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In POETRY by Ti Campbell-Allen08/11/2015
Did she go willingly? No one will know
Into the deep where mortals daren’t go
Into the dark where no sun shines
Into the depths these diamond mines.
Trapped for what felt like eternity
She saw things her eyes couldn’t see
In Hell’s realm she couldn’t hide
She was confronted by the shadow side
Scary and messy lost under ground
Screaming is pointless there is no sound
Facing the demon holding his hand
Resigned acceptance in this foreign land
Accepting Hade’s mysterious embrace
Realizing this is a magical place
Magic happens in the dead of night
Divine conception with euphoric fight
New life appears after gestation
Trusting and knowing without hesitation
Even with no light things start to grow
Patience is a necessity though
For appearances are deceiving in the dark
There’s much activity under what appears stark
Coals under extreme excruciating pressure
Are forever transformed into real treasure
And in the spring she breaths fresh air
Born a new with a knowing stare
Out of the chaos was it really that vile?
She is re-born with a secret smile
This is the story of Persephone
Hers is the story of you and me
For when we find ourselves in Hade’s dark realm
We loose control no longer the helm
The world, as we know it is being re-arranged
Know, for the better we will be ever changed.
The renowned Swiss psychologist Carl Jung recognized the human minds’ relationship with color, shape and archetype, promulgating these understandings to the Western world. These insights were expounded upon by the likes of Joseph Campbell and Alan Watts which have subsequently filtered into many physiological practices. They understood that colour and shape converse directly with the subconscious, bypassing the cognitive linear left brain. And whilst there are cultural interpretations, they are nuances of the same root meanings. Modern science has even shown that the frequency of color affects the brain regardless of sight.
Many readers will already know Persephone’s story of abduction into the Hell realms and her mother Demeter’s desperate search for her. Varying interpretations translate in different ways and this is my interpretation and painting based upon a specific set of archetypal shapes and colours according to a Jung/Campbell based psychological art therapy discipline in which I qualified.
We will all experience the Persephone archetype of renewal at some point during our lives and most certainly during our death and rebirth. Typically we are blindsided by her arrival. Sometimes our abduction by Hades is so subtle we don’t even realize it’s happened until the pressure nearly breaks us, like frogs in water over a flame. Sometimes it can be so fast it’s like an elevator’s cables snapping at the top floor of a skyrise. Quite likely we’ll feel like a paddle boat caught in a perfect storm.
The predominant colour of this painting is that of a big emotional wound but with a glint of ethereal green healing in her eyes and of new growth underfoot on the path from out the cave. She is joined by ascending bats, symbolically a creature of rebirth, intuition but hardcore inner spiritual work.
Hades is our very own, very personal Pluto, our journey into the farthest unknown, where we lose all our bearings, lose all that feels familiar and plunged into the deepest despair of the underworld. However this is also where the most profound transformations tend to occur.
This decent happens in many ways. A slow inexplicable slump into a dark place or a devastating bolt from the blue. A broken heart, a relationship ends, a vocation concludes, the loss of home. Death.
Life as we know it is thrown into uncontrollable turmoil and chaos seems to reign. We have no choice but to surrender to this frightening Bardo state.
It is at the moment of surrender during this seemingly unrelenting period that the metamorphosis starts. This is when the fear starts to dissipate. This is when we start to embrace this journey, even with all it’s pain. This is when we learn to gentle the heart. This is when Hades becomes a lover and guide instead of a demon and captor and the cave becomes a womb not a tomb. This is when we discover our secret smile. This is when we are reborn from coal into diamond.
Read the article here on facebook where I was honored to have my Goddess as 'Dharma Stars' day's Dakini and the energy of this cosmic moment :)
Here is my write up about this Lilith archetype and how it may translate psychologically
8:8:8 - 9/8/'8' ~> This lunations' magical Dakini Day coincides with a numerological star gate: 8 is a number representing ‘Infinity’, associated with boundless courage, strength and stamina – qualities also associated the fixed fire sign Leo, as well as the Sacred Feminine.
ॐ_/♥\_ With Spirit Sun in fiery Leo, now joined by active Mars, and this summer’s beautiful Venus and Jupiter conjunction also accenting the power of love, the potential to stir the fire within is heightened. In Tantra, the element of fire is linked to a wisdom that helps one to realize loving kindness and compassion, as well as fully understand the meaning of emptiness and bliss.
ॐ_/♥\_ The waning Moon in airy Gemini connects to the Goddess (within), to fan the flames of fire in the belly, stir passion, motivation, and the drive to ignite (and maintain) a powerful internal enthusiasm which provides personal self-control and power.
ॐ_/♥\_ Bathe in Sun's rays for a few minutes and quickly energise inner-heat; or, if that is not possible, imagine the Love-Light and warmth of the Sun radiating into every cell of your being. Yogis and Yogini use several breathing meditations that assist kindling inner fire: by focusing upon the Hara, ((aka the DanTien), three fingers below your navel), one can touch base with a powerful source of creative energy. _/\_ Please only use these techniques if you have been taught them by qualified teachers. smile emoticon If you’re new to meditation, best focus upon long, calm and deep breaths and allow the rise and fall of the stomach to energize a natural feeling of greater potency. Most important is to allow time to perfect any asana, posture, or technique (which can take years wink emoticon ) heart emoticonWith this Moon in Gemini, the intuitive Goddess helps to now overcome dualistic thinking about success and/or failure, rather the most important aspect of her wisdom is to be at one where we are and encourage playful creativity with a happy heart – in the present, at same time synthesising resent events and preparing for a glorious Leo New Moon on the 14th August. _/\_
Beautiful image of a powerful Goddess by Ti Campbell-Allen, with ℒℴѵℯ _/✿\_ & thankswww.TiCampbellAllen.com
Read the article on Levekunst here
In ART by Tilly Campbell-Allen07/29/2015
A reminder of the power of grounding.
Working on the understanding that there is an energy, electro-magnetic, flow throughout the body, one can more easily envisage the creation of a closed circuit board when holding the hands and fingers in certain gestures. Each set of fingers met, every posture of the hand creates a subtle difference in the effect of the flow. This mudra focuses bio-electrical energy to the root.
It can be tempting for some of us to feel like we want to skip to the higher octaves of frequency, bypassing all the mundane static and tune straight in with cosmic source for guidance. The brighter lights of “up there” are far more interesting and appealing than the “boring down here” stuff of earthly existence. After all, isn’t it “up there” were we can tune in our “radio receivers” for a clearer communication with our own spirit and higher? Isn’t this where the information streams in from the subtle universe?
Whilst the latter is true, if we’re not grounded, the information being received may strike us like a lightning bolt charging through a golf stick left standing on the green. It will send the golf stick flying.
To handle the charge, we must be properly grounded first. The root is red is associated with red. It is the chakra of physicality, passion, power, providing, and survival. It is represented by the elephant. It is the archetypal masculine rage, yet also matriarchal compassion and gentleness. The elephant is unstoppable with its strength and power, its inner resolve, a representation of our higher self. The elephant is at home in Neptune, so as we create our reality, we must remember to discriminate, to follow our true highest dreams but not succumb to illusions, whims and fantasies.
The root chakra’s petal formation is four-fold, representing stability, calmness and endurance. It is home. It is all of the raw energy channeled and grounded constructively within our own basic physical survival. Left unbalanced, we will remain indecisive and disconnected from reality, which can manifest stressfully or leave us feeling like a nebular space cadet, treading water in a thick fog of marijuana. On the other hand, it can result in the most typical of today’s humanity, purely focused on the physical drives of society and without relationship to the subtle. In this state, we’re more likely to become reactionary than responsive.
PAINTED ON AHIMSA SILK BY THE WRITER.
But there’s more.
The root is what connects us to this beautiful earth that we are part of. We are born of the organic matter of the universe and physically recycled at this frequency until such a time that we have evolved enough to move beyond known reality.
As we connect with others sexually, we connect our roots together. This is different from the sacral chakra; if the roots connect whilst unbalanced in either party, the domino effect of rising energy from intercourse, typically Kundalini energy or Shakti energy, will be enough to unsettle all the other subtle energy centers, leading to emotional unbalance if nothing else. Here we can see the downward spiral of love that includes attachment, hunger, need, clinging, control, anger, resentment, disassociation, etc. This is the basis of the emotional drama that so many people consider normal these days. During sex, intimate or animal, the energy is exchanged as much as fluid is. If we are not in balance, sex can leave us with all our fears and negative traits triggered. In other words, be mindful of unconscious engagement and with whom you share your root, as they in turn share theirs with you, for your own sake as well as the other.
The balanced and grounded root chakra is primarily feeling at home within ourselves. It is the compassionate caregiver and provider of the rest of the emotional body. It’s the mother elephant protecting her baby. It creates the bedrock, the nest, and the home from which the children, higher chakras, emotional body can feel loved and grow.
Buddhist teachings speak of the marriage of compassion and wisdom. The compassion is represented by the masculine and wisdom by the feminine. From this we can even call the root, the earthly manifesting male, the inner masculine lover engaged in the sacred embrace with the inner wisdom of higher chakras. This practice lovingly holds that golf stick, the inner energy channel, as the lightening streams in with all its cosmic glory, facilitating fully embodied active earthly existence with higher wisdom. We ground the circuit board to the earth so the electricity can flow freely and safely.
The seed syllable associated with the root is LAM. As everything is frequency, reciting this sound will help clear and recalibrate the stuck-ness of an unbalanced chakra, like morphing the mud that can keep us bogged down, into alive fertile soil from which all else can grow healthily.
There are many grounding meditations to be found, none simpler than sitting quietly in nature (if possible) holding this mudra and reciting the seed sound mantra with slow deep breaths deep down to the base of your torso. If possible, see this breath as red, vibrating with aliveness and feeling the connection with the energy of all organic matter. We can also do the tree meditation, as above with the addition of imagining roots that are extending deep into the earth. These are two really simple yet effective practices that can be carried out at any moment, especially when we’re feeling spacey, unfocused, angry, desperate or lost.
So, there you go: a little reminder of why we shouldn’t forget our root. It’s the vital force connecting us to all earthly existence. It is home from which we can fly.
ABOUT THE AUTHORTILLY CAMPBELL-ALLENI'm an artist and paint solely on ahimsa silk. I have had a Tibetan Buddhist influence since childhood which has been expanded upon with my explorations of quantum mechanics, Jung psychology, neurology, herbology, and symbolism through to the Grimoires of enlightened wizards. I follow life's breadcrumbs to transformation. My website & boutique.