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Anam Cara, Home, and Beauty as Antidote

“You are joined in an ancient and eternal union with humanity that cuts across all barriers of time, convention, philosophy and definition. When you are blessed with Anam Cara, the Irish believe, you have arrived at that most sacred place:... Continue Reading →

Seeking the Changeless in Changing Times

“All times are changing times, but ours is one of massive, rapid moral and mental transformation. Archetypes turn into millstones, large simplicities get complicated, chaos becomes elegant, and what everybody knows is true turns out to be what some people... 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 →

We Must Imagine It …

“We cannot think our way out of this crisis, we must imagine it.” ~ Becca Tarnas, Toward an Imaginal Ecology That echos two of Albert Einstein's insights. Here's the first, and you'll likely recognize it: "We can't solve problems by... Continue Reading →

Vision-Seed Fishing at Dark of the Moon

Are you aware of them yet? The Vision seeds and soul-and-heart yearnings that stir, beckon, and nudge you into new awareness and adventures, and towards new horizons? I write this on a Monday (the day named for the Moon), in... 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!).

It’s Galactic Center Time: Are You a G.C. Transmitter?

[11-6-17 Update: This is fresh once more, as Saturn in Sagittarius transits to its original retrograde degree and conjuncts the Galactic Center midpoint for the third and last time, and completes another Trine with Uranus in Aries. Some potent fiery... 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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QuoteWorthy: Rich Ideas from the Quest

“The design of the human brain -- its inherent need to make connections and associations -- gives it a will of its own.” “The artificial barriers between the arts and sciences will melt away under the pressure to know and... Continue Reading →

Your Odyssey and Neptune’s (and Pals) Magic

Odyssey noun od·ys·sey \ˈä-də-sē\ : a long journey full of adventures : a series of experiences that give knowledge or understanding to someone 1:  a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune 2:  an intellectual or... Continue Reading →

Magic and depression

"The hope of the world lies in the restoration of the ancient magic that is part of your lineage." ~  Steve Nelson Yes, yes, yes! So much of what we're doing is re-discovering the magic of place, of Life, of... Continue Reading →

From ‘Fears of Older’ to the ‘Wisdom of Elder’

"A culture falls apart when its sense of youthful imagination disappears at the same time that the wisdom of the elders is forgotten." ~ Michael Meade Thanks to a few evocative posts and links from my fellow blogger at Elegant... Continue Reading →

Live With Your Genius. Be “Truly Wyyrrdd’

16th Street Goddess, Mission District, San Francisco. Photo by Jamie Walters (Use in accordance with Creative Commons - cite credit and link to this post. Merci.)
16th Street Goddess, Mission District, San Francisco. Photo by Jamie Walters (Use in accordance with Creative Commons – cite credit and link to this post. Merci.)

Free your Wyrd. Or your Weird. Or your Freak Flag.

Let your genius loose.

Open the attic door and let the madwoman stomp down the stairs and make toast of the not-you.

Invite out your you-iest you. You know what I mean.

Here’s one reflection on genius and Wyrd from An Elegant Mystery.

Big Love,
Jamie

An Elegant Mystery

(*According to Michael Meade, one of the meanings of the welsh Wyyrrdd is to have one foot in both worlds)

“The genius wants activity. It is connected to the stars. It is connected to a spark and it wants to burn and it wants to create and it has gifts to give. You have a name that is inside you and the stars know your name and even if you are lost in this world if you remember your connection to the stars, to the dance of this cosmos, you can find yourself.”

Michael Meade is attempting to reintroduce the idea of the ‘genius’ to our contemporary world. Through his organization, the Mozaic Multicultural Foundation, he has started the Genius Project.

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“We’re in the time of tragic stories. The background for this consideration of genius is really the rattling of culture and the disruption of the…

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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 →

Visioning: Delve Into the Waters of Inspiration

"What do you yearn for? What vision stirs and beckons you from your inner depths?" At this point, it's no secret: Constant, frantic, frenzied 'busy' gets you more of the same, along with the stress and burnout that go with... Continue Reading →

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 →

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

"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... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Our ‘Word’ Power

  With the passing of each day, it seems more and more vital not to get caught up in the swirling vortex and mass-hallucination of what's gone -- and what is going -- horribly wrong. Recently I noticed what seemed... Continue Reading →

Creative Awakening: Your Forgotten Wealth

"When you cease to fear your solitude, a new creativity awakens in you. Your forgotten or neglected inner wealth begins to reveal itself. You come home to yourself and learn to rest within." "That which is scattered has no unity,... 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 →

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