Even in absurdity, sacrament.    Even in hardship, holiness.    Even in doubt, faith.     Even in chaos, realization.   Even in paradox, blessedness.   

Home of Theodore "jay" Joslin; divinity student, author, wingnut, and queer nature boy. Dedicated to the Unity and Sacredness of All-That-Is, including and especially you.


Scroll down for the latest weblog entries, or browse as you like, or even read up on what this site is all about. You can even go for a walk, it's nice outside, don't you think?

April 2003
SMTWThFSa
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   
links open windows
Syndication RSS XML FEED
Donation   

Wishlist

The Archival Thingy



moon phases
 



Digging the Immaterial;
Yet another human
pondering the Universe
and what it means to be
alive and well within It.
by jay joslin

other fine blogorithms:

abuddha's memes

alliance

american
samizdat


amma's column

another day in
the empire


awake heart

a taste
of africa


bagpuss coffee

bhikku

bifurcated
rivets


boing boing

cheese dip

cloud 9

dangerous meta

deux et
machina


doublecool

eamonn martin's
rainy day


eatonweb portal

esoterically

everything burns

falling rain

f train

g-blog.net
smanchhley


geegaw

green fairy

hestia
chronicles


hive

ikastikos

incoming
signals


iocrian rhapsody

jumpingfish

kuro5hin

little orange
crow


littleyellow
different


memepool

metafilter

missing matter

new world
disorder


noah grey

one
(hundred) a day


pagan prattle

pedantic nuthatch

plastic

plastic bag

plep

prosaic*

randomwalks

robotwisdom

sinister
dexterity


soul of a man

sunny place
for shady people


synthetic zero

table at 10 forward

tardblog

technoccult

ufo breakfast

utter wonder

vitalingus

warblogging

weblogs.com

whiskey river

without an e

wood s lot

yaysoft

< # oddbloggers + >

Blogroll Me!

GeoURL



Rate Me on Eatonweb Portal
bad enh so so good excellent


www.blogwise.com

Creative Commons License






Keep it even,
embrace the odd.



04/06/2003 to 04/12/2003
03/30/2003 to 04/05/2003
03/23/2003 to 03/29/2003
03/16/2003 to 03/22/2003
03/09/2003 to 03/15/2003
03/02/2003 to 03/08/2003
02/23/2003 to 03/01/2003
02/16/2003 to 02/22/2003
02/09/2003 to 02/15/2003
02/02/2003 to 02/08/2003
01/26/2003 to 02/01/2003
( inside jay's head ) 01/26/2003 - 02/01/2003
( inside jay's head ) 01/19/2003 - 01/25/2003
( inside jay's head ) 01/12/2003 - 01/18/2003


iconography:

world events, politics, opinion

literature, authors, quotations

art, music, theatrics, film, culture

tech, internet, blogosphere

science, ecology, quantummania

philosophy, conjecture, paradigm change

the GLBT / queer community

spirituality, consciousness

sillyness, satire, absurdity


posting under the influence



[Previous entry: ""] [Main Index] [Next entry: ""]

04/03/2003 Entry: ""Balancing Acts""

The countdown is on, 6 days, 18 hours and 36 minutes until I land in Haiti. This weekend I'm teaching a class on Voudoun, and I spent a good part of work today preparing the lesson and diving deep into what many vainly consider murky theological waters. I personally find it beautiful and radically, necessarily different from our westernized, sanitzed approach to meeting up with God.

The misconceptions are far and wide, and in talking with folks I find that challenging these Hollywoodized ideas of Haiti and her people I find those myths are deeply rooted and hard to overcome. Voodoo dolls, hexes, "demon" posession, and cartoonish zombies are the first things most people think about. Of course, most of these ideas have their origins in some kind of fact, but as you can imagine these facts become wildly bent out of shape and misconstrued when in the hands of those who are fearful or exploitative.

The genesis of the Universe began with Damballah, the serpent, and Ayida Wedo, the rainbow. They fell in love, and coiled around eachother, forming a helix of sorts, and from their coupling came all matter. Around them formed the Djo, the cosmic breath that animates all life. From this primordial gathering of elements, the whole of creation spring into being, and it was found that our human affairs could spin wildly out of balance. With intercession of spirits that take on the many aspects of the Holy, called Loas, things could return to equilibrium. You just need to know whom to invoke and how, and that is the job of the Houngan and Mambo, the priest and priestess of a particular Societe, or village temple.

There's so much more to go into here, but you may as well explore it yourself. I, a white man from America, am only privy to so much... I'd understand it more if I had been raised in it's cultural context. I can really only appreciate it from afar, though next week it will be right under my nose. I find Voudoun so fascinating, and of course, any belief system can be abused for personal or political gain. Heck, look at how Christianity is being used to cloak the White House resident in some mantle of justification for raining fire on thousands of innocent people. No one is immune from or free of using the tools availible to you to exact some personal gain. That's nature, and as being within the natural order, we must attain and maintain balance.

Speaking of balance, I'm having a tricky time trying to balance the need to run around the lake and enjoy the beautiful day with the need to relax and enjoy quiet restful time... essentailly, resting versus the rest, satiating the monkey in the middleground. Alas, the time approaches for rehearsal anyway, and the cats will behead me if I don't refill the vittles buffet. My required actions, balanced are not, are now pretty clear. That solves that. Now on to Universal harmony, not as simple as buyong catfood and reading from a script... or is it?

Add A New Comment

Name

E-Mail (optional)

Homepage (optional)

Comments

Powered By Greymatter



jay/Male/26-30. Lives in United States/North Carolina/Woodfin/New Bridge, speaks English and French. Spends 40% of daytime online. Uses a Normal (56k) connection. And likes creativity/mysticism.
This is my blogchalk:
United States, North Carolina, Woodfin, New Bridge, English, French, jay, Male, 26-30, creativity, mysticism.





All material contained within this website, excluding external links and items listed otherwise, are ©2003 by theodore "jay" joslin and joyous jostling studios. Thank You!

the nesting place