There was a time when humanity recognized itself as part of nature, and nature as part of itself. People would often use images of nature to express this sense of unity.
In the past shamans, priests and priestesses were the keepers of the sacred knowledge of life. They were capable of walking the threads that link the invisible and visible worlds. They helped people to remember that all trees are divine and that all animals speak to those who will listen. We can use animal imagery and other nature totem images as a way to learn about ourselves and the invisible world.
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For hundreds, if not thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated by the supernatural and by those who appear to wield psychic powers. Our ancestors revered and feared them in equal measure. For people fear what they do not understand. But at the same time, hold those who seem able to sense and see things that the ordinary person cannot, in awe and respect.
They believed that their Shamans; Medicine men and women, Oracles and Seers all had the ability to see beyond the physical world and commune with spirit. They were deemed to play a vital and important role in taking care of the physical and spiritual welfare of their people. In times of sickness, famine and war, they were the ones that the people turned to for help and guidance.
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You must drop all that you think you know, for true wisdom will never come to visit you if you hold opinions and judgements about anything. False knowledge is akin to giving a child a loaded gun to play with. Unless you learn to think clearly, your mind will be led astray by every contrived thought that enters your mind.
First you must drop all that you think you know! You have gained false knowledge like many people, since you were a child. Your thoughts and opinions have been tainted by your parents, your teachers, family and friends.
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The art of prediction and prophecy is as old as time. For millenia, people have consulted oracles, psychics and seers to peer into their future.
The reasons for this are many. For example: asking about their health and employment prospects – to asking questions such as – When will I meet the man/woman of my dreams, or when will I marry and how many children will I have. To wanting to know if they will win at random games of luck, such as Bingo, and the lottery.
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In a dream, conscious awareness is united with the unconscious because a dream has roots in both. It is a bridge over which images from the outer world travel to the inner.
On the occasions when preoccupation with the personal unconscious is diverted or overcome, a symbolic rise from the depths of our being, can launch us high into the spacious dream world of the collective unconscious, among the universal ‘archetypes’. Here we have an independent existence, another life entirely, where the dream dreams the dreamer. Jung wrote, “people do not dream’, they are dreamt. We undergo our dreams”.
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Failure isn’t a nice word. Some people fear it so much that they avoid doing anything, just so they don’t have to experience it. All of us, at one time or another, has failed at something – we are only human, after all – but, I’ll bet that you still remember every occasion where you failed in the past, and it’s likely that this has stopped you from trying again in the future.
Failing is a horrible feeling. If you didn’t receive criticism from somebody else, the chances are you gave yourself a hard time, especially if it was a project close to your heart. What you need to remember is that failure is just a means to success.
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