I was inspired by Molly Roberts – HerSpeak on YouTube and Facebook to consider the celebration of Samhain. She encouraged her followers to use the twelve days before December 21 (the winter solstice – shortest day) to explore their creativity and consider the down time of the year. This is a brief summary, but if you want to learn more of the history behind the 12 Ghosts of Yule, here is one of many possible: The Gothic Embrace: http://gothicembrace.blogspot.ca/2013/12/yule-and-ghosts-of-past.html
So here is my take on plans for the 12 Days of Yule, starting on December 9th, 2017.
I plan on focusing on spirit. I will use my creativity to write, journal or draw the thoughts that come to mind with each day’s prompt.
I will use Molly Roberts’ hashtag #12days of yule to track my days.
If I fall behind, I will do a catch up if I get in the spirit.
Quick and easy.
TRUTH #2: You are an extension and expression of God. Everything God is, you are. Everything God is not, you are not. God is love and only love, and so are you.
How I feel about that today:
I need to keep reminding myself of this. There are times of insecurity when I wonder if I have value – these are the times I tend to turn away from God. In my heart I know I am pure love. I feel I can live his life of love now, more than any other time in my life. As a Grandma, I feel stronger and more confident in my true nature. I feel I have less to prove and more to share. I feel more at peace every day. My peace is coming from inside of me, instead of from a Church or minister’s sermon. I look for synchronicity every day, an indication that I am walking my true path.
A Course In Miracles – Made Easy
(Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love)
By Alan Cohen
TRUTH #1: ONLY GOD IS REAL. All separation is illusion.
How I feel about that today:
Strangely, I have never doubted that God is real or that He exists for me. As a child, I loved Sunday School and was very upset when my family stopped attending church when I was 12. I have always felt I could go to God, and sit at His feet and love and be loved. When heartsick or feeling battered by life, I could picture myself at His feet in adoration. I could feel His hand stroking my head, and feel His love soothe me.
Although I moved away from man’s church at different times in my life, I never felt that God wasn’t there for me. I felt guilty from time to time, that I appeared to turn my back on Him. But I knew He was there, and still is – loving me as I am. Why – because I am a part of Him and He is a part of me.
Mastering the Journey from Fear to Love
By Alan Cohen
I have considered studying A Course in Miracles by Dr. Helen Schucman and Dr. Bill Thetford, for years. I have friends who have not only read the material, but practice it every day. These friends I consider spiritual mentors and wonders in today’s world.
When visiting my local bookstore recently, I found this book:
Now anything that is made easy sounds very appealing to me, since I am a “let’s get it done quick” kinda girl. So for $15.99 I bought it. What a great deal! Having gone through it from start to finish (another of my foibles), I have to state it was my favourite buy in a long time. Yes, it started out rather slow, and after the first 3 chapters, I wondered why I was reading it. Then my world opened up. I started to write quotes that touched me in the moment. Soon I was writing quotes and paragraphs of self discovery. I then went to title pages and journaling all day to discover what the writing said to ME that day.
Now in no way would I attempt to tell you what this books says. I truly believe that its message, similar to the original text, is to be read by your heart. Let your spirit soar in celebration of new and renewed ideas. Enjoy every day of reading, and be sure to take your time to let each day’s message swell within you. I believe you could read this book many times and get new messages every time. The sign of a true work of the spirit.
At the end of the book, Alan Cohen, lists 14 things as “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ACIM but Didn’t Want to Have to Read the Whole Course to Find Out”. Although I believe there were many different things to draw from the book (for me), I will be spending the next 14 Mondays sharing those truths with you. Let’s call them my Miracle Mondays! Please join me as I continue to grow from this amazing book.
(Disclaimer: All quoted text is from Alan Cohen. In his book A Course in Miracles – Made Easy, he references his material thoroughly for your additional clarification. I am not selling anything. I am no reaping any benefits from sharing this material. I do not propose Christianity, Paganism, Witchery, Buddhism or any other faith. I believe this material transcends the limits of human religion and falls clearly on The Universe!)
Last year I posted about my Archetypes and how I feel they impact my life and my spirit. Believe me when I say that I do not believe Archetypes to be a religion, but rather a tool to connect or reconnect with my divinity. Part of that reconnect, is the discovery of “Why am I here?” “What is my divine contract?”
Once you remove the outer shell that I share with everyone, what is left when I am home alone, in front of the fire, sipping my wine. In that quiet moment in time – who am I?
To discover/uncover my Archetypes, I used my past youth as a guide to avoid the pitfalls of “learned behaviours”, I studied and agonized over my selection of Archetypal identities, I sat in silence and introspection, all to come up with a list that seemed reasonable. I was then privileged to attend a marvelous Archetype Workshop in 2013 in my home town of Quesnel. Janice Butler and Corinne Nikish invited up to 10 couples or individuals to Janice’s home where through a marvelous weekend (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday), where we all were invited to share, participate and step up to meet the Archetypes.
I will not go in to detail. Just know that this weekend was AMAZING! Not only did I meet my Archetypes, but others in the group could help me see past my “selfish ways” and “insecurities” to see my truth. My Archetypes stepped forward into the light for me to acknowledge and pay homage to MYSELF! But, it doesn’t end there. This is a beginning. For me, it was the start of a promise to be true to me, to show my truth, to live my truth. (Ok, so for those of faith – is that religion? For me, no. That is faith!)
When challenged to name my goddess, I spent weeks researching the goddesses in mythology. Although I admired some, was appalled by others, I could not “relate” even remotely let alone spiritually to any of them. I widened my search to include images of goddess art on Google and Pinterest. When I stumbled on the first Crone pictures, I immediately thought of the witch that lived in the forest and was shunned by the locals. The more I read and discovered about the Crone, the more drawn I was to the triad . . . Young Maiden, Mother, Grandmother/Crone. Yes, those are my names for the 3 ages of womanhood. I am truly drawn to the reality of a life long goddess.
I have never felt the “goddess” image of a beautiful, buxom maiden, blonde and magnificent. How could I relate to that image? But, a goddess that is “the girl next door”, mother and grandmother? Oh, yea. That is for me.
This is ME!
I’m doing it! Started my novel on November 1, 2014. I am so excited. It is so easy to distract myself with doing more reading and research and catching up with forums on the NaNoWriMo website.
I am meeting up with a friend to encourage each other early on in the month. I already met up with writers in Prince George on Saturday at the library. We chatted for too long but I still got a start on 400 words. So off I go. Had to share . . . Looking for lots of positive energy.
Blending church religion with pagan and naturalist concepts is usually a stretch, however, over the last few years I have felt called to do just that. For me, this means exploring many avenues of spiritualism and searching for my truth. Not wanting to push my faith onto anyone, I feel it is imperative that I not fake or deny this path publicly. I have found many friends on this path, both old and new. Being open to one another, being true in all things, and being curious and not judging, are my strengths. I love new ideas and an open door is an invitation to explore within. I hope you feel encouraged to walk with me as I search out new paths and travel in new directions.
Journal about your experience energizing your dream and how it felt to work with the qualities.
My dream is “to feel I am enough every day”.
During the meditation today I discovered that my dream bubble had changed slightly to a soft pearlized pink. The grounding with Mother Earth and with Spirit helped pull in all the energy around me and give my bubble strength. I felt I could actually say that in this moment, my dream is real. I want to take this reality into my day and keep my heart filled with creativity, light and knowing. It feels so simple. My heart feels full to bursting.
How do you want it all to feel?
Be SPECIFIC. Make your list as long as it needs to be to fully describe the amazingness of your dream.
Being a very visual person I have decided to put together a collage of images I have saved to my computer over the years. Each of these images speaks to me on a very personal level. I identify with the elements presented. Enjoy.
When my dream (to feel that I am enough every day) is real, I want to feel empowered with spirit. I want to feel my energy surrounding me in a glow of love and acceptance. I want to embody joy such that play and love overflow onto everyone and everywhere. I want to have serenity to my core so that everyone I meet comments on my serene demeanor. And, I want abundance to flow all around me, in me and through me.
My Divine Child is going to be playing is abandon. My Caregiver is going to feel empowered to care for all and never tire. My Queen will never stop handing out the bounty of my home. My Artist will create every day without effort. My Amazon will stand proud and strong. My Mentor will have her day filled with sharing knowledge and power with others. My Hermit is standing by my Crone sharing his soft strength with all. My Crone is nodding her head in understanding the passage of time that has brought all to here. Each of my Guardians: Innocence, Self Esteem, Faith, and Choice, will feel the love and acceptance of the team of Archetypes. Balance in all things!