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Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:46 PM
The divine manifestation is ubiquitous,
Only our eyes are not open to it. . . .
Awe is what moves us forward. . . .
Live from your own center. . . .
The divine lives within you.
The separateness apparent in the world is secondary.
Beyond the world of opposites is an unseen,
but experienced, unity and identity in us all.
Today the planet is the only proper “in group.”
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world.
We cannot cure the world of sorrows,
but we can choose to live in joy.
You must return with the bliss and integrate it.
The return is seeing the radiance is everywhere.
The world is a match for us.
We are a match for the world.
The spirit is the bouquet of nature. . . .
Sanctify the place you are in. Follow your bliss. . . .
~ Joseph Campbell
Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:39 PM
Just received this email and wanted to share it withyou.
Pretty awesome indeed.Ana
This Saturday is Valentine's Day in parts of the world--a time to honor those we love in some way. But this year February 14 has a much deeper meaning. At a time when humanity and the earth need love more than ever, the planets are aligning to support that love as the Age of Aquarius dawns! Forty
years ago, the Fifth Dimension performed a song called "Aquarius" which
brought the dawning of the New Age into our collective awareness:
When the Moon is in the seventh house
and Jupiter aligns with Mars.
Then peace will guide the planets
and love will steer the stars
Now we will actually experience this alignment of the planets! According to astrology, at dawn on February 14 the Cosmos embodies the perfect alignment to support our collective manifestation of love and peace and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius. Wow! We need this and I feel its potential!!
To enjoy the Fifth Dimension performing "Aquarius" click here.
For a clear explanation of the astrology behind this alignment, click here.
Another great idea for Valentine's Day comes from the ValentinePeaceProject which invites us to do something creative in our own neighborhood - touch someone's heart with a smile or a rose or anything else you want to give away on February 14.
can YOU do to manifest love in YOUR world--big or small? Let's make
Valentine's Day this year a BIG day of SPREADING LOVE!
With much love,
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ALSOAnnouncing a new Meetup for The Austin Energy Healing Meetup Group!
The Austin Energy Healing Meetup Group
Click Here Expand Your Energies Of Love and Peace…
What: Expand Your Energies Of Love and Peace-For Yourself And The Universe
When: February 14, 2009 7:15 AM
Where: Click the link below to find out!
THE AQUARIAN ALIGNMENT, February 14, 2009
When? Feburary 14th 2009 @ 7:25am
Where? Your Heart, Mind and Soul
Click Here For the website of Jude Currivan PhD
measure our global sense of both space (latitude and longitude) and
time (universal time - UT or GMT) from the prime meridian located at
Greenwich, England. We can perceive the collective influence of this
momentous astrological event (February 14th) by looking at the
alignment from this globally centered perspective. When we do,
something extraordinary and exquisite emerges.
At dawn on 14th
February the day dedicated to St Valentine, the patron saint of Love,
the Moon in Libra enters the seventh house of relationships. And
Jupiter and Mars are aligned in Aquarius in the twelfth house of
Forty years ago, the intuitive words
of a song called Aquarius, brought the dawning of the New Age into our
"When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars.
Then peace will guide the planets, and love will steer the stars."
dawn on 14th February the Cosmos actually embodies this perfect
alignment to support our collective manifestation of Love and Peace,
and the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
The Aquarian chart of 14th
February reveals an incredible concentration of Cosmic influences
blending with the energies of Aquarius in the twelfth house. Expansive
Jupiter and energetic Mars are aligned with the higher purpose of the
North Node. The presence of Chiron the wounded healer offers us the
opportunity to heal the schisms that have separated us for so long.
Neptune emphasizes collective humanitarian movements and the
co-creation of social justice. And the presence of the radiant Sun
enlightens the entire alignment.
Mercury also in the twelfth
house but just beyond the cusp in Capricorn, allies with
transformational Pluto to communicate and anchor the Shift throughout
our global structures and institutions.
The Moon in Libra in the seventh house emphasizes harmonious real -ationships.
Venus in Aries in the first house energizes and empowers dynamic co-creativity.
whilst Saturn the great task master in opposition to Uranus the
unexpected awakener is suggesting an ongoing confrontation as the dregs
of the unsustainable old paradigm reluctantly give way to the untested
hope of the new, their placements in Virgo and Pisces brings practical
altruism and visionary inspiration to the transition.
7:25 a.m. on 14th February - and for the 18 minutes of the alignment, I
invite you, into the Universal Heart, to add your own intention for
Love and Peace, and to co-create the dawning of the Age of Aquarius to
that of the Cosmos. Join in whatever way feels appropriate for you. You
may choose to align with 7:25 a.m. (UT) or 7:25 a.m. your own local
time energizing a wave of intention that will surge around the Earth.
Learn more here:
group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to
visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into
complaints about stress in work and life.
Offering his guests
coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot
of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass,
crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling
them to help themselves to the coffee.
When all the students had
a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the
nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the
plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best
for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress.
assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most
cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we
drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you
consciously went for the best cups... And then you began eyeing each
Now consider this: Life is the coffee; the jobs,
money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold
and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor
change the quality of life we live.
Sometimes, by concentrating
only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee, not the
cups! The happiest people don't have the best of everything.
They just make the best of everything.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 3:16 PM
Things In Life
Too often we
what we have until it is gone;
Too often we wait too late to say
"I'm sorry -- I was wrong."
seems we hurt the ones
we hold dearest to our hearts;
And we allow foolish things to tear our lives apart.
Far too many
times we let
unimportant things into our minds;
And then it's usually too late
to see what made us blind.
So be sure that
you let people know
how much they mean to you;
Take that time to say the words
before your time is through.
Be sure that
everything you've got
And be thankful for the Little Things
in Life that mean a lot.
~ author unknown ~
Saturday, November 22, 2008, 5:19 PM
What's In The
In the quiet spaces of my
mind a thought lies still, but ready to spring.
It begs me to open the door
so it can walk about.
The poets speak in obscure terms pointing madly at the
The sages say nothing, but walk ahead patting their thigh calling
for us to follow.
The monk sits pen in hand poised to explain the cloud of
The seeker seeks, just around the corner from the truth.
she stands still it will catch up with her.
Pause with us here a while.
Put your ear to the wall of your heart.
Listen for the whisper of
Love will touch you if you are very still.
If I say the word God,
people run away.
They've been frightened--sat on 'till the spirit cried
Now they play hide and seek with somebody they can't name.
know he's out there looking for them, and they want to be found,
is all this stuff in the way.
I can't talk about God and
make any sense,
And I can't not talk about God and make any sense.
talk about the weather, and we are talking about God.
I miss the old temples where
you could hang out with God.
Still, we have pet pounds where you can feel
love draped in warm fur,
And sense the whole tragedy of life and death.
You see there the consequences of carelessness,
And you feel there the
yapping urgency of life that wants to be lived.
The only things lacking are
the frankincense and myrrh.
We don't build many temples
Maybe we learned that the sacred can't be contained.
it can't be sustained inside a building.
spirit that lives on.
If you had a temple in the
secret spaces of your heart,
What would you worship there?
you bring to sacrifice?
What would be behind the curtain in the holy of
Go there now.
~ Tom Barrett ~
Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:48 PM
A Witch by Starlight NASA - October 31, 2007
By starlight this eerie visage shines in the dark,
a crooked profile evoking its popular name, the
Witch Head Nebula.
In fact, this entrancing
portrait gives the impression
the witch has fixed her gaze on Orion's bright supergiant
Spanning over 50 light-years, the dusty cosmic cloud strongly
reflects nearby Rigel's blue light, giving it the characteristic color
of a reflection nebula.
Cataloged as IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula
is about 1,000 light-years away.
Of course, you might see a witch this
but don't panic.
Have a safe and
My painting several years ago, I just got into swirling and brush
movements, and when I stood back I saw a whirling dancer top part,
below I see a witch or old crone facing to left. I titled this "Tara Sky Dancer" that was in 1993. Not till a few years ago in reading a book I came across this title "Dakini Sky Dancer"
dakini Sanskrit word for
"sky dancer," a female tutelary diety, often of frightful aspect,
who teaches and tests those on the path of Tantric
Dakinis are female Tantric
Buddhas and those women who have attained the realization of meaning
clear light. Dakas are the male equivalent.
Examples of Dakinis are Vajrayogini, Tara, Sarasvati and Marichi.
The terms Dakini and Daka, and
Heroine and Hero are interchangeable. Shantideva said that a real Hero
or Heroine is someone who has destroyed their self-cherishing mind, has
conquered thier delusions, and developed the courage to help many
Dancing Dakini by Choying Drolma and Sina Vodjani (Audio CD - 2006) - Import
This to me shows how Inspiration is from Source, and we ALL share that connection.
In the Tibetan language the Sanskrit term dakini is rendered Khandroma (mkha’-‘gro-ma) meaning “she who
traverses the sky” or “she who moves in space”; this is sometimes
rendered poetically as "sky dancer" or "sky walker".
Iconographically, their bodies are depicted curved in sinuous dance
poses. They dance as they are active manifestations of energy
or shakti. It should be noted that while dakinis are often depicted as beautiful and naked, they
are not viewed primarily as sexual symbols but as symbols of the naked or natural mind or rigpa stripped of all obscuration and defilements. And the movements of their dance signify the movements and
thoughts or the quanta of consciousness in the
mindstream and the dharmakaya as the wellspring of the
spontaneously emerging Buddha-mind, or rigpa.
Dakinis are prevalent in Vajrayana Buddhism and have been particularly conceived in
Tibet and the Himalaya where the dakini, generally of
volatile or wrathful temperament, act somewhat as a muse (or inspirational thoughtform) for spiritual practice. Dakinis are energetic thoughtforms in female form, evocative of the
movement of energy in space. In this context, the sky or space indicates shunyata, the
insubstantiality of all phenomena, which is, at the same time, the pure potentiality for all possible manifestations.
Dakinis are questing and testing agents. There are instances where a dakini has come to test an aspirant's control over
his or her sexual desires, but the dakini should not themselves be construed as beings of passion and sexuality. Many
stories of the Mahasiddhas in Tibet contain passages where a
Dakini perturbs the aspiring Mahasiddha. When the dakini's test has been fulfilled and passed, the aspirant is often then
recognised as a Mahasiddha and often elevated into the Dakini Paradise, a place of enlightened bliss.
According to tradition, a Dakini gave a black hat to the third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284 - 1339), when he was three years old. The Black Crown became the emblem of the oldest reincarnating
Dakinis, being associated with energy in all its functions, are linked with the revelation of the Anuttara Tantras or Higher Tantras, which represent the path of transformation. Here, the energy of negative
emotions or kleshas, called poisons, are transformed into the luminous energy of
enlightened awareness or gnosis (jnana) yielding rigpa.
"Iconographic representations tend to show the dakini as a young,
naked figure in a dancing posture, often holding a skull cup
filled with menstrual blood or the elixir of life in one hand, and a
curved knife in the other. She may wear a garland of human
skulls, with a trident staff leaning against her shoulder. Her hair is
usually wild and hanging down her back, and her face often
wrathful in expression, as she dances on top of a corpse, which
represents her complete mastery over ego and ignorance" (Campbell
138). Practitioners often claim to hear the clacking of her bone
adornments as the dakinis indulge in their vigorous
- Beyer, Stephen (1973). The Cult of Tara: Magic and Ritual in Tibet. University of California Press. ISBN
- Campbell, June. (1996). "Traveller in Space: In Search of the Female Identity in Tibetan Buddhism". George Braziller. ISBN
- English, Elizabeth (2002). Vajrayogini: Her Visualizations, Rituals, and Forms. Wisdom Publications. ISBN
- Gyatso, Geshe Kelsang (1991). Guide to Dakini Land: The Highest Yoga Tantra
Practice Buddha Vajrayogini. Tharpa Publications. ISBN 0-948006-18-8
- Norbu, Thinley (1981). Magic Dance: The Display of the Self Nature of the Five Wisdom Dakinis. Jewel Publishing House,
2nd edition. ISBN 0-9607000-0-5
- Padmasambhava, translated by Erik Pema Kunsang (1999) Dakini Teachings.
Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2nd edition. ISBN 962-7341-36-3
- Simmer-Brown, Judith (2001). Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism. Shambhala Publications.
- Yeshe, Lama (2001). Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire. Wisdom Publications, revised edition.
Friday, October 3, 2008, 9:15 AM
Huddled Beneath the
The sadness I have caused
by letting a stray word
I have caused
what can I do to make us even?
Demand a hundred fold of me - I'll pay
During the day I hold my
to watch out for wondrous insects and their
Why would I want to bring
into their extraordinary
Magnetic fields draw us to
Light; they move our limbs and thoughts.
But it is still dark; if our hearts
do not hold a lantern,
we will stumble over each other,
huddled beneath the
as we are.
~ Rumi ~
from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel
Web version: www.panhala.net/Archive/Huddled_Beneath_the_Sky.html
Friday, October 3, 2008, 9:09 AM
Karamchand Gandhi October 2, 1869
Porbandar, Gujarat, India
Died January 30, 1948
New Delhi, India
"To be true to my faith, therefore, I may not write in anger or
malice. I may not write idly. I may not write merely to excite passion.
The reader can have no idea of the restraint I have to exercise from
week to week in the choice of topics and my vocabulary. It is training
for me. It enables me to peep into myself and to make discoveries of my
weaknesses. Often my vanity dictates a smart expression or my anger a
harsh adjective. It is a terrible ordeal but a fine exercise to remove
M. K. Gandhi,
Young India, July 2, 1925
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) edited three journals during his life. The first one, Indian OpinionYoung India (1919-1932) and Harijan
(1933-1948) were both from Ahmedabad. The fact that Gandhi gained a
London matriculation and was called to the Bar in 1891, needs to be
placed alongside the reality that English was not Gandhi's mother
tongue and as a lawyer in India he was an utter failure. The latter was
probably not so much due to his lack of knowledge of the language, as
to stirrings within him about the ethics of his own profession and
whether it was in a court of law that a petitioner could seek truth,
though she may well get justice. So, neither training nor learning a
language are keys to understanding how and why Gandhi came to wield an
effective pen - in Gujarati, Hindi and English, notwithstanding that
both were important means.
(1903-1914), was in South Africa. The other two:
Writers, journalists, correspondents, and all those who use the
currency of language to express thoughts and feelings about events
outside or within themselves, especially those who work diligently at
their craft, invariably start from a locus which is physical. Could it
be the physical locus, South Africa in 1893, in Gandhi's case, provided
the impetus for him to pick up his pen and respond to a reality?
Three physical events where Gandhi was bodily and violently
hurt partly explain the awakening of his unknown talent to express a
reality and locate himself beyond the physical. First, in June 1893,
Gandhi was thrown out of the train to Pretoria, as he was in a
compartment where only white persons could travel and holding a
first-class ticket was held against him. Second, in July 1893, Gandhi
was kicked off the footpath near President Kruger's home. Third, in
January 1897, on arrival in Durban from India, Gandhi was attacked by a
mob. These were humiliations to which the entire "coloured" community
was subject, not only Gandhi, but they had a particular effect on him.
In each of these cases, Gandhi refused to sue his assailants,
but that does not mean that he stopped thinking about the motivation of
his white brothers and sisters who continued to demean (using
contemptuous words, such as, "coolies", "coolie barrister", "coolie
ships", and so on) an entire community. The other part of his inner
need to communicate - stemmed from his training - was warranted by the
legal disabilities which all persons of colour, again not only Indians,
were subject. In short, it was a "condition of semi-slavery" which
thousands of indentured labourers from various part of the British
Empire endured, not without tremendous pain, suffering, and debasement.
It was these physical and legal incidents which Gandhi pondered
very seriously and have been perceptively characterised as "iron
enter(ing) his soul." Yet, the effect of that corrosive metal piercing
a sensitive soul cannot totally account for the prodigious outpouring
from Gandhi's pen, mind and heart. Could they? Starting from editing Indian Opinion in 1903 till his assassination by an ultranationalist in 1948, his pen continued to write. The Collected Works of Gandhi now number 100 volumes and these are edited.
What is it in a writer that serves as a proverbial fount to return to
time and again for sustenance, reflection, and at times even temporary
silence? In Gandhi's case there is ample evidence in his writings, be
it in his An Autobiography: The Story of my Experiments With Truth (first published in two volumes in 1927 and 1929) or in his seminal work Hind Swaraj
(1909), that it was his intense search for the spiritual combined with
the need to make human beings deeply aware that their response to
inhumanity is with added humanity and love of the opponent. These were
the embryonic seeds of ahimsa and satyagraha. Some have
characterised his search as being God-centred and human-orientated.
However one may define this bedrock within Gandhi, it is clear in his
writings about satyagraha and ahimsa, while in South Africa and later in India, that he was writing for change both spiritual and temporal. Hence, the concept of swaraj
for Gandhi was not just independence from the British Raj, but also
self-discipline and self-rule by Indians. He perceptively saw a time
when Indians themselves would exploit other Indians. Even though India
was politically free, its poorest citizens would be in utter bondage
and servitude. To them, independence effectively meant more
subjugation, displacement, discrimination, misery, loot and mayhem.
Hence, Gandhi's question: "What is swaraj?" It was addressed
both to oppressors and oppressed, to morally change themselves, while
subjecting himself to the same introspection. The quotation at the
outset provides an effective illustration of this, which are replete in
Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 10:52 AM
It's all coconuts!
Recently we received a phone call in the wee hours of the morning.
My hubby picked up the phone and I heard him say "Oh my gosh"
Well right away the brain train as I call it, the brain gets in it's grove and starts running down a worst thing track.
So to avoid that habit, I had the presence of mine (Spirit must have been helping me) I said coconuts!
My husband got off the phone and I repeated it out loud to him. He smiled, looked at me and I said it's all coconuts. He laughed.
That word was enough to redirect his brain and emotional reaction.
So now we have this random thing we do.
To chose a funny word, one that holds no emotional trigger for any of us. And use it to keep us, remind us, to stay centered.
Emotional trigger words you and I have many.
I first started work at the Library my supervisor who had the nick-name
of Red, used red pens only. My first notes from her triggered a gut
reaction for me. This went back to grade school when test papers were
returned with notes/scores written in red.
So that's what I mean about a trigger to an emotional response.
in using/choosing a random word, something funny because it sounds
weird and because it has no meaning for me, outside of it's definition,
are good words to defuse a situation. This will also help my brain train to
derail off the negative track.
Try something like this for you, it's a little thing to do, yet it can make a big difference.
Let me know if you have a way to defuse negative thinking, or a way to keep you on a positive track.
Have a coconut day
Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 8:41 AM
I will honor myself today. I will forgive myself. I let go of the past.
I let the loving presence of God fill my being.
The highest realization we can have is the recognition of the Omnipresence of Spirit.
This will set greater possibilities in motion and will, automatically, provide a better concept of life.
The Science of Mind..page 276
Sunday, September 28, 2008, 9:52 AM
Selected Poetry of Walt Whitman
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
“All truths wait in all things,
They neither hasten their own delivery nor resist it,
They do not need the obstetric forceps of the surgeon...”
I am the poet of the body and I am the poet of the soul...
At another place he sings:
I have said that the soul is not more than the body.
The soul is always beautiful, it appears more or it appears less,
it comes or it lags behind,
It comes from its embower'd garden
and looks pleasantly on itself and encloses the world...
Man and woman: different entities?
I am the poet of the woman the same as the man,
And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man...