How Witches Use Wise Attention instead of Self-Absorption

Have you ever had a thought that beat you up? Maybe you made a mistake, and you felt bad about it.

My depression symptoms are like a bad army that marches on my head. The depression symptoms show up as certain thoughts that form awful criticisms. I need to be careful so those thoughts do not take over my experience of life. Instead, I must use wise attention to keep me from spiraling downward.

Wise attention is part of a process of expanding your perception.

I have three insights for you.

  1. Let go of Self-Absorption.

Many of us have a friend who bends our ear with constant complaints and tales of pain. When someone is feeling pain, it’s easy to be self-absorbed. Giving in to such habits will create more pain in your life. If you are talking about your back pain, and ruminating all day on it, you only make yourself and others miserable.

We can look on negative thoughts like leaves on a stream. Some of us pick up a negative thought (“a leaf”) and place it close to our eyes so we can see nothing else.

Instead, we can make a shift to wise attention.  

  1. Bring wise attention into focus.

Wise attention is about having a perspective that is expansive. For example, Susan is dealing with back pain. However, she pauses and does some deep breathing. It’s true she is experiencing pain. But she also realizes that she has blessings all happening at the same time. Her family members are well. She has a job that provides financial prosperity so her family is supported. As she deep breathes and experiences gratitude, she discovers that her back pain reduces a significant amount.

Wise attention is not denying you that you are in pain or discomfort. That would be unhealthy. Wise attention is stepping back from your pain and discomfort and seeing it for what it is. You can step back and see a larger picture.

  1. Ask the Gods to guide you through it all.

My depression symptoms are with me every day. Through focusing on wise attention, I realize the strength of my depression symptoms is not a constant. When I’m in meditation or when I ask the God and Goddess for help, I can experience a shift into wise attention.

I also deep breathe and pray to the Gods to help me calm down. I can stand back and see my problems as part of the fabric of my life.

Years ago my sweetheart said, “You have a choice. You could look on yourself as a spirit who deals with depression symptoms instead of merely calling yourself a ‘depressed person.’”

The idea that I am a spirit who is not identified with depression symptoms is part of wise attention. I also realize I will have a chance to be reincarnated without such limitations. This reminds me that I am a spirit having an experience with this particular body. Potentially, in my next incarnation, my spirit will be free of such depression symptoms. And now, it is my challenge to shift to wise attention and avoid allowing depression symptoms to crush me into self-absorption.

Have you had moments of experiencing wise attention? Have you had the experience of dealing with pain but also being aware of the blessings in your life? I invite you to pause, breathe deeply, and observe what blessings you do have on your path.

May these insights be supportive of your journey.

Blessed Be,
Moonwater


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How Witches Elevate the Positive Divinity Inside Them

“It almost feels like I have two opposite voices inside me. One is full of hope and the other one is full of fear,” Darrell, a friend said.

This conversation reminded me of something called the Theory of Possible Selves by Hazel Markus and Paula Nurius.

Often, I write about how the Gods have placed divinity within us. Recently, I’ve been thinking about how that personal divinity is connected with hope and love.

The Theory of Possible Selves suggests that you have possible Hoped-for Selves and you have Feared Selves.

Here are three insights.

  1. Identify how your Feared Self operates during your daily life.

During my day, my Feared Self acts like a loud passenger that criticizes me down to the bone. The criticism rises from my fear related to my health and connected to fear of somehow becoming homeless. The real problem is the Feared Self acts like a shackle that prevents you from getting more and better into your life. What is your own Feared Self saying to you?

  1. Discover how you would like your Hoped-for Self to be more present in your life.

My Hoped-for Self is a quiet passenger. Much more subdued than the Feared Self. I need to coax it out from the background. I must feed it to give it strength. My Hoped-for Self needs space to grow. If you don’t make the appropriate space, the Feared Self will take over.

Imagine a garden. Your Hoped-for Self is like roses. And the Feared Self is like weeds. You need to tend the garden so the Hoped-for Self (roses) will thrive. If you don’t, the weeds will take over.

  1. Use a simple ritual to elevate and honor your Hoped-for Self.

Here is a simple ritual that you can do to honor your Hoped-for Self.

Timing: Waxing to full moon. During the sunrise in the morning.

What you will need:

  • One orange chime candle
  • Boline
  • Rose oil
  • Candle holder
  • Fireproof surface
  • Silver ring

Cast Circle in the usual manner. Cleanse and consecrate all your items.

Dress the orange chime candle with rose oil. Use the boline to carve Hoped-for Self on the orange chime candle. Put the ring around the candle. Place the candle in the candle holder. (Be careful: If your ring has gems in it, watch out because they may be damaged if placed near flames.)

Now concentrate on your Hoped-for Self. Think of all the things you hope for in yourself and the world around you. Feel the happiness of all you hope for.

Once you have that feeling firm in your heart, light the chime candle and say:

Little bright dancing flame,
I instill this ring in your name,
Your energy runs down into this ring,
Instilling my Hoped-for Self in this thing.
Hoped-for Self is now instilled,
Full of energy and now fulfilled.
So Mote It Be.

Let the chime candle burn itself out on its own. Once that has happened, place your ring on your finger.

Every time your Feared Self rises, twist the ring on your finger clockwise (“deosil”.) Say, “Hoped-for Self is here to stay.”

Cakes and Wine Ceremony

Close Circle

May these insights help you on your path.

Blessed Be,
Moonwater


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How Witches Take Care of Their Heart

Are you taking care of your heart?

A friend, Steve, told me a story that touched my heart. Years ago, he taught summer day camp children. One boy had trouble with the project the other children were working on.

The boy, “Mike,” had a problem holding a pair of scissors.

Steve thought that maybe the boy had mobility issues.

But then it dawned on him, and he looked for a left-handed pair of scissors.

Mike’s eyes lit up. He could use the left-handed scissors well.

This story reminds me that we may be failing to support ourselves.

We are not broken. We may miss what we need to do well in our lives.

Here are three insights.

  1. Look for your personal way of moving in the world.

As an individual, do you feel you’re out of step with others? For example, being dyslexic, I have my own way of seeing and moving in the world. I am more motivated by images than text. I am very visual and see the world in a way that others do not.

How do you experience and move through your world?

  1. Ask yourself, “Am I supporting myself in a unique and personal way?”

As witches, we have unique ways of doing things. We do not follow the pack. But have you really looked at how you support yourself? Are you devoting time and energy to help yourself stay strong? For example, I knit and bake. Sometimes, I take a break from one or the other. It’s about listening to myself. Additionally, I support myself with prayer and talking to the God and the Goddess.

  1. Ask the Goddess for insight on how to support yourself in a personal way.

Meditation is a great way to talk with the God and Goddess. You can go into a meditation and ask these questions to the Gods:

  1. What is the most helpful way to support myself?
  2. How can I be kinder to myself?
  3. How can I grow?

May these insights support your heart as you travel your path.

Blessed Be,
Moonwater


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How Witches Open the Door to a Higher Level of Practice

 

“What makes a real difference?” I asked in a conversation with a spiritual elder.

One word arose: “Listening.”

I realized that listening actually moves us, witches, to a higher level of practice.

Here are three insights.

  1. Listen to what people near you are truly saying.

Someone tried to give me advice that I didn’t ask for. I disagreed with their assessment. But I listened to their words, ideas, and emotion.

My point is that listening, in this situation, does not mean agreement. You do not need to follow another person’s advice.

It’s more like a friend saying, “You might want to take a look at this.”

If you disagree with someone, it doesn’t mean that they are completely wrong.

Listening is a skill. And just like magick, you need to practice it to get better.

Here is an example of listening. A family member has a process. When someone says something that he does not relate to immediately, he says, “I’ll stir that in my soup.” He means that he will give the idea some thought and time. He is free to change his perception or approach later.

The effective witch listens to conversations because clues for uplifting your life can show up in such conversations.

  1. Listen to the God and Goddess

“And ye shall be free from slavery….Let my worship be within the heart that rejoiceth, for behold: all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. And therefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honour and humility, mirth and reverence within you.” – The Goddess speaking in The Charge of the Goddess, written by Doreen Valiente

When listening to the God and Goddess, practice quieting your mind. A practice of meditation and prayer can help you.

We can look on being caught in negative thinking as a form of slavery. It helps to practice your own methods to shift out of negative thought patterns. Someone I know places her hand on her heart and tells herself: “I’m okay. I’m safe. I’m loved. God and Goddess love me.” She tells me that this helps her shift out of fearful thoughts. In a quieter state of mind, she talks with the God and Goddess.

  1. Pay attention for the “Signs”

We can become good at spotting the signs from the Gods. Signs can come in many forms from unexpected appearances of certain animals to something that will make you stop and think. For example, many witches consider seeing an image of a white heron or the actual bird as a sign of the Goddess. It is a positive sign.

“I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart.” – The Goddess speaking in The Charge of the Goddess, written by Doreen Valiente

When you receive a positive sign, devote some time to think about it and meditate on it. Watch for any further signs. 

May these insights support your path.

Blessed Be,
Moonwater


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How Witches Discover Better than New Year’s Resolutions

“That’s it! I’m done with New Year’s Resolutions. They just give me stress, and they don’t give me anything good,” my friend, Audrey, said.

I reflected on the contradictions and problems that arise with New Year’s Resolutions.

Here are three insights.

  1. Find the theme of your New Year.

Instead of having a New Year’s Resolution, try having a New Year’s Theme. What’s the usual pattern for a New Year’s Resolution? You want something, perhaps, to lose weight. You tell yourself that you’re going to do a specific difficult action repeatedly until you get what you want. You have probably seen how New Year’s Resolutions tend to be broken.

But a new theme for the year is something different. It is a particular direction for the upcoming year. That means that it doesn’t need to be perfect. You can still be you and start a theme of where you want to go in your year. A theme can be something like demonstrate more kindness or take new steps to support a long-term dream. When you take any small action in the direction of your theme, you are succeeding.

  1. Observe how things blossom.

New Year’s Resolutions tend to be about doing something that is hard and gritting your teeth to keep going. On the other hand, a theme can be soft. The theme can lead to more possibilities for you to blossom into something different.

You can sit in meditation and observe how your life blossoms around you. You may discover new opportunities or new friends.

For example, I have a friend who got a new job. It requires him to move to another state. At first, he was hesitant, but he knows the God and Goddess have plans for him and his new chapter of life.

  1. Realize the God and Goddess’s overall plan for your journey.

The God and God have placed divinity within you. How does each one of us, as an individual, fulfill the potential of such divinity? Since the Gods have an overview of how you can grow as a spirit, They understand you may need to go through difficult times which you would not choose to endure.

If you find yourself in a tough time, you might consider it to be a transitional chapter of your life. Remember that the God and Goddess will guide you on your path.

I know that the Gods have a plan for me. Sometimes, I may not like certain details on the path set before me. Still, the Gods have a plan that supports the best for my learning.

May you use these insights to support your path.

Blessed Be,
Moonwater


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Happy Yule 2021

Blessings to you all.

Blessed Be,
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Goddess Reveals Your Enchanted Light: Peace, Prosperity, Possibility Along Your Wiccan Path

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