Rapture, ecstasy Elven Song 5/11/11

Rapture means the joy of ecstasy, an expression of ecstatic delight. Yes, it seems this moment has begun. It can be understood by us in its true meaning: The golden rapture, filling the vessel of the soul with absolute delight. It is breathtaking. Let us allow it within and allow the outpouring to fall and flow into rivers and streams across our planet.

Elven Song: The Vulnerable Heart

Elven Song for Ellen In the Druidic tradition, we give this poem to those who are uncertain in the place of suffering from lost love. It is the vulnerable heart, the heart that is willing to be hurt that is open to give and receive Love. Your Magic springs from the admiration of this alignment only, regardless of the person, animal, plant or any manifestation you can see.  Your magic springs from respect for the balance adorned with sweet water that runs through you and the Earth herself. Ride the waves in ecstatic wonder, let the wind and mist sweep across your skin: do not ever think being vulnerable in love isn't worth it. Because it was worth even a moment of that shimmering golden balance that is the complete you. It is You who are the gentle, divine arms that embrace, nurture and part the branches as joy of the cascading sun.

Children of Immortal Bliss

The following is an excerpt from Children of Immortal Bliss By Paul Hourihan. This is a wonderful answer to the question: How do we choose our path in daily life? How do we know when we must judge whether some act is a right act for us to include in our life? How do we know in which things we should participate in our life? Imagine what the world would be like if each person came to know this understanding. In the Yoga Aphorisms meditation is discovered and presented as the means to realizing the light within, the Self within. By meditation we chiefly mean yoga, and it is the heart of yoga, also yoga is more than meditation; it has an ethical and moral background as well. The first steps in this system focus on the development of character. A moral and ethical foundation needs to be established before one is fit for the practice of meditation and concentration. But essentially for our purposes here, meditation is yoga as chief thrust and practice item which the cells is realized. One of the all-time great achievements was by Pantanjali when he discovered that what ever served to advance meditation was good and what ever it did not advance meditation was evil. A way of life that advances meditation and the meditative state is good, it is an absolute right. And anything that does not advance it, that tends to hobble it–a way of life, or attitude, or activity, or value, or book or whatever–is evil this is the yardstick: what ever makes the mind calm, that's good. What ever makes the mind restless, that's evil. Pantanjali saw clearly that in order to realize that Diety, the Truth within, you have to do it through meditation. You can't do it any other way. Prayer and good works are helpful, so they haven't brought us too far–mainly because we haven't learned how to do them in the right spirit. They are appendages to spiritual life and we have to go through them, but they lack a central yardstick, a central principle to which everything is related. That is meditation, and naturally, that means the mind. The mind is going to be effected by meditation. You can realize the truth only through meditation. We have to learn to meditate. There are certain ways to meditate that are right, and search in ways that are not bright we have to find out the right way. Making the mind uplink is not a good way. We may have read that in a book: make the mind a blank. Before we listen to anyone in such an important area, we should find out their credentials. Or someone else may say, well, meditation is just relaxation. These relaxation therapies have value. They enable us to cope better in the stressful world we live in. Anything that can contribute to our peace of mind is of value, but they don't lead us to the truth. We have to learn the right ways to meditate. Having done that, we find that certain conditions, including a certain state of mind, are necessary to meditate well. Other states of mind are inimical to meditation. Therefore what will help the mind to be calm and collected is what we want. Pantanjali sees this in a flash. Of course this was known in Upanishads. Columnists, tranquility, serenity–those words occur all through the Upanishads; they are self evident to the stages. But Pantanjali says that it's not self evident, that it needs to be spelled out or those who are not stages, but who want to become stages through the ladder of ethical development. So that is what he did. We see that we have to be calm to meditate. We can't meditate when we are restless. When we are restless, instead of meditating we should pray, or repeat a mantra, take a walk, take a cold shower, do hatha yoga exercises or other things, as meditation at this time will make things worse. Unless we are calm, meditation will only intensify the cause of the restlessness. So we don't meditate when more restless, only when work home therefore whatever makes us call home or keeps this column is good: our mind will be in this state to meditate and through meditation or mind will get closer to truth. Therefore calm this is indispensable on the way to truth. Whatever gives us a feeling of peace and calm is an absolute good. It's part of the universal morality, the subjective fact we all discover. Children of Immortal Bliss By Paul Hourihan

Elven Song May 2011: We are Vulnerable in Love

In the tradition of the ancient Celtic ways of Druidism, we listen with our hearts to hear the sound of nature. Her music lifts us. In the human world, we try to be heard knowing we are vulnerable, just as all Nature, to go unheard. And yet we speak for those who do listen. To restore your Magic and Power: return to the springs of this alignment with nature, restore respect for the balance and adorn yourself with sweet water that runs through you and the Earth herself. Ride the waves in ecstatic wonder, let the wind and mist sweep across your skin. Allow each moment of your awareness to bring the shimmering golden balance to all that is within and without. It is You who are the gentle, divine arms of nature that embrace, nurture and part the branches and let in the cascading sun.

Elven World: You are not alone

Poem in the Druidic tradition: restore your power after rejection No matter what you Think Is wrong with you It's not. No matter how many times You are rejected or feel alone You are not. You are whole. Breathe in the magic: nature, alive and conscious, surrounds you. Only you decide to see this Golden flitter that alights And fills your eyes with wonder. That is your connection and your power. Beyond words

Mythology, Mysticism and Magic: C.G. Jung The Artist, Mystic and Prophet

It seems the Elven World gives us much more than community. The Celtic mythology that is revivified in Elven World, allows us to begin a transformative experience; filling our lives with magic and beauty that lifts us closer to the divine. Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller, Ph.D is an eminent scholar on the subject of C. G. Jung's Red Book, the mysterious work that was published in 2009– 48 years after Jung's death. Carl Jung is primarily known as the founder of psychoanalytic philosophy. Few know that Jungian psychology began with what Dr. Heoller calls a "psycho cosmology" that emerged directly from Jung's work as an artist, visionary, philosopher and prophet. Dr. Hoeller defines Jung as a prophet who told the truth of the Gods–that multi-dimensional transcendent power that animates our spiritual lives. The Red Book is an account of Jung's transformational journey toward the divine using imagery and mythological messages from deep within his psyche. Rich with symbolic paintings and every word written in calligraphy by the Master himself, the Red Book is a profound artistic masterpiece. A consummate student of the Red Book for many years, Dr Heoller is able to explain the meaning and messages within this work of art written by Carl Jung's hand in Swiss German. The book is bright red. Fully opened it is and some 26 inches across and some 24 inches high. The Red Book is full of mystical, symbolic drawings that open a window to a universe within the soul of man.  Jung communicated his divine journey–which is the journey of any man–through his conversations with mythological creatures and supernatural beings. He predicted the coming of a new age through his words and paintings of visionary mandalas and creation of sacred icons. Of this work Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller explained, “The magical is what feeds our soul. If you let it, life sinks to a level of blandness. Gray consciousness happens when all the magic is gone; all the imagination. A human being does not live by material things alone. Human beings can't live without hope, spirit, poetry, beauty, and mythology. An absence of the magical makes life gray and bland. God is alive. Magic is alive." As Dr. Heoller tells us, the psycho cosmology expressed in Jung's work tells of the divinity indwelling in the human being. When one has contact with that in dwelling entity, the joyful bliss for which we search, comes alive. Jung's journey was a journey of transcendence to this divinity through the supernatural, magical, mystical and divine initiation; a change of consciousness toward a new beginning; toward the blissful ecstasy of living in the present. We can feel very blessed that scholars such as Dr. Stephan Heoller Ph.D, can teach with  expressive truth, this interpretation of Jung as an artist, philosopher and mythologist that allows us to begin a transformative experience in our lives as magic and beauty lifts us. Elven World is a new story in Celtic mythology. And our place in the Elven World is a transformative, magical journey to find the divine within and without, through mythological and artistic expression. T.E. Pelton, author