Inspiration

Sunday inspiration: Take what you are and use it

At a ritual recently I learned of a wonderful book called .  Each us of selected one of the remedios, and mine was Milk Thistle.  The story of Milk Thistle is very appropriate for the Virgo New Moon so I’d like to share it with you for this Sunday’s inspiration. (Image is Ancestor Spirits by Willow Arlenea.)

Willow Arlenea

Milk Thistle works with what is here: the yellow layers of toxins, the charcoal grit, the green bile slow as crude oil pooling in the liver’s reservoirs, waiting to learn to flow.  Milk Thistle says take what you are and use it.

She’s a junkyard artist, crafting beauty out of the broken. She’s a magician, melting scar tissue into silk. She’s a miner, fingering greasy lumps of river clay for emeralds. She can enter the damaged cells of your life and recreate your liver from a memory of health. She can pass her hands over this torn and stained tapestry of memory and show us beauty, make the threads gleam with the promise of something precious gained.

She will not flinch from anything you have done to keep yourself alive. Give it to me, she will say, I will make it into something new. She will show you your courage, hammered to a dappled sheen by use.  She will remind you that you took yourself over and over to the edge of what you knew. She will remind you that the world placed limits on your powers. That you were not omnipotent. That some of the choices you made were not choices.

Use what you are, she says again and again, insistent. You are every step of your journey; you are everything that has […]

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By |2011-08-28T07:10:04-04:00August 28th, 2011|Inspiration|0 Comments

Sunday inspiration: A blessing

John O'Donohoe Art by Michael Green

May the light of your soul guide you.
May the light of your soul bless the work
You do with the secret love and warmth of your heart.
May you see in what you do the beauty of your own soul.
May the sacredness of your work bring healing, light and renewal to those
Who work with you and to those who see and receive your work.
May your work never weary you.
May it release within you wellsprings of refreshment, inspiration and excitement.
May you be present in what you do.
May you never become lost in the bland absences.
May the day never burden you.
May dawn find you awake and alert, approaching your new day with dreams,
Possibilities and promises.
May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.
May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.
May your soul calm, console and renew you.

May the light of your soul guide you
From the works of John O’Donohoe, an Irish poet and mystic

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By |2011-08-21T08:18:34-04:00August 21st, 2011|Inspiration|4 Comments

Sunday Inspiration: The healed vision of life

Sorry for the light posting last week – I’m back in town and will have the Decline of the American Empire article up Monday morning.  Meanwhile here is something more inspirational to help us prepare for the changes in the world around us.  Thanks Kelly Lee Phipps for the quote.

Art by Alex Grey

 

“”If the Mind is the directive force behind action, the mind and its vision of life must be healed before action can be anything but conflict. This healed vision of life comes from full awareness, for it involves a deep transformation of our view of the world that consists in knowing and feeling that the world is an organic unity.”

-Alan Watts

 

I love this quote because it demonstrates that everything that we create in our lives and in the world around us comes from the vision of our reality that we hold in our minds.  From that vision comes our beliefs, and from our beliefs come our experiences.

This is just as true when the outside world is changing as it is when we are working with our individual experiences.  Reality is elastic, and it flexes with the transformation of the group mind (of which we are an important part).

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By |2011-08-07T08:04:45-04:00August 7th, 2011|Inspiration|2 Comments

Sunday inspiration: Desiderata

Desiderata

You are a child of the universe

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.

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By |2011-07-24T06:41:58-04:00July 24th, 2011|Inspiration|3 Comments
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