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#OccupyWitchcraft Reply to a Shaman’s Request

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Very many grateful thanks to Rob Bryar for permission to reblog this:

A Response to the Creation of Occupy Witchcraft.

Responding is a very tricky thing. When ever you respond to someone, you want to make sure that you are clear and concise in your direct messaging. This is most likely the hardest thing that I have had to learn in any of the writing that I have ever done. I tend to forget to include things, or adapt a tone that my intended audience mistakes as hostility and even power through my response that any good content I actually wanted to provide ends up sounding like it was dispensed through a sludge bath. For this, I wanted to avoid all of that.

When I was on Twitter last week I entered into an amazing conversation that latterly became to exploding burning which hot light blub over my head: Occupy Witchcraft! From there I created OccupyWitch on Twitter and I’m looking to secure this persona across other social media avenues as well. It’s been about a week and already this has excited my expectations astronomically! Currently after one week there are 33 people following that Twitter page and truthfully, that’s 32 more than I thought would!

However, I think a valid point was brought up by one of my compatriots: is it possible for the Craft, working together, to create a multi-faith circle of manifest energy where all those of whatever religion or spiritual discipline could meet in collective Peace?

This is a very daunting question that could possibly have far reaching effects. The really strange thing is the first thing I said when I saw this question was to unequivocally answer: YES! However, I had no ideal how that even looked on paper or in practice. I needed time to really think and gather my mind to focus on the task of spelling out how everyone regardless of faith or –ism could bind together and use positive intent and will to direct change and aid the Occupy Movement.

I started by looking at my own magickal “career” for inspiration. The one thing that I will always take away from everything that I have learned from my practice is that ideals like light, love, honor, integrity and right action will always translate over social, ethic and religious boundaries. I can’t think of one holy book or one great teacher who ever said: “Go over there and oppress those people because you have more of this meaningless paper then they do.” Never happened because these great teachers expounded the messages of love, honor, integrity and right action and people who walk these various –isms know that message as a Universal Truth. In reality, all the –isms of the world speak the same language – they just very in the ways they get there.

So, how do we harness this power and direct is as pure will and positive intent for direct change? It’s very simple, what is the difference between magick and prayer? At their root semantics and that’s about it. Both are how you tap the Divine for the energy to change the world around you, if you pardon the pun – the Devil is in the details.

Everyone of every faith can come together and help lend their intention and will to help manifest the change that everyone really wants to see. Occupy Witchcraft and OccupyWitch on Twitter will never discriminate because of your particular –ism. For those who are committed to light, love, honor, integrity and right action maybe on different Paths, but we are walking in the same direction! Going my way?

Special thanks to FiveDee and Anon99Percenter.

Blessed Be!

Original Message below:

May I first say how honoured I feel to have been present at your birth – may you all be Blessed with long and fulfilling lives. I am not a witch even though I have sometimes used the Craft to enable manifestation of my shamanic work and I know that, to others, we can look alike even if we are aware of our differences. I come to you with a request for help.

Every shaman is unique and works in our own way. Within my own Otherworld resides an Essence of Faith that seems to underpin all our human spiritualities, known and unknown, seen and unseen, in whatever way they manifest on Earth. The only exception is the Dark Side that uses power for its own sake. As a result of an Otherworld journey taken yesterday, this aspect would seem to have had some of its connections to the Essence of Faith removed.

There is an amusing anecdote that, using the Laws of Chemistry, suggests that were the peoples of the Earth to restore their Essence of Faith, rather than cling to the separations of manmade religion, we would find our way through the problems we all face. Because my shamanic practice is inclusive in this way, I witness those Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Jews and others who exhibit an Essence of Faith in their work. What I am seeing breaks my heart.

Many of these people are being harmed by the edicts of their religion. I see the confusion and hurt as they try to cope with this and the personal struggles to overcome what is occurring. I’m hearing Christians disagree with their religious leaders to such an extent that they leave. I’m hearing Muslims querying what they are being told Islam means. I’m hearing Jews deeply troubled about the way their religion is being used to perpetrate obscenities upon the helpless and Buddha has always advised those following his Path to dispense with his words if personal experience does not match up with his Teachings. From my perspective, it seems that many people who know the Essence of Faith are becoming homeless from their religions.

Witchcraft knows what it is to be persecuted. You know what it is to be homeless on our own planet. From what I have witnessed from the best of our Witches is the true Knowledge of Inclusiveness belonging to the Essence of Faith. There are no arguments with people who follow different pathways to this Essence, only a request for mutual respect. I see, too, that this request is still being denied by some religions. As the planetary crisis deepens, I am concerned that this will become worse for all of us unless we come together as Family.

So, to my request: Is possible for the Craft, working together, to create a multi-faith circle of manifest energy where all those of whatever religion or spiritual discipline could meet in collective Peace? A place where Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Witches, Shaman and everyone else could find a cultured home together; where each could bring our Knowing of the essence of Love; our respect for difference; our hopes for our future and our intention-to-act to create such a future? Is such a creation possible?

When I announced the birth of Occupy Witchcraft, I promised to bring some gifts. What I bring are the Shamanic Visions I had when I participated in “The 9/11 Experiment”. This experiment was created by Lynne McTaggart and Dr. Salah Al-Rashed on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and it manifested the most astonishing meeting of faiths I have ever witnessed. It was not just Christians or Muslims, I met Sufis and Hindus participating too. Lynne has been able to demonstrate that the Experiment was a success for her purpose of demonstrating the Power of Intention. I remain deeply grateful that I could be a part of it. Nevertheless, there is further Otherworld power available were Occupy Witchcraft interested in utilizing it.

My Otherworld is tremendously opportunistic in my experience. Every time I am asked to work there, I see this in action. If other tasks can be done in addition to the intent of the journey itself, my Otherworld takes full advantage. I’m advised by my Allies that this is equally true for my 9/11 Experiment visions and can be gifted as a potential framework for any Craftwork needed to create a true MultiFaith Circle of Power.

As always, this is a matter of Free Choice. If Witchcraft prefers to choose a different path, there is no dispute between us – you know your own Path better than I. This is simply a request for help. If you are able and willing to offer assistance, you are Free to utilize the energy of the Visions in the wisest way you know.

In any event, please accept my deepest Gratitude for being people I am able to ask.

May you all always Walk In Beauty.

The Gestalt Cycle of Change and the human capacity to grow (or not, as the case may be)

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We've always done it this way

For anything to grow and evolve, life needs to be in contact with the life around it. Nothing and no-one exists in isolation. As human beings, we cannot exist without the Earth Herself or the people around us yet some of us have been trying to do so, particularly at top level, and the cost of this is being borne by us all. The human social problems caused by this withdrawal are one of the main complaints from large protest movements such as Indignados, Occupy and Anonymous. Those making decisions at global, national or local levels are ‘out-of-touch’ or out-of-contact with those affected by them. Efforts to create contact are being met with repression by those ‘in-charge’.

Understanding the process of how we, as individuals, make contact with our environment and each other can be extremely helpful. Knowing how we fail at this can be even more useful. The Cycle of Change developed by Gestalt theories provides a model for this that could have practical applications if understood more widely. The Cycle of Change can be particularly helpful in setting our own needs and participation in context, not simply from our own perspective but for the collective too, but first, the Cycle of Change needs to be understood.

Change is normal, healthy and vital for any living essence if it is to conceive, gestate, grow, flourish and die within the Cycles of Life on Earth. All Life comes from ‘no-thing’ and returns to ‘no-thing’ while inbetween offers an opportunity to contribute to the continuation of the living processes of which we are a part. The rising and falling of Life, of need, of necessity, are all a part of the Cycle of Change which brings us into contact with life around us. This is as true of our human psychological processes as it is for the material world we inhabit. In a healthy Cycle, we emerge from a ‘ground’ where all possibilities exist; become aware of something ‘missing’;  consciously identify the ‘need’ to be met; prepare ourselves of act; act to have that need met; enjoy the satisfaction and assimilation of the met need; and return to the ‘ground’ where all possibilities exist once more. In a playful mood, I might liken the ‘ground’ to the wave of the Zero-Point Field and the Cycle itself as the particle emerging from the wave to perform a particular task of Life.

The Cycle itself looks something like this:

Humanity, in relation to itself and the planet, is now in very serious trouble, so understanding the way we interrupt the Cycle of Change within ourselves could be extremely useful if we are to find the way out.

To demonstrate how the Cycle of Change can work collectively, let’s take a global example – the need to eat in order to survive – and see if it works. Global hunger on a planet that grows enough food to feed every human on earth needs some explaining.

So we begin with Sensation – something is not right; there is a disturbance in our ‘Force’, for the purposes of this example, we move to an awareness of hunger. Some of us will be able to move through this Cycle by eating and assimilating the food into our bodies, but only some. Others cannot do this and when we can’t, we slowly starve to death. If those ‘Others’ come in their thousands or millions, those who can eat may slowly become aware of this need and act to assist. Yet, in the West, we hear talk of ‘Compassion Fatigue’ as one human disaster follows another. Those who have food begin to become desensitized to those who starve. Those who are already desensitized have closed down their capacity to respond, and this is defended by a process called deflection. There are more important things to worry about than people starving half way round the world; country; block; next door; whatever those important things might be.

If a collective of awakened people begin to mobilise to meet the needs of the starving, those unable to respond due to desensitisation or deflection, now begin to defend their position with Introjects. Introjection is a process whereby a human being swallows down ideas or attitudes whole – without the chewing of consideration, examination or reflection – and regurgitates them as required. One introject in our Global hunger example might be “It’s their own fault for not organising their lives properly”, or for living where they do, or for any number of other reasons that support the individual’s unwillingness to mobilise their personal resources. The chances are that a person afflicted with these interruptions will simply not be present at the time when the Collective acts, although they may have opinions about those who do. When working at an introjected level, such people will have no difficulty in expressing the opinions of others whose opinion they swallowed. What they may not fully appreciate is that their opinions are likely to be projections.

Projections are where we see qualities in others than we cannot see in ourselves. Given that each human experience is quite unique, it isn’t possible to see something in another without it existing in ourselves too, whether those qualities are good or bad. (For example, there is much being said and written about psychopathy at present but it is all ‘out there’. Psychopaths are someone else, not me. Yet, if I can see and understand psychopathic behaviour, then there has to be something of that in me whether I like it or not. If I’m evolving, the question then becomes “How do I use this quality?” To use myself as example, I don’t like it when, by dint of tangible evidence, I find myself treating another without empathy or compassion but that doesn’t mean I can’t do it if it becomes necessary to my health or well-being, or the health and well-being of others. If I am wrong, then I can choose to change. What makes a true psychopath is the absence of choice in their own behaviour and/or their attempts to remove my capacity for choice coupled with an absolute refusal to take responsibility. The only way I can be certain I am not locked into this thought-form is to become responsible – to be open to difference and contact with otherness… but that is only my opinion.) Whatever we project on to others says far more about who we are than it could ever say about the person we are describing. In a Global Hunger setting, we hear a great deal from the mainstream media about the institutionalised corruption of recipient countries, but very little about the institutionalised global corruption that created the starvation in the first place.

So the Cycle of Change moves on to Contact. We have sensed the need, identified it, mobilised ourselves and acted to meet the need. Now we are meeting it – the starving are being fed – but how we are doing it can prevent our experiencing the catalyst of change that direct contact brings. We vanish into other behaviours instead. We become Retroflective. We do to the starving what we actually want done to ourselves, or we do to ourselves what we really want to do to the recipients. I am sure that there are many examples of how this works. For instance, we may give food but fail to listen to what is necessary from the starving themselves about what is needed for them to take care of their own future; because we want to be looked after, we ‘look after’ them in ways that are counter-productive, creating ongoing dependency instead of genuine solutions that prevent future starvation. Within our global economies, we can see the spectre of starvation and malnutrition emerging within the West as our governments start to inflict upon their own people what they may have really wanted to do to the starving of the so-called Third World.

If, however, the need is met, the Cycle moves to the experience of satisfaction and assimilation and so emerges the defenses of Egotism, again to avoid the experience of genuine Contact. We may feel so self-satisfied with our efforts, either outwardly or internally, that we lose the impact of contact in favour of admiring our own self-reflection.

Finally, as the Cycle falls away into the ground of ‘no-thing’, we become vulnerable to Confluence. Confluence occurs where the individual merges with another, be it a person or an organisation, or other collective form. We cease to be the whole individual motivated to action and experiential contact outside ourselves and become merely a part of something or someone else – a cog in the machine. The interpersonal example of confluence used when I training was the question “Is it you or me that doesn’t like broccoli.”  We don’t know where we end and another begins, and this adds to our desensitisation in our next Cycle of Change.

Comfort zoneThe purpose of the Cycle of Change, in psychological terms, is to step outside our comfort zone to encounter realities that are different from our own. The contact can be experienced in all kinds of ways, from the worst to the best but it is supposed to change us. Contact enables our growth as aware human beings in touch with the reality of the world around us. It challenges our assumptions; it requires risk; it forces us to reconsider what we hold to be true; in doing so, it invites our personal and collective evolution. If we fail to answer the call of true Contact with our planet and her people, we become part of a continuing unhealthy problem which, by our absence, struggles to find resolution. Instead of being part of a wave of change created by individuals – like snowflakes or grains of sand contributing to an avalanche – we become an obstacle, a creature of inertia.

This piece is written for those who are changing as a result of real Contact with others, as we grapple with those who reinforce the interruptions to the Cycle of Change and cannot understand why. We are rediscovering, or may never have lost, the sense of aliveness that real Contact produces when the Cycles of Change flow freely. Not every contact will be good or pleasant but we grow a little more with each one until growth and evolution become a natural part of our Beingness. In my experience, those Cycles of pain can teach me far more about myself and others than any plain sailing ever could. We can appreciate our efforts with a sense of personal and individual satisfaction which sensitises for our next Cycle of growth. We can feel ourselves altering and changing, maturing, producing seeds for the next step, but there is one thing we cannot do.

We cannot force another to change. We can try but the result is more interruptions to the Cycle. We become the introjected message to those uninterested or afraid of growth as a defence mechanism to maintain inertia. We become the very thing we thought we were opposing. To engage in Contact with outer reality – to experience difference in others and to be different ourselves – can only ever be a personal decision. The only people we have any authority to control are ourselves. If we choose freedom and equality, then we must share that freedom with others equally and that includes another’s freedom to refuse to grow. What remains are the consequences of our choices. Those we are going to have to live with, regardless.

This is an imperfect piece. I’m providing a few links to others who are more eloquent than me on the personal psychological processes of the Cycle of Change, or Experience, or Contact – it has many names – for those who are interested. The intention here is to bring this Cycle to the attention of those who are evolving and wondering at the obstructions they are experiencing. As far as I know, the Cycle could inform the planning or preparation of events designed to heighten general awareness of our collective reality and it could be useful as individuals grapple with their own personal choices. A perfect description might prevent my fellow evolvers from taking it apart to see how it works for them and create the danger of yet another introjection at the very time when we need to be preparing for authentic action. Nevertheless, the Cycle of Change is an extremely useful tool that has applications in just about every dimension of human existence except those resistant to the natural rhythms of our planet.

I hope you find it as useful as I have.

Alice Walker on power

Gestalt Links:

Gestalt Therapy Theory: An Overview

Gestalt Cycle of Experience

“Meeting Our Future”

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Once in a while I am helped to remember why I’ve lived my life in the way I have because I meet the reason in person, alive and embodied. Understanding our reasons for past actions is a great focus, like the strong beam emerging from a prism in sunlight. Yesterday, I met someone who did this for me. The beauty of the internet is that I can introduce her to you too.

Meet Teal – a spiritual catalyst.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX3NsGOklAA

Teal and I do not know each other and I have only just encountered her work, so much of what I will be saying here are first impressions together with the impact of her knowledge when set alongside my own.

My immediate impression of Teal is what an astoundingly beautiful young woman she is. She carries the same female signature as Catherine Zeta-Jones and is a feast to rest one’s eyes upon. If she represents the future possibilities I have worked so hard to create around me, then our future is gorgeous! Bring it on! Yet, as a woman, I know how vital it is for us to not only be appreciated for our beauty but also to be respected for the knowledge and wisdom of the inhabiting soul, and Teal doesn’t let me down.

Her descriptions of the Akashic Records and the different dimensions becoming available to us, as we move along our collective lines of growth, deeply resonate with my own experience. Her information is imparted in ways that can ‘interface’ alongside my Otherworld experiences which certainly does contain, amongst other things, a huge library. Yet I have no sense of having to displace myself in order to accommodate the new – her knowledge enhances mine by opening up new avenues for exploration and she talks as one who has direct experience of these dimensions. By the end, I am left as free to choose as I was at the outset, but with a greater fund of knowledge at my disposal.

 

What I choose to do with the wisdom Teal has imparted is my business – we are all on our own paths and I am no different to anyone else. For me Teal, and all those like her, are about our future. My contribution here brings a particular signature of energy from the past in order for both past and future to meet in the present. To ground this idea I’ll use astrology and, in particular, the Saturn cycle.

Saturn takes 29.5 years to orbit the Sun. In astrological terms this means that every thirty years or so an individual will experience what is known as a ‘Saturn Return’. When we are thirty, this return means a letting go of the Cycle of the Past that Saturn has represented in order to move into the Cycle of the Present. Next year, I will be experiencing my second Saturn Return. I will be leaving the Cycle of the Present and moving into Saturn’s Cycle of the Future. How well I do there will depend on how hard I’ve worked over the past 29.5 years, so a form of recapitulation now seems appropriate.

 

The Cycle of the Past in my own life contained many seeds to germinate and grow. My father had been able to break out of his social conditioning as traditional working class, moving beyond it into knowledge and art. My mother was, and is, still deeply affected by the impact of patriarchal attitudes towards women. The combination of these reverberated through my childhood and youth in very deep and, at times, harmful ways because, despite the Spark of Individuality that shone in both of them, they were and are products of their time. One of those ‘products’ was World War II and the Plutonic energies unleashed on all of us at that time; another was the Civil Rights movement. Rosa Parkes refused to move to the back of the bus exactly a week before my first birthday. All this and more has informed my growth and development both consciously and unconsciously.

With the Scorpio signature of my birth chart and Pluto in the third house in Leo, I seem to have been destined to explore these depths consciously. If seventeen years of personal therapy counts, then I did this during the second Saturn cycle but will have to wait for the second return to discover how successful my adventures were. In the final decade of my Saturn-Present cycle, I discovered shamanism – a spiritual discipline that simply ‘does-it-all’ for me – and it was tested. My shamanic spirituality was tested by both Saturn and Pluto in 2003. Pluto was conjunct my natal Sun in Sagittarius in the 6th house and Saturn was opposing both from Gemini from the 12th. I would like to think I passed those tests – albeit imperfectly – but I must wait for Saturn’s decision on this too.

Saturn is the energy concerned with Time; with manifestation (it rules Capricorn); and with the slow, gruelling lessons we have to learn about life. It is about boundaries and limitations. How far are we able to grow and remain fundamentally healthy? Saturn represents the limitations of incarnation and is quite ruthless in imposing them, particularly on those seeking to learn. Saturn is a hard taskmaster because it removes the ego to get at the essence of the person beneath. An individual can choose to ignore Saturnian lessons, but they cannot ignore the consequences of their choice especially when Pluto is around.

Pluto is the planet of Transformation. Regardless of astronomical ‘status’, Pluto is extremely powerful in destroying what is no longer required in order to create anew with the energies unleashed by the destruction. In my country, for example, the post-war creations of the Welfare State, the National Health Service and the kind of social mobility enjoyed by my Father are perfect examples of the Plutonic Life/Death/Life cycle. But these transformations occurred in Leo – the sign of the creative or destructive self/ego. If I look now it seems as though humanity was being given a personal choice in how to use such power. Now that Pluto is in Capricorn, working within Saturn’s boundaries and Laws of Limitation, the time for personal choice is over. Those infinite possibilities have collapsed into energies that must now be endured by us all.  There are many people who can tell you how and why this collapse is necessary if humanity is to evolve but what has all this got to do with Teal?

For someone like me, Teal represents a future I would wish to see manifested. My ‘Age’ is coming to a close – her ‘Age’ is starting to make itself felt as we experience new growth from the ashes of the old. I would liken these changes to the rings of annual growth within the Tree. My parents were the tree-ring I formed my present from. The young are supposed to surpass their parent’s problems in order to encounter their own. When I look to Teal, and to all those youngsters like her, I see the growing tree-ring of the future. I’m not going to get there with her because that is her destiny and I have already lived over half of mine, but I can be a foundation upon which those collapsed energies – now manifesting in archetypes and paradigms – find their way through the devastation Pluto is presently inflicting upon a humanity that refused to mature despite all the choices they had. That time is past and is now reflected in the global chaos of our collective present. This is a new time of choosing that contains both the power to transform and the limitations of an incarnated humanity. When Saturn moves into Scorpio at the end of 2012, both of them – Pluto and Saturn – will be in mutual reception; Pluto in the Saturnian sign of Capricorn; Saturn in the Plutonic sign of Scorpio. These energetic powers are working together to create new possibilities alongside Uranus in Aries (new growth) and Neptune in Pisces (dissolving the past/dreaming the future). When the new planets discovered in this millennium – Orcus, Sedna, Quaoar and others – are factored in to these possibilities, the choices become infinite.

Human beings are not yet ready for infinite choices, as Teal says herself. To evolve means to grow. Presently, we have to grow towards these possibilities through manifestation. This is Saturn, which requires germination, cell-division, complexity in the flesh, so to speak. We need to collapse infinite potential into energetic choices made in our everyday lives. If my adventures through the last thirty years of my personal Saturn-Present cycle prove their worth, then it may be that the wisdom I’ve acquired (the Gift of Saturn Respected) can assist the Future. For my part, I choose to support and, maybe, empower the Teal’s of our world. I’ve had the joy of meeting them and their future looks brilliant and shining in comparison to the present we are emerging from.

Yet I must also ‘know my place’ (Saturn). My generation’s day is passing. The day of our next generation is becoming. They are ‘bigger’ than we are – just as I was bigger than my parent’s generation. They can see things we cannot. They know things that we struggle to comprehend. Nevertheless, the problems facing all of us remain essentially human. As I move into my new Saturn cycle in 2013, so I shift from ‘Saturn-the-Present’ to ‘Saturn-the-Future’ and I can bring my wisdom with me. Even now, I can see the future potentials I want to support and those I choose to leave behind.

Teal, and all those like her, belong to a future I would like to see manifest. Ego considerations are immaterial here. Neither Saturn nor Pluto cares whether you are female, male or inbetween. They don’t care what packaging you dwell within. They’re not interested in where you live but how you live. They want to know what you intend to do with the experiences, intelligence, Love and power you’ve chosen this time around. They want to know who you are, not what you are.

So when I say “I would like to introduce you to Teal”, I’m not saying ‘Here is a beautiful young woman for your eyes to appreciate’ although, Goddess knows, this is true. I’m saying “Listen to what this woman has to say – listen to who she is and what she is bringing to the world. She is highly intelligent. She may sound as if she’s a mystic but her descriptions are pure Physics and, more importantly, she is talking about workable tools for creating the Future – her Future. She is invested in this and she is clearly in touch with higher intelligences. And if this is what she, and her awakened generation, is capable of now, then all my hopes and dreams for our Future are manifesting in her.”

As a member of the ‘Passing-Away’ generation, I can look to the Teals of this world with gratitude – wherever they are on our planet – and say “This is why I did what I did. This is why I fought so hard – with myself, with others, with the world. This is why I am here. This is why I have lived the life I have lived. This is what I wanted to build. And everything – every single horrible, toxic experience – has been worth it, because through her and all those like her, I can see the Promised Land.”

Welcome to our potential Future.