Whether you’re in the “broom closet” or not, many of us hide in some ways.
Hiding? From what?
Hiding from ourselves –
Hiding from what we want –
Hiding from what hurts us –
Hiding from hoping.
Can you relate to this?
In this dark half of the year, many Wiccans find it a good time to do inner work.
“I am the Gracious Goddess, who gives the gift of joy unto the heart. Upon earth, I give the knowledge of the spirit eternal; and beyond death, I give peace, and freedom, and reunion with those who have gone before. Nor do I demand sacrifice, for behold I am the Mother of All Living, and my love is poured out upon the earth.” – from The Charge of the Goddess by Doreen Valiente
Did you notice this part? “Nor do I demand sacrifice.” Isn’t the fear of sacrifice part of why we hide? Have you noticed that we just don’t like to give up what we have?We’ll now look at different facets of our journey.
- Hiding from ourselves
You might think, Why would I hide from myself?
Perhaps, you’re hiding from a specific part of yourself. Sometimes, we can fear our own power. We may subconsciously want to believe that we are small and vulnerable. That seems easier. How? We can blame our problems on others and surrounding circumstances. And we do not have to do anything new.
Let’s say that you let go of just playing small, what do you have? A responsibility.
Recently, my husband talked about his father’s habitual statement: “You make me mad.” My husband said, “My father just does not acknowledge that the recurring part of the equation is my father, and his often terrible behavior connected to his own anger.”
I thought about my husband’s observation. It reminds me that when we own a problem then we have the power. As soon as we can stop hiding from our greatness, we will succeed in our endeavors in the mundane and on the magickal plane, too.
I have written about blocks and held workshops on removing them. You may want to reflect on your own journey. What might be a block for you in your own life?
One time, I was out walking and these thoughts arose: Mostly we are afraid of change, in ourselves and in the world around us. We are afraid of losing ourselves.
We are also afraid of our darker self or Shadow Self, which can wreak havoc in our own life.
We, witches, delve deep into our subconscious and work with the Shadow Self to learn from it and embrace it.
The Shadow Self wants to stay powerful. In working with the Shadow Self, we can step into the driver’s seat of our life.
How do we work with the Shadow Self? Many of us learn to work well with the Shadow Self through a guided meditation led by an elder.
- Hiding from what we want
Why would we hide from what we want? One word: Disappointment.
Have you been hit by the heart-searing pain of disappointment? Such pain certainly inspires many of us to give up on what we want.
To get what we want, many times, we must change, grow and stretch. Have you noticed that fear of change often rises up?
We hide our true power. Our power is great, and the fear of this power can be so strong that we hide our desires deep within ourselves.
Some of us may have “forgotten” what our heart wants. We may think we want change but our subconscious mind wants to stay the same. Why? Our subconscious mind wants to stay safe. Change can be scary to our subconscious mind because change and trying new things tosses us out of our comfort zone. Then we fall into the land of potential pain and disappointment. No outcome is certain. What is the easiest path? Staying the same.
- Hiding from what hurts us
Doesn’t it make sense to hide from and get away from anything that causes us pain?
The tough truth is: Many times, pain helps us grow. Like growing pains. We need to grow and stretch. To learn our lessons in this incarnation, we must endure pain, sometimes.
Pain can serve as a teacher. As the toddler falls and skins her knee, she learns that something didn’t work. In fact, she might learn to steady herself by holding on the edge of the couch while she develops “her walking legs.”
Wiccans can serve themselves by observing what causes pain and then coming up with a plan for rituals, prayers to the God and Goddess, chants and/or spells.
Step forward. Observe your pain. Do not let pain and the fear of pain to shut you down. Instead, reach out to the God and Goddess. They stand at the ready to help you.
- Hiding from hoping
Why would you hide from even hoping about something? Pain. Disappointment.
Hoping implies that we may lose what we truly desire. It gives us the unsettled feelings of possible loss.
I really have a hard time with this one. I don’t even want to hope for the fear of losing what I desire.
This reminds me of a conversation I had with my husband.
“Do you think you might look forward to that trip?” he asked.
“No. I can’t do it. What if it things don’t come together?” I replied.
Later, I realized that I did not want to look forward to something because I had already anticipated the possibility of losing it.
I really need to work on this. I don’t want to stall and get stuck in my life. I want to grow and move forward—spiritually and emotionally.
Can you relate to this?
Have you stopped hoping about things?
In summary, Wiccans, during this dark half of the year, can do some inner work.
Take a close look. Are you hiding from yourself, from what you want, and from what hurts you? Are you even hiding from hoping for anything to go well?
The Wiccan path is one of growth and even challenge. Inner peace begins with our taking an honest look at our pain and fear. Then, reach out to the God and Goddess. Conduct ritual and also give voice to chants and prayers. Own your Wiccan path, and start to see truly magickal things manifest.
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