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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

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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. ūüôā Happy to have hours of sit-downs, informal lounging and tons of teas, coffees and wines.

A Ceremony of Flow – Photoshoot with Melanie Ivy

Hi all, amongst other creative and esoteric things, I also enjoy taking photos, filming & producing videos. ¬†I have been working with the divinely delightful Melanie Ivy (to call her an important muse in my life is an under-statement). ¬†She is a ¬†Lifecoach, fusion Belly dancer and a snake-charmer (I’ve gently played with her pet Python). We’ve been doing some videos (more on that another time).

Earlier this afternoon, Melanie & I drove up to a rather important woodland and an actual Spring.. ¬† ¬† Here’s a few of the photos I took.. More soon. ūüôā

Bright Blessings.  -Mani

ps. ¬†Please head over to her professional facebook page and give it your support ¬†with a `like’ and share. ¬†Thanks ..¬†https://www.facebook.com/melanieivyunplugged/¬†

pps . If you like to work with me on magical photoshoot , please do contact me. Thankx.

 

SongBird by Joie de Winter – the making of a music video

Songbird – written & performed by Joie de Winter – a wonderful friend of mine!

I first saw one of her songs/ other videos (Butterfly Belly) ¬†in early January (yes, not long ago).. ¬†and immediately fell in love with that song..It reached deep. ¬†So nervously I wrote to her on facebook, and offered to do a music video for her. ¬†I had met Joie a few times before in person at OneSpirit dance event ¬†(New Year’s eve) ¬†and at friends home, few months ago. But to all intents we were just passing acquaintances.

I then captured her online home video, did a bit of fancy fades/ editing..and posted it back to show her (kind of a `trying to show what I can do and impress her’ ¬†cos I really was compelled to work with her… and nervous she may think I am some random guy who’s trying out a flirty line).

But she was thrilled by the video..and said yes!  And I was elated!

So last week, we met in London, went to St.James park..and filmed her performing many of her songs and poems..  What a bonus..I was only expecting just one song..and a few hours.. But we were there from 11am till about 6pm I think..  There were so many little synchronous magical moments..  conversations and such..  There was that moment of her offering crunched up stingy nettle leaves for me to chew! And another of her munching on Daffodil flower stalk..  after strumming guitar with it..and doing a spontaneous song for a word I just blurted out!). It was a journey of discovery and friendship..and filming and co-creating..  Hard to pin in all down .

Other things kept us busy..but few days ago, we met again – at my home.. ¬† to watch all the clips/ video we had filmed.. ¬† Had lots of teas, snacks…my mother & sister popped in and out of the sitting room.. ¬†Mum offered more snacks.. ¬† We plays some of her music.. ¬†Well, Joie sang and played guitar and I just sat mesmerised..and drummed a bit to it.. ¬†(and she was okay with that).. ¬† ¬†Then we began editing.. ¬† ¬†And by the evening, we had worked on the first 50 seconds of a 4min song! ¬†It was kind of late so I dropped her off. (same local town!)

The next day she arrived ¬†I told her to tell me to shut up if I talked too much.. ¬†and we had a spontaneous plan to go to local park.. ¬†But half way that changed too…and we ended up in a local nature place.. ¬†It had been frosty..and cold..and waters had frozen.. ¬†Steam was coming off our breaths!

And we filmed more of her wonderful performances – as she climbed up a fallen large tree stretched over a frozen small pond! ¬† (there were some nervous moments for me..when I thought she was going to slip and fall in! ¬†Primary Camera- set up further away- was already rolling ..so it caught many of our funny, tricky slippery moments – and yes, we are saving all that for some `behind the scenes’ videos to share later!

We got home.. ¬†she made me nettle tea ¬†(yeah.. ¬†I went from chewing nettle leaf to drinking it in tea..It was okay ¬†– ¬†for my first time!). ¬† Day 3 was different now.. ¬† we were not strangers any more.. ¬†It’s a different kind of familiarity.. that comes of conversations that go deep into our pasts..and acknowledging one another’s journeys in life.. trials, pains, lessons and triumphs!

So more editing…this time…late into the night.. ¬†!

I don’t normally edit with others…am more of a solitary video editor.. have been so for many years (apart from fan videos that I have done ..worked with my sister).. ¬†but I offered to edit together, and Joie was thrilled to experience the process…and I think it drew her in more..added to the whole process of singing, filming, creating.

I had stressed many times the importance of her being fully involved (if he wants to) and having creative control.. ¬†It’s her song, her performance..her soul that we are showing to the world.. ¬†So she should have the full say in how it’s done.

And it was better that I expected. ¬†I showed her all the editing functions.. ¬†She’s already an experienced graphics artist/ 3D animator so she just got involved with the editing.. ¬†Formalities were thrown out the sofa ..and creativity flowed.. ¬† She’d work the mouse-pad on my laptop and I would work the mouse.. so at times I think the poor cursor on my laptop didn’t know which way to go.. ¬†But it was all good…

And then just before midnight the video was done.. ¬† she typed the `message’ at the end of it herself.. ¬†all her energy.. ¬† and we hit render…and then we watched it all.. the first full version.. ¬†and were just blown away by it.. ¬†and 5 mins to midnight, we began uploading it to her youtube channel.. (she hit the upload button… cos that’s how it’s gotta be!)

Outside it was cold…night sky was clear ..stars were bright.. ¬†all the ground and car windows covered in frost! ¬† I sort of told her off for using her hands & oyster card to scrape the ice off car ¬†windscreen.. ¬† There’s a scraper for that and it’s my job.. ¬†Hands that play so beautifully the guitar should be kept safe and warm.. ¬†ūüôā ¬†(not that she is weak or anything. ¬†She has strong hands.. but I just got protective!)¬†

By the time I had dropped her home, and back to mine, the video was done uploading..   and ready for the world to see..

And this is it!  First of many more to come..!

Thank you Joie, for your gifts of Heartsongs. 20 days ago I didn’t know you…and now I can’t ever forget you!¬†

-Mani Navasothy  (the fan!)

Defining terms: Nature, Natural & Artificial

DSCF5637I was having a discussion with some friends on a matter of `Saving the planet for the sake of our (future) children’ .. ¬†(Her’s was a well-written long post..but I can’t copy it here without permission..)

But here are some of my resulting thoughts…(thoughts in progress) ūüôā ¬† Note: Sections A, B & C are the 3 reply posts I made.. ¬†but of course there were interspaced with other people’s response too… Without those, this may seem a bit jumpy.. ¬†but these are all my thoughts…so these should flow..without too much jarring.. ¬†ūüôā

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A. So many thoughts come to mind… here are a few in no order..

1) To me, concrete & plastic are nature too.. all the components for them as well as the creatures who created them all came from Earth..

2) Mars, Venus, meteors and all the other planets…yeah… nature too..!!

3) People feel they need to justify reasons for wanting to `save’ the planet/ animals etc.. My view is `i want to save them…because I feel it’s important.. my inner self or intuition or something inside is telling me it;s important..and that’s good enough’ – But if this needs to be reduced to some logical argument….well, then I say, I am a product of nature..I want to save nature…because that;s just nature wanting to save itself.. Or put another way, my hands go forward to protect my head when I fall..

4) Ofcourse this same sword cuts both ways.. ie.. If a person says, `i want all the resources for myself.. I am nature…so nature decrees that just one part of it wants it all’ – In such a case, we need a new card/ control on the table.. For example.. `altruism’ ..ie good of all… for the good of the future…etc.. ..In this sort of manner…we become like dogs chasing their own tails…sadly..

5) Everything that’s happening on planet earth is 100% fine.. because it’s all part of the Earth,,all part of nature.. even the crazy matter of , `humans are part of nature…humans want to destroy trees/ hunt elephants down. ie.. nature wants to destroy itself..

6) Ultimate point- when we talk of nature, we are going to have to define a boundary..ie `just the planet earth’, just americas, just the solar system..etc. We are also going to have to define a particular set of boundary conditions…ie time frame… species.. …Its all just messy..messy messy..

7) There are 2 ways out of this logical loops/mess (that;s my scientific term )

7a) Mankind must consider itself to be superior to all else …as an end point to evolution (?) and so take some sort of `dictatorship/ right to use/ right to abuse all else’ position over all else.. or

7b) Mankind must assume that it has some divine advise/connection/ right…and thus can assume that superiority to own/ use/abuse all else..

B. ¬†I wrangle with these on and on for years… and the final two points 7a) and 7b) are more of a despair…than any sort of inspiration There must be another idea/ thought/ point that must surely explain why we as part of the web of life should feel we want to save things…without necessary having to go down the track of ..it’s because humans is the ultimate.. I actually don’t believe we humans are.. It’s why I often refer to us humans as `the human animal’ to remind myself and others..that there is so much of the beast in us.. no matter what shinny suits we wear and what great skyscrapers we build to keep going up.

C.  To be honest, we have to go down the route of Einstein.. and define terms before we can go further.. as any discussion/ debate. argument can only be valid or meaningful within the context of a particular situation/ circumstance/ boundary.. So here goes my attempt.. Bear with me..

I have to start defining nature...and say that anything that exists naturally on planet Earth. But I run into the problem.. of now having to define what is mean by `naturally existing’ .. People tend to go for the idea that `anything that has not been tampered by humans’ is seen as `natural’ . But I have to argue against that.. If in a caveman situation, a caveman found a cave..picked up a stone nearby.. started hammering and carved out the cave a bit more clearly.. found fallen sticks..and put a front wall of sticks.. and made a home of it.. is that artificial or natural? That’s no different to the Beaver that builds a damn using sticks..

This leads me to key thoughts that we need to incorporate.. And that is one of `transformation’ ...`reversibility‘ and even `biodegradability’ ..

A substance that occurs and only changes state/shape/ configuration by elemental forces ..can then be called `natural’ . ie by winds, water, fire and earth. But if any living creature tampers with those substances ..and changes/ transforms the shape/state of the said substance..then it has to be considered `artificial’ .. This means the beaver’s dam and the modified cave of caveman are both artificial.. Now that is not satisfactory…we will agree (am sure)…but note that both can be reversed to some level.. Twigs can be dispersed.. Cave front can accumulate soil and dirt and solidify over time.. (reversibility).

So ..(big breath) we need something else.. and that brings me to tools.. & technology..

A stone or bone tied by sinew or vine to a twig becomes a low-tech axe. It’s a tool that can be reversed.. ie broken up back into component pieces..and then allowed for `nature’ to take its course..gradual degradation.. (this is where biodegradability comes in). ¬†If a living creature uses an object that is not part of its living body at the time.. then it’s using a tool…and it’s using technology.. And the low tech tools are reversible in themselves..as well as the transformation they affect onto other substances…But hi-tech tools.. reversible or not.. can effect transformation of natural substances that can not revert back to original natural states.. NOW THAT is what I will call artificial

(These Definitions and related explanations are written on the cuff ..might have some gaps …but the core idea is here). As I said, `thoughts in Progress’

-Mani Navasothy

Rutting Stag Video (Richmond Park, London) by Mani

Have you heard the Hern-call? ¬† Here it is – Stag Lord (Deer) rutting.. ¬†gruntin, scratching the ground, squirting his semen to mark his territory ..herding the female deers together (he can never have enough of them in his harem!)..and occasionally locking horns (antlers) with intruders (other Stags) and chasing them out ¬†(that’s in my next video).

Enjoy this one.. ¬†no gimmicks.. ¬†no flashy edits…The idea was to quietly capture the moment… ¬†so you can watch and experience it. ¬†as if you were there.

I am planning to have a few `Stag watch’ events in Richmond Park over the next coming weeks.. (did that few years ago). ¬†So if you are interested, watch this blog.. ¬†Or subscribe / follow mt tweets @ManiQuantum ¬†so you’ll know when I announce those dates/ times.. ¬†(It will be short notice ..with just few days notice ..or even 1).

You can also join my `London Woodland Pagans Meet-up group’ and keep an eye on my `spontaneous’ events.. ¬†ūüôā

(Am sort of stepping away from doing long term planned events now.. ¬†10 yrs of it is enough.. ¬†I seek more spontaneity and freedom.. to have quick plans, change plans.. ¬†So yeap.. ¬†follow my tweets…:-)

-Mani Navasothy

Meetup Group : London Woodland Wiccans & Outdoor Pagans

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Nature’s Fertility Dance: A Spring Equinox poem

Happy spring equinox wishes to all pagans, wiccans, witches, shamans, and magicians..

Technically, the Sun entered the sign of Aries at 5.15am (GMT) on 20th March’12…so it’s already equinox.. But traditionally everyone think sit’s 21st of March… Anyway, I was writing an invocation to the horned god, and this extra bit sneaked into my head..so wrote it off as a separate piece.. Am not used to doing `poems’ so go easy on me ūüôā

-Mani

 

 

Nature’s Fertility dance

Nights are clear, stars sparkle bright
Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and Mars.
Potent planets of love, luck and Joy.
Sun rise at six o six, it’s Spring equinox,
Light grows strong, shadows sharp and long

Snowdrops now gone
Daffodils abound
Mighty Oak still asleep
But Willow sprouts green and weeps.

Cold Streams now trickle and flow
Meandering through grasslands low
Through mossy banks to muddy flaps
Housing freshwater shrimps and sticklebacks

Quacking ducks and squawking geese
Majestic Swans, moorhens and coots,
Weaving twigs and leaves
Into their floating nests with ease.

Birds, Bees, Toads and Trees
Dance, entranced to their primal needs
With racing hearts, pulsing groins.
Raging hormones, in their animal brains.

Wand to Cup, Male to Female
Dating, Courting, mating games
Ovum projects,
Phallus ejects
Sperm to the Egg,
Egg to the womb.
One cell into two, two into four
Four into eight, then sixteen and more
The embryo shall grow.
Encased in shell, skin, bark or brown scale
Feathered or finned, flesh, nail and claws
Spark anew, life it begins!

(c)Mani Navasothy.2012.

*Bright Blessings*