Friday, May 26, 2006

WHO IS THE GODDESS

Who is the Goddess?

SHE IS LOVE
SHE IS PASSION,
SHE IS LUST,
SHE IS ROMANCE,
SHE IS NUTURING, CARING AND PROTECTIVE
SHE IS HATE,
SHE IS SCORN,
SHE IS ENVY
SHE IS REVENGE
SHE IS THE MOTHER,
SHE IS THE DAUGHTER,
SHE IS THE SISTER,
SHE IS THE LOVER,
SHE IS CONSERVATIVE,
SHE IS FUNKY,
SHE IS QUIRKY,
SHE IS SOPHISTICATED.
THE GODDESS IS EVEYTHING YET SHE IS UNDEFINABLE....
THE GODDESS IS A MULTI DIMENSIONAL,
UNPREDICTABLE , CONTRADICTION IN MOTION.
BUT HEY
IS MOTHER EARTH EVER PREDICTABLE !!DAMN.... IT AIN'T EASY BEING A QUEEN...
MJ2006.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Art within sacred play and goal setting.


Saturday, December 10, 2005
In the past I when I have run my women’s workshops, I have used a combination of tools involving ritual, discussion, dance and meditation.
I have also attended so many workshops which have had a profound effect on my journey using all the above tools.
However I found the most enjoyable tool used in workshop is the use of Art (my favorite form of expression), for example creating a specific piece of artwork to represent a journey, or goal.
Tools
An effective tool to plan/heal/ set a goal or intentions is to make a Collage. Collage bypasses the subconscious mind without the added pressure of wanting to create a masterpiece. We all have our own inner artiste, but painting or drawing may not be the correct medium for us to exercise our creativity.
Even though Creativity and life or the same we all have a place under this catergory, that’s why we have Griots or Cantadora's (keeper of stories), dancers, nurturers etc . Also collage produces the fun factor cutting out magazines, one becomes like a child again, which is also a sacred place.
With Collage we can select images that whisper to our soul and use them to help us through issues; we can then heal and plan the next stage if we trust the workings of the Creator.
One way to successfully work with issues is designing a soul collage card;
Soul Collage & Spirituality: 9 Steps to Your First Soul Collage™ Card Fall in Love with You with Soul Collage by Anne Marie Bennett try http://www.creativity-portal.com
This is very a very good way of working with collage, and working with any issues or blocks. (Believe me it works!).
Collage can be used to make a treasure map of goals - 'Creative Visualisation' by Shakti Gawain details this process.
I have attained my goals through this process, even if I forgot about a collage/goal when I went back to it found months or years later that 90f my goals have been materialised.
In the Summer I will run another workshops, and I will introduce the Soul Collage card into the space, so if your in England and you wanna access your inner artiste watch this space.

A journey through the body - (Sacred Dance).

Belly dancing

This is a powerful creative way to get back into the body and exercise. There are symbols used within the dance such as the 'Figure of Eight' which represent infinity and the connection to the Divine. Other movements are used to clear and open up the Sacrel and Solar Plexus chakras. There are also the Egyptian arm movement called the 'Open Heart' which helps with opening the heart and inproves confidence.
Belly dancing is also helpful for strengthing the internal muscles, and posture. This form of exercise is fun and works the physical, emotional and spiritual centres of the body. This is also good releasing any blocked energy within the body. Apparently good during pregnancy as it exercises the pelvis -
( I suggest that earth mothers check with their midwives/doulas before undertaking any exercises).


Body adornment -

To adorn is to honour During sacred ceremonies the body was adorned.
Piercings, tattoos, dyeing of the hair etc is nothing new !

* I had a discussion with a group of Somalian women who told me secrets of how they groom and honour their bodies, I blushed - (there was no talk of female circumcision although this is a very serious subject).

Every culture or group is different regarding body adornment. I enjoyed the collection of waist beads I recieved from a friend via Sierra Leonne.

I learned to use Henna to adorn my body via the ladies from Lahore, and Sri Lanka, and Headwrapping techniques from a Yoruba initiate from west london. My piercings! via a Tattoo shop in East London LOL.

For me body adornment is an ancient art, but there is a thin line between tasteful and tasteless - concious body art yes.


The sad part is that the same indigenous customs and practises termed 'primitive' and 'savage' have now been reintroduced into society with the spiritual aspects taken out very interesting!
For the countless women who lose their power of authenticity and cast away their dreams to live a life of another's, religion, family, institution, role. - live your life, adorn yourself for you begin it now!!!!

chapter from my fourthcoming book

Quadrille (Hidden London part I) The History of a traditional dance

I recently had the pleasure of watching elders perform the Quadrille dance here in England. As most elders of Caribbean decent have returned 'Home' to their respective countries ie Jamaica, Barbados, St Vincent , St Lucia, Trinidad, Dominica, etc I really felt quite honoured to witness the grace, spirit and pride applied to this dance. .
As I watched the trimmed and well dressed elders perform the dance I couldn't help feeling a little sad, as this dance was performed within an Afro Caribbean elders home.. I wondered has this society influenced our community so much that we now are happy to place our elders in sheltered accommodation locked away with so much out formation which is so valuable for us?.
Without the presence of Grandparents or Elders within the home environment we miss a big part of the history of our culture. However the experience of watching the Quadrille dance I understand how important dance is , be it Hip hop, Reggae, Jazz, salsa and calypso. (I bet there is a good story behind the four – mation (Candy) dance any body know about this one?
Anyway back to the dance, the tutor told me that she hopes to bring the Quadrille to schools as a dance option, maybe this will be a way to bring back understanding to our young about the origins and importance of dance.
There are times however when our dance needs to be approached with the same grace, spirit and pride as the Quadrille dancers and not the savvy, overexposed and incorrect sexuality we seen on MTV that dominate our homes.
The dance
The Quadrille dance originated from Plantation days via France and was introduced in place of African ritual dance, as the Plantation owners were afraid that the slaves would revolt if they continued to use their indigenous dance.
The dance was also used to communicate and as a way of protesting in a covert way. I was told that the dancers also learned about geometry (isn't there sacred geometry).
The dance started with couples positioned in a formal square position–very similar to the waltz where the partners were rotated whilst keeping the dance circle. For more in-depth info and pictures of the dance here is a very good website.
http://www.nukanweb.com/mdc/quadrille.htm
www.lennoxhoneychurch.com - A good site which details the African connection and Dominica and the West Indies included info on herbs, language, music and religion

The Influence of Hip Hop music.

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Monday, February 13, 2006
Thinking about the death of a great producer, whom I did not realize produced so many artists (at least I'm honest and not pretending eh guys). Anyway listening to the tribute show on the internet, took me back to the dayz when Hip Hop was a music that instilled pride, spoke about social injustice, and tackled the hard ships of day to day living in a concrete jungle.
Hip - Hop was a time of self expression, education and social awareness, listening to most artists and you would learn something, yes there were other issue and bravado, beef etc but at least there was more consciousness than the circus that we have today with some artists(you know who you are!). Also MTV was not the televised lap dancing pimps club it is today. We used to watch MTV to get the latest dance moves, not the case now.
During the height of Hip Hop, the club scene here in London was rocking. On Fridays Soul II Soul played to a packed Fridge club in Brixton. As soon as you walked in there were dance battles going on in every part of the club. High tops vs. High tops, Boys vs. Girls, A few drunk people vs. the whole club, who for some reason always ended up with ; a) on the stage drunk dancing way out of sync, remember brothers were dropping splits and serious acrobatics , b) treading on your toes no matter how much you moved away from them LOL! , afterwards every body would go and have antibiotic free chicken.
The High tops rocked to Heavy D's - I want somebody to love me, and the crowd parted like the Red Sea when Aitch or Jazzy B dropped Ultra Magnetics Chorus Line !!!
Then on Saturdays, (yes the next day ) we moved onto Dance Wicked, again with Soul II Soul, where you had a choice of hardcore Hip Hop in one room, and Soulful house in another.
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Message from Sobonfu

2006 message from Sobonfu Category: Friends
What's in this year 2006?Just when we are about to leave our water-related traumas of 2005, here we are back in the year of water. How odd? Well, instead of being resentful, allow yourself to have a different and deeper relationship with water. Let yourself flow like the river.
You will be faced with questions such as: What does my soul thirst for and where can I find this thing to quench its thirst? Where is my life force and my will to live? How do I deal with the influx of emotions that are coming my way?
Your quest for peace, balance and reconciliation will be challenged as well as rewarded. Events in your life will make you doubt yourself. As you will see, this year will certainly make you ask more questions than you will find answers. Remember to keep your head above water and to be mindful of your emotions. Give your emotions the chance to cool off before taking any actions.
Consider doing a whole self-cleansing -- spiritual, physical and mental. This is a good time to release any thoughts; feelings or things that hold you back in your spiritual growth and well-being. Be mindful of procrastination this year. Consciously choose to deal with things as they arise, rather than letting them build into obstacles that impede the flow of your life. Invoke the healing power of water: its thirst-quenching and purifying qualities. Ask that it bring you serenity, focus, clarity and wisdom. Make an offering to the spirit of water. There is wisdom out there; allow yourself to emerge in it.
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2006 Events- Go to: www.walkingforwater.org; www.sobonfu.com/events/20040508.shtml- May 12-21 Nine-gates Mystery School in Santa Barbara, CA 707-779-8236 mysteryschool@noetic.org www.ninegates.org/events.html- May 19-21 Two year training in Oregon Starts- May 26-28 Northern California Grief Ritual in Sonoma. 916-446-5536 awsevents@aol.com www.sobonfu.com/events/20060526.shtml-June 7-10 Conference in Atlanta, GA Contact brenda@mythicjourneys.org- June 16 to July 2 Europe Programs. Contact corinnaveit@begegnungs-reisen.deTo learn more go to: www.sobonfu.com - We are also starting a 2-year training in Oregon. For more information contact: 541-937-8298 or goodwork1@mac.com. More info to come at: www.Sobonfu.com
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Reflections on Life, love, Creativity, Health ,Wealth, and myspace

Alters
I never travel anywhere without bringing my mobile alter.
My travel alter consists of a medal from Lourdes my mother gave me , my crystals ; Rose Quartz crystal, Black Tourmaline, Turquoise and whatever I pick up on the way out . I also have a small medicine bag full of special objects.
I always have to bring Nag Champa, my friends and family have became devotees of this sexy incense, and now ask if I am bringing this. Alters always sets the scene in any cold hotel room, I even prefer to unpack my objects rather than my clothes. I also bring a journal or a small note book, when I feel the need to vent my spleen or write deep and meaningful insights. I also seem to have an epiphany when I am away, which is quickly lost during a hard nights raving.
Anyway smug unspiritual /ironic friend asks me tartly 'it is a bit much to carry all this stuff with you all the time, what if you lose all that stuff? Well... my answer is that Alters are a representation of the creator, the universe and my dame fine self LOL. (This was lost on her even the last bit!).
As long as I have access to objects which represent either the elements such as a stone, shell, feather water element etc (the list is endless) or objects which I just like to look at,... I am able to create an alter...and feel at home from my own home...
In the past I have recommended that clients create alters which represent them, rather than how the alter should look like; for example my friend has small objects by the kitchen sink, this is an alter representing her fun /inner child side and the only time she has to come to this place, and feel good during the washing up (unfortunately) but this times till makes her feel very calm being amongst her small objects.
I suppose my love of alters date back to Madame Pompidou (Ma) she always had an alter of saints within the home, (funny not one of them resembled us). Anyway Ma still kneels down to pray to these saints on her alter, at the beginning and the end of the day, Heaven help us if we disturbed her during her prayer time! (talk about good boundaries and fear).
My mother is not alone though ,After reading the book Beautiful Necessity the art and meaning of women's alters - by Kay Turner I saw so many versions of my mothers alter from South American to Senegal. So I suppose I am carrying on my with my mothers tradition.
The only difference is that my alter has images s of people that look like and represent me *smiles*
Ashe
p.s Some alter sites...
http://www.sacredshrineofmwtast.org/Nehes_creating_sacred_altar.html
http://healing.about.com/od/crystaltherapy/a/crystalaltar.htm
http://www.souledout.org/secretcreation/altars/altarreality.html

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