Mermaid Tree

Exploring the complex, celebrating the simple

A Poem For the Newest Souls April 28, 2012

I was moved this afternoon to jot down the following poem after reflecting on time recently spent with a special itty bitty (my name for what normal people call children).  No, this is not my biological clock tapping on my shoulder and urging me along.  This is simply in response to a connection made.  Those who follow us on Twitter will know (don’t follow on Twitter?  Well now you should!). 

 

More Truths Than You’ve Gathered

do not underestimate me

for though I may be small

my heart has set foot here before

and I’m familiar with the call.

words change over centuries,

the message is the same

to love, to care, to join, to share

brings more joy than fame.

I see more than you think.

I know more than you’d guess.

I remember what’s at the core

of the message time has tried to suppress.

Do not underestimate me

for though I may be small

now I remember more truths

than you gathered here, growing tall.

2012

 

 

Think twice before discouraging the amazing imagination of children.  What we call “imagination” might be a message from Spirit.  What we call “fantasy” might just be the truth that you have forgotten.  Children have a habit of being brutally honest…whether you want them to or not.  Many struggle with how to raise their kids, spiritually, especially in today’s world though.  Sometimes it seems like the structure of a more mainstream religion would be easier for them to process and better for them socially.  Are any of you struggling with this or have an opinion on children and alternative spirituality?  Use the hash tag #newagebaby to reply on Twitter with your thoughts, stories, and suggestions.  Or, comment below…

 

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Goddess Temples of Malta April 24, 2012

Island of Gozo, Malta

In the Mediterranean Sea on the small island of Malta, some of the oldest Goddess temples exist.  I was fortunate enough to visit some of the temple sites during my stay in Malta and experience their powerful and ancient energy.

Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and the Tarxien Temples are some of the larger and more well-preserved sites.  Archeological investigation has placed the construction of the first temple complexes between 3600  BCE and 2500 BCE, making them the oldest remaining standing stone structures in the world!  It was determined that these structures were used as places of worship due to the statues discovered in and around the complexes.  The figurines are made of stone and depict fertile looking women with generous proportions – the Mother Goddess.  These figurines are reminiscent of other statues found in Europe such as the Venus of Willendorf, which dates much further back to 24,000-22,000 BCE.  Some of the depictions are quite large in scale, such as the “Fat Goddess” statue which was discovered at the Tarqxien Temple.  The part of the statue that has survived through the years shows the lower half of a female body that is abundantly proportioned with large hips and thighs, giving it a sturdy appearance.    Although only the lower half of the statue remains, it has been determined that the complete statue would have measured around eight feet tall.

Statue of the "Fat Goddess"

Seeing this statue was an exquisite experience that reminded me of how long mankind has been able to look to the Mother Goddess for guidance, help and protection.  The icon of the abundant goddess continues to serve as a promise of her ability to bless our lives with all that we need.  Despite the overwhelming size, tourists and pilgrims cannot help but notice the simplistic beauty and sense of comfort that seems to emanate from the figure.  This is true for not only the statues, but for the entirety of the Temple site.

At first, the complexes can easily appear to be a jumble of same-colored rocks, heaped together over a large expanse.  But once the visitor enters into the area the maze of stones sorts itself out into an orderly structure.

Tarxien Temple

The layout of the Temples themselves are designed to signify the body of the Mother.  The passageways lead to rounded inner chambers, small and intimate in scale, that represent the womb of the goddess.  Red ochre stains that are believed to signify menstrual blood can still be seen on the walls.Walking through the passageways of the Temple ruins created a meditative quality in me.  I could actually feel something in my consciousness shift as I traveled through the passages.  I became…relaxed, centered.  My heart chakra opened more fully and my root chakra was firmly balanced.  The energy of the Temples and the presence of the Mother was so pervasive that I released worries and tension without even trying.  I explored the ruins with my roommate and she said something that truly struck a chord.  She said we were returning to the mother of us all.  And it was so true.

As I stood in the Temple chambers and absorbed the sacred energy I realized there was no need for me to struggle.  I let go of all the constant worries I carry around with me and sank into the comfort of the Mother.  I could feel her presence all around me.  As I surrendered all my concerns to the Divine Mother I felt blessings taking their place.

Before leaving each of the Temples my roommate and I made discreet offerings to the Great Goddess to express our thanks.  We poured water from our water bottles and crumbled up some of the crackers we had brought in our bags as snacks.  It was a small gesture but completely sincere.

Exploring the Temple ruins of Tarxien, Hagar Qim, and Mnajdra was a wonderful experience.  Although we do not know exactly how worship was carried out in the Temples, it is obvious that they played an important role in the people’s devotion to the Goddess.  And just as importantly, these sacred sites have survived – serving as a bridge connecting us to our brothers and sisters in the past who looked to the same Mother we still turn to today.

(I wrote this article for Circle Magazine and it was published in their Fall 2009 issue “Labyrinths” under the Sacred Sites section.  And of course, the roommate that I was traveling with was Mermaid, who I thank for the amazing pictures of the Fat Goddess and the Tarxien Temple!)

A meditation suggestion: Tap into the energy of these temples.  In a meditative state, see yourself walking through their paths.  Connect with the Great Goddess.  How do you feel?

Share your comments and experiences below.


 

Speaking Consciously

Tonight is World Book Night and it got me thinking about the power of all the words we say–to each other and ourselves. Whether they are written, typed, spoken, or simply (and powerfully) thought, words carry with them a vibration that radiates outward into the world. They influence those around you as well as the world in which we live in ways you may not even realize.

When I was a little girl, my mother once observed that in describing people and things, I would never use the word “hate”. Instead, I would say things like “dislike” or “really don’t care for”. She asked me why that was and my simple answer was that “hate” is a strong word and that I didn’t like using it; I didn’t like how it felt to say it. At the time, I didn’t know anything about metaphysics or spiritual significance of words, but I still felt that the word itself wasn’t one I wanted to put out into the world. As I grew older and studied energy and vibration and the power of thought, this moment came back to me in a different light. They say that children are much more spiritually aware because they haven’t been corrupted by societal norms just yet–no one has told them that what they think or feel is crazy or abnormal. This may explain my aversion to “hate”.

Maybe it is because I have been journaling since I learned how to write, but words–and word choice–have always held special significance to me. I have also been an avid reader all my life, loving to lose myself in a world beautifully composed of artful diction. All of this makes me very aware of what I say outloud and how my words affect those around me. The saying Every thought is a prayer is common throughout the metaphysical community, but I think sometimes we focus on the conscious thoughts that we try to put out into the Universe, and then overlook the ones that just pass through–however damaging they may be. You know the ones…

I wish I was _______ .(smarter, skinnier, taller, shorter, better, faster, etc)

She/He doesn’t deserve ___________; I do. (that job, that money, that relationship, that vacation, that life, etc)

I’ll never be able to _________.(get organized, become financially stable, get a better job, be loved, etc)

The ________ cause is hopeless–this world will never change. (hunger, poverty, religious freedom, gender equality, etc)


And the list goes on into eternity…

We may think that since a negative thought is against ourselves that we are not actually hurting anyone, but even this kind of “victimless” negative thinking still sends negativity into the world. Saying words like “can’t”, “won’t”, “never”, “always”, and “hate” sends that negativity into the collective potential energy that is forming our present and future and creates those worlds that we predict. Ironically, this just makes us more displeased and then we say more negative things and the whole thing is just one big negativity spiral downward. We need to start saying things that lift us up. I know this is all old stuff that people have been saying for decades, but it seems as though this message has been shouted from the highest mountain and still is not heard. Or, at least, it has not been taken to heart.

The point is not to feel guilty or like a failure when you do have negative thoughts. When they happen, instead of wallowing in the negative thought or wallowing in the guilt for having the negative thought, just recognize it and come up with a solution and move on. If necessary, write down your solution, or use a smartphone app to keep track of all of them. That way, if the thought dares interrupt your day again, you can look at your solution and know that you have already handled the situation. If there is absolutely nothing you can feasibly do about it, there is no point in thinking about it anymore. This is a statement that I need to tattoo onto the inside of my hands. Why the inside of my hands? So that when I find myself being brought to tears for the umpteenth time about the same situation and I’m covering my face because I don’t want to deal with the world, I can read this phrase and snap myself out of a potentially dangerous thought process and save myself from a completely pointless night of sadness. I am not suggesting that you get a tattoo, but I do recommend writing this statement out somewhere accessible to you throughout the day or repeating it to yourself when you start to veer into pointless negative thinking territory.

Random thoughts aside, you do have the power to consciously choose the words you use for your inner and outer dialogues. When speaking to yourself, writing in your journal, and conversing with other people, choose your words carefully. I am not saying do not fully express yourself or pretend to be something that you are not, but rather to choose not to add to the negative flow of words that is already out there. We all know there are ways to make a situation sound way worse than it really is in order to gain sympathy from others, or to feel sorry for ourselves. Make the conscious decision to stop this cycle. Set achievable goals to change those things with which you are unhappy and make realistic plans to help you to get there. Is there a cause that you think is being neglected? Do something about it instead of complaining that no one else does. Feel burnt out because no one seems to care about something the way you do? Take a break to recharge and remember that everyone has their own purpose on this planet–they may not be meant to dedicate their lives to your issues. That doesn’t make anyone unrealistic or heartless.

Perhaps the most difficult thing to do is avoid others who are content in their negative moods. I have been one of these people myself from time to time. Do not let them lure you into complaining about life for extended periods of time with no clear discussion of solutions. The old adage Misery loves company is very true and those that aren’t in a peaceful state most often try to bring down those around them in an effort to make themselves feel better. If there is a friend in need of a sympathetic ear, oblige them, but do so without contributing your own complaints. The best way to help is by demonstrating unconditional love, not by encouraging negative thought.

Remember, you are a spiritual being and a contributor to the continuous creation and unfolding of our world. Do not take this responsibility lightly. The beauty and love of Spirit is within you, and so your words–your impact on the Universe–should come from this sacred place inside.

For some practice in feeling the impact of words, try choosing different positive words to meditate on (love, acceptance, tolerance, health, equality, truth, etc). Start by centering yourself and visualizing the word in your heart or crown chakra. Feel the energy and emotion that comes with the word. Feel that energy flow through your whole body and radiate outward in waves. Repeat the word over and over in your mind or even aloud. Feel the energy continue to radiate outward and visualize its reach growing farther and farther with each repetition or breath. You can also visualize the earth and send the energy to the earth, or visualize the energy of the word flowing downward into the earth. However you choose to do it, I suggest trying different words and feeling for subtle (or significant) differences. The more you do this, the more you will find yourself feeling the energy of the word as you think or say it throughout your day.

Please share any stories or experiences you have had in the replies below.

 

Hopi Creation Story April 22, 2012

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The Hopi Creation Story was used in the introduction of a book I read last year.  It has stayed with me and I read it often.

The Creator gathered all of Creation and said,

“I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it.  It is the realization that they create their own reality.”

The eagle said, “Give it to me.  I will take it to the moon.”

The Creator said, “No.  One day they will go there and find it.”

The salmon said, “I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean.”

The Creator said, “No.  They will go there, too.”

The buffalo said, “I will bury it in on the Great Plains.”

The Creator said, “They will cut into the skin of the earth and find it even there.”

Grandmother Mole, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth, and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes, said, 

“Put it inside them.”

And the Creator said, “It is done.”

It’s all within us…  Powerful, yes?

 

Updates

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To all you beautiful co-creators,

Sorry we haven’t posted anything new is some time.  We’ve missed it greatly and thank you so much for your messages (on here and via our personal Facebook pages) letting us know you were looking forward to us getting back to it!

The pause has allowed us to integrate a lot of new experiences, and we’re ready to share them all!  We’ll be updating here on a regular basis, and you can also check out The Mermaid Tree page on Facebook.  And please feel free to follow us on Twitter @themermaidtree for spiritual inspiration throughout the week 🙂

We cherish your comments and look forward to sharing and growing with you!

Love and Light,

Mermaid & Tree