Sending Energy & Prayers

filter the energyBy default, I am a cynical person. I used to wear it as some kind of badge of honor for some weird reason. I thought it made me look smart or something. Then, in 2004, along came Paganism and Wicca. It’s really difficult to be that cynical when you put your faith in the God and Goddess, and the power of magick.

But even a recovering cynic has moments of doubt. For me, one of those doubts was the idea of sending energy and prayers to others, especially those you don’t know well, or just know through the internet. For the longest time I didn’t believe those would work.

Then I began reading a lot about chaos magick. One premise of chaos magick is creating a belief system, and through that, bursts of energy are created to affect a desired change. In chaos magick, this is often done through ceremonial ritual magick of some sort, but it is a very individualistic path, and each person uses different methods.

I feel like I’m very good at working up energy and bursting it forth into the ether. I don’t say that to brag, I just feel like I have a good deal of success in doing it, for whatever reason. If I do this too often, or really burst forward a large amount of energy, I’m left very tired. I think being an empath probably has a lot to do with my success in this area.

Once I realized this type of magick can be accomplished, I simply adopted the belief system that this energy could reach other to which it is directed, whether you were in close proximity or not, and whether you knew them well or not.

Additionally, I think asking the God and Goddess, or a particular deity or deities for help in the form of prayer serves to strengthen the magick.

Now I feel that sending this energy to someone in real need is almost a requirement for me. I think in offering help to others, you strengthen both your magical abilities, and your relationship with the deities. Sometimes witchcraft is so me, me, me, that performing an act of kindness or magick for the benefit of others is a blessing.

I feel blessed to do it. I also feel good in the fact that I don’t just give it lip service, which I think some do. If I say that I’m sending energy or saying prayers for someone the the God and Goddess, I take time and do it. I get the impression when I see people on Facebook say “prayers sent” or something to that effect, they are just being nice. It’s well meaning, but I don’t think it does much good unless you actually take the time and effort to do it.

Thanks for reading and Blessed Be!

 

Tempered Minimalism

For the past few years, I’ve bought into the minimalism theory. Seeing a lack of clutter throughout one’s home does give a good amount of satisfaction. The good that came out of it for our family was that we got rid of a lot of stuff that we no longer had any use for, and were able to reclaim drawer, closet, cabinet, and storage space. We also gave Goodwill a boost.

But lately I’ve not been able to shake the goth out of my life. As evidenced by the resurrection of this blog, I’ve given in to that aspect of my personality or psyche. So I’ve been looking around at the house, and realized I had a whole slew of goth decor just sitting in boxes and closets. One thing that hippies, goths, and bohemians have in common is a love of kitschy decor. To some, that decor equates to clutter. The thing is, we like our odd, goth, bohemian decor.

Obviously, it’s tougher to clean when you have lots of stuff, but we’ve decided that the effort is worth it. So over the past few days, I’ve been pulling things out of purgatory, and putting them on display.

Ultimately, you have to be who you are, and live how it makes you happy. I love how minimalism showed me how to clean out the useless clutter, of having things where they didn’t belong. I like having reclaimed space taken up by stuff we no longer used or needed. But we’ve decided to draw the line at our eclectic, bohemian, hippie, goth, sometimes Moroccan, spooky, witchy, candlelit decor.

Darkest blessings!

Earth Day 2016

earthday55Today is Earth Day. I’m old enough to remember the very first Earth Day in 1970. I was in middle school, and our entire science class took the day off from the classroom, and headed to a nearby creek area to clean it up. It had been used as a dumping ground of sorts, people discarding used items there. We had been studying the environmental concerns in class, specifically the water pollution. Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring, had figured prominently in our discussions.

So here we are, 46 years later, and we are still struggling with environmental issues. Unfortunately, the same problems exists. The interests of big business, and politicians funded by those businesses muck up the process of addressing issues. Global warming has become politicized, and of course, the deniers are out in force. Record heat, record rain, the increase in powerful storms don’t seem to faze these people. It seems that Florida will have to be covered by water before some accept the facts.

As a family, we do what we can. We try to buy less, use less, drive less, recycle, and reuse. What’s odd is that I know a lot of people in their early 30’s who don’t seem to be concerned about this. They don’t recycle, and they buy new phones, cars, houses, on a continual basis. They use Keurig cups by the bushel full, and toss them in the garbage. They eat out on a regular basis, often coming away with styrofoam containers with leftovers.

I worry that society will wake up too late. It almost is too late. We have floating islands of plastic in the oceans. Whales are dying from ingesting so much crap in the oceans. Ice caps are melting, polar bears and other arctic life are dying, and yet, we still twiddle our thumbs. I just hope we wake up before it’s completely too late.