The Goddess Trap: Sacred Six Deeply Held Myths About the Divine Feminine

We all have heard the term ‘Goddess’. Common inferences of this include – feminine divinity – images of Mother Earth, Mother Mary, Laxmi Mata who gives infinitely, graceful Angelic females, beautiful Witches, or smiling weaponed Warriors, come to mind instantly. While it is necessary to honour and respect innate femininty and celebrate the same, it is necessary for us to debunk certain myths that have been controlling the female spirit and our planet through generations.

  1. Generosity and Kindness versus Exploitation: The myth that being a divine feminine embodiment is all about giving endlessly without thinking is promoted all over the world, and women could be disempowered as slaves of the patriarchial society using this myth. Take for instance the system of ‘dowry’ to exploit women of India who are called ‘ghar ki Laxmi’ or the house goddess of ‘prosperity’ through whom husbands expect to inherit a small fortune by way of marriage. Even if the evil of dowry is abolished, women are still expected to be overly generous and kind to their household, giving more than enough time, energy, working 24×7 at times both indoors and outdoors, looking after children singlehandedly, performing unpaid household jobs and also bringing money into the family through professional work or businesses. Similarly earth is also exploited for her treasures, whether coal, gold, petroleum, land, water, wood or agriculture…all parts of earth that are being usurped by humankind, leaving our planet feeling depleted and in severe crisis. The only way out is to release ourselves from the prison of human expectations and to allow mother earth and the female spirit to be free from greedy and senseless exploitation. We need to give energy to our planet and not merely take from it.
  2. Sexual Servitude versus true Sexual Power: The western concept of Goddess is very different from the aforementioned Asian stereotype. In the west, the term Goddess is used to often refer to a sexual heroine, much like Aphrodite, Venus or Ashtoreth connected with fertility. The pictures associated with goddesses are depictions of feminine love, beauty, sexuality, a gorgeous figure, excellent makeup, and charismatic sensuality that enchants others instantly. Sometimes this can be a tall order to live up to, with women feeling pressurised to look ‘pretty’, to always dress beautifully, to have great skin or vital statistics, to smell beautiful all the time, to have amazing silky and long hair, and so on. These demands are imposed on women by the way of social conditioning intent at seeing a female figure as primarily a ‘sexual one’ thereby commodifying them. It is not uncommon for men to expect sexual servitude from a woman whom they believe to be their personal ‘goddess’, and they brainwash women to think they need men to complete them with the token of ‘divine masculinity’ which although underprized is also catching up as a trend. Individuality and the power to say ‘no’ to over-sexualisation or beautification is in-fact the genuine trait of the Goddess who does not need validation from others, especially not from the male gaze. Similarly we need to respect the wild side of earth and not customize it to our selfish needs through artificial landscaping, agriculture and beautification that destroys the natural flora and fauna in entireity.
  3. Anger versus Personal Power: Some images or fantasy of Goddesses focus on the ‘angry’ and violent forms of feminine, that are portrayed with a plethora of weapons. From Diana an Artemis who are huntresses, to Kali who is adorned with human skulls and bones, Durga with many weapons in her many arm or Hecate who represents occult powers….there are many versions of the dark goddess. While this would appeal to a traditional feminist, the issue is when this connotation is applied to assist in harming or in giving power to evil acts. For example it is not uncommon in some tantric rituals to very wrongly use the name of Kali for sacrificing innocent animals, which is not in alignment with divine nature at all. The use of dark goddess archetypes to further negative or harmful spells or to support malpractices in witchcraft are also prevalent in some parts of the world, whether in Africa, Western countries such as Britian, or India. Debunking the myths that witchcraft or magic is evil or used for controlling or harming is much required, so is the need to understand that goddesses are not necessarily angry or terrifying without reason. Similarly whether it be natural calamities, diseases, plagues, disasters or climate catastrophes on earth, they are quite possibly a result of human action and not due to any kind of unjustified anger from mother nature towards humans.
  4. Material versus Spiritual Power: A big myth regarding Goddesses is that they only represent the observable reality, material world, or the physical universe, with the ‘higher power’ of designing the world being bestowed upon the heavenly father. The word mother being linked to ‘matter’ or maternity and father to ‘paternity’ or the designer of the universal pattern is an indication of how feminine is imagined as the creation, and masculine as the creator. This widely held point of view grossly subjugates the female authority while elevating the masuline power to one that is ‘higher up’ compared to the feminine and therefore the ‘one true God’ to be worshipped instead of the illusory ‘maya’ of the world. Instead of subscribing to the stereotype of female energy being material and male energy being the superior one, it is necessary to view the higher self as gender neutral and the lower self as a spectrum of genders from masculine to feminine to hybrid gender forms being present in physical and mental reality. The Higher Self is unity consciousness or truth which is universal and not gender-specific in nature thereby allowing equal respect to all gender based personifications of deity. In simpler terms matter and energy are interchangeable and hence God or Goddess, what term you use in prayer, does not ideally matter as gender differences are observable only in the lower realms of the multiverse and that line too is being blurred.
  5. Angel Goddess versus Down to Earth Feminine: A great myth prevalent in the world has been one of an ‘angelic’ superiority. Long robes, white light, smiling face and kind eyes can easily be used to hide our inner wounds, our humble human self, and our distinct personality that is changeable. The fact that we all are divine, yet we fumble and learn our lessons in human form is something worthy of appreciation so that we remain grounded instead of being in an illusion of being ‘holier than thou’. Sometimes women feel then need to appear more benovelent and graceful than we should be due to the stress on being of an ‘angelic disposition’ leaving us wearing a mask that hides our true authentic self. To be able to be free of these stereotypes and to reveal our genuine and honest selves is an achievement that is sometimes underprized in society. Sometimes through meditation, people get zoned out and tranquilized to agree to everything, and be overly nice to everyone, even to the point that they are not able to speak up or take a moral stand against evil. Through the more down-to-earth spirituality of practical action, we can manifest our angelic goddess into reality of a happier planet for all creatures instead of merely focusing on personal healing through mindfulness or ‘self help’ for ourselves and human souls.
  6. Mother Goddess versus Self Realization: In society when it comes to the image of feminine, or ‘goddess’ the role of the female as mother is overhyped. Throughout the ages and across culture, it is believed that because we are born of the female womb, motherhood is the primary role of a woman who is an embodiment of the creator. An image of the ‘sacred cows’ of India comes to the forefront, those worshipped as mother but at the same time inhumanly enslaved to repetetively perform reproduction in order to enable stealing of their breastmilk meant for their infants.  The over-emphasis of fertility of earth and of the woman, in a primarily reproductive role also has led to over-population and an exploitation of the womb to an extent that women are shunned if unable to perform the ‘reproductive duty’ assigned to them by the social matrix. The important part is to understand that motherhood is not necessarily a virtue, it is by far, looking after our planet that is a true embodiment our divine higher self. However for this, we need to look after our own higher good too. We cannot be an unconditionally loving mother towards others, and deprive ourselves of our own higher calling of earth healing and ascension. Clearly producing and looking after more people is no longer meant to be for the highest good of our planet.

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The Path of Light-working and Ascension

Light = Awareness.
We cannot heal our reality and our planet for Ascension if we are blind to our own faults and continue on a destructive path of negative karma that leads to our downfall. We can be an angelic being of light not only through mental visualization but through an Actual Practice of Ascension which may include some essential life changes.

(1) Veganism and Spiritual Ethics: In the past spirituality and compassion has been more or less ‘human-focused’ with other sentient beings routinely being used in farming and as products or commodities. We have seen animals being hunted, killed for sport, their skins being used in drums and ritual gear, dairy products and honey used in spiritual rituals in India as well as non-vegetarian food being popular at spiritual celebrations in the west. Cruelty based products are not only dairy, eggs, meat, wool, honey, leather and fur but also many of our everyday consumer items and pharmaceuticals. Ascension is a path out of this matrix when we discover that all beings and not only human beings are part of the One Higher Self, Source, creator or True Self to whom we return through not just intellectual realization but actual practice of ethical living.

(2) Eco-friendly and Zero Plastic Lifestyle: While animal farming remains the number one destroyer of the planet, we also need to abandon the use of plastics which are non-biodegradable and adopt more eco-friendly and plant based options that can bring ourselves back in harmony with nature. We need to look around us and discover how we can replace plastic and junk with earth-friendly materials and adopt a lifestyle of minimalism instead of consumerism so that we can drastically reduce the trash we create everyday. In Ascension not everybody around us might seem to agree and we might find plastic constantly on the shelves whenever we go shopping, however minimizing it is possible if we keep trying our best until plastic is outlawed.

(3) Healthy Choices in Everyday Life: Ascension and spiritual healing do not happen in isolation within our mind, but are a synthesis of our mind, body and spirit into the light of oneness. No matter how many hours of meditation, yoga and healing, if we are still reaching out for cigarettes, narcotics, alcohol, meat, dairy or any other addiction out of compulsion, we are not able to experience true inner healing. Meditation, mindfulness, positive visualization and affirmations can only be a starting point of our practice of higher consciousness, which crystallizes in our actual everyday practice of mindful and conscious living. When we read our product labels carefully, choose organic and live foods, read the right literature, educate ourselves on how to make healthier and more positive choices, and detaching from toxic or unhealthy relationships, we are practicing Ascension.

(4) Kindness to All Beings and Self: Some people practice kindness and compassion only in outward human society and as polite gestures of social respect or conformity. Ascension is a path of authentic living and not merely about outward smiles and greetings of light. When we spend time in nature and meditate with our inner self, we discover the true meaning of kindness. Being abused or hurt in the process of being spiritual is unnecessary, as is ‘showing the other cheek’ if someone slaps us. We need to stand in our own authentic truth and refuse to be either victims or perpetrators of violence. We also need to refuse being mute-witnesses to violence against any other being so that we can openly help other people and creatures who require our support to be a true earth angel.

(5) Inner Peace that Radiates Outwards: We cannot create or manifest world peace by simply talking about it. We also need to bring ourselves into alignment with our higher nature in our actions. Inner does not only refer to our mind but also our heart and soul. Visualizing light and being in silence through meditation is one way of feeling peaceful in the moment, so is sending this peace and healing to our planet, because all of us are one being in the higher dimension of truth. Peace does not mean that only those who are meditative are required to be silent and calm, but also that others need to learn and practice holding the silent space of peace and tranquility so that we can stop wars, terror, abuse and crime in our world.

(6) Real Love not confused with Sexual Lust: In the matrix we have received the wrong programming that equated the word love with lust. We have been deceived into believing that romance is equivalent to true love and that we need to unite with a soulmate or twin-flame soul who is outside of us for Ascension. One of the truths we discover in spirituality is that everything and everyone outside is a part of the grand illusion that we are projecting into reality. For ascension we need to connect with our inner twin-flame which is our own authentic self instead of seeking anyone else to complete us. Spiritual masters and meditation gurus in the past have discovered the joys of asceticism and celibacy which can help us detach from sensual lust and unplugs us from the matrix of sensory illusions.

(7) Inner Consciousness of Sattvic or Truthful life: Falseness or artificiality has become the hallmark of human life over the last few millenniums. We seek more material comfort instead of inner peace and convenience over spiritual effort which prevents us from gaining consciousness. Truthful or Sattvic life is not based on pleasing others or giving more pleasure to ourselves, but one of detachment and self-realization. A Sattvic practice is not about seeking truth but about rejecting that which is false or illusion so that our inner truth shines through in the end. Letting go of all that feels Tamasic or dark, and also of the Rajasic or restless, whether in food, consumerism or any aspect of our culture is part of regaining consciousness.

(8) Inner Joy and Happiness: The path of Ascension and healing is an inner path. By demanding love, affection, kindness, sympathy and compassion from other people, we are unable to focus on our inner treasures of peace and happiness that are constantly present within. Whenever we feel desperate or needy for anything or any person on the outside, we need to first meditate and find our wholesomeness so that we can give more instead of taking more from others around us.

15 Tips for An Amazing Eco-Friendly Life

We all know about the impact humans have had on the environment, whether by cutting down trees, filling our oceans with plastic or polluting our air with greenhouse gases leading to an human-made climate change. Fortunately there are somethings that we can all do right from the comfort of our homes.

  1. Food: A planet friendly diet of fruits and vegetables, especially organically farmed is sustainable and cruelty-free. Animal farming has been contributing more greenhouse gases than all our vehicles put together and has also added to severe shortage of land,  grains and water. Sourcing our food from organic farmers who do not use plastic packaging or growing your own food in your allotment or backyard, and cooking or raw-eating at home can dramatically reduce garbage created by food processing industry and supermarket shopping. fruit-932745_960_720.jpg
  2. Personal Care: Much of our garbage consists of toiletries, makeup and personal care items encased in plastic and filled with harmful chemicals as well as extracts from killed animals. You would be surprised that fruits called soapnuts or soapberries such as shikakai and reetha, tied in muslin and soaked in a cup of warm water can totally replace all of our shampoos, detergents, dish-washing or cleaning liquids. Similarly neem, licorice,  babool or meswak sticks that can be chewed and rubbed on teeth after each meal can completely replace all tooth-cleaning products to leave us with healthier and squeaky clean teeth,while reducing cold and flu at the same time by their natural medicinal juices.neemsoapnuts
  3. Cleaning Aids: Plastic brooms, brushes and scouring pads can  all add to  non-biodegradable waste. These can be easily replaced with pure cotton or coconut scrubbers, traditional plant based broomsticks (traditional besoms of the west and jhadus of India) and cloth wipes (pochas used in India) with metal buckets for cleaning floor and surfaces. Loofahs made of dried up fruit called gourd are a fantastic biodegradable replacement for kitchen sponges too. Biodegradable bin liners are already replacing plastic bin liners all over the world and we can use metal or bamboo bins for containing our waste instead of plastic. broom
  4. Menstrual Hygiene: Napkins, pads and  tampons are not only expensive and single-use, they also can add to plastic and non-recyclable waste. Menstrual cups are an inexpensive option that can last a lifetime as you simply empty, wash, fold and reinsert it and vegan cups that do not have animal testing are in vogue.mooncup2
  5. Toilet Hygiene: Wipes and rolls of paper take a toll on our environment too by using trees. Bamboo paper is being used by some manufacturers to save trees as it is more sustainable than virgin or recycled paper rolls. However the traditional Indian system of washing with water and soapy solution and wiping with a personal towel could save a lot more trees. While ‘jet-spray gun’ attachments are normally fixed in Indian toilets adjacent to the toilet bowl, they are new to western loos where bidet attachments are being introduced within the toilet seat itself.bidet
  6. Medicine: Most of our healthcare needs can be handled at home with a few kitchen herbs, clean environment, rest, yoga, meditation, energy healing and a healthy plant based diet. Simple home remedies such as cloves for pain relief, cinnamon and turmeric for antiseptic, licorice for cough, cumin, carom and fennel seeds for digestion, holy basil for fever, eucalyptus oil and mint for cold and aches can greatly reduce clinic visits and make us less dependent on synthetic, animal tested drugs and environmentally toxic pharma products. Make your own medicine by grinding a few kitchen herbs such as cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, licorice, fennel, cardamom seeds, cloves and dates to make ‘churan’ rolls for digestive health and to ward off common ailments.churan golis
  7. Accessories: Carry bags, shoes, table-mats, home-decor, laundry and waste bins, and curtains can all be easily made with jute, bamboo,hemp and other sustainable plant based fibers that are completely eco-friendly and cruelty-free while looking beautiful at the same time.bags-2379225_960_720.jpg
  8. Clothes: Synthetic clothes have filled the marketplace in the last few decades and not many people realize that they are not planet friendly or skin friendly as compared to plant based and less industry intensive options such as ‘khadi’ cotton or hand-loom and hemp fabric.material-1397958_960_720.jpg
  9. Kitchen and Tableware: In addition to eliminating single use plastic straws, disposable cutlery and bone china or ceramic that contain animal parts and hence not cruelty-free, we can also use eco-friendly storage containers, serving dishes, spice jars and bottles of water made of glass, bamboo,terracotta or earthenware.baskets-1001439_960_720
  10. Furniture: Instead of wood, plastic and synthetics that are harmful for environment or leather upholstery and feathered cushions which are animal intensive and cruelty based, we can opt for environment friendly cane and bamboo furniture with natural plant based fabric for cushions and seats.floating-flower-1782388_960_720.jpg
  11. Stationery: Environment friendly and sustainable paper such as bamboo paper and bamboo stationery that saves trees, plant based plastics for scissors, paper instead of cello-tapes, vegan glues, plant based brushes and canvas, non-toxic crayons, eco-friendly pens instead of plastic are some of the everyday items that we can be more mindful of while shopping. eco-friendly-stationery-kit-7.jpg
  12. Electronics: Instead of plastic intensive laptops, tablets and phones, some manufacturers are introducing environment friendly electronic gadgets including recyclable laptops to eliminate the sizable e-waste that is threatening our planet.paperlaptop.jpg
  13. Toys: Plastic toys have been far too prevalent in the market, but we can now choose wooden and environment friendly toys even as toy manufacturers have started to think about plant based plastics to replace conventional ones. Eco-friendly handicraft toys are beautiful and give children a chance to appreciate creative crafts too.bicycles-17511_960_720.jpg
  14. Travel: From simply walking, cycling or jogging down to work, school or shopping whenever distance permits, to using public transport instead of private cars we can drastically reduce fuel consumption and our carbon footprint. Shopping locally and using homemade products can also help us be carbon neutral by avoiding unnecessary transportation or import of goods. Electric and solar powered vehicles  including solar air-crafts have already been introduced.solar.png
  15. Housing: Sustainable and environment friendly homes include those built with recycled material, terracotta tiles and roofs, home on wheels or boats as well as quirky tree-houses incorporating rainwater harvesting, recycling water and sewage for growing trees, growing your own food, natural ventilation and solar paneling. Earthship Global for example specializes in sustainable housing.SAMSUNG

 

Nine Plant-Based Plastic Alternatives To Save Our Planet

 

Plastics have invaded our homes, our soil and even our oceans and rivers to such as extent that it looks almost apocalyptic.

Ordinary plastic, including some sugarcane plastics may be recyclable but not thoroughly biodegradable. Some countries such as India which have difficulties in recycling have attempted to ban plastics already. While eliminating plastic products is the ideal solution, we can get closer home by creating more environment friendly bio-plastics.

Here are a few alternatives:

  1. While using banana leaves for plates is an ancient tradition, in India leaf plates or ‘donas’ have been used since centuries as bio-degradable and environment friendly utensils that are very affordable.

2. Potato Starch can be used to create edible bags and cutlery.

3. Edible cutlery made of wheat, millet and rice can be either eaten or decomposed

4. Cassava or Tapioca starch can be fashioned into plastic bags too

5. Hemp Plastics can replace ordinary plastic to create a range of products

6. Corn Plastics are already being used in a range of products to replace non-biodegradable plastics

7. Sugarcane Bagasse is a waste product of sugarcane that can be fashioned into eco-friendly plastic-ware too

8. Rice plastic has also been developed

9. Peels of fruits such as oranges and bananas could also be used for manufacturing plastic

Positive Film Review: Dominion

If we are pained by descriptions of how humans were treated in Nazi gas chambers and concentration camps then there is no reason why we should not be pained by this which is far more inhuman. For the World Vegan Month, in this free documentary filmed in Australia as well as UK, US, China, India, Canada and many parts of the world, we see the shocking truth about how animals have been treated every single day, even till now in the highly profitable meat, poultry and dairy industry.

The filth, infections, poisons and diseases in sheds and the blood baths in slaughter houses will make you think twice before consuming meat, if not for the sake of animals then at least for the mental and physical health of your own family. Learn how many of the practices that are labelled ‘humane’ and declared ‘legal’ by authorities and animal welfare organisations are actually so cruel that most of us are not even able to see the videos without being brave. For those unable to watch the transcript is educative https://www.dominionmovement.com/transcript, however watching this film helps us understand what suffering is beyond our own so that we can awaken our heart and take action by educating the masses and campaigning to protect the innocent.

As we focus on world peace, spiritual ascension and earth healing, we know that this is impossible without improving how we are treating other creatures on our planet. This is why this documentary is a must watch for all humans on earth so that we can stop supporting industries that abuse and kill animals and call for a global ban on slaughter and meat which is long overdue. After-all, we have known for a while how all of our nutritional needs can be fully met without harming any creature and with cleaner and greener ways of living.

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Five Ethical Issues of Animal vs. Human Rights

As children we all have seen beautiful animals being raised as pets by families around us and wanted to have a pet for ourselves too. Many of us have had the privilege of ‘owning’ a pet animal and regard ourselves as ‘animal lovers’ simply because we love cuddly kittens and dogs. But could there be something that we are ignoring when it comes to the rights of animals as compared with the rights of humans?

  1. Sexual Abuse: Females are raped or forcefully inseminated in pet trade, dairy and animal farms where they are forcefully restrained during the act for the sole purpose of monetary profit of humans. In the case of special or selective breeding they are often subject to forced incest with their own sons or close family members which also causes several genetic complications and creates health problems such as low immunity, cancer and early death, while unwanted or unattractive babies are disposed off. Female animals are found suffering in gruesome pain with the frequent forced intercourse and labor of bearing children repeatedly, not to mention the emotional agony of their babies being snatched away. Is it possible for us to allow human females and babies to be abused and sold similarly? Then why are there no laws against animal breeding, farming and trade?
  2. Animal Control and Strays: While there are thousands of strays suffering, hungry and maimed on the streets or dying in road accidents in many underdeveloped countries, in developed nations we see hardly any stray dogs or cats on the streets because they are simply caught and killed in ‘animal pounds’ by animal control officers if not found or adopted within a few days of being lost or abandoned. Animal shelters try to rescue as many as they can but quite often animals are treated as ‘easily disposable’ trash on our streets and killed as soon as possible unless adopted. Pets are also euthanized or ‘put down’ by vets quite easily whereas human euthanasia is considered questionable even in the most severe of cases. Could we ever consider culling of homeless or ill humans in the same way? Then how do we justify this being done to animals just to restrict their population or lifespan simply because they are of no economic benefit to us.
  3. Spaying and Neutering: Spaying and neutering pets is mandatory almost everywhere or at least considered essential for all pet ‘owners’, so much so that baby animals are operated upon even before they have ever had a chance of naturally growing into or exploring their sexuality. Natural intercourse and mating between animals is considered wrong whereas forced intercourse for human greed is considered normal. This itself is one of the most ironic and usually ignored ethical issue when it comes to animal rights. The only reason for this is the fear that we might have to take care of the babies of our highly ‘loved’ pets which creates the issue of abandoning those ‘excess’ babies that land into animal pounds unless we spay and neuter them and prevent them from reproducing any further. Could we think of doing these procedures of spaying and neutering to our own human children for the sake or birth control or population control? Then why is do we not treat our pets in the same compassionate way?
  4. Owning Animals: When it comes to humans we consider ourselves as free beings with the rights to our own independent life. However animals are treated as commodities for sale, as exhibits in zoos and as easy subjects of experimentation, dissection and animal-testing. We proudly call ourselves pet-owners as if it is our right to own another being. We have artificially domesticated animals by taking them out of their natural habitats to be turned into our pets or farm animals for our enjoyment and comfort. Use and abuse of animals whether as race horses, beasts of burdens, cows for milking, sheep for shearing, cattle for rearing, hens for egg laying, pets for trading or for any selfish purpose whatsoever is unethical, no matter how prevalent and widespread. Could we allow ourselves or our human children to be ‘owned’ by any other alien specie for any of their experiments or projects? Then how do we consider ourselves to be any less monstrous when it comes to the way we treat other species on earth?
  5. Slaughterhouses: The biggest of all crimes in the world happens not anywhere around us but on our dinner tables everyday. We slaughter animals as if they were vegetables or fruits growing on trees and are ‘meant’ to be eaten. Because we purchase these slaughtered animals at the butchers or from supermarkets, all sliced and wrapped in packets, most children do not even know that there was immense bloodshed and pain in the making of their ‘happy meals’. We are responsible for lying and hiding facts from our children just to keep them eating the same things that we have been programmed to eat by our parents. Someone rightly said ‘if slaughterhouses were made of glass, everyone would turn vegan’. Yet, we vehemently protest when vegans try to post videos or pictures of what goes on behind closed doors of animal factory or farms even as billions of innocent animals are gruesomely murdered day after day simply to feed the taste-buds of the majority who refuse to open their eyes. This by itself is the single most demonic act that makes us the most evil specie on the planet. When we have strict laws and religious commandments preventing murder or killing of humans, then how come our laws have failed miserably when it comes to animals?

Let us ask ourselves, ‘how can we go to any kind of ‘heaven’ or be one with any ‘God’ by simply following a certain faith or beliefs or merely through rituals, prayers and meditation, unless we become kind and compassionate to all creatures ourselves?’ Mainstream religions have so far made us believe that the ‘Creator’ considers humankind to be a special race or species who is allowed to dominate earth and control or abuse land and animals at our will, yet common sense tells us that the Creator is One with all beings and not partial to human specie. Would we ever be able to actually be in the energy of the One True Creator and be able to manifest a kind and compassionate universe instead of being slave to regressive beliefs that have only led to tremendous suffering and degradation of our planet?

FIVE MUSICAL SELECTIONS FOR EARTH HEALING AND ASCENSION

Music, chants and meditation for world peace, harmony and earth healing can help us in manifesting an ascended reality. Here are a few CDs and links for sound healing and music therapy that can help in attuning us with our multidimensional self and awaken our higher consciousness:

  1. World Peace and Harmony LULALI song by Master Sha has been acclaimed to reduce violence, wars and crime, and promote better well-being and success in various schools, offices and communities around the world. You can download various free resources such as CD covers, lyrics in various languages and mp3/wav files FREE DOWNLOADS: https://lovepeaceharmony.org/resources/ 

2. Georgie Deyn’s Angelic Harmony Therapy and Seraphisa Music present wonderful angelic music and original songs with beautiful vocals for healing and ascension through their albums Heavens, Pure Presence and Mystical.

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3. Laurence Levy’s original songs with wonderful acoustic music and vocals help raise awareness towards higher dimensions with albums such as Another Dimension and Celestial Sun with contributions from Larry Davids on lead guitar and Hannah Robertson and Gerda Fominaite on backup vocals.

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4. The Schumann Resonances are frequencies of earth that can help us come into tune with peaceful and calm vibrations of nature. More On: http://www.earthbreathing.co.uk/sr.htm

5. Guided Meditation for Chakra awakening, Earth Healing and Ascension by Swati Prakash with Solfeggio Tones in the background

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Seven Ways to Raise the Image of the Divine Feminine

The Divine Feminine has regained its importance in the global arena of spiritual awakening. While western countries are seeing a steady collapse of patriarchal religious systems, women in eastern nations are also fighting against their rampant rape and abuse. What we truly need is to awaken the goddess within ourselves as the divine feminine or creative power in each one of us, regardless of gender or belief. Here are a few ways we can achieve that.

  1. Goddess as Empowered Feminine and not just Idols: Hordes of people in many states of India immerse larger than life goddess idols in water to celebrate Navratri each year after praying to these idols including Saraswati, Laxmi, Kali and the nine forms of Durga, in the hope of wish-fulfillment for career, relationships, protection and so on. It is indeed ironic that India is also a country notorious for rape and domestic abuse as depicted in the awareness campaign through images commissioned by Save the Children and Save the Sisters.  Instead of merely worshiping the goddess as a celestial or heavenly figure of religious belief, we can begin to see the goddess as nature and the power within all of us. When we flood our eco-system with garbage including idols in water-bodies we are not really serving the goddess or pleasing the divine feminine in any manner. Depictions of the goddess too need to transform to those that are self-empowering and not merely based on cultural stereotypes of domesticated feminine. (Img courtesy India Today).goddess_all_660_090613011540
  2. Acceptance of Menstruation and Feminine Physiology: The idea of feminine periodic cycles and reproductive process as something painful or shameful has been promoted in western texts such as the Bible where God is said to have denounced women as ‘unclean’ during periods and cursed Eve with labor pain. However the practice of regarding women as unclean during menstruation has been followed even in temples of India and Thailand. Male and female devotees of lord Ayappa have been vehemently protesting the supreme court verdict allowing females of menstrual age to visit the Sabrimala temple in Kerala, India. Some stories describe how the celibate lord could be ‘distracted’ by menstrual women between 10 to 50 years of age in order to keep menstruating women away, while some people in India believe menstruation to be impure as a basis of the restriction upon female visitors to many temples. There is a temple dedicated to worship of ‘the bleeding goddess’ Kamakhya in Assam, India, where ironically women are not allowed to enter during periods.  Perhaps women should simply reject such systems that condone their menstruation by respecting themselves and nature as divine.kamakhyawomen
  3. Virginity versus Higher Consciousness: The notion that a woman is holiest when she is a virgin is popularized in most patriarchal faiths, especially the Bible that notes that the Son of God was born miraculously of the ‘sinless’ Virgin Mary.  Feminine sexuality and sinfulness might have been equated in such faiths, however virginity is also highly desirable when it comes to sex and marriage with the Koran promising male Muslim faithfuls the pleasures of ravenous mating with several virgins in heaven, and the Bible being replete with references of very young virgins being sought after for marriage. In-fact a woman accused of not being a virgin at the time of marriage could be stoned to death according to Deuteronomy 22:13 by the men of the city if her parents could not produce evidence in front of the elders at the city gates of blood collected from the hymen on a cloth after the first night of intercourse. These archaic notions that prize a woman’s virginity as if she were an object of sexual consumption and treat her as ‘defiled’ if not a virgin need to have no place in society with focus instead on inner awakening and higher consciousness for both men and women as equals.virgin church72-houris
  4. Shiva-Shakti as Consciousness within us: Shiva is traditionally shown as the ultimate super-consciousness and creator yet visualized primarily in masculine form. The feminine as ‘his Shakti’ or power of nature whom Shiva controls like the Ganges in his hair is sometimes seen as the outer universe and not as higher consciousness. In ancient texts such as Vigyan Bhairava Tantra, lord Bhairava gives his gems of superior cosmic knowledge to the goddess Bhairavi to clear her ‘doubts’. Images such as these seem to promote a belief that feminine is usually the unconscious, receptive, passive or submissive self who needs to ‘respect’ the masculine and learn from masculine versions of god. Masculine superiority in the garb of tantra can often lead to sexual exploitation of female disciples in the name of ‘shakti’ while male gurus become the powerful ‘shiva’ figures of today. We need more female gurus as enlightened masters guiding our world into ascension, so that the feminine is not seen only as the phallus worshiping ‘sexual energy’ in tantra but as the super-consciousness within us. We need to be our own Shiva and our own Shakti regardless of the gender we were born in, instead of confirming to divine masculine or feminine stereotypes. lord-shiva-hd-wallpapers-1080p-6
  5. Independent Women and not merely Devoted Wife: In many images Mahalaxmi is depicted as massaging the feet of Mahavishnu as he sleeps and dreams up the universes. Goddesses such as Sita and Sati have burnt in fire to prove their love and purity to their husbands in this complex religious matrix that exonerates the image of ‘sati-savitri’ (virtuous wife) who regard husbands as ‘pati-parmeshwar’ (supreme lord). Religious images seem to confirm the notion of a devoted wife and mother who serves her master or lord with utmost sincerity. Few would depict the goddess as a self-realized master of herself. Independence and free will are not always a virtue of the goddesses who have been used to receiving roles of carers, supporters and consorts. We need to transform the image of the feminine to one of true inner power and personal independence. (Img http://www.hinduwebsite.com)vishnu-01sati-pratha
  6. Female Masters and not just Masculine Gurus: Images of male yogis, masters, sadhus, high-profile gurus, and saints, adorn our timelines with fewer feminine figures in the limelight. Men with beards, turbans and saffron robes are always in the forefront leading thousands of people in ‘satsangas’ and meditation groups. Women while being leaders in every professional front are yet to be seen as ‘gurus’ in major ways, although there are many who might be coming to the forefront slowly, yet most of these have been disciples and devotees of male gurus.nityaDayaMata
  7. Feminine Depictions of Angels and Ascended Masters: We are used to seeing a lot of masculine ascended masters in literature and published works, including names such as Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Mahavtar Babaji and the ‘great white brotherhood’ of the new-age including Sananda, Ashtar and Sanat Kumara with the female masters being primarily Mother Mary and a few feminine deities of mythology. Similarly Archangels are usually depicted as male with feminine twin-flames for some of the qualities and traits they resonate with, for example Archangel Michael with Archeia Faith. Instead we need to see Angels and Archangels as gender-free energies of our higher self and the Archeias as their inner qualities that help us awaken to the higher levels of consciousness. We need to recognize ascended masters as our ascended self regardless of gender by seeing them in either masculine or feminine forms instead of as primarily male, for example we can envision Buddha or Christ energy in female form too.

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