Meditation

A Prayer/Meditation I Do Daily

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Good morning Universe thank you for all my family and I have been given.

Good morning Ra, I thank you for your warmth and energy,

Good morning Mother Earth thank you for your grounding and energy.

Good morning Air, Water, Fire, Earth, the four Winds and Direction, (meaning the Cardinal Points/Watchtowers),

All our fellow living things on, above and below the waters;

On, above, and below the earth;

and in the air.

Thank you for being part of us and allowing us to be part of you.

I then go on to thank my Guardian Angels and those of my family and friends.

I thank my Spirit Guides and Ancestors for helping to guide me daily and keep me on my true life path.

There is more but it is on a more personal note so I will not share it here. I feel it is very important to thank those deities and other entities that helps us daily in our lives.  The reason I thank the God, Ra, and the Goddess, Mother Earth, but not all Gods and Goddesses I work with is to me they are my patrons for all I do. Without the help of Ra lighting the world we would always be in darkness. If not for all Mother Earth endures with us as well as other beings living on her, lets face it we would not even be here. So the next time you do you morning prayers or meditation or whatever you may call it try to remember to thank the Gods, Goddesses, Elements and other entities you work with in your magick or keep you safe from harm and/or danger. Doesn’t everybody like to here a thank you for the job they do or the help they give?

Thank you all for reading my work.

Blessed be.

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Flasback 2000 Mabon Celebrations

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An example of a Mabon altar from  a Google search

“Autumn Equinox

At the time of the Fall Equinox, the Sun passes through Libra, traditional know as the sign of balance. In truth, however, Libra is the sign that restores balance. Appropriately, during the Sun’s trek through Libra, once again, the hours of daylight and darkness are equal–but darkness is about to regain its hold on Earth. At this time, The ancients gathered their final gifts from the Goddess and collected seeds to be used for next year’s crops. The seeds help the potential for new life. Gathering and collecting food stuffs were essential to the continuation of survival during the upcoming “barren” months, and the ability to meet out only what was needed is a perfect representation of Libra’s love of moderation. At this time, then, gather your thoughts, collect your memories, and prepare to do internal work. It’s time to rest, to retire from the busy days of light, and ready ourselves for winter.”

Copyright 2000 Kim Rogers-Gallagher Lleweylln Witches Datebook 2000 Page 109

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Goddess Meditation

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“Freyja and the Necklace” by James Doyle Penrose (1890)

“In fall Freya left us traveling southward. Now she returns again, bring such soft words.

Out of her golden hair springs flowers fall tumbling like melodies, sounding the call.

Chaste through the winter women now pine, wanting their lovers home sharing the wine.

Scandinavian folk song”

Words-Copyright 2000 Patricia Monaghan Lleweynn’s Witches Datebook 2000 Page 61

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Flashback 2009 Ostara Celebration

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An example of an Ostara altar from Google images

“New hopes, new beginnings, new relationships. The earth is reawakening. It’s seed-sowing holiday! It’s a fertility festival! It’s the festival of Eostre, an obscure but lighthearted Anglo-Saxon goddess, a source of conflicting evidence and  confusion. She straddles the balance of light days and dark nights,

For centuries, egg have been painted and left at the shrines of goddesses around the world. In Druid legends,an egg found on this day was a healing egg and mode from the spittle of serpents (very powerful and useful in divination). A poultry egg has long been the universal symbol of fertility and a source of songs and legends.

Rise with dawn and prepare yourself carefully today. The planets call for attention to detail and knowing your boundaries. Clear your aura, bathe, and don clean garments. Visit a clear river, pond, ocean and witness the light dancing on the water. Meditate. Cast a tiny crystal into the water-the very instant it splashes, you should get a glimpse of your journey and if you are very lucky, perhaps the water sprites dancing in the morning mist.”

Copyright 2009 K. D. Spitzer Llewellyn’s Witches Datebook 2009 Page 51

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Flashback 2007 Mabon Celebration

MABON

“A sabbat of balance and equality, Mabon is a time of second harvest and work shared. A dynamic tension exists that seems to stretch time into both a long day and a long night.

The second harvest is complete and winter’s supply is becoming known. Joyous celebrations flow in abundant years and more subdued gratitude in years of lesser harvest. There is a collective sigh as the road ahead becomes clearer and planning for the coming winter begins.

Celebrate around the world, this sabbat borders summer and winter–the last day of the growing sun, the moment before light will be over-taken by night. The energy of Mabon is similar to the electrically charged energy that occurs just before twilight, the energy of Between-Time.

Mabon is a time of strong and clear psychic visions and dreams. Spirit is clear and contemplation comes easily. It is a time of powerful, mature insight and dynamic action rooted in past efforts. Combining psychic visions with grounded effort leads to some interesting paths and journeys. Autumnal equinox, like vernal equinox, is a time of unlimited possibilities.

Copyright 2007 Abby Willowroot Llewellyn Witches Datebook 2007 Page 103

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Importance of a Smile

Carla 2001

 

A personal smile from me to you. Blessed be.

A smile is a thing of beauty and can mean so much to someone.

A simple statement for a simple action.

Ever think about what kind of positive energy a smile can bring to you or someone else? This morning I was feeling very flighty and un-grounded and it occurred to me that I had received and maybe even given more smiles in the last two days then I had in the last month. Watching my 22 month old grandson brings me lots of them and I give a lot in return to him and his older sister. It came to me the reason I felt flighty is I hadn’t grounded to give some of this
magnificent positive energy to anyone else, Mother Earth or even the Universe at large.

A smile can bring you a much needed lift in positive energy. It can help you feel better just by seeing one or giving one to a person that is looking glum or out of sorts. The great thing about smiles is they are free for us to give each other and can do so much good for everyone the gets or gives one. I do not drive so I walk to the train station and other local places in town often, I try to give anyone I pass along my way a smile. For all I know it could change their day from yuck into yeah!

Once the idea dawned that I needed to do something with this extra energy to feel like I am walking on the floor not a couple of inches above it; I did my morning “prayers” and then a very short meditation.

The meditation is an easy one that can be done any where at any time. The time it takes to do it is an individual thing. For me it can be anywhere from a couple of minutes, if I catch the off feeling right away, or even up to a half hour, when I try to ignore what is happening and attempt to just go on with my day.

You can sit or stand to do this meditation.

Imagine roots coming out of the bottom of your feet growing into Mother Earth.

At the same time bring your power hand (the hand you use the most for everyday things) down on your head where the Crown Chakra is and hold it there. This will help the Chakra close because if it is open to far you will be connecting with to much energy in the Universe at large and possibly feel disconnected or light headed or even slightly dizzy. I also picture my Crown Chakra closing like a Morning Glory kind of folding in on itself this helps me to control how much I close it. Sit or stand like this until you feel yourself connecting with Mother Earth.

I then picture a flow of grounding energy coming up from Mother Earth through my feet, up my legs and so on until it reaches my hand at the Crown Chakra. Once the grounding energy has reached there I open my hand palm up to reconnect to the Universe at large and complete the circuit of being fully connected to all things around me, those I can see and those I can’t.

Remember a smile is a gift we can freely give and receive everyday. If you are not out among people you can still get a smile and give one to a very important person-YOURSELF- by looking in a mirror.

Copyright 2015 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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Importance of Balance in Our Life

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About a year ago on a Tuesday morning about 7:00 AM, after no sleep since Monday
morning, I was walking to my part time job at a friend’s puppy store feeling pretty grumpy
and out of sorts. I looked up to my right and saw a half Moon “Now that’s cool!” I
exclaimed out load because looking to my left the Sun was rising. I took the time to
welcome Ra (Egyptian Sun God) and the lovely Lady suddenly feeling energized and more
myself. The couple of minutes I took to do this reset the tone for my entire day. From one
of UGH I have to go listen to and clean up after all these animals to SMILE I get to spend
time with these beautiful animals.

My typical day when I would go in to open the store my job was very physical; cleaning
puppy and older rescue dog kennels, bathe and primping the puppies and rescue dogs to
be shown that day as well as cleaning their playpens in the front of the store, mopping,
feeding, watering, etc…well you get the idea I’m sure. After working three and a half
hours, with no sleep, I dragged my weary body home to do laundry then eat, take a hot
shower and go to sleep finally at about three in the afternoon. My familiar, Cleopatra a
beautiful Min Pin, was co-operative that day and only waking me once about 4:30 or 5 for
her dinner and a short walk my husband took her out later and let me sleep for about
thirteen hours straight with the one necessary interruption so I could go into work
refreshed the next day.

I woke up Wednesday feeling totally out of balance again. I am very tied to Mother Earth
and her changing seasons. Where I live we had an extremely mild winter for us, which
many saw as a blessing. In many ways I did to but still Mother needs her rest and
hibernation time so when she awakens she is rested ready to help nourish us and all other
living things on her. Well the weather here for this time of year should be in the mid to
upper fifties (all temperatures are in F. or American temperature degrees) to maybe low
sixties and going down into the low thirties at night. Instead for the last two weeks it has
been in the mid to high sixties even going to eighty one degrees yesterday and the low
fifties to high forties at night. Needless to say Mother is waking up extremely fast after a
fitful winters rest.

“So what does all of this have to do with balance in your life?” you may be asking yourself
about me around now. The answer is my body is having a hard time adjusting to Mother’s
so rapid a wake up. Yesterday (Wednesday) I felt more like I had a tie to Air being blown in
all directions at once. I felt as if I had no grounding. I felt totally and completely out of
balance not only within myself but with the entire Universe. As if someone or something
had taken away every part of me that was tied to our Mother and provider, Gaia-Mother
Earth-Isis- or whatever name you give to our creation Deity that you honor. At first I was
very sluggish then I got called into the store to do the paperwork to send an adorable
puppy home; well somewhere during that transaction my mind and body went into hyper
drive-meaning I felt shaky, light headed and disconnected.

Finally realizing what was going on with myself I knew I had to bring myself back to center,
balance my Energy and get grounded as quickly as possible. Side note I had talked to my
Sister in Germany before I left for the store and again after I came back but before getting
me back to being me and even being thousands of miles apart she could tell by not only
the tone of my voice but also be the speed of which I was talking that something was up
with me. Even snuggling with Cleopatra, who almost always help calm me wasn’t working,
so I knew I was way, way off center and having a hard time getting back to it.

As I said in the beginning I am very tied to Mother Earth to help ground myself quickly I
have a piece of petrified wood, that I found as a child and tumbled in my own rock
polisher, that I hold on to, to help give me a focal point and a piece of Mother right in front
of me in contact with my body. This helps to calm me enough to be able to cleanse my
Chakras, start to center enough to be able to meditate. I also close my Crown Chakra by
placing my power hand (the one you write with) over the crown Chrkra area and imagine a
Morning Glory closing.

The meditation I use for this is a guide one of my own making: I do deep breathing first
imagining every muscle, tendon, bone, etc. to be melting into Mother after I feel pretty
much completely relaxed; I picture myself bring a tree starting as a seed progressing into a
beautiful full grown tree (the type of tree seems to change each time I do this) with roots
running deeply into Mother. This may take me anywhere from fifteen minutes up to an
hour to do, but every minute spent in this meditation is well worth it for me as I will come
out of it centered, balance, feeling a part of the Universe and mostly importantly to me part
of our wonderful Mother again as well as being me.

About two hours after doing my meditation I was able to take Cleopatra on a nice long walk
through a field that as a decent size (I live two blocks from our town’s downtown area)
stand of trees with a wonderful creek that runs through the middle of them. It was she
who decided it was time to go home, I want to stay and bask in the wonders of Mother. I
want to watch the Sun set and the lovely Lady Moon come out just I had the privilege of
watching the reverse the day before.

Today I awake after a peaceful night’s sleep feeling refreshed, centered, in balance and a
small part of the whole. In others words I am me again with all my blessings as well as my
faults. I am again connected not only to myself but to all things.

My wish for you is that you may feel the same.

Copyright 2014 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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Meditation Basics

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Everyone has something special they can do to some degree or another. I challenge you to look into your self to find out what yours is. It maybe the stories you write that bring joy and happiness to others. You may be able to look at another and know how they are feeling or see something from the past or future of your life or someone elses’ or knowing when the phone rings who is calling. Just by smiling at someone you don’t know you can brighten their day because of it. Cook or bake that special something that everyone loves and no one can really duplicate. You may se and animal in need and help them out. I think you get what I am trying to say we all have a unique something in ourself that no one quite has but many of us do not know what it is or chose to ignore what’s right in front of us.

An easy way to start on your path of self discovery is through daily meditation. Following is a simple guide line for basic meditation:

Get in a comfortable position, some where quite and where you will not be disturbed. Find that position that you can be comfortable in for up to an hour. Start off slow about fifteen minutes a day and work up slowly to an hour or whatever you discover is your top amount of time for a good mediation session.

Put on some soft instrument music.

Take three deep breaths completely filling your lungs on the inhale and emptying them on the exhale. Pick a word to allow to escape slowly through your lips on the exhale. This helps to easy the mind and body away from everyday life into your mediation zone.

While you are doing the deep breathing clear your mind of mundane every day cares and worries.

After the cleansing breaths, go back to your normal breathing pattern and for a few breaths imagine your feet are connecting to Mother Earth and putting roots down. To do this imagine little roots coming out of the bottom of your feet growing down through whatever is in the way between you and Mother Earth. After you picture your roots getting to MOther Earth allowing them to grow into her about six inches deep. Once you have grounded yourself than open yourself to connecting with the Universal whole. To complete the circle with the Universe lay your palms up either on your legs or extended over your head. imagine the Universal energy coming down through your hands flowing through you into your grounded feet then escape out of the bottom of your feet and going up ward to meet with the Universe again.

After you are grounded and connected ask for help from your Spirit Guides to find your true life path.

As you discover more about your path and yourself your gift or gifts will slowly become known to you.

Now if you all ready know what your gifts/powers are this meditation will help you to get in touch with them better as well as help guide you in the best way to use them to help not only you but others as well.

Copyright 2014 Carla Schultz-Ruehl

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