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Being spiritual is not about what you profess to believe.  It's the way your experiences have taught you to connect to what you hold deeply true - and then expressing that as an authentic way of living.

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The Secret of Spiritual Materialism New

Spiritual Materialism is a common pitfall in which we deceive ourselves into thinking that we’re developing spiritually - when, in fact, we’re only using spiritual techniques to strengthen our self-centeredness.  

Read full article at this link.

Can you be a Warrior and be on a Spiritual Path?

Here are Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's thoughts On Being a Warrior.

What did Jesus Say ? 

With all the passion surrounding Jesus's teachings and their impact on our views of the Middle East - perhaps its time to explore the "real" meaning behind Jesus's words.   

Something About Mary

Have you noticed?   Mary's back - and everyone seems to be talking about her.

Warrior Priestess's Picture of Mary

Her popularity speaks to a stirring deep within our collective unconscious.  The soul of our culture is calling for us to rediscover her image and symbology. 

Mary represents kindness, loving compassion, and femininity.   She's back to free the feminine aspect within us all - men and women alike.

But, which Mary are we talking about?  And, does it really matter?

According to Stephan Hoeller, there seems to be a "muddle of Marys" in the New Testament.  There's Jesus' mother Mary, Mary of Magdala (aka Mary Magdalene), Mary of Bethany (Lazarus' sister), and even a Mary called "the other Mary." 

Further legends have Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, and a black (Nubian) Egyptian Mary traveling to the south of France - spreading the teachings of Jesus.  Mary appears to have been a very popular name back in those times.

We do know that from about the 4th Century A.D. onward, all of the earlier representations of the divine feminine in the West became eclipsed by the veneration of the Virgin Mary.  And, by the Middle Ages, a large "cult of Mary" had spread throughout Europe. 

According to Henry Adams, nearly every great church built during the 12th and 13th Centuries -at Paris, Rheims, Amiens, Chartres, etc. - belonged to Mary (Virgin Mary/Mother of God/Queen of Heaven).  She was revered for her mercy and forgiveness - as opposed to judgment and retribution.

Fast forward to the current (and recent) best-selling fictional accounts of Mary Magdalene.   Although they may be a great read - there seems to be little historical basis for these new revelations about this Mary.

The upside to this popularity of Mary mythology is that it will ultimately lead people to explore the evidence that does exist - especially with regard to Mary Magdalene.  She's often been associated with the "repentant prostitute" image or archetype - however, this couldn't be farther from the truth.

In recently published (1955) Coptic editions of important Gnostic texts - which include The Gospel of Mary - one discovers that Mary Magdalene was actually a carrier of the great mystical Gnosis tradition - and a close disciple of Jesus. 

It appears that this association ultimately led to her (and these texts) becoming an object of denigration by the orthodox forces in the early Christian church - starting in the 1st Century A.D.  

It took about three centuries for the Old Testament/superiority of men over women/faith-based salvation and redemption perspective to gain the upper hand.   And, look where its gotten us.

Its time to look at Mary with new eyes and resurrect her true symbology - kindness, compassion, and femininity. 

Now more than ever.

You've come a long way, baby. 


Lectures by the Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere and Stephan Hoeller.

"Mont Saint Michel and Chartres" by Henry Adams.  Project Gutenberg offers a free e-book (2003) download.

Also, check out the recently published "The Gnostic Bible." (2003)

Where are you on the Sacred Medicine Wheel ?

Warrior Priestess's Medicine Wheel

For several millennia, the Sacred Medicine Wheel has been instrumental in maintaining the balance of power among the indigenous tribes of North America.  The "medicine" refers to "wisdom" and the "wheel" represents the cycles of lifeBy learning to "walk the wheel" - and view life from many different perspectives - the Medicine Wheel offers a practical approach to cultivating harmony and balance in one's life.

Beginning in the Children's Fire (ages 0-3), we move clockwise (starting with the Men's Lodge) into a new lodge every 3 years.  After gaining the perspective of the Dog Soldiers, we return to the Children's Fire and begin another cycle around the wheel.

Here's a chart that will help you determine where you are on the wheel and offers some insight into each viewpoint.

In the U.S., our arms manufacturers and the Pentagon occupy the same lodge - the War Chief's Lodge.   The decision to go to war shouldn't be made from the same mindset as that of the organizations manufacturing the weapons.   Look where that's gotten us.

You can learn more about the Sacred MedicineWheel (tapes and workshops) at Rev. Rosalyn Bruyere's website

Noble Protector of Beings

Tapihritsa Protects the Warrior Priestess

With compassion - contemplating the benefit of beings.

Learn more about the Tibetan Bön culture and teachings at The Ligmincha Institute.

Whose Problem Is It Anyway ?

I'm learning a great "self secret" about the nature of my mind and my problems. 

Most of us spend our entire lives thinking about how to solve our problems.  We waste countless hours actively engaged in conversations about our problems with ourselves, our friends, our therapists, or just about anyone who will listen.   But, we still have problems.  We're all still suffering. 

Although suffering is useful in that it shakes us up and makes us question our reality - there is a path to freedom.  Consider this insight offered by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche at a recent retreat.

Our problems should be like shooting stars moving across the sky - there for a moment and gone the next.  We, on the other hand, experience wisdom like a shooting star - with our problems coming on steadily.

According to the Bön Dzogchen meditative tradition of Tibet, our thoughts arise from a clear empty space within us - and then vanish back into that emptiness.  Our essence is primordially pure and clear, like a crystal.  This is the true nature of our mind.  And, the wisest part of us knows this.

When confronted with a problem, try asking who is the one doing the looking?  Who is the one that's seeing the problem?  Obviously not the wisest part of us.   The "wrong" person is actually doing the looking - and we're very attached to that person.  In fact,  we're empowering that person - and as a result, we empower our problems - instead of letting them vanish quickly back into the emptiness.

Rinpoche also suggested that we question the popular practice of analyzing our inner child.  In the end, all we've managed to do is change our crying inner child into a smiling one.  But, there's still an inner child who's doing the looking.  Why not have our inner wise person do the looking?

This is but an introduction to a simple and yet profound way of shifting our perception of reality.  Try it out when you're faced with a problem.  Ask yourself who's seeing this as a problem?  Who's holding onto this problem?

A part of me is tempted to look at this way of questioning as yet another problem.

You can learn more about the Tibetan Bön teachings at The Ligmincha Institute. 

In the Protection of
the Falcon God

Horus Through the Lens of the Warrior Priestess

Horus, Temple at Edfu, Egypt

Galileo's Middle Finger

The digitus infamis.

A symbolic gesture preserved for posterity?

Galileo's Middle Finger

While traveling through Italy in the 70's, I visited Firenze's Institute and Museum of the History of Science (recently renamed the Museo Galileo.) On display was this relic. (Yes, its his middle finger.)

I had to laugh.  Was this a message from beyond the grave?  To those who once condemned him?

Galileo was part of the Scientific Renaissance (beginning in the 15th Century).  A time when a great infusion of creative energy was being channeled into scientific breakthroughs.

Galileo's contributions changed our view of the world.  His explorations lead to many discoveries - including the invention of the microscope, the improvement of the telescope, and the discovery of the moons of Jupiter.     

In spite of his success, he was ultimately tried for heresy; condemned, and sent into exile.  As a defender of Copernican Astronomy (which states that the sun, and not the earth, is the center of our solar system) - Galileo was going against the doctrine of the Church.  He spent the last years of his life blind and in declining health.  His middle finger was ultimately wrested from his body as his remains were being moved to their present location.

Fast forward to the present.  We find ourselves living in an age when the creative sparks are igniting all manner of scientific discovery.  And as before, we find ourselves coming up against the dictates of the church.  Whether its in stem cell research or birth control - we're again faced with the prospect of being held hostage by narrow worldviews.

But, keep the faith.  Amazing insights are continuing to expand our understanding of our quantum universe.   We're moving toward the discovery of a revolutionary framework that will unify our scientific and mystical realities.  Let's keep our eyes on the horizon.  A new day is dawning.

For more info. on the Museo Galileo, click here.

Update: Pope John Paul II Pardons Galileo.


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