Ritual and Action

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It never ceases to amaze and impress me that when you speak with Spirit, ultimately someone is listening and taking notes. Late last year I was deciding what would be my motto or goal for 2015. I had very intensely embarked upon a year of shadow work in 2014, and so was ready for something….. less painful (though I do so love my shadow). My guides informed me that this year was to be about Ritual & Action.

I declared my intention for the year aloud and in formal ceremony, and since that time, I have found the universe keeps handing me occasion to make good on my promise. My daily practice has become renewed, and all of my day seems to have become part of a greater ritual. In addition, I have eagerly taken on a challenge that will greatly intensify my spiritual work, I am quite certain.  Beginning this weekend, I will be doing divination at a local Renaissance Festival each weekend for two months.

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I have been doing divination for a very long time, but never formally, as I have so many friends that do so and I ….. well…… I don’t know. I am an intuitive reader, working in both Norse runes (Elder Futhark) and tarot. Though I do nothing in my life conventionally, I do feel that I can tap into Spirit using these means. It is now time for me to step into the world and do this more formally, as part of my practice.

One of Eleven

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Many peculiarities have occurred for me around the number 1… or is it 11?

It began when I went to visit my family on the 1st of the January (1/1). They live in a time zone that is 2 hours behind that my parents – PST & CST. From the first day that I got there until the day I left, I kept looking at my phone at exactly 11:11, and my phone does this lovely little thing where it shows me the time of my parent’s house and my own home. So the screen displays 11:11 and 1:11. Over and over I would bring this to the attention of those around me.

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Yesterday, (1/10) I attempted to board my plane and get home. However, it was not to be. They overbooked my plane and sent me on another flight, scheduled to get me home today at 1pm. 1/11 at 1. I was unable to stifle my laughter when the pilot came over the intercome and stated that we would be “arriving 11 minutes early.”

I don’t believe in coincidence. I believe in synchronicity.

Shadow Working

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I was just reviewing this blog, and my year in posts. I see that over the course of 2014, all of my posts fit on one page, making it look as though I had forgotten about this space. I have not.

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Truth is, I dedicated my year to doing Shadow Work for the whole of the 13 moon cycle. In making that declaration, I opened a huge bag of snakes. My shadow came at me head on, and I met it well.

Because Shadow Work, when done well, is so deeply personal, most of my journaling has been in my notebook. Private. Secret. Between me, myself, and I alone. My internal dialogue can often be very productive……often, er, sometimes….

Over the past 13 moon (and yes, I am aware that this cycle is not yet complete) I have released so much of what does not serve me, and have gained a balance in my life that has allowed me to progress as a person, friend, lover, mother, etc.

As this year draws to a close, I have been feeling the need to take on another commitment of the sort that I did this year. However, knowing where I was supposed to be concentrating my efforts was elusive to me. I didn’t stress about this though, as I have frankly been busy with so much in the past few weeks.

I got together with a dear friend a few days ago in order to do some energy work. As I settled in for a journey, I saw it. My guides made it plain and simple so that I would not have opportunity to misunderstand. The next cycle, for me, is going to be about Ritual and Action.

Faith Based

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Recently I had a conversation with a friend about the idea of “faith based religion.” She had been to a workshop where the facilitator had stated that the spiritual movement that she was teaching about was not faith based because the beings that were celebrated within the cosmology would exist regardless of whether or not she believed in them. Therefore, “faith” was not required of the adherent. This argument has so many issues, I don’t even know where to begin.

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First of all, and what it all boils down to is that any spiritual system is rooted in belief. One must believe in (have faith in) whatever it is that is the cornerstone of philosophy. If it is simply a philosophy, all adherents need to believe that this philosophy will bring about a desired effect. It is not necessary for those who are not part of this path to believe as do the adherents in order for that path to be “real.”

Let’s look at a popular example – Christianity. Christians believe that this fellow named Jesus was an G-d’s son incarnated as a man on Earth in order to absolve the sins of mankind. Those who follow Jesus are certain of his existence. They are certain that it does not matter if anyone else believes in him, he exists and so those that do not believe will suffer the fate of the nonbeliever.

For any spiritual path, philosophy, or religion order to be effective, it is necessary that those following it believe in it. For transformation, growth, or understanding to take place, one has to believe in the possibility. I do not see how any movement is possible without faith.  Faith, is the key.

The Talmud

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Yerushalmi_TalmudMy first recollection of encountering the Talmud was in one of my Jewish Studies classes in college. I didn’t research it much then, but made a note to go back and study it at a later date. Though it took several years for me to approach that “later date” it has finally arrived.

Today I was reading through various Proverbs and Rabbinic writings within the Talmud. I was struck by their richness and the many layers that a line or two can convey. (Proverbs have this effect, don’t they?) This realization hatched an idea – “Shouldn’t I regularly choose one to ruminate and meditate on, much as one would a Zen koen?” I decided immediately that this was/is a brilliant idea, and I shall add this to my practice. Today.

 

 

 

Compared to What?

All Worlds are created equal. Must they also be separate?

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I often joke that I have studied every religion from Anglican to Zoroastrianism. Mostly, that is true. In my personal life, as well as in college I delved into the study of philosophy and spirituality. I wrote papers on the Indian Grammarians. Attended Buddhist temples. Participated in Quaranic Exegesis. I learned one thing from each of these belief systems – They are more similar in spirit than they are different.

Perhaps it is another form of the “half full/half empty” conversation, but I tend toward seeing similarities in people/philosophies/situations rather than seeing the differences. For this reason, I excelled in comparative religion studies, and still do.

Yesterday I was sitting down to study. I looked down at the books before me and asked myself why I didn’t specialize in any one tradition. I attend a synagogue to nourish my Jewish self. I teach both a runic magick course and an Egyptian deity circle. Currently I am also delving into the Welsh tradition.

I once heard it said that to progress magickally, one must specialize. I understand this to a degree, but this is not how my brain interacts with knowledge. I see it all as interconnected and shared. These traditions are not separated, but are part of a very harmonious whole. Is this really a novel idea?

Inside Out

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In my last post I spoke about how I was focusing on Shadow Work this year. Along with that has come a nudge from my guides and deities to do another cleanse. I have been trying to put this off for quite sometime, but it seems that all was aligned just so, and I could no longer ignore the need.

The last time I did a cleanse of this nature, it was at the urging of the Morrigan. She told me that it was needed, and in true Morrigan fashion, gave me little choice in the matter. Some of you may recall how intense that was from previous posts; I had crazy dreams, interesting visions, and was refreshed and aware.  This time is turning out to be quite similar.

I am currently rounding out Day 6, and I have noticed that this time it is not as painful a process. My body is happy to expel and release all of the toxins in my system. I am breathing much more clearly, and I am hyper aware of all that is around me and that passes through me.

Prior to this cleanse, I was noticing how the food I was taking in was often making me sluggish and tired. I would become hungry, eat a bit, then want to take a nap. I was not eating a lot, but I was also gaining weight. It just seemed that my body was severely out of balance, so when my guides insisted upon the cleanse, I knew they were right.

This time I hope to go for a whole month, and fully clean out my system. After which, I will have to slowly introduce other foods besides fruits and vegetables. I am a vegetarian, but I may become closer to a fruititarian when this is all over. I feel good, and love the heightened sensitivity that I feel in all aspects of my Self.

The Year of Living Dangerously

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Well, not dangerously, per se. This year I have chosen to do intensive Shadow Work. By making that declaration, I have invited parts of myself from the deepest recesses of my consciousness to come forth and make themselves known. As they surface, I must take the responsibility of working through them.

The point of shadow work is to bring into the light any of the aspects of your self that are blocking you from becoming fully aligned with and functioning as your Higher Self. This work is continuous as we live through each life, allowing us to eventually transcend this plane being fully actualized in our Bee-ing, a Hollow Bone, if you will.

My desire this lifetime is to work through a whole heck of a lot of my “issues” so that I can live a more (internally) peaceful life, and be a conduit for the works of Spirit.

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One misconception about the shadow self is that it is a “bad” part of one’s self. I don’t actually agree with this. I honor my shadow, knowing that shadow is required to find a balance and be a complete, whole person. It is the act of repressing those darker parts of our Self that we become out of balance. Shadow work is the space in which we acknowledge and rebalance those pieces of ourselves.

This type of work is done alone. I have been far from social in recent months, due to many factors, but mostly because of my need to fully examine and address what has been brought forth into my consciousness. I have been amazed at the growth this has afforded me, and at the same time painfully aware of the growth that is still needed in my life.

Currently, I am in the stage of purging. I am attempting to get rid of all that no longer serves me, in all realms from physical to spiritual. I have been cleaning our relationships, my physical possessions, my calendar, and nearly every other category that you can imagine. I am scaling down to a more minimalist, unfettered existence without the trappings that weigh me down and keep me from clearly walking the path I have chosen.

In the coming months, I hope to fully integrate all of these changes and walk with discernment and sensitivity, doing the work of Spirit.

Bee The Change

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This is a very worthwhile cause. Let’s get the word out and make it happen!

Originally posted on Gothic Urban Beekeeper:

As I have mentioned in a couple of previous posts, I work for the American Honey Bee Protection Agency (AHBPA). We work to save honey bees by educating the public, and through no-kill extractions of feral honey bees from places where they are not wanted and relocating them in places were they are wanted.

Currently we are running a campaign on Indie Go Go so that we can continue to do this work effectively. We would like to be able to expand our efforts, both in extraction and relocation and in our education programs. Please take a look at this campaign, and donate if you feel so moved.

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Writers Must Write

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Each year, as you know, I set a list of goals for myself. One of these goals was to do more writing. I have achieved that goal in spades. In fact, I now have to be more stringent with my scheduling so that I can meet all of my deadlines. Here is a gander at what is currently on my plate, projects I am excited about:

  • I have been writing for Pagan Pages and recently was given sole responsibility for reviews. I am ecstatic! I get to read new books, hear programs, listen to music, and sample apps. Life is good!
  • A publisher has expressed mild interest in one of my books. I have been invited to send in a chapter and proposal. The ball is in my court, and I am coming out swinging!
  • A friend of mine has started publishing a new magazine. I have been invited to regularly contribute work to it. My first contribution, and the beginning of a series, will be a couple pages discussing the Elder Futhark. I plan to cover 3 runes per issue. The creative freedom afforded me in this project is really exciting!

I love writing, it is a way that I speak my soul. I am thankful that I made space in my life for these opportunities, so thankful. I am blessed.

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