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Sunday, 10 December 2017

“Sometimes in life, a sudden situation, a moment in time, alters your whole life, forever changes the road ahead.” ― Ahmad Ardalan


The Origins of Political Correctness

Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.

We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case. And we have always regarded them with a mixture of pity, and to be truthful, some amusement, because it has struck us as so strange that people would allow a situation to develop where they would be afraid of what words they used. But we now have this situation in this country. We have it primarily on college campuses, but it is spreading throughout the whole society. Were does it come from? What is it?

We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious. In fact, it’s deadly serious. It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.

If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious...read more>>>...

Finding Peace Within

Daily Om: Most people agree that a more peaceful world would be an ideal situation for all living creatures. However, we often seem stumped as to how to bring this ideal situation into being. If we are to have true peace in this world, each one of us must find it in ourselves first. If we don't like ourselves, for example, we probably won't like those around us. 

If we are in a constant state of inner conflict, then we will probably manifest conflict in the world. If we have fighting within our families, there can be no peace in the world. We must shine the light of inquiry on our internal struggles, because this is the only place we can really create change.
When we initiate the process of looking inside ourselves for the meaning of peace, we will begin to understand why it has always been so difficult to come by. 

This in itself will enable us to be compassionate toward the many people in the world who find themselves caught up in conflicts both personal and universal...read more>>...

Willy Wagtail - Totem Bird of the Day


“The Mislead are misleading the misled ... and they are not even aware” - Matthew James


'Memory Lane' - 10th December 2016

WILLY WAGTAIL - STRANGER POND

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.” ― Steve Maraboli,


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SUNRISE ON THE URAMBI HILLS

Saturday, 9 December 2017

"Curvature blindness" illusion discovered

S.O.T.T: A series of wavy horizontal lines are shown. All of the lines have exactly the same shape - a sine curve. However, half of the lines appear to have a much more triangular, "zig-zag" shape, when they are superimposed on a grey background. This "zig-zag" appearance is an illusion. 
 
As the effect magnitudes are quite strong, unless one carefully stares at the region that looks like a corner, it is hard to find that all lines are physically wavy. Despite the simplicity and effect magnitudes, to the best of our knowledge, no one has reported about this phenomenon.So what's going on here? 

The brain's visual system may default to seeing corners when there ambiguity over whether a line is a smooth curve or not:
The underlying mechanisms for the gentle curve perception and those of obtuse corner perception are competing with each other in an imbalanced way and the percepts of corner might be dominant in the visual systemThe "zig-zag" lines in the illusion are the ones in which the color of the wavy line changes from dark grey to light grey at the 'corners' i.e. the peaks and troughs of the curve. It is only seen against a medium grey background however, suggesting that what matters is that the color of the wavy lines shifts from being lighter than the background, to being darker than it....read more>>>...

“The less people know, the more they talk. The less people understand, the more they try to explain.” ― Vironika Tugaleva


Believe in your heart that you're meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” ― Roy T. Bennett,


The Druid’s Sacred Tools

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Metaphysically INC: The first thing to be noted in that regard is that, strictly speaking, no tools of any kind are required to practice Druidic magick. Much could be done by a single Druid in sensory deprivation; everything could be done by a Druid standing naked and unarmed in a field. A small number of tools are commonly used, however, for a few compelling reasons:

Focus, focus, focus. Magickal ritual has been aptly described by any number of authors as “moving meditation.” Just as, in purely mental meditation, one is greatly assisted by the use of an image or a mantra to anchor attention and keep the mind from wandering, so, too, a moving meditation draws strength of focus from physical objects that can fix attention in the same way.
Sacred space and sacred time. While the above aim can be achieved by a focus on, say, specific points on the ground, or specific parts of the body in motion (as when one casts a circle using only one’s fingertips), ritual tools, like ritual clothing, send a powerful signal to the mind that one has stepped outside the flow of everyday activities and undertaken something special and specialized. This is the greater part of what is meant when magicians speak of tools becoming “charged” or “imbued” with energy over the course of years working with them—the more hours one spends with a tool while consciously focused on spiritual work, the more powerful a trigger that tool becomes for putting the mind back into that same state with which it has become unconsciously associated.
Symbol, story, and narrative. The tools in your garage vary by what they move or adjust. The tools on your altar vary by what part of a story they tell. That story differs depending on the magickal tradition; a Druid’s tools tell a slightly different story about how the cosmos is structured, whence a magician draws his or her power, and how the acolyte becomes an adept.

Though Druids of different traditions have slightly different customs, and though various kinds of specialized work may occasion the use of more unusual devices, the three most common items in a Druid’s grove are a wand, a cauldron, and a crane bag...read more>>...

Galah - Totem Bird of the Day


Letting Go Of The Little Stuff

Daily OM: We experience numerous disappointments each and every day. Our expectations go unmet, our plans are blocked by circumstance, our wishes go unfulfilled, and we discover that our lives are subject to a myriad of forces beyond our conscious control.

In some cases, our response is powerful because we must invest ourselves and our resources to overcome genuine hardship. In others, our reactions are far more passionate than our circumstances likely warrant. The tension that permeates our bodies and minds when we are late for an event, interrupted at work, or sitting in traffic is not inappropriate, but it can interfere with our well-being in profound ways. When we stop worrying about relatively unimportant matters, we can be at peace and devote so much more of ourselves to what is truly important.
The small frustrations and irritations wield such power over us because they rob us of the illusion of control. But every problem is a potential teacher--a confusing situation is an opportunity to practice mindfulness, and difficult people provide us with opportunities to display compassion...read more>>>...

“Imagine no limitations; decide what's right and desirable before you decide what's possible.” ― Brian Tracy


'Memory Lane' - 9th December 2016

BLACKBIRD - GOLD CREEK, CANBERRA

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URAMBI HILLS SUMMIT

“How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature!” ― Arthur Conan Doyle


Friday, 8 December 2017

Totem Bird Wisdom


The latest project is well on its way to completion. Over the last few months we've been featuring some of the prototype artwork of the 'TOTEM BIRD WISDOM' project being undertaken by our founder, Matthew James.

Totem bird & animal cards are nothing new. However, Matthew James has set out to combine his exceptional bird & animal photography with his inherent shamanic wisdom to create a new take on totem cards ....

Ibis - Totem Bird of the Day


Under The Dominion Of The False Self

None of them are going anywhere. But they think they are. Their false ego tells them they are going somewhere. But in truth, none of the spiritual trails laid down within the Lower Aeon really go anywhere. They are designed to give the appearance of truth, and enlightenment, and understanding. But in reality, they are not going to do anything. They are under the dominion of the False Self. 

Life times are spent adopting the 'rules' of the spiritual myths created within the lower aeon. Yes, they contain an essence of the real world - the upper aeon - but just a tiny sampler. Like the dangled carrot. 

Observation of the droves of psychic mediums proves one thing ... they all appear the same. They speak the same. They act the same. They are all carbon copies of each other. Quoting the phrases and the terminology of the lower aeon myths. They have a falseness about them .... as none of them permit each other to be unique and creative. For that makes someone different to the crowd .... and that means the pack animals will squash anyone who dares to be different. Through jealousy, envy, greed ... none of the traits associated with a true self, but traits that are synonymous with the false ego and the lower aeon. 

No they are not going anywhere. They tell themselves and others they have arrived. But in terms of true spirituality ... they don't have it, and they haven't arrived.

Eventually a few will make the realisation that the myths are in truth myths. That the trails laid down are illusions, and those few will see through the hall of mirrors and head for the exit door. This only happens to those who transcend the False Self and arrive at the door of the Upper Aeon Spirit. These few are the ones who don't identify themselves with the adopted lower aeon soul, but associate themselves with the selfless I am I ... the eternal awareness ... the True Self.

When that happens, the rule book changes ... and profound effects start taking place. The race is over, and the desires to be adored, and the wants, just cease. The illusion becomes a shattered mirror ... and the real communications begin.

From observations over many years, the majority of the self-proclaimed 'psychic mediums' and 'spiritual teachers' are still lost on the lower aeon mythical trails, trapped in the clap trap theories that come with these trails. Quoting parrot fashion all the adopted beliefs without question because everyone is ... they still cannot think for themselves! And probably never will!!!


“Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett,


Spirit communication? Report of widow briefly reuniting with her husband during materialized seance

S.O.T.T: British Spiritualist journalist Maurice Barbanell commented about materialization seances in his 1949 memoir Power of the Spirit. He described seeing visitors from the ascended realm take shape "in what is, to all intents and purposes, a complex duplicate of the human body":

You see and handle forms which are solid and life-like. They are not ghosts. These materialised forms have a heartbeat and a pulse beat; their faces are perfectly formed with normal hues; their hands, complete even to fingernails, are warm to the touch and the grip is firm. The eyes have the usual pigmentation. The materialisations speak with voices which are replicas of the ones they had on earth. They move with human gait towards you. The colour of the hair follows the usual mortal fashion, blonde, brunette or grey as the case may be. Sometimes they even reproduce the clothing that they wore, but usually they are garbed in robes that drape the figure.

The substance that makes this possible is ectoplasm, which has been analysed. It is highly plastic and malleable. Just as protoplasm is the basis of material construction, so ectoplasm is the foundation for these materialised formations.

Materialisation is the apex of Spiritualism's phenomena, so far as a physical demonstration is concerned. Its purpose is to provide the supreme evidence for Survival.Maurice's 1959 memoir This Is Spiritualism includes a detailed description of a materialization seance with medium Louisa Bolt (Mrs. Ashdown) that he personally witnessed circa 1935; otherwise, he attended Direct Voice (disembodied voices) seances with her. During this epoch, it was common for materialization mediums to be fastened to their chairs with ropes so there could be no suspicion for any kind of duplicity among sitters and scientific researchers...read more>>>...

“We are in a copy world of a real world, which we have been made to forget exists” - Matthew James


Turtle - Totem Animal of the Day


“To really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things.” ― Suzy Kassem


Noticing Synchronicity

Daily OM: When events appear to fit together perfectly in our lives it may seem at first that they are random occurrences, things that are the result of coincidence. These synchronous happenings, though, are much more than that, for, if we look at them more closely they can show us that the universe is listening to us and gently communicating with us. 

Learning to pay attention to and link the things that occur on a daily basis can be a way for us to become more attuned to the fact that most everything happens in our lives for a reason even when that reason is not clear right away.
When we realise that things often go more smoothly than we can ever imagine, it allows us to take the time to reflect on the patterns in our lives...read more>>>...

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AMID THE WATTLE