Atmatype: Faculty 4

"To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do."  - Bertrand Russell

The Philosopher

Atmatype Anthem: I have beliefs/purpose. DewBee Tales: The Core Story The Philosopher is in charge of writing our mission statement: a personal doctrine that shapes our code of ethics and manner of being/doing. The Philosopher sets the rules of engagement for the practice of all things big and small and establishes standards/principles for how to be in the world. The Philosopher covets concepts. Busy with intellectualizing and legislating notions, The Philosopher can get stuck in the paralysis of analysis. Complicated precepts can confuse core beliefs and alienate real connections to intuition and simply “knowing” what to do next. In Curriculum AUM, The Philosopher heralds authenticity and values taking action! Minding the body and some ps and qs by p-osing q-uestions, like: What is the meaning of life, sure – but more importantly, how then shall we live? Themes of purpose and vision are important topics of conversation, but the most genuine responses to age old puzzles are drawn from feelings and communion that transcend words. Great at summarizing “suchness” and a collector of “isms”, as the governor of decision-making The Philosopher articulates our choices and therefore plays the role of the Mind + Body stylist. We may have as many different philosophies as we do moods, but at the center of them all, etched within our essential being, is one Illuminated Truth.  
 

Animal

"A wise old owl sat on an oak; the more he saw the less he spoke; the less he spoke the more he heard; why aren’t we like that wise bird?" -Proverb Those eyes so large and intense, rule the night, while a long and flexible neck allows the Owl to shift without fright. Keeper of vantage points by maintaining a fixed gaze, many cultures consider the Owl as the messenger between the haze. Symbol of misfortune or the one who writes the story straight, either way, the Owl knows hidden truths between destiny and fate. An anointed seer, associated with magic, wisdom and insight, most Owls are nocturnal though some are active in twilight. With a common screeching call that wakes us up in sleep, The Owl offers an invitation for the mystery so deep. Trusted companion of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, Shamans and Medicine Men — The Owl, magistrate of parliament, considers all things as Zen.
 

Numerology

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” - Pablo Picasso The Ilium, Ischium and Pubis fuse at the top of a dome, together they make the acetabulum and give the ball of the femur a home. In total, 4 key players in the formation of the hip, but to go above as below is not the full trip. North South East West go the hands of Brahma, as if fire, earth, water and air joined forces to chant sri rama jai rama jai jai rama. A melody so sweet, echoed to the 4 corners of the earth, and winter spring summer and fall and to all things gave birth. This primordial pulse of our 4 chambered heart – inspired the Buddha’s 4 noble truths and all sacred works/walks of art. The 4 paths of yoga to Hippocrate’s 4 humors to Plato’s 4 virtues, Pythagoreas’ perfect number 4 is as ancient as macchu piccu. Whether we study Buddhism’s 4 immeasurables or the 4 levels of the Torah, we come to the same conclusions stated many different ways, but it’s the devotion that heals the aura. Let’s weave the 4 agreements into the 4 worlds of Kabbalah, as Rumi suggests, each has a secret way of being with the mystery of Halleluah. Many worldviews for our dear Philosopher to peruse, in curriculum aum, the 4 drishti perspective fosters oneness to know truth as muse.

Numerological Pairings: Faculty 4: The Philosopher, I have beliefs but I am more than collective conditioning… Faculty 13: The Channel, I pave my soul’s path with the cosmos to deepen insights… Faculty 22: The Prophet, I am illuminating truth. I feel, I know …

 

Color

"Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul." - Democritus Soft and malleable, Gold is warm and bright. A precious metal associated with prosperity and the light. All-ways resistant to acid and heat, Gold as immutable cannot be beat. Beauty abounds in the golden ratio or mean from which balance in all things is the nectar we glean. Divine principles like the golden rule map the path for grace, inspiring Alchemists to transmute Gold from the base. In Greek mythology, it was all about the golden fleece, but across time, silence has been golden in the quest for peace. A Golden child, like baby Moses hidden near the Nile River, crossed the red sea and made the ten commandments deliver. Gold stars aligned for this Prophet’ s life to unfold — chosen as the one to craft the Arc in pure gold. We seek a new golden age to thrive in good health — like a mercy seat made of strength and true wealth… But, what are the inspiration stories of our time — where are the golden bridges for a here and now sublime? When the Philosopher makes choices as good as gold, treasures troves abound in lessons to be told.
 

Aroma

The world is not so much in need of new thoughts as that when thought grows old and worn with usage it should, like current coin, be called in, and, from the mint of genius, reissued fresh and new.” - Alexander Smith Since the seventeenth century, Peppermint has been a popular plant known for its distinctive aroma and healing powers. A native of the Mediterranean, growing up to 3 feet high with fuzzy toothed leaves and pinkish-mauve flowers. Peppermint is a very potent and perennial herb, it takes only a single drop to flavor a gallon of liquid. As the gold standard for efficiency, the pungent scent makes the mind, body and spirit feel fluid. Good friends with the hippocampus, Peppermint eases tension, improves clarity, memory and focus - Known to promote deep sleep and prophetic dreams, Peppermint boosts feelings of love as pure as the lotus. When The Philosopher gets bogged down by too many thoughts, and a dearth of clear action fogs the brow, this mainstream gem, wipes away the dust, igniting wisdom in our hearts to shine on the now!