Sunday, November 22, 2015

Memories of the Soul

This post about Past Life Regression is by Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.
The effects of a past life can manifest in your current life in many ways
but should be used as a tool, not an excuse.
Inside our subconscious lie our memories from past lives.   Though we seldom remember even having lived these past lives, the experiences we had living them have had a hand in shaping who we are today.  The effects of a past life can manifest in a later lifetime in many ways - phobias, self-limiting beliefs, physical problems, or innate creative abilities.  Violence, death, and trauma in a past life may show up as fear, uncontrollable anger, or low self-esteem in this one, while positive experiences from an earlier lifetime may cause you to feel strongly drawn to certain people, places, or objects without knowing why.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Time for Much Needed Peace

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
Chinese philosopher, Lao-tse (6th Century BCE)
During this time of sadness when violence and hatred seems to be increasing, may we turn our attention to the Greek Goddess Eirene (also known as Irene) who is the Goddess of peace, as well as being the Goddess of Spring (eiar, eiarinos).  For the ancient Greeks late spring was regarded as the usual campaign season and naturally the time when peace was most at risk.

Eirene, being one of the Horai, Goddesses of the seasons and who were also the keepers of the gates of heaven, was naturally called upon by many at this time.  Her sisters were Eunomia (Goddess of Order or Good-Pasture) and Dike (Goddess of Justice).

    "How far peace outweighs war in benefits to man; Eirene (Irene, Peace),
the chief friend and cherisher of the Mousai (Muses);
Eirene (Peace), the enemy of revenge, lover of families and children,
patroness of wealth. Yet these blessings we viciously neglect, embrace wars;
man with man, city with city fights, the strong enslaves the weak."
Euripides, Suppliant Women 484 ff (trans. Vellacott) (Greek tragedy c5th BCE)

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lakshmi: The Hindu Goddess of Beauty and Prosperity

O Lakshmi, the one who has lotus-like eyes,
Who has lotus in hand,
Who is the most-dazzling white in complexion,
Who has a garland full of fragrance of various plants,
Who is the Goddess, Who is dear to Hari, Who is beautiful,
Who provides wealth to all the three worlds!
Please shower happiness on me.
(Author unknown)

Known since pre-Buddhist times, Lakshmi is one of the more popular Goddesses found within the Hindu pantheon.  Since last epic period (c.400 CE) she has been associated with Vishu as his consort, and plays the role of the model Hindu wife, obediently serving her husband.  With her name being derived from the Sanskrit word Laksya (meaning “aim” or “goal”), Lakshmi was also known as Shri, was the Goddess associated with prosperity, wellbeing, royal power and illustriousness. As she was the embodiment of all these qualities it was believed that when these qualities were evident, the Goddess was present or would soon reveal herself.  Lakshmi was further considered to be the embodiment of loveliness, grace and charm, and was also worshipped as a Goddess who granted liberation from the endless cycle of life, death and rebirth.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Reflections of Self

The following essay comes to us from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om in that we are all mirrors for each other.
People you feel drawn to reflect your inner self back at you,
and you act as a mirror for them as well.
When we look at other people, we see many of their qualities in innumerable and seemingly random combinations. However, the qualities that we see in the people around us are directly related to the traits that exist in us. “Like attracts like” is one of the spiritual laws of the universe. We attract individuals into our lives that mirror who we are.  Those you feel drawn to reflect your inner self back at you, and you act as a mirror for them.
Simply put, when you look at others, you will likely see what exists in you. When you see beauty, divinity, sweetness, or light in the soul of another, you are seeing the goodness that resides in your soul. When you see traits in others that evoke feelings of anger, annoyance, or hatred, you may be seeing reflected back at you those parts of yourself that you have disowned or do not like.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Is there the need for Community Sacred Circles for Women

Not being able to work over the last few months due to health reasons (a situation that will continue into the new year) has not prevented my mind from churning over an array of possibilities of what I would like to put into motion in the future.  When I was diagnosed with cancer, my doctor did say to me that my current perception on life and what is important to me will change, and whilst not necessarily a surprising change, one of the things that has been in the forefront of my mind over the last couple of weeks is the ongoing need for Goddess or women's circles in our modern times.
It was this deep need for such a circle myself that resulted in me establishing The Goddess House in 2007 where I set about to create a venue where women could gather to experience for themselves that the divine feminine is all about.  After all, whilst we are familiar with the divine masculine the God, still today many women do not realise that there is indeed also a Goddess, and in fact she was the first deity ever honoured by out ancestors - and in some cultures, still is very much alive even today.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Flow of the Universe - Enjoying the Ride

This posting comes from Madisyn Taylor of Daily Om.

The Flow of the Universe - Enjoying the Ride
by Madisyn Taylor
Many people live their lives struggling against the current
while others use the flow like a mighty wind.
The flow of the universe moves through everything.  It is in the rocks that form, get pounded into dust, and are blown away, the sprouting of a summer flower born from a seed planted in the spring, the growth cycle that every human being goes through, and the current that takes us down our life’s paths.  When we move with the flow, rather than resisting it, we are riding on the universal current that allows us to flow with life.

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Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.