Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom The Feminine Face of Awakening by Rita Marie Robinson

The Extraordinary Wisdom of Ordinary Women is a collection of intimate, heartfelt conversations with women spiritual teachers who live and look like ordinary people. They have kids, husbands, jobs, and bills to pay. What makes them extraordinary is that each woman has awakened to her true nature. And while that sounds like enlightenment, it doesn’t look like the old stereotype of transcendence, detachment, and bliss. Quite the contrary. This is the feminine half of the spiritual journey—bringing it down to earth and embracing all of what it means to be human.

These real life stories show by practical example what it means to be fully awake and fully engaged, to meet the world without resistance—even and especially when it’s not easy—whether it’s death, divorce or illness. The invitation is explicit… “if these ordinary women can be fully awake and fully human, why not me, why not you? And why not now.”

Like many of her generation, Rita Marie Robinson has been on a lifelong search. Innocently looking outside of herself for the answer, she explored many paths—from the occult to shamanism to Buddhism and New Thought Churches. Her work interests were equally eclectic—she worked as a radio journalist, in real estate sales and development, and finally as a psychotherapist.

She received her Masters Degree in 1995 from Pacifica Graduate Institute, known for its archetypal and soul-centered approach to counseling. After the death of her husband in 1994, Rita trained as a Hospice volunteer and in Compassionate Care of the Dying with Joan Halifax. She also completed a two-year Hakomi training in 2003, an experiential approach to psychotherapy. Rita has lived and worked in Santa Barbara, Santa Fe and Telluride, Colorado.


The Earth Star Chakra

As we all know, the movement from the chakras are rhythmic, constant and harmonious. They circulate the energy through the four bodies in order to promote the perfect integration between our physical body and our Higher Self. When imagining the rotation of the chakras, imagine them rotating in the clockwise movement. Emphasis should be placed on the proper direction because there is that some literature affirms the opposite. When the chakras are perfectly aligned, cleared and strong; one can observe an interesting phenomenon: the root chakra and the crown chakra will undergo a polar inversion, which gives the origin to an opening or a Light gateway to new dimensions of consciousness.

The chakras should be experienced as live consciousnesses. They are not three-dimensional in nature, but they can be perceived tri-dimensionally, as some people have the ability to visualize them with the gift of sight. Normally the chakras are divided in two groups and differ in nature according to their location and they function. They are either “physical”, or personal, chakras, which include the seven most often discussed, or they are transpersonal, or spiritual, chakras which reach the areas beyond the realms of Self.

Among the transpersonal chakras, which are the ones of a more refined spiritual characteristic, we find the ones that are located “below” the self: the sub-personal chakras.

The Earth Star

The Earth Star chakra is the first sub-personal chakra. It is a chakra, believed by some members of New Age and Neo-Pagan, to exist in line with one’s spine, six inches below the feet. Other traditions place the Earth Star chakra as being “two arms lengths” below the feet. Either way, it is located in a fixed position relative to the physical body and not necessarily specifically located beneath the ground.

It is believed that one of the primary functions of the Earth Star is to coordinate the “grounding cord” for one’s Lightbody that leads to the center of the earth; and when functioning properly in coordination with the first, or root, chakra (the Muladhara Chakra) allows one to be grounded and centered in daily living.

What we call Lightbody is the fusion of the four bodies that compound the human body: the etheric, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Once this fusion is achieved, health, balance, harmony and stability of perfect physical, emotional and mental are finally established.

This same merge represents the unification of the objectives of the Soul and personality, the final identification between the Karma and Dharma when all becomes One. In accordance with the ancient system from Assyria, one would need to activate a fully integrated Lightbody to make the final journey through the enlightened path of the stars. One activated, the Lightbody would enable a soul to be free from all the mutational aspects of duality, igniting what we called the personal Merkabah.

One of the delicate steps of this process is the effective connection with the Lightbody of the planet, through the connection with its heart and the Christic Grid. The prospect to make this connection is only possible to the clearing, activation and integration of one’s energy system with the Earth Star Chakra.

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Sydney Peace Prize

Give Mother Earth A Chance

30 Nov 2010, 11:00

“If commerce starts to undermine life support, then commerce must stop, because life has to carry on.” This is the central premise Dr Vandana Shiva’s passionate address for the 2010 City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture, in which she lambasts global corporations for waging war against nature in the name of profits.

Shiva argues that when commonly used agricultural herbicides have names like “Round Up”, “Squadron”, “Avenge”, one can see there is war being waged against nature…and the humans are winning at the cost of their own future. To Vandana Shiva, fighting for peace for ‘Mother Earth’ is the broadest peace movement we can engage in.

She calls for a form of ‘Earth Democracy’, that re-imagines the biosphere as a citizen, that has universal rights that need protecting and defending.

Dr Vandana Shiva is speaking at the Sydney Opera House for the City of Sydney Peace Prize.

The Sydney Peace Prize was established by the Sydney Peace Foundation in 1998. Each year a prize is awarded to an organisation or individual who has made significant contributions to global peace. Previous winners include Patrick Dodson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Arundhati Roy, Hans Blix and more.

Dr Vandana Shiva is a physicist, environmental activist, author and eco-feminist. As a physicist she trained at the University of Western Ontario and specialised in Quantum Theory. As an environmental activist she has worked for campaigns that focus on the issues of bio-piracy, genetic engineering, sustainable agriculture, intellectual property rights and biodiversity. She has written many books on environmental issues including “The Violence of Green Revolution”, “Bio-piracy: the Plunder of Nature and Knowledge”, “Water, Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit”, “Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace” and her most recent book “Soil Not Oil” released in 2008. In 1991, Shiva established “Navdanya” a food security movement based in over 16 states in India, it aims to empower farmers to protect their economic livelihoods and natural resources, especially native seeds. Shiva has been awarded several awards for her efforts including the Right Livelihood Award and the United Nations Environment Program [UNEP] Global 500 Award in 1993, and most recently the 2010 City of Sydney Peace Prize.

Vandana Shiva has been recognised for her work on the empowerment of women in developing countries, her advocacy of the human rights of small farming communities, and her scientific analysis of environmental sustainability.

Vandana is founder of the Navdanya movement and the Bija Vidyapeeth learning centre in India, recognized as a school of the future.

Sydney Peace Foundation director, Professor Stuart Rees, said Dr Shiva was an inspiring recipient of the award. “Many communities are threatened by the consequences of global warming, yet in Australia the movement to address this issue has gone to sleep,” he said. “Vandana’s presence in Sydney in November should wake them up.”

Other distinguished recipients of Australia’s only international prize for peace have included previous Nobel recipients Professor Muhammad Yunus, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson.

Mary Kostakidis, chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, said governments around the world sought Dr Shiva’s counsel on issues of sustainable development. “Vandana Shiva’s work highlights the fundamental connection between human rights and the protection of the environment,” Ms Kostakidis said. “She offers solutions to some of the most critical problems posed by the effects of globalisation and climate change on the poorest and most populous nations.”

VANDANA SHIVA: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Sustainable Living

An Interview with Dr Vandana Shiva, one of the world’s foremost environmentalist, anti-GM activist and an advocate of ecological farming and sustainable agriculture as a solution to climate change, food security, hunger and peace. The interview was taken on 16th March 2011, during “Grandmonther’s University” a three day course at Navdanya Biodiversity Farm at Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India which Dr. Vandana Shiva founded in 1987 to help save traditional seeds. The farm also undertakes research and training, along with the important role of distributing native seeds to farmers in the region.

Planting the Seeds for Change ~ Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is one of the world’s most powerful voices for global environmental justice and cultural and ecological diversity. She is the founding director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in New Delhi. Vandana Shiva is also the author of numerous books including Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply. Series: “Walter H. Capps Center Series”

The Astrological and Mystical Emblems of the Last Supper, Part I

The Last Supper is the final meal that, according to Christian belief, Jesus shared with His Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion. Its symbols and the archetypical drama that it precedes, emulates the journey of the Sun through the celestial arch, guiding the light throughout the earth, and ending its journey through the passage into the underworld, and to be again resurrected and victorious in a next cycle.

What we commonly call a Solar Sign is actually the position of the sun in one of the constellations of the sky at the time a person was born. With this record, we can easily determine the category and vibrational quality of the energies present at the birth which would delineate a soul theme to be developed and utilized by the soul in their lifetime. This information, nonetheless, is not complete. Determining and associating the interaction between the Sun and the other planets, the astrological houses, the moon and, sometimes, for a deeper interpretation, the use of the Fixed Stars; are needed for a greater understanding. The basic standard that pins everything together is the Principle of Synchronicity.

If we believe that all the planets and stars are bonded by measurable and perfect orbits, with mathematical precision, and that they belong to and are one of the more refined expressions of the Music of the Spheres, part of an intelligent and conscious orchestration of frequencies; we can determine, by affinity, their influence in areas on the globe in accordance to their position in the heavens.

Accepting that Reincarnation is part of the great Law of Evolution and Balance, we can see this invisible harmonic structure. By affinity, groups of people will be attracted to elaborate together their essences, in accord with these energies. Esoterically, the types of beings that are responsible to engineer these serendipitous events are called Karmic Engineers. Their meticulousness is impeccable, because there is nothing created by the Divine Mind that is out of balance and precision. The way we try to understand the movement and the logic of these great Consciousnesses is through a deeper understanding of logic behind the mechanism of Astrology.

The last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples is described in all four Canonical Gospels, namely in Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26, Luke 22:7-39 and John 13:1-17:26. This meal later became known as The Last Supper. The Gospel of John does not include the episode of the breaking of the bread among the disciples, but tells of Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles, and has a detailed farewell discourse by Jesus, calling the Twelve Apostles who followed his teachings “friends and not servants”, as he prepared them for his departure.

Jesus’ actions in sharing the bread and wine have been linked with Isaiah 53:12, which refers to a blood sacrifice that, as recounted in Exodus 24:8, Moses offered in order to seal a covenant with God. Scholars often interpret the description of Jesus’ action as asking his disciples to consider themselves part of a sacrifice, whereas Jesus is the one due to physically undergo it.

Although the Gospel of John does not include a description of the bread and wine ritual during the Last Supper, most scholars agree that John 6:58-59 (the Bread of Life Discourse) has a Eucharistic nature and resonates with the “words of institution” used in the Synoptic Gospels and the Pauline writings on the Last Supper.

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