(Photographer: Amanda Smith, Edited by Penabranca, Clothing by Sugarhigh + Lovestoned)
“Sometimes it is our greatest hardships that reveal to us the true magnificence of our resilient hearts. Sometimes our greatest challenges teach us how to source our most precious gifts and ignite the passion which fuels our dreams into existence. Just as a diamond is created out of extreme pressure, then cut and polished to perfection so it will shine its uttermost brilliance, so too are our souls compressed into the limitations of this physical world and the suffering of the human experience so that we can be refined into the expression of the most unique brilliance that our souls harbour within.
As we meet the hardships and limitations through life there is great wisdom to be found — we are always given an opportunity to learn the delicate balance of effort and surrender. In surrender we can accept the things we cannot change and in response we can find strength and inspiration that is born from the experience, helping us to find new ways and perspectives to move forward. This is how the fates carve the path for us, through the obstacles and limitations in our way, helping us to see what needs to be let go of and shifting us into a new flow of action…
We are weaving our dreams into reality by delicately and precisely shaping how we show up in the world — we are cutting and polishing the diamond that represents the expression of our destiny. If you can allow the fates to shape it willingly and flow with the changes presented to you, you will soon see the method behind the madness.”
(“We’re all just walking each other home.”)
“Welcome to September! The good news is that there is tremendous support for restructuring and recalibrating your life in all areas. The bad news is that you will go through growing pains to get there. It will take courage, be uncomfortable to your identity, and you will have doubts along the way. There is however an underlying excitement, inspiration and enthusiasm that this is the right path and there is some comfort in knowing that there really is no option at this point but to move forward…
Remodeling takes place when you wish to improve something. The process creates upheaval and chaos until it is complete. During the remodeling, you need to be flexible and resourceful to survive. And when it is complete, you have a new form, structure and space.
One of the themes continues to be the letting go and clearing out and cutting loose of what no longer serves. As you clear away the old and make conscious proactive choices towards change, restructuring and recalibrating is inevitable…
A challenging but productive month for personal growth. Best way to use this month is to stay out of judgment and take all experiences as ones that are leading you forward. It is a good month for taking a risk on a choice you have been contemplating… It is also a good time to embark on a new schedule, a new direction, a new project and a new commitment for self-care. These choices and intentions when committed to 100% will lead to the restructuring and recalibration necessary to implement them.
The opportunity here is the possibility of true, deep healing, letting go and permanent change. Old patterns tend to recreate the same old experiences over and over again. As you eliminate an old pattern, be willing to experience something completely different and embrace this new experience fully when it happens.”
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“[I]t’s easy to feel disenfranchised with our cog in the wheel society and the life sucking Empire perched above it. Draining us spiritually, emotionally, and in every other sense of the word. Stifling our innovation and development., and filling us with the aggressive indoctrination that if you seek a path outside of normalcy you will no doubt, crash and burn.
However, we still see some people outside of that cage who seem different: Freer, happier, enlightened and at peace – and we hear these outliers telling us that freedom is only a few brave choices away… that the Universe rewards the bold, and there isn’t much holding us back except our own fear. It’s a tough message to adopt, but there’s no denying the persistent call to tear down those cubical walls, shatter the shackles of the Empire, and orient our lives towards our True Will and the path of the Esoteric Tradition…
[Today, we’re joined by Neil Kramer,] a philosopher, teacher, and esotericist. His work focuses on spirituality, mysticism, and metaphysics. He is a faculty member at the Omega Institute in New York, where he teaches spiritual philosophy, mysticism, esoteric studies, and self-development… [W]e’re also joined by Niles Heckman. A talented film maker and documentarian who has worked on several projects in line with the spiritual path including his episodic series, “Shamans of the Global Village.”
Together, they’ve just released a new documentary entitled Transmutation. Written and Narrated by Neil and Directed by Niles, Transmutation is a documentary about becoming your best self, rejecting the Empire, discovering the beauty and dangers of a hidden spiritual path, and hearing from those who have transformed themselves by walking it.”