Sometimes, we shy away…

Dear Friends,

So I just made my offerings to the household spirits, the Ancestors, and some of my Gods; I also sent some breath and thought and energy into my Chakra’s and did a variation on the Cleansing Life Force excercise… most all of it for the first time in a while.

Sometimes we shy away from some part of our lives and practices, this is natural.  As long as we can remain aware that we are shying away from these things, and still remain aware of them, this can be healthy from time to time.

Today I find that instead of feeling rusty or clumsy in my offerings and practice, it was like some pleasantly familiar experience… like re-reading a favorite novel or going to a favorite hang out you haven’t been in a while.  In the past I would, in all likely-hood, have found a reason to delay engaging in the offerings and practices… ‘I should wait another day and do everything for  Noumenia instead tomorrow night when I am off work’ would have been a good excuse.  It seems though that I am actually learning to engage in these rites and practices when I can and how I can and when I have need of them… they are relationships I wish to maintain and practices that sustain me.  A younger me would have worried about not doing things ‘right’, or every day, or not being able to do what I envision myself doing in advance…. an older and (Gods do I hope) wiser me knows that simply ~doing~ something is sometimes the best thing we can do.

I also know that if I am shying away from things, I still need to keep them in mind and understand ~why~ I am shying away from them.

What sustains you my friends?  What are you shying away from and why?  How are your relationships in the real world and in the world of spirit?

Peace,

Pax / Geoffrey

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Spring is Sprung!!

Dear Friends,

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So I am wrestling with the slacker’s of my better nature, trying to get back into a routine of Spiritual Practice… while also trying to remain mindful of the fact that there are times where in our spiritual quests where the path is more in the world and in interacting with and learning  from it than present in the diversity of our altars and practices.

Spring has been springing forth here in Central Florida for a couple of weeks at least, the Pollen bursting forth from the trees… heady scents and clouds of yellow/green wafting about the heads of so many Floridian’s (like myself) wandering about in an allergy-medication-altered-state-of-conciousness.   It’s funny the signs of the Wheel’s turning that you find and look for when you are in a climate that is not aligned with the “Traditional” Wheel of The Year.  So it is today that I share the Google doodle for Spring Equinox 2012 with you.  Dissapointingly enough there isn’t one for the Autumnal Equinox on Google Australia…. 😦

I contemplate, as I try to breathe and Ground and send breath and will to my Chakra’s,  how strange and amusing it is that the ancient and the modern can weave in and out of one another in our lives… the interplay of Pollen and Internet in my daily life.

 

Peace, and may you find blessings of balance this Equinox,

Pax / Geoffrey

Connection, Beloved Community, The All That Is

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Dear Friends,

Connection.

So I recently listened to episode #52 of the Elemental Castings Podcast.  This episode is the audio of a discussion Panel “Pagans and Hindus: One Billion Strong” from the recent Pantheacon, a Pagan convention in San Jose each President’s Day Weekend.  This panel was a continuation of a similar series of Panels from last year… you can find one of those panels also posted at Elemental Castings.

T. Thorn Coyle, host of Elemental Castings, is one of the first speakers in the panel discussion and she talks about the shared cultural and theological value between Paganism and Hinduism of Beloved Community and how on some deep spiritual levels both Traditions deeply value and often widen  the idea of Beloved Community to encourage all of Nature and all of Creation, in addition to all of our fellow beings.

Given that part of my own evolving definition of Paganism includes the idea that….

“For the different Pagan faiths and paths there seems to be an overall theme of individual and group development into being a better person(s) (personal growth and perhaps enlightenment, although it is not necessarily phrased as such) by practicing certain rites, and developing our relationships with the Divine (or the essence of All That Is) and with the Spirits of the World Around Us (Land Spirits or Ancestors or Elementals, etc…), and living a number intertwining and overlapping Virtues and Values.”

… you can imagine how this resonates with me.

Then too, as a budding Unitarian Universalist, I am minded of how this idea and ideal of Beloved Community ( a term widely used in Unitarian Universalism) interweaves with the Principles of the U.U.A.

    • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
    • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
    • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
    • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
    • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
    • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
    • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

~ From the Bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Connection, Interconnection, Beloved Community.

Although, admittedly, I sometimes approach this idea and ideal in some different ways from my Fellow U.U.’s, even though my fellow Pagans will find a lot of my ways familiar to one degree or another.

One of my dear friends, and earliest teachers in the Craft, taught me that Witches honor The God and Goddess and The All That Is… even as I have moved away from a strictly Wiccan path that idea of honoring and relating to the Universe… The Ground of All Being, The All That is… has stuck with me… I am intrigued to find this echoing back to me recently.

It seems like such a clear part and parcel of the many forms of Paganism and Witchcraft and Polytheism to me…

What do you think?

Peace, and Curiosity,

Pax / Geoffrey