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Rewilding, Ritual, and Self-Love with Toltec Master of Transformation don Jose Ruiz

don Jose Ruiz talks about rewilding, creating rituals and cultivating self-love.

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don Jose Ruiz is a force. A wild wind. A bolt of lightning. A positive charge. A living gospel. A truth teller.  I don’t know if I’ve ever left an interview feeling so invigorated and sure of my own existence. don Jose’s books have been an important part of my spiritual education and homecoming.  I wanted to interview him about two of his books The Wisdom of the Shamans and The Medicine Bag. Both of these books rely on the themes of rewilding, creating rituals, and self-love. The core moving parts of  the spiritual seeker’s experience.

We are all born wild and free, but most of us succumb to domestication. We forget our own sacred wildness or we try to stifle it and conform. Part of the spiritual experience is undoing this domestication and it can take many forms and be called many things: undoing, unbecoming, rewilding, homecoming, liberation, sovereignty. don Jose tells us that domestication is the introduction of the dream of the planet, meaning what we have agreed to as a species, culture and a society. We arrive on this Earth as a blank slate but we quickly get allocated into regions, religions, genders, and races and that’s where our programming starts. Domestication gives way to fear and we begin to conform but one day something occur that reawakens us and helps step out of our domestication and into remembering.  Suffering usually mediates our reawakening and we can start to peel the dream off of our eyes and enter the world as ourselves don Jose says.

After we break our domestication, we begin to curate our own rituals that help us heal and expand our awakening. don Jose talks about how he’s created a mosaic of rituals from a variety of practices, as any Toltec artist would do. He reminds the audience members who have left their religion of origins and are struggling to create their own new rituals and connections to source that you can never walk away from God, even if you walk away from a religion.  That the first step in connecting is recognizing the connection was never lost. Rituals can be anything and applied to every part of our life, if we put our intention and heart into what we do. Rituals can be intermixed and hybridity can occur when building rituals that support the uniqueness of your spiritual experience. You can do yoga and sing Christian hymns. You can be atheist enjoy kirtan chants. You can celebrate Christmas and practice Hinduism. It’s all valid if it helps you, the aspirant stay in alignment with yourself.

don Jose brings the interview to a close with two important points. The first being, Divine Feminine has been suppressed on Earth and we are paying a high price for this. He beautifully conveys that Divine Feminine is the portal of the infinite, birthing everything and everyone into to existence. In order to heal our planet we must honor and elevate Divine Feminine spirit in all sentient beings.

Secondly, he calls on us to identify that we are the love of our lives.  Our biggest responsibility is to love ourselves. This means not using the word against our selves by poisoning our mind with unkind words, harsh criticisms, judgements or insults. He likens this to keeping your child in a school where you know they are constantly harassed and bullied–no parent would ever do that. So we shouldn’t either. Loving oneself means inviting in gentleness, kindness, forgiveness, and grace into every interaction we have with our self so that when we greet the world, we meet everyone from the an internal position of love.

Krista Xiomara is a writer, podcast host, healer, religious wounding and trauma expert, and co-founder of House of Enlightenedhood. She is a practicing Buddhist and incorporates wisdom from both Eastern and Western religions, philosophies, and spirituality.

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Accessing Your Highest Self Through Tarot with Margaux Jones

Margaux Jones teaches us that tarot is a way for us to access our highest self.

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Margaux Jones in her studio creating beautiful art.

Margaux Jones, better known as MJ is an artist, creative, writer, and mother. Her tarot cards have seen a huge success globally, but like many of us her story begins off the path and away from her purpose.

In our interview MJ talks about how she has been artistic since she was a small girl, recounting a story of selling her art work in South Boston at the age of five and later in life attending Parsons School of Design. Her life led her to getting a job working in a software company in Seattle, all the while MJ continued to dream of a full time creative life that afforded all the simple luxuries of walking her child to school, working from home, and creating art work that uplifted the collective.

Tapping into her artistic gifts she began creating jewelry that found a space in heart of Seattle’s communities and she was able to transition to this work full time. Then she hit a snag, life tipped the tables upside down and her jewelry business began to wane. She encountered a handful of other personal set backs and challenges and was beginning to believe that her spirit guides had gone off on vacation, as she jokingly says in our interview.

MJ states: “The best art we make comes through difficulty, it’s how we express ourselves.”  Calling on Source and her Guides MJ sent a beacon to them to return, because she needed them, she needed help and she needed reconnect with inspiration. In the midst of that signal to the Universe the vision for her Crow Tarot deck hit her consciousness and she began working on creating what would become a global phenomenon and widely heralded deck, even winning the prestigious CARTA Award from the International Tarot Foundation in 2019. MJ says this moment was pivotal, “Crow Tarot was life changing. ” MJ was offered a major deal through a gaming company to produce the full deck of Crow Tarot to meet the demands of its popularity. She has produced six decks since the Crow Tarot came to market.

Her work is solely focused on creating tarot and oracle decks that are masterfully created through her artistic and intuitive process. MJ shares her process for creating a deck, card by card. She discusses setting out into nature, with a card in mind looking to connect with that cards specific energy and intention. Finding inspiration in the wild she begins to collect ideas from mother nature, curating the perfect card. Once she has pulled the image together, she then begins to think about the person who may be holding the card, looking for wisdom and direction in their life. She taps into that energy, carefully writing the guidance and words that will align the aspirant.

MJ says that when we work with tarot, we are working with our highest self. That we are reaching into the ether, compassionately holding ourselves along our journey and accessing our highest self to help us find the guidance and wisdom we need to change course. Like a loving friend, who finds just the right combination of words and sympathy, tarot gently teaches you how to change, evolve, and move forward without fear. We can trust tarot, if we trust ourselves.

MJ’s North Star remains art and her soul purpose is to create tarot cards that uplift, inspire, and guide the collective to their highest self.

 

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The Divine Energies

Natalia Santos shares a poem about leaning into Divine Masculine and Feminine energies.

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Divine Feminine, Divine Masculine

The essence of divine energies,

Allow yourself to feel the energies, allow yourself to be.

Do not tin the energetic energies. Do not judge them, let them be.

Explore and understand the flows and stillness of femininity.

Exercise and explore the actions of masculinity. Allow them to merge, grow together, blend and infuse.

Be the creator spirit that you desire to be.

Pour yourself that glass of tea,

Watch how it pours into your glass. The flow of the feminine. The cup of the masculine.

The watery trickle of imagination, daydreams, and creativity.

To the grounding of the cup which hits the root. Ravaging roots circling into the ground.

We watch in awe. As they work together.

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THE MAGDA

Restoring the truth of Mary Magdalene, we set free the daughters of her female lineage.

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Photo by Krista Xiomara of Mary Magdalene Statue in Mission of Santa Barbara, CA

The image of this statue is a snap shot in time of a very famous Abrahamic moment before Christianity was Christ led. It sits in the chapel of the Mission of Santa Barbara. It is my very favorite.

The Magda represents something very different to me now, then she did in my youth. If you listen to my podcast you know that I spent years on my own spiritual expedition—mining for truth, historical facts, seeking to understand how we have come to believe what we believe, and a great deal of unlearning and unbecoming.

After following threads of truth and light, I found myself at the feet of The Magda’s origin story from the lens of historical fact instead of religious lore. Shuffling through pages of her gospel and the robust work of scholars and anthropologists who have diligently reconstructed her life.

In my expedition, I found a very loose and weakly worn thread tied to a shared story of who and what The Magda was.

You see Pope Gregory, who held the post of St. Peter’s chair during the middle of the 5th century most famously made a doubly deductive leap to infer The Magda was a woman of improper sexual behavior, known to many—during his 23rd homily.

Giving her a reputation that tainted her for thousands of years and when you taint one woman…

You taint us all.

This pivot point in Christianity for many young girls becomes both a cautionary tale AND a defining moment—where we begin to solidify our separation of self. From our femininity, our bodies, our desires, and our truth.  We are violently pushed into purity, whether we want to  comply or not.

It is an unspoken rite of passage where our religious institutions teach us how to judge ourselves and other women, consciously, unconsciously, and with fierce bias. We become suspicious and untrusting of ourselves.

We learn that God loves us most if we remain untouched and virginal in a world full of temptation and men who won’t take “no” for an answer.

And of course this moment is amplified by the pivot point: Eve in the garden (naked and desire-less I’m sure) who just couldn’t behave herself—ate an apple and doomed humanity with a crunch heard around the world (which mostly likely was a pomegranate {now that we know the perceived geographical location of Eden}).

Little lies, big lies, omissions, embellishments, and fabrications…these are the things that continue to suffocate humanity. First the pomegranate, then The Magda.

How strange no men in Abrahamic history ever needed redemption nor exorcism from their sexual encounters or their entire species fettered to an unflattering norm and unattainable expectation. Food for thought after all this talk about apples and pomegranates. All this truth makes me hungry.

The Magda had her reputation partially returned to its wholeness when in the 1960’s the Catholic Church recanted this damning interpretation.

However, the fullness of her restoration remains at humanities edge because the lie is allowed to be perpetuated through shared story telling and lack of course correction when the subject arises.

Her gospel was discovered in Egypt in 1896, being burned to keep a family warm nonetheless and almost went completely unearthed. What a miracle to have found it. I bet The Magda was dancing in the heavens that day.

I would consider her gospel to be the very most compelling and significant evidence that we are equal parts human and divine. That God is not only around us, but IS us.

In her gospel she shares with the twelve male disciples that Christ has shown her the source of God; found in the very breath that keeps our soul tethered to this human body. That if we want to align our very being with God all we must do is breathe and we touch the heart of God. Heart to heart.

We are never, nor have we ever been separated from the divine.

Wherever this l finds you, promise me this:

First, to tell the truth to yourself and the world around you.

Secondly, that you will remember The Magda was indeed a human being, most beloved by Christ. She was a deeply holy and spiritual person. She was NOT a woman of ill repute. There can be no such thing, without an equal and responsible male of ill repute and I for one, refuse to sentence any of my brothers and sisters to a prison of judgment. Instead choosing to hold them both in the light of love and highest esteem of their divinity and humanity.

Lastly, when we restore The Magda; we restore the entirety of her female lineage and resurrect the sacredness of our shared birthplace, in the womb of our women.

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