White Tara, Bodhisattva of Compassion by Julie Loar

White Tara, Bodhisattva of Compassion by Julie Loar

White Tara, “She of the White Lotus,” is one of the manifestations of the Great Goddess Tara, who originated in India as a Hindu goddess.  Tara has 108 names and many aspects or qualities.  Her worship extended into Buddhism, and she is the most revered female Bodhisattva in Buddhism.  Tara’s name means “star” in Sanskrit and also “She Who Brings Forth Life.”  As the star is seen as a beautiful but perpetually self-combusting thing, so Tara is perceived at her core as the absolute, unquenchable hunger that propels all life. Tara is by far the most popular deity in the Tibetan pantheon.  A bodhisattva is one who is able to reach nirvana but chooses instead to delay this blissful reward out of compassion to aid others who still suffer.

Tara is worshipped throughout Tibet, Nepal and South-East Asia. She is known as the “mother of liberation,” and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements. In Japan she is known as Tarani Bosatsu. Her tantric meditation practice is used by practitioners of the Tibetan branch of Vajrayana Buddhism to develop certain inner qualities and understand outer, inner and secret teachings about compassion and emptiness. White Tara is a three-eyed goddess of the day who is pictured with the wheel of time on her chest.  She travels across the ocean of existence in a celestial boat and her countenance is filled with love and compassion.  Sometimes she is pictured with seven eyes.  She has a third eye on her forehead and one on each of her hands and feet to symbolize her vigilance and ability to see all the suffering in the world.  “Tara of Seven Eyes” is the form of the goddess popular in Mongolia.

In Hinduism, the Tara, meaning “rescuer” in the feminine gender, is the second of the ten Great Wisdom goddesses. Tara is also known as a saviouress, a heavenly deity who hears the cries of beings experiencing misery in the samsara, or endless cycle of birth, suffering and death of earthly life. The mantra of Tara om tare tuttare ture svaha is the second most common mantra heard in Tibet, after om mani padme hum.

White Tara is sometimes called the Mother of all Buddhas, and she represents the motherly aspect of compassion. Her white color signifies purity, wisdom and truth. Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action, and it is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother’s love. She is richly adorned with jewels and wears silk robes and scarves that leave her slender torso and rounded breasts uncovered in the manner of ancient India. White Tara is believed to help her followers overcome obstacles She also brings longevity, protects travel, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment. The oldest known reference to the goddess Tara is found in an ancient saga of Finland thought to be five thousand years old. The saga speaks of a group known as Tar, Women of Wisdom.

White Tara is shown seated in the diamond lotus position, with the soles of her feet pointed upward. Her posture is one of grace and calm. Her right hand makes what is called the boon-granting gesture, and her left hand is in the protective mudra. White Tara holds an elaborate lotus flower that contains three blooms in her left hand. The first is in seed and represents the past Buddha Kashyapa; the second is in full bloom and symbolizes the present Buddha Shakyamuni; the third is ready to bloom and signifies the future Buddha Maitreya. These three blooms symbolize that Tara is the essence of these three Buddhas.

As Yeshe Dawa, “Moon of Primordial Awareness,” she was a princess from millions of years ago who attained Bodhichitta, the “Awakened Heart.”  She resolved to be reborn only as a woman until all the wounds of humanity would be healed.  As Tara, she will then manifest the supreme bodhi, or spirit of enlightenment, in many world systems yet to unfold.  In Japan, temple bells are rung 108 times at midnight on New Year’s Eve to counteract humanity’s sins.  As the wheel of the seasons starts the cycle of the calendar again, I can set my sites on noble endeavors and vow to serve the greater good.

Based on and excerpts from Goddesses for Every Day © 2010 by Julie Loar.   Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA www.newworldlibrary.com

Personal Dream Dictionary by Julie Loar

Personal Dream Dictionary by Julie Loar

DreamPersonal Dream Dictionary

Symbols are the stuff that dreams are made of, and a good symbol dictionary is an important tool for dream work. Any symbol dictionary is meant to be a guide as the dreamer is the ultimate authority where meaning is concerned. Learning to recognize and listen to the voice of your own intuition is crucial. A good symbol dictionary shows common themes and symbols and is meant to be a starting point.

Symbol dictionaries can be used in at least two ways: decoding symbols in dreams, and gaining additional insight when a particular symbol stands out. A symbol dictionary can also be used as a tool in free association, hypnosis and active imagery techniques. Adding your own personal interpretations and emotional responses is vital to a meaningful understanding.

Because dreams are usually personal but contain both universal and individual symbols, augmenting a more generic symbol dictionary with your own personal Dream Dictionary is a great way to deepen your dream work. You can accumulate the pages of your personal dictionary on sheets of paper that you insert into a binder, an index card file, or as a computer file.  Convenience, accessibility and ease of adding entries in alphabetical order are the key ideas. Make your personal symbol guide a resource you can add to and draw upon frequently. Decorate your Dream Dictionary with pictures, drawings and images.

The important thing is to create something you will feel motivated to interact with. Your Dream Dictionary should become a treasure that beckons. The ongoing activity sends a signal to your subconscious that you’re serious, and then more information will flow into your conscious awareness. Later you can add categories and subdivisions that seem to emerge as special points of focus. An example of ways your Dream Dictionary will expand involves how family members or friends will become personal symbols. Usually if we dream of the parent of the same gender this represents the older wiser part of us. Here the voice of experience speaks. Likewise if we dream of a child of the same gender the message might be that we are acting immaturely in the area the dream addresses. As we look deeper into the characters in our dreams we perceive how we are using the people in our lives to represent facets of ourselves. The more we play with this the more the language of dreams will speak to us.

Relative symbolism

Weather conditions illustrate how our personal feelings impact the meaning of dream symbols. Weather symbolism can reveal the emotional background of the issue. Weather indicates the condition of the emotional nature and the potential for storms or smooth sailing in waking life. As you journal your dream describe the weather. Is it day or night? Is the sun shining or is lightning flashing and thunder crashing? How do you feel about the weather? Do you love the power of a good storm?  Does the sound of thunder excite or terrify you?  Is a rainy day cozy or depressing? Your response is critical.

Another example of how collective and personal symbols can be used together can be illustrated by the signs of the zodiac.  Regardless of our open-mindedness and objectivity we all have biases.  Where our own sign is concerned we may have strong feelings about how to do it “right.” As a result, if a zodiac sign shows up in a dream our feelings about that sign will color and shape what the dream symbol is trying to convey.

What follows, as an illustration, is a positive characteristic of each zodiac sign paired with a more judgment-laden or negative stereotype. If we’re honest, we all fall prey to stereotyping or turning others into caricatures of archetypal energy. Observe your responses or feelings as you read these. Dream symbols give clues to our true feelings and biases if we open our minds to listen.

Aries – active or rash; Taurus – determined or stubborn; Gemini – curious or nosey; Cancer – sensitive or emotional; Leo – proud or arrogant; Virgo – discriminating or nit picky; Libra – balanced or indecisive; Scorpio – passionate or controlling; Sagittarius – generous or spend thrift; Capricorn – ambitious or power hungry; Aquarius – independent or detached; Pisces – compassionate or mushy.

How objective was your response?  You might create an astrology category in your personal Dream Dictionary that will grow as you identify your own response and biases. Then watch for these Sun Sign characters to appear in your dreams.

Julie LoarAbout The Author: Julie Loar is the multiple award-winning author of six books and dozens of articles.  She has a BS in Psychology, has done postgraduate work, and has been certified in numerous professional training and development programs.  Julie was a Human Resources executive in two major corporations, and an independent training consultant, working with large companies.  Her latest book, Goddesses For Every Day:  Exploring the Wisdom & Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World, (available at Satiama) has won three national awards.  Her popular astrology feature appears in ATLANTIS RISING magazine, and she is a featured contributor on John Edward’s web site, InfiniteQuest.com where she has her own internet TV show.  She has traveled to sacred sites around the world, researching the material for her books and teachings.  Each year she leads a sacred journey to Egypt.  Visit her at http://www.julieloar.com

 

Scorpio Goddess — The Spider by Julie Loar

Scorpio Goddess — The Spider by Julie Loar

Scorpio is a fixed water sign that represents the idea of dynamic power.  This potent energy of desire can be used in construction or destruction, death or resurrection, and is characterized by great intensity.  There is a myth that a scorpion will sting itself just for the intense sensation.  Scorpios deal with issues of power.  Tests include temptation relating to the use of power, exercising discipline, and a need to establish emotional control.  Scorpios are reserved, and more happens internally than is expressed on the surface.  This is a path of transforming the desire nature, of tempering a purely physical desire into spiritual aspiration. 

 

Scorpio is the eighth zodiac sign, traditionally represented by a scorpion, which has eight legs.  The Goddess Sign for Scorpio is the Spider, which also has eight legs, and her affirmation is “Every strand in the web of life is connected.”  She is the great weaver who spins all of creation into existence, and creates the literal web of life from her own life force.  In Scorpio, the substance of life is spun out of the spider’s belly, creating the potential for something to manifest.  The Scorpio goddesses include spiders and scorpions as well as goddesses who embody passion, sexuality, healing and themes of death and rebirth. 

 

Spider Woman is a great creation goddess who is still known to Indians as She Who Creates From A Central Source.  Hopi Spider Woman spun threads to form the sacred directions.  Cherokee Grandmother Spider brought the Sun into being and thereby gave humanity the gift of fire.  Spider goddesses are wisdom keepers and are seen to guide those who weave magic with the written word. 

 

Kadru is a Hindu goddess who is the mother of the Nagas, who are a thousand beautiful serpent beings in Hindu myth.  Sesha is the most famous, and his giant coils are thought to turn the mill of life.  The Greek Medusa, whose stare had the power to turn men to stone, was a Gorgon who had snakes for hair.  She was once a beautiful woman who was turned into an ugly hag, representing the ascendancy of the patriarchy and the demonizing of feminine power and wisdom.  I believe “turning into stone” is a clue to the deeper notion of the nature of the wisdom the philosopher’s stone represents.  Yurlunger is the Great Rainbow Serpent, a mammoth copper python, who has a major role in the Aboriginal story of the Wawalag Sisters from Australia.  Egle is a goddess archetype who fell in love with a being who was a serpent god.  Themes of goddesses as serpent beings and dragons are pervasive in myth. 

 

Selket is an Egyptian goddess who is usually depicted as a beautiful woman with a golden scorpion on her head.  During the Sun’s nightly journey through the underworld it is Selket who subdues an evil serpent who tries to block his way. It was said that a scorpion will never bite those who revere her.  Iktoki is a creator goddess of the Miskito people of Nicaragua who is envisioned as a great Mother Scorpion who makes her home in the stars of the Milky Way. 

 

Panacea, whose name means “all healing,” and Hygeia, “health,” were sisters and Greek goddesses of healing.  In some stories they are daughters of the famed healer Asclepius.   To this day, physicians swear the Hippocratic Oath of medicine by the names of Panacea and Hygeia. 

 

The Norse Valkyries were beautiful goddesses who were called “choosers of the slain,”  as they decided who lived and who died in battle.  Their leader was named Brunhilde, which means “victory bringer.”  The Irish Morgen had domain over death and guided souls to the afterlife and aided them in their transition.   Maman Brigitte is a loa, or goddess of Voodoo, who is a guardian of graves in cemeteries and who stands watch over the portal between the worlds.  Nicheven is a Scottish goddess who was called Bone Mother.  Like other Triple Goddess archetypes, she is born, ages, dies and is reborn each year as the light increases and decreases.  This archetype was later “borrowed” and is now portrayed as the old year dying and the baby  New Year being born on December 31st.

 

Lilith is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess who demonstrates how once-powerful feminine deities were demonized by the emerging patriarchy.  She was Adam’s first wife in some Hebrew texts who left the garden because she refused to submit to him.  She claimed they had been created equal and simultaneously, as related in the first creation story in Genesis.  Jehovah sent three angels to bring her back, and when she refused, he turned her into a blood-sucking demon.  It seems a rather harsh punishment for her independence.  In modern times Lilith has become an icon for powerful women.  In her ancient myth from four thousand years ago, she lived in a tree with a dragon at the roots and a nesting bird at the top.  These symbols link her with the sacred feminine as it has been represented in cultures around the world. 

 

Baubo is a Greek goddess who played a key role in Demeter’s healing after her daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, lord of the underworld.  Baubo did a bawdy dance and lifted her skirt, making Demeter laugh.  Rati is a Hindu goddess of joyful sexuality and passion.  Her name means “one who moves” and is thought to connote the motion of lovemaking.  Her consort is Kama, the god of love.  Sheila Na-Gig is a fascinating representation of feminine sexuality.  The “sheilas” as they are called, are representations of feminine genetalia that appear on churches in Europe. Not surprisingly, controversy surrounds their origin and significance.

 

The Scorpio goddesses teach us the nature and lessons of desire and passion.  More than any other sign, Scorpio has the power to harness and direct the life force for either good or ill.  This energy can be used to heal or destroy, to give life or to take it away.  How we use our power makes all the difference, so it’s wise to consider the consequences before acting.

 

Julie LoarBased on and excerpts from Goddesses for Every Day © 2010 by Julie Loar.   Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA www.newworldlibrary.com     

Trust vs. Mistrust by Jesseca Camacho

Trust vs. Mistrust by Jesseca Camacho

“Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you.”  Dr. Benjamin Spock.

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.  Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ~ Golda Meir

Erik Erikson, a renowned developmental psychologist, was best known for his theory on the eight stages of personality development. The 1st stage, Trust vs. Mistrust is defined as the infant stage, ages 0-1 year old. Essentially it reflects whether you feel as though you have reliable caregivers. For instance, if you are not fed in a timely manner or soothed and nurtured when you cry, you begin to conclude that you do not have reliable caregivers. In the last 30 years, it has been proven that the “cry it out” method is more harmful than effective and has no value in teaching children self-sufficiency. That is a lesson for later in life and something Erickson demonstrated long before it became widely accepted. Whether or not you feel you have reliable caregivers carries over to whether you feel other people and the world in general is reliable and safe. If your basic needs are not met through your caregivers, then a general feeling of mistrust in the world is developed.

Spiritually speaking, as children, our parents are the only physical symbols of Spirit/God/Source we really have. Therefore, early on, our concept of Spirit/God/Source is formed through the care, comfort and consistency we receive from our caregivers or do not receive. Another word for trust is faith and therefore, our sense of faith is formed quite early, pre-verbal in fact. Of course, we have no complex cognitive skills at that time. However, when we reach the stage of cognitive development that allows for spiritual concepts to be introduced and understood, the choices we make and the beliefs we already hold have a lot to do with what has been encoded in the cellular structure of our body based on pre-verbal experiences.

Erikson further demonstrated that each stage of development assists in the development of a specific virtue. In addition, he noted that both the negative and positive aspects of each developmental stage needed to be experienced in order to develop the virtue to the fullest. In other words, we need to experience Trust AND Mistrust for the fullest development of the virtue of Hope. In this way, without knowing it, Erickson made allowances for individual soul paths and life lessons along the way. Although Hope is a virtue common to all humans, their individual spiritual path to experiencing that may vary due to soul lessons and contracts, not physical, earth-rooted developmental stages.

Ultimately, one of the most important aspects on our spiritual path is the development of Faith. Faith grows from the seed of Hope. Deep Faith in a higher power and trust in yourself is essential in creating a happy, peaceful and abundant life. If you truly trust in God to take care of you, what is there to fret about? Our mistrust does not need to project outwardly to those in our reality. By doing so, we put the source of our faith in the hands of other human beings instead of Spirit and then are surprised when we feel betrayed. Any betrayal we are experiencing externally is reflective of a belief we hold or a lesson we need to learn. When we can accept that responsibility, trust ourselves to respond successfully and have faith that God will guide the way, then mistakes become learning experiences instead of failures and we always know our hand is being held by spirit regardless of the circumstances.

I’ve often circled back to “Well I just don’t trust _____________, during my process. You could fill that blank in with almost anything and anyone I’ve come in contact with at one time or another. The truth is, my sense of trust was damaged very early on. Regardless, it became my lesson and my responsibility to heal that breach and place my faith in a higher power and in myself. I cannot look to other people to demonstrate trust. I can look to other people in my reality as reflections of whether I am in alignment with Faith and trusting my reality and myself. If what is being reflected back to me is untrustworthy people and situations then it’s clear I have work to do.

Several key factors have lent itself to my damaged sense of faith or as Erikson would characterize, “mistrust”. First, I was not a wanted pregnancy. Second, I was born with a serious case of bronchitis and was in intensive care for eight days under an oxygen tent with little human contact. That lack of human contact and touch was further exacerbated due to my being bottle-fed and not breastfed. In those days, formula for babies was new and “all the rage”. It was touted as better than breast milk at the time and the hospitals were in partnership with companies to provide their product and encourage mothers NOT to breastfeed. It seems criminal now, but back then it was completely accepted. My mother received her shot to “dry up” her milk and fed me formula. She admitted to just leaving me in my crib with my bottle much of the time. Lastly, I was originally to be given up for adoption, with a social worker at the hospital ready to pick me up and deliver me to a new family. My mother, however, decided she wanted to see me first, which was not advised, and changed her mind at the last minute. The sequence of events is certainly no ones fault and of course part of my soul’s path. I don’t illustrate it to judge my mother or other caretakers or pity myself or paint myself as a victim. However, it does make it sense that because I wasn’t tended to and nurtured in an ideal way, certain beliefs formed in my body and cells about the outside world. It was not a friendly place. This awareness without judgment becomes very helpful in healing the belief system formed early on. It empowers me to care and nurture myself and build my own intimate relationship with Spirit. Through that empowerment and relationship with Spirit I can make more conscious aware choices about my life and what I want to do with it. Life is not happening TO me; I am an active participant. Without the initial awareness, however, no healing can take place.

That awareness has not only brought me healing, but it touches the lives of those I connect with. When we share who we are and our stories with one another from a place of healing instead of victimhood, it inspires, invokes and initiates a healing process for others. Our service in the world not only consists of demonstrating our gifts and talents but also in sharing who we are and the experiences that helped form us.

So take the time to reflect today on your infant experience. Do some research, talk to some family members, scan the photo albums and your own memories. Do so as if you are researching another party and not yourself. This will help you stay out of reactionary emotion and judgment. When you find “evidence” that may illustrate where some pre-verbal trust issues were breached, have gratitude for the awareness instead of blame and pity for what “should have” been. Once you’ve obtained your awareness, do the meditative process that follows to empower yourself and heal your infant. This awareness and healing will have a domino effect in your life.

EXERCISE TO REBUILD TRUST WITH YOUR INFANT:

You are the caretaker now of your unhealed infant. First prepare to meditate by going to a quiet place where you will not be interrupted whether outside in nature or in a private room indoors.

Take several deep breaths to alter your brain chemistry and nervous system. Quietly or silently tell your mind, body and spirit it’s time to meditate.
Close your eyes, count back from 20 and go to an imaginary “safe place” in your meditation. Anywhere you feel safe is acceptable, however, I recommend creating a place out in nature that feeds your soul’s sense of safety: a meadow, a forest, a special spot next to a river, waterfall, etc. Ask your Guides, Higher Self, Angel or Ascended Master of your choice to come be with you to assist in your meditation and hold the space for healing.

Once settled into your safe place with your “assistant”, you can then ask for your “wounded” infant to come to you. Your “assistant” will bring your infant to you and place her in your arms. At that point you can begin talking to her and nurturing her. You can tell her that although it wasn’t safe at one time to trust, that she is safe now in your care and will be cared for and nurtured in the way she’s always wanted and needed. Stroke her head, rock her, kiss her, rub her back. Tell her she is safe and can let you know whenever she needs anything and you will provide it for her. Affirm to her with clear statements: “You are safe”, “You are loved”, “You are wanted”, “You matter” and anything else you feel guided to say.

Then, invoke the help of her Higher Self, Guides or other unconditionally loving friends and ask them to work on her for her highest good. Ask them for healing for her and for the highest good of all concerned. When you feel complete in this intimate exchange you can place her in the care of your “assistant” and come out of meditation, knowing she will now let you know when she wants or needs something and you will be able to discern that and act appropriately. Further, you can know that healing on levels you can’t see or even understand are taking place just through the simple, loving request for it.

Some clues to when she might be in need of something are “trigger” situations that might cause you, as an adult, to act “infantile”. For example, I have an extreme fear of heights, sometimes to the point where I can’t climb a flight of stairs that’s too high for fear of plummeting to my death. It’s not rational. The infant within me did indeed fall once. I rolled off my changing table and “plummeted” to the floor with a crash. An honest mistake almost any parent could make, but nonetheless, it lives in my body. I have worked with this fear and now can use self-talk to that scared baby inside and explain that I, as an adult, am capable of caring for her and she is safe on this staircase, elevator, amusement park ride, etc. Therefore irrational emotional reactions in any given situation are a clue that another part of you is in need of love, nurturing and assurance.

Stay tuned for a spiritual look at Erikson’s next stage of personality development:  Autonomy vs. Shame.

JessPicAbout The Author:  Jesseca Camacho is a writer, teacher, spiritual counselor, wife and mother. She is a graduate of the Clearsight Clairvoyant Program, completed a 2-year channelling program with world renowned channelling teacher, Shawn Randall and received her Massage, Reflexology, Energetic Medicine and Reiki I & II Certification through the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing. Jesseca has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education and completed the Parenting from the Heart Program. In addition, she incorporates the ancient systems of numerology and enneagram into her spiritual counseling sessions to facilitate awareness and healing on a soul level. She is also the co-author of the Children’s Spirit Animal Cards with Dr. Steven Farmer.

 

 

Common Dream Themes by Julie Loar

Common Dream Themes by Julie Loar

What if you had your own personal guide standing ready to shed light on your path, bring messages of encouragement, show you how to live a better life, or reveal your greatest stumbling blocks?  Wouldn’t you listen?

Dreams can act as powerful guides if we learn to decode these nighttime messages. Heeding the symbols in dreams has a history that stretches back in time at least five thousand years to ancient Egypt and Sumer. Three thousand years ago the Upanishads, Hindu sacred texts, described dreaming as a higher state of consciousness than the waking state. Dreams might be viewed as a one-way mirror, reflecting a deeper reality behind the seemingly mirrored wall of waking existence. Only by going through the looking glass can we perceive differently.

Australian Aborigines refer to the “Dreamtime,” a sacred state when the soul journeys in the heavenly realms. Through concentration and breathing Aboriginal shamans claim to enter Dreamtime at will, performing consciously in this state while awake. Tibetans have a long tradition of valuing and working with symbolic dream messages. Chuang Tzu, a Taoist seer, wondered with Shakespeare, if “all life was but a dream.” Assurbanipal, an Assyrian king from the seventh century B.C.E., considered dream elements to be like ciphers, symbols with distinct meaning.

As far as I can tell from my research, every tradition in the world pays attention to dreams. There seems to be a universal understanding that the guidance offered through dreams comes from a wiser place, a deeper knowing, than our everyday awareness provides. Dreams can act like magic mirrors, or scrying bowls, inviting our gaze and revealing and reflecting deeper truth. Our task is to bravely face the reflection and be willing to accept and act upon the guidance we receive.

Dreams speak to us in the timeless language of symbols. Words are an imperfect means of communication, but pictures are potentially perfect. I have found that keeping a dream journal, and tracking the dreams that seem to make an impact upon waking, is time well spent. Working consciously with our dreams allows us to step through a portal, or gateway, which is generally veiled between these two “worlds,” so that we stand in both simultaneously.

From my research and counseling practice I’ve found there are seven common dream themes that seem to recur with some regularity. This commonality of themes may speak to the intrinsic similarity of the human experience as well as the issues we all deal with repeatedly. Even though most people don’t recall the majority of their dreams, everyone seems to have a “favorite” which falls into one of the following categories.

1. Flying and falling rank among the top dreams themes. Flying with a thrilling sense of abandon may showcase our expanded abilities while in the dream state. Falling seems to be a way of communicating to our conscious mind that we are making a rapid reentry into our physical body and ordinary awareness.

2. Attending school, or being in a classroom, may show the lessons we’re working on in waking life. Sometimes this version of “night school” reveals other work or learning our mind is involved in while our bodies rest and recharge.

3. Feeling unprepared themes are popular and include exams we’re not ready for, hurrying to catch a plane, train, bus, boat, and losing or misplacing something, especially keys, wallet, purse, or briefcase. These dreams act as warnings and usually reveal very real concerns about where we need to be prepared or paying attention in waking life.

4. A sense of vulnerability is a common dream theme and usually is symbolized by being naked, or improperly dressed in public. These dreams can show us where we indeed feel vulnerable in relationships or waking challenges we need to face where we must strengthen our resolve.

5. Storms are a frequent symbol and almost always suggest emotional issues which aren’t being addressed at the conscious level and which are preparing to unleash their emotional force in a potentially damaging way if we continue to ignore the symptoms.

6. Teeth falling out is another popular image and may hint that we’re feeling guilty about a “biting” comment recently made to someone. This symbol almost always has something to say about careful speech and judgment.

7. Trying to answer a phone or make a call is a frequent image and may suggest issues of incomplete communication occurring in waking life. Here we may be either receiving a direct communication from our subconscious that we need to heed, or we are counseled to gather the courage to address a difficult communication we’ve been avoiding.

Reflecting on these commonly appearing dream themes may give us a head start in understanding some of the nightly processing our minds perform. If we sense the thrust of the message we can take a closer look at what’s unfolding in our waking life and respond from a hopefully wiser perspective.

headshot About The Author:Julie Loar is the multiple award-winning author of six books and dozens of articles.  She has a BS in Psychology, has done postgraduate work, and has been certified in numerous professional training and development programs.  Julie was a Human Resources executive in two major corporations, and an independent training consultant, working with large companies.  Her latest book, Goddesses For Every Day:  Exploring the Wisdom & Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World, (available at Satiama) has won three national awards.  Her popular astrology feature appears in ATLANTIS RISING magazine, and she is a featured contributor on John Edward’s web site, InfiniteQuest.com where she has her own internet TV show.  She has traveled to sacred sites around the world, researching the material for her books and teachings.  Each year she leads a sacred journey to Egypt.  Visit her at http://www.julieloar.com

Sacred Anatomy of Ancient Egypt by Julie Loar

Sacred Anatomy of Ancient Egypt by Julie Loar

This is the first in a series of three or four installments as we work our way through the “chakras of the Nile.”   The Nile is the longest river in the world, flowing uniquely south to north for more than five hundred miles.  The ancient Egyptians called their fertile land Khemit, which meant “black land.”  The word is the origin of our word alchemy, out of Egypt.  The desert was called red land.  One was rich and fertile while the other was harsh and forbidding.  The Egyptians saw their land as a sacred reflection of heaven on earth and perceived the Nile as the earthly mirror of the Milky Way, the celestial river. Today we can see the amazing likeness of river as photographed from above–it’s cause for wonder.

As above, so below  

Around the world Earth energy, and the phenomenon often called vortexes, or telluric energy, seems to compel people to build on sacred land again and again.  Over thousands of years this urge has brought forth a network of sacred sites, which naturally unfolded due to the inherent power of locations which lie at intersections along this invisible energetic “grid.”

Looking at a map of Egypt it’s easy to be struck by two things.  First, the rich Nile Delta and the river look very much like a lotus in bloom with a long stem.  Second, and more symbolically, the same image looks like a crosswise representation of a human brain and spine.  Seen this way, the ancient temples emerge into our awareness as energy centers, Chakras along the Nile.  The Nile can be seen as a reservoir of Kundalini energy, rising from the river’s origin in the south, infusing the sacred sites with spiritual force, and empowering them as places where the frequencies of those centers can be strengthened and balanced.

Whether or not the ancient Egyptians worked consciously in this manner and recognized such a connection, the telluric energy of the Earth resonates powerfully at these sites.  Even now, after the structures of humans have been toppled, the power of the sacred vibrations can be felt.  I believe the nature of the gods evoked at these shrines correlates with the nature of the Chakra with which they correspond.

Serpent Energy

There is a prevalence of serpent symbolism in Egyptian iconography.  The rearing head of a cobra, with hood spread wide, of the royal uraeus emerges from the brow of the Pharaoh and was an emblem of divine kingship.  Wadjet, the cobra goddess of the royal uraeus, was a fire-spitting serpent who was also the power behind the Eye of Re, the sun god.  Sanskrit Kundalini is also a goddess, and this “raised serpent” feminine energy on Pharaoh’s crown is striking in its Kundalini imagery.  As representative of the sun god the cobra also suggests the quality of illumination.

Chakras of the Nile

Although thousands of years of patriarchy have eroded and sometimes demonized the Divine Feminine, to the Egyptians the archetypal energies of the gods took both masculine and feminine form and were seen as equal.  The counterparts were like mirrored reflections of the same archetypal energy.  This is not obvious anymore and scholars have also diminished the feminine aspects of these deities.  Because of this divine duality there are usually two temples at significant locations, each dedicated to a god or goddess, and each honoring one side of the polarity.  It may also be that some predynastic sites have yet to be discovered and still greater wonders still lie buried beneath the sands of time.

When traveling to Egypt with intention the particular character of each site, and its correspondence to the archetype of a particular Chakra, can be experienced in a deep way.  Healing and balancing of the energy centers can be accelerated by setting an intention to harmonize the particular “frequency” of the site.  People respond in different ways to this experience.  Some feel intense joy, others shed inexplicable tears.  Fear comes up for some as deep emotional blocks are released.  In all cases, profound healing and empowering can occur.

. . . to be continued.  

 

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