In the backwater eddy of the stream of life

There are those times that the pendulum pauses outside of space and time and nothing moves, nothing exists, and one wonders how real reality is after all. Moments frozen in time dissolve into karmic dust. Entangled lines of interactions unravel and one looks out an imaginary window to a horizon beckoning from afar.


Bake bread.

Move forward…drawn by the gravitational forces of love.

On the wings of desire . . .


Let it begin again.

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Hope Springs Eternal

Spring DaffodilsHope Springs Eternal! A name that was once suggested as a name for our spiritual group’s rest home. However, no matter how Ron encouraged us to gather near him, most of us never did.

Even as the years speed by, the core group has drifted away in many directions. A few diehards try to force its continuance, but that work was completed. Perhaps as Claire states, we all got what we were coming for. Ron said only two half people ever got what he was doing. He meant that only I heard that, but a young fifthwaver was in earshot and the commented carried farther than it was ever intended.

Still, a week past snow and the daffodils are in full bloom. Such is the weather in the southern United States. A thunderstorm in winter portends more snow this week, but for today and just for today, Hope Springs Eternal.

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Dark Nights of the Soul

P1070808After three days of anticipating the southern snowstorm, a beautiful pristine blanket covers the ground. Everything old is made new again. Beautifully silent – there are no plows, sleds or scrapers. Just the red cardinal scavenging for the seeds I threw outside a bit ago. The cat watches intently from the window sill. A brown thrasher is delirious with his find of an acorn. We all find a way to move through this cold, silent season.

The long days inside are fertilizer for the dreams of the other worlds and introspection of my own role within this one. The dreams have brought up past deeds to forgive, ask forgiveness and to just let go. Resolution seems to have been the theme since solstice. Few conflicts that are resolved in days, not lifetimes.

The immediacy reminds me of the time Bob and I stood in the Da’ath position in Ron’s version of the Cabbalistic Lightning Flash ritual long ago in Montreat. To survive meant to resolve every conflict in one’s being. Such rich days of insight and learning.

For those in Ron’s group, the Great Work did not stop with Ron Mangravite’s death. His mission for this lifetime was accomplished. I now can relate to his being “content to watch the grass grow.”

However, to every job well done, another one is given. At last, the slippery illusion of time and death merges into a revelation of what my group accomplished. Sent back into the mundane world few remember or realize the grand part they played. As Claire reminded me, “Perhaps everyone got what they came for.”

My insistence, counter to Ron’s, on every one being aware of their part may have been only illusion. Perhaps we are entitled to our own until we are enlightened differently.

So the snow masks the daffodils and hides the harbingers of Spring. It is time to awaken.



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The Fleeting Memory of Enlightened Moments

Two weeks after an extraordinary event, I have no recollection of it. Only the small note I put on the previous blog reminds me that it even happened. As the snow melts away and the daffodils start to peek out from underground, the notebooks of collected symbols, drawings, and words from Ron’s seminars beckon.

Both my sister and I had a brief dream appearance from our deceased father. In mine, he was probably in his late 30′s and was coming into the childhood home after walking the dog. Pete, the white chihuahua, had a red harness on and someone commented, “Daddy loved walking that dog every day.” (There is no recollection in my memory of him ever having done so.)

The questions of time, memory, separation have brought me back to the tower room. And none of my students quite understands the major accomplishment we had achieved. Perhaps it is time to use it.

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Saturn Return

HBD AmarI awoke born anew this morning. I had little sleep. My time at the remote cabin is a sacred retreat. Last night dinner had gone well, I had baked my birthday cake for today, and the chickens, dog, cat, and tween had all gone to bed on time. Yet I was wide awake at 2:30. I smiled when I saw the clock – it was my birthday.

Then in a magical panoramic screen scenes of my life played before me. I saw myself in scenes from my life – seemingly a lesson that once recognized could be let go. It was beautiful – releasing old pentup emotions and mechanisms from a lifetime like sandbags tethering a balloon basket to the earth. Two hours of visions, remembrances, thanks and forgiveness. When it was done, I felt lighter, and freer.

Only then did I consider what is called a Saturn Return. Somewhere between 27 tor 30-year intervals is the approximate time it takes the planet Saturn to make one orbit around the sun, i.e. 29.4 years. Astrologers say that as Saturn “returns” to the degree in its orbit occupied at the time of birth, a person crosses over a major threshold and enters the next stage of life. With the first Saturn return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second return, maturity. And with the third and usually final return, a person enters wise old age. I guess I have matured.

Happy Birthday Amar.

Tomorrow: The man with apapraxilis

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A Toast to Manifesting the Vision

New Years – a party to avoid, a party to attend. A time to be silent and a time to speak up. A toast to creating the world of harmony and acceptance. Namaste.

From Mary Lomado astro report:

If you are a Capricorn this month is a big one for you. You may be in the process of completely changing major aspects of your life, or important people in your life. Capricorns are not afraid of power, but they generally do not like change. It’s good to remember that change is not necessarily disruptive; it can be exciting and life-affirming. Your need to create, shape and direct your energies into tangible results make you extremely alert to opportunities and how to utilize them. (This can be described as the famous Capricorn ambition at work.) This New Moon will bring a tremendous potential for growth and opportunity. You may even get a new “mission statement”. The other cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) will also be feeling the Grand Cross “pushing the envelope” for change. So, take a deep breath, and know that you are consciously co-creating your reality.

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The Dream Teaching

A night of esoteric instruction – lots of meditation and a hug from Ron who I had to remind that he was a ghost and couldn’t eat. He let the fried egg slide out of his mouth into the trash. Was shown an art book done in black and copper by Claire. A good night and a grateful thank you.

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Solstice – The Sun Stops at the New Stonehenge Visitors’ Centre

This Saturday is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, marking our shortest daylight period and longest night of the year.
At 12:11 p.m. EST on December 21, the sun appears directly overhead along the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5 degrees south latitude. With the Earth’s north pole at its maximum tilt from the sun, locations north of the equator see the sun follow its lowest and shortest arc across the southern sky. For the next six months, the days again grow longer as the sun spends more time above the horizon.

The new £27-million Stonehenge Visitor Centre that opened this week (Photo: Peter Cook)
The new £27-million Stonehenge Visitor Centre that opened this week (Photo: Peter Cook)
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The new £27-million (US $44 million) visitor centre for the world’s most famous Neolithic monuments has opened its doors just days before the winter solstice in Britain, offering a modern, but low-key and educational introduction to the 5,000-year-old stone circle. Cars are banished and visitors are offered a virtual “Stonehenge experience” before approaching the stones on foot or by shuttle.

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The new visitor centre at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was designed by Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall, and is the culmination of decades of political, financial and community wrangling. In addition to the construction of new, sustainable buildings, the project involved re-routing a major road, restoring the ancient path to the site and moving the centre and exhibition space 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from the actual stones.

Within the new structures the exhibitions now include the virtual “experience,” a giant circular cinema screen that plays a three-minute video which uses state-of-the-art laser scans of the massive stones to allow visitors to “stand in the stones” and experience the summer and winter solstices as they would have appeared at the time the circle was erected.

The Stonehenge virtual experience (Photo: English Heritage)
“A more dignified setting”
There was never much dispute that the old entry structures, located just across the double-lane highway, were in need of replacement. Anyone who has visited the stones in the past will be aware of the spartan facilities on offer, (including the rustic toilets) and the fact that the A road ran so close to the site as to make a very incongruous intrusion on the experience of the majestic pillars of Salisbury Plain.

The new buildings offer what English Heritage say is “a more dignified setting.” Denton Corker Marshall’s solution, working with English Heritage, replaces the old gift shop and ticket huts with more sustainable buildings that are also more subservient to the late-Neolithic monument and decidedly more elegant than what came before.

An aerial view of the site as it is today, with the road cutting through the ancient proce…
A three-way approach: A dramatic “prelude” to the stones
Barrie Marshall, director at Denton Corker Marshall, has described the new centre as “a prelude to the stones that should in no way diminish their visual impact, sense of timeless strength and powerful sculptural composition.” Instead of a single, declarative architectural statement, the architects created three separate buildings, or “pods,” of only a single storey.

The largest, faced in sweet chestnut, houses the museum, displays and service facilities. The second, glass-walled, building is a bit more stylish, and contains the education centre, café and shop. The smallest pod, a zinc-clad hut, is the ticket and information booth.

The Stonehenge Visitor Centre includes a café and shop (Photo: Peter Cook)
These all sit beneath a delicately undulating steel roof canopy, whose shape nicely mimics the gentle slope of the surrounding landscape. The canopy is supported on 211 sloping columns, all of which help to minimize the impact of the structure on the landscape and keep a low profile in anticipation of the main attraction, the massive stone circle, which was erected around 2,500 B.C. And where the previous entry was close up to the site, the new buildings are set back at a distance, making the site itself only reachable on foot or by shuttle, and only visible as you journey away from the visitor centre.

Sustainability, reversibility and restoring an ancient avenue
A major complication in this project was the decision to close part of the road running alongside the stones and to re-route traffic around the plain. The closure not only removed vehicles and pollutants from close proximity, but allowed the chance to overplant and to restore an ancient processional route to the stones, known as “the Avenue.” In addition to diminishing the impact on the landscape by breaking up the building into three smaller volumes, the architects adhered to a sustainable agenda in materials and methods. The chestnut cladding is locally grown, and native Salisbury limestone was also used.

Perhaps inspired by the huge difficulties of trying to “undo” past wrongs, such as the road and the previous buildings, Denton Corker Marshal took steps to ensure that the new arrangement could be demountable should the need arise to remove it at some point in the future. The buildings sit on a concrete raft set over fill. This and the lightweight materials mean that the scheme required less intrusive fixings into the ground. Energy-saving measures have been employed in the heating, ventilation, and insulation systems, as well as in rainwater recycling.

View from the Stonehenge Visitor Centre (Photo: Peter Cook)
Sitting lightly in the land but with purpose
The architects intended their structure to “sit lightly in the landscape,” and visually, the buildings have a minimal impact on the view over the plain. The steel, zinc and glass, along with the gentle wave of the roof canopy, are designed to provide an elemental appeal that complements the natural setting and connects with the solid integrity of the stones.

However, English Heritage was determined that the visitor centre do more than replace the long-outmoded facilities and has included an ambitious program of education and museum-quality exhibitions, including the reconstruction of the head of an early Neolithic man, based on remains dated to about 3000 B.C, as well as the virtual Stonehenge experience. A group of reconstructed Neolithic houses will be completed as part of an external exhibition by Easter 2014.

Some visitors will no doubt balk at the increased price for admission of £13.90 (US$23) for adults and £8.30 (US$13.60) for children when pre-booked, (more if you pay at the gate), and at the attempts to earn more cash through café and retail enhancements. But monumental conservation does not come cheap. Even if the virtual “Stonehenge experience” might sound a bit hokey to some, it’s hard to argue against the benefits of wandering around the mighty trilithons without seeing cars whizz past, or of having the stones slowly revealed on a walk up a grassy slope. Skeptic or druid, you might find some ancient pleasure in it.

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Dark Before Light

starsolsticeStill in the effects of the Full Moon we enter now into the earth sun pattern of solstice. Time for a change of direction. The shortest day of the year will allow us to embrace the darkness within us all. We hold these truths before our mirrors and wonder at why we resist the unknown. Facing the darkness we allow the fear to be seen for what it is – lack of illumination. The sun and earth will shift to bring more light into the world. Perhaps we will as well.

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No Future in the Past

ttTime will wait for no one…

And we will know the place for the first time…

The Great Circle

Time and death wear the same mask.

The Dark Tower…

In Between

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