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EMERGENCE – phoenix arising from the sun of Osiris, hoping “that I may come forth like the Bennu bird, the Star of Morning”. This prayer from the Book of the Dead refers to the fact that Osiris represents the bound sun (the divine spark in man). Phoenix of the great Mysteries, the typical symbol of self-creation and resurrection through death – a type of the Solar Osiris and of the divine Ego in man, which, though limited on the lower planes, can become a manifesting flame under the nourishing influence of Venus (divine love) The Ego thus can disappear into the mystery of darkness and serve the lower senses no longer. The ego now lit by the power of love serves only the heart.
SEER – Consider the human eye. It is an extraordinary instrument, a divine gift, capable of seeing objects but a few inches away and also able to view the distant stars and galaxies. This tremendous elasticity of the human power of vision intimates what the mystics speak of as spiritual vision and the spiritual eye. It is as a seer and perceiver that each human being is a truly self-conscious, capable of infinite extension of the power of vision from the highest transcendental realms to the most concrete regions of human existence. Therefore, the first step is the transcendence of the pairs of opposites, is to see the immanent reality of the immortal soul.
PANTHERA LEO – Lion-Hearted – lies in the analogy, perceived since the most ancient times, between the sun and its rays and the heart in living beings. Those living whole will never accept a partial view of things but continually seek the Truth in which all conditions and perspectives that can be accommodated.
CAILLEACH-OIDHCHE – Owl, represents wisdom, stealth, initiation, change and detachment. She is associated with arcane lore, seeking deeper knowledge and death as a new beginning. Owl is aware of her surroundings at all times, has great intuition and the courage to follow her instincts. She offers keen insight into obscure occurrences, a bringer of hidden truth, omens and secrets. In ancient Egyptian, Celtic, and Hindu cultures the symbolic meaning of owl revolved around guardianship and a protection of the dead. In this light the owl was ruler of the night and seer of souls. A misunderstanding of this necessary relationship gave the owl some negative associations with death.
The battle can be won, “It is difficult, but it can be won.” The battle is between the Higher Self and its cunning, fear-based, and inverted reflection, the lower personal self that takes itself to be real. Arjuna is depicted here as victorious and therefore capable of playing the Flute of Krishna. He uncovered veil upon veil, saw the need to transcend our sense of duality, conceptions of good and evil and, most importantly, overcame the sense of separateness. Any man who hears the rumbling of a thunder cloud, the roar of the ocean, or the rush of the winds above a holy place, is truly blessed, because of the sacred undertaking to which the whole of nature has been consecrated. Anyone, anywhere, if he hears it only in the still hours of dawn, hears the song of the flute.
Consider the findings of modem physics, which has discovered that the entire universe is reducible to and the product of Light. What the Great Teachers would add would be the fact that this Light is consciousness, love, wisdom, and compassion. With this understanding life becomes not only worth living, but worth consecrating. The mind and the heart recapture the immanence of the ideal of boundless Love and Light. True Love – the total endless Love – of God in Man.
The first Chumash were created by the Earth Goddess Hutash who fashioned them from the seeds of a magic plant. Hutash was married to the Sky Snake (the Milky Way). But how was Hutash going to move the Chumash across the sea channel to the mainland? Finally, she got the idea of making a bridge out of a long rainbow, which she stretched from the tallest peak on the island to a tall peak in the mountains of the mainland. Hutash then sent the Chumash across the Rainbow Bridge to fill the whole world with people. Many made it across safely, but some made the mistake of looking down to the water far, far below. Because the bridge was high and there was a thick fog swirling about, those who looked down became very dizzy and fell off the bridge into the churning waves of ocean below, so she turned them into dolphins. The Chumash have always said that the dolphins are their brothers.
But for Gandhi, the greatest obstacle to the incarnation of the heroic ideal in society is, paradoxically, the absence of humility. When human beings do not adequately recognize their fallibility, they will not make sufficient effort to arouse individual conscience. Foundering in a delusive sense of security, they are caught in a ‘mobocratic’ state of collective helplessness. Only after the heart is touched by the enormity of divine truth will the distance between the ideal and reality become painfully evident. And only then will genuine humility flow forth. Whilst heroism is cultivated skill in action, humility is the virtue of effortlessness.
In a vast indigo sea, You rise, pulsating… Sending shafts of luminosity Inflaming the heart, Igniting the mind.
Lightsong, the hoop of all our ancestors, all our relations, returned.
Transparent and shimmering like the calm surface of the shining sea in contrast to the variegated contours of the diverse lands whose shores it touches, it has awesome oceanic depths, sheltering vast kingdoms of obscure species, in which every form of life finds its place, rhythm and balance, in which everything is inexplicably interconnected in a complex whole that teases and taunts the untapped potentials of human cognition. Its immense cleansing and restorative power conceals a hidden alchemy. Alchemy of the Heart. We can learn to direct one’s attention to what one deliberately intends, to themes that elevate the mind, to daily exercises in spiritual alchemy. What would it be to inquire into the core of the quintessential ideal of being human.
Plato stages a cave in which prisoners are chained down and forced to look upon the front wall of the cave. The prisoners are bound to the floor and unable to turn their heads to see what goes on behind them. To the back of the prisonersa fire burns casting shadows on the wall in which the prisoners are perceiving reality. the point that the prisoners would be mistaken as to what is reality, mistaking slavery for freedom. Once the prisoner is released, he is forced to look upon the fire (the shadow self?) and objects that once saw as perception of reality, and he thus realizes these new images in front of him are now the accepted forms of reality. Once the prisoner climbs out of the cave and is fully immersed in the sun’s rays, the prisoner experiences bewilderment, fear, and blindness to the objects he was now being told were real. After his eyes adjust to the sunlight, he begins to see items and people in their own Truth. The climax, as the prisoner, whom not long ago was blind to Truth, is now aware of reality and truth. When this has occurred, the ultimate stage of thought has been achieved, and that is “understanding.” …and understanding is freedom.
John of the Cross (born Juan de la Cruz)was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered, along with Saint Teresa of Ávila, as a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. He is also known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical literature. In 1568, The church saw John as a dangerous threat to hierarchical authority. John’s dual form of ‘interior prayer’, recollection and letting go, bypassed priestly order to the Divine and found theological debate irrelevant. The history of the Order of Carmel merges with legend. Teresa, through her own exaltations and visions, came to believe that solitary meditation did not merely serve the personal spiritual progress of its practitioners, but also alleviated the misery of suffering humanity. He was accused by a tribunal of disobedience to a superior and ordered to renounce the reform. Juan swore loyalty to the Order but refused to give up the reform, John was thrown in an unlighted cell. uan, realizing that another season in prison would be fatal, worked to effect an escape. With this stabilizing triangle of soul-force set in the circle of uttermost darkness, the soul waits for that ineffable and lasting divine union in which every veil of alienation, ignorance and separation falls away and the soul experiences the Spiritual Marriage, the alchemical transmutation of soul in the Divine. The life of Juan de la Cruz found its aim, purpose and meaning in this numinous union. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII.
Tsong Kha Pa initiated the Dalai Lama tradition, which was, he taught, to last for seven centuries. The Buddha of Compassion was to be the same being holding that holy incarnation for the entire seven centuries. During the last twenty-five years of each century, beginning in the fourteenth, one or more Bodhisattvas have been sent to the West to expose receptive minds to true spiritual teachings, leading them away from superstitious religion and scientific materialism. The intent was to “re-light the Mystery Fires in the West,” which had been put in place by Pythagoras and Plato that had been extinguished by the Church in the third century A.D. The Soul of Humaity will survive. As long as resistance continues and men respond to the claims of conscience, as long as we can still take a long view of history and smile at the inordinate pretensions of messianic systems, and as long as people retain their faith that truth must triumph and justice will prevail.
Wade in Rivers, sleep in the moist grass in the early morning. In moments like this, I find myself feeling that whole connection to the universe, and I am reminded that we are made of the same stuff as stars. Blessing to you and your connection to our earth mother. Her name means “our mother” in Iroqouis.
TRANSFORMATION – The first flutter of matter which throws it into objectivity and into a plane from which will start manifestation. Whispering of the past and future, echoing the prophecy of antique ages yet to come, the great bird courses on along the current of primeval wisdom flowing out of the precosmic Source of all. Raven, the Bringer of Light, is also the Transformer. Dressed in black, he carries a banner of smoke and rides atopa chariot drawn by flaming horses. The form of a bird who flies down from the realm of God to the earth, bringing with it the divine gift of fire to human beings. In the stories of the Northwest coastal American Indian tribes, where Raven steals the light of the sun to light up the minds of men. The Light Source would extend inexhaustibly behind while the intelligent Self within… It would focus its rays through the lens and pupil out and through into the world. He, Raven, restores the Eye to the God Within.