“Our purpose is to consciously, deliberately evolve toward a wiser, more liberated and luminous state of being; to return to Eden, make friends with the snake, and set up our computers among the wild apple trees. Deep down, all of us are probably aware that some kind of mystical evolution – a melding into the godhead, into love – is our true task. Yet we suppress the notion with considerable force because to admit it is to acknowledge that most of our political gyrations, religious dogmas, social ambitions and financial ploys are not merely counterproductive but trivial. Our mission is to jettison those pointless preoccupations and take on once again the primordial cargo of inexhaustible ecstasy.” ~ Tom Robbins

Eve

“Death is creeping closer than usual right now. It is filling our minds, our ears and our screens. Many people are passing, Ebola fear is raging, systems and structures are crumbling. If you have felt depressed, heavy, confused or irritated, it is a natural response. This is our great underwater passing, this is the plunge into the dark sea. We will be born again from these sacred waters, but first we must face our fears. Loss, change, endings — these are all forms of death, and they all do one clear thing: they remind us that we are not in control. This terrifies us, doesn’t it? To think that there are forces greater than us over which we have no power? This is why close proximity to death brings up so much from the subconscious. It is happening now. It is calling out our shadows. You would do well to sit quietly and listen. Be with your feelings. Don’t deny them and don’t run from them. Do not label yourself as broken or wrong. Just be present to what is happening. In our avoidance of death, we have lost an important part of life. We have lost an intimate understanding of our natural selves. The death cycle will take you closer to your wild parts, the ancient ones, the parts that know death well. And they will tell you more about yourself than any book or master. What else but death can make you so fiercely aware of what truly matters? Let it shake you from your slumber. Let it remind you that you are part of a great and grand design, something much, much bigger than you alone. Let it teach you gratitude. Let it teach you love. Let it press deeply into your heart the blessing of each breath, each embrace, each moment we are here. It is this that death does best: It breathes life into the living.” ~Jessica Hesser

Art - Kerry Darlington

Art by Kerry Darlington

Thanks to Rebelle Society for the quote.

“I always want to think I was an alien, I used to think when I was young, that I was adopted by my mother because they found me in a spaceship and they let me out, and I was from a different planet. I wanted to be from a different planet really bad. Every night I would talk to my real parents and my real family in the skies. I knew that there were thousands of alien babies dropped off all over the place and I have met quite a few of them. It’s just something that I’ve always liked to toy with in my mind. It’s really fun to pretend that ya know, there is some special reason for me to be here and I feel really homesick all the time and so do the other aliens. And I only have a chance to come across a handful of other aliens the rest of my life… eventually one day well find out what we’re supposed to do.” -Kurt Cobain “Kurt Cobain: About a Son”-

alien friends

“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” ~Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist

Group hug

Research shows a proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can benefit you in these ways:
1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.
Thanks to Mind Body Green for hug info.

“Today’s Scorpio New Moon is also a partial solar eclipse, visible in most of North America and eastern Asia. A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth align and we see the Moon moving across the face of the Sun. This alignment disrupts the usual flow of solar energy, dissolving old energy and behavior patterns so something new can manifest. At a solar eclipse, we get to see the planting of the solar seed in the New Moon’s womb, and are therefore more conscious of what the possibilities are for this cycle. As you can see, solar eclipses create extra powerful New Moons, marking times of major endings and new beginnings to an aspect of your life… Scorpio wants us to feel what the right action is to take, and that means seriously looking into the unconscious to understand what we really feel and want out of life. Not what we think we should want. Not what we’ve been told to want, but what we truly desire. And that means understanding our feelings of vulnerability and our fears concerning betrayal, violence, rejection and self-worth, and the unconscious defense mechanisms which keep us from our authentic truth. Scorpio’s strength is that it isn’t afraid of the Dark, and so when the Sun is in Scorpio, it is a perfect time to look at our Shadows and see what we’ve been in fear of, suppressing and repressing. When we can look within and see how those stuck emotional patterns keep us from what we truly want in life, we can consciously choose to shed those old patterns like a snake skin. What may have protected us in the past no longer serves our on-going life and we have to die to an old way of being and acting, to be re-born to a higher level of consciousness. When we go through dark times, we often feel alone. But Spirit is always helping us, even when we don’t recognize it. Fortunately, for this solar eclipse, we will recognize the touch of Spirit, with Neptune in Pisces forming the closest aspect, a lucky trine to this super-packed New Moon.” ~Cathy Pagano, Wisdom of Astrology

Art by Mark Coyle

Art by Mark Coyle

After weeks of protests, Hong Kong residents thought they had seen it all. Then, this Tuesday night, something extraordinary happened, on live television: a debate between students wearing black “Freedom Now” T-shirts and top Hong Kong leaders over the future of democracy. This image captures thousands of Umbrella Movement protesters watching a live broadcast of the debate. Amazing!

Hong Kong

Thanks to Occupy Love for this post.