Coming of Age for Women

Posted: December 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

8 Stations of the Womb

 

1 – Sacred Elixir

I open and awaken my consciousness to realize the supreme gift of my Womb blood, that is the source of all life on earth and the only portal to bring life to the planet.

2 – Moon Tea

I am excited to create a practice (with my daughter, sister relative or friend) to return our blood to the earth, in a chosen place, whether in a pot plant, or a garden. By using a natural sea sponge tampon (or similar) and making moon tea in a special teapot of beauty.

3 – Honoring my Blood

I let go the need to hide or ignore my bleeding time, or blame it for “crankiness”.

I will not act as if there is nothing spectacular happening within me!

4 – Power Shift

I begin to embrace & celebrate the increased consciousness I feel in my Soulful Womb Blood, through the waxing of the moon.

Luminus dreaming, stronger feelings, and emotions, increased sensitivities and a deeper connection to all. Or simply, lively creation energies emerging.

5 – Releasing from Abuse

I am ready to dedicate time to meditate on releasing personal, historic & karmic abuse, during the waning moon.

These block me from reaching my potential.

At the foot of a waterfall or in a bath tub with meteorites & Epson salts, lodestones, I visualize the weight of the water drawing out toxins. I use the luminous structure meditation to support this work.

This practice allows space for pure new life to enter.

6 – Feminine Power of Creation

After daily releasing for 2 weeks, I am ready, during the waxing moon, to sit in a warm nurturing Dark space, in silence.

This safe and protected space was previously cleared and cleansed. I can open my heart and soul and receive the blessings of the Feminine Creation energies, of the cosmic mother, directly.

I can feel my womb blood imprinted with her Wisdom, like a strong current surging through the water. I realize that these are Soulful energies that enliven the earth and all on it!

7 – Elementals

I honor the Elementals and develop a loving relationship with each one.

These four are my friends and companions in the work of creating anything Sacred.

The Fire ‘burns off” the water gathers & imprints, the earth & the crystals store knowledge and the air move energy (research this further in your own time).

8 – Pure New Life

I am ready to dedicate a half hour each day of my moon time, with my daughter or friend or solo, in a sanctuary or at an altar of my creation.

Use the Luminus structure med to gather in and listen to the voice of the Earth, the Cosmos and the Ocean.

As I release, my womb becomes void and is a pure clean ground for new pure life to enter.

Therefore, this is my sweet time to create beauty. I am like a sponge now. So I ask my family to support my work for the next two weeks.

Bee Priestess

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“Gender Neutrality” and the Red Tent

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

gender balanceMy work with the red tent (Moon Lodge) and Feminine Spirituality and how it supports my current gender balanced life style. I am realizing that this needs clarifying.

Since the 60’s, thanks to my father, I was trained in skills normally attributed to boys only.

From navigation and directional awareness, to learning how things work, spatial awareness and mechanics, carpentry, sailing and paddling etc. I had a natural creative pull and was always dreaming and imagining.

This upbringing gave me confidence to leave my familiar western life style and jump into a completely new environment. Living simply and roughly from a knapsack for a quite a few years I explored the world and cultures unfamiliar to me.  However I had no female role models to inspire me and admired more the adventurous life style open to men. At that time in the 60’s and 70’s it was so. I knew little of the feminine nature and felt the lack of respect for it. I began the search for creative art with a level of deep feeling, emotion and powerful presence. It led me, during my travels, to the jungle shaman and their way. Little did I know it was leading me to discover The Feminine Principal long hidden!

From there I came to the realization that the powerful prime experience of creating life within our wombs was the original shamanic path, and that the path of the blood masteries, that only women hold, is the way for women to reach enlightenment. The only way… and the way most hidden. Is it any wonder few women hold world leadership roles?

How was it possible for a healthy male/female balance within a woman or a man to occur, when the inspiring and pure qualities of one half, the female half, is totally missing or distorted?

The two alchemical processes are polar opposite, totally sacred and necessary in order for the world to thrive.

I came to terms with the fact that, women can more easily learn the skills of the masculine virtues because they are “held up to the light” and glorified in our society, but for women to learn the skills of the feminine virtues is almost impossible, because they are hidden or twisted. The negative attributes are of course clearly highlighted and held up for scorn.

We all know that the patriarchy that is enforced by both genders has not only silenced the Divine Feminine creative force but often demonized it. This is crippling for both women and men today.

We all desire balance within. It is in our DNA at our source, for in the beginning we know that we were not separate.

So how was I to find a true balance, now that I was listing heavily to my male side?

It was pretty obvious, I had to dig up and untangle the true feminine powers and free them to blossom, eventually into my life and hopefully into others. Then I would be able to find the balance myself and hold both precious qualities in my soul equally. There is such a powerful and moving sense of truth and beauty in some people of “two spirits.” So this inspired me to begin my search for the true feminine. And I had a lot of help. Dreams and follow up clues began to surface.

What an exciting ride. While I delve into the alchemy of the purpose of the Moon Blood and the Womb Chakra and even the Virgin Birth mystery, I live my life more balanced than before: slowly bringing my feminine qualities forward to match my over developed masculine ones.

Painted on the ceiling of my ceremony room is the great Sri Yantra; a perfect example of the interlocking of Masculine and Feminine polar opposite qualities.  They are indeed not neutral or blended! Here is what R.Steiner said “the masculine principal cannot create, for it is the end result of all that is born from the sacred feminine source.”

The Masculine is Divine Order, the Feminine is Divine Creation.

The Feminine is the beginning of all, the Creator, the principal of abundance, forever unfolding in all directions, outpouring in vibrancy and joy.

 The Masculine brings structure and finishing to that all the Feminine creates. We constantly move from creation into ordering or from femininity into masculinity in our work….Like loam into crystal. For me, this endearing metaphor allows me to embrace both equally, as I sense how they work together inside of me.

Can you feel these qualities within you? Can you feel how vital they both are to be recognized, in their differences, within you? (If you desire a healthy balance.) If there is too much masculine there comes a lack of feeling and soulfulness and too much hard, linear insensitivity, a brittle dryness. If there is too much feminine there comes a lack of rationality and common sense and too much circular repetition, a moldy decay.

The Sri Yantra says it all in the visual language and from our ancestors. Here are the seven downward pointing triangles of the feminine, and the seven upward pointing triangles of the masculine. They are tightly interlaced and inseparable; yet each holding their own form and purpose, vibrating and ready to create, forming a starry perfection together. But each can be clearly seen as individual perfect aspects of Life: the feminine direction of “soul creation into the illusion” and the masculine direction of “transcendence into spirit.” My musings on the virtues are below.

Feminine virtues

Creation energies
Enduring strength
Meditative
Past, present, future awareness
Inner world
Descending
Soulfulness
Feeling/emotion
Egalitarian/sharing
Dark (nurturing/warm/gestating)
Wisdom
Will

 

Masculine Virtues

Ordering energies
Power strength
Prayerful
Focused, present awareness
Outer world
Ascending
Spiritual
Logical
Dominance/light (transcendence/clarity)
Knowledge
Control

                                    

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Monique Alore’s Mural – February 2015

Posted: April 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Murals | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

moniques mural
 
Very excited about this work in progress- a perfect fit for me! My friend, Monique Alore, a powerful Shamanic healer, has asked me to co- create with her a mural in her healing room, to support her work with clients.
 
Wanting to reflect both the inner and outer life, I painted her a cross section of a cave interior on the lower left and a vista of fields and lakes on the upper right.  Within the cave (as womb) sits Monique in contemplation, creating her world! Roaming above are her power animals. The colors also reflect the inner and outer worlds.
 

Deep enriched colors within, and bright sparkling colors outside.

 
We also designed this to include a “Tromp’liel” aspect. The cave entrance will be adorned with a 3D skull mask (created by another artist and gifted to Monique in exchange for her services).  I look forward to posting finished photos of this mural as soon as I have finished it.
 

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Sacred Circle Gift Shop, Tyendinaga Territory

Posted: March 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Murals | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

 I was so happy to be asked by Charlene Maracle to conjure up signage
for her wonderful shop on Hwy 49.

The gifts she has in her cosy little space, are a blend of the sacred tools
of the Celtic Culture and the Aboriginal Culture.

The wordless signs were installed last November 2014, high on a sturdy frame in clear view of the highway. The visual language says it all…and more!

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Mural in Toronto at St Cecilia’s Catholic School – Dec. 2014

Posted: February 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Murals | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

St Cecilias Catholic School

I have been honored to paint depictions of the St’s in Catholic schools recently. I am learning a lot, as I research the lives of these advanced people. I am not a Christian, but I am open and respectful to this faith.

St Cecilias Catholic SchoolI learned that Cecilia was a young Italian woman who lived around 800 ACE. She was forced to marry against her will. Her own choice was to devote her life in service to others. As she walked down the aisle, she immersed herself so intensely into the music being played for her, that she went into trance and let the sacred sounds transport her. There in communion with the “Divine” she asked to be saved from this situation.

Magically, after her marriage ceremony was completed, her husband, after hearing her desire to devote her life to serve humanity, was so in awe of her that he supported her wish, agreed to not consummate the marriage and became her devotee, for the rest of his life. That is the potential in the power of great music.

With that inspiring story I began to sketch out the composition I had designed and soon called in the kid’s 2×2 to help block in the colors. As we worked I asked them what they knew of Cecilia (these were little kids, so not to be critical) since their school is named after this great Saint.

“Oh she is the women who built the school. Didn’t you know?” 

I had a wonderful time with these children and they were a great help to me in pulling together this mural, to help celebrate the school’s 100th anniversary.

St Cecilias Catholic School

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Musings on the Need for Balance

Posted: February 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Siberian ShamanThere is a view, it seems that pits white culture against indigenous cultures that live with reverence towards nature and therefore towards the feminine principal and women themselves.

The white culture is extremely patriarchal and so we have all, men and women, indeed lost touch with the feminine within, and so subjugate nature based cultures, and label them undeveloped.

The positive aspects of the masculine are mostly buried today and the negative aspects have gone wildly destructive, without positive feminine qualities engaged, to sustain balance.

What I feel both types of societies have forgotten is that this white culture too was once nature based, one holding great reverence for nature and the feminine and was thus balanced and more harmonious than now.

White women and men, of power and influence, were part of a thriving European nature based culture. Yes even white women had moon lodges and birthing temples and Witches were held in high esteem for their beautiful healing and midwifery skills.

Yes even white women were landowners and farmers. White men were not seen as weak to shed a tear and to honor their emotions! There was less pressure on them to be “superior and hard hearted”. It’s difficult to believe that white men, in the past, shared equally with women in business, property ownership, decision making, prophecy, philosophy, higher learning etc.

Yet it is true. We have been steered away from remembering our true history.

Many white women today are reaching out to learn from all who are in tune with their inner feminine, no matter the gender or culture, to remember who they are!

In Europe it has been at least 3000 years since this balance existed, at least in pockets! …it is long lost, and difficult to access. Most recently, its worst state of fear of the feminine was in the middle ages, during the 300 years of witch burnings, led by our white brothers (and supported by some white sisters).

This newly blossoming search for the Inner Divine Feminine is being eagerly sought by women, and some men, of many cultures today.

Now I realize I have omitted the other patriarchal cultures that oppress the feminine spirit, such as the Middle East, and India and China. I am focusing this musing to, white verses “colonies” because the white culture went out to conquer, convert and destroy other nations. So as a white woman healer, artist and spiritual feminist, I do not align myself with my white brother’s history and feel estranged from them.

I am rejoicing to see this trend coming, of the return of the Divine Feminine and to see white men being attracted to it, even though in small numbers! This movement knows no boundaries and embraces all and everyone as equal and that is why it feels right. The Feminine principal in women holds the direct link to pure Soul energy.

Creations of profound beauty cannot be birthed on earth without a deep connection to a purified Feminine Soul, together with a loving heart.

There are two qualities within the Masculine and Feminine principals, which are confused on a “popular” level I feel. The Masculine principal holds divine and not so divine qualities, as does the Feminine. The patriarchal culture makes the mistake of holding up to the light the positive aspect of itself and the negative aspects of the Feminine.

In this way the positive, or rather divine aspects of the Feminine, have been lost, silenced or distorted.

For example in our current culture, the sun is seen as life giving and the moon is seen as destructive. If we lived in a Matriarch (which would be just as awful in reverse) the moon would be life giving and the sun destructive, both are wrong.

In a balanced view, the moon would be known to cause things to grow round and full and low, and gather in and magnify all the beauty. The Sun would be seen as what forms and finishes and give divine order to all the beauty that the Feminine creates. In our coming Egalitarian culture (as prophesied by the Mayan) this will come to be realized and lived.

I am not denying the destructive aspects of the sun and moon. The sun and its light can burn, overexpose, dry up and kill. Without the gentle, quiet, protective Darkness, to reflect in and restore oneself in, we would die. The Moon also can attract negative energies and magnify that! So we have four active aspects to show the contrast in life.

I am grateful to the Indigenous people for preserving, against all odds, the Feminine Soul Wisdom, within their heritages, and in sharing it with those who seek truth and in helping us remember where it lies…in our wounded, shattered souls.

I am grateful for the re-discovery of the Sanskrit Palm Leaves in India and of the Inca tradition of the Womb, kept sacred and hidden until the 1970’s.

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Quinte Mohawk School, Tyendinaga Territory

Posted: January 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Murals | No Comments »

Stepping back – at Quinte Mohawk Federal school with Kathleen Manderville (principal) on Tyendinaga Territory very grateful to her and the community for bringing me onboard to paint many murals of the Mohawk traditions, in the foyer, the Gymnasium, the hallways and even surrounding a skylight.

Though taking direction from traditional people, I was given much freedom to interpret from my own inspirations as seen in this small mural of the Sky Woman. I painted there in 2005 then for the summer in 2007 and again in 2012. You can view the whole collection in my gallery called school murals and sample murals.

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The Luminus Structure…a woman’s path to enlightenment- Aug 2014

Posted: December 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | No Comments »

The luminus structure is a scematic of the function of the Womb chakra. It is how women connect divine energy to the body. It contains both male & female principals.

Note that the fem. triangle points downward but its foundation(base) is in the spiritual realm. Also note that the male triangle is pointing upward to the spiritual yet its foundation is in the material, earthly realm.

The fem. creation energies are of the dark void (full of vibrating potential of all) At conception the male principal ignites one of those vibrations. Then the fem.principal nurtures and develops that idea so that it grows,develops & manifests during the gestation period.

At birth the masc. & fem. principals within the womans body,work together in harmony to fully bring the creation to term in the 3-D world of illusion. This stage allows the light to engage equaly with the creation energies of the dark womb, thus combining the polar opposite energies of female and male– forming & finishing.

This process, bonds back to one, the polar energies, like the Great Creation before the “split” or the “big bang” and is called ‘Jappa creation’ in Inca terms.. This quantum creation of bringing in something entirely new, all takes place within the womb. And is a form of enlightenment,or magic…creating something out of nothing!

The womb with its sacred nature has one purpose..to bring blessings to the planet. to connect to and pull in divine energy and so create new & divinely inspired life.(whether conceptual or human!)

To gather & pull down this divine energy every woman needs to first clear her womb with special training and with soul clearing practices . Otherwise she will have little accesses to to enlightenment.

The trancendance path to enlightenment works against a womans becoming, unless she has first purified her womb from anscetoral abuse, mastered the Blood Masteries and the Luminus Structure meditations. She needs to fully understands the power of her womb.

The male trancendance path to enlightenment is called Ranti. It is when 2 similar things find resonance which allows for a third thing to pop out- such as an “atunement” or when two resonant tones create a “harmonic” .

Religious practices of the last 3000 years or so,use the Ranti approach to enlightenment.We attempt to raise ourselves to a level of unconditional love,thus atuning to a divine vibration.

Inca wisdom of the Feminine via Cindy Lindsay.


 

The Black Madonna…my understanding

Posted: July 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Wyldwood Sojourn | No Comments »

She is the Cosmos, the great cosmic void, the source of all creation, the silent Divine Darkness which brims with all potential of all that is to be and what has been. A place of great intensity and anticipation. The place of gestation. The Womb. The nurturing warm, darkness were life grows to perfection. All tender new life unfolds from within the Black Madonna/  Dark Mother. No Light is allowed here, for all new life would die from premature over exposure.

So we see Her image with a tiny Sun on her lap. For the Sun’s light reaches only so far into her great vast realm. In her hand she holds the planet earth. The other hand shelters her Moon, which is in her Sun’s hand. The Moon controls the waters & the Blood of Life. The Sun’s other hand forms a gesture…a voice. He appears to express what she is creating. He brings divine order to her creations, if he is sitting on her lap, and remains deeply connected to her Soulfulness.

The Black Madonna gives birth to the whole solar system as well as the universe beyond. It is all contained within her. She is the Soul energy which enlivens all of her Creations and gives will and feeling and substance to them. She is the master of Divine Manifestation. Her movement is downward pointing, into Illusion. She is warm and moist and makes all things grow wide and round and full of loving emotion and feeling. Her tools are the elements. Her sister is woman. A woman’s womb is the gateway to bring the Black Madonna’s blessings to the Earth in all ways. on all levels. A woman holds a direct link back to the first creation in her earthly womb.

Maureen Walton 2014