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Hold a Candle . a poem by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 5 May 2019; published on 31 May 2019

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • “Hold a Candle,” a Poem by Alice B. Clagett, Soundtrack and Words

Dear Ones,

Here is a poem written during the monthly creative writing class I attended at the beginning of May. The stance of the poem I feel to be good for me as a neutral observer of humankind.

Elsewhere in my blogs I express the stance I would take were I a transvestite (a crossdresser) or transgender person dealing with the Ascension clearing process through the Incoming Light. That process also involves neutral witnessing, I feel, but of a different sort: In that field ‘beyond right and wrong’ (to quote the great mystical poet Rumi) each of us stands alone with God, and assesses the what and wherefore of our human condition, the causal incidents of our Soul wounding, and that ruthlessly truthful Awareness that leads to an ever brighter Body of Light.

There is a Summary after the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

At writing class last month, we had an assignment to write a story that included certain words. Each person in the class contributed one word at that moment; and the words were: candle, crutch, soar, sadness, transvestite, and excitement. 

My gift to the class was a poem that included all those words. Here is that poem for you; the title is “Hold a Candle” ….

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“Hold a Candle”
A Poem by Alice B. Clagett
Soundtrack and Words
5 May 2019

 

Hold a candle
Find a light
Hold it high
Against the night

What’s a hindrance?
What’s a crutch?
Find the surest
Healing touch!

Soar in laughter
Sink in pain
Sense the level
Strong terrain

Sadness catches
One and all
Then allows us
To recall

How excitement
May sustain —
Double, triple
Each small gain

Trust that
Each transvestite’s fear
May find comfort
Somewhere

Hear their yearning
Sense their call:
I’m God’s child
As are we all.

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Centering Prayer to Heal the Victim-Aggressor Mental Filter (aka V— D— Syndrome) . by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 1 May 2016
Previously titled: “Centering Prayer to Heal the Aggressor-Victim Mental Filter (aka V___ D___ Syndrome),” by Alice B. Clagett

Dear Ones,

Yesterday I went to a morning “Silent Saturday” retreat at Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, California …

Link: “Holy Spirit Retreat Center: Where People of All Faiths Can Come to Seek the Sacred” …  https://www.hsrcenter.com/ ..

… and there I learned the Method of Centering Prayer described here …

Link: “How to Do Centering Prayer,” 29 June 2019, in Wikihow … http://www.wikihow.com/Do-Centering-Prayer ..

This is a prayer technique taught through Contemplative Outreach, LTD., whose spiritual guide is Fr. Thomas Keating …

Link: “Centering Prayer,” by Contemplative Outreach … http://www.contemplativeoutreach.org/category/category/centering-prayer ..

It is a simple technique of shutting the door to the senses and the world, focusing on the heart. This center of Awareness could be center of the chest, or the physical heart, which is slightly to the left in the chest …

  • I found when I focused on the center of the chest, I homed in on the sound of my lungs, and their crepuscular motion.
  • I found when I focused slightly to the left, I homed in on the sound and motion of my heart, which practice I chose as my favorite.

Then one picks a simple Word, such as ‘Jesus’, ‘Abba’. ‘Christ’, ‘God’, ‘Father’, ‘Mother’, ‘Mary’, ‘Amen’, ‘Faith’, ‘Trust’, ‘Love’, ‘Joy’, ‘Grace’, ‘Peace’, ‘Let Go’, ‘Listen’, ‘Silence’, ‘Stillness’, or such like.

So, I am concentrating on my heart. Then a random thought arises. At this, in my heart, I say my chosen Word. There may be a stretch of silence, with no thought arising, during which my attention is purely focused on my heart. Then another thought arises. Once more, I say my favorite Word.

I took to this meditation immediately, and found it right away led me into the sort of Divine love described in the poems of 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim theologian, jurist, Islamic scholar, and Sufi mystic Rumi, whose sacred poetry is acclaimed worldwide.

I was practicing the meditation last night, while lying flat on my back in ‘corpse pose’, and noticed the victim-aggressor mental filter (also known on the clair plane as V— D— syndrome) playing out in my mind.

Shavasana

Image: “Yoga postures: Shavasana (Corpse Pose),” by Joseph Renger, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

Image: “Yoga postures: Shavasana (Corpse Pose),” by Joseph Renger, from Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

In electromagnetic field terms, I would describe this victim-aggressor mental filter as a filtering of the Incoming Light by a glitch of about three points of Light closure in my crown chakra (7th chakra old-style, located at the top of my head).

As I brought attention from the astral play caused by the crown chakra glitch, back to my heart by repetition of my chosen Word, I felt the glitches fill with Light, and the astral play suddenly ceased. All the actors vanished. I was left mainly in the near silence of my softly susurrating heart.

So there it is, and so I have found: Centering Prayer is a way to heal the victim-aggressor mental filter (aka V— D— syndrome).

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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The Child Who Thought She Could Fly . stories by Alice B. Clagett

Written on 16 August 2015; published on 22 April 2016

  • HOW, WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I THOUGHT I COULD FLY
  • I’M FROM ELSEWHERE, AND I INTEND TO END UP THERE?
  • STARSEED MENTAL FILTER

Image: One child is swinging on a playground swing, and a boy is Jumping off a swing. It looks like a four-story school, with dormer windows, and a church steeple in the background. Photographer unknown … https://maidenmermaid.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/a214a47c7102ce2937146cdcc9f4e4ba.jpg?w=720 ..

Dear Ones,

HOW, WHEN I WAS LITTLE, I THOUGHT I COULD FLY

I remember when I was little, I always thought I ought to be able to fly. Why could I not fly? What was up with this? I remember testing this out in early childhood, over and over. Once I climbed up on the roof of our house, and jumped off onto the concrete kitchen porch. Ouch! Big ouch! I hurt the instep of my left foot.

So I went inside and told my mom my foot hurt. She was pretty busy with cooking and like that, and the distracting demands of my younger siblings. I told her my foot hurt. She said, Why is that? On receiving the explanation, she said: it serves you right! Maybe you’ll stop trying this silly stunt now!

I can remember limping for years. I figure, in the deepest sense, this was God telling me to pay attention to the Earth rules, and take good care of my body. No matter how odd, how limiting, how frustrating, the grounded experience might be.

I’M FROM ELSEWHERE, AND I INTEND TO END UP THERE?

Years ago, I went to a kirtan, a spiritual music concert, and there was a grab-basket of spiritual quotes that were passed around. The quote I got was from the Sufi mystical poet Rumi, who said, to paraphrase, that his Soul was from somewhere else, and that was where he would end up as well.

My gut reaction was: No! Not me!

Consequent to which, I have spent plenty of time visualizing grounding to Earth, tending to my physical and emotional balance and nourishment, reaching out to communicate with other people, and like that.

I do not want to be ending up elsewhere! At least, not now. I want to participate as much as possible in this unique Earthly experience. Though it does seem foreign to me.

I have done some research on Starseed characteristics. There are loads of posts about this, and they are very varied. Here is one I really resonated with, straight down the line:

Link: “Are You a Starseed? 27 Starseed Characteristics That Might Give You an Answer,” by Cara Hebert, 26 April 2016, in Gaia … http://www.gaia.com/article/are-you-starseed ..

STARSEED MENTAL FILTER

Today I figured out that we Starseeds have a mental filter. For the sake of being transparent, I will just call it the Starseed mental filter. I also realized this morning that we are going to have to fight to lift it off.

There are plenty of perks of being a Starseed; these have to do with the paranormal abilities that ‘come with the terrain’. Something we often overlook, being special and all, is the importance of honoring our bodies and the grounded experience.

And so, dear ones, let us Be Here Now. Keeping in mind, we won the lottery. Loads of beings want to be on Earth. While they are graciously and lovingly overseeing our Earth experience, if they have not been here in physical form yet … and the likelihood is they have not … then they cannot possibly know, unless we tell them, the difficulties we are encountering in human form.

So, I have learned, I have to be very specific with my Ascension team. If my left instep aches from time to time, I have to let them know, so they can help resolve this wounded memory.

I am also thinking, to reach out more often, on the physical plane, for spiritual camaraderie with other star beings, Start a program of physical fitness and endocrine gland rebalancing….

These are my personal goals, my intention being to alleviate the drawbacks of the Starseed mental filter. As a Star Being, I’ am quite certain that, if you like this notion, you will want to develop your own to-do list… That us just the way we are!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

This blog has been added here … Link: “Compendium: My Childhood and Family, and Later Years,” by Alice B. Clagett, compiled and published on 21 March 2020; republished on 29 March 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-haj ..
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Kabir’s Song . by Snatam Kaur . referral by Alice B. Clagett

Published on 12 December 2015; revised on 9 March 2019

Dear Ones,

What a beautiful song by one of the great mystical poets, sung by Snatam Kaur …

Video: “Kabir’s Song,” by Snatam Kaur-Topic, 25 February 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z44Siy56XsI ..

Lyrics are here …

Link: “Sikh Songs.com” … http://www.harisingh.com/newsSikhSongs3.htm … Search the term: KABIR’S SONG

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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A Good Song for the Body Cells . by Sina Yasavolian . referral by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published on 27 September 2014 

Dear Ones,

Here is a beautiful poem by Rumi entitled “I swear, My Dear Son” and recited by devotee Sina Yasavolian …

I sometimes use this kind of language to speak to my body cells. which I so poignantly feel to be the earthly temples of Eternal Spirit:

Video: “Swear My Son” by Rumi, recited by Sina Yasavolian, on youtube channel Sina – Topic, 25 October 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lXybfqBp3M ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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Mystical Poetry Celebration in Los Angeles . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 23 August 2014; revised

  • INTRODUCTION
    • What Is Mysticism?
  • WAYS TO EXPERIENCE MYSTICISM
    • Slowing the Mind
    • Concentrating on the Body Instead of the Mind
    • Extraordinary Sensory and Emotional Experiences
    • Bringing Up the Emotions of Gratitude, Appreciation, or Divine Love
  • EVERY MAJOR RELIGION HAS ITS MYSTICS
  • WHY IS MYSTICISM SO ALL-PERVADING?
    • The Mystical Mind
    • Mental Intelligence versus Universal Intelligence
  • SWARM BEHAVIOR
    • Could These Notions Be True?
  • PRAYER FOR MYSTIC INSPIRATION by Alice B. Clagett
  • SUGGESTED READING AND LISTENING
  • FOOTNOTES
  • MEDIA CREDITS – BACKGROUND MUSIC PLAYED DURING THE EVENT

Dear Ones,

INTRODUCTION

I just woke up thinking about a Mystical Poetry Celebration I facilitated at The Onion … http://sepulvedauu.org/ … in North Hills, Los Angeles, California, a few years ago. It somehow seemed relevant today, so here it is.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: Seagulls landing on a bridge in the blue sky, with white clouds … https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/33/7d/4e/337d4ee83193a115c3b57fcb31228d16.jpg  ..

What is Mysticism?

Mysticism is immediate consciousness of the transcendent or ultimate reality.

WAYS TO EXPERIENCE MYSTICISM

Slowing the Mind

  • Meditation
  • Repeating a mantra (a sacred sound or word)
  • Gazing at a mandala (sacred art that induces a meditative state)

Concentrating on the Body Instead of the Mind

  • Dance, such as: Sufi whirling and Dances of Universal Peace (1)
  • Walking in a maze or labyrinth
  • Walking in a circle

Extraordinary Sensory and Emotional Experiences

  • Extreme pain, such as mortification of the flesh
  • White tantric yoga (kundalini risen, which I feel to be a good choice for many healthy, spiritual people)
  • Black tantric yoga (reverse kundalini, which I strongly advise against)
  • Red tantric yoga (sexual union in a sacred context)
  • Use of such psychoactive substances … LSD, peyote, etc (Caveat: This can cause ‘bad trips’ and contact with negative astral entities.)
  • Neurophysiologic disturbances … profound depression, schizophrenia, or stroke
  • Near-death-experience

Bringing Up the Emotions of Gratitude, Appreciation, or Divine Love

  • Affirmations of gratitude or appreciation – giving thanks
  • Heartfelt prayer, spirit-filled religious services,
  • Devotional chanting (bhakti yoga)
  • Spiritual music, hymns
  • Reading mystical poetry

— adapted from Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

EVERY MAJOR RELIGION HAS ITS MYSTICS

These are just a few examples:

  • Christianity and Sufism … “God Is Love”
  • Kabbalah … Judaism … “… To love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him …” –Deuteronomy 11: 22 (KJV, public domain) … This is devekut, or communion with God
  • Hinduism … “Atman is Brahman” (i.e., the individual Soul is the cosmic Soul)
  • American Sikhism, quote by Yogi Bhajan on the oneness of a person with God:
    Link: “God and Me, Me and God Are One,” mantra, downloads, and CDs, at SpiritVoyage,  https://www.spiritvoyage.com/mantra/god-and-me,-me-and-god,-are-one/man-000041.aspx ..
    This concept is sometimes termed advaita, nonduality, or ‘God indwelling’ or ‘God immanent
  • Zen … haiku (short poems that can bring one to experience of the present moment) and koan (riddles that baffle the mind)

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WHY IS MYSTICISM SO ALL-PERVADING?

The Mystical Mind

In 1999, Eugene d’Aquili and Andrew Newberg wrote a book in which they demonstrated that God is generated by and generates the brain (2,3) …

Citation: “The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience,” by Eugene d’Aquili and Andrew Newberg, 1999

If this is true, then it follows that the mystical experience is inherent in brain chemistry.

Now, the doubter in us might propose that any experience based on brain chemistry is suspect, might he not? But on what basis might he make that assumption? On the basis of sense perceptions?

Sense perceptions are also based on brain chemistry, and so, our doubter must posit, they are also suspect. More suspect, I might suppose, than the mystical experience, since many subjective interpretations may be put upon sense perceptions, and all mystical experiences are remarkably similar.

A person determined to experience ‘things as they are’ will find sense perceptions often mislead … they severely limit the data that come to us from the universe. What about the mystical experience? Could it be an experience of reality at the quantum physics level? At the level of the most basic subatomic particles?

If, in fact, the mystical experience holds greater scientific validity than sense perceptions, then the question becomes, how to have this mystical experience, how to experience reality as it is, and not through the filter of the senses.

Mental Intelligence versus Universal Intelligence

In autumn, starlings flock and dance together at nightfall in the skies above England and Scotland. These dancing clouds of starlings are called murmurations and their complex dance patterns, performed, as it seems, of ‘one mind’ are like aerial ballet in their precision.

In the video clip below, the starlings are the tiny black specks in the sky …

Video: “Murmuration” by Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith, Facebook: Islands and Rivers … https://vimeo.com/31158841 .. 

Why do they do it? How do they do it? It is not like they have been having practice sessions together. It is not like they are all that intelligent. Why do they not bump into each other in mid-air?

There is a theory that we have been looking at the starlings for intelligence, and we have been looking in the wrong place … intelligence is all around us … in the air …

Video: “Intelligent Air,” by conferencereport, 24 April 2009 … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoIIUB3irys ..

… or so the theory goes. We (birds, people) are the end-receptors, so to speak, of universal intelligence. (4)

All we have to do is open ourselves to it and let it in. What if we do not? Well, then we will be stuck with the limited intelligence stored in our personal minds. We will not get to stand in the doorway to unlimited intelligence, the doorway to All That Is. The key to that door is found through the practice of mysticism.

SWARM BEHAVIOR

Scientists call what the starlings do ‘swarm behavior’. Two-dimensional computer simulations have been made showing this behavior.

The second and last video clip is just such a computer simulation. As you watch this video, imagine that you yourself exist as points of light … in quantum physical terms, as a ‘swarm’ consisting of tiny bundles of subatomic energy. Imagine that the edges of the screen represent time and space …

Video: “Swarm Simulation,” by flight404 … https://vimeo.com/11704967 ..

What would happen if there were no edges on the screen of our minds? What would happen to the points of Light that represent our awareness?

Could These Notions Be True?

  • God is generated by and generates the brain.
  • The mystical experience is more valid than sense perceptions.
  • Unlimited intelligence pours into our limited human form from the air, from water, and some say, from the solar winds, from the Universe. As the song goes, “Love is in the air!” All we have to do is perceive it.
  • And finally: We exist as points of Light. Our awareness is compressed by our concept of time and space into a four-dimensional reality (length, width, breadth, and time). This time-and-space limitation is a mental concept only; not reality. What is reality, then?

Image: Hands of a man, holding water with a heart-shaped ripple in it …  https://files.constantcontact.com/37702b02301/dcc82d5d-a63e-4afd-b8f3-e8ae14ea07ab.jpg ..

PRAYER FOR MYSTIC INSPIRATION
by Alice B. Clagett

May the love that the great mystics felt
touch the hearts of each of us.
May each of us know the wisdom that they knew.
As we go about our lives, may that love and wisdom
touch and transform the hearts of all we meet.prayer

SUGGESTED READING AND LISTENING
(All can be purchased at www.Amazon.com )

  • Link: “A Gift of Love: Music Inspired by the Love Poems of Rumi,” by Deepak Chopra, 1998 …  https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-gift-of-love-music-inspired-by-the-love-poems-of-rumi/id2901840 ..
  • Citation: “A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings,” translations and commentary by Coleman Barks, published by Harper One, 2006
  • Citation: “The Gayan: Notes from the Unstruck Music,” by Hazrat Inayat Khan, Omega Publications, 2005
  • Citation: “For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai,” translations by Andrew Schelling, revised edition, Hohm Press, 1998 … The ‘dark one’ is Lord Krishna, whose skin color is traditionally depicted as blue.
  • Citation: “Thirst,” poems by Mary Oliver, Beacon Press, 2006
  • Citation: “The Lights of Penitence, the Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness, Essays, Letters, and Poems,” by Abraham Isaac Kook … His poems in the back of the book are quite good.
  • Citation: “God Makes the Rivers to Flow: An Anthology of the World’s Sacred Poetry and Prose,” compiled by Eknath Iswaren, 1982
  • Citation: “A Book of Psalms: Selected and Adapted from the Hebrew,” translated by Stephen Mitchell, 1993

FOOTNOTES

(1) Link: “Dances of Universal Peace are being led by Lakshmi Lambert in West LA,” Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center … http://www.sivananda.org/la/DancesOfUniversalPeace.htm ..

(2)  A short book review by Tim Knepper, 2001, of the book “The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience,” by Eugene d’Aquili, Andrew B. Newberg, may be found here …

LInk: “Eugene d’Aquili; Andrew B. Newberg … ‘The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience,'” Review by Tim Knepper, 2001 … http://people.bu.edu/wwildman/relexp/reviews/review_daquili_newberg01.htm ..

(3)  By the way, in a book called “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief,” d’Aquili and Newberg … together with Vince Rause, spoke of incomplete ‘neurobiological transcendence’ as a possible cause of religious intolerance.

So, I gather, when the brain is working at optimum capacity, in a state of ‘neurobiological transcendence,’ religious bigotry will be a thing of the past. Here is the book …

Citation: “Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief Paperback – March 26, 2002,” by Andrew Newberg (Author), Eugene D’Aquili (Author), 1 more, in www.amazon.com .. 

(4)  Rupert Sheldrake has another way of explaining murmurations. He proposes that mind extends beyond the brain and is capable of connecting with everything else. See his long video talk:

Video: “The Mind Is Not the Brain, Matrix,” by Ifitallfails, Rupert Shaldrake, Consciousness, 19 September 2014 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBc9_e60-7k ..

MEDIA CREDITS – BACKGROUND MUSIC PLAYED DURING THE EVENT

  • Link: “Himma,” a CD by the Sufi Music Ensemble. You can hear and purchase the CD at www.amazon.com … Here is the youtube video …
    Link: “Sufi Music Ensemble – Himma – 06 – Anatolia,” by IzzyREACTS, 28 December 2011 … 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzwxvAPHExQ ..
  • Link: “Harmony Within,” a CD by David Castle … http://celestialenergycenter.com/ .. David Castle, who transitioned in May 2019, was a  master healer, whose Celestial Energy Center, now under the care of his widow Anne K. Castle, is here in the San Fernando Valley.
  • Link: “Solace,” by Tom Kenyon … http://tomkenyon.com/store/solace ..

Image: Sunlight filtering through forest leaves … https://biancabibiri.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/picture152.jpg  ..

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