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Lights Along the Runway * Imagining Your Flight Into Death

Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, suggests that we think about death often, that we include it consciously within the daily living of our life. Indeed, in the Buddhist Path, blessings and rituals of preparation for death precede as well as accompany the event of death.  I have come to realize that this exercise can also be applied to our deaths in other lifetimes, other places.

When death comes, let it be no stranger to be feared, but an old friend to take us home. In shamanic, transformative meditation we may spontaneously find ourselves journeying to the  moment in time when we will leave, once again, this very familiar world…

One of the most important journeys a shaman takes is the one to assist a soul who is leaving the body in death… I made this journey with my father at his hour of death – a surprising, unexpected enlightment in my training as a solitary shaman.

In the healing of others, the “made” – or trained – shaman takes Flight whenever he or she receives the call.  But each of us has Wings, though we so seldom use them, for shamanism is a natural gift of the Soul. Who knows? Your first practice taxis down the runway of Death may be the initiation you have been waiting for, without knowing it…

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Birth Of a Shaman * The Near-Death Experiences Of Psychiatrist Carl G Jung

One of the most intriguing and, for many, most convincing sources of knowledge about “the Other Side” and the meaning of life here on earth is the Near-Death Experience, known as the NDE.  People almost invariably report similar experiences, including learning about the meaning of life, the illusory nature of death, and the fact that we live not one but many lifetimes.  Above all, the message is one of love and endless patience with each slowly but surely evolving human being.

Here, I reproduce large sections of Carl G. Jung’s own description of his near-death experience which took place while he was very ill (very typical of NDEs) and which in many ways represents the real Jung, as opposed to the more mainstream psychiatrist and cross-cultural explorer.  What we find here are many landmarks of the journey into shamanism, a journey almost never sought, but one which can seldom be evaded.

Beginnings

“As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.” Carl G. Jung.

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Camilla Duchess of Cornwall * Diana, Karma and 12th House of Undoing

Camilla Parker-Bowles has always wanted to be – or has simply known she would be – Queen to Charles’s King.  The astrology of her birth chart can show us why.  It can also help us see it was more karma and destiny than it was malice or selfishness that brought Camilla and Charles together, leaving Diana to play her own special role in the British Monarchy.

Birth Chart of Camilla Parker-Bowles Queen-In-Waiting

Three Karmic Keys To Camilla’s Birth Chart

Ascendant/Rising Sign and Degree Overlap With Birth Chart of Prince Charles:

What stands out immediately in Camilla’s chart is that her Ascendant, known as the Rising Sign, is at almost 5 degrees of Leo, while Prince Charles’s Rising Sign is just over 5 degrees of Leo.  So when we place Camilla’s chart over that of Prince Charles (what we call an overlay), the two charts match up exactly in terms of Ascendants at 5 degrees of Leo, and subsequent 11 Houses, all beginning at 5 degrees (approximately) of the same signs. Each of their houses are ruled by the same house as that of the other, giving them almost identical outlooks on most areas of their lives.

This is likely not “coincidence” but karma, truly a match made in Heaven, or at least arising from other lifetimes.  When two people’s charts are matched at the Ascendant, they are, astrologically speaking, “joined at the hip.” There may be other vital connections (through angles) which reinforce or weaken this innate compatibility; however, it reveals that both Camilla and Charles share a Life Plan structure which will create similar, if not parallel lives.  It is not a surprise then, that their lives have merged into one Road.

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Race-Thinking and Empire * Truth Is the Daughter of Time

In a related post, I reviewed The Imperial Cruise, by Bradley James, in which the author traces the roots of American expansionism and the rise of Japanese race-thinking as key to its East Asia dominion…Here, I look at several other works which look deeply, unsparingly, into the abyss of western imperialism and race-thinking. For it seems that there is no end to the revelations of abuse endured by whole peoples in the colonial, imperial era…We place our faith in the old saying – Truth is the Daughter of Time

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Here we have the first honest revelations of British genocidal policies in Kenya during the Mau-Mau War of the 1950s. This was an uprising of Kenyans after decades of already systematic brutality at the hands of the British colonial power.

Billed as just a small round-up, internment and possibly rough treatment of a few murderous rebels, it turns out that the British took a page from Hitler’s use of camps as the political instrument of terror for control as well as for the extermination of undesirable elements of the state.

The British forced a huge portion of Kenya’s population into concentration camps, subjecting them to officially-approved, systematic degradation through torture, forced labor, and starvation; at least 90,000 Kenyans died and more were terribly scarred, inside and out.

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