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Reality vs Creativity

Reality vs Creativity

Saturday, June 13, 2009

By Occult Priestess Korinne

Nay Sayers use “Reality” as the reason to be restricted. This sets up a tao dynamic of seeming opposites when you consider the perception of the visionary who’s art seems to live and breath before their eyes. The tao of mundane reality vs creative reality.
I cannot break it down into science vs religion- the tooth fairy vs lab tech. Extremes happen at each level of experience/function/form. Not all anything is anything- we are all one and we are all unique. Oneness is eternal- individuality is dimensionally time based.

One side states our world and reality are fixed- like a clock, we are all toy soldiers who carry genes, etc. through a mechanism called time. There is no reason nor point to life- only to continue the chain of existence.

The other side states that we are all one, we are eternal, we are what we call God manifest in the third dimension (where perception is based on the rules of time/space and dimension.). Our universe is the story book we live in as human characters on the stage of life. Reality is mutable in nature – magick is real.

Finding out what side of that fence you are on is one of the first steps toward evolution of consciousness. If you find yourself on the Fixed side of the fence- I do not know how to find you, I simply do not know where that place is.

If you find you have created in your life- brought something new to our world that was not here before you came- such as a piece of art, song lyrics, your performance in a play, a dance recital, public ritual- or that interesting cup of tea you mixed today. These are some simple ways we become creators in this play of life. (Advanced students can create their own reality according to their highest will.)

Maybe you have never landed on the moon, but you have been there in your mind- mental experiences so mirror actual physical ones that there are parts of our consciousness that cannot tell the difference between the two. That being a fact imagine, remember all the places you have been in your mind, all the conversations, the dreams, the intensity, the peace.

Now shift your focus to your heart- the home of our feelings. If the mind thinks then surely the heart feels. Just like the mind it stores memories, scenes, and wishes. Take your time and ask your heart what it remembers from the past.

The physical experiences (REALITY) trigger the mental and emotional systems- thus giving you three ways of experiencing life. 1. Physical tactile sensory 2. Mind thought judgment 3. Heart feeling emotion.

A truly balanced life incorporates all three above notions. When the three are working in harmony with each other- the partnership creates depth in each perception. Heart can experience intuition, mind can experience cosmic consciousness or oneness, body can become a “pure vehicle”, a temple for the mind and heart.

Having the mind heart and body working in partnership brings about an alchemical change in the human- Enlightenment- to be anointed, such as Buddha or Christ. “You can do these things and more…”

We can do it!

~ FIN ~

Livin Your Life Like it’s Golden

saraswati

saraswati

Hello Bloggers and avid Readers-

Our Latest Question comes from our comment section once again.

All of my life I have felt pulled at times to be more spiritual. It only comes in spurts. I am an Eclectic Pagan, but I feel no pull to one particular God/dess. There are times when certain ones grab me by the collar and direct me for a time to accomplish a goal (for example, I was moping around about my book that I was writing. Saraswati spoke to me in a song of Indian music I was listening to. Within 3 months, my book was done). Why can’t I stay focused on daily practice? I am 36, I have accomplished many things in my life but a sense of whole connectedness to the Gods.

I can really relate to the feeling of being called and then grounded. When we are on a spiritual path, we must also be on the path of self-healing. The path of self-healing is another aspect that contributes to your souls evolution as a whole. What is spirituality or incarnation for, if not the evolution of your soul? Spirituality contributes to your souls growth, as well as childbearing, hard work, breakups and break downs- this life is about lessons.

To look at our “spiritual path” from the “big picture” perspective is necessary to enable us to correctly understand the “lessons” we are learning from everyday life. To see with a birds eye view what we are lacking and what is going great. Evaluate your life.

Taking into account that The Questioner communicates with non-physical divine presence in the form of a God or Goddess, adds another beautiful element to her spiritual tapestry. Communing with a “God Consciousness” is a blessed and sometimes difficult growing experience. Kali Ma or Hecate may have a lesson of death and rebirth to teach you, or Cerridwen may want you to throw your romantic partnership into her bubbling cauldron. Being picked up by the scruff of the neck and led by a divine energy does seem harsh. This particular kind of “teaching” only happens when we are unwilling to take part in our own growth process, unwilling to sacrifice some lie or false judgment that is impeding us. The Gods are good.

I found the “Voice” of my Gods softened and became more compassionate when I softened and became more compassionate. We must remember we are living in a world of mirrors especially when we are communicating with spirit. If you smile at a mirror it smiles back- if you frown at the mirror, it frowns back. Remember this quick trick while exploring the astral or inner realms.

The reason we feel the “inertia” of rising and falling, or being magickal and then being mundane- is because the magickal must be incorporated into your daily life.

Bound Angel

Bound Angel

There are MANY obstacles keeping us from staying in a state of “High Vibration” or Inspiration (“in – spirit” thank you Wayne Dyer). Any annoyance can set off an agitated mind into a state of low vibration. The calm mind deals with trauma or lives daily “bullshit” with ease and confidence. So then the next trick is to CALM our minds. To restrain ourselves from participating in and contributing to the “DRAMA TRAUMA” of our friends, loved ones and ourselves.

I stepped out of the Wiccan circle, and entered the Buddhist refuge in order to calm my neurotic mind and heal or “re-program” or “de-program” my constantly repeating negative thought patterns.

Before I found the soothing energy of Buddhist mantra and yoga, I used the sharp knife of  “mystical” western psychology to dissect the inner workings of my fragile emotional/psychic system. I became a “Jungian”- worshipping at the altar of mental brilliance as it perceives spiritual knowledge. You see the “Logical” brain (left hemi) can only understand mysticism, abstract concepts or jibber jabber by communing with the “Spiritual” brain (right hemi). Jung displayed the talent of making the mystical seem possible- through his logical view of the divine and how the divine manifests in the forms of “Synchronicity”, “the collective unconscious”, “the Shadow” even the “Holy Spirit”. Jung labeled and popularized these ANCIENT concepts to the chagrin of his scrutinizing peers and teacher/mentor “Ziggy” Freud.

So to share my journey I tell you I studied Jung and used his philosophy in my life, and in my brain. I then found the “self help” movement. Through books like “CoDependent No More”, “Yesterday I Cried” and “Healing the Shame the Binds You” I learned how I was programmed to think negative thoughts, and propagate negative actions through my family and society of origin. I then proceeded to heal my childhood wounds with the loving salve of Buddhism, facing my fears, becoming lovingly but blatantly honest with myself and others, dodging fights or people who wanted to bait me into a conflict, I lost my *need* for a romantic partner (but not my desire for one), I became compassionate toward those who wished me harm, I practiced loving until I got much better at it, I LET GO of people and situations that kept me in low spirits.

I kept detailed journals of my thoughts and feelings, always keeping an ear and an eye out for divine guidance. I came to a point where I could hear my guides clearly and recorded the information they imparted through clairaudience and visual symbols in my third eye. We must be diligent when we begin to receive clear communication- to decipher the symbols we receive and get at the root of the message.

For those who cannot hear their guides please purchase some sort of ORACLE- either Tarot or Runes, any divinatory tool that will answer more than “yes”, “no” questions and comes with an instruction book(let). The Oracle will give you a window into your own self, to peek at your personal situations and how you are being guided at any given time. If you do not have the time to learn an Oracle- then hire one. A skilled psychic counselor will easily identify the “issues” in your life and give you practical advice on how to proceed for the highest good of all involved. (I am for hire, occultpriestess.com.)

To sum this up- Life goes from magickal to mundane with your rate of vibration. High vibration = inspired, low vibration = depressed. Understand, during a Large Chunk of the journey, low vibration can be expected. In my observation most of us do not reach a state of “calm” until the age of thirty. Oprah says something like- ‘We are idiots in our twenties’- her sentiment being- that is when she made her most blatant mistakes, and learned many of the harsher lessons (as a reverberation of traumas in her childhood- I do not think Oprah added that point). I do not wish to put this judgment on all 20 year olds, there are always exceptions and exceptional people. Understand we must go through our shadows to see the light of truth. “Drama” and even very serious situations are manifestations of a dis-ease in our subconscious. If we cannot heal our past pain in our mind/heart or subconscious, we are destined to play out our pain on the stage of life in the form of drama and serious situations. However just like the mirror, when your drama turns to loving karma- the play gets a LOT better!

When you get the hang of your “Spiritual legs”. Once you learn to walk on the rocky boat of ups and downs, sacrifice what no longer serves your highest good, the wild sea will begin to slow. The waves will finally come to a rest and you will see the beginning of your new life without fear.

One last Tip: Try the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as described in the book Modern Magick by Donald Michael Kriag. YouTube has dozens of videos on the “LBPR” and some even have proper pronunciation of the ritual :). When the LBRP is done on a semi regular basis, the drama in your life will begin to dissipate. The LBRP raises your vibration with the light of the Arch Angels and Sacred names of God- thus causing those who are “trapped” in the dark to avoid your light. (Metaphors) Taught as a ritual of protection, this practice will strengthen your aura and improve your “Life/StagePlay”.

~ OM ~ Sat Nam ~ Be Here Now ~

Salutations to my Guru Sri Mamua Devi and my Guru’s Guru.

Thank you so much for allowing me to share this with you. What a wonderful question! I am very pleased. Questions are most welcomed – I will explore this topic as in-depth as anyone would like, because it’s important!

~ FIN~ 

Buddhism and the Tarot- a meeting of the minds

NAMASTE’-

Today I was talking to myself, again. We were discussing our impending meeting with our spiritual mother’s (Guru’s) family member. You see when I was twenty one I met my Buddhist teacher, Guru (from darkness to light) and spiritual mother. Her name was Maria Rose, as a devotee I came to know her as Sri Mamua Devi. As I evolved through the Buddhist teaching (Dharma) my Guru was a constant presence. With the folly of life and youth I relocated far from my Guru and lost touch.

In 2007 I reconnected with the family member of my Guru, at which time I found out that Maria Rose had passed into the realms of light. I was distracted by her loss, however as all devotees come to understand, the Guru teaches beyond the physical body- therefore their teaching and guidance are in no way restricted by death, time or distance.

The topic of the meeting with my Gurus family member is the Tarot. I began thinking of how I would explain that the cards are symbolic representations of archetypal energy, and how our spirit guides communicate with us during a reading. I thought- hmm how interesting to be explaining psychic *mystical* phenomenon to a Buddhist! I am not bragging when I say I know the Tarot. Buddhism is a path I follow, but I have never had a dispute between being psychic and being a Buddhist. However the Tarot is an Occult subject.

How do the Buddhists feel about the Occult? I take the story of Milarepa as my only example. Milarepa started out life as a “Black Magician” and thus had to suffer humility under his Gurus guidance for many years. Once Milarepa was “still” the Guru Marpa then began to teach him all of the wonders of the universe. Milarepa meditated in solitude for so many years that he actually learned how to fly. Milarepa then began to teach all the wonders of the universe to his devotee’s- until his ascension at age 84. Milarepa was mostly known for the miracles he manifested in front of his students.

The reason I know the story of Milarepa is not the fruit of much belabored Buddhist research. I prefer to undertake the practice of the dharma rather than study the history. The reason I know Milarepa- One day after a lovely meditation, Sri Mamua Devi read aloud an extensive list of unusual sounding names, and asked us devotees which name stood out most to us. The name I most remembered was “Milarepa”. I printed out the story of Milarepa and placed it into my Buddhist “Book of Shadows” (lol Buddhist Wiccan). I have found myself reading Milarepa’s story many times throughout the years. In the past two days I found out that Milarepa is in my Buddhist “family” lineage. That means my Guru’s Guru, His Guru’s Guru (you see like a family) way back in the 1000’s – 1050 to be exact Milarepa lived as an Enlightened Being, not the first or the last, but one in a GREAT succession of spiritual teachers.

I experienced a large “COSMIC WINK” from this information. My Kundalini was awakened at age 30, which is 7 years after I met Sri Mamua Devi. A person like me (ignorant Westerner) with Kundalini rising at 30- is a testament to the power of my Guru and all in the lineage! I mean WOW!

At age 30 I purchased an astrological report on-line, which I had never done before. I was so impressed with the site- I figured what the heck (www.adze.com). I was pretty shocked my eyes skimmed over the words at the end of the report- “In your last life you lived in Tibet.” That was the first time I let myself imagine I had been enlightened in a past life. It is known that if you reached enlightenment in the past- enlightenment is attainable – possibly likely in this very lifetime!

Now, with the information that Milarepa is in the lineage, I wonder if I have any personal/karmic spiritual ties to his energy. I like to wonder about things like that! So Milarepa is my great, great, great and so on, Guru’s Guru.

“Blessings to my Guru and my Guru’s Guru.”

If it seems I am talking to myself that is true. I figured why waste good thoughts when I can share them in a blog. I am also trying to be conversational and somewhat witty- how am I doing?

Teaching a Buddhist Tarot is also a great opportunity for my own understanding. I speak in Tarot, the other person speaks in Dharma, and we find the common meanings. I am most excited about the possibilities of what I may learn.

I will be speaking of spiritual guides, visions in the minds eye (pituitary gland), intuition, emotion- and many other occult and esoteric teachings. Buddhism teaches that many of these things are distractions, illusions and not valid sources of information. Although Buddhism still employees the “Seer” (psychic) to seek out the reincarnations of those in the lineage.

I am so pleased to have this opportunity!

~ FIN ~ 

It’s the new Mother Nature taking over

Yesterday Christopher Asked: How would you interpret beings like land spirits? Are they non-physical beings separate from ourselves or symbolic representations created by our own minds to help us interpret a local energy?

Hello Christopher, nice to hear from you. I do remember your wonderful herms and offerings to the earth. I took the liberty of sneaking onto your “myspace” page to grab some of your pictures. I would never be able to describe what you do with words.

http://www.myspace.com/nakulamongoose
Christopher Matthews

Christopher works with the “Nature Spirits” of the elements to heal and nurture our mother Earth. My first exposure to nature spirits were Fairies, goblins, trolls or just about any creature in the Lord of the Rings. I learned these “Elemental Energies” can be placed into 4 classes of distinction – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. When I began to learn about Reiki I was taught there are large nature spirits called “Devas”. Devas are more “archetypal” energy compared to say a fairy – meaning fairies have more individual personalities, while Divas are an “intelligent presence”.

I have experienced communication with both fairies and Devas. There is no doubt in my mind that I was talking to an intelligence “outside” myself. There is no problem having the experience of communicating with a presence. The problem comes about when we try to explain our experience. I am sure you will agree.

I have come to understand that the nature spirits and Devas are existing on a “higher plane” (Much like spirit guides), above our limited third dimension. Those people who have the ability to shift their Awareness (consciousness) to a higher plane- can and do communicate with a myriad of non- third dimensional intelligence. In simple terms, our physical senses are limited to what the body can perceive. Our consciousness is unlimited.

Christopher I imagine what you feel when you are communing with the Earth. I bet you have had those blissful, sacred, holy feelings, and possibly some visions as well.

Many people have come to this particular time in Human/Earth evolution to give back to our planet in healing ways. Those who choose nature healing as a path are usually endowed with “special skills” such as communication with nature spirits and keys to other realms (non third dimensional time/space). I myself have been entertained in the lush green forest of the fairies.

If You would like to share your thoughts, a nature story, or anything else related- please Comment! 🙂

Spirit Guides and You!

Hello! This is my third day as a “Blogger” and I am happy to see we have a question already! Yesterday I was speaking about the lesser known parts of our human psyche. I would like to address the question first, and then finish explaining where I left off yesterday.

Rose Vanden Eynden author of the books “So You Want to be a Medium?”,Metatron: Invoking the Angel of God’s Presence” and “Ask a Medium” said:

Some folks believe that spirit guides are actually the anima/animus inside us instead of a separate energy. I’d be interested to hear your theory on that question.”

(For more on Rose and her literature see her website www.vandeneynden.biz .)

Dry and to the point:

The anima/animus are reflections of the outer Ego personality, mirrors plain and simple. You can argue that the anima/animus is a “separate soul” who is learning about life as they live through yours, observing from the Shadows of the subconscious. I like that theory, but I have never read anything that sounded remotely like it. I started with the theory that “Dissociative Identity Disorder” (DID- old term =Multiple Personality Disorder) was caused by several SOULS in one body- not different EGOS (personalities). I suppose we get into the muddy waters of what is possession and what is a soul vs an ego, what is a medium (hey Buy Rose’s Book). I will explore this some other time.

Spiritual Guides are beings/souls/essences with which your soul has a “contract”. Think of spirit guides as teacher/parents who chose not to incarnate, but to help you from their level of reality. A little known fact is that your Twin Flame (other part of your soul) is often your main guide. I believe we wrote what I term as a “LIFE SCRIPT” before we incarnated into our “animal body”. Your spirit guides helped you Write this Life Script as the your very own Mythological Hero’s Journey.

I consider it a challenge before the whole human race and I ain’t gonna lose Queen: We are the Champions (Heroes).

I believe Everyone wrote a Hero’s or “Shero’s” Life Script. The spiritual guides are an Essential element to your success in your own Reality/Mythology.

Personal Notes – not so dry or to the point…

I also heard that my animus was where I received all of my intuition and knowledge. I contemplated this deeply and asked myself, Could I be Hermes?

Then I was instantly reminded of all the amazing and unbelievable things I have channeled and received from Hermes. I was simply not THAT brilliant. I  feel/know that my inner male is truly a reflection because he has changed and evolved along with me. I have taken the very quiet time it requires to work with and know the subtle energies of the mind. The only way to become an expert is to do the work and record the data.

I remember one day having a candid conversation with my “Main” spiritual guide Hermes. I asked him how I could keep from being confused with all the different voices in my head. “Hermes do you have voices in your head?” He answered he did not have the same issue, his head was as clear as glass. Hermes had just introduced me too two more guides, Plato and Aristotle. I had grown used to Hermes, my higher self, my guru and various other spiritual guides, but adding two more teachers at this stage of the game (I was 33) was confusing. I came to understand that Plato and Aristotle were guides that you can “graduate” into as you evolve.

William Blake said Aristotle was the “Teacher of those who Know” could Blake have been in spiritual communication with Aristotle? We think So!

If you can indulge yourself by reading the great classics or gazing at masterpieces of art- you will find a spiritual essence in them. Especially with Authors, the spiritual themes are blatant outright, Art is something beyond language. Those of a creative nature have Artistic guides who inspire them- we used to call them MUSES.

U2 helps


Stay (Faraway and so close)

Here is Bono and U2 acting as Spirit Guides to another band.

 

Yesterday I began to tackle the very extensive subject matter of our psyche. I am satisfied with the information given on the Anima/Animus in the last blog. I did not mention the other two parts of the psyche, which are much more esoteric – The inner child and the “Doorway”. Perhaps we will come back to that later?

If you have any questions for “The Occultist in the Corner”- speak up!