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Jan. 21st, 2011 @ 04:56 pm Intuition
So - in the chain of replies to my previous post, I said "Sounds like my intuition regarding being careful about sources had some merit."

To be honest, I can't actually tell you how much of that is "intuition", and how much of that is simply my experience on the internet, recognizing exactly how often things posted are attributed to a source, but that attribution doesn't tell the full story. (And I'll also acknowledge it's quite possible that, after digging deeper, it turns out there may be some accuracy about the original attribution after all. Such is the nature of the internet.)

Leaving that to sort itself out (or not) in whatever ways time will reveal, I'll use that as springboard to speculate about intuition.

How much of intuition is some sort "psychic" ability, and how much of it is simply becoming more acutely aware of senses and abilities which are part of our natural component, simply honed to a higher degree of skill?

Reading books by Oliver Sacks often gives me all sorts of things to think about, because he writes about people who have had some sort of shift in how their bodies and minds are working, and those shifts give some insight into how all of our parts might be interacting, or how different parts of ourselves might be contributing different pieces of information.

One story of his speaks of a ward listening to a speech by Reagan. Some (those with aphasia, who can't follow the words) are laughing. Another (a former English teacher with agnosia, who understands the words but not the emotions, simply said "He is not cogent - either he is brain damaged, or he has something to conceal." (This may give some insight into written communications on the web as well - the emotional content may be lost)

Here's part of another story, that may speak to that idea that at least a part of intuition (or even psychic abilities) might simply be an enhanced training of parts we don't tend to rely on as strongly.

(From "Recalled to Life" in "The Mind's Eye" by Oliver Sacks.)

"Pat yearned to speak, but was continually frustrated when, after huge efforts to get a word out, it would be the wrong word, or unintelligible. She would try to correct it, but often would become more unintelligible with every attempt to make herself understood. It started to dawn on her, I think, the her power of speech might never come back, and increasingly she retreated into silence. This inability to communicate was, for her, as for many patients with aphasia, far worse than the paralysis of half her body. I would sometimes see her, in this first year after her stroke, sitting alone in the corridor or in the patients' dayroom, bereft of speech, surrounded by a sort of penumbra of silence, with a stricken and desolate look on her face.

"But a year later, I found Pat much improved. She had developed a knack for understanding other people by their gestures and expressions as much as their words. She could indicate her own thoughts and feelings not by speach but by eloquent gesture and mime. he indicated, for example, fluttering a couple of tickets, that she would go to the movies if, and only if, a friend of hers could go, too. Pat had become less angry, more sociable, and very aware of all that was going on around her.

"This represented an enormous social improvement - an improvement in her ability to communicate - but I was not sure how much it rested on actual neurological improvement. Friends and relatives of aphasic patients often think that there is more neurological recovery than there actually is, because many such patients can develop a remarkable compensatory heightening of other, non-linguistic powers and skills, especially the ability to read others' intentions and meanings from their facial expressions, vocal inflections, and tone of voice, as well as all the gestures, postures, and minute movements that normally accompany speech.

"Such compensation may give surprising powers to the aphasic - in particular, an enhanced ability to see through histrionic artifice, equivocation, or lying. I described this in 1985, when I observed a group of aphasic patients watching a presidential speech on television, and in 2000 Nancy Etcoff and her colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital published a study in Nature which showed that people with aphasia were in fact 'significantly better at detecting lies about emotion than people with no language impairment". Such skills, they observed, apparently took time to develop, for they were not evident in a patient who had been aphasic for only a few months. This seemed to be the case with Pat, who had initially been far from expert in picking up others' emotions and intentions but over the years had become preternaturally skillful at it."

preternaturally skillful at it... Is that part of what psychic skills are? Or at least, a part of what intuition is? A preternatural ability to detect underlying meanings, such as when someone is lying?

So if we start developing these skills out of desire, rather than need to to losing other skills, is it possible we can take advantage of all these skills in a way another might call psychic?

Which isn't to say there aren't additional components as well.

(On a mostly unrelated note - rereading this leads me to wondering what the connection is (if any) between the idea of "agnosia" and the idea of "agnostic")?
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Jan. 21st, 2011 @ 10:59 am (no subject)
I was indirectly pointed to this by a post on facebook, and I find it interesting. I'm a little hesitant about it, as I've seen it on many "new-agey" websites. Not that these sites might not hold Truth as well - it's just sometimes some of them don't seem to use a lot of discernment, or take things out of their original contexts in ways which might not quite line up for me.

That being said, I think these words standing on their own have something to offer, and I pass them on without comment (along with the attribution which I find with them) to be used as you will.

Statement from The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.
Now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour.
And there are things to be considered:
Where are you living?
What are you doing?
What are your relationships?
Are you in right relation?
Where is your water?
Know your garden.
It is time to speak your Truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

This could be a good time!

There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.

The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of
the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.
Least of all, ourselves.
For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

-The Elders, Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation
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Jan. 20th, 2011 @ 11:55 am Power - and more evidence that Geek is one of my parts...
I've been thinking a lot lately about the idea of power. Struggling a lot over the idea of Power Over, Power With, Shared Power, Shared Power within Hierarchy, all sorts of ideas like that. How that all relates to the idea of Liberty.

And where I might fit in best as an individual who is also part of many groups.

With that as a rather persistent background right now, my mind wandered towards Star Trek.

The original Star Trek rather focused on 3 main characters, plus 1 who made sure the ship kept running, and several primary characters who were necessary for successful communication, piloting the ship, tactical actions (offensive or defensive) and the like.

Hmmm... In one sense, there is a 3 - sometimes looked at as the leader, the intellect, and the heart. With the 4th to keep the ship/body functioning. A 3+1 Not quite the same as some other models, but some interesting overlap there. That is also a 4. In yet another sense, all the main characters were necessary for all parts of the ship to function smoothly.

A long gap went by, and then Star Trek : The Next Generation came along. After some seasons of adjustment, the 3+1 settled into a 6+1 (7).

This model had:
The Leader (Picard)
Number One (Grand Vizier?) (RIker)
The Intellect (also striving to undestand emotion) (Data)
The Counselor (Troi)
The Warrior (Worf)
The Doctor (Crusher)
The Engineer who kept the ship going (Geordi)

Other supporting characters - or even overlap with the above. There was the brash youth (Wesley), various instances of Mother (Crusher again, Lwaxana, etc), a whole host of seeming archetypes who were not simply archetypes, but actual characters we got to see with varying amounts of depth or (in)consistencies.

So - there's all sorts of fun things to work with in the above, but I came here talking about Power.

When I look at my capabilities - there have been times in my life where I have been called on to be a leader, and even times where I have been good at it. There is also the sense of every individual being the captain of his/her own ship. (Richard Bach speaks a lot of that in "Running From Safety")

But in groups, I often I feel more comfortable with the role of helping to guide a leader - trying to speak from a combination of all my varying parts, whether that be playing the role of head+heart+(spirit), or a counsel of 6, or whatever model fits at the time. Come up with differing models, differing viewpoints, alternatives, and contexts to use, even some solutions of my own for the various contexts.

In the process, though, I can sometimes get so lost in the possibilities and alternatives, I lose track of the focus. Lose track of how to choose the context. Lose the confidence to make the choice. My strength as council-in-individual can also be my weakness as leader.

I'm still working on bringing those pieces together, so that I can be effective as both council and leader. For in my own self, I am both (and others are my council as well).

In a group, though - sometimes I let myself end up feeling "less than". For in a hierarchal view, in sense I am, even though the council I sometimes name myself a part of above is still very high up in the chain.

But from the non-hierarchical view - each person is performing a necessary role, based upon their talents and (hopefully) what they enjoy doing. In that model, even the leader is simply another role (as long as all roles, including the leader, remember they are working within that model).

Hmmm... Thinking of that even further - if the roles are named, and the name of a specific person is identified with that role, there is someone to make sure each of the duties of that role provides is covered. But if there is also fluidity in separating "role" from "person", each person can also bring all of their own different aspects in contributing to the execution of those role. For I/we are not simple archetypes either - we're people.

So - I name one of my struggles as "Power", and I give "Power" a new landscape in which to work. I shift from good/strength vs. bad/weakness into the landscape of aligned/balanced/pure vs. unaligned/unbalanced/corrupt. A duality which is non-dual.
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Jan. 14th, 2011 @ 04:33 pm Prometheus
I posted this as a reply in Anaar's blog (http://whitewand.blogspot.com). I thought I'd post it here as well.

I'm tired, so this is a much condensed post from what I might have said (which may be just as well.).

I was thinking about what you say of danger, about many things going on right now, about secrets, and about Prometheus.

Prometheus was a trickster. And he stole the secret of fire from the Gods. Is he a hero, bringing knowledge to humans? Or is he a demon, bringing about many of the problems of humanity?

(The same could be asked of the nephilim, among others.).

There are a lot of dangers in the story of Prometheus.

If he is indeed a demon of sorts, causing problems for humanity, then he was a great danger for all of humanity.

Given the punishment he received, he was certainly a danger to himself.

The Gods considered him a danger as well - yet the danger wasn't the fire he took from them. It was that what he took diminished their perceived power (but not their actual power). The balance of power was brought closer together.

There's another way to view this story.

The secrets are out there for those who have the eyes to see. And those who come upon those secrets for themselves may be a danger to those who hold them. For the one who finds them has the secrets and all that they contain - but no oath to keep him from sharing the secrets with all.

What he does have, though, is the ability to choose right from wrong for himself - and hopefully the connection with Godself which will help him choose his true "right", rather than one based from ego - based from his own false god.

How is Prometheus viewed in the traditions related with Victor and Cora?

Thinking of Prometheus as trickster - stories vary, but is there also a relation between all this and the story of Esu painting the sides of his face black and white and walking between the fields of the farmers who believe they are so secure in their belief of themselves, they feel they do not need to make their sacrifice?
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Nov. 8th, 2009 @ 02:53 pm 5 questions and 4 answers
Wasn't sure if my editing the previous entry would cause the entry to re-appear as new, so I'm creating a new one here to answer eelsalad's questions.

inflectionpoint, I saw your request and am thinking up some juicy questions for you. Thank you!

1. Do you prefer group rituals like the one you helped run for Samhain, or solitary/small group work?
Yes. I like each of them, for different reasons. Gathering a lot of people means a whole lot of energy, and it's very satisfying providing something to a large group, particularly when they really put themselves into it and appreciate the work going on. But the large rituals can also be a lot of work to put on, and also by nature are less intimate and targeted at a more diverse group even just as a participant. So smaller rituals are quite enjoyable to me as well. Sometimes because they can be more intimate or focused, sometimes because they are simply simpler or less formal, sometimes because I can interact with everyone there, or we can all agree to work on something we all want to work on in a more specific manner. I was in a small coven for awhile, will occasionally attend smaller rituals (or Community Seed's Open Circle), or just gather with friends on occasion

Though I like working with others, I also like working on my own. So solitary is also enjoyable. I'm not sure I'd call them formal rituals, but I did a lot of work preparing for Samhain by going out at night to various beaches (or nearby woods and fields, such as at Bonny Doon, Natural Bridges or Lighthouse Field) at night by myself, with no lights, and wearing only my cutoffs to get there, and then nothing when I could get away with it. Just me, under light of the full moon, or in fog, or dark of the new moon with only stars and ambient light to show the way. Sometimes it would get scary, and other times incredibly enjoyable. And I won't deny parts of me were just having fun rather than having ritual, and it was certainly more the improv type or meditation rather than specifically planned. But all incredibly powerful in all sorts of ways, and I enjoyed that a lot, too.

2. What's the last thought-provoking book you read?
Hmmm... Lately I seem to have gotten into the habit of reading part-way into a book, and then getting distracted and starting to read another book, and then intermingle them all together. So if the question is regarding the last thought-provoking book I've finished, I'm not sure I know...

But the current thought-provoking book I've read a goodly number of pages of in the last few days is R. J. Stewart's "The Miracle Tree". I hate the name, and I do want to get more of the other aspects of Qabalah (Hermetic and Jewish). But I like how the book is bringing together a lot of things which have been coming together for me lately. Letting go of all the thought-based correspondences from the 19th century and working with The Tree of Life as something that also lives within us, a generic model which also contains many other generic models. Something to be experienced and worked with rather than thought of, with each of the Sephiroth as emanations. It also is bringing together more of my thoughts coming together of above, below and center (themselves a coming together of the four elements), the two representing the coming together of the material plane and the spiritual plane. Which is also connected with the Guardians for me. Represented in the Tree of Life as Kethar and Malkuth reaching for each other. Represented as the Celestial spirits reaching for the Earth Spirits/ancestors within the earth. Even Represented within ourselves as the Godself reaching through Fetch to Talker, blended with our own representations of Above, Below and Center within us. The Center is indeed the Circumference of all - are we also the Center which is contained and a part of the Circumference of the Divine? I don't know - but it seems there is something there as well.

Hmm - to generalize, my thought provoking of late seems to be a coming together of all sorts of books, and any book I read (and experiences I have, and...) seem to be tying in with that idea.

Is that an answer to your question?

3. How long have you had long hair?
Up until freshmen year in high-school, I bore a resemblance to Opie. As high-school progressed, so did the length of my hair. The school I went to had a dress code limiting the length of hair to somewhere around the collar, though I don't think I realized that until they told me to cut it for graduation. I'd occasionlly get comments about me resembling Peter Frampton (playing guitar probably had something to do with that, but mine was no where near as long as his back then) So mine 80's longish back then (see the picture on FB from my early 20's). Late 80's I started getting haircuts less and less often, and have had roughly the same look since then. My hair has started growing a little longer in recent years, but that's probably balanced out by having fewer hairs... *Sigh* :-)

4. Do you have pets? Why or why not?
I have one. At least, one animal one. A 17 pound white cat named "Pooka", who is sitting on my chest right now as I type this. He's not particularly fat - just big. Definitely has a personality - he can be one of the sweetest cats you've met, and likes to cuddle up or have his belly scratched (or just lie on his back and get a different perspective of the world), and sometimes will even come when I call. But he also definitely has a mind of his own, and can be particularly strong-willed. Especially when it comes to sitting on your lap or getting petted. Sometimes he can be rather talkative, too, and may even answer if you talk to him. Pooka seems a rather fitting name. He's also got his other, formal name, which I seem to have forgotten, but comes from Lord of the Rings. It was something like Elessar Evenstar, though I'm pretty sure that wasn't it. I'll have to look it up.

One kitty is plenty for me - I'm not sure I'd deal well with taking care of two. I grew up with dogs, and still enjoy spending time with them, but I'm not home enough to have one, and again don't think I'd take the time to give them the attention they need.

5. I'd love to hear more about what your aspecting work was like for the Samhain ritual, if you're willing to share!!
That's a big one! It'll be fun to share, so I'll add that to my list of things still to be written (which seems to be growing...). Stay Tuned!
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Nov. 6th, 2009 @ 01:59 pm 5 questions meme - still to be answered
A place holder for now, so I won't lose these before I get the chance to answer them.

If you'd like 5 questions from me, leave a comment.

5 questions from eelsalad (Thanks!)

Woo! Let me see...

1. Do you prefer group rituals like the one you helped run for Samhain, or solitary/small group work?
2. What's the last thought-provoking book you read?
3. How long have you had long hair?
4. Do you have pets? Why or why not?
5. I'd love to hear more about what your aspecting work was like for the Samhain ritual, if you're willing to share!!
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 @ 06:29 pm To The Runner
Yea... Another Meme...

1. Put your iPod or other music player on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the NEXT button to get your answer.
4. Tag friends who might enjoy doing this as well as the person you got this from

Baba O'Riley - The Who

Stauss' Unicorn - Artisan

Samba De Sausalito - Santana

Strance of the Spirit Red Gator - Medeski, Martin & Wood

We Three Kings - South Park

Ball & Chain Blues - Josh White

Common Market Madrigal - Jefferson Airplane

WHAT IS 2+2?
Candyman - Grateful Dead

Out on the Streets - Twisted Sister

Don't Back Down (Alternate Take) - Beach Boys

The Little Girl From Mars - Jean-Jacques Perrey

No Wings - Rebecca Riots

Comic Caper : Fred Flintstone - Henry Corden

Hey Pocky Way - Grateful Dead

Pound for a Brown - Frank Zappa

The Wizard - Golden Bough

Baba O'Riley > Tomorrow Never Knows - Grateful Dead

Dark Star - Grateful Dead

Cassidy - Suzanne Vega

Soul Train - Classics IV

Love to You - Ronnie Montrose

Magnificent Madness - John Klemmer

Hikari No Mai - Kitaro

You and I - The Scorpions

Fire Within - Libana

Poor Cow - Donavan

Abyss (To Hell with the Devil) - Stryper

MacArthur Park - Maynard Fergeson

To The Runner - John Anderson
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Jan. 26th, 2009 @ 01:23 pm Sure, why not - another test result. The Chakra Test?

Your result for The Chakra Test...

The Visionary

You have scored 100% Imagination - Your dominant Chakra is the "Third Eye or Indigo Chakra"

The "Third Eye or Indigo Chakra" is where our intuitive and visionary energy comes from. It is located on one's forehead. And this is the chakra most developed in you at this time.

Depending on your percentage score, there is always more room for development. When this chakra is under-active, one's may not think clearly, become confused and begin to rely on authoritarian figures. If over-active and out of balance with your other chakras, you may be prone to fantasy. You may even begin to see and believe in things that are not there.

What is most important is to find balance amongst all 7 chakras. Have a look at what percentages you scored on the others and work to increase their power and balance with each other.

Root Chakra: 65% Passion, Sacral(Spleen) Chakra: 65% Desire, Solar Plexus (Navel) Chakra: 59% Purpose, Heart Chakra: 67% Balance, Throat Chakra: 89% Expression, Third Eye Chakra: 100% Imagination and Crown Chakra: 100% Spirituality!

"Third Eye Chakra" Key Words: Intuition, Invention, Psychic Abilities, Self Realization, Perception, Release, Understanding, Memory, Fearlessness

"Third Eye Chakra"Attributes: Color - Indigo Sense - Sixth sense, Higher mind Element - Time Seat -Primordial Power

If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback!

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Dec. 3rd, 2008 @ 02:23 pm Respect the poon!
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Nov. 6th, 2008 @ 01:27 pm Kyow! Kzapp!
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