WINTER IS COMING! Where Are Your Dragons?

KimTargaryenI’m one short month away from completing my philosophy MA, so why, you may wonder, am I spending my precious time blogging about Game of Thrones? If you must ask yourself that question you have clearly avoided the GOT vortex. You’re not eagerly anticipating the release of Season 5 this very evening. You’ve never directed a GOT theme song dance or listened to a podcast on Heart Trees, and you’ll have no idea what I mean when I say I must consider the plight of Daenaryes Stormborn, for that, dear reader, is my concern…

but first I must mention the zombies.

It’s the zombies that lure me deep into the story, past all the other Westerose drama –  past the family drama, the religious Continue reading

Talk To Me

CinemaaustraliaWelcome 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

Hieros Gamos

GoddessHello. 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

Scientific Evidence for Generational Wounds

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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