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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 30

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 30

“My children, you have forgotten the customs and traditions of your forefathers. …You have bought guns, knives, kettles, and blankets from the white man until you can no longer do without them; and what is worse you have drunk the poison firewater, which turns you into fools. Fling all these things away; live as your forefathers did before you.”

–Pontiac, ODOWA

We need to think as our forefathers did. They knew the culture and the customs. The culture taught them how to live in harmony with each other. We need to think like this again. We must because God-reliant. We don’t need the firewater. This liquid is very destructive to our native people. It kills our spirit. Our Indian people are happiest when we are spiritual. When we depend on anyone or anything else, we get off track. We need to talk to the Elders and find out what the old ways were. We need to ask them to teach us the culture, the tradition and the customs. This will help us become whole again.

My Maker, guide my path as you did my ancestors.

 

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Lets Talk Witch – Trance: Traveling the Divine Matrix


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Trance: Traveling the Divine Matrix

 

While we previously explored the beneficial properties of meditation, trance work takes those basic techniques and builds on them to transport you further down the magical path. While the purpose of meditation is to quiet the mind and relax the body, trance work begins at the point where the effective meditation is actualized. In trance work, you are seeking not only mere relaxation, but also information and insight, even prophecy and a glimpse at things to come— images from the deep recesses of your mind.

Once a meditative state is achieved, it is possible to introduce ideas into the open and relaxed mind that will move the practitioner into a much deeper state of self-awareness. Because a trance can sometimes be difficult to control , it is important to verbalize what you are hoping to learn by allowing yourself to enter into a trance like state. This is similar to the creative visualization, wherein you suspend disbelief and entertain imagination as reality. However , the trance differs in that the symbols and images you encounter will be generated by your own mind and not introduced into your consciousness by an outside source. A trance journey can be a very powerful experience, leading the practitioner to a deeper level of understanding of his or her own spirituality. It can illuminate the dark areas of the soul that we seek to embrace without fear. It can teach us why we choose the things that we do, why we seem to call in certain energies and not others.

Trance is a state of complete relaxation and trust as well as cognitive lucidity. In your meditative practice, you may have discovered the challenge of maintaining your energy level while simultaneously trying to relax. Maintaining lucidity is extremely important. A trance is not a nap or a daydream, but a concentrated effort to explore areas of the mind normally associated with dreaming while awake. Clarity will allow you to access the far corners of your mind. You may be surprised by what you discover there. Some people experience memories of a past existence. Others find a recurring problem illuminated in such as way as to achieve resolution. Some find inspiration through the removal of creative blockages.

Whatever your goal in entering a trancelike state, you will surely discover some dormant aspect of your mind or personality that will aid your magical workings. By committing your consciousness to traveling to a place beyond time, you are undertaking shamanic work, the work of the spiritual realm, and this is never to be taken lightly. You are, in essence, exploring the world of the deities, one that remains mostly hidden from us on the earthly plane of existence. How you experience this journey will be determined by your frame of mind. When you face the unknown with respect instead of fear, you open yourself to esoteric knowledge that would otherwise be unattainable.

A symbol often used in magic is that of the six-pointed star, composed of two overlapping triangles, one pointing up, one pointing down . Also known as the Star of David, this symbol , in addition to its association with Judaism, is regarded as the magical symbol for the upper world and the lower world: “as above, so below.” It is a highly charged conduit for psychic intent. We seek knowledge of the world beyond while maintaining our connection to the earth. We seek communion with the spirits without having to permanently leave our bodies. We seek comprehension of the afterlife while we keep our life on earth. It is the line between these worlds that you are choosing to walk when you enter a trance . It is much more than something that can be conjured by your imagination alone. Your encounters along the paths between the worlds are powerful images.

One of the most immediate challenges you will face when beginning your trance work is letting go of intellectual reasoning. This is the voice that has you convinced that imagination is not reality and that experiences outside of the laws of reason are not to be trusted. You must first leave this voice behind.

A Witch’s Grimoire: Create Your Own Book of Shadows
Judy Ann Olsen

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 29

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 29

“Mothers must protect the lives they have helped to bring into the world.”

–Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders

Every child is subject to the seeds each adult plants in his/her mind. If we plant praise and “you can do it”, the child will grow up with certain predictable behavior patterns. If we plant ideas that there’s something wrong with you or you’re good for nothing, the child will grow up with predictable behavior patterns. We need to honor and respect the mothers who protect the children and plant positive seeds for their growth.

Great Spirit, bless each mother and give her courage and faith

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 28

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 28

“Our religion seems foolish to you, but so does yours to me. The Baptists and Methodists and Presbyterians and the Catholics all have a different God. Why cannot we have one of our own?”

–Sitting Bull, HUNKPAPA LAKOTA

The Creator gave each culture a path to God. To the Indian people, he revealed that the Creator is in everything. Everything is alive with the Spirit of God. The water is alive. The trees are alive. The woods are alive. The mountains are alive. The wind is alive. The Great Spirit’s breath is in everything and that’s why it’s alive. All of nature is our church, we eat with our families in church, we go to sleep in church.

My Creator, let us leave people to worship You in the way You have taught them.

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Samhain Ancestor Meditation

Samhain Ancestor Meditation

Calling Upon the Ancient Ones

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 27

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 27

“The white man does not obey the Great Spirit; this is why the Indians never could agree with him.”

–Flying Hawk, OGLALA LAKOTA

The Great Spirit runs the world and the people by a set of natural laws and principles. He says we are to live our lives and make decisions that will be in harmony with these laws. He says we should be respectful to all things and to all people. He says we should pray for each other. He says we should forgive one another. It is easy to tell if a person is following the ways of the Great Spirit. You can tell by how a man walks in life. He doesn’t need to say anything. If we are dishonest or deceitful, other people will know. This is true because we are all interconnected in the Unseen World.

My Creator, let me obey Your ways. Let me Walk the Talk.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 22

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 22

“Growth is a painful process.”

–Wilma Mankiller, CHEROKEE

Whenever we grow, we usually need to let go of emotional attachments. Letting go can be painful. Sometimes growth allows us to deal with fear. All fear can fit into two categories: one, we’re going to lose something we have, and two, we’re not going to get something we want. Both of these categories can cause pain. The best way to grow is to pray to the Great Spirit and ask Him to guide and protect us. All growth is guided by God.

My Creator, guide my growth today and give me Your love and courage to help my pain.

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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 16

Elder’s Meditation of the Day – October 16

“Many religions have been brought to this land. And the way my religion is, they teach me, and they taught me, and told me to respect all religions. And I still do that.”

–Horace Axtell, NEZ PERCE

The Creator put on this Earth many different religions which represent different roads to walk to God. All religions are right and good if the path is the path to God. Should we be judging which road is better or worse than the other? When we accept each other’s way we can stand in a circle, hold hands and listen to each other as we pray to God. Let us be more accepting of the religions of others.

Great Spirit – God, Grandfather, Grandmother, Lord – let me know peace.

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