Cosmic Weaver

“Tis true without lying, certain and most true. That which is below, is like that which is above, and that which is above is like that which is below.” Isaac Newton

This adage is traditionally attributed to the Emerald Tablets of Hermes Trismegistus.

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Australian garden orb weaver spider (Eriophora transmarina) and full moon

I’ve always been fascinated by the symbolism of spiders as master weavers of  destinies, and language, and the similarity of stories between different nations.  She is often called the mother of language and a great storyteller as she weaves her language upon her loom.

Spider’s web is akin to a mandala, the Sanskrit meaning of mandala is circle. The circle is a symbol of perfection, eternity, unity and completeness, and the mandala  is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In Hindu and Buddhist traditions, the centre represents the beginning point of contemplation of and devotion to the divine.

Creating mandalas help the focusing of attention of practitioners and adepts, and as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In ancient Greek and Roman traditions this central point often signified the self, as it is in Jungian psychology too. It is always at the centre in which we find our calm, and heart- centred sacred space!

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Sri Yantra mandala

Spiders have the extraordinary capability of creating, weaving and spinning their own webs. This ability shows and teaches us the gift of creation. We have the power to create what happens in our lives, to us and to others, by the choices we make. Consequently, we create our own reality according to our thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions, and we make an impact upon the world and universe through our presence.

Existentially, the connection between spider and her web and the cosmos too, is intrinsically and extrinsically linked, as we are all connected through the heartfelt strings of love, the filaments of cosmic web.  They help remind us of our inter-connectedness to all life! Spider is thus, the cosmic weaver, in a cosmic web of universal galaxies. Awesome!  🙂 ❤

 

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A simulated galactic cluster threaded through with dark matter

 

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Super Blue Blood Moon!

 

What a treat last night! For the first time in 152 years, there was a supermoon,
bluemoon, and a total lunar eclipse :) .

It was overcast for much of the eclipse here in Adelaide, South Australia, and I watched mostly behind veiled clouds, which made the transformation appear more mysterious. From super full moon’s brightest haloed light, to the gradually… darkening and disappearing moon; that then changed into blood red, rusty iron oxide red!

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Slowly, the moon became more orange/yellow and brightened, as the Earth’s shadow leisurely departed, and the eclipse came to a close leaving a bright Supermoon.

I was fortunate in capturing some clear images when the clouds dissipated briefly from time to time. This is what I saw! I hope you enjoy…   Did anyone else get to see it? ❤ 🙂

 

Women rise!

“If there is to be a future, it will wear a crown of feminine design.” Sri Aurobindo

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What did Sri Aurobindo mean by feminine? He meant women and the deep feminine within us all, that is our psyches, or ‘souls’. It is vital that the feminine ‘rise’ as the masculine has been dominant for too long and this way of thinking and acting is destroying this planet!

I take this moment to reflect upon the world as it stands on the precipice of an uncertain future, which could mean the end of life on this planet!  With rising political tensions, environmental degradation and destruction, a lack of fresh water for half of the population, and the threat of nuclear war on our doorstep, this is not a time to be nonchalant nor complacent. It is up to each and everyone of us to put aside our self-serving tendencies and differences, and to find common ground in which we all share. The Earth is one Earth, with finite resources, and if we destroy it, we destroy ourselves.

Divide and conquer, winner -loser mentality and actions are not the answer, as these strategies are steeped in domination, insecurity and selfishness. What the world needs is sharing and caring and this can only come about by the rise of the deep sacred feminine within us all, and the respect of the Earth which is our home!

The deep sacred feminine does not war, as it sees itself in each and everyone, yet this has to be integrated deep within the psyche of all people. The deep feminine respects nature and knows that it is a cosmic being.  Recent women leaders like Margaret Thacher, were not leading from the feminine, she was leading from her masculine (animus) and in fact had to subjugate her feminine(anima) in order to play politics in a ‘man’s world!’ The true deep feminine accepts difference, embraces relationship and connection, and sees the pattern that connects everything with each other, part of the whole.

In a time before written records, society was centered around women. Women were revered for their mysterious life-giving powers, honored as incarnations and priestesses of the great goddess. They reared their children to carry on their line, created both art and technology, and made important decisions for their communities. This was from the Paleolithic era, 1.5 to 2 million years ago, until sometime around 3000 BCE.

This can be seen in the many hand paintings and petroglyphs in caves, which were done mainly by paleolithic women, https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131008-women-handprints-oldest-neolithic-cave-art/and all of the artifacts of statues found of this time which show the great nurturing and procreative mother!  Other civilizations like the Minoans that were relatively peaceful, were also very feminine,  as can be seen by artifacts of full breasted women and on frescoes, and limited fortifications!

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The Venus and the Sorcerer: Chauvet cave, France c. 30,000 BCE

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“Venus” of Willendorf c. 24,000-22,00 BCE (Oolitic limsetone 11.1 cm high)

(Naturhistorisches Museum, Vienna)

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Yingana, Creation Mother, carrying lots of dilly bags full of babies,  painted by the  aboriginal people of Australia. She is believed to be the first female ancestor who landed upon Australia from the North c. 20,000 BCE. Gunbalanya, NT, Australia.

Goddess Walu ( the sun) and her daughters,  and one son. She Who, with Her Sister Djunkgao, were known as the Djanggawul, they were dual Goddess of fertility and procreation; daughters of the sun; the mothers; those who gave birth to the Australian Aboriginal people; Those who, in the Dreamtime, came from Bralgu, the island home of the dead, following the path of the morning star: The Nourlangie Rock Art Site in Kakadu, NT, Australia c. 18000 BCE

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Lascaux cave Art and hand stencils done by women, France 17,000 BCE

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A Minoan “Snake Goddess” or a priestess performing a ritual 1600 BCE

I don’t think this ancient era of the ‘feminine’ was one in which women dominated or ruled, as men do today. I think it was a shared experience in which the feminine was highly revered for her wisdom and guidance, her knowledge of the earth, and her creative powers; and, men were respected for their role of supporters of women and family, as well as hunters, tool makers, net makers and protectors.  Yet, even so, women have always been protectors, especially of home and their children, and evidence supports that Neanderthal women were even hunters, like the men, as can be seen in their multiple bone fractures, due to close combat in bringing down the beast! Women also built homes, carried, gave birth, looked after children, made clothes, carry bags, tools, and caught fish, fowls, collected eggs and edible roots, ground seed and roots to make bread…so she has always had multiple roles.

Now, let’s look at our basic genetics, and what makes us similar and different from each other.

Both men and women have 23 pairs of chromosomes, 22 pairs of autosomal( non-sex determining) chromosomes, thus we share 95% similar genes,  and one pair our 23rd pair of sex chromosomes, which identifies us as male or female.

Genetically speaking,  the default sex is female, and we all start off female. Women have two X chromosomes as their 23rd pair of sex chromosomes, each containing  anywhere between 3000-5000 genes, thus she contains 6000-10000 ( some of these are de-activated especially at the ends of the chromosome) sex genes; and a man has an X ( 3000-5000 genes) inherited from his mother and a Y (200 genes)  inherited from his father, thus he has approximately 3200-5200 sex genes, and his Y chromosome is slightly less than 5% the size of the X, and basically contains testicles which produce testosterone and sperm.

As the X chromosome is 5% of our total genome (chromosomes), boys and men have 5% less genome than girls, as they have only one, and their Y chromosome is less than 5% the size of an X.

Having, two X’s, or being female, scientists equate with more connectivity in the brain as a girl/woman has a larger corpus collosum (organ at the centre of the brain) and more neural networks between both hemisphere of the brain, thereby she shifts back and forth, drawing on both the left and right sides. This results generally in better communication skills, and a more inclusive and less selfish (neural reward system of women is triggered by generosity) way of thinking.  Having more of the brain connected also gives girls/women stronger emotional resilience, strength and maturity (she generally matures 11 years faster than men) and the ability to register emotional nuances better then men and greater intuition. Girls/women are also more adaptable (are much better at multitasking, and adapting to changing conditions then men). Having much less testosterone than men, she is also generally much less aggressive and controlling. Women have the ability to conceive, carry and nurse a child.

https://psmag.com/news/new-evidence-women-are-less-selfish-than-men

Having an X and a Y makes a boy and man’s brain connected(generally) more to the left side of the brain, making him more logical and matter of fact and selfish, as their neural reward systems are more stimulated by self-centredness. This also makes him better at doing things in straight lines like parking a car straight, and better able to focus on one task at a time, as he likes to compartmentalize.  He generally also is better at coping in extreme stress situations, because he can shut down his emotions easier and/or he flees.  He is also more aggressive, physically taller and stronger. Men have the ability to pass on their genes and spark conception.

In utero, we all start off with nipples, a clitoris, outer lips and a prostate gland (the X chromosome inherited from our Mother), and at 6 weeks gestation if we inherit another X from our Father’s Mother, then we also grow inner lips, a vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries and become a girl, and upon adolescence we grow breasts. If we inherit a Y chromosome from our Father, then the testes attached to the vas deferens start to grow, the lips( labia) fuse and enlarge to become a scrotum, and the clitoris grows into a penis (with exactly the same amount of nerves as the clitoris) in response to the extra testosterone from the growing testicles, and we become a boy. Every man of European or Asian descent( which includes the first peoples of the Americas) has exactly, the same Y chromosome, and have exactly the same male ancestor who lived in Uzbekistan 40,000 years ago! That is because, it takes 40,000 years for the Y chromosome to change ( it makes exact cloned copies of itself ) though a mutation, and these are deduced through what geneticists call, ‘markers’.   And, men from more recent African,  Melanesian, or Aboriginal descendancy have basically the same Y as other men!

The Y is relatively new to evolution, having being created only 300-400 million years ago.  Prior to that, everything was created through mitosis, in which a mother cell, divided and created daughter cells, exact replicas of herself. As the Y chromosome (which divides through mitosis too) takes 40,000 years to change, it is slow to evolve, and much of the Y chromosome is made of the repetition of the same genes, akin to a ‘hall of mirrors’! In women the X chromosome can recombine with each generation of female children, and thus evolves much quicker than the Y chromosome, and is less susceptible to disintegration and mutation.

As the Y chromosome lacks the ability of recombination (it can not combine with any chromosome other than the X chromosome, as it is alone and has no other Y chromosome to combine with) it is vulnerable to disintegration and mutation, as well as the fact that it drifts, and hitchhikes render the Y extremely susceptible to the propagation of mutations, as does the fact that testicles are carried in the scrotum and are therefore more vulnerable to environmental conditions and factors. The effect of the Y chromosome’s vulnerability to mutations has clear manifestations. Almost all de novo (new) mutations are derived from the father, not the mother ( Makova, K. D., and Li, W. H. Strong male-driven evolution of DNA sequences in humans and apes. Nature 416: 624–626, 2002 ). This may have been manageable if the Y chromosome rarely suffered such mutational wounds, but this is not the case. On the contrary, out of all the chromosomes, the Y is the one under the most constant bombardment and degeneration. (Graves J. Repr, Fert and Dev 16: 527-34, 2004.). Infertility rates in men have increased and sperm count in men has been lowered by 50% in 50 years!

According to many geneticists the debate continues as to whether or not the Y chromosome is is on the way out, as its size continues to diminish!  Is the Y chromosome disappearing? Both sides of the argument: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10577-011-9252-1   It has been proposed that men and males may be gone in as little as 125,000 years (according to Sykes, the author of the controversial Adam’s Curse), and that we may become a new human that can regenerate without the male, as some other species already do! Please read: Size matters: The impending death of the Y chromosome.http://www.scq.ubc.ca/quarterly016/0106lam.html

Thus, evolution all began with the X, the feminine, and the X is the dominant sex chromosome in both sexes,  and it shows no sign that it is disappearing.

However, saying all that, psychologically we have attributes that are both masculine and feminine, just as we both have the physical hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. In alchemy, sulphur is the masculine principle, whilst mercury the female. Sulphur and Mercury are also equivalent to Sol and Luna – sulphur, being fiery and active, represents the sun, while mercury, being liquid and passive is the moon. These differences are often reversed in non- European mythologies. Carl Jung, the 20th century psychologist, who coined the terms archetypes and collective unconscious,  said that, the psyche is such that it contains and embraces both the feminine and masculine. And, that it is inherently an androgynous entity regardless of what the gender of the physical person is.  Both sexes consequently,  are both masculine(animus) and feminine( anima) primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind.  To say it simply, the “anima/animus” is the mirror image of our biological sex, that is, the unconscious feminine side in males and the masculine tendencies in women. The psyche of a woman contains masculine aspects (the animus archetype), and the psyche of a man contains feminine aspects (the anima archetype). Jung said, that we need to integrate both our ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’  aspects, in order to be ‘whole’ person, psycho-socially whole, not fragmented. Consequently, we need to love both our feminine and our masculine natures.

During the last 5000 years, particularly with the construction of monotheism, and a supreme male godhead,  invented for the first time around 1300BC, the world has been predominantly patriarchal, much to the detriment of our natural evolution, women and the environment.  For, example, Hypatia, and Egyptian philosopher and mathematician, was the first recorded woman to make a substantial contribution to the development of mathematics and cosmology, and discovered that the Earth travelled an elliptical orbit around the sun, in around 390AD, 1200 years prior to  Copernicus.  Instead of being recognized for this discovery,  according to an account from Socrates Scholasticus, during the Christian season of Lent on March 415, under the leadership of a lector, named Peter, these Roman Catholic men, raided her carriage, and dragged her into a nearby church, where they  stripped her naked, and murdered using ostraka (roof tiles/oyster shells), tore her body to pieces and dragged her mangled limbs through Alexandria, then set them on fire. I think this is fitting description of how many women have been treated throughout Patriarchal domination and female suppression.

Archeologically, we see evidence of the changeover from astronomical, sun and moon worship to sun worship and astronomical worship, around 3000BC, with neolithic observatories, megalithic stone circles and mounds aligned to the sun, and sometimes to some stars. Prior to this time, monuments and megalithic stone structures were aligned primarily with the movement of the sun’s and predominantly with the moon’s cycles, and also with particular constellations. The oldest recorded calendar is at Nabta Playa, Egypt made 5000BCE. They aligned their central stones to the circumpolar stars, and the sky’s cardinal points, and when the sun was directly overhead, the stones cast no shadow, and this predicted the coming mid-summer rains, in which they relied upon. Also around 5000BCE we find the first cow monument found in Egypt, the early predecessor of the moon goddess Hathor.  Other examples, can be seen with the Carnac stones, France, 5000-3000BCE, Dartmoor, stone circle and temple complex England, 4000-3000BCE ( archeologists suggest that this site may have been used for religious purposes for over 10,000 years), Rujum en-Nabi Shua’ayb or Jethro Cairn in Northern Israel c3000BCE. Archeologists suggest that it may have been erected to honour the ancient Mesopotamian moon god, ‘Sin’, one of the most important gods in Mesopotamian mythology, Sin, also known as ‘Nanna’, is symbolised as a crescent moon and is often depicted riding on a winged bull…

What caused this transition? No one really knows for sure, yet we do know that we were moving from a nomadic existence to one of a more settled, and larger communal existence, and with that came more social stratification.

Some examples, of sun worship, aligned to the equinoxes, include Stonehenge, in England, constructed, 3100-2000BCE, Newgrange Temple, Ireland, constructed c 3200 BCE,  Ring of Brodgar and stone circle and henge, Scotland, constructed, 2500-2009BCE, Scotland, the Majorville Medicine Wheel, in Canada, constructed 3200 – 2500 BC, Peru’s Chanquillo constructed thirteen solar towers, used as a solar calendar around 500BCE, and later Peru’s Machu Picchu’s  Temple of the Sun, was constructed around 1400 AD;  El Karnak, Egypt, constructed 2055 BCE to 395 BCE, devoted initially to Hathor, then later to to the sun god Re, then Amun, the bringer of light, and in other incarnations, the creator of the universe. The magnificent temple at Karnak celebrates this unity through its enormous pillars, designed in harmony with the Sun and stars over a span of nearly 2000 years.

Historically, also around this time, 3100 BC Namur became the first King of Egypt, when he united both Upper and Lower Egypt, and thus the World’s first Nation state was born. In the case of the earliest Egyptian Kings, being mortal was not enough, and they needed to prove their divinity by exercising complete control over their subjects. Evidence of this can be found at Abydos, where the first Kings were laid to rest in huge subterranean burial chambers, with their courtiers. In the case of King Djer 3rd King of Egypt 3050BC, we find 587 courtiers accompanied him into the next world, as they believed in an afterlife. All the tombs were sealed over at the same time suggesting perhaps ritual sacrifice. Certainly, that power over life and death would give any King God-like status, and for a long time thereafter, the Egyptian people believed in the divine power of the King, that is until King Pepi 11 c2200 BC, the longest reigning monarch, when his old age and fragility showed the people that he was just an ordinary man, and Egypt plummeted into a dark age.

Then, in 2050 BC  after Montuhotep 11 reunites Egypt, Thebes rises as the new spiritual centre, where Hathor( goddess of love, beauty, good food and motherhood) rises, as she did from the beginning of Egyptian civilization, and a new era of prosperity reigns in, with women and men enjoying equal status.  Then, the Hykos invade and take over lower Egypt 1350-1250, and the Egyptians threw them out, back to Palestine, and the Kings once again ruled and Egypt entered their golden age.

Temple of Hathor at Dendera

In around  1300 BC monotheism, and a ‘male godhead’ was introduced for the first time. This can be attributed to Moses and/or AkhnatenAmenhotep IV; who may have been the same person according to Ahmen Osman in his book, Moses and Akhenaten: The Secret History of Egypt at the time of the Exodus.

Akhnaten abolished the multiplicity of gods and goddesses and introduced a single sun god, Aten, represented as a sun disk, with hands reaching down to Akhanaten and Nefertiti, his queen, and co-ruler, holding ankhs. Which meant in a nutshell that the only way that people could connect to god now, was through their intermediaries, Akhanaten and Nefertiti. The royal couple, sacked Karnak and its priests and seized the treasury, and then moved their new court to Armarna, which was then called Akhetaten, 400 kilometres up stream, and within 10 years had built a whole new city.

Moses, a prophet of Abrahamic faiths, told the people that there was only one god. He is honoured among Jews today as the “lawgiver of Israel”, and he delivers several sets of laws in the course of the four books. The first is the Covenant Code (Exodus 20:1923:33), the terms of the covenant which God offers to the Israelites at biblical Mount Sinai. Embedded in the covenant are the Decalogue (the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:1–17) and the Book of the Covenant (Exodus 20:22–23:19).[31] The entire Book of Leviticus constitutes a second body of law, the Book of Numbers begins with yet another set, and the Book of Deuteronomy.

People in both instances, revolted against this new concept of only one supreme god, as it was so alien to their pantheon of gods and goddesses. In the case of Moses, the old testament talks of people continuing to pray to their idols, and in the case of Akhanaten and his Aten, after Akhanaten’s 17 year reign and death, Akhnaten was deemed a heretic and the city of Armana was destroyed, and the priests went back to Karnak in Thebes, the previous spiritual centre of Egypt, as it was for 2000 years, and their pantheon of gods and goddesses.

Monotheism was reintroduced, with Saul, the first King of Israel, c 1050 BC and still people revolted and protested, until, early Judaism around 1040 BC, introduced the Hebrew god, Yahweh or Jehovah, which remained one god among many (though the only god deserving worship). This halfway house towards monotheism is described technically as monolatry. But by the time the Hebrews are established in Jerusalem, from about 1000 BC, Yahweh is recognized as the only god. This is the beginning of true monotheism – a faith leaving everyone else with idolatry and delusion. This laid the foundations for Roman Catholicism, which led to forced conversions by newly emerging Christianity in the late 300AD’s, and the abdication of the Goddess in 325AD!

Akhenaten and Nefertiti and 2 of their daughters praying to the Aten,the solar disk God.

I think monotheism and a ‘male godhead’ was the beginning of the downfall of our psyche, causing a schism that split our internal world from our external world, between men and women, nature and man, causing much rift and conflict, as the facts in history show us.

History reveals the burning of the library of Alexandria (thousands of years of knowledge and history lost) by the Romans and early Roman Catholics, the forced abdication of the Goddess with the Council of Constantinople 360 A.D. and the Council of Nicea 325AD, the destruction of the Second Temple( Jewish) in Jerusalem by the Romans, who later made it into a Christian temple, which later became a Muslim Mosque, the forced conversions to Christianity and Islam, the ongoing crusades between Christians and Muslims, the 30 Years’ War between Protestants and Catholics,  the further division of Christianity into Pentecostal, Latter Day Saints, Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses etc and the battles that still persist today between monotheistic faiths.

During the failing Roman Empire, Constantine 1, In 325 AD, called for a meeting of the early Catholic Church bishops to be held in Nicea to resolve some escalating controversies among the church leadership. Thus, at the Council of Nicea( based upon the teachings of Judaism), the early Catholic church bishops and Constantine 1 made Jesus, Christ. The word Chrestos existed ages before Christianity was heard of. It is found used, from the fifth century B.C., by Herodotus, by Aeschylus and other classical Greek writers, the meaning of it being applied to both things and persons. Chrestes is one who expounds or explains oracles, “a prophet, a soothsayer;” and chresterios is one who belongs to, or is in the service of, an oracle, a god, or a “Master” . The Greeks used both the word Messias (a transliteration) and Christos (a translation) for the Hebrew Mashiach (Anointed). The word Christos was far more acceptable to some Pagans who worshipped Chreston and Chrestos.

The story of the ‘Christos’ was also taken from ancient Egypt, and Persia. Ancient Christian texts,  referenced the Egyptian god, Osiris, as Chrestos in the Vatican. His son, Horus was created by the virgin birth of his wife,  Isis. The Greek god Dionysus, was a descendant of Zeus and a mortal woman Semele, a stark similarity of Jesus, who was a descendant of God and the mortal Mary. The Greek god Dionysus, was considered the God of the wine and could turn water into wine. Also, the god Mithra, who was worshipped in ancient Persia and even by ancient Romans hundreds of centuries before Christ, was also allegedly born on December 25, and once again to a virgin birth. Gerald Berry wrote in Religions of the World: “Both Mithras and Christ were described variously as ‘the Way,’ ‘the Truth,’ ‘the Light,’ ‘the Life,’ ‘the Word,’ ‘the Son of God,’ ‘the Good Shepherd.’ The significance of December 25 in religion is that it is the day when days finally begin to get longer in the northern hemisphere and stems from the days when people used to worship the sun as a God, relating to the Winter Solstice.

Later, the early Christian bishops, introduced Jesus’s  resurrection and his “immortality’, even though there is no mention of this previously in any texts, and historically, the ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew literature from Homer to the first century AD describe an arsenal of suspension punishments but none mention “crosses” or “crucifixion.”  The first images of Christ and his supposed crucifixion is around 410 AD, with his arms outstretched, and not on a cross. Osirus…Mithras…Chrestos…Christ! They are all linked by the universal ☧ chi-rho and the snake entwined staff of Mercury & Aesculapius, one of the early progenitors of the Christian Cross. The Chi ro [☧] became an important Christian symbol when adopted by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the 300’s AD.  Also, the crux ansata, was the Egyptian cross, which is generally associated with Hathor, the Egyptian goddesss of love, women, good food and joy, and Venus, the Roman goddess of love, and life. E. A. Wallis Budge (1904) postulated that the symbol originated as the belt buckle of the mother goddess Isis.[7] . Thus, the pagan emblems were merely replaced by Christian symbols, and the new testament stories of Jesus dying on a cross were added later. Many scholars say that there is no truly compelling evidence to prove the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection. Yet, by doing so, it gave power to the Church leaders to control the flock and to bring in ever increasing numbers – and by executing people if they didn’t convert- thereby intensifying their feelings of guilt and shame associated with being human, unlike their prophet, who was now immortal. Now, the only way in which people could get to god was through Jesus!

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The ancient Egyptian Crux Ansata

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A Tyet Knot or Isis knot, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Also, at the Council of Nicea 325 , the early Catholic Bishops debunked the goddess, got rid of the lunar virgin, mother and crone and replaced it with the father, son and holy spirit. This led further to the removal of laws and property to women, the making of women as property to men through the institution of marriage, the introduction of payment to sacred prostitutes- making them slaves to men’s lust and the demeaning of the sacredness of sex- the demonization of women, and the making of men as caretakers of the Earth, in which women were previously. This, within a couple of hundred years, led to Islam( which was essentially Christian and Jewish, as they were/are all based on the same texts), as people were wanting a mortal prophet, as they could not relate to an immortal one, which led to further fragmentation of monotheistic faiths and the further subjugation of the feminine, the dark ages, and the raping of the planet.

Things must not be reduced to a single, isolated principle, be it ever so noble or elevated. For always above and all, the whole is at stake. Fundamentalism in whatever form, solves no problems but only suppresses them.

Man, from the band Karinding Attack, which is bringing back deep ancestral knowledge, traditions and music from Java’s deep past, says,

“When Christianity and Islam came to my country, many customs were forgotten, and my country strayed from its path and lost its identity. They forget themselves and their country. People became poor, stupid and culturally deprived. People pray to religion, not God. People have made religion holy, not God. People rarely show the goodness or love of God, in this life, in people, in the World. People are stuck in rituals. They should be more religious and care about each other, nature and God. The inner spirit and wisdom of our deep heritage(prior to Christianity and Islam) appreciates universal humanity without restrictions, and this is what we need to return too.” Man-  Karinding Attack

The world is dying, keynesian economics don’t work, and war only begets more war. Yes, the deep feminine needs to rise! Men have had 5000 years of leadership and it is now for change!

We can not continue as a species, with the mentality that only promotes war, self-serving,  selfish ego-centric ways that grandizes what is fastest, biggest and physically strongest.  Just because something is larger or quicker, or physically stronger, does not make it any better. Remember Aesops’ fable of the hare and the tortoise?

How can we change as a global community?

Firstly,  we need to reinstate the ‘divine feminine presence’ back into our lives.  Women are more important to this planet, as they carry life, give birth to it, look after and educate that life and do most of the fundamental caring and sharing to bring about sustenance and proactive change. It is mainly women at  grassroots and at the forefront of peace movements and of the preservation of life!

In Anne Baring’s third talk for Schumacher College which addresses the Awakening of the Deep Feminine and the soul in the world today, and what the image of the Shekinah (divine feminine presence) conveys in the tradition of Kabbalah, she says,

“In the radiant light of the sea that she is, everything is connected to everything else, as through a luminous circulatory system, a limitless web of light. Moreover, the Shekinah  is deeply devoted to what she has brought into being, as a mother is devoted to the well-being of her child. The Kabbalah describes the feminine aspect of the godhead, as Mother, daughter, sister, bride, giving woman what she has lacked the last 2500 years in Judeo-Christian culture; the image of the divine feminine in the godhead, that is reflected into the human level itself…”

Secondly,  we need dig deeply into history and to learn from our mistakes of our past. We need to look a the social constructions, demarcations that separates men from women, and puts them in societal roles which make them incomplete people.

Research on gender strongly suggests that many of the differences between men and women that we take for granted, are something we are taught rather than something we are born with.

According to Lise Eliot of Chicago Medical School, for example, infant brains are so malleable that small differences at birth become amplified over time through parental and societal reinforcement of gender stereotypes. Girls, Eliot holds, are not naturally more empathic than boys. They just get to practice these feelings more.

By age five, most boys and girls will have internalised the gender roles and expectations taught them by their families, schools, religions and societies. And in many instances, boys will have been socialised for violence by being taught that being a man means being tough, powerful, intimidating, and a stud.

While constructions of masculinity differ widely both within and between countries, it seems clear that some constructions of masculinity increase the chances of boys growing up to become violent men.

Essentially, men and women are more alike than we are different, and most differences are socially constructed, thus we should focus more on our similarities, and embrace our differences, and continue to redefine what it is to be human, rather than what it is to be male or female. No sex should be treated as superior to the other; judgements do not make for kindness, as each person experiences through their own filter of perception, and we are all on this Earth together.

If a woman wants to be a car mechanic because she is likes to work on cars and is mechanically minded, then she does not need to be criticized, nor called a ‘lesbian’ for this, especially, if she is not, as she is providing a service to the community. If a man wants to be a nurse because he is caring and loves to help sick people then he should not be criticized nor called a ‘homosexual’ because of this, whether or not he is or not!  We are human, and together we can achieve a lot more, than fighting over who is superior, or what sex should do what!

It doesn’t matter what sex we are born with, or identify with, or what sexual orientation we choose or are innately born to experience. Research indicates that our sexual orientation and our sexual identity is based upon whether or not we are exposed to more oestrogen or testosterone in the womb. Those of us who are exposed to more oestrogen feel more feminine, and identify as being more female, irregardless of whether or not we are born into a female or male body. Those of us, who are exposed to more testosterone in the womb, feel more masculine, and identify as being more masculine, irregardless of whether or not be are born into a male or female body. Then, there are people who are born hermaphrodites, intersex people, who are born with both masculine and feminine genitalia, exposed to equal parts of both oestrogen and testosterone in the womb.

Evidently,  bisexuality is prevalent in the animal kingdom — including courtship, affection, and parenting among same-sex animal pairs. As many as 1,500 wild and captive species have been observed displaying homosexual behaviors. This applies to both males and females of all ages and species, from the tiniest insects to the largest mammals, and we humans are animals too!

The recent emergence of the LGBTQ( lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer) community is a wonderful thing, as it provides a more accepting platform, and challenges our societal masculine and feminine stereotypes.

For too long, men have relied upon women as back up, to do things for them (have their children, look after children, educate the children, do domestic chores and household accounts, look after elderly parents, and neighbours, look after a man’s needs, support a man in business or his job, do most of the charitable unpaid work in the community, and for a huge amount of emotional and sexual security). Women have done the bulk of the work in society, and men have received the kudos and rewards simply because they are men and because they have earned higher wages and thus a higher status! We should never simply be valued upon how much we earn, as that is ludicrous and so short-sighted. Many of the most important jobs -nurturing and life sustaining- that are done in the World are done from love with absolutely no payment! Men need to value and respect women more, for society would not have been able to move on without them.

Thirdly, many men need to embrace their own femininity, for 95% of their sex chromosomes are female! They are half female and 2.5% male.  Why deny the bulk of who you are, just to fit a societal or religious norm, that is not serving the greater good or yourselves? Embrace your deep femininity, then you will be less reliant upon women to provide you with the things that you already have deep inside of you. Because many women are getting bored of your immaturity, and do not want to keep looking after you like a toddler!  Having tantrums or getting aggressive, to get what you want is extremely immature.  Not, that all men are like this however, as there are men who take responsibility for their actions.

https://www.yourtango.com/2017302486/why-dating-so-hard-grown-women-tired-of-immature-men

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10111993/Men-grow-up-at-43-11-years-later-than-women.html

There is nothing wrong with embracing the child within and having fun and being creative and loving, yet when one does not take responsibility for ones’ actions (many men only want to take responsibility for what they earn, and when things get tough they disappear), then men remain infantile Peter Pans, never to grow up!  Many men need to stop denigrating women, and themselves, if they act from a more feeling, expressive and creative stance. Using derogatory language, such as ‘he is being a sissy’ or a ‘pussy’ only stifles men’s growth!  Using derogatory language to demean women or beating them up, or raping them, does not make men superior, it just makes them nasty and abusive. Enough is enough! Grow up!  Men, you are stronger emotionally than you think you are, just embrace your own femininity, and respect women more!

We all have a good side and a bad side, and it is up to us to choose what is right, and to be kind! 🙂

Fourthly, many men need to overcome their sense of entitlement for being men; those laws and societal expectations that came out of religious dogma made up by men, and laws created by men in order to enslave women and give men power and authority!

Our world is one in which social norms grant men authority over women’s behaviour. They encourage men’s sense of entitlement to women’s bodies, spread harmful notions of masculinity and enforce rigid gender roles.

When communities share expectations that men have the right to assert power over women and are considered socially superior, violence against women and girls increases (PDF). It creates a reality whereby men can physically discipline women for “incorrect” behaviour, one where sex is a man’s right in marriage.

These are examples of “social norms”, the unwritten rules which dictate how we behave. They are fundamental in allowing violence against women to flourish. And, it is these social norms which encourage violence against women that need to be confronted and changed.

One UN study found that, on average, men with gender discriminatory attitudes were 42 percent more likely to abuse their partners.

Fifthly, we need to stop the battle for control and violence by men perpetrated by their sense of entitlement, religious and societal norms, and their own desire to have a power trip!  For as long as written records, men have fought and made wars, and believed -primarily, through religious, legal and societal dogma- that their sanctimonious superiority to women was true and this has been reflected through attitudes, laws and behaviours.  How many men, use their superior strength as a justification to rape,  beat up, pillage and plunder and subjugate women, in order to feel more powerful, just to have a power trip?  Where are the ethics there? Have men no morality? Just because you can do it, does not mean you should do it and support it! Even today, domestic violence is rampant across many nations, and there is still a male bias in regards to rape in court!

  • Men are the major perpetrators of violent crime. Data from the United States for the period 1980 to 2008, for example, shows that men were responsible for 90% of the murders committed during that period.  In fact, the degree to which women are the victims of male violence is truly staggering. Women aged 15 to 44 worldwide are more likely to be killed or maimed because of male violence than because of war, cancer, malaria, and traffic accidents combined.
  • The World Health Organization has found that domestic and sexual violence affects 30 to 60 percent of women in most countries. Everywhere, rape often puts the victim on trial. In Delhi, of 635 rape cases reported in the first 11 months of last year, only one ended in conviction. That creates an incentive for rapists to continue to rape, but in any case that reported number of rapes is delusional. They don’t include the systematized rape of sex trafficking. India has, by my reckoning, more women and girls trafficked into modern slavery than any country in the world. This is appalling and so so sad, and changes to laws are desperately needed,  in order for every man to be convicted for this crime and pay the price of this injustice, as it should not be acceptable!  Only then, will rape and domestic violence diminish.
  • Why are men more likely to be violent than women?

2011 arrest data from the USA  FBI:[48]

  • Males constituted 98.9% of those arrested for forcible rape[48]
  • Males constituted 87.9% of those arrested for robbery[48]
  • Males constituted 85.0% of those arrested for burglary[48]
  • Males constituted 83.0% of those arrested for arson.[48]
  • Males constituted 81.7% of those arrested for vandalism.[48]
  • Males constituted 81.5% of those arrested for motor-vehicle theft.[48]
  • Males constituted 79.7% of those arrested for offenses against family and children.[48]
  • Males constituted 77.8% of those arrested for aggravated assault[48]
  • Males constituted 58.7% of those arrested for fraud.[48]
  • Males constituted 57.3% of those arrested for larceny-theft.[48]
  • Males constituted 51.3% of those arrested for embezzlement.[48]

Violence against women and girls: enough is enough!

True strength does not come through brute force, and history teaches us that the oppressor always falls, as all empires have fallen; “pride before the fall”.  Anything born of force will not serve the test of time, this is a fact, a truth.  True strength does not need to prove itself, nor does it control others in order to prove its strength, as it realizes that true strength is in controlling oneself. When one understands this, there is no desire to control others.

The need to control others comes from an inner place of insecurity and fear, in the mask of a overbearing pride and self-righteousness, in which the individual is so scared of the uncertainties of life, that he/she wants to control external people/events in order to feel  in control, and to feel all powerful. Yet, in reality, this is deception, as they deceive themselves into believing that they are superior (they are always self-righteous, and therefore do not want to learn), have a false blown-up pride -self-agrandisement- and defense mechanisms which are compensation mechanisms for a feeling of emptiness, fear, lack and powerlessness on the inside. If anyone points this out to them, God forbid, they respond with anger, negative words and blame, projections of their own shadow self that they have denied, that they displace and put onto others. Or, they put the walls up and run away, if they have nothing to back up their ignorance!

This is not only unique to men however, as there are many women in denial about the truth of who they are too, because of societal/religious dogma; women can also be  narcissist/sociopathic/psychopathic, yet generally the percentage is far less than men.

How many women place huge value upon their external looks (a societal expectation) at the expense of their inner lives? How many women subjugate themselves and their sexuality, in order to please and not offend men, thereby denying themselves their true nature and powerful sexuality, essentially what they need and desire? How many women put everybody else’s needs before their own? How many women appease men by telling them that they are superior, or at least making them think that they are superior, in order not to be beaten or demeaned? How many women look for men to be a wallet for them, hoping to gain material security through his earnings only, therefore denying their own ability to be creative, educated and to earn.  Others,  become abusers too and sycophants, the classic example being the psychic vampire, who drains others in order to get their own needs met, thereby controlling others, because of her own unprocessed insecurities!  This applies to all types of sycophants of both sexes!

As women reclaim their power (which as been on the rise since the the suffragette movement in the late 19th century) there will undoubtably be a backlash against men, as there will be many angry women throughout the world, appalled by their lack of respect and the injustices done to them throughout the millennia; and there will be a rise of some violent women because of this. Most, however, will want their voices  heard, and most importantly to be recognized legally, socially and politically. And, on top of this, they will act to create more positive change.

Thousands of Turkish women took to the streets of Istanbul on 8 March 2018, for the International Women’s Day demonstration, with the aim of demanding greater women’s rights and denouncing violence against them.

Some women may take on the more aggressive and controlling roles of masculinity in order to prove themselves powerful, in this still predominantly patriarchal world, no matter what some people say about the Patriarchy as dead.

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/09/the_end_of_men_why_feminists_won_t_accept_that_things_are_looking_up_for.html

The fact that men still control the the majority of top echelons of  business, government, shadow government, economics and the creation of wars, and that most women still take on the brunt of care taking for children, aging parents and the communities in which they live, for little or no money; shows that men still rule and run the current world, in which status and the bottom line of money is everything! Yes, our current economic system needs a massive overhaul, as these thing are not truly valuable.

Sixthly,  we need to re-orientate our value systems, to those that care, love, and nurture whole systems; as clean air, fresh clean water, good nutritious food, healthy people, families, communities and a healthy environment that sustains all,  are worth fighting for, as these things are truly valuable. Women naturally, are at the forefront of caring for family, children, communities,  the battle for land rights, forest conservation, and sustainable livelihoods all around the world!

We can witness the many great women leaders of our time, and I am greatly appreciative and respectful of the many women leaders, like Angela Merkel,German Chancellor, who through her brilliance and negotiation skills with Trump and Putin, is keeping war at bay and keeping the peace, the late Winnie Mandela ( died 4/4/2018) peacekeeper, who fought against aparteid, who worked beside her husband Nelson Mandela, and long after his death,  Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund of Norway who lead the  U.N. Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, Premier of Iceland, Halla Tómasdóttir and Kristin Petursdóttir and other Icelandic businesswomen who lead the Icelandic rescue post meltdown, and how they are determined to reinvent business and society by injecting values of openness, fairness and social responsibility https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/feb/22/iceland-women and all the many heroines of peace today and throughout history.  https://peacekeeping.un.org/en/women-peacekeeping

Please read: The nine nobel women: https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/themes/peace/heroines/

If some women take on this role reversal of violence in order to prove themselves viable in a ‘man’s world’, then this is part of the transitional period of challenging stereotypes, and again this is deception, and hopefully we will not get to see too much of this. Because, a complete role reversal in which women rule through force, and subjugate men, will only have the same results that women have already experienced for 5000 years, that of oppression, and abuse of power. It does not lead to any good!  Nonetheless,  I don’t think this will be the case, as women simply aren’t wired to lead through ego and control, as they are motivated by generosity.

Seventhly, many more women need to be in positions of leadership, in all levels of management, and particularly in upper management, where they are like ‘hens teeth’. The lack of women at the top is described as a “brain drain” and a crisis of “talent retention.” And while female CEOs may be rare in America’s largest companies, they are highly prized: last year, they out earned their male counterparts by 43 percent, on average, and received bigger raises.

Women tend to be better leaders than their male counterparts, finds Gallup. The survey discovered that employees who work for a female boss are, on average, 6% more engaged than those who work for a male manager. (Female employees who work for a female manager are the the most engaged of any group of workers.)

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/why-women-are-better-managers-than-men-2015-4

The survey also found that women leaders themselves tend to be more engaged (41%) than men (35%). The Gallup report says womens’ higher engagement levels likely result in more engaged, higher-performing teams.

Researchers at Columbia Business School and the University of Maryland analyzed data on the top 1,500 U.S. companies from 1992 to 2006 to determine the relationship between firm performance and female participation in senior management. Firms that had women in top positions performed better, and their staff were generally more happy, and this was especially true if the firm pursued what the researchers called an “innovation intensive strategy,” in which, they argued, “creativity and collaboration may be especially important”—an apt description of the future economy.

Most studies into middle management women, show them to be more inclusive, and creative than their male counterparts. They are more successful in gaining profits and cooperation from others, as they are generally better communicators, and don’t like to take unnecessary risks (in order to prove their manhood, like men do) nor do they lead through control.

Eighthly, at the crux of it all, we need to make fairer and more caring laws for all! At a political, legal and economic level we can make most laws non-gender specific, in which both men and women are treated equal by the law, irregardless of their sex. Laws which protect women from men’s abuse however, should be strengthened, as well as laws which protect the environment.  We can make women’s wages equal to men’s wages, and legislate against the continually rising of corporate CEO’s wages- ‘lions share’ mentality which is making the majority more poorer-and remove loopholes which allow the ‘super rich’ to avoid paying taxes!  We can have an equal representation of women in politics!  Yet, most importantly, we need to put the environment first in politics, and not vote for any political party that denies climate change.

At a personal level,  we can start by really ‘feeling’ things, reaching deep into our feelings, as this connects us to ‘love’ and our ‘spiritual body’, and helps us to know things. We can release ourselves from our fears and doubts(and this includes personal as well as collective), and know that knowledge is the antidote to  ignorance. The truth is ‘out there’ and ‘within us’, and we need to learn discernment, not just feed into collective ‘beliefs’! We can experience ‘beingness’ more,  by letting go of our need to continually ‘do’ and be ‘active’, as we can only hear ‘soul’, when we are still and quiet, and this is what gives us ‘inner peace’ and the clues to our purpose in life.   We can spend more time in nature, doing our bit to keep it clean and to nurture it in our own small way. We can contemplate nature’s cycles and the beauty and gifts that are given to us freely. We can become more caring and giving. We can practice more gratefulness. We can see and experience the sacredness in all things, thereby abolishing religious dogmas and distinctions that separate people and cause conflict. As the ancient adage says, “all paths lead to god” and we can find god in the stillness of our beating heart, in nature, in the breathtaking expanse of the cosmos, where ever our heart feels happy.

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Let’s take this moment to give reverence to the Earth that has given us life, that nurtures us and gives us a home; and let us give reverence to Source, which gave us our essence, the spirit that connects us all. Let’s remember to put the Earth first, directed by our soul and spirit, for if we do not, then there will be no future for this planet!

Just as we all have a Father and a Mother, it makes sense to love all men, women, boys and girls, and the feminine and masculine within ourselves and within others. Just as there is the sun, the moon, and the stars, and nature’s unfolding dance, it makes sense to love and cooperate with all of creation.

In order for the phoenix to rise from its ashes, it is vital that the deep feminine, that has been suppressed for so long rise, and it is rising quickly! Men have had 5000 years of rule, through subjugating and abusing the feminine and they have failed, through their lies, control, dominance, pride, greed and selfishness!  Now, it is time for a change of guard, and it is up to women to lead with more inclusiveness, compassion and love.

The 21st century calls for a more feminine approach and women are on the forefront, taking on the challenges required, when they are not shut out by men (men’s clubs and groups that cause the metaphorical glass ceiling).  So, move out the way men! Surrender your pride and unjustified dominance and welcome inclusion, you’ll be much happier, and the world will be a much happier and fairer place.

“It’s women’s work.. Oooh, it’s hard on the man, now that his time is over.” Kate Bush

Then, we can start on our collective fears related to religion, class, and skin colour, for we are more alike than we are not, and distinctions that separate people only create more fear and injustice.

Ultimately in the greater scheme of things, WE must all be true to ourselves, and embrace the non-judging, caring, intuitive, emotional, creative, unconditional loving part of ourselves and others. Unconditional love and compassion are the keys to our collective transformation, for after all, we are all in this together, sharing ONE WORLD. Let’s do this together!

“The courage to be yourself in a world constantly trying to shape you is my personal definition of power.” Kristin Michelle Elizabeth, This Will Set Me Free

* A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-end-of-men/308135/

Peace and blessings, Bridget Cameron <3…

 

“All the queens will gather round
Spreading love and unity so it can be found…” Seal

 

Let’s create a better world together!

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Children dressed up for a Nativity Play at a local school. Children still have hope, let’s not take it away from them! 🙂

I write this in response to many friends who are appalled at Donald Trumps victory in becoming President elect of the United States of America, and fear what will happen in 2017 when he takes the reigns!

Please don’t feed into the negativity and hate, as you will only give power to him and the parasites that are only interested in themselves and the power and wealth that they can gain from others suffering!  Instead focus on love and togetherness, and work together for good outcomes! Many great things happen by ordinary people, focus on these good deeds!

I’m sorry to say Americans, that this election outcome has been coming to the USA for a long time! The electorate get what they deserve, unfortunately! We reap what we sow…Americans have been living in an illusionary ‘me first’, ‘Americans are best’, ‘we are the most military powerful nation in the world’, ‘us versus them’, and ‘over the top Nationalism’ ethos and mentality for a long time! The fact is America is not number one, China is more economic and plays a more important role globally, and we are One World!

This election has proved that America is a divided nation, with much poverty, racism, inadequate housing to many, inequality, huge demarcations between the wealthy and poor, a struggling education system and a pitiful health system which denies many the right to good health; although Obama tried hard to rectify this! I add here, that this is not only true in America!

Donald Trump managed to get ‘non-voters’ voting, by telling these disenfranchised groups what they wanted to hear! Why isn’t it compulsory to vote in the USA? It’s a shame that so many are ignorant and naively follow a business man with no conscience, and on the ‘war path’, yet the majority are ‘sheep’ buy into ‘fear tactics’ and ‘rhetoric’ and are easily led to the slaughter house! It’s the shadow government, the media, a handful of wealthy families and a handful of banks that ‘run the show’, and Presidents are merely puppets!

We live in times when the world is becoming more fascist, and many of the same elements are in play as prior to WW11! It is only through a collective effort, that we can rise from the trash and embrace a ‘wholistc/holistic’ and ‘collective We’, where we can override the negativity and fear, winner/loser mentality and rise from our collective ashes into a phoenix directed by love! Do we really need leaders that act merely as puppets to the powers that control them? Why are there so many secrets? We must govern ourselves, know and embrace our own ‘power’, then we will choose the best candidates for serving the public!

We must continue to live in our ‘hearts’ and to question the ‘powers that be’ and to question what we read and see in the media, as the majority is  biased, and rhetoric aimed to put fear into the public (that is why horrific stories are repeated over and over again) and we must work together for peace, what is right and humanly possible! There needs to be a change in our Keynesian economics- which does not work in the 21st century- and perhaps never did, as the Earth has finite resources which rules out perpetual growth!

There is definitely ‘power in numbers’, and there is much to gain from positive values! We, together create the reality we perceive and create here on Earth, and it is up to us to dream and create a better dream and reality! Let’s create a better World together!  Let’s do it for our children!  Bridget Cameron

Little things matter

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Cabbage White Butterfly (Pieris rapae) drinks nectar from onion weed.

How often do we dismiss the ‘little things’, especially if they are common?  In our busy lives, we often forget to ‘stop and to smell the flowers’.  It’s a shame, because there is so much intricate and delicate beauty in the smallest life, and this vulnerability deserves respect!

I went for a walk along a local creek, and found a shady spot to listen to bird and insect choruses. It was here, that I watched this butterfly dance and feed upon the flowers. It was such simple delight!  🙂  ❤

SUPERMOON: 14th Nov 2016

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Moon rise splendour

Did you see the Supermoon last night? If not, you can catch it tonight!

A Supermoon means that the moon is at its closest point to the Earth during the lunar orbit, a term called perigree. It’s the biggest Supermoon to rise in almost 69 years, at approximately 18% larger than at its apogee, furthest point from the Earth.  In fact, the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.

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Supermoon 16/11/2016

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Misty Supermoon

Fantastic August 2016 Planetary Alignment

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Crescent Moon/Earthshine, Venus and Regulus in Leo 4th August 2016

I had a wonderful time photographing the moon, planets and stars, on evenings and nights that weren’t overcast or raining, as this was an exceptional month!

August had a fantastic line-up of all bright planets in the evening and at night. The next time all five bright planets line-up is October 2018.

As well as seeing all the bright planets, there were several beautiful encounters between the Moon and bright planets, the planets themselves and the planets and bright stars which made August exquisite.

Also on the the 27/28th August was a very close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus, the closest it will be until November 2065. Wow! Weren’t we lucky! 🙂

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Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Crescent Moon/Earthshine 6th August 2016

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Venus and Jupiter conjunction, 27th August 2016

Sun meditation

“A mind that is calm, without hesitation and anticipation is meditation.  Sri Sri

Much life exists on our planet because of the sun. Worshipping the sun has been a daily practice in many cultures, for thousands of years. Sun salutations is very auspicious and good for the body and the mind. The sages and preceptors have advised us to meditate during the morning and evening.

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Salutations to the Sun, by Bridget Cameron

Be still and communicate with soul.

For, this is how we are made whole.

© 2010 Bridget Cameron

 

Adapting to the Changing Fortunes of Time.

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Adapting to the Changing Fortunes of Time

The key to most of the world’s problems can be resolved through overcoming ‘poverty/scarcity consciousness’ or greed. This needs to be addressed across all classes of people, and especially the very wealthy who often perpetuate ‘global atrocities’ by being greedy(wanting the lion’s share) and by being ‘power-hungry’. True power is being in control of oneself, it has nothing to do about controlling others or resources!

We need to address what is truly valuable, reorient our way of doing things and being, by embracing the attitude that there is enough for all, and by caring for ourselves and others. Then, we will want to share and care for the planet and greed will no longer bind us.

This can only happen through changing ourselves, by embracing our ‘hearts’, not being dictated by our egos ‘heads’, and by being free of fear! But, how do we do this?

Change must come from within. Only when we work on our ‘inner selves’ do we feel the effects of change.

The fallacy that money is standard for character, and that lasting happiness will result from wealth and position, must be dispelled. There is no amount of money in the world that will give a person true self-esteem. This can only be achieved by living in harmony, in balance with life.

True peace of mind can’t be bought. It can be earned by creating good in all areas of our lives. This of course has nothing to do with money.

Life is full of change and to expect things to stay the same is ludicrous. We must learn to flow with the changing fortunes of time. Why become hysterical, angry or depressed about the things that we cannot control?

People often resist change and often do not know how to change gracefully, for we are not educated to know.  Many instead become locked into the familiar, controlled like puppets by the media, government, education, religion and familial programs; forever looking outside of themselves for answers. Anything out of the ordinary seems intimidating and many react negatively to anything that does not fit the ‘status quo’ or societal and familial programs that run without question. Learn from experiences and question things, for how else can we truly know something?

Money is freedom if a person has developed the wisdom to be detached from it. Money is merely an exchange of energy, it is nothing more! A secure person can live with or without it, and that is true freedom.

The key is to be grateful for what we have! 🙂 Also,  to trust that our needs will be provided, even if this means that sometimes we have to go without. This however, should be accepted without any drama, as part of the ebb and flow of life.

Adaptability, depends on having a strong sense that the circumstances of life are presented for our growth. If a person attracts a situation, it is because they need to learn something. No matter how bad things appear to be, it will pass and time heals.

This simple exercise below is designed to help you if you are overwhelmed by financial worries. I have taken this from Mary T. Browne’s book, The power of Karma, pg 186 .

1. Ask yourself, “ how many hours a day do I spend thinking about money, and how many do I spend thinking about my spiritual development.?” Write down the answer. Ask ourself this question and record your answers, for the next seven days.

If at the end of a week you realise that your finances dominate your thinking, consume most of your time and energy and leave you exhausted, it’s time to adapt your focus. Obviously you are not spending enough time on things of the spirit. You may be wondering how this adaptation is achieved.

2. Adjust your thinking. Simply raise your consciousness to think about things that
promote balance. A few examples are friendship, love, nature, music and most important serving others.

3. Take a few minutes as many times during the day as you can to focus the mind on elements of spiritual beauty.

4. At the end of each day jot down a few words to let yourself know how you are
feeling.

If your intentions are true, in time you will be amazed to find that worry has been replaced by greater harmony. These treasures are not physical but spiritual. They can’t be affected by the fluctuations in financial markets. They are available to everyone at all times! Once this adjustment has taken place, you will fell a significant change in your disposition. Worry and ‘scarcity consciousness’ will have been replaced by a greater peace of mind, the gift of sharing and happiness 🙂 .
© 2015 Bridget Cameron.

A Spring walk up Anstey Hill and my meeting with some animal friends.

A red kangaroo ( Macropus rufus) checks me out!

A red kangaroo ( Macropus rufus) checks me out!

I went for a walk yesterday and climbed to the top of Anstey Hill, in the Anstey Hill Recreation Park, which is situated on the North Eastern boundary of the Mount Lofty Ranges, otherwise known as the Adelaide Hills Face Zone. The Adelaide Hills are the result of the Eden/Burnside fault in which two sides have squeezed together, forcing up the land. Occasionally ‘earth tremors’  and even quakes, such as the 1954 quake are experienced in Adelaide, as a result of this fault.

Putting geology aside, the walk on this sunny Spring day, brought out myriad of insects, animals and birds. I saw a multitude of butterflies, parrots, wattle birds, wrens, tits and honey birds, and had a family of three red kangaroos spy on me and follow me for some time, up the rocky path. This photo is the juvenile of the group, being only half the size of his parents!

The Spring orchids were just emerging, with ‘blue fairies’ and ‘donkey orchids’ showing their upturned faces, and the scent of Spring flowers intoxicated my senses! 🙂

Australian Admiral Butterfly ( Vanessa itea ).

Australian Admiral Butterfly ( Vanessa itea ).

Superb Fairy Wren (Malurus cyaneus)

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I’ve been trying to capture the image of one of these beautiful birds for such a long time, almost as long as my memory serves me. They are quite rare and to catch the  fleeting aqua/blue as they fly past is quite extraordinary. It is only the male fairy wrens that have the bright blue aqua plumage, and only when they are breeding. When they are not breeding, they take on the brown colours of the female wren, although parading a blue/purple tail.  Males are usually found with females, as they are socially monogamous. The females brown plumage support a blue tail and they have red feathers around the eyes.

AUSTRALIAN RESEARCHERS HAVE DISCOVERED that crafty fairy-wrens can understand and respond to the danger calls of other birds, suggesting that they have an advanced level of awareness about the world around them. For more information about this, please read this article at Australian Geographic.

Fairy-wrens eavesdrop to avert danger.

p.s. Most images of superb fairy wrens have been enhanced to a more cyan/blue colour, yet their plumage in reality is closer to the photograph that I have taken above. I hope you enjoy his image!  I most certainly do… :).

TORI AMOS Live from Her Majesty’s Theatre Adelaide, 16th Nov 2014

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Last night, I had the great fortune of experiencing Tori Amos, live at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide, as part of her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour; which started May 5, 2014, with over 80 stops across Europe, North America, South Africa and now,  Australia.

Tori’s spell binding performance, kept people silent for most of the concert, emotionally connected to the ‘soul’ of her experience.

She felt at home in Adelaide, saying, ‘It’s Sam’s home, so I kind of feel like it’s my home in a way,” referring to  Samuel Adamson (collaborator on the London National Theatre production The Light Princess); which I think made her feel emotionally connected, adding richness to her performance, and our enjoyment of it  :).

For 2 solid hours she performed a wonderful selection of composition and songs, such as Parasol, Bliss off To Venus And Back (1999) China and Little Earthquakes off her debut album of the same name. She also sang Oysters off Unrepentant Geraldines before diving into Pandora’s Aquarium and Father LuciferShe’s addicted to Nicotine Patches, Lovesong,  her heart warming rendition of Somewhere over the rainbow, Cornflake Girl and Bliss came with the firm thumping close of the piano lid!  It was terrific, and the stage lighting set her off brilliantly, bathed as she was in a light show of multiple changing rainbow hues and stars.

With her distinctive and unique singing, song- writing and piano playing, just Tori Amos alternating between her Bösendorfer piano and her keyboard and rocking and straddling her piano stool. We were  transported on a roller-coaster of emotions and experience.

Thank you Tori Amos for coming to Adelaide and sharing your music!  You gave a virtuoso performance. It was inspirational and amazing!

 

Bridget Cameron 🙂 ❤

Here she is…

Did you see the Total Eclipse of the Moon last night?

 

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TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: 8/10/2014 (from 7:45-11:55 pm. Adelaide Time):  My photographic compilation of the lunar show! The evening started off cloudy, but fortunately the clouds dissipated and I managed to get some excellent shots!

Total lunar eclipses explained

The Moon does not have its own light, but shines because its surface reflects the Sun’s rays. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow blocks all the Sun’s light from directly reaching the Moon’s surface.

Lunar eclipse

Eclipses of the Moon happen when the Sun, Earth and Moon are aligned to form an almost or exact straight line. The technical term for this is syzygy, which comes from the Greek word for being paired together.

Why does the Moon look Red?

The Earth’s atmosphere, removes or blocks parts of the sunlight’s spectrum leaving only the longer wavelengths. Because of this, a totally eclipsed Moon usually looks red.

Eclipses in different colors

A lunar eclipse can also be yellow, orange, or brown in color. This is because different types of dust particles and clouds in the Earth’s atmosphere allow different wavelengths to reach the surface of the Moon.

Stages of a total lunar eclipse

A total lunar eclipse usually happens within a few hours. Totality can range anywhere from a few seconds to about 100 minutes.

There are 7 stages of a total lunar eclipse:

  • Penumbral eclipse begins: This begins when the penumbral part of Earth’s shadow starts moving over the Moon. This phase is not easily seen by the naked eye.
  • Partial eclipse begins: The Earth’s umbra starts covering the Moon, making the eclipse more visible.
  • Total eclipse begins: Earth’s umbra completely covers the Moon and the Moon is red, brown or yellow in color.
  • Maximum eclipse: This is the middle of the total eclipse.
  • Total eclipse ends: At this stage, the Earth’s umbra starts moving away from the Moon’s surface.
  • Partial eclipse ends: The Earth’s umbra completely leaves the Moon’s surface.
  • Penumbral eclipse ends: At this point the eclipse ends and the Earth’s shadow completely moves away from the Moon.

For more information about Total Lunar Eclipses click here: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/total-lunar-eclipse.html

KARMA IN A NUTSHELL

*  I wrote this article, as many people have come to me feeling guilty and feeling confused as to why they are mistreated. This is only a spiritual (universal laws) explanation, as much overt injustice has more to do with social stratification and pedagogy. It would be nice to see a world without the need to control others, where we can be free to be ourselves naturally without power games :).

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 KARMA IN A NUTSHELL

In order to truly understand karma, one must understand reincarnation, or the concept that each and every one of us has lived lives before this one and what we do in this one, will lead us onto our next journey into the next realm of experience. We literally take off, where we left off, which is no different to anything else in life. Please read, Scientific Proof of Reincarnation, Dr. Ian Stevenson’s Reincarnation Research and Life’s Work, http://www.near-death.com/experiences/reincarnation01.html

Reincarnation is a doctrine of Eastern Religions and was once part of the Judeo-Christian doctrines, prior to its removal by Church leaders. There were many references to reincarnation, astrology and the law of karma until the  Church removed these excerpts at various stages in the past. Two such instances were the council of Trent in 300 A.D. followed closely behind by the Council of Constantinople in 553 A.D, aided by Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora, who insisted that all references to these concepts be removed from the Holy works, and the Pope acquiesced. They did this because they believed that if people knew that they had the power to control their own destinies and that the unfolding of their lessons occurred over many live times, then the Church leaders would not have much control, if any, over their flock.

This understanding of reincarnation suits a mind that is accustomed to time in the 3rd dimension, that understands time as a sequential event where one moment to the next moment creates the future moment that is ongoing, and where the past is something that has gone before..

I prefer to understand reincarnation from a perspective that allows for parallel universes or existences to overlap, in other words- worlds within worlds within worlds. For instance, we can dream of a future existence, and call it a premonition, or deja vous. The soul has prepared the person for a particular experience by giving a dream sequence of details, images, feelings, thoughts and words, not unlike watching a movie prior to the actual experience. Now during the experience we call it a deja vous moment or upon the instantaneous recollection of the event, a premonition.

How is it then that our dreaming self has forseen the events before the event has occurred? The only logical explanation is that our soul lives out various existences on different planes of existences in different time zones. Our soul can maneouver between the past, present and future, and it can even travel to other time zones and worlds. It is timeless… It is in actuality a multidimensional light being with incredible powers, and as it is the intrinsic life force of us human beings, we ourselves are really powerful beings.

Considering that we understand time in its linear format in this dimension, I will describe reincarnation from the perspective of past lives and/or ancestral body/mind memories.

All of us on our journeys to wholeness, need to learn specific things or lessons in order to grow. We also need to let go of any hindrances which may block our true expression. You see in this world there are many illusions which give us pain and suffering. It is part of the plan to force us to live a dualistic experience where we feel separated by God/Goddess, and to anchor us firmly in the density of matter. It is by reintegrating ourselves at soul, mind, emotional and physical levels that we grow and advance the collective consciousness of the universe and ourselves. We grow together!

At a soul level we are perfect, and archetypically we dream of our own perfection. However imbued as we are in physical vehicle we have limitations. One of our main purposes in life is to move on from our limitations by releasing the old more restrictive perspectives/patterns that hinder our progress and embrace a larger and more unlimited viewpoints. This is why it is best to see life as a game, and not to take it too seriously!  :).

As none of us on Earth are perfect, we all have aspects of ourselves in denial at various levels of our beings. Psychology calls it the shadow, and from a reincarnation perspective, these are soul fragments which have not yet reintegrated themselves into the present moment. These denied aspects of ourselves can be repressed emotions from this life also, or they can be ‘carry-overs’ from previous existences, or be part of a familial karmic pattern. In other words we get stuck in time, so to speak, until we recognise these aspects and reintegrate them into the present moment.

Karma is often thought of as “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. This is simplistic and doesn’t take into account the complex processes involved in human growth and evolution. “As you sow, so shall you reap,” encompasses the meaning of karma better, but this doesn’t really do justice to the complexity of this law.

There are two misunderstandings that contribute to the confusion about karma; that we are born bad and that we must be punished for our sins. Both beliefs are related to the Fall of Mankind in the Garden of Eden Myth, which forms the basis of Judeo-Christian thought. The concept that God punishes us, is a childish conception of God. God does not want to punish us or hurt us, for he loves us. Karma is a natural law of the universe and a tool for the evolution of humanity. It is governed by love, as is all life, and it cannot be born of retribution and punishment.

As beings of free will, the choice of working through Karma is decided by each and every living soul, as a lesson we choose to GET better with during this incarnation.

We all have karmic gifts as well as karmic debts. Karmic gifts are those talents and skills and good deeds that we have done in the past in which we are rewarded in the present. If for instance we have a gift for music, then this gift is a product of the work we put into developing our musical talents in the past. We don’t graduate into a virtuoso in only one lifetime! Examples of this can be seen in history from the likes of Mozart, Bach and Beethoven just to name a few. These individuals were composing beautiful music before they learned to read! And, there are times when others do us favors and good deeds without our understanding why they did them for us. These types of bonuses that drop out of the blue, are repayments for for our giving and good deeds in the past.

Karmic debts are those lessons and repayments that need to be made to others which originated from choices that we made in the past that caused serious injury, pain or death. Since balancing a karmic debt involves learning as well as making amends to the victim, the individual is often put in a position of role reversal so that they may understand what it is like to walk in others’ shoes so to speak, and gain the necessary empathy and understanding needed to prevent a similar tragedy from occuring.

If someone steals from you, you can be sure that you’ve stolen from someone in a prior existence. If you receive kindness, compassion, financial aid, or any other apparently undeserved favor from someone in this life, its not undeserved at all! You can be sure that you performed the same service for that person in a previous incarnation, and he or she is magnetised by karmic law to return it now.

Jesus said, “do good unto all those who hate you and say all manner of evil against you.. and if a man strikes you on your cheek, turn and give him your other cheek”. In other words, pay your karmic debts gracefully, without complaining, without bitterness or resentment, and the karmic burden will be lifted from you, provided your graceful acceptance is balanced with a positive act that will balance any former negativity. First accept, then forgive, and then atone. Become at one with yourself in the moment. These are the keys to heal our pasts. We can not heal by continually rehashing our pasts!

Consequently, through the process of karma, we are given lessons and challenges to overcome, so that we may have more moments of embracing the moment in its entirety. When we do this we live in the ‘sunshine of our soul’ and have moments of cosmic consciousness, as we bathe in the love and light of our soul presence which is connected directly with God/Goddess/Universal Energy.

It is up to each and every one of us to make positive changes, to grow and to love. For, if we truly love than we can understand, and through understanding we gain compassion and understanding of others, and it is love that gives us the impetus and passion to fulfill goals for the betterment of ourselves and humanity.

And this is where karma comes into the equation, for to understand karma we must accept the universal unfolding of life, and learn to make the right choices to bring more love and happiness into the world and to leave behind the scars of yesteryear.

© Bridget Cameron

ALONE ON THE STAGE OF LIFE!

“All great and precious things are lonely.” John Steinbeck

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Zoe, from Australia’s Greatest Side Show Act, spins a hoop of fire!

A friend recently felt so alone and used, felt that all his efforts to do good were to no avail, as no one seemed to appreciate what he did. He was ready to give up, and become as selfish and self-serving as the majority, well that is what he said. What can you tell someone who feels so low and alone? Or, was he just having a bad day?

I guess we all feel these way at times, I know I certainly do. It appears to me, that there are those who do much for humanity, and that many don’t recognize that effort or even give thanks for it. That’s just how it is… When you really care about something, you don’t need to be recognized for it, you simply do it because you are a responsible person! Whilst, at the same time, there are those who are a burden on society, who do little to help themselves and are rewarded for the littlest of efforts. This does not appear ‘fair’, but that’s just the way it is… 

  I think that no matter what category we find ourselves in, from the useful humanitarian, to the lazy, the user, the abuser, we are in this life together! So, my advise to the humanitarian who is having a bad day, is to remember to follow your heart and do what feels right for you, then no matter what you do, you will feel happy. Take time out ‘for you’ at times to refresh yourself, to do the things that you personally enjoy, and to treasure your personal worth, as no one can take that away from you! Be your own best friend!

Existentially, we are all in ‘this’ alone; we came in alone, we go out alone, although we are intrinsically connected with everything. A conundrum that we all need to deal with, and the yearning to dissolve and become part of the ‘One’, some would say is an infantile yearning back to the womb, and others would say it’s their raison d’être.  I say, swim in your emotions, dive into your heart, and play the best part you can by embracing life!

Blessings and hugs, Bridget ❤

BE BEAUTIFUL

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This is me in my 20’s when I thought that I was really ugly!

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Feel beautiful, be beautiful! Do you believe that you are gorgeous, beautiful and a being full of love? If you don’t than read on, for I will try and help you to believe that you are.
At the centre of your being, resides a glorious being, full of beauty and love. The key to getting in touch with your beauty is by embracing it, loving it, nurturing it, and paying attention to your needs.
We are all beautiful beings, unique in our own beauty. It seems a shame to me that, many people think they are ugly because they don’t fit the image of popular media culture. The fact is, we are all beautiful, no matter what our body shape, colouring, or creed may be.
Whether we are young, mature or old, we all have a special something that comes from deep within. We all have an inner beauty, a spark that shines when we smile. We all have an inner perfection, an idealistic self.
Eighteenth century philosopher George Berkeley, proposed a theory of idealism in which says that the real world exists only by virtue of our apprehension of it-that material objects exist only as conceptions, or ideas in our minds. Thus, many of our perceptions are internally constructed, and the amounts of kudos we give them depend upon the amount of emotional input we give them.
Therefore, when we feel awful, we look awful to ourselves, as this is the state of our feelings, even if externally others see us as beautiful. Thus, it is our ‘feeling state’ that makes us feel good or bad, or anything in between.
It therefore makes sense to listen to our feelings, but to also have a certain amount of objectivity about them. What do I mean by this? There is nothing wrong in feeling our feelings, for they are our feelings, and they tell us a lot about our bodies, and our state of mind, as our emotions are linked directly with them. But, when we feel awful, it is not worth drowning in our feelings, for we have a mind that can direct us out of our depressed state, and into a more positive state of mind.
It is this synthesis of body, emotions and mind that link us directly with spirit. And, at our core, our spirits, we are already whole and complete and perfect anyhow.
The psychologist Carl Jung, talked about the archetype of perfection that we all have within us. Thus, although we may not see ourselves as perfect, there is essentially a part of us that already is. And, it is this truth that leads us to heal ourselves, by finding that well of love and beauty that exists deep within us.
So, how do we get out of our state of self-loathing and into a state of mind and emotion that makes us feel good and beautiful?
The key here is to unlock the crap, and recognising the crap for what it is, crap. Crap is negative self-talk, and the negative beliefs and attitudes that keep us bound in a negative state. By recognising the crap, we have the choice to keep it, or to let it go!
But, how do we do this?
The first thing to do is to listen to your bodies and to your mind chatter, and you do this by being still. Do you remember the last time you were really still, with no interruptions, and no people around you?
When we stop, we give ourselves permission to tune into our inner thoughts, our feelings and our bodies. By being ‘still’ we can hear the chatter in our minds, and can feel the discomfort in our bodies. Find a quiet place where you can be uninterrupted. Turn off your mobile, take the phone off the hook, this is your time for you!

I will now take you through a relaxation/meditation sequence, first taking you into your bodies and emotions, and then taking you into your thoughts.

Please sit up, or lie down, whatever position makes your feel comfortable. Relax, take some deep regular breaths, in and out, not forcing the breathing, just letting your abdomen rise and fall comfortably. Concentrate on letting your ‘in’ breath, take the same amount of time as your out breath. You may like to initially count, maybe holding in for 3 counts and then ‘out’ for 3 counts, until you have a regular rhythm that you feel comfortable with.
It is important to breathe abdominally, if you can, letting your breath fill your abdomen. By breathing in this fashion you fill your solar plexus with life giving prana (vital life force) and photons and breathing deeply, mindfully and regularly helps remove anxieties that you may be carrying in your belly. Your abdomen is the seat of your flight/fight mechanism, it is the seat of our instincts. If we are holding onto fears and anxieties, we will feel the tension in our bellies.
When, you have your breathing regulated, focus on stilling your body, making it as still as you can. Feel it heavy, feel it so heavy that you feel yourself becoming part of the floor, or bed, or chair that you are next to. Tell your body and mind to relax deeply.
Now, that you are relaxed, feel your body. Are there any twinges, or aches and pains? Acknowledge them, feel them, touch them, massage them and send them thoughts of love. At this point you may also like to ask your higher self, what colour is needed at those spots and send that specific colour directly. This can aid in the healing process for we essentially ‘light beings’ whether this be the photon particles that are part of our molecular structure, to our auric electro/magnetic fields and soul substance, as the ancients said, the body is a vehicle for the soul.
This now completes the body sequence.

Now it is time to listen to your body’s thoughts. Just let your body float in its own thoughts. Let your thoughts go where they will. Do not try to force them to go anywhere. Listen intently to those thoughts. Now, ask your self what it needs to know now. Are there any messages? Have you noticed any phrases that are repeated? Are you hearing a song? If you are, really listen to its lyrics. What are they trying to tell you?
It may help you initially to write down your most pressing issues, in order to remember them. You may hear your internal voice tell you that you are ugly, or that you are not good enough, or not intelligent enough. You may even hear somebody else’s voice tell you these things. Maybe the phrase was repeated many times, or maybe even once, but you are still carrying it around with you.
Such baggage needs to be addressed, for as long as you are carrying this emotional baggage, your affairs in life will be sabotaged.
Have you ever wondered why people don’t smile at you and give you the attention that you feel you deserve? If this applies to you, then you may be carrying around a belief that says, “ No one loves me”, or “I’m invisible”, or “only people who are glamorous get attention”. These beliefs are of course crap, for no one deserves to be unloved, and unrecognised.
Now, try and remember who initially said these inappropriate and false belief to you. When we are children we have many authority figures (parents, care givers, teachers and perhaps even peers) that influence our actions and our perception of ourselves. That is, we often believe unquestioningly the truth or the validity of others’ statements to us. If other people also say the same things to us and about us, then this only strengthens and conditions this false belief making it a distinction in our minds.
We all carry many of these around with us, some more than others. And, if we want to grow, it is imperative that we deal with our internal baggage.
There are many belief-changing techniques ranging from subliminal tapes, affirmations, visualisations, dealing with unexpressed past emotions in the present (gestalt therapy), disputing irrational beliefs, thought recording (cognitive-behavioural therapy) holographic repatterning, and the use of light in therapy, as well as kineseological (body/emotion) interventions. A combination of all of them are probably the best prescription, however use the one/s that best work for you.
I will now tell you a story about how I overcame the false belief that I was ugly. I remember most of my life feeling ugly. I remember children in the playground teasing me and taunting me, I remember being told that I was ugly by strangers. I also can not remember my own mother telling me that I was beautiful. Because, I believed what these people had told me, I felt that I was ugly.
As I grew up, I didn’t go out very often, and became a recluse. The more I became a recluse, the harder I found it to socialise. After some soul searching, I realised that the reason I felt ugly, was that I couldn’t remember being told that I was beautiful. I could remember people telling me that my freckles were ugly, and that I was fat, and that I that my hair was too thick. At a deep level of my being, I literally believed these accusations as truth, and because I believed these falsehoods I acted in a manner that told others that ‘I was ugly!”
I sat in the bottomless pit of self-loathing for some time, until I had had enough and honestly questioned this belief. “Was I really ugly?” On who’s authority were those people given the right to tell me such things, and why did I believe them in the first place? Why was I even listening to them, instead of my own internal authority? Valid questions don’t you think?
By asking these questions, I also realised that the world can be a mirror, and what we see is often a reflection of our beliefs and what we feel about ourselves; unless people are projecting their own insecurities upon us, and it is up to us to discern the difference! So, I decided to become more sociable, in an environment which was non-mainstream to test my hypothesis, as I’m not into ‘popular culture’.
By becoming active in a musical organisation ( full of artists who are not mainstream), I in fact found the opposite to be true. People would hug me, and welcome me, and invite me out, as they were seeing me as I truly were. Were these the types of behaviours that people would show to someone who was ugly? The answer was no, NO! And, the more I opened up to others and myself, the more I was welcomed.
It didn’t take long, for people to start saying things like, “You’re very attractive and beautiful”, and that is exactly how I was feeling. The more I loved myself, and the more I respected myself, the more beautiful I felt on the inside. And, the more beautiful and loving I felt, the more I attracted others who were beautiful and loving too. And, in time I began to see that we are all beautiful and loving creatures.
So, please don’t listen to those self-loathing voices that tell you negative things about yourself. Deal with the crap the best way you know how. If the crap is dredged up again, recognise it quickly for what it is, CRAP, and let it go! Develop a crap filter in your mind, where you can process it, and disintegrate it, even if that is as simple as saying, “No! I don’t believe you!” and then quickly thinking about the opposite and then doing something meaningful that will distract you from the negative conditioning.
For, you are beautiful, and lovely and deserve to be treated so, if you have done the work! The more you love yourself, the more others will love themselves too, for you will set an example to others to be themselves, for we are after all, in it together!

HOPE UPON A RAINBOW SEA HORIZON

HOPE UPON A RAINBOW SEA HORIZON

Hooray! In recent weeks, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim have all called on countries and business to take the threats posed by global warming more seriously. Jim made what many believe was an historic call for investors to consider ditching holdings in fossil fuel companies.
Is this the beginning of a new era?
With the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, this November, and The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France in 2015, let’s hope for strong cohesion and implementation of policies to greatly reduce carbon emissions and for the use of more environmentally friendly renewal energy. The conference’s objective is to achieve a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. http://www.rtcc.org/2014/02/05/imf-chief-lagarde-warns-of-merciless-climate-change/

World Ocean Summit Puts Marine Issues “On Global Agenda”

World Ocean Summit Puts Marine Issues “On Global Agenda”.

Hundreds of representatives from international governments, environmental organizations, academic institutions, and corporations have gathered in Half Moon Bay, California, for the World Ocean Summit February 24-26.

‘ “ Our oceans are in crisis….It is our lungs, our pantry, and a huge source of prosperity…. Collectively we can and must do more,” said Packard, who warned that we “stand on the edge” of ocean health. “’

Life on the Threshold. Do we choose Life or Death?

“We are at the point of return from gross to subtle, from glamorous to gracious, from hedonism to healing, from conquest of the Earth to conservation of Nature, and from quantities of possessions to quality of life.” ~ Satish Kumar, E.F. Schumacher Foundation

I love that quote and would love to believe that it was really true. Whilst ever we are run on Keynesian economics, and since the advent of free-market enterprise in the ’80′s and the consequences of this-economic rationalism and the casualisation of the workforce- we can not achieve this.

CEO’s of Corporations such as The World Bank, Media Magnates through NewsCorp International, Mining and Deforesation CEO’s will do whatever they can to exploit the natural environment and the poor for their own profits.

When the majority of people are ignorant and are motivated by fear, consumerism and what is popular, they will believe the lies and rhetoric of the financial giants that purport these beliefs and whose best interests are not for the majority. They are causing the wealthiest to get richer and the poorer to get poorer at the expense of the environment in which we live. Belief in consumerism, “must have this, must have that!” highlights an ‘inner void’ that is never satisfied and does not produce happiness.

I’d  like to think that there was an window of opportunity for transformation in the 1960′s, yet the very ‘baby boomers’ who preached love, communal living and started environmental movements, are the wealthiest people on the planet today!

Just 3 weeks ago, the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority gave authority to Gina Rinehart (the richest woman in the world) to create the world’s largest coal mine at Abbott Point, only 50 km’s north of the Whitsunday’s! Was it a bribe? Was it due to force? Australian’s have been fighting this cause from the beginning of its industrialisation, and want no part of it, as eocide is not on, and with the loss of tourism and fish stock, it makes no sense. Even now funds are being raised to take this decision to court and hopefully gain justice through a High Court injunction. But how can we compete against multi billionaire mining magnates? We must through our intentions and actions, fight for what is right!

You can help out with financial contributions here: https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/great-barrier-reef–3/the-fight-for-the-reef/fuel-the-fight?

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Coral Sea Sunrise

The list goes on with environmental exploitation; drilling in the Arctic Circle, Russia, Mexico, deforestation of the Congo and Amazon Basins, Borneo, Sumatra,  Indonesia, Australia, USA, Canada, Madagascar…

It is up to all of us to participate in protecting Life! We have the technology to ‘go Green’ and people are going solar, or utilising wind power to reduce carbon impact-which is fantastic and timely- yet ‘the powers that be’ have invested interest in fossil fuels and the timber industry, and will do anything to gain profits from these until they run out, and then it will be too late! Have you looked at Google Earth lately? Zoom down and check out the destruction. It is not pretty!

In this age of distraction, which includes very sophisticated strategies to strengthen ‘consumer mind’ and behaviour, it is vital to rise above it, become aware, dig for ‘the truth’, to feel and to do something about natural destruction! We can contribute through our hearts and our minds, through our intentions, affirmations, prayer, positive actions and through our collective activism.  We must waken from the slumber and protect the EARTH! Can you see the words HEAR and HEART in the word EARTH? They are the keys to our transformation.

We cannot continue our collective denial, in our unthinking/unfeeling ways.  For, if we continue in our bombastic, chauvanistic, competitive, hedonistic, greedy ways, there will be no Earth in 100 years!

It is up to us, each and every one of us, to stand firm in our convictions, to ‘Go Green’ and to fight for our environment, so that we may have clean air, fresh water, forests… If we destroy our ocean and forests, there will be no air to breathe, nor food to eat. If we destroy our natural heritage, there will be none for future generations, if there are to be future generations.

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The Agony of Gaia, depicts Mother Earth as a mountain, lying on her side in agony, as heavy equipment tears into her to remove coal, by Jeff Chapman-Crane.

“Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it.”  David Suzuki.

Have you watched Carl Sagan’s, Cosmos? I suggest you do. This is an introduction to the documentary on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7n71pm0K04  You can buy a copy of it at Amazon, or borrow it from your local library.

It’s an excellent documentary that talks of the oneness of the universe, and how each and every one of us, and everything is connected; if something affects one part, then it affects everything.  He talks of our nuclear power and of our environmental destruction, and how this is very poignant as we are on the threshold. We have the power to choose wisely. Do we choose life or death for this planet? I know that I choose LIFE! Let us heal this planet together! It is up to US ALL!

yours consciously, Bridget Cameron

HOW DO I CREATE? My creative process.

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GALACTIC CONCEPTION

I was asked this question by my dear friend Eiry Rees Thomas, author of The Flitwits http://theflitwits.com/author/eiry/. She wanted to know how I created, my exact creative process, and thought that my answer would be good for others to know also.

So here’s my response… Generally my images are spontaneous, that is, I feel moved to create and create from my imagination. Other times, I sit on something that caught my imagination, and I think about it, feel it, and sometimes use other sources of references to fine tune my ultimate creation.  I read a lot and assimilate as I go, never knowing when some seeds may be sprouted. Quite often images come to me when I look at the moon, and I future creations, then I dream more about it, and when the time is ripe, ‘out it pops!’

My writings are like that too, especially my poetry, which generally pops out as I’m writing it, yet was formed already in my dream state prior to its manifestation. With longer writings, I use this same spontaneous process, but dream, research and think a lot about it, before I write. At times it needs no editing, it just flows out perfectly, and other times, editing is needed to give it a more sound structure or to make it flow/ sound better.  I like to read it aloud, to hear inconsistencies, as music and rhythm is important. Some works need quite a lot of editing, in order to remove the superfIuous and/or inauthentic tones.

It is important to be critical of one’s work, in order to improve it. However, knowing when to stop analysing and critiquing is essential, as it can really dampen the process; take the joy out of it, and lead to more mistakes, that need to be rectified, leading down a spiral of more corrections. I do this sometimes, when I am too much in my ‘head’ or tired or in lots of pain. Knowing when to stop, is essential to the path of any writer/creator, as I don’t think we should take the joy out of our creations. Acceptance and letting go are part of that process too.

In a nutshell: Trust in ‘self’ and the creative process!

Happy creating!  Bridget Cameron :).