Chaos Theory.

Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on. These phenomena are often described by Fractal Mathematics, which captures the Infinite Complexity of Nature. Many natural objects exhibit Fractal Properties, including landscapes, clouds, trees, organs, rivers etc, and many of the systems in which we live exhibit Complex, Chaotic behavior. Recognizing the Chaotic, Fractal Nature of our world can give us new insight, power, and wisdom. 

Principles of Chaos

The Butterfly Effect: This effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened. A more rigorous way to express this is that small changes in the initial conditions lead to drastic changes in the results. Our lives are an ongoing demonstration of this principle. 

Unpredictability: Because we can never know all the initial conditions of a complex system in sufficient (i.e. perfect) detail, we cannot hope to predict the ultimate fate of a complex system. Even slight errors in measuring the state of a system will be amplified dramatically, rendering any prediction useless. Since it is impossible to measure the effects of all the butterflies (etc) in the world, accurate long-range weather prediction will always remain impossible.

Order / Disorder: Chaos is not simply disorder. Chaos explores the transitions between order and disorder, which often occur in surprising ways.

Mixing: Turbulence ensures that two adjacent points in a complex system will eventually end up in very different positions after some time has elapsed. 

Fractals: A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc.



The Rod of Asclepius
A painting of healing, by Allegra Willow
Acrylic on canvas, 18×24"

The Rod of Asclepius is an ancient symbol of medicine and healing. Asclepius, the Greek god of healing, medicine, and physicians, is associated with snakes. He is often depicted holding a rod or staff with a single snake coiled around it.
In this painting, the seven chakras of the subtle body are placed at at different points on the Rod. The snake is coiled around them in a healing and protective way. Radiating from the chakras are the Flower of Life (overlapping circles symbolizing interconnection) and the Star of Life (a white six-pointed star used as symbol of healers and physicians).
Beneath the Rod, there is lavender and yarrow as well as two quartz crystal clusters, all of which are associated with healing.

Yoga for when you don’t want to do yoga.


Lesson by @mistyglasses

Confession time. Apart from the odd twenty-minute practise here and there, Miss ‘I love yoga, you should try yoga, omg yoga yoGA YOGAA’, didn’t practise yoga for the best part of last year (spiritual plateau, if you were curious). I watched new yogis pop up on Instagram, re-read the benefits, knew how necessary on a personal level it would be to get my energy/prana/chi flowing and noted how much better I felt after one of those twenty-minute flows. But the cba hurdle (means ‘can’t be arsed’ if that’s unfamiliar) I had to get over to start each practise always had me torn between two mindsets – if you want it, make it happen (à la Liz Gilbert walking around her house saying random words to get that creative energy flowing) and waiting to feel like doing it… and I usually favoured the latter. However, sometimes, when I felt I had no time, when I’d been on my feet all day and only wanted to binge Netflix, when I was mentally drained, when I felt way too vulnerable to unfurl myself or when all I felt like doing was lying on the floor and staring at the ceiling – well, there’s a pose for that, that’s when a down-dog could’ve really come in handy. Yoga, with its’ push for self-awareness and acceptance, is so much more than just a physical practise after all. Of course, sometimes it’s best to trust your instincts and not force yourself to do something you don’t feel like doing, it’s just, in times like I described, monkey mind was often drowning out whatever my instincts may have been saying.

If you too are figuring out the balance between flow and force, the following basic poses and gentle stretches will get you tapped back in to help you determine how much to push yourself. 

And look, you don’t even have to leave your bed to do it!

1. Sit in a comfortable position, where you won’t be disturbed and relax your shoulders (rolling them up back and down will help this or even just lifting your shoulders towards your ears and just dropping them). Inhale for 4 counts, hold your breath for 7, then exhale for 8. Repeat this 4-7-8 pattern three or four times. This count will really help slow down your breathing and focus your mind to the present. As this won’t take much more than a minute, it’s great to do whenever you feel you need grounding. If you’ve more time or you feel you want to continue, some gentle seated twists would be great to massage your lower organs and stretch your abdominal muscles, often where stress is held. Place your left hand on your right knee, and your right hand behind you. Sit up taller on an inhale, then twist gently to your right on an exhale. Do this a couple more times before repeating on the other side.

2. Heart openers help with tightness in the chest and opening your heart chakra, helping release emotions. Start on your belly and extend your left arm to the side. Slowly roll over it so that you feel a stretch in your chest and use your right arm for stability in front of you (or if it’s comfortable, rest your hand on your lower back). Stay here for about five breaths before rolling back onto your belly and repeating on the other side. If you want to kick things up a notch, some other chest openers you could try, include cat-cow, camel pose, fish pose, sphinx pose or bow pose.

3. Legs up the wall is such a simple pose, yet the benefits feel so pronounced! Just move your hips as close to the wall as possible and walk your legs up. Let your arms rest gently to the side. In this position, gravity will help with circulation in your upper body and brain, you will feel a stretch in the back of your legs and your lower back gets some yummy relief. Fantastic if you’ve been on your feet all day and great coming off a flight if your legs or feet have swollen.

4. The physical nature of child’s pose is looking in, it is a physical representation of reflection. Aside from opening your hips, stretching your back and being fab for your digestion, this restorative pose offers relief, comfort and grounding, relaxing your entire body and slowing your mind as you curl into yourself. Start on your hands and knees, bring your big toes together and open your knees as wide as feels comfortable. Move your hips towards your heels and extend your arms out in front of you, letting your head rest on the floor (or bed) or a block. Stay here for at least five deep breaths.

I just wanted to say, that of course, yoga is not the be all and end all, it doesn’t solve everything and the way in which something works for one person won’t be the same for someone else. Finding what feels good (a phrase coined by Yoga with Adriene) for you, is always key.


[Next lesson: Yoga For Your Chakras: Muladhara/Root]


Boleskine House Hanging Glass Lamp Fixture – Star Dodecahedron
Photo Source: anon taken in Feb 2016 post fire.  See here:

When people sell homes, hanging light fixtures they purchase and install often go with the sale of the property.   Did Jimmy Page purchase and install this lamp fixture at Boleskine house during the time he owned it?

This exquisite shape is formed around a dodecahedron.  One of many Sacred Geometry shapes found in the universe.   Each of the 12 pentagonal faces is extended into a phi ratio star point which create 12 interlocking pentagrams. The Star Dodecahedron has become a popular tool for graduates of other Metaforms and a powerful symbol for divine/human co-creation. It stimulates the heart chakra and helps to move the energy into new levels of conscious awareness. The 12 stellated points activate all the human body’s subtle systems, creating a peaceful experience in the integrated polarity of feminine and masculine energy. The Star Dodecahedron produces a warm feeling of transcendence with its symmetrical beauty and adds a radiance to any decor or landscape.

The Star Dodecahedron is in essence a Twice Complex Merkaba.  The Merkabah is an ancient symbol, which represents ‘One with All’. 

[ And if you listen very hard…The tune will come to you at last…
When all are one and one is all…

The symbol is represented by two tetrahedrons  (ie two three-dimensional equilateral triangles), which oppose each other and are merged together to form the six pointed Merkabah (also called a Star Tetrahedron).  

The MerKaBa, which can be viewed as a three dimensional Star of David. Also spelled MerKaBah, it is the divine light vehicle allegedly used by ascended masters to connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms. “Mer” means Light. “Ka” means Spirit. “Ba” means Body. Mer-Ka-Ba means the spirit/body surrounded by counter-rotating fields of light, (wheels within wheels), spirals of energy as in DNA, which transports spirit/body from one dimension to another.  Counter rotating means the upward (male) tetrahedron spins anti-clockwise and the downward (female) tetrahedron spins clockwise, hence forming a divine ‘orb’ of light.  It is this ‘orb’ Merkabah vehicle that transports our Spirit/Body from one dimension to another. Thus the Merkabah helps us to fully activate our Light Body Crystalline Matrix multi-dimensionally through the 13 levels of experience (dimensions) of our Galaxy – ie Metatron’s Cube.

The most famous talisman is a six-pointed star, made from
two overlapping triangles. The upward pointing triangle symbolizes fire, the
sky, and male energy. The downward pointing triangle symbolizes water, earth,
and female energy. The power of this talisman is such that mystic Arthur Edward
Waite wrote: “Nothing was believed
impossible for those who possessed it.”
(A. E. Waite, The Occult Sciences
[Secaucus, NJ: University Books, 1974], 111).

put in the fantasy sequences because we ran out of concert footage,”
says Page, who is
seen as a pilgrim climbing the mountain, a symbol of his search for
enlightenment, and reaching out to touch The Hermit, the adept, the loner, only
to discover that The Hermit is himself.  After
which he whizzes back to the womb again. “So it’s me going up and up towards this
beacon of truth and figure of knowledge.” He flings his right arm high. “And
then having this epiphany that truth can come to you at any point in your life.
Which is what I’d like to think for everybody, you know?”
There’s more
behind it. Magic. Spirituality. Secrets he’s keeping. “I wanted people to think, ‘What
is that? What’s he getting at?’
 ” Page flashes a
smile. “There you go,” he says. “A bit more mystery for you.”