"When the first chakra is disconnected from the feminine Earth, we can feel orphaned and motherless. The masculine principle predominates, and we look for security from material things. Individuality prevails over relationship, and selfish drives triumph over family, social and global responsibility. The more separated we become from the Earth, the more hostile we become to the feminine. We disown our passion, our creativity, and our sexuality. Eventually the Earth itself becomes a baneful place. I remember being told by a medicine woman in the Amazon, “Do you know why they are really cutting down the rain forest? Because it is wet and dark and tangled and feminine.”“
― Alberto Villoldo
Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas
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Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
Joseph Campbell (via pathworking)
Almost all non-literate mythology has a trickster-hero of some kind. … And there’s a very special property in the trickster: he always breaks in, just as the unconscious does, to trip up the rational situation. He’s both a fool and someone who’s beyond the system. And the trickster represents all those possibilities of life that your mind hasn’t decided it wants to deal with. The mind structures a lifestyle, and the fool or trickster represents another whole range of possibilities. He doesn’t respect the values that you’ve set up for yourself, and smashes them.
"…The fool is the breakthrough of the absolute into the field of controlled social orders.
Joseph Campbell, interviewed by the late Michael Toms in An Open Life, p.39 (via theantidote)
In some older versions of Persephone’s story, she was a young woman, not a young girl, and instead of accidentally wandering away, she had gone deliberately adventuring, when she fell, or was lured, or was kidnapped into Hell. Here Persephone’s adventurous spirit leads her into difficulty, instead of her being a passive victim of the wickedness of others. Her relationship with her mother Demeter gives her the courage to explore her world, and when events take a bad turn, their relationship gives her the strength to survive.
In a still older version, Persephone heard the despairing cries of the dead and chose freely to go into the Underworld to comfort them. Hades does not appear at all, in this version. Here Persephone’s descent to hell illustrates inclusiveness for every being, whether in the Underworld or in our present one, and shows that mercy is integral to her nature.
In the most ancient layer of myth, Persephone’s name means “She Who Destroys The Light.” She was the powerful Goddess of the Underworld long before anyone knew of Hades. Like the Indian Kali, the Irish Morrigan, and the Sumerian Ereshkegal, she was the Goddess of Death.
This is beautiful. The mother of earth, fertility, harvest gives her daughter to the calls of death and destruction to bring forth life once again. (Of course men have to make it all about males.) Does this make Persephone a goddess jesus-figure (her brother IS Dionysus), or shiva-brahma-vishnu ? Persephone, Demeter
Steve Wright: One Soldier
As seen at the end of his stand-up special, When The Leaves Blow Away (on Netflix).
"One Soldier is a black-and-white short film (30 min) from 1999 starring and directed by Steven Wright. Also starring is Sandi Carroll. The film tells the story of a confused soldier (played by Wright) who narrates throughout the movie his bizarre thoughts about the army and war in general, using Wright’s trademark deadpan humor. Some of One Soldier was filmed on Block Island, an island off the coast of Rhode Island."
This was so surprisingly amazing.
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
T.S. Eliot (via loveyourpoetry)
Sleep doesn’t relieve my exhaustion anymore.
If someone is angry we think, “He is a bad and angry person,” while Buddhas think, “He is a suffering being afflicted with the inner disease of anger.” If a friend of ours were suffering from cancer we would not blame him for his physical disease, and in the same way, if someone is suffering from anger or attachment we should not blame him for the diseases of his mind.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso - “Eight Steps to Happiness” (via dancingdakini)
My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.
Maya Angelou (via sunflower-mama)
The whole world can love you, but that love will not make you happy. What will make you happy is the love coming out of you.
Don Miguel Ruiz (via unconditionedconsciousness)