Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Dragonfly

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There are any number of insects I am not fond of.  Either they bite and sting and otherwise cause suffering and misery, or they are disturbing to look at, such as mosquitoes, gnats, horseflies.  And there are some that I tolerate because they do good and useful things, like spiders and bees.

Then there are the pretty insects.  Butterflies, some moths, and my very favorite, the dragonfly.


Dragonflies have fascinated me since childhood.  They have those elongated bodies and shimmery wings that move so very fast.  And they come in such a wide range of size and color.

I have seen dragonflies about the size of a quarter.  Then I have seen dragonflies the size of hummingbirds.  They are particularly bountiful along streams and ponds and rivers, and I love to watch them take off and land.

I have worked hard to capture many photos of dragonflies.  They do not sit still for long, and are seldom keen on letting me get too near.  But I have had some success over the years, and thus have shots of some beautiful specimens of these fascinating insects.


As a child, I thought of dragonflies as ant helicopters.  My vivid imagination was capable of seeing them land, pick up their passengers, whiz them off to the next destination, and repeat the cycle.  Tiny transportation for smaller, less mobile creatures.

Dragonflies have of course been a source of inspiration to many others.  The spacecraft Lexx in the program of the same name was an immense dragonfly-shaped vessel.  The bubble craft Tom Cruise’s character in the movie Oblivion flies around in has a rather dragonfly-esque look to it.

Some see dragonflies in a more sinister light, but I think they are beautiful, colorful creatures.  And let’s face it, employing the name ‘dragon’ often evokes all kinds of cool fantastical images…at least for geek-kind.


Truly a wonder of the wondrous world, Dragonflies are magical, colorful creatures that are mostly harmless to humankind, and wondrous to behold.

What do you think of dragonflies?


Me 3-25-13 smallerI am MJ Blehart, “Wednesday’s Wondrous World” photographer and wordsmith.  Every week I share a magical wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

Check out my blog, The Ramblings of a Titanium Don, for more of my work.

Also now available, Pathwalking: A 21st Century Philosophy in Book and Kindle form!


Wednesday’s Wondrous World: Magic

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Given the coming changes to Chakra Center, I thought this a MOST apropos topic:


Magic has a great many implications, meanings, definitions.  It can conjure images of shows put on for children with rabbits in top hats.  Magic can invoke the idea of Gandalf or a similar wizard or sorcerer of fantasy.  Magic might even stir the notion of witches, fictional ones like the three sisters of MacBeth, real ones such as Wiccans and the like.


Magic, however, can also take far more pedestrian and mundane appearances.  That amazing sunset over a snowcapped peak.  That fantastical myst arising from the lake, swirling about a romantically embraced couple.  The light passing through a prism.  The person calling at just that exact moment you most need to hear from him or her.  All of these are magic, too.

Magic is something in every life, every day, in ways we often miss.  Sometimes this is a matter of placement and timing.  Sometimes, though, this is distraction, and being so focused on the routine and the mundane that the magic gets lost.  But it happens none-the-less, and it is a wonder we should all be so fortunate as to be more cognizant of.

Magic happens in the most unexpected ways.  It can be that inspirational passage you come across on the internet or in a book.  It might be that person you accidentally bump into whom you suddenly realize you know.  It is that moment when all seems lost, when hope is nearly gone that magic happens, and the world is righted again.  It is love.


Humans are unique to this world in so very many ways.  The manner in which we live our lives, the technologies we build, the means by which we communicate.  We are also unique in the ways we differentiate ourselves from one another.  Skin color, religion, nationality, political stance, gender…in our quest for individuality, we identify ourselves in increasingly divisive ways.  Yet we all strive to find magic in the world.  We all strive to find love.

Magic binds us to one another, to the earth herself.  Everyone experiences it in some form or other.  But along the way we get distracted, we allow the influence of others to sway us from practicing magic.  Yet it is here, always, ready to be touched, waiting to be felt, available to everyone.

Whatever form of magic you see and acknowledge or even practice, this is something the greater good of the world can benefit from.  If more people around the world could see its wonder, if more people could take joy in the magical aspects of our amazing world, we could make it a better place for everyone.

Money, power, greed, exclusion and the like are the antithesis of magic.  They can entice us to believe that they are magical – money can buy happiness, power can gain you control of your destiny, greed keeps these things safe, exclusion keeps the undesirable away – but they are not magic.  Magic is an ultimate wonder for everyone.  And magic is more powerful when it is shared.


In a world full of wonders, some obvious, some obscure, Magic is a glue that can bind the wonders to us.   No matter what form it takes, no matter how it is employed, magic can and should be a greater part of our everyday lives.

Do you remember the first encounter you had with something you considered magical?  Do you remember the sense of wonder and excitement it filled you with?  Do you recall feeling inspired by magic, feeling empowered by magic?  Did you find yourself hoping for more opportunities to feel that indescribable sensation only something magical causes?

Can you imagine how the world might be if more people lived with magic in their lives?  I believe that is the goal sought for the future of Chakra Center, and I am fully in support of sharing this particular wonder of the world to a broader audience.  A more magical world, I believe, is a happier, more peaceful, more inspirational place for all.

Magic is a true wonder of our wondrous world.  What magic have you experienced in your life lately?


Me 3-25-13 smallerI am MJ Blehart, writer and photographer for “Wednesday’s Wondrous World”.  Every week I share a magical wonder of this amazing world, and I hope you will enjoy the journey with me!

Check out my blog, The Ramblings of a Titanium Don, for more of my work.

Also now available, Pathwalking: A 21st Century Philosophy in Book and Kindle form!

Indulge in the Magic and Bliss of Tuscany!

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Tuscany, Italy — October 4th – 11th 2013:

Get ready to lavish in luxury, learn about wine from the experts, experience traditional Tuscan cuisine prepared by Italians (raw and vegan style), steep in the magic of aromatherapy, healing massage, and energy work, connect with like minds, and experience your internal world  through complete indulgence in your senses. This will be an exclusive,once-in-a-lifetime, full immersion retreat in the heart of Tuscany.

So often in the “spiritual community” we are taught to deny our selves. We make a conscious effort to fully activate and engage our upper chakras through meditation, prayer, out of body experiences, and fasting, but we neglect our lower chakras – we discount the purpose and power of our physical experiences.

We came into life in this physical dimension to experience it, learn from it, and expand. Denying the importance and role of our physical expression cuts off a major aspect of our purpose here, and rather than “setting us free” it often leads to repressed and blocked energy in the body.

It’s all about balance. We don’t want to over-indulge the physical, but often we need to create moments and experiences where we can fully allow our lower chakras a place to take center stage. When we activate and allow our lower chakras to do what they were designed to do, we can create bliss that is unparallel in any other dimension – we experience the merging of the physical and non-physical aspects of ourselves which – when fully charged – can allow the flow of energy through our bodies to cause a kundalini experience throughout our entire energetic and physical fields.

Activating bliss through our five senses is a total allowance of our physical and spiritual selves to come together in complete harmony in this 3rd dimension – to give us permission to create and experience beauty; the bliss of such moments is often called “orgasmic” for a reason. It’s the closest we come to experiencing the fullness of our WHOLE selves in this dimension, and it is through our physical senses that these moments of creative and sensual pleasure are made possible.

Italy is a country where beauty reigns. It’s a place where culturally time is arranged to experience the poetry and magic of “la vita bella.” It’s an experience you don’t just live; you enter directly into the music of life. You allow the beauty of the physical world to seep into every cell of your body. It’s about indulgence. It’s about creation. It’s about experiencing the bounty and harvest of our energetic and spiritual work that has been transmuted into physical attributes: Wine, chocolate, living organic foods, music, aromatherapy, massage, and all things blissful. Italy is truly an immersion in the aesthetics of creation.

This retreat provides an experience, an opportunity to allow yourself to let go and fully surrender to the beauty within and
around you, filling your senses, your body, and your spirit with the majesty and magic of what it means to truly live, love, and luxuriate in bliss of being in a body of flesh and blood. It’s about losing yourself in present moment awareness and fully experiencing the gift of our physical world.

Here’s a lil’ taste of the magic we’re weaving together for you:

  • Five-star service and accommodation at a private Renaissance-style Tuscan Villa where wine can be sipped on the terrace over-looking the rustic vineyard hills of Chianti.
  • Exclusive winemaker’s dinner featuring world-renowned winemaker, Count Sebastiano Capponi of Villa Calcinaia Vineyards.
  • Luxurious intuitive bliss massage and energy healing to ground the magic into your physical body.
  • Hand-crafted, world-class wine from some of the greatest producers in Tuscany.
  • Private wine tour/tasting excursion to one of Tuscany’s most well-respected, bio-diverse organic wineries.
  • Tantalizing cacao ceremonies (Italian style!) to experience the bliss and gentle mind-altering/multi-dimensional affects of this magical and alchemical bean.
  • Traditional Tuscan cuisine prepared raw and vegan style by Italy’s most well-known and respected raw food chef and educator, Vito Cortese.
  • Sensual aromatherapy infused in every room of the Essential Oils3house and custom blended for this exclusive retreat by certified, intuitive aroma therapist, Athena Ziegler.
  • Classes on how aromatherapy can assist you both spiritually and energetically.
  • Two fully serviced four course dinner parties at the Villa with food/wine pairing and live classical guitar (yes, you will have a professional waiter for these dinners!)
  • Wine 101 classes (including wine and food pairing, wine etiquette, and wine basics).
  • Raw food classes on classic Italian dishes taught Vito1by Vito Cortese using the freshest and most local ingredients birthed from the rustic soil of Tuscany.
  • Excursions in the medieval city of Florence.
  • Plenty of time to relax, soak in the magic, drink wine, eat amazing food, and enjoy the beauty of Tuscany.

Join us for an entire week full of world-class wine, living/organic Tuscan foods and luxurious self-pampering woven-in the intricate and alchemical magic of aromatherapy, energy healing, love, and unapologetic bliss. Our intention is to create a five-star experience of magic and pleasure that is deeply grounded in and experienced through your physical senses. It will be an otherworldly creation. Your only job is to show-up and surrender to the beauty. We’ll take care of the rest.

Pricing and registration will open Thursday, Jan. 31st. As this is the only exclusive, alchemical, luxury, five star retreat of its kind, registration is likely to go fast. Space is extremely limited. First come, first serve. If you are planning to come with a partner or spouse, or if you wish to have your own room, there is a limited number suites available with a queen size bed. All other rooms will be shared with single beds, so register soon to receive your preference.

We can’t wait to create magic and sip wine with you under the Tuscan sun!

Ci vediamo!