Faculty 5: Atmatype
Atmatype Anthem: I experience my beliefs as real.
DewBee Tales: The Inner Story
"O servant, where dost thou seek Me? Lo! I am beside thee. I am neither in temple nor in mosque: I am neither in Kaaba nor in Kailash: Neither am I in rites and ceremonies, nor in Yoga and renunciation. If thou art a true seeker, thou shalt at once see Me: thou shalt meet Me in a moment of time." - (From “Songs of Kabir,” translated by Rbindranath Tagore) — Kabir (Kabira), reformer, born 1440 CE
For countless ages, across culture, gender and race, The Seeker pursues experiences to validate our purpose here on Earth. Inspired by explorers of all kinds like Lewis and Clark, Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart, The Seeker is our pioneering adventurer searching for truth in life's daily travels. This spirit of discovery as an evolutionary impulse makes the curious Seeker a well-known character in our tales.
Each along a unique path, we encounter similar yearnings in the search for meaning, truth, happiness, pleasure, success, love and fulfillment. If our Philosopher poses the theory, our Seeker hits the trails in search of experiential proof to justify this belief in a way that feels authentic and real.
While the interface of theory and proof can be as complex as Einstein's mind- it seems there is a prevailing query we seek in the mystical matrix ~ and that's a curiosity and desire to really know what it's like to be like you, like me, like spirit, like the wind . like one?
On this quest, The Seeker may set off to distant mountain tops or head straight in to the marketplace- lose sight of the shore - go on sabbatical or find a cabin in the woods like Thoreau to explore the vast kingdom within and without and above and below. No matter where the journey unfolds, it's a fascinating pilgrimage, to explore a profound terrain in a life long adventure that winds though all planes.
"Horses make a landscape look beautiful." ― Alice Walker
Humans domesticated horses thousands of years ago, to this day strong bonds of friendship continue to grow:
A prey animal with deeply ingrained instincts for fight or flight,
Yet also a devoted chariot, so courageous and bold as to uphold the knight.
Free spirited, yes - but horses prefer the herd and if kept in isolation will develop vices of the stable,
Similarly, we seek the same felt sense connection- we yearn to belong but also need to know the cards on the table.
A powerfully rebellious creature -loves to run wild- often rears up when asked to stand still.
Like the beloved companions Don Quijote and Rocinante's adventures with that tilting windmill!
Imagine the Lord Buddha riding a sacred white horse as he crossed over in the celestial Air,
Tales of valor, victory and velocity depict the brave Stallion and the lovely Mare.
An ancient Arabian proverb professes, The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears,
Perhaps that's why stories like The Horse Whisperer and The Black Stallion, have been favorites over the years.
The Number 5
"The main facts in human life are five: birth, food, sleep, love and death." - E. M. Forster
Dear Seeker, every second some where a dear baby discovers their fingers and toes,
So purely innocent and sweet, as if designed by perfection, like the five petals of the Lily and Rose.
Experiences we seek like a hierarchy of needs, With so many options it's tough to know the flowers from the weeds .
To Self-actualize, explore the senses: Tasting, Touching, Hearing, Smelling and Seeing,
or study the Buddhist five aggregates which constitute the human doing and being.
There are five major religions across the world and each one has it's own things to say,
like, according to the five basic pillars of Islam, to worship Allah pray five times each day.
The Torah contains five books-Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy,
In nature the five celled honey comb is an example of divine proportion according to Euclidean Geometry.
In Hebrew and Greek each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a number, words have meaning in gematria,
The number five symbolizes grace, and A E I O U are considered sacred in Tibetan Buddhism and Kaballah.
Revered as a revelation of grace, The holy anointing oil was composed of 5 parts
Myrrh, Cinnamon, Calamus, Cassia and Olive oil combine to illuminate our hearts.
Five smooth stones were chosen by young David, future King of Israel, when he went to confront Goliath of Gath,
No matter the faith, examples like this one as well as the five wounds of Jesus Christ, transcend delusion's wrath.
Faculty 5: The Seeker, I experience my beliefs as real (reality exists as love)
Faculty 14:The Healer, Realness emanate from the deepest chambers of my being.
"The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time, into deeper and deeper shades of night." - Haruki Murakami
Whether blue blood or vagabond, every once in a blue moon, the Seeker sets sights on the wild blue yonder, like Christopher Columbus who sailed the ocean blue, Socrates said it best: Wisdom is in Wonder.
Without the freedom to explore, we risk stifling creative growth and may perpetuate a blue mood,
this was not the case in Picasso's blue period, however --his melancholy gave way to a whole new attitude.
Greeks and Romans worshiped the sky gods Jupiter, Juno and Mercury with thoughts of the color blue, according to the Egyptians, the sky god was Amun and to the Hindu it was Krishna as the blue-skinned Vishnu.
Lapis is the color of the principal Medicine Buddha and The Virgin Mary is often shown wearing blue in Christian art, associated with eternity, truth, purity, peace and spiritual will, the color blue calms the heart.
The star of wisdom as described by Yogananda is a golden light encircling a sphere of opalescent blue,
connected metaphysically with the throat chakra and thyroid gland, delphinium portals to speak what is true.
"I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer." - Matisse
In large fragrant orchards lemons blossom and flourish on trees fifteen feet tall,
the subtle, fresh aroma alone, explains why for centuries, lemon oil has been considered a cure all.
Called the "rational oil", lemon essentials clarify decision-making to attract wealth. Expert herbalist, Maude Grieve says, "The lemon is the most valuable of all fruit for preserving health."
Thought to defy poison, lemon revitalizes the mind and invigorates the liver, known to fight infections, aid in weight loss and boost energy without the caffeine quiver.
Lemons are a healing tonic for the nervous system, thought in Judaism to open the heart, such uplifting effects inspired Painters like Matisse to capture the healing lure in works of Art.
When life feels twisted with many turns, offer lemons to the Goddess Kali, destroyer of evil forces -to earn favor, as the mother of time and change, Kali will blaze a trail towards home, leading the seeker to harmony - a true savior.