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Spiritual Yoga Retreat Ubud Bali ESSENCE of BALI - June 1-5 2019 Nature Meditation Yoga Tranquility Freedom 5 day Restorative, Healing and Spiritual Immersion Retreat UBUD BALI – ISLAND of the GODS OUR VISION This healing retreat is for women to tap into their true nature and awaken their inner goddess through empowerment, self love, … Continue reading Inner Goddess Meditation Retreat Bali –...
5 day Restorative, Healing and Spiritual Immersion Retreat
UBUD BALI – ISLAND of the GODS
This healing retreat is for women to tap into their true nature and awaken their inner goddess through empowerment, self love, compassion and acceptance in a safe, nurturing and holistic environment.
A Spiritual Sanctuary
IS TO AWAKEN YOUR SPIRIT
I believe human beings are naturally spiritual, wise and creative. These qualities, yet not always experienced, are always within us. Are our innate Selves.
Being a part of a retreat in nature is a way to awaken to our innate being, spirit and wellness. Our aspiration at Essence Of Bali is to provide women with a space to relax and reunite with and experience their authentic Self in a conducive environment – on their own terms, our individual dharma.
We are here to support and guide with wisdom, strength and kindness, along with providing practices, yet believe each person has the capacity to follow their own rhythms. We call this Impowerment … and freedom!
The idea is pure enjoyment and spiritual nourishment
Holistic Vegan Vegetarian (meat options) meals. All produce organic and locally grown and all meat is ethically sourced. The owner has a integral consciousness around animal cruelty.
Our retreats are for beginners, advanced practitioners as well as non-practitioners.
They are designed for total relaxation, chilling out, healing and/or immersing yourself in Sadhana (spiritual practice).
Personally I like both!
The idea is pure enjoyment and spiritual nurturing
ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019
A Spiritual Sanctuary
The path to Rahasia Manis still winds its way through the rice fields. Farmers smile and say “Hello” and the ducks, muttering to themselves and busy at work, still ignore us. We continue to make daily offerings of gratitude and respect in the traditional Balinese way and to marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. – Owner
Tucked away from the tourists in the Rice Fields, half an hour from UBUD is a beautiful Spiritual Balinese family, that through many years of hard work and spiritual devotion, have created a tranquil oasis on the edge of the Balinese jungle and West End Therapies has secured the entire property for five days in June.The property has quite literally grown out of the land it is built upon. We started in the rice fields and jungle, and before breaking ground we had local priests perform the vital ceremonies asking permission of the gods and goddesses to build here.
We developed organically, one room at a time. Most of our buildings were sourced from Java, of reclaimed teak or other hardwoods. They were dismantled, brought to the property, then reconstructed and designed in keeping with the landscape, then adapted to provide more light, space, and modern amenities.
No two houses are the same, each has its own distinct character and charm, and all have wonderful views, some of the rice fields and others of the jungle. – Owner
“The Property has been built with a conscious effort towards sustainability. Most of our buildings are built from reclaimed wood and our gardens chemical free and based on permaculture principles. A saltwater pool is central to the property and surrounded by vegetable and herb gardens, fruit trees, tropical plantings, and koi fish ponds. Flowers, butterflies, and birds are plentiful.” – Owner
It’s Outrageously Beautiful
The Yoga practice and sharing circle look out into an expansive garden surrounded by jungle.
Perfect for spiritual nourishment and sun salutations!
The daily schedule consists of morning and evening Asana (yoga) sessions with a local instructor and one morning guided meditation and one evening silent or singing bowl meditation. These are optional as our retreat aims to promote freedom and natural personal rhythm.
Megan may be found in deep trance at times throughout the property, please feel free to join her (quietly of course).
A local spirit healing is also on offer. This involves a day trip to the healers village and a water hole were a traditional 7 part healing will take place in the river system. An alternative to this is the opportunity to have a healing on the property with a local healer that offers a consultation on holistic healing and reads ones energy and life path.
We encourage Wu Wei (Tao word meaning ‘doing nothing’) and are happy if you want to sit and just be or wander the property or lay by the pool. Each of us has our own healing needs, body rhythms as well as individual psyches (or soul) and life challenges (although we are all connected) and therefore we encourage each individual to move about the day as they will. Many people have busy lives or are transitioning through intense emotional situations and being adsorbed in the stillness and biorhythms of nature may be the healing required. A daily massage will also be available.
Megan will be doing Gita (Bhagavad) readings and/or readings from Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Synthesis of Yoga’ with open discussion as well as offering onsite counseling through out the retreat. It is encouraged to use these counselling sessions to share any deep emotions or issues that may arise as one practices meditation or reflection aroused from the still environment.
We will also be having a sharing circle one evening or afternoon and as we will be blessed with an auspicious (Balinese) full moon (June 3) we will also be having a fire ceremony.
A day trip to UBUD to attend the infamous Yoga barn is also included; a crystal or sound healing will be available during this trip.These will be organised in advance so please advise on registration so we can arrange bookings and drivers beforehand. We would be sad if you missed out on the UBUD experience. We will also be offering a trip to the temple and are hoping to organise a traditional ceremony which is rare for westerners.
Vegan and Vegetarian menus are the focus but meat is also avail. there will be three meals per day in buffet style however if you have particular needs we can possibly organise something with the chef. There are kitchens provided within the houses so if you prefer to make your own food that will be fine. You will have to source food from a market beforehand or you can get a driver (extra cost) to take you into UBUD or a local village. 3 daily meals per day are included in costs to make things easy, so this would be an added personal cost.I usually like to take some veges and rice so I can have some self cooked silent meals.
WE are also currently trying our hardest to get a local Monk from the Buddhist monastery to share our time and to give one or two evening or daytime talks on ‘Loving Kindness and Compassion’ and ‘Maintaining spiritual practice in everyday life”
All activities, food and accommodation is included in the package.
BALI SPIRITUAL RETREAT ACCOMMODATION
All houses have private bathrooms, all with showers, some with bathtubs also. Each house has international electrical sockets and a safe into which you put your own code. Every house has its own refrigerator and some have fully equipped kitchens (3).
We do not have AC, we prefer to take advantage of the natural breezes, and all rooms have either ceiling or wall fans. Being considerably higher than Ubud and most other tourist locations in Bali, the temperature is cooler and there are far less mosquitoes, although all beds do have nets.
There are several lovely spaces suitable for personal yoga and meditation practice, or small private classes.
Please take a look at our room options and book according to your preference!
The retreat has 10 houses available with most shared (one or two private rooms available – these will go fast). The property itself has countless different nooks and spaces for eating, relaxing quietly or talking privately on the phone. We do not have AC, there are high areas open to the elements with no screens and the bathroom is open air but with very high walls, (the sink and toilet are under a roof awning so usable in any weather). The huts are perfectly safe, secure and lockable, whilst not fully closed off to all of nature and the natural breezes. There are glass sky-lights both in the room and on the patio making for more natural light.
4 Traditional Bali huts
Each one completely unique and colourfully decorated, with bamboo matting walls. in close proximity to each other each hut is with private shower and toilet (outdoors) . The huts are right on the edge of a jungle that slopes down to a river; it is calm and quiet, cool with natural breezes and plenty of shade. All the huts have high ceilings and fans. There are bamboo blinds that can be lowered to allow more privacy between the huts.
The huts have lovely outdoor common area. and all have a luscious outdoor private protected bathing area.
Each hut has a small refrigerator, personal safe, private patio for outdoor lounging with a large sized couch, table and chairs for dining and computer work, a hammock, mosquito net, koi pond, private en-suite outdoor stonework bathroom with a shower and unlimited hot water, excellent free wifi, purified water dispenser and facilities for preparing hot drinks. There is full access to a large saltwater swimming pool, and a small warung (restaurant) on the property where simple Balinese meals can be ordered and delivered to your room.
The Kamala Room – Accommodates 2
Kamala is one of 4 huts built in the traditional Balinese style,Kamala is the first hut at the beginning of these 4 huts, and therefore closest to the main pathway. An advantage being that it only has a shared wall on one side. The Kamala bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.
Sita is the end hut, and therefore at the end of the path and right on the edge of the jungle. An advantage being that it only has a shared wall on one side, also no-one needs to pass by it. The bed is a large King that can be split into singles, making it suitable for either a couple or 2 friends.
Anita is one of a pair that are adjoining, (Sunita being the other), each one however completely self contained, with separate entrances. There are 2 beds, a lower double bed, with a loft single above it (both with real mattresses); ideal for either 2 friends or a small family. Although adjacent to other houses this house has ample privacy. It is surrounded by a living fence, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and is a veritable mini “garden of eden”. It has its own bathroom attached to the house and just a couple of steps across the patio. Anita has a small hand-crafted bathtub as well as a shower. There is an ample closet, a safe, storage space and a small refrigerator, plus eating utensils, plates and cups. It does not have cooking facilities, but we of course have our on-site warung. The bathroom is covered but has a coconut tree growing out of the centre and a living garden, plus a shower with abundant hot water. There is a comfortable sitting area outside, with a wooden swinging hammock for relaxing, dining or writing. There is also a small koi pond. All in all, this little house has everything you could ask for to be comfortable, private and surrounded by nature.
Shiddi – Accommodates 1 or 2 – Private and peaceful. (option for 1 or 2 together)
Siddhi is one the smallest and latest editions to the property; its size is a big part of its charm. A solid teak lumbung beautifully carved, just big enough for a queen size bed that sits snuggly in the room and doubles as a day lounger. The bed is extra thick (very comfortable) foam and sits on the floor, so this is not the house for those who don’t like living at floor level, or have trouble getting up and down. The whole house is raised up and looks out over the jungle. We replaced 2 of the walls with glass, so the vistas all around are breathtaking. There is an outside bale connected to the house that creates extra living space and is ideal for working, (it has an International socket for a lap-top). It is self contained and very private, ideal for those who enjoy communing with nature. It is also the perfect little “love nest” for couples.
Ishani accomdates 2 or 3 (with shared bed)
is our newest house, all teak and glass and jungle views. We took an old Javanese lumbung and made it as functional as we possibly could, while still maintain its integrity. It has solid teak walls and floor, with 2 walls being full sliding glass French doors, a queen size bed, a closet, floor safe, teak patio with a wooden hammock. It has its own private garden with some veggies, banana plants and flowers. There is a living fence providing privacy from the next house, and it has a beautiful view over the jungle.
is a unique and authentic old teak home set in working rice fields, with a shared full sized saltwater pool. Edible gardens are planted all around, and papaya trees and banana plants abound. This is the perfect location for those seeking old Bali, yet with easy access to all other aspects of the island. Indrani can comfortably accommodate 3 people, There is one double bed and 1 small single. A koi pod wraps around the house and the entrance to the house is across a small wooden bridge
Parwati is a unique and authentic old teak home set in working rice fields, with a shared full sized saltwater pool. Edible gardens are planted all around, and coconut trees and banana plants abound. This is the perfect location for those seeking old Bali, yet with easy access to all other aspects of the island. Parwati can comfortably accommodate 4 people, There is one double bed and 2 small singles in a loft space. There is a ladder up to this loft, so it is only really suitable for those who are fairly agile. This house is completely self contained and private with its own gate, koi pond, a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, stone work outdoor bathroom, unlimited hot water, a deep terrazzo tub plus a separate shower, and countless other charming features.
The origins of this house are a “pos jaga”, a teak lookout post from the Javanese jungle. We have adapted it into a multi-purpose property. The downstairs is a more enclosed living space, with an antique carved bed. This beautiful piece serves as a bed at night and a lounging area by day. It is about the size of an average double bed, so it is ideal for a single, or a not too large couple. There is a fully equipped kitchen, plus a dining table area in the main living area. There is a ceiling fan, walk in closet, and a safe. The bathroom is inside/outside style, with a terrazzo tub/shower under the stars. The upstairs is reached via a sturdy but quite steep ladder, so this is not a good house for the infirm or those who would have any difficulty with this. The upstairs has an old solid teak tongue and groove floor, ideal for yoga, dance or meditation. It is about 75% completely open, with a wooden railing all around, and glorious views of the rice fields and jungle. There is plenty of solid foam comfortable seating if the room is to be used as a sitting/lounging area.
$2299 AUD p/p –DURGA IS SOLD OUT!!!
There is a separate spa area for massages or other treatments such as reflexology or various beauty treatments. There is also the option of having these treatments in the privacy of your own room – we have portable massage tables (with face cradles).
There is a 10 x 8 meter, open-sided yoga studio with a hardwood sprung floor. This room is also perfect for any other classroom-type requirements and has 15 international electrical sockets.
There is a fully equipped staff kitchen on the property, separate from the other houses, for the use of our staff only. There is a paperless menu on tablets, (or we can send it to guests on pdf.), and meals and beverages can be ordered throughout the day until 7 pm.
Our menu and Balinese food in general is easily adaptable to any and all dietary requirements; be this vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or inclusive of humanely-sourced free-range and organic meats and line-caught fish.
All food is organic, 100% free-range, chemical free, humanely raised and slaughtered animal products, we have a wonderful local resource. They provide eggs, cheeses, bacon, chickens, other meats, vinegar, nuts and many other items.
We have our own permaculture vegetable gardens and many fruit trees. We do ask that you not pick anything without first discussing this with Wayan. We plan and plant our gardens around our own restaurant requirements and scheduled events, and freeze and store our produce accordingly. Wayan will let you know if we have any extra, and if we do we will be happy to make them available for a nominal fee.
The kitchen area is on the upper property, and is private and gated, and we ask that you not enter it, as it is exclusively for the use of our staff. If you knock on the gate someone will come and assist you.
We are in a traditional rural area of Bali, however there are some wonderful restaurants within a 10 minute drive of the property. We can arrange for transportation to off-site dining or if you wish to dine in your room or on the property we can put in an order for you and arrange pick up and delivery. Food delivery incurs an additional 10% charge on your food bill; transportation for guests to and from off-site dining incurs a charge of approximately $15. The restaurants in our area are: Kampung Cafe and Kailasha .
Besides these 2 restaurants there are several small local warungs, some that are about a 15 or 20 minute walk away, and we also have our own little on-site warung, Kafe Yamuna.
Our staff are highly skilled in cooking traditional Balinese cuisine. This goes far beyond what can ever be found in a typical restaurant. Authentic Balinese food is complex and highly time intensive to prepare, and therefore generally only a limited version of the culinary possibilities can be found on offer to the general public. For our groups we have a dedicated staff working all day to provide a wide array of authentic and delicious dishes for our guests.
All bookings for Room/house include complete retreat rate, but each house is shown so as to choose preferred accommodation as it is available. All rooms are shared unless otherwise specified (private rooms are $100AUD extra on package). If you are journeying alone you will placed with whomever books the room as a preference. We trust that the divine will place you with whomever your soul is meant to be sharing with at this stage in your journey. If you are traveling with another you may specify who you want to share with. You can book the rooms at the same time. All rooms will be booked first in basis (we are not fused about dress :))
“I feel deeply that we are here to experience freedom and connection (Love) both to sentient beings (which includes Gaia) and the divine. We need to rediscover the stillness in our hearts and in Mother Nature to find this again; to heal and begin to lead a more authentic and soulful life in unity consciousness”. My aim is to provide a space and support in this journey.
“I firmly believe that we as a humans have an innate desire for freedom and therefore benefit from ’emptying out.
The more we continue to do this the closer we get to our true selves, our spiritual selves. In essence the Love that we are.
We have lost our way as a society, We need to ’empty out’ our conditioned beliefs and start to re-establish ourselves as we truly are “spiritual beings in a body.
The Yoga’s and Buddhism are great for this. Their entire foundations are built on these ideas. For instance the second stanza of Patanjali’s Yoga says:
” Yoga is the cessation of the of the mind”
I have not seen anything work better at achieving this then meditation and creative practices. And well nature speaks for itself, we are nature, so when we align ourselves to her rhythms we give our body, mind and spirit a chance at wellness and manifesting a beautiful reality, psychologically”
My aim is to provide a space for one’s spirit to Awaken and it warms my heart to be able to offer such a divine sanctuary to join with like-minded others to explore this together. I can’t wait to meet you. If you have any questions please contact me here
ESSENCE of BALI – June 1-5 2019
Warm blessings and may you go with the Flow…
Our retreat scores 15 points on the Yoga Tree site which are usually valued $3000 – $10000, although our prices are in the 7 point range to make this affordable for all people. All profits from West End Therapies go towards Women in Need Project.
I AM the darkness And of course I have been here before, this dark night of the soul, soulless Only this time is was worse. As all that came before it, all its glory and awe was ripped from me. The emptiness, my beloved emptiness full of fullness, rich in love, more pure than the … Continue reading Awakening – Dark Night of the...
Only this time is was worse. As all that came before it, all its glory and awe was ripped from me. The emptiness, my beloved emptiness full of fullness, rich in love, more pure than the breath itself, now a desert, black as night, so vastly empty.
All potentiality unseen, unreal, nonexistent
The dark night of the soul
The breath my beloved breath, listless, unwelcome for its prior promise of life was forsaken, each breath bringing more darkness to the dark.
Thoughts, my beloved thoughts of gratitude and exaltation, now birthed with condemnation and ill repute; such ugliness, I was bequeathed even by the idea that things could be good again, for goodness begot but more misery.
And yet there was no sadness, no emotion, that too was an empty space. No possibility of clinging to it, as the darkness gave no boundaries to grasp onto.
my beloved meditation gone, samadhi unreachable, irrelevant, composed of interpretations of the ego. The ego that has pulled me into her depths to face my reality.
She who has suffered
Pains of destiny
Rising in the dawn
Give her nectar
Bathe her in yr love
From yr heart
She who has tried
Rising in the dawn
Soak her in your warmth
Feed her nectar
Wise Adjectives of Amore
Shine upon her
She who has worn the world
Rising in the dawn
Lay upon her bed
She who has met the demons
Mobs of life
Rising in the dawn
Bow before her
Offering her nectar
Announcing her beauty
With kisses of fervour
Let her wallow
In yr touch
Rising in the dawn
The dawn of Einstein
And the dawn arises, still in the darkness of night, upon the 7th rising of the sun
So, I turn to my beloved Einstein. Wrapped in theory, fingers pointing to the universe, the movement of planets and spacious glory. Yet, the algorithms of my heart so empty, dry; I stumble past his interpretations, his mental theorems derived of imagination and some how land upon the Meditation of the
Secret of the golden flower
I knew he would have the clues. Grace!
I drop immediately into my breath. The darkness arises once again. The glorified darkness, full and rich, boundless, alive. Into the silence of my breath I become seamless, there is a light and I am that. The dark and the light at once.
Form is emptiness
Emptiness is form
– Buddhist heart sutra
I sink deeper into this Self and I (the darkness and light) merge and I am nothing, gone kaput!! Yet, only for a time.
And as the thrice dawn falls upon me again, established in my practice (Drop into the breath, become the silence, a light appears, direct it to my heart, let it surround me, moving it into the space between the eyes), here arises within me
From existence, consciousness, bliss there was an image before my very eyeless eyes. I became Aware of a face covered in hair of grey, so white like pearls of dust, tears fell upon my face and I thought out loud “Lao Tzu? is that you” More silence pursued and I returned to the empty space full of golden light. Grace!
And in the dawn upon the 11th day of the rising sun, before me was the book
“The Life Divine”
From its words I fell seamlessly into the energy of emptiness, merging with the golden light for 5 days of the rising sun and into the rays of the moon.
Was a spiritual philosopher and mystic born of India and educated in England, completing his studies at Cambridge before returning to the mother land to help revolutionise India from the grasps of the English colonization. This led him on a mystical experience in his term in goal as a political revolutionary.
He spent his life thereafter, experiencing spirituality through mystical experiences and interpreting the Hindu traditions. His life works are of a deep spiritual nature.
For me, he pointed me towards the union of body/mind and the transcendent, the tantra and the Advaita (which had previously been split off from each other) and helped me to step into a deeper surrender. Exquisite trust. Not of traditions or religiosity, yet of life.
Tarot symbolism – All is One Foolish Love “To the student of the tarot, the images represent the learning of the process of evolution. To any other person, they are pictures and nothing more. “– Ra queen of cups Symbolism in the tarot A brief look at the symbols in the tarot cards and their … Continue reading The Fool Card tarot returns...
Tarot symbolism – All is One Foolish Love
“To the student of the tarot, the images represent the learning of the process of evolution. To any other person, they are pictures and nothing more. “– Ra
Symbolism in the tarot
A brief look at the symbols in the tarot cards and their historic derivatives
Symbols are a language.
Prior to the written word most cultures used images and sound to relate.
They are the primordial expressions of truth, the uninhibited language.
A language that allows the left and right brain to come together in union to experience life fully; consciousness communicating in its fundamental unadulterated essence – language of the soul.
reminds me of the Rishis
With symbols a sweet balance of the left and right hemispheres, a yin and yang communication between the two spheres is aroused;. giving us the ability to understand ourselves and the universe in a more holistic way.
The tarot (symbolism) therefore brings us back into this union, back into the pure consciousness, it is a bridge.
When we begin to familiarise ourselves with these symbols we can create a harmonious balance in the mind, we can step into the archetypes (for the self development aspect) and also allow them to give us intuitive insights (the divination aspect).
Both are relative (one without the other is only a half of the truth) and available to us; interdependent and integral to our evolution as a species.
Let’s look at The Lovers tarot card for example….
If two people come together and use words to communicate the experience or desire, there will be a number of different interpretations and the two may spend hrs ruminating over the concepts and meanings – workshopping their ideals around personal references and mores.
However, if the two place themselves in an atmosphere of candlelight, rose petals and sunflowers, with Beethoven’s Symphony #5 playing in the background, and stare into each other’s eyes (as expressed in The Lovers card), with this universal language they are more likely to feel lovely and see and appreciate each other’s beauty…. Speaking from the soul… and who knows what could happen next.
We see these symbols being used in alchemy, the hermetic teaching and the kabbalah.
However, if we go back a bit in time we can see that these symbols are universal symbols and therefore have no historical source; are from the mysterious source of the universe . Also, many were used in ancient Eastern culture (perhaps in different ways); we can therefore see a connection between the East and the West.
We can see how symbols are derivative from the unknown source of all.
What exactly is the tarot – the truth
Like love, the Tarot and its origins are pervaded by mystery, both historically and by its very quintessence, or its essential nature, as it where.
I like to draw love hearts, in the mirror and the shower glass, each day as i go about my morning ritual so the symbol stays present in my psyche throughout the day’s challenges
Stick to the topic Megsie – Tarot truth
It is like a deep river of life, of which the current of many esoteric disciplines and philosophies are flowing to, through and from. The streams of astrology, numerology, the Kabbalah, alchemy, Hermetics and theosophical geometrical systems ripple through the Tarot like a fish takes to water; naturally, necessarily.
We see also Buddhist and Yogic principles circling though like wild rips in an ocean of wonder. I can hear Einstein’s famous attribution resounding right now “It’s all relative.”
It’s the ageless wisdom, undefinable and untraceable.
Somewhat Toaish in nature:
The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name
The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad thing
-Tao Te Ching
The Tarot is a deck of cards containing symbols that help to guide us along the process of life. They are used for prophesying the future, understanding the past and tapping into the present energies or consciousness of a situation or person.
They are also used as a personal growth tool, as they depict the journey of the soul in the human body. They have a deep symbolic aptitude that has the capacity to transform our lives as we move along the process of evolution.
It’s often referred to as the fools Journey
In particular the Major Arcana, 22 cards (of the 78 – the Minor Arcana are 56 in total) layout the stages of our psychic (mind) development and the evolution of our soul (spiritual).
With the first 14 being the process of development from child to adult, alongside spiritual development. and the last being the deeper spiritual growth of the adept or awakened one. The first or last card The Fool (0) is the spirit, or the soul (the person) on the journey of life.
Each major arcana card can both be seen as a guide for this evolutionary process or offer divination guidance. Yet, as we deepen our relationship with the tarot we see both are one and the same, or that one may be intrinsic to the other.
Etymology of the Tarot
There is much debate about the etymology of the word Tarot, as no evidence (written documentation) has come forth . This is the nature of the Tarot.
Yet, here I will show some etymological hypothesis of the origins of the the word Tarot by taking a look at some of its possible sources – drawing from a common sense approach to history and linguistics.
Tarot comes from the Italian word trionfi, used in the fifteenth century to describe the twenty-two trump cards according to historians. Many esoteric scholars however have profited that it comes from Tah Ro – ‘road to evolution’ from Egyptian studied.
From latin: “tota” meaning “total” and “rota” meaning “revolving wheel.”
from “Tah Ro” meaning the royal road to evolution Egyptian.
Tar Rosh Egyptian – Science of Mercury (hermetic)
Tarot” descends from “Torah”, Hebrew law.
from Taraha (Arabic), which means “he rejected, put aside”
Tara – Goddess – generative force of the universe (of creation)
meaning secret Major – great. Meaning great secret. It seems rather mysterious (there’s that word again) that a mere card game of the fifteenth century would enter royalty
In relation to Tarot refers to a combination of Gnosticism, Alchemy, Astrology and Christian Cabala that came together in the Renaissance, then percolated through the esoteric lodges of 18th century France.
What is its purpose
The Tarot or the book of truth, is a depiction (however mysterious) of the laws of nature or the generative process of creation and life. It uses symbols often from the ancient traditions to express the journey of life.
The Tarot is a system for raising consciousness or self mastery.
The scholars verses the secret societies
There is much debate about its original esoteric purpose with some scholars believing it was first used for divination and others as a guide for the development (in particular spiritual) of the human experience – or the development of the human consciousness within secret societies. And also for ritual purposes. And all are true and all are equally important and connected.
Most Western historians protest that the cards were used as playing cards only, arriving in Italy from Eastern (specifically Persian) countries and have nothing to do with the occult and/or were not used as divination at all.
beyond all else, what must be considered here is the symbolism used in the cards. It is understood that the symbolism itself is the most important relatable element (of focus) – for both the divination purposes and for the individual’s developmental objective – that are venerably attributed to the cards. It cannot be overseen when we consider the history of the tarot.
Another interesting aspect to keep in mind is the particularly European and sometimes Neoplatonic atmosphere of the iconography used in the cards, which often leads historians to the belief that they are specific to European culture.
I mean, although I will not go into the herstory of this, we must faction in here the influences of the East on the, Hermetic, Platonian, Socratean and other typically European dialogues that are associated with the tarot and allow some common sense to come forward.
In our modern era it is used mostly for divination but is also understood to be a guide for self development.
Carl Jung has had a major influence on bringing the tarot into the field of psycho-development as he understood it’s symbolism in relation to the psyche and our potentiality; therefore, bringing it back into the mainstream.
Hence, it has become a household name and often a household guide.
However, usually one that is not taken too seriously, not understood and is more commonly used as a light-hearted oracle for prosperity and love guidance.
As a side issue, I suggest it be noted that many of the male figures in the current tarot depiction were originally of female gender – symbolic of course – that is, pointing to certain archetypal attributes.
This could indicate an Egyptian context in alignment with the Isis Teachings.
Where did the Tarot Come from
The most common thread in the academic, as well as the mainstream of the internet, seems to have a strong leaning towards the Tarot originating out of the blue by artists and aristocrats in Italy for pleasure – to play cards.
This comes from books and essays written by modern Western historians most recently, the Italian scholar Andrea Vitali in his study in the mid 1980’s.
However, It is suggested by some tarot scholars (mostly informed by the works of Eliphas Levi – French occultist of the 19th century, who studied the links between the Kabbalah and the tarot) that the Tarot is derived from the Kabbalah. I do see strong correlations and truths in this theorem.
It is sometimes said that the correlation between the word Torah (the Jewish texts used in the Kabbalah) has an undeniable relationship with the word Tarot. Note: Kabbalah (from Hebrew, literally meaning “parallel/corresponding,” or “received tradition) is an ancient esoteric discipline of mystical Judaism.
Another insight was given by Jean Baptiste Pitois (occultist and author of the late 1800’s), which accounts that the Tarot is a derivative of the the Sages of ancient Egypt under the tutelage of Hermes Trismegistus (Greek) or Thoth (Egyptian) – which nobody seems able to evidence as human or deity.
Regardless there are the sacred texts ([Hermetic Corpus] of which I have studied and continue to do so) that (apparently) have come from Thoth or Hermes that outline the basis of Hermeticism. Let it be noted that the majority of the symbols on the cards are of hermetic origin.
This does tie in nicely with the rigid scholarly persistence that the cards are from the nobility of Italy of the 15th Century (used merely for playing). As we see in early Renaissance Italy the art, fashion and philosophy was being deeply influenced and enriched by the astrology, iconology and aesthetics coming over from the middle East.
In effect what was to become the tarot was the ‘fashion’ of the time. And specifically non local to Italian culture.
Do you see a pattern arising here? Nobody seems to know. The Tarot are by nature mysterious.
It seems to have a similar embodied mysticism that the scientists of the modern era are coming up against with consciousness (what some call God or source or universe). The hard problem of Consciousness is also
The hard problem of Tarot.
We must consider that the symbols of the Tarot come from esoteric systems which were largely secret orders and have infamously kept most of the sacred teachings underground. Usually for reasons of safety, discretion and in some cases control.
What we do know
What we do know is the Earliest known writing of the Major Arcana comes from The Syrian philosopher Lamblicus (c. 300-330 CE) in his discourse on “The Egyptian Mysteries.” – Lambilicus was an initiated Magi (magic practitioner/priest of the Persian religion founded around 600 BC).
There is evidence of cards of a similar nature being used in Buddhist sects before the common era, i.e, B.C, for ritualistic purposes. But, as i said we can simply use common sense if we want to consider these implications.
Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 331 BCE, and founded the city of Alexandria at the mouth of the Nile delta.
After his death Egypt was ruled for 300 years by the descendants of Ptolemy, one of his generals. Egypt then became a Roman province. There was a lot of mingling with the East over the years prior and after.
The European culture was increasingly influenced by the literacy and religiosity emanating from Alexandria and Egypt which had an intrinsic effect on Western culture.
In particular the culture and text of Hermetica named after the Egyptian God Thoth, becoming in Greek Hermes.
A recent (1984) extensive research essay Tarot: Art and Magic, by Professor Andrea Vitali (Italy) imparts that there was indeed a strong hermetic and in some cases christian mystical influence on some cards that were illustrated and printed in Italy.
It is considered that evidence of Italian renaissance documents illustrate the use of tarot by the aristocrats as a form of guidance. For example they would play a ‘game’ asking the cards a question to receive an answer.
Doing this with an understanding that the symbols on the cards were indicative of celestial guidance or deep universal principles. Here semantics “a game’ are relative. Calling it a game does not take away from the purpose “to seek answers”
We also know, thanks to Vitali’s research, that the Mantegna Tarot called Mantegna Tarocchi (Italian word for Tarot), depicting esoteric iconography were used as visual aids in education for upper class children. In the image attached we see Sol (sun) 44 which we might consider a strange image for a card game and/or education material in our common age.
The hermetic influence on the Italian culture of the time 14th 15th and 16th centuries gave rise to the study and deep consideration and interpretation of the hermetic text. Vitali points out that these in part influenced the illustrations and use of the cards. Suggesting they were used as guidance and specifically ethical or universal guidance to life’s affairs.
on the other hand
The Tarot is an ancient Egyptian book, whose pages contain the secret of a universal medicine, the creation of the world, and the future of the human race. It was conceived in the year 2170 BC, during a conference of 17 magicians presided over by Hermes Trismegistus. It was then engraved on gold sheets which were placed around the central fire of the Temple of Memphis. Then, after various vicissitudes, it was reproduced by common medieval engravers in such imprecise fashion that the meaning was completely distorted”.
-Juan Baptiste Alliette
BUT I don’t believe in History so lets move on to the truth
The Fool – Arcanum 0
Understanding the Fool
As noted previously, the Major Arcana is the journey of the human consciousness or the soul.
The Fool card represents this human consciousness or the spirit. It is neither female or male, it is considered to be an hermaphrodite and is often referred to as ‘the holy androgyne’ because of it’s androgynous nature – neither gender; of spirit.
The fool is the spiritual self on the journey of life. That which we know as Jiva (Atman, awareness of self as body).
The fool represents the spirit and in particular, the union of the male and female or the lack of gender speaks to the idea that the journey of evolution is not limited to anyone, that it is available to all and possible for all.
A fool is often looked down upon in contemporary society, however the Fool here is a very important message, to be light-hearted, to maintain a sense of joyfulness and gaiety as we go through the journey of life.
This ties in beautifully with the teachings of Buddha who is pointing to the joy that is underneath all our suffering, the joy that is inherent within us. Our true nature.
The fool fundamentally refers to spirit. The spirit of the self. The zero, the white rose, the sun and the colour yellow all point to this in the card.
In the earlier versions (pre Thoth and Rider Waite decks) the fool represented a fallen human, often a decrepit or raggedly looking character who had over identified with the material plane, had lost their way and was beginning the way to self-realising through wisdom and knowledge.
So from this we can see a new beginning or an awakening. The beginning stages.
If you meditate on the fool, it’s qualities will rise towards you.
If you allow it to do so, it will create a feeling of effervescent illumination, joy and lightness within you; innocence. This innocence will allow you to move through the tarot major arcanas (the fool’s journey) with an openness and therefore with a greater capacity to grow on this journey.
This is the power of the Fool, as it is the innocence, the pure spirit of us.
Focus now upon the fool card, Take a slow long deep breath in.. and breathe out..continue this for a minute or two. When you have established a full connection to your breath and a quiet mind, move your attention into your heart area (at the centre of your chest) and look upon the Fool card.
Do not analyse just be with it for a minute or two.
Repeat 3 times
“ I open my heart to the journey of life before me – I am one with all that is. I open to the innocence of my higher self. My heart is opening.”. Feel the sensations in your heart.
Air – The male and the female contained in one – The silence – The intellect or thought. The thought comes from the silence
In the Kabalion it is said there is one universal mind referred to as the ALL. It has seven principles which align with the first seven major arcana.
“The Principles of Truth are Seven; he who knows these, understandingly, possesses the Magic Key before whose touch all the Doors of the Temple fly open.”
The hermetic tradition is based on the idea that all is made of the five elements Earth, air fire water an ether (space or spirit). In the tarot the fool is the spirit of the the five elements
The fool in Buddhism represents our Buddha Nature.
The Buddha taught that all beings had the potential for realising our true self (buddha nature) by discovering that we are our illuminated mind or consciousness itself. The Buddha works from the premise that we are not a soul or Self (as in Hindu teaching) but that we are ever changing consciousness or the seed of enlightenment itself.
This is our Buddha Nature and this is what is to be realised or that we are to awaken to through the journey of life.
The fool is therefore the consciousness itself, yet so far unrealised, awake but not knowing it is so. Ready to leap into life as unrealsied consciousness.
Here is passage from the ‘Five Treatises of Maitreya’ a Buddhist text written in the 4th Century that points to this idea clearly.
Because the perfect buddhas’s kaya is all-pervading, Because reality is undifferentiated,
And because they possess the potential,
Beings always have the buddha nature.
Maitreya, Sublime Continuum, I, 27
Kaya here means embodiment or body – the embodiment of compassion and wisdom – which is the fundamental teaching of the Buddha. That we overcome suffering through compassion and wisdom.
It is suggested here to contemplate these words expressed by the Dalai Lamas Buddha Nature
My body is the Holy Mandala itself,
Wherein reside the Buddhas of all Times. . . . All sentient beings in Samsara
Have “Thatness,” but realize it not.
— Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama)
In the Yogas, the Vedic texts and in particular the Upanishads (most commonly known in the Western world) you will find the fundamental principle of all metaphysical consideration is Brahman ब्रह्मा. Brahman in Hindu refers to the single essential oneness from which comes the diversity of all that exists in the universe, or the creative principle that comes before all manifestation.
So from Brahman comes Atman – the individual soul. It is not the body but Brahman itself. It is consciousness in individual form. Then Jiva – The Atman or Brahman as the indiviual self.
The Fool represents this part of us in the human body, The Atman or soul or awareness of self as Brahman. The purpose of understanding this principle in Yoga is to raise our consciousness – for us as human beings to become aware of ourselves – our true nature – Brahman. This is considered our reason for existence.
Infinite. Eternally present. . . .
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.
— Lao Tse
The universe and I came into being together; and I, and everything therein, are One.
Eight of Swords Tarot The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression – W. E. B. Du Bois Blindfolded and wrapped in grey material that is seemingly binding, we see a woman surrounded by eight swords. They are behind blocking her from an old castle. There is no one else around, only … Continue reading Eight of Swords Tarot...
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression – W. E. B. Du Bois
Blindfolded and wrapped in grey material that is seemingly binding, we see a woman surrounded by eight swords. They are behind blocking her from an old castle. There is no one else around, only herself. She has one foot in the water and one on the solid earth. The sky is grey.
The grey sky represents a feeling of gloom or dissatisfaction. The blindfold signifies something not being seen. The body repressed by material portends to the bondage of senses. Swords represent air and intellect. We see they are behind her and that she has a clear way forward, yet cannot see it for the binding of the senses. A key here is the water (emotions) and the Earth (material) – grounding our emotions.
There is no avoiding the dreary and oppressive feeling reverberating from this card.
Yet, as it is the mind alone that shadows us – it too can be the mind that frees us.
The eight of swords is a representation of our negative thinking, our repressive beliefs or thoughts that keep us trapped in bondage. We can also see it as a card of healing our emotions and moving towards fertile grounds.
this card can point to a situation that may be repressive or keeping us in bondage. Yet let’s not forget that it is our own minds that are keeping us there. Our beliefs.
The swords here are pointing to our individual thoughts. It shows that a mindset is stopping us from liberation.
The eight of swords is reminding you that you have a choice Always. yet it isn’t easy to go in and find the source of our repression or our victim mentality. This card points towards the solution. To take a look into the clearer emotions (water) that are driving you and to do it on firm ground.
If one is not in a relationship and has a desire to be in one this card can point to some healing from a past relationship that hasn’t completed its course. Sometime we get stuck in past situations and old patterns that need to be released. This card wants you to take a look at what mindset is stopping you from moving into your sovereignty and towards a love that liberates one.
Sometimes this card, in love, simply means “so what is stopping you from making that move?” what are you afraid of? Whether it is to express a secret admiration or to walk away from a destructive binding repressive relationship.
It is advising to take a deeper look at what fears and resistances are causing you to stop yourself moving closer to a loved one or to expressing the love you have whirling inside you. Some may be honest obstacles, yet true love is boundless and longs for expression. The eight of swords wants you to understand these resistances and break free of them
In Work or Goals
In work or a goal fulfillment this card is showing that there is some mindset that is holding us back from success. I feel the water (emotions) here is significant. What emotions are driving your activities, are you looking at the original intention and have a clear heart set on that goal or are some conditioned thoughts about material (earth) comfort binding you to unfulfilled dreams.
There could actually be a situation that is stopping you from progressing and this card is asking you to look at the way it is effecting your mental health and happiness and to assess whether it is worth the struggle of maintaining it. Our emotions here can help us to look at our true desires, our passions and show that that may be the way forward.
The key here is the intellect (swords) you may need to spend some time using strategic thinking to resolve the repressive situation. The eight of swords specifically says we are victims of our thoughts – so how can we change them?
There are two important stages of ones spiritual evolution that this card could be speaking to. As we move through the path of life, our spirits start yearning for some deeper happiness.
One of the first steps is to see how are thoughts are creating our reality. In Buddhism it is often referred to as Mindfulness. It is a time when we become mindful of our thoughts and it can be a scary or frightening confrontation.
At this stage we begin to long for a deeper happiness but often look around us and see no way out. The world is full of suffering as Buddha says. Yet, it is also full of peace and love and happiness. Both exist.
Here the eight of swords points to the possibility of happier and healthier thoughts and feelings (as we see with the foot in the clear water and the other grounded on the muddy earth).
Through this mindfulness presence – being present to our own thoughts about life and or the situations we are in, we begin to reassess our lives – it’s unavoidable – unless ones chooses to stay bound in the dark of the mind (suffering). As we do this we may need a time of seeking help. This is always advisable. There are many light loving people that have overcome and are helping others.
Another part of the spiritual journey, usually following this one or that comes after a time of revelation is a dark period when the ego mind takes over and one is fully immersed in the mind – this is called the dark night of the soul.
Some people feel this as depression yet it is necessary to see the difference between depression and spiritual sadness – longing for a closer connection to our spiritual selves.
In this stage we begin to not find pleasure in any old dysfunctional ways that once we identified with. It is a time when we need to be very loving and kind to ourselves. Again we can use the image of the foot in the clear blue water. This here represents compassionate emotions towards oneself. Going into a stage of grounding and healing and being kind to the self as it transitions through life’s phases or difficulties.
The beauty of this card is that it is an opportunity to overcome, to go in and make a fundamental change in the mind, in the intellect. That which is stopping you from being happy, peaceful and In love!
May you be loving, kind and compassionate to your self. Then, worry about others
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
― Mother Teresa
The six of cups is a card that tends to conjure up feelings or memories of the past. It is seeped in nostalgia. Now there is two ways of seeing the past – we can look back with regret or with a humility – that helps us to accept that we are human.. ooops there is three – or we can look back with fondness.
“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
The past is not a good place to dwell in, we all learned that when Eckarte Tolle started saying “Now, The power of now”. Yet it can be a good source of reflection. Our humanness makes us by default infallible, although we are perfect in our imperfectness. But it’s all perfect. Sorry I started off on a philosophical tangent. I’ve been doing that for years. So where was I, oh that’s right in the Now, talking about the past.
This six can bring us into a full blown nostalgia, it’s important, it’s a good thing, we get to assess old truths and experiences. We can create new value systems, becoming conscious of what serves us, what makes us happy, what is destructive or that which makes us sad. We need these polarities to help us move forward.
This 6 comes after the five (which is often a time of heartbreak). So it can also be a stage were we are transiting from a past event or situation. Some of the energies may be lingering. We are processing how things got to where they are, our behaviours, others behaviours. We are in a healing stage. A time of reflection.
This card usually comes after a relationship breakdown. A time when we think about whether we can repair a relationship or not, before we truly move on. It can be a sad time but it does imply a time of moving away from the sadness that the relationship may have created.
It can in some cases portend a reunion and rarely a reconciliation.
Reunion reveals friendship potential that haven’t yet been emerged in the past.”
― Toba Beta
If you are in a relationship it can refer to times of the past – it is usually heeding you to reflect on a time or actions that were beneficial, to help you in a current struggle within the relationship. Or it can be an omen that a patchy time has passed.
If you are not in a relationship it is a reminder of how we are able to heal from the past. Yet, it can also be referring to a missed opportunity. Something has ended and now is a good time for self care and self love.
In work or goals
As a strong nostalgic force is evident in this card, when relating to goals or vocation, this tarot card can often mean a person from an old work place may contact you or there may be a pull from an old workplace calling you back in. The advise here is to reflect carefully and to retrace your old feelings about the situation, they will help you make a decision. You may get an offer too good to refuse.
It can also indicate that a tough financial or work related issue is resolving itself. Any setbacks will be overcome.
The spiritual message of this card is that of beginners mind. Regardless of how transcended we are or how learned or experienced or how awakened our Kundalini is, we are still human, we are still living in the mystery, we are still at the mercy of the unknown. This card reminds us to draw upon our humility, our perfect infallibility (here we are again) or our innocence.
I like the Buddhist term for this, Shoshin (初心), from Zen Buddhism, meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when analysing or reflecting upon a thing or event, even if you are at an advanced level, as a beginner would, so as to meet the innocence of the situation.
It can also indicate a time after (the five of cups), of sadness or loss, the healing stage. Transition can feel difficult at times as many of us are not comfortable with change. Yet, if we honour ourselves with self care and self development, if we practice consciousness and present living, we can move through these awakenings with a greater peace or with a softer landing place. Even though it’s a groundless path
This tarot card wants you to know that there is always a past, a present and a future, it’s reminding you to walk the path of least resistance, to allow a humbleness to move through you, to learn, to grow.
This is an opportunity for deeper spiritual unfoldment.
It’s an interesting state of affairs, it’s the millennium right? – We have invented the light bulb, been to the moon, created nuclear weapons and the Hubble telescope – that can guide us into the unfathomable science of dark matter – and now yoga pants are spreading like wild fire, unbridled, from wireless connection … Continue reading Conscious Karma Fashion – hand drawn yoga art...
It’s an interesting state of affairs, it’s the millennium right? – We have invented the light bulb, been to the moon, created nuclear weapons and the Hubble telescope – that can guide us into the unfathomable science of dark matter – and now yoga pants are spreading like wild fire, unbridled, from wireless connection to your front door. Progress, conscientious or Conscious?
And yet here we are on Mother Earth, mixing cocktails of coal seam gas with concreted slabs of high rise homes – overpopulated, with no idea how to get along with our neighbours, both near and far, afraid of anyone who looks different or has a different viewpoint, chopping down trees like they are going out of fashion (karma), well dressed in synthetic fabrics of societal oppression and fear of life itself. Quick, Give me those yoga pants, I need to downward dog before another species dies into the melting pot of progress. The age of enlightenment.
Breath into the oneness. It will all be ok! Let’s have a another discussion on wholeness and the non-dual state. It will all be ok. Let’s write another antithesis on the magnetic forces and the evolution of consciousness. It will all be ok! Look how clever I am. It will all be ok! Let’s wear yoga pants. It will all be ok!
You may be wondering why i am placing excessive emphasis on the Yoga and her pants. Well let’s begin with what yoga means. Simply it means union. In the Yogas it refers to the union of the body mind and spirit with the absolute reality of things. If we nut it out on a human level we see things like union with the right and left hemisphere of the brain – creating a synthesis with all that is – a union with truth. We get to experience life in it fullness – with the right brain (intuitive and creative) working in union with the left brain (analytical, scientific). That’s why meditation and/or stillness and time in nature, art, music – it helps to develop this union.
So who’s wearing the pants in this relationship.. no one, its equal; an equilibrium of opposites, no need for pants wearing in this relationship. Well ok that’s not quite true, as the spiritual adept Krishna in The Gita suggests “for one to be spiritually mature, one must wear pants..” ooops I mean “for one to be spiritually mature one must be able to accept the paradox of reality. “. It’s karmic I tell ya!
Ok, so we need to wear pants and we need to be conscious.. and yoga is fashionable. I’ve found the equilibrium, I’ve mastered the art of paradox – the creative forces of meditation have prevailed and I’ve bridged the gap of world religions and traditions. I’ve found the cure for scientists, I’ve solved the problems of nature – Conscious fashion. Unadulterated psychospiritual fashion. Education on your yoga pants. Einstein on your chest, Miley Cyrus vibrating wrecking balls of Freedom on yr cleavage, #bruce upon your lips. Tops isn’t it. Karmic even.
If ya can’t beat em – join em – Megsie Le Karma
Here is what I’m talking about in case you are wondering “What’s Megsie going on about now?”
I was sitting under the mango tree contemplating my day and suddenly I realised I had stopped all mind activity and was just being. My awareness then moved towards my surroundings and the tree.
For a moment I just sat in this presence, in the stillness with the tree and I felt a lovely warmth in my heart and pervading peace. I sat with that feeling and then my mind started conceptualising what was happening, so i grabbed my charcoal and drew what was happening to me. I felt a kind of oneness, a communion.
We are a part of nature – what we do effects nature and nature effects us – I felt this – not on an intellectual level (although that was present after) but on a deep sensual level.
Psychology still debates nature verses nurture, science still debates evolution and we still don’t (and likely never will) understand consciousness, but I am ok with that mystery – I think that letting go of the knowing of this is the key – a vital part of the yoga – like I kind of did under the tree that day.
“The forest bird never wants a cage” is a term coined by the Henrik Isben – a Norwegian philosopher, poet and playwright of the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.
I find it interesting and saddening that such knowledge and consciousness was around hundreds of years ago and still we are not protecting our environment and wildlife. I often go into nature to regenerate and to re-calibrate – I am always astounded by the beauty of and the ways the wildlife live with us and it helps me to contemplate and understand cooperation.
We can all live together peacefully and nature shows us how – this is the Tao. This is the yoga!
An elephant came to me in deep meditation. I was struggling at the time with sad emotions that were spontaneously arising. The elephant energy moved through me and I felt a sense of the strength of the elephant energy within me.
I spent the next few mornings drawing this elephant.I felt I was integrating the strength of the elephant within my psyche.
I began to find clarity in my emotional upset.
Elephant medicine teaches us the power of gentleness, communication and commitment in relationships. Three vital elements to all relationships that attribute to the longevity (trust and lovingness) of a relationship.
I drew this image to express a feeling of restlessness and hurtful feelings one day when my mind began to dwell in the past. I had to pull myself back into the present moment and the minute I did I felt I was able to see the situation differently. I found an image in an old French revolution art book not long after that reminded me of this feeling.
It was a painting by ‘Goya’ of the 1700’s..from a painting he did about about ‘girls who wont stay at home’, risk exposing themselves to hardship’.. he was a political painter in the mid 17 to early 1800’s who later in life began to paint social, political and religious abuses of the times… I mucked around with it a bit to express how our heartbreak and losses come striking us at unexpected times and in unexpected ways.
In yoga there is a sanskrit saying ‘So Ham’ Pronounced So hum, It translates basically as “I am”. It is a fundamental principle and an ancient meditation as well as a mantra that helps us to come into harmony of life and the flow of the universe.
It’s great, if you think about it – Saying I am without putting anything after it makes all the judgments and identifications fall away. I have been using this for 14 years and it takes me straight into my centre and directly towards a calmness of mind.
In the west there has been a movement of creative visualisation and optimistic thinking for many centuries, usually in philosophical and/or bohemian type or fringe cultures. We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you think”.
So if we think about it– we only see the world, the universe – from our own eyes, our own mind, our own perception. Therefor we are the universe. I am
I used the circle as the basis of this design because it is in all the philosophies and the traditions – represents the cyclic nature of life and in some cased the universe. I added the crosses as they symbolise our mortality within he universe – the four points representing : self, nature, wisdom, and higher power or being:)
Wikipedia defines Inner Peace as: “(or peace of mind) refers to a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors.”
Most people are seeking peace in life, usually from some stimulus or an external situation. So they keep going after more more more. The Yogas say it is within – they point to the inner self to find peace. From 15 years of daily meditation I would have to agree
Liberation or Moksha is the fundamental aim of meditation, spiritual practice or life in general. We have an innate, hardwired desire to be free; to obtain happiness. It is what the Buddhists, Hindu’s, Sufi’s, Taoists and Christian mystics are all pointing to. As I was pondering this, I thought about how this may be playing out in the contemporary materialist and authoritarian Western cultures. Miley’s video “wrecking ball” was playing at the time and I realised that she is expressing this part of our psyche’s desire for freedom in the mass consciousness through song and performance. So I drew this and feel it correlates nicely with the idea of liberating from the chains of societal indoctrination and fear.
We Love Zen and mindfulness @Karmatops – it keeps life simple
In Zen Buddhism there is a saying “The obstacle is the path” – It points to our problems or issues – it suggests that the issue itself is the way to freeing oneself. It’s kinda like if we fail at something – we can see it as a challenge to work out how we can do something different – or basically learn from our mistakes – we can decrease our suffering by having a different perspective – by seeing the obstacle as a means of developing ourselves.
My daughter drew this on with her Ipad, she called it “Mamma’s mid life crisis” – I didn’t see this as an obstacle, I just changed the name