Category Archives: Creative Writings

One Spot of Beauty, In a Gray World

When the Beauty of Life Clings onto Life Itself,

Photo of Fireweed
Fireweed (Epilobium augustifolia), Photo taken: Nov 8th, 2015

Sometimes,

We may need a little inspiration to continue doing, that which we feel needs to happen. Life, with all of its challenges and hardships, is also full of anticipation, expectation, curiosity, and the limitless number of possibilities and potentialities. It is all the more reason, worth exploring Life to its every moment. Even a path, traveled only inch-by-inch, will eventually be able to tell the world, that at least someone, has taken the travel, into unfamiliar territory. It is an experience recorded, for others to see, reflect, and also be inspired to carry on, with their own paths of exploration.

There is no “handbook” nor manual on Life. Nor is there any “roadmap” on which path or turn to take, and of when. Each and every Path, is an individual’s own “Sacred Moment of Reflection”. Each and every crossroad, a point of decision. Each and every step, a movement towards the goal, a nuance, or a progress towards an ultimate understanding of who and what we are, and of who or what we may become. It is a Path worth the travel, even with its ruts, stones, and other hazards. It is THAT state of Being in Motion, Here and Now, that we begin to realize our Path, is our own!

THIS is worth a Life experienced, because it is a Life well-lived, no matter where, when, or how we came to it. THAT is the eternal beauty of Life, with all of its “unknowns”.

Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of the Temple,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

A View to Inner-Peace – The Pause Between Thoughts.

For lack of anything better to write about at this moment,

I thought I would do something fairly short on Inner-Peace and the momentary silence between events, ideas, thoughts, and so on. This post came as an idea after I was talking with a friend of mine about Dreams and how we sometimes interfere with our own abilities to receive them: By “trying” too hard.

One of the very first lessons I learned when I was attending a meditation group was to RELAX, and calm the mind and body. Just so happened that the group I was with was organized and lead by a (long-time) Buddhist student. One of the simplest exercises, though not so easy to do by the many, was to not concentrate on anything but your breathing. Every thought, every sound, every feeling – was to be acknowledged – and then your attention returned to your breathing. The whole idea was to eventually find the absolute emptiness and inner peace within your Being.

One of the things I understood about some of the later experiences with meditation(s) in another group, was to not “concentrate” too hard toward anything, but let the images and feelings come to you. This works very much like when in the presence of an unfamiliar animal (and even its spirit): You do not approach it, but let it, on its own volition, approach you – while you maintain a fairly relaxed composure. Many times, some of life’s more-challenging experiences may require this approach in order for one to find the solution that best fits the problem.

The world of magic, healing, and many of the other “meta-physical” aspects of life may require a more-subtle approach than we are used to being told to do. This is where “society” often fails us, miserably, when it comes to practical ways to find and employ solutions to the many complex problems we may face, day to day. So, I advised this friend of mine about the less-common path of least resistance, by suggesting he not try too hard to force his Mind to come with the answers, but relax and let his Mind do what it does best: Imagine and picture the solution into being. Then, he is free to try the solution and see if it fits the problem at hand.

It is also just as practical that when one is faced with an “insurmountable” problem (as some would say: an “impasse”), be not afraid to stand back a few moments and take a pause. Sometimes, it is that moment of silence we need to pay attention to. Oftentimes, it is within that “moment of silence” when we will hear the quiet voice of Wisdom speaking to us. So, there IS great power in that moment of silence.

– Please find your moment of silence, and the resulting Inner-Peace today!

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

Rethinking Cause-and-Effect – How the “Web of Life” fits in.

I have been doing some further thinking, based on what I read in Michael Talbot’s “The Holographic Universe”.


Some interesting images and thoughts came to me that also related to when I was reading the “Kybalion” by the Three Initiates. It had to do with the Hermetic Principle on Cause and Effect. Some ascribe this to being the “Karmic Laws”, even though there is some misinterpretation of Karma in many of today’s groups. I would like to provide a little bit of a different insight into the nature of Cause and Effect.

I ) Causes and their Effects do interrelate with each other and CAN also operate in the reverse:

In other words, there are cases where the Cause(s) and Effect(s) can affect each other in the reverse order, IE: A cause in one instance can become the effect of the action of the other, which was its effect and, instead, become its causor. This can be considered as a “mirroring” of the Cause-and-Effect instance(s), as the cause(s) and effect(s) may “change places” with each other based on the particular situation or “need”.

II ) Causes and Effects are not necessarily singular and purely linear:

Each “cause” can possibly have multiple influences or multiple “effects”. Just as each “effect” can have multiple contributing “causes”. Much like any action on a spider’s web, can be felt, whether greatly or slightly, in more than one place upon its web – even, at the same instant. Anyone with a background in mathematics would be amazed at how “irrational” Nature can be. Nature works very heavily with irrational numbers and ratios; Which show up in the many calculations of arcs, spirals, and other circular “events”.

III ) Also, Nature likes circles, spirals, and “non-linearity”. Therefore, causes and effects can easily rebound and cycle; as per the first two observations I stated above:

What this says, is that certain conditions may have it that one or more causes may feed into themselves through their one or more effects. I like to think of this as a “feedback loop”; something that the nature of spirals and cycles often work by. Now whether a particular “spiral” results in an increase or decrease in strength and energy is another matter. If such a “feedback” results in the same level of energy and strength being repeated over and over again, then you may have what results in a steady cycle – of this set of causes and effects!

IV ) Causes and their resulting effects that feedback upon each other can also cause “ripple effects”:

The analogy and actual demonstration of tossing a stone into a quiet, placid body of water (whether at a pond, or just a home swimming pool) and its resulting ripples comes to mind. Now, if one were to toss more than one stone, perhaps even at slightly delayed intervals, one would see the action of the ripples from each of the landed stones (the “causes” or “events”) as they collide with each other. These colliding ripples may either cancel some of their energies out, OR they may create some interesting new ripples. These collision points can be referred to as “interference points”.

V ) Interference points as resulting complex events due to multiple influences and/or other contributing causes and/or effects:

When two or more event “ripples” collide, a new event may occur at that point. Some believe that major events of such great magnitude and power are only possible with the help of multiple contributing causes and effects, because of the amount of energy contributed multiplies exponentially. So, if there are more powerful influences that contribute even a tiny amount of additional energy towards the “intended” effect, the end effect’s energy will be far greater by magnitudes! (This is something to think about when planning the execution of another magical working, etc.)

This also why a small group of fairly new practitioners may see considerable effects, if they are all focused on the same intention, to their working more so than one solitary who may only practice his/her art occasionally. This may also explain why some workings may be best done in a group ritual, rather than as a solitary if that solitary witch does not have much extensive practice in workings by him/herself?!?

VI ) Nature is all about causes and effects:

Right there is the ultimate truth about the power and workings of Nature. We see these causes and their related effects around us all the time. All things that occur are because of Nature’s causes and effects; This highlights the “Natural Law” at its most basic level. Natural Law does not operate on only one or two “planes” at a time. Nature is very “Holographic” and operates on ALL planes at the same time. Therefore, some of the most powerful workings, coming from some of the most learned in the Arts of magic and Nature, know to use the powers of Nature to their advantage and to “super-power” their workings.

Those who try to work against the powers of Nature, are simply working out of balance with Nature and will probably fail miserably. Nature is far more powerful than any of us alone! Therefore, it makes the most sense to work alongside that Natural power, and in balance with Nature, when deciding to do a working. The ancient shamanic wise-folk knew of this many thousands of years ago.


A final note:

As per what I have written here, please consider carefully the idea of limiting the effects of your spells. If some spells can continue on by themselves, all due to the right kinds of influences and energies being present to keep powering them, you may have a difficult time in determining where and how to end an errant spell. THIS IS WHY, in some groups, it said that once an intention is powered up and released into the open Cosmos, it can not (I like to say: “may not”) be recalled! So please consider how to “tie up” a spell enough so that it only does what it is intended to do, and then dissipate or cease altogether.

Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

A Mother’s Embrace – Come Hither, Children of the Dragons.

I piece I thought would be apropos for the times. I have always tried to live with Love in my heart, even though there are times where this may be the hardest thing to do. Always one to remember, that a True Mother’s Love for her children, is a Love everlasting!


I have written, many times, the honor of the Great Mother, and how I would never be lonely, even without the company of others in this world.

= = =

To All Dragon-Children, and their friends:

= = =

As you stand there, believing yourself to be alone,

She is always there.

When you feel the weight of the World baring down on your shoulders,

She feels with you.

For each and every day you live in pain and are hurting,

Let Her comfort you.

From the Most Ancient of Mothers I can think of,

She helped me find Her again!

This I shall always be grateful, when others left me,

She embraced me.

Such a warm and loving embrace it was,

From the Ancient Mother which all things were birthed.

To this day, I walk as a child in Her shadow,

Because She is always there.

I learned of my true inner-strength,

Because of Her great Wisdom.

I stand in Her Light, and Sing Praises to my Father as well,

As They encourage me to do my best.

So come forth, Children of the Dragon(s),

Come Ye to Your Mother’s embrace,

That you shall be Loved, forever more!

= = =

– Rev. Dragon’s Eye
Founder and Chief-Elder,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

A History on Witchcraft – Part 1

THE EARLY YEARS OF SPIRITUALITY.

The history of witchcraft goes deep into the man’s past, long before recorded history. It is thought to have originated as far back to the days when man still lived in caves and other primitive living conditions. Though early man have not have had the level of understanding of his natural environment then, he may have started to formulate a belief in a presence or power beyond his own.

The many examples in paintings on the cave walls near Lascaux, France demonstrate, early on, man’s interest in the animals and the natural setting. Some of these paintings are surprisingly detailed, given that most new anthropologists may still be astounded by the idea that they were created by primitive man upon seeing them. With such keen attention to detail, it is reasonable to guess that this attentiveness would eventually help man to further his understanding of nature in later ages.

Some of us may remember stories about the American Indian and his ceremonial dances. Many such occasions incorporated song and dance, costumary, chanting, the use of pigments ( like face-painting, etc. ), and the “smudge” ( usually comprised of aromatic native plants that were dried and bundled for later use, like an incense ). Because these early peoples relied so much on what the land produced ( whether be it the animals for hunting, or the farmers crops in the case of agrarian societies ), and how consistently it produced adequate supplies for the community, they had a healthy reverence for the land and nature. This respect and reverence was the reason for prayers and chants to the spirits of the land and sky. Prayers that a hunt would be successful. Prayers to protect and bless the hunting party. Prayers that the people would be well-fed. Prayers for healing the sick. AND Prayers for just about anything that was felt needed that the spirits could help provide.

The later agrarian cultures eventually learned by watching the seasons and the migratory patterns of animals, the best times to plant, to weed and thin, to harvest, and when to let the land fallow. This was when celebrating the change of the seasons ( the Solar “Sabbats” ) first
became a tradition ( though they were yet to be considered the traditions of today ). These “times of year” were celebrated by the whole village usually with song and dance, accompanied by a feast. The seasons also reminded the people of the changes within themselves. An early form of a priesthood came into being, whose responsibilities were primarily keeping track of the seasons, recording the history of the past harvests and seasonal conditions, and praying to the spirits on behalf of the people’s needs. After many centuries of recognizing the patterns and the natural cycles of the seasons ( also referenced by the positions of the stars and planets – used as their “calendar” ), they had built up a base of knowledge on how to tell what one year will be like from the next. Their advice became very valuable, as it often meant the difference between feast and starvation for the people.

Many of the early agrarian cultures retained much of their primal spiritual practices of prayer, ritual and ceremony, and rhythmic chants and dances well into their agrarian lifestyles. They felt that the spirits of land and sky were as important to them as they were to their ancestors. The spirits were thanked for the successes of the harvest and in battle.

The history of medicine with the use of special plants for healing, inducing visions, meditation, etc. was also common in early man’s spiritual practices since the dawn of his rise. Some recent discoveries of newly uncovered sites of Neanderthal remains have provided some compelling
evidence that they too, had profound spiritual beliefs and may have also practiced with healing and “entheogenic” herbs. These could be some of the earliest examples of “witchcraft”, in today’s understanding.


A BRIEF ON “COMMON-CORE” SHAMANISM

The practice of communicating with, and traveling to the realm of the spirits in search of answers and knowledge, became one of the common practices of Shamanism, a type of practice in witchcraft. Some of the earliest Shaman (wisefolk – men AND women who were considered very wise and were usually of advanced age ) were taught and practiced communicating with the spirits of animals. Some of these animal “spirit guides” were revered as having access to much hidden knowledge, and answers to many of life’s common questions. Animal spirits were often consulted for advice on healing certain illnesses, where the best hunting was, and for divination of possible future events. Some cultures even felt that every child was born with a “guardian” who would be his/her “totem animal”. A totem animal was a spirit that was expected to remain with the person until his death. Its purpose was to guide, teach, and even protect the person throughout his daily life.

There were certain other instances where one may be visited by an animal spirit for the purpose of teaching a single or a few lessons before moving on. This was a commonly-held belief in many of the early American ( “American Indian” ) nations and tribes. Every animal spirit, whether a life-long companion and guardian, or a temporary visitor for the purpose of temporary guidance, was to be respected with the highest honor. This was also part of honoring and respecting Nature.

Shamanism is considered to be the world’s oldest magical practice for healing, divination, and other special workings. It is not a specific religion in the same sense that one recognizes religion. It is a way of life, a way of “knowing”, a way of interacting with the spirits and Nature, and means to obtain knowledge and knowing himself through his divine connection and inner nature. A shaman is one who has traveled to the “other worlds” frequently, so he “knows the territory” well enough to guide others’ journeys into it. Thus, an experienced Shaman becomes teacher and guide for those seeking his guidance.

A good resource for learning more about shamanism and the many different cultures who practiced shamanism ( as well as those who still practice it today ) may be found on the Foundation for Shamanic Studies website. Michael Harner has written and published a very good book that I highly recommend called, “The Way of the Shaman”. It covers the “common core” of knowledge and symbolism that is shared by many differing cultural beliefs. ( Yes. Another “shameless plug” of mine. )


THE RISE OF MODERN WITCHCRAFT

Excerpted from: Don Cardoza’s
“Dragon Magick site”.
(Now defunct, except for archives of it on: archive . org)

Witchcraft has existed in all parts of the world from time immemorial as an outgrowth of man’s first religion, shamanism. Today, the word “Witchcraft” is commonly translated as meaning “the Craft of the Wise,” a translation supported with the argument that the Witch was the “wise one” of his or her village and served as resident healer. However, from the Middle Ages up until fairly recently, the word “Witch” was used very differently from today. Witches were thought to work magic only for personal malice or entertainment. When someone felt they were under a Witch’s spell, they turned for help to those who were the real precursors of today’s Witch: the Wise Women and Cunning Men. These Cunning Folk specialized in working magic to help others. One of their specialties was breaking the spells of Witches. Virtually all Cunning Folk were astrologers and herbalists, and they stood out among the generally illiterate population as people who read and collected books. They often wrote their own book of spells and recipes, made from notes they took from their books. Cunning Folk were almost always solitary individuals, but there were also many hereditary family Clans of a type of village Witchcraft who often lived around standing stones and ancient earthworks.

England saw a general rise in the interest of magic in the late 1800’s, and a number of magickal societies helped to collect and disseminate the knowledge of magick to a wider audience. Far and away the greatest of these was the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (founded in 1888). The Golden Dawn collected a vast amount of occult information together into a coherent synthesis in its nine major rituals, and admitted both men and women as members (unlike many other Orders of the time). The Golden Dawn and its offshoots had hundreds of members, including many scientists, physicians, ministers, and writers, the most famous of whom was W.B. Yeats. A large number of Rosicrucians and Masons joined the Order. The Golden Dawn’s most infamous and successful initiate was Aleister Crowley, who probably had a hand in founding a new Witchcraft religion called Wicca.


Some of my own observations:

It is very interesting that much of the witchcraft practiced today, is based on a mix of various traditions and cultures. It is common to see groups using practices that blend the early Egyptian Kemetism ( from the doctrines of Hermes Trismegistus, for example ), Stregheria ( old Italian and “Gypsy magic” ), and the various old Germanic and Celtic/Gaelic practices.


THE WITCHCRAFT

By: Jack Parsons, 1946

WE ARE THE WITCHCRAFT.

We are the oldest organization in the world. When man was born, we were. We sang the first cradle song. We healed the first wound, we comforted the first terror. We were the Guardians against the Darkness, the Helpers on the Left Hand Side. Rock drawings in the Pyrenees remember us, and little clay images, made for an old purpose when the world was new. Our hand was on the old stone circles, the monolith, the dolmen, and the druid oak. We sang the first hunting songs, we made the first crops to grow; when man stood naked before the Powers that made him, we sang the first chant of terror and wonder. We wooed among the Pyramids, watched Egypt rise and fall, ruled for a space in Chaldea and Babylon, the Magian Kings. We sat among the secret assemblies of Israel, and danced the wild and stately dances in the sacred groves of Greece.

In China and Yucatan, in Kansas and Kurdistan we are one. All organizations have known us, no organization is of us; when there is too much organization we depart. We are on the side of man, of life, and of the individual. Therefore we are against religion, morality and government. Therefore our name is Lucifer. We are on the side of freedom, of love, of joy and laughter and divine drunkenness. Therefore our name is Babalon.

Sometimes we move openly, sometimes in silence and in secret. Night and day are one to us, calm and storm, seasons and the cycles of man, all these things are one, for we are at the roots. Supplicant we stand before the Powers of Life and Death, and are heard of these Powers, and avail. Our way is the secret way, the unknown direction. Our way is the way of the serpent in the underbrush, our knowledge is in the eyes of goats and of women.

It is our own force that sometimes shifts jeweled coils and creates mighty pinions in the breast of man; our Power is one with the Power that causes the God to stir in the heart of the seed, and the bud to burst into blossom and fruit; and whenever a man and a woman are united in one substance, our power is that substance.

Merlin was of us, and Gawain and Arthur, Rabelais and Catullus, Gilles de Retz and Jehanne d’Arc, De Molensis, Johannes Dee, Cagliostro, Francis Hepburn and Gellis Duncan, Swinburne and Eliphas Levi, and many another bard, Magus, poet, martyr known and unknown that carried our banners against the enemy multiform and ubiquitous, the Church and the State. And when that vermin of Hell that is called the Christian Church held all the West in a slavery of sin and death and terror, we, and we alone, brought hope to the heart of man, despite the dungeon and the stake.

We are the Witchcraft, and although one may not know another, yet we are united by an indissoluble bond. And when the high wild cry of the eagle sounds in your mind, know that you are not alone in your desire for freedom. And when the howl of the wolf echoes in the forests of your night, know that there are those who also prowl. And when the ways of your fellows about you seem the ways of idiocy and madness, know that there are also others who have seen and judged – and acted.

Now know that the power that we serve lies in the heart of every man and woman as the tree lives in the seed. And to be with us, you have but to call upon that Power, and you are as one of us. And when our Power and Joy have come upon you, you may go forth and do your will among men, and none shall say you nay. And if it be your will, you shall do your will secretly, and if it be your will, you will do your will openly, as your will.

Therefore lift up your hearts saying, “I am a man” or “I am a woman, and the Power of Life is mine!” And in the Power of Life you shall live and love, accepting no restriction and placing no restriction, freely and granting freedom. And it may be in the bounty of life you shall see the love of life shine in the eyes of another, and the lust of life burn upon his brow, and thus you shall take great joy together. And it may be in good fortune you may find a number such; and share your joy in secret feasting and rejoicing and all manner of lovemaking and festival. Or it
may be that at hazard and danger you will teach the joyous power to men; as your wills move you.

And this is well so long as you remember one thing. There can be no restriction. The Power of Life is not restricted; it knows its own way, but no mind knows that way. Therefore in yourself practice all the giving and taking of freedom that is consistent with life, for thereby alone can you remain in our joy.

Pain is. Terror is, loss and loneliness and agony of heart and spirit, even unto Death. For this is the gateway to the kingdom of Pan.

Our way is not for all men. There are those who are so constricted and sick in themselves that the thought of their own freedom is a horror, and that of others a fierce pain; so that they would enslave all men. And these you should shun, or, if you must, destroy them as you will know how, for this also is bounty.

Nor think the life power should manifest in those who have no trouble or turmoil, for these may be mere dumb cattle, innocents out of season. Rather does the power often show the most where conflict rages, since at any time, and especially in a false civilization, the way must be won through. Surrender is disaster. The other side of the coin is a song in the sunlight and a dance in the moonlight, where all mists are dispersed. But the way must be won.


– Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon of,
TEMPLE OF THE ANCIENT DRAGONS

The “Ring of Thirteen” (The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons).

The Thirteen Primal Powers of The Dragons.

In studying Isedon Goldwing’s Dragon Runes (to be found at: www.dragon-runes.com/Wiki),

I searched for several years for the meaning of the Thirteen Dragons, and their possible relationship with the “Council of the Thirteen Dragons”. This was a thought and an idea that puzzled me for years as I knew there was an explanation to all of it.

It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, as I was pondering the next entries into my Shamanism Journal (my upcoming “Holy Book”), when I had an Epiphany: The Thirteen Dragon Powers were represented by the first thirteen of the Dragon Rune (from the order they were given by Br. Goldwing)! So I went about mapping them out, and finding their specific power or elemental strength – if there was one to be known. This arrangement worked out perfectly as the last nine of the first group of thirteen Dragon Runes represented the Nine Elemental Clans of Dragons.

  1. Ratanen – The Chaotic mists,
  2. Drakani – The Dragon-Goddess (Tiamat),
  3. Sha’oren – The Flowing Knowledge,
  4. Ihanen – The Forging of Dreams,
  5. Ma’erhen – The Clan of Spirit,
  6. Ra – The Clan of the Primal Waters (Water),
  7. Liwaen – The Clan of the Coldness of Darkness (Darkness and Shadow),
  8. Li – The Clan of the Primal Fires (Fire),
  9. Li’aan – The Clan of the Great Light (Light),
  10. Mah – The Clan of Raging Storms (Winds),
  11. Ninathan – The Forest Clan (Nature, Life, and Growth),
  12. Thaan – The Clan of the Mountains (Earth)
  13. Waethan – The Crystal and Stone Clan (Crystal).

Each one lends its own power to the beginnings of Creation. Each one provides the basis in which all things are formed.

The Ring of Thirteen and the Tree of Life:


The Order in which the Dragon-Runes are placed upon “The Tree”:

  1. Ratanen – The Ein Soph Aur,
  2. Drakani – The Ein Soph,
  3. Sha’oren – The Ein,
  4. Ihanen – Kether,
  5. Ma’erhen – Chokhmah,
  6. Ra – Binah,
  7. Liwaen – Chesed,
  8. Li – Geburah,
  9. Li’aan – Tiphareth,
  10. Mah – Netzach,
  11. Ninathen – Hod,
  12. Thaan – Yesod,
  13. Waethan – Malkuth.

Ma’erhen, Ra, and Li’aan also form the basis of what I have found to be the startling revelation of the “Sacred Eye of the Dragon” (within the area called Da’ath, in the midst of the Abyss). – This will be followed up in another writing. – These three Dragon Runes also represent what I have referred to as the Three Primal Elements – to symbolize The Great Divine Mind (Air/Winds), The Primal Seas of Chaos (Water), and The Great Heavenly Light (Fire).

The Song of The Ring of Thirteen:

Thirteen Be-eth They,
The Primary Powers are They,
The Pre-Eminences, Universal are They,
They are of the First Ring.

Their Powers, Forged together by the Gods,
Their Eminences, Graced in the Beauty of the Goddesses,
Their Ways, Known to All who beheld Them,
For They, Are the Forge of All Things.

Rev. Athauliz “Dragon’s Eye” Firestorm,
Founder and Chief-Elder Dragon,
Temple of The Ancient Dragons

A Dance with The Ancient Serpent

While many of the “fundamentalists” preach fear and loathing of the “Serpent” to their masses of followers, they miss the very important knowledge about self-awareness and the state of Being: “We are all Creatures of Energy and the Energy of Spiritual Consciousness.” Our “root of power” is not to be found purely in the physical body, but within the Mind of Being.

The Root of one’s own Power is based on the idea that this power is beyond the physical, and beyond the temporal (time). So it can be understood that it is beyond “space and time”. The Serpent represents the beginnings and endings of all things ephemeral (temporary). Space and Time represent that which has been defined, that which is temporary. The Spiritual Power (or “Divine Power”) knows no such limits because it is beyond space and time. Therefore, it is beyond mere definition and form – i.e. – “limitless”.

The Serpent is a pathway, a flow, a course by which all things flow into cycle. The circle, the Moebius, the Ouroboros – signifying the eternal flowing of space and time, without beginning, without ending. That which has no beginning, has no ending – it always is, as it always was, it just IS.

Now, imagine TWO Serpents, both of opposite qualities, both of opposite strengths, both going in opposite directions. They represent the cause and the effect. One begets the other, one can not know itself without the other.

Now imagine those two serpents intertwined, the dance of the Cosmos, the dance of eternity. As night flows into day, so shall day flow into night. Now if those serpents, bound together, were to fashion a circle – heads and tails conjoined – where one flows in one direction, the other flows in the opposite direction – you would have the representation of the two opposite cycles that manifest the beginnings and endings of all things ephemeral. The eternal part is the cycle itself. The constant flow of energies are ever-flowing.

Now, imagine yourself in the center of this ever-flowing circle of birth, life, death, and rebirth. You can feel the flow that is moving to one direction, and then the energies that are flowing in the opposite direction. In this place, you could even feel the alternating tides, waxing and waning, this being the “rhythm” of the Universe, Its “heartbeat”, if you will. This is the Great Heartbeat that is also the sound of music. It is the beat of the energetic flow of all of the universal – and trans-universal – energies. The thoughts, dreams, desires, and emotions all originate and die here – to be resurfaced into the new beginnings that may become.

While you are feeling the rhythm of the flowing energies, of light, of darkness, of the plus, and the minus, what is one to feel within his/her own being? Is it also as your own beat? All things have rhythm, all things have vibration. Nothing remains still and motionless. The two serpents dance the beat of eternity, and so do we. As things in motion, forever, so goes the cycle of all things – from birth – to life – to death – to rebirth, all things are part of the “cycle”, which is forever. This is why there is no such things as “eternal Life” – or – “everlasting life”. Life and Death are as brother and sister, they dance the “dance” of eternity together. One can not know itself without the existence of the other. They BOTH must BE, or not at all.

It is more like when WE become more like the energies, we become the eternal, without the need of life, and without the need of death – for we become AS the cycle of eternity. We then escape the cycle of Birth and Death. We BECOME the cycle, Master of our destiny. When we dance with the Serpent, we dance the Cosmic Dance, eternal, without beginning, and without ending. We BECOME, as we were destined to BE!

Rev. Dragon’s Eye

 

Starting on the Path of Something Different

Starting on the Path of Something Different.

We often times may find ourselves questioning “What is my purpose?“, “Why am I here?“, and perhaps, “Who or what am I?” These are valid questions that many may silently be contemplating, or not, at various times in their lives. Many of life”s unanswered questions are questions that we may have dared to not explore, nor entertain any thought beyond that of a “passing fancy”. THAT has much to do with the social conditioning of virtually each and every individual who is part of that society.

The “mundane” life we often take for granted, is often quite “mundane” and perhaps very boring, to the extent that we may not even be aware that there is more to the living experience than we can remember. Young children, before they start to receive their “daily-dose” of that societal conditioning, are often very expressive and energetic about all of the nuances they discover, for the first time, in the world around them. That “innocence” of childhood is a fleeting part of their beginning lives. Such alert children seem to take such joy and fascination with the many details and “little things” that are often ignored in their later years. Ahh, how we seem to forget the simple pleasures of life as we get older!

The Path towards enlightenment and self-realization, then, may seem very simple on paper, but hard to grasp when attempting to put it into action. Many of us are taught, in our “early years” to know the difference between fact and fiction. We are taught that there is “reality”, and then there is “fantasy” ( or “make-believe” ). Then, our conditioning continues, with the identification of what constitutes “factual” from constitutes “fiction”. It is here that we begin to remove from ourselves the power of imagination, in favor of “given facts”. We may never realize that there is indeed power to “imagination” and its importance as a building block toward manifestation. So the Spiritual side of thinking too frequently becomes the casualty of this conditioning, as well as the unlimited possibilities that can unfold within our minds.

Imagination is as human as everything else we associate with the condition of being “human”. It is what drives our very creative talents. It is what drives us to “rise to the occasion” when we feel the cause to do so. It is that means by which artists create the very works they become known by. It is that part and process of thinking that scientists, doctors, and other academic and professional individuals “discover” a new theory, method, treatment, or process that makes a positive contribution to the art, career, profession, and/or discipline that he/she is engaged in. The art of “imagining” is a way to do things that is a natural aspect of “being human”, and it DOES require some form or stretch of imagination.

“Magic” is similarly an act of empowering “imagination”. It is also a natural process of creating change. ANY natural effect be it, the rain, sprouting seeds, growth in general, and especially childbirth, are themselves magical acts. They are very natural, an active process of change, and many of them involve an “intent”. Whether we understand where that intent begins from, or not, makes no difference. These are, by their very existence, magical acts.

Acts of magic are also divine acts. The power to create is a powerful aspect of living. Most religions recognize the divine act of creation. Man was supposedly created by divine creative acts (magic) of one or more Gods ( and/or Goddess/es ). [ This implies that there may be more than one co-creator involved in man”s creation. ] Having been created by such divine acts, and most likely empowered by the ability to also be creative (just look at the immense thought-processes and mental faculties man possesses), we see many historic examples of what creative talents (for good or for ill) man is capable of, more so than most other species that have been documented. Does this also mean man is capable of divine acts by way of also being very creative (a divine quality)? This question often does not sit very well with, let alone be discussed at length by, many of today”s churches and other religious faiths.

STARTING YOUR PATH: A Step by Step Progression.

One thing that is most necessary in order to begin your own practices in the “arts”, is the ability to “feel” the subtle energies around you and through you. This takes some time, practice, and patience. One must be willing to put in the effort and the regular practice in order to achieve the desired results. There is no such thing as an instant witch, sorcerer, shaman, or otherwise, a “magician”. One is “developed” into that role.

This can be started off with regular meditations, daily, and frequent – when practical. Such meditations should start off with regular “stress-relief” meditations (not “medications”!). This will serve one well to be practiced, as an over-abundance of stress has the nasty habit of distracting one from finding his/her state of inner-peace. This is why a good location with calm and quiet surroundings is best for the beginner – less of the external distractions.

As one begins to feel more inclined towards inner-peace, one becomes more adept at achieving that state of inner-peace. This should become second nature. In this state of inner-peace, one can “fine-tune” his/her inner feelings and sensitivity to the energies and various bodily processes. If one can “listen to” his/her heartbeat, one can learn to affect, and control, its beat. If one becomes acutely aware of his/her breathing at all times, one can regulate and control its pattern. These are all things that one should practice doing. Being able to control these things, means one can positively affect not only his/her physical state, but also his/her mental and emotional states. A calm, peaceful mind is one that is ready to receive, clearly.

I will cover some more steps and methodology in successive posts.

The main point of this article: To begin waking up to the other realities, rather than just the one you know now. I have a few guided meditation scripts that I will share on-line later. Getting into the habit of meditating regularly will help you relieve excess stress, enable you to clear your mind of mental “clutter” and confusion, and assist you in “tuning into” the energies and vibrations of your surroundings.

If you know a very good teacher or guide, now would be the time to get to know him/her. Starting off with just the simple silent meditation for about fifteen minutes a day, and doing this EVERY DAY, is a great start in the right direction.

I will have more on this in the next several articles!

– Rev. Dragon”s Eye