‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
At these times when we have planned for something and have our hearts set on our affairs going in a certain direction but they fail to materialize, we are disappointed. If we have any faith at all, we must remember that one door never closes but another opens. That which once seemed the right thing to plan for may not hold all the things that would be for our good in the long run. It may have been right in the beginning, but as time passes and other events come into being, a change may be necessary for the benefit of the over-all picture.
Sometimes we fix our attention so rigidly on one thing, one part of life, one person, that a change throws us into a state of extreme disappointment. But disappointment, like all of the emotions, can serve to strengthen rather than take away. The attitude with which we face life can determine its outcome.
We can look with woeful eyes on the negative mental attitude and wallow in self-pity, or we can flip the mind to the upper side and let the positive mental attitude bring us to the strength and peace we need.
Disappointment is something no one has escaped. The many plans we make sometimes fade like mist in the sunlight. A cherished dream may take another shape and to lose that vision can throw a dim view on all of life. Because one tiny part could not be fulfilled, we are so tempted to let all of the rest go with it.
But if only we could wait a bit. So often we then come to realize the reason for our change in plans.
Sometimes disappointment is the very thing that keeps us mounting the steps upward, keeps us stretching our minds to understand. And it may test our spirits. For is disappointment can make a spirit better, the joy of accomplishment would have soon soured.
There’s no joy in a disappointment, but it may be the thing to save us from a life of mediocrity.
English novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton wrote, “Man must be disappointed with the lesser things in life before he can comprehend the full value of the greater.”
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day – January 15
“One of the essential characteristics we need to learn as men was to be gentle, and to be gentle means to be serene, to enter meditation or a prayerful state in the morning and evening.”
–Larry P. Aitken, CHIPPEWA
The most important talk we can do during any day, is to start the day with prayer and meditation. We need to ask the Creator to be in our lives. We ask Him to direct our thinking. We ask Him for the courage and the power to be gentle. In the morning quiet time, we make our request for guidance using our spiritual tools. We pray for the people and we pray for ourselves. In the evening we thank the Creator for the day, for the lessons and for the opportunity to be of service to others. Then we go to sleep.
Great Spirit, today, show me the power of being gentle.
January 15 – Daily Feast
Touching the earth is a lovely thing, a feeling of once again finding our beginnings, a knowing that this place where we stand, whether to walk or plow or plant, is something created for us, for the pulse of the earth slows our own and tranquilizes our confusion. The Cherokees believe that seeing the sky in all its limitless depths stirs our imaginations and stretches our awareness of how much simple beauty is provided for us. We can see that bitterness lasts only as long as we allow it, but we have reached beyond the ceiling of our minds and are as unlimited as the sky. As currents of air stir the fragrance of flowers, we may not be able to see all things but we sense the influence and know that life is ours to enjoy. It comes by Divine heritage.
~ Ka wat lee OS, tat gat he. Peace for the Cherokees, Oh America, peace for the Cherokees. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Purpose and fulfillment
You cannot do it all, and you wouldn’t really want to. Yet you can do what’s truly important.
There’s nothing to be gained from merely being busy. There are all sorts of wonderful things to be achieved by being purposeful.
So very many demands are placed on you by the world and all its systems and all its technology. That makes it more important than ever to make your own choice as to what really matters.
Just because something is urgent doesn’t mean it makes a difference. Just because something is colorful, exciting, trendy and enticing doesn’t mean it will add value to your life.
Step back from the glittery commotion and remind yourself of who you are. Remind yourself of what you truly love, of what really matters to you.
Plenty of things that seem important at first glance will quickly turn out not to be, so let them go. All the while, hold steady to what truly matters and build a life of purpose and fulfillment.
— Ralph Marston
Your Perfect Teacher
All the situations in our lives, from the insignificant to the major, teach us exactly what we need to be learning.
Many of us long to find a spiritual teacher or guru. We may feel unsure of how to practice our spirituality without one, or we may long for someone who has attained a higher level of insight to lead the way for us. Some of us have been looking for years to no avail and feel frustrate
d and even lost. The good news is that the greatest teacher you could ever want is always with you—that is your life.
The people and situations we encounter every day have much to teach us when we are open to receiving their wisdom. Often we don’t recognize our teachers because they may not look or act like our idea of a guru, yet they may embody great wisdom. In addition, some people teach us by showing us what we don’t want to do. All the situations in our lives, from the insignificant to the major, conspire to teach us exactly what we need to be learning at any given time. Patience, compassion, perseverance, honesty, letting go—all these are covered in the classroom of the teacher that is your life.
We can help ourselves to remember this perfect teacher each day with a few simple words. Each morning we might find a moment to say, “I acknowledge and honor the teacher that is my life. May I be wise enough to recognize the teachers and lessons that I encounter today, and may I be open to receiving their wisdom.“ We might also take some time each day to consider what our lives are trying to teach us at this time. A difficult phase in your relationship with your child may be teaching you to let go. The homeless person you see every day may be showing you the boundaries of your compassion and generosity. A spate of lost items may be asking you to be more present to physical reality. Trust your intuition on the nature of the lesson at hand, work at your own pace, and ask as many questions as you want. Your life has all the answers.
A Question for Pessomancy
Eyes of the Wolf Spell
Sweet Success Moon Potion
A Matter of Fate
Swan Maiden Meditation
Wolf Moon Ritual Oil
Use this oil to induce insightful and blessed dreams.
To make this ritual oil you will need a small cup, two teaspoons of olive oil, lavender oil, clary sage oil, and vanilla oil.
Make this mixture just before you go to sleep. Begin by putting two teaspoons of olive oil in a small cup. As you add four drops of lavender oil, say:
Wolf Moon oil bless me with power and insight.
Next, add two drops of clary sage oil while saying:
Divine dream oil empower me with blessed dreams.
Now, add two drops of vanilla oil, and say:
Divine dream oil empower me with sweet dreams.
Conclude by mixing the oil with the fingers of your power hand (right hand if you are right-handed) and chant several times:
Divine dream oil empower me with blessed dreams.
Rub the oil into the front and back of your neck, and into your wrists and ankles. As you rub the oil into your skin, chant:
Divine dream oil empower me with blessed dreams.
While drifting to sleep, repeat to yourself:
Sweet dreams, blessed be!
When you awaken, write down everything you recall from your dreams in your journal.
The Cauldron of Kerridwen Potion
Containing the magickal potion of inspiration, the Cauldron of Kerridwen was kept at either Caer Sidhe or the Corona Borealis. Three drop of this magick potion would confer wisdom on any who had the courage to drink it. In mythology, nine maidens guarded the brew, making it a task worthy of Hercules or Zena to procure the potion. Thankfully, you don’t have to go to that extreme because you can make your own using the following instructions.
For this spell, you will need a clear quartz crystal and a chalice filled with spring water.
Begin by clearing and programming your clear quartz crystal. Place the crystal in your power hand, while at the same time placing the middle finger and thumb of your other hand on the bottom and top of the crystal. In your mind’s eye imagine a clear mountain stream running through the crystal, washing it clean of all energy. Use the Vogel Pulsed-Breath technique to charge the crystal, only this time imprint the image of the clear mountain stream instead of the moon into the stone. Pulse your breath into the crystal filling the stone with the image in in your mind. Repeat the process three times for best results.
Repeat the process, only this time imagine all the creative things you want to put into the crystal. Bring them all together into one image and then use your breath to pulse the image into the crystal. Do this three times to make sure the crystal is thoroughly programmed.
Place the crystal in the cup of spring water, and leave it there overnight. In the morning, place the potion in an enclosed jar, and use sparingly, three drops at a time, for filling yourself and everyone around you with creative energy.