Taking your personal power back (from the June Newsletter)

As we approach the Summer Solstice, it is time to take your power back.
Where have you given it away?
Where have you covered up your Truth?
Where have you allowed yourself to be disempowered?

The Truth is that you are a cell in the Body Divine, as magickal as the stars and the flowers.You contain all of the information within you to create the life you want to live.
The Truth is, we have been sold a bill of goods. How your life feels, how well it fits you, as nothing to do with how it looks and everything to do with how it feels. It’s not about the things in your life. It’s about the quality of your relationships, they fullness of your heart, and the power of your love.
The Truth is that none of this is your fault, and you can still do something about it.

Now is the time to stop listening to the old programming you are still carrying around in your head.
Now is the time to move past the things that block your ability to get things done, to make things happen, to create the life you want to live.
Now is the time to find out how to be here, in the Now. This is where the power is.

Posted in empowerment, Newsletter

The dilemma of spirituality

I truly believe that the reason people choose fundamentalist religion over more flexible belief structures is because they are easy. There is little, if any, self examination required, no experimentation to see how a concept feels or fits into your framework. You’re not expected to create or maintain a relationship with your spirituality beyond following the rules. Your entire plan of action is laid out for you, and the only struggle is trying to stay within your guidelines.

Carl Jung posited that the decline in the influence of traditional religions was the reason for the rise in debilitating feelings of insignificance, inadequacy, and hopelessness; in his eyes, this led to the destabilization of society and created political and social unrest. The challenge is that organized religions are, essentially, political animals – they seek to amass and consolidate power. The easiest way for them to do this is to disempower and dehumanize their adherents. By setting up a system that requires the “faithful” to follow the rules and give their power over to the political body, the religion is able to accumulate more and more power.

My core values are empowerment, community, and equality. These are, to me, spiritual values. I deeply believe that one can be spiritual and be empowered. That spirituality can exist within a religion, only if the religion is worn like a loose cloak, and the follower is willing to ask questions and perform the required self-examination to forge a personal belief system within the framework of the larger religion. More importantly, spirituality doesn’t *have* to reside within a religious structure.

How then do we define spirituality? Does it have to be tied to an idea of a Divine power? How open-ended can spirituality be?

If one has an experiential sense of being part of a larger whole, of being able to create, and being able to effect change, even if that is in the bounds of a small community, is that not spiritual? Does that not cause one to exhibit the behaviors one would attribute to spirituality? Does that not counter the effects Jung described as symptoms of leaving the church?

If you are struggling to find your spirituality, or even to find your place in the world, here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Who is my immediate community? Who do I identify with? With whom do I share values, interests, and/or a feeling of kinship?

  • Is this close community part of a larger community or grouping? How far out can those connections be seen?

  • How do I give back to that community?

  • How do I put my creative impulses to use? (Hint: it doesn’t have to be art)

  • How do I touch people on a daily basis? If this one is hard for you to see, ask your community for input. When they give it, don’t argue, just listen.
  • Believe me, you are the light of the world!

    Posted in Community, empowerment, Equality, Healing, Musings, Mysticism, Personal growth, Practice

    Effective affirmations

    Ever tried doing affirmations? How did they work for you?

    There’s a trick to them, a secret key, if you will, beyond the stuff everyone tells you, like writing in present tense and avoiding negatives. See, if all your aspects (higher mind, lower mind, and emotions) are not on the same page, you can’t be effective, because you are fighting yourself.

    And what is the first thing that happens when you say an affirmation like “I am healthy, happy, and whole”?

    A voice your head says “yeah, but…”

    The trick is to get your head to stop arguing with you. Which means rewiring neural pathways. Any time you’re trying to change your programming, do it in writing (not typing, not printing, handwriting) – it accesses a different part of the brain.

    Write down your affirmation.

    And then write down the objection.

    Write a new affirmation to counter the objection.

    Write down the new objection.

    Write a new affirmation.

    Rinse, lather, repeat. At some point, your mind will stop objecting.

    Write the original affirmation again (or rewrite it, if you’ve gotten more perspective). If there are more objections, write it twice more (for a total of 3), and walk away.

    When you go to write your affirmation tomorrow, if there are no mental objections, write it three times and walk away. If your mind coughs up an objection, go through the whole process again. Do this as many days in a row as you can manage. Eventually you will have a few days without objections, at which point you can rest assured that you have rewritten that groove in your brain.

    Ta da!

    Go forth, be the light of the world!

    Posted in Healing, magic, Mysticism, Personal growth, Practice, Tools

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