Nov 092011
 

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We Are Spiritual Beings Having A Human Experience
~Teilhard de Chardin

The other day I had a wonderful online discussion about a variety spiritual experiences.  I thought it was interesting and wanted to share some of what was discussed here.  Please, feel free to comment and share your thoughts and experiences and we can keep the discussion going.

We are all spiritual beings living inside a physical human body – how that spirit is expressed is unique to each person, we all have “special talents” – but life, culture, family circumstances, etc. all seem to teach us to close our senses and awareness and most of us “sleep walk” through life never fully expressing the spirit within. After many lifetimes I think individually we begin to get the hang of “living” and those who have “mastered” it a bit can teach others and help them remember who they truly are. These teachers come in many forms, from every culture and country around the world. Actually each person can teach us something and true teachers are always students of life as well – but that is getting off the track a bit. All religions and spiritual paths are ways that humans try to “explain” the unexplainable, to answer the unanswerable questions – each has a grain of truth to it – but no words, books, or path (or religion) has all the answers. I believe each person has to discover their own truth and their way of expressing their spirit in the phsycial world. Books, teachers, mentors, etc. help us find the words to express what we “feel and sense” and to put into perspective experiences that are hard to explain – as my teacher says “words have power” they are seeds and will grow (in depth of understanding, wisdom, awakening, etc.) – each “teacher” we meet along the way provides us with an opportunity for growth and deeper wisdom.

All “magic,” “healing” and other alternative spiritual paths I feel have a grain of truth about how the universe works and eventually I think science will catch up and be able to “prove” a lot of what we call superstitution now. They all have different ways of expressing that truth and some get more bogged down in “ritual” than others, and of course there are always humans who either through ignorance or malice use what little knowledge and special talent they have to exploit others – therefore fakes and con artists are all too plentiful. For me the essence of our spirit is “energy” (frequencies) and everything in the universe vibrates with this energy (it goes by many names, but I usually refer to it using the term qi (or chi). If we are still and quiet it can be sensed with our senses and sometimes seen with our eyes (usually referrered to as the “aura”).

Drugs are not a safe way to experience the non-physical realm. Drugs bring down the barriers we have in our minds and can open one’s senses to the “spirit” realm of energy and frequencies and thus our perspective can be changed dramatically in how we see, hear, etc. what is going on around us. Because it is done in such a harsh, rapid way without a teacher (guide or master) all too often a person can be harmed by such experiences – plus drugs do horrible things to the physical body. Too often people are so in awe of the experience of what happens when they do drugs they become addicted to it and want to repeat it over and over – either to avoid the phsycial world because life is too painful for them or because they become lost in the fascination of the “out of body” like experiences of being open to the energy – but it is not a safe way to pursue spiritual experiences (sure there are cultures where under certain circumstances mind alternating substances are used – but it is also done with the presence of a shaman or other type of spiritual teacher and is only done on special occasions – without the proper preparation and guidance for most people any type of drug experience can be potentially dangerous)

There are safe ways to open up to spirit and energy realms, meditation for example, qi gong also has a “spiritual” element to it, and many others practices bring mind-body-spirit in balance and open the connection so that we can become more and more aware of the energy realm of spirit. In this realm we can see the web of life and how all things are interconnected, and feel the unlimited source of a all life, Love.

By what ever means one comes to experience the “spirit” realm – dreams, visions, seeing auras, hearing things, seeing ghosts, etc. etc. etc. – it can be very unsettling and confusing if there is no one around to help a person process and understand what it is going on – and too often the person is “labeled crazy or weird” and some even lose the ability to function in the phsycial world because they become lost in wandering the “spriit” (energy) realm within their mind. There are many many many people who once they begin to experience the spirit manfesting and their special talent awakening become “lost” in the experience – placing to much emphasis on the experience and simply seeking to have more and more and more of these experiences rather than using the experiences they do have to bring the benefits into the phsycial realm and improve the quality of their of life here and now (which is the purpose of life in my opinion – for each person to bring forth their unique spirit in physical form and live the life they have been given to their full potential).

Each person has their own unique experiences and special talents that can be developed. I find practiing qi gong, keeping a journal, paying attention to my dreams and writing them down, meditation (daily when possible) all help me to stay in touch with the spirit within and “hear” or “sense” the wisdom within.

A wise woman remembers and gently reminds others – We are all divine beings, we are interconnected, we have the unlimited capacity to give love and receive love, and we are all wise in our own way yet still have much to learn from each other.

Namaste, Lady Rose

Photo: added text to a cropped photo of a tshirt I bought from a vendor at Womon Gathering June 2008

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Nov 082011
 

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AC asked: How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan?

I know when, but I’m a little fuzzy on the how.  I first started being interested in Wicca when I was about 12 or 13 – but I am not sure how I even came to know about it and I certainly did not understand at the time what exactly it was that I was interested in – I just remember “knowing” I wanted to be a witch.  My father was Seven Day Adventist, who put the church above everything else (including his faimly) and attended church every Saturday.  My mother who married him when she was only 14 (and had me when she was 16) was a Presbytrian but did not attend chruch very often.  Since my father’s church does not baptize any one until they are older, when my mom and dad divorced my mom has me baptized in her church when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  The minister of the church played an important role in my life later on so I’m glad he was there (but that is tale for another time).

I was placed in a state run Catholic School for girls by the state in the middle of 8th grade (part of the tale I mentioned earlier to be told another time).  I mentioned to my social worker at the school my interest in becoming a witch and she surprised me a few weeks later with my first book on wicca, Witchcraft Today How and when did you realize that your calling was to be wiccan? by Gerald Gardner.  I didn’t really talk about it much with any one, but I had trusted my social worker enough to mention it and I am glad I did because the book gave me something to hold on to and solidify my goal at the time which was when I  grew up I wanted to find a coven and become a witch.

I had only been exposed to organized Christian religion up to this point in life and it totally didn’t make sense to me.  According to his organized religion my father was going to go to heaven because he gave lots of money to the church and attended regularly, yet he was a child molester, neglected his family and even let us go hungry sometimes in order to give money to the church.  I was going to go to hell because I wore makeup and didn’t attend church.  The Presbytrian church seemed ok, but void of any depth or meaning for me and  still part of the same Christian-Bible belief system similar to my father’s.  The Catholic church’s ritual and worship was interesting and had a some depth of spirit to them, but the religion itself just didn’t make much sense to me.  Living at the Catholic school we all knew the “secrets” of the nuns and priest and knew where they went to secretly meet and engage in the natural behavior of what a man and woman do together.  I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, other then they were being hypocrits – because the nuns and priest required we all attend church whether we were Catholic or not and insisted we were all going to go to hell if we ever did what they were doing “outside of marriage,” but yet they were “doing it” behind the trees, in the offices, and various other “secret” spots around the campus and they were going to go to heaven because all anyone had to do was ask forgiveness at the very last minute of life.

Another reason I think Wicca appealed to me then (and still does) was where I grew up.  The house I grew up in was along the Delaware River.  I spent hours and hours walking along the banks of the river and resting on the large rocks that were in a little hollow place surrounded by tall trees.  This was a place I felt at peace, safe, and nurtured and I would spend hours there just breathing in the fresh air and watching the river flow by.  I felt connected to the earth and the trees.  It made more sense to me that “God” was in nature and not in a church, that “God” was more an abstract force of nature and not a judging figure in a robe to be feared.  The concept of the Divine Spirit as a Goddess rang true for me, and it made more sense to me that the Divine would be both male and female in nature (two sides of same coin) and in Wicca that is how the Divine is portrayed.

I graduated high school at age 16, I skipped my junior year so I was able to leave the school early and return home.  A couple years later I found out one of the girls I attended the boarding school with lived near by and became friends.  She knew my interest in becoming a witch and told me about a woman who lived in Yardley, PA who had a small occult shop in a room in her house and who read tarot cards.  I was thrilled to get to meet this woman, Ellen, and signed up for her tarot classes and bought my first deck.  After she got to know me she invited me to an open circle Sabbat celebration and my I eventually joined her coven, I was about 19 at the time.  Along with open circles held on the Saturday closest to the Sabbat, her coven met at the “exact” time of the Sabbats (based on the planets and it could be 3:00 a.m. or noon time didn’t matter that is when we met) and we met every full moon too – there were no excuses and we were not allowed to miss.  I learned a great deal from her.

Through the years there have been many ups and downs, twists and turn along my spiritual path. I eventually started my own circle for a few years. For the past 18 yrs or so I’ve been a solitary wiccan, I also study qi gong healing, and my tarot cards collection has grown to almost a 100 decks so far.  I still consider myself a Witch (Wiccan), but I do not follow a particular tradition or path of wicca.

Thank you AC for asking.

Bright Blessings, Lady Rose

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Oct 152011
 

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(Angelgirl at her Harry Potter 11th Birthday Party, May. 2007)

Ask A Witch:  How can your daughter be so good when she doesn’t attend church?

This is a real question we were asked back in 2004 about our lovely daughter, Angelgirl (she was about 8 when this question was asked, she is now 15 and still very good, polite, caring, happy and healthy). The question was asked by my nephew- in-law, who at the time was studying to be a priest (he has since changed his mind and gotten married to a lovely woman). He was sincerely perplexed by the wonderful, giving, loving, and spiritual qualities that our daughter has – BUT she does not attend church.

Rather then take offense at the question, I answered honestly and we were able to have a nice discussion on the matter of religion versus spirituality and I gave him a little insight into my own opinions on the matter of “organized” religion. In my opinion, no religion (including wicca) “makes” a person bad or good, or keeps a person with harmful intentions from carrying them out. There has been so much damage and killing done in the name of the “church ” and various other religions too – that I sometimes wonder that any good comes from organized religion at all (but that is just my frustration getting the better of me). What is positive about the church or any religion are the people who have loving spirits who become members and continue to share their love and giving natures with others.

Our daughter before the age of 2 was blessed by a 108-year-old Buddhist monk, a Santeria priest, by me her wiccan priestess mom, and in a formal blessing ceremony (where she toddled down the aisle holding hands of her godmother and goddess mother) she was blessed by a Native American Shaman, a Unitarian minister, and an Episcopalian priest. Do I think all these blessings were necessary or contributed to her soul being good? Not at all. What they do represent is that we believe all positive thinking, beliefs, and energy are a good thing and I believe having that positive energy and love in her life is a good thing. It also shows her we want her to be open minded, think for herself, and follow her own path in life and teaches her that respect for the spiritual aspects of life is very important and a central part of our way of living.

If her path takes her to a particular religion to practice that is ok. If not, that is ok too. Because regardless of religion – she is a loving, giving, honest, wise, and “good” person. And even though I am a broom carrying, cauldron stirring, pointy hat wearing wiccan priestess and I have taken my daughter to an open pagan event where there were lots of arts and crafts activities for kids at a state park – I would never tell her she had to be wiccan. I will answer her questions; I will lend her age appropriate books if she wants to read them. But she has also been exposed to other religions and I would allow her to go other churches and events if she wanted to. My wish for my daughter is that she continue to be open and blossom and follow her spirit, rather then practice a particular set of rules set by any organized religion (unless of course that is what she chooses). Would parents of another faith be so open to exposing their children to the various traditions of wicca? Probably not, but that is a topic for another discussion.

For myself, it is more important to be centered, empowered and “spiritual” and not just simply follow a particular religious dogma (religion without spirituality is just empty words and actions).  It’s doesn’t matter what religion a person follows or doesn’t follow. What really matters is what is within one’s heart, being aware of one’s part in the web of life, and respecting others.  What are you thoughts?  Would you or do you expose your children to a variety of religions and spiritual paths?

Namaste, Lady Rose

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