developing from the negatives

Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out – take another shot.
When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.
— 

Pema Chodron

crystals & the zodiac

aries: diamond, magnetite, aquamarine 

  • diamond is a symbol of purity & light, a stone that represents cleansing of the aura & allowing the soul to shine through. the light of the diamond shows negative emotions or thoughts that require transformation, helping with enlightenment & evolution 
  • magnetite represents positive / negative polarity, providing for balanced & objective perspective and strengthens intuition 
  • aquamarine is a stone of calming energy with an affinity to sensitive people, representing one’s understanding of underlying emotions, self-expression, closure, & perception 

taurus: selenite, emerald, variscite, serpentine 

  • selenite represents deep peace & clarity 
  • emerald helps bring to the surface what is unconsciously known. it is a stone of healing, wisdom, & equilibrium 
  • variscite is a stone of peace, courage, & trust in the universe
  • serpentine is an earthing stone that helps with spiritual exploration & grounding

gemini: tiger’s eye, citrine, rutilated quartz 

  • tiger’s eye is a stone of high vibrational energy, helping to promote clarity for scattered emotions, desires, & intentions to make a coherent whole
  • citrine enhances positive emotions & promotes development of positive energy toward oneself & others
  • rutilated quartz represents protection from negative energy, energy support during emotional release & confrontation, & insights into oneself to reach the root of problems while facilitating positive change

cancer: white calcite, white opal, moonstone 

  • white calcite represents a connection between emotions / intellect & promotes inspiration 
  • opal represents reflection & intensification of feelings, emotional expression, & cohesiveness of emotional energy
  • moonstone is a stone of intuition & a reminder of nature’s cycles; it helps with emotional instability, healing, balance of energies, & synchronicity 

leo: turquoise, quartz, tiger’s eye, honey calcite 

  • turquoise provides solace for the spirit. it represents intuition, releasing of inhibitions, & inner peace 
  • quartz is a stone of positive energy, spirituality, & balance of the chakras 
  • tiger’s eye is a stone of high vibrational energy, helping to promote clarity for scattered emotions, desires, & intentions to make a coherent whole
  • honey calcite is a gentle stone, representing balance of emotions, releasing of fear, strengthening one’s higher consciousness. it corresponds with the sacral chakra, which represents confidence & connection to oneself & the universe 

virgo: amber, peridot, moss agate, 

  • amber is a grounding stone representing positive & bright mental / emotional states, patience, & the throat chakra–encouraging vocalization, honesty, & expression of feelings 
  • peridot represents letting go of negative energies & old vibrations so higher frequencies can begin to guide oneself; it is a stone of necessary change, confidence, & psychological clarity
  • moss agate enables one to see the power in themselves & their emotions through releasing fear & stress

libra: prehnite, jade, chrysoprase 

  • prehnite is a stone for connecting with the universe’s energy & a crystal for healing through connecting to the higher self 
  • jade is a nurturing stone, bringing insight into oneself through calming energy & helping to express passionate emotions in constructive ways
  • chrysoprase represents a sense of belonging in the universe, honesty & truth, letting go of the ego, openness to change, & independence 

scorpio: blue topaz, dioptase, obsidian 

  • blue topaz is a stone of personal truth & wisdom 
  • dioptase represents consciousness in the present moment, releasing the need to control & helping the process of healing. it teaches that pain & difficulty in life is a mirroring of an inner separation from the self
  • obsidian vitalizes the purpose of the soul, grounding the spirit into the body & exploring the depths of the subconscious mind / emotions

sagittarius: gold obsidian, okenite, smoky quartz

  • gold obsidian helps with conflicts of the ego
  • okenite clears obstacles in one’s path, promoting endurance to complete tasks / reach goals. it represents self-forgiveness for mistakes & the cyclical nature of learning
  • smoky quartz relieves negative energy, helps to tolerate difficult times with equanimity, & gently releases fear within oneself

capricorn: onyx, magnetite, smoky quartz, white aragonite

  • onyx represents strength-giving & vigor 
  • magnetite represents positive / negative polarity, providing for balanced & objective perspective and strengthens intuition 
  • smoky quartz relieves negative energy, helps to tolerate difficult times with equanimity, & gently releases fear within oneself 
  • white aragonite represents the earth. it helps develop concentration, flexibility, & tolerance to the mind while combating sensitivity or stress 

aquarius: blue obsidian, aquamarine, boji stone  

  • blue obsidian vitalizes the soul & the self; it represents the throat chakra, supporting communication 
  • aquamarine is a stone of calming energy with an affinity to sensitive people, representing one’s understanding of underlying emotions, self-expression, closure, & perception 
  • boji stone represents feminine energy & awareness of self through clearing blocked or painful emotions & revealing negative thoughts / self-defeating behaviors to the conscious mind 

pisces: blue agate, labradorite, amethyst 

  • blue agate brings peace of mind, effective in healing the throat chakra–free expression of thoughts & feelings 
  • labradorite is a bringer of light & mysticism, stimulating intuition & trust in the universe. it balances rationality & emotions by inspiring contemplation & introspection of the self 
  • amethyst represents calming protection & higher vibrations of spiritual consciousness

03 critics: ed and al are way too emotional and annoying in the first anime. at least they’re mature in bh

me, transforming into the actual saltmaster i am: okay so you prefer emotionless, walking tropes who never react realistically to traumatic situations nor change all that much as they age over two massively in depth characters who not only act their age, but undergo such intense character development so that they both end the series totally different than how they started that’s cool.

Hogwarts Aesthetic: Slytherin muggle borns may seem like an odd mixture, but beware these wizards are quite strong-minded. They may seem closed up to many, but this is just a defense mechanism (along with sarcasm) that they developed to keep away negative connotation that comes from being a muggle born and being sorted in a house that for most of its history was known for blood purity. Outside the academic world, they have many ambitions including pursuing their talents and enjoying time with their close friends.  

anonymous asked:

Can I be a Hellenic polytheist if I only worship Artemis, Apollo, and Athena?

Short answer: No. There is nothing wrong with worshiping two or three of the Hellenic gods, but it would be more accurate to call yourself a “pagan” or a “polytheist”.

Long answer: Hellenic polytheists practice a reconstructionist or revivalist form of Hellenism, a religion that worships the entire pantheon of ancient Greece, which includes:

  • the Ouranic, or Olympian, deities
  • the Khthonic, or underworld, deities 
  • the Protogenoi, or primordial, deities
  • the Titans
  • nature spirits (Nymphs, nereids, dryads, etc.)
  • heroes 
  • physical and spiritual ancestors

Depending on their individual practice, Hellenic polytheists may not focus their worship each day upon every member of the pantheon, or direct urgent prayer requests to all of them, they may feel closer or more distant to a few, they may adhere to Mystery cults that focus on a particular deity and their retinue, but they show respect to all the Hellenic deities by being polite and gracious equally to all.

This is because the Hellenic pantheon, like many other pantheons, is a family. No one scores points with Apollo or Artemis if they disrespect their father, Zeus. Hera and Zeus are married, and demand courtesy be shown to their mate. Athena and Poseidon were rivals over who would be the patron of Athens, but they are also niece and uncle. Hades is Demeter’s son-in-law. Ares is the father of Harmonia. Hephaestus and Dionysus are buddies. They are ALL wise and benevolent deities.

Many people develop negative opinions of various gods from studying mythology, not realizing that some of the myths were told for entertainment, to explain natural phenomena or historic incidents, and for other reasons unrelated to religion. Today, one may learn the religious truths about the gods from studying their cult titles and epithets, which reveal how they were regarded by Hellenic polytheists in antiquity. theoi.com has a large selection of titles and epithets for the gods, and I encourage you to take a look at the list, especially for any deity to whom you may disconnected, or have a negative view.

Personally, I don’t find that it takes more time or energy to worship the entire pantheon. I am a revivalist and, when I make offerings, I remember to say, “and to all the gods.” It’s a lot like calling home, talking to whichever relative answers the phone, and ending with, “Give my love to everyone!”

But it’s also true that some people find a single pantheon limiting to their spiritual life, and prefer to worship an eclectic group of deities chosen from several pantheons. Whatever name you call your practice should help other people understand, at least a little, what it is that you do, and what gods you worship. I’ve wished, over the years, there was an easy way to do this, but it keeps getting more complicated.

May your path be blessed, Anon!

So with filming spoilers starting to roll in and adult Henry appearing in the Emma role, it occurs to me that Once has an Emma problem. Not because the character is no longer on the show, but because of what the character represented.

Emma Swan was a different kind of princess. She was abandoned time and time again, she went though 28 years feeling unloved and unwanted. She built walls, but she survived the worst life through at her. She struggled and fought and won. She found her family, her true love, and her home. She’s the embodiment of hope for anyone who has ever struggled. She was relatable in all her disbelief and hardships.

Here’s the problem - Henry has none of that in his background. (Well we could discuss the ten years with Regina, but the show refuses to go there.) Henry’s story line seems to revolve around his loss of belief. Unlike Emma, who had never believed, Henry is the truest believer. His lack of belief isn’t due to the circumstances of his life and its hardships, but because of a curse. Even the timeline of this curse doesn’t seem to have been very long since we have already seen him interacting with Lucy in the Enchanted Forest. Emma had 28 years to conquer, Henry has a few months?

Henry simply needs to believe and get his memory back then they can defeat the villain that tried to ruin their lives (or inexplicably befriend them and spend the next few seasons parenting them). For Emma, it was never that simple, her belief was one issue, but even once she believed there was so much more she struggled with - accepting her parents, her magic, true love, and the idea of home. At this point Henry’s curse seems to be a plot point, one that they will hopefully resolve quickly. Emma’s story, on the other hand, was about her struggle, her growth, and her eventual embrace of who she is.

It’s the difference between a plot point and character development and one of these has been Once’s biggest weakness for the past few seasons and to the detriment of the show.

red lips, rarely smiling, but when they do, the world stops spinning. long, dark hair that can be worn like a scarf. filtered photographs even though the negatives from which they developed are pretty perfect as is. a duomo so tall you can’t even see the top of it but despite that you can’t stop looking. meeting friends you’ve known for ages for the very first time. doodles in textbook margins where notes should be taken. soft shades of pink. avant garde fashion. a ogni uccello il suo nido è bello.
—  name aesthetic: beatrice // @bravehearx
(cc, 2017)

“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.” ~ Pema Chodron

Two Steps - Part 12

Hey everyone! sorry it’s been so long since i’ve posted! Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on the last part as well as the timeline for the story I put together. I just finished watching  season 4 of the 100 and let’s just say I still haven’t  recovered. That’s why it’s taken me so long to post. But anyway, thank you guys so much for reading! Have a great day :D 

Part 12:

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Life is like a camera. Just focus on what is important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out the way you intended, then just take another shot.

anonymous asked:

I have an Infj teacher. I agree with almost all of his ideas, his main focus being on personal development & social betterment. I do hear negative things about him from time to time, sometimes people even accuse him of going too far. His ideas seem logical to me, but logic is my weak area, and I have a tendency to be blinded to the faults of people I look up to. My question is that how can I tell if an Infj has faulty ideals, or if they are just being obsessive, not rational?

With an education background myself, I may have some controversial opinions about this. xNFJs can make really good and inspiring teachers and mentors. However, as a general rule of thumb (meaning that there are exceptions), if an xNFJ has a higher position of institutional power over you: Keep some emotional distance from them, don’t rely on them unnecessarily, and avoid getting too involved in their personal life. If you start with an unequal relationship, it’s hard for them to rebalance it later on. xNFJs are best at helping people when they can remain impartial about what you do with your life. If they get personally invested in you in terms of deriving ego rewards from your admiration or adoration, it is a slippery slope for them to slide into obsessive and controlling behavior. Depending on their level of psychological and emotional maturity, they may not be able to help themselves from manipulating your affections. A good teacher should always welcome you to challenge their ideas and values because it gives them the opportunity to make sure that they are indeed on the right track. Of course, you don’t have to be mean or aggressive about it. They may feel strongly about their ideas and defend them, but there should be an openness to hear dissent, and if they reject an opinion, there should be good reasons given for doing so. A teacher who is unwilling to consider alternative perspectives and feels threatened by open dialogue about important issues is likely a teacher more concerned with their own ego than helping you.

Secondly, moral ideals and values are not easily evaluated because they are not in the same realm of knowledge as plain facts. There are some aspects of morality that are and should remain subjective. A moral value may be good for you to adopt if it leads to you realizing your true potential in life, however, that same exact value may not work as well for a different individual, and cognitive function theory teaches us that different people take different paths in life and that’s perfectly okay. A moral value may be good for you to adopt if it leads to greater good and/or reduces the amount of harm and suffering in the world, so these are the values that, theoretically speaking, should be universally adopted because they are objective and concern society at large. I think the majority of people would agree that personal betterment and social contribution are good things to pursue in life. However, the details of how to implement these ideals is where the devil lies. E.g. I can convince myself that it would benefit everyone to commit genocide against a group whom I believe only brings harm to society, so I act for the so-called “greater good” like Hitler did. In such a case, subjective morality (personal conscience) would be a crucial counterbalance to an “objective” morality that has severely overstepped its bounds. If you want to evaluate the quality of a moral value, a good way to do so is to collect a variety of opinions about it, then you can make a well-informed decision for yourself instead of just taking the word of an authority. It’s also good to work on your critical reasoning skills so that you know how to spot and evaluate moral arguments, a skill that is never not useful, there are plenty of resources about this online, even entire college courses devoted to it.

(For one, please ignore my stupid spelling mistake! oops)

A little chart I made of the Stones that help those who are Empathic. This bit of information came from justyour-averagewitch’s post about stones

CITRINE: Shields Emotional and Mental Influences around you

BLUE KYANITE: Protects from negative energy (AND helps with psychic development)

SUGILITE: Protection and Spiritual Guidance

YELLOW JASPER: Replenishes Energy



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