Redefining Humanity

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Humanity is supposed to be what sets us apart from all other species. The ability to cognitively process the world and life around us. The capacity for compassion and empathy toward all other life. Yet, we see animals showing more humanity than humans, and inanimate objects processing more than a human mind could possibly fathom.

How have we come to this place? Why are the masses so desensitized? Since when is it cool to not care about life – our own and others? Why is death and the auspicious evils of society glorified?

Everyone wants to blame technology for distancing us from each other, but have we all forgotten the fact that we have the power of choice? We can choose to put the phones down. We can choose to meet face to face. We can choose to say, “Hi!” with a smile on our face to strangers. We can choose to accept others differences. We can choose to volunteer for a good cause. We can choose.

As Americans I feel we easily forget this privilege of choice. Granted not every American has choice since only 30% of the current workforce in the United States works full time. However, we still have a lot more freedoms than most people across the globe.

Today, I saw a line of cars sitting at a red light. The person in front of me, person behind me, and person next to me all rolled their windows up and scowled at the homeless woman and her dog.

When I was younger I used to be fearful of these people. I was terrified they wanted to harm me in one way or another. Now that I am older I realize that a series of misfortune has brought this individual to their lowly state.

No one chooses to be homeless. Some may choose to panhandle versus work a 9-5, but they are usually not homeless. No one wakes up and says, “Fuck this life! I’m just going to walk away from my life, and leave with nothing more than the clothes on my back and create a makeshift home on the side of the road.” If you know of someone who has, please give me their contact information because I would love to pick their brain.

As I looked at this woman, I unrolled my window and handed her an apple. She said, “God bless you” and I responded with “God bless you too” and gave her a genuine smile. I wanted to start a conversation and ask her if she knew there were options and resources out there to help her move out of poverty. However, I did not want to be rude or assert myself. The more I think about it though, the more I wish I had.

So many people out there do not realize how many wonderful programs and services are in place to really help people and make a difference in the world. It gives me hope for the healing of humanity happens one individual at a time. It is so beautiful and inspiring to see lives be truly touched.

For example, did you know that CalFresh or  “food stamps” as they used to be called actually subsidize commerce? This means that food stamps do NOT come out of taxpayer dollars. In fact, CalFresh, or food stamps actually enhance the local economy and keep farmers in business. So why not muster up the courage and let go of your ego for a moment to be proud of helping your economy, yourself, and your family (if you have one)?

There are so many times where we allow rumors and word of mouth to taint our minds with false information. If we just did our research, and lent out a helping hand when we have been able, we would be able to drastically alter our state of humanity.

Everyone deserves to have choice in a world where free will is given.

Everyone deserves love and compassion in all capacities.

Everyone deserves a helping hand and a listening ear, even if just for a moment.

Everyone deserves a chance at life.

Everyone deserves to be treated for what they are – a human being.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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You are NOT forgotten

Photographers Unknown. Edited by Eternal Waking Beauties

The whirlpools of chaos consume my mind.

How have I lost my footing?

The ground so solid beneath me

hollowed.

I have fallen.

Fallen into this abyss of insanity

that I dare not call home.

Where did this lackluster begin to weave the very fabric of my being?

I catch a reflection

perplexed by who stands before me.

This tattered soul. This vagrant form. This subspecies who no one dares call human.

And for what?

For asking to be used and abused time and time again?

For being force fed lies of disturbing proportions until it became an ingrained belief?

For my self destructive tendencies to only relinquish myself from the fear and the pain?

Or

For my open honesty?

For your feeling of uncomfort?

For rattling your perfect world of normalcy?

For tearing down what you know as reality?

Well this is reality for all too many and has become commonplace.

One out of every four women you know has been sexually assaulted at one point in their lives.

Do you have a mother?

A grandmother?

A wife?

A daughter?

A friend who recognizes her gender as female?

At least one of them has been groped without consent.

At least one has been objectified as they crawled out of their skin.

At least one has cried themselves to sleep with the disbelief of what occurred that evening.

At least one has felt hopeless and dead inside.

So please tell me why the uncomfort of my words weighs heavier than the uncomfort your love one had to live through?

No matter what you choose this truth exists and will continue to exist with our without your recognition.

So why not help?

Why not fight?

Why not take a stand?

This is not just a woman’s problem.

This happens to one out of seven boys as well.

They may not admit it.

But they still feel the heaviness of this unnecessary evil.

Allow these boys who are now men to have the right to feel.

Let them know there is strength in seeking help.

Let them know their dignity and masculinity will remain unscathed for being ready to heal.

These injustices are not okay now, nor will they ever be.

But the ways we choose to learn, heal, grow, and overcome are always right for us.

Be brave.

Take a stand for someone you love.

Especially if that someone you love is yourself.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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I am an advocate and survivor. If you ever need anyone to listen, I am here for you. Your voice and your life are precious. Remain empowered and safe Eternal Waking Beauties.

Harvest Full Pisces Moon 2017

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Artist: Unknown. Photographer: Unknown. Edited by Eternal Waking Beauties

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:04 am PST

Harvest Moon

The harvest moon is when all of your hard work and loving care has left you a bounty of delicious crops from cranberries to sweet potatoes. This time leaves you abundant as you reap your well deserved reward. What have you put all of your energy toward over this past year? We are soon to celebrate the autumnal equinox, and must show gratitude as we begin to unwind.

Appreciate all of the little things, for you never know how really big they could be. There are so many wonderfully prosperous blessings coming to us all. Be thankful for all gifts that are received, both big and small. Remember some are puzzles, so keep a jovial innocence about what is to come.

Pisces Full Moon

Pisces is a fun labyrinth of exploring ideas and feelings as they try to balance these two beautifully entwined phenomenon. Harmony is key in this sign as intuition is fed an array of knowledge. The fish always seeks to continue on their path laid before them.

Pisces consists of two fish who have their tails tied together in the abyss of the night sky. This places them at odds for sometimes one will push one way, while the other pulls in opposition. Our heads may be tugging at us one way, while our hearts cling for the other shore. Our bodies may be frozen due to our soul’s persistent cautions during the time of a Pisces full moon.

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Artist: Cafe Astrology

Planetary Aspects

There are many favorable aspects in the night sky as Saturn trines Mercury, Venus, Uranus, and sextiles Jupiter. Saturn helps us know our limitations (working 60 hour weeks without self care), create boundaries (let someone know you will not allow their inappropriate behavior in your space), and free ourselves from restrictions unjustly placed upon us (beliefs we are limited and unable to make choices in life). Mercury will be aiding us in communicating each scenario presented by Saturn due to the favorable trine aspect. Our voices will be pure and heard. Venus brings a soft, loving flare to the dynamic allowing for a tender touch among all the drastic shifts. Jupiter gives us a favorable outcome achieved with considerable ease as it sextiles Saturn.

Uranus trines Mercury and Mars – opposing Jupiter. Uranus, the planet of progression (on day 5 of your new work out routine), ingenuity (devising a new way to organize the Q: drive), and intuition also trines Mercury creating effective communication. Mars brings an instinctual assertion to our need for these creative changes altering our lives for the better. With Jupiter in a harsh aspect, we are going to have to work hard and remain persistent to uphold a true transformation.

Pluto sextiles the moon and Neptune while sitting trine the sun. We continue on our path of spiritual growth as we hit another point of renewal creating a rebirth into our soul with Pluto. Our balance in harmonizing the divine masculine and feminine within is done at a conscious and subconscious level thanks to the moon and sun. Dreams have set sail on a sea of inspiration, while our compassion grows nurturing spiritual enlightenment as Neptune helps us ascend to our true form.

The Koi and the Dragon

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Artist Unknown

There is a story of hard work and determination that begins with a school of golden koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. The school came across a waterfall, where most allowed the current the carry them downstream. Only a few continued to persist through their obstacle, and launched themselves toward the heavens. After 100 years, one reached the top of the waterfall and transformed into a golden dragon symbolizing imperial royalty and strength.

This story motivates people to remain steadfast and tenacious along their path for the reward will be worth every challenge. Every obstacle is a chance at growth and transformation for the better. Once we return to our souls by lovingly shedding our ego, we will be able to harness our inner dragons.

Picture a koi who acts like it is a dragon, but knows it’s a koi, yet is truly a dragon, and will remain a koi until it lets go of the ego to assume its true form. We are each this koi. Some of us are not able to grow because we act like a dragon with an inflated sense of self (ego), while others believe they are just koi with a deflated sense or self (also ego). Once either or both of these forms are released, we can harness our true nature of the mystical dragon.

Ceremony Tools

For this ceremony my stone of choice will be the pearl. Dragons are known to play with pearls, and create them from their spittle as they fly through the air. They are said to have properties that promote faith, integrity, and purity. Pearls are linked to a mix of earth and water elements for they are created from particles of sand, and hail from the ocean. They are also linked to the moon bringing out the inner goddess to balance emotions while enhancing sincerity and loyalty. The moon and rain forest incense will make a wonderful pair refreshing and cleansing the air around me. Suggested oils or resins would be sandalwood and dragon’s blood. White, light and dark blue candles to aid in cleansing, divine connection, and tranquility will bring a peaceful contentment.

Enjoy your full moon Eternal Waking Beauties. May you all be blessed and surrounded by unconditional love.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Card of the Day: Friendship

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“Friendship” from Paulina Cassidy’s Faerie Reflections Oracle Deck. Picture taken by Eternal Waking Beauities

You can learn more about Paulina Cassidy and her Faerie Reflections Oracle Deck from my previous post Card of the Day: Simplicity.

Uniqueness of Friendship

Friendship is the only relationship that can be experienced in every type of relationship whether between family members, professional peers, romantic partners, etc. We create these formidable bonds as we share things in common such as location, ideas, personality traits, hobbies, culture, and more. These connections strengthen as we begin to fully care about the other party and their well being. Relationships are able to grow and blossom as we realize honest and open communication are key, as well as participating in both giving and receiving.

Friends are the ones who we go to when we need help solving a problem, want to go see the new Marvel movie or chick flick, or just want to feel their presence so we know we are not alone. We are able to laugh, cry, vent, and go through every other emotion with our friends, all the while being supported and uplifted. They will tell us when we are at fault, being irrational, or just plain petty. Our truest friends are always there and will even at times put their grief and anguish aside just to allow us to confide fully in them during our most dire moments of need.

If you are fortunate enough to experience friendship with your parent, sibling, cousin, grandparent, or any other relative, be grateful for most are not able to have such a strong relationship let alone the presence of such a person in their life. If you have been blessed with finding romance and have the ability to build a strong friendship with your lover, give infinite thanks because not everyone is able to create such a powerfully, healthy relationship with their intimate partner. If you have anyone else in your life who you know will always be by your side, realize how your life is truly wonderful.

Continue to upkeep the relationships that are most fulfilling in life. There is no point in exhausting all of your energy into a bond that is unhealthy, abusive, or detrimental in any way. Listen to your heart and your soul, and you will know who is truly a friend. Give these people your all, and enjoy every moment by their side.

Three ways to upkeep a friendship:

  1. Listen – Give them your 100% undivided attention when they are speaking about something important or even minute.
  2. Be reliable – If you’re going to meet up for coffee, go on a trip, or even plan a phone call, make sure to keep your word. It is important that they can depend on you.
  3. Be honest – Tell them the truth about your feelings, opinions, and views on all situations where they seek advice. I am not saying to be rude, uncouth, or demeaning – just honest. They might not thank you immediately, but they will eventually.

I am sure you all already are well aware of the importance of friendship Eternal Waking Beauties. Keep upholding these beautiful connections the universe has created for us.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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Solar Eclipse & New Moon in Leo 2017

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Artist: SergeM73. Photographer: Unknown. Edited by Eternal Waking Beauties

Monday, August 21, 2017 11:30 AM PST

Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is a time of high energy as the feminine moon places herself in front of the masculine sun. As the sun passionately engulfs the moon in his warm embrace, the moon enhances her own mysterious beauty. The combination projects a profound surge of development and transformation.

The perfect alignment is magnifying all of the truths within and around us like a laser beam stimulating our higher consciousness. The more we reject the natural order of change and timing, the harder this transition will be. Our feminine moon beseeches us to relinquish all restraints of stubborn control as we surrender to the divine timing of life. We are being asked to remain open and allow everything we have been waiting for to flow through us. Our manifestations are coming to fruition as the sun showers us in empowerment.

New Moon in Leo

The new moon in Leo last month asked us to lead with our heart. Now, we are being asked to move forward utilizing the inner knowledge of our souls. Our third eye is begging to remain open, and the thousand petal lotus of our crown is breathing in the universal energies.

Leo has an innate sense of intuition guided by loving compassion. The fixed energies of this sign are not limiting us by cementing us in our old ways, but instead are building a foundation of stability and security. Fire blazes within as our light is one in the same of our masculine sun. Paired with our newfound, solid footing we are shining our innate effervescent light and love as we remain open channels of earthy and universal vibrations.

Planetary Aspects

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Artist: Cafe Astrology

The Sun (divine masculine: creativity, energy, confidence, universal energies, warmth, happiness, conscious mind), Moon (divine feminine: softness, reciprocity, intuition, earth energies, cool, serenity, subconscious mind), and Mars (assertion, survival, sexual attraction) trine Saturn (boundaries and limitations) and Uranus (progression, ingenuity, enlightenment). This favorable aspect stimulates a lot of intense, masculine energies and pairs them with an intuitive softness allowing for favorable boundaries.

There has been a reoccurring trend with the ability to move forward with a new, inventive spark allowing for many changes. The pairing with the solar eclipse has made these shifts more drastic than they have been previously. We are continuing to discover our limitations and set structured boundaries with ourselves and others leading to healthy ways of being. Both of these circumstances are residing in both our subconscious and conscious minds.

Venus (love, pleasure, values) squares Jupiter (prosperity, growth, optimism) and Uranus, while Jupiter squares Pluto (rebirth, renewal, spiritual growth). This harsh aspect is placing difficulties between love, expansion, and progress. We are being asked to look at our values and evaluate where we want to grow. These changes of rebirth and renewal are not going to be easy, but are extremely necessary.

This solar eclipse really is about drastic changes and these planetary aspects are reinforcing transformations necessary in our lives. These alterations may seem harsh, however, the moment we choose to evolve we will be able to receive all of the gifts the universe wants to shower upon us.

Ceremony Tools

My solar eclipse and new moon in Leo ceremony is going to include open roads, star, and the universe incense opening myself up to infinite possibilities. Each of these aid in the manifestation of my most treasured dreams opening us up to the universe’s prosperity. I will be using white and violet (or lavender) candles to open my crown chakra to the universe and connect me to the source and my own spirit.

Originally I planned on Labradorite, the stone of change and transformation to be my crystal of choice. However, I believe I will be utilizing Rose Quartz more because unconditional love and compassion is going to be needed during these radical times of metamorphosis. I am also being drawn to Sunstones and Rubies that aid in empowerment, abundance, and growth linking to the magical Phoenix.

I am going to focus on the rebirth of myself as I align with my higher consciousness. As I rise from my current ashes with a newfound renewal and revival, I am going to fill myself with a warm empowerment encompassed by love and compassion. I can feel my fire burning, my soul vibrating at a higher rate, and my wings beginning to unfold. I am ready to transform and rise allowing my light to shine and my spirit to soar.

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Artist: Black Mage Alodia

Be gentle with yourselves at this seemingly tumultuous time Eternal Waking Beauties. Allow yourself times of respite and begin to act upon impulses outside of your comfort zone. The universe will embrace you with love and acceptance as you remain true to yourself.

Om Mani Padme Hum.࿆ૐ

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