The Journey: A Beginning

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Photo c/o t3rmin4t0r via Flickr

LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION

I just need to start writing…

That is what I told myself this morning after thinking about the many different possible ways to go about this project. So here I go.

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Uniqueness

At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The uniqueness of our own Individuality.  It is something to be celebrated.  Something that gives life on this plane of existence meaning.  If we were all the same, would existence not be dull? Continue reading

Faol (The Wolf)

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The sign-bearing wolf shall lead his troops, and surround Cornwall with his tail.

from The Prophecies Of Merlin

The Wolf. Mighty canine, archtypal pack animal, both revered and feared by humans throughout the ages. Faol is the Gælic, the Welsh is Blaidd and there are countless other names in countless other languages. The Wolf represents a strong sense of faithfulness, intuition, inner strength and the ability to learn. When challenges face you and you find that you might have to go beyond “normal” behaviour & take risks in order to progress and learn – the mighty Faol can help. It can teach you about your own inner power and inner strength which often manifests itself when you are alone. In the darkest of wildernesses, the Wolf can help you find courage through spiritual companionship allowing you to discover your deepest self. Wolves are highly social intelligent and friendly – like most canines. They also embody a wildness not found in domesticated dogs although they are often valued for their affinities with humans.
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Waterfalls

Have you ever sat near a waterfall, closed your eyes and just listened. What do you see in your mind’s eye? What does the rushing water instill into your consciousness? Does the mist wash your soul as it washes your body? Have you ever felt the eyes of a sprite upon you as the power of the water rushes forth over the gorge? Have you ever stood under that torrent & exalted in the power of the water as it showered down upon you? Have you ever plunged deep into the vortex at the base of the waterfall, envelloped in the power & the primal feeling of being completely surrounded by this amazing elemental manifestation? Have you ever pondered the mysticism of the Waterfall, the Gorge & the River and how they are beautiful Symbols of our own journeys along our existential pathways?
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The Lost City Of Dwarka…

As a westener, I do not know much about Hindu mythology or the history of India.  It is a subject I have been curious about for some time.  Until recently, I have never taken any opportunities to research this ancient culture.  But that all changed when I heard about Dwarka. Continue reading

After the rain…

The day out on the island was hot & muggy. Time was spent meeting new scouters & sharing our experiences & woodland skills. Meals were shared as were many stories. A good time was had by all & I think we all walked away with new knowledge.

But as the sun began to lower itself in the sky. My companions all left – one boatload at a time. Until I was left alone with my thoughts & my own woodland lore. My first task was to recce a spot to sleep for the night. Upon studying the map of the island that hangs in the cabin, I picked an area on the north shore – near what is referred to as “Skinny Dip Beach” (because Scouts of old would skinny dip at this spot). And so, I set forth along the trail – watching for poison ivy which riddles some spots on the island – seeking out a spot to bed down for the night. Once selecting a spot with a view of the lake, I returned to the cabin & hiked my gear in. Then I setup my camp, enjoying the solitude & the faith I have in my own skill.

The night was still hot – for as I sat next to my small fire I felt as if I was sitting in a sauna. As I ate my supper, I contemplated the beauty & serenity that surrounded me. The sun was setting, as too was the crescent moon. The silver sickle following in the path of the golden disc… a potent image.

The night was quiet. The lake was calm. Peace, paradise & serenity filled me. A perfect moment.

The next morning the weather turned. The winds blew strong from the south & with it came cooler & wetter air. The rain fell, soaking my tent. It wasn’t much fun striking camp – but something you get used to if you’ve ever spent a lot of time outdoors. I made it back to the cabin & began to plan my solo canoe trip back to the mainland. Listening to the weather on the emergency weather radio in the cabin, I watched through the window as the rain slowed & then stopped. A glimmer of sun poked through the clouds for a moment – an omen foretelling me of my only opportunity to cross the lake without rain.

As quick as I could, I loaded up the canoe & paddled for shore. The wind was with me as I left the dock next to the cabin. However, as I rounded the north point of the island – passing my campsite from the night before – I turned into the wind. I made short sprints from island to island – using the granite shores that rise up out of the water as a windbreak. At last, I reached the landing, unloaded my gear – put the canoe in its berth – & returned home.

The adventure, the moment, now in the past.

Tell me about your own adventures – either in the wild or any other journeys of solitude you might have undertaken.  What did you learn about the world & about yourself?  Please leave me a comment below.

Until next time…

Project Yourself…

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I was struck by the symetry, the beauty & the complexity of the ancient Hindu symbol known as the Sri Yantra. Now I have to admit that Hinduism is a subject I do not know much about – yet I have always been curious about this ancient religion & the mythos it espouses. And so, a few months ago I began to delve into the subject – concentrating on this amazing symbol. That is when I stumbled upon a website talking about the benefits of meditating on the Sri Yantra. I was immediately facinated & began to delve deeper into what the site had to say. There seems to be many ancient mysteries surrounding this powerful symbol. Mysteries that might allow the Individual the ability to unlock their true potential. I was hooked. I needed to find out more.

So now I am exploring further. And you can as well. Click on the link below to find out everything you need to know about the ancient mystical symbol & how it can help you realize your own potential.

Leave me a comment below & tell me your own experiences with this amazing symbol.