"Zen Circles of Illumination" by Belinda Sweet ZEN ART IS SPIRITUAL art in its purest sense. It was done not by professional artists, but by Zen monks and nuns who spent extremely disciplined lives of meditation, in a search for enlightenment and awakening to the true nature of reality. That they were painting from their own personal knowledge of this reality, rather than from doctrines handed down, is the very foundation of this art-form's compelling power. It is believed in Japan that the character and spiritual realization of the monk or nun are transmitted into the painting itself. In 1707, a young monk named Hakuin saw the rustic calligraphy of an old Zen master that greatly moved him. Although his own calligraphy may have looked more polished because of his intensive brushwork practice, it was painfully obvious to him that his work did not reflect inner realization.
Our strength lies in our vulnerability; there's nothing wrong with that Before I was diagnosed with depression back in 2010, I always suppressed my emotions from the world. I was "taught" to do this growing up as a young black man in an urban, impoverished neighborhood. Phrases such as, "Boys don't cry," "Suck it up!" or "Be a man!" Inside Palm Reading Secrets Revealed Inside Palm Reading Secrets Revealed. - Do you want to learn what your hands can tell you about your personality with the ancient art of palmistry? Take a look inside palm reading and explore the universe residing within your own hands. First of all, look at the shape of your hand. If your hand is round in shape, you’re an action-oriented person.
Dion Fortune Dion Fortune born Violet Mary Firth (6 December 1890 – 8 January 1946), was a prominent British occultist, author, psychologist, teacher, artist, and mystic. Schooled in Western Esotericism, she was influential in the modern revival of the magical arts. She was also a prolific writer of the supernatural and the occult in both novels and non-fiction works. As a psychologist, she approached magic and hermetic concepts from the perspectives of Jung and Freud. Spiritual Meaning of Numbers Every number has a certain power which is expressed both by its symbol to denote its representation and by its connection to universal principles. Numbers have relationships with all things in nature, thus making them supremely powerful symbolic expressions. At its most basic, numerology is the study of numbers and their influence in our lives, but there is so much more potential.
Oh, Sariputra, Form Does Not Differ From the Void, and the Void Does Not Differ From Form. Form is Void and Void is Form; the Same is True For Feelings, Perceptions, Volitions and Consciousness. In this part of The Heart Sutra, the Buddha expounds the luminous Dharma of the Middle Way, or ìWhen coursing in the deep Prajna Paramita,î so that the saints of three kinds will have the occasion to relinquish their less-than-perfect views. This Sutra was translated by the Tripitaka Master Hsuan Tsang, who depended on the Buddha alone for its meaning, and, therefore, we should consider this teaching to be spoken by the Buddha. The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, while practicing the deep Prajna Paramita, attained radiant wisdom through a full understanding of the ultimate Voidness of the five skandhas. The Dharma of the Skandhas is a teaching of existence rather than of emptiness, but due to the depth of his Prajna contemplation, the Bodhisattva acquired the full, complete understanding of True Reality. He ended simultaneously the two kinds of birth and death and the five fundamental conditions giving rise to passion and delusion, and, thus, irreversibly overcame all suffering.
Poisonous pedagogy Poisonous pedagogy, also called black pedagogy (from the original German name Schwarze Pädagogik), is a psychological and sociological term describing a subset of traditional child-raising methods which modern sociologists and psychologists describe as repressive and harmful. It includes behaviors and communication that theorists consider to be manipulative or violent, such as corporal punishment. Origin and definitions How to Make a Book of Shadows (BOS) By Patti Wigington The Book of Shadows (BOS) is used to store information you'll need in your magical tradition, whatever it may be. Many Pagans and Wiccans feel a BOS should be handwritten, but some use a computer to store information as well. Bear in mind that a BOS is considered a sacred tool, which means it is an item of power that should be consecrated with all of your other magical tools.
Agnosticism Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, as well as other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable. According to the philosopher William L. Rowe, in the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities, whereas a theist and an atheist believe and disbelieve, respectively. Thomas Henry Huxley, an English biologist, coined the word agnostic in 1869. However, earlier thinkers have written works that promoted agnostic points of view. These thinkers include Sanjaya Belatthaputta, a 5th-century BCE Indian philosopher who expressed agnosticism about any afterlife, Protagoras, a 5th-century BCE Greek philosopher was agnostic about the gods. The Nasadiya Sukta in the Rigveda is agnostic about the origin of the universe. Defining agnosticism
Pagan symbols adopted by Christianity Caveat Lector By 'pagan', we are taking the widest definition of anything that is not monotheistic. "What delusions will not arise, as soon as man seeks for supposed 'origins'!" (Chamberlain, Houston Stewart (1911: 293). Foundations of the XIXth Century. Mandala Thangka painting of Manjuvajra Mandala The term is of Sanskrit origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.
R. D. Laing Ronald David Laing (7 October 1927 – 23 August 1989), usually cited as R. D. Laing, was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descriptions of lived experience rather than simply as symptoms of some separate or underlying disorder. Laing was associated with the anti-psychiatry movement, although he rejected the label. Politically, he was regarded as a thinker of the New Left. Early years
Do Pagan Religions Have Rules? By Patti Wigington Question: Do Pagan Religions Have Rules? I read a book on Wicca that says "all Wiccans must do this and never do that," and then I read another one that said Pagans can make their own rules. Some people believe in the Threefold Law, and others don't. Mu (lost continent) Mu is the name of a suggested lost continent whose concept and the name were proposed by 19th-century traveler and writer Augustus Le Plongeon, who claimed that several ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt and Mesoamerica, were created by refugees from Mu—which he located in the Atlantic Ocean. This concept was popularized and expanded by James Churchward, who asserted that Mu was once located in the Pacific. The mythical idea of Mu first appeared in the works of Augustus Le Plongeon (1825–1908), after his investigations of the Maya ruins in Yucatán. He claimed that he had translated the ancient Mayan writings, which supposedly showed that the Maya of Yucatán were older than the later civilizations of Greece and Egypt, and additionally told the story of an even older continent. Le Plongeon actually got the name "Mu" from Charles Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg who in 1864 mistranslated what was then called the Troano Codex using the de Landa alphabet.