Archive for Murry Hope

Reminiscing on a lion painting

Posted in Art, Sekhmet with tags , , , , on September 27, 2012 by cheshirecatman

My girlfriend Anne is an accomplished artist in her own right. When we first met around 1990, she was showing her animal paintings at coffee houses and restaurants around Seattle. A couple of years later she became a serious sculptor, although she continued to paint regularly.

She painted the piece above maybe a decade ago. It’s small, measuring about 12” x 9” and was most likely created for some show or other. I immediately fell in love with it when she showed it to me. A friend of hers complained that the lion “looked too human,” but that was one of the things I liked best about it. He doesn’t look human to me, per se, but he does appear lost in contemplation.

I liked the painting so much that she ended up giving it to me, and it hangs on the wall of my studio as I write this. I’ve long been overly fond of cats, but leopards and jaguars tended to be my favorite. However, after reading books by Linda Tucker and Murry Hope and catching glimpses of Sekhmet during meditations, this painting takes on new meaning and I gain a deeper appreciation of the piece, my girlfriend and whatever mysteries inspired her to paint it in colors sacred to the goddess herself.

Anticipation and introspection

Posted in Lion People, Sekhmet with tags , , , , on October 22, 2011 by cheshirecatman

I love October. I love the look and smell of it, but also the feel of it. The energy changes, and the dead are nearby.

In a couple of weeks, I will be attending my third Fet Gede. I’m looking forward to it.

I recently finished reading my second Murry Hope book (her autobiography, “The Changling”). Ms. Hope is a fascinating woman who seems quite sane. She does not seem to be “in it for the money” (she has lived at poverty level on more than one occasion) and is not, in my opinion, attempting to start any type of cult movement or set herself up as a leader. She is too much of a loner for that. And I had to laugh at the fact that, while some people would no doubt classify her books as “New Age,” the woman herself hates New Age stuff. Her autobiography was tastefully candid and not always flattering. When I began the book, I hoped that it would help me clarify my thoughts on the first book I read by her, “The Lion People.” And it has.

I believe Ms. Hope is legitimate. Is everything she writes true? I don’t know. But I believe she is being honest in her books. Any doubt I have is due to the nature of channeled information—there is always a margin for error of interpretation, whether due to the receiver’s personality/desires or the clarity of the signal.

I have leapt right into my third Murry book, “The Sirius Connection.” And I have another book about the lion people on order. My connection with Sekhmet and my own therian nature seem to be spurring me onwards. It’s an interesting ride.

Lions and technology problems

Posted in Lion People with tags , , , on September 29, 2011 by cheshirecatman

These past few weeks have been crazy busy. Last weekend I showed some sculptures at a local convention, then on Monday was offered the opportunity to be the featured artist for October at a local gift shop. With all the sculpting and running around, I have not had much time for writing, although my mind has been busy.

Last week I finished my first book by Murry Hope, “The Lion People.” It was interesting, but I haven’t really formed strong opinions about it yet. I am conflicted between the desire to believe and the skeptical side of my nature. The book contains information channeled by the author from a race of leonine beings, which of course appeals to the therian in me. However, the very nature of channeled information demands some skepticism, as it’s difficult to know how much of the information is altered by the receiver’s mind, personality, desires, etc.

I am currently about one-third of the way through Ms. Hope’s autobiography, and enjoying it immensely. She is a fascinating woman who has survived a difficult childhood and, in spite of all that, comes across as very intelligent and psychologically balanced. I hope that when I finish this book I will have a clearer opinion about the lion book.

In the meantime, my laptop is having issues, so my writing time is limited for now. The photo above is of an amazing statue I found at the gift shop. I rarely see statues of Egyptian male lion deities, so when I saw this I had to have it! I am going to have to research this god more for a future post.

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