Dec 112011
 

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Every word spoken or written has the power to make a difference for good or for bad. Change your words, change your thinking, change the world. Take a minute to watch this video and with a little change in perspective and a few well chosen words who knows what you can accomplish.


Link to video: The Power of Words

This video’s simple message is inspiring, and is a gentle reminder to use words wisely. As I strive to live life as a wise woman, it is important to remember that “words have power” and can impact the world and people around us.

Remember to chose your words wisely – each word spoken builds the quality of your life and those around you.  What affect do your words have:

  • bless or curse?
  • heal or harm?
  • expand or constrict?
  • nourish or poison?
  • loving or hateful?
  • uplifting or insulting?
  • encourage or discourage?
Be careful with your words and use them wisely.

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 042011
 

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I started Blissful Moon with the overall goal of living my life as a wise woman.  I will also be blogging about many aspects of my life, creating a healthy lifestyle, my adventures as a kitchen witch, balancing the spiritual\magical aspects of life with the day to day “muggle” realm and much more, but the foundation behind all of it is the goal to listen and follow the wisdom of the universe that is available to all of us.  I wanted to take a moment and share what I mean by “living the life as a wise woman.”

Living life as a wise woman, for me, means honoring Spirit, empowered in body-mind-spirit, celebrating the joy in each day, manifesting the wisdom within, having a sense of humor, and sharing the love that is all around.

I strive to gain a bit of wisdom each day, and consider myself a work in progress. I don’t have all the answers to life’s questions nor do I consider myself particularly “wise.” Living life as a wise woman doesn’t mean I’m perfect or always right. For me, it means I am open to learning from mistakes, transforming and discovering so each day is richer and making the best choices I can at that moment.

I strive to smile each day, hug my loved ones each day, give thanks for my blessings each day and face challenges head on. I don’t always succeed but I don’t beat myself for not being perfect and I learn the lessons from my mistakes (though some take longer to learn then others).

Life has definitely been an adventure so far, sometimes filled with years of struggle, heart ache, challenges, and a bit of insanity tossed in for good measure. However, the love and joy I’ve shared with family and friends far out shines the choas that life tossed my way. Through it all I have had my moments of clarity and inspiration, and many moments of wandering aimlessly in the dark – but overall no matter the circumstances I have always strived to build on a foundation of making the best decisions I can at the time, forgiving myself when I don’t, and moving forward with a positive outlook and gaining wisdom from experience.

I look forward to sharing lessons learned, struggles and victories, past experiences and future adventures with all of my readers.

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Photo: I took this photo at the Grounds for Sculpture (several acres of land dedicated to beautiful art and landscaping, located 2 mitles from my house).

Oct 302011
 

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Photo taken today, my 56th Birth­day (Oct. 30, 2011) — in my brand new “Witch In Train­ing” shirt (birth­day present) with my amethyst topped walk­ing stick from the PA Renn Faire 2008. Today finds me reflecting once again what it means to me living life as a Witch and Qi Healer and even after over 30 years of experince – I am still learning, still a “Witch In A Training,” and a student of life, always open to expanding in understanding, learning new knowledge, and deepening of wisdom.

Below is a journal entry and inspiration that came to me after the wonderful experience of attending the Spirit of Womongathering (June 2010) Weekend Retreat and celebrating Summer Solstice that year (with one small but significant change). It captures my thoughts at that time that I was reflecting on what it means to me to be a Witch and exploring what to focus on in the months ahead. As I experience life, learn and grow in awareness, I find it is very beneficial to revisit beliefs, assumptions, habits, etc. It is beneficial to see how one has grown and evolved, and a useful exercise to energize and renew my commitment to my spiritual path. As the imagery flowed and I put the thoughts into words it helped to solidify my commitment to living life as a wise woman, a healer, and witch. As my qi gong teacher says, “words have power, words are seeds that will grow.”

Today is my birthday; I am 56 years young. As I look back and read the words written over a year ago, they are as true today as they were then. The small change I made today is to add “Qi Healer,” healing has always been important to me but now it is the main focus of the studies and the purpose of my life. Both qi gong for healing and wicca have become the very fabric of my soul.

Blessed Be, Lady Rose

I am a Witch and Qi Healer – Mother Earth is my altar (sacred space), my body is my temple, my senses, imagination, will, passion, integrity, words, thoughts, and deeds are my magical tools. Everything else is just window dressing – window dressing is fun and I love to have a few nice witchy things, but they are definitely not necessary.

I am a Witch and Qi Healer – it is the very foundation of how I live my life every single day, every single interaction I have, and every choice I make – not just about how I celebrate the full moon or seasonal changes. I don’t need to be perfect at it, and I can forgive myself for the past – there is no need for guilt or regrets.

I am a Witch and Qi Healer – each day is a new beginning and opportunity to connect with Mother Earth, contribute to the positive energies of the Web of Life, love and be loved by those around me, and to learn and grow in mind, heart, and spirit.

~ Lady Rose

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Here is another writing about my thoughts on being a Witch, Life and Who I Am (July 2008):

An Introduction to a Witch
I am now and probably always have a been a Witch – even during those dark times in my life when I didn’t believe in anything. It is the air I breathe, it is the earth I walk upon, it is the balm that soothes my soul, and the light that guides my spirit. I have many labels I carry in this life – but Witch is the one that is the closest to revealing the truth of who I am.

I am a Survivor
I have survived child abuse, crippling arthritis (diagnosed at age 2, the doctors said I would not be able to walk), rape, extreme poverty, beatings, a gun held to my head once, too much drinking as a teen, cancer, two previous failed marriages, unkind words, broken promises, lies, and long torturous nights of pain and tears.

I am Blessed
I have been blessed with the love of my husband, my awesome daughter, my heart-sisters (and best friends) Mama Kelly and Brookela, many dear friends, an odd sense of humor, curiosity, an open mind, tenacity, a touch of creativity, and all the experiences in my life – the good and the bad.

I am Passionate
I have many passions (and a few obsessions perhaps) – my current one is blogging and creating a healthy lifestyle to regain my health and balance.  I love a wide range of music, I love art, and I love to write.  In 1989 graduated college  (summa cum laude) with a B.A. in Liberal Studies after 11 years of night school. I’ve traveled to Egypt, London, Paris, Ireland, Jamaica, Canada, and several U.S. states (I hope to one day visit Hawaii).

I am a peripatetic spirit having one heck of an out of the ordinary life journey.      ~ Lady Rose

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