Hedgecrossing with Stag
Hedgecrossing or astral travel for me can begin very much like meditation. It can be practiced like a guided meditation or a visualization exercise, but that visualization takes on a life of its own and instead of creating the world around you the world is independent and you react to it
Now when I say visualization I don’t mean just sitting still and trying to picture things, if that works for you great, but it doesn’t work for a lot of people. Try to engage as many of your senses as you can: see things, hear ambient noises, smell the air, feel earth under your feet and the wind on your face. Practice this until you get super comfortable with this. Take yourself on walks around your neighborhood or through your favorite park. As you get more comfortable with this you may start to notice things happening or appearing that you didn’t create or that you can’t control. In my experience these weird occurrences is the Otherworlds leaking over into your visualization. Get comfortable with this happening, learn how to differentiate between what exists on its own and what is a creation of your mind. When you feel confident with this it’s time to be moving on. This is when you start trying to get across the Hedge, the Veil, whatever you want to call the boarder between this world and others.
When I sit down to intentionally leave my body and travel to the Otherworlds I have a standard path I take. This is how I generally teach people to begin crossing the Hedge, and so far it’s been successful. It goes like this:
Get yourself into a light trance like state. Do this however works for you, dancing, drumming, whatever.
Once in you begin to feel a little detached from your body, maybe a little numb, a little dizzy, proceed with your usual meditation ritual, play your music, sit or lie however you want, burn incense, however you’ve been practicing.
Begin by visualizing stepping out of your body. Turn around and look at it, see it exactly where you left it, waiting for you to come back into it. Walk out of the room you’re in, out of the building, and onto the street.
Walk down the street until you come to the nearest intersection or crossroad.
At that intersection, instead of the usual buildings or or landscape you see a train station.
Walk up to the platform and wait for the next train. When it comes to the station get on, the conductor will ask where you’re going, tell them where you want to go. The train will take you there.
Practice! The more you practice the better you’ll get at navigating the Otherworlds, and the easier it will become.
This of course isn’t the only way to get to the Otherworlds, this is just how I do it. I’ve always had a harder time staying in this world than getting to the Otherworlds, so it’s very easy for me to begin with a little visualization and let the Otherworlds take over.
Jasper’s Vulture Culture Giveaway
-2 framed butterflies
-coyote face (damaged - hole by left ear)
-I’ll also include a few small extra items like coyote claws, seashells, beetle wings, whatever I have available!
-you don’t have to be following me but I’d appreciate it
-like & reblog as many times as you wish
-I will ship within Canada and the continental United States
-if you live in the States, make sure you are allowed to import and possess the above items; I don’t see there being a problem but neither of us will be happy if the package gets seized at the border
-winner has 48 hours to respond
-giveaway ends October 30th
I know it’s small but this blog is almost a year old and I wanted to do something for you guys (:
- Apollo: *pulls out lyre*
- Hermes: PLAY FREEBIRD
He just shit on your whole life, bitch.
Can we talk about this for a sec?
This exchange was really important to me because I think Nina’s attitude here illustrates a HUGE problem with modern pop culture criticism.
Feedback regarding any work should always be delivered in a constructive way. The goal of any kind of evaluation is to point out what went right, what went wrong, and do so objectively, without bias, so that the recipient can improve himself/herself. Ideally, there should be no prejudice and (to a certain degree) no emotional attachment to the work being evaluated.
While the aesthetic value of a creative work is most certainly subjective, and the passions it evokes can also vary from person to person, the expression of a critic’s reaction to a work should be divorced from the emotional response he or she first received from that work so that the work can be examined within larger context, one extending beyond the scope of the individual person.
Reality TV has encouraged a style of criticism that rewards short-sighted snark and imprecise hyperbole over substantive commentary and fair-handedness. I’m thinking about Gordon Ramsey-style emotional outbursts where there’s cursing or violent shouting. I’m thinking about nasty rounds of Simon Cowell-brand sarcasm, where cute quips and degrading put downs become more important than delivering truly accurate, well-rounded criticism. I’m thinking about those judges who just scream and shout or clap their hands wildly or dance or throw out tired variations of “you killed it” or “that was the bomb” without really providing examples that illustrate what choices the artist made that were truly distinctive or superior. And frequently, when judges DO offer well-rounded criticism, they usually get booed for it by the audience even when it’s polite and accurate (I’m looking at YOU, Dancing with The Stars audience members!!!)
There’s no need for cruelty when providing a negative evaluation. And a positive evaluation needs more than exuberant gushing to be helpful. Both these styles lend themselves to emotional exhibitions that lack real, critical content. They may be better for TV ratings, but I think they also diminish the art of criticism. They perpetuate a culture where people listen to those individuals who are shouting the loudest, not those who might have the best ideas or clearer insights. It’s true that sometimes a pithy piece of snark can be insightful or clever, but most TV judges are a far freaking cry from Oscar Wilde!
In Nina Garcia’s case, she had her chance at express her scathing criticism in this clip, but she was so hell-bent on being as devastating as possible in her delivery that she could not even accept a humble “thank you” from this PR designer.
I don’t know what was going through Chris’ mind during this evaluation, but I believe his reply was meant as a subdued form of polite acceptance for Nina’s criticism. Even though Nina gave him this elaborate negative comment, he still respects her enough as a professional to take what she is saying constructively (even though it was never offered in the spirit of edification).
Nina doesn’t like his graciousness! She goes out of her way to make sure he feels insulted: ”That’s not a compliment.”
Chris responds with a curt, clarifying reply:
"I didn’t take it as a compliment."
Now THAT is my favorite kind of smackdown. It’s understated, subtle, humble, and completely turns the tables on the person who is supposed to have all the power.
I don’t know about other viewers, but after this interaction I was left with the distinct impression that it was not Chris’ understanding of Nina’s criticism that was lacking, but instead it is Nina’s authority as a critic that suddenly became questionable (at least in this one exchange).
Work it, Chris!
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Very well said. It wasn’t until I was in a college creative writing class that I had this explained to me - that it’s perfectly OK to dislike something if you can clearly express why, and then suggest how you think it can be improved. And it’s polite to point out the things you do think succeeded. I guess people just think it’s more amusing to be over the top and colorful when they blast something, which is why I don’t watch critique videos any more (and kind of want to do some of my own, except I’m very camera shy).
I understand the theory behind “if you crave it, eat some. Don’t punish yourself and cut everything out.”, it makes total sense.
It’s simply not realistic for everyone. Not everyone can have a bowl of chips if they want it. They’ll eat the whole bag. Not everyone can have a cookie of two if they want one. They’ll eat the whole box.
Some people have to cut things out entirely to be successful.
Preach! Food addictions are just as real as alcohol and drug addictions. For some people, abstinence is the only real option.
During the Annual Pantheons Meeting, the gods of the Dead just look for a corner away from sunlight and bitch about people.
I’m not entirely sure about how this happened, but Hades and Anubis might be my new brotp.
this is flawless and I need to hug whoever drew it
I can dig this Brotp omg
Can somebody do one with Hermes, Loki, and Set, PLEASE?? :)
Annual Pantheons Meeting, Part 2.
CRYING YES OMG
Meanwhile Veles is elsewhere up to something.
I have this weird theory that some people are drawn to each other because their atoms were near each other when the universe was created and over time the same atoms keep coming back together
DID YOU JUST SCIENTIFICALLY EXPLAIN SOUL MATES?!
It’s too early to be thinking about this shit
A woman has converted a tiny cabin in the woods in to her dream Victorian home.
I am in love.
Want the same in darker colors. v”’v In loooooove!!!