Gorgeous Sunset

“A beautiful sunset that was mistaken for a dawn.” Claude Debussy.

I am always thankful for the beauty that nature unfolds, changing as it does from moment to moment. I take great pleasure in saying farewell to the passing of each day, as each reflection presents a new picture upon the canvas of life. Nature is certainly the greatest artist indeed! 🙂 ❤

Lesser Wanderer butterfly

“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.”  ―LeeAnn Taylor

Lesser wanderer butterfly(Danaus petilia).

I came across this beautiful lesser wanderer butterfly (Danaus petilia) in a local park. It made my day! 🙂

Magnificent fiery Sky

” Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” Rumi

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Fire in the Sky,

Fire in our Hearts,

Let us soar upon the breeze,

and let our soul’s take flight…

© 2017 Bridget Cameron

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 ‘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 frescoes in caves, which were done by paleolithic women, 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!

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 as hunters, tool makers and protectors.   If we compare this to contemporary ancient traditional cultures like the aboriginal people of Australia; we come to realize that there is women’s business and men’s business, and each sex respects each others’ part and expression in the shared whole of the community.

Genetically speaking, women have two X chromosomes as their 23rd pair of chromosomes, each containing 2000 genes, and a man has an X (2000 genes) and a Y (90 genes). The Y is relatively new to evolution, having being created only 400 million years ago, thus it all began with the X! Carl Jung, the 20th century psychologist, who coined the terms archetypes and collective unconscious,  said, that we are both masculine and feminine, coming both from our mother and our father, and that both sexes have both masculine(animus) and feminine( anima) psyches- primary anthropomorphic archetypes of the unconscious mind-that need integration in order for a person to be ‘whole’ and not fragmented.

During the last 5000 years, the world has been predominantly patriarchal, primarily because of monotheism and a ‘male Godhead’ which can be ascribed historically 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).

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 history lost) by Christians, 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 Christ(the story of the ‘Christos’ was taken from ancient Egypt) immortal through his resurrection, even though there is no mention of this previously in any texts. Essentially, making Christ divine, 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.

Also, at the Council of Nicea, 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 introduction of payment to sacred prostitutes- making them slaves to men’s lust and the demeaning of the sacredness of sex- and introduced that men were the 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, which led to further fragmentation of monotheistic faiths and the 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. The world is dying, keynesian economics don’t work, and war only begets more war! Yes, the deep feminine needs to rise!

How can we do this? We can cooperate with each other! 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.

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 all of creation.

However, 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! WE must all embrace the non-judging,  caring, intuitive, emotional, creative, unconditional loving part of ourselves and others. It is women and children who are leading the way!  Love is the key!  Peace and blessings, Bridget Cameron <3…

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

I love galahs!

” When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”  Anthony Douglas Williams.

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The galah (Eolophus roseicapilla) also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo.

I heard a familiar  ‘wuaaaaaaawk’, and looked out my bedroom window and watched quietly as a couple of galahs rested in the tall blue gum tree in my front garden. They knew that I was there, and for a while quietly observed me :).

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They apparently didn’t mind my intrusion and before long they continued with their antics, hanging upside down, feeding, playing and munching on wood.

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The term galah is derived from gilaa, a word found in Yuwaalaraay and neighbouring Aboriginal languages, and colloquially we call them ‘cockies’.

It was utterly captivating and delightful watching them and I felt most privileged and blessed as they had allowed me into their precious lives, and hearts. 🙂 ❤

Beautiful Flame Robin

“An animal’s eyes, have the power to speak a great language.” Anatole France.

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The flame robin (Petroica phoenicea).

I went for a walk in a Eucalyptus forest and met up with a beautiful Flame Robin (often called, robin redbreast) when I was on Bruny Island, Tasmania. He sang, and posed and watched me intensely -communicating with heart- before heading off to munch on some insects. It was a real treat! 🙂

 

We are stardust, we are golden…

“We are in the cosmos, and the cosmos is in us.” M Fox

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The Milky Way

When I was on Bruny Island( off the coast of South-Eastern Tasmania) I took the opportunity – with its low population and thus low light pollution, the dark of the moon and a black-out- to take a photo of the awesome Milky Way! I stood in awe of its majesty and beauty; it is so humbling, and so wonderful to be part of it.

“We are stardust, we are golden,

We’ve got to get ourselves,back to the garden.” Joni Mitchell

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

 

Quiet waters

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 Quiet waters restore my soul…”  Psalm 23

“And the night shall be filled with music,
      And the cares, that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents, like the Arabs,
      And as silently steal away.” 

 

WALKING INTO THE LIGHT

” The windows of my soul I throw wide open to the sun.”  John Greenleaf Whittier.

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I know that pain and suffering are one side of the coin of life,

thus accept them and grow through them,

whilst remaining vigilant to the joy and light within my heart,

and let them direct me.

© Bridget Cameron

Meaning

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.galactic conception

I sit here in wonder at the immensity of it all!
As a mere spec in the universal mind
I have a purpose,
Ever so small my part,
However, I have a purpose,
And it is this purpose that gives my life meaning.
For without it I would shrivel up and die.

© 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 ❤

Inner Lights

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And, the angels sing heavenly praises.

“Always be mindful of the kindness and not the faults of others.” ~Buddha

Inner Lights

When in tune,
Heart and mind align,
Causing spirit to speak directly
Invoking grace.

How do we do this?

By focusing on the ‘inner light,  in ourselves and others.

      © 2014 Bridget Cameron

TASTING FLIGHT

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
Leonardo da Vinci

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photo © Valentyn Volkov Volkov

Learning to fly, said the fly to the toad,

is an awfully easy thing to do.

Just think of where you want to go,

then flap real hard and you will surely go.

“That’s ok, if you have wings” said the toad with a moan.

The fly just smiled and said,

“Let your eyes look up and do the talking,

and then you will be walking,

straight to where you want to be.”

“But, I’m hungry now!” said the toad to the fly,

“and you will surely die!”

With a flick of his tongue,

as quick as a gun,

he licked that fly right out of the air.

Then swallowed real hard, that really wasn’t fair,

to poor old fly that could no longer fly.

The toad burped out loud and let out a sigh

then pronounced, “I guess it was your time to die.”

And in the darkness, the fly said one last goodbye,

before being absorbed by toad’s gastric juices,

no doubt a loser, or so it would seem.

For within a moment the fly found himself in a dream.

Lifted up from out of his pulped body,

  he ascended real high up into the light,

it was such a glorious sight,

oh what a flight!

He was not dead, no need to dread,

for life existed beyond the song,

and there he joined other souls’ along,

the very long road that pulsed with elephant, human and pine,

all singing fine,

to the heart of universal life.

 

© 2013 Bridget Cameron