"Sunrise in Blue" by Joseph Parker
The Grand Machinery Of Life …
A boiling blood red tide in the ocean of endless shades of gray …
Most people consider mushrooms to be the small, ugly cousins of the plant kingdom, but theirs is surprisingly beautiful and wonderful world waiting to be explored. These beautiful mushrooms, captured by enthusiastic nature photographers, are a far cry from the ones you find in the woods or your local grocery store.
Most mushrooms, as we know them, are actually just the reproductive structure of the fungus they belong to – their fungal networks expand far further underground, and some fungi don’t even sprout the sort of mushrooms that we’re used to seeing. In fact, depending on your definition of “organism,” the largest living organism in the world is a fungus – there’s a honey mushroom colony in Oregon that occupies about 2,000 acres of land! ( Bored Panda )
People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.
St. Augustine (via sacredfemininegypsyheart)
Your blog is very interesting for all those who are very sensitive and spiritual beings. I've just a question: what is the true meaning fo the skulls in photography? I've seen a lot of images with skulls of bulls and thorns of deers, is that something related to evil ?
Hello there, peace & cheers from the flipside, and thanks for visiting ! Let me skip right to your question, I’ll refrain from elaborating too much on the subject and say just this : good and evil are just concepts of minds still trapped in dualistic view of Life, Universe, and Everything. I do not see things that way - skulls, among other things, symbolize the permanent impermanence of all forms in natural order of things. They symbolize the full cycle of Life & Death, celebrating both, as a fundamental manifestation of harmony of contained conflicts, a loose and elegant rule by which Nature and Universe operate. Skull is the symbol of eternal wisdom, the naked truth, and awakening to the higher, more subtle realities, as above, so below, as within, so without. Evil is an excluding, judgmental, pre-school concept, and origin of many abused societal and psychological phenomena and all suffering. But a necessary one, otherwise the duality-junkies wouldn’t be able to discern what’s good. Skulls are our true faces beyond the masks of flesh behind which we’re hiding in lies, comfort and delusion. A rock solid, eternal souls, hollow bones through which Spirit flows freely, is what I see when looking into a skull.
APACHE MARRIAGE BLESSING
Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be the shelter for each other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other.
Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Treat yourselves and each other with respect,
and remind yourselves often of what brought you together.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness,
gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship
- as they threaten all relationships at one time or another -
remember to focus on what is right between you,
not only the part which seems wrong.
In this way, you can ride out the storms
when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives
- remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment,
the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility
for the quality of your life together,
it will be marked by abundance and delight.
It’s done by hurling yourself into the abyss, and discovering that it’s a feather bed.
There’s no other way to do it.
Terence McKenna (via deepzaz)
Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.
Alice Walker, an American author and activist (via sexcircus)
" Erasing personal history may sound a bit ominous, but it is a purely logical explanation of the work we must do to clear that soul / mind pathway. Think about it. There is no other moment then the present one. No matter how hard we try, we will not be able to live in any other moment than the one we are in right now. But often we get pulled away from the present moment and into the world of illusion within our minds. We find ourselves dealing with what we are supposed to do be doing (conditioning), what happened the last time this situation came up (past memories), what we always do in these situations (behavioral programs), or our strong emotional fight-or-flight reactions (theta programs). All these - conditioning, memories, and programs - are parts of our personal history that interfere with our ability to truly live in the present moment. They are distractions, illusions that steal our lives away from us, and by dismantling them, we find ourselves back in the present moment. In so doing, we also clear pathway through our thinking machinery. Not only do we get to live our lives engaged in the present moment, but we also are then able to express our soul into the world in real time, with no gap between the impulse to express our soul and the expression itself. Instantaneous, authentic soul expression is the goal and the way of the shaman, "
" Our clarity is what allows us to be shamans. Our ability to cut through illusion makes us shamans. Our determination to stay engaged in the present moment and express our soul’s intent, even while in the trenches, makes us shamans. Our practice of using the world as a mirror so we can reflect back the truth makes us shamans. Our ability to see into the other worlds and bring back help and energy from beings and planes of higher vibration makes us shamans. Shifting our awareness out of beta and down to delta at will, makes us shamans. Seeing the soul of the world in every rock, stream, birds and cloud makes us shamans.
But beyond that, beyond all the skills and orientations and perceptions and techniques, what makes us shamans is the fact that we are dedicated to using all that we are, all that we have, and all that we were ever meant to be in order to make a positive difference in the world. That intent, that collective agreement, in and of itself, is enough to shift our reality out of the depths of Kali Yuga and toward brighter days ahead. It is the shamanism of agreement that will distinguish us in the days and years of the coming age. Embrace that, and the future must conform to our belief. After all, hasn’t it always ? “
It’s not a hoodoo voodoo shallow shit new age pomp parade, but the very essence of the next common sense. Call it shamanism, call it whatever, forms are irrelevant, only intent matters - however you label it, it’s all one and the same place where we’re all heading, where Love flows freely. We’re all shamans, my beloved rogues. O:) / B|
The spirit of the Equinox opens a gateway of New energy bringing transition, new cycles and New Beginnings. Happy Equinox, Blessed Mabon!