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Poetry By Kevin & Amber {5} ~ Earth’s Womb

The lullaby of the earth articulates the music of my soul
The winds float my soul across the globe
Shape-shifting through the creatures of the Garden of Eden
The lush green rejuvenates and builds me up
As the soul lays the foundations of creation
The water quenches me and is always there for a cleanse
Purifying dense auric fields into light orb reliefs
The soils ground me because that’s where I begun
Within the womb of the earth
Within the tomb of the earth.

~By Kevin {KevinKinge} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~

The Human Family Crash Course Series {10} ~ Angels {1} ~ Angels In Mythology & Religion

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our tenth topic is focused on «Angels». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” ~ Tennessee Williams, Conversations with Tennessee Williams

“For truly we are all angels temporarily hiding as humans.” ~ Brian Weiss

Guardian angels are spiritual guides that can help you navigate your adventures here on Earth. You can think of them as divine life coaches, once you start to get to know your guardian angels, it will become much easier to sense their presence and recognize when they send you guidance.

Angels are heavenly beings which have been a pillar in many religions and serve as messengers of God. Some believe that angels are here to guard and protect us. Usually shown as human figures with wings and dressed in long, flowing robes, angels are some of the most recognizable figures throughout the world. They are known for their purity and virtue. For many, angels bring them comfort during troubling or fearful times. There are countless stories of angels visiting the earth and protecting or guiding humans, perhaps saving the human from death. Angels have always been a part of religion. They function as a source of comfort for many and are mentioned throughout both the Old and New Testament several times. Angels are a creation of God and serve many purposes, both in heaven and on the earth.

Orders & Types Of Angels As Per The General Understanding In Christian Mythology 

There are nine orders of angels, all of which give us a little insight into their purpose and duties.

Seraphim

Seraphim is the name given to the highest order of angels. They sit before God’s throne and praise him. They are said to have three sets of wings, one which covers their faces, another which covers their feet, and the last set used for flying.

Cherubim

Cherubim are the second highest order of angels. They are assumed to be manlike in appearance and guardians of God’s glory. The New Testament says that they will be attendants during the Apocalypse. Today, they are known in the Catholic religion as having an intimate knowledge of God.

Thrones

The Thrones are a unique group of angels. They can be found in an area of the cosmos where they help other lower groups of angels access God. They are known for their humility, drive for peace, and complete submission to God.

Dominions

Dominions regulate and supervise the actions of other angels. They are known as the commands of God and also the Angels of Leadership.

Virtues

Virtues control the elements. They control nature, including the seasons, skies, and the sun. They are in charge of miracles and promote courage and grace. They are sometimes known as the Shining Ones.

Powers

Powers fight evil and protect both humans and the cosmos. They are known as Warrior Angels and fight the evil spirts who want to destroy humans and their spirits. The name of the leader is either Camael or Samael, who is an angel of darkness.

Archangels

Archangels are some of the more recognizable angels. Many know of Michael and Ezekiel, though there are seven in total. They are the most frequently mentioned orders of angels in the Bible and have delivered God’s message in some of the most famous biblical stories.

Principalities

The Principalities are a unique order of angels. In the New Testament, they were described as a metaphysical being but they are now considered to be hostile to both humans and God.

Family

Angels do not marry or have families. They are creations of God and do not have traditional parents. They also do not have children. But they do live in units, which might be recognizable by humans as families.

Appearance

The mental image most have of angels isn’t entirely accurate. While the large wings, golden halos, and long, flowing gowns are synonymous with angels, there are no Biblical descriptions of what angels really look like. Angels are classified as spirit beings. They don’t have a physical form. They do take up space, so they do have a form. It’s just not known what their description is. However, the Bible does say that there are several variations of angelic forms, both in heaven and on the earth. Angels are said to work in dimensions overlapping our physical existence.

Symbology

There are many symbols associated with angels, some which are designated to special types of angels. For example, angel outlines, such as those found in clouds, are associated with guardian angels. Wings also are linked to guardian angels, along with swords. Pennies have become a symbol of angels. Many believe that angels leave pennies behind for humans as a sign of their concern. Feathers are said to symbolize blessings from angels. Halos are also a common symbol, typically included in costumes. Many believe that angels don’t necessarily have halos, but instead emit an aura that’s brighter than the human eye can recognize.

Angels In Other Mythologies & Religions 

There are a substantial number of different variations of angels, most notably in Christian mythology, which has a complex hierarchy of angels. Many people believe that religions which include angels owe the presence of angels in their faith to Zoroastrianism, where a complex and varied cast of angels and demons plays an important role in religious faith. In any case, angels are generally viewed as divine beings who enjoy the blessings of God, acting as intermediaries between Gods and men. In Islam, angels are known as “malaaikah” and are thought to have no free will. Beliefs about angels are surprisingly consistent across many cultures. This creates an interesting dichotomy, as demons in Muslim mythology do have free will, which allows them to defy God and engage in a number of unsanctioned activities. Many other religions have some beliefs about benevolent or friendly spirits, although they may not be known as angels. Just as there is a universal idea to explain evil with the use of demons, the widespread belief in friendly spirits seems to suggest a desire to know that there are heavenly figures to look after us on Earth, even if we cannot interact with them directly. For example, they are often linked with fire and light, suggesting both the wrath of God and the light of faith. They are often visually depicted with wings and halos, and they are generally believed to be quite beautiful, although they are supposedly invisible to humans. Many, if not, most religions also include the concept of a guardian angel, who looks after people and guides them through their lives.

Angels have been depicted and conceptualised in many ways throughout our ancestral line, how do you see these divine beings? Do you believe these divine beings exist?

Feel free to let us know below your thoughts on angels in religion and mythology below..

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {10} ~ Angels {9} ~ Healing Your Inner Child

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.” ~ Jim Henson

“Let us listen to the needs of our inner child that is being tamed and imprisoned by the rules of a grown-up world.” ~ Erik Pevernagie

I hear you ask “What is inner child work?” Inner-child work is a transformative tool for healing from psychological trauma, dysfunctional patterns, and self-harming behaviours. The inner-child is not a literal child, it is a metaphorical “little you”. The inner-child part of your psyche that is still childlike, innocent, and full of wonder. World-renowned psychologist Carl Jung originated the “Divine Child” archetype, while Art therapist Lucia Capacchione initiated the movement toward  “reparenting” our inner-child in the 1970s. Family Systems Therapist Virginia Satir was known to conduct “parts parties” in her group sessions, which involved having each individual call forth their own inner-archetypes ranging from the inner-child, the mother, the judge, the fool and so on. She recognized that human beings are multi-dimensional and discovered that by working with and integrating all of our unique parts, we can heal and deepen in self-awareness.

By connecting with our inner-child, we gain access to wisdom in our unhealed wounds, and the needs that may not have been met when we were actually children. Then, “reparenting” becomes the process of meeting those needs and practicing self-care so we can operate in the world as happy, functional adults.

Susan Anderson, the author of “the Journey from Abandonment to Healing” elucidates the layers of inner-child work in 3 parts – the Inner-Child, the Outer-Child and the Adult Self. 

Inner-Child

The “little you” – tender, emotional. Your inner-child is the innocent part of you, this is all about feelings and your primal needs.

~Vulnerable and innocent

~Deep feeling and sensitivity

~Curious, creative and playful

~Craves love, recognition, and validation

~Desires connection and safety

~Open-minded

~Total in expression – be it anger, sadness, joy

Outer-Child

Responsible for self-defeating behaviours, self-sabotage. The outer child responds to the inner-child and can over-protect by acting out.

~Self-defeating behaviours.

~Loss of control over behaviour and reactions.

~Uncalibrated in the expression of anger.

~Impatient and impulsive.

~Self-centered and focused on having needs met.

~Sabotages your inner-growth and fights change.

~Over-protects inner-child by pushing love away.

Wounded Inner-Child

~Reaction to emotional or psychological neglect.

~A deep-seated belief that you are broken.

~Fear of abandonment and loss of love.

~Insecure and low-self esteem.

~Loss of self in an attempt to gain approval from others.

~Fearful of setting boundaries or saying “no”.

~Seeking instant-gratification through substances, shopping, distraction, and procrastination.

Integrated Adult

When a healthy dialogue has formed between inner-child {“little me”} and adult self.

~Connected to body sensations and emotions.

~Can identify and clearly communicate emotions.

~Able to identify needs and make requests without anger or over-reaction.

~Remains true to self even in conflict.

~Self-honoring and able to set boundaries.

~Gives space to inner-child to have big feelings without shutting them down.

~Practices self-love and self-care.

~Continously working on transforming the thought patterns that had become a habit and re-train the brain into immediately loving your inner child as a natural instinct.

How to Connect to Your Inner-Child

~Body-scan, tune into your physical sensations. Connecting to your inner child requires that you go inward, rather than seeking distraction in times of emotional intensity and turbulence.

~Close your eyes and visualize “little you”, form a dialogue. Ask questions like “what are you feeling, what do you need right now?”

~Draw a picture, paint, or make art that reflects your inner-child.

~Write a letter to your inner-child.

~Use mantras such as “you’re safe”, and “I am here to take care of you”.

~Practice setting boundaries and building healthy routines.

~Practice self-care and take care of yourself as if you are your own parent, this is re-parenting. 

~Take a moment to feel your feelings, and then take action when you are calm, grounded and stable. Feet on the ground.

I’ll love you and leave you with this following quote, let us know how you love and re-parent your inner child below! 

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kidergarten. Then wen you hit puberty they take te crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on agebra, history, ect. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.” ~ Hugh MacLeod

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {9} ~ Grounding {5} ~ Meditation For Wholeness

Welcome fellow souls to «The Human Family Crash Course Series», a project collaborated by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our ninth topic is focused on «Grounding». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

“How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow? I must have a dark side also If I am to be whole.” ~ C.G. Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Perhaps the simplest way to put it is that wholeness is an experience, a process, a journey, and also a trait of your innermost Self. We are dealing with the world of paradox here where two seemingly opposing states can both be true. As humans, we are innately flawed, imperfect, and ‘broken.’ Yet at the same time, we contain within us a deeper essence (that goes beyond the ego) that is whole and complete. Can you see the paradox here? Wholeness is a trait of your innermost Being and therefore, it’s also an experience you can have in moments of silence, stillness, contemplation, and present moment awareness. Furthermore, wholeness is a process and therefore a journey because in order to experience it, we need to slowly dismantle the layers shrouding that inner whole core.

Did you know that wholeness and holiness are connected? Holy comes from the Old English word hālig, which means “whole, healthy, entire, and complete.” So to be whole means to be holy. Wholeness is holiness and this is why when we have a direct experience of our wholeness it tends to feel like a mystical experience of awe, gratitude, love, and reverie.

Meditation For Wholeness 

Now find a comfortable seated position and close your eyes. Begin by bringing your awareness to your breath. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice the quality of your breath – whether your breath is deep or shallow, fast or slow. Bring your breath to a comforting rhythm. Take a few moments to bring yourself to your body and to the present moment with your breath. Imagine with your out breath all that burdens you birthed out into the air to dissipate and with the in breath imagine divine white light entering your vessel to cleanse your body. 

Now use your imagination, your mind’s eye, and imagine a leaf in your hand. Notice the size, the shape, the weight, the texture of the leaf. Reflect on how this small leaf contains the life force of a mighty oak tree. Reflect on how tough and resilient this small leaf must be in order to survive the fall to the ground, the elements of sun, rain, wind, or snow, and the animals and bugs that will try to consume it. Just like an leaf that has everything it needs to decompose into the earth once more, you have everything within you to become your full self. Inside of yourself is a whole and complete you that has always been there. It is the wise and resilient part of you that may have become hidden or obscured by the darkness of life, waiting for the right moment to crack open and emerge. See if you can look into yourself now and find that seed, that life force. Allow yourself to touch it, to feel it, to hold on to it and be grounded by it. Allow yourself to give it the care, nurture, and patience that it needs to unfold into your mighty self.

Now come back to the awareness of your eternal and guiding breath. We will leave the image of the leaf for now. You can come back to this imagery whenever you need to. Notice yourself breathing in and breathing out. Notice if anything has changed for you since the beginning of this activity. Continue meditating for prefered. Now gently open your eyes and bring yourself back to this room.  

We hope this meditation will help you on your journey to finding the wholeness within. Let us know what types of meditations aid you..

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {8} ~ Death {5} ~ Suicide

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our eighth topic is focused on «Death». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“I didn’t want to wake up. I was having a much better time asleep. And that’s really sad. It was almost like a reverse nightmare, like when you wake up from a nightmare you’re so relieved. I woke up into a nightmare.” ~ Ned Vizzini, It’s Kind of a Funny Story

“Did you really want to die?”

“No one commits suicide because they want to die.”

“Then why do they do it?”

“Because they want to stop the pain.” ~ Tiffanie DeBartolo, How to Kill a Rock Star

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” ~ Nietzsche

Many of us have been to a dark place in our lives, sometimes one describes it as the depths of hell or the abyss. Maybe you’ve contemplated suicide before. Now you’ve read these quotes, what is suicide? 

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Suicidal feelings can mean having abstract ideational thoughts about ending your life or feeling that people would be better off without you. Or it can mean thinking about methods of suicide or making clear plans to take your own life.

Thinking about suicide is scary for many. You may have strong feelings that are hard to deal with. You may feel like things will never be better, but you are not alone. Many people think about suicide. Thinking about suicide does not mean that you will do it. It does not mean that you are “going crazy.” Thinking about suicide is often a sign that you want to escape from pain or suffering or both.

A Spiritual View On Suicide 

I came across a Channelling by Rob Schwartz which I hope will enlighten you on this topic.

“It is an event planned by the soul.

In the Suicide chapter in Your Soul’s Gift, I share the story of Carolyn, whose only child Cameron committed suicide shortly after he graduated from high school. Carolyn and I had a channeling session in which we spoke with Jeshua (Jesus).

Jeshua began by telling us that suicide is never planned prior to birth as a certainty, but it is often planned as a possibility and sometimes as a high probability, as was the case with Cameron.

In other words, Cameron knew that he was taking on so much in this lifetime that a suicide was likely.

One of the difficulties Cameron had while in his body was that chronic depression blocked his capacity to feel love for his family.

Jeshua tells us:

“While physically alive he could not feel his love for them anymore. When dead he realized the full extent of his love, and from the soul’s perspective this was a great breakthrough. The suicide forced change upon Cameron, and in his case it worked out well. It was a turning point for his soul.”

This is a radical yet powerfully healing perspective. Our society views suicide as perhaps the ultimate failure, and yet Jeshua tells us that from the soul’s perspective it can be a blessing.

As souls our highest intention is to give and receive love. While in body Cameron was unable to feel, and therefore unable to express, the great love he held in his heart for his family.

Now, in the nonphysical realm, he feels that love intensely, and for his soul that feeling is a triumph.

Suicide is not a sin, but an outlet. In addition to viewing suicide as a failure, we also tend to see it as a sin.

Yet in the conversation with Carolyn, Jeshua tells us:

“From a spiritual perspective, there are no acts that are absolutely wrong or sinful. The deepest act of self-betrayal can lead someone into a state of inner clarity that may help forever. The darkest point may become the starting point for a new direction toward light. You see, spiritual evolution does not proceed in a linear fashion. It uses the polarities of light and dark to create dynamics and change.

“In saying this I wish to take away the traditional judgment about suicide, that it is the gravest sin. God or Spirit does not feel that way. God has the greatest compassion for people who take their lives in despair. There is always help available for them on the other side. They are never abandoned.”

Through the medium, we also spoke directly with Cameron, who confirmed that indeed he was not abandoned.

Upon returning to spirit, he was greeted by loving guides, who nurtured and supported him through a process of emotional healing and through some very difficult conversations with Carolyn which occurred in her sleep state.

Importantly, and contrary to what some religions teach, Cameron told us that he was never punished in any way for having taken his life. He did not go to some sort of “Hell,” nor did he wander endlessly in a limbo state.

Instead, he briefly experienced some confusion and disorientation when he first crossed over (as he had been confused and disoriented when he committed suicided), but he quickly saw his guides, who escorted him “Home.”

You cannot blame yourself. And what of Carolyn’s healing? Since Carolyn has no memory of her pre-birth plan – just as most of us don’t – she quite naturally felt that she had failed Cameron.

She was filled with guilt and self-blame, wondering what she could have done to prevent her son’s suicide.

In response to those feelings, Jeshua shares with us one of the most important, startling, and powerful pieces of information I’ve come across in my research.

He tells us, “Every suicide preventable by outside forces was indeed prevented.”

What he meant is that if the suicidal person has the slightest openness to changing their mind, the Universe will stage an intervention.

It could be something as simple as a bird flying by and distracting the person, or something as dramatic as an angel assuming human form and physically interceding.

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, know this: There was literally nothing you could have done to save them. You are not to blame. You are not at fault. You did not fail them. Therein rests your healing. Therein lays your peace.”

There are many spiritual texts suggesting that suicide will indicate that the soul will only have to come back and repeat the lessons the soul needed to learn to ascend in it’s evolution. Many spiritual writings talk of the soul wandering in limbo after the shock of the suicide and eventually that soul will be guided home to the light by their guides or angels. Whatever the case, from the Eagle-eyed view of God, from a higher perspective, all is a blessing for soul growth and expansion, even though it may be hard to see. Ultimately we don’t know what will happen after death, however we can take these messages as we shall.

How To Aid A Suicidal Soul

Many people feel like they are all alone with their painful feelings. Listening shows them that they are not alone. You do not have to say much at all. You just have to be there for them. Here are some important things to remember ~

~Take the other person seriously. They are in pain and they need help.

~Show the other person that you are a good person to talk to. Do not judge them or make fun of them.

~Trust is very important. Do not make promises that you cannot keep.

~Show that you understand they have a serious problem. Do not give advice like, “cheer up” or “pull yourself together.”

~Say things like, “You are really important to me” or, “I don’t want you to die.” You can also say, “It makes sense that you feel like you do, but I can help you find other solutions.”

If you’re having suicidal thoughts please contact a helpline in your country who can offer you a listening ear or talk to your friends and family. You’re never alone, remember that. Sometimes extending your hand for help will save your life. 

Feel free to leave your thoughts on suicide below.. 

Source ~ https://blog.sivanaspirit.com/souls-plan-spiritual-meaning-suicide/

~Amber {DiosRaw}

The Human Family Crash Course Series {8} ~ Death {3} ~ Out Of Body & Near-Death Experiences

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our eighth topic is focused on «Death». Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

“The Universe is constantly speaking to us, and as soon as we learn to understand that language, life blossoms like the most exquisite flower.” ~ Katherine Plant, The Place Between Here and There: A True and Beautiful Near Death Experience

“Beyond that time {NDE}, that innate fear of death we all seem to be born with just vanished.” ~ Craig Darling 

Out Of Body Experience

Have you ever felt as though your sense of awareness was outside of your physical body? That you were looking back at yourself from another place in the same room? If so, you’ve probably had an out-of-body experience (OBE). But not all OBEs are the same.

An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE) is a phenomenon in which a person perceives the world from a location outside their physical body.

Research suggests OBEs are more common than we might think, with around 10% of the population having reported at least one such experience in their lifetime. Some people experience their usual physical surroundings from a different spatial perspective; others report travelling out of their body to dream realms and different dimensions via their astral body.

According to accounts from people who’ve experienced them, they generally involve ~

~A feeling of floating outside your body

~An altered perception of the world, such as looking down from a height

~The feeling that you’re looking down at yourself from above

~A sense that what’s happening is very real

~OBEs typically happen without warning and usually don’t last for very long

If you have a neurological condition, such as epilepsy, you may be more likely to experience OBEs, and they may happen more frequently. But for many people, an OBE will happen very rarely, maybe only once in a lifetime.

Experts have linked several medical and mental health conditions to OBEs, including ~

~Epilepsy

~Migraine

~Cardiac arrest

~Brain injuries

~Depression

~Anxiety

~Guillain-Barré syndrome

~Dissociative disorders, particularly depersonalization-derealization disorder, can involve frequent feelings or episodes where you seem to be observing yourself from outside your body.

Sleep paralysis, a temporary state of waking paralysis that occurs during REM sleep and often involves hallucinations, has also been noted as a possible cause of OBEs. Research suggests many people who have OBEs with a near-death experience also experience sleep paralysis. Some people report having an OBE while under the influence of anesthesia. Other substances, including marijuana, ketamine, or hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD, can also be a factor in generating the out or body state.

OBEs might also be induced, intentionally or accidentally, by ~

~Hypnosis or meditative trance

~Brain stimulation

~Dehydration or extreme physical activity

~Electric shock

~Sensory deprivation

Near-Death Experience {NDE}

Near-Death Experiences are intensely vivid and often life-transforming experiences, many of which occur under extreme physiological conditions such as trauma, ceasing of brain activity, deep general anesthesia or cardiac arrest in which no awareness or sensory experiences of any kind should be possible according to the prevailing views in neuroscience. A near-death experience, or NDE, is a common pattern of events that many people experience when they are experiencing intense threat, are seriously ill or come close to death.

Although NDEs vary from one person to another, they often include such features as the following ~ 

~Feeling very comfortable and free of pain

~A sensation of leaving the body, sometimes

~Being able to see the physical body while floating above it

~The mind functioning more clearly and more rapidly than us

~A sensation of being drawn into a tunnel or darkness

~A brilliant light, sometimes at the end of the tunnel

~A sense of overwhelming peace, well-being, or absolute, unconditional love

~A sense of having access to unlimited knowledge

~A “life review,” or recall of important events in the past

~A preview of future events yet to come

~Encounters with deceased loved ones, or with other beings that may be identified as

~Religious figures

While these features are commonly reported, many NDEs differ from this pattern and include other elements. For example, some near-death experiences may be frightening or distressing rather than peaceful. 

Out of body and near-death experiences can be profoundly enlightening for the individual, many have spiritual experiences which change their horizon of perceptions, lose their fear of death and have deep transformations in their belief systems based on what is experienced.

Let us know below if you’ve had an out of body or near-death experience.

~Amber {DiosRaw}

Poetry By Anna & Amber {1} ~ Interstellar

We nursed those
pixelated lilies
back to
WordPress life

Time
travelling
the technicolor
cyberspace

Birthing
new data nova
blossoming
ripples

The way our
readers would
love them to sway
and rhyme

Forever
poetically
entwined like
old ‘net souls,

Smelling them,
after one hell
of a poet hard
day’s night

Those petals
never smelled so
beautiful, their aroma,
yet untouched

Frozen
in the liquid
space of
virtual landscapes

Traceable
as textured
blogging
stanzas

Scented like
miniature
screen
snowdrops,

With concealing
yet revealing
online veils and,

O
frail and
pixelated
lilies,

interstellar.

~By Anna {VintageBlack} & Amber {DiosRaw}

~If you’d like to collaborate, feel free to find my email on this blog’s connect page.~

The Human Family Crash Course Series {7} ~ Magic {10} ~ Black/White Magic

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and dios-raw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our seventh topic is focused on «Magic». Each topic will have ten posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

Before the Renaissance and the new acceptance of magic, there was the ruling Roman empire. All magic was rejected by Rome and its followers and thus magic entered into Europe on a negative note. It wasn’t until the 13th century, the beginning of the Renaissance, that people began to look at magic in a new light. Being that “renaissance” means rebirth or revival, it seems fitting that the rejection of magic was slowly diminishing. The study of magic was, in fact, being actively encouraged. The people of the renaissance began to believe that if the relationship between humans and the supernatural was strengthened it would be largely beneficial to human life.

White magic is magic used to do good in the world. This new practice was used to further Christianity, as Christianity was presumed to be the ultimate good for everyone at the time. Much of what is believed of magic is based upon religion; paganism or primitive religions seem to better describe what some think of as magic and to equate magic with a miracle would even offend some. With the pre-renaissance fear of magic (paganism) greatly diminished and magic (as miracles or phenomena) becoming something able to contribute to Christianity, any person gifted in white magic (called a magus) became highly respected and revered (Jones). It was believed that a magus was a master of techniques that could bring a human soul closer to God and the more ancient the magic was, the more powerful it must be.

Magic and science will always be at odds. The goal of science is to come up with rational explanations for supposed mysteries. Naturally, some of the mysteries that science attempts to solve are what Christianity deems miracles (magic). The line between the two blurs mainly in an effort to define what magic falls under black magic and what magic (white magic) can be used to further Christianity. Black magic is generally defined as the use of spirits to effect events in the world . It is used solely for the advancement of one person, the practitioner, and thus did not fall into the moral category of Christianity. It is a commandment breaking practice because of the requirement to pray to spirits other than God. Ultimately the rise of magic, though blurred in places, depended entirely upon the churches’ preservation of magic that might serve it.

According to Flint, the general belief was that magic was acceptable and even wonderful if it had some effect that would advance the church or cure illness. This is not to say that everyone of the time approved of magic. There were still people who operated on the theory that all magic has the potential to turn evil and become uncontrollable. These people generally believed that magic should be destroyed, some even went as far as saying that magi (practitioners of magic) were a product of the union of mother and son and therefore must be inherently evil. Not all of the fear of magic had dissipated yet, the lines between black and white were still blurred. How was it possible to know for sure who practiced what kinds of magic of who had what abilities?

Despite the leftover fear of magic from the Roman Empire, the Renaissance was a time for rebirth and discovery and among the many important happenings in this period of time was theatre. This was the time in which Shakespeare lived and wrote and it is evident in his plays. Perhaps Shakespeare was trying to suggest that you never really know people. Maybe it was a subtle reminder that the person standing next to you in the audience of the Globe could be secretly practicing black magic and you should probably NOT push him out of your way. It could be that he was just inspired by the general excitement of the Renaissance and wasn’t thinking one way or the other about what kind of magic was being practiced, perhaps he was just enjoying writing and didn’t care.

Whatever Shakespeare may have been thinking while writing this play, whatever his veiled intentions (if any) were, this play is just another prime example of how magic was slowly accepted into the culture, be it black or white, and in a way became general knowledge. It was known that black magic was the use of spirits to effect events, and it was known (in truth or superstition) how to ward oneself against them. Magi were revered as practitioners of white magic because they were closer to God and knew ways to help others achieve that closeness and security.

Which magic is right, I do not know, I will leave that to the reader’s – Your discretion. Hope you find this article informative.

Reference :
Flint, Valerie. The Rise of magic in Early Medieval Europe. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1990. Print.
Jones, Thomas O. Renaissance Magic and Hermeticism in the Shakespeare Sonnets; Like Prayers Divine. Vol. 9. Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen, Ltd., 1995. Print.
Mebane, John S. Renaissance Magic and the Return of the Golden Age. Nebraska: University of Nebraska, 1989. Print.

~Garima {Empress2Inspire}

Poetry By Anushka & Amber {1} ~ You Are The Guru You Are Seeking

Love is cradling the guru you are seeking within,
Love is knowing before the known,
Love is the bravery of the heart triumphing over the hesitation of the mind;
Love dances in multiple forms.

Love is all-encompassing
Love is divine and pure
Love may torment and wound
But it itself is the cure.

Love transcends yet permeates the membranes of the quantum maya realm.

Love is a profound serendipity,
Decked with its salubrity
In all its forms and facets,
Love has its own conviviality,
As love, for love’s sake, transcends mortality.
Love knows no bounds burning up in the bounded boundlessness of the eternal flame..

~By Anushka {AnushkaKhanduri} & Amber {DiosRaw}

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Poetry By Kritika & Amber {4} ~ Artistic Endeavours

Dipping paint tools into his soul, the artist dreams his own projected nature onto his masterpieces; where his solace of silence spurs into a rendition of the conceptual unspoken.

The patient strokes playing the soft tune on a piano, steadily relaxing the unbalanced state; teleporting from the shelf of chaos to the tranquility of the calm sea.

Replicating the transience of human form onto easels, vending his zeal to maintain a living modality; dreaming up contours and placed betwixt the light and his canvas, so that his shadow is cast upon his endeavours. Painting
is perceived as his poetic therapy, exuberating language espoused through various mediums.

A rhyme dipped in paints of varied hues falls on the blank canvas like the autumn leaves falling on the earth which embraces each with pleasure. The poet, thus, contemplates his feelings, sculpting each in variations mirroring exactly as the heart conveys.

Dwelling, soaking and bathing
in the waters of the art of simplicity, the ultimate form of sophistication; capturing complex concepts into a multiplex of words detonating onto trees shaved into paper by the cogs of society for the use of human artists internationally. Entanglements of the
etheric cosmic mind images into third dimensional reality manifestation.

Years of scrutinized engagements, on display the embroidery of his feelings in different types of threads from soft to hard spread widely on the cloth of life.

Inspiration soaks up the dew of consciousness embodying the material of the originator. An antenna receiving signals; sweating, blowing up ingenuity, fuses crackle overwhelmed by sensory inventiveness. The artist mirrored in his piece, revealing wonders of the soul marinated withininnovation, gazes awe stricken in their own image.

Wiping the salty mist on forehead, the content creator with the confidence of a monarch stands.To the unknown world, his eyes speak of the vibrant colours of rainbow and stature, his artistry.

~Kritika {ValorousBird} & Amber {DiosRaw}

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