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Friday, April 28, 2017

At the Temple Gates 





At the Temple Gates

Some hover around outside,
linger at the portal,
never venture
within.

I don't blame them.
It's nicer,
safer out here.
Always longing,
never viewing the daemon
face to face,
hide and seek with the soul.

Never going in,
climbing up
on the alter
as the priest raises
his knife to
dismantle
who you are.

Once there,
your parts have been
torched and now
are unrecognizable.

Until they somehow join together
once again, in a new configuration.

Now you wonder
if you are living or dead
as you walk through
unaccustomed radiance,
a world transfigured, aflame.

Dorothy Walters
April 19, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

IMPEACHMENT MARCH IN L. A. 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!


IMPEACHMENT MARCH SET FOR JULY 2––LOOK IT UP!


Sunday, July 2 at 11 AM - 2 PM PDT

Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring St Ste 101, Los Angeles, California 90012

My guess is that more of these will be organized in coming days.  Even if it does not accomplish its immediate goal, it will be an important means of expressing the will of the people.  Keep on marching ahead, everyone!  We are together in this, including those who must just watch at home from the T. V.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Woman Who Knew Too Much––poem by Dorothy 





The Woman Who Knew Too Much

It is true
that by now
she had
read all the volumes,
thought all the ideas,
explored the inner meanings
of countless forms.

She herself
had reviewed and published many
of the thoughts
and now had no need to repeat them
or review them
in the writings
of others coming on the scene
who imagined they had
discovered something new.

Too old for fleshly lovers,
her connection now was with
the Beloved Within,
the enigmatic one who came
from an unknown realm,
being without name or form,
fed endless word poetry
into her mind,
sometimes gave her a deep throat kiss
as she waited for the next poem
to arrive.

Dorothy Walters
April 22, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

To My Internet 





To My Internet

(This is a poem inspired by modern technology, which now is virtually a new religion.  It is an updated version of the Lord's prayer.)

Dear Mysterious One
Who exists somewhere unseen
in the outer realms,
may all respect be shown to you.

Clearly, you are taking over
the universe,
you are forever in charge
of whatever occurs in my life,
here on this machine
and elsewhere
in places I cannot even
imagine.

Please forgive me
for all the foolish mistakes
I keep making
despite what my friends
have taught me
about how to post entries
and let me overlook
the typos in the messages
I receive from them
since all of us
were born too early
to get the right technique
clearly inscribed
on our out- of- date brains.

And keep me
from getting so
frustrated
that I fling this
gadget against the wall
and lose all my files
as well as my address book.
And help me not to get so
fascinated with my communications
that I forget to get up
and walk around every hour
as I am supposed to do
to keep my circulation going.

For you are clearly
my Significant Other,
the CEO of my non profit life,
and will be
for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours truly,

Me



Monday, April 24, 2017

Solar Winds today 






This morning I had another of the spells of fatigue and wooziness that I reported in early April and which I (and others) connected with solar flares.  So I checked once again on the website for solar activity and found the following.  Again, I must wonder what is going on. 


"SOLAR WIND ENGULFS EARTH: A solar wind storm is underway around Earth as our planet enters a high-speed stream of gas flowing from a large hole in the sun's atmosphere. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory photographed the source of the wind on April 23rd:

This is a coronal hole (CH)--a place in the sun's atmosphere where the magnetic field peels back and allows solar wind to escape. Solar wind flowing from this hole is moving faster than 700 km/s--a veritable gale.  Moreover, the wind is threaded with "negative polarity" magnetic fields. Such fields do a good job connecting to Earth's magnetosphere and energizing geomagnetic storms.

NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% to 65% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on April 24th and 25th as Earth moves through this potent stream of solar wind. High-latitude sky watchers should remain alert for auroras."


Ann Baring on the Sacred Marriage 





from Ann Baring, "The Dream of the Cosmos"

 This passage by Ann Baring is a brilliant exposition on the role of male and female in the divine realms and human experience.  For me, the Divine Spirit, by whatever name, is in fact Kundalini itself, for through Kundalini the soul achieves ecstatic union with the Beyond in the mystic marriage.  This state is the end of the mystical journey, the goal sought in almost every tradition, a recognition that self and Vastness are one.  The various lineages use different vocabularies to describe this union and name the feminine in different terms, but the essential meaning is the same, whether She is called Holy Spirit, Shekinah, or Sophia.  And Shiva/Shakti is not two, but one.  Often Shiva's body is depicted as literally half male, half female.   The only comment I would add is that although  on the human level, the union is often presented  as male/female in marriage, this equation can also be achieved by same sex couples, each offering aspects of both inner male/female to the other to achieve balanced merger.   Furthermore, in today's perspective, we strive for the merger of both male and female elements within ourselves, and thus we become complete humans.

Ann Baring goes beyond the surface observations of many contemporary writers to lead us into the heart of the mystery.  This excerpt will repay careful reading and re-reading to absorb its luminous wisdom.

The Imagery of the Sacred Marriage and the Transmission of Light

The highly developed cosmology of this tradition preserves the ancient Bronze Age image of the sacred marriage, reflected in the union of the Divine Father–Mother in the ground of being. There is not a Father God but a Mother–Father who are one in their eternal embrace, one in their ground, one in their emanation, one in their ecstatic and continuous act of creation through all the dimensions they bring into being and sustain. From the perspective of divine immanence, there is no essential separation between spirit and nature. No other tradition offers the same breathtaking vision in such exquisite poetic imagery of the union of male and female energies in the One that is both. The Song of Songs was the text most used by kabbalists for their contemplation of the mystery of this divine union.

The Zohar contemplates the mystery of the relationship between the female and male aspects of Divine Spirit expressed as Mother and Father, and their emanation through all dimensions of creation as Daughter and Son. The essential concept of this mystical tradition expresses itself in an image of worlds within worlds rather than as a hierarchy of descent. Divine Spirit (Ain Soph or Ain Soph Aur) beyond form or conception is the ineffable Light at the Root, the Source, the Ground of Being. Emanating as creative Sound (Word), Light, Intelligence and Love, it brings into being successive spheres, realms, or dimensions named as veils or robes which clothe and hide the hidden source, yet at the same time transmit its radiant light.

The transmission of this ineffable Light from the level of the source to the outer manifest level is also, as described earlier, an inverted tree, the Tree of Life, whose branches grow from its root in the divine ground and extend through invisible worlds or dimensions of being of which we are no longer aware because our minds have become closed to their existence. As I absorbed these images, I recognized their resemblance to certain Gnostic texts discovered at Nag Hammadi.

The primal centre or root is the innermost light, of an unimaginable luminosity and translucence, utterly different from the light we see in this world. This centre expands or is sown as a ray of light into what is described in some texts as a sea of glory, in others as a palace or womb which acts as an enclosureor receptacle for the light. From here it emanates as a radiant cascade, a fountain of living water, pouring forth light to create, permeate and sustain all the worlds or dimensions it brings into being. All life on earth, all consciousness, is that light and is therefore utterly sacred. The Zohar describes nature as the garment of God. This cascade of light flows through the ten Vessels, Powers or Attributes of the Divine (Sefiroth) which are connected by the 22 paths of the Tree of Life. The first Vessel (Kether) is a state of perfect equilibrium and contains all that was, is and will be. The divine impulse towards emanation moves the energy to expand beyond the first Vessel to the second; it is then received and contained by the third Vessel. This process of expansion and containment is repeated three times until this Tree is complete and the emanating energy balanced. The process of emanation then proceeds through further worlds, and the laws or archetypes which govern each world or level of creation come into being until they manifest as our own.

The Feminine Face of the God-head
The feminine face of the god-head is named as Cosmic Womb, Palace, Enclosure, Fountain, Apple Orchard and Mystical Garden of Eden. She is named as the architect of worlds, source or foundation of our world, and also as the Radiance, Word or Glory of the unknowable ground or godhead. Text after text uses sexual imagery and the imagery of light to describe how the ray which emanates from the unmanifest ground enters into the womb—the Great Sea of Light—of the Celestial Mother and how she brings forth the male and female creative energies which, as two branches of the Tree of Life, are symbolically, King and Queen, Son and Daughter. A third branch of the Tree descends directly down the centre, unifying and connecting the energies on either side. All elements or aspects of the Tree of Life are connected by twenty-two paths.

The Shekinah is named as the Divine Spouse, the indwelling and active Holy Spirit and the divine guide and immanent presence who delivers the world from bondage to beliefs that separate it from its source, restoring it ultimately to union with the divine ground. She brings into being all spheres or dimensions of manifestation which are ensouled and sustained by the ineffable source until, through them, she generates the manifest world we know.

Kabbalism calls this last, tenth sphere Malkuth, the Kingdom, where the divine Mother-Father image is expressed as the male and female of all species. Humanity, female and male, is therefore the expression of the duality-in-unity of the god-head. The Shekinah is forever united with her beloved Spouse in the divine ground or heart of being and it is their union in the god-head that holds life in a constant state of coming into being. Yet she is also present, here with us, in the material reality of our world. The sexual attraction between man and woman and the expression of true love between them is the enactment or reflection at this level of creation of the divine embrace at its heart that is enshrined in the cherished words in the Song of Songs: “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” (6:3) Human sexual relationship, enacted with love, mutual respect and joy, is a sacred ritual that is believed to maintain the ecstatic union of the divine pair.
Because she brings all worlds into existence as her robes or veils, and dwells in them as divine presence, nothing is outside spirit. In the radiance of that invisible cosmic sea of light, everything is connected to everything else as through a luminous circulatory system. Moreover, the Shekinah is deeply devoted to what she has brought into being, as a mother is devoted to the well-being of her child. All life on earth, all levels and degrees of consciousness, all forms of what we see and name as ‘matter’, are the creation of that primal fountain of light and are therefore an expression of divinity.

Blue and gold are the colours associated with the Shekinah. As cosmic soul, She is the radiant ground or ‘light body’ of the human soul — at once its deepest, essential ground, its outer ‘garment’, the physical body, and its animating spirit or consciousness. She is the holy presence of the ‘glory of God’ within everyone. All of us, moving from unconsciousness and ignorance of this radiant ground to awareness of and relationship with it, live in her being and grow under her power of attraction until we are reunited with the source, discovering ourselves to be what in essence we always were but did not know ourselves to be—sons and daughters of God, living expressions of divine spirit.
There were different schools within Kabbalah. Some saw the Shekinah as separated from the god-head, in voluntary exile on earth, describing her as a Daughter cut off from her Mother, or as a Widow, until she is able to return to the divine ground, having gathered to herself all the elements or sparks (scintillae) of her being which had been scattered during the process of emanation. Others put great emphasis on the marriage between Tipareth, the sixth Sefiroth, with the Shekinah in her place of exile as Malkuth, the tenth Sefiroth, a marriage that we can assist in bringing about within us, for the Tree of Life is also a template of the inner life of our soul. The blackness of the Shekinah’s robe, comparable perhaps to the black robe or veil of Isis – who was also called ‘The Widow’ during her search for Osiris – signifies the darkness of the mystery which hides the glory of her Light.

I was amazed to discover that the Shekinah was called ‘The Precious Stone’ and ‘The Stone of Exile’, which at once connects her with the image of the Grail, described as both vessel – source of boundless nourishment – and stone. She was also called the ‘Pearl’, and ‘The Burning Coal’. To the opening eyes of my imagination, she appeared as the glowing gold of the hidden treasure at the heart of life, the jewelled rainbow of light thrown between the divine and human worlds, the seamless robe which unites the manifest and unmanifest dimensions of life. Here, at last, was the crucial missing piece of the puzzle that I had sought for over fifty years. The channeled messages had told us to find ‘the Stone at the foot of the Tree,’ and here was the Shekinah described as ‘The Precious Stone’ at the foot of the Tree of Life. I was overwhelmed by this realization, yet I knew it was important to not cling to the literal imagery but to look beyond it, into the symbolic heart of the teaching and its meaning for our culture which has been so deprived of the image of the Divine Feminine.

It suddenly occurred to me that kabbalistic imagery is woven into the fabric of many well-known fairy tales. In the story of Cinderella, for example, the veiled form of the Shekinah (or the forgotten image of the Great Mother) can be recognized in the fairy god-mother who presides over her daughter's transformation from soot-blackened drudge to royal bride. Harold Bayley, who wrote a remarkable book called The Lost Language of Symbolism at the beginning of the last century, showed me that the figure of Cinderella could be understood to represent the human soul as it moves from ‘rags to riches’.(6) Cinderella’s three splendid dresses, which could be equated with the ‘robe of glory’ of certain kabbalistic and gnostic texts, are the soul’s luminous sheaths or subtle bodies, as dazzling as the light of the moon, sun and stars. Just as the soot-blackened girl in the fairy tale puts on her three glorious dresses to reveal herself as she truly is, so does the human soul don these ‘robes of glory’ as she moves from the darkness of ignorance into the revelation of her true nature and parentage.

To reconnect with the tradition of the Divine Feminine that has been fragmented, obscured and almost lost over some two and a half thousand years, I turned to the magnificent passages in the Books of Proverbs, Ben Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) and the Wisdom of Solomon.(7) If I had not by chance been given a Bible by my mother when I was ten years old that contained the Apocrypha, I would not have known of the existence of the last two Books since the Apocrypha is not included in the Protestant Bible and I was brought up as a Protestant. I had spent nine long months in hospital at that age and during that time, having little else to do, read my Bible from cover to cover, understanding very little of it, yet absorbing as much as I could of its stories and imagery.

In the Apocrypha I found evidence of a feminine being, identified with Divine Wisdom and the Holy Spirit, who comes to life in certain of its passages. Here, in the Book of Ben Sirach or Ecclesiasticus, Wisdom tells us that she is immanent in our world, with us in the streets of our cities, calling to us to awaken to her presence, to obey her laws, to listen to her wisdom, promising her blessing if we can only hear her voice and respond to her teaching. In the Book of Proverbs, Wisdom tells us that she is the Beloved of God, with Him from the beginning, before the foundation of the world. She speaks from the deep ground of life as the hidden law which orders it and as the Craftswoman of creation. With their vivid imagery, these passages transform the idea of the Holy Spirit, speaking as Divine Wisdom, from abstract idea into Living Presence. She speaks as if, like the Shekinah, she were here, in this dimension, dwelling with us in the midst of her kingdom, accessible to those who seek her out. She is unknown and unrecognized, yet working within the depths of life, striving to open our understanding to the divine reality of her being, the sacredness of her creation, her justice, wisdom, love and truth.
- Anne Baring, "The Dream of the Cosmos"

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nada Brahma 





Nada Brahma

"Scientists have only recently learned that the particles of an oxygen atom vibrate in a major key and that blades of grass "sing.'” 
                                                                (Amazon review)

In the forest
there was a note
and then an echo.

The unseen listener
heard,
an invisible music
played.

What shimmered
through the trees
had no beginning
or measurable source.

Yet it was everywhere,
celestial tones,
the unstruck sound,
nada brahma,
the beginning.

Dorothy Walters
April 19, 2017

Scientists today realize everything that exists is energy in movement, or vibration, and that each vibration has its own sound, color, and visual pattern. When the vibration is slow enough we perceive it as our material world.

"Nada" is a Sanskrit term for sound.  "Brahma" is the name of god.  Thus Nada Brahma is the sound of God or God is Sound.

Here is the reference for a major book on this topic (from Amazon):
The World Is Sound: Nada Brahma: Music and the Landscape of Consciousness 
by Joachim-Ernst Berendt  (Author), Helmut Bredigkeit (Translator), Fritjof Capra (Foreword)

I highly recommend it.




Friday, April 21, 2017

Romeo and Juliet––poem by Dorothy 





Romeo and Juliet

Think of it as a metaphor,
an allegory of the soul.

First your spirit is drawn
to what is attractive,
but not permanent.

Then you encounter
the real thing,
the Beloved who
is also seeking you,
waiting to bestow
the secret embraces you long for.

First there is the love night,
the darkness in which you consecrate
your union,
and know that it will last always.

Then the fatal interruption,
something that drives you
away from one another,
not your doing
but fate, it would seem.
What have you done wrong?

Finally reunited, you must die
in one another's arms,
too late for return,
now you are something other,
new beings ascending,
hybrids made of light and clay.


“Romeo and Juliet” traces the stages of the mystical journey.  First there is the discovery of the false teaching, the wrong path for you. (Romeo infatuated with Rosalind at the ball.)  Then there is the finding of the Beloved Herself, the goddess within, and the celebration of the love night.  (Romeo and Juliet fall in love and spend the night together.)  Next is the “dark night of the soul” when it feels that the connection with the divine is somehow lost, as if one is not worthy of the holy marriage.  (The death experience in the tomb.)  Then comes the final stage of rebirth, when you and the Beloved are One,“hybrids made of light and clay.”  (Transcendence, rebirth growing out of death, either in this life or after.  Not included in the play, but essential.)


Dorothy Walters
August 21, 2017




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sleeping Beauty 




Sleeping Beauty

Believe me,
it was not the prince
who waked her.
That fellow with
his eager lips,
his grasping hands.

Oh, no,
nothing of it was his,
it was rather a feeling,
a realization,
call it an awakening
inside
or the embrace
of an unseen lover.

And then a revelation
occurred,
she threw away
the old version
of who she had been
and knew, finally
and forever,
that she was who she was,
not the blurred mirror image,
but the real being,
the one ready to walk forth
and finally be seen,
as the ray of a star fell down
and lit up where she was
and some kind of triumphal music
played nearby.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cinderella 







Cinderella

There we were,
Cinderella
among the ashes,
waiting, hoping,
what could happen?

And what came over us
was not a dream
nor yet a reality,
a mist, a veil,
a transfiguration
into something else.

As if the hidden one
had waved her wand,
as if we were no longer
who we were,
not recognizable
yet always known.

Now we must wonder
are we dead or alive,
still flesh
walking among
the other fleshly beings,
some other new,
unforeseen essence,
some yet unnamed
self.

Dorothy Walters
April 19, 2017

Morning 

Morning

It is morning
and once again
I am not doing my list
but am allowing
these honey words
to drop into
my mouth.

Always more saying
and listening,
always more waiting
and receiving.

Again I feel guilty
for all
that is left undone––
dishes waiting
to be unloaded,
the new vacuum
ready to be tested and used.

Chop wood,
carry water. . .

Even the shopping list
I will need
for groceries tomorrow.

Outside the trees are shaking.
There is wind again
in this fickle climate,
chairs blowing about
on the balcony,
but I am here,
snug in my little bastion,
my third floor eyrie,
for the moment
safe against the elements
inside and out,
willing to open
once more.

Dorothy Walters
April 19, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Samadhi Movie, 2017 

Samadhi Movie, 2017 - Part 1 - "Maya, the Illusion of the Self"

This film is available on YouTube


Note from Dorothy: I was extremely impressed with the film that is noted below, and was eager to find out who made it. This movie sums up in a very clear and precise way much of the perennial philosophy––those basic notions and concepts that underlie almost all the major religions and spiritual traditions. I found that the name of the video maker is Daniel Schmidt and below is what he wrote about this film. Daniel is very knowledgeable about many spiritual traditions as well as some of the most significant myths and ideas of western culture (Plato's cave, Sisyphus, Kant). I found the film very rewarding and am grateful that Daniel is using his talents to assist the world in its progress to "samadhi" and greater understanding of who and where we are in our common journey of awakening.

Here is Daniel Schmidt's comment on his film:

"The film Samadhi began as part of my own meditative journey. In 2013 I felt drawn to surrender myself more completely to the one source both in medtation and in outer life. The film was a way to understand and go deeper into what Patanjali and the Buddha described in their teachings, and to experience the perennial wisdom (prajna) which is the common source of all religions. As a result my life has been completely dismantled, as my self structure is no longer able to continue its usual patterns. I have gone from a sense that "I" am creating a film, to a total letting go of control and a feeling of participating in something much larger than me. I do not recognize my life, nor do I know when the film will be released. But I have a deep trust that it will be released at exactly the right moment.
Lao Tse said "The Tao that can be told is not the true Tao". One thing has become very clear; Samadhi cannot be conveyed through a film. Like a finger pointing at the moon, the film can only point individuals within themselves, towards their stillness, and divine Will or the higher self must be somewhat awake already to hear the message, to make the leap from the finger to the moon. Otherwise it is just another curiosity for the mind, or even worse, it will lead people to believe that they understand Samadhi. In that stillness and vast field of emptiness, there is something unfathomable that awakens. A new level of mind in which this entire universe, both inner and outer reality, is being dreamed into existence. It takes a total effort of one's being for this to be realized, a total alignment of one's life to this purpose. Yet it is not an effort to "do" anything, but rather an effort to stop everything that the ego structure is always already doing. It requires moving beyond one's endless avoidance of pain and search for pleasure, not by avoiding or transcending, but by surrendering and going deeper into the very essence of life.
Because of the difficulties inherent in language (and the limited dualistic thought structures) to convey Samadhi, over the last year I have been building the Samadhi Center in a rural part of Canada, where people will able to come to be supported on their paths. Direct experience is the only meaningful way to realize Samadhi and infinitely more valuable that any film or teaching. It will be a place for individuals to come to die, and thus begin to live a real life. I will post more as the center is nearing completion in the months ahead.
That being said the film will be coming at some point in 2016, and if nothing else it may help some people to realize the depth of the inner work and commitment necessary to reach Samadhi. A heartfelt thanks to all the artists, musicians and spiritual luminaries who have contributed to the film thus far, and for your support and understanding in this mysterious process that is unfolding.

Dorothy Walters: Daniel Schmidt is a film maker, musician, and meditation teacher who lives in Canada. He is currently building a retreat center in Canada for those who wish to deepen their own spiritual practice and for those who are dying. His film "Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds" is considered a classic.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Penny Hackett Evans––Why I Write 





Why I Write

by Penny Hackett Evans

I sink my teeth

into loneliness,

try to digest it.

I’m not hungry

for its bitter

aftertaste, though

I do enjoy

the company.

Too often,

I stumble toward

any book

that promises

answers,

reluctant to peer

into my own

beguiling soul.

Writing makes

the cogs turn.

I find a sort of

wacky Hallelujah

in this internal

investigation.

A glimpse of heaven

seen through

a dirty glass ashtray.

It is there

beneath this craziness

I call writing

my way home.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Words 






New Words (from internet)  If you google a word, you will be sent to a site with definitions and examples.  Here are two I discovered today:

outlier––"one who stands outside the norms."

"someone who stands apart from others of his or her group, as by differing behavior, beliefs, or religious practices: ex., scientists who are outliers in their views on climate change.
Synonyms: nonconformist, maverick; original, eccentric, bohemian; dissident, dissenter, iconoclast, heretic; outsider."

"Outlier" can apply to a mathematical number that does not fit neatly into a graph of similar values.  It could also be an animal that does not follow the herd.  I once bought a woolen comforter from the woman who raises sheep.  When I checked the various samples, I could pick up their energies and they each spoke to me: "I will make you happy."  "I will always be faithful." "We can have a lot of fun together." But I chose Samantha, a loner who never stayed with the flock, but spent each day by herself on a nearby hill, and only came down at dinner time.  I knew she was the one for me.

Those undergoing spiritual transformation are often dismayed to discover that they are now "outliers," for they are no longer included as part of the familiar group (family, friends, colleagues) but indeed are now "different" in the eyes of others and society.  They feel like outcasts, those unassimilated, lost alone in the world. Hopefully they will eventually meet other such "outliers" and will no longer feel so alone.  Even a confidante will help.

Most great artists (poets, writers, painters and such) as well as inventors, scientists and other way showers are outliers, those who see beyond the stereotypes and the conventional forms.  They thus create a new reality and offer us a new way of seeing.

The outlier child has a difficult journey.  She is not part of the crowd and feels isolated from her peers.  She may well be the one to make a significant contribution to society when she grows up.  I love a line from Flannery O'Connor.  In one of her stories, a mother, viewing her "weird" daughter, reflects ruefully, "Every year she gets more like herself and less like other people."


compathy––empathy is when one understands and is concerned for another's pain.  Compathy is when one absorbs the pain into one's own body.

from J. M. Morse:

Compathy occurs when one person observes another person suffering a disease or injury and experiences in one's physical body a similar or related distress. Thus, compathy is the physical equivalent to empathy. . . .Triggers for the compathetic response . . . include observing the suffering, hearing, or reading--or even thinking about--descriptions of the symptoms.

from internet:

Whereas empathy refers to the projection of oneself into the personality of another in order to achieve better understanding, and sympathy describes an affinity of feelings between people, compathy refers to feeling with another person.

Peter Smagorinsky and Joel Taxel, "The Discourse of Character Education"

I find this notion of particular interest, since it applies to me.  I always longed to be an energy healer, but refrained because I indeed was one who literally felt in my own body the distress of another.  If they had a headache, my own head began to hurt.  It they were experiencing backache, I too began to feel pain in my back.  I understand now why some people can be nurses or doctors or healers of various kinds without experiencing similar symptoms themselves.  I have learned to be less sensitive over time, and try to be empathetic and not copathetic.

Think what the world would be like if we were totally "copathetic" with the result that those who inflict pain on others felt it in their own bodies.  However, we would not wish to feel the pain of the ill or dying.

Thought for the day:


W. Somerset Maugham

Friday, April 14, 2017

Shri Aurobindo and the Supramental––A Fuller Explanation 




The following comes from Wikipedia:

By 'Supermind,' Sri Aurobindo means several things:


Shri Aurobindo and the Supramental

Supermind is a plane between the "upper hemisphere" of pure being-consciousness, and the "lower hemisphere" of life in the universe (mind, life, and matter). This plane enables the Real Ideas of the Supreme to manifest as forms of that force in creation. It is the power that enables creation, by dividing the Force into the forms, forces, and powers in the universe.

Supermind is a plane of perfect knowledge, that has the full, integral truth of anything. It is a plane that Man can rise to, above his current limited mentality, and have perfect understanding through revelations of that truth.

Supermind is a force and power that is leaning down on the earth's consciousness. We can open to it, in order to transform the various aspects of our being, as well as set right the conditions of life, creating sudden good fortune ("instantaneous miraculousness") for the person opening to it

Supramentalisation and the Gnostic being

According to Sri Aurobindo, full yogic development consists of two parts: the standard yogic goal of ascent into a formless and timeless self, and the descent and establishment of the supramental consciousness into Earthly life. Through integral yoga one actualises the Supermind. The Supramental consciousness transforms the entire being, and leads to the divinisation of the material world.

This supramental transformation gives rise to a new individual, the Gnostic being,[1] which is fully formed by the supramental power. Division and ignorance are overcome, and replaced with a unity of consciousness. The physical body will be transformed and divinised. The gnostic being sees the spirit everywhere in the world, and in every other person. This awareness eliminates the usual separation between man and life, and between people. One sees that all existences are various forms of the divine Reality. Every individual existence in life plays a role in the unfolding of existence. The Gnostic beings can work together to create a new common life. This new life is superior to the present way of being. A critical mass of such "gnostic individuals" can create the foundation of a new social life and order. This will lead to a greater unity, mutuality, and harmony.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wislawa Szymborska––"The Soul" 







The Soul

Wislawa Szymborska

We have a soul at times.
No one’s got it non-stop,
for keeps.

Day after day,
year after year
may pass without it.

Sometimes
it will settle for awhile
only in childhood’s fears and raptures.
Sometimes only in astonishment
that we are old.

It rarely lends a hand
in uphill tasks,
like moving furniture,
or lifting luggage,
or going miles in shoes that pinch.

It usually steps out
whenever meat needs chopping
or forms have to be filled.

For every thousand conversations
it participates in one,
if even that,
since it prefers silence.

Just when our body goes from ache to pain,
it slips off-duty.

It’s picky:
it doesn’t like seeing us in crowds,
our hustling for a dubious advantage
and creaky machinations make it sick.

Joy and sorrow
aren’t two different feelings for it.
It attends us
only when the two are joined.

We can count on it
when we’re sure of nothing
and curious about everything.

Among the material objects
it favors clocks with pendulums
and mirrors, which keep on working
even when no one is looking.

It won’t say where it comes from
or when it’s taking off again,
though it’s clearly expecting such questions.

We need it
but apparently
it needs us
for some reason too.

translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Kundalini and the Elder 






Kundalini and the Elder

We sometimes wonder how our Kundalini energies will be affected as we age. Will they weaken or disappear?  Will we still be able to experience rapture in some form?  Will our bodies and nervous systems revert to an earlier state, one in which we moved through the world in "normal," more familiar fashion?

I can only speak from my own experience, since as far as I know no one has looked closely into this subject to discover any common themes.

I now write this at the age of 89, some 36 years after my original awakening.  For me the Kundalini process has been a long and sometimes challenging, sometimes rapturous experience.  My inner process (I think of this as a form of meditation) has changed constantly over time as I have explore various forms of devotional practice, from movement to deep listening of music to bowing before my Buddhist thanka on my living room wall to reading of sacred  poetry and diverse sacred texts to listening to Tibetan overtone chanting to other modes I could include.

My basic conclusion is this: Kundalini continues well into age, although it constantly shifts in texture, form, cause, and frequency.  It becomes softer, gentler, more subtle.  It requires less effort to experience bliss.  Instead of the broad movements of hatha yoga, mini movements of the hands or hips suffice.  One learns to experience the sweet energies of the aura itself just by moving the hands in circles a few inches from the body.  These delicate, ethereal sensations confirm our sense of divine connection as much as did the intense and thrilling raptures of the beginning.  What was in the early stages like a brass band marching through our living room is now like the sound of a soft flute playing in the distance, but they are equally delightful.

We no longer need to "practice" in a regular fashion, since the Beloved Within often visits in surprise moments.  We may wake up already feeling bliss stirring in our hands and arms or elsewhere.  We may be taken into unexpected ecstasy by listening to sacred music as we sit in front of our computers listening to the internet.  Sometimes it begins with inhaling the scent of essential oils, particularly when these include frankincense.  We often mirror in our own bodies the lovely energies emanating from certain chakras of friends or others standing before us.  Holding certain crystals can awaken bliss within.  When we stand in front of certain  paintings or other works of art, we may "pick up" the creator's own energies, embedded in the image and now emanating from it as universal love/bliss.  Likewise, when we visit certain sacred locations (I think of Ireland in especial here ) we may feel the earth energies rise up through our bodies and carry us into rapture.

We no longer experience the disruptive "ups and downs" of the early stages when our bodies sought to integrate new and unfamiliar frequencies.

We experience deep peace within ourselves, and find it easier to maintain calm in the face of crisis.

Our focus turns from our own demanding inner process to helping others as best we can to understand and survive the profound transformation now happening to them and countless numbers across the globe as we together move through planetary initiation.  We strive to send our energies out into the universe to help and heal those facing health and other challenges.

We continue to feel gratitude that we are included in this vast and enigmatic process, orchestrated elsewhere and enfolding us in Love from the Divine Source of all Love that is.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sri Aurobindo 






If a collectivity or group could be formed of those who had reached the supramental perfection, there indeed some divine creation could take shape; a new earth could descend that would be a new heaven, a world of supramental light could be created here amidst the receding darkness of this terrestrial ignorance.

—Sri Aurobindo

(Supermind, in Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of Integral yoga, is the dynamic manifestation of the Absolute, and the intermediary between Spirit and the manifest world, which enables the transformation of common being into Divine being. ) [from Wikipedia]


Monday, April 10, 2017

Ascension––poem by Dorothy 





Ascension

Sing this song
and forget the rest.
The Friend is calling
and will send it forth
into the universe.

You are the notes
and the singer,
the lute
and the fingers
stroking the strings,
the bird flying into the air,
and the air lifting your wings
always higher.

Dorothy Walters
April 10, 2017

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Important Information on Solar Flares via Sparrow Mattes 

7:50AM

Sparrow Mattes

Hi Dorothy...
I am reading a series of books that i found on Amazon Kindle which are free that are called Agni Yoga...It was a series written in the late 1920's and 30's ...This morning came across this little segment about sun spots. Thought you might find it of interest...

" 18. Astrochemistry makes it possible to determine the best combinations of astrochemical rays for each organism. Astrology is nothing but formulas of astrochemistry. He who enters a house permeated with nicotine will carry away with him poisonous particles. Similarly, once someone has experienced directly the action of certain astrochemical rays, he will always respond to this particular combination. Knowing this, it becomes easy to ascertain when to approach a person who is needed.
The much-discussed sunspots intensify chemical influences. People keep repeating about unrest in the world during periods of sunspots, and even those with little knowledge can draw correct conclusions. But if we call to mind the harmful chemical reactions, it is not difficult to understand the saturation of space by the most active compounds, such as oxides and metalloids. How can one lightmindedly deny the evolutionary power of matter when from the Inexhaustible Reservoir rays of immeasurable intensity pour over our heads?
Those with especially sensitive organisms can testify that during the culminating period of the sunspots the rays of the luminary, because of their qualities, become unbearable for them. Also, during the passing of the great meteors, one may feel a quivering of the nervous system. Until now, people have been unable to recognize their place in this gigantic laboratory. That single recognition alone would arm the human organism, and, in place of worried observation of the tremors of the seismograph, would direct the search into the Limitless Heights—as material as tomorrow’s repast, as majestic as the numberless stars."

Hope your day is filled with grace and goodness..
 7:50am

12:39PM

from Dorothy

Sparrow, this is fabulous.  It confirms all I had suspected and even suggests (I believe) that evolution of species on earth is powered by energies from space.  It all makes sense, once you put it together, and especially after you experience some of it.  And––if these events can trigger evolution of species on earth, it also can trigger the kind of human evolution that is now occurring over the planet.  I can't thank you enough and  please send any other interesting info on this or other topics that you come across.  For me, the encouraging part is that the bliss followed the time of dislocation in a couple of days, and indeed I wondered if this was not the result of integrating the new energies into the system.  If so, it strongly suggests that this is how we are being turned into the "new human" (some speak of this as the divine human, and in those times of rapture that is what it feels like: "God moving through your body" as one psychic put it.)

 Are we not blessed to be living at this exciting time of evolution of spirit and mind? One person, on hearing of the solar flares, said she felt the same kind of excitement as on Christmas day. Indeed, it is a new "Christmas," a time of new understanding and changes within. Most don't yet have the full (or even a partial) understanding, so it is up to folks like us to spread the word. I am feeling sweetness flow even as I write. Blessings and vast love to you, Sparrow. How glad I am to know you!

Friday, April 07, 2017

More on Solar Flares, and How They Impact Us 

More on Solar Flares and Their Impact on Us Humans

I keep on watching to see if there is some connection between solar flares and my own internal responses.  Earlier I read that there would be increased solar activity between April 2 and the following ten days or so.  I have described what happened to me (and others) last Sunday (April 2) and how this day was followed two days later with unexpected bliss.

Yesterday I had another strange experience.  I was "woozy' all day long and accomplished almost nothing at all.  Mostly I sat dozing in front of my computer, so lacking in energy I did not even want to move.

Today is different.  Again, I had unexpected bliss, though on a delicate and subtle level.  Yet it was quite "sweet," especially around my head and shoulders.  It felt like light playing over water, or sweet energies circling my body.  I love such gentle states.  They seem most appropriate to me at this stage of life.

Sometimes I peeked in the mirror to see what was going on.  As always, I found that my hands were moving some distance away from my body and in fact were located not where one might expect, but at another location––thus, instead of being over my head (which was the area of bliss/feeling) they were several inches away and below the area of response.  Also, instead of open palms I had palms pressed together in prayer position.  As always, I have unanswered questions and no one to consult.  Always, we live in mystery, but one thing is indeed certain: SOMETHING IS HAPPENING.

I call this practice "Kundalini Tantra Yoga."

Waiting

The jeweled cloud sways overhead,
waiting.

Meanwhile, our cells are turning to air,
finer and finer arrangements of light.

(from "Some Kiss We Want: Poems Selected and New")




Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Solar Flares––April 2 

And yet more:  I have continue to explore this topic through the internet and from hearing from others.  I found one site devoted almost exclusively to a discussion of the topic.


I reported earlier about a strange experience I had on the morning of Sunday, April 2.  I said it felt like a wave of something coming through.  Now I have found that others shared this experience and located this entry on the internet that may be the explanation.  Apparently some of us are so sensitive that we pick up on these emanations from the sun.  My next question: Do these "solar wave episodes" insert new frequencies into our own bodies or even prepare us for future energetic transformations?  Are they part of our ongoing raising of the planetary and personal vibrations as part of our evolutionary adventure?


Here is the item I discovered:

Latest news updates from SpaceWeatherLive | SpaceWeatherLive.com
https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/news
Four M-class solar flares, Sunspot region 2645. Solar activity was at high levels yesterday (2 April 2017) as our Sun produced four M-class solar flares! The strongest of these solar flares was an M5.7 solar flare (R2-moderate) that peaked at 20:33 UTC.

Note:  I think this would be 14:33 or 8:33 MST.  It hit me about 10 or 11 on Sunday morning or at least I began to feel it then for sure.

I have been continuing to write on this topic on my FB page.  I am adding these comments and their responses here, rather than trying to summarize:
Dorothy Walters
15 hrs · 
Sparrow Mattes sent me to a site called "Hare in the Moon" (astrology). I found the following entries there, and these offer even more information on just what is going on in relation to the sun flares:
The 7 strongest solar flares of 2017 occurred during the past 48 hours! The strongest of them all occurred just over an hour ago!
(Note: This post was written on April 3. My event was on April 2.). . ...

Sparrow Mattes
Sparrow Mattes Glad this is link is helpful... Lorna (Hare in the Moon) does a powerful form of conscious evolution astrology... which does a great job of highlighting the cosmic energetic world that affects us...
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Dorothy Walters
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Dorothy Walters
20 hrs · 
This morning I had a small repeat of the earlier experience. One respondent said that she and her husband had felt bad today in the afternoon, but they live on the East Coast. But that would be two hours later than my time, so maybe these were simultaneous events. Someone had reported such reactions only lasting 30 minutes or so, and mine today went away after 30-40 minutes.

Sparrow Mattes
Sparrow Mattes Dorothy Walters i have been woozy the last several days... you might find Hare in the Moon Astrology page of interest... Lorna is a wonderful astrologer and she has been writing about the solar flares...
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(Note: others responded with their own experience, but these did not come through when I copied the page.)

Dorothy Walters
Yesterday at 11:10am · 
I reported earlier about a strange experience I had on the morning of Sunday, April 2. I said it felt like a wave of something coming through. Now I have found that others shared this experience and located this entry on the internet that may be the explanation. Apparently some of us are so sensitive that we pick up on these emanations from the sun. My next question: Do these "solar wave episodes" insert new frequencies into our own bodies or even prepare us for future energetic transformations? Are they part of our ongoing raising of the planetary and personal vibrations as part of our evolutionary adventure?
Here is the item I discovered:

Latest news updates from SpaceWeatherLive | SpaceWeatherLive.com
https://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/news
Four M-class solar flares, Sunspot region 2645. Solar activity was at high levels yesterday (2 April 2017) as our Sun produced four M-class solar flares! The strongest of these solar flares was an M5.7 solar flare (R2-moderate) that peaked at 20:33 UTC.
(Note: I believe that 20:33 UTC would be 14:33 which is 8:33 Mountain time. The effect of this hit me about 10 or 11 that morning. This explanation makes sense for me and others who felt this.)

Latest news updates from SpaceWeatherLive
What's happening in the Space Weather? Find out with the latest news and updates on solar activity and auroral activity
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Deborah Anderson

Deborah Anderson Yes, I do believe in 'upgrades' caused by such events.
Really odd thing: this afternoon both me and my husband felt nausia (we don't eat or drink the same things).
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Dorothy Walters
Dorothy Walters About ten or eleven this morning I had a mini repeat of the earlier experience. This would be two hours be about the same time as your experience. The site that discusses the impact of solar flares on humans is Carlini Institute - How Solar Flares Ar...See More

Carlini Institute - How Solar Flares Are Affecing Us
CARLINIINSTITUTE.COM

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Dorothy Walters
Dorothy Walters
Heather Carlini is convinced that solar flares do in fact alter our own frequencies as part of our evolution into higher states of consciousness. I am inclined to agree.
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Deborah Anderson
Deborah Anderson Ha ha...yes.



Note from April 6:  I am fascinated with the thought that these events are frequencies coming into us to raise our own vibratory essences.  And, as Heather Carlini notes, these are preparing us for the Shift so long anticipated and coming to pass soon.  Actually, we are already in the shift, with many undergoing amazing expansions of consciousness.  I recently spoke with an artist friend now in an artist's retreat founded by a famous painter and she says he has spoken to her (though he is deceased) and he told her that art was play, not work.  Wonderful notion, I think.  Art of many kinds is definitely a way to raise our vibrations.

Here is a quote from Heather Carlini on how people respond to these solar events:

"There were numerous reports of nausea, and body aches and pains and dizziness. Many feel deep grief. Some feel as if they were walking on water (ungrounded). Others said that when they closed their eyes at night, everything is spinning. There have been visual disturbances, inner ear issues, ringing in ears, throat and thyroid issues, cold or hot feet and even an unusual symptom of having tongue dryness."

Something is going on, for sure.   

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