SPRING EQUINOX 2018

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Spring is ready to burst forth
in flowers and in song
animals and trees are poised
and inviting us people along
to the celebration of Ostara
the return of the Maiden and Pan
as the winter hag retires
as the zodiac wheel renews
we leap out of the winter waters
and into the Ram’s fire play
suddenly we find ourselves
in celebration of the Maiden and Pan

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Ostara Ostara Ostara Ostara
the return, the resurrection
through the power of the holy fool
reclaimed on All Fools day
divine children of the Earth
riding the winds and waves of renewal and rebirth
letting go of the Winter’s tide
birthing the Spring child from the inside.

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time of the Maiden and of Pan
uniting the ways with the wyrd and the wonderful
birthing the faerie human.

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AIDS SHAMAN POETRY

Excerpts from my first published book….

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THE GAY BOYS ALL LEFT FOR THE CITY

The gay boys all left for the city

Leaving no-one who sings to the trees

The gay boys all left for the city

And got trapped by desire and disease.

They went to seek out love and sex

But they forgot their other needs.

 

The gay boys all left the village

And left the wisdom of seasons behind

They chase after constant pleasures

So happy to have found their kind

They chase after so much ecstasy

They believe they are living free

But when we forget the cycles of nature

Mind and body succumb to disease.

 

The gay boys all left for the city

To get high as the sun and the breeze

But the gay boys became good capitalists

And got caught by desire and disease.

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RETURN OF THE SHAMANS

and the time must come
after all the parties
all the drugs
after the dying years
and a decade of decadence
the time comes, can only come
when the gay phoenix rises
after centuries of death
across the planet
the rainbow serpent
unicorn lion and bear
the return of the shamans
awakening everywhere

in every culture, every race and faith
rainbow children awakening
to the power and the light
liberation of the spirit
free to be ourselves
queer magic calls us to our wealth

earth are we
fire are we
air are we
water are we

beyond gods and without creed
we fulfil a fundamental need
opening the gates as we find our place
the shamans of the human race

the world is lost in delusions
of fame, glamour, money and hate
since the men of war closed the faerie gate

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HIV IS THE KEY

HIV is the key

That humanity has yet to see

A key that when turned can set us free

A key that gay men urgently need to turn

There’s a vital lesson to be learned

Healing Is Vital

For me HIV was the key

That revealed the spirit flowing through life

That opened the gates to eternity:

Facing mortality is the quickest way to see through life’s illusions

Befriending death the key to escaping confusion

About why we find our selves here

Why we find our selves queer

And just what is Self anyway?

Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans know

Mystical Christians Jews and Muslims know

That this is the real question to ask

But the modern world doesn’t want to know

It keeps us obsessed with the trivial and inane

It prefers to medicate away all pain

Gay life doesn’t want to ask the question

Of why we born this way on this rock hurtling through space

it’s simpler to take more drugs

Have more sex parties

Devour more flesh

Desire more men

For some this leads to addictions and breakdowns

Has a second plague come upon our kind

But this time the sickness in the heart and mind?

In the 80s and 90s we met death up close

We learnt to face our fears

That way some of us saw there’s more to the mystery of life

Than the modern world wants us to believe

Now we take pills to stem the virus

Now we can take one to prevent it getting a hold in the first place

And we self medicate to hold off hard feelings and fears

It’s so long since the dying days ended

What has happened to us in these years?

I survived the first plague

I turned the key

And now I wonder

When will gay life stop living in the shallow end?

 

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Across the Aeons the Ancients Call

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across the aeons the ancients

call out with their messages

planted long ago

remember remember the mystery

the Self they call us to know

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we live in the age of action

humanity so much busier than before

we’re doers not be-ers

doubters not believers

the ancestors call, “there’s much more…”

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we come to earth to find

the soul inside, the spirit free

the divinity that resides in humanity

the gates of love are ours to open

we have inner eyes with which to see

that I am You and You are Me

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in Oneness we change the game of life

return to the Source and know all things anew

it’s a subject:SUBJECT situation

you and me are One not Two

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religion kept us all asleep

science also divides and separates

if we free the mind, heart and sexuality

we can open our inner gates

and let the Light flood in

Oneness, Love, Holiness, Joy

are all found on the inside

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across the aeons the ancients

call out with their messages

planted long ago

remember remember the mystery

the Self they call us to know

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The Flaming Year of the Fire Rooster

Cacophony Calamity Cauldron of Changes

Planet Earth is going through the Shift of the Ages

Paradigms collide compete and cause

the precipitous edge of economic woe and more World Wars

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It’s Fire Rooster year and the Big Cocks are crowing

Brexit. Trump. Russia. North Korea. Turkey.

Theresa Mayhem and Jeremy Caution.

President Dodgy Le Pen or Mysterious Macron.

Syria. Syria. Syria. Isis. Taliban. Afghanistan. Yemen.

Refugees. Famine Cholera Somalia

The relentless rhythm of 2017

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The President of Chechnya says he will exterminate all gays by Ramadan

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Racism. Misogyny. Transphobia. Homophobia

A world with too much Greed. Greed. GREED.

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When will the world wake up? We are all each other’s sister and brother

When will the mad dogs have had enough? Why are we afraid of the other?

There is a bigger story going on, where humanity learns to sing a different song

Singing the song of global peace and integration

Moving beyond conflicts and finding revelation

An Aquarian age of soul liberation

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My 91 year old Father lies hovering between the worlds in St Elizabeth Hospice

speaking of being with his mother father and dead brothers

Dear Crazy World: SHUT UP

I am trying to listen

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The Eternal Message of the Mystics

The Voices that are angry

The Voices that are sad

The Voices that are jealous

The Voices that are mad

The Voices that are happy, excited, loving, kind

The many Voices of the Mind

We observe and go beyond them

The deepest Voice to find.

The Wounds written on the Body

The Wounds carried in the Heart

The Pressures of Existence

Push us to Know our part.

Our Values and our Actions

Decree Who We Become

Our Friends and Lovers are our Mirrors

Reminding Us We are All One.

Beyond Illusion beyond pain we Heal in the Spirit zone

The Caress of the Spirit Holy

The Divine Mother coming Home.

The Body is the gateway

The Mind a ladder to climb

The Heart is the seat of Soul

Spirit Unified is the Goal.

Mystics throughout time have prepared the Way

Our task in the 21st Century, to wake up the world

Reveal a new way to Pray

Bring Ancient Light to modern times

Begin the Aquarian Day.

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Hindu ‘Chandogya Upanishad’ c 1000BCE:

In the beginning was only Being

One without a second

Out of himself he brought forth the cosmos

And entered into everything in it.

There is nothing that did not come from him

Of everything he is the innermost Self.

He is the truth, he is the Self supreme

You are that… you are that.

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Buddhist ‘Hymn to Perfect Wisdom’ 2nd century CE:

Those in need of light considering,

The Tathagatas extol

Thee, the Single One, as many,

Multi-formed and many-named.

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Rabbinic teaching, C3:

Everything that God,

the source and substance of all,

creates in this world

flows naturally from the essence of God’s divine nature…

Creation is the extension of God

Creation is God encountered in time and space.

Creation is the infinite in the garb of the finite

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Christian mystic Gregory of Nyssa, C4:

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The distinction between the persons does not impair the oneness of nature, nor does the shared unity of essence lead to a confusion between the distinctive characteristics of the persons. Do not be surprised that we should speak of the Godhead as being at the same time both unified and differentiated. Using riddles, as it were, we envisage a strange and paradoxical diversity-in-unity and unity-in-diversity.

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Christian mystic, Dionysius the Areopagite, C6:

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Leave the senses and the workings of the intellect, and all that the sense and the intellect can perceive, and all that is not and that is, and through unknowing reach out, so far as this is possible, toward Oneness with him who is beyond all being and knowledge. In this way, through an uncompromising, absolute and pure detachment from yourself and all things and released from all, you will be lead upwards toward that radiance of the divine darkness which is beyond all being.

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Jewish mystic Moses de Leon, C13:

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God is unified Oneness.. one without two, inestimable. Genuine divine existence engenders the existence of all creation. The sublime, inner essences secretly constitute a chain linking everything from the highest to the lowest, extending from the upper pool to the edge of the universe.

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Sufi mystic Rumi, C13:

You hide me in your cloak of Nothingness

Reflect my ghost in your glass of Being

I am nothing, yet appear: transparent dream

Where your Eternity briefly trembles

No heaven or earth, just this mysterious place

We walk in dazedly, where being here

Or there, in time or not, are only

Two motions of the same ecstatic breathing.

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Christian mystic Catherine of Sienna, C14: Until Your Own Dawn

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Daybreak:
everything in this world is a luminous divine dream
I have spun.

I did not know life was a fabric woven by my soul.
Any form that can appear to you—should I confess this?—
it is something I made.
All roots nurse
from
me.

God’s art is mine. I did not want His divine talent.
It simply grew in my heart from
the way I
loved.

Existence is as a young child moving through
a lane at night;

it wanted to
hold my
hand.

Here, dear earth, hold me,
until your own
dawn.

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Christian Anchorite Julian of Norwich, C14:

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Therefore this is His thirst and love-longing, to have us altogether whole in Him, to His bliss,—as.
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Christian mystic Meister Eckhart, C14:

A master says whoever speaks of God in any likeness, speaks impurely of Him. But to speak of God with nothing is to speak of Him correctly. When the soul is unified and there enters into total abnegation, then she finds God as in Nothing. We must take God as mode without mode, and essence without essence, for He has no modes.

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Hindu mystic Ramakrishna, C19:

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No-one can say with finality that God is only “this” and nothing else. He is formless and again he has forms. For the bhakta (follower of path of devotion) he assumes forms. But he is formless for the jnani (follower of the path of knowledge), that is for him who looks upon the world as a mere dream… The jnani realises Brahman in his own consciousness. He cannot describe what Brahman is.”

Gay mystic Edward Carpenter, C20

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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 as a toy and 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….

Hindu mystic Aurobindo, C20:

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Up till now what Nature has achieved was an enlarging of the bounds of our surface Knowledge-Ignorance, what it attempted in the spiritual endeavour is to abolish the Ignorance, to go inward and discover the soul and to become united in consciousness with God and with all existence.

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Christian mystic Bede Griffiths C20:

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The one Word has gone out of itself, has reflected itself in this ocean of matter, the one Spirit is at work with its infinite energy, building up this matter in time… Here all is one, united in a simple vision of being. All the long evolution of matter and man, all my own history from the first moment that I became a living cell, all the stages of my consciousness and that of all human beings, is here recapitulated, brought to a point, and I know myself as the Self of all, the one Word eternally spoken in time.

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Ramana Maharshi:

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A human being is part of a whole, called by us ‘the Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few person nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening out circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

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Ken Wilber:

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Evolution is best thought of as Spirit-in-Action, God-in-the-Making, where Spirit unfolds itself at every stage of development, thus manifesting more of itself and realising more of itself, at every unfolding.

 

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Psychedelic mystic Terrence McKenna:

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What we call history is the fall out of the dynamic here and now relationship with our environment and into this anticipation of the future, worry about the past – basically ego.

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Amma, the Mother of Immortal Bliss:

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“God is Love”, said Jesus. “Love makes the world go round”, they sang in the 1960s. Rumi wrote that “Love is our Mother”. Love is certainly a ‘many splendoured thing’, and according to the world’s mystical seers, the force that makes the universe work. Everything in existence seems drawn instinctively to form union with something else. We can say that love is at work everywhere, driving our urge to reproduce, to have fun, to find companions on this life journey. It might be that the One split into the Many for Creation to happen and the mission of the Many is to return to the One. This is what the deep thinking, inner focussed, mystics from every religion, from every part of the globe, have been telling us for thousands of years. Humanity is slow to listen because of our investment in our own personal, individual egos. To switch to a view that recognises the Self in us is the Self in all beings changes everything – our egos dissolve into insignificance, our efforts to dominate or destroy each other are revealed as damage we our doing to ourselves.

Call to the Sons of Pan

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MARRIED TO LOVE, MARRIED TO PAN

MEETING HIM IN EVERY MAN

EXPLORING AN ANCIENT WAY FOR TODAY

FINDING THE DIVINITY IN EVERY CONNECTION

CUM WHAT MAY

 

CALL OF NATURE, CALL OF THE GODDESS

TO THE SONS OF THE UNIVERSE

A DIVINE INHERITANCE AWAITS THE SOULS

OF THE AWAKENING CHILDREN OF PLANET EARTH

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EROS, PAN, HERNE, CERNUNNOS

SEX IS THE KEY, TAKE IT DOWN OFF THE CROSS

BROTHERHOODS EXPRESSING UNITY

IN EROTIC, EXOTIC, ECSTATIC COMMUNITY

 

THE GREAT MOTHER RETURNS

HER HORNED SON CUM HOME

FLESH UNITED WITH SOUL AND SPIRIT

WE REMEMBER CONNECTION

IT WAS ALWAYS THERE

BUT FORGOTTEN IN THE MADNESS

OF A WORLD THAT DOESN’T CARE

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AWAKENING THE HEARTS OF MEN

TO THE MIRACLE THAT LIVES IN THEM

TO THE POWER IN SEX AND IN THE SOUL

TO THE GLORY OF BECOMING WHOLE

 

THE WOMEN ARE WAITING

THEIR HEARTS ARE ALREADY OPEN

AND GENDER RULES ARE BREAKING

IDENTITY’S TOWER IS SHAKING

MEN BECOMING WHOLE IS THE GOAL

 

MEN CAUSE ALL WARS

MEN LEAD CORPORATE CORRUPTION

MEN DOMINATE IN GOVERNMENT

MEN DRIL FOR OIL

MEN KILL MEN, AND WOMEN AND CHILDREN TOO

MEN NEED TO GROW UP

AND TRY SOMETHING NEW

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ECSTATIC BROTHERS, LIBERATED SISTERS

BEINGS OF ALL GENDERS AND NONE

THE AGE OF AQUARIUS, WHERE WE GROW INTO THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL

HAS BEGUN

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Dance On Towards A New World

Calling to The Radical Wayfarers

That come from the root

Inventing new dreams and new schemes

This is our time to

Assemble, coalesce

Dance on towards

A new Earth.

 

Calling to the Peaceful People

All around the world

Who no longer wish to tolerate

This theatre of the absurd

Assemble, coalesce

We dance on towards

A new Earth.

 

Calling to the Believers in Love

Who need no church and no creed

Who have had enough

Of the corruption and greed

We dance on towards

A new Earth.

 

The Awakening Children

Of the Mother Divine

Rising to our calling

This is the Time

For the return of the Goddess

And the end of Men’s Madness

The old ways remembered

The cycles once more honoured

A mystery unveiling

For those with eyes to see

The calling to love

The calling to be free

Lovers, Peacemakers, Radical Wayfarers

Assemble, coalesce

We dance on towards a new Earth.

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mystic mentality

Mystic mentality

escape from duality

the veils dissolve

when we pursue the goal

many have trodden

the mystic way

so many more can awaken

to the glorious day.

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says sort out your beliefs

free your heart, find your calling

find peace.

Peace comes from knowing

Our Oneness in Spirit

Love is the portal

through which the Goddess reveals it.

Honouring the elements, the mother divine

we enter the age of Aquarius

uniting the spirit, the heart, the flesh

birthing the holy child, the faerie in us.

Peace comes from knowing

our Oneness in Spirit

Love is the portal

through which the Goddess reveals it.

Mystic mentality

escape from duality

the veils dissolve

when we pursue the goal

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make the leap into mystic mentality

live the cycles, the seasons, the moons

pierce the mystery of incarnation

are we stardust or love’s emanation?

The Missing Element

Disease, War, Crime, Crisis

the 21st century world does not seem a happy place

Chaos, Confusion, Corruption, Calamity

things looking rough for the human race

but there’s one missing element

one missing truth

that the world denies and won’t see

the one thing underlying all our crises

is our separation from eternity

OUR LACK OF EXPERIENCE OF UNITY

all illness and abuse arise from the split

between humanity and the LOVEFORCE that created it

this is not about religion, not even about god

this is about us discovering what’s been going on all along

my discovery came through facing death

opening my heart and mind to see

the presence of creation around and within me

this disease we call HIV

took me to the core of the matter

for HIV is the middle name of SHIVA

IT INVITES US TO RETHINK DEATH

TO OPEN TO KNOW OUR ETERNAL SOULS

A REVOLUTION IN HOW WE UNDERSTAND LIFE ON EARTH

THE ULTIMATE, ESSENTIAL, URGENT GOAL

HIV CAME TO US TO BE

THE END OF DISEASE

A GATEWAY TO ETERNITY

this is my message and I will say it over and over

THERE IS NO DEATH

THERE IS NO SEPARATION

the time has come to break down the old paradigms

and defeat the darkness that grips the world

the time has come to birth a new humanity

that puts love, cooperation and peace at the centre of the play

the world is gripped by darkness and fear

but the solution to all our woes has always been here

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lsd, butterflies and starlight

god was in the microdots

when i was a gay caterpillar:

she opened my mind, showed me lots

but it was only later i joined the dots

when hiv forced to me to retreat and face my mortality

humans are caterpillars

eating up the goodness of life on earth

our destructivity is out of control

sooner or later a crisis

will force us to pupate and enter rebirth.

life is an archetypal journey

in fact many such journeys overlapping

not a random chance, not an idiot’s dance

this is the game of awakening we are playing.

do you know that you are starlight?

focussed into a human body?

o They told you you are stardust

and to dust you shall return

but that’s because there’s a secret to life

They don’t want you to learn.

That’s that we’re all BUTTERFLIES

bringing colour to the world

from egg to larva to chrysalis to imago

there are four stages through which to grow

most are still at the caterpillar stage

little do they know

of the universe of the butterfly

where life is lived with wings in flight

and seen in psychedlic golden light.

HIV was my coccoon, i wove myself in

and prepared to die, while doing so

opening my mind to the sky

the light shone in and transformation began

evolving from caterpillar to butterfly man.

Learn to fly queer brothers!

Don’t wait for disaster to find your wings

But remember too Icarus

Keep a grip on reality, don’t fly too high

We are explorers of consciousness

and the ship is our sanity.

We are emissaries of love

come to break the rules and teach the fools

there’s more to life than money and power

everyone has a soul that needs nurture and care

everyone is a soul that seeks to become AWARE

The Sixties brought a psychedilic awakening

The late Eighties brought phase 2

The Teen-ties now are bringing phase 3

Spirit Control has been sending its scouts to the earth

incarnating in numbers and due a rapid second birth

The Time and The Light and The Ecstasy is Now

Here comes the Glory and the Power

Announcing the Divine’s greatest hour.

IMAG0304 (Copy)The Union, by Shokti 1998