Upward-Spiral

Gemini ~ Wings of a Butterfly 

She cocooned herself into a flower bed last time around, like a chrysalis. The tired Taurus
and a breath of fresh air was blown from heaven, the Gemini awoke, a butterfly with a golden helmet on her mind. Energy released in erratic form, the only way was to spiral upwards with the other winged creatures
sending messages through ether, delighted at making sounds, twists and turns with words. Suddenly the mind leaves the body behind, she is a floating balloon
Full of wonderful tales and facts and insights, illuminating the light behind her eyes
when her mind is alive. And she can stay awake thinking for days, stimulated by internal conversation. Her responsibilities and plans can vanish, 
as if she has completely forgotten. She can find herself in a mess of paperwork and clothes, unable to escape the hold of her mind, deciding with one personality but in conflict with another, split memories of life revealing themselves untimely. And she can be chastised for her scattered mind, often forgetting the most basic of things 
yet she can keep you captivated for hours under the spell of conversation, whisking words in her mind like a magic maze, every age and time in a myriad of marvellous mental somersaults 

-C.

art by natalie shau

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Understanding Shapes and Images with Your Third Eye

We will focus on deciphering shapes and images with this particular exercise.

Some people feel more relaxed with music playing, others prefer silence to focus.

These images are always present as your consciousness is usually occupied in more than one reality of thought. Most people don’t pay attention to the images because they are not programmed to analyze these images in a higher frequency. Waking from a dream not imply that your soul has stopped experiencing that level of reality.

Consciousness is multidimensional and ceaseless. It is about learning slowly in third dimension, but gradually increasing the pace as it spirals upward in frequency.

Prepare as you did in Lesson 1.

Focus on the screen in your mind behind your forehead again.

You will soon see a shape or an image appear.

Make a mental note of the shape as it may be an archetype that your cellular memory has set in for you at this time, one without physical analogy.

Few shapes may remain stationery, while others become animated and holographic. Observe as if watching a filmstrip, reality is nothing more than projected illusion, a consciousness hologram - in which souls experience virtually.

If you see nothing, practice with meditation, or the like. It will help you tune into to the images. It’s like any other skill, the more your practice, the easier it becomes.

Blockages may come from mental illness, substance abuse, fear, lack of understanding what you see or seeking an answer that is not shown.

Examine the images and later record what you have seen. They may mean one thing to you at present, and something else in the future.

By K.Nagori

I spent the first 30 years of my life wavering between morbid obesity and extreme morbid obesity.

Lose 10 pounds, gain 20.
Lose 50 pounds, gain 100.
A never-ending upward spiral.

In 2010, I made a decision to lose weight once again. How did I mistakes? How did I not fail this time? That’s what these pictures hide:

I DID FAIL. I FAILED OFTEN AND STILL DO.

But I did not, have not, will not quit. I found a way to forgive myself when I feel short of the mark. When I fail, I fail forward. I learned to see myself as a scientist, learning and growing from failures as much as I did successes. I gave up on perfection and embraced my fallibility.

Perfection is like a wet bar of soap: the harder you try to hold on to it, the more likely it is to get away from you.

What can you do to make your weight loss effortless?

Once Upon A Time works on spiral/chiasmus kind of story structure which means that the characters will continue to confront similar issues and situations over and over and with each confrontation develop either positively or negatively. It’s easy to see in flashbacks where the characters make one choice in the present and the opposite choice in the past.


It’s why people get annoyed with certain characters or arcs because they feel like the character has already overcome this or that challenge and “why do we have to do it again?” And for me it’s part of their upward or downward spiral and so the repeat is necessary (and come on in real life you don’t conqueror a fear or insecurity once and never have a problem with it again. That stuff has to be constantly confronted).


We saw it last night with David with the present day episode covering a lot of the same ground as in S2 when he was also full of fear and doubt, also without Snow, and also on the brink of murdering King George only to be talked down by a friend. We have seen it with Emma and her deciding to punch back against fate in multiple seasons. We see it with Regina. We are going to see it with Rumple and Gideon and the Black Fairy. And we are seeing it with Killian’s current storyline as he moves upward on the spiral.

Candlemas. 

The lesson for this year’s ritual is this: you cannot take it with you. None of it comes with you into the grave, and the grave is where we all go. What is old and no longer useful is thrown in to the fire to make room for the new. Last year’s fruit has rotted and left behind this year’s seeds. What has died off will be replaced with something new.

It is not a circle of rebirth, but a spiral, curving upwards, returning to the same positions but a little higher each time. 

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Val Royeaux. Any resident, a “Royan,” will say it is the greatest city in the world. Many take such pride for arrogance, but they do so through smiles as they nod in agreement, for such is the cost of doing business in the capital. Val Royeaux is in every way a world leader—in commerce, culture, and its own exaggerated beauty.

The site was founded during Evrion’s grand unification, the result of a mix of influences not such much balanced as driven together. And while such an amalgamation would be cause for chaos elsewhere, the prosperity of the region has enabled an upward spiral of indulgence. The capital has endured the ages to become a beacon of civilization, and its citizens the measure of modernity.

—Excerpted from Val Royeaux: Excesses Grand and Otherwise by (formerly) Sister Laudine

What Witchery

I.

A matchstick strikes the horizon
and the sun erupts gold and red.
Phosphor singes my throat, my sight
returns as if I never closed
these lidless eyes.


Radiant fingers from yonder star
sear phantom nerves –

my Sisyphean task to mock
poor Icarus, pale ember,

an echo in the sun’s wake.

Can it be called pain,
this daily injury endured?
For certain any of my visitors,
though rare they be,
would writhe and twist.

I can still feel the faggot pricks
against my soles – yet unlit.
Naive, I thought them painful.
Is it a kindness our minds cannot
imagine tortuous death?

Yet even pain becomes mundane
when suffered endlessly.
If this be Hell, our preconceptions
do not take this into account,
mercifully.

And if this be Heaven,
the sentiment is doubly apt.

it is rumored torture inspires
rapidity of thinking a vortex of words
spirals upward as oxygen flees flames
the mind breaks and words escape
through cracks of one’s sanity
bitter syllables form words combust
in rush of heat and ash exploding
eyes bursting skull splitting embers
raining hate bleeds out on those
who brought the torch and those
drawn near piqued by the shrieks
the greasy smoke the burnt flesh

Even the most innocent heart
can learn to cast a spell, or curse
a mob when fire melts the fat
from her body, hissing rivulets coursing
into shifting glimmer of white heat.

II.

Perhaps God, in different ages
might have been merciful. O, we
are ever cursed to be judged by
the God of our own time, created in
the evil likeness of fallen man.

A cherub’s face with fair voiced offers
of indecency was the germ of my ruin.
None would believe a foreign lass,  
still, what could I do but refuse him?
But I should not refuse him, he said.

Reviled by his false recriminations, then
accused of cursing him who had sought to
despoil me – of spinning death upon him.
My true sin was to pray it had been so,
that he truly had died by my hand.

Vile rooks croak admonishment from the
leafless branches of a withered Beech
in the nearby churchyard. From my perch
here among the saints I will not
supplicate for forgiveness.

Will the children come again today
and ease my pain?

eternal days of peeling flesh
spent among discolored towers
granite crowned by angels
crowded by thistle and wildflowers
barely legible marble reminders
of the enviable dead who do not
share this no man’s limbo else
I would have found them out
these many countless years
reprieve of evening’s balm is
all I know of salvation missing
moon and night passes in a blink

I flit from stone to stone, creeping as near
the rooks as this hallowed place allows.
Their murderous caws peck at my ears
as if to pluck a sacrament from my flesh.
Why can I not resist their calls.  

My natural inclinations betray me
in this unnatural place.

-Teodor S. Jackson

Note: I was prompted to write this by @vasilinaorlova who posted about an offer she received to write verse for a prose piece about a girl burned as a witch from the girl’s point of view. For whatever reason, the challenge to write from a perspective of someone who is both dead, and possibly a witch was intriguing. I have strayed from the prescribed plot, I fear. Of course, it will need far more than 2 parts if I were to finish it.

The serpentine soul of the adept is not created by a raise up the spine so to speak; the end is the beginning, the energy ankhs, up and down truly is all defined by our sensory perceptions, tactile sensations, and perceptions of the experience within. So whereas yes to awaken kundalini we transmute our sexual climax to receive an increase in our intuition, creative expression and in turn the serpent rises; we still must realize the path doesn’t spiral only upwards or downwards, through selflessness and application of knowledge we slowly spiral down to our fullness of spirit, however, with ignorance or impure intention we straighten this spiral upwards into a line, and snap the binds that imprisoned spirt into flesh and as a result must face enlightenment through a battle for the very breath we breathe and must experience the Great N.O.X. Ego death via “upwards climb of pillaring fire” is inevitable; death being the great equalizer, we must become humble-some and embody the compassion and humility of humanity in this death.

Back to the point, all revelation begins at the bottom. Up or down, they both end and begin at the top and the bottom. The energy is an ankh it comes over the head and down the front of the torso and reabsorbs into the navel center. Ida and pingala are often portrayed as two serpents along the back of the spine, but in reality, as seen with the ipsalu - cobra breath, the serpents along the nerve plexus corresponding to the system of Nadis connected to the front of the body are equally if not of more value than the commonly accepted displays, diagrams, and charts displaying Ida and pingala as only being along the back of the organism. What goes up must come down but only because Kether and Malkuth are overlapped.. The thousand lotus of sahasrara and the root or basic chakra are the two most connected chakras, the influence of that which is below surely does impact and change what is above. Envision the toroidal field, it will flow whether we want it to or not, it is a circle with a radius extending around us in all directions.. The serpentine soul is only even possible to be forged with the descending light and the cascading fire. Tipherath is the Sephora this nuclear reaction takes place, in the center.. The son of God even is known biblically to have opened the gates of hell before opening the gates of heaven.

- spinallyspiraling

“Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision making. Decision making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment also makes it more likely you’ll exercise and be social, which, in turn, will make you happier.”

— Alex Korb

Torus Energy - Nature’s Blueprint for Creation.

When we escape our ethnocentrism, and the prison of the ego, we start to see ourselves as a part of nature, and not superior to it. It becomes obvious that the rest of the Universe is just like us. We come to know that all of the Universe is conscious and has being. We see a Universe is in a continual process of conscious growth and self organization. It is as infinite and mysterious as our own origins and inner soul.

On all scales the conscious Universe uses the same basic fractal structures, from the smallest microcosmic sub-atomic particle, to the largest galactic cluster. As these structures take form in larger and more complex systems, their consciousness grows and expands. The being-consciousness evolves as the systems self organize into larger and more complex  entities. There seems to be a basic drive at work in the Universe which compels all conscious entities on an upward spiral of ever-expanding consciousness.

Looking at the big picture you can see how evolution follows in a general way the eight basic structures inherent in all conscious fractals: the three realms and the four functions, plus awareness. This takes the form of the three scales of the cosmos: the microcosmos, mesocosmos and macrocosmos; and, the five dimensions. In geometry the infinitely small place holder which underlies all of the other dimensions is called the Zero dimension. It corresponds to Awareness which underlies consciousness. The first dimension is the Line made up of an infinite number of Points. The second dimension is the Plane, make up of an infinite number of Lines. The third dimension is the Solid, made up of an infinite number of Planes. The fourth dimension is the space-time continuum, made up of an infinite number of solid bodies in relationship with each other  -  the Universe.  The big picture of the inherent order in the Universe and evolution is summarized by this chart:

DIMENSIONS         MICROCOSM          MESOCOSM         MACROCOSM

                              ENERGY                 INFORMATION      MASS

                              SPACE                    NUMBER               TIME
                               ________________________________________

        0                    Quanta                    God                       Universe
        1                    Photon                     Man                      Galaxy
        2                    Electron                   Animal                   Sun
        3                    Atom                        Plant                      Earth
        4                    Molecule                  Mineral                  Moon

Whereas the Vector Equilibrium represents the ultimate stillness of energy, the Torus shows us how energy moves in its most balanced dynamic flow process. The important thing to understand about the torus is that it represents a process, not just a particular form.

A torus consists of a central axis with a vortex at both ends and a surrounding coherent field. Energy flows in one vortex, through the central axis, out the other vortex, and then wraps around itself to return to the first incoming vortex. Plants and trees all display the same energy flow process, yet exhibit a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Hurricanes, tornadoes, magnetic fields around planets and stars, and whole galaxies themselves are all toroidal energy systems. Extending this observation of the consistent presence of this flow form into the quantum realm, we can postulate that atomic structures and systems are also made of the same dynamic form. The torus is the fundamental form of balanced energy flow found in sustainable systems at all scales. It is the primary component that enables a seamless fractal embedding of energy flow from micro-atomic to macro-galactic wherein each individual entity has its unique identity while also being connected with all else.

Series 3 is now airing on BBC First. Cillian Murphy talks about the series with Pretoria News:

At the end of series two, we all thought Tommy was a goner and we start series three two years later. What I like about television is that when you come back to a new series, you can create a gap where the story continues that the audience isn’t privy to. In series three, we see him and the family on an upward spiral. Tommy and the family are now very wealthy, with big houses and fancy cars, so materially they are doing very well. Emotionally, however, that is another matter.

And with him about to get married, he is forced to make some big decisions. I think the gangster part of his life is still the most important. In the first couple of episodes, the contrast between his personal life and the business clashes, which makes for a dramatically interesting conflict. I think having a semblance of family life helps Tommy in many ways, in terms of making the Shelbys more cohesive. It creates a communal environment for the family and there is a newly formed support network later in the story involving Polly and Ada. There is a big junction between family life, criminal life, violence and Tommy’s ambition and it’s a tricky one for him to negotiate this time around.

What is great about Steve’s writing is that having played him for a while, you think you know the character of Tommy, but you can never predict what Steve is going to do with him. It is so exciting to get the scripts, as they always astonish me and he pulls out a few shockers in this series. I also think by the time you get to a third series, you need to be quite bold because the audience are so invested in the characters, they feel like friends to them. It is important that you move on with the characters and take leaps so that the audience feels that they are going on a journey with them. I feel that Steve has really nailed that in this series.

Weddings are usually intensely boring affairs, except to the bride and groom, but Steve has managed to create an opening episode (which is a wedding day), that is riveting. There are so many layers of drama going on and right from the getgo it’s a really stunning piece of writing. On the one hand, it is supposed to be the union of these two people who love each other, and then on the other, there is the business of gangsters, violence and familial tension going on. I found it really compelling and I hope it will be equally engaging for the audience.”

For somebody who doesn’t believe in religion and is completely godless, Tommy is an incredibly superstitious man. I think people who have that belief in superstition don’t really use it when things are going well; it becomes something to blame or a way to justify something that has gone wrong. In this series, things go wrong quite quickly and Tommy uses the gypsy superstition as a means of getting himself out of a situation.

Tommy and Polly’s relationship is a fascinating one and it keeps growing and evolving from series to series. They represent a number of roles within the family. They are brother and sister, but can act like husband and wife, and mother and father to the family, yet they are none of those things and all of those things all at the same time. Each series Polly seems to go through different phases. Series three is about her growing independence and being upwardly mobile, and perhaps even having relationships. However, it seems that any time somebody moves away from the role that Tommy has designated for him or her, he finds it very difficult to deal with.