Many people have come and settled in Lemuria. You might become an artist, a gardener, a member of staff at the Abbey or Riversleigh, a home host in Owl Creek Valley, a shopkeeper, a priestess, a musician, a travel writer. It is really up to you to find your niche here in Lemuria.
What if it truly doesn't matter what you do but how you do whatever you do?
How would this change what you choose to do with your life?
What if you could be more present and openhearted with each person you met if you were working as a cashier in a corner store, or as a parking lot attendant, than you could if you were doing a job you think is more important?
How would this change how you want to spend your precious time on this earth?
What if your contribution to the world and the fulfillment of your own happiness is not dependent upon discovering a better method of prayer or technique of meditation, not dependent upon reading the right book or attending the right seminar, but upon really seeing and deeply appreciating yourself and the world as they are right now?
How would this affect your search for spiritual development?
What if there is no need to change, no need to try to transform yourself into someone who is more compassionate, more present, more loving or wise?
How would this affect all the places in your life where you are endlessly trying to be better?
What if the task is simply to unfold, to become who you already are in your essential nature - gentle, compassionate, and capable of living fully and passionately present?
How would this affect how you feel when you wake up in the morning?
What if who you essentially are right now is all that you are ever going to be?
How would this affect how you feel about your future?
What if the essence of who you are and always have been is enough?
How would this affect how you see and feel about your past?
What if the question is not why am I so infrequently the person I really want to be, but why do I so infrequently want to be the person I really am?
How would this change what you think you have to learn?
What if becoming who and what we truly are happens not through striving and trying but by recognizing and receiving the people and places and practices that offer us the warmth of encouragement we need to unfold?
How would this shape the choices you make about how to spend today?
What if you knew that the impulse to move in a way that creates beauty in the world will arise from deep within and guide you every time you simply pay attention and wait?
How would this shape your stillness, your movement, your willingness to follow this impulse, to just let go and dance?
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Baba Yaga's role as a "witch" in the stereotypical sense is clear in her accoutrements, in her personal habits, and in her participation in the Russian variant of "Hansel and Gretel." However, despite the literal translation of ved'ma (witch), her behavior is far more benevolent, if not entirely benign, in other stories.
Benevolent Baba by Heather Blakey
The truth is we all ache.
We all have growing pains
and wonder if we are
okay and enough and loved.
The thing is - we are.
from Art of Becoming Yourself
It is a myth that Baba’s House is some terrible dungeon where people live imprisoned, in dread and fear. Baba clearly needs a new PR person who makes sure that happy snaps like this are circulated amongst those who would believe the tales circulated by rejected men who fear death.
Upon your arrival Baba asked you to fill out a registry book outlining your preferences. What kind of work will you offer to do for her? Create a category for yourself - for example gardener - and then post some ‘work’ under this category.
At Baba’s you are judged, not by name or status, rank or reputation but by how you work and fit in with the others who have gathered here.
It was when corporate man looked at woman working that he coined the term ‘multi skilling’. All women have found that they have to be agile, innovative, nimble, quick witted, resilient, creative and have turned their hands to a myriad of tasks, which, if not completed would leave a gaping void.
At Baba’s each Heroine must find her niche. Don’t be limited by stereotypes.
The Soul Food Cafe is propelled by a myth. The Princess and the Muse became the myth Heather Blakey lived by and The Soul Food Cafe is the place she retreats to in order to be with her Muse. Within the safety of The Soul Food Cafe Heather Blakey has renewed her creativity, reinvented and named herself. These days she wears her creativity on her sleeve!
The Princess in The Princess and the Muse experiences a depression which is familiar to many artists. Artists and writers who are made to feel worthless because they do not earn enough money, whom are forced to relinquish their creativity or create in stolen time, suffer similarly.
Mental darkness of the kind the Princess experiences creeps upon individuals gradually and unobtrusively. Many would be artists have been subject to a slow process of pasteurisation and calcification with rationalists systematically purifying the irrational, the primitive and the unwanted raw emotions.
The good news is that individuals who work within the Soul Food community come to understand that the creative flame is eternal and learn that when they engage in a cycle of renewal they are able to reinvent themselves and discover new aspects of their creativity.
Who will you become? What direction will Soul Food take you? How will your creativity evolve? What will your true voice sound like? What garments will fit most comfortably?
If you work regularly, within the safety of the life affirming Soul Food community, try on costumes and experiment you can be sure that new artistic talent will emerge and be revealed. You can also be assured that when they do appear there will be many hands clapping.
City of Ladies by Lori Gloyd
Christine de Pizan set out to disprove masculine myths and within the context of her time her thought was revolutionary. In her classic ‘The Book of the City of Ladies’ Pizan explains how she had been commissioned to build the City of Ladies.
After giving you the creative flame Baba tells you to go and make your way to the Cyberia, the City of Ladies. The Cyberian City of Ladies, is a reincarnation of the lost City of Ladies as envisioned by de Pizan. Travellers who have trod the Soul Food Silk Way invariably arrive at the City.
It is within this City, within Lemuria that you will find who you really are and your life's work.