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Stay Centered & Balanced amidst Chaos

 

STAY CENTERED AND BALANCED

(using the 8 fold path of Buddhism and the 10 steps of Kabbalah)

  1. RIGHT VIEW; KNOW YOUR PERSONAL TRUTH (Neptune) You are an Eternal Being having a Physical Experience for the Growth of your Soul and reduction of your Karma.
  2. RIGHT MINDFULNESS;  FILTER OUT EXTERNAL NOISE (Uranus) Amid the noise of Chaos and Confusion go to that still quiet center where you are safe, protected and loved. Go offline if it stresses you out. Read material rather than listen to breathless reports. Ask someone to email you with updates. You may get another perspective this way too. Filtering your intake of violence is a good rule in general.
  3. RIGHT INTENT; TUNE INTO YOUR INTERNAL VOICE (Saturn) Soften your inner critic’s voice and instead listen to the wise, loving internal holy Mother who loves and cares for your highest good. This voice is connected to the over-soul of mankind and you can tap into the deep unconscious realm of Akasha where all knowledge is stored.
  4. RIGHT FOCUS; CONCENTRATE ON INTERNAL DIALOGUE (Sun) Watch how you self-sabotage yourself by speaking ill of yourself for making rash decisions or impulsive choices. Restate to yourself, “I am doing the best I can with what I know.” “I treat myself with lovingkindness and compassion.”
  5. SILENTLY OBSERVE HOW & WHAT YOU THINK. (Jupiter) Your conditioned responses are there to protect you but when fear gets out of hand, your logical mind can overcome fear. Rationalize what actually is happening, view threats as probabilities. Don’t fall into emotional reactions, rather place your attention in a dispassionate place. *Breathe. Practice feeling peaceful so you will act peacefully.
  6. RIGHT EFFORT; CHANGE YOUR LEARNED BEHAVIOR. (Mars) Redirect your fear into rational thought as if you viewed yourself in a movie. Make slower decisions based from a neutral place where acts are based on the greatest good for all and from positive intent. Turn anger and fear into positive action that benefits everyone. Take one step toward creating peace in your environment. As you progress, take steps in more public environments. This will improve ALL of your relationships!
  7. MEDITATE ON A REGULAR BASIS (Moon) so you can get a continuous sense of connection with the Divine. Spend a few quiet minutes in self-care in your bedroom or quiet space every day to remember who you are and how you belong where you are doing what only you can do for the world.
  8. RIGHT ACTION; (Venus) Take action based in love. Cultivate compassion for yourself. This helps reduce anxiety, insomnia even depression and pain. Care for your self, your family, intimate circle of friends and your larger circles of interaction. It starts with self love and the confidence that you matter. You can help the world move in a better direction once you center yourself.
  9. RIGHT SPEECH; (Mercury) Converse with your higher self, holy guardian angel and other angels. Angels are prayers who become thought forms that manifest on a higher reality for your best interest.
  10. RIGHT LIVELIHOOD; (Earth) Work for the ascent of humanity. Be humble and strong in your determination to do good. Meet everyone with an open mind and see their inner child who may be more scared than you are. CARE for your neighbors as you care for your self. We are all in these times together!

PRACTICES that also help reduce cortisol in your body are EFT Tapping (See Nick Ortner’s YouTube videos) SLOW BREATH WORK; breathe in to the count of 4, hold for 4, exhale for 4 and hold for 4. This slows the heart in a natural way and allows more oxygen to get into your cells without chemical stimulation of adrenaline. CRYING & SHAKING IT OFF are ways animals shake off fear. Allow yourself to release your stress. PRAY. Return to a prayerful state where you realize that you and the natural world are one. WALK IN NATURE There is no place where the essence of the Creator is not.

UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE ARE FRIGHTENED, SO BE CALM IN YOUR CORE.

DO THE BEST YOU CAN, WHERE YOU ARE, FOR AS LONG AS YOU CAN.

DON’T EMOTIONALLY HOOK INTO DRAMA. THINK ON GOODNESS. BE PEACE.

#Meditation #Calm #Chaos #PeacefulPractices #StressReduction #Help #Love

#SpiritualPractices #Chakras #Introspection #PersonalGrowth

Posted January 12th, 2021.

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JOURNAL PROMPTS: Planetary Mash-ups

JOURNAL PROMPTS for MARCH 6 – APRIL 23, 2019  LENT

Observant Jews have a practice that’s called ‘Counting the Omer’. It is a spiritual practice of counting the days between Passover and Shauv’ot that occurs in late Spring.

I devised these exercises on a similar context of using the planetary energies of the lower 7 spheres in the Kabbalah glyph; (beginning March 6 as the first day) just as Mercury goes Retrograde, for a time of reflection and renewal prior to Easter.

The JOURNALING practice helps us to experience the subtle differences of combined planetary energies with a Theme that we can consider, practice, write about and learn to embody. I hope that we can meditate on these energies for insight and listen for inspiration toward action we can take towards spiritual observation, purification & growth.

Have fun with these exercises; doodle, create symbols, ponder, dream and explore the concepts for greater self-exploration and insight! ~K

Day Planetary energies -Theme

March 6  Jupiter Jupiter -Love

7  Mars Jupiter  -Mercy

8  Sun Jupiter -Pride

9  Venus Jupiter -Desire

10 Mercury Jupiter -Planning

11  Moon Jupiter  -Romance

12  Earth Jupiter  -Environment

13  Jupiter Mars -Energy

14  Mars Mars -Vitality

15  Sun Mars -Personality

16  Venus Mars -Relationship

17  Mercury Mars -Argument

18  Moon Mars -Leaking energy

19  Earth Mars -Work

20  Jupiter Sun -Equinox

21  Mars Sun -Anger

22  Sun Sun -Light

23  Venus Sun -Pleasure

24  Mercury Sun -Expression

25  Moon Sun -Truth

26  Earth Sun -Life

27  Jupiter Venus -Agape

28  Mars Venus -Lust

29  Sun Venus -Pleasure

30 Venus Venus -Self Care

31  Mercury Venus -Flattery

April 1 Moon Venus -Foolish Heart

2 Earth Venus -Sanctuary

3  Jupiter Mercury -Opinion

4  Mars Mercury -Defense

5 Sun Mercury -Originality

6  Venus Mercury -Song

7  Mercury Mercury -Reflection

8  Moon Mercury -Meditation

9  Earth Mercury -Creativity

10  Jupiter Moon -Lunacy

11 Mars Moon -Eclipses

12 Sun Moon -Cycles

13 Venus Moon -Illusions

14 Mercury Moon -Subtlity

15 Moon Moon -Solitude

16 Earth Moon -Compatriots

17  Jupiter Earth -Continents

18 Mars Earth -War

19  Sun Earth -Nurturance

20 Venus Earth -Beauty

21 Mercury Earth -Storms

22 Moon Earth -Peace

23 Earth Earth -Gaia Alive

24 April – Insights and collective experiences shared….

 

Posted March 3rd, 2019.

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Metaphysical Me

About Metaphysical Me…

One of my most impactful experiences with spirituality/religion was being ‘failed’ from the second year of my three year Lutheran Catechism class. I told my minister and vicar that ‘God doesn’t fail people from church!’. They agreed with me and after a year’s sabbatical and the subsequent firing of this teacher who failed kids in church, I asked many pointed questions, finished my lessons, got confirmed and left.

In college, my most influential classes were the three-term Shakespeare series, learning how to SEE and draw from an artists viewpoint (that was quite esoteric) and an Introduction to Comparative Religions. Then I took a term off and studied with Mormon missionaries, read the Bhagavad-Gita, Tibetian and Egyptian Books of the Dead, the Tao te Ching, and many other metaphysical books. This lit my Spiritual Fire and I’ve been devouring these books ever since!

(See recommended book list) —> Archives

Later, upon becoming a Unitarian Universalist, I had the opportunity to learn more about many religions and experience them firsthand in “Neighboring Faiths” Sunday school classes. After teaching students for 8 weeks, I accompanied groups of children to Buddhist center feasts, Catholic mass, a Jewish temple, and Pagan ceremonies. Over the years my family has participated in Kwaanza, Hindu Festival of Lights, and Hanukkah festivities.

I homeschooled my kids for 8 years founded on a History-based Wholistic education, of which I wrote my own curriculum. I based my lessons and exams on textbooks from various points of view and encouraged open-minded discussions about the reasons for the author’s points of view and their veracity. We first studied World Geography & World Religions as a comprehensive introduction to becoming ‘Citizens of the World’.

As homeschoolers, we practiced exercises by Rudolf Steiner and read Classic English literature, Great Books, Historic Fiction and books of Cultural Literacy from all continents. We read ancient philosophers and discussed their subsequent roles in modern society.

I was engaged with esoteric studies for many years before co-leading a Women’s spirituality group. We incorporated many facets from various spiritual traditions, and each woman encouraged to bring her gifts and experiences to share with the group.

After leaving that position, my 10-year interest in the Kabbalah, led me to study more intently and take a year-long webinar class with two Rabbis. I learned much about the Hebrew Mystical traditions from a Jewish Reform perspective. I found the Kabbalah to be THE foundation for the many esoteric paths I had studied since my 20’s.

Today I practice Tai chi, Chi Gong, Kundalini Yoga and write ‘Morning Pages’ as is recommended by Julia Cameron in her transformational book, “The Artist’s Way”. I participated and led classes in “The Artist’s Way” and discovered that it was a book written (by and) for the Enneagram Type #4 personality, the ‘Artist’. That’s when I decided to create workbooks for the other 8 Enneagram personality types that I call, “Integrated Spiritual Practices”. TBA

I’ve studied and used the Tarot as well for many years. I started noticing the esoteric ‘threads of Truth’ that run throughout all the systems and traditions that I’ve engaged with and noticed their Archetypes can be found in pictoral symbolism on the Tarot.

I’ve created a unified system that is based on a lesser-used form of the Tree of Life Glyph. I see it as the original glyph of Kabbalah before the ‘fall’ of man. I have placed my own version, the “9 Keys Tarot” cards onto this Tree in a unique way as a blueprint to help people ascend to their Higher Self – closer to a state of Spiritual perfection. This corresponds to 9 Esoteric systems, which is no small feat!

Metaphysics describes both the ‘Art of Living’ & the ‘Science of Life.’      I hope that my writing will encourage you to look within yourself and begin what Plato called, “The Great Work” of personal understanding and wisdom. After all, it’s our once-in-a-lifetime chance to learn, grow and evolve our Souls while we are incarnate beings. Look within!

Namaste’ ~K

#9KeyTarot #Ascension #GreatWork #Introspection #Purpose #Meaning #Understanding #Wisdom #Transformation #SpiritualEvolution

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Posted January 30th, 2019.

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Recommended Reading


Some of my favorite books on Metaphysics etc~

METAPHYSICS IN GENERAL

Biology of Belief- Bruce H Lipton

The God Code- Gregg Braden

The Divine Matrix- Gregg Braden

The Fractal Code- Gregg Braden

The Master Key- Charles F Haanel

The Power of I AM- John Maxwell Taylor

Ask & It Is Given- Esther & Jerry Hicks

Be Here Now- Ram Dass

Power of NOW – Eckhart Tolle

In Search of Zarathustra- P Kriwaczek

Gurdjieff- J Shirley

Science of Mind- Ernest Holmes

Wisdom of the Elements- McArthur

 

RUNES

Book of Runes– F. Melville

Omens, Oghams & Oracles- Webster

Nordic Runes- Paul Rhys Mountfort

Rune Lore- Edred Thorsson

Rudiments of Runelore- Stephen Pollington

(Runecasters Handbook- Thorsson- Magick)

Runes for Transformation- Kaedrich Olsen

website; GaldraKraft.com by Kaedrich Olsen

 

KABBALAH

The Essential Kabbalah – Daniel Maat

Kabbalah for Beginners- Rav Michael Laitman PhD

*Sefer Yetzirah – Abraham, Aryeh Kaplan translator

Zohar- Abraham, Yahuda Berg

Power of Kabbalah- Yehuda Berg

The Way- Michael Berg

Kabbalah- Elizabeth Clare Prophet

A New Oracle of Kabbalah- Richard Seidman

Kabbalah for the Modern World- Migene Gonzalez-Wippler

 

TAROT

The Mythic Tarot Workbook-JS Burke

78 Degrees of Wisdom – Rachel Pollack

Tarot for YOU – Mary K. Greer

Tarot Companion- Smith, Rider-Waite

Medicine Woman Card Guide Book- Carol Bridges, UU Indiana

 

NUMEROLOGY & DESIGN

Numerology- S Ducie

Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe- MS Schneider

Sacred Ground to Sacred Space- Kryder

Easy to Use Feng Shui- Lillian Too

 

PERSONALITY

Human Design- Chetan Parkyn

Understanding Human Design- Curry

Enneagram- Don Riso Hudson & Rick HUDSON

Enneagram

MyersBriggs Personality system-

 

CRYSTAL VIBRATIONS

Love is In The Earth- Melody, Magical properties of Stones

Laying on of Stones- Melody, Healing with Stones

Crystal Healing- D Walker, Healing with Stones

Crystal Energy- M Lambert, Magical properties of Stones

Gemstones- Schumann, Magical properties of Stones

The Crystal Bible- Hall, Magical properties of Stones

 

SOUL HEALING & ARCHETYPES

Life’s Companion- Christine Baldwin, Journaling

The Artist’s Way- Cameron, Journaling & Creativity

Women Who Run With the Wolves- CP Estes (Story Wisdom)

12 Wild Swans-Starhawk (Archetypal Fairy Tale Wisdom)

Emotional Alchemy- Tara Bennett-Goleman

Emotional Intelligence- Daniel Goleman

EcoLiterate- Daniel Goleman

The Art of Emotional Healing- Capacchione

Quantum Healing- Deepak Chopra

The Four Agreements- don Miguel Ruiz

The Fifth Agreement- don Miguel Ruiz

 

SELF EMPOWERMENT

A Pace of Grace- Linda Kavelin-Popov

Take Time for Your Life- Cheryl Richardson

Simple Abundance- Sarah Ban Breathnach

Excavating Your Authentic Self- Sarah Ban Breathnach

Hero with a Thousand Faces- Joseph Campbell

A Hero’s Journey- C Vogler

The Heroine’s Journey- Maureen Murdock

A Woman’s Worth- Marianne Williamson

Dreaming the Dark- Starhawk (feminism)

Goddess Book of Days- Stein

Goddess Meditations- Ardinger

The Goddess Path- Monagham

The Goddess Within- JB Woolger et al

Living Buddha, Living Christ- Thich Nhat Hanh

Jesus & the Lost Goddess- T Freke & P Gandy

Jesus Mysteries- T Freke & P Gandy

Laughing Jesus- T Freke & P Gandy

Holy Blood, Holy Grail- M Baigent et al

Book of Secrets- Deepak Chopra

7 Spiritual Laws of Success- Deepak Chopra

Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire- Deepak Chopra

Honoring the Self- Nathaniel Branden

 

ASTROLOGY

Astrology, Karma & Transformation- Arroyo

Astrology, Psychology & the 4 Elements- Arroyo

Chart Interpretation Handbook – Arroyo

The Changing Sky – Steven Forrest

Yesterday’s Sky – Steven Forrest

*How to Read your Astrology Chart- S Cunningham (begin here)

Making the Gods Work for You – C Casey (Planetary descriptions)

Astrology for Yourself- Douglas Bloch & Demetra George

The Astrology of Fate- Liz Green (Mythology stories)

36 Faces- Austin Coppock (Decans)

Hellenistic Astrology- Chris Brennan

Handbook for the Humanist Astrologer- Meyer

Planets in Transit- M Hand

Psychology, Astrology & Western Magic- Luis Alvarado

*Astrology Looks at History- Noel Tyl

Cosmos & Psyche – Richard Tarnas

 

TREES

Trees- Smithsonian

The Enchanted Garden- O’Rush

The Medicinal Garden-

Language of Flowers- Greenaway

Bud, Blossom & Leaf- Morrison

 

HERBS

Healing Wise- Suzan Weed

The Medicine Wheel Garden- Kavasch

Ency of Magickal Herbs- Cunningham

A Druid’s Herbal – Hopman

The Herb Book- John Lust

 

PHYSICAL HEALING

You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L Hay [Hay House Publisher]

The Tapping Solution- Nick Ortner (EFT)

EMDR –

Essential Reiki- Stein

Hands on Healing – Angelo

Sacred Sounds- Ted Andrews

The Way of Song- S Carol

Cellular Healing Diet Handbook- Daniel Pompa

From Fatigued to Fantastic- Jacob Teitlebaum MD

Rolfing- Ida P Rolf PhD.

EdgarCayce.org – The Sleeping Prophet

 

GREAT BOOKS

Bible – Christianity, Prophets, Jesu

Torah – Judaism, Prophets, Rabbis

Qu’ran – Islam, Muhammad

Tao – Japan, Lao Tsu

Confucius sayings – China

Tibetan Book of the Dead

Egyptian Book of the Dead/Living

Bhagavad-Gita – India

*Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramhansa Yogananda

…and many MANY others!

 

 

Posted January 22nd, 2019.

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Shadow work Oct 5-Nov 15, 2018

The Shadow is the ‘unclaimed’ part of our psyche that is alert and aware 24/7 because it resides in our Subconscious Mind. As children, we are programmed into our view of the World; it’s language, customs and our place in it. As adults, we can reflect on these programs and become “Aware” of them.

If you start to feel like a victim of your programs, stuck in a rut, without possibilities, I want to tell you that you can change ANYTHING, at ANY TIME!

If you’re interested in doing Shadow work, investigating this phenomenon via inward reflections, let me know.  Send me your Email request at KalinArtAndSpirit@gmail.com and I’ll send you the password. (Passwords keep out bots)

Thanks!

Posted October 21st, 2018.

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