The Genius Myth

The Great Conjunction opened a portal whereby the world is entering the true Age of Aquarius. You can read my Post on that here.

Author Michael Meade writes, “There is a poem at the heart of things and a mythic story in the heart of each of us.” But there’s a lot of hate, rage, fear, and divisiveness in the world right now. Remember that old adage that “the only constant is change”? It’s time to embrace that with open arms.

divisiveness
n. a tendency to cause disagreement or hostility between people

adage
n. a proverb or short statement expressing a general truth

So, in the spirit of Aquarius (Which symbolizes thinking outside the box, embracing chaos, freedom, humanitarianism, progressiveness, and social change.), I would like to share with you some thoughtful quotes from “The Genius Myth” by Michael J. Meade. These passages are a call for each of us to let go of our fear, hatred, rage, and the notion that “we are losing everything” or that “all is lost”.

Seek that story within you and start writing a poem for the whole world to see.

(Note: All emphases are mine.)

We may be closest to hearing the call when we feel most alone or in trouble, for genius hides behind the wound and one of the greatest wounds in life is to not know who we are intended to be or what we are supposed to serve in life.

Myths are oracular in the sense that each person can receive a message or an insight that relates to their life circumstances…let them speak to us, wherever and whenever we find ourselves seeking guidance, permission, or understanding.

We need the intermediaries that keep us close to the spirit of life, to the wonders of nature and to the subtleties of our own inner nature.

When we place our immediate conflicts in the territory of an archetypal story we can better see the nature of our problems…

In these dark and uncertain times, there can be great value in imagining a bit of star in each human soul.

Whether we know it or not, our lives are acts of imagination and the world is continually re-imagined through us.

Something ancient in us bends us toward the origins of the whole thing. We either drown in the splits and confusions of our lives, or we surrender to something greater than ourselves.

Hearing a story awakens the mythic story living in each of us.

When we are connected — to our own purpose, to the community around us, and to our spiritual wisdom — we are able to live and act with authentic effectiveness.

The point in this life is not simply to “become somebody,” but to become who we were each intended to be when we first entered this world.

To become oneself by contributing one’s native gifts and talents to this troubled world: that is the job to keep applying for and a work worth spending an entire life doing.

More quotes from “The Genius Myth” at GoodReads.

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Stevie Nicks and Cyndi Lauper

I love books and I love to read. I’ll take on any and all topics that interest me or that pique my interest.

interest
n. the state of wanting to know or learn about something or someone

Lately I’ve been checking-out library books on gardening, food/cooking, psychology, fiction, and non-fiction. I also make a point of reading biographical/autobiographical tomes specifically covering rock personalities (or in the case of Cher, style icons). What I really noticed about these biographies is that some just present you with a list of events or points of interest while others offer you a real glimpse inside the person (or band). I prefer the latter.

For example, let’s take the Cher biography, Cher: Strong Enough. I’ve been a fan of hers since the 1970’s but, with the exception of a Reader’s Digest look at how Sonny & Cher became Sonny & Cher, the book became a chronology of her TV shows…season by season, episode by episode. In the end I knew no more about CHER than I did before. Let’s compare that book with Cyndi Lauper’s A Memoir.

Cyndi Lauper did not hold back. All the hardships, struggles, and very painful memories were put out there for the reader to see. (Those who are aroused by such misery will LOVE this book. Yes, I’m being snarky.) Who she was and who she became was never compromised by those circumstances. She maintains a wonderful outlook on life:  [1]In the darkest place, shed the brightest light.” I am now a huge fan.

Back in August I read Ann and Nancy Wilson’s autobiography, Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll. With the exception of having an infamous ancestor, I felt it was a rather impersonal look at the lives of two very influencial women. Who ARE Nancy and Ann? Answer: Two very nice ladies who faced (and overcame) more than a few challenges. But I already knew about those challenges going in. I don’t feed off drama, but I felt there were more layers to their personalities that were never discussed. Perhaps they wanted to keep it that way.

Let’s turn to Stevie Nicks. I finished reading one biography, Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams, and Rumours, and am in the middle of a second one, Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks. Neither were written by Ms. Nicks but I have a clear vision of who she IS aside from who she APPEARS to be – which are not that far removed. Both books were personal enough to engage and delight me. Aside from the mystical aspects, I love where her head is at. She is similar to Lauper in that she chooses to nurture herself in such a way that is counteracts the sometimes negative aspects of living a rock and roll lifestsyle. I am a fan.

For those of you who are interested, I also found these biographical books to be uniquely personal:  True Love (Jennifer Lopez) and Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol). Surprisingly, Idol’s book is so filled with introspective inspiration that I’ve re-read it several times.

There have been a number of studies done about how what you watch on TV affects and influences your thoughts and behavior. What a surprise that the more negative info we take in the more negative we become. TV shows have been cashing-in on other people’s misery for decades now, and the more famous the person is, the more we salivate over their pain.

This is not my thing. Never has been. It’s just another symptom of the DARKNESS that’s enveloping our World and our psyches. I don’t want to be a part of that and I don’t want it to become a part of me. Marcus Aurelius once wrote “The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.“, and Christiane Northrup, M.D., has documented how these same thoughts affect the body and its ability to remain healthy.

I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Cyndi Lauper (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)

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[1] Lauper, Cyndi (2012). Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Simon & Shuster. p. 82.

What I’m Reading (9.22.2020)

Happy Mabon
(aka Autumn Equinox)

Some indoor-gardening books (now that I’ve “got my Mojo back”):

  1. Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants
    by Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff, of Urban Jungle Bloggers (an on-line community I’m proud to be a part of)
  2. Decorating with Plants
    by Baylor Chapman, founder of Lila B. Design
  3. The Indestructible Houseplant
    by Tovah Martin
  4. The Inspired Houseplant: Transform Your Home with Indoor Plants
    by Jen Stearns
  5. Backstage Pass is a follow-up to Face the Music
    by Paul Stanley
    – Read as more of a “self help” book. Face the Music was better.
  6. Cemetery Gates: Saints and Survivors of the Heavy Metal Scene
    by Mick O’Shea
    (Saints: Dio, Bon Scott, Cliff Burton, Dimebag Darrell; Survivors: Ozzy, Nikki Sixx, Mustaine, Slash – among others)
    – Introduced me to the bassist for Type O Negative, Peter Steele, who is no longer with us. GORGEOUS man. Will be doing a “Beefcake” on him real soon.
  7. Practical Magic (’cause I love the movie so much!)
    by Alice Hoffman
  8. Under the Tuscan Sun (Another movie I watch over and over again.)
    by Frances Mayes
    – Came with recipes!
  9. Cher: Strong Enough
    by Josiah Howard
  10. Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir
    by Cyndi Lauper
    – This proved to be one of my favorite “rock star” biographies. She didn’t hold back anything; and in spite of hardships, she maintained her wonderful outlook on life. I now consider myself a HUGE fan!

A little bit of everything  (which should keep me busy…)

A house without books is like a room without windows.

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What I’m Reading (8.3.2020)

Happy National Watermelon Day *

Santa Clara County’s libraries still remain closed due to the MADNESS; however Santa Clara city’s Main Library has curbside pick-up/drop-off. I never threw away my SCLibrary card and after having them set-up an online account for me, it was a piece of cake to put holds on available books. (- and when I run across a book I want to read I add it to my “For Later Shelf”.)

This weekend I checked out:

  1. Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll
    by Ann and Nancy Wilson
  2. Death’s Excellent Vacation is a collection of short stories by Charlaine Harris and 12 others. I’m a big fan of author Charlaine Harris (of Sookie Stackhouse fame).
  3. I ALSO am a rabid reader of all the Warrior Cats novels. (Quelle surprise.) In addition to her series, Erin Hunter has also written what she calls “Super Edition” books which chronicle the backgrounds of individual Warrior Cats.
    I picked-up Hawkwing’s Journey.
  4. Lastly, I’m re-reading The Plant Paradox Cookbook by Dr. Steven Gundry, M.D.
    (One of these days I’ll actually buy my own copy.)

Tell me, what’s on YOUR summer reading list?
What kick-ass books would you like to recommend?


* I like Tajin sprinkled on top of fresh watermelon (In fact, I’m enjoying some as I write this…), but here are more ideas on how to serve this healthy (and low-cal) summer treat:
Watermelon Recipes @ allrecipes
17 Refreshing Watermelon Recipes @ realsimple
11 Refreshingly Sweet Watermelon Cocktails @ thespruce

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Metal Cats ~ and their Humans

I trust all of you had a Happy Christmas and that Santa Claws gave you lots of presents. I’ve been poring over one of my Xmas goodies:

Having a love of both Mëtal and Felines, this book is to me what catnip is to a kitten! All the cats (and their head-banging owners) are beautiful and more than a few resemble their owners. But I do have some favorites…

Don’t you love these two together? I’m not sure which one is more compelling.
I love the markings on Fred – and that chin! What a cool cat.

I have a fondness for the Cornish Rex breed. They are reminiscent of the Siamese in the shape of their head, large ears, and streamlined body; but instead of hair, they are covered in curly down and even have curly whiskers! (Jeff has a nice smile, too.)

It’s obvious why these two were chosen to grace the cover.
Jason’s mischievous good looks provide the perfect foil for Oliver’s grumpy-cat persona.

With this pair, it’s all about the luxuriant hair!

There were many black cats in the book, but this one has charisma
– a presence that reminds me of my Diego.

OK, I get more of an 80’s Glam Metal vibe here, Hollywood-style (Which you know I’M loving!)

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