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Rediscovering Lost Values at the Border

"The thing that we need in the world today is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and to be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. A group of people who have come to see... Continue Reading →

A Culture-Shifting Rebel Who Inspired A LOT of People (You May Have Heard About Him)

I appreciated and enjoyed reading Robert Alan Rife's InnerWoven post about a particular historical culture-shifter who: • defied hatred with love, • practiced inclusion and invitation rather than exclusion, • annoyed the Powers That Be (of his time) by opposing... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: The Rebel Champion Returns to the Garden of the Feminine.

We've had, and are in the midst of, some energy and theme shifts in recent weeks and days. On May 15th, humanity's maverick, rule-bending champion, Prometheus, returned to the Garden on the New Moon to join a Posse of the... Continue Reading →

Let There Be Dark – Growing Health Concerns About LEDs and Gadget-Screen Blue Light

"In a sense, with all our gadgets, we are all night shift workers to a degree now." ~ David Blask, MD, associate director of the Tulane University Center for Circadian Biology. We are "darkness deprived." ~ Richard Stevens, PhD, University... Continue Reading →

Retrospective: Free Your Heart. Be As You Are.

Happy Protomagia, as my Greek friend Marinela says, a.k.a. Beltane or May Day (a traditional "thank God we survived the long Winter" celebratory and abundance-appreciating reference before 'May Day' got co-opted for martial purposes! Also connected with Persephone and her... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Shifts, Mindfulness, and a ‘Way of Monk’ Quote

I'll begin with the Way of the Monk, Path of the Artist quote, because it came up, resonated, and intuitively seems timely: “One thing I keep coming back to is a sense of deep certainty that the way of the... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: The privilege of a lifetime is …

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." ~ Joseph Campbell, Mythologist and Author In reflection on this insight from Joseph Campbell, Jim Sher of The Sher Institute of Astrology & Metaphysics says, " ... think of this.... Continue Reading →

Indie-Spirit FYIs, Nuggets + Recommended Reads

Wild times, eh? And it's Independence Day (or week, or year?) here in the U.S. In such a large (just shy of 322-million people) and very diverse population as we have in many parts of the U.S., 'holidays' like this... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: Let’s Be (and Some Crazy Wisdom)

“In dark times, let’s be skillful enough to learn how to fly in the darkness like bats. Let’s be healthy enough to vomit the lies we’re obliged to swallow each day. Let’s be brave enough to have the courage to... Continue Reading →

A Happy News Bit: Ron Finley’s Victory Garden

“This is bigger than my garden. This is bigger than me, period. This problem is systemic,” he says. “It’s all kinds of things from gentrification to food injustice to just a lack of green spaces in certain neighborhoods, and all... Continue Reading →

A Beloved Community and Creative Nonconformists

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nonviolence: The Only Road to Freedom... Continue Reading →

3 Museworthy Quotations: Invoking Humanity … and Courage

Here's a trio of Museworthy quotations or excerpts from one eloquent and visionary leader, and two inspired writers of different generations, but all "born into interesting times." Two were born in the mid to late 1920s, and the third was... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quote: Ripples of Energy and Daring

“Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of... Continue Reading →

I found there was, within me …

“My dear, in the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within... Continue Reading →

The Rebel and Mystic Sell

Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain, Greece. Image from the Monks and Mermaids Benedictine blog. Do learn more about Elder Paisios ... beautiful.
Modern-day Mystic, Prophet, and Monk, the Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain, Greece. Image from the Monks and Mermaids Benedictine blog.

Earth Energy Reader (in The Shift Has Hit the Fan blog) shares an interesting comparison from Chris Hedges, on the similarities between mystics and rebels, and a few related musings.

In a time and culture of Spiritual Entertainment and commoditized, (sometimes referred to as) ‘plastic’ or faux, surface-skimming spirituality, or spiritual bypass, it’s a good distinction to make.

But actual transformation, or transformed nonconformists as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of it (more on that below)? That’s a vital type of engaged spiritual or mystic activism, as it’s called.

It’s messy, though; gritty, difficult … inconvenient … so there’s a reason why it’s a more rare bird that flies in that direction.

Perhaps that’s why it’s a calling rather than a choice if you are so called; it’s a call you can’t ignore or hang up on when it gets inconvenient or downright ugly, and it definitely gets inconvenient and downright ugly at times.

As I think of several of my Mystic Heroes and Heroines along the way, I’m inclined to agree that yes, there are ways that true mystics — definitely outside the ‘normal’ of their (our) times — are like rebels. And vice versa, in the ways Chris Hedges describes.

St. Theresa of Avila, 1827, by François Gérard (1770−1837). Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.
St. Theresa of Avila, 1827, by François Gérard (1770−1837). Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.

If you follow the Mystic Breadcrumb trail, you’ll see what I mean (Thomas Merton, Julian of Norwich, and most assuredly Theresa of Avila … and others). Perhaps a followup post on those inspiring Mystic-Rebelles is in order, because they deserve it…okay, it’s on the writing list.

In the meanwhile, Earth Energy Reader’s post is a very worthy, and heart-and-thought-stirring, read.

It also reminds me of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s evocative phrases: Creative Maladjustment and Transformed Nonconformists (I wrote about that here – definitely Mystic-Rebel goin’ on there, and very inspiring if you are one!).

And a recent article sharing contemporary Mystic and Teacher, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s recent interview in Parabola Magazine (scroll a few posts from the Sophia’s Children home page and you’ll see it).

Mystics. Rebels. Transformed Nonconformists. We have a theme brewing here …

Big Love,
Jamie

The Shift Has Hit The Fan

“Rebels share much in common with religious mystics. They hold fast to a vision that often they alone can see. They view rebellion as a moral imperative, even as they concede that the hope of success is slim and at times impossible. Rebels, a number of whom I interviewed for this book, are men and women endowed with a particular obstinacy. Willing to accept deprivation and self-sacrifice, they are not overly concerned with defeat. They endure through a fierce independence and courage.  Many, maybe most, have difficult and eccentric personalities. The best of them are driven by a profound empathy, even love, for the vulnerable, the persecuted and the weak….There is nothing rational about rebellion. To rebel against insurmountable odds is an act of faith, without which the rebel is doomed. This faith is intrinsic to the rebel the way caution and prudence are intrinsic to those who seek to…

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You are Part of an Ancient Story: Wisdom, the Beloved, and a Love Affair with Earth

My friend and compadre, Dayna, shared this Parabola Magazine interview yesterday (thanks, Dayna!). It's good holiday-time and Season of Lights inspiration, to be sure, and well beyond this season, too. This particular interview features the wisdom, inspiration, and sharp insight... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Psi, Science, and Inquiry – The Science of Psychic Phenomena

An interesting and insightful post about “psi” and the limiting (and ironically unscientific) dogma and hubris from certain sectors of “modern science.”

Stuart Jeanne Bramhall also includes Rupert Sheldrake’s TED Talk, banned because he dared to question the sacred cows of “Science.”

Most important about this, to me, is the emphasis on the power of inquiry, which I’d think any true scientist would embrace, and daring to ask the questions, as well as honoring too-long-banished Ways of Knowing.

Happy Full Moon Lunar Eclipse!

Big Love,
Jamie

The Most Revolutionary Act

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The Sense of Being Stared At and Other Aspects of the Extended Mind

By Rupert Sheldrake

Arrow Books (2004)

Book Review

The aim of The Sense of Being Stared At is to offer a plausible scientific hypothesis for a range of so-called “psychic” and “paranormal” phenomena. In his book, biologist Rupert Sheldrake catalogs an extensive compendium of controlled research into a variety of psychic phenomena.

In all, he examines eight of the most widely entertained theories of “psi,”* the technical term for parapsychological or psychic faculties and phenomena. The one he favors is based on concept of “morphogenic fields, ” a biological process which determines how flowers, fruits and various animal species develop from the embryo stage to take up their specific form.

The Theory of Morphogenic Fields

According to microbiological research, the final form of a tissue or organ can’t be satisfactorily explained on the basis of genetics…

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The Truth of the Matter …

Anais Nin and the Mermaid Quote. Image courtesy of Creating Ecstasy.
Anais Nin and the Mermaid Quote. Image courtesy of Creating Ecstasy.

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,
Jamie

Laura Bruno's Blog

…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 …
And this:

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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Gary ‘Z’ McGee ~ Turning the Tables on Unsustainable Systems

Fierce and Fiery Wisdom -- 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.)
Fierce and Fiery Wisdom — 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.)

This is a powerful perspective from Gary ‘Z’ McGee, shared by Laura Bruno.

Gary Z’s article includes some of my own favorite themes and insights, like the fierce-and-fiery wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King when he spoke of creative nonconformists or rather creative maladjustment and transformed nonconformists to be specific.

These sorts of insights and inspirations are intimately linked with the Transformation-and-Phoenixing theme in my previous Sophia’s Children post — it’s always helpful to renew our remembrance of just why that whole ashes-to-Phoenix process might be purposeful if it births the fierce-and-fiery wisdom and transformed-nonconformity required of a ‘David’ (or a Davida, as it were!).

Here are a few bits from Gary’s article; read on and you’ll find more:

“The hope of a secure livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists, who are dedicated to justice, peace, and brotherhood. The trailblazers in human, academic, scientific, and spiritual freedom have always been nonconformists. It any cause that concerns the progress of mankind, put your faith in the nonconformist.” ~ the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

and …

“It takes courage to stand along, especially when standing against Goliath while also attempting to show others how they are not Goliath. Diane Grant said it best, “It’s better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.” But it’s even better to point others in the right direction as you go.”

Amen to that!

This would be the very discerning-yet-fierce Jupiter in Virgo ‘Service Thing’ I mentioned in the recent post.

More on this whole fierce-discerning-Phoenix topic coming up … it’s brewing up strong in the creative cauldron right now.

In the meanwhile, thanks for sharing this one, Laura. Perfect medicine for now.

Big Love,
Jamie

Laura Bruno's Blog

Another good one from Gary Z McGee! If you don’t know what Rope-A-Dope is, please click here for references and explanation.

Turning the Tables on Unsustainable Systems

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Turning the Table on Unsustainable Systems is Like Playing Rope-A-Dope with Goliath. 

“Withdrawal in the face of moral complexity is no answer. Withdrawal in the face of atrocity is no answer. Two hundred species went extinct today. When faced with those committing atrocities, it is incumbent upon you to stop those atrocities using any means necessary. If you were being tortured to death in some basement, and I knew this, would you want me to walk away? Would you accept it if I said, “Oh, here’s an answer, I will walk away.” What would you call me if I did that? What would you call anyone else who did that?” –Derrick Jensen

In a…

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The Wilds Outside the Gate: The Art of Outrageous Trust

"The wilds outside the gate ..." "The art of outrageous trust ..." These are powerful words and metaphors, intended to invite and invoke. Or do they stir something else for you? Both evocative musings came up recently; here's a snippet... Continue Reading →

Magdalene’s Feast Day – The Inner Way of Mary Magdalene (redux)

July 22 is the historical feast day of Mary Magdalene, so it's very fitting to share this updated post from the early days of Sophia's Children. Not that we need confine such celebrations and honorings to one day. After all,... Continue Reading →

Magdalene’s Feast Day – The Inner Way of Mary Magdalene

Due to a wee bit of a Uranian or Mercury Trickster formatting issue with the original Mary Magdalene post, I've just created it anew. You'll find it here: Magdalene's Feast Day - The Inner Way of Mary Magdalene.

The Other Road – A Father’s Day Solstice Musing

“I took the other road, all right, but only because it was the easy road for me, the way I wanted to go. If I’ve encountered some unnecessary resistance that’s because most of the traffic is going the other way.”... 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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Creative Experiments in Simplified- and Micro-Living

Over the years, I've 'experimented into' many of the things I write about, or that seem possibly worthwhile for shifting away from toxic-culture norms and back into a healthier way of living. Some of these experiments worked well. Some of... Continue Reading →

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 →

Focus, Energy, and Shifting Stories

It's more challenging than it sounds, isn't it? This work of shifting dominant stories, whether personal or cultural stories (and for most of us it's both)? The shifting, the uprooting from false ground, has tested me mightily, I admit, and brought... 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 →

The Greatest Need of Our Time

Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]
Light in the Crypt of St. Wystan Church, Repton, U.K. [Photo via TripAdvisor]

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”

~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and Trappist monk

For this Freyja Day musing, here’s a generous helping of very timely wisdom from a fellow Aquarian and sojourner on the Way, Thomas Merton.

Follow the links below, to Br. Merton’s insight on the greatest need of our time, and see what inspires and resonates with you.

Big Love,
Jamie

Sophia's Children

Nina, by Pedro Saenz Saenz (1863-1927) Nina, by Pedro Saenz Saenz (1863-1927)

“The greatest need of our time is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all political and social life a mass illness.

Without this housecleaning, we cannot begin to see. Unless we see, we cannot think.”

~ Thomas Merton, American writer, mystic, and monk, in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

On the spiritual path (whatever you might call it), we often move through some pretty challenging passages that can serve to “polish the mirrors of our hearts” or “illuminate the eyes and ears of our hearts,” as well as sand away some of the mental and emotional rubbish, as the Aquarian monk, Br. Merton wrote.

Since Thomas Merton’s particular vibe of wise counsel is pretty in sync with these particular times, I’ve included several other wisdom-gems from him in a few previous Sophia’s Children…

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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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