THE BADGER The Badger is a fierce animal, very much respected and honored both in Northern American Native traditions and in European Celtic ones. A badger will not let go and will continue tenaciously to look for another way to tackle his/her goal, just like a good healer will not let go his/her search until the best solution is found for the person in need. Badgers have their homes underground, so that they can go to the roots of things, the good healer does the same and keeps looking until she/he can find the most profound reason for a dis-ease or a psychological issue. We use the term healer in the very broad sense of somebody who takes care of a another person, be it a MD, a nurse, a psychotherapist, a physiotherapist, a masseuse, a spiritual healer. Whenever there is a person in need and somebody who takes care of her/him, that is a healer. Sometimes the need is subtler and more profound than a simple medical intervention, the human touch is needed and it really is the Panacea that cures all diseases. We believe all artistic expressions in their beauty, science for everyday life, spirituality, philosophy, food and the healing arts are beneficial to restoring that balance, health and sense of worth that each and every human being deserves. We offer you THE BADGER, the persistent healer, all the articles come from experts in different fields, each person has his/her own idea of what a balanced life is, they are here to pass on information, give inspiration, receive your comments, suggestions, contributions. Each human being holds in his/her hands at least one of the keys, let's continue our quest!
Year 4 Volume 3
June 2018 Dear Readers, the soft breezes have lead us all the way to the summer solstice, lighting up the way towards a full ripe season where we can be grateful for the bounty of our lives. In this season of rejoice, let's take stock of our blessings, even those in disguise and concentrate on the bright light of inner awareness, so that we can continue our exploration of life and its wonders. Summer can also be a time for reflection and revision of what we think and do. Do our actions correspond to our beliefs? Are we walking our spiritual talk? Have we supported at least one of our fellow human beings in his/her endeavors? Real happiness comes from sharing our abundance with anybody who passes by and might be in need. This could be a different summer. Thank you for your continuous support and interest in our work.
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CONTENTS Subtle Harmony Into the Matter
Antonella Vicini Andrea Exo
The Future Knows
Readers'corner Voices from the Stars
Salvatore Mongiardo Laura Bottagisio
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The Nature of Druidry
Philip Carr Gomm
No More Weapons
S. Fumagalli e F. Gandini
Healing with Words
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ARMONIA SOTTILE Antonella Vicini Under the painted vault of the ancient romanesque church, the notes soar and dive, cavorting in the air, so that pretty soon the entire space is filled with beauty. When the music reaches my heart I feel it expanding, a sigh opens my lungs with a deeper and fuller breath. The sounds play around embracing me with their subtle harmony. What music is being played? It is a sonata for piano and violin by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Whenever his music is played it has a profound healing effect on me. I become stronger, focussed, more alert and present both to the reality around me and the worlds he seems to be hinting at. A new life seems possible, discoveries are at hand. Nothing is closed and barred from decryption. It seems that all the answers are available for my understanding. This sensation of being fully alive may last only a few minutes while the notes unravel their magic, yet it is worth every moment of it. All music is healing in its own way, but I have found time and again that only Mozart for me goes beyond the beyond. He seems to be familiar with the rarely explored territories of the unconscious, of the mysteries below the surface of the elegant and gay life of his society.
I often wonder what makes a masterpiece, what makes a great artist, in every field. I believe it is the capacity to see/hear/perceive the subtle harmony that holds our universes together. A great dancer will keep us suspended all the way to the tips of his/her fingers and toes, so that we can imagine his/her gestures continue and fill the space laden with its story. A great painter, sculptor will invite us into his/her world so that we can see/live it from his/her point of view. A great writer will accompany us on a journey of self discovery through the adventures of his/her hero. What makes a great man, a great woman? I believe it is the same quality of perception, the capacity to listen, observe analyze and understand, thus responding to the world in a way that is true to oneself and honest towards others. Again the capacity to feel and act on the subtle harmony that vibrates throughout the universe is essential for our growth and greatness. When I stop being just an I, thus becoming a witness to the universal harmony, I cannot remain the same, my very essence is transformed and elevated, so that the I can dissolve in the observation and its natural humility. Thus lead back to our real dimensions of infinitesimal particles of the universe, we might remember where we come from: the humus, the soil we walk on and too often take for granted. So being a great artist, a great man or woman, really means to go back to our roots, to the earth we come from and bow our too often arrogant heads in front of the wonderful cosmos we live in. Perhaps in that silence we will perceive more clearly both the subtle harmony of the universe and our individual echo as well.
INTO THE MATTER Another World Andrea Exo There is a world where the sun always shines, or there is always snow, or it is forever spring, or it is covered in ice. On this world you can hear hundreds of voices, or the deepest silence. You can travel many miles in a few seconds, jump from mountains to the ocean in the blink of an eye. Past, present and future mix freely, so you can meet Jung chatting with Captain Picard of the Enterprise, or enjoy Luke Skywalker going to dinner with Jean D'Arc (I describe it because I can see it). Isn't this the promised land? Isn't happiness the chance to model the stage, the characters, the colors to our heart content? So that we can be delighted by the stories we love the most both as observers or protagonists? For centuries the ancient ones searched in vain for this place all over the earth. They nexplored the seas and the oceans, they climbed mountains, built sanctuaries to pray God in order to find the path, then humanity looked for an answer in the stars. In the followings years there were the first journeys, the first colonies. But no trace of the promised land yet. The turning point was the excavation on Mars. The greenhouses needed very long digs in order to find water underground. Down there they found the traces of ancient exctinct people, they found their very evolved technology and their intact star ship. Without this discovery they would never have left the solr system, as a consequence their lives would still be entirely biological.
Travelling accross the skies, where they were looking for their God, humans found us: so apparently similar, yet so extremely distant from their physicality, from their priorities or beliefs. They didn't understand peace, because they didn't know where to look for it. They could not see the promised land because they behaved like insects: they colonized, prospered, used up the space and moved on. However, the key to the "other world" cannot be found in movements, but in being utterly static/still, the 1 ton sphere in balance on a pin, the ice not melting in front of the sun. When we told them that these things were possible they didn't believe us, yet they designed the sphere, they painted the ice that didn't fear the heat. The invisible became real through the grace of the arts. They only needed to learn to do inside what they knew how to do outside. Since that day, the one ton sphere balancing on a pin became possible in their minds, slowly and by degrees humanity found the non dynamic path towards the promised land.
Human beings infact, depend on their senses only for a short time, but afterwards they can do without them. Their happiness is totally unconnected to this world, to shared reality, to this collective illusion. Sensory pleasures depend on matter: eating chocolate gives pleasure to those who like it. But happiness is devoid of matter, it is massless and independent from circumstances, it can be found everywhere, like love, even in the darkest of hearts. Happiness cannot be produced by a medicine, because it would dissolve with it. It cannot be biomedical: implanting memories or strenghening can satisfy vanity, but not the spirit.
This is the other world, the promised land: the knowledge of ourselves pushed to its limits so that we can feel warm when outside is hot, we can feel the benefis of summer in the middle of winter, because our mind receives and projects and in this action it can create entire worlds. It can create silence in restless minds and enliven lazy ones. The man who knows himself has one goal only: being happy and knowing how to find such happiness, in the same way in which the primitive man could open the door of his fridge to find fresh food. Human beings stopped travelling and expanding, they stopped fighting and using up resources, they stopped looking everywhere for what they already had inside. The subsequent technological integration was the consequence of the new awareness. So they were able, like us, to appreciate an ethereal existance, devoid of bodies which were only the sensory shell used to create the primitive mind and its thoughts. Such centered thinking could now live in its own light, in its new world without flesh and use its imagination to create new stars. After all it was one of them who imagined and created the universe. In the beginning.
Andrea Exo Edited and Translated by Antonella Vicini
The Future Knows Where We Are Going Fredric Lehrman When I first came to Seattle, I searched the whole city and surrounding areas to find the place I wanted to live. It took almost a year to make my choice; I found a house that I thought was almost perfect, needing just a few changes to give me the space for most of what I wanted it to do. After I made my decision, I put down a deposit with the realtor, and later that night went for dinner at a sushi restaurant with my new friend, Robert Rosellini, the great chef and restaurateur. A woman at the end of the sushi bar saw us come in and began waving at us. Robert waved back, and she pointed to the two seats next to her that were the only other ones open. Her name was Janice Matthews, and she was the top realtor of the whole city. When we joined her, Robert introduced us and said, “Fredric has just bought a new house.” So she asked me where it was. I soon realized that she already knew every house on the market, because the next thing she said was, “Why did you pick that one?” I told her that it was central to both the city and the country, it was on an island in the middle of Lake Washington, and that I would therefore have two different ways to get to the airport. I also described the rooms of the house, and told her about my plans to hold small seminars there and also to have a photo studio and a music room/library with my guitars, cello, and the grand piano that I would be bringing from New York. Then she asked what the agreed price was, and when I told her, she said, “I know one other place you should see first.” I replied, “I think it’s too late for that.” “Perhaps,” she said, "but come look at it anyway.”
So the next morning we met and she drove me only about four miles away across the bridge that went to the east side of the lake. The house there was brand new, never lived in, had more room so it needed no immediate remodeling, was on a short quiet street, and had open lots on either side. It also cost about $40,000 less. It was clearly a better choice. The only thing it did not have was the park just across the street from the first house, somewhat hidden behind a stone wall that kept me from seeing more than just the tops of a few trees, and, a fair distance further down the hill, the shore of the lake. I had a difficult decision to make. So later that day I went back to the island, and walked through the first house again. It was when I got to the upstairs bedroom that I first looked out of the window towards the lake, and noticed something unusual just over the wall in the park. It was a gray day, raining a bit now and then, but I went right out and climbed over the wall to examine the strange shape in the ground that I had seen from the high window. What I found was a mysterious spiral earthwork, molded into the grassy field, at the center of which was a quiet fountain cut into a flat stone with a bubbling single pipe that spilled into a round bowl and followed a channel that poured into a pebble-lined spiral ditch that led counter-clockwise around the stone, then proceeded down the long hill all the way into the lake. It looked almost like it could have come from ancient Druidic England during the era of Stonehenge and the other great neolithic structures of mysterious early cultures scattered from Egypt through Malta to Europe and the northern Hebrides and lands of the Vikings. Although I had read a few books about the earth mysteries of the old times, I had not yet visited Mount Rainier and had not yet imagined that I would there be charged with the task of writing a book about those deep ways of connecting oneself with the voices of nature, or that eight years later a book called The Sacred Landscape would be published with my name as author. I noticed only that this earth sculpture was just newly finished, and it was directly in front of the house I had almost made my home.
So now, having given up that first choice, having lived in the second house for over three decades, and now having sold it, I find myself living temporarily on Mercer Island, only three miles away from that field and its curious spiral message. Today I decided to go back to the park to see if the “sculpture” piece was still there. But I could not find the first house. The streets had changed somehow and the park seemed bigger. There was no more wall, and the first street didn’t feel like what I remembered. So I drove into the entry of “Luther Burbank Park” and got out of the car to look at a map that showed the various buildings and features of the north shoreline of the island. I almost missed it, but finally noticed a very faint set of lines in a green area of the map near the lake shore that showed concentric circles and a barely-visible spiral in the middle. It was quite far from the road, but I thought I should try to see what it was. This is what I found:
The dark object that you see in the background near the small green tree was exactly (at least in my memory) where the house I did not buy had been. It is a bench, and actually at least 75 feet away from the outer mound, plenty of room for a wall, a road, and a driveway that have long vanished. So the park perhaps grew and took the land of the buildings, and I would have had to move out much sooner, and my whole life would have gone very differently. But I feel that I did the right thing, because it seems to me very significant that I did not return to this spot until today, when I can see the whole story with greater understanding. Now that I have reconnected with the fountain, I will ask the park authority whether they will turn the water on again so it can flow as the sculptor intended. As I took these photos I noticed that every young child who passed the raised formation immediately turned and left their mothers behind as they danced up the valleys of the initiatory earth design.
Oh, here’s the artist’s name, just before the channel cuts through the walking path on its long way down to the lake…
He deserves my thanks, wherever he is… I think I’ll try contacting him.
The Source 1980 Earth and Stone 3 feet height 140 feet wide 220 feet depth Earth and stone sculpture which recycles lake water abstracting the cyclical process of water. This image shows an aerial view of the sculpture in the park. Located at Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, WA http://www.johnhogesculptor.com/index.html
POETRY An Indian Summer Day On The Prairie (IN THE BEGINNING) The sun is a huntress young, The sun is a red, red joy, The sun is an indian girl, Of the tribe of the Illinois. (MID-MORNING) The sun is a smouldering fire, That creeps through the high gray plain, And leaves not a bush of cloud To blossom with flowers of rain. (NOON) The sun is a wounded deer, That treads pale grass in the skies, Shaking his golden horns, Flashing his baleful eyes. (SUNSET) The sun is an eagle old, There in the windless west. Atop of the spirit-cliffs He builds him a crimson nest.
READERS' CORNER Inno Mondiale di Pace Non vogliamo più la guerra, Non vogliamo più la morte, Pace e vita noi vogliamo, Amicizia noi vogliamo e libertà. E quest'inno noi cantiamo Per iniziare la nuova civiltà. Non importa chi tu sei, Non importa in chi tu credi, Sempre uniti noi vivremo Senza odio, genocidi e crudeltà. E quest'inno noi cantiamo, Per iniziare la nuova civiltà. Non vogliamo questo mondo Troppo pieno d'ingiustizie; Non vogliamo questa terra Rovinata da furbizie e avidità. E quest'inno noi cantiamo, Per iniziare la nuova civiltà. Non abbiamo noi paura Se la lotta è molto dura. Vinceremo la violenza, La barbarie e la tremenda ostilità. E quest'inno noi cantiamo Per iniziare la nuova civiltà. L'armonia dell'universo Dentro l'anima portiamo; Con il cuore ci battiamo Per il bene dell'intera umanità. E quest'inno noi cantiamo Per iniziare la nuova civiltà.
WORLD HYMN FOR PEACE We do not want war anymore, We do not want death anymore, Peace and Life we want, Friendship and Freedom we want. And this hymn we sing to start the new civilization. It doesn't matter who you are, It doesn't matter in what you believe, Always united we will live Without hatred, genocide and crueltyAnd this hymn we sing to start the new civilization. We do not want this world Too full of injustice; We do not want this earth Ruined by cunning and greed. And this hymn we sing to start the new civilization. We are not afraid If the struggle is hard. We will win over violence, barbarism and tremendous hostility. And this hymn we sing to start the new civilization. The harmony of the universe In our souls we carry; With our hearts we strive For the good of all humanity. And this hymn we sing to start the new civilization.
2018 Edited and Translated by Antonella Vicini
VOICES FROM THE STARS The Revolution of the Elements II Laura Bottagisio In the planetary living room a mutation is happening among the Four Elements. The Planets producing this new amalgam are Jupiter (from Lybra-Air to Scorpio-Water), Saturn (from Sagittarius-Fire to CapricornEarth), Uranus (from Aries-Fire to Taurus-Earth). According to tradition each element corresponds to a color, three primary and one secondary: Fire-Red, Air-Yellow, Water-Blue, Earth-Green. The new combination will therefore change the furniture and the topics of conversation among the signs and the planets. The planets revolving around the Sun move in the sky following the rythms beaten by their orbits. When we observe them during starry nights, we can see them in different spaces of the sky. The ancient Assirian-Babylonese measured their cycles and invented the Zodiac, the seasonal clock that allows to "calculate" the movement of the planets in connection with time on earth. The Zodiac Wheel is made up of 12 stations, one per month, to each one was given the name of the constellation the Sun goes trough in its yearly path. From this process arises the misunderstanding about the real symbolic and byological value of Astrology which is a perfect tool of observation and understanding about life on our planet, since it always runs according to a specific sequence of the Four Elements.
Everything in the ever and omni present universal spirit is governed by the Four Elements: Fire, Air, Water, Earth that generate the fifth element or quintessence, radiating centre of individualization and starting point of each and every living form. The Zodiac sequence does not correspond to the traditional alchemical one, but it goes like this: Fire, Earth, Air, Water. In order to repeat the traditional sequence that starts with the most unstable Fire and ends wih the most stable Earth we need to go trough the centre as in the image number 1. Every manifestation of matter needs a centre that gives radiance and life directing from within, a kind of Hierophant: the one who explains sacred things. Image 1
The Zodiac starts with the element of Fire and the first 4 signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, then it proceeds with the following quartets: Leo, Virgo, Lybra, Scorpio; Sagittarius, Capricorn, Acquarius, Pisces. The sequence is always the same and it represents the matrix in which the flowing planets stimulate different energies with their movements, they impose the mutations needed for continuos evolution trough the events that happen in individual lives, in humanity, in the Earth itself. The symbols of the Four Elements are equilateral triangles that criss cross, thus forming the Salomon's Seal or the Star of David, a very important symbol carrying powerful healing energy and the key to unlock the Golden Heart Door where the Quintessence resides. Image 2
Fire and Air form the seal of the masculine path of initiation, Water and Earth form the seal of the feminine path of initiation, however different in their ways, these paths also happen in the Zodiac Wheel. This technical introduction is needed in order to understand which dynamics we have lived during the past 7 years and which ones we will live through in the next seven. We are in fact crossing from a period of great changes to a period of reconstruction. The images 3 and 4 show the variation in energy in the years 2017-2018 due to the movement of the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus that have changed astrological sign as well as element. From a situation of masculine polarity "active-electrical" Fire-Air, we have now passed into a feminine polarity "magnetic-attractive" Water-Earth. The most unruly of these planets is certainly Uranus which brings chaos and revolution wherever it is, never allowing delays in change. Its subversive nature is activated when the the rules adopted cannot substain the evolution of Form, alreayd "boxed" and organized according to old patterns devoid of vital fluid. When Uranus entered fiery Aries in 2011 it litterally changed the features of every field with consequences that confused and often shattered our entire lives. The ego dominated by the mind had to come to terms with the more subtle soul part that is nourished directly from the omnipresent and omniscient universal spirit. This return to our inner Self has been lived by many as a duty and not as a wonderful rediscovery, yet it has bared the ego, taking away all its certainities and giving it a new role: the union of the opposites. Masculine and Feminine not as rivals anymore, but deeply united in the search for harmony for the highest good. This process has been enlived and supported in the last two years with the transit of Saturn in Sagittarius, another fire sign. Saturn has pushed us to leave limiting situations in order to explore our brilliant potential.
Image 3 Planets 2017
The element Fire thus activated has quickened the unhinging of the ego principles derived from a materialistic and patriarcal era (however present to this day) where the fight for power was the moving engine. If we become observers we will have a detailed vision of how much this process has manifested also in our daily lives. Once egoism is shattered and the fear of being who we really are is conquered, having won over any mental judging attitude, we now have the great opportunity to open the inner channel of communication, so that we can create situations in our lives with a new vision of ourselves inspired by our Self that resides in the centre.
In their role as Archetypes Saturn and Uranus play with life giving different forms: Saturn gathers and creates structures, therefore it is close to the magnetic element of Earth; Uranus destroys them when they freeze and paralyze energy in sterotyped forms without vitality and it is connected to the electrical element of Fire. Together the two planets have a constant role of activation and demolition: they shatter, disaggregate and aggregate. By entering the Earth signs, after shattering and disaggregating they now aggregate the pieces, but obviously in new forms! It is the positioning and rooting energy of Taurus and Capricorn to be activated, respectively by Uranus and Saturn. Image 4 Planets 2018
Uranus activates the feminine generative power of Taurus,, it givesit plows it, gives it oxygen, bringing the stones to the surface, as well as the skeletons, memories to be transformed, everything that does not allow the new seed to put down roots. The Earth, our physical part, opens up to the new and builds on the foundation that Saturn and Capricorn are building. Such beauty! Let's follow this transformation without shadows or hesitations. (to be continued)
Laura Bottagisio Edited and Translated by Antonella Vicini
MAGIC The Hawthorn and The Heart Adrian Rooke
During a recent week end, I and Jo Dunbar ran a workshop based around the relationship between the heart and the Hawthorn tree at the seasonal time of Beltane, when the Hawthorn is in flower. We ran the workshop in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire, where we were blessed to be surrounded by tall beech forests, pines and flowering Hawthorns, the Earth was alive with wild garlic, bluebells, and butterflies. We began the day creating sacred space where we called in the four directions and invited the spirits of the ancient lands upon which we stood, and the ancestors to join us in the day of open hearted celebration. The hall was decorated with bowers of Hawthorn - which later would become Hawthorn tincture. We introduced the group to the magical, spiritual and medical properties of this sacred tree, known by many names such as White Bean, Thorn, Hawthorn. A tree closely associated with The Goddess and the bursting forth of the fertility of the Earth. We also looked at the mythology of Hawthorn and its association with the faery kingdom; a single Hawthorn on a hill was always associated by our ancestors as a gateway to the faery realm. And in the legends of Merlin, he was trapped forever within a Hawthorn tree by the beautiful Vivienne le Fay, who tricked and used her feminine powers and guile to extract Merlinâ€™s deepest secrets, and then turn them against him.
The word “Haw” comes from the ancient word ‘henge’ or ‘to close in’. Thus giving us the theme of our workshop: how we build henges around our hearts to protect us from the hurts and pains that always come our way on this human journey. Using the Hawthorn wand as a talking stick, each of us shared, with great courage and honesty, examples of times when we felt our own hearts had been broken and ripped apart, how we felt and what we had learnt from the experience. In order to recognise and honour the feelings which had been shared, we held hands and sang a song to the heart: “Come sweep out the chambers of my heart, make it ready, oh make it ready, to be a dwelling for the beloved. When we are empty, love will enter.” During the afternoon, we talked about the electromagnetic field of the heart and how it is intimately connected with that of the Earth. We acknowledged that by healing our own hearts, we could also heal the world, since we are all capable of this subtle activism. New discoveries have shown that the heart has its own brain cells, and that there are more nerves running towards the brain from the heart, than from the brain toward the heart: this suggests that our heart plays a far more important role in determining our state of mind than was previously believed. The Ancients always knew that our heart is far more than just a pump. We explored through meditation new choices and ways of relating to the heart by letting go of and healing old wounds and hurts. We tied our wishes to a Hawthorn tree on cotton clooties, (bio-degradable) and chanted Huathe three times in honour of the dryad of the tree. Our day was rounded off in joy and song, and in recognition of the power and the magic, the trusting and risking that had taken place during this day for each of the participant. Several people shared that they had entered a new phase of their lives as a result of their experience that day.
Both Jo and I felt blessed, held and healed by the spirit and the love of Huathe: the Hawthorn Tree, which so freely shared its magic and mystery with us that day.
BECOMING MEDICINE Change & Transformation David Kopacz There is a great deal of focus on change in the world: how to change our lives, how to bring about peace, how to be more successful, how to make more money, how to be happier. All these change technologies in self-help, mental health, business, and social change largely focus on how to bring about incremental steps of change. Yet, as James Hillman observed in his 1993 book: We’ve Had 100 Years of Psychotherapy – and the World’s Still Getting Worse. Why is it that with all these “Seven Steps” to this and “Ten Principles” of that, that we are still in the state we are in? One thing I have been thinking about lately is that there is a difference between change and transformation. Change focuses on a linear, incremental change in what we do and is based on the presumption that more facts or information will change us and bring about [fill in the blank]. This incremental change, however, is like focusing on the outside of a car without ever opening the hood and doing the deep, internal work. Transformation is this deep internal work that changes not just what we do, but who we are. When we change who we are, it follows that we will change what we do, but not always vice versa. A metaphor is that change is the growth in size and shape of a caterpillar (while still remaining a caterpillar), but the difficult and painful reorganizational process of going into a cocoon or chrysalis leads to the transformation which is the eventual emergence of a butterfly.
Carl Jung on the Transformation of the Soul The focus on numbers and measures is highly emphasized in many sectors of the world today. In medicine and mental health, my fields, this takes the form of “evidence-based medicine,” protocol-driven ways of interacting with patients and clients. There is a great deal of benefit from this approach, but it can leave out the human heart and the human soul from treatment considerations. Compare this to the work of Carl Jung with his work in psychotherapy. In Modern Man in Search of a Soul, Jung diagnosed the problem of modern humans as the lack of a living spirituality and he saw the psychotherapist as heir to medicine men and priests in being a spiritual guide for those who were lost and seeking. Jung believed in the inner healer and the innate healing power of human beings. He wrote about four stages of psychotherapy: 1) confession, 2) explanation, 3) education, and 4) transformation. (Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul, 46-54). The first three stages helped one to adjust to society and become “normal,” however the fourth stage of transformation involved going beyond normal to becoming a unique individual whose spirituality is activated. Transformation is like a medicine or an energy that is released and transforms not just one person, but everyone in relation to the energy of transformation that is activated. Jung speaks of the “fact of mutual influence and all that goes with it underlies the stage of transformation.” Transformation is not something the doctor does to the client, but rather a state that both enter into equally. “The fourth stage…then, demands not only the transformation of the patient, but also the counter-application to himself by the doctor of the system which he prescribes in any given case,” (Jung, 50-51). This is an important point, one that I have worked on much of my career, that transformation requires not just medical technique and expertise, but the full humanity of the healer to open within the therapeutic encounter. As Jung wrote, “The medical diploma is no longer the crucial thing, but human quality instead,” (Jung, 53).
Education as Transformation Transformation is a different kind of learning, a different kind of educational process. Psychologist Richard Katz, who lived and worked with traditional healers in Fiji and Botswana, developed a concept of “education as transformation.” He describes how transformation is an education of the “heart,” and involves a process of “envisioning” and he describes how this would benefit community psychiatrists if they could re-learn this ancient wisdom from traditional healers. Katz writes, transformative education “involves a transformation of consciousness in which potential healers experience a sense of connectedness, joining a spiritual healing power, themselves, and their community…[which] affects the inner quality of their lives, transforming them,” (Richard Katz, “Education as Transformation: Becoming a Healer Among the !Kung and the Fijians, Harvard Educational Review, Vol. 51, No. 1, February 1981, 58).
Transformative Learning Transformative learning is more than learning facts and information, it is about changing who you are. There is a theoretical and evidence-base in studying transformative change. Sociologist Jack Mezirow developed and researched “transformational learning theory” His theory included ten steps of transformational learning, which we will condense down to three key steps: 1. A disorienting dilemma 2. Recognizing the connection between one’s discontent and the process of transformation 3. Reintegration of new perspective into one’s life
Circle of Transformative Learning
Adapted from Mezirow’s 10 steps of transformational learning in “Transformational Learning Theory,” in Jack Mezirow, Edward Taylor, and Associates (editors), Transformative Learning in Practice, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009, page 19.
Initiation These three steps parallel the steps of the ancient transformation technology of initiation: separation, initiation, return. Many anthropologists, religious studies scholars, and psychologists have studied the transformational potential of initiation rites and ceremonies. These aim at a transformation of the personality and soul of the individual. In many traditional societies, this is acknowledged through the giving of a new name to the initiate. To some extent this still happens in modern society, but in a very watered down version. For instance when I went through Catholic Confirmation as an adolescent, I took on the confirmation name “John.” At the time I was aware of it as a family name, having been the first name of my maternal grandfather, but as I have grown older I also value the resonance with the apostle John as well as St. John of the Cross. To be given a new name is a recognition that one has transformed.
Circle of Initiation
The Hero’s Journey The hero’s journey, as described by Joseph Campbell is another circular model of transformation that builds on the circle of initiation. “The standard path of the mythological adventure of the hero is a magnification of the formula represented in the rites of passage: separation―initiation―return: which might be named the nuclear unit of the monomyth.” (Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, 23).
The disorienting dilemma occurs with the separation from the known world and the sense of a known identity. The recognition of a connection between the disorientation and the process of transformation is the transition that occurs in the abyss of the hero’s journey, which is a death of the old and the birth of a new sense of self and purpose. Reintegration with a new perspective is the step of crossing the return threshold in the hero’s journey, it is the step of returning home in a transformed state. The value of understanding that transformation requires disorientation is that it gives permission for one to enter freely into the realm of the “abyss,” to enter into this space of confusion and disorientation as part of the process of transformation. In my work with veterans reintegrating into society after combat or years in military culture, the hero’s journey provides an orienting structure that gives suffering a place, meaning, and a purpose. “The return and reintegration with society, which is indispensable to the continuous circulation of spiritual energy into the world, and which, from the standpoint of the community, is the justification of the long retreat, the hero himself may find the most difficult requirement of all,” (Joseph Campbell, 29).
Campbell describes this as a challenge for the hero trying to re-enter society, but that the hero or heroine holds something vital that can transform society. There is something about the energy of transformation that spreads out from where it is released, transforming individuals, relationships, and society. In looking at veterans, it may be that the knowledge of death also holds, in some strange way, the knowledge of life, and we as a society need to reintegrate this knowledge rather than marginalize or repress it into our personal and collective shadows.
The Circle of Transformation As we work with transformation, we begin to notice that it has a circular structure, compared to the linear structure of incremental change. At some point in my work, I realized that everything that was most important was appearing in the form of a circle. My work with Joseph Rael (Beautiful Painted Arrow) with the Medicine Wheel is yet another circle. We need this kind of circle medicine today if we are going to transform who we are as individuals, as societies, and as a global culture. Linear medicine is all well and good for linear problems, but more and more these days we seem to be stuck going in negative circles. We must be seeking circle medicine, allowing ourselves to enter into the disorientation of transformative learning and education, thereby opening ourselves to a transformation whose butterfly wings of beauty we can only wonder about until we burst forth from the cocoons we presently find ourselves confined within.
QUILTING AWAY A Reiki Treatment: A Conscious Experience Into our Nature Lida Perry I have been a Reiki Master for over twenty years, I have received and given hundreds of Reiki treatments and, in time, they have changed my perception of who I am and of the world around me. Let me contextualize: what is Reiki? Perhaps some of you are familiar with this word and what it implies, maybe others have never heard of it. The word Reiki has it origin in Japan and it describes the connection of our personal vital energy with the energy that is present in the universe, in every living thing, from the tree to the stone to the ocean and the earth we walk on. As we open ourselves, through the initiation ceremony performed by a Reiki Master and become a channel to the Universal Life Energy, we are able to transmit the flow of Reiki to ourselves or another person. The energy of Reiki is a healing energy, it is generated from the universal matrix where everything began and is manifested. It brings balance where there is unbalance, deep relaxation where there is tension, peace where there is conflict inside ourselves. A perception of our real nature, and a better insight of who we are emerges slowly into our consciousness through the practice of daily self treatment and work on other people. The treatment consists of laying our hands on our body in a form that covers all of our major organs, this also applies to the treatment to another person. We keep each position for few minutes.
In the self-treatment we are the giver and the recipient. This dynamic brings us to experience the natural cycle of giving and receiving. We have been taught to give, giving in our western and Cristian culture implies goodness, caring, generosity, selflessness. On the other hand spending time giving ourselves a Reiki treatment can be a challenge and it can open us to a deeper understanding of the gift of receiving, and how it holds the potential for a deeper giving. For the Reiki student, the self-treatment can be considered a kind of lifetime homework, an everyday practice for the rest of her/his life. Treatments are an avenue to reconnect ourselves to a place of oneness. They are a way for us to strengthen our own understanding of what this energy can and will do in our lives. Treatments also gives us the possibility to gain a different perspective on the events of our daily life. If someone were to ask me how does a treatment work? I could not answer, once I heard a physicist explain it in terms of quantum energy. I could not repeat what he said, it was way beyond my comprehension. What I can share is the personal experience of a treatment and/or a series of treatments, given to myself and to others. The Universal Energy that flows through my hands into my body has its own wisdom and intelligence, characteristics that are much greater than my own brain and heart can hold, so I soon learned to let go of my own expectations and arrogance, I only need to observe what happens to me or to the person that is receiving the treatment. Usually what happens is much greater and wiser then my own and the personâ€™s expectation and hopes. The Reiki energy is healing and when enters the body goes to where there is a need for balance and for consciousness.
“For the first time I learned to listen to myself, to look deep within and to feel my uniqueness and get a glimpse of who I really am” ( Lucia) “I am always amazed how my energy changes during and after a session of Reiki, usually when I lay down for the treatment I feel tense, unfocused, with so much static energy in my body that I often doubt that the treatment will work for me… but then after few minutes I feel as if a flow of warm water runs through me washing away thoughts, worries, tensions. Then what I feel is deep relaxation, a sense of peace and, incredibly, the awareness that this is my reality, my natural state and with it the comfort to know that I am not lost, that at any time I can go back to this still point and find me. (Anna)
In the last few years Reiki has been practiced in many Hospitals and Hospices throughout the western world. There are innumerable researches that demonstrate how Reiki can be used to reduce pain in cancer patients, before and after surgery and in general to improve the quality of their life. I worked for many years as a consultant at a Cancer Institute in a major city in Italy introducing Reiki in their Hospice and there I witnessed the impact Reiki treatments had on the patients. The immediate response was always of deep relaxation, and since most of the pain is a result of tension and resistance often the pain would decrease so that the person could rest and be more comfortable. The energy of Reiki works also at a deeper level. Often the patient after a treatment would begin to talk, maybe for the first time about his/her transition, not only the concerns about leaving the loved one but especially the sense of peace they had experienced in accepting their imminent departure. â€œDuring the treatment I realized that this illness has been a great teacher, it showed me all the gifts I have received in my life and now I am able to be grateful, I am ready now, this is the perfect moment in which to leave, I have had a good life â€œ(Giuseppe) The energy of Reiki seems to have the power to awaken and bring to consciousness what we need to see, experience and feel at that moment, in that situation. A powerful journey into the unknown territories of our true selves. I find this truly magical and divine.
Lida Perry Edited by Antonella Vicini
APOTHECARY Elderflower Jo Dunbar
It is said that summer begins when elderflowers bloom, and ends when the elderberries are ripe at the end of August. Unfortunately for an increasing number of people, lovely summer days can be blighted by hay fever, but fortunately Nature always provides a remedy. In this case, it comes in the form of the creamy lacy elderflowers which smother the trees in every hedgerow across England and Europe. It is as simple as dropping the cluster of flowers into a cup of boiling water, inhaling the steam, and when cool enough â€“ drinking the infusion. This herbal tea can stop hay-fever symptoms within minutes, and the effect lasts about 2 hours. For sore inflamed eyes, dip a cotton wool pad into a cup of elderflower infusion and if you have time, chill in the fridge before placing over the eyes for significant relief. The elderflowers are effective because of itâ€™s a cooling anti-inflammatory effects on the mucous membranes. As such it can be used to relieve sinusitis, sore throat, hoarse coughs and bronchitis. Paradoxically, it also dilates the blood vessels, promoting sweating. This is helpful for viral infections, because a virus cannot survive when the body temperature rises. Elderflower tea raises the body temperature temporarily to create perspiration, and then cools it as the moisture evaporates, and in doing so can hasten the duration of a cold. If someone were suffering from a nasty cold, I would combine the flowers with the berries because the berries are powerfully anti-viral whilst the flowers are also anti-bacterial.
A study in Northern Ireland found that Elder flowers were potently toxic against a wide variety of bacteria, most notably, the hospital bacteria MRSA. Recently scientists have discovered that elderflowers can significantly help with diabetes by acting like insulin and enabling sugar in the blood to be taken up by the cells. In all the great houses across Europe, there was a Still Room, used for the distilling of flowers and herbs into medicines, cosmetics, spirits and preserves. During the summer heaps of elderflowers were distilled into elderflower water, to be used be the ladies on their faces so that their skin remained clear and fine.
FOOD IS OUR ALLY Summer Feast Antonella Vicini After the cold winter months and the cool rains of spring, after detoxing our bodies from the warming food of the darker season, now it is time to bask in the glory of fruit and vegetables in their plentiful and amazing variety. As you know I am Italian and I am used to the diversity of regional cooking and warm/cold preparations. It is hard for me to choose among so many dishes and decide what I like best, since summer is the plentyful one. I will take you on a tour of simple, "poor" dishes that can be cooked easily everywhere in the world and yet they can give you that "Italian Flavour".
POMODORI GRATINATI This dish can be both an appetizer or a side dish, it can be eaten warm or cold. You will need big round tomatoes, breadcrumbs (non gluten for celiac people) garlic and parsley. Mix the garlic finely cut with chopped parsley, the breadcrumbs and a little olive oil, add salt to taste. Place your mixture on the slices of tomatoes and bake, grilling works as well, but pay attention that the tomatoes do not burn. Add a few drops of EVO oil at the end and serve.
PASTA FREDDA ALLE VERDURE SALTATE This is both a first or a main course if you add some protein to the suggested ingredients. You can use any vegetable left over: zucchini, egg plants, carrots, broccoli, etc. First you need to chop them in regular slices, then stir fry them slightly with garlic and onions or scallions, I prefer to use anchovies for taste, but salt is fine as well. Once they vegetables are lightly cooked and are still crunchy you can add fresh small tomatoes and EVO oil. While the past cooks the vegetables will cool off. Choose short pasta for this dish, again non gluten for intolerant and celiac people. When the pasta is cooked strain and add EVO oil to taste, if you like you can add grated Parmesan cheese (yeast for vegans) and let the pasta cool off.
When it is time to serve mix your vegetables with the pasta and serve at room temperature, adding some basel leaves and a few drops of EVO, it is a very tasty as well as healthy dish.
VERDURE RIPIENE This is another great classic summer dish in Italy. It can be eaten warm or cold, it is both a main dish and an appetizer, it all depends on the size of the portions... For this dish you will need Tomatoes, Peppers, Egg Plants, Zucchini, Onions, Potatoes as a container of the stuffing. The different vegetables need to be steamed for a few minutes, until they become softer, but are not too cooked (that is soggy and mushy). Add the stuffing and cook in the oven until you see the vegetbales are cooked thouroughly. Add a drop of EVO and serve warm or cold, these vegetables are also easy to carry for your picnics. The recipes for stuffing are infinite, as many as there are households in Italy, therefore I will only write about 2 of them, it will be up to you to invent and/or discover new ones.
Stuffing with Tuna Fish Mix the dry tuna fish, usually from a tin or left overs from a previous preparation, with capers and anchovies, add breadcrumbs and EVO. Vegetarian Stuffing Use some boiled rice, mix it with some cheese, mozzarella works well, add parsley and salt to taste (vegan version available too) and EVO.
SORBETTO AL LIMONE This is the perfect way to complete your summer feast and still feel light and refreshed. I am presenting a vegan friendly recipe here that can be used with all kind of summer fruit. INGREDIENTS: half a liter of water 200 centiliters of lemon juice 200 grams of cane sugar half an organic lemon peel
PREPARATION: First of all you will empty the lemons of their internal part, leaving the white crust, this will become the cup for your sherbet. Place the empty lemons in the freezer. Prepare a syrup by melting the sugar with water at very low temperature, when it has cooled down you can add the lemon juice and the grated lemon peel. Pour the liquid in small containers, ice cube size works fine, and let it rest in freezer for 12 hours. When it is time to serve your sherbet, take it out of the freezer and mix it at high speed in your kitchen robot. Take your frozen lemon halves out of the freezer and fill them with your sherbet, serve immediately. If you want you can add some liquor to the syrup, like limoncello for example. The same procedure can be used for any kind of summer fruit. You can add or use less sugar according to your taste. Enjoy your summer feast!
TRAVELLING Raffaella Vicini In the last few years many things have changed in my life: from an involving yet "static" job in my home town (Genova) to an extremely "dynamic" job on the other side of the world on board cruise ships. I have been exposed to many cultures and places, customs and foods, so many lives... Yet a year ago I would never have guessed that I would move from what has been familiar to me all my life, my Genova to a small medieval town in northern Lazio. I left my place close to the seaside (I used to live at about 100 meters from the sea), and moved my residence to the green, hilly and lush countryside of Tuscia, where the ancient past co exist with the pastoral and agricultural life of today. I am now right in the centre of the Etruscans, an elusive yet fascinating population that lived and celebrated life in all aspects. At every turn of the road the landscape soothes and embraces the weary traveller. The deep blue sky of the peninsular part of Italy opens the heart and encourages an exploration both of the senses and the spirit. I am now close to Rome, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, the magical lake of Bolsena with its deep cool waters, of course the sea is not far either. I still feel "new", even if I have visited the area many times before with friends and family. Yet this time there is no going back to Genova, to what is familiar and, however difficult and spiky, intimately known. Genova is a beautiful city, with an important history and many jewels. It does not welcome people warmly, but it allows them to slowly penetrate its secrets, not by chance it has always been called LA SUPERBA.
I feel suspended between the old and the new, I can see the beauty and the advantages of both places, so it is time to complete my relationship with the town that has seen most of my life and embrace this new adventure that will lead me to a new phase in life with more time for its enjoyement. I have chosen to add here some photos of both places, sharing my love for both old and new, sometimes I think this is the human condition: suspended between what we have been and what we are becoming. This feels like the right move, even if I cannot yet understand all the consequences of this change. I am in a new and exotic land, where I will need to create a network of people and places, so that I can feel really at home in this exciting phase of my life.
Raffaella Vicini Edited and Translated by Antonella Vicini
PHOTO – GRAPHY Marco Iorio "Un tuffo dove l'acqua è più blu..." A dive where the water is bluer... In such a way an old Italian song reminds me of the sun, the sea, the summer season in this beautiful land. Marco's photos take us today to one of the most famous places in the entire world: Capri. The jewel of the Gulf of Naples, a place of incredible beauty, shining light and discoveries, in spite of its being so exposed by movies, photos, adverts... Yet climbing up the steep paths to the top in order to reach Anacapri, or Tiberius' villa we can see and almost "feel" the memories etched in many travellers lives. Sipping a refreshing drink in the Piazzetta while the world goes by undisturbed is another way to enjoy this enchanting place. Marco is taking us down memory lane or, if you have never been to Capri, he will help you create new ones. Enjoy the summer shine!
PHOTO â€“ GRAPHY Girolamo Viola We are very lucky this summer to have two photographers's work on our pages showing us both experience and artistic research. Girolamo is a young photographer with a keen artistic eye. We are happy to present his first portraits in Black and White that immediately carry us to timelessness. When he works on his mother's portrait, or a stranger's, Girolamo is really painting with his apparently limited palette. His work stands out because we are used to a less durable quality in our quick snaps of reality. I hope you will enjoy Girolamo's work and his vision of humanity. Antonella Vicini
THE NATURE OF DRUIDY Should I Be Engaged or Detached? Philip Carr Gomm The world can be a difficult place to live in. The body can be a tough container for us to inhabit. One solution is to follow a path of detachment â€“ that teaches that the physical world is ultimately illusion, and that our focus should be elsewhere: on the Divine. The problem with this approach is that it easily leads to denial, in the psychological sense of not really facing the educational opportunities embodiment offers us, and often in the literal sense of denying ourself the pleasures of the sensual world. In extreme cases it leads to mortification and the repression of the self and of other people. This is why so many are now turning away from such approaches, which are found in both the East and the West, to embrace body-affirming and Nature-affirming paths such as Druidry and Paganism. But even amongst embodied spiritualities like Druidry, most practitioners will believe in an Otherworld, in a reality beyond the world of appearances, in the continuity of life after death. Philosophically, they will most likely be Idealists rather than Materialists, believing that matter is a derivative of consciousness, not vice versa. This is the great strength of such an approach â€“ you can have your cake and eat it! You can fully engage with life, celebrating the pleasures and beauties of embodiment, avoiding the dangers of denial and repression, but you can also be sustained in a knowledge of and experience of other levels of reality. Through spiritual practices, you can experience detachment from the everchanging parade of sense impressions to bathe instead in a reality that sustains your spirit and feeds your soul. You can love the house you live in, and you can also walk outside and gaze up at the stars.
The Goose, from The Druid Animal Oracle, illustrated by Will Worthington
The goose teaches us that we can experience both engagement and detachment – which is why she is featured in The Druid Animal Oracle. A goose is among the highest flying of birds, reaching up to 29,000 feet (8,800 metres) and yet it loves to strut about in the mud too. What a lovely example to us, bringing to mind Mary Oliver’s inspiring poem ‘Wild Geese’, which ends: "Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting — over and over announcing your place in the family of things."
To ground this idea in experience, letâ€™s use a key technique taught by Roberto Assagioli, founder of Psychosynthesis, within the Sacred Grove. Originally called the The Psychosynthesis Identification/Disidentification Exercise, others have renamed it more simply as the Centering Exercise. There are various wordings you can use, but essentially what you are doing is affirming the physical, emotional and mental aspects of your being, while also affirming that you are more than any of these. You can read the original version of this exercise, but I prefer a variant I have amended slightly here: I have a body, but I am more than my body. I am the one who is aware: the self, the center. My body may be rested or tired, active or inactive, but I remain the same, the observer at the center of all my experience. I am aware of my body, I love my body, but I am more than my body. I have emotions, but I am more than my emotions. My emotions change, they come and go, but I love the fact that I feel deeply. I have emotions, but I am more than my emotions. I have a mind, an intellect, but I am more than my mind. Regardless of my thoughts and regardless of how my beliefs have changed over the years, I remain the one who is aware, the one who chooses â€“ the one who directs my thinking process. I have a mind, but I am more than that. I am a centre of pure awareness. At One with all Being.
VIAE CHORUS Alessandro Pintus Life is conceived in the silence and darkness of the womb. The new being can move freely, according to its nature, in a vast ocean that eventually recedes and disappears, leaving the almost new born to contend with limitation and the subsequent need to break free in order to find its new form. The dancers of NONCOMPANY led by Alessandro Pintus seem to travel on a similar path. Their work is impressive and touching both with and without music, under the scorching sun or in the semi darkness of an Etruscan tomb. Their latest exploration searches all the avenues open to dancers who want to break free of any mould and allow the bodies to speak the truth of the moment.
In Alessandro Pintus' words: The title of the site specific performance, Viae Chorus (from Latin the Avenues of the Dance group), i.e. hints at the path of growth walked by a group of dancers in order to investigate and feel the body in all its meanings. Dance, like life, is a path that human beings travel while they live different phases and overcome many trials. Such tests enrich us until we reach our full human potential and artistic development. This performance was intended for the streets of Tuscania, this is a sensitive journey that we started here and followed in all its development towards another dimension.
Photo by Alessandro Pintus
Animals, vegetation, wild demons from afar appear and disappear in the final circle of dancers, reminding us of the multiple sources of inspiration these dancers bring to their work. A long ecstatic run around the circle of souls there assembled, a smile that comes from beyond, the dancer is here yet not here. She is seeing the reality behind the veil of illusions, through her action we can almost see it as well. Around, around she goes in a time out of time, touching eternity. Elsewhere a war is being waged between a fierce warrior and a gong player, the clashing, the movements speak of all the wars, of all the blood shed and how everything eventually dies down: the warrior and the lords who sent them to war without concern for their lives, as well as those who supported them and those who abhorred war. All dies down in the fierceness of Kali, the goddess of destruction who eternally reminds us of the impermanence of things as well as beings. At the end of this long procession around town, the only male dancer represents the frailty of the human condition, of its resilience and stamina; surrender will come in the end, but it will be a joyous one. Whether the audience present realized the meaning intended by these amazing dancers/artists/priestesses or not is beyond the point. The goal was the truth of the moment and that was achieved by this courageous group people who make an alchemical laboratory of their bodies/minds/emotions/spirit transforming whatever happens into meaningful actions. This is not a performance, rather an open workshop, where we can see honest people working litterally their way towards the truth. That elusive word that can never be absolute, but requires humility and perseverance to be ultimately only hinted at in rare moments of clarity and sublime bliss. The divine dancers of ancient times descended for a few moments into the dancers of today, thus transforming both their lives and ours while we watched them with participation and full presence, so their trance could carry us where we often fear to tread.
I often wonder about the need for artistic expression, since often times it is just the individual desire to let out a cry for attention, be it a book, a show, or a work of art, or a piece of music. Real art is necessary, when we encounter real art we can always recognize it because we know we could not do without it. That book, through its harmony and depth, changed us and we know it was necessary for humanity. That sonata moved us to tears or smiles. Or that special day, when we encountered human beings who dared to go beyond our human boundaries without Hybris, bus as humble as the earth we came from. This is the reason why, when the long procession/dance is over they can return to their human dimensions without being burnt by the direct contact with the ultimate reality.
This kind of art is needed and deserves all the support it can get, it is precious because it helps our souls to live and grow, even if we do not know it. Thank you for such a unique and unforgettable experience.
NO MORE WEAPONS Salvatore Mongiardo The New Pythagorean School and the International Confederation Knights of Peace present the WORLD DAY FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF ALL WEAPONS Dear Friends, in the last 3.400 years there have been infinite wars, with only 270 years of peace. Humanity has advanced on a raft navigating on a sea of blood, killings, fires, rapes, slaves and wounded. Many are the theories about war, but none of them has stopped them. For this reason the new Pythagorean School and the International Confederation Knights of Peace, Guardians of Peace,commit to a movement that will lead us to destroy all weapons, since without them war is impossible. Some call us dreamers, but we say that the more impossible a dream is, the more likely that it will find its realization. It takes determination, courage and real commitment. On June 10 2018, we met in Calabria to declare solemnely our commitment to this noble cause. The International Confederation of Peace Knights promises that: " The sword for me is an historic symbol, no more a weapon... I devote my life to peace and the creation of a new civilization" During the ceremony we showed the World Flag for the first time and we sung the World Hymn, both of them were created by us to remind humanity of the uniqueness and unity of life on earth.
Human beings are not made to work at heavy, boring and repetitive jobs. The human destiny is to expand its consciousness in all the dimensions of being. When weapons are destroyed, the immense resources thus collected from the absence of this production, will be used for people and their paths of knowledge and growth. We will eliminate poverty and violence through the destruction of weapons. At the end of the opening ceremony, we broke a sword and a gun on the anvil as an invitation to destroy all weapons. We completed the meeting eating bread and vegetarian food, since no violence is possible not even against animals. EvoĂ¨!
Salvatore Mongiardo Edited and Translated by Antonella Vicini
World Flag and World Anthem The New Pythagorean School is promoting the World Flag and the World Anthem. These two symbols, until now missing, are intended to be an invitation to a better life, possible only if we exit the violence that has always been dominating the world with endless wars and conflicts. The countless killings, the massacres, the genocides, the destruction of entire nations, the pain of the victims and of the survivors create human and financial costs that should be by now rejected with disdain and determination. The World Flag is drawn on a sky-blue background, the female color according to the Mediterranean tradition, with the Pythagorean Star on the rod and the terrestrial globe on the outside, to signify the unity and the uniqueness of our planet in the universe. The Pythagorean Star with five points, that the ancient Pythagoreans called Igea meaning Health, was their identifying symbol. It was from then on used and called in many different ways and it decayed into a symbol of violence, ending up as a small military star on the uniforms of many armies, sheriffs, Stalinists and Red Brigades. It remained however, and it still is today, a symbol of high ideality in over fifty national flags of the five continents and of the European Union itself. The World Anthem invites us with words and music to become aware that the values of liberty, friendship and non-competitiveness are essential to eliminate all conflicts that poison relations between humans and nations. The respect towards women and animals is necessary to make the world the common and peaceful home of every living being. The Flag and the Anthem, that appear for the first time on the world scene, are not enough on their own to change the actual reality that appears to us chaotic and hostile. Their use, always free of charge, will remind us that the big change will only come with our peaceful force, our uncontained enthusiasm and our desire for good. The Flag and Anthem are like a bookmark that opens a new page in history.
Is this epochal change possible? And how? History demonstrates that all the wars, injustices and abuses were committed with the forceful use of weapons. Julius Caesar, Genghis Kahn, Hitler, Stalin, the killing of the students in the American schools, the homicides committed by organized crime and in the social realm are always done with weapons: NO WEAPONS, NO VIOLENCE. For seven years, from 2011 until now, USA, Russia, Turkey and Isis, assist or operate in the systematic destruction of Syria with an incalculable number of dead and of refugees. This hurts us deeply, but it also infuses in us the profound certainty that the era of violence will end with our strong effort. So we will use the enormous amounts of money, today spent on weapons, for the wellbeing of nations and people. We greet the new civilization invoked with the Flag and the Anthem. It is the inalienable right of every person to live in freedom, peace and wellbeing but weapons hinder it. Thus, ARMA DELENDA SUNT: weapons must be destroyed! EvoĂ¨!
Salvatore Mongiardo Translated by Gabriella Mongiardo Edited by Antonella Vicini https://youtu.be/U4mAWcoq8kA World Hymn first recording https://youtu.be/PLgiwXPbd0I Video Unesco Brasil weapons destruction
DERMOREFLEXOLOGY The Importance of Dreams Samantha Fumagalli and Flavio Gandini Altered states of consciousness and inner silence can be achieved after years of strict discipline, meditation and work on our inner balance in order to access our own spritual wisdom. Yet they are part of a natural function which is available to everybody: dreaming. Well being is connected to listening to ourselves. Diseases and emotional uneasiness in most cases come from psychological issues, when we neglect or underestimate our inner needs. For this reason every holistic method of healing looks at people in a complete way, they invite us to become aware of our soul issues. We need to awaken our awareness/consciousness, in order to do it we can learn the subtle art of communicating with ourselves at a much deeper level than usual. Many disciplines advise us to meditate every day, in order to develop a deep contact with ourselves on a permanent basis, by calming the mind, listening to our soul, generating an altered state of consciousness where we can capture the intuitions and insights that reside in our unconscious. This approach is certainly the correct one; however, if we observe the natural course of life, we realize that almost a third of it is already dedicated to an altered state of consciousness when the mind can rest and we can contact our soul.
This stage is sleep: when the body rests, the thoughts are not directed by our mind and our consciousness is free to live in a different level of perception. We can say that this precious skill is often underestimated. Since ancient times all traditions realized that dreams are precious source of information. Just to give an example we can quote the interpretation of the Pharoah's dream given by Joseph, in that way he avoided the terrible consequences of famine,(he was able to decypher the meaning of the seven fat cows and the seven thin ones). The entire history of humanity has been crisscrossed by symbolical messages from our dream world. Psychology, litterally the study of the soul) has been involved in decyphering the messages of our dreams in the most scientific way possible. Our dreams reach us through a language made up of symbols, according to priorities chosen by our souls or, if we prefer a different kind of definition, by our wise uncoscious.
These aspects make difficult the interpretation of the messages hidden in our dreams. In the morning most people often cannot make head or tails of their night experiences, nor remember them anymore. Yet there is a useful tool to be used in order to access this wonderful potential source of knowledge: Dermoreflexology. We have discovered that by using the dermoreflexology approach we can extend the dream experiences into the conscious state, as well as indicate a direction to our unconscious during our sleep. All of this happens with a simple touch of the skin. Does it sound incredible? Yet it is absolutely true! This is the culmination of many years of work with thousands of people.
TYPES OF DREAMS (You can read a more in depth explanation about the different types of dreams in our previous articles published in THE BADGER Year 2 Volumes 3 and 4 (2016), Year 3 Volumes 1 and 2 (2017).
According to what part of us is "actively" or "passively" dreaming we can identify 4 different kind of dreams which correspond to our four bodies: physical, etheric, astral, causal. In the dream world we have physical perceptions, psychic events, processing of memories, we do actions, react to conditionings and each of these "bodies" plays an important role. After understanding the elements connected to our physical bodies, we can detect in our dreams the elements of daily life, our thinking mind, which is connected to the physical and the etheric. The dreams thus connected to reality can be interpreted as new keys of interpretation of our life, since our thinking mind is a keener observer in dreams. There are also dreams that express the astral body and some when the dreaming I is expressed. It is important though to understand that we divide these types only in order to explain them, while in reality each dream is like a mosaic with aspects of all these components.
Samantha Fumagalli and Flavio Gandini Edited and Translated by Antonella Vicini
ENTERTAINING INTERLUDE â€œHORI OSHIâ€? Death of a Japanese Tattoo Artist Cesira Borromei 4 Hori Oshi's Story " I can still remember when you first arrived in my study in Tokyo; you were a young and restless man, travelling the world looking for knowledge and emotions. Like in your ancient story of Ulysses, I was fascinated by your continuous wandering. I have travelled in a different way, without leaving my study, I have gone on the wondrous journeys of the mind, nourished by the stories of all people from all over the world: the world came to visit me and I transformed the emotions and dreams in wonderful drawings that travelled away in order to give their messages to those willing to listen. I have taught all my students my art in detail, but I have tried to give you something more. Now I know you are a good and just man and I have chosen you to entrust you with a secret I have, it cannot fall in the wrong hands, since it would be very dangerous then. My time in the world is almost over, I am very sick, but I feel at peace because my religion tells me that I will reincarnate and I will return on the Earth. So please, do not be sad and listen to me.
One day a buddhist monk came to my study, he was from Thailand, from a small village in the mountains, somebody had told him about me and he had undertaken such a long journey to meet me. In his country monks are also tatoo artists, because tattoes have magical and religious significance. He showed me beautiful drawings of animals and strange demons and gods, every drawing was accompanied by magical formulas, written in uncomprehensible letters, wich looked like a wonderful embroidery. Before leaving he gave me those drawings as a gift together with two boxes of colors (red and black) that he had prepared himself with a secret recipe using herbs and minerals from his mountains. He revealed that those colors had great power, because they made a man invulnerable: in a special occasion and only once, the tattoes made with those colors could make the person immune to any kind of aggression. I accepted the gift with many thanks, but in my heart I didn't believe him.
Only a month later, I was so taken by the beauty of the drawing, that I decided to tattoo myself on the forearm with a demon swallowing the moon, all around it I copied the incomprehensible magic formula, using the colors I had received from the monk. The result was beautiful to see, but I had no special sensation at the end of my work. That same day, after closing my study, I was walking back home when I was confronted by a young man coming out of the ill famed side streets. He came close to me and, brandishing a knife, said: "Give me all your money granpa, you don't need it anyway" I gave him all I had. He added: "Now I want your life, you have lived long enough" He attacked me with his knife. But something happened then, it was as if a beast thirsty for blood had come out of my body and started fighting. I do not remember anything else, but when I returned to consciousness the young man was dead at my feet. He had twoo deep wounds in the throat, as if two giant teeth had bitten into him. I left the area and went home, I felt I was in a nightmare and for many days I didn't leave home, suffering for what had happened. I tried to destroy those drawings and colors, but whenever I tried my hands didn't obey me, my will failed me. So I closed everything in the safe of my study and I tried to forget. A few days ago I had confirmation that I have little left to live. After much thinking I have decided to bring everything with me and give it to you. You will need to pay much attention to this material, since somebody is trying to find it. The young dead man was part of Yakuza, so I have been spied and followed here, even if I am sure they do not really know what the secret is" Thus spoke Hori Oshi, the Japanese Tattoo Artist and then he was silent.
Cesira Borromei Edited and Translated by Antonella Vicini
HEALING WITH WORDS The Great Migration Antonella Vicini In spite of the intense heat, the air was crystal clear, it seemed to almost vibrate around buildings and people as if the intense activity of the minuscule particles that constitute matter were, for once, visible and tangible in the midday air. The sea sparkled and shined, lightly moved by the breeze creating soft ripples almost without foam. People were diving into it without fear, perhaps even without respect. They were soon embraced by the cool waves, there they could find some solace to the undefinable restlessness that had pushed them into the water. A solitary dog, barred by law from contact with the fresh waters it so needed, could not find peace under the shade of the big tree it was tied to. All was still and all was in movement at the same time, a paradox, yet this was the situation: everything was in a precarious balance between past and present, between restoration and complete innovation. This was the state of Italy, European Union, in the summer of 2018, a century after the end of the 1st World War, at a time when people had forgotten to care and fear war, because they had forgotten its experience through the tales of their grandparents. They had lost knowledge of the horrors, because they had closed their doors to the suffering of the people in nearby countries. Those lamentations and cries for help had become boring and obnoxious. Men and women alike were mostly interested in their well being, in their carreers, as well as their gadgets, so that even their loved ones came second and third in their limited list of priorities.
Nothing had prepared them for the reality that was going to hit them. Waves upon waves of people pouring from the suffering continents, just with the sheer force of their numbers, slowly invaded Italy, Spain, Greece, then France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany.... Until they were everywhere, and they kept coming on fast boats, creating bridges and artificial islands along the routes, so that their children, women and elders could rest along the way. They travelled with their families, and animals, their clothes and food, their stories and music. Exactly as in centuries and millenia past the ancient Indo-European tribes had done, the travellers accross the Mediterranean sea colonizing cities around its coast had done, and later the migrants from the old continent had spread around the globe to live in the Americas and Oceania... These new invaders, wherever they decided to settle, did not behave as conquerors, rather as new citizens learning the languages, the customs and the history of their new country. An old and decaying continent was pacifically invaded by colors, smells, traditions that were not directly known by this ancient land, yet this encounter produced amazing results that only the most conservative could not acknowledge. With the passing of centuries, the skin colors blended, the cultures mixed, new forms of art, music, entertainment, food and fashion arose from this blend. That summer so full of promises is now recorded as the last summer before the Great Migration. Antonella Vicini June 2018
If I look back in history I see that this small sea called the Mediterranean, now the sight of so much pain for so many, used to be a place of Xenia, a Greek word that means hospitality, travellers = strangers were always treated with respect and care, they were fed and clothed before even asking them any questions. Our modern nations have forgotten this ancient customs, in order to protect us. But what do we need to be protected from? Too many atrocities have been committed along history in order to defend borders, find new land, suppress what is alien to a country.... The list is endless, nobody is immune to this fault. I often wonder what are we afraid of? That we Europeans might become darker skinned? As you know, dear readers, I never write about current events, I prefer to look at the bigger picture, but what is happening now moves me to action and to speak my heart. If we really pursue a spiritual path no separation is possible. No black, white, red, yellow races can exist, since we are all humans on the same green-blue planet together with our brothers and sisters four legged, winged beings, creepy crawlers, fish, trees, and stones... I invite all people to remember our common essence, our humanity and the ancient hospitality, opening our life to what is new and vital. May this be a different summer
Antonella Vicini Photos by Elisa Stranieri (More photos by Elisa were published in THE BADGER Year 4 Volume 1)
The following videos show the continuous movement of human beings from our ancestral home in Africa to conquer the entire planet. The last two videos prove scientifically that we are all of mixed ancestry, there is no such thing as a pure race: we are the results of all those ancient and more recent migrations, we are all descendants of the same forefathers and mothers. 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJdT6QcSbQ0 Human Migration 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUwmA3Q0_OE Human Population through Time 3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5srnZGj1oQ DNA Opens the World 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyaEQEmt5ls&t=14s DNA History 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M7YqYBUHRM DNA and Kids
Antonella Vicini http://badgermedicinespirit.wix.com/tirthayatra Writer and editor of THE BADGER, author of Talking with Gods, Sages, Fairies.... (a novel published in 2014). Steeped in classical and indological studies, I have spent all my life learning from people as well as from the ancient texts that keep revealing their immortal, thus contemporary teachings. I am happy when I can share new visions and face new challenges. I am a professional rebirther and trainer (since 1987), Reiki master since 1991, stress management and leadership trainer, writer and visionary. I also lead workshops on shamanic journeying and soul healing. I am deeply grateful to all my teachers and elders. Badger Medicine Spirit
Adrian Rooke I am a person centered therapist specializing in addiction and the consequences to family, I counsel the bereaved, and supervise other counselors. I am also a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner. I am a member of the spiritual companions and practice as a celebrant conducting Handfastings and funerals. I have been a member of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids for over 20 years, where I have served as the press officer for 12 years and a Tutor for many years. I have an interest in Wicca.
Composer, pianist, Italian teacher. Andrea "EXO" Garella began studying piano at 9 years old under the guidance of Walter Ferrato who shared with him the art of improvisation and composition. Between 16 and 20 he reaped the fruits of his studies with long concert tours. In everyday life he works in education and training in the field of safety. He is also a licensed designer for mechanical and thermotechnical projects. He has always been interested in occultism and esoterism. He is about to publish a book where he will delve into these studies connecting such Masters as H.P. Blavatsky, Wolfgang Pauli, C.G. Jung, A. Einstein, Jeremy Narby, C. Castaneda,Rick Strassman, Jean Dubuis and more. Here you can find one of his musical pieces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FmaMRyjF6o
David R. Kopacz, MD The focus of my work is bringing creativity, spirituality, and healing to my work with clients as well as to the larger challenges that face health care and society. I work at Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Seattle in Primary Care Mental Health Integration and have an appointment as an Acting Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. I am board certified through the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, the American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine and the American Board of Integrative Medicine. I have worked in a number of practice settings over the years. Prior to moving to Seattle I spent three and a half years in New Zealand where I worked in Assertive Community Outreach at Manaaki House Community Health Center and also served as Clinical Director at Buchanan Rehabilitation Centre.
Fredric Lehrman http://www.nomaduniversity.com/ is one of the original “Wealth Psychologists” who looked deeply into the subconscious habit patterns that may either support or thwart personal financial success. He began teaching these insights in the early 1970’s, and his seminars, articles, and coaching have been the launch point for many of today’s best known experts and authors ever since. Fredric’s personal career has included intensive study with master teachers in many disciplines, and professional success in music, psychology, martial arts, photography, and global entrepreneurship, networking and innovation. He founded Nomad University in 1974 as a way to expand the concept of education as a life-long individual path of self-directed learning. The ideas he articulated then are now starting to appear in new schools all around the internet-connected world of the 21st century.
Laura Bottagisio www.laurabottagisio.com is an astrologer and seeker. She started studying astrology at the beginnings of the 80's with Lisa Morpurgo, she later worked with the Cosmos Institute of Milan, where she learnt about the theory and practice of Vibrational Waters. She has attended seminars with gerard Athias and Jp Brebion on new medicine and bio analogy. She shares her discoveries in her blog. She also creates tableaux with recycled materials, in this way she creates images out of emotions and inner worlds.
Philip Carr Gomm http://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/ Philip lives in the wide open landscape of the South Downs in Sussex, England, with his wife Stephanie. In his teens, he began studying Druidry as a spiritual path with Ross Nichols, the founder of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids. Later he took a degree in psychology from University College London, and trained in psychotherapy for adults at The Institute of Psychosynthesis, and in play therapy for children with Dr Rachel Pinney. He also trained in Montessori education with the London Montessori Centre, and founded the Lewes Montessori School. In 1988 Philip was asked to lead The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, and he combines this role in the Order with writing and giving talks and workshops.
Raffaella Vicini Born a double Scorpio, she has a degree in Law and has been working as lawyer for about 20 years. Her rational side has lead her to the law, while the deep, profound and mysterious side of her soul has guided her towards a path of personal growth (Rebirthing, Reiki, Yoga and other techniques). She loves to travel and learn about different cultures, she has met people of all colours, creeds, languages, learning and sharing their experiences.
Samantha Fumagalli and Flavio Gandini http://www.vega2000.it/ http://www.dermoriflessologia.it have been researching for over 20 years in the field of psyco-alchemy. They are the creators of DermoReflexology and DermoAlchemy. In 2000 they founded the Association Vega for the study and publication of the new discoveries. Their professional course in DermoReflexology has been acknowledged by ASI/CON since 2012 as part of the natural and holistic arts.
Cesira Borromei My childhood was spent among the fog of the milanese province. I studied languages at the Catholic University there, but I dropped out of school when I moved to Rome, over 50 years ago. I write to avoid boredom and pain, so I can use all my self irony. I have travelled most of my life for work and leisure, with my partner, then alone. At the moment I â€œdo not liveâ€? in Tuscania.
Jo Dunbar www.botanicamedica.co.uk Medical Herbalist for over 18 years , hypnotherapist for over 10 years. She founded Botanica Medica herbal apothecary. She has reached Druid level (member of OBOD). Author of Spirit of the Hedgerow, winner of the 2016 Local Legend spiritual writing competition, finalist in the Wishing Shelf book awards, author of Stress, Burnout and Fatigue (Self-published), and How to Cope Successfully with Candida (Wellhouse Publishing). Leader of many workshops in herbal medicine over the years. Currently running Magical Forest retreats with Adrian Rooke .
Lida Lodi Perry https://www.facebook.com/lidaperry?ref=profile Lida was born in the North East of Italy (Vicenza) after graduating from a teacher Institute she came to the USA, where she continued her education at the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Psychology and later a Master in Social Work. She worked for many years at a drug clinic in the local hospital. In 1984 she went back to Italy to work with abused children as a director of a residential facility. She moved on to work as a supervisor and Psychologist at Milan Cancer Institute where she is still consulting, while having a successful private practice as psychotherapist. She was also cofounder of the Rebirthing Institute with Antonella Vicini, she became a Reiki Master in 1992, she is still active with the local and international Reiki community.
Marco Iorio I have been a professional photographer for over 30 years. I am also a reporter, usually my field is sport (soccer, tennis, motorbykes). I also work with still life, advertising and portraits. I work towards capturing the emotions and the important moments in people's lives.
Girolamo Viola https://www.instagram.com/vigirolamo/ is an Italian photographer born on the 30th of December 1987 in Pagani (Salerno). He begins to independently study drawing and graphic arts from a young age before taking formal academic training at the "Accademia di Belle Arti " in Naples, Italy, where he develops a keen interest in illustration, art history and most of all photography (particularly analog photo printing and study portraits). He receives his 3-year degree in Graphic Design in 2012, followed by a Masters 2017 in photography as an artistic language. His independent studies, coupled with the formal academic ones allow him to develop a strong artistic identity. Photography remains his main artistic medium.
Salvatore Mongiardo www.nuovascuolapitagorica.org born in 1941 at Sant'Andrea Jonio, got his degree in Italy and his master in Germany and France. He worked in international marketing for many years, then he devoted his attention to writing. He investigates on human destiny and the deep reasons for violence. Since 2015 he has been the director of the New Pitagoric School.
Alessandro Pintus www.alessandropintus.com Dancer, coreographer, teacher of the first generation of Italian Butoh dancers. He started studying Butoh in 1996, both in Europe and in Japan. He is very active both as teacher and dancer on the international stage. In 2001 he founded NonCompany, a research group. He is currently teacher at the DAMS (Rome University La Sapienza), he also teaches at the Rome Film Academy at the CinecittĂ Studios in Rome. https://www.facebook.com/alessandropintus.noncompany
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