Occasionally, events will occur in our lives
that cause us to stop so that we may reflect and re-evaluate all that
which comprises the many facets of our life. These periods cause us to
reprioritize things, abandon what does not belong or is making our lives
more difficult and stressful, and seek out what truly matters to us. The
last couple of months have been such a time in my life. During my reflections,
it occurred to me that there is absolutely no reason why we should have
to wait until moments such as these. Wouldn't it be better to re-examine
things at times when there isn't already stress weighing us down? And
so, this article comes flowing out of me and onto paper. I truly hope
this information is as useful to as you it was to me, and that it leads
all of you to making changes in your lives for the better.
The most important factor in making this undertaking
a successful one is having a safe, comfortable place. I truly believe
that nature is best for this. But where? That's a personal decision. It
could be anywhere: a forest, a riverbank, a local park, your own backyard.
All that truly matters is that the place feels right to you.
When reflecting, nature can truly aid us in
our process. You may wish to include the energies from several allies
from the natural world in your journey. Personally, I prefer to work with
plant and/or stone energies. There are several to choose from, depending
on exactly what you wish to accomplish.
You can use Marjoram for clarity and protection,
Nutmeg for learning, comprehension, and knowledge, and Rosemary for the
conscious mind, dreams, and knowledge. If you wish to include stones,
you can try Tiger's Eye for objectivity, truth, and wisdom, Amethyst for
intuition, psychism, and protection from negativity, and Amber for the
courage to do what is needed. Of course, there are many other plants and
stones whose energies can be helpful to you during your journey, and there
may be others that you find more appropriate. These work best for me,
but we are all different. Experiment and see what works best for you.
During this time, you may be able to gain insight
from your dreams, for dreams are the gateway to the subconscious. They
can reveal truths that you are unable, or unwilling, to see when awake.
Try to think about your situation before going to sleep. When you awaken,
write down any dreams from that night along with the main topic you were
focusing on before sleep. If you are unable to remember the entire dream,
just note the main symbols and situations. Writing everything down will
make it much easier when you later review your notes. When reviewing them,
keep in mind that dreams are not always literal, but often rely heavily
on symbolism. Give yourself some time and then review your notes again.
This will allow you to view the dreams more objectively. You may then
see messages and meanings that were not evident to you at first.
During this period of reflection, you may learn
that you must release your fears to be able to move beyond what is holding
you back and preventing you form reaching your true potential. You may
not know what your fears are, so reflect, meditate, journal, do ritual
or divination, or something else altogether, to help you see what fears
need facing. Determine what you fear, the root of the fear, and how the
fear is holding you back, then summor the courage to face your fears and
banish them. All of these steps can make it easier to move forward in
life, but only if we first understand one simple truth: To truly liberate
ourselves from that which is holding us back, we must first love ourselves.
By loving ourselves, we will be strong enough to make choices that are
in the best interest of ourselves, not others.
Once you have finished reflecting on your life
and the changes that should be made, do it! Don't put it off! Since you
are getting rid of emotional baggage, take care of the rest, too. You
may wish to perform a complete cleansing of home and self, perhaps even
including a ritual bath. It is time for a complete "out with the
old, in the new!" Now, embrace your new life and look forward to
the good things to come.
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of Women's Mysteries: Feminist Witchcraft, Goddess Rituals, Spellcasting,
& Other Womanly Arts
Wingbow Press: Oakland, California
- Gillotte, Galen. 2003. Sacred Stones
of the Goddess: Using Earth Energies for Magical Living. Llewellyn:
St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Moura, Ann. 2004. Grimoire for the
Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows. Llewellyn: St. Paul,
- Telesco, Patricia. 1999. Magick Made
Easy: Charms, Spells, Potions, & Power. HarperCollins: San
Disclaimer: The information contained
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You are advised to consult with your health care professional with regard
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- raindrop. courtesy of Jane M. Sawyer
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