Dancing in the Flames is a brilliant and intimate documentary into the life of Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman, who is known for her ground breaking work as a teacher and author on feminine psychology and addiction. We are taken into a metaphoric representation of the unconscious imagery that Marion discusses so passionately and, in doing so, are invited to examine our own lives. Brilliant mystic and author Andrew Harvey interviews Marion as she explains the mysteries of her soul’s journey and reveals a series of psychological ‘deaths’ and ‘rebirths’ that have formed the consciousness into which she has evolved. The film presents a philosophy of dynamic opposites, the bridging of seeming contradictions. Life and death, love and grief, courage and submission are not at loggerheads for her—they’re part of a harmonious whole. By embracing these opposites we come into the totality of human experience. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
Talk To Me: Loving Your Evil Side
This is a fascinating and important and necessarily damning talk. I’ve been taking a Rumi course as well as a Christ Path course from Andrew Harvey. His life is drenched in the numinous and he’s quite a delightful teacher I’m honored to be learning from. … [click on title for the rest of the post]
A poetic activation of the sacred heart: free teleseminar with gifted Rumi scholar
Free class on Rumi. Andrew Harvey is a delightful teacher I highly recommend. I will definitely be on the call when it’s happening.
In this special call event, one of the world’s most respected and passionate Rumi scholars reveals the sacred significance of Rumi’s life and work, illuminating why his poems are penetrating the heart of the world as never before….
…Although based in rigorous scholarship, this evening event will ultimately be a poetic activation of the sacred heart that illuminates your own spiritual transformation by showing what we all can learn from the words of a great seer and lover of life from eight centuries ago…
…Even if you are not able to attend live, do register so you can get access to the recording. And help us spread the word to Rumi lovers everywhere about this special online event. [click on title to read more]
The Christ Path
I just started this course. The Christ Path with Andrew Harvey– there is an intro talk from a couple of weeks ago available to listen to here. I was in on that call and immediately wanted to take the course.
If it resonates it’s worth checking it out. I majored in Religion and Christianity at UC Berkeley so this stuff is highly archetypically appropriate for me…but all sorts seem to be drawn to it. … [click on title to read the rest]
Random musings and personal intro to Islam and Sufism
Again, below I share random musings from the last few weeks with links to the archives for further consideration or contemplation.
Talk To Me: Loving Your Evil Side
During the dialogue, inspired by The Red Book image shown here, Harvey commented on an inborn hatred of our physical selves, saying that humans are in “a boat of meat that is now exploding,” and the struggle we all go through in acknowledging and loving the evil that’s within all of us. … [click on title to read and view more]
Intellect vs Love
Lovers know there are roses in the bloody veil of love; they live astounded by Love’s matchless beauty. The intellect says, “The six directions are blocked!” Love says, “There’s a way!” Intellect sees a market and starts to haggle; Loves sees thousands of markets beyond that market. How many mystic martyrs hidden in Love’s soul… Continue Reading →
Through love vinegar becomes rich wine
A bit of Rumi to wake up to this morning: Through love bitter things seem sweet. Through love scraps of copper are turned to gold. Through love dregs taste like clear wine. Through love agonies are healing balms. Through love thorns become roses. Through love vinegar becomes rich wine. Through love the scaffold becomes a… Continue Reading →
If you’re paying attention your heart breaks regularly
If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders. … [click on title to read and view more]
There is a path for every one of us. And we’re all different.
I repeatedly talk about how what works for me may not be appropriate for anyone else when I talk about healing. This extends out to our entire lives and spiritual pursuits too. I have also written about how important it is to respect where people fall on the spectrum of psychiatric drug use as well. SEE: To my friends and readers who still take psych drugs (and to the whole spectrum of folks on and off meds too)
This is the fundamental reason that coercion in psychiatry is so profoundly harmful too. People all have their own way to find. And we know this deep within ourselves. This is why our idiosyncratic experience is only that. To generalize it to others is arrogant and misguided. Just as the psychiatrist didn’t know what was right for many of the readers of this blog, we too do not know what is right for anyone other than ourselves. … [click on title to read and view more]
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