Saturday, May 23, 2015
The first card chosen is The Magician (El Mago) from the Dali Tarot Deck. Described as the card of ‘Personal Magic’ the energy is described as real magic which is not limited to trickery, sleight of hand, hocus-pocus or stage illusions. With this magic, we transcend the normal and become one with ourselves, with God and the world. It shows Salvador Dali himself in the central position as the magus; in front of him are many of the tools of his trade and some of his most well-known works, such as the melting clock which represents elasticity and uniqueness of our own personal view and experience of time.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Today, we seldom use our voices in this way. Our lives are taken over with listening to other voices, the voice on the television, the computer game, the iPhone, CD's and the radio. The power of our voices is becoming lost to us.
The world is ready for the advent of a new stage of human consciousness and action. It is time for a “planetary birth experience,” a collective awakening, an experience of shared empathy, love, and creativity. Just as we once evolved from Neanderthal to Homo sapiens through a mysterious set of circumstances, not fully understood, so now we are emerging as Homo universalis, a species capable of conscious evolution on Earth and beyond.
What are signs of the emergence of a new era of evolution? Ken Carey wrote in The Third Millennium:
There are different neurons that respond according to what kind of music is playing. Music can effect hormones, encourage the production of cortisol, testosterone, and oxytocin. Music can even trigger a release of endorphins. Beyond the biology and the actual responses of your body, there are definite responses of the mind as well. You're aware of how you feel when you listen to music, but how do you know that it's actually having any sort of effect on you? There is scientific evidence of the way it can affect your mind! It's clearly more than just a suspicion -- it's fact!
Take this example, for instance. You've just been introduced to a gorgeous woman at a party. Politely you ask where she's from before offering to refresh her drink. She says, "Well, I'm originally from New Jersey, but you know how people talk about Jersey, so I moved to New York, though I still get over to Jersey to see my family every couple of months. You wouldn't believe the traffic at the tunnel these days. But at least it isn't the Minneapolis Bridge, ya know what I mean? Those poor people. Thirteen now I heard. Not as bad a Katrina. Can you believe New Orleans still hasn't been rebuilt?"
Proper breathing is one of the key aspects to learning to sing. Breathing correctly affects the quality of your voice tone and also helps you sing long notes when you need to. One of the most common mistakes made by people when they first sign up for singing lessons is that they think that breathing for singing is the same as breathing for, say, aerobics or regular activity.
THE GREAT TRANSITION FROM FOSSIL FUELS TO SOLAR AND WINDThe worldwide transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way.
The Evolving Energy Transition
Voices of the Sacred Feminine – Conversations to Re-Shape Our World, Edited by Rev Dr Karen Tate, Published by Changemaker Books. 400 pages
This is an anthology of specially chosen articles about the Divine Feminine, each between approx. 400 – 1,000 words in length. All articles cover some aspect of the goddess and are derived from many cultures, for instance, sacred activism, social change, planetary welfare, healing, empowerment and mutual support, in addition to challenges to major patriarchal religious thought.
Artists Against Fracking has been launched by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon as a new coalition of artists, musicians, filmmakers and public figures opposed to hydraulic fracking. The growing coalition now includes more than 180 members, including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Marina Abramovic, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cindy Sherman, MGMT, Wilco, Bonnie Raitt, Liv Tyler, Mario Batali, Roberta Flack, Robert De Niro, Mark Ruffalo, Uma Thurman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and many others. The full list is at www.artistsagainstfracking.com.
The group will work to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. Yoko and Sean were compelled into action by Governor Andrew Cuomo's recent announcement that fracking might soon begin in New York.
Bruce Nixon is a veteran change agent, activist, writer, speaker, facilitator and business school teacher and he is passionate about sustainability, global justice, inclusive democracy and non-violence. In this comprehensive book, he brings all his knowledge and experience into the analysis of the state we are in, how we got here, and – more importantly – how we can turn things around and create a new and positive society by facing “the biggest challenge in our history”.
The Grail was written with an unspoken idea ever in mind – that paganism is the belief system of the future. Modern paganism is often a reaction to organised religion, with its intolerance and inconsistencies, and to the destructive materialism of a capitalist world. The paganism practised by earlier societies was nothing less than a matter of survival. Without water, for example, we die very quickly. Along with those other elements – air, fire, earth – water, clean drinking water, is an absolute must. And yet our attitudes to water are odd: we have commercialised it, privatised it, polluted it and treated it with chemicals. Ever since shrines were de-sacralised during the Reformation, water has been nothing but a commodity. An early pagan would be unable to comprehend our reckless behaviour towards the water we need to survive.