Finding Equilibrium

The past year, for many people I know (including myself) has been about facing big challenges and losses — then finding some equilibrium among the remains. I went through some health challenges for several months last year. I had problems keeping food down. My gall bladder was in full rebellion. For over a month, I was too sick to sit at my computer and write posts.

Before I felt fully recovered, I had to make emergency trips to Kansas to care for my mother. She died in September of leukemia. It was two days before my birthday. I was raw and fragile from the experience for quite awhile. Then, I heard news about people I didn’t know that affected me deeply. Even though I did not know them, I felt a personal sense of loss. I know that some of that sense of loss was because I was (and am) still in the midst of grieving for my mother.

Steve Jobs died on October 5. The news, though not unexpected, caused me to sense a deep loss. I admired many things about Steve Jobs. I have been a Mac user for a long time. I have not used any other platform since 1988. I write my blog on a Mac, I write and layout books on a Mac, I edit sound and video on a Mac and I even do astrology on a Mac. Almost everything I do for my livelihood is done on a Mac, so the passing of the visionary who created my tools was deeply felt.

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I Am Eternal

When I am falling to sleep at night, I often “hear” these words over and over:

I Am Eternal
I Am Source
I have the Power to Create Worlds
I Love, Accept and Allow
I reject nothing

Everything exists in Me
My reservoir is without limit
All is Possible
All is Probable
It is up to You to Choose what you will

Of course I don’t hear it with my ears. But the words run through my mind over and over. My guidance is reminding me of the vast power available to us as we enter the formless dimension of sleep.

I have decided to read it aloud to myself a few times each morning so I set out with this knowledge each day. Beginning each day with the knowledge that I am eternal and powerful feels good. Knowing that I have access to Source and all-that-is is comforting. My confidence is boosted when I internalize this knowing.

Copyright © 2009 by Victoria Young

What Would Hera, Venus and Bast Say? Part 2

I had several friends who wanted to “play in the cosmos” and see what these wonderful Goddesses might have to say about some aspects of their lives. So here are some revelations!

Janice: Is there realty a Fountain of Youth?
Goddesses: Yes, it is your inner passion manifest for the world to see! You must be passionate about your life. What gives you inspiration, joy and happiness? What drives you and brings vitality into your life? Who supports your full expression of you? Accessing the Fountain of Youth is a matter of you getting to know your Self and learning how to live a passionately led life.

You don’t do this by compromising yourself and your ideals. You don’t do this by watching television (watching other people’s interpretation of life) a great deal of time. You don’t do this by judging or finding fault in others. Find out whom you are. See your grandness! Express your interpretation of love to the world and your inner light will course through every cell of your body. This light is your Fountain of Youth. You will always be young if you stay passionate about yourself and life!

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I Have a Dream – Multimedia

In honor of Dr. Marin Luther King’s birthday, I wanted to post his “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King was so eloquent in pointing out how tragic it is when one group of people is not allowed to participate in the fullness of society. When we do not allow a group of people to benefit from the “gifts” of our society, we also do not allow our society to benefit from the gifts of those disenfranchised people.

We are all connected – Black, White, Brown, Yellow – Male, Female – Gay, Straight – Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan, Agnostic, Atheist – Old, Young and In-Between. We are all part of the same Source. We are pure source energy and those things like race, religion, gender, age and sexual orientation are only illusions of difference, like costumes we wear in this incarnation.

In our various incarnations, we have all been all of these things. For us to identify with our current physical circumstances so strongly that we do not see everyone as our brothers and sisters on this journey is a source of great sadness.

Dr. King spoke up for African-Americans and helped inspire changes in our culture that lead us to our first African-American President of the United States. Of course, we still have far to go in providing full access to the privileges of this country to everyone, but we can point to some progress.

I have a dream that someday we will not use race, gender, age, religion, handicap or sexual orientation to discriminate against anyone.

In that light, here is Dr. King’s inspiring speech.

Text Copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young

Divine Comprehension Chakra

The first of eight chakras in the Solar Plexus Region is called Manipura in Sanskrit and “Divine Comprehension by my High Self.”  It is located on the spine opposite the navel and its color vibration is golden yellow.  This chakra represents how well we combine and express Divine Wisdom and Practical Knowledge in our lives.

When our souls are created in the Spiritual Realms we are imbued with everything that is Spirit.  We are the very essence of Spirit:  the microcosm of the macrocosm, the alpha and the omega.   We begin our educational process in the spiritual realms learning what Spirit is, who we are, why Spirit decided to expand Itself and create us, and how our existence transforms Spirit.

Ninety-nine percent of all of our education, Divine Wisdom, is gained while we are in the Spiritual Realms.  The final one percent of our education, Practical Knowledge, is gained through the incarnation process.

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The One Universal Law

It transcends all religions. Everyone who has allowed him/herself to deeply commune with Spirit knows it is true. It is the Universal Truth that overrides all of the tales of war, revenge, hatred, curses, cruelty and sacrifice that can be found in most religious texts.

I believe that Source (I also refer to it as Spirit or God.) has pretty much that one law and none other. God does not care what foods you eat or what colors you wear or who you choose to love. Those rules came from men. That’s why different religions have different taboos related to food and practices. If they came from God, then wouldn’t all religions have received the same instructions?

As I said, there is one law that is found in every religion. What is this law?

Nowadays we hear it called “The Golden Rule.” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s so basic, so simple, so logical that many people overlook it.

When you come to understand the Oneness of all that is, you understand that anything you do to someone else you are doing to yourself.

Here are the ways this wonderful Universal Law is expressed in various religions over the eons.

Brahmanism: “This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.”: Hindu Mahabharata 5:1517

Christianity: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” Christian Bible, Matthew 7:12

Hinduism: “One should not behave towards others in a way which is disagreeable to oneself.” (Mencius Vii.A.4)

Islam: “Not one of you is a believer until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” (Fourth Hadith of an-Nawawi 13)
“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” (Sunnah)

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that your yourself would find hurtful.” (Udana-Varga 5.18)
“A state that is not pleasing or delightful to me, how could I inflict that upon another?” (Samyutta Nikaya v. 353)

Jainism: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” (Mahavira, Sutrakritamga)
“Therefore, neither does he [, a sage,] cause violence to others nor does he make others do so.” (Acarangasutra 5.101-2)
“In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.” (Lord Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara)

Judaism: “What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.”
Talmud, Shabbat 31:a

Confucianism: “Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.” Analects 15:23

Shintoism: “The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.”

Sikhism: “Don’t create enmity with anyone as God is within everyone.” (Guru Granth Sahib, pg. 1299; Guru Arjan Devji 259)
“Compassion-mercy and religion are the support of the entire world.” (Guru Japji Sahib)

Sufism: “The basis of Sufism is consideration of the hearts and feelings of others. If you haven’t the will to gladden someone’s heart, then at least beware lest you hurt someone’s heart, for on our path, no sin exists but this.” (Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh, Master of the Nimatullahi Sufi Order)

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and regard your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.” (Tai Shang kan Ying P’ien, 213 – 218)
“I am good to the man who is good to me, likewise, I am also good to the bad man.” (Tao Te Ching)

Zoroastrianism: “Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.” (Shayast-na-Shayast, 13.29)

“That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself.” (Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5)

Copyright © 2010 by Victoria Young