The Solar Eclipse 21st August 2017

I had two unusual encounters on the day of the Solar Eclipse, Monday 21st August 2017.

The first, was during a walk around my neighbourhood park. I recall casually noticing a very stooped, elderly gentleman in the distance.  A little later, I see him again, this time somewhat incongruously leaning against a tall, black, Victorian waste bin,  arms resting on top.  I said, “hello” and he gave such a lovely, courteous reply that I went up to him and we had the following conversation.

He told me he had seen his great-grandchildren that day. They had phoned him on the motorway to say they would be late due to the traffic but they had finally arrived, albeit very late. I remarked how lucky he was to know his great-grandchildren. He had difficulty raising his face to look at me as he was so very stooped. When I focussed on what I could see of his face, I was moved by the most beautiful, open expression in his blue eyes.

Next, he asked me a somewhat curious question.  Could I see any children in the play park just beyond the top of the hill. The black bin, where we were standing was at the bottom of the hill. He went on to explain that he loved to watch the children playing.  Now I understood why he was resting. Although it was but a short walk up the steep incline, it was an effort for someone so old and frail. If there were no children playing, he would save himself the trouble. I peered up and told him that there were indeed some children playing. We said goodbye and, again, I was touched by his beautiful manners and gracious words.

The second encounter was very different, “Two sides of the same coin” was how my friend put it. It was over dinner that evening with a much younger man in his prime, I would say late 40’s or early 50’s.  He was a successful business man with his own company and he had flown all over the world. He enjoyed holding forth and could talk seamlessly. He talked rather interestingly about the development of cars and how the car eventually forced people off the roads which was why some towns in America don’t have pavements or side walks. But what really excited him was the development of the electric car, of how a car could take you to Heathrow Airport, for example and you could sit in the back and get on with work, sleep or make phone calls. The computer controlled vehicle would then drive itself back to your garage, which I found spooky. It reminded me of the film ‘IRobot’ where the Central Artificial Intelligence, Vicky, starts to control humans. I commented that it was giving up a skill.  But he was having none of it: as far as he was concerned, it was a good thing. He also talked about the possibility of impending war from a geo-political point of view as though we were discussing moves on a chessboard. Needless to say, I was upset and appalled at such a prospect with the resulting loss of life. And my mother added, the widows and the children who would never see their father again.

The following day, I recalled these unusual conversations with the two very different men.  It seemed to me I was being shown something.  As the encounters both occurred on the day of the Solar Eclipse, I felt the two were connected. The solar eclipse showed us both a bright side and a dark side. Perhaps, we are being shown that we have a choice between pursuing and getting pleasure in the simple things in life – children playing in the fresh air, happy and carefree – or choosing to go down a technological path in which we have imprisoned ourselves in various boxes (flat, house, office, car, shops) cut off from the living world, living in our heads, where robots do all the work; and where humans choose to fight each other.

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The film Avatar – 2

Continuing on from the recent blog. Netiri’s mother, the Dragon Lady, interprets the will of the Great Mother Goddess, Eywa, who is revered by both men and women of the Navi peoples of Pandora. Jake Sully learns about their strong connection to the living world in all its variety and beauty. There is one particular scene which shows the stark contrast between the grey, metal and concrete compound where the humans have set up their base, and the Paradise of the living world of the Navi.

Jake sums it up in a plea for help to Eywa by telling her to look into Grace’s memories and see how there is no green left on planet Earth. “They killed their mother”, he tells her. Looking at the camp the humans have created on Pandora, there is not a trace of a living thing within it, not a blade of grass. The encampment is encircled by a terrifying perimeter fence to keep out the living world that the humans fear so much. They cannot even breathe the air there. Their presence on Pandora is entirely due to the greed of human corporations mining for the ore in the ground.

Since the overthrow of the Queen/Goddess and the suppression of the Female aspect of the Godhead, women, in their turn, have come to believe that the only power worth having is the masculine. So, tragically, at a subconscious level, men believe the only power worth having is the feminine, whilst women’s recent experiences at the hands of men, being told they are inferior, – hence the expression ‘the weaker sex’ – and that their intuition is not to be trusted, have made them aspire to masculine qualities. In the meanwhile, men have taken over the healing role. They also preside over childbirth, which, anciently, was an exclusively female preserve for obvious reasons. This is because the ability to create new life was the source of the Queen’s – and the Goddess’s – power. Again, tragically, the equally important role of the male in the creation of new life, was either not known or not acknowledged. Women have learnt that if they want to get on in the world they must behave like men. On the human’s compound on Pandora, therefore, the women dress like  men and do the same jobs as men and speak the same military language. In other words, the representation or manifesting of the true feminine energy is lacking in our society.

Where did this fear of the natural world come from for it has lead to our disconnection from Nature, which is why the humans in the film ended up killing their living planet, Earth? As Jake tells the Mother Goddess, they are going to do the same on Pandora unless someone stops them.  The separation from Nature began with the Age of Reason when men moved into their heads.  The well-known quote from Descartes, “I think, therefore I am”, sums it up well.

This unnatural alienation from Nature has its origins in the worldwide pagan cults which included the public torture and sacrifice of the sacred king, as has been mentioned elsewhere. To sum up. The king’s impending sacrifice at midsummer or midwinter was intimately linked to the natural world.  Something that was innocent, natural and beautiful, namely the unfolding of the seasons and the rhythms of life, became the source of greatest fear for the victim of these cruel cults. Is it any wonder that many  victims turned their backs on it, retreating into the safety of the mind, where Nature was kept at a distance, or experienced within safe boundaries?  As with women, the natural world was something to be feared and must therefore be controlled. Perhaps the greatest tragedy was that we came to perceive ourselves as being separate from Nature. (the American Security Chief in Avatar informs them that everything outside of the compound wants to kill them).   As we see in this film, the consequences have been disastrous.

 

P.S.  I am very struck by the obsession in the world of Celebrity with marriage and in particular, pregnancy and childbirth.  It is the major topic in Hello magazine. Why?  Their is also an obsession with relationships with an emphasis on falling out and divorce which at its heart is to do with rejection, just as the Queen in the cult was always rejecting the incumbent king in favour of his replacement, another source of great fear.

Dragon Lady: film Avatar

Having just watched the film Avatar again, I was again struck by those parts in the film that point to the forgotten elements in the pagan fertility cults.

We learn that the mother of the Princess Netiri is the spiritual leader of the Omatacaya people and that her title is ‘Dragon Lady’. The human invaders of the pristine planet that is Pandora call their lead aircraft – which incidentally resembles a giant tic complete with mouth parts –  ‘Papa Dragon’. The fighter helicopters are variously called ‘Valkyries’ and ‘Scorpions’.  As the helicopter force takes off to destroy Home Tree, with those strange circular wings, they look like a swarm of angry, stringing insects. In the final battle, the ‘Sous Team’, or Ground Attack Force, are given the order to attack.  The commanding officer of the Sous Team responds with, “Come on ladies, let’s bring the pain”.

We return to the forgotten part of the Fertility Cults which is the human sacrifice of the King. When the ruling Queen was finally overthrown by the Patriarchal Cults, the King not only recovered the masculine energy that the Queen had usurped, he took the feminine power for himself as well. This was out of a need for revenge but also because, deep down, he believed that the real power lay with the Feminine.  In this film, we are shown both the true Feminine Power as demonstrated by Netiri’s mother, the Dragon Lady, as well as a corrupted and twisted version as practiced by the pagan queens of the fertility cults, the latter revealed in the action and language of the film as mentioned above.

The film ‘Avatar’ tells us that at a subconscious level men are still gripped by the need to control and use the Feminine Power, in this case, in its cruel form, as eventually practiced by the ruling Queens who presided over the pagan fertility cults and who traduced the Goddess’s name.

Pooh Bear experiences a Black Hole

From the book The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet we learn there is more to A A Milne’s book Winnie The Pooh than meets the eye.  We are systematically taken through all the philosophies in the world and discover that Winnie-the -Pooh, yes, that bear of supposedly little brain, goes one better in each and every case.

It just so happened the other day that we read out loud Chapter Two of the famous bear’s adventures entitled In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place. The eponymous bear is walking through the woods one morning, humming the song he had just made up when he comes across a large hole in a sandy bank. And therein lies the big clue – a large dark hole. By the time we had finished reading the story we were convinced that Pooh Bear has stumbled upon a Black Hole and we learn the nature of this phenomenon.

Pooh calls down the rabbit hole enquiring if anybody is at home but all he hears is a scuffling noise and then silence. He calls out again in a much louder voice this time and is rewarded with the reply; “Nobody. Naturally, our puzzled bear ponders this awhile and reasons with unimpeachable logic that there must be somebody there because that somebody must have said “Nobody”. Pooh tries again, suggesting that the ‘Nobody’ is Rabbit to which Rabbit replies, no, he doesn’t think so and that it isn’t meant to be himself.

This song and dance is eventually resolved and Rabbit invites Pooh into his home. We have learnt that a Black Hole is Consciousness that does not yet know itself: It lies in a state of pure, unconscious being until awoken by the The Light, as personified by the golden bear. It is fitting that as Pooh embodies Light he should fill himself with golden honey but he has also imbibed condensed milk.

What Pooh Bear does not realise is that by entering a Black Hole he has become compressed – hence the ‘condensed’ milk offered him by Rabbit. When Pooh eventually takes his leave of his friend, his very nature as The Light means he will automatically start to expand oncehe escapes the clutches of the Black Hole. This is why he becomes stuck in Rabbit’s hole. From this we discover that Pooh is both The Dark and The Light as he sits wedged half inside the Black Hole and half outside in the daylight.

Furthermore, at the start of the chapter, we are shown that Pooh is both the Highest and the Lowest. Humming to himself – making the Sound of Creation – he goes through his morning Stoutness exercises, stretching up as high as he can go and then bending down so as to touch his toes – with great difficulty.  It is not easy for Pooh Bear to experience the depths.

 

 

Mayan prophecy – ref computers?

Many years ago I read a book on the Crystal Skulls of South America.  One of the Mayan prophecies has stayed with me which was that we would create something “that would feed off our flesh”.  Graphic for sure and probably why that prophecy remained glued in the memory.  I have occasionally pondered what this thing was that we would create.  The obvious candidate has to be computers, both at home and in the workplace and ever more frequently, on the streets, in cafes, in fact, everywhere, as we feed them our time and therefore our lives. It is also how we come to be living in our heads, cut off from the living world, especially as so many of us now live in cities.

Reconnecting with our bodies and the living world

I awoke the other morning to find my eyes focusing on something resting on the floor that resembled the head of a smiling chimpanzee.  The sleeve of a large patterned cardigan had slipped from the chair onto the floor and the pattern and folds had created this chimpanzee face.  Gradually, the message seemed to be that the primate part of our make-up is triumphing and that we are living in our heads.

Think of the film Avatar : we are living like a parasite on this planet. We have thought ourselves superior to all other life and taken ourselves off the evolutionary path. We have stopped evolving.  But we can put ourselves back on that path.  There is a very good article in Positive News by Lucy Purdy called Rewilding human nature.  Here is the link:

https://www.positive.news/2016/environment/20749/rewilding-human-nature/

 

Tolkien’s The Shire

I write from memory and it is some time now since I read Lord of the Rings.  Recently, I have been struck with comparisons between the drastically altered Shire that greeted the four friends – Frodo, Samwise, Pippin and Merry – upon their return from the Great War. The changes they saw are what is happening in the United Kingdom right now.  Rules and regulations have taken over and such is the brainwashed state of the hobbit on the other side of the locked gate, he refuses to let them in because it is past the curfew time. At which point, if memory serves, the four hobbits simply climb over.  Next, they are grudgingly told they can spend the night in a new-build dwelling, which they find both comfortless and ugly – not at all like a true, cosy hobbit home.  The friends, by this time, are thoroughly fed up and disconcerted.  What has happened to their country whilst they were away?  The answer to that question is:  Saruman.  He has taken control of The Shire and is widely known as The Boss or Sharkey.  Naturally, Saruman had set up a spy network so that the  hobbit who saw their arrival, immediately hot-footed it back to Bag End where Sharkey had taken up residence to report their arrival.

As the hobbits make their way home to Bywater, they notice the rash of hideous houses; they note the wilful felling of trees and ugly plumes of black smoke in the air. They learn that many pubs have been closed and that there is a food shortage.  Sharkey’s henchmen go round ‘gathering’ the produce harvested by the hard working hobbits.  This is then stored for their exclusive consumption or exported for profit.

Having observed the extensive housing developments that have recently occurred in the small market town where I live, the unsympathetic houses thrown up by Sharkey at such speed, rang a chord.  Britain has the most extensive surveillance system of any country.  Many pubs have closed across the land and there appears to be a food shortage, as well, judging by the rise and rise of food banks across the land.

Perhaps the vote to leave the EU can be compared with the rising-up of The Shire to overthrow their oppressors, Sharkey and his henchmen. The battle to win back The Shire was orchestrated by Merry and Pippin who, having returned from The Great War, were battle hardened. Nigel Farage appears to be a similar facilitator through helping to bring about the Referendum that gave The People the opportunity to choose to leave the EU, along with all its rules and regulations.  As we were told many years ago, the LOTR is a true story and ‘we were still very much in that story’.

 

 

Knights to the rescue of damsels in distress

I, my brother and sister-in-law have just been for a country walk on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset on the down land there with its spectacular views. Towards the end of this six mile circuit you walk through a lumpy field that was once a Saxon village before reaching the second longest inhabited house in Wiltshire. As luck would have it, the lady of the house came out and invited us in to see the Grand Hall, the Undercroft and the solar, the last two being in their original medieval condition.

However, this building harks back to even earlier times as she told us that it belonged to the ‘Gawn’ family as in ‘Sir Gawain’ who, as many know, was one of the knights of the Round Table of King Arthur. There was a fragment of gold stained glass showing the French Fleur de Lys which is on the Gawn family crest.

One of the missions of the Knights of the Round Table was to ‘rescue damsels in distress’ and this was sorely needed as the estate of womanhood – particularly of the ruling class –  had fallen very low following the overthrow of the ruling pagan queen/goddess. In one of the recorded stories, Sir Tristran was incensed by the barbarity of a particular knight whose challenge was that if Sir Tristan’s lady was less fair than his own, she should lose her head but, if the challenging knight’s lady was less beautiful, then she should lose her head. I cannot remember how the story ended but do recall that Sir Tristan taught this knight a sound lesson.

Women today are still being punished from those pagan times when the queen became overmighty.  We see this in the male control of women in many cultures and, in particular, how the Muslim faith has come to be interpreted. It is time this stopped as those old energies have been cleared away.  Those feelings of hatred towards women – never examined and whose source is never questioned – only exist through habit and custom.

An inner meaning of ‘Rose’

Not long ago, the group met at Ross on Wye for a weekend seminar with Robert Light.  I was unable to attend but I was very struck by the word ‘Ross’ because it reminded me of how many years ago our group visited ‘Ross’lyn Chapel in Scotland. Then it came to me: with the new energy of ‘Omni’ and the energy of the planet returning to Unity, the word ‘Ross’ has turned into ‘Rose’ the symbol of love.  The two ‘SS’s symbolised the former duality on this earth as the ‘S’ represents the waving nature of the earth currents, or wyverns, or snakes.  The last ‘S’ now bends itself into the letter ‘e’ for ‘earth’.  The letter R is the ancient glyph for the sun (with the two ‘spokes’ being rays from the sun).  Thus the sun, at the beginning of ROSE, is shining on the earth – at the end –  and the two remaining letters in the middle, ‘OS’, represent the life on the planet  – O is for the one-ness and interconnected nature of all life here, while the letter S symbolises the life force running through it created by the sun’s life giving rays falling on the ‘e’arth.  And just a further thought,  one of the rays from the sun slanting on the letter S turns it into the symbol for infinity.  Interestingly, OS is also the word for ‘bone’, the bones of the planet and symbolising the structure or divine thought behind the myriad life forms on this planet.

The Hobbit – letter to magazine

Below is a letter I had published in the November/December 2015 issue of Kindred Spirit following the article On ‘The Hobbit: Cassie Martin takes a spiritual view of this modern classic’:

‘Further to ‘The Hobbit’ article that I wrote in the July/Aug issue, a chance remark from a friend – ‘It’s just like today’ – made me wonder whether comparisons can be drawn between Tolkien’s book and what is happening in the world today?

Thorin was besieged in his mountain by the different peoples asking for their rightful share of The Treasure, in other words, the Earth’s riches. It could be said that Europe/The West has taken more than its fair share of the world’s wealth, and that this is why they are being besieged by many peoples who want a share of the peace and prosperity they see there. In fact, the greatest consumer of them all, the USA, is also under siege from Mexico for similar reasons.

When Smaug thinks the people of Lake Town are challenging his position and are after his treasure, he takes revenge by setting fire to their town and making them homeless. The Elves take pity on their plight and help to build homes on the shore in time for winter.  This is beginning to sound familiar isn’t it?  Other tyrants around the world have taken similar destructive action against their own people – in Zimbabwe, Libya, Egypt and now Syria.

But here’s the rub. Tyranny and greed are destroyed with the slaying of the Mighty Dragon: the army of Orcs that threatens the civilised world is utterly vanquished.  Finally, the world’s wealth can be fairly distributed amongst everyone.  Then, and only then, is peace restored.’

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I also played with a further paragraph but it was too late to submit:

‘Tyranny and greed will only disappear when humans fully accept themselves as they are.  We need to accept the fact that we are all made up of light and dark.  Everyone is capable of great good or great evil.  In one of Robert Light’s talks something astonishing was revealed.  When people try to be good and then slip up, the pendulum, unnaturally bent over to one side as the person tries so hard to be all good, will then arc all the way round to the other side showing you how powerful is that swing of negative energy.  The middle way is the answer of course, as many know, to remain balanced, accept ourselves as we are – our weaknesses, our failures – not judging, or giving up, loving ourselves.    As has been said before, the world is but the outer expression of what we are within.’