I have been reading a fascinating book by Robert Masters called The Goddess Sekhmet: Psycho-Spiritual Exercises of the Fifth Way. According to the Introduction, the book was written in a non-ordinary state of consciousness inspired by the Goddess Sekhmet’s Mysteries and by the Work of the Fifth Way (the Way of the Five Bodies). What comes now are excerpts from the book related to Reality as understood by the Fifth Way:
“The Way of the Five Bodies requires a consciousness which simultaneously differentiates each of the five while, at the same time, all of the five are functionally integrated. … its known source is the magico-spiritual Way of the goddess called Sekhmet by the Egyptians. …
According to this way, there are two primordial, co-existing, interactive and absolutely antagonistic realities: Cosmos (the Powers and Principalities of Order) and Chaos (the Disordered Powers and Principalities). The essentially irrepresentable Powers are…
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These are the women who should be our examples, our inspiration. As we always say, screw tradition, do what makes you happy. Here are just a few Iranian women who inspire us:
1. Nazanin Boniadi.
best known for her roles in How I Met Your Mother, Scandal, and Homeland.
(Fun fact: first Middle Eastern to ever get a contract with American daytime television).
But what you may not know… she was set in following the Persian path – attending medical school at UC Irvine (where she won the Chang Pin-Chun Undergraduate Research Award for molecular research involving cancer treatment and heart transplant), but ended up dropping out and pursuing her passion of acting. When she’s not wowing audiences on screen, Nazanin works as a spokesperson for Amnesty International USA with a focus on the unjust conviction and treatment of Iranian youth, women, and prisoners of conscience.
2. Shermine Shahrivar.
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William Turner, “Choir of Salisbury Cathedral”
“Bene vixit, bene qui latuit.” (To live well is to live concealed)
An article on Virginia Woolf’s idea of privacy written by Joshua Rothman has caught my attention recently. The author quotes from Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway, in which she explores the idea of solitude in marriage and the need to preserve a gulf between two people who have devoted their lives to each other:
“And there is a dignity in people; a solitude; even between husband and wife a gulf; and that one must respect, thought Clarissa, watching him open the door; for one would not part with it oneself, or take it, against his will, from one’s husband, without losing one’s independence, one’s self-respect—something, after all, priceless.”
I also feel strongly that finding a balance between sharing and withholding in a relationship is an ideal we should perhaps never stop…
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