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Dealing With Sanctimonious A**es (And What We Can Learn From Them)

Yes, I do mean what you think I mean by "sanctimonious a**es." It made sense to get right to it, rather than hedge with more gentle, round-about language, since I noticed a theme arising. 'Tis the season, in line with... Continue Reading →

Who Made Breaches of “Social Conscience” Uncool (and “Reformation of Manners” Cool?)

“Social conscience" obliges the individual to act. Today we call for action all the time, but mostly from government, which is another way of excusing us and allowing us to get on with the distractions of the day." ~ Mark... 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 →

Appreciation to the Tribe of Invisible Mothers

Yes, Mother's Day, and a happy one, with best wishes, for traditional mothers everywhere. There is another tribe of mothers, though ... ... probably several ... that go unseen and unsung in our culture. It's this tribe -- my tribe... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Quotation: Go Home and Live It Now

“In her final session with Jung, social activist Isabelle Hamilton Rey was told to “Go home and live it now.” As she wrote to her husband, "I did what I came here to do — touch the hem of Dr.... Continue Reading →

Candlemas-Imbolc Advent – Replenishing the Well With the February Mysteries

"There is mystery at the heart of what holds us together, expressed in shared symbols, stories and experiences." ~ Brigidine Sisters On the last eve of January, we enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Lá Fhéile Bhrìghde. As... Continue Reading →

Energy Hygiene: Sound Bath and Serendipity

There is a lot stirring, and stirred up, in the shared field in which we breathe, move, and have our being. My heart hurts for my friends and the First Responders in the fire zones in Ventura and Santa Barbara... 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 →

Mary Magdalene: Remembering the ‘Heroine of the Faith’

July 22nd is designated as the 'feast day' for Mary Magdalene or Mariamene e Mara (which means Mariamne the Master) in various traditions that include feast days (and for those outside of those various traditions, too). The Wikipedia snapshot notes... Continue Reading →

Valuable Boredom and Brain-Recovery Time

In her recent post, Nimue Brown writes about the value of being bored. "Big dreams come out of idle wondering. Big visions come out of empty days, if we use that space. The urge to make and do, to meet and... Continue Reading →

The Mind Can’t Recognize or Create …

“Mind can neither recognize nor create beauty. … Many people are so imprisoned in their minds that the beauty of nature does not really exist for them.” ~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now. Here's a short musing from notes... Continue Reading →

Love, Belonging, Home, and Presence – John O’Donohue

There's a Fiery Phoenix (and Phoenixing update) musing brewing -- stay tuned. The recent and current 'energy weather' is fiery, and as we know (yawn), that always amps up the Hissy Fit, Tantrum Yoga & Psychic Spew potential. On a... Continue Reading →

The (Healed) Feminine – Medicine for Our Times

See how you respond, or react, to this quote, and then read on … it’s what this musing is about. “In fact, (Professor Miranda) Shaw learned that … women were to be worshipped, honored and revered as the bringers of... Continue Reading →

Practice Proves Itself. And Flow Like Water.

There's that old saying, "The proof is in the pudding." Riffing on that folk-wisdom saying, my own experience has shown me that "the proof is in the practice," as well. Anyone who has practiced anything for any period of time,... Continue Reading →

Shining Heart: The Morning Star Rises in My Heart

The Theologian Walter Wink and others have spoken of The Third Way - a radical concept in our (too often) "either/or", win-lose culture. Some traditions refer to the Divine Spark or Inner Light within us, which is hidden from us,... Continue Reading →

Be Your Light. Shine Your Light. I Can!

“The first steps toward the creation of wholehearted empowerment in our lives are to leave space for it and ask for it with sincerity. We can’t overlook the power of devotion to create the feeling of possibility in our lives.... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". (Wikipedia) It's a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots. Yesterday, I had the privilege and... Continue Reading →

Sacred Sound Science and the Power of the Word

NGC 3603, NASA-Hubble. Virginia/INAF, Bologna, Italy/USRA/Ames/STScI/AURA. PD-US.
NGC 3603, NASA-Hubble. Virginia/INAF, Bologna, Italy/USRA/Ames/STScI/AURA. PD-US.

In the beginning was the Word …

The sound …

The vibration of the ultimate creativity.

If all is energy, and sound and vibration are creative, we become more and more aware of the power of the Word: thought, word, and all that shapes it within us.

My friend and kindred-collaborator Lee of the fantastically insightful and creative ShamaGaia blog has written a fine musing on the power of the Word, sound, and vibration for healing and creativity.

Have a look (and thanks, Leeby!).

Big Love, all.

Jamie

Shamagaia

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 Pythagoras of Samos ( 570 – 495 BC)

From prehistoric Shamans to the ancient civilisations of Summeria, Egypt, Greece, China, Tibet, India, South America and elsewhere, sound has been revered as a primary way of linking humans with their cosmology and for its ability to heal, transform and elevate, body mind and spirit. “The use of sound in such cultures was a highly developed sacred science.” (Goldman, 2012)

The Pythagorean schools of ancient Greece developed various kinds of sacred sound healing temples and practices from knowledge that they received in Egypt. Fundamental to such practices was a concept known as, “The Harmony of The Spheres,” or “Musica Universalis,” which determined that the ratios of heavenly bodies could be represented by the relationship between musical tones. While this development is widely acknowledged as one of the major roots of western science, it is important to note that Pythagoras, one of…

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MuseWorthy Quote: Victorious Nonresistance

"The Art of Peace is the principle of nonresistance. Because it is nonresistant, it is victorious from the beginning. Those with evil intentions or contentious thoughts are instantly vanquished. The Art of Peace is invincible because it contends with nothing."... Continue Reading →

Empath-Sensitives and M-Fields

This 'empaths & energy fields' topic has been percolating for quite awhile, based on what I’ve noticed over recent years of experience, for better and for worse. More recently, I’ve revisited with a couple of different ‘works’ related to the... Continue Reading →

Today I Begin Anew

Today I begin anew. Over the last week or so, I found that message - Begin Anew - arising within and around me more than once. First it simply arose in my awareness. Begin anew. Then, as I was walking,... Continue Reading →

Transformation Fatigue and Keeping Heart

For many horizon-edge walkers and vision-seeders, transformation agents, and similar culture-shifters, or just people trying to be decent and kind in a culture and world that seems too-often indecent and insane, transformation fatigue, apathy, and burnout are occupational hazards, ever... Continue Reading →

Placebo Nocebo: Prediction and Word-Power

"Time-based prophecies that kept me from living, in the moment I am struggling to trust the divinity ... " ~ Nahko Bear This is a wee bit of a rant, though mild as possible rant-ampage can go. In recent weeks,... Continue Reading →

I Build a Lighted House and …

“I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”** This is a musing on well-lit houses, inner (and outer) gardens, being refuge and/or refugee, among other things. In his July esoteric astrology letter, Phillip Lindsay shared the above ‘keynote’ for the... Continue Reading →

MuseWorthy Insights: Decolonizing Imagination and Soul

I share the following from Alastair McIntosh's 2015 Sunderland P. Gardner Lecture (Canadian Quaker Learning Series #7), with Mr. McIntosh's permission. This reflection is also very much aligned with some of the archetypal macro-themes of the current Saturn-Neptune and Uranus-Pluto... 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 →

Is it Better to Enlighten Than to Shine?

"...it is better to enlighten than merely to shine." ~ St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P., Summa Theologica,  II-II, q. 188, a. 6. That bit of wisdom from St. Thomas Aquinas caught my attention a few days ago, when I came across... Continue Reading →

It is Risk, It is Real – the Dark Night of the Soul and Transformation.

“Transformation begins at the point where there is no hope.” ~ James Hillman, Suicide and the Soul “At the core of the spiritual journey, religious traditions recognize the inevitability of darkness. Transition from “one degree of glory to another,” as... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Mystic … and a Feminine Mystic?

What makes a "Feminine Mystic?" This is the question that writer Carl McColman asked Mirabai Starr, author, speaker, mystic, and translator of the mystics, in a Patheos interview. This is an excerpt from Starr's reply. "Mysticism is about a direct... Continue Reading →

On Our Worthiness to Receive, and Be Loved.

This 'Sophia Message' got stirred through some imagery work I did last night, and then a related dream image I was given just before waking this morning. As I jotted the notes in my journal during morning tea-time, I was... Continue Reading →

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 →

Reclaiming the Lost Art of Walking

"Every walker is a guard on the patrol of protecting the ineffable." ~ Rebecca Solnit I walk. A lot. On purpose. Have done for a long time now. When I'm not walking, I'm using public transportation or ride-sharing. That said,... Continue Reading →

The Interspiritual Revolution

The Lady of Shalott Weaving, 1881, by Howard Pyle for Alfred, Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott. Illustrated by Howard Pyle. New York: Dodd Mead & Co.
The Lady of Shalott Weaving, 1881, by Howard Pyle for Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott. Illustrated by Howard Pyle. New York: Dodd Mead & Co.

Sharing this blog-sibling’s wonderful article, linking back to a 2015 article here at Sophia’s Children when I mentioned an InterSpiritual gathering just after last year’s Aries New Moon (late April 2015).

I’m loving the first image here … an image speaks a thousand words, and then some.

Spiritual warriors in each generation … or each ‘volunteer-soul wave’, as Dolores Cannon called it … have helped to contribute to, seed, explore these possibilities, helping to create a layer of foundation (both material and energetic, seen and unseen).

They, and perhaps we, explore into different possibilities, inquire into various questions and possibilities, looking for common threads to weave a bridge over the chasm of what divides us.

This particular InterSpiritual perspective offers just one thread or possibility in an ongoing, emerging conversation.

See what it stirs for you.

Big Love,
Jamie

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How the Occupy Generation Is Re-Envisioning Spirituality

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“We must all achieve our identity on the basis of a radical authenticity.. [for] it is only in the real world of the person – neither singular nor plural – that the crucial factors influencing the course of the universe are at work.” – Raimundo Panikkar, “The Silence of God,” Introduction p. xviii

There can be little doubt that traditional religious frameworks are no longer speaking to new generations as they have in the past, especially in the West. In a recent article in the LA Times, Philip Clayton, Dean of Faculty at Claremont School of Theology, writes that the fastest growing religious group in the United States is “spiritual but not religious,” containing a shocking 75 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29. Clayton argues that young people are not necessarily rejecting a sense of God, rather they feel that religious organizations are…

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