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.
Here’s some questions to ponder:
Does the term ego resonate with you personally?
Is ego destruction a viable goal towards enlightenment?
This is the celestial structure that started it all. I was watching 60 Minutesa 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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?
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!
I just couldn’t resist this blissful rendition of an old anthem from my youth:
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.
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
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?
Here are my awardees, please check out them out – great people, great blogs, great storytellers:
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.
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Sistine Chapel Ceiling
Michelangelo’s Last Judgement
Outside St. Peter’s Square , Vatican City
Basilica Di San Marco, Venice
San Marco Ceiling
San Marco Mosaic
San Marco Altar
Duomo Stained Glass Window
Outside Detail, Duomo
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?
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.
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.
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?
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 gratefulI 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 !
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.