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100 followers, thanks for being a friend

To say THANKS to all my followers! There are over 100 of you now who follow this rather eccentric blog.

You must find somethings at least of interest otherwise you would be ‘here’ virtually speaking.

I have not been able to thank many of you for the follow for a variety of reasons, often it is difficult to find a field to just

say a simple ‘Thanks’. But I have looked at your blogs to a greater or lesser degree. They are fantastic, bubbling with ideas and

imagination.

jung talks

th.jpgghttp://www.openculture.com/2013/05/carl_gustav_jung_explains_his_groundbreaking_theories_about_psychology_in_rare_interview_1957.html

Jung ;Face to Face
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/07/26/carl-jung-bbc-face-to-face/?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer6a3fa&utm_medium=twitter

rhododendrons

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The rhododendrons are in flower,
Flaunting their fluted filigree
Proudly for all to see!
No shame is theirs in the bower.

This is Nature’s way of being
Blooming brilliant beautiful
Primordial elegant and wonderful
They are so strong yet so fleeting.

For in a day or two these beauties
Will tumble to the ground in pieces.
But now it seems they hold the aces
The centre of attention theirs is.

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We can only wonder at the shows
That Nature’s deepest Being provides
For us! To me it seems, as It guides
Our understanding, the wonder only grows!

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photos geoff clements text geoff clements

and thus

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So we are here and now and then we know.
We know?

What is it to know a thing or two?
Know?

KO?
Not to know.

-Now?
and then.

–ow!
That hurts!

–No?
Not really.

—O?
Really?

Knowing is to be a thee and me
For you the roses.

From me to thee
A living gift
(Take care! Germanic sense.)

On your humble table bare-
No longer.

Now
Grace to share.

With blossoms’ beauty
All Love renewed.

photo geoff clements text geoff clements

flying meditation-dakini-tara

Sometimes when meditating there is a feeling of leaving the body and flying. Not that the body actually moves, it is an inner sensation as if the spirit leaves the body for a while. In the female there are some special connotations:
Gustav_Klimt,_Fishblood,_1898._India_ink_and_pen_on_brown_paper._40_x_40.3_cm_courtesy_Galerie_St._Etienne,_New_York.
Klimt catches the feeling of freedom to voyage…………..

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A couple in stone but voyaging lightly. from cave 16 Ajanta

http://www.matrifocus.com/BEL09/noble.htm

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Tara. Statue in British Museum.

Tara is a female meditational entity (yidam) used in Vajrayana buddhism as an aid to meditation, so leading to emptiness ad salvation.

the chakras

chakraseatedhttp://www.shimmerlings.com/jewelry_chakras/chakras_introduction.htm

It is difficult to underestimate the importance of the Chakra system which is described in the ancient Vedic and Buddhist medical systems. Regarded as centres of energy linked to the Cosmic Source the energy in the various chakras can become imbalanced which manifests itself as dissatisfaction and restlessness. Approaches to treatment using this energy can use the Tantric and Yogic systems, the details vary from teacher to teacher. All are ultimately based on the hierarchy of nerve plexuses lying alongside the spinal cord.

fin du siecle: gustav klimt -philosophy, medicine, jurisprudence

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Philosophy

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jurisprudence

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Medicine

Gustav Klimt loved women and spent most of his life drawing and painting them. Living through and contributing to fin du siecle Vienna his pictures have become icons of the twentieth century. ThoUgh initially his subject matter was traditional and accepted, latterly he shocked by his frank nudes and portrayals of female sexuality. The above three paintings were commissioned for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the University of Vienna in 1893. Klimt’s novel approach to allegory and symbolism was transformative but shocking to some. In March 1900 Philosophy was exhibited in Vienna with an explanatory text:

‘ Left hand group of figures: birth, fertility and decline. On the right the globe, the cosmic riddle; emerging from below an enlightening figure: Knowledge.’

This was not found acceptable, he was accused of distorting figures to make them seem ugly and the visibility of female pubic hair shocked many and Klimt was accused of obscenity.

The second and third paintings, Medicine and Jurisprudence were less original in concept and produced less of a shock. In Medicine there is the human chain seen in Philosophy but here representing the various stages of human development. Hygieia ascends from below with healing powers. Medicine went on display in 1900 in Paris at the Exposition Universelle and gained the gold medal for foreign exhibitors. When exhibited in 1901 in Vienna there was violent criticism with questions being asked in Parliament. The standing naked female figure at the upper left of Medicine was perceived as overtly sexual and unacceptable in a female nude.

Jurisprudence was exhibited in Vienna in 1903. At the top against a panel of human figures are figurative representations of the Law , below are an old man and woman waiting their punishment.

It was decided that the paintings would not be placed as planned in the University. Klimt resigned from the commission and bought the paintings back from the University. An industrialist August Lederer bought Philosophy while Medicine and Jurisprudence were bought by Kolo Moser. The last time all three were together was a celebration of the 80th anniversary of his Klimt’s birth 1943. All were destroyed by the SS when they retreated in 1945.

a place between …. bardo….Tibetan buddhism in western society

Bardo is a Tibetan word for the time immediately after death, an important time when choices can be made if there has been sufficient preparation. It is a time full of possibilities but there are also dangers for the confused and unaware. The full force of all the karma deriving from actions, good and bad, from the immediate past life, but also from previous lives is potentially active and influences what happens.

bardo_deities_42 The assembly of the 42 Peaceful Bardo Deities seems strange to western eyes.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead describes what happens after death and the complete text has recently been translated into English for the first time. It has an introduction by the Dalai Lama. We are fortunate to have this book available which gives comprehensive instructions and background information. It was written in the eighth century by Padmasambava. It was called The Great Liberation by Hearing in the Intermediate (Bardo) State. Though other teachers contributed, Padmasambava was the father of Tibetan Buddhism and regarded in his lifetime as the second Buddha. He introduced Buddhism to Tibet by persuading the queen to convert. Her husband and the rest of the country followed. Padmasambava succeeded in fusing the indigenous Bon religion with Buddhism to create the distinctive blend which became what we now know as Tibetan Buddhism. The Bon tradition is shamanic in origin and has a very sophisticated training in traditional medicine which has continued to be associated with Tibetan Buddhism.

http://www.amazon.fr/Tibetan-Book-Dead-Complete-Translation/dp/0140455299/ref=sr_1_3?s=english-books&ie=UTF8&qid=1363268891&sr=1-3

We are fortunate to have this film showing how a dying person is helped through the process. It also shows a young monk being trained.

Now that Buddhism has been widening its influence in the west for nearly two generations, there are just beginning to be representations of the feelings evoked by the tradition transmuted by Western art and culture:

perhaps in music:

http://louthcms.bandcamp.com/album/a-place-between

popular culture:

perhaps in dance:

perhaps in a way in film:

It seems possible there is an interaction going on between Tibetan Buddhism and Western culture analogous to that between Buddhism from India and the Bon religion in Tibet at the time of Padmasambava. Something new is being created.

There has been interest in looking for evidence of past lives and near-death experiences from a scientific perspective:

http://www.iisis.net/index.php?page=semkiw-ian-stevenson-reincarnation-past-lives-research&hl=en_US

There is good evidence that regular meditation induces changes in the brain by self-directed neuroplasticity. This can change behaviour.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1572246952?ie=UTF8&tag=noeticorg-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1572246952#_

Our Western civilization with its christian roots looks at death as an ending leading to judgement and movement of the immortal soul to either heaven or hell. This view leaves no room for evolution, unlike buddhism which incorporates the concept of multiple lives leading to the possibility of self-improvement.

The death of a child is a particularly sad time with feelings of great loss. It is an ending, particularly when someone young has died. Schubert evokes these feelings:

and of course Mozart writing what is perhaps his own requiem:

self directed neuroplasticity

http://noetic.org/noetic/issue-nine-april/self-directed-neuroplasticity/It is becoming ever more apparent that our brains are malleable throughout our lives. This has practical consequences and affirms much traditional ancient wisdom. Though not necessarily easy to do, it is possible to learn to do new things or to do them in a different way and this results in changes to brain structure. One of the oldest aphorisms in neuroscience quotes Dr D Hebb ‘Neurones that fire together wire together.’ If used correctly, meditation and relaxation will result in such changes. Recovery from brain injury using intensive physiotherapy depends on this malleability; There are limits to recovery though.
A good video by Dr Rick Hanson is Stress Proof your Brain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXwDznA_Qh4
The Neurology of Awakening is an excellent and very practical summary of the evidence for self directed neuroplasticity and how to use it to change oneself.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK_ngFJWx-g<a