Saturday, January 31, 2015

Witnessing Nature through Meditation

Bringing our spiritual practices into our mundane lives can often be a stumbling block for many people, and as such, it is easy to keep the two separate and often distant from each other where we end up almost living two separate lives - one focused on our daily existence where we deal with work, family, study, socialising with friends etc; and the other containing our spiritual persuasions and pursuits which is often the first to be compromised when we attempt to meet all the demands of modern day life.  Yet, bringing the spiritual into the mundane can be a lot easier than what may first be realised. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Meditation and the Ash Tree

After a much needed two month break over the Summer, Monday Night Meditations will soon be returning to The Goddess House where the emphasis for this year will be on the Celtic Tree Alphabet, the sacred Ogham.
 
Meditation is a mental discipline that is found within many spiritual and religious practices (as well as non-secular which is the focus of the Monday Night Meditations at The Goddess House) as a means of realising spiritual enlightenment, as well as harnessing the many health-promoting benefits, a self-help tool for improving cognitive (thought) performance, as well as a means of managing stress. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Walking Gently Upon the Earth

As the end of one year starts to come to a close and the new one, filled with all its wonder and possibilities, makes its presence felt, the above saying comes to mind.  This old year seems to have been one with its share of turbulence (on all levels) but in the greater scheme of things, has it been more turbulent than previous years?  All I know is that life seems to  be a roller coaster with its ups and downs, twists and turns with the odd curve ball thrown in just to make sure we are still alive and whether or not we have been paying attention. Sometimes, and whilst it may be difficult to realise in this world of instant gratification and the Ego, experiences we are exposed to are not always about our own selves - at times, we may only be a catalyst or even a bystander who has gotten in the way.  When such experiences occur how certain are we that the experience is directly aimed at us?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Time for Honouring Lakshmi

As the festive season draws ever closer, one Goddess comes readily to mind and that is the Hindu Goddess of prosperity and good fortune, of beauty and purification - the beautiful gentle Lakshmi. 

In the Hindu myth known as the "Churning of the Milky Ocean", the Gods were at war against various demons (the Asuras) who wanted to gain immortality. One day a wise sage offered Indra, the Hindu Warrior God, a garland of sacred flowers, however, in his arrogance, Indra threw the flowers on the floor. This display of arrogance upset Lakshmi, who left the realm of the Gods and enter the Milky Ocean. Without her, the Gods were no longer blessed with success or fortune, and as such, the world became darker, the people on earth more greedy, resulting in the refusal to make offerings to the Gods.  And as the Gods's power waned, the Asuras took control.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Your Cup of Milk Matters

In the 16th century, the Mogul Emperor of India, Akbar, ordered the construction in his royal gardens of a vast marble pond for his recently acquired rare white Himalayan swans.  Akbar wished to inaugurate their entry into his new pond by filling it with a sea of milk.  A proclamation was read throughout the capital inviting each citizen to come to the royal gardens during the hours of darkness and pour one cup of milk into the new pond before departing.
 
The next morning Akbar awoke to a pond filled with water.
 



Monday, December 1, 2014

Meditation in the Modern Age

These days it seems that no matter how many "time saving" devices we own, we tend to end up with less and less "free time" as there tends to always be something (or someone) else that requires our attention.  Even with the invention of social media, we are encouraged more and more to "download an app" for something as opposed to truly applying our own energy.  While all these advances in modern technology are wonderful and far-reaching, there is a downside.  This downside is potential of losing the ability to be "unwired" and to simply be ... without the need of external stimulation.
 

"In Her Sacred Name"

"In Her Sacred Name"
"In Her Sacred Name: Writings on the Goddess" - Now available direct from the author (Australian customers ony) - $25 including postage. Or available through Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again
The second edition of "Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats" is now available through www.createspace.com or direct from the author (Australian customers only) for an autographed copy.

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.


You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.