Returning to the Light

Hello blog readers! I have been on quite the journey and I’m so excited to say that things are coming back into balance for me and finally back on track! I have been working really hard in a new job to provide for the basic needs of my family. It’s full time and offers benefits, which is super nice. Things are still tight financially, but only because we were able to afford a car, so we are no longer on foot! We are renting an apartment and rebuilding credit so that we may be able to get a house in the future.

I love this time of year, because it’s really a chance for new beginnings and a fresh start. We never forget our past, but it’s important to keep going forward, and this time of year provides the perfect energy boost. I really took the time through fall and winter to reflect and get rid of things and emotions that no longer served me. I used that time to sit with my emotions and find the clarity I needed to get back on my path.

I am still working on my masters degree, and maintaining a 4.0 average. I am lucky that my husband is so supportive. With out him, it wouldn’t be possible to keep up with everything and keep striving for my goals. I haven’t forgotten my spiritual side though. It’s important to keep up a regular self-care routine no matter how busy life gets. I believe I have found the balance in both my spiritual, home, and professional life and all are fitting together nicely. I feel super lucky to have found a job with high ethics that align with my own, and great co-workers and supervisors who take the time to get to know me and not just treat me as another # to make their bottom line look good.

I would still love to help people through my own practice; eventually. But for now I think it’s more important to just share my own journey which is healing in itself. I know that I’m on the right path, and everything is coming together like it should. I am no longer dwelling in the dark, but appreciating the lessons from it, and stepping back into the light.

 

Release the Toxic and Negative Energies from your Life

Life is too short to be weighed down by toxic and negative energies (or people)! Many times we cling to these negative energies because we feel obligated, or do not know how to let go. These toxins can manifest in clutter around your home; physical symptoms, such as body aches and pains, fatigue, and digestive issues and they can be people in your life who suck your energy from you (energy vampires), leaving you exhausted and emotionally drained. So how do you let go?

Before doing a release spell it is best to clean your home first. (You wouldn’t eat off a dirty plate would you?) If you know how, you should also give your home a spiritual cleansing and smudge using either black or white sage. For the purposes of this spell a regular old house cleaning will work just fine. If you have toxic people in your life it is always best to cut them out completely, but this is not always possible or easy. Finally you must be ready to let go. Magick is only as strong as the intent behind it. If you have any doubts, or are still hanging on the spell will not work. Now you just need your tools which consist of a pen and paper, a fire safe container, and a black candle to draw out negative energy. Your candle can be a single use candle or a longer burning one that is only used for this type of work. Make sure you will not be distracted as this is a meditation spell and can be as short or as long as you want it.

Take a few minutes to calm your mind and center yourself like any other meditation. Start focusing on what toxic and negative energies you want to release as you light your candle. Keep focusing and write these down on your piece of paper. When you are ready to let go use the candle to light the paper on fire and place it in your fire safe container. As it burns, imagine everything you wrote down burning with it and melting from your life. Take as much time as you need as this can be a difficult process. When you believe your spell is done, (or when your single use candle burns out) put out your candle and snap your fingers to lock the energy in place. You should feel lighter, relaxed and more energetic.

You can use this spell as often as you need to. Sometimes when you feel the energy around your home getting heavy you can just burn a black candle without having to do the release part of the spell. The one thing to remember about magick is that it is only as strong as your intentions and beliefs are, so if you believe it will work, then it will! This little release spell is actually training you to not hold on to negative thoughts or energies. It is a physical practice to teach you to let go and it gets easier the more often you do it! So, don’t hold on to those negative energies anymore; learn to let go and release them!

What is an Eclectic Celtic Pagan?

The more I do to follow my passion in the world, the more obstacles try to get in my way. Like many Pagans, I too have been a target of “virtual witch hunts”. I have always been very open about my spirituality and I think it is extremely important to clarify exactly what my beliefs are so people can understand more about my background.

This blog does a pretty good job of explaining the differences between, Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism, but it still does not cover my spirituality in full.

I am an eclectic Celtic Pagan. Eclectic means I do not follow one set of beliefs, I pull from many traditions. Celtic is the pantheon my husband and I follow. My ancestry is actually Finnish, but I never identified with Norse traditions. Instead everything fell into place for me when I met my husband who is Welsh-Irish and I adopted his Celtic family traditions as my own. Finally Pagan simply means nature based. I do not believe in any organized religion or religious dogma. I am spiritual, but not religious. For us this is a way of life.

I use the word magick a lot in my descriptions. This is the clearest definition I can find:

Magick: According to the famous occultist Aleister Crowley, magick is “the Science and Art of causing Change to occur in conformity with Will.” … In fact, Crowley… says that “every intentional act is a Magickal Act.” If you follow his line of reasoning, there is a great deal of validity in what he says, although it is not what we are seeking at this time. We need to make the definition of magick a bit longer: Magick is the science and art of causing change (in consciousness) to occur in conformity with will, using means not currently understood by traditional Western science. It is also spelled this way to differentiate the occult from stage/show magic (illusionists).
source: Modern Magick, by Donald Michael Kraig

The way my husband and I explain it is that magick is energy. You can change your life with your intentions; this is magick. This is why my practice involves being positive because your thoughts can and do have an effect on the world.

Now for witchcraft. Witchcraft is simply the practice of magick. By this definition that can be anything from making candles, soap, and herbal salves (which I do), to speaking a spell or calling on guides, gods and goddesses (the equivalent of prayer). Practicing witchcraft in this way does not mean someone is a witch because technically anyone who makes a wish and blows out a candle on a birthday cake is practicing witchcraft! Some definitions out there claim witchcraft is the practice of black or dark magick. This is not true! There is no white or black magick, there is just magick and the intentions of the practitioner using it.

Unfortunately there are those out there who do use their gifts in negative ways, I do not. We all have a shadow side that we must learn from and listen to in order to remain in balance. Just like we must learn from our light side. But if we want to attract positive, we must in turn be positive!

I hope this makes sense to those reading this. Feel free to ask me any questions. Many who follow mainstream religions have never learned about our ways and so they use the term “witch” as a derogatory insult. Those who use the term in this way are also ones who believe Pagans worship Satan when in reality most Pagans do not believe in Satan or any other embodiment of evil!

I believe in practicing tolerance in all forms. I have studied several different religions and even got my degree at a Christian school in order to study and understand Christianity! I am a humanist who believes all people are good and have the ability to live the exact life they want. I am well versed in Psychology and metaphysical practices including aromatherapy, herbs, stones/crystals, energy healing, shamanism, witchcraft, and other indigenous wisdom. I use all of my knowledge to find the way to best help people overcome their obstacles and live a happy, positive lifestyle. The best thing about being a coach and not a therapist is that I follow the lead of my clients, not the other way around. I help people heal themselves using whatever tools they want to try. I can even help people find the right encouragement they need from the bible if they prefer, and I use the KJV bible.

My beliefs and my business are not for me, they are to help others. I strive to be well versed in many different belief systems so that I can offer tools that are in line with different beliefs. In the end it does not matter what your beliefs are; you can live the life you choose by being positive and following your heart.