IN BETWEEN

The world is torn apart, the world is falling apart –

because the holy souls who walk between the worlds

have been prevented from practising their pagan art.

Once as shamans we served, or as priestesses of pleasure –

we knew the body as the temple of the soul –

our erotic magic has an invisible role

in connecting humanity to the whole.

Those who bridge the gender divide,

uniting female and male on the inside,

are also bridges between the worlds –

our fem-masc bodies connect heaven and earth.

We do this through sex,

through rhythm and dance,

going deep into the body,

the mind enters a trance.

The body contains portals

through which cosmic light can come,

and the most sacred portal of all,

is that found within the bum.

The call to unite, through love or lust

is a call to come home

to deep peace and trust

in the powers of the universe

as we navigate life’s deep seas

and explore our desires and needs.

Yet we’ll never truly fulfil our deep desires for union –

it comes, it goes, in flashes of bliss –

these moments remind us of the truth beyond,

we have to come back to earth to sing our own song

knowing that it’s to earth and to spirit that we belong:

separated in appearance, thought and form –

when reunion comes through spirit and emotion,

the cosmic human will be born.

Before the ravages of two world wars,

and the ongoing battles to even up scores,

there were those who saw that the evolution of the race

was happening apace.

Ancient visions seemed close to fulfilment,

humanity reaching its finest hour

but dark forces of greed, hatred, fear

manipulated the game

kept humanity asleep, in a state of near slavery,

and now global disaster seems near.

Instead of rising to our spiritual destiny

humanity chose to repeat its history

with greater weapons and enforced mind control

the world’s mystics denied their central role

in bringing humanity home through love and compassion –

in the 21st century will the search for Oneness finally come into fashion?

“I believe in you my soul, . . . the other I am must not abase itself to you, And you must not be abased to the other. Loaf with me on the grass, . . . loose the stop from your throat, Not words, not music or rhyme I want, . . . not custom or lecture, not even the best, Only the lull I like, the hum of your valved voice. I mind how we lay in June, such a transparent summer morning; You settled your head athwart my hips and gently turned over upon me, And parted the shirt from my bosom-bone, and plunged your tongue to my bare-stript heart. And reached till you felt my beard, and reached till you held my feet. Swiftly arose and spread around me the peace and joy and knowledge that pass all the art and argument of the earth; And I know that the hand of God is the elder hand of my own, And I know that the spirit of God is the eldest brother of my own, And that all the men ever born are also my brothers, . . . and the women my sisters and lovers, And that a kelson of creation is love.” Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

“Whatever plane our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities. As we rise in the scale of development we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities, and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached “reality”; but only when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by Maya [illusion]. ”
― Helena P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)

“If religion is to mean anything definite for us, it seems to me that we ought to take it as meaning this added dimension of emotion, this enthusiastic temper of espousal, in regions where morality strictly so called can at best but bow its head and acquiesce. It ought to mean nothing short of his new reach of freedom for us, with the struggle over, the keynote sounding in our ears, and everlasting possession spread before our eyes.” William James, Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902

The simple truth is, that there has lived on the earth, “appearing at intervals,” for thousands of years among ordinary men, the first faint beginnings of another race; walking the earth and breathing the air with us, but at the same time walking another earth and breathing another air of which we know little or nothing, but which is, all the same, our spiritual life, as its absence would be our spiritual death. This new race is in act of being born from us, and in the near future it will occupy and possess the earth.” Richard Bucke, Cosmic Consciousness, published 1905.

We are arriving at one of the most fruitful and important turning points in the history of the race. the Self is entering into relation with the Body. for, that the individual should conceive and know himself, not a toy and a chance-product of his own bodily heredity, but as identified and continuous with the Eternal Self of which his body is a manifestation, is indeed to begin a new life and to enter a hitherto undreamed world of possibilities….this transformation, whilst the greatest and most wonderful, is also of course the most difficult in Man’s evolution, for him to effect. it may roughly be said that the whole of the civilisation-period in Man’s history is the preparation for it.”

This interaction in fact between the masculine and the feminine, this mutual illumination of logic and meditation, may not only raise and increase the power of each of these faculties, but it may give the mind a new quality, and a new power of perception corresponding to the blending of subject and object in consciousness. It may possibly lead to the development of that third order of perception which has been called the cosmic consciousness and which may also be termed divination.” Edward Carpenter, Intermediate types among primitive folks , 1913

“In these days of the shattering of the old form and the building of the new, adaptability is needed. We must avert the danger of crystallization through pliability and expansion. The ‘old order changeth,’ but primarily it is a change of dimension and of aspect, and not of material or of foundation.”

“Christ when He said: “the kingdom of God is within you,” thus pointing all human atoms to the center of life or energy within themselves, and teaching them that from and through that center they must expand and grow. Each one of us is conscious of being centered within himself;”

“Initiation, or the process of undergoing an expansion of consciousness, is part of the normal process of evolutionary development, viewed on a large scale, and not from the standpoint of the individual.”

“Hundreds in the East and in the West are pressing onwards towards this goal. and in the unity of the one ideal, in their common aspiration and endeavor, they will meet before the one Portal. They will then recognize themselves as brothers, severed by tongue and apparent diversity of belief, hut fundamentally holding to the same one truth and serving the same God.”

Alice Bailey (1880-1949)

Published by shokti

i am shokti, lovestar of the eurofaeries, aka marco queer magician of london town. i explore the links between our sexual-physical nature and our spirits, running gatherings, rituals and Queer Spirit Festival. i woke up to my part in the accelerating awakening of light love and awareness on planet earth during a shamanic death-and-rebirth process lasting from January 1995 to the year 2000, and offer here my insights and observations on the ongoing transformation of human consciousness, how to navigate the waves of change, and especially focusing on the role of queer people at this time.

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