The Sacred Circle



What is the

space between

 living and regret,

how do feel

what is this

in our chest,

where do we go

tell me what

is next,

what is the

competitions trek

 formulated guess,

an answer to

save our breath,

long letters, heart

felt quests, the

belief in love

and death, do we

thrive or only

survive, where

do we lie, how

do we determine

when to fly,

when to reply,

or even

when to cry,

death is never

finished, we circle

and replenish, our

 seeds laid, pollens

replicate, do we

die or reincarnate

is life moving,

is expiring known,

what do we hide,

what do we show,

what directs

the soul to

settle and grow,

when do our

messages transfer,

roots configure to

a universal flow,

are we the Gods

on planet Eden,

are angels among,

the eagles and crows,

what do we sing

how do we know

    tell me slow.

The Rhetoric Of The Image – Roland Barthes (1964)


Traces Of The Real

This essay is a classic semiotic text where Roland Barthes analyses an advertising image and uses it as a means of teasing out how different messages are conveyed by a system of signs. The ad he uses is the Panzani advert, within which he finds a rich layering of meanings.

Barthes commences by remarking that the word image stems from a Latin term meaning ‘imitation’ and then poses the central question of his essay – can images truly function of conveyers of meaning given that they are essentially imitations (or direct analogical representations) of something else. Do they really constitute a language, and if they do, how does meaning work within this language? He uses an advertising image to analyze these questions, as advertising images clearly have intended meanings. The image used is the Panzani ad which is reproduced below.

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Earth Hour 2014 at Xandari




This past March, on the 29th, Xandari supported the 60+ Earth Hour movement by hosting a candle-lit dinner and inviting guests to turn off their lights between 8:30-9:30PM to join hundreds of millions of people around the world in saving energy. In 162 countries and around 7,000 cities, people joined Earth Hour and the World Wildlife Fund for Nature to symbolically pledge to do more for the environment and engage in energy-saving efforts throughout the year. Watch the video below for some footage of national monuments around the world flipping the switch for an hour, and learn more about the 60+ movement. 

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New Study Shows that Yoga and Meditation May Help Train the Brain



Cooking with Kathy Man

New research by biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota shows that people who practice yoga and meditation long term can learn to control a computer with their minds faster and better than people with little or no yoga or meditation experience. The research could have major implications for treatments of people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.

The research is published online in TECHNOLOGY, a new scientific journal featuring cutting-edge new technologies in emerging fields of science and engineering.

In the study, researchers involved a total of 36 participants. One group of 12 had at least one year of experience in yoga or meditation at least two times per week for one hour. The second group included 24 healthy participants who had little or no yoga or meditation experience. Both groups were new to systems using the brain to control a computer. Both groups participated in three, two-hour…

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Top 5 Things that I Learned Through the Summer of 2014


Culture of Imagination


Now that the summer is over and the fall is here another season in my life has gone by.  As I reflected back on the last three months, it seems God is moving in me in many different ways.  There are so many things I could share, but these are some of the themes that I am coming to a deeper understanding in.

1. A deeper understanding of the importance of gratitude.  Gratitude is not always easy for me.  In fact, it is probably one of the most difficult practices as I live in the North American culture of consumerism where we are always wanting more all of the time.  I have had to discipline myself to be content in the present moment.

It is very easy for me to see what is not and forget about what is, the good gifts that life has brought me in this stage…

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September Super Moon – Chiron Flavored


Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Sept super moon

On September 9th AEST the full moon will be in Pisces, bringing us one of the most spiritual lunations of the year. This months full moon is the last of three super moon for the year, making it extremely potent. The week leading up to this event brings with it a grand fire trine with Neptune, Jupiter and Venus, adding to the mystical, magical and rather dreamy atmosphere of the September Harvest Moon. It is also conjunct the wounded healer Chiron.

The “Perigee moon” is up to 30 percent brighter than other full moons and they occur when there is a direct alignment of the Earth, Moon and Sun.   As we know, Moon phases have a great influence on our emotions, particularly women, and this month, as it is in a water sign, they will be noticeably affected by the intensified energies.

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Changing Realities


Source of Inspiration

other realities, fantasy, source, creation,

How does one change
one’s reality? Sometimes
it happens without intent…
hunger, fear, extreme stress,
but it is also possible to
do it with intent so strong
as to block any distractions.

One can also have split perceptions
of being in more than one place
at the same time.

This ability to move into
other realities requires us
to reach beyond our boundaries
and embrace the inconceivable.

Most people find even the idea
frightening, spooky, too out
of the ordinary, way beyond their
comfort zone. But there are
people who embrace the gift,
to open the door, to touch
the hand of Spirit,
for when you do, nothing
will ever be the same again.

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