Daily Archives: January 10, 2011

Daily OM for 1/10 – Too Many Things

Too Many Things
Spoiling Our Children

When you spoil your children with material goods, where is that motivation coming from, your own inner child?

One of the greatest things about children is that they have the ability to entertain themselves for long periods of time with something as simple as a cardboard box, a container, or a set of measuring spoons. It makes you wonder why we feel the need to buy them so many toys that they won’t even have time to play with them all before they grow out of them. Often, if we take the time to question our compulsion to constantly give our children new toys and clothes, and to spoil them with food that is not even good for them, we will find that we are trying to fill up the space to avoid our own difficult feelings and pain. If you feel yourself wanting to spoil your child with material possessions, take a moment and see if you can feel where your motivation is coming from.

We may be inundating our children with things they don’t need out of our own desire to create a feeling of abundance that was lacking in our own childhood, or out of a need to feel liked by our children. Both of these motives tend to be unconscious, stemming from unresolved issues from our own upbringing or even our adult life. These unresolved feelings naturally come up when we find ourselves in the role of a parent, often as our child reaches the age we were when these traumas were most pronounced. Spoiling your children will not save you or make your pain disappear, only acknowledging and working on your emotional issues can do that. What our children really need us to provide for them is both a sense of safety and a sense of freedom and love of which there can never be too much. If we are able to do this well, material possessions need not take center stage.

We all want to provide our children with a good and happy life, but most of us know deep down that material possessions play a very small role. We confuse our children when we seek to make them happy through buying them things. When we do this, they take our cue that happiness comes in the form of toys and treats, rather than in the joy of being alive, surrounded by love, and free to explore the world.

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The Goddess Companion

The Goddess Companion     

 

Her beauty shines forth: Kokyanwhuti,
she who gives light and nourishes life,
the mother of all that lives and shall live.
There she stands, dressed in soft wool,
white and blue, woven with the symbols
of womanhood, the butterfly and the blossom.
Turquoise and shell and coral: these are
her jewels. Fair and warm and tender:
these are her expressions. Gleaming white:
this is the color of her soft skin boots.
Look how she smiles at us as she dances
on the shifting sands of time. Look
how she smiles at us before she disappears.
~Hopi Creation Myth
 
The beginning of each year reminds us of all beginnings. It is a fertile and creative period when anything seems possible. Like the Goddess Kokyanwhuti, the Hopi Spider Woman, everything seems lovely, magnificent, abundant. Hope swells in our hearts. we expect nothing but beauty before us, behind us, above us.
 
Yet in the ancient myth of creation, as soon as the Goddess appears, she disappears again. So too in our lives, the brief enthusiasm of beginnings comes all too soon to an end. All too soon, harsh reality sets in. Great plans seem foolish and unattainable, our lives seem pinched and small, hope seems to disappear from our reach.
 
That same ancient myth tells us an important secret, however: that the goddess did not disappear, but submerged herself into the very reality that challenges us. Our great dreams are not dead, only dispersed among the daily efforts it takes to achieve them. Our great hopes are not dead, only hidden within our hearts.  Remembering the presence of the Goddess, even on dark and wintry days of the spirit, we can go forward to a greater future.

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By Patricia Monaghan

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Crones Corner – Connecting with the Goddess

Crones Corner -  Connecting with the Goddess

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The month of January is often a time of low energy for many. The hustle of the holidays is over, and another year, full of unknowns, had begun. Even with the slowly lengthening days, we can still feel the effects of limited sunshine on our bodies. When we honor the goddess during this current Full Moon, we can reunite our energies with the divine source. For this reunion, you will need a while or silver candle, jasmine or another herb to represent your spiritual connection, an herb to represent you, charcoal, and a fire-proof container. Begin by standing in the goddess salute. State these or similar words:

 

Lady of the Moon
Mother of night,
Our energies are one
within your light.

 

Light the candle, visualizing your energy blending with the goddess’s. Mix the two herbs in your hands, continuing the visualization. Sprinkle the herbs onto the lighted charcoal. As the smoke rises, visualize your energies intertwining with hers. Meditate and listen for her messages of guidance. Thank her, and extinguish the candle.

 

By: Karen Follett

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Daily Aromatherapy Tip – Create an Enchanted Space

Daily Aromatherapy Tip - Create an Enchanted Space

The energy in your home can effect the kind of day you have. Using essential oils it’s possible to create the atmosphere
that you need that day or even that hour. Enhance positive energy and eliminate negativity. Use the powers of scent to

create a soothing evening at home with family or a sultry evening with a special someone.
 
Create an atmosphere for studying or perhaps a special dinner party with friends. From the Bedroom
to the Living Room, Dining Room, Bath etc. you can instantly affect the space in your home.

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Energize Your Exercise

Energize Your Exercise

 

Make your exercise routine magical. Don’t have a routine? Now is a good time to begin. Choose an activity you enjoy—jogging, weights, yoga—and concentrate on the results you desire. Before you begin each time, center yourself and focus your intent on your goal, whether it’s weight loss, muscle toning, or just a feeling of general well-being. The body is a vehicle for the soul and we must care for it to keep it in the best condition. Make your exercise a ritual. Choose music that makes you feel good and raises your energy level. Pay special attention to your breathing. During your warm-up activity, face east and chant the following out loud, or silently:

Power of the radiant Sun,
Fill me with your glow.
My body is a special gift,
Let my strength and spirit grow.

 

By: Christy Gant

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Today’s Goddess: ELEITHYIA

Today’s Goddess:  ELEITHYIA 

Midwife’s Day (Greek Macedonia)
 
Themes: Birth; Children; Creativity; Fertility
Symbols: A Torch; White Flowers
 
About Eleithyia: As the Aegean Goddess of birth,  Eleithyia acts as the midwife to your new year, filling it with creative power. Eleithyia’s name translates as  
“Fluid of Generation,” giving her strong fertile aspects, and she also has a hand in personal fate.   According to myth, Eleithyia was the midwife of the gods and even birthed Eos, the creative force behind all things. When Eleithyia’s hands were closed, birth was delayed. When Eleithyia opened her body, a child arrives effortlessly.
 
To Do Today: The ancients honored their midwives today as the Goddess’s assistants by giving them gifts. In modern times,
this might equate to sending a thank-you note to your physician or pediatrician.
 
If you bring Eleithyia’s fertility to any area of your life this year, try this spell: Gather a handful of white flower petals. Work in an area that somehow represents your goal. If you want a fertile garden, for example, cast this spell in your garden; for fertile ideas, perform it in your study. Visualize your goal as you release all but one petal, turning clockwise to the winds saying:
 
The wish of my heart, Eleithyia see,
and bring back to me fertility.
Carry the last petal to help the magick manifest.

 

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By Patricia Telesco ~

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“Truth”

“Truth”

When I was growing up I remember being taught what was
true and what was false in any given area of life.
Conversely, I found myself as an adult questioning and
challenging the so-called truths I was taught as
child, because some profound experiences I had
contradicted them. 
At first, I was afraid to question anything that went
against the grain of my childhood teachings; yet, I
felt an even stronger pull to do my own personal
search for the truths about my life, this world, and
my purpose.
I have enjoyed the wonderfulness of the veils being
lifted from over my eyes showing me a new way to look
at the world and at myself.  Once again, I had to go
within myself.  In doing so, I was led to research
certain topics that I questioned or pray about a
particular subject or philosophy I was taught that
just didn’t feel right all my life.  And it’s
something I still do and will always do until I feel
satisfied in my spirit that I was blessed with the
truths that make sense to me. 
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Affirmation:  I am willing to conduct my own personal search for the truth.

Written and Submitted By Tameko L. Barnette

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Daily Goddess Devotion

Daily Goddess Devotion

Blame is a crime of wasted time,
It has no honor, reason or rhyme.
It comes from pity and from doubt,
When looking for an easy way out.

Lady Abigail
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