Saturday, August 26, 2017

Something I Don't Normally Do

     I know from experience that channeling can by misleading in some cases.  I look at channeling as if information is coming from the Universe (hopefully) through a funnel, in this case, the person who is channeling.  The information is only as pure as the funnel.  A tainted funnel will give you information that could be misleading, at best.

     That is why I don't normally recommend channeled information.  However, there is one site that has a weekly vlog (video blog) by Patricia Cota-Robles.  Her messages are uniformly positive, helpful, and encouraging.  You can check out her website here. 

     I know that there are quite a few videos that she has posted.  However, I strongly recommend that you start with the first video and work sequentially from there.  Each video presents teaching that builds on the last video, and to skip one or several would be to miss important parts of the message.  After you have done that, you can sign up for links to her weekly vlogs.

     If you want to make sense of what is happening in our world, if you want to learn how to overcome your own bad habits and negativity, and how to transform yourself and your world, you would do well to check it out.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Some Thoughts on the Eclipse

     If you live in North America, did you skip your normal obligations and sneak a peek at the solar eclipse?  It was something, wasn't it?  Other than the fact that this is a relatively rare event, I think it was important for other reasons.

     Remember that the sun represents the male principle and the moon represents the female.  Having the moon cover the sun, even for a short while, represents to me the idea that the female principle is on the ascendancy.  It comes at a good time.

     Second, tonight is also the start of the new moon cycle, where the moon will gradually gain strength in the night sky.  To me, that underscores the resurgence of the female principle.

     And third, the days are getting shorter and the nights longer as we head toward fall and winter.  Again, the female principle is gaining power.

     What does this mean for us?  Well, for too long, the male principle has been dominant.  It is shown in tribalism, exclusionary actions, rankism, predatory behavior, greed, and detachment from our Earth Mother and her creatures.  Perhaps you can think of at least one national leader who fits this description.  But before you point fingers too much, look at yourself.  Do any of your (or my) actions betray that attitude, even a little?

     It's time for all of us -- all of us -- to open our hearts and lives to the sacred feminine.  Welcome her in.  Let's achieve balance.  Our world needs it.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Again, Again, Again!"

     Have you ever been around a young child who really, really likes something?  What do they say?  "Again, again, again!"  They love the repetition and find the same delight in the activity the thousandth time as they did the first time.

     That was my reaction upon reading Derek Lin's The Tao of Daily Life: The Mysteries of the Orient Revealed The Joys of Inner Harmony Found The Path to Enlightenment Illuminated.  "Again, again!"  What a delightful and profound book.  I read through it once, and was so taken with its wisdom that I immediately started over again.  I typically read one chapter before going to bed, and it is a wonderful way for Taoist philosophy to seep into the unconscious mind.

     Each chapter tells a story from the Taoist tradition, or quotes from the Tao Te Ching (but without citing the sources -- a pet peeve!) and then Lin expounds and explains how it relates to everyday life.  Unpretentious, helpful, wise writing.  Get this book.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Good Book, But . . .

     Have you ever been excited to read a book and then discovered it wasn't what you expected?  It's not the author's fault, necessarily, but more the result of unfounded expectations on the reader's part.

     And so it was for me with Jack Angelo's Self-Healing with Breathwork: Using the Power of Breath to Increase Energy and Attain Optimal Wellness.  It's a good and useful book, don't get me wrong, but I was really expecting something else.  I think I read the description online and thought it would be about the breathing techniques of various spiritual traditions, with background and context, for the purpose of healing.  Except for a couple of cases, that is not so.

     Mainly, Angelo presents various breathing exercises as they pertain to connecting with the Universe or to your environment, and for filling up and healing the chakras.  That is all good, and I found a few useful practices.  But, secretly, I was a little disappointed.  It's me, it's totally me.  You may find this book worth having.  Explore and decide for yourself.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Some Trippy Thoughts

     Last week I was gushing about the wonderful book by Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.  Although mentioned in the book only briefly, I think it explores the concept of parallel universes.  I'm no physicist, but my understanding of this is that every possibility creates a new reality, a new universe.  So, if I choose to go left on Tuesday at 10:17 a.m. in one life, and choose to go right in another version of that life, that creates two parallel universes.  At least, that's my understanding of it.

     Then, it struck me -- aren't the idea of Twin Souls also a form of parallel universes?  In this life, I choose to be female, while another part of my essential soul chooses to be male (or, at least, not the same female) and live at the same time in history.

     And if we are just drops of one ocean, aren't each one of us a part of a greater Soul which chooses to be male here and female there and living in this country or that country, at this time or another . . . In other words, aren't we all having parallel life experiences, as part of this greater Soul?  Whoo, trippy.

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