Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Girl Cell (in us all).

I am part of an email group that has been having discussions about violence towards women for the last week or so. It was sparked off by the Avaaz campaign, against the savage rape of a woman in India, who later died, and the culture of condoning these acts which is prevalent in that culture.

Some felt that the campaign is too sensationalist, and that there is too much of a focus and blame on men as perpetrators, while others feel that men and boys should feel shame for the actions of their counterparts. I didn’t have time to read all the words written, but when I tried to, I found myself getting stuck in my head, somehow all those words were distancing me from the reality of what the discussion was really about.

Someone posted a TED talk which spoke to this whole theme and I found it very inspiring, I wept through much of it, not sure how much of my release was sadness at what is done to women, and how much joy at the strength in the stories she tells, of courageous girls standing up for us all. You will find the link at the bottom of this post, Eve Ensler talking about the girl cell inside each and every one of us, man or woman.

After watching the video this is what I wrote: That we all are horrified at this kind of violence being perpetrated on anyone is apparent, any reasonable human being in their right mind could be nothing else.

That the feminine has been oppressed and ground down for centuries is indisputable, that it has been done to men and to women is also a part of the truth. There are many paths that lead to an enlightened and evolved humanity but I don’t believe that playing the blame or the shame game is particularly useful. Let our young men and women be brought up to honour their masculine and their feminine aspects, to step into their fullness with joy and with delight.

If I wasn’t an optimist I would have slit my wrists a long time ago, as it is I have a flame of hope that burns eternally in my heart that says that we will become those future humans. The most important change happens within our own consciousness, the river of awareness that can flow from this into the world cannot be quantified or labelled, we are more powerful than we can ever imagine.

Eve Ensler: Embrace your inner girl | Video on TED.com
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Flying High.

It all began with the oil pulling, and ended up with me in a state of bliss, feeling enormous gratitude for my wonderful life! You gotta love the ups and downs of existence, provided you know what to do with the bits that feel uncomfortable, they are actually great moments of opportunity if you play your cards right.

Having had a very strange day, I arrived for two hours of dancing feeling an undercurrent of tension, that had nothing to do with where I was or the people I was with. Dancing is always a liberating act for me, but even so I could feel tension around my mouth, and thoughts of lack and scarcity, powered by fear, kept floating up.

I consciously danced them out of my body, when the negative thoughts came I cancelled them, and created new thoughts, “I am Abundant and life is a flow that brings me everything I could ever need or want!” It was a bit challenging at first but I persisted, and slowly but surely I began to feel joy infusing my being. My smile went from being a trifle forced, to a genuine expression of my awakening spirit.

When I came home I managed to bring a dragonfly into my room, it was perched on my skirt and I had to leave it inside, it was flying so high there was no chance of catching it and taking it outside. After dinner I went out again and when I came home the dragonfly was easily caught and released into the garden, a great relief.

The dragonfly represents transformation, and the ability to be flexible and adapt to the ebb and flow of events, the frog is also associated with this totem and can mean abundance, and is connected strongly to water which is the element that represents emotions. So I interpret that as the shifting of old feelings and patterns of thinking, that have stood in the way of me stepping into the fullness of who I am, and allowing myself to experience true abundance on every level of my being.

May the Abundant Universe unfold, as I spread my wings and FLY!!

Dragonfly

Letting Go.

Feeling exceedingly odd today, I couldn’t get out of bed yet again, felt like I wanted to spend the whole day there but I know if I did I wouldn’t feel good about myself. I began by doing my first oil pulling, this is when you swirl coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes, it feels weird and I kept having to remind myself to keep swishing. When you spit the oil out it is all milky and contains toxins which the oil has helped to remove from your body.

Since then I’ve had a green smoothie and a few macadamia nuts and done some reading and a bit of hand washing and through all of this my head has felt very strange. A bit like when you have a flu or virus, it is a sensation I associate with cellular shifts going on in my body. So I guess that is most likely what is going on, I started my moon bleed on saturday and had the sense that I might be doing a particularly big shedding.

As a matter of fact the other times my head has felt like this I have been going through major detox so there is my answer to the way I’m feeling. The feeling in my head only happened after the oil pulling so it would seem that it helped to speed up the release of toxins. Probably a good idea to consider giving up coffee for a few days but I probably won’t, I don’t get withdrawals when I don’t drink coffee, but when I want it I want it and that’s that!

So much for Miss I want to achieve optimum health, well it will simply have to be in stages, and maybe I will always have coffee in my life. As I go along I add in good habits, and remove the bad, it is a slower way of creating change but the new habits are more likely to stick.

Optimum Health, One Step at a Time!!!!!!!!

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy that
works as a magnificent de-toxifier for the mouth
and the whole body, often solving chronic dental
issues without the need to go to the dentist.

How exactly does this work?  Click below!

Video: (5:09)

http://www.nextworldtv.com/page/21796.html

My Spirit.

My spirit grows weary, and I wish at times that I could do my journey the old-fashioned way, go and live in a cave as a hermit. It may not sound very attractive to you, but for me there is magic and nourishment, and even poetry in such a notion.

I know that a good night’s sleep or even a yummy dinner tonight will change that feeling in a moment, but it would be nice to have a proper holiday. You know, the kind where you go away for more than a few days and actually do nothing except read books, swim, and eat fabulous meals cooked by somebody other than yourself. Or alternatively a week at an ashram or monastery, meditating and doing yoga and eating healthy vegetarian meals, coming home trim and gorgeous!

Neither of those options is currently on the cards for me, so how can I bring that good feeling into the place where I am right in this very moment? I look around me, and I can see that my favourite time of day is approaching, the rays of the sun have that special glow about them. Through the window to my right I can see the sunlight dancing on the rich canopy of leaves, a few moments later I look again and the leaves have gone dark.

Moving towards dusk, the light keeps shifting and changing, to my left I can see the broad leaves of the banana tree swaying gently in the breeze. The light is still out there but it can only be seen further afield, where a tall gum tree catches  its last rays of nourishment for the day.

The words that describe the world around me, caress my soul, as surely as the beauty of what I am seeing softens the knot that is curled up in my belly. Sure, I am tired, and a little dispirited after not enough sleep and a quiet day at the market. But why wait for the food, or even the sleep, when I can switch how I am feeling simply by being present to the environment that I am inhabiting NOW!

Yep! After I get this post out to all of you good people, I am going to go and commune with the garden, a bit of watering, and then maybe check out the sunset across the green fields. Life is really quite simple at the end of the day, no pun intended! You just have to remember to live it.

Not my garden! Oh my kingdom for a camera!

Not my garden! Oh my kingdom for a camera!

From Little Things Big Things Grow.

Even I, worshiper of the heat, is feeling that things are just a teensie weensie bit hot, and I’m up in the mountains, feeling very sorry for the lowlanders, especially those under threat of fire. Global warming seems very real at times like this but it isn’t really the best name for the phenomenon, climate change is a better term, as it is talking about extreme weather, and can sometimes be describing extreme cold.

I don’t really understand the science behind it all, but I have heard that the other planets in our solar system are also experiencing climate change, so it does seem as though there might be a bigger picture that we are missing. According to Gregg Braden the ancients have described just this type of change happening before, he says that we are coming to the end of a very long cycle, 5,000 years or so.

He also says that it is the cultures that responded cooperatively to the situation that managed to survive, the ones who had the idea to grab what they could and stuff everyone else, were the ones that disappeared.  I think you can see that I am finding even more ways to go on about my favourite subject, the importance of community and connection with each other.

Whatever you might believe about climate change, there is absolutely no doubt that we have to do things differently if humanity is to survive on the planet. In ‘The Hobbit’ Gandalf explains his choice of Bilbo for the dwarves adventure, by explaining that it is the small actions that ultimately make a difference, being compassionate to yourself and to others, the small kindnesses, as opposed to the great battle against evil. How we behave in our everyday lives is what determines the outcome on a larger scale, so please never discount the importance of the role that you have to play.

I encourage you to listen to both parts of this video, it seems to have been put together from a few different talks and not always well-edited, but it is a great summary of the shift we are currently going through. I am not asking you to believe anything, just be open and consider possibilities that may or may not be new to you. For me this information really resonates and I am feeling the changes in my body very strongly, and doing my best to step into my fullness!

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8BBDB17506AA7B13

Touch Me.

Well I got through my niggling feelings of wanting to know exactly how everything in my life is going to pan out, and wanting to know it NOW! Ok so there may be just a tiny smidgen  of doubt floating around in my belly, but I can live with that, in fact it’s probably even normal, something I was very determined not to be as a small child.

There’s a lot of talk about how kids want to be like everyone else, you know, she’s wearing that style and I want it too! I always wanted to be different, the idea of looking and thinking and being like all the other kids seemed incredibly boring to me. So when Madonna came along in her ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ days I guess I was attracted to her rebellious nature, I wore lingerie as outer wear, teased the buggery out of my hair and tied it with black lace.

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan.

Of course I was actually being like a lot of other people, we join groups sometimes seeking to be different and end up putting on a type of uniform. You can see it with the Goth look, the Punks and probably lots of current ones that I don’t know about, not being in the loop with kid’s stuff, although I have heard of Emo. I adore Steampunk and that seems to me to offer more opportunity to actually be different, but maybe I just feel that way because I like it.

As humans we do seem to have a need to flock together, much of  self-development work comes out of relating to others, it often helps to motivate us to improve ourselves. I believe that this is one of our strengths as a species, and if we can begin to move into higher levels of co-operation there is nothing that we cannot do.

By coming together at that higher level we can make it possible for everybody to have access to basic needs, and that includes the need for loving touch,  babies who don’t receive that show incredibly adverse affects, both physical and emotional. That is the critical time in our development, but the need for physical touch remains important throughout adult life, and for that to depend on someone having a lover, means that there are lots of people who are living in deprivation.

Let the new sensual and loving age begin, not mindless orgies, a conscious journey into  a whole new definition of what it means to be human, living upon the planet Earth.

A Goddess Group Hug: at a gathering inspired by the InSpired IzaBella Siódmak.

A Goddess Group Hug: at a gathering inspired by the
InSpired IzaBella Siódmak.

Be Here Now.

Before I begin I would like to express my gratitude to those of you who have started following my blog, thank you so much for being interested in what I have to say. Gratitude is one of those qualities that is given its proper weight these days, Oprah probably has a lot to do with that, Goddess bless her!

Another important quality is the ability to live with uncertainty, something I have been looking at lately, and which is really in my face today. Sometimes the most trivial events can point these things out to us. I went to play the final dvd in the second series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and yes I am still on that merry ride, and it was broken. Apparently I must have done it when I took it out of its case, something that has never happened to me before.

Not terribly important in the cosmic scale of things, I hear you say, but to an anal, two planets in Virgo, Buffy obsessive, this is really, really devastating. I almost could have cried, I know, a grown adult and shaken up by not knowing how the season ended. I am the first to agree that this is totally pathetic, I’m trusting my readers not to run away in droves at this sad admission. Actually there probably aren’t enough of you to be in droves, but you get my meaning!

As I wrestled with my feelings of disappointment, I told myself that I would just have to forge on ahead with the other episodes, letting go of the need to know what happened. And that was when I realised that this minor issue, was underlining a much bigger one, that I have indeed been looking at just these last few days. Wanting to know NOW if particular possibilities are going to develop into fully fledged manifestations, in work, relationship, everything as a matter of fact.

So much of my life is up in the air at the moment, my house sit ends in three weeks and I don’t have a new one yet. I’ve finished some aspects of my work and while I have a sense of moving into something exciting and new, I can’t see it yet. And when it comes to my Beloved, I can practically smell his pheromones sliding into my olfactory senses, mmmmmmmmmmm…………. Oh Aphrodite, bring it on!!!!

But for now I must make my peace with not knowing, I think I will tone for a bit and bring my frequencies into a better alignment, I choose to be happy with my life exactly as it is in this moment!

From "Be Here Now" by Ram Dass.

From “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass.

Aphrodite.

Aphrodite.