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Culture Shifts: From ‘The Consomedamnthing’ to Mindful Citizenship

I wrote this post last Autumn and stowed it away in the Drafts folder to be rediscovered today. Seems as timely a topic as ever, so here it is ... “Researching her film, The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard discovered... Continue Reading →

The Three Pillars for Transformation

Thanks to Infinite Shift for sharing this thought-and-inspiration-stirring article by Trevor Malkinson from UpliftConnect. Since the reblog function formats inelegantly, here's an excerpt, and then a link to the full version of Trevor's article.   "If the world is to... Continue Reading →

Finding Kinship and Beauty in Unexpected Places

"She felt that somehow, wandering through uncharted territory, we might stumble upon something that will, in an instant, seem to represent who we are at the core. That was very much her philosophy of life—to not be limited by fear... Continue Reading →

Blog-share: Surviving or Thriving? Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Here's a thought-and-heart-stirring post from Jessica Davidson about Mental Health Awareness Week (in the U.K.): "It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the focus is on why people struggle to thrive with good mental health. Instead of looking at... Continue Reading →

Threshold Paths and the Wild Bees of Spirit

The 'wild bees of spirit' have spiraled back around, so it's timely to share anew this "Thresholds and the Wild Bees of Spirit" musing from the Sophia's Children treasure vault. 'Tis the season, too, in the Northern Hemisphere, with Spring... Continue Reading →

Relationship Alchemy vs. Dreary Bickering

"The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life." ... "When relationships are determined by manipulation, by the need for control, they may... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: Those Who’ve Stepped Beyond Ego

“This shift of consciousness is so profound it will take time to engage. But we can no longer afford to focus on our personal wellbeing. Those who have experienced a reality beyond the ego need to lead the way, for... Continue Reading →

Grace, Uncertainty and the Transformer’s ‘Reality’

Yesterday, given Mars' energy-tide shifting from low-ebb to returning tide, we had the Fire element. Today, in honor of all that Water juju working its wavy, tidal, dissolution-magic in our shared field, not to mention the waves of Galactic Center... Continue Reading →

On Tipping Points and the Courage of Convictions

Albert Einstein said that we can't solve the problems we face using the same mindset or consciousness that created the problems in the first place. Countless wisdom traditions have said as much -- that it takes a change of heart... Continue Reading →

The Believing Mirror Reflection

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 →

The Mission: Uncommon Skills

"As we accept what is, we become people who stand in contrast to what is, freed from the aggression, grasping, and confusion of this time." "With that clarity, we can contribute things of eternal importance no matter what's going on... 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 →

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 →

Grief: Ancestral Ghosts and Spirits of Place

When we think of grief ... or well, when we think of much of anything ... we might not consider the grief that we inherit along our ancestral lines, that's in our cells and bones. Nor might we consider what... Continue Reading →

New Transformative Experiences Series at Sophia’s Children

You'll find a new content series birthing here at Sophia's Children, joining the Black Madonna & Divine Feminine Mysteries and Empaths & Sensitives Series -- all on the nav-bar above. The Transformative Experiences Series has been gestating for a long... 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

Rebel Kind. Rebel Still. Rebel Vulnerable.

“If you want to be a rebel, be kind.” – Pancho Ramos Stierle This isn't what I was going to write about today, but it's what stirred up from the depths, gathered out of the ethers, so here it is.... Continue Reading →

Blog Blesstival – Create a Blessing Wave to Start the New Year

The Ninth Wave, 1850, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900). Image courtesy WikiMedia.
The Ninth Wave, 1850, Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817-1900). Image courtesy WikiMedia.

The Blesstival Blessing Wave continues and gathers momentum.

Thanks to Sylvia (multiple times), Linda at LiteBeing, Sue Dreamwalker, Ka@FiestraEstrella, Jack@Jackspottings, Mary@Walking MyMyPath, Debbie@Spaceships China for adding #Blesstival blog posts so far to the Blessing Wave.

Thanks, too, those of you who are on the roster for upcoming Blessing Waves … Bridget, Brad, Maddie (times 2!), Sylvia (you go, Blesstival Queen!), Sri Devi, Joanna, and … you?

I’ll add your Blesstival post link to the Blesstival main page as I see the ‘ping back’.

And many thanks to those of you who have shared ‘behind the scenes’ blessings and Blesstival-wave support … it all ripples into the shared field.

You’ll find the recent additions so far on the Blesstivals main page … a growing sea of beautiful blessings in word, image, and spirit.

Big Love,
Jamie

Sophia's Children

Love's Messenger (1885), by Marie Spartali Stillman Love’s Messenger (1885), by Marie Spartali Stillman

I invite you to join me in a Blessing Sadhana, or Blesstival  … sharing blessings into the collective via blog, website, Facebook … wherever you connect.

It also offers the possibility of rippling out the energy and spirit of blessing from within us, to the field immediately around us, and beyond, then, into the wider shared energy and psychic field.

Want to help create the Blessing Wave — and sow plus reap the ‘good medicine’ of Blessing?

Here are the Blesstival details:

Blesstival Timeframe:

January 1 – February 22, 2016

Blesstival Gist:

Commit to creating at least one blog post to share a blessing into the blog-o-sphere.

Your blessing can come from an inspiring blessing-oriented quote, bit of sacred text or scripture, or a wish or blessing you’d like to gift out into the shared field.

It can be a…

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Making a Difference

Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
Juno Showering Gifts on Venetia (1554-1556), by Paolo Veronese. Public Domain Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas to you all, whether you celebrate Christmas or honor the Spirit of the Season in other ways.

As we near the threshold of the passing of this past calendar year and the dawn of a fresh new one, many of us can appreciate that feeling of starting a new year with a blend of hope and intention, mixed in with healthy doses of anxiety, uncertainty, overwhelm, and even sadness or grief.

I have no doubt that I and several other of my blog-o-sphere sisters and brothers will continue sharing what ‘good medicine’ comes into and through us to encourage and inspire (as we navigate that same mix of inspiration and uncertainty!).

And yet each of those individual sharings contributes to the greater ‘wave’.

So I’m glad to share an inspired and timely blog article from The Druid’s Garden, along with Laura Bruno’s intro-musing to her own reblog of this post.

You’ll find Laura’s message, and then the link to the reblog of ‘Making a Difference’.

It’s a really important message as each of us does of the work of keeping (or re-gaining) our Sovereign Center, and continuing to add our big and small magic, our own contributions (small and large) to the cause of wellbeing, Agape (Perdita’s Gifts!), and a restoration of joy and Wisdom for all beings.

Thanks to Laura for reblogging this (I’d missed this post, so was glad for the reblog!), and to The Druid’s Garden for the initial musing.

Here’s to the great importance of a wealth of (seemingly) small contributions.

Big Love and Holy-Season Blessings,
Jamie

From Laura Bruno’s reblog of “Making a Difference:”

“I’ve been meaning to reblog this because of the encouraging message, especially as so many people create New Year’s Resolutions. I hear from a lot of clients who fear they “can never do enough to change ___, so why bother?”

Here’s why: because every little thing adds up, and one success inspires and fuels another one. We never know our full ripple effect, but we can and do create ripples wherever we go. As we finish out 2015, please give yourself credit for the things you’ve done, assess those you’ve left undone, and then feel your way into 2016 and beyond. What little step keeps nagging at you to take it? What deep soul longings keep nudging you to pay attention?

For the moment, forget the desired end, just focus on finding the next foothold and planting your step. YOU are part of the cycle of life! Whenever you choose to foster life — in whatever ways, small or big — you reaffirm the Great Cosmic Dance of Life. Twist, turn, leap or spin: just MOVE and see what happens.”

And The Druid’s Garden original “Making a Difference” article ….

The Druid's Garden

I had a long conversation with an older close relative of mine over the holidays. He had overheard my sister, brother-in-law, and I talking about herbalism, permaculture, cultural shifts.  This conversation was framed in the context of the recent Paris climate talks where it appears that world leaders agreed not to do anything for 15 years and in some future time, stave off too much of a temperature rise. After listening to us for a time, my relative indicated that anything that we would do would make “little to no difference” and that when we were his age (he’s in his late 60’s), we’d look back on our lives and regret not being able to do much; we’d certainly regret not being able to hope we had hoped to accomplish.  The fact that we had “little money or resources” made this a certainty. He thought he was doing us a…

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Blog Blesstival – A CoCreated Blessing Wave to Start the New Year

Thank you to all who joined me in an experiment: The Blesstival  ... sharing blessings into the collective via blog, website, Facebook ... wherever you connect. Together, we stirred the possibility of rippling out the energy and spirit of blessing... Continue Reading →

Jung on Separating from the Herd, and Vision Quest Stirrings

Archer at the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games -- an exquisite and elegant moment!
Archer at the opening ceremonies of the Barcelona Olympic Games — an exquisite and elegant moment!

It’s a fine time to re-feature this rather dry-witted, Saturnian insight from Jung on Separating from the Herd.

It’s nicely attuned to this Friday Sagittarius New Moon and new lunar cycle (neatly trined Uranus in Aries, igniting those rebel-sparked ‘fiery arrows’ of stirred-and-centered vision … are you noticing them as they arise?), and for stirring the vision-cauldron for the months and year ahead.

For a few more themes aligned to the current archetype-energies, vision-quest impulses, and possibilities stirring around and within us, check out the recent post and the insightful and ‘co-lucid’ comments, Rebels and Mystic Sells (and related articles that pop up in the links).

The Trickster and rebel-system-agitator (Uranus-Prometheus) is afoot, but so is the Master Teacher (Saturn in Sagittarius).

Aquarians will recognize the weird, unlikely collaboration of this duo, as Uranus/Prometheus and Saturn are the co-rulers of Aquarius. But at the early cusp of the Aquarian Age, we may all be feeling such stirrings and the agitation of creative friction.

Hebe Giving a Drink to Jupiter, 1767, by Gavin Hamilton. Public domain image (date precedes copyright).
Hebe Giving a Drink to Jupiter, 1767, by Gavin Hamilton. Public domain image (date precedes copyright).

Together, Uranus and Saturn are now holding the torch to illuminate and spark the fiery arrows of the vision quest we’ll undertake in the coming months and year, and to transmute … that’d be reduce to ash … the energy of the calcified beliefs or ‘cultural norms’ that are past their expiry date and have gone sour, rancid, or downright toxic.

‘Tis the season.

Reflection Questions:

What purpose clues, vision stirrings, and far-off-horizons call to you?

Where will you aim your ‘fiery arrows’ for the coming vision quest journey?

How will your Phoenix rise over the coming year?

To gain fresh clarity & spark a sense of momentum — schedule a “Commit to Progress” coaching trio or consultation series.

Big Love and Happy New Moon in the meanwhile,
Jamie

In the Orchard (1912) by Franz Dvorak. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.
In the Orchard (1912) by Franz Dvorak. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.

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Jamie

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In 'The Path', by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), the artist depicted his own arduous journey through the Himalayas, and also symbolized the 'Narrow Path' taken by true spiritual journeyers. In ‘The Path’, by Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947), the artist depicted his own arduous journey through the Himalayas, and also symbolized the ‘Narrow Path’ taken by true spiritual journeyers.

“The words “many are called, but few are chosen” are singularly appropriate here, for the development of personality from the germ-state to full consciousness is at once a charisma and a curse, because its first fruit is the conscious and unavoidable segregation of the single individual from the undifferentiated and unconscious herd.” ~ Carl Jung, The Development of Personality

This is what, in the Hero and Heroine’s Journey, is known as answering the call, which takes the journeyer or heroine, “out of the society that would have protected them, and into the dark forest, into the world of fire, of original experience,” as Joseph Campbell mused.

It’s a powerful notion, and if you’ve answered the call and left the interpreted path

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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 →

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 →

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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Special Offerings and Programs for September

There's a lot of 'buzz' swirling about particularly intense energies and 'waves' and myriad other things for September 2015. This, of course, includes the usual yet unfortunate supply of 'catastrophe addiction' and 'drama, drama, conflama' type stuff stirring the ol'... Continue Reading →

The Way of the Warrior Defined ~ Where Have All the Warriors Gone?

Sir Galahad Discovers the Grail, c. 1890, by Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911). Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Sir Galahad Discovers the Grail, c. 1890, by Edwin Austin Abbey (1852-1911). Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This seems a very fine time for anchoring ourselves in the sovereign “ground of All Being” and rejuvenating our discerning Spiritual Warrior juju.

I’ll be sharing a few musings on just that “ripe timing” in a day or two (maybe even today), since the Virgo-Pisces archetypal energies are getting activated in a big way moving forward.

In the meanwhile, I’m happy to share this blog post from blog-sister Laura Bruno, since it speaks to this Spiritual (Shambhala) Warrior archetype that many of us are ‘here to be’.

Check this out, and read on for more:

Morihei Ueshiba meditates on top of Haleakala, Maui, 1961. Shared in Spirituality & Health magazine and sourced from the photo archives of Maui-Ki Aikido.
Morihei Ueshiba meditates on top of Haleakala, Maui, 1961. Shared in Spirituality & Health magazine and sourced from the photo archives of Maui-Ki Aikido.

Budo (way of the warrior) is not a means of felling the opponent by force or by lethal weapons. Neither is it intended to lead the world to destruction by arms and other illegitimate means.

True Budo calls for bringing the inner energy of the universe in order, protecting the peace of the world, as well as preserving, everything in nature in its right form.”

~ Moreihei Ueshiba, founder of the art of Aikido

That’s what my Qigong Grandmaster called healthy yang or the Sacred Masculine, which is very much in alignment and partnership with and honoring of the healthy yin or Sacred Feminine.

Power with versus the toxic old Dominator Culture norm of power over.

That’s what I’m talking about (whatever the spiritual tradition from which you gain Wisdom and inspiration) — and it’s the energetic we’ll have plenty of cosmic and Earth help with as we move forward, starting now. Stay tuned …

Big Love and more soon,
Jamie

Laura Bruno's Blog

Thanks, Bill! This video arrived so very synchronously, just seconds after I hung up the phone from a “Healing Skills Reclamation” Session discussing the spiritual path of the Warrior. I had just described this very dynamic of becoming so strong that you bypass the “need” for violence.

This video gives a passionate description of the differences between a Warrior and a soldier, as well as why our world needs a return of the Warrior. Lately, I’ve felt led to read both “The Upanishads” and “The Poetic Edda,” and both traditions share an appreciation for the role of true Warriors. It’s not about bashing heads or bombing civilians into oblivion. Reclaiming the values, courage and skills of the Warrior has deep implications for spiritual development, human sovereignty and, indeed, the fate of our world. This is 22 minutes well worth the listen:

“Budo (way of the warrior) is not…

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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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Phoenixing Update: Jupiter and the Shapeshifting Wave

"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 →

Energy Weather: Zap Zone, Cray Cray and Muck Waves

Oh yeah, it's been a doozy of a few days. Or week. Or more. Peep-reports from the field, which sync with my own experiences and/or observations of those around me, suggest a Zap-Zone with a very stirred up, mucky shared... Continue Reading →

Persephone’s Underworld Journey: Deep Feminine Initiation

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 →

Redefining luxury

Kitten, 1900, by William Clarke Wontner.
Kitten, 1900, by William Clarke Wontner.

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).

Confidences, 1869, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.
Confidences, 1869, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

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?

Big Love,
Jamie

Druid Life

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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