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Magick / Ananda Mandala
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:28:56 PM »
This is a powerful sadhana. I highly recommend it. I use it at least once a week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgFF0jewIiM&feature=youtu.be

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Magick / Shamanic Chant
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:14:27 AM »
Hi everyone,

I haven't posted in a while. I wanted to share an original "musical" creation with the community as an energetic exchange for all the knowledge that I have received from this community. It is me chanting AUM and NAMYOHORENGEKYO to drumming and rattling going at 180 beats per minute. The recording is 20 minutes in length. The recording is conducive to meditation and shamanic journeying. I infused the recording with Reiki and Deeksha. Establish an intent for your meditation/shamanic journeying session and play the mp3. I've found that I get best results when listening with headphones rather than speakers.

I call it "Shamanic Chant." I'm happy to share the love. The link is: http://soundcloud.com/infernis-1/shamanic-chant

Enjoy!

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Magick / The Secret Garden
« on: May 20, 2011, 02:13:25 AM »
The Secret Garden is open.
I realise it has closed gates
but no locks
Come in!

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Hello and Goodbye / I am Soaring Hawk-Roaring Tiger-Dancing Crow
« on: April 07, 2011, 11:33:21 AM »
I never actually introduced myself to the Community so here goes.

I have many labels but I am none of them for they are merely borrowed possessions. My labels include: Mystic, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Practitioner, Practitioner, Brother, Son, Cousin, Meridith, Joseph, Joe, Joey, Broadcast Negotiator, Wise-man Pretender, Bullshitter, Liar, Cheat, Thief, Asshole, Full of myself and on and on.

I am more invested in some of these labels than others but at the end of the day I recognize them for the possession that they are. Everything arises and Everything ceases.

I recently stepped into my Power as a Shamanic Reiki Practitioner. My practice consists of "integrating" all these "labels" I've accumulated over the years as well as the labels which I continue to acquire from moment to moment into a "more true" expression of who I REALLY am - which is Ineffable and Beyond True Naming.

I ascend the Higher (go within) in order to become a truer and truer Unique Expression of Source in order to manifest the Highest Good.

This is the current Story I create for myself - it is always open to Change for "Changeless Power of Unending Change" is the only Certainty I currently recognize.

Let us Weave the Book of Life together.

Hello, Veritas!

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Spirituality / A Group Meditation Experience
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:58:51 PM »
Tonight's group meditation begin with me relating a story of hope. Yesterday, I asked Spirit to send me a sign that I am protected and meant to walk this Path upon which I embark - within 48 hours.

The Sign came the very same day I asked... as I was walking to Subway from my Aunt's home yesterday evening, I beheld in the sky above Tower Records two Hawks, my power animals, circling on the air currents lazily overhead. I was feeling a bit "out of sorts" from the Reiki II attunement. I heard Hawk tell me, "You are safe. You are protected." - not in words but just a FEELING. I stared at them for a good 5 minutes or so rapt in awe and wonder. They continued to circle lazily overhead slowly making their way northeast. A feeling overcame me that I ought to make an offering to them. I had my medicine bag with me within which I keep and carry tobacco for occasions such as these. I made two offerings of tobacco to each of the Hawks. After I completed the second offering, the Hawks had vanished from sight and I could see them no where in the afternoon sky. I feel the same way now, I did the previous two times I was hospitalized. The difference between those two times and now though is this: I have equipped myself with the necessary tools needed to go through this experience - this Kundalini Awakening intact and whole.

After I relayed this story of hope, my Reiki Teacher lead the group in alternate nostril breathing exercise. I found it so hard to focus... but I concentrated on my Reiki Teacher's voice and it became easier. Normally, I just "switch" into any sort of exercise such as this without even thinking... this time, I had to focus and concentrate because it didn't come as easily as normal.

I don't know how much time passed but soon, my Reiki Teacher said to continue the alternate nostril breathing exercise at our own pace. It took some effort because I couldn't remember which nostril to breathe in or breathe out next or which I had just breathe in or out of. I finally "gave up" and let it just go. I lost myself then I heard Teacher's breathing "bringing me back." So as I heard her breathing, I brought myself into sync with her. Around this time, my Teacher gave the cue that we should finish up by breathing out of our right nostrils.

Angel was next to me by this point and I heard my Teacher issue a sharp command to Angel. I think she said to Angel, "meditate" but it sounded like she said my first name which sounds very similar to meditate. Angel understood and went scuttling to the back through the hallway.

The Gong began. Again, I found it hard to focus and concentrate. My upper back felt sore and constricted. I heard Angel, my Teacher's animal companion, munching on some dry dog food and I chuckled. I was reminded that I had not yet eaten dinner and I knew that Angel was telling me to get some food as soon as I got home. (which I did before writing this.) My brother cooked dinner - roast chicken and noodles. It was delicious!

Anways, back to the meditation. By this time, the Gong was going pretty good. I still couldn't quite get comfortable as I felt "something" trying to get out and express itself. I heard Angel crunch some more dry dog food and I got a message that I should "shake like Angel when he comes out of the rain." So I did. It felt sooo good to shake like that. After I did that, I became aware of myself as a "body of white light." I felt energy coursing through me. I may be jumbling the order of things.... but I also became aware of the entire group as a body of light. Simultaneously, before or after this... I don't know.... I became aware of two "Serpents" at the base of my spine at my Root Chakra. At the base of my spine, the Serpents are solid... but they began to sibilantly and slowly rise up my spine... as they approach my second chakra, they become more diffuse... and they descend up my spine Circling like a Binary Star circling around the "black hole" of the center of my spine. By the time they have reached my heart Chakra, the two Serpents are a billion, billion sparkling lights in the "form" of two Serpents. They begin to "work" through my Heart and I could feel them loosening blockages to the flow of Reiki. They loosen the blockages in my heart Chakra and the two Serpents of Light snake their way through my brow Chakra and through my Crown Chakra. They flow lazily towards the heavens and join the "stars" in the night sky. Streams of energy spontaneously flow through my palms which I am unable to contain. The energy floods through my palms and I direct it in a swirl around the room. At this point, I'm like.. Wow! this is cool... so I "push" the Energy through the room in a swirl like the Milky Way... with the Gong in the center. I push too hard and the Gong says "Stop!" it is banged once sharply from its gentle melody. At this point, I'm aware of Angel in the room and Love, Light, and Energy floods out of my Chest because the energy has to go someplace so I send it to Angel. I lose "control" because at this point the Energy has a mind of its own and I can feel the Portal in the treatment room "sucking" the energy out of me... I'm like, OUCH THIS HURTS!! Something tells me to just relax and let it happen... as soon as I relax, the pain of the energy being sucked out subsides and I gain control of the Energy Flow again. I'm aware of the Portal in the treatment room by this point... and instead of sending it into the room, I send the Energy into the Portal. The Portal just can't take enough energy and it just takes and takes... I'm like... oh crap... what have I done? Because I feel a "presence" stepping through the Portal. I'm scared... but I know it is a Divine Presence... it's Dark and I can't tell what it is though. Something within me says, "Ask it." So I do. The presence answers back and says that he is Tehuti. I bow... because I recognize the name as the name of an Ancient Egyptian God. I bow my head... and then I remember my Teacher had mentioned her story to me about being in the presence of Shiva and people talking about their problems in the presence of the Shiva statue and Shiva telling my Teacher that the silly mortals didn't ask for what they needed. So I asked, Tehuti for help. I asked Tehuti for help in going through this Process of transformation. He told me, "You have it." Then he bestowed a blessing on me. As soon as he bestowed the Blessing, the Gong rang sharply... up until this point it had a gentle cadence but as soon as Tehuti said, "You have it." the Gong rang! By this time, I'm like in total awe. Is this REALLY happening?

Tehuti begins to withdraw his presence after this. He heads back toward the Portal and I lose most awareness of him as another God steps out of the Portal. This time, it is Anubis, the jackal-headed God of the Dead. Unlike Tehuti, he is not obscured by shadows and darkness. He is easy to perceive and see. I bow before him in gratitude for the gift of his presence and ask for his blessing. I heard him say, "You have it." and as soon as he said this, the Gong rang again! I was like... oh shit! Oh shit!! what the hell is HAPPENING? Anubis begins to withdraw his presence at this point. I sense him in the hallway and I sense Tehuti at the Portal in the treatment room. Next, a cat-headed goddess who identifies herself as Hathor steps across the Threshold. I don't question who it is... but now as I write this, I suspect that it wasn't Hathor but rather Bastet. The truth of the matter is, I do not know. She identified herself as Hathor though... By this point, I'm amazed be these three Gods coming to me in this meditation. I ask Hathor for her blessing and protection and she also says, "You have it." This time, though, there is no resounding Gong. And then I'm like... ok... ok... this is maybe all in my head. So I ask Hathor, how am I to know that all this is Real? She whispers to me... Look Within and Listen... and then the Gong begins to get lower and lower... until it falls silent. As it falls silent, I cold feel the presence of these Three Gods going back through the Portal.

Reiki is flowing through my hands in the "silent" part of the meditation... I have no place to send it... so I channel it into my Reiki II Journal that I made today... and then I slowly open my eyes and the meditation ends.

The Three God's told me not to mention this experience to anyone because they said that it is "only for me" but my Inner Guide, said that I should relay it to my Teacher and my online associates. So I wrote it down. The Gods at first said that I should tell only my Teacher about it after the Meditation... but they said that it was only for my Reiki Teacher and I was only to tell my Teacher that these three Divinities had spoken to me and no other details. My Inner Guide told me to "spread the Light" and share the experience with my online associates and my Reiki Teacher - so I am.

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Magick / "Dwellers on the Threshold" / "Guardian at the Threshold"
« on: March 14, 2011, 12:06:32 PM »
I am aware of "Dwellers on the Threshold" in the form of shadows with red-glowing eyes and "Guardian at the Threshold" in the form of Giant Tiger at the top of a High Mountain beyond the "darkness" and far in the distance. I am at the center of a Circle of Light whose radiance extends as far as the eye can see. The "Dwellers" are at the edge of my perception, snarling, angry, and ravenous. Fear is here but fear born of failure. This is a Test that I have failed twice. I am the Power and Knowledge to pass this third time. Crow and Hawk are with me watching from the skies overhead. Tiger is also with me in the circle of power. Most of the Shadows are incinerated as soon as they step into the Light. Tiger stands next to me and rips any shadow to shreds that happens to make it through my Cone of Power. The Tiger on the Mountain is an adversary (as are the shadows). Crow, Hawk and Tiger within my Circle of Power are allies. Tiger on the Mountain is laughing at me, mocking me so to speak. He is in command of the Army of Darkness around me. It is a stalemate. Tiger on the Mountain is waiting for me to make a move as I am the one that creates this situation. An battle of Epic and Cosmic proportion is about to unfold. I am getting ready to venture into the Darkness in order to do battle with Tiger on the Mountain and his Army of Darkness. I have as long as I need to prepare for the battle.

These beings have made themselves known to me. Does anyone have any Wisdom to share regarding integrating this process into my Consciousness in accordance with my Highest Good? What preparations do you suggest I make before I march to War?

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Spirituality / My Island of Certainty
« on: February 15, 2011, 11:01:46 AM »
My comfort zone is certainty on the island of my beliefs.

How do I break free?

Every day, from moment to moment, I plunge into the sea of Life. From time to time, I encounter other islands of belief and explore… I always return to my own island, though, enriched by my experiences.

It is written, “No man is an island.”

As the winds of change blow across my island, my palm trees blow to and fro – they bend with the wind – but they do not break. Occasionally, though, a fierce hurricane sweeps through my tiny island, completely changing my island’s shape and form but not my island’s essence. My island is anchored to the Earth by my ever deepening connection to Spirit – for it is Spirit that is my rock, my foundation. When the high tides of the sea rise to consume my small island, I am at peace for I know that I serve my purpose. The waters inevitably recede during the low tide and my island is secure. In time, my island will vanish into the waters. But for today, though: Anaha ya! – I am here! I am now!

Who is my God? He is many. She is one. One of my labels for It is Consciousness. She belongs to us and we belong to Him. It is in us and we are in It.

This is my island of certainty. Now it is time for me to go dive into the sea of uncertainty. Join me!

Do not forget to come up for air! I have great lung capacity. I have been diving for many moons. So do not wait for me to surface for air. If you need to breathe, swim to the surface of the waters and BREATHE!

My Goddess is changeless power of unending change. She is Mother Nature.

My God is the sun, the moon and the stars. He is Father Sky.

Spirit is in all and all is in Spirit. It is Consciousness given form.

I am comfortable in the sea of uncertainty – I practice daily.

How do I break free?

I am!

Spirit no longer moves me to speak, thus I listen and so it is.

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Spirituality / Dharma Story
« on: February 11, 2011, 12:56:32 PM »
Every time the sage picks up the scorpion from the water to save its life, it stings the sage. In the process his hands shake and the scorpion again falls into the water. But the sage does not stop there: he bends down again to pick it up from the water. When asked why he was doing this repeatedly, the sage replied he was only doing his dharma just as the scorpion was doing his.

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1. Law of Knowledge: Understanding brings control; the more you know about a subject, the easier it is to control it. "Knowledge is power."

2. Law of Self-Knowledge: The most important magical knowledge is about oneself; familiarity with one's own strengths and weaknesses is vital to a magician. "Know thyself."

3. Law of Cause and Effect: If exactly the same actions are done under exactly the same conditions, they will produce exactly the same results; similar strings of events produce similar outcomes. "Control every variable and you control every change - lotsa luck!"

4. Law of Synchronicity: Two or more events happening at the same time are likely to have more associations in common than the merely temporal; events rarely happn in isolation from nearby events. "There's no such thing as a mere coincidence."

5. Law of Association: If any two or more patterns have elements in common, the patterns interact through those common elements, and control of one pattern facilitates control over the other(s); the greater the commonality, the greater the influence. "Commonality controls."

6. Law of Sympathy: Things that have an affinity with each other influence and interact with each other over a distance. "Everything is connected to everything else."

7. Law of Similarity: Like produces like and an effect resembles its cause; having an accurate image of something facilitates control over it. "Look-alikes are alike."

8. Law of Contagion: Objects or beings once in contact with each other continue to interact after separation. "Magick is contagious."

9. Law of Positive Attraction: Like attracts like; to create a particular reality you must put out energy of a similar sort. "That which is sent, returns."

10. Law of Negative Attraction: Like attracts unlike; energy and actions often attract their complimentary "opposites." "Opposites attract."

11. Law of Names: Knowing the name, you know that which is named; knowing the complete and true name of an object, being, or process gives one complete control over it. "What's in a name? -Everything!"

12. Law of Words of Power: Certain words are able to alter the internal and external realities of those uttering them, and their power may rest in the very sounds as much as in their meanings. "A word to the wise is sufficient."

13. Law of Personification: Any phenomenon may be considered to be alive and to have a personality, that is, to "be" an entity or being, and may be effectively dealt with thusly. "Anything can be a person."

14. Law of Invocation: It is possible to establish internal communication with entities from either inside or outside of oneself, said entities seeming to be inside of oneself during the communication process. "Beings within..."

15. Law of Evocation: It is possible to establish external communication with entities from either inside or outside of oneself, said entities seeming to be outside of oneself during the communication process. "Beings without..."

16. Law of Identification: It is possible through maximum association between the elements of oneself and those of another being to actually become that being to the point of sharing its knowledge and wielding its power. "You can become another."

17. Law of Infinite Data: The number of phenomena to be known is infinite; we will never run out of things to learn! "There's always something new."

18. Law of Finite Senses: Every sense mechanism of every entity is limited by both range and type of data perceived. "Just because you can't see it doesn't mean its not there."

19. Law of Personal Universes: Everyone lives in and quite possibly creates a unique universe that can never be 100% identical to that lived in by another; so-called "reality" is in fact of matter of consensus opinions. "You live in your cosmos and I'll live in mine."

20. Law of Infinite Universes: The total number of universes into which all possible combinations of existing phenomena could be organized is infinite."All things are possible, though some are more probable than others."

21. Law of Pragmatism: If a pattern or belief or behavior enables you to survive and to accomplish certain goals, then that belief or behavior is "true" or "real" or "sensible" on whatever levels of reality are involved. "If it works, its true."

22. Law of True Falsehoods: A concept or act may seem nonsensical and yet still be "true," provided that it "works" in a specific context. "If it's a paradox it's probably true."

23. Law of Polarity: Any pattern of data can be split into at least two patterns with "opposing" characteristics, and each will contain the essence of the other within itself. "Everything contains its opposite."

24. Law of Synthesis: The synthesis of two or more "opposing" patterns of data will produce a new pattern that will be "truer" than either of the first ones were; that is, it will be applicable to more realities. "Synthesis reconciles."

25. Law of Dynamic Balance: To survive and become powerful, one must keep every aspect of one's universe(s) in a state of dynamic balance with every other one; extremism is dangerous on all levels of reality. "Dance to the music."

26. Law of Perversity: Also known as "Murphy's Law:" If anything can go wrong, it will - and in the most annoying manner possible. "If anything can go wrong, it will."

27. Law of Unity: Every phenomenon in existence is linked directly or indirectly to every other one, past, present, or future; perceived separations between phenomena are based on incomplete sensing and/or thinking. "All is One."

28. Law of Unintended Consequences: Whether or not what you do has the effect you want, it will have at least three you never expected, and one of those usually unpleasant. "There's always something else."

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Main Hall / Arizona shooting might be blamed on the "occult"
« on: January 10, 2011, 01:15:17 PM »
Geeze.

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Jared+Loughner+Suspect+obsessed+mind+control+occult/4086928/story.html

The kid has a skull in a plant pot with shriveled orange peels and they suspect its an "occult shrine" of some sort. The Sleepers fear what they don't understand. If this kid was dabbling, I wonder what REALLY happened...

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Spirituality / Discussion: Belief in God
« on: December 22, 2010, 12:29:50 PM »
I pulled the stuff below straight from: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/12/19/a-holiday-message-from-ricky-gervais-why-im-an-atheist/

It is titled, "A Holiday Message from Ricky Gervais: Why I'm an Atheist"

I created this thread to discuss the article and because it seems that several threads in the Magick section are "veering" this way.

"Why don’t you believe in God? I get that question all the time. I always try to give a sensitive, reasoned answer. This is usually awkward, time consuming and pointless. People who believe in God don’t need proof of his existence, and they certainly don’t want evidence to the contrary. They are happy with their belief. They even say things like “it’s true to me” and “it’s faith.” I still give my logical answer because I feel that not being honest would be patronizing and impolite. It is ironic therefore that “I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,” comes across as both patronizing and impolite.

Arrogance is another accusation. Which seems particularly unfair. Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence -­- evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded. It doesn’t get offended when new facts come along. It embraces the body of knowledge. It doesn’t hold on to medieval practices because they are tradition. If it did, you wouldn’t get a shot of penicillin, you’d pop a leach down your trousers and pray. Whatever you “believe,” this is not as effective as medicine. Again you can say, “It works for me,” but so do placebos. My point being, I’m saying God doesn’t exist. I’m not saying faith doesn’t exist. I know faith exists. I see it all the time. But believing in something doesn’t make it true. Hoping that something is true doesn’t make it true. The existence of God is not subjective. He either exists or he doesn’t. It’s not a matter of opinion. You can have your own opinions. But you can’t have your own facts.

Why don’t I believe in God? No, no no, why do YOU believe in God? Surely the burden of proof is on the believer. You started all this. If I came up to you and said, “Why don’t you believe I can fly?” You’d say, “Why would I?” I’d reply, “Because it’s a matter of faith.” If I then said, “Prove I can’t fly. Prove I can’t fly see, see, you can’t prove it can you?” You’d probably either walk away, call security or throw me out of the window and shout, ‘’F—ing fly then you lunatic.”

This, is of course a spirituality issue, religion is a different matter. As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a god. I don’t think there is a god, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights when it worries me. I would never deny your right to believe in a god. I would just rather you didn’t kill people who believe in a different god, say. Or stone someone to death because your rulebook says their sexuality is immoral. It’s strange that anyone who believes that an all-powerful all-knowing, omniscient power responsible for everything that happens, would also want to judge and punish people for what they are. From what I can gather, pretty much the worst type of person you can be is an atheist. The first four commandments hammer this point home. There is a god, I’m him, no one else is, you’re not as good and don’t forget it. (Don’t murder anyone, doesn’t get a mention till number 6.)

When confronted with anyone who holds my lack of religious faith in such contempt, I say, “It’s the way God made me.”

But what are atheists really being accused of?

The dictionary definition of God is “a supernatural creator and overseer of the universe.” Included in this definition are all deities, goddesses and supernatural beings. Since the beginning of recorded history, which is defined by the invention of writing by the Sumerians around 6,000 years ago, historians have cataloged over 3700 supernatural beings, of which 2870 can be considered deities.

So next time someone tells me they believe in God, I’ll say “Oh which one? Zeus? Hades? Jupiter? Mars? Odin? Thor? Krishna? Vishnu? Ra?…” If they say “Just God. I only believe in the one God,” I’ll point out that they are nearly as atheistic as me. I don’t believe in 2,870 gods, and they don’t believe in 2,869.

I used to believe in God. The Christian one that is.

I loved Jesus. He was my hero. More than pop stars. More than footballers. More than God. God was by definition omnipotent and perfect. Jesus was a man. He had to work at it. He had temptation but defeated sin. He had integrity and courage. But He was my hero because He was kind. And He was kind to everyone. He didn’t bow to peer pressure or tyranny or cruelty. He didn’t care who you were. He loved you. What a guy. I wanted to be just like Him.

One day when I was about 8 years old, I was drawing the crucifixion as part of my Bible studies homework. I loved art too. And nature. I loved how God made all the animals. They were also perfect. Unconditionally beautiful. It was an amazing world.

I lived in a very poor, working-class estate in an urban sprawl called Reading, about 40 miles west of London. My father was a laborer and my mother was a housewife. I was never ashamed of poverty. It was almost noble. Also, everyone I knew was in the same situation, and I had everything I needed. School was free. My clothes were cheap and always clean and ironed. And mum was always cooking. She was cooking the day I was drawing on the cross.

I was sitting at the kitchen table when my brother came home. He was 11 years older than me, so he would have been 19. He was as smart as anyone I knew, but he was too cheeky. He would answer back and get into trouble. I was a good boy. I went to church and believed in God -– what a relief for a working-class mother. You see, growing up where I did, mums didn’t hope as high as their kids growing up to be doctors; they just hoped their kids didn’t go to jail. So bring them up believing in God and they’ll be good and law abiding. It’s a perfect system. Well, nearly. 75 percent of Americans are God-­‐fearing Christians; 75 percent of prisoners are God-­‐fearing Christians. 10 percent of Americans are atheists; 0.2 percent of prisoners are atheists.

But anyway, there I was happily drawing my hero when my big brother Bob asked, “Why do you believe in God?” Just a simple question. But my mum panicked. “Bob,” she said in a tone that I knew meant, “Shut up.” Why was that a bad thing to ask? If there was a God and my faith was strong it didn’t matter what people said.

Oh…hang on. There is no God. He knows it, and she knows it deep down. It was as simple as that. I started thinking about it and asking more questions, and within an hour, I was an atheist.

Wow. No God. If mum had lied to me about God, had she also lied to me about Santa? Yes, of course, but who cares? The gifts kept coming. And so did the gifts of my new found atheism. The gifts of truth, science, nature. The real beauty of this world. I learned of evolution -– a theory so simple that only England’s greatest genius could have come up with it. Evolution of plants, animals and us –- with imagination, free will, love, humor. I no longer needed a reason for my existence, just a reason to live. And imagination, free will, love, humor, fun, music, sports, beer and pizza are all good enough reasons for living.

But living an honest life -– for that you need the truth. That’s the other thing I learned that day, that the truth, however shocking or uncomfortable, in the end leads to liberation and dignity.

So what does the question “Why don’t you believe in God?” really mean. I think when someone asks that they are really questioning their own belief. In a way they are asking “what makes you so special? “How come you weren’t brainwashed with the rest of us?” “How dare you say I’m a fool and I’m not going to heaven, f— you!” Let’s be honest, if one person believed in God he would be considered pretty strange. But because it’s a very popular view it’s accepted. And why is it such a popular view? That’s obvious. It’s an attractive proposition. Believe in me and live forever. Again if it was just a case of spirituality this would be fine.

“Do unto others…” is a good rule of thumb. I live by that. Forgiveness is probably the greatest virtue there is. But that’s exactly what it is -­‐ a virtue. Not just a Christian virtue. No one owns being good. I’m good. I just don’t believe I’ll be rewarded for it in heaven. My reward is here and now. It’s knowing that I try to do the right thing. That I lived a good life. And that’s where spirituality really lost its way. When it became a stick to beat people with. “Do this or you’ll burn in hell.”

You won’t burn in hell. But be nice anyway." - by Ricky Gervais




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A conjunction like this has not happened for about 500 years now.

Winter Solstice - Full Moon - Total Eclipse of the Moon

I can already feel it...

The time during the Lunar Eclipse is a great time to do workings - but I'm sure some of you who are deep into planetary magick already know this!

Happy Winter Solstice!!

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Magick / Theurgy, Magick, Occult trend in books from 1800 to 2008
« on: December 17, 2010, 12:07:28 PM »
From the NY Times: "With little fanfare, Google has made a mammoth database culled from nearly 5.2 million digitized books available to the public for free downloads and online searches, opening a new landscape of possibilities for research and education in the humanities. The digital storehouse, which comprises words and short phrases as well as a year-by-year count of how often they appear, represents the first time a data set of this magnitude and searching tools are at the disposal of Ph.D.’s, middle school students and anyone else who likes to spend time in front of a small screen. It consists of the 500 billion words contained in books published between 1500 and 2008 in English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian.

The intended audience is scholarly, but a simple online tool allows anyone with a computer to plug in a string of up to five words and see a graph that charts the phrase’s use over time — a diversion that can quickly become as addictive as the habit-forming game Angry Birds. " - Source http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/books/17words.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1


Here's the link for a search on the trends of the use of the words, "theurgy, magick, occult" from 1800 to 2008... very interesting tool!!

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=theurgy%2Cmagick%2C+occult&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=0&smoothing=3

Very interesting stuff indeed!

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Spirituality / The Correspondence of Love
« on: December 07, 2010, 10:43:01 AM »
“Love comes with a knife, not some shy question, and not with fears for its reputation! I say these things disinterestedly. Accept them in kind. Love is a madman, working his wild schemes, tearing off his clothes, running through the mountains, drinking poison, and now quietly choosing annihilation. A tiny spider tries to wrap an enormous wasp. Think of the spider web woven across the cave where Muhammad slept! There are love stories, and there is obliteration into love. You've been walking the ocean's edge, holding up your robes to keep them dry. You must dive naked under and deeper under, a thousand times deeper! Love flows down. The ground submits to the sky and suffers what comes. Tell me; is the earth worse for giving in like that? Don't put blankets over the drum! Open completely. Let the spirit ear listen to the green dome's passionate murmur.  Let the cords of your robe be untied. Shiver in this new love beyond all above and below. The sun rises, but which way does night go? I have no more words. Let the soul speak with the silent articulation of a face.” -Rumi, trans. Coleman Barks

“He said, ‘I am the worldly wise. Just look into my eyes and ask for anything.’ And so, she held his gaze and fell into a maze and saw that all around was just a wall of sound. I bet it’s all around. See it through his eyes. I can touch the wall of sound and feel. I bet it’s all around. See it through his eyes. I can touch the wall of sound and feel… awake. She felt the warmth descend, her life from start to end – a magick energy. No longer half alive – immersed and mesmerized – a perfect vision found – inside the wall of sound. I bet it’s all around. See it through his eyes. I can touch the wall of sound and feel. I bet it’s all around. See it through his eyes. I can touch the wall of sound and feel… awake.” –Armin Van Buuren and Justine Suisa

Two days ago I basked in the presence of Enrique Iglesias. I never understood why people went absolutely ape shit over another person… but being with Enrique for just five minutes shifted my perspective. It wasn’t anything “intimate” by any stretch of the imagination. I (along with a group of about twenty people) was granted a five minute meet and greet when I went to Jingle Ball concert at the Nokia Theatre this past Sunday. Standing in anticipation in the line, my heart just started palpitating and skipping beats. We waited for about an hour because the previous meet and greet with Katy Perry was first delayed and later cancelled. The Katy Perry meet and greet group before us were told to leave and come back after the concert to have their meet and greet with Katy Perry.

My heart jumped. It is our turn! We organize ourselves into a two by two line. My brother is with me as well as a throng of Enrique fans. I still don’t feel the same ‘excitement’ that I see is on the face of others in the queue but I’m starting to feel something. My heart flutters once again and we are lead in an orderly fashion down a flight of stairs and into the backstage area.

We queue up in eager anticipation before the room where Enrique Iglesias is also waiting for us. The first two fans are escorted into the room. Me and my brother are next in the queue. By this point, my heart is fluttering and I feel like I’m going to faint.

The first two fans exit the room and we are then rushed in. My eyes lock with Enrique’s – a flood of pure bliss washes over me. I understand. What though? I understand the Mentor and disciple relationship. I understand the Guru and disciple relationship. I understand “shaktipat.” I understand the Idol and worshipper relationship. I understand the Beloved and lover relationship. Enrique Iglesias locked eyes with me and flashed a bright smile.

“Encantado,” I say as I shake his hand and embrace his slim waist. “You speak Spanish,” he says as he shakes mine and extends his hands over my shoulder embracing me. “Si, soy de Belice, somos de Belice,” I say as my brother enters the frame and also embraces Enrique’s slim waist. I am on Enrique’s right and my brother is on Enrique’s left. We turn as one, towards the camera. “Oh, you are from Belize? I love your country!” Enrique says. The camera flashes as my brother and I pose with Enrique for the photograph. Enrique continues, “I thought they spoke English there.” My brother chimes in and we both speak as one to Enrique, “Si, English primero, Espanol secundo.” The photographer and others begin to pressure us to move on so others can have their turn. Enrique begins to walk away but as we leave he turns towards my brother, extending a hand, “You are from Belize as well?” My brother smiles, but he is eyeing the pastry in the room. “Yes,” my brother says.  Enrique and my brother shake hands. We are rushed out of the room as the next two are offered an opportunity to experience Enrique.

As we queue up to leave backstage, I become aware of the fluttering in my heart. My knees become weak. I inhale a sharp breath in order to bring myself back down to physical reality.

I just rode the roller coaster of bliss from the physical up to the mental and still further up to the spiritual. Now I am screaming in joy as I descend back down to the physical.

I understand the correspondence of Love. The wisdom robe of truth cloaks me – if but only for a moment.

The “Guru”, the “Mentor”, the “Idol”, the “Beloved” – they are all pale reflections of Source but they are reflections non-the-less. Is the reflection of the moon on a lake at night any less a beacon of light in the darkness? Is the reflection of the sun on the ocean at noon any less brighter than the day? A pale reflection yes, but a reflection none-the-less. The Guru, Mentor, Idol and Beloved is a bridge to the Source. They are a reflection and a mirror of my inner light. Through my Guru… through my Mentor… through my Idol… through my Beloved, I see myself and in seeing myself I know God.

I understand the correspondence of Love. The wisdom Robe of Truth cloaks me – if but only for a moment. When next I wish to swim in the waters of Bliss I need only “let the cords of my robe be untied" and dive.

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Spirituality / Introduction to Nichiren Buddhist Spiritual Practice
« on: November 19, 2010, 10:54:50 AM »
I wrote this outline to present to a group tomorrow. I wanted to publish it in Veritas because of all the knowledge that you all have bestowed on me as a small token of my appreciation. I wasn't sure where else to put this so here goes -

Introduction to the Practice Outline (I’m using the metaphor of a Tree/Plant)

A.   Seed of Our Practice – Chanting Nam myoho range kyo

    1.   Nam – Devotion to

    2.   Myoho – Mystic/Mysterious Law of Life/Universe/Everything

    3.   Renge – Lotus Flower – symbol of simultaneity of Cause and Effect: Instant a cause is made, its effect is manifest in the universe

    4.   Kyo – Expressed through the power of sound (chanting/recitation of the Lotus Sutra)

B.   Tending the seed or Gardening 101

    1.   First seed is buried in the earth of our daily existence.

    2.   Seed is watered with our life experiences

    3.   Soon roots of indomitable faith reach deep into the earth and sprouts of practice reach into the heavens aided by the warmth of our studies.
i.   Faith – unshakeable belief in the power of the Gohonzon (which is a reflection of ourselves) through verifiable/tangible benefits in our daily lives. The concept of faith has a parallel with Sanskrit phrase “Buddham saranam gachami” which means “I take refuge in the Buddha.” If the Gohonzon is a reflection of ourselves, so too is our inner Buddha nature the reality of who we really are. So in essence, “Buddham saranam gachami” for me means “I have faith and take refuge in my Buddha Nature.” The Buddha is not worshipped as a god, but rather revered as a teacher. Buddha means “enlightened or awakened one.” The historical Buddha (known as Shakyamuni) discovered that all humans have a potential for enlightenment-“Buddhahood”-in the depths of their lives. So, of Faith I simply say, “Buddham saranam gachami.”
ii.   Practice – Morning and Night we chant Nam myoho renge kyo and recite a chapter and half of the Lotus Sutra (which we just did) for ourselves in front of the Gohonzon which is a mandala symbolizing the self. The Gohonzon is like your bathroom mirror. Practicing is like polishing the mirror so you can see yourself and reality more clearly. We practice for others by teaching others the Dharma which is a Buddhist term for “Teaching” or “Law”.  And thus we come to a second saying in Sanskrit, “Dharmam saranam gachami.” – “I take refuge in the Teachings.”
iii.   Study – so that our faith deepens and our practice blossoms with the ripe fruit of wisdom.  We engage in study by reading the Sutras which are the teachings of Shakyamuni,  the writings of  Nichiren Daishonin who is  the founder of Nichiren Buddhism and  President Ikeda, the third and current President of the SGI. Another manner by which we engage in study is by attending discussion meetings such as this one. Of study I wish to draw a parallel to a third saying in Sanskrit – “Sangham saranam gachami.” – “I take refuge in the Community.” This discussion meeting is an opportunity to not only study but also an opportunity to take refuge in the community.

C.   Goal of the Practice: Is world peace through individual happiness. The intent is to achieve enlightenment in this lifetime and not in some far off heaven after we die. This is rooted in the truth that there is no “past” or “future” only the Eternal Now and on the oneness of individual and environment. If you want to effect change in your life, the time to start is now and the results will manifest now. SGI term for enlightenment is “Human Revolution.” So I leave you with, “Buddham saranam gachami. Dharmam saranam gachami. Sangham saranam gachami. Namyohorengekyo. Namyohorengekyo. Namyohorengekyo.



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