Joined: 30 Sep 2004
Location: Penrith (where jacarandas remind me of change), New South Wales, Australia
|Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:01 pm Post subject: as light as a feather..
|hi there darlings..
have just come across this...thought I'd share...I know some people in my life who are feather-light....their egos are balanced...smart folk methinks
so, this day, wherever you are, I shall think of ye as featherlight....
a few years back there was a stunning exhibition on Death and Ancient Egypt...in Sydney...that's when I first came across the idea of that weighing of the soul against a feather....wow thought I...to be as light as a feather...sweet thought....a hummingbird's feather is my feather of choice! 'n yours?
"In Egyptian mythology, Maat was the goddess of truth, justice, and the underworld, and it was her job to evaluate and judge the souls of all those who had just died. She weighted each soul against a feather; if the soul was too heavy it was sent to the underworld, but if the soul was as light as a feather it was allowed to proceed upwards to the heavens. Maat was often portrayed wearing an ostrich feather on her head, a symbol of truth in Egypt.
Birds that have feathers but cannot fly, like ostriches and penguins, are also significant. They symbolize the fact that we are souls living on the physical plane, and also that we have to be grounded to Mother Earth so that any spiritual guidance can then, in turn, be grounded into our conscious minds.
We all know how it feels when we add an extra few pounds of burdens and worries onto ourselves--we feel energetically weighed down. But as soon as we release these unnecessary burdens, we feel light as a feather, because we are allowing the lightness of our soul to flow freely through us.'
"I've never accepted the external appearance of things as the whole truth. The world is much more elaborate than the nerves of our eye can tell us." - James Gleeson