Book Lists

When I was at school (it seems like only yesterday, lol) one of the things we got every holiday was a book list. The English Department would provide about fifteen book titles for all of us to read so we could enjoy an extra opportunity to learn. The titles were mainly fiction with the occasional reference book thrown it. Some people read one or two books, quite a few read at least half of the list. I, along with a few others, always read all of the list. Even the books I didn’t really like (My Family & Other Animals by Gerald Durrel stands out as I never really enjoyed reading about animals) somehow got digested too. I would go back to school full up of books and ready for more. I have always loved books and the list was a great opportunity to pester my mum to buy the list or borrow as many as possible from the local library. I guess that’s also where my reading pattern got set.

Book are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in another world, new ideas or getting a deeper understanding of something you are interested in. When I’m reading I can disappear for hours. I also enjoy having more than one book at a time to read. Books that fit my moods, my interests or to relax out of life for a while. I also enjoy that books challenge what you think you know or understand. They encourage you to open your mind to other points of view and provide new info. I also enjoy that they tell a story from the writer’s point of view. And that it may challenge me to reconsider my life and views in some way. So, as a book magpie, here is my current reading list!

imageI have just  finished this book by Lynn Picknett as part of my research into angels. My next book as part of the research is  From Gabriel to Lucifer: A Cultural History of Angels by Valery Rees. As someone who works with and channels Angels I love reading about the subject to understand how the Angels have worked with other people too. I also enjoy the discussion of good and bad Angels as I want to understand why we have classified them in this way. Often the argument is that we can’t understand the Light unless we have the Dark. So I’m also part way through an interesting debate by Matthew Fox and Rupert Sheldrake in The Physics of Angels. They are discussing three historical perspectives of Angels to bring oour understanding into the age of science.

 

 

imageAlongside Angels I’m rereading The Quantum Universe by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw. Science is starting to identify concepts that I understand by different terms. The explanations of quantum ‘fit’ with a view of the world as energy rather than solid matter. I’m fascinated at how quantum resonates with my knowledge of intuitive psychic senses and experiences. Beside the quantum book I’m also rereading another favourite The Out of Body Experience by Anthony Peake. When we consider astral travel the quantum idea that a particle can be both fixed and a wave of energy makes a lot of sense. With astral travel the physical body remains foxed but the conciousness, contained in the etheric energy body, is the bit that does the travelling.

 

 

 

imageTwo other books that tie in with my interests and are on my reading pile are Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism by Steve Silberman and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. As someone who loves psychology and how our minds work I tend to read a lot about ways in which we process information. One of the things that happens when we are dealing with changes is that we have to ‘see’ ourself in new patterns so that we can take on board the changes. Adapting our thought process helps us to manage the natural anxiety and fear of change. Especially those changes where we can’t actually imagine how things are going to turn out. Understanding what makes changing our thoughts easier or harder is a great way to help other people when they are experiencing changes in their lives.

 

 

Finally, to switch off I have a Jodie Picoult book called Keeping the Faith. I enjoy her books and the puzzles or moral dilemmas they present. Everyone needs some down time. Loosing myself in the fictional dramas of novels is like a blast of fresh air because it is ‘me time’. I hope you have your own book list and enjoy flitting between the titles. Reading is a wonderful way to expand your mind, discover new treasure and think new thoughts. Make sure your book list is full of diversity, challenge and fun. Happy reading!

Day 181 of my blogging challenge. 

Celebrating the Divine Feminine

imageToday’s blog has slid over into the First of May, the celebration of Beltane by Celtic tradition, marking the beginning of summer and the desire for abundance through fertility. May Day also honoured the feminine and masculine energies by uniting couples in hand fasting relationships for a period of time. The sharing of the pleasure of making babies belongs to both but the pain of giving birth rests only with women. Celebrating the change of seasons, the creative force of the Divine Feminine and the recognition that abundance flows if you honour this energy were a key part of the rituals of Beltaine. As I moved through my day it certainly reflected these themes.

Two mums, both at different stages in their adjustment to becoming mums, came into the Centre. They were trying to find their feet amongst all of the well meaning but contradictory advice they were being given. The urge to follow their intuition was really strong but the books, their partners and often friends had differing suggestions. I felt sad that these two women had been left so uncertain of their intuitive knowing that they doubted themselves. They were experiencing motherhood as a disempowering state instead of the joy of being creative, fertile women. Where was celebration of all the ways they were nurturing happy children? Where was the encouragement that their babies would grow up ok so long as they were loved and nourished by that love? Instead, confidence has been replaced by anxiety.

In the same afternoon I had a lovely discussion about the Course in Miracles. Although the course refers to God I believe it can equally be understood by referring to Goddess. The course talks about awakening to the realisation that the Divine spark is inside all of us. We are not actually a separate individual but enfolded in the totality of that which we have identified as Divine. For me it seems perfectly logical that the Divine source will therefore encompass both feminine and masculine energy. Since we can experience both kinds of energy it’s important to be celebrating both of these inner flows. Yet much of our spirituality is still based in acknowledging the masculine energy of the Divine only. The wonderfully creative spark of Divine Feminine energy is mostly excluded from our discussions and practices around how to be a spiritual being.

That leads me on to the third thing that caught my attention. I have been aware since I was nine that everyone talked about God as a masculine being pronouncing paternally on all aspects of women’s lives. As I explored other religions and avenues of spirituality it seemd that even those with multiple Gods and Goddesses gave the lead to the masculine deities. I’ve recently picked up a thread of knowledge I began to explore in my teenage years. So I was reading a book by Lynn Picknett, one of many authors to write about Mary Magdalene, where she explores the creation story many people use as the basis for their attitudes in life. It is interesting that in the story of the garden of Eden God gave Eve the pain of birth because she had temped Adam. He also placed the idea of ‘sin’ with women as our responsibility for being able to tempt Adam. Interestingly enough these attitudes captured in an old book have become the bedrock for the way women are treated. Celebrating Goddess energy has therefore become something to be suppressed, denied or ignored. Much like the fate of women for centuries.

One of the things that I ask my Guides about a lot is how we can change this denial of the Divine feminine.  What will my daughter’s daughter’s daughter make of it all. Will she still be told what to wear, who she can be with and where it is safe for her to go? Will she approach the birth of her daughter feeling anxious, disempowered and believing that childbirth has to be a painful experience. Will she be free to learn as much as she wishes, work where she wants and be paid as if her work is of equal value to the men she works with. Will she be praised for raising the next generation of citizens and rewarded accordingly? Will she be free to love whom she wants for as long as she wants? They always throw these questions back at me. They ask me what am I doing to make changes so that this child of the future will inherit a brighter world. They have a rule – there is no interference in the way we operate our free will choices. So it’s up to me and the women of the world to start celebrating the Divine femenine.

That is where my day ended up. I went to a gala performance at the Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival. I sat in an audience of probably 60% women as we enjoyed the positive energy of women who were perfroming with pride and passion. They had applied their creative energy to displaying positive body images, love of the skin they were in, and joy at being able to share the true beauty of being a woman. Celebrating the sensual nature of being female, something stripped away by religious condemnation of women as sinners, the freedom to be who they chose to be and the power of empowerment these performers are helping to change the perception of women as women.

Interestingly there is still a great deal of misunderstanding about burlesque and a lot of it comes from women. Sadly celebrating having a body that gives and gets pleasurable sensations is still under heading of ‘bad’. The assumptions underlying this view centre around the idea that men are weak minded, have no control over their physical urges and therefore it’s the woman who has to be hidden so as not to tempt the man. Burlesque is definitely not hidden. Burlesque is a glorious celebration all all things feminine. It connects women to their sensual nature by encouraging the love of your own body. There is a freedom within burlesque that has been hidden. It is a statement of women being women and ‘playing’ the paternal system. Celebrating the Divine Feminine means looking for the Goddess within and bringing her into the outer world. Here’s to all those Goddesses who were in Todmorden tonight sharing the positive feminine creative energy.

Day 166 of my blogging challenge.