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With every experience we have in front of us

life truly offers lessons for us to learn. A lot of the

time, we don’t realize what we’re learning until

we have gone through it and looked back.

Nine years ago a young lady asked me to go

to Chicago and see a woman who was visiting

from India. Well, I guess you could say she was

doing more than visiting; Amma, also known

as the Hugging Saint or Divine Mother, was in

Chicago as a part of her yearly North American

tour. For those not aware of Amma, she travels

the world hugging people for sometimes up to

16 hours a day. Not just a little squeeze thank

you, but a full heart-changing, filled-with-love


It was an interesting experience, with several

thousand people from all over coming together

to get a hug over the three-day gathering.

Over the next nine years I went to see her

seven times, including this past November –

never really knowing what kept bringing me

back, except it felt good to be in the energy.

This most recent visit was different though. I

had made the decision to stay for two days and

sit in the room, listen to her talk, converse with

devotees, and allow myself to take in as much

as possible. On the second day I started to get

very emotional and kept wanting to leave. But

as much as I wanted to leave, something inside

would hold me from going.

I sat in the grand ballroom of a magnificent

hotel, where this beautiful woman gave her

unconditional love to thousands of people. Not

once stopping for a break, but hugging one after

another with a light in her eyes that would illuminate

the darkest of souls. And I wanted to run.

I found it uncomfortable to feel what was

given to me to experience: unconditional love.

But as much as I wanted to leave, something

kept me there. It was as if I had come to a place

where I was being gestated, and needed to be

nourished before being birthed.

I don’t believe that I will ever be able to

put into words what I felt, but can say when I

left that space I felt reborn and it has stayed

with me ever since. Very appropriate to have

experienced this rebirthing through the Divine

Mother – Amma.

Thank you Amma for who you are and for

loving us all.

~ Namaste’ Clyde

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Breathing, Bending, Stretching To A New Life | 12

By Bob Rosenbaum

Desolation | 14

By Jenny Walicek

Health & Nutrition | 17-22

Rewriting The Subconscious: Through Rebirthing | 17

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The Yoga Pages | 23-25

Dark Before the Light: Lessons From A Christmas Cactus | 23

By Judith Eugene

Killing My Karmas: Rebirth By Water In The City Of Light | 27

By Psalm Isadora

Are You Ready To Shed Your Skin? | 30

By Eva Starr

The Meaning of Dreams | 32

By Wendy Stokes

Horoscopes | Inner Views | 34

By Kimmie Rose Zapf

Bringing The Godness Back Into A Man’s World | 36

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Welcome to the Front Porch! This section serves as a welcoming stage for the rest of the magazine. It is a place for community

news and sharing, updates, notables, and much more. We are excited to announce that book and CD reviews will also take place

here on the Front Porch, so please send us any material you’ve written/recorded or anything you are enchanted by. Press releases

for the Front Porch, as well as submissions for the rest of the magazine are encouraged. Please go to the submission guidelines

page at

CDs, books and DVDs can be sent to: The Journey • 9557 Tamarin Ct. • Mentor, Ohio 44060

Now, grab a hot drink and settle into a rocking chair—Welcome to our humble abode!


This summer The Journey Magazine is

expanding. The Journey is premiering its

west coast edition. The Journey will be introduced

to Southern California readers at

distribution centers throughout San Diego

County. July/August will be Issue 1.

On the Cover:

The Tree of Divine Oneness

This artwork is intended to help connect the viewer with many levels of reality that

may or may not consciously be known. These realms include the realm of Nature

& Tree, the realm of Creation through Sacred Geometry, the realm of Energy, and

the realm of Divine Oneness. We are all intimately connected to these dimensions,

and it is time that we become aware of it and be grateful for it. We could

not survive, let alone exist without the perfect harmony and balance achieved

because of the interconnectedness of these different dimensions. All of these

dimensions are branches of the one

Tree of Spirit. Open your mind, and more importantly open your heart and allow

yourself to experience a greater cosmic view of the world. Invite it into your life

and you will be guided to a life of Divine Oneness.

Aaron Pyne is a Visionary Artist, Sacred Graphic/Web Designer, and a Visionary

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Acenda Yoga

Non-profit Yoga Studio in Lakewood, Ohio

Acenda Yoga is a non-profit yoga studio created by Arabelle Romeo to

serve all. It is Acenda’s mission to make yoga accessible to everyone,

regardless of physical or financial limitations. Offering a full range of

traditional yoga classes, they also have initiated Adaptive Yoga classes

aimed to bridge the mind-body gap for individuals living with disabilities.

The Adaptive Yoga classes provide the link to bring the disabled

student back to the full experience of being present in their body.

Acenda Yoga’s teachers are committed to helping every student build

a meaningful practice and experience yoga as a way of life. Scholarships

are available for both traditional students and adaptive students

based on financial needs. Scholarship applications are available at the

studio, located at 17305 Madison Avenue in Lakewood or visit them

online at

When I came back from the boat

ride to heaven, I ate an omelet

and then slept on a cushion in the

sun on the deck. Page 27

The night kissed the fading day
With a whisper:
“I am death, your

From me you will get new birth.” Rabindranth Tagore

Shrunken onto a leather chair

behind the great mahogany desk,

settled in a bespoke suit that had

been sewn for a healthier body,

the mogul chewed an unlit cigar.

His skin was translucent, his voice

gravel and vinegar: “Don’t get

lured into the sweet slavery,” he

said. Page 12

I am…...

A moment frozen in time

When the chambers

Of my heart are open

Silken pink

Eyes bright

The softness of my skin

Quiets my mind

This moment curls into me

Like a warm blanket

Where I feel


Or boundless

By these chains

Heavy, gripped

Around me

It is this fiery suit of armor

Out of which I unfold


Sweet petals of spring

Wrap myself in their

Moist embrace

I simply fall

And let myself be

Cocooned by this single

Solitary moment of Joy

The kind that comes after

Years of turmoil,

Heaviness, darkness

Pervading my cells

It is now that I can see

See beyond this place

Now but a memory

A scary dream of a lost soldier

Ready to be buried

Here, beneath the dust,

The beauty of crystals

Of which this journey has formed

I am here, now, feet settling

Into steady earth

Crown reaching beyond the Mystery

Into Light

And so, here, now


I am

-D. Bradt 3/28/10

Turning the corner

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We were born before the wind
 Also younger than the sun 
Ere the bonnie boat was

won as we sailed into the mystic
 Hark, now hear the sailors cry
 Smell the sea and feel

the sky
 Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home And when the fog horn blows I

want to hear it I don’t have to fear it

And I want to rock your gypsy soul Just like way back in the days of old And magnificently

we will flow into the mystic

When that fog horn blows you know I will be coming home And when that fog horn

whistle blows I got to hear it
I don’t have to fear it

And I want to rock your gypsy soul
 Just like way back in the days of old
 And together

we will flow into the mystic
 Come on girl...

Too late to stop now... Into the Mystic ~ Van Morrison

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True Facts About Babies

• A baby is born every seven seconds.

• Babies are born with very poor vision but can recognize

their mothers almost right away.

• Babies are always born with blue eyes, within a few

moments of delivery their eye color can change.

• Babies are born with swimming abilities and can naturally

hold their breath. However, they shortly lose this instinct.

• Newborns usually double their weight by six months.

• Playing classical music will increase a baby’s intelligence.

• Reading to your child at ANY age will increase

their knowledge.

• Babies and toddlers are, pound for pound, stronger than

oxen. This is especially true of their legs.

• Babies are born without kneecaps.

The Human Body is a

Fascinating Subject to Study

You may be surprised by the following facts:

• Women blink twice as many times as men do.

• Eyes are the most active muscles in the whole body.

There are about 550 hairs in the eyebrow.

The life span of a tastebud is 10 days.

• Humans have almost 10,000 taste buds.

The colder the room you sleep in, the more likely that

you will have a bad dream.

The human body is better suited for two four-hour sleep

cycles than one eight-hour one.

The jawbone is the hardest bone in the human body.

• It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

• You share your birthday with at least 9 million other

people in the world…. talk about a lot of celebrating.

Enlightenment is always followed

by washing dishes, doing

laundry and chores. In spiritual

work we move from deep

states of awareness to everyday

interactions. The spiritual

path integrates heaven and

earth, divine ecstasy with daily

routine. Page 17

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“I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as a plant and

rose to animal,
I died as animal and I was man.
Why should

I fear ?
 When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die

as man,
To soar with angels blest;
But even from angelhood I

must pass on …” 
~ Rumi

These creatures will bury themselves

in the sand and shed their

exoskeleton – and leave it there

for me to dispose of. Page 30



In February 1968 the Beatles went to India for an

extended stay with their new guru, Maharishi Mahesh

Yogi. It may have been the most momentous spiritual

retreat since Jesus spent those forty days in the


With these words Philip Goldberg begins his monumental

work, AMERICAN VEDA: From Emerson

and the Beatles to Yoga and Meditation, How Indian

Spirituality Changed the West, a fascinating look at

India’s amazing impact on our lives. Goldberg’s eyeopening

chronicle shows how the ancient philosophy

of Vedanta and the mind-body methods of Yoga

transformed millions of individuals and produced a

radical shift in our worldview.

What exploded in the 1960s began more than two

hundred years earlier, when the first translations

of sacred texts found their way to the likes of John

Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson. From them the

knowledge spread to Henry David Thoreau, Walt

Whitman, and succeeding generations of Americans

who absorbed India’s “science of consciousness”

and wove it into the fabric of their lives. Charismatic

teachers like Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa

Yogananda came west in waves, prompting leading

intellectuals, artists, and scientists—Joseph Campbell,

George Harrison, J.D. Salinger, Deepak Chopra,

Ram Dass and others—to adapt and disseminate

what they learned into the very heart of American


With fascinating stories of the key players and the

times they lived in, AMERICAN VEDA paints a compelling

picture of the great East-to-West transmission

that changed the way we view ourselves and our

place in the cosmos.

Do you have something interesting you

would like to share with our community?

The Front Porch is a place for community news and sharing,

updates, notables, and much more. We are excited to announce

that book and CD reviews will also take place here on

the Front Porch, so please send us any material you’ve written/

recorded or anything you are enchanted by. Press releases for

the Front Porch, as well as submissions for the rest of the magazine,

are encouraged, please go to the Front Porch section of

The Journey website and submit according to the submission


She is the Walking Woman, the

gypsy lady of lackluster Almaden,

who strides our suburban sidewalks

from dawn to dusk in tangerine

and turquoise skirts that

swish above her bobby socks and

Keds. Page 14

“Rebirth is an affirmation that must be counted among the

primordial affirmations of mankind. The concept of rebirth

necessarily implies the continuity of personality. Here the human

personality is regarded as continuous and accessible to

memory, so that, when one is incarnated or born, one is able,

potentially, to remember that one has lived through previous

existences, and that these existences were one’s own, ie, they had

the same ego form as the present life. As a rule, reincarnation

means rebirth in a human body.” ~ Carl G. Jung

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The human archeological record

dates from 100,000 BCE, and

Goddess artifacts date from

about 25,000 to 2,500 BCE –

when Indo-European culture began

to take over Goddess-worshipping

communities. Page 36

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“One birth has been give to you by

your parents, the otherbirth is


It has to be given to you by yourself.

You have to father and mother yourself.

Then your whole energy is turning in--it

becomes an inner circle.” ~ Osho

How to tell if your Yoga teacher is a nut case.....

Once again with The Journey’s never ending desire to help people towards their personal enlightenment, we

are giving our readers that may be starting a yoga practice, some sage advice in finding a sane yoga teacher.

Never a problem years ago, as it was common knowledge that those that were teaching yoga were way out

there in lala land or from California, which basically is the same thing. But with yoga being more mainstream,

we felt it necessary to share some warning signs that your new teacher my be a bit left of center.

• If the teacher makes animal noises during poses, for example, barking during Down Dog, cawing during

Crow, hissing during Cobra, or making gulping sounds during Fish Pose. These all indicate that the teacher is

most likely off her rocker.

They leave during Savasana to go wash their hands and forget to come back. This might indicate that the

lights are on but no one is home.

• Claims that don’t feel like they have taught a good class unless sometime during the class at least 2/3 of the

class has to go into child’s pose and are crying like a baby from the pain. This is an indication that the yoga

teacher may have a screw loose.

• Just smiles and says “Its all good” as the studio burns down because she forgot to blow out the candles. Very

good chance too much medication and not enough meditation.

• Introduces themselves as some variant of a Sanskrit name, such as Shakti, Durga, Om, Freddy-ji, etc., in place of their birth name, such as Lisa,

Tammy, Kim, Fred, etc. This indicates that the yoga teacher is most likely a devotee of Sybil.

• Shares with the class how their pet dog, cat, goldfish or whatever pet they may have, told them how great they look in their new yoga pants. Just

smile and nod as you walk towards the door excusing yourself.

• Quotes from Timothy Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience. Gives a peace sign while saying “peace” at the end of class, or says things like “groovy,”

“far-out,” or “right-on.” This probably means that the yoga teacher is having a flashback.

• If your teacher has the tattoo of a swastika on one of their arms, has a shaved head and she reads from Mein Kampf at the end of class while everyone

is in relaxation pose. You may want to explore other teachers.

• Screams and ridicules you in class saying that the reason you can’t get into

certain poses is because of repressed anger in your body. It’s a good chance that

they are a yoga teacher because they flunked out of psych school – being advised

that they should seek a therapist rather than trying to become one.

Rock on....

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any years ago, an old man offered a

warning that the younger man didn’t understand.

Shrunken onto a leather chair

behind the great mahogany desk, settled in a bespoke

suit that had been sewn for a healthier body, the mogul

chewed an unlit cigar. His skin was translucent, his voice

gravel and vinegar: “Don’t get lured into the sweet slavery,”

he said.

By the time the younger man understood the truth

of this, multiple rounds of layoffs, reorganizations, new

bosses and budget cuts had turned his job into drudgery

and dread. But the generous paycheck kept coming and

it was unimaginable how to support a family without it.

This was his servitude.

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to a New Life

His rebirth began when he started yoga, though he

didn’t know it at the time. Yoga was just exercise: breathing,

bending, stretching. That’s what he told himself.

But he hoped for more. He was searching for freedom

from a job he couldn’t afford to leave. He wanted to appreciate

the things in his life that were good. He craved


That’s a lot to ask of an exercise regimen. But he

had heard yoga could do all of this. He knew people for

whom it had worked, or so they said. He was a pragmatic

wearer of suits who could feel atrophy in his soul, who

wanted to change but didn’t have a plan. So he practiced

yoga – to his credit, without skepticism. He breathed, he

bent, he stretched, he learned to meditate. He waited for

something to happen.

He applied for some jobs, and learned that after 25

years of doing the same thing, nobody was going to pay

good money for him to do something new. He could have

found a better job doing the same work with a healthier

organization, maybe a bigger paycheck. It might make him

less unhappy, but that wasn’t the same as being happy.

He accepted this small truth with gratitude.

For a year, there was more bending and stretching.

He discovered that he could calm his mind, which was

useful, because the economy was falling apart and the

job was getting shaky so he needed a plan more than

ever. Something had to happen soon. He pushed for jobs

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he didn’t want, but

didn’t get any offers.

He pushed in

yoga practice too,

because he needed

answers now.

He went more often;

he breathed

and stretched with

intensity, willing

his mind to leave

his body and learn

more of the truth.

The understanding


that yoga doesn’t

deliver great truths

on deadline. It’s

just breathing,

bending, stretching.

The truth is

always there – perhaps

obscured by

a gauze of mindless

activity, but available to anyone who is prepared to

accept it.

Yoga is the preparation. It introduces awareness,

which doesn’t come easily to some people. He would

know the truth when he was ready. So he recommitted to

practicing without need, just bending and stretching.

The fear had been subsiding so slowly he almost

didn’t recognize it. Bosses, bean counters and customers

no longer scared him. The world outside was in chaos.

A change was about to occur, whether he had a plan or

not. And he was learning to be calm at the edge of such


More clarity arrived: When the time came, he wouldn’t

make a desperate dash for a new job with a new master.

He’d create his own work. The details were vague, which

was stressful. But he trusted himself. He was still afraid

of losing a steady paycheck. He saw this as truth, and

accepted it gratefully.

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He continued to breathe and stretch and bend. It wasn’t

yet clear to him that the most important truths had already

been uncovered and that his rebirth was well in progress.

By the time he was finally laid off, it felt like being

disinvited from a party he didn’t want to attend; an insult

and a relief. Two sides of the same truth.

Even with a house, two cars and two kids headed for

college, he wasn’t afraid. For the first time since his audience

with that grim old power broker he felt free to live a

life without shackles and compromise.

He allowed himself a week of being unemployed, and

then he became self-employed. He started calling people

he had known and liked during the course of his career; little

by little, ideas formed, small deals got struck, cash trickled

in. The work came easily; like bending and stretching.

He never did form a plan; he just kept calling people

and listening until he had a collection of work to do with

people he liked who paid him as promised. After two years

of this, he felt light. He had been reborn, and every day

he is reborn a little more. He will go on breathing, bending,

stretching and being reborn. Even when his skin is

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By Jenny Walicek

t’s a gusty autumn evening in the woods near

my home. Loose leaves flap and flutter across

the narrow path, darting and swooping before

settling into silent drifts. Some sail down the

current of the creek; one hangs upon the brittle

web of a wiry shrub, trembling like a spider’s

prey. I’m ankle-deep in death. I scuffle and crunch

along, careful to avoid the burgundy legs of berry

vines that sprawl and clamp across the trail. Overhead,

dangling twigs tangle up my hair, and bare branches

crackle the ochre sky. The air is ripe with damp earth

and the roar of wind.

In all this grief of landscape, I succumb to brooding

on the transience of life: my father’s unjust death,

my newly empty nest, my so-called friend’s betrayal

… my youth, ideals and imagination. Time rolls along

relentlessly and undoes what we do, the pleasures and

people we love. Why labor to forge trails few will follow,

that soon will be grown over? The Preacher understood:

“That which hath been is that which shall be; and that

which hath been done is that which shall be done: and

there is no new thing under the sun.” Everything is the

same as it ever was and ever will be. We are forever

cycling toward demise.

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A ropey brown hand, mottled

as the leaves, pushes aside the

chaparral and a walnut face

emerges, framed within a messy

corona of long white hair.

I’m startled from my dreary thoughts by a muttering

that spews from just around the bend. A ropey brown

hand, mottled as the leaves, pushes aside the chaparral

and a walnut face emerges, framed within a messy

corona of long white hair.

I stop and step aside. I know her well, though only

from afar. She is the Walking Woman, the gypsy lady of

lackluster Almaden, who strides our suburban sidewalks

from dawn to dusk in tangerine and turquoise skirts that

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swish above her bobby

socks and Keds. I first

saw her in my childhood

town, a mountain range

thirty years away. Even

then, something about

her resonated within me.

Since spotting her in Almaden

in 1985 I’ve asked

around, but no one else

seems to have noticed

her. How can that be,

I’ve puzzled, when she’s

so distinctive? I’ve sometimes

wondered if I’ve made her up – if she is really

there – but here she is.

“Hi,” I say, heart rushing, though I don’t yet know


She doesn’t respond, or even pause. As she plunges

toward me I see as much as I can in this moment –

that her lips are chapped, that her skin is taut, that her

cheekbones are prominent, that she was once pretty,

that one arm is criss-crossed with dotted red lines. She

snaps her chin down, following my glance and places

a gnarled hand over her scratches.

“Hello!” I try again, a little louder.

She peers at me, eyes silver-blue and glinting

through her narrowed lids. The skin around them

crinkles and quivers, the way a horse twitches when

flies are near. She mutters again as she passes by me.

I look too much like everyone else in my t-shirt and

sweats, too homogenized. She can’t tell I’m a misfit,

too. Most can’t, or so I hope; I work quite earnestly at

fitting in.

And suddenly I know why the sight of her always

stirs my heart. With her purposeful, flamboyant steps

she treads the Wasteland holding high the torch of simply

being. She walks as her given and accepted form of

expression, to be who she is, to live her own truth – her

inherent meaning, impervious to the ravages of age or

weather or public opinion. Mad? Maybe. A misfit? Yes,

and a beacon. Her transcendence, whatever its cause,

nudges my soul. Never mind that forms will molder by

and by; there is in truth a beauty that will linger.

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As she plunges toward me I

see as much as I can in this

moment – that her lips are

chapped, that her skin is

taut, that her cheekbones are

prominent, that she was once

pretty, that one arm is crisscrossed

with dotted red lines.

Namaste, I should say; I think she’d get it. But by

the time I think it, she is gone.

The dead leaves stir and whirl, and then subside.

Ahead, a gray heron stands midstream on legs so fine

it seems suspended over the still water, like a wisp

of smoke that has settled into an elongated question


I squeeze my eyes shut, looking at the light.

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suppose if you’re alive on the

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spiritual work – taking personal

inventory, making amends,

Ifocusing your attention toward expansion…

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Dark Before the Light:

Lessons From a Christmas Cactus

By Judith Eugene

y mother had a Christmas Cactus plant that a class though. I think that,

I adopted when she died. It blooms in the first, it requires being ready to

winter. When everything else is dormant, its change. My life had reached

determined pink blossoms defy the cold and such a low point that I knew I

Mdark to shine with new life, brining unexpected joy to those had to open myself to change,

around it. It has become a metaphor for my life.

or the rest of my life would be

In the second half of 2009 my mother, who I loved beyond

lost forever. I believe rebirth

measure, died suddenly. My fourteen-year marriage also requires being open to

ended. My sixteen-year-old cat died from a brain tumor. I new ways of thinking.

found, and then lost, my one true soul mate. I was laid off I knew my life couldn’t

from my job. The winter quickly became a dark and sad get much worse, and I was

time. Yet, in the midst of this darkness I slowly learned how ready to try any new process

to live with optimism rather than lay dormant in despair. It that might lead me out. That

has transformed my life.

led me to a need for trust.

The path of this rebirth was not easy, clear or linear. It has I needed to believe that a

been a winding path of discovery that has led me through my higher wisdom was guiding me, and that it knew way more

own personal “winter”. It caused me to face, and deal with, than I did. Rebirth definitely requires letting go of unhealthy

my oldest fears and unhealthy patterns. But eventually my patterns and habits.

inner journey brought me to a place where I learned how to I needed to let go of any complaining, blaming and

choose life over dormancy. I learned how to move through feeling sorry for myself. I needed to let go of my tendency

tragedy, reinvent myself and come out a new and stronger to over-analyze situations and try to control outcomes. And


although I had experienced a lot of loss, I had to focus on

There were several things that came into my life that the positive things that those relationships had brought me,

helped to elevate me from my sadness. I began to pray and instead of the pain and sadness of their loss.

get connected to the spirit world. I started a Gratitude Journal These realizations did not occur all at once, nor were they

where I wrote down everything I was thankful for every day. I already fully developed and clear. But when they did appear,

watched a movie called The Secret, and began implementing and when I opened myself up to giving them a chance to see

The Law of Attraction. I started taking my yoga practice to where they might lead me, I began to clarify and mold my own

a deeper, internal level. And I began practicing the healing personal rebirth. This is perhaps the most critical component

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I didn’t seek any of these things out. It seemed that as order for it to be lasting.

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started appearing. And every one of these things has own definition of joy, and learn how to create happiness on

had a profoundly positive effect on my spirit.

my own. I found that if I relied on people, things or situations

Rebirth is not as simple as reading a book or taking to define who I was and what made me happy, then not only

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was I creating something that was not genuinely my own,

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I am ‘We a completely gain different such person than I was eighteen

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impatience and despair. Negative words have no place in

my vocabulary. are obedient I am more open-minded, to our realizing that I do

not have all the answers, but can receive them if I just stop

to listen. inner voice. We become

useful It seemed to that God as when soon as we I

stop opened reacting myself up toreceiving

everything guidance, the guidance and instead

make started a appearing. mindful

decision on how to

I am more patient with others because I have finally

realized that they, too, are on their own personal journey, of

which I am act.’ not the judge. I am doing what I can every day

to share my joy with others, and hopefully make the world

a the better same place. experiences I feel like that I am leave finally you being feeling reborn unsettled into and the

person stressed? I was always meant to be.

What Faith is all taking of these one experiences step at a time have – believing taught me what is that we

at can’t any always given moment, see. We have in any no situation, idea where I can life make will lead a new us,

decision. but let’s spend Even the if I was time sad we and do have pessimistic becoming yesterday, who we I truly can

be want happy to be. and positive today. The patterns and habits of my

As much as we need to put effort into ourselves, I don’t

past cannot hold me captive unless I let them.

think works alone can turn someone into the best person

I am the referee of my own life; I can make, and change,

we might envision for ourselves. We need something else to

the rules at any time. I can still be kind to others without

lean on, to fully trust in to help guide us along the way.

necessarily Having a strong taking spiritual all of their connection advice. has I have been learned the true that icing if

life on the hands cake. me challenges, I can acknowledge them, learn

from Staying them, and connected then let to them God go has and taken move my forward life to a on whole my

path. new level And of I have peace learned and balance. that, beyond We cannot deciding rely whether just on our the

glass own willpower is half full and or half works empty, to change, there is so a I third encourage option: everyone

to lean that on I am the even transforming aware there love is of a glass. God to supply what



we don’t As I write, always my get mother’s through Christmas the day. Cactus is blooming.

While Believe I remain optimistic your ability about to change. a positive You joy-filled and God future, are theI

am only at ones the who same know time how thankful to take for care every of single you. Let challenging us live

thing a life that full of has purpose happened and to passion me in the and past. most I now of understand

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Killing my Karmas:

Rebirth by Water and

Fire in the City of Light

By Psalm Isadora

November 19, 2010

Varanasi, City of Light, India

Iwake up in a panic, hot and sticky from an afternoon

nap. We have reached the end of the world now. There

is nowhere to go from here.

Here is a small hostel room in Varanasi, the oldest

living city in the world. People come here to die, to pray

to the holy Mother Ganges River to cleanse their karma,

the negative things inside them, so they can die and be

free in rebirth. I watched a body burn this morning. I saw

an unattached leg be in the fire with the logs. I watched

as the fire licked away at the toes until the foot was a

stump. Burning, burning, all is burning.

When I came back from the

boat ride to heaven, I ate an

omelet and then slept on a

cushion in the sun on the deck.

I look out the metal grates of my windows with the

hard afternoon sun shining through. This is my least favorite

time of day. It is hot and dusty before the change time

when the sky becomes cool and soft as it surrenders itself

to the night in dove grey twilight. I stand up and see my

naked body in the mirror. I look a year older than the last

time I was here. Isn’t that the nature of things, to mature,

ripen and decay? Skin softening and wrinkling like the

skin of a fruit as wisdom comes with years.

Rohan lies next to me sleeping. His body is so long,

slim, smooth and dark. I remember when I first met him

as a waiter down south in Kerala; he walked like an elegant,

awkward giraffe. He is sleeping and his waist is

wrapped in a lungi, a long piece of fabric they wear in

south India instead of pants. His is the color of rust with

a bright golden band of saffron bordering the top and

bottom. His upper arm has the outline of a tattoo begun

but never finished. His face sleeping is like a dark cherub

with full brown lips. He once had malaria.

I feel feverish today. I wouldn’t mind a fever to cleanse

and purge. I went on a sunrise boat ride this morning in

the land where heaven and earth meet. The living and

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and May 1.

Information and tickets are available


the dead cross paths on the shores of the Ganges. Death

is naked here; she does not hide her face as she does in

America, where corpses are hidden out of shame and fear.

I wonder, if I rip out my guts telling my story, will anybody

care? Will it change the world? I am driven by something

unholy to be here, to write. I pray to the god of heaven,

earth and the holy river that it will make a difference to

someone, that it will make a difference to myself.

Will I be shriven? I like that word, it means forgiven.

On one side of the Ganges is the land of the living,

busy with temples and burning ghats. It is noisy here

with the shouts of the temple hawkers selling flowers and

candles - the paraphernalia of redemption. On the other

shore there is nothing, it is the ghost land to which the

spirits cross after they are burned. The good part is hearing

skulls crack when the body is nearly burned. This is

when the spirit is released. It looks blank and hazy on

that shore. We took the boat there this morning. It was

an empty beach of sand with palm trees in the distance.

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There was trash littered by tourists, and dogs begging

for crumbs.

Pilgrims dunk themselves in the river to be washed

of their karma. It reminds me of the Christian baptisms

of my childhood. I loved them. I wanted to be sure I was

saved. I still believed in things like that then.

We stand next to the pyre and

watch fire consume bodies.

There is no escaping this truth,

so I have come to sustain the

gaze with my naked eyes. Are

there people somewhere who

don’t burn like this?

At the end of the earth there is a crossroads between

the living and the dead. There are people praying to be

released of their regrets. They pray to be washed of their

karmas, known and unknown. I have come to the mouth

of the river to write my story, the story of my ancestors

and my family. Our fates are braided together in this life.

I come naked of offerings, no flowers or incense, just the

burning of my soul in this world-weary body.

When I came back from the boat ride to heaven, I

ate an omelet and then slept on a cushion in the sun on

the deck. I had a vision of how everything connected. I

saw myself rising out of the Ganges wrapped in bloodred

fabric next to a stone temple with carvings. I finally

understood why I was born to such difficult parents,

why I endured so much pain. I wanted the spiritual trip.

I wonder if my own son would realize the same thing

when he thought of the tough times his mother has put

him through.

Standing next to the burning ghat, a little boy asked

me what my tattoo was. It is a snake in a perfect circle

eating its own tail. I say it is Shakti, the primal sacred

mother who created and destroys the world, eating

herself. Life, death and re-birth through her sacred,

smoldering yoni. We stand next to the pyre and watch

fire consume bodies. There is no escaping this truth, so I

have come to sustain the gaze with my naked eyes. Are

there people somewhere who don’t burn like this?

I read what I have written to Rohan when he wakes

up. I tell him he will be in my book. “All the world will be

in your book,” he says, “the burning ghat, the Shakti, the

coming and going.” He is silent for a moment. “Sometimes

with our eyes we see something beautiful and

don’t see how difficult it will be. The sun was beautiful

this morning, but the burning body was hard to see. This

is truth, no?”

“Yes, this is truth,” I say, “Satya.”

“Truth is pain though, truth is hard, no?”

“Yes,” I agree, “it can be, but the truth will make

you free.”

I have come to tell the stories that I have kept inside

for so long.

Rohan asks if we have hard things to see everywhere

in the world. I say yes, but in America we hide dead bodies

in wooden boxes because no one wants to see them.

We put fancy clothes and makeup on corpses.

Rohan says that here the corpses have the clothes

removed and that men are laid down on their backs and

women on their stomachs, the opposite. I have come to

Varanasi, the City of Lights, to cleanse my karmas, to

wash my stories in the sacred river and let them burn,

to be baptized and reborn. My body, precious to me

now, will someday be a piece of kindling. My story is

precious to me, but it is the same as every other story,

in the end.

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Psalm Isadora ( grew up

on a born-again hippie commune in Northern California.

From a young age, she had ecstatic experiences with

the Spirit that did not fit in the dogma of the religion

she was raised with. The misuse of power in organized

religion and personal abuse led her to leave the church

and go on a search for personal truth with God. This

search led her to study and teach yoga in America.

As her thirst for knowledge grew, she traveled to India

to study Tantra, where she experienced the balance of

feminine divine energy that she found missing in her

religious upbringing.

Psalm will lead three workshops at The Journey Expo

Pittsburgh 2011 on April 30 and May 1. More information

and tickets are available at

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Are You Ready to

Shed Your Skin?

By Eva Starr

The word rebirth brings to mind the 13th card in

the Tarot deck: the Death card. As you may or

may not know, there are many varieties and versions

of the Tarot, depicting just as many diverse

images – but the meanings remain the same.

In this particular Tarot deck, a Marseilles deck, there

is an image of a skeleton carrying a blood-red scythe,

while at his feet lie the dismembered bodies of two human

beings. Also, in this 13th card of death are sprouts of

newly formed grass protruding through the earth around

the dismembered body parts.

This illustration is far simpler than some of its more

complicated counterparts in other Tarot decks. The interpretation

of the death card is the release of former beliefs,

ideas, and activities – thus creating an avenue for new

growth in one’s way of thinking and life.

I can recall several dreams over the last two or three

decades in which I was trying to put on an old comfortable

pair of my shoes, and couldn’t figure out why they

no longer fit. I’ve had this dream at various intervals in my

life, that it’s now become like an old friend. Of course, it

was clear to me that this dream depicted old beliefs that

I stood upon, which no longer fit who I am and who I am


With spring soon upon us, we see evidence everywhere

of rebirth. It doesn’t matter if you live in California

or Cleveland; the trees still shed their leaves in the fall, are

bare in the dead of winter, and form buds in the spring.

If we look around us at nature and the animal kingdom,

the evidence of rebirth is rampant. Snakes and lizards

shed their skin, dogs shed their furs, and birds their

feathers. I have a few Hermit Crabs. One is Yang (Yin died

while I was in Cleveland last fall). My daughter Shayna

bought me two new ones while she was visiting California

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These creatures will bury

themselves in the sand and

shed their exoskeleton –

and leave it there for me

to dispose of.

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last December; she name them Curious George and Big

Boy. These creatures will bury themselves in the sand

and shed their exoskeleton – and leave it there for me to

dispose of. I recall the first time I saw the crab’s skin lying

in the sand; I thought my crab was dead, only to find him

hiding under his cave with a brand new skin.

We, as humans, are constantly reinventing ourselves.

It may be after an ugly divorce, an unforeseen accident,

or a physical illness. I know of a man who was diagnosed

with multiple sclerosis, a brain tumor, and a heart condition

back in the late ’50s or early ’60s. He was told he had

no more than 15 years to live – at best.

I was a child, and I remember watching him struggle

to move about in his wheelchair. Then one day I thought

it was over; he had a stroke, went almost completely blind

and was paralyzed. As he lay in his bed, with one hand

on the Bible and the other hand clasped to mine, he said

to me: “I’d like to see a grandson before I die.” With the

tears streaming down my eyes, I thought, ‘My God I’m

still in high school.” Not to mention, I hadn’t even thought

about exploring the birds and the bees.

This man refused to believe the doctors. He set out

to not only reinvent himself but to prove them all wrong.

Since then he has seen the world, gone on an African safari

and moved to the place of his dreams. He got to see

that that grandson, plus two granddaughters. He recently

celebrated his 80 th birthday in good health. I have him to

thank for my drive and determination.

Do you know why snakes shed their skin? When a

snake grows, its skin becomes uncomfortable because it

doesn’t expand like ours. Since snakes grow throughout

their lives, they are constantly shedding until the moment

they die.

Like my dreams about old shoes, we are constantly

outgrowing our beliefs and need to continually reassess

what is working, what is not. We shed our skins to allow

for continued growth. Are you ready to shed your skin?

Eva Starr’s spiritual journey has taken her coast to

coast, studying various schools of thought. Starr now

resides in the San Diego area, devouring the alluring

buffet of wisdom the West Coast has to offer. Continue to

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The Meaning of Dreams

By Wendy Stokes

Refresh your dream-life. Pull out the furniture and

vacuum behind everything. Turn over the mattress

and give both sides a vacuuming. If possible paint

your bedroom sky blue. Throw away feather pillows

that can cause stuffy noses and red eyes, and launder

fresh sheets and duvet covers. Buy some new nightwear

– or for the most luxurious sleep ever, go naked

and prepare for the very best dreams of the year.

If you have bad dreams, just before sleep do not

think of the day’s hassles or what might happen tomorrow.

Have a bath or shower, a hot milky drink and

spread some lavender essence on your pillow. Meditate

on the beauty of a tree in blossom, the delicacy of a

carnation and the velvet softness of the rose.

The dream

I am in a large room and people are speaking together

but I am left out. They are serving drinks and

cakes. Suddenly, the whole hall starts to drive away as

though it is a large bus. The road is fast and winding

and we are all thrown around. Then the vehicle stops

abruptly and there is pandemonium. I am desperate to

sit down but I have to look after everyone. I find that

my guitar is broken. I wonder how I can fix it. – SS

What It Means

Other people are enjoying themselves and having

a good time. They seem not to notice you are even

there. When things start to go wrong, this is when you

suddenly become popular. This is not a good situation

for you. I think perhaps you are not good at making

conversation and prefer to entertain people with your

music. If those around you do not appreciate your talent,

find people who do.

The dream

I have this dream fairly often with slight changes

in scenery. I am back in school, high-school junior

class, sometimes younger. I am wondering why I have

to go through it all over again. I know I have already

graduated. I am wasting my time. I miss classes or

come to class unprepared. I drop some of the subjects

entirely. – HT

Wendy Stokes is a qualified

counsellor and dream

specialist. If you would like

a dream interpreted, please

email w.stokes@btinternet.

com with a description of

your dream and permission

to publish it in The Journey Magazine’s

Dream Column.

What it means

This is the school of life and you are struggling with

situations that are difficult for you to manage. Though

you are competent, intelligent, caring and doing your

best, you are unable to make progress as quickly as

you and others expected. I would recommend that

you re-evaluate your present course of action, looking

carefully at your spiritual life. Re-plan in detail

each step you need to take to reach each ambition.

Smaller achievements are easier than big ones, but all

add up. Give yourself a pat on the back when you try

because, whether you achieve your aim or not, trying

is still important and has its own rewards.

The dream

I am shown how to resuscitate the dead by

changing an original painting. All the colors must be

removed and white must be used, in stages, starting

from the top and moving down the canvas. After

painstaking work, I reach the bottom, where there is

a horseman who has a line which goes to the top of

the painting. This line crosses seven stars at the top.

I see the dead person is breathing again. – KC

What it means

You have a perspective that enables you to see

the big picture. You have been inspired to transform

a very difficult situation, perhaps within your family,

work environment, society or even the world. Change

needs to be instigated at the top where purification is

needed. The horseman represents those who work for

this cause and who need to connect to those in power

in order to move the matter forward.

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Wendy Stokes is a qualified counselor with a

special interest in dreams. She is author of The Lightworkers

Circle Guide: A Workbook for Spiritual Groups

(available at If you would like a dream

interpreted by Wendy, please send a description of

your dream to The Journey Magazine. For more information,


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By Kimmie Rose Zapf


March – There will be lots of things going on with

family and money. Be mindful of relationships this month

along with your financial choices. Right now is a great

time to plan ahead for the next six months financially,

emotionally and spiritually.

April – Close relationships may leave you feeling irritated

this month. But rather than running away, now is

the time to work through your feelings. Financial issues

may surface so be cautious and wise about spending this



March – It’s time to be honest with the people in your

life. It’s time to let go and trust that others will understand.

Be mindful of integrity, honesty and balance. It’s

also important to be cautious with money this month.

April – If you are feeling restless, this is a good time

for travel and adventure. These feelings are there because

you need to make a change, whether big or small. Use

this as an opportunity to stimulate activity and positive



March – New ideas can manifest abundantly right

now if you get your ducks in a row. Pre-plan by talking

with friends and gaining clarity with what is needed to get

things done. When you make decisions based on your

own truth, things start to take form.

April – Keywords this month are romance, creativity,

spontaneity, pleasure and self-expression. Take a moment

to reflect on a lesson learned that won’t be repeated. Be

sure to take time and enjoy yourself, preferably around



March – This month you may feel like you want to

open up and share, but you can’t find the words. Be clear

about your emotions and feelings. Your real friendships

reveal themselves to you once you trust that you deserve


April – Be mindful when asserting your independence

and making impulsive purchases or taking risks with your

money. You can be protective of your decisions and the

values you live by, which could lead to arguments if others

question you on these things.

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March – Travel is recommended this month. It will

allow you to rejuvenate and kick start new ideas that

will lead to financial abundance over the next three


April – Money issues pop up this month. There may

be a brief or tiny financial crisis that motivates you to find

new ways to make money. It’s a blessing because you

will discover new ways to increase your income.


March – In your mind, you may be creating scenarios

that are more dramatic or negative than they really are.

Take a deep breath and don’t allow your emotions to

create fear in your mind that is a distortion of reality.

April – Don’t get defensive if a family member is

holding a grudge against you. Listen to what they have

to say and let it go. It’s more of a misunderstanding than

anything else. Don’t make more of it by adding fuel to

the fire.


March – Procrastination frustrates you more than

anything, so pull yourself out of the rut you are in. Figure

out what you really want and get organized. By moving

forward on your path, you will also find yourself better

off financially.

April – Nothing you do for others will ever create

a lasting sense of your value or worthiness. That must

come from within and is attained through life lessons

and experiences.


March – Instead of focusing on what you are not

getting back from the people in your life, give back to

yourself. This is an important time for spiritual growth

and listening to yourself is the goal right now.

April – Things will come to a head if you don’t open

up and share your feelings. You may want to detach and

think things through, but others won’t be too accepting

if you handle the situation this way.


March – This month, hold a positive attitude and energy

about your future and great things will spring forth

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in areas of career and finance. This is also a magical

time for relationships and you may make a commitment

with someone special.

April – Relationship issues are highlighted this

month. You may experience feelings of mistrust and

doubt, but just let it go. Any actions you take will have

lasting implications for your future so it’s important

to stay in a positive mindset.


March – This month is about getting out there and

having fun. New relationships have the potential to

be longstanding bonds that will be there for you for

the next eight years.

April – This month will be very productive, and

at times news and events will move toward you very

rapidly. You’ll have to be very decisive, because this

is an ideal month to make key decisions.

April – Personal relationships are creating new

feelings and emotions for you this month. You may

struggle when expressing your feelings, but don’t

allow fear to stop you from sharing what’s in your


Kimberly Rose is a professional intuitive, vibrational

astrologer, author, public speaker and radio

and television host on CBS Radio and Telos Television

Networks. She is available for personal readings,

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Bringing the Goddess

Back into a Man’s World

Long before Christianity, Judaism and Islam, there

was The Great Goddess, The Divine Ancestress.

Memory of this history is not part of the mainstream,

yet the echoes of Her presence persist in

cultures throughout the world, even today.

She was known by many names: Isis, Juno,

Hecate, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Inanna, Cybele and Astarte,

among them. The Great Goddess was Nature Herself

and worshipped as the single manifestation of all the

gods and goddesses. Over a period of 25,000 years

and a geography that spanned much of the globe, She

was regarded as immortal and omnipotent.

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Goddess culture was conquered,

destroyed, diminished

and, finally, claimed by patriarchal

societies long ago – largely

for political power and control

of geographical territory.

Evidence and symbols of the Goddess still survive,

but we have forgotten their significance. Goddess

culture was conquered, destroyed, diminished and,

finally, claimed by patriarchal societies long ago –

largely for political power and control of geographical


History was then rewritten, often vilifying the Goddess

and women while deifying male patriarchy. We

see it today. What woman doesn’t “understand” somehow

that she represents Eve - second to be created,

yet first to sin, bringing the downfall of man?

How has this philosophy translated into female

suppression, including religious disenfranchisement

as well as glass ceilings and wage inequities in the

workplace? History books were written by patriarchs,

whose agenda was to promote male dominance (e.g.,

Levite priests, the Council of Nicea, the papal bull

Malleus Malleficarum that justified the Inquisition and

the burning of “witches.”)

In many religions, philosophies and practices

were originally established to ensure the paternity of

offspring so that property would pass through male

lines rather than female, as had been the case.

Vast amounts of evidence regarding this part of

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our human history survives. Physical artifacts include

archeological finds such as thousands of goddess

figurines, and statuary – often with noses and ears

intentionally broken off, believed to diminish the powers

of the Goddess.

Further evidence is found in customs that we

continue to observe today. For instance, Christian

communion celebrating the body and blood of Christ

is actually an assimilation of an ancient Goddess

custom honoring Her life-giving gifts; lighting candles

in church is an adaptation of burnt offerings or fire

sacrifices to the Goddess; holidays such as Easter,

Passover, Christmas and Hanukah take place at times

that had been celebratory rites during pagan (Goddess)

times – such as solstices and equinoxes. It was

typical of conquerors to incorporate the religious and

cultural practices of the conquered in order to ease

the transition into citizenship of the new society.

Patriarchy has dominated many cultures around

the globe since approximately 2,500 BCE. Yet, the

human archeological record dates from 100,000 BCE,

The human archeological record

dates from 100,000 BCE, and

Goddess artifacts date from

about 25,000 to 2,500 BCE –

when Indo-European

culture began to take over Goddess-worshipping


and Goddess artifacts date from about 25,000 to 2,500

BCE, when Indo-European culture began to take over

Goddess-worshipping communities.

The amount of material that has been written and

recorded on this subject is quite surprising. Yet, much

of this history is subtly hidden, as it was rewritten to

accommodate patriarchy – including the Bible.

I was hoping to find that Goddess communities

were far kinder, balanced and gentler. While this is

partially true, it is not entirely the case. It’s possible

that the patriarchy experienced over the last 4,500

years may be an over-compensatory backlash to the

worship of all things feminine. Men were secondary

in those early cultures: they stayed home, weaving

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and tending to children. (Sound familiar?) They were

relegated to consorts who could only rule if they were

legitimized by the female leader. And, the “king” was ritually

killed as a metaphor for death, particularly after the

leading “Goddess” representative found herself pregnant

(a metaphor for rebirth).

I sense a swinging of the pendulum toward the center

here in the United States and around the world. Certain

events have served as the catalysts that are propelling

women into an ability to lead own themselves and lead,

including women earning the right to vote; the pill and

abortion rights (i.e., controlling her own genetics and

body); the Women’s Movement; even the proliferation of

women’s networking groups and the emergence of women

in leadership positions in business and government. This

is happening – slowly – but it’s happening.

Perhaps this time in history brings an opportunity for a

new consciousness to be born – the perfect balance of the

feminine and the masculine. Not patriarchy, not feminism

… but humanism – an equality between two necessary

genders, both of which are less than they might be as a

result of losing touch with Goddess culture.

Each of us possesses both feminine and masculine

qualities. Neither gender should be relegated to a “manbox”

or a “woman-box.” It’s unfair to our human nature.

We owe it to our daughters and our sons.

Nearly every woman I know is on a journey to discover

herself in some way. Intuitively, we women know that

there’s something of the Goddess in each of us that has

been silenced in countless ways. Likewise, men seem to

be searching for some lost part of themselves.

The universe constantly seeks a balance. Together,

both genders comprise the whole in equal parts. This is

an important time. In order to know where we’re going

or need to go, it’s important to understand where we’ve

been. We need to remember The Great Goddess who is

an intrinsic and vital part of us all.

Cynthia Cavendish-Carey is a business and marketing

consultant. She is working on her first novel, “Kachina

and the Butterfly Maiden,” which is a young girl’s journey

to find her own divine feminine.

If you are interested in learning more about this

forgotten part of our history, a search for keyword

“goddess” on your favorite bookstore site will turn up

numerous books that might appeal to whatever topics

interest you.

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