Our wounding is a numinous event that can initiate us into a deeper level of our being. When consciousness is guided by feelings of gratitude for the wound's offer of self-realization and personal evolution, it reveals itself as a worthy object of veneration. Our wound manifests as a doorway to our healing, a portal through which we can glimpse our infinite potential.
[Daemonic Dispatches] • "He prays for it, and so he gets it." No, that isn't a line from The Secret. It's a line from Henry Thoreau, just nine words of the over six million he penned in his extraordinary journal. In many ways those nine words encompass Thoreau's central thought and discovery. Despite his distaste for fortune-finding, Thoreau had an uncanny aptitude for discovering treasure.
Miracles CAN happen. Shamanism has been practised on this planet for a hundred thousand years. It’s a radical new/old way to effect political change. Listen up and you’ll hear the sound of Dick Cheney healing. Because obviously Dick’s possessed by a demon. But deep inside him there’s a little boy who wants to laugh and sing and play. It’s up to us to set him free. Pick up a drum and join in. [mp3]
On our little urban farm in the heart of Los Angeles we produce food, hack our house to generate power and recycle water, plot revolution and build community. You can too. Trust us, once you eat a sweet tomato still warm from the sun, or an orange-yolked egg from your own hen, you will never be satisfied with the pre-packaged and the factory-farmed again.
There was a world of difference between prison and jail. Jail was for fuck-ups and drunks – loud-mouthed drunks and well-meaning drunks, people who’d yelled at a cop or decked other people in bars. Prison was something else. Prison was bad motherfuckers, guys strutting around who did not share Paul’s awareness that it was all, on some very deep level, a joke.
On May 9, 2007 the White House announced a new security directive that empowers the President with autocratic authority over widespread aspects of American life, public and private, upon the declaration of a national emergency – as observed and proclaimed by the President. How did a common instrument of executive decree grant such sweeping powers to a single person? This directive has received little attention, with only a handful of newspapers and firebrand blogs speculating on what it means.
Initiatory rituals have been an essential part of human cultures for thousands of years, yet in our modern secular culture they have been abandoned. If we hope to overcome our current global crisis, we need to attain a more sophisticated understanding of the world of the spirits, as well as techniques for dealing with them.
In the full throes of ecstatic trance the body can shake and convulse almost uncontrollably, and the contemporary seeker experiences a quality of bliss, connection and healing that few other activities can offer. Trance dance practices from the oldest extant cultures in the world allow us to see beyond common appearances into a realm language and thought cannot touch.
The Green Language that enables communication and interaction with the living intelligence of the planet is experiencing a verdant resurgence. Long relegated to the "occult," this expressive grammar has been kept alive through the ages by poets, alchemists, mystics, and wise women. At the first annual Conference on Green Hermeticism, brainchild of independent scholar Peter Lamborn Wilson, an inspired group of colleagues offered an astonishing array of facts, assertions, and speculations about our ability to connect to the planet.
Enslaved Yoruba from West Africa brought to America the idea of coolness (itutu), which they defined as the ability to connect with one's inner divinity. In American culture we express that concept when we say that someone "has got soul." To be cool is to remain generous, calm and confident as a direct result of that soul connection, no matter how dire one's circumstances become.