Category Archives: Motivational

Male bashing? – my thoughts!

Once in a while I get a person/ friend/ friend of a friend..coming on into my posts/ discussions..and interactions quickly go south! and I end up totally shocked at the accusations they level at me..or indeed at `all men’.

When something propels that fast and out of the blue..and spirals out.. I have to remind myself to pull back and realise it’s really nothing to do with me.. but that person concerned probably has deep issues due to some past negative experiences or conditioning..

(who doesn’t?! I know I have my share of them.. It’s all work in progress – doesn’t mean am going to let everyone take pot shots at me. Am an aware man..but am also a human with my own instincts of self preservations!)

As sad as it is, the men-bashers really should stop projecting their issues on all the men and especially stop looking for `evidence’ that all men are bad, all men are dictators preachers, all men are angry and self-indulgers (words a recent female friend used at me, so am using it as some examples!)

Laws of attraction comes to mind. If you keep looking for any evidence, that becomes your reality and it will keep manifesting..! Science is all about looking for impartial and independent evidence.. (even then.. we have the quantum mechanical thing that we can’t observe a system without affecting it!). And psychology is full of the placebo effects (belief becomes real), projections and transferences..

In short..a mine-field of `mind-mines’! Any one of it can trigger..and explode and cause a messy wrangle..

Navigating through all this..and then trying to get to a truer reality is not easy.. In Fact it may never be possible. (That’s what `Maya’ or illusions is all about.. and only way out is through detachment.. of everything, and the quest for enlightenment and arriving at the feet of Lord Shiva! In short, one can’t be on Earth and hope to be out of reach of Maya…!)

So.. to any women out there into male bashing.. I’d say `please go about trying to truly heal the wounds one or more men may have inflicted on you..’ Because not all us men are bad.. but if you keep thinking that, and keep looking for evidence of that, you’ll find those monsters in all our manly shadows..

Remember Ladies.. there are many men out there who are doing a different kind of work.. Lammas Kings comes to mind. If you don’t know what that is…do look it up.

-Mani Navasothy

ps. And ofcourse… `men bashing women’ also has the same problems. Goes without saying.. But I’ll say it anyway.

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The `Them & Us’ of Christians vs Witches?! (my personal views)

The whole thing of religious `Them & us’ has come up elsewhere on my wall. It relates in part to the old Witches being persecuted by Christians. So am writing this post (*1).
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The inference is that modern wiccans who practices Wicca & Witchcraft as a religious / neo pagan path.. are carrying some old `racially’ suppressed trauma of their ancestors being persecuted..and have an inherent `fear/ dislike/ apprehension/ animosity (take your pick’ or some similar feeling) against Christians!.
Truth of the matter is.. many modern witches and wiccans actually can’t prove their own lineage extends that far to the witches of the old.. I argue that there is no such `racial memory’ and that it’s just a fad..a presumed feeling.. because people love to have just historical clues and reasons for carrying causes.. (we can just believe in a cause and carry it.. we don’t’ need a historical justification or reason or validation).
Being an initiated Wiccan & Witch ( now pushing past 21 years of it..) sometimes I get the feeling I am expected to carry these `party lines’ of the `persecuted witches’.. a feeling of `them and us’ against Christians.
Am sorry to disappoint all.. but as Hindu I grew up not just going to the Temple with my family in my boyhood days, but also to adjacent Christian Churches. In fact we’d pick and choose what Gods we went to to pray for.. One example would be, when i had a strange mole on my finger, i was advised to go to the St.Anthony’s church for 7 weeks and pray, take a bit of salt & pepper, and crawl under the stand where a certain St.Anthony statue was. I did that and the mole disappeared long before the 7th week, though I completed the 7 weeks. It can be said that was my first practice of self delusion, prayer or heaven forbid.. Magic!(*2).
If anything I should have a prejudice against Buddhists..because it’s the Sinhalese people who were majority Buddhists who have caused racial violence against my Tamil / Hindu people..and murdered thousands.. back in Sri Lanka.. I’ve lived through not one but two of those episodes…running for our lives each time.
Yet I do my best to educate myself and weed out any hidden prejudices that may have developed as a result of those direct personal life and death episodes…which in theory should make me hate every Buddhist on the planet. So moral of my personal tale is.. enough of this `them and us crap’ !
I now don’t give a frack about what religion did to what other religion way before my time..
None of the `Witches’ living in our times have ever been persecuted to death enmass for their religions by another.. (save for a few individual harassment cases) .
As someone who actually has been persecuted for his religion, I think my perspective and aspirations should stand higher than these petty them-us arguments. As such, I do not ever want to see it or hear it in my presence from my open minded friends..
If I can be a hybrid of so many beliefs and not explode or go insane…then there is no excuse for anyone else(*3)!
-Mani Navasothy
Footnotes:
*1:  Am NOT a Ph.D in English, and nor do i have to worry about composing a thesis here that’s gotta hold water.. These are just my simple human sentiments.. typed in one go without editing (Thank you Mercury direct!). So please do see beyond the specifics and to the message I am trying to convey..
*2:   There are other incidents of Hindu priests advising the family of rope & water magic for finding out lost family dog, and one drunken father cursing someone with water ..and many a sessions with my grandmother who did all manner of potions, lotions, wafting of incense, flames and shamanic spitting to ward of evil eyes, o the local soothsayer lady who went into a trance and channeled Goddess Kali.. and advised devotees.
On the harsher side, I have as a boy just about sneaked a peep at a new Kali temple being consecrated with many animal sacrifices..and seeing their blood run in a small stream past me! (This is why it makes me extremely concerned when people purport to worship Goddess Kali in the west as if she’s some pussycat in their pocket.. Would they do so with the terrible Sekhmet who had an equal bloodthirsty mythical origin in Ancient Egypt? I think not.
*3:   Am sadden to hear that there’s even a divide of `Them & Us’ …from a Hereditary Witch’s point of view, towards rets of the Wiccans.

Pixelations: A Social Media overload for business & pleasure!

Am seeing this disillusionment all around me.. Perhaps it’s the Mercury-direct or the Saturn-retrograde just starting…but the pattern is too much to ignore. People with online business dreams are feeling deflated. Others feeling despair..dismay.. and a lot of other dis-something
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here’s what I wrote on a friend’s wall on this matter.
“..the whole `facebook network brings growth and business’ is a complete fallacy. Long ago I was telling people / pagan organisations to get with the times and get on FB.. Now I’m saying `FB is a waste for business’ and this too will come to pass. (meanwhile other things are growing and spreading in between the pixel-gaps!)
People use it as an escapism… a time passing devise.. Everyone will `like’ ..pages and groups will grow.. There’ll be lots of exchanges.. and everyone then forgets.
How can our brains cope with such an overload?
With overwhelming options and alternatives, what results is an option-paralysis and inactivity.. not more activity. There are now over 1 Billion accounts on FB (world population is 8 Billion for comparison)..and everyone is being `encouraged’ to sell on FB.. It’s an impossible scenario..doomed to fail as we go beyond saturation levels..
The dot-com bubble burst..So will FB selling & marketing fantasy.
I stopped `investing’ in FB growth about 1-2 years ago..and just play.
My advise..? build a website..and keep it alive.. It has a slightly better chance of being discovered when people actually have a need and search google for it..
But beyond that, Keep it all real and keep it physical.. make real impressions face to face.. That’s what’s going to work.. ad anchor in the mind. (I can’t remember 1000 people’s names, posts and lives, or the 600+ pages I am supposedly `liking’ and benefiting from. But a person I met 2 years ago, I remember easily, because there was dancing in the rain, sitting with others naked in a sauna, and songs of a rebellious form! That memory stayed firm in my mind for 2 years..and was instantly accessible. And this post you might forget..but the keys I just planted might linger in your minds 
Real physical impressions involving 5 senses are the key, especially when pixels will fade.. Afterall, everything we see online is coming to us as visual input and now a bit of sound too on videos.. Its not enough anymore…not when there’s an avalanche of them competing for our attention..and the best we can do it consume it and file it in our short term storage… and visual memory will fade sooner or later if not anchored in the brain .. That’s biology we can’t ever beat..!
So don’t look for an alternative social media..or an App that manages other Apps.. or better pixelation strategies. Marketers are clever and desperate for your custom.. Augmenting reality? What the actual f**k is that, for heaven’s sake? Something is real or not. So ..get real!
Mani Navasothy
v1- 18th April 2018
ps.  Me writing about this online on my blog, about social media, may seem like a man sitting on a branch up a tree and sawing off that very branch.  But while there is a certain facility for viewer-comments and writer-replies, websites & blogs are very much authority building top level google-searchable platforms.  These are formal exotic gardens where as social media is like the weedy forest floor.  Yes there’s valuable precious medicinal plant life there…but also a lot of rubbish that no one clears out…  if you catch my drift.

The Thinking Dust

I have no blooming idea who I am.. artist, writer, magician, shaman, witch, Wiseman, trickster, director, producer..blah.. blah.. In the end.. I think I am Mani.. yay.. great conclusion to a long quest, right? Wrong! Even that is a name given to me by my parents (not even the first one.. they gave me another name..and changed their minds and few weeks later went and changed it on the certificate :-p ) So anyway as I often point out.. the magical / witch / shaman names we give ourselves in initiation rituals is a tad bit more of our own choosing than the name we’ve been stuck / blessed with since our birth. (hint: They call it `given name’ .. perhaps all forms we fill should henceforth have ..along with `give name, family name, married name’ another box too.. called `chosen name’ ?!)
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But anyway.. so the only way forward ..is to go backward and clean up all this transpersonal mess.
This is why in esoteric realms, we rant on about `Know Thy self’.. not easy as it sounds..or all these born-last-night-gurus make it out to be. `Know thy Self’ is a quest that can first strip you bare to the bone.. and then some more.. It’s more than just `breakdown to breakthrough’.. !
 
I remember an episode in the old Babylon-5, when Captain Sheridan goes to the Shadow world ..and dies..as forecasted. (`If you go to Zahadum, you will die’) . Then a whole episode came up where he finds himself in a dark cave.. ( how symbolic and womb-like) and with an ancient wise-alien (Lorien the First One).. and the one question Lorien kept asking.. `Who are you?’. Sheridan has to figure this out before he is somehow brought back to life in `our world’.. (self realisation gives birth to identity?!) with some sort of borrowed time.. (spoiler alert – decades later, he goes into space and just sort of fades/ bursts into light).
 
This has stayed with me for so long.. and I marvel at the deeper transpersonal symbology behind it all.. Going into our own shadows and clearing it means we experience a death…because the old self full of shadows changes…(death and rebirth).. The question `who are you’ is the most powerful one of all that kills everything we think and feel we are… till we reach a single simple deeper truth (can’t tell you what that is ..it may be different for you and me).
 
And at our eventual physical death, all that energy locked up in our body is released. Okay when its’ cremation or decades of decay in a coffin below ground.. we don’t see this energy release…But if it were to happen in one moment..we’d see all of our `mass’ transform into energy (light).. After all. it was light (energy) that was transformed into mass in the first place…inside a star.. long before we even became born as humans. (every atom in out body came from something else around us.. food..air..water.. but it can all be traced back to the star where it was created out of energy…cos `we are star dust’).
 
So is that who you are…a thinking piece of Star Dust?
What about before?
 
wait a sec.. !!!
Am I going too far ..too wide..too deep and too long into the past? well.. did you travel with me down this Quantum rabbit hole? Great… ‘cos this was step one of the `Know thy self’!
Now go beyond!!!
 
-Mani Navasothy

Self-serving Corporate entities & Community builders (part 1)

The real agenda of these corporate `community builders’ and `social media strategists’ is always about positioning themselves to make money… Individuals do it to some degree.. not a problem. On a primal level, every living creature competes for resources to keep itself nurtured and safe. (Just saw a squirrel in garden looking for spots to hide a nut). And we human are no different. We all have to earn a living afterall.

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Anway, big companies purporting to be adding to society do it on monu-Mental levels ..ie power-positioning themselves, They use us `members of community’.. we use them `providers of platforms’. They try to get us to spend on them and on their partner/ Affiliates’ products and services. .. we try to save by looking for short cuts and gimmicks..!

Guess what? They give us short cuts & gimmicks that look like its making our lives thrilling easy and better…but they got there by studying social psychology and patterns of our behaviour, and created those very short cuts & gimmicks. They would say it’s about providing solutions to our every problem or cause or concern. But in a blunt world, we know it as `cornering the market’!

If it’s not money, then it’s fame, or authority, or followers that are the real end results for those initiatives. And even if someone starts with the most altruistic or spiritual intentions.. they either get lost in the ocean or get swamped, stamped on, swallowed..or worse..have to start selling their souls (ie ideals) to survive and keep their altruistic ventures going..!

Everything costs and that cost has to and often does come out of us!!

I wrote this on a friend’s wall about social media..and this is the extended version.

That said, I’ll be saying more about individuals who purport to build or serve communities but again have the self-serving components that are much bigger than the social serving parts of their plans..

Trouble is.. you are doing it..and I am doing it.. we are doing it.. to some degree. So this sort of conversations put out are usually double-edged swords..that cut both ways. Then again.. it’s all about degrees.

One of the saddest problems I observe is that those of us here on the grass root levels.. swipe and snipe at one another ..for trying to earn a few hundred pounds a month.. to pay bills.. to provide for our loved ones – while the big guns out there are bulldozing the world to make millions of pounds/ dollars! We are powerless to stop them.. we are pawns in their hands.. so we helpless people take our bitterness and frustrations out on our selves and one another ..here on the grass root levels. Tell me that this is not the truth of it? !

So by NOT addressing this schism, we are letting the big ones get away..
So having a little scratch wound by our own swords is a small price to pay for opening up these topics . (and you all know that I have enough scars and bloody noses to show for it.. and am not stopping any time soon..) :-/

Part 2 / Video soon. 8-| )
-Mani

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue denouncing New Age path and becoming a Christian

My thoughts on Doreen Virtue Denouncing New Age/magical path and becoming a Christian.
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Am actually fine with this.. just proves my belief that none of us stand still.. and our spirituality must and often evolves.. We know many Christians who become pagan/ wiccan/ witches…so why not other way… where a pagan/ New age person becomes a Christian?
Back in my younger days in Sri Lanka, while being brought up as a Hindu, I was aware that many members of my family would go to Shiva & Kali temples..and also pop down to the local St.Anthony’s church nearby.
Zip forward 40 years later to my life in UK..as an initiated Witch/ Wiccan/ shamanic practitioner.. and I have openly stated many times.. that once in a while when the mood takes me..I do go to churches…not as spectator but actually to be there in a spiritual context..
Why?
The divine is always within us.. Gods & Goddesses.. all of them, in any shape or form. They are both within and without.. I grew up believing this.. after learning about the Hindu 10 incarnations/ Avatars of Lord Vishnu.
When the demon-king aggressively asks his religious son Prahalathan to show where his God Vishnu is..and asks if he’s in a pillar…Prahalad says yes. And when the demon strikes the pillar down, Lord Vishnu appears in the form of Narashimar – half man-half lion..and kills the Demon-king and frees the kingdom from his evil rulership.
Further more, as a Pagan, I believes that there are many shapes, forms and pathways to the divine.. and that divine can be reached by worshipping it in any God or Goddess form we feel we can connect with.
By this token, I readily accept that Christianity is a path to the divine too.. and Jesus is a god-form.
I have no conflict of spirituality here at all.
Getting back to Doreen Virtue becoming Christian-
The biggest issue is that when a public figure goes through a religious shift…everyone notices.. and the person will face a lot of pressure.. as expectations of others built on them crumble and projections people have on that person breaks.. It happens in relationships.. when one partner grows and changes.. and the other has difficulty accepting that change which can change the relationship or end it :-/
Many thousands of people are going to feel this projection-breaking regarding Doreen Virtue. As evident already, pagans and new agers will be upset…and some Christians will use this as proof and propaganda for the ways of Jesus and Christianity.
And then will come the greatest service Doreen Virtue will have done for them.. that those who followed her New Age teachings and ways will all question their own paths & beliefs on their own merits..rather than on the words of someone else.. And then the people will go forward with their own divine beliefs..
My only concern with the Doreen Virtue matter is that it was wrong of her to suggest that people should not use her new age books/ angel cards etc. She must trust (or rather we must trust) that at that time..she was a divine channel.. and those creations came through her to help others.. Now she’s a channel for another energy.. and others will benefit from her.. when the dust has settled on the sensationalism of this story.
A final thought ? Nothing remains the same..even remains change. Everything is cyclic. That’s why we pagans honour and celebrate the wheel of the year. And as some elders & teachers pass away (from our world) others will be growing in wisdom & divinity and become Teachers to fill those gaps. When one mighty Oak tree falls.. in its place a new sapling will grow to become another big Oak!
In the past year or so I have become aware of many of my spiritual friends having connections with Angels..  My sister’s own channelling abilities are growing.. and I myself have become drawn into work with Archangels..
In short -and in a tongue in cheek way, I’d say the angels are now talking to us now.. instead of with Doreen Virtue!
Bright Stellar Blessings
-Mani Navasothy
Mystic Mani – Magical Empowerment, Coaching & Consultancy

A Serving life (of Magic)

A Serving Life of magic:

Something personal..something I wrote on a friend’s wall..but thought it’s a good one to share on my page/blog too.. as it might be helpful to those who teach, run holistic community events or facilitate magical rituals/ ceremonies:

Without coming across as arrogant or anything, i have held a personal ideal..that I don’t cancel anything magical that I set up. Because the moment it is set up a beacon has gone out in the astral..and others have started to make their plans..and weave their lives (as brief or extensive) around it..which may or may not change their lives..

There have been days when personally I’ve been so tired or unwell..but I have had the courage of my convictions to turn up..

..and you know what? ..those days have gone exceptionally well.. Others have gone home feeling so powered up..and I have returned home feeling major shifts within myself..and the tiredness/ unwellness lifted.

(NB: These last 3 weeks..I’ve been dealing with a chest infection, near loss of voice, chronic back ache.. Yet I’ve managed to turn up /facilitate a trip to Avebury/Midsummer, a camping trip with my group, a new moon ritual in woods, a full moon ritual by the Thames, an Isis ritual. All have gone well..and those participated in them have said how powerful those rituals were..to my shock! It’s a shock as I felt at my worse and most vulnerable and yet others have experienced intensity and magic and power by it all).

It’s taught me that once we embark on a path of service.. we are like a heart that pumps blood to others..and ourselves. If we stop beating.. everyone looses. If we keep going..everyone gains magic..

Bright Stellar Blessings. 
-Mani Navasothy

Divine Battles within (keeping faith, hope & positivity)

Divine Battles within:

As much as I like to `resign’ from Life, Universe and the internet. There’s just too much crap going on in the world…for me and anyone with Gaia-consciousness to stay on the sidelines and look for Himalayas to retreat to.

THIS is our battle.. to keep the divine faith in our souls, hopes in our hearts, stay cautiously optimistic, unconditionally positive, challenge any and all ill-doings elsewhere and everywhere.. and stand up for a better world – no matter how gloomy things may look.. and how close the Four Horsemen seem to be. This is where our warrior-energies are need… not to fight, to hurt, maim or kill a fellow human..but to put to flight the welling darkness and rising illusions and delusions.

This battle is not fought with side-arms & arrows, mace or missiles – but with patience, endurance, inner strength and a strong belief within.. Doesn’t matter what god or goddess or divine being you believe it…but believe it.. and make him/ her/ it be your peaceful power and strength.. !

The inner child may be afraid.. and throws tantrums, seeking attention. But it is seeking safety, support and love. Not just yours or mine..but all the Inner-Children of the billions of people on Earth! As adults, we can exude positivity, assurance, offer support, emotional acceptance and understanding.

This is the time for all of our Love, light and compassionate, nurturing, empowering thoughts, feelings and deeds to rise to the surface and spread.

Bright Stellar Blessings!
-Mani Navasothy

ps. This piece was written by me, last year (June’16), on my personal wall on facebook, but seemed rather apt to share here on my blog now.

True Empowerment happens when..

If we have to bash, criticise or steal power from someone else to gain power, that is NOT Empowerment.

True Empowerment happens on Ones own, and independent of other people.

Time alone, Time in Nature, and Time with our Gods & Goddesses who dwell within our hearts and minds – is how we can reach Personal Empowerment.

Bright Blessings.

-Mani Navasothy

Sinking into Cyberspace..!!

You all know I have a Physics degree/ tech background and into all the multi-media stuff. Am also very much about nature & spirituality..and striving for tech-free time/ balance in life.

Everything is becoming hyper-real and accelerated these days.. What’s the hurry..? where do we have to get to so fast? Mars? Uranus? Death? Reincarnation? Oblivion?!

We are tumbling through our lives, transplanting & embedding our minds and emotions more and more into Cyber realms.. living our lives there too..and forgetting the shadows taking shape in the Collective.. Am not talking hypothetical. Am talking thought-forms, spirits, wraith and cyber-psychic entities (there I just invented a word).

Yes people are supposed to be connected..but NOT to 100’s or 1000’s.. however superficial that might be. At those levels, individuality blurs and gets lost. If that’s what you want..fine. :-/

There’s another danger too!! When any more than 1-2 people gather in a group, a group shadow forms within that small collective subconscious.. and it gets projected out onto its members and outsiders.. One becomes the hero another the black sheep.. Have we forgotten `Lord of the Flies’ that we all read in primary school English?! Imagine the fears, phobias, whims, wants, power-struggles, egos and other secret obsessions within each of our minds..spilling into social media..along side our posts and pictures and status updates…sliding past any obvious `filters’ and privacy settings. It’s all gathering..coalescing..in the darkness of cyber-realms that we can’t see.. And it’s reaching out tendrils to feed.. !

Those of you energy-sensitive must have realised the shifts and tremors by now surely?!!

It is really time to slow it down.. and not fall for multimillion dollar companies’ strategies, marketing and the euphoria of quick adrenalin fixes (event junkies!). Yes I know, the fear is of not getting left behind. The curiosity is in wanting to know everything. But instead of food & drinks ..we are now consumers of pixels and info bytes. It’s feeding mass amounts of useless junk into our minds on a daily basis.. Yes humans have some 80-90% brain space unused. But it;s not a hard drive to be filled with junk.. is it? There are mysteries of the mind that we can be working to unlock.. That all requires silence and stillness ..not more electronic pixellated noise!

So.. take stock now.. as I am.. !! It’s not a static process.. We’re going to have to regularly take stock and balance our cyberlives with physical lives.

-Mani

ps. I totally welcome real personal relationships and connections. 🙂 Happy to have hours of sit-downs, informal lounging and tons of teas, coffees and wines.