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The New Female Mystics

The New Female Mystics

A vanguard of self-schooled female mystics are doing an end-run around the mainstream self-help and New Age movements — and are advancing a radical, 21st century spirituality. Call it the ‘Anti-Me Generation.’

Click here to read the 7-part series where Soul’s Code introduces some of the avatars of of what could rightly be re-labeled, the sage sex:

BY PAUL KAIHLA — Across the centuries, spiritual seekers have invariably been women and the teachers men; From Jesus to Gurdjieff and Rumi to Ramana Maharshi, enlightenment has been a male-dominated business.

But figures like Byron Katie are in the vanguard of an astonishing advent in the mystical tradition.

She is a leading light in a scattered coterie of women who have propounded a radical, new esoteric spirituality and seem to have leap-frogged ahead of male counterparts in the pursuit of the sacred.

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The search for the magical Other

A Jungian psychologist’s take on Eros and Valentine’s Day

BY PAUL KAIHLA — This is the one day of the year in our secular society where a celibate Catholic gets top-billing, marquee treatment. There were probably three saints called Valentine, one of whom history says is entombed in Rome’s catacombs.

But the origin of Valentine’s Day is in a medieval social custom, so it’s not like a long, lost high-holy-day has been hijacked by capitalist consumerism.

The custom marks the first day of spring mating season, so let’s hand over the mike to psychologist James Hollis for his take on how we modern humans channel that energy — eros, in Greek mythology:

Eros is dynamic and shape-shifting . . . always going somewhere, seeking to connect, to fill in, to transcend. Just as nature, we are told, abhors a vacuum, so our psyche is terrified by emptiness. Seeking to fill that emptiness, we all too often fill it with ourselves. Wheresoever space opens, into that hole flies projection . . . Eros substitutes as it seeks the Cosmic Other in the frail vessel of the Beloved.

Illustration, “tu lip,” courtesy of Angela Brown

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Avatar’s art direction draws on the 1970s’ most spiritual band: Yes

James Cameron’s floating islands of planet are inspired by Roger Dean, a pop artist famous for creating mystical album covers like Close to the Edge and Fragile

BY PAUL KAIHLA — Reviewers insist that the story-line for Avatar owes a lot to Pocahontas but the visual universe that James Cameron created for the planet Pandora owes more to British artist Roger Dean and the portfolio of album covers he created for the progressive rock band, Yes. The ensemble’s front man, Jon Anderson, was influenced by advaita teachings and the early 20th-century Indian spiritual teacher, Paramahansa Yogananda.

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The spiritual scientist who “invented” paranormal

The success of Paranormal Activity has eclipsed Dr. Charles T. Tart, the psychologist who turned the concept of the paranormal into a new branch of science

BY PAUL KAIHLAParanormal Activity is now the most profitable movie in history ($15,000 to make, it’s earned more than $100 million in box office) but the inventor of the field to which the film owes its name continues to research real cases of the paranormal in relative obscurity and modesty.

In 1969, psychologist Charles Tart coined the term “altered states of consciousness,” and his book of the same name remains a classic in the discipline of paranormal studies.

And around the time that Paramount was preparing its guerrilla marketing campaign for Paranormal, the movie, Tart was releasing The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal is Bringing Spirit and Science Together.

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My Pilates ‘body-rush’

My Pilates ‘body-rush’

Pilates is part of the training program of every professional sports team in America. It is also a meditation

BY PAUL KAIHLA — Some people don’t go to a gym at all. Some go to a gym, but they do their own thing, in their own silo of solo, whatever. For two decades, I was one of those muscle-heads. Then, I discovered the power of the group — and the “metro-sexual” workout that a German emigre made eponymously famous as, pilates.

It’s one of the reasons I go to the gym now.

There is an energy in the room, gracefully non-verbal, that invites my own attention to do a deep dive into my core, both somatically and pyschologically .

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A Kennedy death that offers a healing opportunity

Despite his transgressions,  Edward Kennedy was a model of grace and forgiveness. His legacy outshone Chappaquidick and the shadows cast by assassins Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan

BY PAUL KAIHLA — In our anxious world the news of a Kennedy death has an archetypal effect: shock and awe, a collective “pain body” experience. John F, ’63; Robert F. K. in LA in ’68, by the first post-war Arab terrorist in America.

But this time, there was no “Kennedy curse.”

Let’s celebrate that Teddy, who ran for president like his brothers, died of natural causes — not an assassin’s bullet or bomb. Let the mainstream media call him an American icon. Or conflicted whatever.

Soul’s Code calls him a person who took a leap of faith. He didn’t retreat into wealth, like Jackie. He didn’t become Jackie’s lover, like Bobbie. He cathected in not only his uncle-role with his family and tribe, but in a larger role with our global village. He worked his (energetic) anatomy 0ff to change the world:

Family man, related: Most American men somehow, find some way, to be at odds with their mothers. Please find an instance in a book, or in a newspaper, or a YouTube rip where Ted ever said a single negative word about his mother.

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Google goes spiritual

Drawing on “Emotional Intelligence” author Daniel Goleman and a recent Oprah guest, Google launches a School of Personal Growth

PAUL KAIHLA — Apple isn’t the only Silicon Valley anchor-tenant that knows how to execute a stealth launch. For Google, though, this one wasn’t about products — and it seems that the world’s largest search engine and online ad agency prefers to keep this news quiet, even post-launch. Last summer with zero fanfare, Google joined the human potential movement. The vehicle: Google University, which is in a building one street down from the main Googleplex in Mountain View.

One of the institution’s four departments: The School of Personal Growth.

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Will Michael Jackson’s funeral transcend Diana’s?

Will Michael Jackson’s funeral transcend Diana’s?

7 Reasons why Michael Jackson’s shocking June 25, 2009 death will become a larger event than Princess Diana’s

BY PAUL KAIHLA — Diana, Princess of Wales, had one of the most famous funerals in living memory — and the memory of the ‘Peoples’ Princess’ was celebrated in saturation TV coverage of her public vigils.

But the public outpouring for Michael Jackson has grown much larger and widespread than that for his friend, Diana, even though he was far more controversial than she. Within minutes of the Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s DOA announcement, networks called Jackson’s death “the story of the year.”

Here are 7 reasons why Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death will become a larger event in the global village’s collective consciousness than Diana’s 1997 tragic demise in Paris:

1. Michael Jackson became known when he was 11 years old; Diana, age 20. Jackson touched a much wider swath of humanity for a far longer period of time.

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The oldest meditation chamber in the west

Why Rome’s 2,000-year-old pagan temple, The Pantheon, is one of the most magical and mystical spaces on earth

BY PAUL KAIHLA — The Pantheon has been nearly all things for all people: for the ancient Romans, a cornucopia of shrines; for Catholics, a church for a legion of saints; for modern Romans, a common sight on their way to work; for tourists, an uncommonly spectacular site.  And for Soul’s Code, a mystical destination.

From housing gods, to hosting saints

“Pantheon” comes from the Greek word meaning “every god”, most likely derived from the several shrines and statues lining the interior.  The Pantheon was rebuilt several times by Roman emperors, each one adding to it’s grandeur.  A few centuries after Christianity became a legal religion within the empire, the Pantheon was converted into a church, Saint Mary and the Martyrs.  Though the exterior has lost a few of it’s beauty (e.g., sculptures in the now bare pediment), the interior has remained virtually intact for over 2,000 years.

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7 spiritual recession lessons

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