Shareshten Senior
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Letter from the Editor


Dear Shakti Readers:

Welcome to our new website and the birth of The Shakti Journal as an online library resource that features eco-friendly and sustainable life-tools to enhance the lives of the peaceful warriors, you.

We are living in some of the most confusing and misinformed times the world has ever seen. There has never been the ability to influence the masses by only 5 corporations that own the whole mainstream media. The mainstream media includes everything you see in print and on TV, everything you hear on the radio and news. For example, you may think that something like PBS is not owned by the 5 corporate interests, but you would be wrong. PBS relies on huge donations. In fact, after a radio broadcast saying that Facebook was illegally selling people’s private information, the same reporter concluded the report with the exact words: ‘as a reminder, Facebook is a donor to PBS.’ Then they just move on to the next topic and the masses become desensitized and confused.

This is why independent media and free speech are so important right now. This is why we at Shakti Journal aim to shed light on the stories the mainstream media is purposely by-passing or white-washing. Unfortunately, profits have been put above the people, which means we are a morally bankrupt people if we get our values from #MSM. We have forgotten our own sovereignty and so we are losing it as a people. We have forgotten Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self Reliance and what the American Dream meant before materialism and mass division. Further, what being a tribal humanity means is being lost into a mass mono-culture of consumerism. The Shakti Journal aims to inspire you to dust off the tools of your capacity to create, heal, build healthy community, and be even more inspired to make a difference everyday.

This summer The Shakti Journal is hosting her first event The Shakti Speak Easy #ShaktiSpeakEasy — We would love your help sharing the event on social media and with friends. We are hosting former congresswoman of Georgia Dr. Cynthia McKinney and the environmental queen of the forest Gloria Flora. Cynthia has inspired me with her honesty, fearlessness, and books. Gloria got fracking banned from the front range of Lewis & Clark National Forest. This is an evening where we will dress to the nines, drink too much kombucha, and connect with ideas and people that will grow our solidarity, community, and knowledge base. Not to mention dance to some super high vibrational music! I hope you will join us at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR on August 22, 2019.

Meanwhile, you can expect a full array of Spring articles. The whole team has been consumed in the rebuild and now we can commence on bringing you all the good spring Shakti articles, which have been waiting for a live site to grace.

With many thanks to you, the reader, the seeker, the listener, the mover, the shaker. May this spring and summer fill you with the joy of synchronicity.

 

shakti contributors

We are a team of independent thinkers, visionaries, writers and advocates for mother earth and her delicate balance of beautiful sentient life. While Boulder, Coloradao brought us all together in one way or another, we are nomadic yoga practitioners that seek to plant seeds everywhere we go. We are devoted to creating and curating content that defends the voiceless, supports artists & activists, and empowers our readers to question, research, and consciously create in new ways. We believe in the power of the individual as an essential force for change and we are honored to share our work with you.

Rising McDowell
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Moriah Hope
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Jeanine Endsley
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Verdarluz
Astrology

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Valerie D'Ambrosio
Conscious Coaching

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Sheet Fortress
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past contributors

Sue Van Raes
Conscious Coaching

Alan McAllister
Jaya Section

Stacy S. O'Neill
Jaya Section

August Allen
Photographer

Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. — #Eckharttolle
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This week, even through moments of challenge, may you always come back to the remembrance of your inherent beauty as a force of life on Earth~
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Please enjoy this excerpt from #ANewEarth 🌍
“Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. 🌼
Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years. The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favourable for a widespread flowering to occur. One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of colour and scent all over the planet – if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it. 🌹
Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them. As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value which had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a ‘silent sermon’ once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of #Zen.
Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature. The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. — #Eckharttolle 🌷 This week, even through moments of challenge, may you always come back to the remembrance of your inherent beauty as a force of life on Earth~ 🌸 Please enjoy this excerpt from #ANewEarth 🌍 “Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. 🌼 Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years. The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favourable for a widespread flowering to occur. One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of colour and scent all over the planet – if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it. 🌹 Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them. As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value which had no utilitarian purpose for them, that is to say, was not linked in some way to survival. They provided inspiration to countless artists, poets, and mystics. Jesus tells us to contemplate the flowers and learn from them how to live. The Buddha is said to have given a ‘silent sermon’ once during which he held up a flower and gazed at it. After a while, one of those present, a monk called Mahakasyapa, began to smile. He is said to have been the only one who had understood the sermon. According to legend, that smile (that is to say, realization) was handed down by twenty-eight successive masters and much later became the origin of #Zen.
“So many are being called into leadership at this time and many are courageously stepping forth to take a stand for justice, for human rights, for our planet, for the disenfranchised, and for freedom to choose and self-govern our bodies. Across the spectrum there is real work to do.
“So many are being called into leadership at this time and many are courageously stepping forth to take a stand for justice, for human rights, for our planet, for the disenfranchised, and for freedom to choose and self-govern our bodies. Across the spectrum there is real work to do. "Repost @mysticmamma ・・・ *FULL MOON* in Pisces conjunct #Neptune comes to cradle us in the feeling realms as our emotions swell with the tides. #Pisces is calling us to awaken #compassion for our very Selves, and also to extend that grace to others, because each of us, no matter what it looks like on the outside, is fighting our own battles. Right now we don’t have all the answers, nobody does. We are needing to be ok with not knowing how it’s going to turn out. We could want to fall into despair, wanting to escape the harsh realities we are facing, but this is where we find our deeper anchor. This is where we dig deeper to fully uncover and recover our primal essence. So that we can find our peace, our presence, amidst the turmoil and the haste. Our #presence requires us to be present. The way we do something is just as important as what we are attempting to do. Otherwise our actions will not be effective, no matter our most well-meaning intentions. So many are being called into leadership at this time and many are courageously stepping forth to take a stand for justice, for human rights, for our planet, for the disenfranchised, and for freedom to choose and self-govern our bodies. Across the spectrum there is real work to do. And the real work that moves mountains, streams from a peaceful, strong, clear and inclusive vibration.It stands in its own truth and sovereignty, not trying to dominate, or intimidate, but stating its needs and keeping an open heart to receive and respect the needs of another. Cooperation. Building bridges. We have the ability to come together and the boundless potential to use our current #technologies in purposeful ways to create streams of change. And #women in particular, mamma bears, fierce warriors, all across the planet, are activating and using their masterful weaver skills to create new networks and organize. This is where we can cast our