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Duality, Eurocentrism and Spiritual Practice

Wed ,07/08/2013

The Duality of it All

Our reality is filtered through our minds. Our mental states and thought forms highly define who we are, and what we create from our world. It may be said that our minds project our reality. This concept was captured by the old axiom and Hermetic principle that states, “As above, so below. As below, so above.” An Alchemist would also understand that to mean, “As within, so without. As without, so within.” Or, “As the macrocosm, so the microcosm. As the microcosm, so the macrocosm.” Much could be said about these principles, however I want to jump to the underlying principle of the binding of supposed polarities into one. That is the Great Work of an Alchemist, to unify duality and seek the Prima Materia*. (more…)

A Way of Protest

Wed ,22/09/2010

People have found many diverse, if not creative, ways to protest throughout the centuries. A few ways that readily come to mind are green-peace enthusiasts chaining themselves onto trees; individuals starving themselves; the devoted Buddhist setting himself on fire. And of course, we have protests that have literally changed the course of history! For example, the women’s rights protests by feminist movements from the 18th to 20th centuries. From this example we can clearly see that something positive may come forth from protests, to the point of changing society’s social structures, world view and traditions.

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DNA Testing and Racism

Tue ,01/06/2010

It often goes without say that we all think differently and process information in our own unique way. As do scientists – the people who bring us the information that influence, and may even define, many of our realities.

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Eurocentrism and Gypsies

Mon ,04/01/2010

Eurocentrism and Its Impact on Romani Gypsies

Introduction

In the fifteenth century, the Romani Gypsy people entered Western Europe, en masse (Lee, 2000). They came in peace, seeking amnesty from their torturous travels (Lee, 2000) from the land of Punjabi, India (Nadia & Peter, 1998). Along with the Romani Gypsies came their spirit filled culture (Lee, 2000; Gadalla, 2004). A culture that is one with Devel, the One God (Auken, 1999). A culture that honours the Earth as the giver of all life (ibid; Lee, 2000; Gadalla, 2004). A respecting culture, of all living beings (ibid). The Romany Gypsies have an ancient and timeless culture (Lee, 2000; Gadalla, 2004) that traces its roots to the beginnings of the Egyptian civilisation (Gadalla, 2004; The True Origin of Roma and Sinti). A rudimentary understanding of Ancient Egypt will reveal that it is considered a highly civilised culture (Auken, 1999), as is the culture of the Romani Gypsy (Gadalla, 2004). Federico Garcia Lorca, “in commenting on the significance of the (Egyptian) Romany/Gitano in his poems observed: … the gitano is the most distinguished, profound and aristocratic element in my country, the one that most represents its Way of being and best preserves the fire, the blood and the alphabet of the Andalusian and universal truth” (Gadalla, 2004, underlining mine). Unfortunately, the grandeur of the Romani Gypsy culture has been belittled and stereotyped as a culture of “filthy beggars in rags” (ibid).

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