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The Wounded Angel's Network - Peter Woods

The Wounded Angel's Network - Peter Woods

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Peter Woods, aka TheListeningHermit.com is a writer, counsellor and wisdom guide.
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Radical Christ 15 -Follow me with YOUR Cross

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Radical Christ 17 -Compassion takes Guts
Ram Dass spoke eloquently of developing a spiritual practice that enables you to keep your heart open in hell. Mahayana Buddhists have the notion of Bodhisattvas, enlightened being who after countless rebirths are ready to enter into the bliss of Nirvana, but who vow not to cross over until they have assisted all sentient beings, to cross over before them. Once in conversation with a Zen monk, and referencing the Boddhisattva concept, the monk smiled at me and replied, "Yes, but Jesus also was a great Boddhisattva."   In that moment my entire life changed as I realised we are all just 'walking each other home', another Ram Dass saying.   Compassion lies at the heart of all spiritual practice, in fact is the absolute validation of our journey. If my journey, religion and practice does not increase my compassion, what's the point.  If my religion makes me cruel, fearful and judgemental what's the point? This episode explores the way Jesus eacperienced compassion and unpacks some of his crazy wisdom that enabled his to say to marginalised and dispossessed people that they were "Blessed". This isn't what you may think. Karl Marx misread this ascpect and called releigion "an opiate".   He was wrong,  It isn't opium, correctly understood this crazy wisdom is dynamite! Bodhisattva Vows https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva_vow Ram Dass on keeping our hearts open in Hell https://www.ramdass.org/dealing-with-suffering-and-seeing-it-as-grace/
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September 13, 2020
Radical Christ 16 - Integration Practice 2 - Using the Cross for personal understanding of our psyche
From the times of Emperor Constantine and the Battle of the Milvian bridge 27 October 312 CE, the cross has come to be associated with expansionism, triumphalistic Crusades, patriarchy, and at some level denotes everything that is wrong with the world right now. It would be sad if we missed the fact that the cross is more than a religious image.  It is a deepy archetypal symbol embedded in the human unconscious, and can be wisely used as a symbol of intersection and integration. This video looks at the human cruciform expansion of the healthy ego in the first half of life as we move from the Alpha point of concetion and birth. In the second half of life, the cross invited the ego to slowly merge with the higher IAM of the true self which is the essence of LIFE that awaits us at the omega point of our dying. Links: Vision of Constantine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Milvian_Bridge#Vision_of_Constantine Useful list of Jungian Quotes on the Christian Archetype https://thesethingsinside.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/jung-on-the-christian-archetype/
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August 31, 2020
Radical Christ 15 -Follow me with YOUR Cross
The Cross as a symbol has become unanimous with the Christian Church. In this video Peter explores the cross not as a Christian Brand mark or even as a Colonial Crusading Emblem, but rather as a integrative symbol of psychological healing. The cross is not intended to be expanded as a symbol of global dominance, rather is it intended as a symbol of contraction and convergence to the centre point where the four axes converge. It is the centre of the cross that is most redemptive. It is also clear that we cannot take up the Cross of Jesus in this process.  We are told explicitly by Jesus to take up our OWN cross. (Mt 16)
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August 22, 2020
Radical Christ 14 - INTEGRATION PRACTICE 1 - Self Enquiry - "Who am I?"
Accompanying the Radical Christ Journey - Peter offers a series of Integration Practices to help move Information, through integration, to personal transformation. In the first practice we travel to India and the little town of Tiruvanamallai  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiruvannamalai the home of Ramana Maharshi who taught the Advaita method of "Self Enquiry" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-enquiry_(Ramana_Maharshi) Simply investigating "Who am I?" can bring us to a transforming encounter with the Divine Witness that is in us and IS us.  The name of God is I AM is it not? Happy exploring...
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August 16, 2020
Radical Christ 13- The Only Commandment
"Love God and Love your neighbour" is for Jews and Christians the Greatest Commandment. This Video Explores the Radical New Ethic proposed by Erich Neumann in his Book Depth Psychology and the New Ethic. (1990) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Neumann_(psychologist) Using ancient Rabinnic Midrash methods in Hebrew Translations Neumann came up with an amazing insight into what neighbour can also be translated to mean. No longer a dualistic and shadow projection onto an external enemy -which justifies: wars, genocide, racism and self-righteousness. The new ethic invites us to love our own inner evil and enemy and thereby heal and save the world by saving ourselves. Please like and subscribe this video to help get it out there. Thank you!
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August 7, 2020
Radical Christ 12 - Saviours and Scapegoats
Early on in the narrative of Jesus' ministry, the crowd want to make him King. Both occasions are after he has miraculously fed them (John 6:12-15) and extravagantly made wine from water. (John 2:23-25). In a publicist's nightmare, on both occasions Jesus withdraws from the projection and idolization, "because he knew what was in people's hearts". What was it that Jesus knew? Carl Jung in his work Aion, has helped us understand the psychology of projection which I unpack in this video. Understanding how we project our own gold out of the shadows of the unconscious can help us understand if not desist, from falling in love, worshiping the wrong objects, and even from falling prey to scapegoating others when they don't meet our unrealistic expectations of them. We cannot blame the devil, nor make Jesus responsible for our salvation.   As the poet Mary Oliver says, "You are the only person you can save."
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July 21, 2020
Radical Christ 11 - Parables of Jesus and Life
The Parables were stories Jesus told about God. Could the Gospels be Parables the Church told about Jesus? Dominic Crossan thinks so. What if all our lives are parables we are telling the world and ourselves about LIFE? What is the parable that you are living?
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July 11, 2020
Radical Christ 10 - The Miracles - Signs, Wonders, Power
In this episode we continue to explore the public ministry of Jesus as part of his whole life which left us an orienting map for our own journey. What we regard as the miracles of Jesus life were not intended to be the extraordinary and illogical events we have come to believe miracles to be.   Instead these moments were the symptoms of an integrated and inclusive life that empowered ordinary people with wonder at their own being and belonging in the world.
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May 14, 2020
Radical Christ 9 - Wilderness - Ravenous Hunger and Test
Last episode we explored the wonderful Baptism of Jesus, the dove, the voice, "You are my agapeitos" (beloved child). Why, Jesus could have been the proto Trust (fund) Kid! How then does the same Spirit, (can you still see the dove?) "offer him up" to the Wilderness where the Devil and the Ravens rule? This episode explores how our Wilderness times are essential counterpoints to our Baptimal blessing moments.  One without the other leads to rampant, inflated egos behind picket fences, or conversely to despairing dark depressions when we recognise we can't be love and light all the time. Thanks to Stephen Jenkinson for some of the insights used in this talk.  You can listen to his work here https://orphanwisdom.com/listen-stranger-days/
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May 3, 2020
A Radical Christ 8 Jesus at the Jordan river
Moving into the second phase of Jesus' life, the public ministry once more through the lens of it being an archetypal map for ours,  Peter considers the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan. The Jordan is a pivotal symbol in the Abrahamic faiths, and water is a universal religious symbol for humankind. This episode explores those themes as well as looking in the end at what parental acceptance may do to transform our lives, and if witheld do the opposite.
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April 26, 2020
A Radical Christ 7 - Three Glimpses of Jesus' Childhood
Concluding the Preparation Phase of Jesus life, this video looks at three moments before Jesus begins his public ministry: 1.  The deaths of all the children younger than two years, in and around Bethlehem caused by Herod's paranoia at the news that a king had been born there. How did that story impact Jesus'understanding of his own life.  How does it impact us to know that we are still alive and others are not? 2. The finding in the temple when Jesus is twelve years old.  Was this really only a Bar Mitzvah? 3. The mission eighteen years.  Did Jesus exotically got to the east for enlightenment and return to Israel with secret wisdom?  Or did he, quite ordinarily simply go and grow into himself and his destiny in the humble home of Nazareth?
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April 15, 2020
A Radical Christ 6 - Incarnation vs Excarnation
In the sixth talk on "A Radical Christ", Peter examines the Incarnation of Jesus and how this symbolises the return of divinity to indwelling humankind.  From the dawn of consciousness humans have projected their consciousness outwards further and further from access. A kind of EX-carnation.   Less and less embodied and more and more intellectual and philosophical. In the Incarnation this process comes full circle, as the divine returns to the consciousness that is the reality of all Life here and now.   Jetsumma Tenzin Palmo offers a useful illustration from her talk on Lojong practice. See her full talk here https://youtu.be/gS38s8prqQU
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April 5, 2020
A Radical Christ 5 - Phase 1 -Annunciation
Getting into lock down with Jesus. After four introductory sessions setting the scene, we are now ready to enter the life of Jesus as an Archetypal map for all of our lives. Yes, of course, he didn’t have to deal with the Corona Virus COVID-19, but he experienced his context and time and the challenges then, which offer us critical reference points for our own healing, and dare I say “survival”? In this first episode relating to the Preparatory Phase of Jesus’ life, Peter explores the role of angels in Jesus’ birth and also what the symbolic meaning of an angel could be for us psychologically. Far from being an esoteric consideration of how many angels can fit on a pin-head, this episode is an investigation of how the humanly created idea of angels can explain our own mind, to ourselves.
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April 4, 2020
A Radical Christ 4 - Pivotal Life Stages for Jesus and for Us
In this fourth talk of the Radical Christ Series Peter maps the Life Stages that Jesus, with every hero in mythology, and our lives follow. Myth is understood as an “Absolutely True Story that probably never happened” Jesus as the proto-typical (arche-typal) human life has in the stages of his life the experience and the cure for every human condition. The key lies in being able to connect where we are in our life stage, with the corresponding stage in Jesus’ life.
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April 4, 2020
A Radical Christ 3 - Jesus a Map for Every Human Life
In this third foundational talk for the Radical Christ series, Peter examines the role of Archetypes in Mythology, and explains why Jesus is the most accessible Archetypal Map for Western minds You can schedule one on one Skype or Zoom sessions with Peter by emailing peterwoods.pe@gmail.com
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April 4, 2020
A Radical Christ 2 - I AM Conscious, that I AM
Setting the scaffold for understanding the Radical Christ, in this talk I explore the origins of religion as a consequence of the consciousness of Homo Sapiens. Animated cave art, abstract thinking, projection and the return of God to the flesh of human being are all markers on this fascinating human unfolding. There is no religion that didn’t begin as a human conversation trying to explain the mysteries of a conscious existence.
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April 4, 2020
A Radical Christ 1 - Gnowing not Believing
In a joint venture with Dharmagiri Sacred Mountain Retreat and in the face of rabid fundamentalism and tired Christian ritual, Peter is launching a series titled “The Radical Christ”. Just under a year ago whist on a visit to Dharmagiri, Thanissara “downloaded” an insight during her morning practice which she wrote on a notelet and presented to me at breakfast. “PW” she said, “This is your next work”. The note read simply, “A Radical Christ”. There was an immediate resonance with Thanissara’s words. They made sense at all levels I have spent most my life speaking about Jesus in one way or another, and though I no longer preach, (over 1500 sermons done, many on this blog still getting hits late on Saturday nights): I do love Jesus. Not in the way that most angry fundamentalist Christians say they do, but in a way I would like to unpack in this series. This offering is the product of my acceptance of Thanissara’s shamanic ancestral download (I am a Jungian and an African after all), and some months of reading and dalliance with video production software. In these conversations we will explore a new understanding of Jesus the Christ. Using the insights of philosophy, culture and psychology we will dig into the archetypal significance of a God-Person interconnection that could lead to global engagement and human transcendence at this time of ecological crisis.
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April 4, 2020
5-Grief Gate Five-Ancestral Grief
This week as we consider Ancestral Grief, we conclude our study of the Five gates of Grief outlined by Francis Weller . Looking at our family trees or our clan origins, we realise that along with their DNA we may have inherited our ancestors’ grief. One of the realities of diverse South Africa is unless your heritage is Khoisan, most of us descend from ancestors who arrived from somewhere else. They were either displaced by the expansion of other tribes who squeezed people further and further south, or by colonial forces that promised struggling Dutch, British and German peasants a better life in a foreign land. Some of us may have servitude and slavery in our heritage, our families brought here simply as units of labour. And despite the hopes and dreams they brought, they must have carried a deep grief at their loss of land and roots which they had to leave behind. We are the descendants of aliens and immigrants, those people who arrived here on unfamiliar soil, and whose grief and sadness has found its way into our beings. These ancient unknown characters also had a part in shaping the world we inherited. Most people believe there is some form of afterlife where those who have gone before find themselves “in a better place”. This Valhalla, Xanadu or Heaven is imagined as a place where the ancestors share perfect knowledge and insight they never had while alive. In my Gates of Grief workshops, I encourage participants to imagine their ancestors in this place of full insight, writing a letter of apology to us living now. We owe it to ourselves and them to recognise the many untruths which we drank in with our mother’s milk and made our own. Our task in this generation is to examine those beliefs and decide which of them are no longer true nor valid. Then for the sake of our own health we must let them go. Consider for example the prejudices, suspicion and bigotry they passed on to us. Their violence, sexism, racism, exploitation of women and children and of the earth in general. Their promotion of tobacco smoking, slavery, child labour, and corporal punishment. These misconceptions, errors or deliberate strategies have scarred us and are part of the deep sorrow we carry in our collective unconscious. Along with the ancient grief in our bones, there may also be our experiences of the grief and loss of our immediate parents and grandparents which we are required to mourn. The Swiss Psychiatrist, Carl Jung wrote, “The greatest burden a child can bear is the unlived life of its parents.” Perhaps our own lives were stunted because our parents projected onto us their unfulfilled agendas and could not allow us to become who we were born to be. These deep ancestral memories invite us to create rituals of mourning from a past that is asking to be redeemed. To mourn these ancient griefs is sacred work. You can schedule one on one Skype or Zoom sessions with Peter by emailing peterwoods.pe@gmail.com
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April 4, 2020
4-Grief Gate Four -What we Expected but Didn't Receive
When we arrive into our lives we bring in our bodies the DNA and unconscious memories of tribal people. Humans are tribal and therefore social – constantly longing for connection. Yet despite our media and connectivity we are more isolated from each other than ever This talk explores grieving the primal and yet unmet needs we carry. You can schedule one on one Skype or Zoom sessions with Peter by emailing peterwoods.pe@gmail.com
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April 4, 2020
3-Grief Gate Three-The Sorrow of the World
St Paul wrote,”We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now..” Romans 8:22 What he didn’t know was how much additional pain we humans would cause to this planet since he penned that line! In this talk we explore our grieving, “The Sorrow of the World” and how this grief can become a resurrection for us and the planet.
22:51
April 4, 2020
2-Grief Gate Two- The parts that never knew love
ollowing the outline of Francis Weller’s “Five Gates of Grief” this video invites us to locate and mourn the parts of our lives that never knew love. This is sacred and soulful work. As we examine the deficits and voids in our selves, as we see where our lives were Bonzai-ed by circumstances or the unskilful acts of others. Now we can begin to allow the light to enter us through those very cracks and fissures. The video also introduces the Japanese art of Kintsugi as a metaphor for the integration of our loss.
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April 4, 2020
1-Grief Gate One- Everything you Love you Lose
Using the headings of Francis Weller as an outline, Peter explores the first of what Weller describes as the “Gates of Grief“. Gate 1:Everything you love you will lose. Gate 2:The places that have not known love Gate 3:The Sorrows of the World Gate 4:What we expected but didn’t receive Gate 5:Integrating our Ancestral Grief Knowing the impermanence of everything is not as depressing as it sounds. If skillfully integrated into our understanding, knowing that “Everything we love, we will lose“, is a liberation to love and live in the moment that is with us now. You can schedule one on one Skype or Zoom sessions with Peter by emailing him
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April 4, 2020