Monday, November 19, 2012

Wide Awake - Katy Perry

I am the light of the world.

I love when I give myself over to the  universe and it sends secret messages of healing for your heart and mind. A very good soul sent me this message:

The Top 10 things about time and space, that most people seem to forget

10. You chose to be here and you knew what you were doing.
9. There are no "tests" and you're not being judged.
8. Everyone's doing their best, with what they know.
7. You already have whatever you're looking for.
6. You are of the Divine, pure God, and so is everyone else.
5. Religion needs spirituality; spirituality does not need religion.
4. You're naturally inclined to succeed - at everything you do.
3. You happen to life, life does not happen to you.
2. Order, healing, and love belie every moment of chaos, pain, and fear.
1. Following your heart is the best way to help others.

The truth shall set you free
The Universe
I especially like No. 9 - There are no "tests" and you're not being judged. I am my harshest critic and carry a sharp knife to stab my heart with. I have struggled for years to feel worthy of being loved. My doggie companions loved me truly and losing that love almost left me lost in a dark tunnel forever. But I am waking up and learning new and amazing things are inside of me, and inside of you too.

Love is all around us, all the time. And it is divine.

Meaning of The Hermit:
A robed man or monk carrying a lantern, sometimes in hand, sometimes hanging off a staff. A barren landscape.

After a long and busy lifetime, building, creating, loving, hating, fighting, compromising, failing, succeeding, the Fool feels a profound need to retreat. In a small, rustic home deep in the woods, he hides, reading, cleaning, organizing, resting or just thinking. But every night at dusk he heads out, traveling across the bare, autumnal landscape. He carries only a staff and a lantern.

It is during these restless walks from dusk till dawn, peering at and examining whatever takes his fancy, that he sees things he's missed during his lifetime. His lantern illuminates animals and insects that only come out at night, flowers and plants that only bloom by moon or star light.

As these secret corners of the world are illuminated and explored by him, he feels that he is also illuminating hidden areas of his mind. In a way, he has become the Fool again. As in the beginning, he goes wherever inspiration leads him. Back then, however, his staff rested on his shoulder, carrying unseen his pack. The Fool was like the pack: wrapped up, unknown. The Hermit's staff leans out before him now, not behind. And it carries a lantern, not a pack. The Hermit is like the lantern, illuminated from within by all he is, capable of penetrating the darkness.

Yesterday, I watched Katy Perry’s new video ‘Wide Awake’ for the first time. Wow! I spotted The Hermit straight away. It was pretty obvious that the song was about the breakdown of her marriage and the lessons she learned from that.

She’s embodying both Death (butterflies of transformation) and The Hermit and taking her inner child along on the labyrinth path to heart healing.

Watch the video and you’ll know what I mean.

Four stages of initiation into self-love are clearly present in this video:
  1. Change – Divine forces strike (The Tower) and the building (illusion) begins to crumble
  2. Trial by Fear – Facing the Minotaur-like monsters that dwell in the labyrinth (The Devil) = Facing one’s deepest fear. In this case it is the fear that the self is somehow not enough and that she needs another to complete her
  3. Integrating the Lesson – Shining the Hermit’s lantern to find the way out and looking to the past (Katy as a child) to understand how she ended up there in the first place
  4. Awakening (Judgment/Pluto) – Smashing the illusion (the Knight in Shining Armor) and releasing the butterflies of rebirth  (Death/Scorpio)
The fifth stage – Service – is evident in how Katy Perry inspires others to push through their fears through her art.

Find more wonderful healing Love Tarot messages at this fantastic site tarot-heart-healing

And read more Messages of the Process of Initiation

All forms of initiation are about transcending self-imposed fears. There are many levels to transcend and many awakenings to be had. In fact, as long as you breathe, you are either being initiated or find yourself in transit between one initiation and the next.

In order to transcend our fears, we have to reach with our hearts to the centre of the Universe where the heart of the Creator dwells. And it doesn't matter if you call it the Higher Self, Source, the Universe or God... or simply grace.

To understand what your current or upcoming initiation is, you simply need to look at your deepest fear. Usually you need to dig quite deep to get to the root course of the fear. This is where the transformation potential lies.

Once rightly understood, your deepest fear becomes your fiercest ally.
  More here Process of Initiation Tarot Spread

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Up the Down Staircase

"The ancients were people, yet also animals. In form some looked human while some walked on all fours like animals. Some could fly like birds; others could swim like fishes. All had the gift of speech, as well as greater powers and cunning than either animals or people." - Oakanogan Legend, Creation of the Animal people

The Call to Shamanic Spirituality
"I feel the tug of the homing signal.
I feel you calling in the song of the stream.
I feel you calling in the shadow cast before me as I walk
 and by the Sun behind me warming my back.
I feel you calling in the wind that caresses my face.
I feel you calling in the sound of my feet
walking on Sacred Mother Earth.
 I feel you calling in the hummingbird-shaped cloud
 hovering in the sky overhead.
What are you calling me to, asked I?
Life, answered you."

- Black Elk

The word "shaman" translates to mean one "who sees in the dark."  In more traditional forms of shamanism the shaman does not choose his path. It is either hereditary or the spirits choose the shaman through marking him in some way. This marking was usually an animal attack or an illness which brought the shaman to deaths door. The thought is that by tasting death and returning back, the shaman would return with knowledge and powers from the spirit world. It was a blessing for the spirits to bring a person to their very doors to give them this power.

Once on the path, the shaman must work with these powers they are given in this world and the spirit world. Their sacred duty is to venture back and forth as a messenger to both sides. For this men go to them for advice, for this the spirits give them wisdom and come to their aid. The understanding of life and death and the importance of both predator and prey is integral to being a shaman.

I have been on a very painful journey to heal myself of my fear of death.  I have been severely wounded and have been unable to voice anything. Still trying to make sense of all that has happened and why.

I hope to start writing on here some more, but it's something I have to work through and that will open the door again. I am just so afraid of letting myself feel that pain again. But I am surviving each day. I am finding the mystery and grandness of it all again. But I just can't seem to let the dark inside of me go just yet.

Sometimes the dark is a great hiding place.

From Ellie's Crystal Links
We spend much of our time healing our wounds. We come to metaphysics for answers we cannot find in the world - for our souls know the truth is not in the physical.

Wounds are thought to be burned away by the sacred flame that ignite the spirit and the return of the Phoenix. One often speaks of buring off karmic ribbons and healing wounds with the Violet Flame.
Those healed become the healers...