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What's the connection between Wonder Woman and the Goddesses in the Greek myths? How do "archetypes" influence us? Let's CELEBRATE WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH by learning more about our history and how we can progress in the future as Wonder Women (International Women's Day, March 8th)
Ever since I was a young girl I was exposed to ancient Greek mythology and I was fascinated by the characters of the powerful Olympian goddesses such as Athena Artemis Hera Aphrodite Demeter and the sphere and a whole series of other Greek heroines. As an adolescent these goddesses seemed to me like they had a lot more to offer me in terms of role models than the dualistic archetypes of (Virgin Mary) or whore (Maria Magdalena) choice of Christianity and other systems created by men to serve male interests.
The Goddesses were my first super-heroines long before I was exposed to television superheroes such as Wonder Woman, who was played by Linda Carter in the 70’s. Wonder Woman is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics since 1941. The character is one of the most iconic female figures in popular culture.
In her homeland, the island nation of Themyscira, her official title is Princess Diana of Themyscira...
Wonder Woman's origin story relates that she is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, jointly raised by her mother and her aunts Antiope and Menalippe. The Amazons lived on this island until a plane crashes on its shores with major Steve Trevor. The Amazons nurse him back to health and Diana returns with him on a mission etc to fight villains and save the world. In order to blend into our society outside, she adopts her civilian identity Diana Prince.
The fictional career of Diana Prince evolved over the years, from the original Army nurse to becoming a military intelligence officer (promoted to higher ranks), then later a civilian employee, businesswoman, astronaut, and staff member at the United Nations.
Wonder Woman was created by the American psychologist and Harvard professor, William Moulton Marston. He drew alot of inspiration from early feminists, and especially from birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger; who opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, which led to her arrest for distributing information on contraception.
As a young girl growing up in Canada in the seventies, I was deeply empowered by the image of Wonder Woman and continue to draw strength from this archetype even today, in my work as acoach and mentor.
Which archetypes or super heroes have affected your life and why?
What would be your oath?
I love the idea of pledging an oath to a higher ideal, I believe it can transform us.
I love this ancient Greek oath of citizenship*, however with some changes. For example,
I would change "my native land" to... " Planet Earth"....
So it would be, "I solemnly swear to leave planet Earth, more beautiful than I received it..."
“The Athenian Ephebic Oath was an oath sworn by young men of Classical Athens, typically eighteen-year-old sons of Athenian citizens, upon induction into the military academy, the Ephebic College,graduation from which was required to attain status as citizens. The applicant would have been dressed in full armour, shield and spear in his left hand, his right hand raised and touching the right hand of the moderator...The ephebic oath is preserved on an inscription from Acharnae, which was written in the mid-fourth century BC” - John Wilson Taylor, 'The Athenian ephebic oath', Classical journal (1918), 495-501
"I will never bring reproach upon my hallowed arms, nor will I desert the comrade at whose side I stand, but I will defend our altars and our hearths, single-handed or supported by many. My native land I will not leave a diminished heritage but greater and better than when I received it. I will obey whoever is in authority and submit to the established laws and all others which the people shall harmoniously enact. If anyone tries to overthrow the constitution or disobeys it, I will not permit him, but will come to its defense, single-handed or with the support of all. I will honor the religion of my fathers. Let the gods be my witness, Agraulus, Enyalius, Ares, Zeus, Thallo, Auxo, Hegemone."
"Οὐ καταισχυνῶ τὰ ὅπλα τὰ ἱερὰ, οὐδ' ἐγκαταλείψω τὸν παραστάτην ὅτῳ ἂν στοιχήσω· ἀμυνῶ δὲ καὶ ὑπὲρ ἱερῶν καὶ ὁσίων καὶ μόνος καὶ μετὰ πολλῶν. καὶ τὴν πατρίδα οὐκ ἐλάσσω παραδώσω, πλείω δὲ καὶ ἀρείω ὅσης ἂν παραδέξωμαι. καὶ εὐηκοήσω τῶν ἀεὶ κραινόντων ἐμφρόνως καὶ τοῖς θεσμοῖς τοῖς ἰδρυμένοις πείσομαι καὶ οὕστινας ἂν ἄλλους τὸ πλῆθος ἰδρύσηται ὁμοφρόνως·καὶ ἂν τις ἀναιρῇ τοὺς θεσμοὺς ἢ μὴ πείθηται οὐκ ἐπιτρέψω, ἀμυνῶ δὲ καὶ μόνος καὶ μετὰ πολλῶν. καὶ ἱερὰ τὰ πάτρια τιμήσω. ἵστορες τούτων Ἄγλαυρος, Ἐνυάλιος, Ἄρης, Ζεύς, Θαλλώ, Αὐξώ, Ἡγεμόνη.
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Join my friend Katy Taveira of #myathlete here on the Athens Riviera for some winter swimming !
Why should you become a winter swimmer too?
It boosts your immune system.....It gives you a natural high, It improves your circulation, It increases your libido, It burns calories, It reduces stress, It is a great way of socialising and making new friends.
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In this episode you will be able to see demonstration of how to transform your fear, anxiety, anger into inner freedom in 15 minutes*, through my simple 3-Step method, based on Greek Philosophy (Socratic Method, Aristotle, Plato & Stoicism) and modern evidence-based method of Alpha Waves (Self-Hypnosis, Guided Meditation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming). *Practice it on a regular basis for best-results.
If you would like me to process YOUR issue, click here: www.alkistis.net/freedom.html
Enjoy this deeply relaxing guided meditation, reflecting on the teachings of Epictetus, the Greek philosopher.
"There are things which are within our power, and there are things which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own. Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and, in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs...."
So starts the first lesson in The Manual For Life (The Enchiridion) , from the teachings of the great Greek philosopher, Epictetus.
Are you struggling with fear, anxiety, depression and other 'frustrating' emotions? In this video, allow me to share with you my simple 3-step method for overcoming all the above.
The method is an integration of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Stoicism & CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and can be applied by anyone, who is willing to answer the questions that I ask you in this video.
So get out your pen & paper, and let's 'do the work'. TOGETHER we will go through the healing process. You are not alone, I am here with you. With AGAPE, Alkistis
Roman philosopher Seneca had learned the art of objective, critical thinking from the ancient Greek thinkers, especially Socrates and later Stoic philosophers like Zeno.
In today's guided meditation, we reflect on his correspondence with his friend Lucilius Junior where he wrote:
"There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality."
Seneca counsels his young friend in his thirteenth letter, entitled “On Groundless Fears”:
"What I advise you to do is, not to be unhappy before the crisis comes; since it may be that the dangers before which you paled as if they were threatening you, will never come upon you; they certainly have not yet come. Accordingly, some things torment us more than they ought; some torment us before they ought; and some torment us when they ought not to torment us at all. We are in the habit of exaggerating, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow."
What is love? The ancient Greeks thought long about this question that influences us so much during our lifetime. The Symposium was written by Plato, and reflects what Athenian aristocrates thought about love. It’s a series of speeches on love presented by various men. (Students of Socrates).
Finally Socrates speaks. Socrates and Plato believe the object of love to be something that has nothing to do with the physical world, it has nothing to do with this attachment or dependency that we feel for a lover. They find all this physhical love unimportant; For them, love transcends space and time. It goes beyond the physical body. When you love someone, it has nothing to do with if you find them beautiful or handsome, or if they grow old. In order to express what he feels about love, he speaks through an Imaginary ‘priestess’, who explains to the group that love is not something that survives the test of time.
For Socrates, there are various levels of love; it’s like going up a ladder; The bottom rung of the ladder, is when you’re attracted to the physical beauty of the other person and you fall in love with them. The next rung recognizes that people are physically beautiful in similar ways, and are interchangeable, so you aren’t fixated on one particular person because of their beauty. The third run is where you appreciate both the spirit and body; love is appreciating someone for their virtuous spirit. Once you meet a beautiful spirit, you come to find there are many beautiful spirits, and they are even interchangeable; again you realize there are many others you could fall in love with because of their beautiful spirit. This makes you desire something even more unique and permanently beautiful. What could this be? It is the love of beautiful knowledge.
The very last rung of the ladder, at which we can all only aim, is the form of Beauty itself. That is ‘Beauty’ with a capital ‘B’. It’s the ideal of Beauty itself in all its forms, physical and meta-physical. It’s a process of giving birth. So for example a woman can give birth to a beautiful children, but our spirit can give birth to Virtue. This is a spiritual birth. A spiritual birth when we can instill virtue in everyone’s spirit.
This has nothing to do with being “in love” with a specific human being. It has do with having loving, beautiful thoughts that influence the reality around you. It has to do with being a force of good in the world, because of your love of humanity and life itself. Like creating or voting for good laws that, create a better world, with justice for all. To create a better society. Creating a beautiful and virtuous world or society.
This type of LOVE is a force that offers beautiful things and experiences to society and the world. This is true, unconditional LOVE. This is a LOVE from a ‘higher dimension’, it is a love of Truth and Virtue so that we can all live in a just and beautiful world. “an everlasting loveliness which neither comes nor goes, which neither flowers nor fades.”
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In today's guided meditation, we will be reflecting on the teachings of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, who was once a slave, but later went on to found an important school of philosophy in Greece.
He believed that the best he could do, was to teach others the skills for becoming mentally and emotionally resilient rather than handing out 'wise advice'.
Once, a student asked him for wise advise on a personal issue and Epictetus replied, "...You must understand how laughable it is to say 'Tell me what to do!' What advice could I possibly give? No, a far better request is, 'Train my mind to adapt to any circumstance'...In this way, if circumstances take you off script...you won't be desperate for a new prompting."
Guided Meditation is a very powerful technique for internalising lessons. Here we visit 'Paradise Island' so keep your eyes open throughout.
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