Category: Beliefs & Spirituality

Two Wolves

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By , January 11, 2016

two_wolvesAn old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

‚ÄúA fight is going on inside me,‚ÄĚ he said to the boy.
“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.

‚ÄúOne is evil ‚ÄĒ he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.

‚ÄúThe other is good ‚ÄĒ he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.

‚ÄúThis same fight is going on inside you; and inside every other person, too.‚ÄĚ

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
‚ÄúWhich wolf will win?‚ÄĚ

The old chief simply replied,
‚ÄúThe one you feed.‚ÄĚ


Goddess Remembered Trilogy

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By , April 25, 2015

Women and Spirituality Trilogy

A series of three titles investigating the relationship between women and spirituality from ancient times to the present. Titles include: Burning Times, an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago (56 min. 10 sec.); Full Circle: Authors, teachers, social activists and feminists explore manifestations of contemporary women’s spirituality in the Western world (56 min. 36 sec.); and Goddess Remembered: A salute to the goddess-worshipping religions on the ancient past featuring discussions linking the loss of goddess-centred societies with today’s environmental crisis (54 min. 29 sec.).


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Spring Equinox

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By , March 20, 2013


“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?” ¬†–Neltije Blanchan

Can fragrances be perceived through the allergies of the very breath of spring?

And now we find ourselves on the precipice of a new season. Here in the Northern Hemisphere we observe the Spring Equinox, the moment when the light of day and the darkness of night are equal. Today, if but for a single moment, there is perfect balance.

And there is meaning in the balance.

The Equinox is more than just a scientific fact, an observable reality; it points to the shift that we are making toward a time of new growth and new life. The outer world — the thawing soil under our feet, the budding branches of the trees, the new sounds of the new offspring mingling with the bustle of the city — is all an indication to us that we are changing, too. We are breaking open and coming to life again. Continue reading 'Spring Equinox'»

zen jokes

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By , March 2, 2013


A Zen student goes to a temple and asks how long it will take him to gain enlightenment if he joins the temple.
“Ten years,” says the Zen master.

“Well, how about if I really work and double my effort?”

“Twenty years.”

retreating to consumerism


One Zen student said, “My teacher is the best. He can go days without eating.”

The second said, “My teacher has so much self-control, he can go days without sleep.”

The third said, “My teacher is so wise that he eats when he’s hungry and sleeps when he’s tired.”

mind full


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Blessed Solstice

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By , December 21, 2012


A Blessed Solstice | The Wild Hunt.
Everything you need to know: Winter solstice 2012 | Astronomy Essentials | EarthSky.


Tis the Season

By , December 8, 2012

¬†…for dominant¬†privilege


Dominant privilege is a concept in critical theory describing the unearned advantages enjoyed by members of the dominant culture. It includes three presumptions:

  • Innocence: I am not looked to as the cause of problems in society.
  • Worthiness: I am presumed worthy of society’s trust and wealth.
  • Competence: I am expected to be skillful, successful, and autonomous.

Examples of dominant privilege include white privilege, Christian privilege, male privilege, and heterosexual privilege.


¬†and the “War on Christmas”…

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By , November 5, 2012

“To linear-thinking fatalists whose energies are trapped in sterile mythologies disconnected from Nature, this truly does look like the end of the world, the yawning pit of Armaggedon and grim finality for all but the Saved. ¬†

To those more attuned to the rhythms and cycles of Nature and the Cosmos though, the death and decay all around us actually signal the Fall and Winter of yet another spiral in the history of humankind.

For there to be new growth, they realize, first there must be brown and falling leaves that mulch into fertilizer for the resurrection of Spring, in this case a new Springtime for the living. Life in the cosmos never ends, it only transforms.”

–Russell Means


from Russell Means on the Great Paradigm Shift: the Rise of Matriarchy and Collapse of Patriarchy (w/Videos).

Autumn Equinox

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By , September 22, 2012

¬†Today Autumn begins. ¬†It’s always been my favorite season, even now, when I am far away from the amazing colors and scents of my New England youth. ¬†

The equinox is at 7:49am (PST) today, September 22, 2012.  

May your day and season be blessed

Judeo-Christian Goddesses

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By , August 16, 2012

I was recently moved to look up a saint.  St. Jude (Patron saint of lost causes) and that led me to look up what seems to be a large pantheon of saints, angels and spirits.   See below for more on that.   Then I stumbled upon information and theories about the Goddess in the bible.    I have long believed there was something very wrong, very anti life to subdue and hide the feminine in the Judeo-Christian doctrines so this path of thought captured my interest for a while.    My first surprise was found in 


Wisdom’s Rebuke (Proverbs 1:20-33 ) 

where we see that Wisdom is a She…

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, 
    she raises her voice in the public square;


anyway, here is some more on the subject:

 The Christian Goddess

There are several female Deities that can lay claim to the title Christian goddess. ¬†Mary, the Mother of Jesus/Yeshua, first comes to mind. There is¬†Mary Magdalene¬†the “Goddess in the Gospels” the Church refused to acknowledge as the wife of Yeshua and probably co-Messiah. “Mary” is a Greek pronunciation of the Hebrew name Miriam or Miriamne. There are many theories about this name, such as Mary might not even be a name, but a¬†title¬†meaning¬†Priestess of Goddess.

Many theologians and scholars believe the Holy Spirit written as,¬†Pneuma¬†in Greek everytime it appears in the New Testament, is a feminine being. ¬†Note that¬†Pneuma¬†is a neuter word in Greek, but in Hebrew the word¬†Ruah¬†(Spirit) and in Aramaic the wordShekinah¬†(Presence) are feminine words and imply a feminine divine presence. ¬†The Holy Spirit is possibly a Christian Goddess, not a mysterious invisible member of an all-male Trinity “club.” ¬†Or more provocatively, maybe there is a Feminine Trinity of God-the-Mother (Sophia and Mary?), God-the-Daughter (Mary Magdalene) and Goddess-the-Spirit-Presence (Shekinah, Ruah). The Holy Spirit appears at Yeshua’s baptism in the form of a¬†dove. ¬†The dove has long been a symbol of the Goddess in the Ancient Near East, and was¬†never¬†used to symbolize any male Being or¬†God.

We must also look in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and consider the¬†Goddess Sophia. ¬†Her name means “Wisdom.” ¬†She is the Goddess of Wisdom referred to repeatedly in scripture as the wife of God-the-Father. ¬†See Proverbs, Song of Songs, (also called Song of Solomon) in the Hebrew Bible, and see the Book of Sirach and the Book of Wisdom in the Apocrypha found in the center of any¬†Catholic Bible.


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