Tag: Kundalini

The Wicca Deck, by Sally Morningstar

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The Wicca Deck, by Sally MorningstarThe Wicca Deck, by Sally MornignstarThe Wicca Deck, by Sally Morningstar, illustrated by Danuta Mayer
Connections Book Publishing, 978-1-85906-380-4, 42 cards plus instruction booklet, 2014

When The Wicca Deck came up for review I was excited to put in my bid for it. I’ve worked with tarot and oracle decks for about a decade, but never one based on my own spiritual path. The Wicca Deck is a 42-card oracle deck originally published by Godsfield Press in Great Britain in 2001 and republished this year by Connections, also from Great Britain. Some key elements account for its staying power.

First, the illustrations are simple, cleanly drawn and easily relate to their titles and keywords, reminiscent of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot. There is some abstract art in the cards, but card themes are always easy to detect; this is perhaps because the artist, Danuta Mayer, illustrates children’s books, which usually depict real, basic objects. The clarity works well in this deck. The nature of the Wiccan path is diverse; every practitioner has a slightly different vision, and by keeping visuals straightforward one is invited to see the cards in her own way.

As you’d expect, the artistic interpretations are clearly Wiccan: The Green Man is depicted as the classic face on a tree, Spiral is depicted as the spiral goddess, Black Cat (my favourite) depicts a cat in an Egyptian temple, taking her rightful place as the goddess Bast. Continue reading

How do you find a teacher?

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Spiral Nature Letters, Mailbox background by RaSeLaSeD - Il Penguino, with additional work by Psyche

In the past we’ve answered questions about being ready for spellwork and building self-discipline.

This question came in via our newsletter, where we ask, what’s the one thing you’re struggling with in your practice?

I have a keen mind for occult studies and my biggest hang up is lack of a teacher. I have read many books in numerology, astrology and yoga, and I very much desire a teacher in these areas.

In ancient times, yoga was disseminated person to person, this was the study of yoga. I have had many wonderful teachers, especially during kundalini teacher training, but I long for the intimate interaction of a teacher.

When it comes to numerology and astrology, I have basic tenets but I long for the next step in learning. I’ve asked the universe for a teacher and guide both in my writing and my meditations.

Finding a teacher can be tough, especially finding the right teacher. You’ve taken the first step and put your intention out there, and now it’s time to take action.

You can always Google for books, blogs, and people, but personal recommendations tried and tested from people who have already walked the path are always strongest. Continue reading

Bio-electricity and Entropic Force

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I wish to explore these two topics which I see, in my opinion, as the grey area that is known to be ritual magic. First off I would like to say that it will be of great interest for the magic(K)ian or Magus to learn well the human body and what it consists of, and the principles of the universe. One’s body and brain steadily maintain a flow of what is called bio electrical energy or to be esoteric Kundalini flow or chi. Your thoughts generate electrical impulses, so with the altered induced state that a ritual will produce if performed correctly, will cause an abundance of this energy. The trick is to make use of this normally dissipated and wasted energy and to focus it in direct accordance with one’s will, showing that indeed the universe will bend unto the adept’s whims and desires.

Lust/love/sorrow/sympathy/pain/pleasure/hate and fear, if properly released can be used to manipulate one’s reality. In fact it will be the catalyst for change where change is needed.

This is contrary to popular belief that one must seek a “higher power” to elicit such change in one’s realm. Well none is higher than the self!

Tools that are used in ritual are just that! Tools! They have no more power than what one gives it. It is the need to believe these tools, be it sword, athame, dagger, chalice bell or candle (you get the idea) will help one enter into his/her altered state of consciousness like a shaman or what have you. It is this dimension of fantasy where all magic takes place.

When you have entered this state of being all that you employ will work on your subconscious mind. The world of symbols plays an important role as well. And that is what dreams are made of.

Of pray and predator, the midnight hour, the witching hour holds true to the case of hitting your victim while they sleep, for they are passive and will hold no fight. It would be as if you are sending a strong signal (electrical impulse) to them and they become a huge antenna receiving all that you send them. You have become the broadcaster, now all you need is an audience.

With a proper balance and an application of certain skills, there is not much one can not do. But these skills are what you learn through trial and error and experience.

What works for you might not work for another; no one can teach you how to apply magic in your life. At best you can be lead on the right path from another’s influence and experience.

In the deeper truth it is a task to learn yourself, as lonely as this path may seem to be it is in fact that common goals and common interest are seldom the same.

So it is upon that premise that you must create your own goals and aspirations and find the best means of working them out and achieving them one by one in the manner that you so choose. Beware of the one that says “I can teach you all this” or “I can make you a powerful warlock!” These are games of a conman and you will find many that will try to play upon your ego and your wallet at the same time.

The most common warning I can think of would be “Heed the one that teaches a spiritual pipe dream as some big revelation or some kind of grand secret.” Spiritual pipe dreams are for those that choose to hide from reality and enter into a fantasy world akin to the xtoids(Christianity). Although it might seem comforting to hear things such as “brother Jim is in a better place now”, it helps to keep a firm grasp on reality. The ritual chamber you use is another fantasy tool, but the difference is you know it is fantasy and you know that you are gaining from the fantasy; it will become your blue print for your reality.

Entropy is the scientific name that can be related to what is known as the dark force in nature. This dark force or yin force is the thing or principle that sustains and gives balance and evolution upon the universe.

It is the solve et coagula that pushes one into being, planting the seeds of life … and at the same time pulls one back into one’s primary essence (Death).

The Law of Entropy

The first law states that all matter and energy in the universe is constant and that it cannot be destroyed, only its form can change, but never its essence. The second law states that matter/energy can only be changed in one’s direction. That is from usable to unusable or from available to un-available.

According to the entropy law whenever a semblance of order is created anywhere on earth or in the universe it is done at the expense of causing a greater disorder (action/reaction/cause and effect) in the surrounding environment.

The entropy law reigns supreme over all physical reality in the universe. The thing that is important to remember is that we cannot create energy, and no person ever will! The only thing that we can do is transform energy to one state or another (magic?), and the energy that everyone and everything holds never dies or disappears… it is only transferred back to where it came (NATURE) Life after Death per say.

We Can’t Separate the Inseparable

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I am a spiritual activist, a person who feels that spiritual practice, study, and wisdom are inseparable from the minutiae of day-to-day living. The German-born architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said, “God is in the details.” This is a wonderful slogan for a spiritual activist. The demonstration of our spiritual work must find expression in our every word, choice, and action. We cannot separate yoga, meditation, and deep spiritual work from living: they are inseparable. We cannot separate the spiritual from the worldly. These are language-based distinctions we use to appreciate various aspects of the great Mystery of existence. It is a tragic conceit to think that yoga, meditation, and spiritual wisdom exist outside daily life. They don’t. A flower and its fragrance cannot be separated, because they are innately inseparable.

Along these lines, I’d like to share an excerpt from a recent email I received, and my response.

“I was initially attracted to you and your mailing list because of, for lack of a better word, spirituality — your clarity and accuracy in issues of the Holy, or God, or the Great Mystery. Recently, however, it seems that everything coming from your direction has been your political and anti-war sentiments.

“While I respect your opinion and your right to speak and email whatever you wish, I would just like to let you know that the more you wander into political territory and away from spirituality, the more you alienate me, and perhaps others, as a ‘fan’ of your work. The more you speak about politics, the more my respect for you evaporates.

“My point in writing this is primarily to say that I have seen other spiritual figures whom I respect and admire look foolish and lose respect when they wander away from their true area of expertise, and begin to think that they are experts not only in matters of the spirit, but in everything else as well.”

As I travel around the country talking with many people, and corresponding with many more, I frequently encounter this point of view. I have been rebuked by some yoga and meditation teachers for circulating “An Open Letter of Conscience and Choice,” for “mixing spirituality and political choice.” I understand this, because I was at one time a poster-boy for this perspective. Perhaps that is why I was so attracted to this letter: it showed me the distance I have traveled in my life and consciousness, from that first step long ago when my kundalini opened like an exploding sun.

I do not believe in such things as “spiritual” and “political” as though they were shoes and beer-bottles. They are just notions in the mind and have life and force only to the extent we empower them. The naming of things is a feature of the mind: its nature is to name and separate one thing from another. Beyond the mind, in the realm of Silence, all things are expressions of one Consciousness and have the same name.

I have never felt that I had any “expertise in matters of spirit.” If anything, 35 years of spiritual practice and study have made me acutely aware of all that I don’t know. I must admit, however, that I have encountered the infinite majesty of the Great Mystery and can confirm that it is aptly named. I also confess to knowing that I am a portion of the Great Mystery and to feeling within my blood the murmurs of a universal heart. In this heart I live as a song of Silence. In this song there are no verses of murder and the mayhem of war. I am not an expert in spiritual or political matters; but I constantly hear the murmur of the universal heart within my blood, telling me that I must pour my heart into this world, that I must live in this world as a strong emblem of love and peace.

My Merriam-Webster dictionary defines politics as “the totality of relationships between people living in society, especially involving power, authority, and influence ” To say that one should refrain from politics is like saying that one should refrain from breathing. It is not possible. From cradle to grave, we exist in relationship. Our very life comes from others. Our food comes from others. Our clothes come from others. We are affected by others, as they are by us. Think of your life: it is nothing but relationship, and each relationship includes negotiations and transactions of power, authority, and influence.

How are we to live in these relationships? To me, this question is of equal weight and importance to “Who am I?” This latter question is often regarded as spiritual, while the former is termed worldly. Nonsense.

During the last few years in America, we seen the growth and popularization of ancient nondual wisdom traditions like Vedanta, Kashmir Shaivism, and Dzogchen. This is good news. However, with popularization comes the danger of distortion. One such distortion lies in thinking that the answer/resolution to the question “Who am I?” represents the summit of Self-Realization. It does not.

“Who am I?” is but half of the true question; the other half is “How shall I live?” The answer/resolution to this true question is the gateway to realized Self-expression.

If one only asks “Who am I?” then one has but one leg, one hand, one eye, and half a heart. I want to be whole, for I am whole. So I also ask, “How shall I live?” Asking this gives me my second leg, second hand, second eye, and whole heart.

“Who am I? How Shall I live?” is really one question, one breath, one path, one realization. Insight and action are one movement; realization and expression are one movement. One cannot separate nondual perception and knowledge from its behavioral corollary. Pure consciousness and the world are not different. Each exists as reflections of the other. Therefore, knowledge and action arise together, just as form and formlessness arise together. The perception of self, other, and world as vibrations of pure consciousness is only the foothills, not the high mountains.

“Who am I?” is the easier part of the koan: I am that which is beyond thought and concept; I am that eternal Silent presence which pervades the entire cosmos and which lives in and as all things.

Okay. Now what? Now comes the hard part: “How shall I live?” Taking up this question with sincerity and commitment is the true beginning of realized Self-expression, the true beginning of spiritual maturity and wisdom. What, in fact, does a life of Oneness look like? How shall I live? From whom and from where shall I receive money? To whom and to what shall I give my money? For whom shall I vote? What car shall I drive? What is my civic responsibility to my community, country, and the world? How much responsibility do I take for the condition of the world, the world of which I am a part?

These are just a few of the questions that one must ask and answer every day. There are many more. What are they? Please spend some time with these questions, let the asking and the listening for answers affect how you live your life. As with “Who am I?” do not be content with first answers. Dig deep. Challenge your beliefs. Challenge what your teachers have told you. Challenge your complacency.

Asking “Who am I?” alone leads only to self-absorption and spiritual narcissism; it does not lead to wisdom or to freedom. In your spiritual practice, if you do not already do so, please begin asking the true and correct question: “Who am I? How shall I live?”

Robert Rabbin is a writer, speaker, and spiritual activist. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and the creator of TruthForPresident.org, an online spiritual activism center. For contact information, please visit www.robrabbin.com or www.truthforpresident.org.

© 2004/Robert Rabbin/All rights reserved

Exploring Chakras, by Susan G. Shumsky

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Exploring Chakras, by Susan Shumsky Exploring Chakras: Awaken Your Untapped Energy, by Susan G. Shumsky
New Page Books, 1564146561, 265 pages (+ notes and index), 2003

The explanation of the chakras Shumsky gives on page 15 is far more detailed than any I have encountered before. The charts and illustrations contain in this book offer a unique perspective on chakras.

The first chapter answers basic questions about the foundation of belief in, and knowledge of, chakras is simple, easy to understand ways. It contains less than dozen questions, yet succeeds in setting the groundwork for what is to follow. Continue reading

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