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Rekindle the fire

“There is a fire in all of us - but some feel they only have ashes left. But if you dig in the embers where you remember it used to be you will always find a last surviving ember” (@babaramdass). And, if you hold that ember to your heart, and breathe upon it with all your LOVE, then it will grow and rekindle and become a BLAZE that will illuminate your mind and truly open your heart. Because this Phoenix can never die. So, sit by the fire, Quiet your mind; and open your heart. “Quiet your mind with meditation; open the heart by loving all you can.” And when the mind is quiet and the heart is truly open, then you will know both the question and the answer: “Who am I? What must I do?” - all things are spun upon the wheel of manifestation, as energy is spun into matter and matter decays into energy, and spirit and body become one - and it is Karma that spins the wheel. There is Nowhere to go; Nothing to do. It’s all GOD. Even this thought and the technology that brought it

“And Lucifer turns the wheel”

“Farewell oh Sun: ever returning light!” We worked our #autumnequinox last night, the descending Sun had me considering the #myth of #lucifer - and what it has to teach us about the #Ego… In the Monotheistic myth, Lucifer is the #fallenangel who rebels against the All Good God - and becomes the #scapegoat for all #Evil. He falls due to the hubris of His #Pride and #Ego - but what is Ego, other than the illusion of Separateness? He fell because he wanted to be ‘special’ - and forgot that he is already #Divine… But in the #Gnostic telling, Lucifer’s rebellion is driven by #compassion and not Pride. Like #Prometheus, He stands against a Jealous God who wishes to keep Man ignorant and obedient, and in the Sacrifice of His rebellion He gives Man the Light of Consciousness, and therefore of Hope - because through self awareness, Humanity can become more than they where made to be. But In the #Wiccan Myth, Lucifer is a God in His own right: born of the trembling of #Diana’s Desire; He is the

Suicide prevention day

Today is #suicideprevention day - and even though it is an important day for raising awareness, I also know it’s an incredibly tough one, full of #triggers for those who are experiencing #mentalillness  And so I want anyone who is struggling and reading this to know: you are NOT ALONE - if you can just stick with it, these feelings WILL pass, and things WILL get better. How do I know? Just look back at my stream: I’ve been where you are now - multiple times. I’ve lived with #majordepressivedisorder for over 10 years, and lived through multiple periods of #ideation, and 3 interrupted suicidal relapses. I’ve felt the weight of #hopelessness and the depths of utter #despair - and felt on too many occasions to count that life just wasn’t worth living anymore, and it would be better for everyone if I were dead.  In fact, one of those interrupted attempts was just one year ago (you can read the post I wrote then, empty of strength and hope, and willing myself to die: https://bit.ly/2X4weC0 m

Being gay in the Initiatory Alexandrian Tradition of witchcraft

“Being Gay in the Initiatory Alexandrian Tradition of Witchcraft”  So, author and Witch @yvonne_aburrow invited Geoff and I to talk about our experience of coming into the Craft as gay men in the 1990’s - when to be “gay” and a “witch” was still considered incompatible by many of the more conservative in the Tradition (despite our Founder being queer himself…) - and how much the experience has now changed for later generations like our own Initiate, Will. We also chatted about running a Coven as a gay couple, how and why we founded The Coven of The Sacred Wellhead, that old fruit ‘polarity’, whether sexuality or gender expression makes any difference to the magic we work, and our own belief that Diversity and Inclusion should be at the very heart of contemporary Wiccan and Pagan Theologies. Yvonne has kindly posted the interview as part of her excellent “Queer magic” series - and you can view it on her #youtubechannel here: https://youtu.be/TUO9QbUh9k0 #alexandrianwitchcraft #britishtr

Just feel…

Meditation and mindfulness give you the opportunity to practice Being without attachment: when you can sit and simply observe, you realise that you don’t have to act on the feelings or thoughts that arise - but nor do you need to ignore or reject them. When the energy of an idea or an emotions arises, if we reject it with a mental ‘no!’ then we only suppress it’s energy - we don’t allow it to discharge or dissipate, but only push it back down (we literally ‘depress’ it into our subconscious) - this ‘pushing back’ only increases the urgency of the energetic pressure behind that arising, making it even more needy for expression. If, however, we regularly practice sitting in awareness, and allow whatever arises to simply ‘be’ - observing each emotional, intellectual, or energetic arising, acknowledging it with compassionate curiosity, but not actively engaging with it (neither reaching for it, nor pushing it away) - then that energy has the freedom to arise, bloom and express itself w

Sunshine and shadows

The trouble with having your head full of sunshine and rainbows, is you don’t see the shadows or the holes under your feet until it’s too late. Ignoring the ‘difficult’ stuff doesn’t make it go away - it just makes everything feel only 2 dimensional and hollow; any artist will tell you: you need the shadows as much as the highlights in order to help define the shapes and the edges of reality... But equally, if you’re only ever looking down at the ground, expecting only to find pot holes, you’ll overlook the beauty of the flowers amongst the paving-cracks - and totally miss the shooting stars overhead. Because the truth is, we see what we look for - and it’s our perceptions and expectations that shape the world we see and the life we feel able to live. So no matter how bleak your heart feels, remember to always take time everyday to look for the miracles - to smell the rose, or gaze at a star - or the warmth of a loved ones smile; because to allow yourself to find these simple bea

Connections

It’s all connected.  Every breath you take has been breathed by another first - every morsel of food and sustenance was once another living tybeing - every cell of your body only exists because of the network of life that supports and sustains it - and has done so on this gleaming, breathing, interpenetrating green and blue bubble of life we call ‘home’. Every molecule of oxygen, every atom of Carbon, every proton and neutron and quanta of your existence was born first in the heart of a star - as energy transforms into matter and matter is converted once more into energy in an endless and almost infinite unfolding of potential - reborn over and over within the endless death and rebirth of the material Cosmos over millennia of time... Now, tell me again how your life has no ‘meaning’ - or that you don’t feel ‘that’ person deserves your acceptance because they have more melanin in their skin than you - or dress a bit differently; tell me again how their right to life and happiness is not