‘THINK on THESE THINGS’
By Joyce Sequichie Hifler
We want much. It seems sometimes that wanting is all we ever get done. And yet if it were not for the desires of our hearts, there would be little incentive to work and plan and expect.
Some would have us believe it is wrong to desire any more than absolute necessities. But good desires channeled in the right direction can do nothing but better the one who seeks.
Sometimes getting is only a substitute for the true desire. Humans have a way of looking outside themselves for things to satisfy their spiritual hunger. It may be prestige. Or it may be anything that will inflate their egos and give them feelings of security.
Emerson wrote, “The implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.” We have the ability to rise far above what we think we can. We have within us the answers if we but have the wisdom to seek those answers.
And perhaps we should consider, even before we begin to seek, the wisest of all instructions, “With all your getting get understanding.”
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day
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Elder’s Meditation of the Day May 16
“It’s time. If you are to walk the path of heart, then it is time…”
If not now, when? If not me, who? To walk the path of the heart is a great honor. Every human has the choice to walk this path, but very few will decide to make it. Why? Well, because you can’t act and behave like everyone else behaves. You must be the person who will learn to look within. You must be the person who will be fully accountable for yourself. You must be the person who prays and meditates. You must be the person who will sacrifice. You must decide to be a Peaceful Warrior. What will you decide today?
Oh, Great Mystery, lead me on the path of the heart.
May 16 – Daily Feast
There is a chance that a decision we make will lead us into battle, an inward and an outward battle against our own will and against the negative flow of the world in general. A cherished goal challenges us that we cannot do it – we can’t possibly do what smarter people have tried and failed to do. But chances are we have a source of wisdom that others may not have had, though everything points to their advantages over ours. Maybe we have a source that is more reliable, that no weapon formed against us can prosper. Chief John Ross taught the Cherokees to be persistent. Not a moment could be wasted in apathy, but we had to be there with muscles and mind toned and ready. The tribe’s willingness to follow through with honor and integrity helped us to survive.
~ Our cause is with God and good men, and there we are willing to leave it. ~
‘A Cherokee Feast of Days’, by Joyce Sequichie Hifler
Now is beautiful
It is now, and you are here. Instead of wishing in vain that you were somewhere else, give positive and loving energy to where you are.
It is fantastic to have a desirable and ambitious destination. To reach that destination, you must start by fully accepting and appreciating where you now are.
Decide that now is beautiful and that this place is filled with opportunity. Decide, and it is so.
No amount of regret or resentment can change the past. Choose instead to simply be thankful that you are here now, able to move positively forward.
Stop the fighting against what is, and start working on the good and valuable things that can be. Gratefully accept and make use of the profound power that is yours here and now.
This moment has great value that is yours when you choose to live it. You are here, and it is now, so embrace that value and give it your own unique meaning.
— Ralph Marston
The Daily Motivator
Bounded by Wellness
Send Healing to Yourself
by Madisyn Taylor
So often we are busy sending love and healing to others that we forget to send healing to ourselves.
Most people, when given an opportunity to aid someone in need, are eager to do whatever they can to be of service. Those of us who have chosen to make healing the world a vocation are grateful for any occasion to send light and love to people in our immediate spheres of influence and beyond. As we apply our passion and our principles to this altruistic endeavor, we often forget to send ourselves the same bountiful gifts of wellness, though we ourselves may be in dire need of it. We overlook ourselves, not because we forget, but because we fear that focusing on the self is an indicator of selfishness. It is moreover much more difficult to heal oneself than to heal others because the seeds of uncertainty are more easily banished when we act on another’s behalf. When we send healing light to ourselves, it is important that our intentions and our self-trust be stronger than ever to counteract doubt.
As we bless ourselves in this way, we serve as both an active channel and a passive destination. This should not change the way we interact with the valuable energy we wish to receive, however. Though we may be tempted to consciously direct or influence the manner in which light impacts our lives because we know ourselves most intimately, we should not try to control its path. When we draw the white light of protection and purity to our bodies, taking it into ourselves with each inhalation, our belief in the fact that it will naturally move toward areas of dysfunction will ensure that it flows through every muscle and organ. And when we fill our spaces with this light, our environments are cleared of all the negative energy that can sap our strength and our spirit. Surrounded inside and out with healing light, we feel safe and protected, healthy, relaxed, and content just as those who regularly receive such loving gifts from us do.
If you sincerely believe that there is a part of yourself that exists independently of upset and illness, the love and light you send yourself will help you connect with it. You will see the affirmative impact of this connection almost immediately when you include yourself in the recipients of your healing gifts, as life’s frustrations become more tolerable and your bliss becomes ever more palpable.
The Daily OM
Room Candle Cleansing Spell
Item You Will need:
White candle and holder
Place the candle in the middle of the room. Sprinkle the salt in a circle deosil around the candle. Light and say:
Creature of wax Creature of fire
Listen to me Hear my desire
Cleanse this room By the power of three
And blast away all negativity
With harm to none So shall it be
Leave to burn for at least 1 hour.
SPELL FOR BANISHING AND CLEANSING RITUAL
Point your Athame at the sky, and then at the earth. Then pointing Athame horizontally either spin 360 or walk around the perimeter with the Athame held out in a threatening manner.
Spirits of evil, Unfriendly beings
Unwanted guests, Be gone!
Leave us leave this place, leave this Circle,
that the Goddess and the God may enter.
Go, or be cast into the outer darkness!
Go, or be drowned in the watery abyss!
Go, or be burned in the flames!
Go, of be torn by the whirlwind!
By the power of the Mother and the Horned One
We banish you! We banish you! We banish you!
Sprinkle the perimeter with salt and water.
HOME CLEANSING SPELL
This is a great spell used to clean your home of negative energy.
Spell performed preferably during a waning moon but can be cast at any needed time for cleansing during any moon phase. Any evening after sunset, Light the end of a sagebrush stick. Have a glass of water and a bowl Containing a shallow pool of water nearby. Blow out the flame and blow on the embers Of the stick to increase the smoke.
In each room of your house, Blow smoke in each of the four directions. Blow gently upon the burning stick As you face each wall of the room. Say aloud:
I clear this space of all negativity
And of the energy of people or things
That have no purpose in this household.
I ask that this clearing be gentle
And that all of this energy be returned to its source.
When you are done with your whole house, Return to the room you started in. Take the stick and dip it into the shallow Bowl of water to douse the embers. Take a sip of water from your glass. Say aloud:
This home is a gentle and supportive environment.
I offer gratitude to the universe that this is done.
So it be And so it is.
SPELL TO CLEANSE A HOME FROM NEGATIVE ENERGY
These are especially good measures to take when moving into a new place, beginning ritual activities in a new space, or to release bad feelings when an inhabitant has been sick or has died.
To cleanse a single room – on top of a newspaper, set a blue candle. Surround with a circle of salt.
Burn a little sage in the room. Light the candle, making sure it won’t tip over. Close the door and let the candle burn down. When finished, take newspaper, salt, and candle leaving and bury far from your home.
To cleanse a house – select four corners. set four candles: north – black, east – white, south –
purple or dark red, west – blue.
Sprinkle a little salt at each doorway and window. Burn sage in each room, paying special attention to windows and doors. Strew fragrant herbs (rosemary, basil, lavender, others you like or consult a reference) and sweep them up with the salt.
Cast the swept herbs out your front door. You may want to sweep them off your porch so they aren’t on your property anymore.
SPELL TO RID A ROOM OF EVIL
Light a cinnamon incense stick in the center of the room and walk to the north east corner or wall. Say:
“Earth and air, purify to good, blow away evil.”
Draw a pentagram of smoke and use the incense stick to stab through the center. Walk to the Southeast corner of the room and say:
“Air and fire, blow away evil, burn away pain.
Repeat the pentagram and stab the center, then walk to the Southwest part of the room. Say:
“Fire and water, burn away pain, wash away fear.”
Repeat pentagram and stab. Walk to the Northwest part of the room and say:
“Water and earth, wash away fear,
bury all negativity, purify to good.”
Repeat pentagram and stab. Walk to the center of the room. Point incense stick to the sky and say:
Now drop an ash from the incense and say:
A CLEANSING RITUAL
Items You Will Need:
1 tablespoon bicarbonate soda
5 drops essential oil juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon good oil, such as sweet almond
½ cup sea salt
Stir the soda, essential oil, lemon juice and oil together and then blend in the salt. Dissolve in the bath water. Light 4 candles (colors of your choice) and place at the 4 corners of the tub. Step slowly into the bath water, feeling it envelope around you. Close your eyes.
Be Comforted, All is well Now you are blessed.
Visualize yourself laying on the surface of the ocean. There is nothing around you, you are alone and at peace. Feel the warmth of the sun beating down on you. Say either out loud or quietly to yourself:
You have life to nurture and nurture you.
Be calm. Be easy. Be Comforted. You are blessed.
HOME PURIFICATION SPELL
To make these incense you will need:
1 tablespoon pine needles
1 tablespoon juniper
1 tablespoon cedar
Make sure all ingredients are completely dry. Grind ingredients together and burn on charcoal. While the incense are burning chant the following:
Spirits of the corners,
Winds of the quarters,
You who stand watching,
And you who hear my voice,
Guard well my home tonight
HERBAL WITCHES CLEANSING BOTTLE SPELL
To make an herbal cleansing bottle, pour a layer of sand in a large clear bottle. Add layers of dried herbs, one at a time: first rosemary; then lemon peel, sage, cedar, black peppercorns, lavender, dill, bay leaf, and rowan.
When the bottle is full, focus cleansing protective energy into the herbs and sand, and see a golden light radiating from the bottle. Visualize the herbs driving away negative influences. Cork and seal the bottle with white wax.
Using a permanent marker, draw the Algiz rune on one side of the bottle, and on the other side draw a pentagram. Set the bottle near your front or back door, and every six months, uncap, Pour herbs out into the woods or your compost heap, and thoroughly wash and dry the bottle before filling it with a new round of herbs.
SPELL FOR BLESSING A NEW HOME, HOME CLEANSING
Home-cleansing methods are of great importance in Hoodoo folk-magic.
Here is a simple procedure for blessing a new home and ridding a house of any unwanted spiritual influences. Wash down the wood work and floors with Chinese Wash (or Van Van Oil in water) from back to front and out the front door and throw the remaining wash water out the front door or in the front yard. If there is no front yard, carry some of the wash water to the nearest street intersection or crossroads and throw it to the East.
Then use a brand new broom to sweep the house from back to front and out the front door. Some folks also like to sprinkle Van Van Powder at the front threshold and sweep that away from the house. After cleaning as above, put down pinches of salt in the corners of each room or, if you are in a hurry, four pinches of salt at the four outside corners of the house.