The Wisdom of the Ancient Egyptians

There are a great many hieroglyphs written on all of the ancient temples at Karnak and Luxor in Egypt and it became the 15 year work of one woman to translate them. Ihsa Schwaller de Lubicz published books on her translations full of ancient wisdom inscribed on the temples.

A lot of this wisdom is timeless and still bears out, even in our modern world with all of our technology. In fact, since we have lost a lot of what the ancients knew, it would be easy to think that ancient Egyptian priests would consider us a bunch of dumb-asses if they met us today.

Obviously we still have a lot to learn, or perhaps re-learn.

One of the things which crops up as a theme in their writings is the concept of every individual undertaking their own unique journey of discovery and wisdom. For this reason alone, I don’t think that the ancients would judge us too harshly any more than a parent judges a toddler for not having mastered walking.

What the ancients really knew is that for each person, it is never enough to know the theory; we must live the experience. Anyone can tell you what they know about life, but until you have integrated an experience into your physical body, it cannot be real for you. You can’t understand the concept.

In a series of future articles I will be exploring some of the concepts thrown out there by the ancients, but in the meantime, I am just going to provide a few samples and allow you to meditate on what they mean in your life:

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Man must learn to increase his sense of responsibility and of the fact that everything he does will have its consequence.

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The only active force which arises out of possession is the fear of losing the object of possession.

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Have the wisdom to abandon the values of a time that has passed and pick out the constituents of the future. An environment must be suited to the age and men to their environment.

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You will free yourself when you learn to be neutral and follow the instructions of your heart without letting things perturb you. This is the way of Maat.

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True teaching is not an accumulation of knowledge; it is an awakening of consciousness which goes through successive stages.

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To know means to record in one’s memory; but to understand means to blend with the thing and to assimilate it to oneself.

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The kingdom of heaven is within you; and whosoever shall know himself shall find it.

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An answer brings no illumination unless the question has matured to a point where it gives rise to this answer which thus becomes its fruit. Therefore, learn how to put a question.

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Every man is rich in excuses to safeguard his prejudices, his instincts and his opinions.

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Routine and prejudice distort vision. Each man thinks his own horizon is the limit of the world.

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Maat, who links universal to terrestrial, the divine with the human is incomprehensible to the cerebral intelligence.

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We will keep building temples until people realise they are the temples.

When the Body Calls BS

Severe migraines, high blood pressure, irritable bowel, vertigo, hypoglycemia, anxiety, tremors… The list can literally go on.

You may have sought medical advice, but what do you do when your doctor tells you it’s all in your head? Well, if you have already done extensive testing, exclusion diets etc or even sought a second opinion, there is still one thing left to do: deal with the underlying causes.

If this is all in your head, what does that mean? Does it mean that it isn’t real? Does it mean that you don’t experience physical symptoms?

Not at all.

What doctors fail to express in their very blunt and pragmatic way, is that emotions produce effects in the body in very real terms, but there is no underlying physical condition which can be treated. This pretty much leaves medications for anxiety and depression.

Do these medications help? Fuck yeah they do.

In all seriousness, if you have a cluster of symptoms which are pointing towards the physical manifestation of emotional trauma, by all means, take the drugs your doctor is offering. You can always review them later to see if they work or need adjusting.

In the meantime, with the support of medication, you need to work on your shit. If you think you already have, then your symptoms would suggest otherwise. Your body is calling BS.

What are the fears you still haven’t dealt with? What beliefs are you holding on to which keep you from doing what your really want to do in life?

Neglecting to undertake the work is like a hoarder who is so overwhelmed by the stuff in their house that they don’t even bother dealing with it anymore.

However, until it is done you body will continue to express symptoms of emotional trauma:

  • Rapid heartbeat and/or hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hyperactivity and/or Fatigue
  • Emotional roller-coaster
  • Digestive problems AKA irritable bowel
  • Generating a lot of static
  • Physical vibrations and excess nervous energy/fidgeting
  • High temperatures (inflammation, fevers, sweating, don’t feel the cold)
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Serious pins and needles
  • Sex drive drops or spikes noticeably for extended periods of time
  • Back and/or neck problems
  • Feel better and calm after a storm / grumpy when one is brewing
  • Start speaking your truth (and pissing people off)
  • Brain fog
  • Extra sensitive senses such as smell and hearing (can affect migraines)
  • Unable to sustain old habits and relationships
  • Addictions
  • Heightened psychic abilities

The last one may surprise you, but is extremely common. Anyone who has suffered a breach of their barriers to their emotional body will develop sensitivities outside of “normal” and in some ways this is both a gift and can compound emotional trauma.

A breach of the emotional boundaries can be as simple as bullying. If you take on board shitty things people have said to you, or shitty ways people have treated you, you may have integrated those into your being and formed beliefs about yourself which run on programming scripts based on what has been said.

That sounded very technical, sorry. If you ever want to understand human programming, try computer programming. Suddenly stuff will make a lot of sense to you.

To get more insight, I recommend reading up on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This will help you to understand how beliefs get implanted, especially in early childhood, and how to overcome them.

Some over-arching themes you may need to work on include:

  • Relationships (family, friends and romantic)
  • The Ego (either too much or too little)
  • Massive changes in your cognitive programming (re-thinking everything you’ve been taught of as “true”)
  • Self-loathing / criticising
  • The “shoulds” AKA constructs given to us by our society which set goals we may or may not really want. eg; an impressive career, or a big house, or a nice car, or other superficial achievements which keep us busy and drain our souls at the same time.
  • Maintaining a facade (like; how many people know the REAL you, warts and all?)
  • Denying your inner child and higher self
  • Willful ignorance / shirking responsibility
  • Belief in perfection (either from yourself or from others)

This work is often referred to in esoteric circles as Shadow Work. Pagans would call it the Shadow Self.

We will get into more about Shadow Work in another article.

Quantum Physics & Consciousness

What if quantum physics could explain some of the more obscure parts of religion?

Even though science is now finding good evidence that our reality is most likely a virtual construct, the basis of that construct is an underlying consciousness, AKA God. The idea that science may ultimately prove the existence of God instead of disproving it has ruffled a few feathers to say the least and researchers are hesitant to use the “G” word when expressing a fundamental, collective consciousness which gives rise to matter and not the other way around.

But what if ancient cultures already knew this and wrote about it in their “myths” and “legends”? So far, historians have always dismissed the more fantastical aspects of ancient stories as pure myth. However, over the years those myths (such as the city of Troy) have been dug up in exactly the right places and have foundations just as they were described in folklore.

Such irrefutable evidence can’t just be ignored and sparks the ultimate question; is everything in our ancient stories from around the world true?

Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, first we need to look at the facts.

According to the latest theories by researchers such as Quantum Gravity ResearchReality is experimentally observed to be geometric at all scales, from the Planck level to the largest structures. Our group hypothesizes that an entirely geometric language or code, using geometric symbolism, is the fundamental way in which meaning, in the form of our physical reality, is expressed… For more info, have a look at their video:

The Simulation Hypothesis is also worth checking out. It shows an in-depth example of the double-slit experiment which led to the theory that consciousness directly affects matter and not the other way around:

Ok, now that you’ve watched all of that, how does it relate to the Judeo-Christian bible? In the New Testament gospel of John, the first verse of the first chapter says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. This is a very odd statement and doesn’t ever really come with an explanation. It’s also very different but also similar to the opening verses of Genesis; In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.

The bible often refers to something known as “the Word of God” which we interpret as strict instructions from the big man as outlined in various verses throughout. But what if it isn’t instructions at all? What if the Word of God is the invocation of God?

Many cultures across the globe have a sacred word which does more than convey meaning or provide a label. The intonement of the word itself is just as important as what it says.

For the Sanskrit culture the word was Ohm. In Druid culture it was Awen. For Judeo-Christians it can be either Yahweh (the name of God) or Amen (a word which means so-be-it).

In many religious practices it is common to find chanting and intonement used as a means of altering consciousness. Being able to enter a state of altered consciousness allows the practitioner to receive insight, make connections to ideas which they couldn’t do before, communicate with unseen spiritual beings and journey to different places in space and time which would be physically inaccessible.

Back to the Quantum Gravity Research we go; Emergence theory views spacetime in a way that builds on Einstein’s spacetime model, in which the future and past exist simultaneously in one geometric object. We view this object as a system in which all frames of spacetime interact with all other frames all the time. In other words, there is a constant, dynamic, causality loop relationship between all moments in time, in which the past influences the future and the future influences the past… We view consciousness as both emergent and fundamental… This fundamental,  primitive, yet highly sophisticated, form of consciousness steers the patterns on the quasicrystalline point-space toward more and more meaning. Eventually consciousness expands into higher degrees of order such as nature and life as we know it… There are no known laws in physics that place an upper limit on what percentage of the universe can exponentially self-organize into freewill systems such as us humans. Indeed, physics allows the possibility that all the energy of the universe can be converted into a single, conscious system that itself is a network of conscious systems. Given enough time, what can happen will eventually happen. 

This theory also sees our reality as a 3D quasicrystal which has an 8D crystal source:

Emergence theory focuses on projecting the 8-dimensional E8 crystal to 4D and 3D. When the fundamental 8D cell of the E8 lattice (a shape with 240 vertices known as the “Gosset polytope”) is projected to 4D, two identical, 4D shapes of different sizes are created. The ratio of their sizes is the golden ratio. Each of these shapes are constructed of 600 3-dimensional tetrahedra rotated from one another by a golden-ratio based angle. We refer to this 4D shape as the “600-Cell.” The 600-Cells interact in specific ways (they intersect in 7 golden-ratio related ways and “kiss” in one particular way) to form a 4D quasicrystal. By taking 3D subspaces of this 4D quasicrystal and rotating them from one another at a certain angle, we form a 3D quasicrystal that has one type of proto-tile: a 3D tetrahedron.

You can read the complete theory overview here.

So reality is crystalline, geometric, mathematical, binary, full of waves of potential, based on the Golden Ratio and only possible because of consciousness.

 

To get an idea of where the Word fits into all of this, we need to look at how geometry, maths, time, distance, crystals and waves of potential can all be expressed by sound. Check out this video on Sonic Geometry and the golden ratio:

Another link between geometry and sound is the construction of the human ear and Fibonacci sequences. Perfect mathematical geometry in nature also happens to be a receiver of sound waves…

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Image sourced from and article on Unicorns http://www.oneletterwords.com/unicorn/html/

Read in this new context, the first verse of John might instead say: In the beginning Consciousness started Vibrating, and the Vibration made a Sound, and the Sound made a Word which became aware of itself and by doing so became Conscious. It’s almost like the big bang theory, but instead of dealing with matter, we’re dealing with consciousness. This consciousness is ever expanding and simultaneously co-creating itself.

I guess the question now is; what other evidence do we have that this is a fundamental truth about our reality? If ancient cultures have known about sound for thousands of years, perhaps concepts about consciousness go even further back…

If we go back as far as the paleolithic times, you can find references to spirals found on petroglyphs (AKA rock art), not just in one area of the world, but globally:

Not only can sound frequencies can be found within geometric patterns, but sound can also produce geometric patterns:

If we think of waves of potential as sound waves, then references in the bible about a Word suddenly becomes relevant. What if the sound is more important than the word itself? Why do we call social and spiritual cohesion Harmony? Why are bad feelings and actions known as Discord?

In the Hindu and Buddhist religions, based on ancient Sanskrit teachings, there is a word designed to raise a person’s consciousness; Ohm. It promotes well-being, peace, and a connection to universal consciousness:

States of consciousness can be altered through different sounds and patterns of sound. Our brain waves can be directly affected by sound waves via a practice known as Sonic Driving. Shamans throughout different cultures across the globe have used sonic driving (as well as medicinal plants such as magic mushrooms) to undertake what is known as shamanic journeying, or an altered state of consciousness. In this altered state they can communicate with spirits, receive information and also retrieve aspects of a person’s soul which have become lost to them. To do this, they transcend the space/time continuum to visit the past, present and future as well as parallel timelines.

Sonic or Auditory Driving with musical instruments and singing have been found to induce Theta Brainwaves. This pattern of brainwave is associated with meditation, visualisation and hypnosis. It’s also connected to short and long-term memory encoding in the brain as well as emotional responses. Because of this, scientists have linked our ability to remember with heightened emotional states. In other words, if we don’t experience a strong emotion, we’re unlikely to remember an event and the level of emotion associated with a memory will affect how well we remember it.

One of the reasons why music is so good at inducing there brain patterns is because it is emotive by nature. Music gives us all the feels. It also allows us to access memories which are otherwise inaccessible, such as past lives. Since those memories have not been carried within our current physical form, we can hypothesise that memory is not necessarily stored in the brain.

The other name for theta brain state is “hypnogogic” which is the state that we enter into when we’re about to fall asleep or about to wake up. It’s also referred to as “twilight” state. If you have ever had strange experiences when trying to fall asleep or just waking up, you’ll know that in this state you’re more susceptible to contact with the spiritual plane. Unexpected things can occur in this state.

To learn more about sonic, or Auditory Driving, you can read a research paper published by Stanford University here.

The research also touches on the concept of entrainment which is when two or more rhythmic cycles become synchronised due to their proximity. In other words, if you have two or more differing beats happening within the same space, they will automatically synchronise their rhythms in order to match. In 1665 Christian Huygens, a Dutch scientist, set a room full of clocks to differing rhythms of pendulum swing and when he checked on them a day later they had synchronised.

As Gabe Turow writes in his paper: This principle posits that any two vibrating bodies will entrain if exposed to each other for long enough. It’s true of clocks and electric driers sitting in close proximity to each other; it also describes the way musicians manage to play in time together in groups, the way women’s menstrual cycles fall into synch when they live with one another, and the way our body systems interact.

As Nikola Tesla said: If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

Vibration underpins everything. Energy doesn’t exist without vibration and frequency is a measurement of vibration. All things are vibrating, whether on the macro level or on the micro level. And if something is vibrating, it must also be emitting a sound, whether we can hear it or not.

The brain itself is a complex organism. Laurence Ward from the University of British Colombia wrote about brain waves as oscillating neural networks. He described the observable patterns as being like the sequence of bumpers hit by a pinball shot from its spring. However he was stumped as to the source or presence of the actual “pinball”, only being able to see the different areas of the brain light up as they were “hit” by thought processes.

To learn more about different types of brain waves, see this video:

Not only can brain waves be measured, but they can also be picked up by other living organisms. For example, there are service dogs which can alert a person with epilepsy when they’re about to have a seizure. This means that brain waves aren’t just contained within the brain, but are emitted and can be received by external parties.

This also ties in with frequencies studied by the Heart-Math Institute which are generated, emitted and received by the heart. Heart frequencies can be synchronised among a group of people, and also other species of animal such as dogs. They also tap into a field of information which exists outside of linear time. For more info, see the video below:

Raising your vibrational frequency is a common goal in the spiritualist movement, but what does this mean?

Because all the universe and every dimension is vibrating, they generally have differing frequencies at which they vibrate. Whether this makes one frequency “good” or “bad” is a point of conjecture since that implies a dualistic and binary reality. All harmonic frequencies are part of the symphony of the multi-dimensional universe, but frequencies of discord produce unease and chaos, disrupting the flow of harmony. This suggests that rhythm also plays a part, not just the tone. In that sense, a lower frequency is merely a base tone rather than “bad”.

How to Find “Flow”

So if it’s possible to tap into Universal Consciousness and find your higher path in life, how do we do it?

The first step is to start practicing meditation. Some people find this really difficult so may need to start with a physical practice such as Yoga or simply going for a walk.

The basic rules of meditation are:

  • No distractions (this means phones, people, TV, radio, loud noises…)
  • Calm, rhythmic music which can be sustained for a long period (you can find meditation music or play it yourself if you have a drum or singing bowl)
  • A comfortable setting (this is NOT self-flagellation, this is self-care)
  • Comfortable clothes (see the last point)
  • Nice smells like inscence
  • A starting point
  • A way of getting back

If you can start with just 5 minutes a day, you’ll eventually be able to build up to a good half-hour practice. You may like to download a guided meditation, or even create one yourself with a recording. Getting in isn’t the hard part, it’s getting out again without jarring yourself back into reality which poses the biggest issue (hence the do-not-disturb sign for other people).

 

Leave a comment below on how your meditations go!

Bright Blessings /|\

Is Atheism Just Another Religion?

Can an Atheist credibly claim that their religious “beliefs” are solid fact? Is the notion that the absence of God/Goddess or spirituality, in itself, a religious belief system?

If you look at what is entailed in a religious belief, then yes, atheism is just another religion. All it requires is firm, faithful belief from its followers and a set of doctrines (thank you Richard Dawkins) in order to fit into the mold of a mainstream religious construct.

A lot of Atheists* argue that their beliefs are founded upon solid fact, backed by empirical scientific data which disproves the notion of spirituality. Only problem is, science doesn’t agree. In fact, science can’t agree with itself about the nature of consciousness and the presence of subtle energy which could be described as the soul.

Good scientists understand the difference between theories and laws. They know that no matter how good a theory might be, unless it can be measured in some way and data collected to back it up, infallibly, every time, it remains a theory and subject to question.

Atheists seem to disregard the basics of scientific inquiry, instead gripping tight to what is essentially just a theory or indeed a belief system, and refusing to even entertain the notion that they may be disproved at some point.

It’s almost as though they’re acting like religious fundamentalists…

I’ve never heard of any belief system throughout the course of human history which was based on irrefutable fact: including the lack of a belief.

Spirituality is a personal thing. Granted, it has been heavily tied in with the state and systems of power for an extremely long time, but I think the human race is past that point in it’s evolution. We can now decide for ourselves what we want to put our hearts and souls into, regardless of how our parents raised us, or what the majority of our culture ascribes to.

This is a brilliant time to be alive. Religion has been extracted from the law of most countries and is now relegated to the realm of individual’s personal lives. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s still a bit of kick-back from the fundamentalists of every religious persuasion, and Atheism is not immune to this. For some reason, there are people out there who are more invested in “being right” than in being kind.

Perhaps this new wave of soul sovereignty, where it ain’t nobody’s business but your own, is what we need to counter the dogmatic nature of most belief systems.

*Please note that not all Atheists behave in this way and are actually aware of the tenable nature of their personal belief systems. This article is referring to “fundamentalist atheism”.

Can Power be Stolen?

I had a Facebook conversation with someone recently about how she was conducting a long-distance healing for a friend and had suddenly become so drained that she couldn’t get out of bed.

“It sounds like you’re using your own energy to heal,” I suggested.

Turns out, she didn’t realise that there’s another way to do things, apart from using her own juice to power a healing or reading.

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A lot of people who’re naturally gifted with psychic intuition have become adept at the energy dance because they were preyed upon by energy vampires in their early (vulnerable) years. Kids raised by narcissists tend to be very in-tune with energy fields and flows for a number of reasons:

Firstly, they had to constantly test the emotional atmosphere in order to anticipate a blow-up from the narcissistic parent. This usually signaled the period of time when walking on eggshells would ensue as a measure to delay or diffuse the storm, but invariably failed because a narc must blow up at some point. It’s like a monsoon gathering off the coast; the longer it spends at sea, the worse it is when it makes landfall, and it must make landfall in order to dissipate.

Secondly, having your energy siphoned off by another person is kinda obvious. It’s like someone stealing your sweat and saliva until you wither up and dry out. Narcs understand energy better than most people, they just don’t talk about it because they’re vampires and they rely on gas-lighting their victims in order to keep them compliant.

Like with the sweat analogy, a narcissist will ensure that their victims have periods of time when they “drink” and replenish their energy, however, as the relationship goes on and the victim naturally pulls away, the narc allows only shorter and shorter reprieves and makes the repercussions of denying them access to their victim’s energy worse and worse.

The other thing that a narcissist will do is try to cut you off from your own source of love and energy so that they can divert it to themselves. A victim will become numb and disconnected, desperate for signs of external love and approval because they can’t make the connection back to their own, or believe that they aren’t entitled to.

As an adult, the intuitive discovers that their abilities are real and have a name. They don’t remember learning how they do what they do, they just know that it works and are usually grateful that they’re not crazy. This can mean that intuitives dive straight into helping other people out. Also, they’re conditioned by narcissists to believe that helping other people is their duty and the only thing which gives their lives value.

After all, if you grew up that way, you may come to view that fucked-up shit as normal.

“Oh, you mean, your parents don’t consume your soul for sustenance every two or three days? Oh…”

Yeah, dude, that shit is whack.

Want to know the good news?

No one can truly steal your soul or actually cut you off from it. They can deplete and divert your energy and make you feel like you’re gonna die, but they cannot really touch your soul. This applies to non-corporeal beings too.

The one supreme law above all other laws of the universe is sovereignty. You are the only master of your soul. You can abuse it, deny it, torment it and generally treat it like shit, but you cannot give it away and you cannot capitulate to another’s rule. You’re stuck with it for eternity and the purpose of your path is to get to know your soul and learn how to look after it.

Your soul’s energy extends far beyond your physical body and the outer edges are known as the aura. The densest part of your soul is located in the torso and head, centered in the heart area. As it radiates out from there it becomes more diluted and can be mixed with other people’s energy signatures in the outer edges. When this mixing and enmeshing occurs, either willingly or unwillingly, it can result in points of leakage, like open wounds of pain.

BUT… you have the power to fix it.

The number one project of an intuitive is to repair their auric field after years of external abuse and stolen energy. An aura without holes is an aura which can’t be manipulated, siphoned from, or breached in any way. However, this spirit body is also an emotional body and it responds and reacts to emotional triggers like someone ripping a scab off and making a wound bleed fresh.

There may be emotional triggers which have to be identified and worked through in order to permanently close and repair the holes, rather than just temporarily patching them up.

However, if you have a narcissist in your life, they already know where all the emotional wounds are and like to keep them open and bleeding so they feed off them easily. It’s much harder work for them to create the wounds than to just poke around until they find one that’s already there, or return to a familiar victim who hasn’t had time to heal yet.

Cutting off physical, emotional and spiritual ties to a narcissist is vital for healing the spirit and emotional body. If you don’t they’ll immediately zero in on your pain points within seconds of contact. It’s always at the top of their agenda and they usually get a quick feed by making some passive-aggressive remark designed to hurt and undermine their victim in the shortest amount of time possible. “Oh, I see you still haven’t done anything nice with your hair. Doesn’t matter what you look like, though, does it?” Once the initial exchange has taken place, they can leisurely take their time enjoying the torment of another, kinda like having an appetiser and then taking time with the main course.

So how do you enjoy being an intuitive and stop being a victim?

The first stage is to cut contact and then cut cords. Once you’ve done that you can get into cleansing as a way to patch up the holes until they have time to heal.

After that, the real work begins.

Delving into your shadow-self might be hard graft but can be totally worth it. So is emotionally detoxing. These are two sides of the same coin, approaching emotional healing in two very different ways. Shadow work makes you face the pain and work through it, while an emotional detox is where you deliberately lighten your mood for extended days at a time, not allowing negative emotions a look-in during the detox.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll want to connect with your spirit guides and form a loving relationship with yourself.

Look for more articles following up on how to do all of these things in the next few weeks.

/|\ Hearth Witch

EcoPaganism v’s EgoPaganism

Who are the pagans? Are they eco-centric people who worship nature, or are they ego-centric people who worship themselves?

If you’ve met people before, you’ll know that this isn’t a straight-forward answer, even though it should be. Just like mainstream religions can become unhealthy places populated with toxic people, so can pagan communities. Basically, anything run by human beings is prone to self-serving agendas and fear-mongering.

So how do we keep ourselves clear?

 

We use crystals, herbs, staffs or wands made from tree branches, feathers and shells collected from the ground and brooms made out of dry leaves and twigs. We observe the stars and study animals. Our familiars and totems can be feathered, furred or scaly. We light fires, look up at the stars, observe the phases of the moon and feel the tides with our feet.

Why?

In the pagan traditions it’s all about being at one with nature and rituals are conducted in nature. This isn’t because we can’t afford to build churches or temples or whatever, but because nature keeps us honest.

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But don’t forget that we need to do more than just use nature for our rituals or when we want something. Grounding isn’t a practice just for our benefit, but a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship which puts us back in touch with reality and ensures that the land feels loved.

One of the best ways to ground and to feel a connection to a bigger picture is to do something constructive for the environment. It might be as simple as watering a pot-plant, or maybe joining a beach clean-up. Perhaps you really enjoy raking up leaves or collecting sticks to make bonfires and prevent seasonal infernos. You might enjoy teaching kids about the local birds.

Whatever it is, the important part is to remember that balance comes from both taking and giving. We must serve the environment in order to receive abundance in return.

An artificial environment won’t balance our energies or give us a sense of connection to time and place. It can become easy to occupy too much of our brain-space or to get wrapped up in ego if we lose touch with what and where we really are. When that happens we become selfish and fearful because we’re hoarding instead of flowing.

People who flow are never afraid of losing what they have, because they understand that if something goes, then something better will take it’s place. They’re the people who always have enough room for something new and exciting because they can let go of the things which hold them back.

People get bogged down and start to stagnate when their energy isn’t flowing outside of themselves and back in again. If you think about a water source which isn’t moving it will eventually start to smell, breed algae and essentially become a toxic soup. Our energy flow is the same. We’re not meant to sit still for too long or wallow in our own waters. If we’re not aware of this process we might not know it’s a problem until it’s chronic.

The purpose of grounding with nature is to give us perspective. We need this to ensure we’re not stagnating. What better way to have perspective than to care about something outside of yourself?

All the best. Peace /|\

Karma Police

For a minute there I lost myself, I lost myselfRadiohead

If there is one thing I always took from this song, it’s that Karma is badly misunderstood by most people. Karma isn’t some kind of cosmic police force going around punishing people for the shitty stuff they’ve done and rewarding those who have done good.

If only…

Karma is the shit you haven’t dealt with. Try as we might, the one thing we can never escape is ourselves. As a society we spend most of our time avoiding the task of examining who we really are. We deliberately lose ourselves on an hourly basis.

This means that the karmic lessons we need to learn, either from past lives or this one, aren’t being dealt with.

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So what are karmic lessons? Generally they are things like how you deal with other people and your personal relationships.

Do you cut and run from a relationship at the first sign of trouble? That’s a spiritual block you haven’t dealt with and karma will store it for the rest of your lifetime and the next one after that until you deal with it.

Do you allow other people to take advantage of your generous nature because you’re desperate for approval? That’s a karmic issue which won’t change or stop being an issue until you have paused to examine it’s underlying cause and figured out how to get past it.

Sometimes karma will go so far as to place you back with souls you have encountered in past lives so that you can re-create a shitty relationship, learn from it this time around and then move on.

Not all bad things in life are random or meaningless. The meaning can be hard to see until you’re past that stage, but at some point it usually makes sense in some way.

The other thing is, just because someone else hasn’t dealt with their own karma, doesn’t mean that you can’t. You aren’t reliant on others’ when it comes to your own spiritual journey. Don’t hinge your development on getting that apology from that asshole who screwed you over that time. It probably won’t happen and you don’t need it to anyway.

Spend time reflecting on things that have hurt you and examine the role that you played in how it came about. Was your life on track at the time, or were you avoiding some issues? Were you looking for approval in all the wrong places and ended up surrounded by narcissists? Did you sell yourself short and now you wish you had held out for something better?

If you can identify these weak spots in your own psyche, you can heal them and find something better in this lifetime. If you wallow in self-pity and blame others, you’ll never get past it.

Owning the responsibility to change things gives you the power to do exactly that: change things for yourself. Handing that power and responsibility over to other people leaves you vulnerable. They’re not here to owe you anything or make you happy. You are.

So go out there, be authentic, be kind, be responsible, but don’t take on other people’s drama. You’re here to sort out your own drama and make yourself happy in such a way that leaves you free from the shackles of karma.

All the best. Peace /|\

Energy Vampires

Sometimes it isn’t the supernatural you have to look out for. Sometimes, people are dicks. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that I’ve met way more dangerous people than entities.

Some of the worst people you can come across fall into the category of Energy Vampire. What the hell is an energy vampire? Well, it usually boils down to the spectrum of narcissism but the common factor is that they drain your energy just by being around them.

Now, this is tricky because some of the worst offenders can initially be quite energising at the beginning of your acquaintance. Give em time, though, and they’ll start sucking you dry.

If you haven’t plunged head-first down the psychological rabbit-hole that is narcissistic personality disorder (also known as Cluster B personalities to encompass other issues) then you truly haven’t lived. It’s a bewildering mind-fuck of information out there but it reveals so much about the most frustrating people you’ll ever know.

What are common behavioral characteristics of a narcissist? First of all they’re usually engaging, generous, witty, passionate and clever. Some do charity work to make themselves look good, but they wouldn’t bother if no one was watching.

Underneath all of this, when you really get to know them, they’re supremely selfish. Emotionally they range from cold, angry, self-pitying, promiscuous, or just plain volatile all in an effort to mess with your perception of reality and keep you on tender hooks. They’re control freaks who want to dominate not only conversation but also your mind, and they usually know how to play the victim at the end of it all.

Be prepared to get fucked by em.

It also doesn’t matter what kind of relationship you have with a narcissist, it’ll always be toxic. They might be your partner, or your parent, or they might just be your mailman. Whatever they are to you, watch out for them cos they’re crazier than a cut snake and they’ll create drama wherever they go.

So how do you deal with them?

Once you have identified the presence of a narc, it’s not so easy as to wave sage smoke in their face and bid them leave, you’ll have to observe social niceties with these guys, to a certain point. I say to do this within reason because narcs never observe social niceties themselves, which is kind of the issue. You may have to be rude.

The first rule is: cut contact. That’s really the only way to have peace in your life. It’s kinda like asking if someone could still live with a demonic infestation if it only occupies their laundry. Um, no. However, sometimes cutting all contact is not possible.

The second rule is: tell them nothing about yourself EVER and be as interesting as a tea towel. If they don’t see you as worthy prey they’ll not waste their time and trust me, it’s all about getting a reaction from people.

The third rule is: don’t have any entanglements with them such as finances, employment (if possible), children (might be too late, but its ok), pets (ditto), housing, or any kind of plans where you need them to show up on time and have shit done. They won’t. It’ll be a schmozzle.

Fourth rule: don’t take pity on them. Remember, they’re a professional victim. Make them sort their own shit out and stay away from their fights and dramas.

Fifth rule: limit ways in which they can contact you. Trust me.

Sixth rule: don’t antagonise them. They’re a time bomb waiting to explode and shower everyone with nuclear fall-out.

Once you have your management of the person or peoples under control, it is time to take care or your energy. You may need to cleanse your space and yourself, then wrap a protective bubble of pink or maybe blue light around your aura. Obsidian and black tourmaline are also great crystals for absorbing and neutralizing bad mojo.

If you’re in a place where you can’t get away from people, go to the toilet (no one will stop you doing that) and take a moment to conduct a visualisation. Imagine you’re a shaggy dog soaked in water. Now imagine that you’re shaking all of that water out of your fur, droplets of it sparkling in the sunlight. Literally shake your hands and roll your neck to physically loosen up.

Now visualise stepping into the protective bubble (give it a yummy smell in your mind), and imagine that its rubbery like bubble gum but a lot harder and anything you don’t want getting through just bounces off it.

All the best. Peace /|\