Temple Illuminatus – A Social Network with a spiritual focus.

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It doesn’t have an easy mainstream catchy name, like MySoul, SpaceBook, or ZenLife.  It’s got a fussy name, but it’s a name I like.

I made it… what is it about? It’s a social network, it’s about whatever the people who join create there.  Have you been looking for a space to explore your authentic self?  Or perhaps you’re already involved in spiritual pursuits personally and/or professionally and are looking for a place to share? That is alternative spirituality and diversity friendly? That is geared towards adults, and thinkers?

Take a wee peek… Temple Illuminatus

The furry beasts that dwell in my home…

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Odin is our newest family member, he’s the little orange guy, the other two cats are Freyja and Loki, Loki has slightly longer hair and orange eyes, Freyja the green eyes. The dogs are pug X boston terriers, Luna is the black female, and Iggy is the brindle male.

Be the Light.

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Embrace your emotional ‘dark side’

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People are often keen to try to eliminate what they perceive as negative or dark, however, these are flip sides of the same whole nature of creation, all is intertwined in paradoxes of duality and unity. You cannot have ‘positive’ emotions without ‘negative’ emotions. We separate our emotions in separate categories, but emotions are not distinct, they are fluid and mixed. They are also often dependent on their so called counterpoints.

For instance fear, without fear there would be no courage. Courage cannot be experienced without the presence of fear. Part of the role of fear, besides acting as a warning system, heightening our senses, etc, is to help us tap into, develop and embrace our courage.

In order to fully transcend the ‘negative’ we must embrace it, not deny it. Then we transmute it into it’s greater nature, no longer isolated it becomes a tool and something we control, rather than something we have not dealt with and denied and buried away in our subconscious, where instead, it will control us.

I find it unusual that people so fearfully speak of fear mongering, or angrily speak of anger, they are blind to the hypocrisy of their own negativity towards negativity, what they perceive as negative.

If you, as someone who is embracing the ‘so-called’ ‘dark side’ will soon see, that the darkness is only an illusion, when we stop fearing fear, stop getting angry at anger, and just embrace the spectrum of reality all around it, we realize the dark is a necessary part of the light.

Nothing we feel is meant to truly harm us, instead, they are there to help us grow and develop, to protect, warn, drive or motivate us.

You don’t overcome fear, anger, and other so called ‘negative’ emotions by avoiding them, or struggling against them, you can only over come them by facing, embracing, accepting them as natural parts of your being, and then putting them in service of your higher self.

As one develops spiritually, often people find that they spend less and less time in states of fear, or anger, etc, but it is not because they have warded them off like unwanted beggars at the door, but welcomed them in, and put them to rest.

My Image Loop of Loopy Images of My Image…

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Your pictures and fotos in a slideshow on MySpace, eBay, Facebook or your website!view all pictures of this slideshow

Resolving conflict, seeking compassion and peace.

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It is challenging to see conflicts arising around one at times. Conflict is everywhere, and the online forums I belong to are no exception, I notice conflicts between people online all the time, and have had a few of my own, despite my best attempts to create peace and harmony in my life and to avoid conflict.
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A dream moment?

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As a child I used to talk, move, etc, in my sleep. As I moved into adult hood it went away. Until. This morning.

I’ve been having nightmares lately, and I’m a lucid dreamer. This means I’m aware I’m dreaming while in the dream. Sometimes it’s to a split degree, it’s like part of me knows I’m dreaming, and part believes. Anyways. I’m aware I’m dreaming.

This morning I’m having a nightmare where I’m treading water in shallow ocean just off shore. It’s a post apocalyptic setting where our area has experienced risen ocean levels and global warming, meaning the ocean is warmer. We have to swim along the shore in this dream to get to a safe location after an incident we’re fleeing. Wolfe, ash, and myself are in the water. Out of the murk and debris a huge shape swerves by and reveals itself to be a medium size spotted shark of some kind. Not a great white, but something say around 150lbs? big enough to do some serious damage that would easily lead to death in the current state of the post-apocalyptic world when we’re in the middle of fleeing for our lives.

So we stay watching to see after it passes us if it’s going to leave us alone or circle back before we try to swim on. It circles back and it’s coming for me.

Voice in the back of my brain goes, hey, thats okay. We know we’re just dreaming right. Shark is nearing. I’m thinking dream or not, I do NOT want to dream being bitten by this shark. So doing what lucid dreamers do in nightmares, I take control. I decide, no problem, I will change the dream outcome. I will use my martial arts training (ha ha) and give this shark a big mighty punch in the nose. I visualize how I plan the dream to unfold with the shark being badly dazed then swimming off wildly. Then I pull back and haul off.

Thank goddess I was not facing towards gray my bed mate, and I was facing the nightstand and wall. The next thing I know I’m wide awake with my fist back by my jaw in a defensive position and the sound of pills in a container smashing against the wall and ground having woken me right up. I had hauled off a might punch all right. My fist had flew out and hit a container that was just at the end of my reach, but the impact was enough that it flew, hit the opposite wall and ricocheted under the bed.

I eyed the overly full side table it was on, laden with my full glass of water, several containers, and other things, and was silently grateful I hadn’t put my fist through the lot! I rolled over, and kissed my boy, and was grateful I wasn’t facing that direction either, given he was only a foot away. He had woken up by this point, and I explained to his groggy head what had happened. He also expressed extreme gratitude, as well as some major concern when it came to falling back asleep again. lol.

I did re-assure him that this hasn’t happened since I was a kid. But I certainly hope it’s not the beginning of a new trend. If so, I’m sleeping with gloves, and my partners are sleeping with head gear.

In The Woods…

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ITW or In The Woods is an amazing BDSM kinky camping event put on yearly by the Triskeli guild in WA state. The camping site is just across the border from us and literally a hop, skip, and a jump away.

I just returned back from attending for the second year in a row, and celebrated with them this year their 10th anniversary. I strongly recommend this event to anyone in the kink community who remotely enjoys or even can tolerate camping. The workshops are amazing. The people are phenomenal. The food is good. It’s got amazing energy.

This year things seemed to get a little crazy, a lot of little things just off a bit. I came home with a bladder infection. Just about everyone in my leather family ended up with some form of medical issue some more of an issue than others. I’m keeping an eye on news from a couple of people. I don’t know about the rest of them, but I found it well worth it. Besides, I likely would have had the same infection crop up at home at some point, I think camping just accelerated it.
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Quotes and images…

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“Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things.” Dogen

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The worst condemnent and judgment is that of one’s own self and soul.

I was just deleted off a ning spiritual social network I belong to, after I posted some information about myself in terms of my sexuality and my involvement in creating fetish/erotic/adult/pornographic material.

As time goes on, the rejection of my self by others is less difficult for me. For it is not me they reject but some perception, judgment, assessment they have of me.

They do not know the whole of me or myself. My heart, my soul my being. My intentions. My self. My love. More »

Namaste

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True Friends, true loves, human relationships… Unconditional love, Conditional relationships.

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Whether platonic friendships, love relationships, romantic love relationships, relationships are a huge part of our lives.

Healthy relationships fill us with positive energy and feelings, unhealthy relationships drain energy and cause negative feelings.

There is no blame in relationships that are draining or create negative energy or feelings. There is no point in ‘blame’. It serves no positive purpose. Sometimes it is just a matter of personalities or individual energies not aligning together. Two good people can still clash and have a negative relationship because of some negative behaviours.

Healthy relationships, come from choosing and creating relationships where you and the other person or persons benefit. No one is drained, everyone feels energized, and feelings are over-all positive, not negative. More »

Metaphorical Knowing, Embracing our broken filters.

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Everything we ‘think’ is a metaphor. We can ‘think’ no other way.  We experience life through our small human mind.  A little gray box of flesh and chemicals and electricity. We understand through the limited filters of our senses, through our body and mind filters.

The language I’m using right now is a metaphor, we ‘process’ in metaphors, symbols that are meant to represent ‘reality’.

Until people grasp that what they hold so strongly as some ultimate truth,  religious truth, scientific truth, personal truth, is really just a child’s metaphorical scribble with a crayon of what is.  That that is the best we can do in our understanding, little movement can be had in terms of moving towards a world of real understanding, and tolerance. More »