Meditation, World Peace, & Seeing Spirit Guides

I decided to meditate tonight under the stars. The moon is a waxing crescent (06/27/2017) which means it is a perfect time to say thanks for what you have, as well as making requests for what you would like to attract into your life, or pose questions. People get wrapped up in the asking for things and then they spend the next thirty days doing things to discourage whatever IT is into their life. Then they get mad because they didn’t get what they asked for. It’s a vicious cycle people find themselves in constantly.

I like asking questions and I like waiting for the answers to appear. I feel less greedy and the answers typically guide me towards previously unfound insight.

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So, while I was meditating… my mind did what most peoples minds do when they meditate; they talk to themselves about the dumbest crap. Peoples minds do this because we haven’t taken the time to learn how to control our own minds (much less anything else in our lives).

With patience, perseverance and self-love you can, in time, overcome this obstacle. Right now I am finding myself in a position where I catch myself talking to myself, or in imaginary situations that are entirely unreal, and I have the mind to stop myself. My biggest trick in overcoming the self talk, day-dream-esque imaginary stories, and experiences, is saying, “We can have this experience another time. Right now it’s time for me to bond with the universe.” Then I force my ears to listen for sounds, I let my muscles re-relax, I keep my eyes closed while also moving my eye balls upwards towards my third eye… and that is when it happens.

I manage to shut my mind up long enough to feel something I’ve never felt before I decided to start meditating. Each time I meditate the feeling is slightly different from every other one, but they’re all similar as well. It’s like love… there’s love for your mom, love for your pet, then there’s intimate love… they’re all different, but somewhat similar. This is the same thing and I don’t know how else to describe it than me “bonding with the universe.” I hate using the word God because then it creates this image of whatever that person thinks “God” looks like. I like saying universe because it’s something we can look at after the sun has set and it’s something we don’t fully understand in science either. But when you find yourself sitting under the stars at 1AM; there it is… the entire universe and we don’t really get it. For centuries our ancestors have been looking at the same stars feeling the same thing you feel when you look at it. There’s so much we don’t know.

So to all the things we don’t know; I reference the universe. Our species will die off and repopulate the earth having lost all the information gained since the beginning of recorded history. It will all start over again.

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Mother Earth is a real living thing. It has always dealt with a virus in whatever way it had to. Humans, in my opinion only, are a virus. We are overpopulating, polluting and draining the planet of all its resources. If we continue on this path and haven’t managed to blow ourselves up with a nuclear bomb, or whatever fun gadget people think up in our future, the planet will kill us off however it needs to so it can repair itself.

In my meditation I remembered a time when I had an experience with my spirit guide. I blacked out at a friends house. Yes, you read that right, my eyes rolled into the back of my head and I fell straight onto my back. That friend thought I died. While I was blacked out I found myself in a foggy space. There was an iron table with an umbrella and two iron chairs. My spirit guide was dressed like he always was. He had a dark navy blue suit on, bronze colored buttons, zippers and cufflinks. He had his pocket watch in his pocket and the chain hanging out. He’s very distinguished in the face while still having facial hair and light colored eyes. In his beard, mustache and hair there are random collections of white hair. He’s aging but not old.

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I didn’t recall how I got there nor did it ever cross my mind to ask those questions. I wanted to know how to make world peace real. (What made me ask that questions eludes me to this day.)

After a small discussion, he said, “World Peace is possible, but only if every person on earth agrees and maintains to be compassionate, kind, and considerate. They don’t all have to agree, or see eye to eye, but they must maintain peacefulness. They can’t give into the feelings of greed, jealousy or hate. Peace comes when you have understanding. If you’re truly compassionate, you will be able to understand where the other person/party is coming from. If you are truly kind you will treat others the way you want to be treated; with dignity and respect. If you are considerate, you won’t fail to show that you are thinking about more than just yourself. As simple as that may be… people forget that they want to be happy instead of angry, or fulfilled instead of satiated, or thankful instead of self-defeating. People forget because it is easier to lay blame and people think they are happy while beating others down. It makes others feel powerful when they have pushed a person down for their own desires. They forget that those negative feelings leads to guilt and karma, even though they provide immediate relief. Life in its entirety is a test of patience. Be patient, be still, and be thankful.”

I started hearing my name echoing in the background but I couldn’t tell who it was. I continued the discussion on world peace but whoever was screaming my name was getting louder. It made it hard to talk and I couldn’t hear my spirit guide over the sound of my name being screamed out numerous times.

Out of frustration I stood up from the chair and held my index finger up. I yelled as loud as I could, “Let me find out what’s going on and I’ll be right back. I have so many questions.” He shook his head and said “sure” with a sarcastic tone. I didn’t understand.

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That’s when my eyes shot open. I found myself laying in a bed, my entire body from head to toe was covered in sweat droplets, I felt like I was freezing, my body was as stiff as a board, and my friend was looking into my eyes screaming my name. I had muscle aches for about a week after that experience. My body was in excruciating pain immediately after the experience.

I obviously blacked out for a medical reason that I never really figured out but maybe the universe used it as an opportunity to have a talk. I couldn’t argue with my spirit guides words. It made perfect sense to me. None of us need to change our interests, clothes, beliefs or anything… we just need to change how every single one of us deals with one another. We don’t have to agree, but we should live and let live. We should choose love over hate every time. That’s all there is to it.

I thank the universe for that vivid dream. I’ll never forget it.

Love & Light to you all.

New Moon in Leo June 24, 2017

Leo Moon Female Release

As I’m writing this, we have ten days until the New Moon occurs. This will be the Strawberry New Moon; in correlation with the Full Moon we just had on June 9th.

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The Full Moon on the 9th was in Sagittarius which encouraged us to release and let go of some emotional bondage we were experiencing in our life. It was an intense and transformative Full Moon that affected the tides within you, whether or not you really realized it.

 

Leo New Astrology Chinese Sign
Interesting Book that further explores Leo

 

As the New Moon occurs it will be shifting into Leo which means we are starting to feel the intensity of these emotions. They might lead us to great relief or deep anger and resentment. It is up to you as an individual to decide which path you will take. No one has control over your life except yourself; no one can set you free except yourself. It cannot be given to you.

 

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Leo Astrological Poster – click here to buy it on Amazon

 

Leo Moons can affect us by encouraging explosive glee or spontaneous outbursts. You will feel a tug towards adventure and experiencing something new. If you follow this feeling, it will lead you to a new outlook you have desperately been needing. Keep your sunny outlook on life, keep encouraging your friends and family, and most of all don’t forget to encourage yourself to be the best you, you can be.

Pride is a major issue for Leo’s and since the New Moon will be in Leo, it will play a part in the ego that exists in every single one of us. Is your pride helping or hindering you? Is your ego INFLATED or DEFLATED? Work on transforming the mind into something productive and useful for society; steer yourself away from materialism and false beliefs.

 

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Moon Wall Art

 

Leo’s are also very well known for theatrics. They are extremely entertaining to watch and are very boisterous when in a room of people. They do not hold their tongue and they do not worry about how the words affect others. As the New Moon enters Leo it will, in the darkness of night, encourage us to express some deep feelings and act out in ways we typically don’t. It’s fun when the audience is joyful but its disastrous when the audience is reacting in disgust; whoever that audience may be.

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This New Moon should be fun though. Buddha taught a middle road. A balance between all things. I’m not perfect at this; I find myself swaying from one side of the road to the other (mentally anyways) all the time. I keep stones on me to help as reminders to bring my vocal tone down and to keep my chi centered. Have fun with this moon. Let go of the things that are holding you back in life, live and let live.

Transformations don’t always have to be chaotic.

Love & Light to you all.

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Scarab Symbolic Meaning & Message

Scarab Banner

Today as I was getting in my pool I saw a black bug floating in it. I fished it out and it landed on the patio. It looked dead… the legs were flopped to the side and it was on its back completely lifeless. I thought to myself that I’d clean it up when I got out of the pool and let it deteriorate and end its life cycle somewhere else.

About an hour or two later as I was getting out of the pool I noticed the beetles legs were moving. It was coming back to life… it shoved itself around the tile patio and got itself off its back and back onto its feet.

I wondered why I didn’t just help it onto its feet and make things a bit simpler but Ross insisted that letting it fight for its life a little is the essence of life itself. I did the hard part… got it out of the pool before it drowned to death… it had to fight for the rest. I had to stand back and allow it to struggle back to life.

It was so odd… after it got back onto its feet it walked around on the tile and seemed to look at us every now and again. I don’t know if it was cursing me for not helping it onto its feet or if it was sending me blessings for saving it from the depths and chlorine of the pool.

I caught it on camera the last few moments I saw it before it found safety and security under our patio furniture.

Part of me feels like the Gods are ringing my past connection to Kemeticism. Like, maybe they’re trying to lure me back into their arms. 🙂

Scarab Egyptian Art

Metaphysical Interpretations of the Scarab Beetle

According to the Universe of Symbolism the scarab beetle is here to present a path to me; I can continue down the road I’m on or I can explore and understand a much deeper spiritual path. The scarab brings the gifts that come with the idea of eternity and the cosmic forces that are behind it all. It sparks creativity and allows your imagination to run with you. Lastly, the scarab is to teach us about astral travel and sacred knowledge.

I’ll say I have been delving quite deeply into my faith recently. I spend hours studying and learning as much as I can about the metaphysical aspects of our reality. I just really love learning about the things that science can’t comprehend. I love seeing how our spiritual mindset can have a huge affect on us at a molecular level, and watching this knowledge unravel as quickly as technology advances (pretty darn fast lol).

The scarab is supposed to signify an extremely important time in my life where large decisions will be made. I have to make a life changing decision… the scarab is beckoning me to join it on a long spiritual journey.

When seeing a scarab you should try to find a new and unique way to express your true self. As you give into the quest that the scarab offers you will be exposed to information that is only held in the cosmos. It will reveal the primordial hidden nature within you.

Also, there is a huge encouragement to meditate so that the cosmos can reveal this information.

I do need to meditate more regularly. At the moment I meditate every full moon and every new moon. I need to turn it into a daily practice. 🙂

Lastly, it recommends getting a scarab item of some sort to keep on you as a reminder.

I found a cute scarab pendant on Amazon… I think I might buy it. It’s turquoise! Pretty 🙂

Yoga, Meditation and Healing

The Science and Spirituality of Meditation – a documentary that offers perspective on how meditation affects the psychological, physical and spiritual aspects of the human body. The documentary was filmed over a five year period where they traveled and interviewed many different people of different standing and experiences to understand their relationship and ideas on meditation. The documentary is intended to be an unbiased presentation of meditation in general. Filmed by G Productions. Available for viewing on Amazon Fire Stick as of May 24, 2017.

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We live in a time where we rely on science to explain everything. If science cannot explain it there is a chance we won’t take it seriously. Unfortunately, science can’t explain everything… at least not at the moment.

This documentary not only wants to help understand the scientific part of meditation but also the religious beliefs that accompany it.

Professor Fahri Saatcioglu from the University of Oslo (Department of Molecular Biology) explains that meditation is not just mental contemplation and visual thinking, it has an effect on the molecular structure and DNA encrypted in our bodies.

Dr Frederick Hecht, MD from the University of California San Francisco (Professor of Medicine) states that meditation has a direct effect on the cytokine genes in human tissue.

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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

 

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India – documentary visits an ashram outside of the city to discuss with attendees how meditation has directly affected them and their life. There are a few people there infected with HIV and they believe that meditation is helping them heal from this sickness. The man that leads the ashram is Guru Siyag. He believes that the meditation heals because it actives their kundalini. He states the kundalini lays dormant until it is awakened, which he assists with, and forces the kundalini to stand upright and awaken. He explains that in their philosophy of yoga the Sage Patanjali describes eight purposes of Yoga;

  1. Yama – ethics and moral code
  2. Niyama – study and self purification
  3. Asana – the yoga postures practiced
  4. Pranayam – the control of breath during yoga and all other activities
  5. Pratyahar – control of the senses
  6. Dharna – your intentions
  7. Dhyan – meditation
  8. Samadhi – thought and contemplation
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Eight Limbs of Yoga

In yoga, the movements are all regulated by induced by the awakened kundalini. The kundalini sparks all the functions of the human body and helps them develop into something more productive and helpful.

 

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Kundalini – Image found on Pinterest, Artist Unknown

Guru Siyag also believes that within all of us lies a feminine source of energy which he calls the kundalini. This kundalini is visualized to look like a serpent with its tail in its mouth and as the kundalini awakens it unravels and starts working its way up the direction of the spine. As it travels each chakra slowly awakens and is activated.

 

Different faiths have a variety of beliefs on how to awaken the kundalini but this particular ashram believes it can be awakened with the assistance of a spiritual guru, who in this documentary is Guru Siyag.

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Guru Siyag

 

Many followers in this movie explain that they all experience involuntary movements when their kundalini was awakened and had no physical control over them. Their bodies would bounce, twist, stretch and move in ways they claim they didn’t do intentionally. They all believe that it is the functioning of the kundalini moving up along the spine towards the highest chakra which connects us to the universe as a whole.

In India the belief in meditation and the abilities of spiritual guru’s is so heavy that even physicians in the area recommend the Guru to help heal them of their illnesses; specifically in this documentary they state the Guru can help cure them of HIV.

One man claims he was advised by a physician to see the guru and practice meditation. He said that knowing he was going to die from HIV he saw no other choice than to give it a try. He claims that each day he meditated his illness and symptoms slowly started to disappear. He felt better as each day passed. The man provides documentation on film of his medical records showing the test results and also showing that he refused treatment from the doctor because of his faith in meditation as a cure.

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San Fransisco, California, USA

 

San Francisco, California, USA – The visited San Francisco to talk about the biological effects that occurs during meditation and yoga. The Professor and Physician are trying to understand what we can do to maintain our health in ways that medication can’t do.

Dr Frederick Hecht, MD (Professor of Medicine, University of California San Fransisco) has seen that which meditation there is an effect on the cytokine gene that resides in tissue. He is aware that sometimes the state of mind can have a direct effect and create changes in the state of human body. These changes effect one another by allowing certain genes to be more expressed or activated.

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Image of a Cytokine Gene

 

Genes are what define how we are built and structured. Genes are the deciding factors in what diseases we can inherit and/or develop.

They did studies of meditation using people who were overweight and during these studies they observed direct changes happening on the genes of those patients while meditating. They observed more response to diet and exercise if meditation was included in their health regimen. The genes being affected were those that control inflammatory response.

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Oslo, Noway

Oslo, Norway – There is a professor in Oslo Norway that has been studying the genetic effects of meditation and yoga that the documentary goes on to visit.

 

Professor Fahri Saatcioglu (Department of Molecular Biology, University of Oslo) explains the reason he decided to investigate the effects of meditation is because he learned of the genetic changes happening during studies of meditation. He wanted to understand it further – how it effects us on a molecular level.

The studies Professor Saatcioflu observed directly included people who learned and participated in a yoga program that included gentle yoga postures, powerful breathing exercises called prana yam and meditation. They practice this for two hours once a week.

They included another controlled regimen which was a one hour walk and a one hour of listening to music to the program to observe their effects as well.

They took blood from the patients, isolated the immune cells, then compared the gene expression patterns before and after the above listed practice for the controlled regimen. Based on the blood they collected they observed that there were approximately 4x more genes affected by the yogic practice than the controlled regimen listed above.

Meditation and Yoga directly affects our gene expression which is more than gentle exercise can do.

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Fort Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India – google images

Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India – The documentary visits back in India to follow up with a follower of Guru Siyag, named Buddha Ram ji, to find out how the HIV recovery is going which happens to be 4 years after the initial interview. He states that he he has “become aware of the reality” after connecting with Guru Siyag. He says that meditation and yoga has helped him become more mentally and physically stronger. He is now running 10 KM in 44 minutes. He states he is still HIV + and hasn’t taken medication for many years AND hasn’t visited a doctor for the illness. He states that he didn’t believe Guru Siyag at first but continued meditating because he had no other choice and thought he was going to die. He now believes that meditation is the answer for all problems. He states that during meditation he undergoes “khichari mudra” where his tongue rolls up and goes to the pharynx which leads to a cold sensation throughout the entire body.

 

Guru Ram lal ji Siyag (at the time of the movie 89 years old) teaches Siddha Yoga Meditation completely free of charge. His only goal in life is to help people.

The film was created by Chayan Vinayak Goswami.

Five Tibetan Rites

The Five Tibetan Rites were written about in 1939 by Peter Kelderin a publication he wrote called The Eye of Revelation. He states that the movements are over 2,500 years old and is a form of Tibetan Yoga.

It didn’t originate in India apparently but is quite similar in many ways. The most common similarity is it’s continuous movement and the health is provides for your physical and mental self.

Whats intereting is that there is very little known about Kelderin but it is rumored that he was adopted in the mid-west and ran away from home in his teens to find adventure. In the 1930s it’s said that he met a military General who shared his knowledge of the rites.

In The Eye of Revelation Kelderin shares that while the General was on his travels he met some Lamas who were aware of the Fountain of Youth. According to the story he was informed of seven spinning vortex’s in the human body while he was learning the rites at the monastery. He was told that as humans age the vortex’s vibration or spin slows down and doesn’t work as well as when we were younger.

Through years of research and curiosity the closest thing we can find to the 5 Tibetan Rites are the Tibetan ‘phrul ‘khor exercises which are called Vajra Body Magical Wheel Sun and Moon Union in English (Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེ་ལུས་ཀྱི་འཕྲུལ་འཁོར་ཉི་ཟླ་ཁ་སྦྱོར) No matter what the background is or where it truly came from, it’s the result of these practices that are most interesting.

People have claimed that when practicing these rites every day (approximately ten minutes a day) have experienced a reversed reaction to aging, a loss of gray hair, increased energy, stress reduction, calmness, increased strength and flexibility as well as a clear mind.

Five Rites Warning

According to the book the five rites are as follows:

FIRST RITE:

“Stand erect with arms outstretched, horizontal with the shoulders. Now spin around until you become slightly dizzy. There is only one caution: you must turn from left to right.” A tip for this is to look at the end of your right hand as a reference point.

SECOND RITE:

“Lie full length on rug or bed. Place the hands flat down alongside of the hips. Fingers should be kept close together with the finger-tips of each hand turned slightly toward one another. Raise the feet until the legs are straight up. If possible, let the feet extend back a bit over the body toward the head, but do not let the knees bend. Hold this position for a moment or two and then slowly lower the feet to the floor, and for the next several moments allow all of the muscles in the entire body to relax completely. Then perform the Rite all over again.”

“While the feet and legs are being raised it is a good idea also to raise the head, then while the feet and legs are being lowered to the floor lower the head at the same time.”

THIRD RITE:

“Kneel on a rug or mat with hands at sides, palms flat against the side of legs. Then lean forward as far as possible, bending at the waist, with head well forward—chin on chest. The second position of this Rite is to lean backward as far as possible. Cause the head to move still further backward. The toes will prevent you from falling over backward. The hands are always kept against the side of the legs. Next come to an erect (kneeling) position, relax as much as possible for a moment, and perform Rite all over again.”

FOURTH RITE:

“Sit erect on rug or carpet with feet stretched out in front. The legs must be perfectly straight — back of knees must be well down or close to the rug. Place the hands flat on the rug, fingers together, and the hands pointing outward slightly. Chin should be on chest — head forward.”

“Now gently raise the body, at the same time bend the knees so that the legs from the knees down are practically straight up and down. The arms, too, will also be vertical while the body from shoulders to knees will be horizontal. As the body is raised upward allow the head gently to fall backward so that the head hangs backward as far as possible when the body is fully horizontal. Hold this position for a few moments, return to first position, and RELAX for a few moments before performing the Rite again.”

“When the body is pressed up to complete horizontal position, tense every muscle in the body.”

FIFTH RITE:

“Place the hands on the floor about two feet apart. Then, with the legs stretched out to the rear with the feet also about two feet apart, push the body, and especially the hips, up as far as possible, rising on the toes and hands. At the same time the head should be brought so far down that the chin comes up against the chest. Next, allow the body to come slowly down to a ‘sagging’ position. Bring the head up, causing it to be drawn as far back as possible.”

“The muscles should be tensed for a moment when the body is at the highest point, and again at the lowest point.”

SIXTH RITE:

“It should be practiced only when you feel an excess of sexual energy…” “Stand straight up and slowly let all of the air out of your lungs…bend over and put your hands on your knees…with the lungs empty, return to a straight up posture. Place your hands on your hips, and press down on them… As you do this, pull in the abdomen as much as possible, and at the same time raise the chest. … hold this position as long as you possibly can. … take air into your empty lungs, let the air flow in through the nose. When the lungs are full, exhale through the mouth. As you exhale, relax your arms… Then take several deep breaths through the mouth or nose, allowing them to escape through either the mouth or nose.”

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The Union of the Sun and Moon is one of the Seven Tibetan Tantra’s of the esoteric instruction cycle.

Unborn, yet continuing without interruption,
neither coming nor going, omnipresent,
Supreme Dharma,
unchangeable space, without definition,
spontaneously self-liberating–
perfectly unobstructed state–
manifest from the very beginning,
self-created, without location,
with nothing negative to reject,
and nothing positive to accept,
infinite expanse, penetrating everywhere,
immense, and without limits, without ties,
with nothing even to dissolve
or to be liberated from,
manifest beyond space and time,
existing from the beginning,
immense ying [Wylie: dbyings, inner space,
radiant through clarity
like the [S]un and the [M]oon,
self-perfected,
indestructible like a Vajra,
stable as a mountain,
pure as a lotus,
strong as a lion,
incomparable pleasure beyond all limits,
illumination, equanimity,
peak of the Dharma,
light of the [U]niverse,”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_of_the_Sun_and_Moon

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You are not your mind. What you think creates your reality, but it’s not the only reality that exists. You are made of the stars and one day the stars will welcome you back home. Love & Light to you all.

10 Mysterious Facts About the Dionysian Cults

10 Mysterious Facts About the Dionysian Cults

Dionysus, also called Bacchus, had at one point a huge impact on Greek and Roman life. There was a huge following that was specifically dedicated to Dionysus. They were inspired to live free from the confines of society and do pretty much anything they wanted. The early Dionysian Cults celebrated the growing and harvesting seasons of wine making. The rites and practices in honor of Dionysus was centered around the production and consumption of wine and other intoxicants.

01. Intoxication & Madness

Dionysus was a God of liberation and intoxication. The cults would bring on a feeling of frenzy and madness by consuming intoxicants including, but not limited to, wine and hallucinogens. The earliest dated Dionysian cults were centered around wine and consuming it. The goal was to liberate themselves from the confines of society so that they could return to their true selves. The belief was that their true selves were inhibited and free to do as they please. (LINK 1)

During its consumption they believed they were consuming the spirit of Dionysus and that is what lead them to their actions; not intoxication from the beverage. Dionysian cult members were said to have participated in many different sexual acts including orgies to fulfill their inner desires. The Dionysian Cults were extremely open minded to all sorts of behavior.

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Bacchus by Caravaggio

 

02. Rebirth & Possession

The rites they performed every year were based on a seasonal rebirth which were supposed to inspire transcendence. They believed that the spirit of Dionysus could enter them and guide them away from the restraints of society. They were totally against whatever was considered normal or typical. They wanted to push the ideas the average person had outside of its comfort zones. The majority of the devotees were people who were not part of high society including women, slaves and rebels.

The rites included a great deal of drums and dancing. During the dancing and intoxication, they believed that they were being possessed by spirits; not just Dionysus but other mythical creatures like minotaur’s and faeries. It was common for them to believe that there were more spiritual beings inhabiting the earth than commonly accepted. The earth wasn’t just a place of humans and animals, it was also a place full of mythical creatures that wanted to participate in our lives if only we would accept them. (LINK 2)

03. Initiation

There was a variety of initiation rites that lead its followers into joining the cult. The initiation was typically done after reaching puberty. The goal of the Dionysian Rites was to liberate its members and the long term goal was to help integrate its ways and beliefs into common society. They imagined a world with less restrictions and more freedom to live as freely as they desired, no matter what the individual desire was.

During initiation they would act out the scenes of Dionysus’ birth, death and rebirth. They would wear masks while performing the rites in caves and underground. After exiting the cave the mask would be removed which imitated the ability to leave the face that civilization created and be born with their true face that was given to them by the Gods. (LINK 3)

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Dionysus Google Image

 

04. Male Initiation

The men joining the Dionysian Cult had to identify themselves with Dionysus himself. They would dress up as Dionysus and imitate his life, death and rebirth. They would imitate Dionysus time underground by entering caves and catacombs.

When the entire initiation was completed they would gift the initiate with a thyrsos wand and were shown the secrets of the liknon. The liknon was a “sacred basket” which held the secrets to the God within it. When the initiate successfully made it through it’s believed that the basket typically held a phallic symbol or some sorts of hallucinogens. (LINK 4) No one really knows was the sacred basket had within it.

05. Female Initiation

The women who joined the cult had to go through a similar process as the men except they got to imitate Dionysus’ love, Ariadne. The stories say she was united with Dionysus in the underworld. This scene was also typically performed in a cave or a catacomb.

The liknon was sometimes filled with the penis of a goat or a wooden phallic symbol. According to some artwork it suggests that when women went through initiation they sometimes practiced flagellation and possibly ritualized hangings. It rumors that sometimes men were hanged and possibly animals as well which was supposed to be an offering to Dionysus. The phallic symbols were typically carved out of fig wood. The fig was a common fruit representation of fertility and virility. (LINK 4)

The Dionysian Spirit by Janice Duke Deviant Art
The Dionysian Spirit by Janice Duke Deviant Art

 

 

06. Sexual Abuse & Murder

Dionysus was also known by the name of Bacchus. During the Roman Empire the Dionysian Cults became known as the Bacchic Mysteries. During this time period the group was known for stressing sexuality and committing acts of sexual abuse in some cases. They participated in all sorts of sexual acts including homosexual practices, bestiality, orgies and more. They performed their sexual acts in front of one another to increase Dionysus’ desire to participate in the rites and bless them.

The Roman authorities banned the Bacchic Mysteries because of possible sexual abuse. Some people claimed they were raped and tortured by the Bacchic Mysteries. They also claimed the Bacchic Mysteries were involved in murders which the dead were given as offerings to Dionysus. There is a theory though that the Roman authorities exaggerated these claims because they believed the Bacchic Mysteries were a threat to the state. The Bacchic Mysteries and Dionysian Cults were growing in number because participants were excited about the ability to truly free themselves of all societal restraints. People were free to act on their desires and fantasies. (LINK 5)

07. Spring Equinox

The yearly festival dedicated to Dionysus happened every year around the Spring Equinox. It was scheduled perfectly to align with the final stages of the fermentation process when making wine. This is also the time of year when people believed Dionysus was reborn. They would celebrate all day with wine, great food and parties around the city.

They would have public rites around the city celebrating the return of Bacchus from the underworld. The city would become a large carnival also called a Komos. There was acting, music and poetry. There is a belief that the birth of theatres and acting was thanks to the practices of ritualizing Dionysus. There have been theaters found in circular shape open to the sky which was believed to be the original design of the theatrical stage. These original theatres would have been the finishing phase of the Dionysian rites where they theatrically performed out the survival of Dionysus. In the rural parts of town, they would practice Dionysia which honored the harvesting of the first wine. The focus was more on the production of wine and thankfulness for a great crop instead of the sexual theatrical acts of the Komos. (LINK 6)

08. Nocturnal Rites & Orgies

Besides the daytime festivities there were also rites that happened during the nighttime. During these evening celebrations they would welcome Dionysus coming out of the caves by having large orgies on the mountaintops. The first day was celebrated by Maenads hunting animals and eating them raw. The maenads would drive themselves into frenzy with intoxicants and hallucinogens. They were known to rip the animals open while alive and eat the animal’s meat raw with craziness in their eyes.

On the second day of the festivities the Nymphs would gather to participate in sexual orgies and celebrate the return of Dionysus. The goat and the bull was believed to be manifestations of Bacchus or Dionysus and so they would sacrifice one of these animals in his honor. It is believed that at one point in time, a human being would be sacrificed and stoned to death in honor of Dionysus. (LINK 7)

The Youth of Bacchus 1884 William Adolphe Bouguereau
The Youth of Bacchus 1884 William Adolphe Bouguereau

 

09. Women Ran Things

Men were not allowed to be priests in the Dionysian Cults. All priests were women. The purpose of the Dionysian Mysteries was to liberate anyone and everyone that felt left behind or trampled on. During this time period women were not equal to men and were given very little power.

Women controlled the first two days of the Nocturnal Rites and were the ones to typically initiate group orgies. They were known to be under a great deal of intoxication and hallucinogenic items. These women were highly attached to their honor to the God Dionysus and his wife Ariadne. (LINK 8)

10. The Decline and Death of Dionysian Cults

The Dionysian Rites are no longer practiced and a great deal of what happened during their festivities died with them. This information barely scratches the surface. The majority of what we know about the Dionysian Cults is based on our interpretation of art pieces and a few written words. What information was truly exchanged during these gatherings was rarely recorded and it will be extremely unlikely we will find out more in the future.

In 186 BC the Roman government reformed Bacchanalia making it practically impossible to practice anymore. They did everything in their power to control its numbers, when they can meet, how they can meet and what activities they can participate in. If you still want to honor Dionysus, each year around the spring equinox inspire yourself to liberate yourself in all ways it desires. Dionysus’ wish for humankind was that we would simply be free from the chains of civilization. (LINK 9)

 

 

 

 

LINK 1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysian_Mysteries

LINK 2: http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/LX/DionysianMysteries.html

LINK 3: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacchanalia

LINK 4: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9114.html Hugh Bowden, Mystery Cults of the Ancient World (Princeton, Princeton UP, 2010)

LINK 5: http://www.academia.edu/3857570/The_Containment_of_Dionysos_Religion_and_Politics_in_the_Bacchanalia_Affair_of_186_BCE

LINK 6: http://www.worldcat.org/title/greek-mysteries-the-archaeology-and-ritual-of-ancient-greek-secret-cults/oclc/230740245

LINK 7: http://www.forumromanum.org/literature/sc/sc_bacch_e.html

LINK 8: https://www.academia.edu/6698999/Mysteria_Jung_and_the_Ancient_Mysteries_1994_uncorrected_page_proofs_of_a_book_cancelled_prior_to_publication_due_to_objections_by_the_Jung_family_

LINK 9: http://sourcebooks.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/romrelig2.asp

May 25, 2017 – Gemini New Moon

May 25, 2017 is the next New Moon. The beautiful Flowering Full Moon on May 10, 2017 was absolutely gorgeous. We focus so much on the full moon because it is easier to remember thanks to the bright light it shines down on us every month. We often times forget the New Moons that pass through our lives.

The New Moon has been worshiped and adored in the past yet our modern minds, being distracted by technology constantly feeding us, forget that the New Moon is there.

The New Moon, symbolically speaking, is taking a rest from the work of carrying the suns light at night. These New Moons are perfect for reminding us to take some time off and rest as well. Our lives in this time and age are constantly on the go. We don’t sit on a rocking chair and observe nature the way our ancestors and recent relatives used to. At least, most of us don’t anyways. (There’s always a beautiful exception out there somewhere.) We forget to wander and appreciate the fresh air, green leaves, colorful flowers, and wildlife that still live among us. We also forget to remember the sky when the moon isn’t lighting it up.

Another positive to the New Moon is because of its darkness, seeing the stars is much easier. They appear crisper and brighter. This New Moon coming up, take a moment out of your modern life to appreciate the sky above us and the earth around us. These things have been present long before we can imagine. This universe is an ancestor that has lived long before our species was developed it. It has the ability to eliminate our entire existence but it hasn’t done so yet. So let’s show it thanks for the gifts we have in our lives. Let’s thank it for the air it fills our lungs with, the light it gives us and the ability to rest in darkness.

It’s a great idea to think about what’s really on your mind before the New Moon arrives. Forget what happened on that TV show, who did what in Hollywood, who shared what meme on Facebook and so on and so on… set it all aside and just contemplate what is truly on your mind. How do you feel? Have you accomplished the things you wanted to accomplish in life, or are you at least in the process of accomplishing them? What’s driving you through each day? What challenges are you facing?

Moon Phase 2017 Astro

Because the New Moon is dark and not reflecting the suns light at us it’s a perfect time to reflect inward. Reflect on our purpose on this planet while we’re alive.

On May 25, 2017 the New Moon will be in the astrological sign of Gemini. Think about your dual self. You might find yourself moody; one moment feeling joy and the next feeling agitation for unapparent reasons. Remind yourself to be mindful of what your feeling and what caused it. I always encourage you to focus on the positive aspects of your personality, but be mindful of the negative so you can contemplate on how to avoid them in the future.

When the moon is in Gemini we might feel a need to organize. It is also the end of spring and the beginning of summer. Your time is running out to tackle that “spring cleaning.” Go ahead and find the time to get it done. You’ll feel so much better when it’s done and over with. It will prepare you to relax and sun bathe in the summer. The less spring cleaning you have to do, the more relaxing by the pool you can plan.

Love and Light to you all.

Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra

Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra

I came across this Dharani when watching “Secret Teachings of the Universe” on my amazon fire stick. In the video Dr Mitchell Earl Gibson who is a certified forensic psychiatrist discusses the blueprint of primordial knowledge. At the end of the movie he shares this prayer: The Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra. He states that this prayer can make miracles happen. The purpose of this Mahayana sutra is said to be to help sentient beings in a tumultuous and troubled world.

According to the text, major applications of this dhāraṇī include:[1]

  • Destroy calamities and rescue those in difficulties
  • Eliminate offenses and create good deeds
  • Purify all karmic obstructions
  • Increase blessings and lengthen lifespan
  • Attain anuttarā-samyak-saṃbodhi
  • Relieve beings in the ghost realm
  • Benefit birds, animals and all crawling creatures
  • Increase wisdom
  • Revert the fixed karma;
  • Eliminate various illness;
  • Destroy hells;
  • Ensure the safety of the households, and having children to inherit the family pride;
  • Harmonise husbands and wives;
  • Be able to reborn in Sukhavati or other pure lands;
  • Heal sickness inflicted by pretas;
  • Request for rain etc.

After searching the internet for an English translation of the Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra I was finally able to find it in the Manual of Zen Buddhism written by D.T. Suzuki.

According to the text of the sutra, the dharani is:[1]

namo bhagavate trailokya prativiśiṣṭaya buddhāya bhagavate.
tadyathā, om, viśodhaya viśodhaya, asama-sama
samantāvabhāsa-spharaṇa gati gahana svabhāva viśuddhe,
abhiṣiňcatu mām. sugata vara vacana amṛta abhiṣekai mahā mantra-padai.
āhara āhara āyuh saṃ-dhāraṇi. śodhaya śodhaya gagana svabhāva viśuddhe.
uṣṇīṣa vijaya viśuddhe sahasra-raśmi sam-codite.
sarva tathāgata aparimāṇe ṣaṭ-pāramitā-paripūranṇi.
sarva tathāgata mati daśa-bhūmi prati-ṣṭhite.
sarva tathāgata hṛdaya adhiṣṭhānādhiṣṭhita mahā-mudre.
vajra kāya sam-hatana viśuddhe.
sarva āvaraṇa apāya-durgati pari viśuddhe, prati-nivartaya āyuh śuddhe.
samaya adhiṣṭhite. maṇi maṇi mahā maṇi.
tathatā bhūta-koṭi pariśuddhe. visphuṭa buddhi śuddhe.
jaya jaya, vijaya vijaya. sphāra sphāra, sarva buddha adhiṣṭhita śuddhe,
vajri vajra gāḍhe vajram bhavatu mama śarīram.
sarva sattvānām ca kāya pari viśuddhe. sarva gati pariśuddhe.
sarva tathāgata siñca me samāśvāsayantu.
sarva tathāgata samāśvāsa adhiṣṭhite.
budhya budhya, vibudhya vibudhya,
bodhaya bodhaya, vibodhaya vibodhaya samanta pariśuddhe.
sarva tathāgata hṛdaya adhiṣṭhānādhiṣṭhita mahā-mudre svāhā.

This Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī includes several additions to the original Sanskrit transliteration, for completeness, and in light of other versions.

In addition to the long dhāraṇī, there is the much shorter Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya heart-mantra:

oṃ amṛta-tejavati svāhā

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Below is a screen shot of the English translation from the Manual of Zen Buddhism written by D.T. Suzuki.

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This is a translation of the original Sanskrit writing of the Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra.

You will be encountering passages in your Buddhist studies referring to “hungry ghosts.” HUNGRY GHOSTS happens to be a concept in Chinese Buddhism and Chinese traditional religion representing beings who are driven by intense emotional needs in an animalistic way. The term 餓鬼 èguǐ, literally “hungry ghost”, is the Chinese translation of the term preta in Buddhism. “Hungry ghosts” play a role in Chinese Buddhism and Taoism as well as in Chinese folk religion.

You can obtain a free copy of the entire book at Buddha Net as well as other Buddhism related ebooks and assistance.

I wish you all love and light on your journey. If you have any additional information in regards to “hungry ghosts” or the Uṣṇīṣa Vijaya Dhāraṇī Sūtra PLEASE feel free to share in a comment below.

December Cold Moon & Geminids Meteor Shower

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Arizona Trail December 13, 2016 Oracle, AZ

“Cold Moon, December Moon or Oak Moon”

Tonight, December 13 of 2016, is the December Cold Moon. As an aspiring Druid I do need to show love, care and respect for the changing natural world around me. One of the ways I practice this is by celebrating the full and new moons. I thought tonight I’d share my experience with the full moon since I get to have the night off.


Full moons are considered especially interesting because it’s energy is so potent in regards to Pagan practices.

My boyfriend and I headed for the Arizona Trail in Oracle to observe the moon rising over the horizon.

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Ross enjoying the Arizona Trail

After exploring the Arizona Trail for a few minutes we headed down a dirt road to find a better sighting area for the moon.

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December 13 2016 Cold Moon – Full Moon

His photos are so much more professional than mine but I still had a great time.

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Our drive back home towards the sunset. You can observe the clouds and darkness scaring the sunlight off into the distance.

 

We came home to then study further the importance of the Cold Moon and what it’s significance is to Druid study.

This marks the beginning of the nights truly getting longer and the days getting significantly shorter. The sun’s time with us is minimizing and that inspires the instinct in us to hide ourselves away in our homes and hide under the blankets with some hot cocoa or egg nog.

Since we have boarded ourselves up in our home this is a perfect time to find some crafts to do at home, work on some gemstone magick, and allow our past to fall off of our backs as we begin a new year with new ambitions. This is the time to dream about what accomplishments we’d like to achieve. This is the time when we huddle with our families and love our partners under the mistletoe. All of this is connected to the moon and the sky. Soon enough the sun will make it’s full return to us and we will hope that we haven’t forgotten the things the winter season taught us.

Light a candle, burn some sage, do a meditation, make your altar requests and hang mistletoe for the Gods and Goddesses before us and behind us.

Love & Light to you all.

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“Geminids Meteor Shower”

I almost forgot to mention that tonight is the Geminids meteor shower. While enjoying the giant full moon from our back patio we were able to also enjoy light visibility of the Geminids meteor shower.

What an amazing way to end such a torturous year. Love and light to you all.

The Yule Mistletoe

Saddened by her son’s death, Frigga wept tears of white berries, which brought Balder back to life. Frigga was so overjoyed that she blessed the plant and promised a kiss to all who passed beneath it from that day onwards.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/why-do-people-kiss-under-the-mistletoe-a3140781.html

Why do people kiss under the mistletoe? Thank you Frigga.