This video is a little haunting but if viewed with deeper senses you can find a subliminal message being conveyed...fighting temptation. At least that is what I take away. You can make your own interpret of it. None the less I am happy Gil Scott-Heron is back on the scene, his unique proto-rap style and lyrical content provokes a gritty velvet chord that inspires me.
His music expresses breaking free of the emotional chains that we attach to ourselves because of our past or because we are afraid to move on. I like how Mr. Scott-Heron puts it...
"No matter how far wrong you have gone, you can always turn around."
"Do not confuse ego's happiness with soul's contentment. Two different things. Happiness is fleeting, contentment lasts far longer... in part because contentment does not try to hold on to happiness, just drifts down river, over and around rocks, nourishing, picking things up, dropping other things off, meeting the challenging rapids head on, resting in the eddying pools.
Pursuit of happiness can wear one out. Pursuit of contentment, that is, learning to ride the river, howling over the precipices and singing over still water, gliding silently on the straight-aways, is to learn an immaculate kind of strength."
70's fashion is most definitely making a comeback. Designers are on it like 'white on rice'! Greek designer Mary Kantrantzou is right on point with these threads, inspired by 70's posters and Russian Constructivism. Sharp lines, bold color and neatly tailored just how I like it!
The following is a brief description of the characteristics of five basic soul levels. Each level has many lifetimes of lessons to teach us wisdom through trial and error.
THE INFANT SOUL
INFANT SOULS choose lessons of physical survival. They live in simple situations that include intense experiences - famine, plagues, floods, wars, oppression, etc. They don't know the difference between right and wrong, though they can be taught to be decent human beings. They don't usually seek higher education and often don't seek employment, as such. Infant souls don't question authority and willingly adopt the religion of their parents as is.
THE BABY SOUL
BABY SOULS display less fear than infant souls and are more
sophisticated. But they tend to over apply rules. Black is black as far as they're concerned. Their strong early beliefs remain fixed in their minds, regardless of lack of their wisdom or tolerance. Baby souls love to become big fish in their little puddles...but hate being opposed. Because of this they may spend much time in litigation. Baby souls don't spend time navel-gazing into their own lives. They're often "good students" that learn "proper subjects," and are attracted to
THE YOUNG SOUL
YOUNG SOULS are the "Donald Trumps" of the world...the movers and shakers. They usually set the bar too high for themselves. Achievement is paramount. They chase after what they believe will bring success without ever stopping to think why - because they're so limited in their perception. They fear death and must have all the toys, experiences, fame and money they can possibly accumulate before they die. They are designers of civilization. Young souls usually seek higher education and graduate-level degrees. Their views of orthodoxy are at one end of the spectrum or the other. Monks and nuns are at one end and a belief in total sexual freedom, the other. They have difficulty with insight into other people's behaviour.
THE MATURE SOUL
MATURE SOULS challenge the young soul's desire to "have it all." It is a hard cycle that demands seeking answers to life's tough questions. They are attracted to gentler faiths, such as Quaker, Unitarian, or Buddhist. Mature souls are not as open to the occult as old souls. They look for and question the motivation for all of life's actions. They often continue with inappropriate relationships - perhaps believing that through self-sacrifice, or tough lessons they will ultimately prevail. Often they can't shake their sense of duty. Mature souls suffer from stress related illness that sometimes results in schizophrenia, psychosis and a higher suicide rate than other souls. [Cayce emphasized the role that `stress' plays in not only physical illnesses but also mental illnesses; he believed it was `stress' that wrecked havoc on the brain chemistry/balance]. But they're smart enough to seek professional help without urging. Mature souls often make huge contributions to knowledge - particularly philosophical and scientific. But altogether they don't necessarily have the drive for fame, many still achieve it. They're emotionally high maintenance.
THE OLD SOUL
OLD SOULS live and let live. They seek the route of least
resistance...they're individualistic and usually easy going. They have an inner knowing of the waste of time in pursuing fame and fortune and therefore create the appearance of being "laid back." Old souls are highly competent - even in roles they don't particularly like. They tend to choose work that is pleasant and undemanding, leaving them free to pursue their desired goals easily...unless the job adds to the spiritual search. They may or may not seek higher education... but definitely will seek it if they sense it's needed for their chosen path. Old souls create confidence in animals. And their choice of medical care tends to be alternative and holistic. Old souls are here to teach others their spiritual understandings. Their philosophies and writings are simple and easy to read. Old souls religion is far reaching and has no
label. A grove of trees is a sacred place to them. They seldom cling to dogma and prefer personal spiritual practices. However, old souls are wise enough to be discreet in their religious practices and know how to pass in public undetected. They focus on searching for the spiritual truth and have a finer sense of knowing what is true than any other souls level. Old souls all over the world share the experience of emptiness and a longing for that feeling of home.
A young heart with an old soul How can there be peace How can i be in the depths of solitude When there are two inside of me This duo within me causes the perfect oppurtunity to learn and live twice as fast As those who accept simplicity
Without the wild, we die.
Without us, the wild dies...
So, let us push on now,
...and remember ourselves back
to the wild soul.
Let us sing her flesh back onto our bones.
Shed any false coats we have been given.
Don the true coat of powerful instinct and knowing.
Infiltrate the psychic lands that once belonged to us.
Unfurl the bandages, ready the medicine.
Let us return now, wild women howling, laughing, singing up The One who loves us so.
For us the issue is simple.
Without us, Wild Woman dies.
Without Wild Woman, we die.
Para Vida, for true life,
both must live."
from "Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype," by Dr. CP Estés
The Supremes were super legit! I loved their sweet bee hives and sassy style. There definitely isn't any girl bands/groups today that can add up to the Supremes amazingness. Although I will give some props to Amy Winehouse for emulating the style with great ease. I know I know Amy is all messed up but she has more talent in one pinky than a lot of aspiring female singers these days. I really hope she gets clean and back on the scene.
I'm pretty sure my Mom perfected the infamous do + frosty lips and cat eyes FTW!
East Denver - 1968 Graduate - Annunciation High School
Every relationship rests on three legs: accepting, supporting and challenging. That's really it, isn't it? You want your relationships to be grounded on accepting each other as you are. On supporting each other through the inevitable ups and downs. On challenging each other to become more, to grow, to flourish. Which one of these is the more difficult one for you, and how are you going to practice it in the next 24 hours?
I was first introduced to Dr. Clarissa Pinkola~Estes at my cherished friend Erin's baby shower. It was so amazing to be a part of that day. Dr. CPE did a little poetry and some old school not heard of these days story telling. It was then I was given her 2 part series on tape called "Women Who Run With Wolves". Whooo this tape lifted my soul, and made me believe again...in myself. I recommend all who are in search of a little soul seeking and healing to introduce yourself to the world of Dr. CPE. I still refer back to her tapes, yes tapes...often.
"Much of the most treasured learning of our lives may not be gotten in the most beautiful halls, but rather in the mean streets where we learn for certain that we have a choice in this life, every day, to step outside our sufferings either because we see... or for moments we are meant to be... angels to each other.
May you ever have and be both, and daily.
May it be so for thee
May it be so for me
May it be so for all of us."
(Excerpt from La Mystica, Book of Prayer by Dr. CPE)
I hope you all had a lovely weekend, and are ready for a great new week filled with endless possibilities! Take a few more risks this week, start a new project with yourself or fam, pick up a new/used book. If your having issues that need to be addressed, take a look at yourself and be patient. More times than not it is probably you that could use a little change. Maybe a change of scenery, or just some solidarity.
Take some "Me" time and just chill out. Refocus on your inner self, your positive energy, reclaim your spirit. I know this sounds a little out there, but believe me only when you are at peace within can you be at peace without. Tshhhh and I know from first hand experience.
"When written in chinese the word crisis is composed to two characters; one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity." - John F. Kennedy. The way I interpret this is you will always have adversity/danger, but be ready for it, don't let it harp bitterness or ignorance upon you, use it as a learning tool to bring about change, and seize opportunity.
These images invoke the deep and multi-faceted face of Jessica Alba. Surely one that I am sure we all would like to see more of. These can be found in GenLux Summer 2010 magazine. The article promotes Alba's new film "The Killer Inside Me" in which she portrays a seductively smitten prostitute. The trailer is included below.
Killer taste indeed:
"Alba is both gloriously sensual and deeply touching, a distinctly human presence in a world gone wrong" - Stephanie Zacharek
Yes I know I have been out of the loop for a minute, actually a long minute. I really have neglected my beautiful blog which I know misses me, haha. It isn't that I have not wanted to post but I just haven't had any time. I have a new and amazing position and therefore have been training like crazy. Don't worry I will be back and consistently on top of my blog though as soon as I can. In the mean time I hope you all have a safe & super fun 4th of July weekend! Peace, light and blessings. ~GV
In the mean time, in between time...let's all just have a good time!