Sacred Feminine Kabbalah
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Interweaving ancient traditions with flair

We breathe life into ancient words as we read them, images as we look at them and when we bring them into our consciousness, we create them again as they create and change who we are. Michael Bridge-Dickson has created a work of art that moves me visually, intellectually and spiritually. His Orbifold Tarot is a beautiful, simple, and contemporary expression of tarot, revealing the essence of tarot’s system through number and element through one basic form — the circle. From simplicity rises complexity, and complexity reduces to simplicity. Each card represents rhythm, balance, and pattern — in contrast to the chaos of life, reflected by the shuffled deck.

This use of circles, numbers, and elements creates a result that is both beautiful and minimal. Each design is built upon repeating circles, one color per element, plus black and white. Every variation in color, shape, and pattern results from the blending of the 6 basic colors, the arrangement of circles, and the repetition of those circles according to numerical value.

The Orbifold Tarot taps in to the subconscious and intuitive capacities, based on what we already associate with number, elements, color, and pattern. Its geometries and intrinsic interconnections are evocative and stimulating, yet strangely calming — facilitating a deep meditative state from which new connections are drawn, unseen perspectives are revealed, and reflection leads to insight.Those familiar with the Marseille tradition will appreciate the freedom afforded by returning to the basic number and element associations intrinsic to the tarot. Those more familiar with the scenic traditions will find The Orbifold Tarot a valuable abstraction that tests and challenges your knowledge while opening up new possibilities for interpretation.

Michael is a tarot reader and teacher, yoga instructor, graphic artist, and writer living in Montreal, Canada. He is also well versed in the princples of Ayurveda, which is the traditional sister practice of yoga, and is based on a five-Element system. His interest in both tarot and yoga is in helping people discover the intrinsic connections between the inner self and outer interactions. His blog, Mirrors of Consciousness explores various facets of tarot and continues to develop the art of tarot as a tool to tap into greater consciousness.

Introduction to Kabbalah: The Tree of Life

Introduction to Kabbalah’s Tree of Life:

And now. . . ? Kabbalah, cards and Consciousness, the newsletter from fb’s group, Conscious Transformation offers an introduction to the mystical Tree of life as a basic tool used by mystics to comprehend Divinity and the creation, as well as our place in it. The inner face of Judaism offers the mystic a way of life that is based on the understanding that we are all deeply connected to a whole that is greater than its parts. Mysticism is an honoring of the mystery out of which we were born and to which we will return. Its teachings are many.

Kabbalah’s Tree of Life is a diagram of oneness and interconnection, comprising ten sefirot or, as I like to think of them, ‘cosmic chakras’ and the 22 pathways that join them. Each sefirah has a specific energetic vibration that is reflected in you and me, according to the soul qualities we own, enhance and share with the world. Perhaps we should start by defining what I mean by mystic, which for me is a term to describe one who accepts an underlying connection in all things, who believes that there is more to Life that we can access through our five senses, and who celebrates our diversity and seeks unity in plurality.

Jewish mysticism teaches that as we are formed in the image of a creative Divinity, we too, are creative beings. By connecting with our own intuition, we create our reality as a mirror of our beliefs about our own possibilities and potential. Like Tarot’s Magician, we bridge heaven and earth.

Kabbalah’s Tree of Life can be seen as an interconnected diagram of pathways and energy centers — portals that lead us into the Oneness of which we are all part. These ‘cosmic chakras’ are called sefirot (pronounced s’feerot) a Hebrew plural word while s’firah (pronounced s’feerah) is singular. In trying to understand The Tree of Life in ways that are accessible, I introduce each of the sefirot with an English term that makes the essence of each ‘cosmic chakra’ understandable.

1. Keter – Portal to intuition, intention and inspiration

Keter, the first s’firah is translated here as Spark— appearing as that bright, intuitive flash of light that seemingly comes from no-where, from the NO-THING-NESS of the Unmanifest. Suddenly there it is — and life changes. Perhaps the key to opening our connection to this mysterious realm is through intention— the stronger it is, the more likely we are to ignite that spark or flash of inspiration, intuition and insight— empowering our spiritual energy field to respond to something new, original and pertinent.

Aligned with intention, we feel the joy and enthusiasm of knowing that we are in the right time and place. In order to become conscious of the process, we need to step out of our story— the narrative that plays continuously as an inner voice that comments on everything we are doing. This s’firah reminds us that when we intend, intuit and manifest, anything is possible. We can see that Spark connects to Wisdom, Understanding and Harmony. It is from this point, the The Initiate/Fool starts each journey in trust, curiosity and joy.

2. Chochmah— Portal to Wisdom

The second s’firah is Chochmah the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Wisdom. How does creative energy expresess itself within us? Wisdom is alive in our lives when insight, feeling and an unexplained knowingness merge and we suddenly become aware. A new dimension opens in which unexpected insights and perceptions start to flow, eddying around us and waiting our attention. As we allow this new knowledge the time to ripen, thoughts start to take form.

‘Kabbalah‘ means ‘to receive’— Spark ignites the flow and energizes the Pillar of Expansion with the seeds of Wisdom. To really get a handle on these still unformed impressions, the energy flows across the Tree into the complimentary pod of Understanding where, with time, they gestate into the thoughts we comprehend and a new creative process begins. What is waiting to be born in your creative life? Become present to it and allow your imagination to soar into impossible realms. As you think of any project that you have brought to fruition, you recall it may well have started with an unexpected idea that was taken through various stages into manifestation.

3. Binah— Portal to Understanding

The third s’firah is Binah, the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Understanding. Comprehending how creative energy expresess itself within us, we may be better able to understand the concepts behind the Tree of Life. Completing the first triad, Understanding is the womb in which we gestate the information received from Wisdom, seeded by Spark. On the book Miraculous Living, Rabbi Labowitz states that thoughts are patterned and organized into a tapestry, becoming available, practical and usable. “In wisdom a thought is received, in understanding it is born.” Once this happens, we can claim the comprehension as our own. As Wisdom and Understanding are bridged, knowledge opens one portal to consciousness, while intuition opens another. Some mystics describe the mysterious s’firah of Da’at on the central pillar between Wisdom and Understanding as the orb of Knowledge. These three ‘cosmic chakras’ connect with the triad of emotion — Compassion, Strength and Harmony

4. Chesed— Portal to Compassion

The fourth s’firah is Chesed, the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Compassion. Visualizing how creative energy expresess itself within us, we may be better able to understand the concepts behind the Tree of Life. Many ancient wisdom traditions teach that one of the main reasons we incarnate in human form is to experience and master the emotional realm— balancing compassion with strength and creating harmony. Compassion is the portal of nurturance for body, mind and soul, for ourselves and for others; it encourages us to stay open, empty and receptive, letting go of thought and its story that repeats endlessly within us, an ongoing cycle and commentary of past mistakes, guilt, regrets. When we still the mind and become present, we are fully alive in each moment. The ‘cosmic chakra’ of Compassion (Chesed) is directly connected to Wisdom, Strength, Harmony and Innovation. It holds center position on the Pillar of Expansion.

Eternal or infinite love is unconditional and inclusive, inviting us to serve selflessly. Free of expectations, and without preconceived notions, we suffer no disappointment. With an open heart, we are able to accept what is, rather than focusing on what is not, or what could be. For every negative encounter, there is positive potential. Compassion allows us to offer our presence to one another — our full and undivided attention which is the greatest gift we have to give.

5. Gevurah— Portal to Strength

The fifth s’firah is Gevurah is the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Strength. Situated in the center of the Receptive Pillar on In the traditional Tree of Life, Gevurah is translated as Severity which is a heavily loaded word. The word ‘Strength’ seems less so. Compassion and Strength are the terminal points on the spectrum of possibility in the emotional arena. It is from a position of Strength that we pause, in the midts of the emotional flow that may seem overwhelming and draw on our ability to plan how best to respond rather than react, deciding when to step forward and lead with humility and when we follow with dignity for the greatest good of all concerned. Self-discipline sets boundaries and structures that allow us to achieve the goals we set, forming workable schedules that are not overtaxing. This ‘cosmic chakra’ connects to Understanding, Harmony and Tradition as well as to Compassion.

Strength reminds us to practice discernment rather than judgment because we never have the full picture. It gives us courage to speak up for the voiceless and stand firm in the face of injustice. It is a grounded holding-place from which to find balance on the pathway from love to fear and back. When not coming as a response to physical danger, fear emerges from a belief in paucity. As the Universe is abundant, this is an illusion. Strength is an expansive and courageous quality that frees the soul to overcome challenges that limit, and encourages us to move forward. Transcending the ‘shadow’ elements that prevent our fully expressing our own authenticity, we are able to persevere.

In the I Ching: a guide to life’s turning points, Brian Browne Walker teaches: “True joy is experienced by those who are strong within and gentle without.”

6. Tiferet— Portal to Harmony

The sixth s’firah— Tiferet— is the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Harmony which encapsulates beauty and resonance, and is in direct contact with every other sefirah on the Tree. In the traditional Tree of Life, Tiferet is translated as Beauty. On the middle path, it is halfway between the mysterious and the known. Inspired by insight from Spark, Wisdom and Knowledge, it is in the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Harmony we understand the bigger picture. From the lovingkindness and courage of Compassion and Strength we enjoy the potential to experience and express the unconditional love that we are; from Innovation and Tradition, our actions interpret our history with originality and authenticity, standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us; from Imagery and Physicality we manifest the magic of who we are as we bridge heaven and earth, the sacred and the secular.

Harmony is found in the present moment. In beauty there is resonance. In the silence of profound beauty we hear the still small voice as we are moved in ways we cannot name, as we are called forward, awakening the courage to hold fast to our dreams even when the goal is unclear. Divinity is with us, even in the darkness of a moonless night. We listen from the heart, opening all our senses to the beauty that exists within and without, known and unrecognized, even in the mystical coincidences and synchronicites that remind us of where we find Divinity and in the Mystery, find ourselves.

7. Netzach— Portal to Innovation

The seventh s’firah, Netzach, is the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Innovation. In the traditional Tree of Life, this ‘cosmic chakra’ is named Victory. Just as Wisdom and Understanding provide the spectrum for thought, and Compassion and Strength for the emotions, this level is where we consider action. Here on the column of the expressive, rather than the receptive side of the Tree, we see how we use our skills in creative manifestation. This is the place that we are invited to play, for the sheer joy of experimentation, where intution, thought and feeling are expressed in our own unique way— for the author, the book is in progress, the painter is hard at work at the easel, the gardener is planting, pruning, watering and weeding after visualizing what the garden will look like. This ‘cosmic chakra’ is connected Compassion, Harmony, Tradition, Imagery and Physicality.

Taking inspiration for the ideas you have, start to experiment, lose yourself in the creative process of expressing yourself— go back to the child you were, playing with sand and water to see what these materials can do. Give yourself time without distractions. Keep your focus. Lost in the process of doing, hear the inner voice. Dance with no-one watching, sing aloud with no-one listening. Feel motivated by the sheer joy of doing. Exercise your free will, take time to rest and nurture your body which is the physical vehicle through which you express your soul. Stay vigilant for the coincidences, serendipities and synchronicities that remind us we are part of something so much bigger than we know.

from Brian Brown Walker: The I Ching: “Activity grounded in truth brings progress and good fortune… great progress can be made through the effort of will. It is essential that all of your activity be characterized by humility, conscientiousness and adaptability. If fear or doubts intrude, remain quietly focused on the activity at hand.” Hexagram 46

8. Hod— Portal to Tradition

The eighth s’firah, Hod, is the ‘cosmic chakra’ of Tradition. In the traditional Tree of Life, this ‘cosmic chakra’ is named Splendor. Just as Wisdom and Understanding provide the spectrum for thought, and Compassion and Strength for the emotions, this level is where we consider polarities in the realm of action— expressive and receptive. Here on the column of the receptive, Tradition holds collective memory, both personal amd universal, for the accumulation of humanity’s actions and reactions, stories and beliefs. It is the voice of parents, culture and ancestors and is connected to Strength, Harmony, Innovation, Imagery and Physicality.

In living a creative life, there is time to step aside from the canvas you are creating and look at the art. In the pause, we step out of our own way and consider how inspiration and creation have come together. Against the back drop of the eons of traditional perspectives out of which we find our own authenticity, we take time to stop, let go and ‘be.’ It gives us an opportunity to reconnect with the divine spark within. In letting go of any expectations that we have taken into ourselves, we open to our own creative and non-judgmental genius. Tradition is a compendium of fairy tales, archetypes and myths (which according to Jean Houston, are ‘stories that never were and always are’) from which we learn to discern the helpful from the hurtful. As we live out the hero’s journey we choose, we learn from the past and move forward by adding our own experiences into the Akashic record of all that was, is and shall be.

From Alice Kane, in The Dreamer Awakes:
The dreamer awakes, the shadow goes by
When I tell you a tale, the tale is a lie
But ponder it well, fair maiden, good youth
The tale is a lie, what it tells is the truth.

9. Yesod— Portal to Imagery, imagination and dreams

In the traditional Tree of Life, this ‘cosmic chakra’ is named Foundation. On the central path, and just above Physicality, we all visualize our longings, our dreams— our possibilities and potential, constantly forming, shaped and limited only by our own beliefs. This is the realm of creative imagination, archetypes, dreams and images. It is here we step out of the boundaries of the five-sense reality we experience and open to our soul’s yearning and to our spiritual essence. What we can imagine, we can become. As energy vibrates here at a higher level, we are not bound by the physics that limit our possibilities— we can go anywhere, do anything, become anyone.

Through this portal to our creativity, our inner vision opens in wonder to the limitless potential that exists— of the freedom that creative imagining releases. We start to think beyond the concrete and enter the world of paradox, beginning to comprehend that the spark of Divinity that resides within, renders us all identical and at the same time, in the way that we express ourselves, all totally unique. Identical or unique? The answer is YES. From this vantage point, we long to answer the question ‘who am I’— beyond the gender, beliefs and roles we play? We see and acknowlegde one another with the greeting ‘Namaste.’ Our goal in each lifetime is to expand the spark of Divinity that is ours, and recongize our Oneness. This is reflected in the way we respond to others, to Nature and the world around us. Philosopher Martin Buber suggested we can choose to approach all relationships in an ‘I:Thou’ manner. Intention (‘kavannah’) opens us to our creative potential of expressing the sacred in the secular and allowing us to celebrate our diversity as we sanctifiy LIfe.

10. Malchut— Portal to Physicality and Manifestation

In the traditional Tree of Life, this ‘cosmic chakra’ is named Kingdom. On the central path, below Imagery, Harmony and Spark, as the energetic vibration becomes denser with each stage, is the tangible, physical world of our five senses. This is the realm in which we see the results of our beliefs.

As we shape, mold and form our lives we constantly begin anew, releasing what is complete. We learn the magic of both the possibilities and limitations of the spiritual being on a human journey; it is here that our plans are set into motion, accomplishments evaluated and completed or cast aside. By celebrating our diversity and remaining in awe of the wondrous multiplicity of living forms on our planet, we sanctify Life. In closely observing nature, we revel in the cycles of birth, death and rebirth and come to understand that nothing stays the same, nothing is as it appears in the vast and unified field in which we live. Physical forms are time-constrained as they begin and end, but spiritual essence and energy is timeless.

In this ‘cosmic chakra’ of Physicality we expand our awareness, becoming present in equal to measure to all that we are, as we gain experience by thinking, feeling and being. We learn to discern the differences in these three modes of learning about who we are in this time and place. With these three harmonized, we gain access to fulfilling our soul’s purpose of experiencing the physical. We find ways to heal the brokeness that is part of the system— waiting to be healed as we heal ourselve. In Hebrew this is called ‘tikkun olam.’ We find our own authentic way of living as unique individuals in a blended community, honoring both the differences and similtudes we all share. As awareness opens, we shatter the illusion of being alone in a meaningless world. We learn the difference between independence and interdependence. By just being who we are— for me, by ‘Heather-ing’ for example, we forge our unique path of connection and consciousness.

We recognize that we each play a significant part in the game of life, and without us, being who we are, the puzzle is never complete. Harmonizing thinking, feeling and being, we attempt to fulfill our soul’s purpose of healing the brokeness of a perfectable rather than a perfected system of living consciously on Planet Earth.

Rabbi Shoni Labowitz teaches: “In kneading, sculpting and molding your life you will culminate the old and begin the new. . . . . and you learn that letting go is liberating, endings are beginnings and death is not final.”

Meet Cheryl Fair . . .

Cheryl is a photographer/filmmaker whose photographs have been published internationally in magazines,newspapers, blogs, and books. Her short experimental films and music videos have been shown in film festivals, concerts, and on public television and cable television. Cheryl comes from a family tradition of card divination and began reading Tarot cards at the age of 18. She is also a professional astrologer and has been interpreting natal, transit, and relationship charts, for clients for over 25 years. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Visual Art from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. To see more of Cheryl’s work go to her website www.cherylfair.com

Meaning for The Moon card: “The Moon goddess invites you to explore deep rooted desires and complexes through dreams, daydreams, fantasies, and visions. A flood of feelings, emotions, sensitivity, and issues from your past come back to your consciousness so that you can reevaluate them. When unfavorably aspected The Moon indicates overwhelming emotions and projections, and a sense of danger.

About the Magical Realism Tarot deck:
Magical Realism is a genre of art or literature that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into an otherwise realistic setting. The style of the scenic illustrations on the cards is the inspiration for the name of the deck. The interpretation of each card in the Magical Realism Tarot honors the traditional meaning ascribed to the cards, but emphasizes a more modern, psychological point of view that encourages self-empowerment and creative thinking. Fantasy, myth, and the unseen are part of our everyday lives and those perceptions have a bearing on our understanding of life. When using these cards, we combine both the “real” and the “magical” to better understand ourselves and our world.

Celebration of Independence . . . ? What does this mean?

In the wake of another July 4th celebration, the question of independence and freedom is much on my mind as it coincides with my reading The Dark Lady’s Mask by Mary Sharratt— a well written novel providing perfect summer reading. It is the story a woman’s ingenuity in finding her independence and a way to live her life as authentically as possible under the strictures that women faced in the past— some still do. The story of a possible collaborator and muse for William Shakespeare is a fascinating tale with a layered theme about the relationship of women, education, intuition, creativity, Tarot and a connection to Judaism and the arts— what could be better for me?

In 2016 with a woman running for President and the question of feminism being discussed and considered, it may be a perfect time to think about how the introduction of birth control has radically changed the possibilities and potentials of women’s lives. When women can choose if and when to become mothers instead of having to bear a child annually or being held responsible for unintended pregnancies, independence can begin. Independence implies freedom of choice that some have attained; for some others it is a dream unrealized or unregnized as a possibility. Until all are free none of us are.

Who are you?

Who are you? This is a question that seems so simple. Is it? We introduce ourselves with our names and go on to describe our gender identification, roles, vocations and avocations- for example, if asked today, I am a woman on a spiritual quest, wife, mother and grandmother, artist, author, tarot enthusiast, lover of birds and flowers, fascinated with sacred geometry and the mystery of the unknown. How many terms can you use to answer the question? Would they be the answers you gave 25 years ago or will still apply 25 years from now? Does any of this really answer the question – who are you?

No matter how many roles we play, beliefs we have about ourselves, communities with whom we identify, as we dig deeper, we realize all of these layers are temporary and yet me know there is something eternal about each of us. When you really look at yourself in the mirror, who looks back at you? When you hear the ongoing voice in your head that keeps an ongoing commentary about what you are doing, and ‘shoulda, coulda woulda’ who is actually listening? Read more . . . .

Perhaps the best answer I have found to the question was given by Rabbi Rami Shapiro, whose book, Minyan is a must for any spiritual library. After much deliberation no peeling away of layers, the answer may be: “I am an individual spark in the totality of The Divine, a temporary manifestation of Divine Externality, present in this incarnation with an opportunity to recognize unity in diversity.”

As a mystic, one who seeks the underlying mystery that connects us all in time and space, I take Rabbi Rami’s words to heart. Let’s dissect what he says:

As an individual spark, my consciousness is mine to awaken and strengthen the blaze of awareness on our planet. As a spark, the totality of The Divine is the sacred spark of which I am a part rather than apart; while Divinity is eternal, I manifest, spark, shine, glow and return to the light as my soul determines. In each incarnation, I strive to recognize unity in diversity and marvel in the Oneness of which we are all part.

With such an understanding,’namaste’ seems the perfect greeting for us to use as we meet and greet in a world that celebrates diversity as it sanctifies Life.

Sacred Geometry: a lingua franca?

For anyone moved by the beauty and patterning seen in any sacred geometric shape, perhaps you will agree that these designs speak to us in ways that surpass language. Anyone who has tried to create them knows how complex they really are— even with the software tools at our disposal today, the time and effort they require to make increases the fascination with their beauty.

In The Sacred Mandala Tarot, one of these shapes is aligned with each of the 4 suits of the Minor Arcana in an effort to appeal to our sense of beauty, design and mystery— as well as focussing attention on symbols that are universal in nature.

The Aces in a Tarot deck suggest the gift of something powerful and new being introduced (or reintroduce) into our experience, and gives us the opportunity to consider its qualities again.

1 Wands

The Wands are associated with the fiery and magical potential of intuition. The flaming Torus brings possibility, light and creativity. Flame is the color of this suit.

1 Swords

Swords represent thought, language and communication; the Ace is a gift of fresh insight, wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Metatron’s Cube is the intricate design that ‘coincidentally’ has 78 pathways joining the centers of each circle, each representing one card in a Tarot deck of 78. The color of this suit is the blue of the sky and the lofty realms into which thoughts take us.

1 Cups

The Flower Life, a foundational design out of which so many other sacred geometric patterns arise is associated with the suit of Cups— the font of love and emotional fulfillment. Its color is pink, associated with rose quartz and flowers.

1 Coins

The final suit of Coins, is represented by the Tree of Life as the theme of this suit in The Sacred Mandala Tarot is gardening. Its color is green. The Ace of Coins is about living successfully in that natural world and finding health, happiness and prosperity.

Tarot— predicting the future or spotlighting the present?

13 Coins QueenAs I think back, I realized I shied away from tarot cards and tarot readers. Fast forward, and here I am — both a card designer and card reader! Among my interest in all things mystical— Kabbalah, I-Ching, crystals, enneagrams, astrology, palm-reading, tea-leaf reading and extensive study of mystical traditions from lands far and near, why not Tarot? Although I would not have been able to name it as such, I have always known that what we believe deeply affects what we expect – and what we expect shapes the way we experience our lives.

Like many, I was under the mistaken impression that the only purpose of Tarot cards was to predict the future, which I felt was disturbing and somewhat scary. What did I know of Tarot in my formative years? I had seen pictures of the all-knowing gypsey woman, who, after having her palm crossed with silver, could describe the future. I had also seen the media use of cards like the Death card, implying something bad was about to occur— especially as the image used was from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck complete with horse-riding skeleton trampling bodies beneath them. I believed this WAS the Tarot, rather that the illustrations of one interesting woman Pamela Colman Smith, working together with the occultist, A.E Waite.

It has taken me a long and circuitous route to discover that Tarot, an ancient wisdom tradition being offered today by many artists interpreting the teachings in new and varied ways, provides a deep, rich and clear snapshot of all the interconnections, concealed and revealed, that draw our experiences together as chapters in the book of our lives— a story we are writing, directing and acting as we live it, the climaxes and endings uncertain and dependent on the choices that we make each and every minute of the day.

The cards offer archetypal images that mirror the circumastances of our lives and the aspects of our personalities on which we can call to live each day as fully as possible. Over the course of the next weeks, I will draw and describe cards from both the Major and Minor Arcana from my new deck, The Sacred Mandala Tarot and would welcome your questions about the cards and how they mirror different scenarios in our lives on which we can reflect, gain insight and decide as consciously as possible how we choose to live our lives and exemplify the best that is in us.

Spring is In The Air

As I notice the orders starting to come in for ‘Towards Freedom:a feminist haggadah for men and women’ I know Spring is around the corner in the northern hemisphere. This illustrated haggadah intoriduces participants to a mystical or kabbalistic interpretation of the story of the journey to liberation for women by women. In its 26th year, it is being purchased by young men and women who are finding this telling meaningful today. Copies are available from amazon and my website www.sacredfemininekabbalah.com3_handwashing

From once upon a time to happily ever after

The Magus

The Magus

The eternal magic of the fairy tale is front and center of media attention these days— fairy tale themes form the basis for many successful TV shows and contemporary movies. Perhaps retold now for adults, the mythic themes provide a reminder of the folklore stories with which most of us were raised. Just as the expected ending to all good fairy tales is “and they all lived happily ever after’ offers the promise of hope that keeps us connected to Life, the opening phrase ‘once upon a time’ is the perfect invitation into story time and the realm of Kairos. Kairos? Chronos?

“Time, that master of order in the world of history, has been associated with Chronos and Kairos  —its the two archetypal markers of time, Chronos, horizontal and superficial, Kairos  vertical, leading into the depths. Chronos  is that logical, mighty, masculine keeper of clocks and calendar, of past and future, while Kairos is a portal to the eternal now, the present,  and can be likened to the intuitive swirling, feminine space of “once-upon-a-time.” Like dancers on the stage of eternity, these two aspects of time are locked in an eternal tango in which the ever-present Chronos  sets the rhythm and beat for an unfolding reality. Kairos  confounds us with the color and flow of movement which tantalize us with a sense of new possibilities — ancient tales from the world of myth and story that reveal and then conceal themselves once more. As Kairos  dips and swirls into awareness, we grasp for the ephemeral filaments of an alternate and complementary reality that seems to withdraw just as we reach out. Kairos  introduces chaotic sparks of possibilities that slip in and out of the pattern of order established by Chronos. Kairos  is a portal to an eternal, imaginative dimension that is home to our souls; the realm’s lingua franca of imagery is its language.” (Dancing In The Footsteps of Eve, Heather Mendel, 2009)

Our physical lives may be governed by Chronos while our spiritual wellbeing is nurtured by the mystical realm of Kairos. Where is your attention now— for as we know, where attention goes, energy flows.

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