| by Mark Husson
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Most weeks I don't know what I'm going to write about until it hits me. I never worry about it though. Something always seems to come along, and this week was no different.
The last dream image I saw before I awoke this morning was beautiful and stunning in its realism. As I opened my eyes to the new day, I could still see it in my mind as clearly as if I were holding it in my hand. It was the so-called, Venus of Willendorf. For those of you who aren't familiar with this tiny piece of art, it's prehistoric and magnificent.
Found on the banks of the Danube in the early part of the 20th century, this statuette is thought to be about 25,000 years old. By those standards, the Sphinx is just a kid.
It's hard to describe her, other than to say that she's a representation of a woman, well fed, naked and not personalized by specific features.
In modern times, it's become politically correct to call her, "The Woman of Willendorf," rather than the Venus. This has to do with modern ideals that we put upon the goddess, Venus, as well as the fact that the statuette predates that goddess by tens of thousands of years. However, I don't think that changing it really makes any difference, or makes any sense. Either way, she's beautiful.
By today's standards, she'd be considered obese. I've read descriptions of the statuette that claim that she's a gross misrepresentation, or caricature, of a woman's form. I beg to differ.
It occurs to me that I saw her this morning because I've been thinking quite a bit about how we view ourselves and each other. We live in a world of appearances, where we want to be seen in a certain way and expect to see others in a form that pleases us. Anything else is often times considered wrong.
With obesity becoming a worldwide problem, we've had the topic shoved down our throats. We're constantly told that we shouldn't put on extra weight, and if we do, it's probably due to some sort of weakness.
I've grown up with extra weight. I put on pounds during an extended trip overseas when I was about seven, and it stuck. I've have had to deal with my self image, off and on, for most of my life. It's only within the past couple of decades that I've concluded that I like myself the way I am.
I need to stress here that this has nothing to do with health benefits or the logical necessity for losing weight as a matter of maintaining one's wellness. That's all common sense. I'm talking specifically about self-image and self-confidence.
Some archaeologists and historians have theorized that the statuette represents fertility. Others have thought that she's a representation of wealth and opulence. 25,000 years ago, we can only imagine that one of the main concerns in life was simply staying alive and outmaneuvering famine and disease. In this way, the Venus represents someone who's healthy and, in fact, probably quite wealthy by their standards.
Today, the standard for wealth can be epitomized by a wafer thin physique, cosmetic surgery, designer clothing, expensive cars and exquisite tans. Follow that up with a mansion or two, some time in rehab for addiction and you've got a pretty well-rounded view of what we tend to view wealth as being. I have nothing against wealth, celebrity or their stereotypes, but I like the statuette better.
I don't mean to sound cynical, but our modern view of what's beautiful confuses me.
I'll take someone who's natural and comfortable in their own skin any day of the week. I like people, real people. I like individuals who know who they are, or are at least looking to discover themselves, and who can do so without apologies.
I'm all for self-improvement and for moving forward in life, but being hyper-critical about one's body shape, or social status, is nothing but counterproductive.
I took a good look at myself in the mirror this morning, and while I don't look like the Venus of Willendorf, thank goodness since I'm a man, I do look like a human approaching his 60th decade on the planet. I liked what I saw. There's always room for improvement, but the bottom-line is that I'm me and I'm happy to be me. If I decide to make changes I'll make them, but because I want to and not because I feel pressure from a society that doesn't know from day to day what it expects of us.
I urge you to love yourself as you are. If you want to make changes, make them if you can, but stop beating yourself up over your body image, or anything else for that matter. You can't expect anyone else to accept you if you won't accept yourself. In fact, that's the most important part of finding, meeting and relating to a worthwhile relationship in your life.
Self-love is the only path to being loved in a healthy way by someone else.
I urge you to look at the statuette of The Venus of Willendorf and feel the energy coming from her. She's beauty itself. She's love and protection, as well as a sense of complete and total well-being. There's absolutely no doubt that the statuette was created from a place of great love and respect, and that was 25,000 years ago.
Don't you deserve love and respect in the present, especially from yourself? I know you deserve it, and I suspect you know it too. Live in love and with the assurance that no matter what your shape, you're important.
Until next week, love and peace.
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| by Tamara Childs|
This past week I've had the pleasure of staying with my mother as she recovers from a fall on the ice and a broken wrist. What you may not know is how full of activity her daily life is! The day after surgery she refused pain medication on the idea that it messes with her head and she suspects it retards her healing. Four days later, it's driving her crazy to have one arm in a sling and she is very competitive about how many chores she can do before sunrise. (One morning she showed me proudly how she can indeed open the dog food with one hand by using her feet to hold the can.) As I help her get around I keep wondering, is it a vacation if you didn't choose it? And then I look out at a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountains, with a radiant sky and realize that just because it's unexpected doesn't mean it's not a moment in paradise. Ahem. Have you noticed any paradoxes in your own life emerging?
Recently while walking my dog in the hills I saw another dog-like creature in the brush and recognized it as a coyote. I called my dog back quickly, because coyotes here are known to lure a dog away and then the pack descends. The wild thing skulked to the top of the hill and sat watching us intently from a distance. I could feel his wary, interested golden gaze. I love wild things and their messages.
Of course, I had to consult Ted Andrews' Animal Speak on the matter. He says coyote "is filled with paradox, but at the heart of its energy is the balance of wisdom and folly that makes for a fulfilling life. Are you not seeing the wisdom of your life and its events? The coyote will help you. In the tarot deck is the Fool card. Its energies are tied to simplicity and trust. It is the card for developing poise in the chaos of life. It stimulates and renews innocence, and it reawakens a childlike wisdom in response to the world. It is the card that reminds us that true teachers of wisdom have a wonderful sense of humor. Through the coyote, we learn to become again as little children with a reawakening of the intellect, creativity, the artistic mind and all the intuitive faculties."*
Need I say more? Enjoy your paradoxes this week. May any chaos you sense become a magical ingredient in rediscovering some important aspect of your life that vitalizes you.
*Ted Andrews, Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, (Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1993), 261.
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| by Carolyn Ferris|
Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art.
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Dream Within A Thought
The figure floats in a relaxed position in a hot air balloon over the flowing waterfall and green landscape with cartoons playing on television screens inside and outside of the house. A dream has flashed in your thoughts. The world seems relaxed and amusing. Take the time to write about a dream or a goal you have, it may be just the time to follow through with it.
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She's 1/4 of the Psychic Sisters, a Quartet of related Females who use their power for Good! They Joined us in 2012 on 12Radio.com with the Psychic Sister Show and Kristi and Katie branched off to include their own shows and to be a part of the 12Listen.com family of psychics.
| by Kristi Brower|
Kristi Brower has a "Grace with Honesty" approach to life. In our time together she has spoken up with praise where she saw it was deserved and suggestions when things needed to be different. I found myself proud, that this woman, while leading an entire family, thought the 12 would be an appropriate home. I was doubly thrilled when she offered her writing services to the Power Peek.
As I write this I am reminded of my lifelong experiences living in a place that has little respect for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When I was a child we did not get out of school for MLK Day. It was entirely ignored by our school system and community. My parents did not ignore it, however. My Mom taught my sisters and I about MLK and the amazing work he did for human rights. I remember asking a teacher once why we didn't observe MLK day at school. She told me that we didn't have many African-American people living in our state so it wasn't really necessary. That really happened, even now as I remember it I am shocked by that statement. I was incensed by this attitude and argued over this issue with my teachers many times. When I was in High School our state legislators finally had no choice but to observe MLK day because it became a Federal Holiday. Even now our local schools will give the students the day off and hold in-services for teachers, a not very subtle way of continuing to show disrespect for Dr. King.
As a social worker I have worked for multiple mental health agencies who did not acknowledge MLK Day. I was amazed by this considering that we worked with a population of people who were vulnerable to human rights violations. Once while teaching in an adult mental health day treatment program I went on a crusade to educate management about MLK Day and actually got them to agree to observe it. I am regularly stunned by the attitude that we don't need to observe MLK day and respect/appreciate the work he did. It is also a testament to the attitude that we don't have human rights problems anymore. It's almost like some of us think we already checked that problem off the list, on to something else!
MLK has long been a hero of mine. I have read and listened to recordings of his speeches and taught the children in my life about the amazing work he did. I feel that I must continue his work in my own way. My favorite MLK quote is "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." I love this message, and see it so literally true in the energy work I do. I read Auras and help people release attachments, balance their chakras, and heal other energetic issues. My primary tools for healing a person's energy body are love and light. No matter how much darkness someone has experienced in life, light will always overcome and heal. What a visionary Dr. King was, and his legacy lives on in many ways. I wonder what he would think about a Psychic like me being so inspired by his work in a slightly different way than most.
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I will leave you with another of my favorite MLK quotes. "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Blessings my friends,