Welcome to my first movie review in which I encourage a conversation about a recent release, human consciousness, and social justice transformation. I’ll also offer you links to some intriguing articles, individuals, and organizations, so let’s get started with…
The Hunger Games – Mockingjay
First I must admit to being captivated by Jennifer Lawrence’s brooding portrayal of the truth-delivering revolutionary Katniss Everdeen. I’m also compelled by the many similarities Katniss shares with the ancient Goddess Artemis, (seen below with her bow and arrow, ready to protect prepubescent girls,) but I’ve also enjoyed the series for its value as an all-out socio-political show stopper. Mockingjay is the third release in the Hunger Games series which takes the current trend of increasing income disparity to hairraisingly-futuristic-though-not-entirely-out-of-the-realm-of Continue reading
Hello. It’s been some time since my last post – for many reasons, one of which I’d like to share with you. I’ve been producing a video performance of a poem that I wrote in late 2010. It’s entitled “HIeros Gamos: A Divine Plea for Humanity, the Living Earth, & All Her Creatures.” The poem emerged from an inner process that explored my experience of growing up female in a world that didn’t honor the divine feminine as an aspect of creation, (i.e. mainstream Lutheranism in the 60s and 70s.) Much to my surprise, this poem came through in the perspective of the Goddess (as filtered through me.) It begins with an historical denouncement of the Old Testament God, but ends as a cosmic poem of love to the divine male force within all of us. It is, ultimately, a plea for the hieros gamos or inner sacred marriage, a spiritual alchemy that I believe can heal humanity’s collective wound that venerates “male” above “female” in all its guises and that is fast bringing about the ultimate drama – an inhospitable planet. Continue reading
Creations stories hold me captive. It’s a fascination that began when I first marveled at how the tellers of Genesis were somehow privy to certain basic aspects of the event we now call the Big Bang, as well as to the formation of the universe and the evolutionary history of life on Earth. I became even more interested when I gained an understanding of the correlation between the story of the Fall of Man and the complexification of consciousness that occurred as a result of the evolution of the human brain, an event that naturally caused the early human to be “expelled from a state of innocence” into one rife with self-consciousness and inner conflict. For me, the intuitive depth of creation stories inspire wonder, and so I found myself rapt as I was drawn into Olodumare: God in Yoruba Belief by E. Bolaji Idowu. Continue reading
My Maternal Grandmother
A Discover Magazine article caught my attention this week. It’s entitled “Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes” by Dan Hurly (July/Aug 2013.) Despite certain journalistic shortcomings, (an unclear chronology of events and some unchecked androcentrism,) I found the article noteworthy and thought you might too, for it cites experimental evidence that emotional wounds can be passed down for generations.
For many, the reality of generational wounding is clearly observable and experientially obvious. We internalize our parent’s wounds and also form identities in relation to their wounds, and they did the same with their parents, and so on. For some, however, proof of generational wounding is an epiphany, which means it has the potential, if it becomes common knowledge, to contribute to the emergence of a more conscious, compassionate humanity. Continue reading
Decision-making can be psychologically agonizing. Should I take this job offer or wait for something better? Is this house the right one to buy? Is it time to end this relationship or commit to it more fully? Often we spin ourselves into mental loops that only prolong and exacerbate the stress. If you’re getting stuck in indecision, here’s a very simple exercise that calls on your body wisdom for help.
First turn off the ringers on all your phones. Continue reading