Welcome to Through the Peacock’s Eyes!

Welcome to Through the Peacock’s EyesInsights for Spiritual Living! I’ve developed this blog/website as a means to help heal, teach, and guide others on their spiritual journeys and in this life. It is my hope that through my writings, readings, and teachings that I will be able to provide insight, inspiration, and guidance to others as they grow and travel along both their individual and spiritual paths. Though I may reference and discuss different philosophies, religions, spiritual practices, and healing modalities, I believe that under the surface they all provide paths for us to free ourselves from our sufferings and to live a good and joyful life.

Meaning and Symbolism of the Peacock

I chose the title, Through the Peacock’s Eyes, for a couple of reasons: the symbolism of the peacock, and its connection to the Hindu goddess Saraswati. The symbolism of the peacock is similar across many cultures, from Christianity where it represents patience, love, eternal life, and immortality, to Buddhism where it represents wisdom, kindness, and compassion. The Bodhisattvas, such as Quan Yin and Avalokiteshvara, are often associated with the peacock because as the peacock can eat poison and not be affected by it, the Bodhisattvas can take in the poisonous emotions of others and not be affected by them.

The peacock’s habit of replacing its feathers yearly and its connection to the phoenix also make it a symbol of renewal, rebirth, and reincarnation. In ancient Greek mythology, when the “all-seeing” 100-eyed giant Argus died, the goddess Hera preserved his eyes on the peacock to honor him. Thus the peacock’s eyes themselves represent seeing, insight, and wisdom. The eyes on the peacock’s feathers are also thought to represent the stars in the heavens.

The Goddess Saraswati

In Hindu mythology, the vehicle for the goddess Saraswati is often the peacock. Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom, knowledge and learning, creativity, music, language, and writing. As her vehicle, the peacock helps her navigate through the world with compassion, wisdom, and understanding.

As a writer, spiritual counselor/life coach, and healer, Saraswati is my muse. May her guidance guide me to guide you through the peacock’s eyes’ different views, lenses, insights, and perspectives.

Knowledge helps man find possibilities where once he saw problems. - Saraswati

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102 Responses to Welcome to Through the Peacock’s Eyes!

  1. leazengage says:

    Hello! I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please follow the link below for the rules http://leazengage.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ All the best to you!

  2. Thanks for liking my post about Svadyaya. Namaste!

  3. Ganesh says:

    Very nice and inspiring blog, Julianne! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. :)

  4. The Commonzense of Saint James says:

    Hey thanks for the follow! Feel free to share your thoughts anytime. Peace!

  5. Thank you for liking my post on “Who Am I?”! I had never heard of the Vedic astrology and after reading your blog I found it very interesting. Love and light to you!

  6. reikiheidi says:

    This is a beautiful about page, Blessings be to you.

  7. ShilpiRajput says:

    Namaste Julianne . Thank you so much for stopping by and liking my blog. I am glad that ive been able to find your blog this way. Its very beautiful and spiritual .I like the picture of Maa Saraswati , may she always shower her blessings upon us .

  8. VIOLETA says:

    Your blog is so peaceful and inspiring. It’s always a pleasure to come on here and soak up your good vibes. :)

    Thanks for all the hard work you put into sharing your thoughts with us.

  9. Abha says:

    I love the way you have described the sacred peacock. I associate this beautiful bird with Shree Radha Krishn, and have had several opportunities of visiting Vrindavan Dham, where these sacred birds are a very intimate part of the Radha Krishn leela.
    A very peaceful site. All the best to you Julianne!

  10. What a wealth of information! I really appreciate what your blog has to offer. Also, thank you for tuning into the energy of my blog as well.

  11. Julianne, thank you for stopping and visiting today. I am a relative newcomer to contemplative practices and find it has helped immensely in dealing with life’s travails. I look forward to following your blog and gleaning wisdom from another source.

    Take care,

    Ivon

  12. truthyoga says:

    Thank you for Liking my poem post, and for your lovely blog/website here…..I love the Peacock imagery. I’m not sure if you are familiar with Sri Aurobindo, who wrote a book on The Secret of the Veda, but he mentions the spiritual significance of the Peacock as being Victory….the Victory of the Divine. Anyway, just thought I would mention it if you are interested. Best wishes with seeking to inspire and help others along their paths in life……happy Journey!

  13. hemadamani says:

    Hi Julianne, thank you for dropping by my blog. you have a beautiful blog here. Looking forward to to more!! :)

  14. literary lew says:

    Glad you dropped by today. Hope you come back. I’ll be back to check yours out.

  15. “Whatever our backgrounds, religious or not, we are all on the same journey.”

    What do you mean by that?

    • The journey of life and understanding Love and Truth.

      • Then how can you say we are all on the same journey? Some few may be devotees of Love and Truth, but many are not.

        Many are slaves to hatred, avarice, power, carnality &c. Are they on the same journey? You may say, I suppose, that we are all on the same ‘journey’ to the grave – but that is just to say that we are all mortal.

        “We are all on the same journey” just sounds to me like a feel-good platitude. How does it relate to reality?

      • Yes, many are not conscious devotees of Love and Truth. Much of the journey of life is suffering – suffering through hatred, avarice, power, fear, and greed (from others and within ourselves); and through that journey, through facing our suffering, our minds, our demons, or whatever term one choses to use for it, the soul may find God, Truth, and Love.

        “We are all on the same journey” is not meant to be a trite statement made through over-optimism or seen through rose-colored glasses. We are a community of beings experiencing life with all its suffering. That is reality, and it is through acknowledging and understanding suffering that we may find Love. Yes, many are not conscious of this at all. That is their suffering and their journey.

        The “About” page is just a summary of what this blog is about, not an in depth philosophical thesis. The rest of the blog is an exploration and study of various paths that may help others. What resonates with one, may not resonate with another. Hence, the various religious, philosophical, spiritual, and even purely scientific paths.

        Thank you for your interest in this blog. Namaste!

      • “Yes, many are not conscious of this at all. That is their suffering and their journey.”

        I would say that some people are righteous, and some people are evil, and the righteous know what Love is and will have Heaven, and the unrighteous do not, and will have Hell. Are you saying that both the wicked and righteous alike by their (opposite) separate paths both learn of Love? What do you mean by that? I suppose you could say that even Hell is one perspective (the perspective of the damned) on the Love of God, but prima facie your statements still seem meaningless to me.

        “What resonates with one, may not resonate with another. Hence, the various religious, philosophical, spiritual, and even purely scientific paths.”

        Again, this idea that one path is as good as another. How can one approach, which is contradictory to another approach, be as good as that approach? If you want to climb a mountain, you must go up, and not down or sidewise. Furthermore, if you are describing a pilgrimage to truth, how can truth contradict itself? Christianity and Buddhism, for instance, are not complementary alternatives; they are opposites. One asserts the personality and absolute primacy of God, the other asserts the primacy of nothingness, and doesn’t care much about God.

        More than this, if, as you claim, we’re all ‘in this [journey] together’ how can it be the case that what’s meat for one man’s soul is poison for another’s, any more than what is meat for one man’s body can be poison for another’s? All men share a common nature, and spiritual truth must fit that nature as a key fits a lock.

      • If your view is purely from the traditional Catholic perspective, then acknowledging that there are many paths for one to find Truth, Love, or God may seem meaningless. That is your choice and your path. Each person, each individual ego, will choose which direction their life will take, whether that be Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, et cetera. In this material realm of duality, yes, opposite approaches can lead to the same place. They are two halves of the same coin.

        Please note: There are different sects or schools of Buddhism, just as some Catholics believe Jesus was a man delivering God’s message and not God incarnate. Some Buddhist lineages, especially those influenced by the Bon tradition, worship deities, and do care about God. The paths are different and the individuals of one religion do not all think the exact same things. Humans are not bees with one collective mind.

        Yes, spiritual truth is the key to heaven, enlightenment, moksha, et cetera. This is what the individual egos must discover and understand. Again, what path each person chooses is up to him/her.

        I’ve enjoyed this discourse, but it is becoming much too extensive for blog comments. If you happen to be in the San Francisco, CA area and you would like to meet for some more philosophical and intellectual conversation, let me know via direct e-mail.

        Gratias tibi ago,
        Julianne

      • It’s unlikely that I will be, but thanks for the offer.

        I don’t believe human beings have a collective mind, but I do believe there is something concrete which we all share which makes us all human. I also believe that you won’t get to the top of a mountain by going down it.

        There are no Catholics who formally believe that Christ was not the Son of God; that is a contradiction in terms. To be Catholic is to obey Christ, and in so doing to obey the Church, and She unequivocally affirms the divinity of Jesus Christ.

      • Ok. I was raised Catholic and have known those devoted to being Catholic who have unorthodox views, but that it their path. ;-) Thank you again for this discussion.

      • Catholic means “according to the whole”. You cannot hold an unorthodox view – that is, you cannot pick and choose (heresy is literally a ‘choosing’) – and claim the name of Catholic, since you have taken for yourself only PART of the (acknowledged) whole.

        Some people unwittingly espouse unorthodox opinions, but believe aright in their heart; they are Catholics, and their heresy is only ‘material’. Some people wilfully and knowingly espouse unorthodox opinions, and they are formal heretics: the same are damned, unless they repent.

  16. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

  17. Heru's Light says:

    Beautiful. I look forward to following your posts, truly. And thank you for dropping by at Heru’s Light. Many Blessings, Karolyne

  18. This is a great about page, really enjoyed learning about the meanings behind your blog’s name.
    thank you for the follow as well. wonderful blog :)

    Namaste

  19. truthyoga says:

    Thank you once again for the Like and following my blog…..best wishes with your continued work in inspiring others and yourself. Take care.

  20. vam says:

    I can never thank you enough, Julianne, for your appreciation !
    Each time you do, it immensely encourages my blog-world endeavour.
    Blessed me. Blessed be you. Hugs and embrace.

  21. Thank you for the likes I love your peacock feathers. They are very lovely.

  22. soumyav says:

    beautiful and humble description. Loved your blog and the thoughts here. Thanks for visiting my place and hope to spread love and light together.

  23. bloomlisa says:

    You have a beautiful blog and I absolutely adore the peacock feathers and why you use them. It is a pleasure to be acquainted on the blogosphere with you!!

  24. lauriesnotes says:

    I love the feel here. I loved your bloggers for peace post (love B4Peace).
    Much love-

  25. Tamilini says:

    thanks for stopping by :)

  26. Harsha says:

    Namaste..Loved your Blog…..Nice concept…..

    http://allresourceupdates.wordpress.com

  27. I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. You can accept the award here: http://thescarredrunner.com/2013/06/27/you-like-me-you-really-like-me/. Keep up the great work!

  28. Aaran Sian says:

    Hii! Just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog! I really hope you liked it! Your blog seems great, I can’t wait to explore it some more!
    Aaran :)

  29. Hi Julianne- I wanted to say thank you so much for reading my posts, it is so wonderful to connect with others in our writing and I am always grateful to you! Big Love, Jess

  30. lilicasplace says:

    I have been following your blog for some time, but I haven’t had the time to go through it as in depth as I did today. It is an amazing site and I absolutely love it! I will be visiting over and over. Without a doubt, I’m sure it will help me as I continue my spiritual journey. Thank you. Lily

  31. Herman says:

    Hi Julianne. Thank you for following HoB. Much appreciated!

  32. Jackie says:

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my posts! I L appreciate it very much. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. :-D

  33. Pingback: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! | lilicasplace

  34. Hi JV,
    Thank you for finding and following my blog. Pierre is quite the character in real life, but even more so in print.
    I see many of your commenters enjoy your inspirational posts. That is wonderful! You are doing well service your community.
    Nice to “meet” you,
    Vanessa

  35. It’s really great to make friends with you Julianne… IAM sure we are going to enjoy each others journey in the coming times…. Barbara

  36. You have a Wonderful Blog, and I thank you so much for dropping by and leaving me your kind comment..
    May we all keep spreading the Light through our thoughts and knowledge… Much love and Light to a fellow warrior working with the Light
    Blessings
    Sue

  37. Thanks for visiting and liking my post on gratitude. I love the visuals on your site! blessings, Brad

  38. Cassie says:

    Very happy I stumbled across you will be taking a time out to explore your site.

  39. elizabeth says:

    Thanks for coming by and liking my blog post. :-)

  40. Thank you for looking at my post about my rooks (http://ja2da.com) – What a fascinating place you have here!
    David
    PS I’m Gemini – if you don’t mind I’d much rather just laze around and sleep through November – all that sounds far too much hard work.

  41. Coach Muller says:

    GOOD NEWS!!! I just posted an article that included the thoughts that you shared regarding about the things that you are thankful for. I hope you like it. Here’s the link: http://goodtimestories.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/words-of-thanksgiving-from-my-wordpress-and-personal-friends
    Have a GREAT Thanksgiving. I am thankful for YOU!!

  42. Emy Will says:

    Julianne Victoria. thank you for visiting my blog, which in turn led me to yours. I love the peacock imagery/symbolism and your philosophy on life. Best wishes:)

  43. I nominated you for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award Here. and Haiku by Ku also.

  44. afsheenanjum says:

    THANKS ALOT for liking my Blog and your visit is really appreciated. Come again.
    Take care

  45. Dilip says:

    It is indeed commendable that you are using your deep knowledge in Vedic Astrology to help heal, teach, and guide fellow human beings! Thank you!

  46. Emy Will says:

    Your visit to my blog is most appreciated :-D Thank you for caring.
    Warm wishes, Emy

  47. boobooda7 says:

    Thanks for following me at Soul Passages. I see we are like minded! Thanks for joining me on my journey. Peace and Blessings, Geo

  48. Tricia M Foster says:

    Beautiful blog.

  49. Oh there are too many goodies you mentioned above. I must follow your blog. Thank you for the follow and leading me here. Very grateful!
    Sarah

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