The Universe Within
Enjoy the life you are given.
The Universe Within
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“The difference between magic and meditation methods is the difference between drugs and diet—medicines will do swiftly what diet can only effect slowly, and in critical cases there is no time to wait for the slow processes of dietetics, so it must be either medicines or nothing. Nevertheless, drugs are no substitute for right diet and wholesome regime, and although magic enables a speedy and potent result to be attained it is only by means of right understanding and right ethics that the position which has been won can be held.” ― Dion Fortune Esoteric Orders and Their Work and The Training and Work of the Initiate http://amzn.to/1tJ7O8B Imaged Credit: “Expansion” by Paige Bradley
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"At times the limitations we impose upon ourselves seem to have a life of their own. They resist being changed by fighting against the changes that we are trying to make in our lives. It may be that, if we do not find a new task difficult and imposing on everyday life, we are not taking it seriously enough. Only when we take up something that threatens our established patterns do our limitations seek to preserve themselves, so the fact that you might be coming up with attractive excuses to keep you from practice can be taken as a good sign. But the only way you will change the pattern is to keep trying until you change it. This often requires determination, tenaciousness, and sheer bloody-mindedness—all in themselves, qualities that are useful for the budding magician."― Phil HineCondensed Chaos: An Introduction to Chaos Magic http://amzn.to/1luDey0Image Credit: Flammarion Engraving (Anonymous)
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“We’re not on this planet to ask forgiveness of our deities. This would be similar to apologizing to our stylist or barber because our hair just keeps on growing. The Earth is a classroom. We’re the students. Karma, life, ourselves, others and the Goddess and God are the teachers, and we can’t always know the answers. Mistakes are a part of human life. Apologize all you want, if you wish, but learn from your mistakes and, if possible or necessary, correct them. Forgive yourself and move on.”  ― Scott Cunningham  Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitionerhttp://amzn.to/WPW0Ey Image Credit: Omer Gordon
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"The spiritual world is like the natural world—only diversity will save it. Just as the health of a forest or fragrant meadow can be measured by the number of different insects and plants and creatures that successfully make it their home, so only by an extraordinary abundance of disparate spiritual and philosophic paths will human beings navigate a pathway through the dark and swirling storms that mark our current era. “Not by one avenue alone,” wrote Symmachus sixteen centuries ago, “can we arrive at so tremendous a secret.”” ― Margot Adler  Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Todayhttp://amzn.to/1qH1rS8 Image Credit: Ashley Foreman
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"The divine is recognized as having both heterosexual elements and homosexual elements, and attributes far beyond our physical understanding. Aspects of the Goddess and God unite to form the cycles of physical life and creation, honoring the heterosexual, while other aspects unite honoring the homosexual nature of the divine. Both are important aspects of creation. Even science is now recognizing that both orientations, and bisexuality, have always occurred in nature, in the animal kingdom. Modern witches look to the wisdom of the animal kingdom, those who have not lost their way and connection with the divine, to lead us back to our true roots, our true nature.As Aleister Crowley suggested, whereas heterosexual relationships help keep the cycles of life going in the physical plane, homosexual relationships - not directing their energy to the physical conception - directs energy to magical pursuits, perhaps continuing the life cycles of the magical realms, such as the collective unconscious. Although the magical realm is very energetic, I believe that it requires less energy to maintain than the dense, physical world, so the population of homosexuals is smaller, because less are needed to maintain the spirit worlds.”― Christopher PenczakGay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribehttp://amzn.to/1qOMhXHImage Credit: Charlotte Grimm
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Recommended Reading: Astral Projection, Lucid Dreaming, Out-Of-Body-Experiences & Dream YogaAdventures Beyond the Body: How to Experience Out-of-Body Travel - William BuhlmanAstral Dynamics: The Complete Book of Out-of-Body Experiences - Robert BruceAstral Projection for Beginners: Six Techniques for Traveling to Other Realms - Edain McCoyAstral Projection for Psychic Empowerment: The Out-of-Body Experience, Astral Powers, and their Practical Application - Joe H. Slate PhDThe Astral Projection Guidebook: Mastering the Art of Astral Travel - Erin PavlinaDreams of Awakening: Lucid Dreaming And Mindfulness Of Dream And Sleep - Charlie MorleyDreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation - B. Alan WallaceDream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light - Chogyal Namkhai NorbuDream Yoga: Consciousness, Astral Projection, and the Transformation of the Dream State - Samael Aun WeorExplorations in Consciousness: A New Approach to Out-of-Body Experiences - Frederick AardemaExploring the World of Lucid Dreaming - Stephen LaBergeFar Journeys - Robert MonroeA Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming: Mastering the Art of Oneironautics - Dylan TuccilloJourneys Out of the Body - Robert MonroeThe Llewellyn Practical Guide to Astral Projection: The Out-of -Body Experience - Melita DenningLucid Dreaming: A Concise Guide to Awakening in Your Dreams and in Your Life - Stephen LaBergeLucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self - Robert WaggonerMastering Astral Projection: 90-day Guide to Out-of-Body Experience - Robert BruceMeditation, Transformation, And Dream Yoga - Gyatrul RinpocheOut-of-Body Experiences: How to Have Them and What to Expect - Robert PetersonRealities of the Dreaming Mind: The Practice of Dream Yoga - Swami Sivananda RadhaThe Tibetan Yogas Of Dream And Sleep - Tenzin Wangyal RinpocheUltimate Journey - Robert MonroeA Witch’s Travel Guide to Astral Realms - D.J. ConwayImage Credit: Pilar Zeta
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"Love is also considered to be one of the highest spiritual achievements beyond the personal sphere. Many mystical traditions aspire to unconditional love, or divine love. It is a love that is not based on the personal world, but on the impersonal world. Nothing you do or say can take away this divine love. Mystics can see the universe as being made up of, or held together by, this divine love. Mystics who have embodied this type of love and compassion are considered saints, gurus, and masters. They are holy people, for they have lived a life of divine love and modeled it for others. Modern Witches call this love Perfect Love, the love the Divine has for us, for we are divine. What we might call "imperfect" love, or personal and attached love, is also divine yet fully human, and it is in the experience of any love in the human world that we get a glimpse of the perfect divine love. All love can lead us to the Divine."― Christopher PenczakThe Witch’s Heart: The Magick of Perfect Love & Perfect Trust http://amzn.to/1r7Tr8lImage Credit: Katia Honour
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lifeof-ty:

The most beautiful 5 hour hike leading to a tea house in the mountains
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cnc-acrylics:

Deep Space 7
16” x 20” acrylic on canvas panel
2013
- Candle Noel Cranston