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Astrology for May 2014 – Building the New Paradigm with Stability and Softness

Power and entitlement will get a reality check. The new paradigm will not be based on naked confrontation, to use Carl’s words or airy-fairy, nebulous dreams but rather on a system of checks and balances which goes both ways and equally applicable to the 1% and the 99%. These checks and balances will be the outcome of vigorous discussion and negotiation which in turn is the outcome of defining and getting real with your goals and aspirations. Remember, everything starts with the individual first and then moves up to the group level and so on. There is no way the world will ever change for the better if individuals don’t first. Have courage.

There are some mighty interesting astrological configurations in May’s chart after the April Grand Cross, mainly a powerful Yod formation within the Kite. For those of you who don’t know what a Yod is, it is also known as “The Hand of God”.

Carl especially has some awesome advice from the 22:00 minute mark in particular about how to use astrology in a good way for yourselves.

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Some Mysticism in Some Films

The National Library and Archives of Quebec

The National Library and Archives of Quebec

One of the few benefits of living in Quebec is that it is easily the most leftist place in North America with strong socialist leanings. Yeah, our taxes are high and we have bad roads with winter potholes which will do a number on your car maintenance bills. However that also means extremely affordable university education, fantastic community services and wonderful public libraries with excellent collections in many languages with speedy inter-library loans.

Inside the library

Inside the library

It’s a very rare public library that can say it carries the entire catalogue of the Criterion Collection of DVDs. For those of you who aren’t film buffs, the Criterion Collection produces the most amazing versions of all those art house films you’ve read or heard about but never had the chance to watch. Those films and directors which are often quoted by more mainstream movie directors or those covered in basic courses in film studies and communication, like Luchino Visconti, Akira Kurosawa, Ken Loach, Alex Cox and countless others. The Criterion DVDs also contain those extras like rare documentaries on the making of, interviews with surviving actors or directors.

Boss. The mystical poet of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky. If Rumi had been a filmmaker, the closest approximation would have been Tarkovsky. His gravestone in Paris reads,"To the man who saw the Angel."

Boss. The mystical poet of cinema, Andrei Tarkovsky. If Rumi had been a filmmaker, the closest approximation would have been Tarkovsky. His gravestone in Paris reads,”To the man who saw the Angel.”

You gain a special insight and understanding about the art form and a basic free education in film studies (Film was always considered an art form by the Europeans and more of a business by the Americans, with few exceptions which is why the “look” and message is so different.). Once you watch the masters at work, you begin to have the ability to discern when fifth-rate Hollywood directors try oh-so-hard to copy them or insert scenes in their films which have been “inspired” by the real maestros (and usually fall flat on their faces).

Scarlett O'Hara in Victor Fleming's classic "Gone With the Wind"

Scarlett O’Hara in Victor Fleming’s classic “Gone With the Wind”

...and Steven Spielberg's rip-off version at the end of the film "War Horse"

…and Steven Spielberg’s rip-off version at the end of the film “War Horse”

One thing the Americans could never do was portray spiritual and serious mystical ideas on film effectively. I don’t know why, maybe the puritanical religious history has something to do with it or the lack of exposure or understanding of religious traditions outside of the strictly Protestant/Catholic framework until fairly recently. When they do, it either comes across as New Age-y like “What Dreams May Come” or like “City of Angels” (an excretable version of the original German masterpiece “Wings of Desire”) or it has to be based on biblical or religious dogma like the more recent “Noah”. Mysticism, because it is so porous and open-ended, does not lend itself well to the medium of film.

Russell Crowe as Noah (you're kidding me, right?)

Russell Crowe as Noah (you’re kidding me, right?)

When it’s done in the hands of directors, who themselves may have the best credentials technically but have low spiritual insight or maturity, the films usually fall flat like in the case of Martin Scorsese‘s “Kundun” (which is why I think he keeps repeating the same themes and keeps making the same gangster film all the time – he doesn’t have very much range IMHO).

Kundun (1997) a film about the Dalai Lama. Movie was nothing to write home about.

Kundun (1997) a film about the Dalai Lama. Movie was nothing to write home about.

When it’s done right, the results are beyond fabulous and keep you running back for more.
The films can haunt you for days and more often than not, raises more questions, which then forces you to re-watch the film with these questions in mind – and the process keeps repeating itself from there. Andrei Tarkovsky’s entire body of work and especially “Andrei Rublev” (read the user reviews at the bottom), Wim Wender’s “Paris, Texas”, Louis Malle’s “My Dinner with Andre” or Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Decalogue, easily come to mind here.

Recently I stumbled on the works of British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger aka “The Archers”. There has already been volumes written on them to say nothing of the countless PhD dissertations on their work, but what I would like to focus on is the almost-lyrical mysticism which seems to pervade their films, most notably in “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”, “I Know Where I’m Going”, “A Matter of Life and Death”, “Black Narcissus” and “The Red Shoes”.

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger at work. They had one of the most successful working partnerships in British film history

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger at work. They had one of the most successful working partnerships in British film history

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Roger Livesey and Deborah Kerr at the beginning of General Wynne-Candy's career

Roger Livesey and Deborah Kerr at the beginning of General Wynne-Candy’s career

This is a film about missed chances, realizing the truth of the matter a little too late and looking back on life. For anyone who has had to live with regret and then had to make the best of it, the film will ring true especially for you. The film follows Major General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey’s performance of a lifetime) from 1902 until 1942 and watches the changes in culture played out in the theatre of war. Particularly from when war was once fought by gentlemen to when war became an outlet for brutes.

Probably one of the best close-up shots of an actor ever.

Probably one of the best-looking close-up shots of an actor, ever. A gentleman, moments before his fight.

Powell and Pressburger took the piss out of war and the British idea of “empire building” and even had Winston Churchill and the British War office on their backs for making this film, particularly for showing up the humanity of a German highborn soldier. The war propagandists of the time just couldn’t take it because the film refused to take sides. This was a film which was not supposed to be made but 70 years later has finally been restored to its original form and is now becoming recognized as the masterpiece it was. An undercurrent theme of lost love also runs throughout the film. English actress Deborah Kerr plays 3 characters in this film, a different incarnation of Clive Wynne-Candy’s Twin Soul at different stages in his life.


I Know Where I’m Going (1945)

Looking out towards Kiloran from Mull.

Looking out towards Kiloran from Mull.

A tale about Destiny, Fate and Love (and I capitalized those words on purpose here). Wendy Hiller plays Joan Webster, an ambitious young lady who is engaged to be married off to the much older but very wealthy industrialist Sir Robert Bellinger. The wedding is to take place on the remote Scottish island of Kiloran in the Western Hebrides and the only way to get there is to catch a boat from the island of Mull. Setback after setback hits Joan as a sudden storm and windy conditions prevent her from leaving Mull and Joan meets a dashing naval officer named Torquil MacNeil (again, Roger Livesey at his most handsome I find) who kindly offers her to stay at his friend’s home.

Captain MacNeil doesn't have eyes for anyone else but for Joan.

Captain MacNeil doesn’t have eyes for anyone else but for Joan.

The storm lasts a few days and with each passing day Joan and Torquil’s unsaid feelings for each other become deeper and more apparent. Joan, fearing that she is going to lose everything she has worked so hard for in her life if she stays any longer, tries to flee but Mother Nature, the Fates (and especially Captain MacNeil) have other ideas. Set against the harsh beauty of Northern Scotland, this film has a solid cult following and hundreds of fans of the film have made the trek to the filming locations over the years. No one can quite explain WHY the film seems to resonate with so many people, but I personally think that the mysticism of the story, the atmospheric Scottish landscape and excellent acting all have something to do with the films longstanding appeal.

 

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

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Here, Powell and Pressburger decide to tackle Death, Life after Death and the Power of Love. David Niven plays Peter Carter a pilot who jumps out of his plane and doesn’t die. Death has been robbed and a trial has been set and Carter has to argue for his life before the powers that be. Problem is, Carter has fallen in love during his “stolen hours” which has complicated matters somewhat.

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Roger Livesey (who many speculate was an alter-ego of Michael Powell’s) is Dr. Reeves, who looks after Carter and ends up having to defend him against historical persons in a heavenly court of law. Really, at its heart, it is about the redemptive power of love on Earth and speculates wildly on life after death, the nature of Time and why we are really here. It’s worth watching just for the “Stairway to Heaven” sequence alone and the laughable “English Culture vs. American Culture” trail. Be warned, stereotypes abound.

Black Narcissus (1947)

How does one balance out sexuality with spirituality? More often than not, many spiritual teachings talk about squashing those feelings and sentiments – usually with disastrous results and “Black Narcissus” shows up how these instincts can sometimes go wrong. Very wrong. Based on story by Rumer Godden, the film is set at a convent high in the Himalayas where the wind never stops blowing. The convent itself used to be a bordello but has since been converted. The exotic, sensual but isolated surroundings eventually get to the nuns.

Sister Ruth -Yikes!

Sister Ruth -Yikes!

Having a mentally unbalanced, but sexually repressed nun in the form of Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron) and a walking stud-muffin like Mr. Dean (David Farrar) doesn’t help matters in the least. The entire film was shot on a soundstage in England, very far from India yet you’re taken in completely. The fight between the “good” nun and the “bad” nun will leave you on the edge of your nerves.

The Red Shoes (1948)

How does the artist answer his or her true calling, remain faithful to it in face of outside pressures particularly, Love? Can two great passions, such as love and the artistic impulse truly occupy the same space? Loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, it follows the rise of a ballerina Vicky Page (real-life ballerina Moira Shearer) from relative obscurity to the heights of artistic success, all under the watchful eye of an artistic Svengali ballet impresario Boris Lermontov. Moira falls in love with a composer and that places her role as prima ballerina within the touring company at odds with Lermontov who has even bigger plans for her. Upon telling him of her wishes to follow her heart, Lermontov declares, “A dancer who relies upon the doubtful comforts of human love will never be a great dancer. Never.”

I'm positive Darren Aronofsky copied a lot of ideas from "The Red Shoes" and used them in "Black Swan"

I’m positive Darren Aronofsky copied a lot of ideas from “The Red Shoes” and used them in “Black Swan”

The highlight of this film is the actual ballet sequence which runs for 15 minutes during the middle of the film and is probably the most surreal, beautiful piece of film-making ever committed to celluloid. A young woman sees a pair of red shoes in a shop window, which are offered to her by the demonic Shoemaker. She puts them on and begins to dance with her beau. They go to a carnival, where she seems to forget about the beau as she dances with every man she comes across. She attempts to return home to her mother, but the red shoes, controlled by the Shoemaker, keeps her dancing. She falls into a netherworld, where she dances with a piece of newspaper which turns briefly into her beau. She is then beset by grotesque creatures, including the Shoemaker, who converge upon her. They abruptly disappear, leaving her alone. No matter where she flees, the shoes refuse to stop dancing. Near death from exhaustion, clothed in rags, she finds herself in front of a church where a funeral is in progress. The priest offers to help her. She motions to him to remove the shoes, and as he does so, she dies. He carries her into the church, and the Shoemaker retrieves the shoes, to be offered to his next victim. (In the case of the fairy tale, the red shoes can be read as any earthly enticement).

If you love watching serious films as much as I do, do yourself a favour and find these movies. They just don’t make them like this anymore, that’s for sure.

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The Law of Exchange

“Tell yourself that all human beings are your brothers and sisters, and if you learn to accept them, with their weaknesses, their shortcomings and the difficulties they create for you, you will attract the benevolence and support of heavenly beings.  Never be like those people who turn away from others on the pretext that they are inferior.  Such ignorant people do not know that when they do this they are transgressing the law of exchange and that, as a consequence, the divine world will refuse to make exchanges with them.  It is up to each one of us to find out how to establish true contact with others.  May scientists be happy to give their knowledge and the wise to give their light, and may those who receive them be delighted to have been taught and enlightened.  May the strong be happy to support the weak and the rich to help the poor, and may the weak and the poor be grateful to feel they have been helped.  All those who refuse to allow their wealth to circulate, in whatever sphere, are like stagnant water. They will never discover the meaning of life, for life can only be found in free circulation and exchanges. Just because people are different from you, it doesn’t mean you have the right to mistreat them or ignore them. You will do better to try to understand them.  In this way you will be establishing a good habit, which will then protect you from many dangers. You meet people who think they are so important.  They think they don’t have to make any effort for little ants. But maybe one day they will find themselves, like in fairy stories, having to sort thousands of grains of wheat, barley or rice in a few hours, and then they will be very pleased when the ‘ants’ come to their aid. Or else they will be bound tightly hand and foot, and a little mouse will start gnawing at the rope to set them free. 

Lucy noticing the mice gnawing away the ropes around Aslan at the Stone Table in an animated version of "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe"

Lucy noticing the mice gnawing away the ropes around Aslan at the Stone Table in an animated version of “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe”

You will say, ‘But those are fables, fairy stories for children!’ If you like… The mice and the ants represent those people you mix with that you tend to look down on.  But who knows?  Perhaps those people you were able to show some respect, because they deserved it, will one day come to your rescue. There are invisible beings who can come down to help us, and if you want them to pay you a visit and to stay, you must prepare the right conditions in yourself.  Yes, never forget that divine beings are always ready to visit you and that they seek a place to dwell in your heart, soul and spirit, so they may work and bring you their riches.  It is only people’s negligence and lack of appreciation for their presence and help that keeps these entities away. They are fully aware that human beings are imperfect, weak and silly, and yet they excuse them and do not let this stop them. On the contrary, they say: ‘Oh, what a state the poor things are in, they need help!’ But if they see that people do not appreciate what they bring, they leave. Not because they need to be respected or thanked, no, but because they know that ingratitude prevents people from profiting from the blessings they are offered.

- Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

I am, in small degrees , a supernaturalist.

That probably doesn’t jive with a lot of people (and that’s cool) but I do firmly believe that all that we can see, hear, touch, smell and taste is not all that there is (Is it just me but isn’t it strange that 4 of our 5 senses are centered around the head? Are there others in other parts of the body and they are just dormant?).

Microbacteria in your tummy

Mycobacteria in your tummy

There’s much more, we just haven’t been able to quantify or record these things mostly because the instruments, physics and mathematics just aren’t there yet. It’s all relative. I mean if you were to go up to a feudal serf in medieval France and show him a picture of a what a real microbe or virus looks like and explain to him that it is living underneath his fingernails or on his skin when he doesn’t take a bath after six months, he’d probably run screaming off to the local church official and have you burned alive. That microbe may not have been something which anyone could see, quantify or touch back then, but it doesn’t change that it was still there. Thankfully, germ theory changed a lot of things. That’s what I mean by relativity.

No. Just no.

No. Just no.

Likewise, I do think, like what Aivanhov suggests, there are lifeforms which populate this universe way beyond us. Mostly good, some bad but because I think evil has its limitations, the more benevolent forces are far more advanced in form and expression. I’m not talking about Ascended Masters bullshit and all the crap many New Agers sprout. I don’t think they are in a form we can even relate to except perhaps in flashes of insight, sudden intuition and those all-too-rare moments of pure transcendence or grace. However, if the quote is true and they are indeed ready to help us, it also means we have to hold up our end of the law of exchange as well.

Greek Orthodox icon of Seven Archangels. From left to right: Jegudiel, Gabriel, Selaphiel, Michael, Uriel, Raphael, Barachiel. Beneath the mandorla of Christ-Emmanuel are representations of Cherubim (blue) and Seraphim (red).

Greek Orthodox icon of Seven Archangels. From left to right: Jegudiel, Gabriel, Selaphiel, Michael, Uriel, Raphael, Barachiel. Beneath are representations of Cherubim (blue) and Seraphim (red).

I think what is stopping so many people to practice that law of exchange is 1) Fear, fear that if they give anything away, they will never have anything to show for it  and 2) Greed. We are living in a world culture which is largely predicated on class-warfare and with the “Haves” displaying a horrific culture of entitlement. Too many people thinking that if they display any form of kindness, decency, gentleness or compassion, there will be less of it to go around to them.

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This culture of entitlement has many, many expressions. From an impossible diva like Jennifer Lopez who has it written into contracts with the hired help that they are not to make eye-contact with her at any time to Generation Y college grads who get upset that they may have to work on a project which requires a longer attention span, of say a mouse.

Moll girls at play. From Vice.com

Moll girls at play. From Vice.com

I recently read about the phenomena of the “moll girls” in Australia over at Vice. It’s mostly girls, usually in their early 20s, mostly from upper middle class to upper class backgrounds acting like thuggish boys. I mean binge drinking, fighting with each other physically, even fighting with boys as a gang, sleeping around randomly as a form of “empowerment” usually at clubs and bars. Generally acting very boorish and vulgar and throwing a fit at even the hint they may not get what (or who)  they want in the next 10 seconds.

the original "Queen of Mean", Leona Helmsley

The original “Queen of Mean”, Leona Helmsley

Whenever I watch people who give off that “I’m Entitled to do Anything I Want” vibe, I always detect fierce anger underneath…as well as deep hurt. Somehow, somewhere along the line, something damaged them. I’m not justifying that behaviour but I do think it’s a scar that they carry around and it manifests in other ways

A typical group of socialites as featured in New York Social Diary.

A typical group of socialites as featured in New York Social Diary.

When I used to work at non-profits, many of the charity fundraising events were chaired by local socialites and I have to say, they are easily the rudest, bitchiest, most self-absorbed and neurotic women I’ve ever come across. Many of their husbands were captains of industry so they were, in short, bored, flaky trophy wives. They used to treat us at the non-profits like we were their domestic help and would often get away with it unless you said something and put them in their place. I don’t think many of them were happily married or for that matter were even in love with their husbands (most of their husbands were really old and not particularly attractive…). I think because in some ways, they were disempowered in some areas of their lives, they tried to exert extra power in other areas to compensate.

The wedding of Jackie Kennedy to Aristotle Onassis. The two Kennedy kids, caroline and JKF Jr. don't look very happy, do they?

The wedding of Jackie Kennedy to Aristotle Onassis. The two Kennedy kids, Caroline and JKF Jr. don’t look very happy, do they?

It was rumored that Jackie Kennedy, when she married Aristotle Onassis, one of the stipulations  was that she was required to have sex with him 3 times a day at anytime he wanted and she would have an expense account which allowed her to spend $10 000 – $15 000 a day at high-end New York department stores on anything she wanted. Do the math.

Thanks but no thanks, I’d rather be happy, unhindered, minding my own business and free to see, experience and receive the magic this world and life has to offer.

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Working with Earth Forces

From where I stand
You are home free
The planets align so rare
There’s promise in the air
And I’m guiding you

You have to believe we are magic
Nothin’ can stand in our way
You have to believe we are magic
Don’t let your aim ever stray
And if all your hopes survive
Your destiny will arrive
I’ll bring all your dreams alive
For you

Some people are attributing the recent rash of earthquakes to the astrological climate of late. While I wouldn’t dismiss it entirely, I mean the Earth is a planet which is part of a greater system of planets and nothing ever stays the same after all, I do find Ben Davidson who runs  Suspicious0bservers has probably the best, bar-none, daily earth changes report which are worth keeping a steady eye on.
The notorious Ring of Fire

The notorious Ring of Fire

Earthquakes are freaky.
Indeed they can be terrifying events, and when they strike particularly vulnerable areas in parts of the world which have shoddy or sketchy building construction codes, the human costs can be unnecessarily tragic. I am with Danish writer Isak Dinesen on this one. There’s a passage in “Out of Africa” where she writes experiencing a powerful earthquake for the first time in Kenya and her reaction was one of wonderment because it made her realize the power or Creation and how small we all are. Not smallness in the sense that we are weak and useless. Rather, we may be small but we are part of a larger system at work and that system is powerful and marvellous and terrifying all at the same time.
We are not separate from all this.

We are not separate from all this.

It’s a reminder that we are not above Nature (despite what asshole businessmen, marketers, right-wing pundits  and politicians want you to believe and accept) but rather, Nature is above us and indeed, we are a part of it. I pretty much had the same reaction when I felt earthquakes for the first time while living in Turkey or even the smaller ones which hit Montreal from time to time (in fact, the whole St.Lawrence River basin, like California and Istanbul are long overdue for a “Big One”).
An earthquake rift in New Zealand

An earthquake rift in New Zealand

One of the things I was taught from my first spiritual teacher is that events like earthquakes and volcanoes release huge amounts of energy which has been building up underneath; the pressure gets too much and out it goes. It’s only to be expected. Anyone who has ever experienced a full bladder in an emergency situation can easily understand. However, she also added, that they release huge amounts of psychic energy as well and pointed out that it is not a coincidence that places which are seismically active, places like Iceland, California, Hawaii, Java, the “vibes” at these places causes them to be  spiritual hotspots and the people who live there seem to have a leaning towards high-frequency thought and lifestyles.
The Javanese temple complex of Borobudur. Hidden in jungles for hundreds of years, archeologists say the temple is an actual representation of the Buddhist universe on stone.

The Javanese temple complex of Borobudur. Hidden in jungles for hundreds of years, archeologists say the temple is an actual representation of the Buddhist universe in stone.

(Of course there are exceptions to every rule. I mean look at Japan and their dolphin and whale slaughter as well as their borderline-socially acceptable norms on child pornography. It’s just sick. Thankfully the Aussies have recently won a case against the Japanese for preventing them from catching whales for “scientific purposes” in Antarctica so at least that’s something…)
One of my Native American teachers taught me that the Spirit World (and that includes Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandmother Moon etc.) are always willing to work with us but They will only meet us halfway. It is up to us to also do the work and not expect it all to come to us effortlessly. This is where things like meditation, prayer and doing ceremony (which is another form of prayer and meditation if you ask me) come into play.
"Father Sky Mother Earth" by Gail Lois Jaffe

“Father Sky Mother Earth” by Gail Lois Jaffe

It could be as simple as making a small hole into the ground and dropping some tobacco into it and genuinely saying to the Earth “Thank you for letting me live on you. Thank you for giving me food. Thank you for giving me life”. You’d be surprised but an attitude of gratitude goes a long way. It not only may protect you but it also begins to transform you in a good way.
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It could be lighting a few candles and working with lesser-known angels like Barachiel, Jophiel and Sandalphon by naming them and addressing them directly if that is what you are into. It could be leaving some food out on your porch at night if you have raccoons in your neighborhood and working with and inviting raccoon medicine and raccoon teachings into your life.
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Work with these natural forces as opposed to fearing them and you might be surprised at what they may bring back to you.
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Rock the Noosphere

Watch this interview with veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton. The whole interview is awesome but pay close attention particularly around 3:16

Ecology teaches us that the Earth’s biosphere is the sum total of all the Earth’s ecosystems and is comprised of a complex interaction between the Hydrosphere (water), Lithosphere (Earth), Atmosphere (Air).
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Astrology and the Native American medicine wheel teaches us of 4 Elements which are Air, Earth, Water and Fire (Chinese medicine includes Metal and Wood).
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To me it becomes obvious that the biosphere model is missing Fire and I think, like what Harry Dean Stanton says, that’s where the Noosphere steps in.
Noosphere: A postulated sphere or stage of evolutionary development dominated by consciousness, the mind, and interpersonal relationships (frequently with reference to the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin). 
In other words, it’s the biosphere of thought or the collective consciousness.
Throw something new into it and it suddenly has a ripple effect and people start thinking the same thing suddenly. Some people also call it the Hundredth Monkey Effect but to me, I think it’s a natural extension of evolution. I also think the internet has a huge, huge part to play in that (so long as it remains uncensored and free of course).
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We like to think that *THIS*, all this stuff around us is the end of evolution but I disagree completely with that assessment.
If you're going to tell me that aiming to live in suburban sprawl like this is the end-all and be-all of human existence, you know where you can go...

If you’re going to tell me that aiming to live in suburban sprawl like this is the end-all and be-all of human existence, you know where you can go…

Evolution by itself, means that change is the name of the game and that we will continue to evolve. In terms of how that will happen, your guess is as good as mine. Some people say it will be a few more thousand years before our pinky toes disappear completely.
Bye-bye pinky toe? Hmmm....

Bye-bye pinky toe? Hmmm….

Other groups claim that new chakra centers will open up in the body including a lovely pink one.
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All I can say with any semblance of certainty is that this month is some sort of a cosmic opening. The stars are telling us as much. I’m not going to be blogging very much this month since I have other projects which I’m polishing up on but I’ll end with this: Throw in your most wildly utopian, idealistic, outlandishly evolved, hopelessly romantic thoughts. You just never know how it will be picked up ;-)
Copyright Roger Dean 2014

Copyright Roger Dean 2014

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Towards an Integrity-Based Civilization

John Pilger

Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger

John Pilger belongs to a rare breed of journalists and documentary filmmakers who, whenever they do something new, it’s worth giving up a couple of hours of your time to just drop everything and go read or watch their latest offering because you’ll learn much more in those hours than you ever will watching the news or reading the newspaper. Pilger is one, the BBC’s Adam Curtis (i.e The Power of Nightmares, The Century of Self)  is another as is the CBC’s McKenna brothers, Terence and Brian (i.e The Valour and the Horror, Big Sugar,  The Secret History of 9/11).

CBC's Brian McKenna

CBC’s Brian McKenna

Pilger’s latest article in the Guardian is about on how increasingly, Australian Aboriginal children continue to be forcefully taken away from their mothers. We’d like to think that Native and First Nations/Aboriginal people’s horrible history of assimilation, genocide, targeted killing, sexual and physical abuse in residential schools is exactly that, history,  but it would seem, it is still going on albeit, under a different name of social engineering and “social work”.
It coincides with another, similar story which is ongoing here in Canada as well. That eight hundred (800) First Nation’s women have gone missing . There has hardly been any press coverage about this story, most media outlets won’t talk about but would rather talk ad nauseum about interest rates.
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Our idiot Prime Minister Stephen Harper has done exactly jack-all about it even though there have been repeated calls for a serious inquiry into this. The RCMP keep talking about inquiries and ongoing investigations but I don’t think anything will come of it. I can’t help but shake the feeling that these are targeted killings and targeted abductions. It is a mindset which follows, “Wipe out the women and they can’t breed anymore”. If there aren’t anymore Native or Aboriginal people to deal with then the land claims and the claims to the resources on those lands will forever be secure and no one will ever put up a fight.
Native groups have been protesting the development of the Alberta oil sands and tar sands, something which Canada can profit from in the billions...

Native groups have been protesting the development of the Alberta oil sands and tar sands, something which Canada can profit from in the billions…

I am not a member of any of the First Nation’s tribes but I spent several years doing sweat lodges with Mohawk Elders, and spent time with Hopi Elders Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma and Grandfather Neil as well as attending Grandfather William Commanda‘s annual summer gathering up at the Kitigan Zibi reservation. One of my lodge brothers is a former Sun Dancer who now conducts men’s healing circles in the UK. He was gifted with the lodge teachings from Grandfather Frank Settee. Another Elder gifted me with an Eagle Feather which I work with and guard closely.
In short, I learnt a lot. I learned about animal medicines, the teachings of the Medicine Wheel, how Mother Earth teaches us. I learned a helluva lot more with my time with these Elders and their teachings and doing the serious spiritual work that I needed to do in those sweats than I ever would reading all the books by Eckhart Tolle or any of the Oprah Winfrey set. None of that would have been possible if those communities completely ceased to exist. One thing they always told me, was that the teachings must continue. Always.
People go on about “spiritual writers” and retreats and seminars and what not. I honestly think 99.99% are full of shit. They’re too busy building up their brand-name and making money to give two cents to your spiritual evolution and well-being. And so I say to those of you who are serious about this, just drop the gang of them. They don’t care about you. They only want your attention so long as they can make money off of you.  It’s not just the Oprah set, or the immature teachers you see in newspapers, but it’s also the bullshit Godmen and Godwomen of India and increasingly, the plastic credit-card shamans of South America.
Gabrielle Giffords (and Oprah) another New Age shyster

Gabrielle Bernstein (and Oprah) another New Age shyster

The one thing that really comes across about real Elders and wisdom keepers is that they are like rocks. They sit still, they say nothing but see all and understand all. They belong to that school of thought where you can see and hear a lot more the longer you keep your mouth shut.
Spend enough time with them and their sense of integrity eventually rubs off on you and you begin to see the world like they do. Some people might say that we accord too much importance to Native and Aboriginal people, but I think their teachings are now more important than ever.
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This isn’t meant to be a racial diatribe but rather a quick exposition of some teachings. If you examine the Medicine Wheel, you’ll see that the 4 cardinal directions have 4 colors, 4 races, 4 elements associated with them. The White Race is associated with Fire. They are keepers of Fire and are responsible for the Fire teachings. That also explains why everything they create has fire in it (i.e electricity, nuclear, thermal, hydroelectric power) and why they are so good with invention and technology.
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The Red Race is associated with Earth. They are responsible for the Earth teachings, about working with the Earth (i.e farming) and how to read the Earth.  (Yellow Race is associated with Air, Black Race with Water).
The Fire teachings have outrun all the other teachings. Get too much fire and it scorches everything in its path. The thing is, the other three elements don’t stay quiet for very long because everything in Nature always tries to go back to balance. Its balance, not ours.
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That landslide which happened in Washington State is Mother Earth trying to say something. How many people will listen? The same can be said for earthquakes and volcanoes. Storms, tornadoes and twisters fall under Air Teachings. Floods, typhoons and hurricanes fall under Water Teachings.
Aerial shot of the Washington  mudslide

Aerial shot of the Washington mudslide

Part of Western civilization’s push in scientific endeavors and development is following something called evidence-based inquiry and research.  I think the time for that is drawing to a close. Now we need to push towards an integrity-based civilization.
I’ll leave you with the words and teaching of the late Sioux Elder, Floyd “Red Crow” Westerman. If you can, watch the whole series.
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Astrology for April 2014 – Emergence of a New Paradigm

As many of you know already, from a spiritual point of view April 2014 is a real doozy.

With a Cardinal Grand Cross, Carl  points that a positive new paradigm is now on the horizon. The 99% are going to gain ground finally. On an individual basis, it may mean that plans and dreams which you may have secretly been working on may gain some traction.  The name of the game here is that a change in direction is in the works. What direction you take it in is up to you but one thing’s for sure: the 1% are losing their grip and THAT is a good thing. There is finally an opening. Even when things fall apart, that is still an opening nonetheless for something new to emerge. Use it to your advantage.

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The Burden of Unlimited Wants and Needs

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I remember back in college and the university, sitting in my first microeconomic and macroeconomic classes, learning how price and quantity affected Supply and Demand and vice versa. I also remember clearly the professor saying how humans had unlimited wants and needs. It struck me, even back then, that that wasn’t a given, but a bold assumption, and that it was something we were conditioned into, not something based on truth. The professor only said that one sentence and moved on quickly, while in my opinion, a statement like that merits further discussion and examination before moving on because I think it is a dangerous assumption to base any sort of narrative on.

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Later, when I had to take mandatory courses in marketing, it reinforced my initial suspicion:
That “wants” are created:
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(i.e a new $15 000 Hermes Birkin Purse, the new lululemon line of clothing)
and “needs” can be fixed (i.e food, shelter, clothing, warmth)
I don't think they're asking for very much, do you?

I don’t think they’re asking for very much, do you?

and that the business industrial complex are the real culprits for creating artificial wants and needs and brainwashing us with them through the media.
 
Folks, Bill Hicks was right…
 
Normally, NASA studies hardly ever make headlines but it was picked up by The Guardian’s chief environmental journalist Nafeez Ahmed and the article quickly went viral and was picked up by other news agencies. What I particularly found very interesting is that the study (not the journalist, nor the newspaper) points the finger of blame directly at the Elites. 
 
“These factors can lead to collapse when they converge to generate two crucial social features: “the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity”; and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor]….appears to be on a sustainable path for quite a long time, but even using an optimal depletion rate and starting with a very small number of Elites, the Elites eventually consume too much, resulting in a famine among Commoners that eventually causes the collapse of society…Another scenario focuses on the role of continued resource exploitation, finding that “with a larger depletion rate, the decline of the Commoners occurs faster, while the Elites are still thriving, but eventually the Commoners collapse completely, followed by the Elites…In both scenarios, Elite wealth monopolies mean that they are buffered from the most “detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners”, allowing them to “continue ‘business as usual’ despite the impending catastrophe.” The same mechanism, they argue, could explain how “historical collapses were allowed to occur by elites who appear to be oblivious to the catastrophic trajectory (most clearly apparent in the Roman and Mayan cases).”
"The Fall of Rome" by Thomas Cole

“The Fall of Rome” by Thomas Cole

Does anyone here see the problem? 
Who are most of the decision-makers? The Elites.
Who allows this business-as-usual outlook, even if they know they are next on the chopping block? 
The Elites.
What’s the only difference between Elites and Commoners, given they both eventually share the same fate?
Time (by way of money). One gets hit earlier than the other but they both end up in shit creek.
 
It’s nothing new and the conspiracy research community has been talking about global Elites for years now. Yet when they do it, they are considered a joke yet when NASA says it, it’s suddenly legitimate. 
Double-standard aside, the biggest culprit in all of this is energy and resource usage. Some might say overpopulation but I disagree. The poor may take up more space physically but they use and consume less stuff. Their energy footprint is far less than the billionaire who uses his Gulfstream jet on a regular basis and his tiger-wife’s addiction to expensive handbags made out of exotic animal skins who insists on flying into Paris for lunch at Chez L’Ami Louis. Problem is, thanks to marketers and their ilk, the poor, the lower middle class, the middle class and the upper middle class all eventually want to do the same thing as well now. That’s where the problem lies.
Marketers would like all of you to think that you too can live this life.

Marketers would like all of you to think that you too can live this life.

 
I think upbringing and the ability to think fiercely on your own terms has a lot to do with not falling into the trap. Here is where I think parents these days fall by the wayside. I’m not a parent, and until I cross that bridge, I won’t understand the pressures they are under but I really, truly feel sorry for children these days.
I can barely make the kid out from all the toys!

I can barely make the kid out from all the toys!

Like I wrote before, kids aren’t allowed to be kids anymore. They are being robbed of their childhood. They’re now conditioned to become consumers and prepare to join the market economy from a terrifyingly younger and younger age now thanks to creepy clowns peddling hamburgers and stick-thin soulless blonde dolls trumpeting the Malibu lifestyle. It becomes a life-long habit from that point on. 
Poor kid!

Poor kid!

 
It’s not just buying stuff. It’s trying stuff out as well since experiences are now marketed as consumer-based and for sale. I see kids coming in at the hospital becoming sexually active at younger and younger ages when they don’t have the emotional and spiritual maturity to handle sex yet (but hey, sex sells, so what’s the problem, right?). By the time they’re about to graduate secondary school, I don’t see that spark in their eye anymore. It’s like the light went out somewhere…. That listless energy they give off reminds of that Beatles-esque song by 1980′s alternative goth gods Love and Rockets, “All in my Mind”

Walk around so cold so cold and lonely
Or lay in bed wondering what to do with time
You’ve got no sense of fun until you know you’ve won again
And yet you feel so much you feel so much inside.

You want to rip off the jewels off all the idiots backs so badly.
You scream give me what I’ve always missed, give me a good time.
But if you look into your mirror you’ll see that nobody
Has ever ripped you off  it’s all in your mind  

Her beauty can only ever be skin deep
But if I’m honest that’s all I ever really need

So throw us some flowers and we’ll give you some songs and sunshine
And if you give me an hour I’ll show you how you feel.

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“During their early years, children are in touch with invisible beings; they smile at these beings and have conversations with them, listening to them and replying. But when they speak about it to grown-ups, especially their parents, they are ignored or asked to be quiet and stop making things up. And yet, if they were willing to listen to the children’s tales and if they questioned them, amazing things would be revealed to them. They are depriving themselves of something very precious. It may not be true in every case, but some children bring with them memories of distant times when people thought of nature as a living organism with which they were in constant communication. This memory generally survives until the age of seven; then it fades as they grow older, but also because of their education and the language and attitude of grown-ups. Later on they even laugh when they think back on their childishness, believing it was only the product of their imagination; yet it was actually the vestiges of a past time imprinted on their soul, and it is a pity they allow it to fade. Instead, are there many adults who are truly concerned about helping young people become clear-sighted, balanced and strong? No, a great many of them are on the lookout for that which can seduce children and adolescents whose instincts and desires are awakening, and they hasten to satisfy their every whim! It begins with toys and then continues with all sorts of objects or activities which are completely useless or even harmful. Young people would themselves have no idea of such things unless they saw them displayed everywhere in shop windows and promoted by advertising. These people are guilty of leading young people into error. First of all, they elicit material needs in the young which they cannot satisfy, which not only leads to frustration, but to the desire to obtain dishonestly what they cannot obtain honestly. Then, by trying to convince them that they absolutely need these objects and activities in order to feel well and happy, they turn them away from the true search for happiness and the meaning of life. These people should not be surprised if one day they have to suffer from the criminal behaviour which they have helped to create and nurture in others.”

 - Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

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In Praise of Common Decency

"Ashram" by Russian artist and mystic Nicholas Roerich

“Ashram” by Russian artist and mystic Nicholas Roerich

“It is natural to appreciate men and women for the gifts they possess. Whether they are writers, artists, scientists or even athletes, one cannot but marvel at their talents and sometimes even their genius. But is this any reason to neglect their moral qualities? Are they good, fair, honest, and generous? Often this consideration is secondary, and it is only talent that people notice. It is talent that everyone tries to cultivate, since; it is for this that people are so highly esteemed. This is why the earth is now populated with capable, talented people. It is incredible, there are swarms of them, but why are all these abilities, all these talents, all these geniuses unable to save the world? On the contrary, it could even be said that they are contributing to its destruction! We often hear people say: ‘Ah! He is so gifted; he has so many abilities that he can be forgiven everything!’ Well, this is very bad reasoning. Someone who is particularly favoured by nature must, on the contrary, make great efforts to uphold, to crown his gifts and talents with moral qualities. Otherwise, instead of becoming what he should be, a benefactor of humanity, he behaves like a thief! Many people tend to believe that the fame and fortune they have achieved are a justification for their way of doing things. Since up until now they have been successful, it must mean that they were in the right, and they can continue to impose their own views and their own decisions on everyone else. What an illusion! Material success is no proof of their good judgement. On the contrary, wisdom should make them more prudent – and also those who admire them, those who stand by and exclaim: ‘It is extraordinary! What activity; what energy!’ They say that such people are afraid of nothing. But to be afraid of nothing does not demonstrate the virtue we call faith, but rather that which we know as presumption. And not only do the presumptuous eventually take a fall, but – as history has shown us time and again – they drag others down with them!”
 
-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
 

Eleven prominent bankers have committed suicide in the last 3 months.

Under normal circumstances, you could easily dismiss it as either a spate of bad luck or unfortunate coincidence but since I have a naturally suspicious outlook on things, I think the timing is extremely eerie. Not unlike the number of bankers who killed themselves in the immediate aftermath of the start of the Great Depression of 1929, things literally did not start to look up economically until after World War II in 1945.

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War, unfortunately has always been the economic engine which keeps things humming along. I have a feeling those bankers saw the writing on the wall and decided to do themselves in and I DON’T find it coincidental in the least that suddenly the war drums are drumming vis-a-vis Russia over the whole issue of Ukraine and the Crimea. 

In short, they are using war to save the economy. Again.

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If Crimea goes the way the US wants it, Venezuela will be next on the hit-list and after that…well… the list is pretty obvious by now, no?

I like this Aivanhov quote because it shows up the real stupidity behind politicians, industrialists, businessmen, bureaucrats, technocrats, professors as well as many mainstream artists and performers. In short, just about every acting party who is part of this reality hack. True, they may very well be the smartest minds in the room, and usually coupled with charisma, talent and good looks, that makes for a potent and heady mix, but not a single one of them, for all their knowledge and talent ever demonstrates any selfless kindness, wisdom and above all, humility which is the level where the real problem-solving will happen.

Public 'intellectual" and political commentator Niall Ferguson is a right-wing, imperialist apologist. Watch him closely.

Public “intellectual” and political commentator Niall Ferguson is a right-wing, imperialist apologist. Watch him closely.

When someone does, you never hear about it, mostly because I think we live in a world where those aforementioned qualities are not celebrated and therefore doesn’t sell print or generate hits and internet revenue. There’s no place for wisdom and humility when you’re on a world stage which is all about ego, vanity and control.

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Some of you may laugh at me or dismiss me as a flake for following the lives of old Hollywood actors and rock musicians like I do, but I have found that there are many lessons in examining some of those lives.

You know. There is something to be said for aging gracefully...

You know. There is something to be said for aging gracefully…

It’s no secret to my regular readers that I intensely dislike Madonna. True, she is an extremely shrewd business-woman and she has achieved more than any of us ever will in our lives with respect to the music she has made, the revenue she has generated, the number of albums she has sold and how she was one of the first artists to publicly embrace the LGBT community.  However, I find her to be an ugly human being. It’s her character. Her calculating nature, arrogance, attention-whoring and unending vanity which does it in for me.

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Whenever I look at her, all I can ever think about is Oscar Wilde’s book, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” where Dorian makes a deal with the devil and stays eternally beautiful and youthful on the outside, all the while committing heinous acts. Meanwhile a true image of him hidden away, shows up his real reflection and visage, aging and becoming the beast-like character that he really is. It’s not *just* Madonna, practically everyone in the public eye is like that, particularly in professions like politics, sports and entertainment.

On the other hand,  there are a handful of artists who I’ve noticed seem to become better and better at their craft as they age, and in some cases, even become more beautiful and graceful (minus plastic surgery) and about whom I’ve never heard bad stories or gossip.

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They may not have been the smartest, most talented or even the most good-looking persons but they often demonstrated kindness, humour, wisdom and generosity. They usually led low-key lives, didn’t seek the limelight too much, and seemed to be very happy in their personal lives.

I think of Audrey Hepburn,

Audrey Hepburn in Ethiopia for UNICEF. She helped out UNICEF because UNICEF helped her during WWII  while her family were hungry in Holland during the Nazi occupation.

Audrey Hepburn in Ethiopia for UNICEF. She helped out UNICEF because during WWII, as a child, she and her family went hungry in Holland during the Nazi occupation and she never forgot the hunger children feel.

James Stewart…

It wasn't until he was way past his prime, could James Stewart play psychologically complex characters and pull them off fantastically, like Scottie Ferguson in "Vertigo", recently voted the best film of all time.

It wasn’t until he was way past his prime, could James Stewart play psychologically complex characters and pull them off fantastically, like Scottie Ferguson in “Vertigo”, recently voted the best film of all time.

Sir Alec Guinness…

Yup. That's Obi Wan Kenobi from "Star Wars" playing a Hindu Brahmin priest in "A Passage to India" and nailing it.

Yup. That’s Obi Wan Kenobi from “Star Wars” playing a Hindu Brahmin priest in “A Passage to India” and nailing it.

and Paul Newman….

Paul Newman used to joke that his salad dressings and popcorn made more money than his movies, which funded his camps for disadvantaged children.

Paul Newman used to joke that his salad dressings and popcorn made more money than his films, which funded his camps for disadvantaged children.

and more recently Bryan Adams, Isabella Rossellini, Jeff Bridges and Pierce Brosnan.

Former model, now actress and producer, Isabella Rossellini is looking more and more like her mother, Ingrid Bergman, with each passing year.

Former model, now actress and producer, Isabella Rossellini is looking more and more like her mother, Ingrid Bergman, with each passing year.

I don’t understand why people don’t talk about and celebrate common sense and common decency more often. I think if the general culture was infused with more of those qualities and made THAT the new normal, we’d have less to worry about in places like the Crimea and Venezuela and it would expose these narcissistic power hungry freaks in Washington DC, Brussels and London for who they are to everyone.

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Meditation vs Prayer

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“Each day you hope and pray for the best conditions for your evolution, for the good of your friends, and for the whole world, and you ask what you must do in order for your hopes to be fulfilled. I will give you a method: write these things down and entrust them to the Angel of Fire. Fire is a messenger between the visible and the invisible worlds, and the moment these papers are burned, entities on high take notice of them and begin to study how their requests might be satisfied. Of course, you must not expect these requests to be granted immediately. But if you are patient, if you continue to make efforts and to work in the direction of the hopes you have expressed, you will one day see them realized; for when fire takes part in something, there are always results. In initiatic science, fire is considered the most powerful means of entering into communication with the spiritual world, because it represents the frontier between the physical and etheric planes. If, before beginning a work of any importance, initiates customarily light a candle, it is because they know that fire will introduce them to the subtle regions where their thoughts and their voices will be heard and where they will find the conditions for achieving their goals. All true magi have a very powerful bond with fire. Even though religion has gradually lost the meaning of these initiatic practices, the tradition of lighting candles or lamps in churches continues; this proves that human beings unconsciously preserve the ancient knowledge that the presence of fire promises fulfilment.”

 - Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
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I brought up that Aivanhov quote because of the astrological events on the April horizon. I’ve been hit  with many private emails about what all this means. All I can say is that the best way to deal with these sorts of situations is to work with the good. If there is no good around you, then work with the good IN you. Speak up when you see an injustice, whether big or small. And I mean really speak up.
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I usually go white-river rafting in June. May is too dangerous because the water levels are unusually high after the spring run-off and by late July or August, the water levels start going down to very low levels and therefore exposing more rock.
When you have a wall of churning water  staring at you in the face, no joke, the best way to handle it is to look at it directly and use your oar to attack the wave and water. Surprisingly , more often than not, you end up gliding away when you work with the wave instead of avoiding it or going against it.  
Prayer candles

Prayer candles

 I once read somewhere that the difference between prayer and meditation is that prayer is when you petition or ask for things to come to you and meditation is when you listen for things to come to you. Here’s a hint: The beginning of April is going to be a time to pray and petition. The Cardinal Grand Cross will be the time to meditate.
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Meditation

[ I just wanted to throw in an extra tid-bit for my Pagan and Wicca readers - writing out your petition in positive language on bay leaves before burning them also helps :-) ]

P.S Never leave fires or candles unattended!

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Cardinal Grand Cross April 23/24: Revolution, Revelation and Result

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How many of you are Fixed Signs (i.e Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius)?

Do you remember anything special about that time period back in July/August 1999? That was when the Fixed Grand Cross took place along with some very powerful eclipses which coincided with it and it hit those signs hard, in good and bad ways, depending on what you were personally working on.

Well, it looks like April 2014 will be a powerful month in more ways than what I posted earlier.

There will be a Cardinal Grand Cross taking place most of the month but hitting it’s sharpest angles on April 23/24.  According to British astrologer Steve Judd, this is going to be a tsunami of sorts (and it’s not hard to believe that given what’s happening in the world these days…) so all I can say is keep your noses clean, Folks.  It’s time to get real with yourself and with others around you.

Eyes open, no fear.

LINKS

April 2014 – Emergence of a New Paradigm

A Quick Head’s Up for Lightworkers for April 1-5

Meditation v.s Prayer

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What “The Flintstones” shows up about Hollywood

I’m convinced that if you watch this episode of “The Flintstones” called “Dino Goes Hollyrock” you have everything you’ll ever need in order to understand Hollywood.
It touches on cosmetic surgery, fake public personas, seeing celebrities when they are “off” and understanding the importance of your real home and where you come from.
Here’s Dino in love with Sassie…
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Dino meeting Sassie on the set…
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Dino’s reaction to being told his tail is “too big” and needs to be “cut off”…
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Sassie showing her real self up…
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Including taking off her fake eyelashes…
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I bring this up because of last week’s Oscars. I know its last week’s news for whatever reason, my FaceBook feed is STILL full of annoying Oscar stories. For some reason people find it to be almost as important as finding a cure to cancer or a new, habitable planet…
 Even then, watching the Oscars is like watching a train-wreck, you don’t really want to watch it but try as hard as you may, you can’t look away either.
To me it reminds me of a really bad version of high school prom or graduation…
The prom scene from John Hughes 1980's classic "Pretty in Pink"

The prom scene from John Hughes 1980′s classic “Pretty in Pink”

Everyone dressed up in all their finery, and on occasion, hitting it out of the ballpark…
There was only one woman ever who could rock polka dots AND stripes at the same time and that was Audrey Hepburn...with the help of French designer Hubert de Givenchy, towering behind her.

There was only one woman ever who could rock polka dots AND stripes at the same time and that was Audrey Hepburn…with the help of French designer Hubert de Givenchy, towering behind her.

And at other times not…
Demi Moore caught the bike-shorts-are-cool craze in the mid-1980s. This is what happens when you allow actors to do something they are not qualified to do (in this case fashion  design)

Demi Moore caught the bike-shorts-are-cool craze in the mid-1980s. This is what happens when you allow actors to do something they are not qualified to do (in this case, fashion design)

Everyone is full of fake smiles and shiny eyes and air-kissing each other when in reality most of them want to get into a fight with each other. Everyone having to sit down quietly and politely applaud on cue, even for musical numbers you’d rather boo off the stage. I honestly don’t think I could have sat in that auditorium, with a straight face, without cringing especially while Bette Midler was singing “Wind Beneath My Wings”, probably the cheesiest song of all time. (I’m going to spare you and NOT put the video here since I classify it as noise pollution).
However, I do love it when something “off” happens and even for a millisecond, you see people’s true colours flash.  Like when the screenshot of squares of all the nominees appear with their faces and you watch them the second the winner is announced, and just for that 1/1000th of a second, you see the bitterness, the rancour and the disappointment before the congratulatory smile appears.
Poor Leo, always a nominee, never a winner. Chin up Dude, you're in good company which includes Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton and Barbara Stanwyck.

Poor Leo, always a nominee, never a winner. (Chin up Dude, you’re in good company which includes Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton and Barbara Stanwyck)

You really can’t hide things for very long, no matter how hard you try.
You also see the politics of the Hollywood establishment come out as well. I mean English actress Vanessa Redgrave was persona non grata in some Hollywood circles after her remarks about “Zionist hoodlums” back in the 1970s. (Honestly people, grow up.)
La Swinton wearing a scarf designed by Bella Freud

La Swinton wearing a scarf designed by Bella Freud as featured in Vogue magazine

So I was very happy to see every girl’s current crush, English actor Benedict Cumberbatch photobomb the likes of U2.
Here you have, one of the most mythic rock bands U2, all trying to look serious and dignified, sucking in their cheeks, posing with their best angle for the camera and suddenly you have this  Tin Tin lookalike Jack-in-the-Box, springing up out of nowhere, just stealing their thunder completely.
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Ben

Tin Tin

Tin Tin

To me, it showed that this guy has a very, very keen sense of humour and is able to see through the whole thing completely. He knows it’s a game and he’s not taking himself too seriously while he’s playing it. That makes him instantly cool and very rare in Hollywood terms.
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Dear Tracy Tabernacle, Not only is your baby brother an “old soul” as he was rightly referred to by one of his drama teachers, he’s also a beautiful one. Please help him to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground, his heart in the right place and all the star-dust from getting into his eyes too much.
By every account, he's a really nice guy.

By every account, he’s a really nice guy, a good guy.

Dear Ben, should you ever find yourself in my neck of the woods and filming at Mel’s Studio and getting tired of hanging around film industry types, there are a couple of great pubs in town we can go to for a burger and a pint because I’d be very curious to hear your thoughts on the following: why there is a dearth of plays from the Continent being put on these days in the English speaking world? Excluding Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” which has been done to death, it would seem that the plays of the likes of Schiller, Pushkin, Lessing (esp. Nathan The Wise) and further afield, Tagore, can easily be updated to a modern setting, modern dialogue and modern scenes. The themes are universal enough and anyone can relate to them. Why do you think there is a bias? About the Iffland Ring, Bruno Ganz deserves to hold it, but I’d wager that Klaus Maria Brandauer would be a close second; What do you think? Ben Whishaw in “Bright Star” or Noah Taylor in “Flirting”? If you could meet Wim Wenders and ask him a question about “Wings of Desire”, what would it be since I understand that’s one of your favorite films? I chatted with him once about the film and we ended up talking about Rainier Maria Rilke and how Rilke and Plato may have subconsciously influenced him in writing that film.
The poet Rainier Maria Rilke influenced Wim Wenders in no small part.

The mystical German poet Rainier Maria Rilke influenced Wim Wenders in no small part.

I’d also like to compare notes on the following with you: You walked away from death 4 times,  so did I (I’ve only written about 2 of the 4 times). How did you feel each time you did? My first reaction is to get angry. I understand your great-grandfather was consul general  in Turkey for Queen Victoria. My grandfather worked directly with all the Governors of Bengal during the 1930s under George V. Incidentally, how did you like teaching English to the Tibetans? I taught English to the Turks for 3 years and loved it. I know you love doing extreme sports, (so do I, albeit in smaller doses) and enjoy going to rock concerts (I’m usually in the front row at any show involving Radiohead, Depeche Mode or Arcade Fire) so I understand the adrenaline rush-thing from these sorts of activities but how do you balance that need at times particularly in light of the enormous amounts of quiet concentration and study needed when preparing for a role?
Lastly, I’ve never made Banoffee Pie before, which I know is one of your favorites. However, my Strawberry Tiramisu (which I make with shavings of Toblerone chocolate, custard pudding, ladies fingers, Bailey’s Irish Creme and fresh June strawberries of course) has been known to induce mania.
Give me enough notice and I’ll whip up a batch for you.
Cheers Dude!
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A Quick Head’s Up for Lightworkers

Meditative mandala "Azoth of the Philosophers" by German Alchemist, Basil Valentine

Meditative mandala “Azoth of the Philosophers” by German Alchemist, Basil Valentine

“According to the alchemists, the preparation of the philosophers’ stone must begin when the Sun enters the constellation of Aries and the Moon enters that of Taurus. Why? Because the Sun is exalted in Aries, and the Moon is exalted in Taurus. The sign that follows, Gemini, is ruled by Mercury. Now the symbol of Mercury is formed Mercury  , from top to bottom, by the crescent of the Moon First quarter moonthe disc of the Sun  Soland the sign of addition  (+). Therefore the symbol of Mercury expresses the union of the Sun and the Moon.  Mercury is the child of the Sun and the Moon; it is the philosophers’ stone. This philosophers’ stone that the alchemists seek is, in reality, a symbol of the transformation of man. The alchemist works with the Sun and the Moon, that is to say, with the two principles of the will and the imagination; and thanks to this work he eventually transforms himself, becoming like the Sun and the Moon, radiant and pure.”

-Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

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As per Aivanhov’s quote, and according to astrological calendars, the Sun will be entering Aries this year on March 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM, GMT, which is the official Spring Equinox time. The Moon will enter Taurus on April 1, 2014 at 5:20 AM, GMT. I should add also that Mercury rules Gemini and the Moon will be entering Gemini on April 3, 2014 and remain there until April 5, 2014.

In other words, with the Sun in Aries, the moon in Taurus and then Gemini, that week of April 1-5 will be a very potent time for anyone wishing to do serious earth-healing work, light work, meditation, prayer or any other form of serious white magick.

Just sayin’  ;-)

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Verbatim #4: “We should Live for and in Beauty”

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“Sometimes, while in the mountains, we see on the edge of a precipice a tree whose trunk and branches are oddly twisted.  This tree has had to withstand bad weather, and the struggle is reflected in its trunk and branches. In the same way, in life we meet people whose faces are tortured and asymmetrical, but what gifts, what talents!  This proves that they too have had to endure very difficult conditions, which they have overcome. But in order to do so, they have often developed their mind and will to the detriment of certain qualities of the heart, and these efforts, these tensions, have eventually deformed their faces.  Beauty in human beings speaks more of the qualities of their heart than of their intellectual faculties or their will.  This is why very beautiful people are often predestined to be victims.  Because beauty, true beauty, has a much greater affinity with goodness than with intelligence, they often lack adequate means to defend themselves against the desires their beauty arouses in others.  To ‘stay young’ has now become an ideal, and yet our contemporary culture teaches people to age as rapidly as possible. Oh, not physically, to be sure!  Everyday, quantities of products and methods are invented to keep the body fit, to maintain the figure, to smooth away wrinkles and so on. But inwardly, psychologically, men and women age earlier and earlier, because it is earlier and earlier that they forsake simplicity, spontaneity and confidence to become suspicious, calculating, blasé and dull.  Do you want to stay young? There is only one way: remain young at heart, forever alive, loving, interested in everything, quick to forgive, delighted by the slightest thing, and ready to forget insults, sorrow and failure.  Maintain a heart that is always ready to love and embrace the whole world, a heart that does not shrink and grow cold. As long as you maintain a warm heart, you will never grow old. …We all like to give or receive flowers, to put them in our houses and plant them in our gardens. We go to admire them in parks or in the countryside and are enchanted by their forms, colours, and scents. But we consider flowers primarily as decorative elements which help to make life more agreeable, and as such, our admiration remains superficial, and we gain very little from their presence. In actual fact, flowers are living beings with which it is possible to relate. Yes, a flower is not simply a morsel of coloured, scented matter, it is the dwelling place of a spiritual entity who has come to speak to us of heaven and earth. If we know how to look at a flower, how to create a bond with it, we enter into relationship with the forces of nature, and with the entities who work to render it such a vibrant and poetic presence.”

- Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

FACT SHEET

LENGTH OF VISIT: 10 minutes 

AGE: 83

SEX:      F

MARITAL STATUS: Widow

RACE:  African American

RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: Baptist

ADMITTING DIAGNOSIS: Pancreatic cancer

NUMBER OF VISITS: 1

WHICH VISIT IS THIS? :  1st

CONSULT PLAN: This encounter happened during one of my cold-call visits.  I asked the clinical manager for a list of patients she thought would like a visit, this patient’s name came up.  Usually during cold call visits, I often visit the patient first and then check the chart afterwards. Most of the time I usually do not know what is going on until I get there.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (FAMILY, STAFF MEMBER, CHARTS) 

The patient had her daughter and granddaughter present when I entered the room.  Her attending nurse later told me that the granddaughter, who must be in her early 20s, has literally been there beside the grandmother the whole time.

OBSERVATIONS

I was surprised to learn that the patient is 83 years old because she looks unusually youthful, I would have guessed in her late 50’s or early 60’s.  She was extremely alert and other than the tubes in her arm, she looked quite vital, robust and healthy.  The granddaughter was in the corner observing and listening to the visit while the daughter came in as I was leaving.

VISIT

EER: Ms. Smith?

Ms. Smith:  Yes (she nods)

EER: Hi, my name is EER, I’m one of the spiritual caregivers  here, I’m just coming by to see how you’re doing…

Ms. Smith:  Oh, Hi!  Thank you for coming by, come in…how are you?

EER: I’m fine thanks, but more importantly, how are you?

Ms. Smith : Oh, I’m doing fine (smiles) ….(slight pause) Now, did you come here on your own or did someone send you?

EER: (I smile because I know what she’s getting at) No, no, no Ms. Smith,  No one sent me here, it’s part of my job to go around and see how patients are, we’re mostly here to offer and provide  support to patients and their families.

Ms.Smith: Oh! (Now, she and grand-daughter both chuckle heartily)…I thought someone may have sent you to tell me “something” because quite frankly, I feel just fine.

EER: No, no, no.  I’m not the harbinger of bad news. I’m just here to see how you are and what I can do to help.

Ms. Smith:  Oh, good. (she settles into her bed and pillows a little more) Now…what religion do you practice?

EER: (This one always is a test to answer so I try to give one that’s as diplomatic as possible.)  Well, it’s not so much religion that’s so important here, the caregivers here come from all faith traditions and we try to address the needs of all faith traditions, so you can kind of say it’s non-denominational. That’s my approach also.

Ms. Smith:  Why, that’s lovely because I believe in the same.

EER:  You believe in a non-denominational approach?

Ms. Smith: Yes, you see I grew up Baptist but what I really believe in is in the beauty and hope of God and that it extends to everyone.

EER: (I realize that she may be a bit of a universalist but continue listening.)  That God is for everyone?

Ms. Smith:  Yes…you know, most people think that God and religion is some building but I really think faith is something inside (touches her heart area).  All our journeys, our paths, our reasons are different which is why I don’t believe in denominations and all that.  What I believe in is beauty and that we are all to share in it.  That we should live for and in beauty.  What I really enjoy is talking about it with people who understand.  You know… most people don’t get it…

EER: (I nod)

Ms. Smith:  I can tell that you get it, you’re very beautiful, that understanding is in your face. You can tell, especially in the eyes.

EER: (I smile) How?

Ms. Smith: Well, life experience mostly, you know 83 years ain’t just a snap of the fingers… I’m no spring chicken….  You see lots of things in that time…. you learn over time from folks and from things….  You learn over time we’re like different flowers… different colours, smells, shapes and all, but still… flowers.

EER: (I smile) It’s a beautiful thought.  (I’m thinking about her present illness and wondering what does this illness mean to her).  You seem to be a very strong lady. (Here, her grand-daughter just chuckles and nods).  I guess what I’m curious about is how does this illness fall in with your faith?

Ms. Smith: What? This? (points at the tubes) It just one of those things you have to go through in life. You get old, the body breaks down.  It doesn’t affect my faith too much… I know I’m in the palm of God’s hand, I’m only here because of His will.  I feel fine… I feel safe…(And indeed she speaks this very peacefully and knowingly, I don’t detect any fake bravado or sense of dismissiveness.)

EER: You sound very peaceful with the whole thing…

Ms. Smith: I am.

EER: You also seem to have the support of some good people around you (motion in the direction of the grand-daughter)

Ms. Smith: (Smiles) I do.

EER: I can see that you’re a woman of faith… If there’s anything we can do, the nurses here know me, they can call me.

Ms. Smith: Thank you (she takes my hand). Really, thank you.  I really do appreciate you coming up and seeing me and for your concern. Thank you.

EER: Thank you for letting me listen. I learned something new from you today (she leans over and hugs me, I hold her hand and gently squeeze it and take my leave)

EVALUATION

I experienced this visit more as an exercise to just listening to a person and of being present.  I think what made it easier was that this woman is an uncommon Baptist and holds a more universalistic stance theologically than those of her brethren.  The patient was initially hesitant and suspicious of me but once it was clear that I was not being sent to her to tell her something bad, she became very forthcoming with me and that made the visit easier.

I experienced the visit as initially amusing but listening to her was encouraging in several aspects.  She really did seem at peace with the whole illness and she seemed so abnormally alive and alert, it served as a testament to faith bringing peace, true peace in the midst of physical and medical turbulence.

I’m not sure if the visit did anything for the patient but I tried to echo back to her what I was hearing.  Maybe somewhere along the line having that reflected back to her, that maybe something encouraging was heard but I could not tell.

With respect to inclusiveness, the patient and I are both members of visible minorities and both of us are female.  The patient is suffering from pancreatic cancer.   The patient is a Baptist, however she is not active in her church or faith tradition.  I consider myself more of a secular Muslim.  Perhaps because of some of these inclusiveness issues, she was able to open up very quickly with me.  She definitely changed in demeanor and attitude when she learned that I had a more non-denominational approach.

My main concern was to listen to the patient and help her be aware of our presence here in the hospital.  As the conversation between us developed, I was able to see that this woman lived her faith.  This woman’s spirituality was not based on a single figure or book or label, but rather, was  based on a theme of respecting differences and seeing the beauty thereof.  The interaction between us was very open and jovial.

I think the peace the patient was feeling came  in the realizations she has made during her long life and that these realizations are no doubt assisting her in her present circumstance.

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Things are Heating up ….Again

Like I posted earlier, I had a feeling something was about to go down soon. Initially I thought it would involve the Olympics, but it turns out the event may have been wrong but the neighborhood is correct.

It's the gas pipeline, stupid

It’s the gas pipeline, Stupid

Unless you’ve been living under a rock it’s hard not to notice what is happening in the Ukraine these days. America and Russia’s Cold War antics have been resurrected…again. There are tons of websites, blogs and news outlets which are providing very insightful commentary on the situation but it should be obvious that the United States is trying to begin regime change…again. Putting in a bully leader of their choice in a different country…again. It certainly doesn’t help matters when the  US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, was caught saying on a recorded phone conversation “Fuck the EU” which Russian authorities promptly released to the world. It doesn’t help matters when it’s also come out that the US has invested over $5 billion dollars to start regime change in the Ukraine. (Look who is sponsoring the video event below as evidenced by the logo on the screen)

It should also come as no surprise, that drunkard, trigger-happy Senator John (Wayne) McCain has been pushing this “war” and is getting back at Vladimir Putin, most likely for not participating in the war against Syria and vetoing the motion at the United Nation Security Council and for providing amnesty to Edward Snowden. My personal opinion is that I think big-time NWO insiders,  Zbigniew Brzezinski and George Soros are behind it all. Brzezinski was President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor. He’s also ethnically Polish and for many historical reasons, Poles have despised the Russians. Brzezinski’s family was also Polish nobility who lost everything when the Soviets took over Poland and made it communist and I think that would explain Brzezinski’s openly fanatical hatred of Russia going back decades now. 
Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski

George Soros

George Soros

 

Billionaire hedge-fund manager George Soros, of course is the financier of his Open Society Foundations, which have been behind nearly every “revolution” in most Eastern European countries. He plays the same playbook over and over again, namely creating NGOs, funding them, usually for marginalized groups,  whose causes are then “used” to challenge leadership of those countries where he would like to see regime change and funding these “Color Revolutions”
 
It was blatantly obvious in the lead-up to the Sochi Olympics when suddenly LGBT NGOs were crying foul about Russian discrimination against them. (To be perfectly clear, I have absolutely no issue with the LGBT cause, I have many friends who are gay, lesbian and bisexual whom I love dearly.) But if discrimination against the LGBT in Russia is so heinous, how come I never heard about it earlier before the Olympics? If it is as bad as the media have been depicting it, surly we would have heard about it years ago via Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch? Why didn’t I hear about it years ago? Why did the issue suddenly come to the forefront right before the Olympics?
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Like I’ve written earlier, I don’t think Putin is an angel BUT he’s completely correct in classifying NGOs as “Foreign Agents”. (NGOs acting as intelligence-gathering apparatuses under the guise of international development  and international aid is nothing new. It’s not a coincidence that Sargent Shriver, President John F. Kennedy’s brother-in-law, founded the Peace Corps at the height of the Cold War to operate in countries which were part of the Non-Aligned Movement. That’s not to say they don’t do good work in impoverished areas and that’s not to say that all persons in international development are automatically agents or spies, but doing good humanitarian work is not their only raison d’etre…)
Ukraine is a big country. There are huge differences in the ethnic make-up and culture from East to West and North to South. The eastern and southern parts are more Russian in character while the northern and western feel more affinity towards Europe. The people there should decide who they want to align with. I don’t think the US or the EU should be telling other countries who to vote in and especially not those persons who they can pay off and install so they have access to key natural gas pipelines.
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If you really want to have fun, watch CNN for 20 minutes on the Ukraine issue then switch over to RT and watch their coverage of the Ukraine issue for 20 minutes. Both sides have blatantly obvious biases. The truth is buried somewhere in between, I think.
Also, like I posted earlier, Britain has been hit with epic flooding in recent weeks and months. It would seem the flooding of Somerset County, where Glastonbury Tor is located, has been deliberate. The Tor is very literally the spiritual heart of Britain, and intimately tied in to the legends of the Druids, King Arthur, Merlin (who was a Druid), Avalon and even further back, to Atlantis. It would seem that if the Tor’s clean energy and its holy wells and springs are polluted, then Britain would follow.
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I don’t think all hope is lost. I think the old Druids were smarter than that. They wouldn’t have placed all their eggs in one basket. I think there are places in the British Isles which are just as powerful energetically as the Tor only they are dormant…for now. Places where the energy needs to be re-activated by those people who are wise enough and sensitive enough to do it. Offhand, I couldn’t tell you all the places unless I walked all over the place there and did some serious investigation and research, but I can say, without doubt, that Alderley Edge is a potent spot where the energy can go either way, which ley line readers and dowsers would be smart to investigate.
The view of the village of Alderley from Castle Rock.

The view of the village of Alderley from Castle Rock.

These days, millionaire footballers and their vulgar wives make their homes there but in earlier times, legends of the Edge abounded.  English novelist Alan Garner immortalised the Edge in his fantasy books, particularly “The Weirdstone of Brisingamen”  but he based the stories largely on local myths and legends.  However, I’ve always believed some of these old myths and stories have a kernel of truth in them somewhere.  God knows, if I were in the UK right now, that’s where I’d make a beeline towards to do some work.
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Verbatim 3: Love and Loss

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FACT SHEET

LENGTH OF VISIT: 30 minutes

AGE:     27          

SEX:      F

MARITAL STATUS: Married

RACE:  African American

RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: United Church of Christ

ADMITTING DIAGNOSIS: Patient is pregnant with twins.  In this very rare case, the two fetuses are in the same bag and have their umbilical cords tied around each other’s neck.  The situation looked very grim and they were going to induce labor and have the children stillborn since the patient is only 17 weeks into her pregnancy and the twins were not going to make it to full pregnancy.

NUMBER OF VISITS: 2

WHICH VISIT IS THIS?: First

CONSULT PLAN: It was during my usual cold-call visits at Labor and Delivery.  I had asked to go in before but the patient’s husband, who was waiting outside in the hallway, told me they were in the process of giving her an epidural.  I introduced myself and told him who I was and to please let the patient know that I had dropped by and if they wanted a visit at a more convenient time, to call me.  I got paged an hour later.  During the course of the visit, it came out how much the patient wanted these babies; she was already in grief over her impending loss.  My plan was to be present for her and comfort her in whatever way I could.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (FAMILY, STAFF MEMBER, CHARTS) 

Not a lot about the family came out during the visit, all that came out was this was the patient’s first pregnancy, she was married, and that this was a planned, wanted pregnancy, unlike so many other cases I see in that unit.

OBSERVATIONS

The room had no cards or balloons.  Since Labor & Delivery rooms are quite spacious to accommodate the spouses, there were overnight bags open and grooming products strewn over the room, which was otherwise quite bare.  The husband had been sleeping in the foldout chair off to the side.  The nurse was in the room monitoring some of the machines and seemed to be quite close to the patient.

VISIT

(Husband and attending nurse were also present but did not talk during the visit)

I started the visit by introducing myself and the patient smiled and beckoned me to come in.  She mentioned that her husband told her of my earlier attempted visit and the she appreciated that there was such a person in the hospital.  When I approached the bed, she automatically held out her hand, which I assumed she meant to just shake, but after I held out my hand, she kept holding on, so we continued the visit like that.  Most of the conversation was punctuated by long silences and simply involved me just standing by her and holding her hand.

EER: How are you feeling today?

Jane:  Not too good (moans a little).

EER: Is this your first?

Jane:  Yes (nods)

EER: Feeling scared?

Jane: (nods) I’m just happy you came up….(she starts tearing now and some tears are already rolling down her cheek) I’d just like you to pray for me in all of this.

EER: Alright (I hold hands with her and her husband and start praying, the nurse spontaneously joins us halfway through the prayer and the prayer circle got bigger.  By the time, the prayer is finished, the patient is sobbing but trying to hold it back. It’s coming out in chokes.  The nurse puts a cool wet facecloth on her forehead to calm her down a bit.)

Jane:  You know, I do believe in God…

EER: I’m sure you do…

Jane: I just don’t understand…we wanted these children so much… (The husband starts to softly cry now and puts his head down on the bed)

EER: What we want and what is often asked of us isn’t always the same thing…

Jane: (nodding) That’s right.

EER: And we sometimes need to make our peace with that, but at the same time we need to have faith that Something or Someone is walking with us, right beside us, even during these times …

Jane:  (nodding) That’s right.

EER:  And I know this makes no sense to you right now, but one day, not today, not tomorrow, one day in the future, you’re going to look back on this and maybe understand things a little bit better…

Jane: That’s right, I know you’re right, I just don’t feel it in my heart right now…

EER: Maybe you don’t now, but it ‘s really true that time heals all wounds, and when the time is right, you’ll feel it and understand it…

Jane: That’s right.

EER: In matters of the spirit, anything is possible.

Jane: (Nodding.  A very long silence follows and she continues crying silently, I wait until it passes a bit. I feel like I’m at a complete loss and have no idea what to say or what to do next.)

EER: You can try talking to those two souls and ask your questions to them, when you feel like it, they may even reply you in your dreams, prayers or meditations…

Jane: (Nods) I believe you, I’ve heard of stories like that happening in my own family, it’s not foolishness, I will, when I’m ready.

EER: It’s just a suggestion, do things in your own time…we’re here for you if you need anything.

Jane: I know…thank you for coming, you don’t realize how much this means to me.  (She squeezes my hand hard one last time and lets go)

EVALUATION

I think the overall theme of this visit was that patient was struggling with the loss she was about to undergo.  She just was not ready for it and it was clear to me that perhaps she just needed to have someone sit with her in her sadness.

I  sat there with her and held her hand and because she did not let go for a second.  I got the distinct impression she wanted to feel that there was someone there for her besides her husband and the nurse, although it was clear she had a close relationship with both of them.  I think she really needed to hear that there was a spiritual presence there for her during all of this.

I myself am not a mother so it was difficult to identify with the extent of the loss this woman must have been feeling for a planned pregnancy such as this.  We are both female, around the same age and not Euro-American.  I think that may explain why she opened up and started to cry freely in front of me and felt comfortable enough to do so.  I was not there to judge her or perform last rites or anything like that.  Rather, I got the impression it was one woman trying to reach out and ask for acknowledgement/help/presence from another woman.  The nurse was busy doing medical stuff, she needed someone to simply be there for her.  Since our conversation was punctuated by long silences and that was what was involved in most of the visit, I hope that was what I was able to give her.

I think she was one of those cases where she really needed someone to hold her hand and comfort her.  That was how I saw the relationship between us. In addition, this is the patient’s first pregnancy, and a planned one at that.  The grief was no doubt also compounded by disappointment.  I did not think it was the time to try to give her hope or encouragement to counterbalance the disappointment.  I decided to focus on being present.

My main concern as a caregiver with to comfort her as best I could.  I think I did because she said at the end that the visit meant a lot to her.  Despite this being a scenario I could hardly relate to, I did stay with her a long time and offered her something to think about, namely to communicate with those two departed souls when she was ready.  Clearly this is something not from the Christian tradition and I know about it from the Islamic one, where there are certain passages from the Koran which can be read out loud with a question in your mind and the answer comes through in a dream during that night.  I did not know what else I could offer her but I wanted to give her something that was of comfort to her.

The interaction between us was very gentle.  Clearly both husband and wife were suffering, I decided to stay on a bit longer than usual. I took my cue from the way she was holding my hand and wouldn’t let go afterwards.  My initial guess was that she needed spiritual assurance  and not feel that she was completely alone in this.

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Verbatim 2: Judgement, Guilt and Grace

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FACT SHEET

AGE: 20               

SEX: F

MARITAL STATUS: Recently married

RACE: African- American

RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: Baptist

ADMITTING DIAGNOSIS: Complications to her pregnancy, the baby’s heartbeat is low and irregular, the blood pressure is also low.  Betty was advised to spend the last month of her pregnancy in the hospital.

NUMBER OF VISITS: 2

WHICH VISIT IS THIS? : First

CONSULT PLAN: I was called in by the nurse, it was an on-call visit, and the nurse simply said that she thought that this patient might benefit from a visit. I thought, going in, that I was there to talk to the young woman about whatever issues she had at the time.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (FAMILY, MEMBER STAFF, CHARTS) 

Betty is a 20-year-old mother-to be, she and the father of the child got married a month into her pregnancy.  They had been seeing each other for a year before that.  Betty has completed a year of college and wants to become a primary school math teacher. She is quite articulate and very intelligent.  Her unplanned pregnancy and surprise wedding has delayed her plans.  Also, her husband is a soldier stationed in Virginia and may be deployed any day now into Iraq.

OBSERVATIONS

The room looked very inviting, there were many cards, balloons and flowers on display.  It was also well lit with a large window. The TV was on and there was a stack of videocassette films. I immediately got the impression that Betty is being visited regularly by a group of persons or at least someone is seeing to it that she is as comfortable as possible.  Betty herself seemed like someone who has a natural, cheerful disposition.  She was very friendly and inviting.

VISIT

I started the visit by introducing myself and asking Betty a few questions about herself and her family. She asked me a few questions about myself and I said a little about myself.  When she understood I was brought up Muslim, she really seemed to brighten up as members of her family (some cousins and aunts) had converted to Islam and her exposure to the religion was positive. We started with small talk, she told me something about herself.  This led to her talking about her life, this pregnancy and her quick marriage.

EER: When you were going out with your boyfriend, was marriage with him something that you had thought about beforehand?

Betty: No, not really, we had been going out for a year….and then I fell pregnant suddenly…Gosh! My mom was mad. She wanted me to have an abortion, she didn’t think it was a good idea to have a child.

EER: What did you think?

Betty: Well, I think abortion is wrong, I wanted to keep this child and Vince supported me and my decision, and a month later he proposed, he felt it was the right thing to do, to bring this baby up in a family. He’s really good in that way.

EER: Do you regret anything or the way things have turned out?

Betty: You know…with all these problems that I’m having with the baby…I’m just scared for this baby all the time…somehow I feel like God is punishing me for something (tears are starting to roll slowly).

EER: Punishing you for what?

Betty: Punishing me for having sex before marriage…ever since all this started…I’ve been feeling guilty for what I did and somehow these problems with the baby is God’s way of saying how He disapproves of me (starts crying freely) …everyone else has also been judging me…my mom wasn’t happy… then I found out the people at my church have been gossiping about me… many of the people were folks who I thought were my friends… then the pastor at my church was also very disapproving, he doesn’t even want to talk to me anymore…and when Vince offered to marry me, I didn’t want him to think that I wanted to trap him, he said he understood how I felt but he really felt strongly that the baby should have a father around. I just haven’t felt any peace for the longest time…

(We were quiet for a long time together, she cried a bit more; I waited till she was a bit calmer)

EER: You consider yourself to be  a Christian, right?

Betty: Yes ma’am.

EER: Which means that you believe that God once took a human form?

Betty: Yes ma’am.

EER : Then why would you want to worship and love a God who doesn’t understand what it’s like to be human, to have weaknesses and needs? Wouldn’t you want to worship or love a God who understands you and sees you exactly for who you are and knows what’s really inside you?

(She really started to cry hard now)

Betty: You know that’s the first time someone has said something to me in months which has given me comfort…

EER: I don’t think you need to feel guilty or ashamed or dirty about being human…

Betty: (Nodding) I really love Vince, he’s such a good guy and when I was with him, it didn’t feel wrong at all… I feel like this child is going to be a blessing, I just don’t understand why everyone else doesn’t see it.

EER: Well, there isn’t much you can do to change the way other people think or look at a situation… maybe in time they will change their minds.  What’s important is that both you and Vince welcome this child and give it as much love as possible when this child comes.

(We continued talking for a bit longer about her plans for when the baby comes, what the new domestic situation will be like since she’s still living with her mother and her feelings about all the changes coming up.)

Betty: Thank you for coming, what you said really means a lot to me.

EER: I don’t think you need to be so hard on yourself just because other people are.

Betty: Thanks EER.

EER: You’re welcome.

EVALUATION

I think the overall theme of this visit was that Betty was feeling deep guilt or shame for engaging in premarital sex and that the complications to her pregnancy was some sort of divine punishment for having done so.  I think what she needed to realize was that she didn’t have to feel shame or guilt for what she did, she may or may not have done something “wrong”, that’s ultimately up to her to decide on.  She needed to realize that she’s human, and if what she did was a mistake in her mind, that’s part of the package of being human.  That was how I saw the dynamics between us.  I think in Betty’s case, being young, black, female, unmarried (at the beginning of the pregnancy), she felt her family, her friends and her church were judging her.

My main concern as a spiritual caregiver  with Betty was to make her realize that she wasn’t being punished, her guilt was understandable, given her background and upbringing, but it wasn’t helping her and that she needed to talk about this guilt.

I also wanted to make her realize that the judgements that were being thrown at her weren’t necessarily an accurate reflection of who she was as a human being (i.e. a “bad” or “dirty” person) but was probably a reflection of something in those persons throwing them at her.

Theologically, I think this is a girl is feeling an overpowering sense of guilt because she did something which goes against her religion, her church and the beliefs of her family.

My interaction with Betty was positive.  She was initially surprised that I was a young woman, but because there wasn’t much of an age gap and I wasn’t condemning her or judging her, we were able to talk freely and a good rapport was established. She was willing to open up to me but I also think Betty’s inherent nature is quite open and trusting.  I did not get the impression at all that she was holding back.  I also think perhaps the fact that I was a woman, not that much older and a non-threatening presence may have helped. I’m not sure if Betty would have opened up so quickly and readily if the chaplain was, say an African-American male of similar religious background.

With respect to inclusiveness, when I asked Betty about her religious background, she mentioned that she had attended the Baptist church her whole life but she was seriously thinking of leaving that particular church because of the problems she was having with the pastor and the gossip surrounding her.  I understood what it felt like to be judged by people who have no idea about who you are, what you’re going through or what you’re all about. I related to Betty at that level.

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Verbatim 1- “Is it alright if I ask for a hug?”

This is the first of a series of encounters I will be posting up from my time as a hospital spiritual caregiver/chaplain. I had hundreds of encounters in the wards and in the trauma bay over a space of 2 years while I attained certification with the ACPE but I’ll only be posting about 20 of the encounters here. I won’t be posting them up all in a row or else that would really be a downer. Instead, I’ll still be posting my other stuff as well as topics pop up. 

Names have been changed for obvious reasons, but all the encounters were real and not made up.  I made mistakes at times and I realize people may have dealt with these situations differently.  As I wrote before, I’ve sat on these stories a long time and think it’s time to let them go in the hopes that maybe others can also learn something from them, how to connect to others in an authentic and genuine human-to-human way, beyond differences in race, class, background, religion and nationality. 

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FACT SHEET

DATE OF VISIT: December 25, 2003

SEX:      F             

AGE: 43

RACE:  African American

MARITAL STATUS:  Single

RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: Baptist

ADMITTING DIAGNOSIS:  Renal complication (HIV-related)

NUMBER OF VISITS: 1

WHICH VISIT IS THIS? :  1st

CONSULT PLAN:

This encounter happened during one of my cold-call visits.  It was Christmas Day and I went up checking my various units asking the nurses and clinical managers specifically for patients who were NOT expecting visitors that day. The nurse suggested visiting a patient in Bed B, when I went in to look, Bed B was fast asleep so on my way out I said “Hi” to Bed A and we ended up talking instead.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (FAMILY, STAFF MEMBER, CHARTS) 

The patient is a former drug addict, and the addiction was a part of her lifestyle.  She did prostitution for many years to support her habit and essentially lived off the streets.

 OBSERVATIONS:

I saw the patient earlier before the visit, while I was visiting the other patients I saw this patient walking along the hallway with her IV, getting some exercises so her muscles would not become atrophied.  My guess is that she had been bed ridden for a while.  She also had many, many marks on her forearms including what looked like really ugly cigarette burns.  This turned out to be correct as she later told me.

VISIT

C: EER

P: Patient

C1: (walking past her bed on my way out and making eye contact) Hi, looks like she’s sleeping (motioning to Bed B) , I’ll come back later.

P1:  (Standing by her bed, fiddling  with the portable IV) Who’re you so I can tell her when she wakes up?

C2: I’m one of the hospital spiritual caregivers here and I was just checking up on her since it’s Christmas day and all…

P2: Like a chaplain? Oh, how nice of you! (Her face softens up considerably) Mmm-mmm (shaking her head) God is good, God is good, I know that for a fact, I’m only alive because of God.

C3: (I get the feeling that this woman has a lot more to say so I stop and walk over to her) We all are, really.

P3:  That’s right, but I tell you, ever since I’ve turned to God, I’m more peaceful about this.

C4: Could you tell me more about this peaceful feeling?

P4:  Well, you know, I’ve lived through some really bad things, I mean real bad…  I had a bad drug habit for years (she showed me her arms and there are heroine scars on the inside of her elbow from shooting up as well as what looks like some rather deep cigarette burns) and I had a man, who was my pimp, he used to bust me up pretty bad…for so long I was far from God and when I got infected, it forced me to look at my life and I had no one else to turn to but God.  And the moment I did, I felt like I was returning home for the first time in years. (Her eyes start welling up with tears but she’s smiling at the same time) So I tell you… God is good.

C5:  (I intuitively get the sense that this discovery of faith has some sort of redemptive element here for her) Do you think you found your salvation?

P5:  I know I have, I haven’t felt this peaceful, happy and…excited (with emphasis) in such a long time.  Now I want to work for God, I want to go out there on the streets and talk especially to women and girls.

C6: Do you?

P6:  Mmm-hmm (nodding) I think that’s where the real work needs to done, out there (points out the window).

C7: Sometimes before we need to work out there, we need to work in here    ( I point to my heart).

P7: That’s true too,  I wouldn’t want to do this work if I wasn’t ready.

There’s just one thing which bothers me.

C8: What’s that?

P9: Well, I met a social worker about doing this sort of work and she said that I had to be based with some church.

C9:  That’s usually true.

P10:  Well, you see now, I haven’t belonged to a particular parish in years, I grew up Baptist and I’m not really sure if that’s for me anymore. How do I know what’s the right church for me?

C10: You’ll feel it.  You’ll just know. It might require some shopping around on your part, you might need to sit in on some sermons and visit various churches and talk to some people.  It really depends on how open you are.  Some people have hang-ups about not going to specific churches,  but I say use what works for you. Go with what feels right and where you feel comfortable. If you find a Baptist church you like, then that’s it, if it’s non-denominational, Episcopal , whatever.

P11: (She looks very thoughtful) You know, it wasn’t no coincidence you came here today…I’m so happy I met you….Jesus is good since he brought you here today (sighing, she starts tearing  up again, she looks at me and asks)  Is it alright if I ask for a hug?

C11:  No, of course not.  ( I go over to her and give her a hug, we remain quiet for a moment)

(A few thoughts run through my mind, she must be awfully alone in this world, she’s starved for genuine affection and connection instead of relationships based on sex, money and drugs,  she looks at me as some sort of agent of intercession)

P12: Thank you.

C13: You’re welcome.

P13: Are you here a lot?

C14: Well, I’m here today, I won’t be tomorrow but I’ll be back on Saturday.  Will you be here then?

P14: I’m not sure, the doctors say my swelling has to go down so maybe.

C15: Alright, when I come back, I’ll check in on you if you’re still here.

P15: Oh, would you? Alright.

C16: OK, so I guess I’ll see you on Saturday.

P16: Yes, and thanks again for coming. (I checked up on her on the following Saturday and she had been discharged the day before.)

EVALUATION

I experienced this visit as an exercise in being at the right place at the right time.  That I met her was by pure chance and coincidence since I went in trying to meet someone else.  As the visit progressed many theological themes popped up.  Finding a sense of the holy, rediscovering religion and spirituality, valuing and reassessing things presently in life and finding what your life’s work may be.  Clearly this patient has gone through a lot in life. A life on the streets as a prostitute in the seedier sections Washington DC in order to support a drug habit cannot be something most people would take pride in but, rather would most probably be a source of shame.  This patient seemed to be past that (with me anyway).  Instead she had somewhere along the line found an anchor of peace which is helping her keep afloat.   I think what made it easier was that this woman was very forthcoming with me, almost immediately and that made the visit easier.  I did not have to do too much digging to speak of.

I experienced the visit as an exercise for myself in the mysterious powers of coincidence and timing. It just served to remind me that the universe will send you where you’re wanted in unexpected ways and places.

I think the visit was good for the patient in some ways.  As stated earlier she saw me as some sort of agent of intercession as in her opinion, she seemed to say that somehow , it was not a coincidence that I was brought to her room and this was some sort of blessing from Jesus.  With respect to inclusiveness, the patient and I are both members of visible minorities.  The patient is also female.  The patient is suffering from some sort of renal problem related to her HIV.  I have never had the illness.  The patient is a Baptist, however she is not in her church or faith tradition.  I consider myself more of a secular non-observant Muslim.  I’m not sure exactly why she opened up as quickly as she did but she really opened up immediately when it came out that I was visiting people for Christmas.  Maybe she read into something there and that allowed her to open up and trust me.

My main concern as a spiritual caregiver was to listen to the patient and be present with her.  As the conversation between us developed, I was able to see that this woman had found some sort peace in all of this with her recent discovery of spirituality.  The interaction between us was very easy and trusting.

I think something positive was present here for this patient in some of the realizations that she has made as well as the fact that she’s fully aware that she’s still on a journey of sorts and no doubt some more realizations will most probably be on the way for her.

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Intro: A Baptism of Fire

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Tim Robbins after his escape from prison in “The Shawshank Redemption”

To those of you who don’t know me personally, there was a time when I was a spiritual caregiver at a very busy hospital in a very violent city in the United States. Once upon a time they used to call it pastoral care but since the term “pastoral” has a very Christian connotation to it, they decided to call  it spiritual care-giving instead in order to be more inclusive of other faith traditions and paths.

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To call it a baptism of fire would be an understatement.
It was life and death literally every day. Dealing with the living who will shortly die either through cancer, HIV-related illnesses, or dealing with family members of those who died too quickly and too violently in the trauma bay, mostly through gun-shot wounds or drug-related violence. It also meant dealing with life, women giving birth under complicated situations, people who were struggling to live and for me, being present in the midst of that struggle and trying to overcome my own discomfort and projection in some of those situations, never mind how troubling or traumatic those situations could be.
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Sometimes it meant visiting patients the night before an important surgery and talking with them long into the night or it could mean just simply holding someone’s hand and say nothing at all. At times it meant accompanying shocked parents to the hospital morgue in order identify the body of a son who had died due to a bullet wound. At other times it meant being asked to be in the birthing room because a troubled teenager asked me to be there with her because no one else would. Sometimes, it just meant praying with someone, even a prayer from a completely different tradition from my own but it was one they wanted and needed to have repeated.
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There’s nothing New Age or conspiracy-related about these stories but I’ve sat on them for over 10 years now and I think it’s time to let them go. I’m sharing them because if through reading them, it can help someone, anyone learn about emotional intelligence, and how to connect to others on that level, even through some of my own mistakes and biases which I’ve documented…well that would be something. All too often in the “spiritual” scene, there’s plenty of talk about energies, frequencies and putting our thoughts and words into actions and deeds but very little about that intermediate stage between the physical and spiritual, namely the emotional, and honestly, that’s the real connector which many people forget about. How do you begin to resonate with another human being, so different from you and yet, still remain you? How do you reach another person whose beliefs may be so different from your own despite our own common humanity?
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So the next few weeks, I’ll be posting the reports of my various encounters I had in the hospital wards. There’s nothing magical, yogic or supernatural about them so apologies in advance to my conspiracy-based or yoga-based readers. Sometimes they will be emotionally heavy to read  so I’ll completely understand if I lose a few readers along the way. There’s nothing light and fluffy or easy about the hospital wards where real human suffering is taking place. And even if that suffering is personal, the origins of much of that same suffering has to do with the world out there we are all living in, in a political and socio-economic reality which drives people to take desperate measures in their own lives or with the lives of others. All the stories are true, but the names have been changed to protect their identities.
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The Business of Love

Now, I’m going to tell you about Spencer.

You may think you’ve waited a long time. But let’s face it, so did I.  I was thirty-three.

It seems to me I discovered what “I Love You” really means. It means I put you and your interests and your comfort ahead of my own interests and my own comfort because I love you.

I love you.

What does this mean?

Think. 

We use this expression very carelessly.  

LOVE has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything. What you will receive in return varies. But it really has no connection with what you give. You give because you love and you cannot help giving. If you are very lucky, you may be loved back. That is delicious but it does not necessarily happen. It really implies total devotion. And total is all-encompassing – the good of you, the bad of you. I am aware that I must include the bad.            

I loved Spencer Tracy.  

He and his interests and his demands came first. This was not easy for me because I was definitely a me me me person. It was a unique feeling that I had for Spencer. I would have done anything for him. My feelings – how can you describe them? – the door between us was always open. There were no reservations of any kind. He didn’t like this or that. I changed this or that. They might have been qualities which I personally valued. It did not matter. I changed them.  Food – we ate what he liked.  We did what he liked.  We lived a life which he liked. This gave me great pleasure. The thought that this was pleasing him. Certainly I had not felt this way with my other beaux. I was looking for them to please me. It is a very different relationship. It’s like a wonderful cocktail party. But it ain’t love….There is an enormous difference between “love” and “like”.  Usually we use the word “love” when we really mean “like”.  I  think that very few people ever mean love. I think that “like” is a much easier relationship. It is based on sense. Love – a blind spot.

- “Me: Stories of My Life”, Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn has always been one of my heroes. She played the Hollywood game and beat it down every time, and in doing so, earned the respect of practically everyone there. She also lived her life according to her own rules and never settled or compromised to anyone else’s wishes.

 

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I read the aforementioned book years ago and this quote, on Hepburn’s relationship to Spencer Tracy always stuck with me as something very insightful and true especially about actually meaning “like” when very often people say “love”.

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Now, some people may read the quote and think that’s about female subjugation and being submissive to “The Man”…again, and I would have to respectfully disagree. What Hepburn is saying is that true love is complete exception-making, not out of duty, not out of obligation, not out of guilt, not out of power or need, but rather a very conscious choice, because it makes you deliriously happy to finally get out of yourself and put someone else ahead of you with no expectations whatsoever.  It goes beyond economic and material needs. At that point it, becomes self-actualized love on an emotional and spiritual level.
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I think it’s hard for many people in this day and age to get that drift. I’ll be blunt when I say I think capitalism has very nearly destroyed any vestige of selflessness. Relationships, and more specifically marriage, have become transactional where it’s about (and I’m speaking in very generalized terms) economic security and gathering resources for women and children and secured access to sex for men. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.
Therefore men who have the most resources can secure the most desirable women who can give them the most sex and women put themselves through torture to become impossible ideals of beauty to secure a mate who can provide for them (hence the Sugar Daddy phenomena, old balding dudes with comb-overs in a Porsche with a girl who looks like a grand-daughter supermodel) .
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Anthony Hopkins playing a sugar daddy, with Lucy Punch in “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”

I personally think that whole ideology is repulsive…and sad… too many people lying to themselves. I think the writer who most brings that message home, in all it’s ugliness to its logical conclusion is French bad boy writer and the scourge of the European literati and intelligentsia, Michel Houellebecq, especially in “The Elementary Particles”.
Michel Houellebecq, one of the most brutally honest , but twisted minds out there.

Michel Houellebecq, one of the most brutally honest , but twisted minds out there.

Houellebecq, not unlike his predecessor,  Louis-Ferdinand Celine, is a highly damaged individual but his vision is crystal clear and terrifying…and brutally honest: if you bring economics and talk from the factory floor, into love and relationships (i.e love takes work), like the market economy, there will be very few winners and many, many losers as well.
This is what makes me chuckle about economists and other social theorists; they always forget about the “wildcard factor”, they always forget about the emotional and spiritual dimension to any of their arguments. And quite often, I think, it’s that emotional and spiritual dimension, which either makes things work splendidly…or fail spectacularly. It’s also the very thing which makes things run smoothly in the long run, that’s where the fuel comes from.
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I’ve seen this a few times now, where people I knew got married to partners, who on paper and in theory were “perfect”. Similar educational backgrounds, same cultural references and centers of identification, even looked very similar to one another.
When former supermodel Christie Brinkley married for the third time to architect Peter Cook, everyone thought "Third time's the charm" since they looked so good together. Wrong.  Cook cheated on Brinkley with a local teenager and what ensued was one of the messiest, nastiest divorces the normally-jaded Hamptons has seen in years.

When former supermodel Christie Brinkley married for the third time to architect Peter Cook, everyone thought “Third time’s the charm” since they looked so good together and hung in the same circles. Wrong. Cook cheated on Brinkley with a local teenager and what ensued was one of the messiest, nastiest divorces the normally jaded Hamptons has seen in years.

But after a couple of years, the marriage slides into inertia or the differences, which were once so interesting have now become so unbearable that ending it is the only available option.
I once read a short story by Anatole France, where the husband would regularly meet a girl, outside of his marriage because he “wasn’t inspired anymore and wanted to have these interesting conversations”  and right away I thought to myself, “Then why the hell did you even marry someone in the first place who doesn’t?”
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I might be a Pollyanna but I don’t think love “takes work”. I think it should be as insanely easy as play. I also think, if people were more honest with themselves, they would know right away if it’s really a case of “love” or “like” or “lust”. Love makes you stronger, not weaker. Love makes you happy, not tortured. Love makes you feel secure and at peace, not fearful and paranoid or jealous. Love gives you courage, not doubt. Love opens your eyes wider and makes you want to share your love with others, not hide it selfishly. Love is expansive, not restrictive.
Most of all, love heals, it is a balm.
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Ode to an Ancient Land

This was posted today at Philosopher’s Stone’s UK blog written by activist Julian Rose. I’m posting it here in its original entirety but I’ve added the visuals and links. For those of you who don’t follow global weather news, the UK in recent weeks has been hit with storm after epic storm causing widespread flooding and damage, no one has ever seen anything like this. The current flooding and battering the UK has been taking is not just literal but symbolic as well. 

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(I’d only add that the message here is not only applicable to Albion/Britain/England but I’d extend it to ALL colonial and imperialistic powers, past, present and future. Karma may stay quiet for a long time but it ain’t no fool and neither is Mother Nature.)

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That is maybe a rhetorical question, so I will not so much ask as state ‘England is going under’. And while that may be taken metaphorically, I mean it more actually. Great swathes of the Country are slowly drowning under a relentless rainfall that is part and parcel of an almost continuous barrage of winter storms moving in off the Atlantic Ocean.

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England sticks out into the Atlantic as if asking to be the recipient of an oceanic battering. The Country leans into the South Westerly’s as a sailor pits himself against driving wind and spray. She is an island in an Ocean, and one that is close to going under.

There are powerful karmic forces weaving their historical tentacles into this unfolding saga.

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England once stood boldly out of this same Atlantic Ocean sending her great ships tacking across the high seas, seeking out new Continents and exploiting whatever treasures fell upon the way. Building empire across the globe in an ever-expanding push for power and glory, wealth and prestige. From this small island on the Western flank of Continental Europe, the sailing ships and crews set forth and those that returned, came with their holds crammed with the trophies of their plunder.

The Koor-hi-Noor diamond  sitting on the British crown. India has repeatedly asked for it back but England keeps refusing.

The Koor-hi-Noor diamond sitting on the British crown. India has repeatedly asked for it back but England keeps refusing.

Kings and Queens applauded their exploits, planning and funding ever greater incursions into the territories they so indulgently sought to lay claim upon.

These are duplicates. the orginals, called the Elgin marbles sit in the London Museum. Again, Greece has repeatedly asked for them back and England refuses

These are duplicates. The five originals are at the Musuem of the Acropolis, the sixth was looted by Lord Elgin. The Elgin Marbles sit in the British Museum. Again, Greece has repeatedly asked for them back and England keeps refusing

Invasion was followed by conquest. Conquest by slavery. Slavery by the rule of Westminster and the Palace. Rule imposed for the ever greater enrichment of the coffers of the State, its barons and hierarchical elite.

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Soon England no longer depended for nourishment upon her own fertile lands and artisan skills. The peasant farmers were pushed unceremoniously off the land as Empire became the new provider and the landless British worker was yoked to the production line, becoming a tool for mass produced exports to newly conquered lands.

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The demise of the British Isles was well underway even as its industrial revolution ground down the last native skills and seasonal rituals of a once bucolic countryside.

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Now the barley barons and kings of industry reigned over our colonial wealth-bolstered island. While, almost unnoticed, the newly instated merchant banker moved deftly into the wheel house so as to decisively lay his hand upon the course of history and build a money empire to match, and eventually overtake, the acquisitions of the colonies.

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The City of London soon stood solid and arrogant – the power house of this vast Empire.
And while the British initiated slave trade was finally banned by an act of parliament, the British people took on the mantle of slavery, bowing to the new citadel whose tentacles reached out into great swathes of colonial wealth – and steadily drank it dry.

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Oh England, my England, so where is your soul today?

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Illustration of King Arthur by Howard Pyle

Two World wars then tore the last of your subtle spirit from its sanctuary of rolling hills and valleys where once King Arthur ventured on his mystic journey and Druid tribals camped among the ancient oaks and standing stones.

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Where to now old island?

Now that the foolish men in dark suits shout their pathetic schoolboy jibes to and fro across the floor of what was once a shrine to an idea called democracy.

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Now that the macadam motorway and sterile hypermarket have vanquished the ox cart’s winding track and breezy market stall – where to now?

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Now that the spirits and devas are driven from the edge of once pristine tinkling streams, and enchanted copses have met their fate at the hand of the brutal chain-saw. Where to now?

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Now it is your turn to be on the receiving end. The crimes of your past are catching-up with you, dear England. The arrogance and greed of your masters could not go unnoticed – could not pass-by unatoned for. Nor could the pacifistic stance taken by the greater populous when confronted with such frequent acts of national and international vandalism.
The karmic retribution could not be stalled forever.

Prepare your arks all those who can read the signs. Prepare yourselves for the deluge –whose first ferocious swathes are already upon the land.

Head for the hills and higher climbs and take simple tools to prepare the ground. A great cleansing is upon this island; a cleansing that will jolt befuddled minds into memories of great stories of other eras, when lands were swallowed by mighty acts of nature.

And yes, nature it is that once again rises up in defiance of all attempts to bring her under the control of those who would use and abuse her for their private wealth and make of her a platform for staging their profit driven foreign wars.

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This oh so British ‘civilization’, once so proud to lead the way in matters of conquest, was always bound at some point to receive its retribution. So proud to turn away from nature and forge its industrial steel into the wheels of the brave new world of mass consumerism.
A world that left behind it all gentle arts that nature had so diligently taught.

But such is She that no man can turn his back for long upon Her simmering powers. No man can lay claim to having pacified and sold Her soul – because passivity was not on Her agenda, and Her soul was never for sale. And those who sought to profit from Her bounty will soon leave empty handed; for that time, prophesied of old, has finally come.

Not even the vicious technologically engineered destruction of our climate can suppress the rising winds of change that are upon this scarred and battered jewel called Earth. It can only increase their velocity.

So look now upon the rising waters and know what they are. Few Countries will escape the fever that’s upon this World. A fever for which the only cure is the unconditional metamorphosis of man himself, washed through and through, cleansed of that reckless hubris which has brought us to this tipping point.

The tide is turning upon mankind – and this England which juts out into the rising stormy ocean to her West, will shoulder a heavy price for its blinkered, stubborn occupants, who for so long turned a blind eye on deeper truths and refused to look upon the blood encrusted pages of colonial history.

Go under then.

But when the great healing is finally done and the storms abate .. recede; rise again oh beautiful island, greet the coming dawn in vivid celebration of all that’s sacred, true, profound. Set forth your green and glorious valleys once more, so the animals may step out once again, two by two, to greet the unmasked glory which calls to be reborn.

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Glastonbury Tor at dawn

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About the Author

Julian is a committed international activist, writer, farmer and actor. He is an early pioneer of UK organic farming methods and is currently involved in the front line of efforts to keep Poland free from genetically modified organisms. Julian is President of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside. His book Changing Course for Life can be purchased onwww.changingcourseforlife.info. His latest book In Defence of Life – a Radical Reworking of Green Wisdom is available at Amazon.com or can be requested on http://www.julianrose.info/

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Valentine’s Day is for the Hard of Hearing

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I really hate Valentine’s Day.
Even when I am in a relationship, I hate it.
The cheap chocolates,
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The tacky red and pink hearts everywhere,
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The way restaurants, spas and hotels deliberately boost their prices that week and the way my local wine outlet mysteriously has no sales going on that week.
I find the whole thing to be contrived and another stupid scam to convince people to buy stuff they don’t really need in order to “show someone you care.”
And to the Corporate Man behind all this, I say, “Fuck you.”
Seriously, you know how you show someone you care?
First of all, it’s not just about February 14th. It’s not a date on the calendar. It’s a state of mind.
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It’s not by buying cheap heart-shaped Hershey chocolates wrapped in red tin foil.
It’s by just being a friend and being present for them when they need you.
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It’s by taking him out for a few rounds of pool when you know he’s had a bad day and not badger him with questions until he’s ready to talk about it.
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It’s by secretly sowing seeds for wild violets all over the yard so come springtime, she’s in for a surprise. Why? Because she mentioned that violets are her favorite flower while you both were on a weekend drive last summer.
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It’s not by buying some generic cookie-cutter diamond ring. It’s by boning up on Art Nouveau/Art Deco because you found “Art Nouveau/Art Deco Jewelry” one day on your Google search bar.
It’s by wishing him an awesome time if he decides to go to the pro-sports game with his buddies, even if you hate pro-sports yourself.
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In short, it’s about PAYING ATTENTION AND LISTENING.
That’s how you show someone you care. Seriously, the biggest turn-off there is, is being with someone who isn’t paying any attention to you, doesn’t really hear anything you say because they’re too involved in themselves and too busy listening to the internal dialogue going on in their own minds and too busy figuring out what they want without a moment’s consideration of what you may really want or need. I think people forget relationships are two-lane roads.
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It’s not just Valentine’s Day either. It’s dating and relationships in general as well.
Even if you’re not interested, there are people who can’t seem to pick up a clue. I’ve tried online dating in the past with mixed results. The biggest problem is that (and I’m writing from a female perspective) men don’t really read profiles. They look at pictures, think you’re half-decent looking and send mini messages like “Hi” and clearly did not demonstrate that they even remotely paid any attention whatsoever to what you wrote.
You can write “No kids” and a balding divorcee saddled in alimony debt with three kids suddenly pops on your screen. (If he doesn’t pay any attention to what you wrote on your online profile, do you really think he’s going to pay any genuine attention to you in real life?….)
This video has  many examples of this type of self-delusion or one-way hearing:
 
Even if you do decide to take the risk and meet someone for coffee, they still don’t get it. One time I met someone and it was pretty clear from my profile I’m not into “Casual Encounters”. We met for coffee for a quick 30 minute meet’n greet to suss each other out, found out we had a lot in common, nice guy, pretty good-looking, interesting but no personal chemistry whatsoever but I could see this person becoming a friend. We exchanged a couple of emails sharing information based on the topics we talked about when we met, mostly about music. There was no discussion of anything even remotely intimate or physical.
Not even three days later, I suddenly get a phone call AND a text message at 2:38am. I had my ringer off because I actually have a job I have to go to and need to wake up early for so I slept right through it but in the morning when I saw the messages, it was fairly obvious dude expected a late-night booty call. He tried calling first and since I didn’t answer, he then sent a text message asking “to make plans” for the next evening.
Really?
At 2:38am?
In the middle of the week?
Can’t “making plans for the next evening” wait until the morning?
Clearly not.
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This is what I mean about not listening properly.
Dude did not “hear” that that there was no chemistry on my side.
Dude was too involved with his hormones to really understand that not everyone is on the same page as he is.
Dude just naturally assumed that because he wanted something from me, I would therefore just as naturally and automatically want the same thing from him too and that just wasn’t the case. He assumed too much and he blew it. We could have been friends. Who knows? Maybe he would have gotten that booty call later on if the friendship eventually caught on fire in the fullness of time. We’ll never know and I don’t care.
That’s one thing I love about getting older, you start seeing through people much better and much faster.
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Which is why I think Valentine’s Day is a formulaic shortcut for lazies who normally can’t even be bothered.
This Valentine’s Day, I’m going for a session of ear candling, to improve my hearing.
I wish more people would do the same.
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Messages from Dreamland

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I can be a really bad chronicler at times. Countless spiritual traditions tell us that many of us get messages from the Spirit World every night in our sleep through or dreams and that it’s a question of training ourselves of writing everything down when we wake up while the details are still fresh in our mind.

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I’ve tried. I just can’t do it since I am not and never will be a morning person. My biorhythms veer towards the evening and night so come morning time, I’m too groggy and busy stumbling towards my morning cup of tea, never mind whipping out a notebook and remembering last night’s adventures in dreamland.
 
However, I have had incidences of wicked deja-vu. Seeing something which, upon reflection, was something I already saw in the dream state a few days earlier.  I’ve also been lucky in the sense that I’ve never had nightmares. Maybe when I was a kid and watched too many Godzilla or Ray Harryhausen movies and would run into my parents’ room in the middle of the night but beyond that, I can’t complain.
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This caused nightmares when I was like, 5 years old

 
One writer who has admitted that she was regularly blessed with beautiful dreams was the Danish writer, Isak Dinesen aka Baroness Karen Blixen. Blixen was the author of such classics like “Out of Africa” and “Babette’s Feast”  and if you love to read good literature as much as I do, those two are “musts” (and the film versions do no justice to them at all).
Isak Dinesen, at a younger time in her life

Isak Dinesen, at a younger time in her life

This is a strong dream-like quality to her writing, particularly in it’s richness and if you read her body of work like “Anecdotes of Destiny” or “Seven Gothic Tales”, it’s easy to see how coming out of her books is like waking up from a beautiful dream. In my opinion, even if she just wrote 7 books, she was robbed of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the first time by another big-game hunter, Ernest Hemingway, who even admitted to her, that she deserved it more than he did and the second time by Albert Camus.
 
I bring up Blixen because of an incident she recounted in her novella, “Shadows on the Grass” :
When in the thirties I was staying in the south of England with Denys’ (Finch-Hatton) brother, the Earl of Winchilsea, the painter John (Glyn Warren) Philpot came down to paint the portrait of my hostess, who was very lovely.  He had travelled much in North Africa, and on an afternoon when we were walking together in the park he recounted to me an experience of his from there.
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Kirby Hall, Home of the Earls of Winchelsea

 In the First World War, he said, he had had a shell-shock or a nervous breakdown; he would never feel sure that he was doing what he ought to do.

“When I was painting a picture,” he explained,” I felt that I ought to make up my bank account. When I was making up my bank account, I felt that I ought to go out for a walk. And when in a long walk, I had got five miles away from home, I realized that I ought to be , at this very moment, in front of my easel. I was constantly in flight, an exile everywhere.

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Moroccan village

“It happened by then that I and my African servant in our travels in Morocco came to a small town or village. I cannot really describe the place to you, it looked like any other North African village. It stood in a flat plain, and in itself, was nothing but a number of mud-built huts with an old, broad mud-built wall round it. The only particular thing that I remember about it is its great multitude of storks, a stork’s nest on almost every house. But at that moment when I had come through the gate in the wall,  felt that this was a place of refuge. There came upon me a strange, blissful, calm, a happiness like what you feel when a high fever leaves you. “Here”, I thought, “one can remain.”  “And as now I had stayed in the village for a fortnight, all the time in that same sweet peace of soul and giving no thought to the past or the future, on a day when I was once more painting a picture, an old man, am imam , came up and spoke to me.”I hear from your servant,” he said,”that  you have finished your wanderings and will stay with us, since here you have found rest.” I answered him that it was as he said, but that I could not explain to myself why it should be so. 

“Master,” said the old man,” I shall explain to you. There is something special about our village, things have happened here that have happened nowhere else. It came about, not when I was a boy myself but when my father was a boy of twelve, and he has related it to me as it happened. Turn your eyes to the gate in the wall behind us. Above it you will see a ledge, where two men can sit, for in the old days watchmen were here looking out for foes that might approach across the plain. To this very ledge above the gate, came the Prophet (Mohammed) himself and your Prophet, Jesus Christ. They met here to talk together of man’s lot on Earth and the means by which the people of the earth might be helped. Those standing down below could not hear what they said to one another. But they could see the Prophet, as he explained his thoughts, striking his hand against his knee, and thereupon  Jesus Christ lifting his hand and answering him. They sat there, deep in talk, till night fell and the people could no longer see them. And it is from that time Master, that our village has got peace of heart to give away. “I wonder,” said Mr. Philpot, “whether a clergyman from the Church of England would have told that tale.” 

Like I wrote earlier, I ‘m very bad at recalling my dreams. With few exceptions, there have been times which an entire letter with the most perfect wording was suddenly sitting in my head, a crucial letter which I needed to send to someone. Or plans I needed to act on immediately. I had one dream while I was living in Turkey which I still cannot forget. It was *that* vivid and *that* real and sitting down to write it, came effortlessly. I don’t know what it means, but there is a symbolic message there and like Dinesen’s excerpt above, the similarities are obvious.

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March 12, 2001

I dreamt that dozens of people saw Muhammad AND Jesus in Central Park, New York City at the same time, at two different ends of the park.

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The group of people who saw Muhammad, saw him walk on water and apparently he had all the signs of being *the* Muhammad, according to one eyewitness, who himself was an Islamic scholar and a devout one at that. His name was Aziz, I think. Suddenly, tents were going up on the spot he had been and all the witnesses, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, suddenly had become men and women of contemplation. They renounced their old lives as businesspeople, students, whatever, to merely devote their life to study and think about the Infinite.

As for the other, second group that saw Jesus, well this being New York City in the 21st century, needless to say these are people who are a little aggressive, jaded, cynical and sceptical.   So they needed stronger proof than walking on water. There was a rain of coins, twice. The first time, the coins were a coppery colour, but they were not pennies. They were Abraham Lincoln two-dollar coins, a very , very limited rare edition. That wasn’t enough proof. Then there was a second rain, this time of platinum coins. It was a Jefferson three-dollar coin which has never been made in the first place. Finally everyone caught on, it really was Jesus, but like Muhammad, the two of them disappeared as mysteriously as they appeared.

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In my dream, I showed up in the park immediately after the incidents, I didn’t see the actual events. It was not quite yet pandamonium with religious fanatics, the clergy, scientists and reporters but the build-up of the oncoming media frenzy had just started. The park was already full of hundreds of people, onlookers and curiosity mongers, people running everywhere, crying, laughing, chaos.

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I remember walking down one path and seeing these two hacky-sack looking guys, sitting cross-legged on the grass merely staring at the two stacks of coins they had collected in front of them, one stack of each denomination. The guys were totally out of it, in a daze. I looked at each coin. They were real alright, but somehow they looked like they were already starting to melt.

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What could all this mean?

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Go with The Flow

Surely, We have sent revelation to thee, as We sent revelation to Noah and the Prophets after him; and We sent revelation to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and his children and to Jesus and Job and Jonah and Aaron and Solomon, and We gave David a Book. We sent some Messengers whom We have already mentioned to thee and some Messengers whom We have not mentioned to thee …” (Koran, Ch.4 v.164, 165)

“Verily, We have sent thee with the truth, as a bearer of glad tidings and as a Warner; and there is no people to whom a Warner has not been sent.” (Koran, Ch.35 v.25″)

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I have to admit that I actually don’t have a lot of other Bengali/Indian/Pakistani  Muslim friends. 
While I did grow up in a largely non-orthodox Muslim household, being Bengali meant that many of my parents’ close friends were and are Hindu, and it meant absolutely nothing out of the ordinary for us to go over to their homes for various Puja celebrations or having them come over to our place for Ramadan
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Breaking the Ramadan fast

 
That’s not always the norm in many Bengali Muslim homes. In fact, there was anti-Hindu bigotry right in my own family. Several of my more “hard-core Muslim” uncles would forbid their kids (i.e my cousins) to play with us because they feared our family would have a “bad influence on them”.  
Just cause a girl wears shorts, does that make them a "bad influence"?

Just because a girl wears shorts, does that make them a “bad influence”?

 
The sources of that bigotry are many and it easy to see why so many hard feelings developed over the course of time. The British effectively ruled India by pitting Muslims and Hindus against each from Day 1. Divide and rule was official policy. While the British were there, preferential treatment was given to Muslims because it was an Abrahamic religion they could relate to, hence why Muslims got the choicest jobs and opportunities. When the British left, the tables were completely turned around, communal fighting broke out all over India, Muslims were discriminated against and Hindus went to the top of the power structure. 
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This is an excellent video about Partition, about how India and Pakistan were formed after British rule. While the video talks about what was happening on the Western front, please bear in mind the atrocities were also happening on the eastern front, namely West Bengal and East Bengal (—> which became East Pakistan and then finally, Bangladesh). 
 
I bring up the quotes from the Koran because, really what those quotes are saying is that named and unnamed prophets, teachers, seers, sages, wise and holy men and women have been sent to all people of this world, every creed, every color, of all lands, at all times and that Muslims are to revere and respect them all, no exceptions. This includes First Nations Elders, Australian Aboriginal Elders, Mongolian shamans,  Buddhist bodhisattvas, Gnostic Christian spiritual masters and anyone else who has genuine spiritual insight and can teach us all to become better human beings with wisdom and grace. 
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This sense of inclusiveness and plurality is unfortunately missing with many of the Muslims I grew up with and knew (which would probably explain why I don’t get along with many of them).  Rather, a certain rigidity in outlook, a sanctimoniousness and belief has set in and with the money from Saudi being poured into the rest of the Muslim world.  It has unfortunately meant that Wahhabi Islam, an extremely puritanical, minor, rigid and monolithic form of Islam native to Saudi Arabia is also spreading. It’s a “Live by the Sword – Die by the Sword” form of Islam which in my opinion,  is completely against life and sucks royally and anyone with even half a functioning brain would be wise to run away from. 
These guys and their ideology DO NOT represent all Muslims

These guys and their ideology DO NOT represent all Muslims

 
What’s also happening is that very poor, migrant workers from countries like Bangladesh, Indonesia and Pakistan are going to the United Arab Emirates to work as cheap laborers for construction companies.
Many of them are illiterate, not educated and completely ignorant about the history of their own countries, cultures and religions. Many of them don’t realize that there was a history in those areas long before the introduction of Islam. They see the vulgar wealth in the UAE and it’s then very easy to develop an inferiority complex in the face of that wealth and power especially in contrast to what they saw and lived through back home. What then happens is that they start using Islam and faux-piety as a form of showing up who is “more Muslim” and then that Wahhabi Islam then becomes something worth emulating, copying and spreading.
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If you went to Bangladesh in the 1970s and 1980s, you would never see a burqa or hijab on the streets. Women were always in saris and salwar kameez and were considered decently dressed according to Islamic norms.
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You go to Bangladesh now, and hijabs and burqas are everywhere. When I talk to my Turkish friends, they say the same thing is also happening in Turkey. 
This is NOT the way it used to be.

This is NOT the way it used to be.

 
It’s not just dress that’s being affected. 
Take for instance female genital mutilation which is NOT an Islamic practice, but one rather which is from  sub-Saharan Africa and became incorporated into those cultures, primarily Somali and Eritrean. When Islam was introduced to those areas, cultural and religious practices became fused and suddenly it was an “Islamic” practice. Now the practice is being exported to other countries like Malaysia under the guise of “Islam” when it has exactly zero to do with Islam.
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This is my biggest axe to grind with many in the South East Asian Muslim community. Nobody flippin’ questions or investigates anything. They just internalize whatever their parents and grandparents told them and that’s it. I remember once having a conversation with one of my cousins’ husband. Dude has a PhD in Biochemistry so he’s not exactly dumb. However, he is from the village in Bangladesh, was extremely bright, did well in school, got full scholarship and landed in the USA and completed graduate work there. We were discussing the very Koranic verses I cited above and hence why I read so much about other traditions. His response is that was “you don’t need to understand Buddhism. You don’t need it. Who cares?”
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It was a repudiation of Buddhism. It was a mechanical, pragmatic way of looking at the world and a deliberate method to staying ignorant and comfortable in a narrow worldview represented by his upbringing and socialization. It was also a slap in the face to my world view which is expansive and inclusive. (I should add, I can’t stand the guy and neither does most of my family.)
It’s not just Muslims who are like this. I mean we can point the finger at the Christian Right in the United States or Hindu radicals in India. That rigidity is everywhere. My only wish is that people everywhere become more fluid and accepting, like a stream or a river.
Afterall, isn’t it the Chinese who believe that water is the strongest element, capable of changing the earth itself?
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