Monday, March 31, 2008

Happy Last of March Day!

It snowed here on Saturday night. Then melted on Sunday. It snowed again last night. Ah. Spring in the Rockies. I mostly got on here to post one thing, but I feel like I owe more to the post than just a " here, enjoy" which I know that I do regularly, and you must know: I am always ashamed when I do so.

I spent the morning till now in bed. Waiting for the sun to peak through the cloudy mistiness and then I will go for a walk. But I will probably end up at the gym. Today is a new day.

Things I am grateful for, today:

a) The birdsong. The birds are back and I love to hear them in the early house of spring, in the first light of my morning.

b) the tiny red buds on the crabapple tree that grows by the side of the house and shades the back deck.

c) That winter, for all intensive purposes, is already over. That despite mountain slush storms, the energy has already shifted.

d) finding the SouleMama blog, this morning. Eve though I am not yet a mother myself, this woman is absolutely inspirational, and has crafty hands: she makes beautiful things.

e) also, finding the M.Writes blog, too. And she is where I found the inspiration rocks picture, which I snitched to put here. But I guess it's not really snitching if you tell everyone where you got it.

and so now I can post what I wanted to: "Human Thing" by The Be Good Tanyas. Enjoy! *wink.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Light is Light

Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry, "More light." Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlelight. Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's Field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light. ~Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider

I was told sometime ago, and again recently about our false perception of the dark universe. Namely, that it isn't dark at all. Physically speaking, there is so much light (star matter, light bodies) in the galaxy, there is no "real" room for dark matter. The darkness appears to be so because the "body" is "facing away from us" and so it seems to the human eye to be dark. If we could actually perceive the light of the universe, it would blind us.

When I see photos like these, I get a sense of the majesty that is this world; that any sense of darkness is but a perception of being "turned away". A shadow cast because of the light.

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways - by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul. ~ Plato

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hey Zeus Commentary: Annunciation (3/25)

(I know this is a little late for Annunciation, which was on Tuesday... but better late than never.)

When we are told to take something on Faith -- it doesn't mean that we must or should blindly accept as Truth whatever it is that's being asked of us. But, seeing as what is called "faith" actually relates to our perceptions of the Light (G!d, etc). Then, an act of faith is a reaching out, a seeking of the Truth as a sensation within us -- not based on an intellectual idea or belief, but an inner knowing, a perceiving.

means: to obtain, to gather, to take in entirety and literally to receive or collect. Faith means to take into us as a whole -- to grasp it thoroughly -- There is no room for mindlessness, or passivity. Faith, like G!d, is a verb. It is active.

And this is why Jesus tells Thomas {in John 20:29} "Because thous hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed be those that have not seen and yet believe."

The interpretation of the word Believe did not come into practice as related to Creed or I believe in _____, until the 16th century. Before that, it meant one, or any combination of the following three things: 1) To hold dear, to love, 2) to be like, to be in like desire to, or 3) to have trust in G!d. * Notice, none of these are a mental practice.

So when Jesus says blessed are those who without seeing, believe, he is saying to us: to trust fully in the Christ and the Father... thereby seek to be in like desire (or Will or Intention) to G!d, even without your senses, but in Faith (actively, sensing the Divine Presence which lies beyond any capacity of the corporeal senses) Be -- in full perception of the intention behind the request.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Monday, March 24, 2008

Rav Michael Laitman

I am newly enamored of Rav Laitman. His understandings of spirituality touches me so deeply. Hear him speak of the 5 Principles of Kabbalah.

and more on the Historical Kabbalists from the past:

The World Should Take Sips

In addition to being Easter Sunday, yesterday, it was also World Water Day 2008. And as I was looking through my RSS feeds this morning I found this article on

And I suddenly found another instance where my life is at odds with the day to day experience of most of the world. Case in point: as I was reading the article at 8:20 this morning, I did so as I was feasting on a breakfast of leftover meringue cookies, fruit salad and custard. Whew. Yeah.

So if you can't read the little color key (as it is in French) the orange means that less than 65% of the population has access to drinking water... How's that for perspective?

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Nature of Sacrifice

Today, according to my calendar, is Good Friday. Having not been raised in a church or with any real historical religious sensibilities -- it wasn't until I was ten years old that I even knew what Easter was really about. And I was in my late teens I think or even later before I realized the significance of this particular Friday in the Lunar calendar... as well as the Christian one. Today is the day when the Christ is crucified. This is a day of death leading into resurrection. Following on the heels of mythologies galore, most notably, the end of Holy Week is the last few footsteps leading out of the darkness of Midwinter Solstice; we are officially coming into the season of the resurrection of the Light. Easter (later on Beltane) or Passover (which is still a few weeks away, isn't it? I don't know why Passover and Easter are on different time tables, really...odd.) celebrates the first fruits and blush of the Spring. The quickening of the spirit and the hearth fire and the warmth as the soil is washed from its cold darkness and roots, shoots and blossoms push forth.

Rudolf Steiner in a lecture about the esoteric Nature of Festivals writes on the Blood Relationship and the Christ Relationship indicative of this week's end:

"{...} It is impossible to make any progress by perpetuating old conditions and least of all is it possible by means of compromises — which are always dangerous because the new that is trying to come to expression is itself compromised. {...} When men looked out at nature in olden times, they perceived the divine and spiritual in everything. And this perception of the divine and spiritual passed over into the views that were held concerning the social order, the configuration of life that ought to prevail among the masses, from whom individuals came forth as rulers, and priestly leaders. We will not at the moment consider how this configuration of the social life was regulated by the Mysteries, but it was respected and was administered in accordance with something bestowed upon man without action on his part, as a gift proceeding from the unity of nature and spirit.

A man who through the circumstances and conditions obtaining at some place or another, became the leader, was recognised and acknowledged as such, because the people said: Divinity itself speaks through him. Just as the divine and spiritual was seen in stones, in mountains, in water, in trees, so too was it seen in an individual man. In those past times it was a matter of course to regard the ruler as a God, that is to say, as one in whom the Godhead was manifest. If people of the present day were a little humbler and did not drag in their own opinion about ancient usages, those usages would be far better understood. To-day, of course, there is no such concept as: a man is a God. But in ancient times there was reality behind it. Just as men saw not merely a flowing stream but the divine and spiritual astir in it, so did they perceive the sway of the divine in the social life, as immediate reality. As time went on, however, this vision of the direct presence of the divine and spiritual grew dimmer and dimmer.

Possessing this ancient vision, how did man conceive of his own being? He knew that his being was rooted in the world of the divine and spiritual; he knew that the divine and spiritual is present wherever sense-objects, wherever human beings themselves are, on the physical earth. He knew that he was born out of the divine and spiritual. Our of God I am born, out of God we are all born — this was a self-evident truth to man in those days, for he beheld its reality. It was the outcome of sensory vision."

And this got me thinking, and rightly so, about the ancient vision of divine being, of humanity, and what is the actual stuff of our substance... Light. I think.

And when I think about sacrifice, crucifixion, atonement -- I often wonder what our day to day, ignorant and material thoughts sever us from concerning the great gloriousness and beauty of the complex simplicity of divine presence. And what I'm talking about is not something you can just assume is recharged every Sunday. It is much closer, intimate, it takes precedent, it is immediate and hopeful.

I could speak about a lot of things, war, environment, politics, love, faith and all could embrace a theme of sacrifice on this day and on this hour of the Death of the Son. But instead I want to at least offer this too:

And I didn't even write it, it's by Pia Jane Bijkerk and was written on the 18th of March. I believe that it needs more than one read, for that, you may click here. I would say more, but I don't want to spoil it, but the Nature of Sacrifice is well present in the underlying truth and not just the pact, but why the pact was made, I think it beautiful and precious and pertinent.

And then, some more Steiner, because I can't help myself, I recommend reading the whole thing, from "The Spiritual Bells of Easter I".

" [the] Christian festival of Easter is only one of the forms of the Easter festival of humanity in general. What the wise men of old were able to say out of their strongest, deepest convictions, out of the very ground of wisdom, about life overcoming death — this was woven into the symbolism of the Easter festival. In the utterances of these wise men we shall everywhere find the foundation for an understanding of the Easter festival, the festival of the resurrection of the Spirit.

A beautiful and profound Eastern legend runs as follows: The great Teacher of the East, Shakyamuni, the Buddha, has endowed the regions of the East with his profound wisdom, which, drawn from the fountain-head of spiritual existence, glowed with infinite blessing through the hearts of men. Primal wisdom flowing from divine-spiritual worlds brought blessing to human hearts in times when men were still able to gaze into the spiritual world. This has been saved by Shakyamuni for a later humanity. Shakyamuni had a great pupil, and whereas the other pupils grasped to a greater or lesser extent the all-embracing wisdom taught by the Buddha, Kashiapa — such was the name of the pupil — grasped it fully. He was one of those most deeply initiated into these teachings, one of the most significant followers of the Buddha. The legend tells that when Kashiapa came to the point of death and on account of his mature wisdom was ready to pass into Nirvana, he made his way to a steep mountain and hid himself in a cave. After his death his body did not decay but remained intact. Only the Initiates know of this secret and of the hidden place where the incorruptible body of the great Initiate rests. But the Buddha foretold that one day in the future his great successor, the Maitreya Buddha, the new great Teacher and Leader of mankind, would come, and reaching the supreme height of existence to be attained during earthly life, would seek out the cave of Kashiapa and touch with his right hand the incorruptible body of the Enlightened One. Whereupon a miraculous fire would stream down from heaven and in this fire the incorruptible body of Kashiapa, the Enlightened One, would be lifted from earthly into spiritual existence.

Such is the great Eastern legend — unintelligible, perhaps, in some respects, to the West. This legend speaks, too, of a resurrection, of a transportation from earthly existence, an overcoming of death, achieved in such a way that the earth's forces of corruption have no effect upon the purified body of Kashiapa. Thus when the great Initiate comes and touches this body with his hand, it will be carried up by the miraculous fire into the heavenly spheres."

Some of you may say that I have gotten away from my original intention. So I will sum up; the question is this: what are you sacrificing? What are you giving up? I don't mean, in regards of the greater good -- but what are you choosing as your priority and does this sever you from Lightness from I AM-ness?

"In kind forgiveness will the world sparkle and shine, and everything you once thought sinful now will be reinterpreted as part of Heaven. How beautiful it is to walk, clean and redeemed and happy, through a world in bitter need of the redemption that your innocence bestows upon it! What can you value more than this? For here is your salvation and your freedom. And it must be complete if you would recognize it" (~ A Course in Miracles).

Again, what are you choosing to sacrifice ...? and I don't mean boiled potatoes so someone else can have them mashed, or a seat on the bus/subway/tube. I mean, are you sleepwalking? Are you aware of what you are intimate with in thought? Are you aware of what you are distancing yourselves from, on purpose, or on accident?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I Want to Be

Now that I am transitioning from being Lindsay B. into Lindsay Young , I get to completely reinvent myself. What I will leave behind is my depression, and arrogance. What I will take with me is my original, strong, healthy and athletic, slender body, my compassion, my art, my endurance and spark for life, my education on all levels, my heart and every other aspect of myself that is in my highest good.

I will be a new person. And it has already begun. This is why I am fearful, because my ego and attachments know that when I change my name, like every good magic, I get to choose what I want to take with me and build into a newly birthed & begotten Self and also what I may leave behind. Aha, the wonder of transformation…

Further, I would become a preserver of stories, of people, places, & spirit, indigenous cultures, Diaspora, & displacement, rectification, & religion. (India, Maya, Guatemala, China, Thailand, Japan, Aborigine, Maori, Hawai’i, Mexico, Hopi, Navajo, Lakotah, etc. But also, Ireland, England, France, Amsterdam, Americas, Tibet, Nepal, etc.)

I want to be a writer – thereby capable of making commentary on anything. Life-stories, travel, spirituality, environment, education: like Annie Dillard or Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill Bryson, Emerson, & Thoreau, etc. Or write stories for children or tell tales about faeries or giants or mountains… or about me.

I will continue to learn about herbs, light, spirituality, and living naturally. These are all things that I want and imagine Lindsay Young to be.

A More Perfect Union

Barack Obama offers a true discussion on the issues of race. He is the first and only person who speaks to both sides of the divide. He requests openness, faith, and responsibility from the American people. And he speaks beautifully, with integrity and hope. Hear what he has to say and be open to practicing what you say you believe, be your brother and sister's keeper. Hold tight to the global family. We need to take care of each other.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Still Here

Hello all,

I know I have been away for awhile, but I will be back shortly. Lots to share.