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Shiva and Shakti

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2010 by Mj Rains

Stretching our minds beyond our own religious concepts, I find the Vedic traditions fascinating.  Shiva is the oldest of the Vedic trinity which also includes Brahma and Vishnu (sort of Father, Son and Holy Spirit here too).  Shiva is called the god of yoga, death, cattle, dance, the moon, and all the abstract forces like beneficence and destruction.  Shiva, for me, the lord of yoga is meaningful, being a yoga practitioner, and Shiva, the lord of the dance, as he is usually depicted in bronze statues shows multiple talents (and multiple arm-age!).  Dancing in this circle, Shiva is said to have performed in the place called the “Center of the Universe”, shown in bronze by  the circle of flames which represents the cosmos,  and that the location of this place is within the human heart.  The heartbeat, the basic rhythm of soul pleasing human music, is never forgotten but what is more is that this center of the universe is regarded in each of us, where god is located, within our core, within our own self.  A connection to Shiva brings on a state of actualization and union with our own higher self.

Shiva’s ultimate universal energy could only be expressed, of course, with his female counterpart, Shakti.

Shakti, herself, the Great Goddess (Kali Ma), is realized as both the sexual partner and the innermost animating soul of man or god.  Jung has called her My Lady Soul: “Every mother and every beloved is forced to become the carrier and embodiment of this omnipresent and ageless image, which corresponds to the deepest reality in man.”

Shakti means “Cosmic Energy.”  She implies “power, ability, capacity, faculty, strength, prowess; regal power, the power of composition, poetic power, genius; the power or signification of a word or term; the power inherent in cause to produce it necessary effect…”

Shakti was also a spirit-wife, or female guardian angel, who could incarnate in human female form or remain wholly supernatural at will.  She is the epitome of the thought that “behind every successful man is a great woman”. “An important division of the ‘mythology of woman’ is devoted to showing that it is always a feminine being who helps the hero to conquer immortality or to emerge victorious from his initiatory ordeals…”

So with Shiva we have Shakti.  It is said that all things rose from the union of the two, and that to “become” the powers of both, the body and soul absorb together, bringing one into “possession of her, the cosmic Shakti, the living embodiment of the principle beauty and youth eternal, the ultimate quest”, and with Shiva, lord of yoga, or union, bringing one into contact with his own universal energy, actualization of body, and eternal bliss.

Peace….

Feminine beauty…

Posted in The Deep with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Mj Rains

Feminine beauty in not a function of clothes or hair or makeup, although billions of dollars are spent in this country each year by women who have been convinced by the advertising industry that it is.  Beauty is an internal light, a spiritual radiance that all women have but which most women hide, unconsciously denying its existence.  What we do not claim remains invisible.  This is why the process of personal transformation–the true work of spiritual growth, whether couched in religious terms or not–is the only antidote to the pernicious effects of society’s back lash against genuine female empowerment.  Society programs us, through the subliminal messages of popular culture, to believe that we’re not truly desirable as women unless we adhere to the current standards of physical beauty.  The reason we’re such fertile ground for the dark forces of such lies and social manipulation is that we’re dissociated from the genuine light of self-awareness.

Our spiritual essence is non material, non physical; and when we become aware of this, we are genuinely empowered. The more we develop what is called in Alcoholics Anonymous our “conscious contact” with truth as God created it, the less we are prey to the lies of a fearful world.  When we are truly aware of our spiritual glory, a varicose vein or two is not that big a deal.

Text: From one of the books all women should read: A Woman’s Worth by Marianne Williamson

Iconic and Controversial

Posted in Writers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by Mj Rains

simone-de-beauvoirOne of the most controversial women of the century, essayist, novelist, and philosopher, Simone de Beauvoir has changed millions of women’s lives, awakening us all to the mystique of being a woman by authoring her most famous work The Second Sex.  Though Simone, herself, was uninterested in being a mother, she had become known as “the mother to us all.”

She “was the vanguard of French intellectual life for nearly forty years,” and became notoriously “the most public sinner in all of France.”  Her life-long unmarried relationship with existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre was the source of this.  “After we had decided what our relationship was to be, we were both embarrassed that we had even briefly considered the most bourgeois of institutions, marriage, to be the answer,” Beauvoir recalled.  Ah, yet another marriage without papers.

Beauvoir and Sartre were known as “the writing couple” who were together nearly every day, at work at separate desks or cafe tables…

Beauvoir and Sartre

Together they participated in rallies, visited heads of state on almost every continent, exchanging ideas with the greatest artists and writers of their era. 

Simone has become the ultimate feminist icon, always “deeply committed to her work yet always ready to put Sartre’s first.”  She had other love affairs on the side, both male and female, to which much criticism has been raised, and one longer ill-fated relationship with American writer Nelson Algren, to whom she wrote many love letters.  She always insisted that their relationship would go no further, for her committment to Sartre and his intellect was undeniable, even though her affair with Algren was physically satisfying. 

I had always thought of Simone de Beauvoir as this great, scary woman, independent of men, though not a hater of men (as some feminists have become), but one who sincerely did not need a man.  Yet, in reading her biography, I find that most of her financial “freedom” came out of Sartre’s open pocketbook.  Curious…isn’t it.   For a most admired feminist icon, she was surrounded by many men, the key to which, I feel, was their respect for her as an equal of intellect, and a contemporary in philosophic thought with all life matters.

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Jennifer

Posted in Art with tags , , , , on August 29, 2009 by Mj Rains

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Jennifer

Earth Account

The Art of David and Theresa Silverthorn

I’m fascinated by these meditative mandalas which capture the essense of unification and expand the visual range of one’s soul.  (Quite a few are very ‘female/vaginal’ to me–a triumph in the feminist spirit.) Of course, I have to love this one…

Pro Femina

Posted in Esoteric, Kate Moss, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by Mj Rains

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I will speak about women of letters, for I’m in the racket.

Our biggest successes to date?  Old maids to a woman.

And our saddest conspicuous failures?  The married spinsters

On loan to the husbands they treated like surrogate fathers…

Or the sad sonneteers, toast-and teasdales we loved at thirteen;

Middle-ages virgins seducing the puerile anthologists

Through lust-of-the-mind; barbiturate-drenched Camilles

With continuous periods, murmuring softly on sofas

When peotry wasn’t a craft but a sickly effuvium,

The air thick with incense, musk, and emotional blackmail. 

                                               – Pro Femina, by Carolyn Kizer

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