and beam it out into the world (how else will this Aquarian Age come into being?).

And if you need some believing mirror support, bolstering, light-sparking encouragement and spiritual direction — or help figuring out just which fabulous freak-flag is yours to fly — consider scheduling some Aqua-Authenticity-Sparking sessions with me, send me an email and have a look here.

Until then, enjoy this inspiration from the visionary Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wishing You Big Love and Lots of Quirky Courage,
Jamie

Sophia's Children

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Photo from Seattle Times archive] The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Photo from Seattle Times archive] Today is the anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech.

In another of his powerfully challenging and inspiring speeches from 1967, he talked about when we might want to adopt a bit of creative maladjustment when what we would otherwise be ‘adjusting to’ (and thus empowering) is, well, pretty much normalized insanity.

Here’s a snippet of the Rev. Dr. King’s speech on creative maladjustment:

“I’m about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world. The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment‐‐men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos. Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a…

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Conversation Not Critique

"I believe that it's time to say our first relationship and responsibility is with the Creative Spirit." "Not to brand it, not to sell it, not to convince others with it, but to have a relation first and foremost where... Continue Reading →

Uncertainty, Courage, and Some Fear-Calming Practices

"In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty … in the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning. And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Creativity – A courageous and ancient gesture…

"The creative act is a courageous, ancient gesture, a dynamic exploration of the dark mystery that is human existence." ~ Adriana Diaz, as quoted in Roderick MacIver's Art As A Way of Life. The creative gesture means many things. Yes,... Continue Reading →

Vision and Your Wild Divinity

"Your vision is your home, and your home should have many mansions to shelter your wild divinity." ~ John O'Donohue, Anam Cara Vision, not to mention ways we cultivate and reclaim our precious 'wild divinity', are among our Sophia and Artemis... Continue Reading →

Secret Gates and Hidden Paths

This lovely snippet arrived in my email box yesterday, thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien and Elaine at Blue Moon Astrology. Tolkien's musing is perfectly aligned with the watery essence of the Piscean-Neptunian new moon and other imaginative, dream-visiony, experimentation-friendly energies of now. "Still round the... Continue Reading →

Doctor, you say there are no haloes?

This gem about seeing with our other eyes arrived in my email inbox this morning from Transfiguration Monastery, a contemplative Benedictine community not far from where I currently dwell. This poem by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Lisel Mueller (b. February 8, 1924),... Continue Reading →

Imagination in Focus

Speaking of Imagination (in recent posts) ... "You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ― Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Imbolc and Bhrìghde’s Creative Well

We enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Fèill Bhrìghde. As I mentioned in previous musings, Imbolc-Candlemas has long been considered a thin time and an  ancestral holy time traditionally celebrated during the first few days of February. The... Continue Reading →

Surfing the Muse Wave

"I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again." ~ Oscar Wilde It's taken me a long, long while to understand the... Continue Reading →

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