Ego trip

A friend sent me a link to this video,  ReBirth of the Ego – Self  by unASLEEP . While in the midst of watching , I knew this powerful material would be included in a future post.

 

 

This video shook me to my core so I had to share it with you. The gentle female voice questions the notion that one’s ego is your enemy and needs to be quashed. Instead you are invited to make peace with and accept your projected self. What really got me was the comparison of lucid dreaming with awakening of the ego. The synchronicity here is palpable. I am currently in two dream groups and am specifically studying lucid dreaming. My experiences as a lucid dreamer is what has reignited my passion for dream work. When the video began to discuss lucid dreaming, I instantly knew that the message about reintegration of the ego was meant for me to explore.
 

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Here’s some questions to ponder:

Does the term ego resonate with you personally?

Is ego destruction a viable goal towards enlightenment?

What purpose does your ego serve in your life?

Have you ever had a lucid dream?

How has lucid dreaming impacted your waking life?

 

Returning Home: Part III – Sagrada Familia

 

By Poniol60 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

I have updated some of the photos, enjoy!

This is the celestial structure that started it all.  I was watching 60 Minutes a few weeks ago when a feature was airing about the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. I sat glued to the tube utterly transfixed as I learned about the history of this ever evolving Gothic masterpiece. As I watched the show, the idea of doing a series on coming home began to take shape ( albeit a bit faster than the construction of the Basilica.) I simply had not seen anything quite like it and became instantly enchanted.

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According to Wikipedia , The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família , commonly known as the Sagrada Família (Catalan pronunciation: [səˈɣɾaðə fəˈmiɫiə]), is a large Roman Catholic church in BarcelonaCataloniaSpain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.  Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

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Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

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The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí’s design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí’s death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed train could disturb its stability.

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It is incredibly challenging for me to articulate why the Sagrada Familia holds such a fascination for me. Part of the allure is the sheer commitment to a vision that eclipsed the life of its creator.  Another factor is the romance implicated by its history: that the division among the people of Barcelona about its fate, coupled with the Spanish Civil War, were unable to crush Gaudi’s dream. This plays out better than most romance novels!

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Or could it be the kaleidoscopic impression created by the roof?

Something this extraordinary cannot be reduced to mere adjectives. What matters is how we use our senses and our hearts to help us rediscover our real nature.  It is often said that great works of art are divinely inspired.  The person who composes the symphony or paints the masterpiece is really uncovering an idea planted deep within the soul. If this is a defining feature of the creative process, then wouldn’t the lushness of each note or the texture of each brush stroke be a testament to the magnificence within us all?

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related post: https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/returning-home-part-ii-italian-cathedrals/

all images below courtesy of  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia

Poniol60 By Poniol60 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

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Arnaud Gaillard (arnaud () amarys.com) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0/deed.en

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Julien Lagarde http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en

Earth Day 2013

By Jean Tosti (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Magnolia is my favorite tree this time of year. I watch for her to come into bloom faithfully every late March though mid April. Why are some forms of life like the Magnolia blossom both so exquisite and so fragile? Why are they often so delicate and so quick to transition?

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Perhaps the Magnolia’s fragility and delicacy are reminders that what is regarded as ephemeral requires respect, awe, and care. Our planet is not ephemeral, in fact the Earth is amazingly resilient. However, resilience cannot be mistaken for immunity from neglect, indifference, or lack of appreciation. Gaia contains many mysteries and secrets at her core, just like all the life forms that spend time here. Let’s honor her sacred splendor with respect, awe, and care.  Happy Earth Day!

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I just couldn’t resist this blissful rendition of an old anthem from my youth:

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third image by  http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedista:Zp                 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en

 

Tag Award

Tazein of  transcendingbordersblog has nominated me for the Tag  Award! Thank you, Tazein! Please visit her lovely blog and get to know her work and her sweet spirit.

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Tag Award

THE RULES:

1-Post a picture of the award on your blog.

2-Tag back the person who tagged you to let them know you have accepted the award.

3- State 11 facts about yourself.

4- Answer the 11 questions I have asked you.

5-Tag the same amount of people as there are letters in your name.

6-Ask your OWN QUESTIONS -11 of them, to the people you have tagged.

7-Contact the people you have tagged to let them know they have been tagged.

11 facts about myself:

1- My left hand is dominant but I can iron with my right hand.

2- I won a prize for playing pinball.

3- At my cousin’s wedding I was a bridesmaid and Jerry Seinfeld was the usher who  walked down the aisle with me!

4- I kept almost all of my old concert tickets

5- I really enjoy reading cookbooks – mostly for the pictures.

6- Spring and Autumn are my favorite seasons.

7- I became lactose intolerant a few years back.

8- My new favorite prayer is ” Use me God ” .

9- The Mister Softee ice cream truck song brings joy to my being and will literally stop me in my tracks.

Watch this video for your  immediate indoctrination into the Mister Softee club

10- I have been watching The Young and the Restless almost since it began airing.

11- I can pick up small objects with my toes.

QUESTIONS ASKED :

1-What is your dream goal in life?
 One of those dreams would be to have Oprah interview me on Super Soul Sunday.

2-Do you believe in God?
  I am part of God, we are all one.

3-Have you already published, or thinking of publishing your book?
 One book idea is to explore individual and collective mystical experiences and how they are accepted by the predominant cultures of various countries throughout the world.

4-What do you do to relax and unwind?
  Mellow music, walks in nature, a good book

5-Do you have children?
  Dexter is my baby

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Dexter

6-Where do you look for happiness?
  Within

7-What is your favorite color?
  Look at the text !

8-Who is your favorite author?
  I don’t have a favorite, I am an avid reader and my favorite is whoever I am reading now!

9-What motivates you to blog?
  My desire to become more of my real self and inspire others to do the same

10-Do you believe in love at first sight?
  sometimes

11–Are you doing a full time job?
  I am a part-time mystic ( see my blog title) soon hoping to be promoted to full-time status

MY QUESTIONS:
1- What is your favorite cartoon character?

2- Do you speak any languages other than your native language?

3- What dishes would be served for your favorite meal?

4- Why did you start blogging?

5- Beatles or Rolling Stones?

6- What is your dream travel destination?

7- Do you prefer writing or typing?

8- How has WordPress changed your life?

9- Can you whistle?

10-If you could choose an alter-ego, who would you become?

11- Do you prefer life before or after the invention of cellphones?

 

MY NOMINATIONS:

Here are my awardees, please check out them out – great people, great blogs, great storytellers:

James Fielden

Karen Kubicko

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sethsnap

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Returning Home : Part II – Italian Cathedrals, Updated Edition

By Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Roman Forum

Update:  Please enjoy some new photos added for your viewing pleasure …..

Sometimes traveling somewhere distant can take you right ” home.” I was incredibly fortunate to spend a few magical weeks travelling throughout Italy. As an Italian American , spending some time in the land of my ancestors helped me appreciate some of the origins of my love of food, art, history, and la dolce vita.  I was transported to a realm Eckhart Tolle calls spaciousness while visiting cathedrals. Words can barely describe how I feel when I am in the presence of these breathtaking works of art so I will let the images speak to you. 

By Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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Sistine Chapel Ceiling

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Michelangelo’s Creation

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Michelangelo’s Last Judgement

800px-St_Peter's_Square,_Vatican_City_-_April_2007  DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Outside St. Peter’s Square , Vatican City

by Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys) wikimedia commons license 2,5

Basilica Di San Marco, Venice

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 San Marco Ceiling

by Maria Schnitzmeier. wikimedia license http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_License_1.2

San Marco Mosaic

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San Marco Altar

by Jiuguang Wang http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Duomo, Milan

Duomo_In_S4 By Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Duomo Altar

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Inside Duomo

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Duomo Stained Glass Window 

Duomo_Out_S15 By Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside Detail, Duomo

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 Duomo, Milan

For myself the sheer beauty of these places of worship transcends any intention by the artists, architects, priests or popes. It’s all about the immersion into the awe and wonder where I discover the portals into the Divine. What about you?

 

see related post:

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/returning-home-part-i-meditation/

roman forum by Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s by Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside St. Peter’s Square by  DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Basilica San Marco and San Marco Ceiling ( 2 photos) by Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys)     http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en

San Marco Mosaic by Maria Schnitzmeier http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_License_1.2

Duomo, Milan by Jiuguang Wang http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

 Duomo Altar, Duomo Stained Glass Window, and Outside Detail, Duomo ( 3 photos) by  Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Inside Duomo including seated area by By メルビル (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Duomo ( final photo) by  (WT-shared) Ronnie Pander at wts wikivoyage [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Best Moment Award

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I have been nominated by  Tazein at transcendingbordersblog   for the Best Moment Award!

Thank you Tazein for bestowing this honor upon me.. Tazein exemplifies courage, faith, and transcendence in action.  Please check out her lovingly inspirational blog!!!

3 Best Moment Awards

” Awarding the people who live in the moment, The noble who write and capture the best in life, The bold who reminded us what really mattered – savoring the experience of quality time. “

RULES:

Winners re-post this completely with their acceptance speech. That could be written down or video recorded.

Winners have the privilege of awarding the next  awardees! The re-post should include a NEW list of people, blogs worthy of the award, and winners notify them the great news.

THE SOURCE:

What makes a good acceptance speech?

Gratitude-.Thank the people who helped you along the way.

Humor-Keep us entertained and smiling.

Inspiration-Make your story touch our lives.

Get an idea from the great acceptance speech, compiled in http://MomentMatters.com/speech

Display the award’s badge on your blog/website, downloadable in http://MomentMatters.com/Award

MY ACCEPTANCE SPEECH:

First, I’d like to thank the Academy…….. Hey, the rules say to inject humor and this has always been a fantasy of mine! No seriously I am incredibly humbled by being nominated for this award. In addition to Tazein, I want to thank 2 bloggers who immediately took me under their wings and guided me through the WordPress terrain, Karen Kubicko and Sindy of bluebutterfliesandme . These two incredible women befriended me and introduced me to nifty blogging tricks and even more wonderful fellow bloggers.

Writing has always been in my blood, perhaps even before Astrology. Around 1st or 2nd grade I was given an assignment to create sentences and a story using our new spelling words. I will never forget the way I felt when my teacher said I was really good at story writing. Combine this with my gift for spelling and fertile imagination and I was metaphorically off to the races! ( My spelling is not quite as sharp these days.)  But that early memory of being noticed ignited that introverted little girl’s passion for writing and story-telling. I tell stories and listen to stories as a therapist. I help interpret stories as an astrologer. I voraciously read , listen to, visualize, and watch stories as a self-proclaimed book addict, music fan, art connoisseur  and film lover. For the astrologers, I have a moon in Gemini with Venus  ruling my 3rd house. My Venus in Sag sits in the 10th house sextiling my Aquarius Ascendant and trining my chart ruler Uranus. What helped trigger the blogging was my last Solar Return chart. In the Solar Return chart Mercury sits on the third house cusp, Mars is also in the third (both in Sag) and they both oppose Jupiter in Gemini in the 9th!

I have always journalled and took writing courses in high school. I was torn between majoring in creative writing and psychology in college and eventually went with psychology. Apart from academics and work-related stuff, public writing was basically abandoned. Until NOW, and the joy blogging brings me is too enormous to be limited by any adjective in any language. It is the gift that truly keeps on giving.

What I never contemplated was that exercising my creative gift would lead me to a whole new network of like-minded universal souls like you! It is no small feat to meet up with esoteric minded, spiritually centered folks from across the planet who love astrology, arts, shamanism, mindfulness, photography, energy healing, sacred geometry, nature, poetry,  travel, symbols, international cuisine, indie cinema, cats and reincarnation. Add to that, the INFJs, lucid dreamers, and lightworkers. I am still seeking fellow left-handed people so let me know if you are part of my tribe. I could list even more unusual alliances, but I think you get the picture.

Let me close by saying that winning an award for living in the moment is more than ironic since I am very adept at living in my head. However, my recent reintroduction to daily meditation has certainly assisted me in achieving more stillness and becoming more present. This presence has certainly been enhanced by all the light I have received reflected in the glow of this magnificent community.

MY NOMINATIONS:

Here are my awardees: I have chosen the following bloggers that inspire me daily with precious moments that shine and sparkle like an acre of diamonds.  I want to showcase blogs that are fairly new and/or lesser known and deserve recognition for their authenticity, creativity, passion for their craft, sheer brilliance, and generosity of spirit.  Please seek them out and add them to your global family.

1- Dear Miracle

2-cynthiajacksonblog

3-Soul Magnitude

4- Eat!

∆ Three Corners ∆

6- The Eagle and The Serpent

7-Pisces

8-symbolreader

9-INFJoe

10- aMusing Spirit

11-Crow & Valentine

Thank you again for this award and sharing my joy of creative expression.

Here is the incomparable Whitney Houston’s  One Moment in Time, clearly channeled from the angelic realm:

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Musings – 4-11-13: Post Aries New Moon Frenzy, Pre Eclipse Madness and More

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Iris’s in Monet’s Garden ~ piscean stew

Just a quick post to acknowledge some significant happenings: First of all, Exactly 3 months ago, on the auspiciously selected date 1-11-13, I posted my first blog entry. It was right after the official start of the traditional Western New Year. Today 4-11-13 marks the 3 month anniversary, which forms the square and symbolizes the beginning of the Astrological New Year. I want to check in with folks to see how they are experiencing this energy. We went from a recent sumptuous Pisces stew to a potent rambunctious passionate creative Aries blaze of glory. I personally am aware of an electric impulsive frenetic expressive wave of flames interspersed with the ethereal poetic Piscean residue. How about you?

http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/frenetic aries ~ blaze of glory

You throw the coming eclipses into the mix and what do you get ….

While we figure this out collectively, I just have to say how grateful I am for all the love I have found in this creative process. Ironic ( or not?), I get chosen for a blog award on the heels of the approaching new moon! I promise to blog on this very soon, but want to take some time now to say what  first started out to be a somewhat loose , spiritually developmental  odyssey has blossomed into a glorious cornucopia of wildly ascending souls engaged in perspective bending, consciousness building , and mass enlightenment;  A celebration of luminous beings grooving in dialogue, artistry, and kinship. Its analogous to the seasonal shift from the stark cardinal Winter environment  transitioning to the fertile cardinal Spring landscape inviting rebirth, engagement and renewal.

I said this would be brief, but you are  getting to know me by now and realize, my beautiful readers, that brevity for me is relative!

Please grace me with your impressions below, let me know how you are finding these very interesting times !

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fire image by http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Poetry – Grace Everpresent

 

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Where is Grace?

Grace is realizing the car keys are in your other pocket

Grace is when the cop gives you a warning this time

Grace is when the red birds descend on your terrace ” just because”

Grace is when you discover your checkbook error

that you subtracted one hundred dollars by mistake

Grace is when the sky opens and the sun tells the clouds to get lost for a spell

Grace is the neighbor’s cat who snuggles with you after yours has passed away

Grace is the stranger who helps you pick up your groceries off the floor

Grace is the MRI that reveals you don’t have that illness after all

Grace is accepting what is and surviving with renewed hope

Grace is a whole heart after a lifetime of shatters and scars

Grace is a million new beginnings

Grace is finding love way past your prime

Grace is everpresent

© litebeing chronicles 2013

update:

I wrote this poem , or rather this poem wrote me, from a place filled with a mixture of despair, emptiness, hope, and gratitude. Your response has been wonderful and I thank you.  My poetry has always been fueled by intense emotion and manifests only when it is good and ready. Stay tuned for new arrivals in future posts.

 

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