Abundance And Prosperity – Fundamental Truths

 
Abundance and Prosperity – who would not want more of that? But as a seeker of abundance, many questions arise, and the answers can be as elusive as the reaching of the goal prosperity.

1. Defining Abundance and Prosperity Is Fluid. 
There are no absolute definitions on what abundance and prosperity means. Defining it, being clear about what you mean when you address the issue and finding the emotional connection to these definitions is the first step in reaching for it.

2. Dismissing Other People’s Abundance and Prosperity Is Detrimental To Your Ability To Reaching It. 
The more you dismiss, criticize or devalue someone else’s achievements, the less likely are you allowing yourself to reach your own personal stage of success. Spend your most valuable possession – time – wisely by learning from people’s success, rather then demonizing it. There are lessons hidden in their success, even if it is only what not to do.

3. Measuring Your Success Based On Someone Else’s Definition Is An Empty Vehicle for Abundance. 
One can be monetary abundant but emotionally empty. The fastest way to reach that negative state is to measure your definition of abundance upon the beliefs of others – may it be your peer group, your faith group, your family, or your friends. Stop that immediately and live your own definition.

4. Radiating Prosperity Brings More Prosperity 
It does not matter if your current reality is not the ideal, to make a change. Abundance and Prosperity starts with a mindset change. Becoming aware of both the already existing abundance in your life (even if those are not measured in your bank account), and by knowing that others thrive no matter what situation they started from, requires some mental discipline and re-focusing. The effort is worth it, to make a lasting change in your life.

Worry Dolls – Uses

As I begin my journey creating Worry Dolls and Spirit Dolls, I want to take some time to dive deeper into this subject through this blog.

Today, we will be talking about uses for Worry Dolls.

1. Release of nightmare – While nightmares have it’s place in shadow work and overcoming issues and fears, there is a time to release them. Worry dolls can be a tool to do so. Specifically designed worry dolls (based to Guatemalan Tradition) are placed under the pillow. One doll per day, continuing for six consecutive days, the dolls slowly release the hold of the nightmare upon you. After those six days you can either bury them off property, or cleanse them thoroughly to be used another time. Do not reuse those dolls without cleansing them first!

2. Release of Fears – Whispering your fears and worries of the day onto your Doll, allows it to hold them for you, giving you a chance to get your deserved rest. For this, make sure you have a special place close to your bed, dedicated to her, keeping her free from dust. This preludes the need for Nightmare Release Worry Dolls.

3. As a Home Guardian – Worry Dolls can also be used to absorb the worries and fears of anyone entering the home. Placed at the entrance, above it, similar to the tradition of hanging a broom, but less space needed, the doll can take upon herself the worries and fears, as your visitors, family members or yourself enters the room, which might have attached themselves during the course of a day. Again, keep her clean and free of cobwebs and dust.

4. As a Healer – stress, usually caused by tension, worries and fears that are unresolved can cause health issues. A cloth type Worry doll (specifically if this type of doll contains sacred herbs within her belly), can be gentle massaged within your hands, allowing the release and exchange of energy – the person in stress releasing the anxiety, while the doll takes on whatever the cause of stress is. This type of worry doll needs to be spiritually cleansed on a regular basis, and should sit on a space surrounded by crystals and herbs that release negativity. Some healer dolls have long strands of ribbon, wool or fabric instead of a cloth body, allowing you to braid them as you connect with the dolls healing aspects. Release the braids after each healing session, and cleanse the doll.

Shrine of Hecate Worry and Spirit Dolls are currently being created. I will post pictures as soon as some are ready for purchase.

Book Review: Tea A Recipe and Guidebook Quick and Easy to Make Tea Recipes

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Tea A Recipe and Guidebook Quick and Easy to Make Tea Recipes That Are Nutritious, Relaxing, and Energizing: Includes Recipes for: Black, Green, White, Oolong and Herbal Teas
Author: Jenna Mars
Genre: Non-fiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Release Date: February 2nd 2014

What I love about this little book is that the Author took her time to introduce the individual ingredients in each recipe with care and detail, allowing readers to know how the ingredients can benefit them. Also very lovely is the nutritional information that is added to each recipe.
More then just the plain art of tea making, this book includes a section on history of the individual tea categories. While this is not a book for tea historians, it is an charming introduction to the origins of what we drink on a regular basis without much thought. Inviting us to look closer at one of the worlds favorite beverages, the Author manages to awaken the appetite for more, and a deeper research into the wonderful world of tea making.
This is not a book for the expert, but a wonderful addition to any home who is looking for a more in-depth personal connection with their tea.

Abundance And Expectation

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What you expect is usually what you get. Have you examined what your expectations about life are? If you have not, I dare you to explore that with a closer detail then you have ever had before, because of those truths that you hold as your core believes, you might be holding yourself back from experiencing the life you are wishing to.

Here are 10 of my core expectations:

1. I expect to receive the best. That includes not just the material things, but from people I care about deeply, people I meet, and just about everyone. People have so much potential, and I tend to look for that. Once identified, that is what I expect.

2. I expect the best from myself. The best is fluid, there are days where my best is overcoming a headache naturally, by taking some time to rest, and on a day I feel really good, I will bring it, whatever task or deadline is at hand.

3. I expect to achive my dreams and goals. No exeptions.

4. I enjoy life. There is always something to enjoy, may it be as seemingly insignificant as a cup of coffee, or something larger, like accomplishing a milestone.

5. I am worth it. I know my worth. While that is not an indication that I am more worth then others, I think everyone has a lot of worth. Difference is, I declare it. You can too, and should.

6. I am loved and cared for. People love in different ways, some have a limited way of showing so, mostly due to their own insecurities. That does not mean their love is less.

7. I am respected. I give respect to those who deserve it. I work by being respectful to earn others respect. I receive respect. I acknoledge that respect, by honoring them and the trust given.

8. I admire success. Sucess of any kind is admirable. The way some people got success is not necessarily admirable. You do not have to honor the process, but you can acknoledge the result, and learn from it.

9. I am successful. If I decide to put all of my energy into a subject, I know that I can achieve it, and will be successful in it. Success is less talent then dedication. Dedication does not necessarily mean hard work – it means action, but doing something you love is not hard, therefore it is not hard work to be successful, but it does take dedication to succeed.

10. I speak my truth. My truth and your truth can co-exist and do not need to cancel each other out, even if they are not the same. If we both follow this rule, we can co-exist peacefully and lovingly. My truth is not less valid if it does not convince you, neither is your truth less valid, it is just different.

Do you have a list of core expectations? Why not share a few in the comment section!

Hail Hecate!

Asking Questions

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Asking questions is a good thing. Every teacher and leader, clergy and priestess should encourage questions.

But why are we asking questions? Are we asking them for pure collection of information – which is the commendable reason for asking – or are we asking because we want validation?

As a person in the position of teaching and leading, in whichever form that is, it is important to realize that some people only ask to receive validation of what they already believe. Those people tend to show the following behavior:

1. Interruption – frequent interruption of the flow of an answer usual means that there is no willingness to actually hear the answer given. This is a good time to bring the behavior to the attention of the questioner, and then re-give the opportunity for her/him to re-state the question. If that direction does not stop the behavior, end the conversation.

2. Negative reaction, such as anger, or raising of their voice – many people react negatively when their long set believe system is questioned. It is best to leave those people with a short set of information and then disengage, to give them time to allow a percolation of the given information, at which time they should be able to come back for an additional conversation on the subject. This process might take time, but it allows for a more meaningful growth.

As spiritual leaders we also need to keep in mind that a question asked by a student or peer might hold a lesson within for ourselves, that challenges our own view point. It is important to acknowledge that, and change the direction of our answers and teachings if that does occur.

In a spiritual journey that is not based on a single text, such as it is for many, if not most Pagan paths, change in ones viewpoint is inevitable, to at least some extend. Teaching this open mindedness to our students is essential from the beginning.

Hail Hecate!

Spotlight Interview – Lady Stephanie

Welcome back to the Spotlight Interviews!

This time I have had the pleasure to interview Lady Stephanie, the First Elder of the Correllian Tradition, and a Correllian Archpriestess. She is also the sole Head of the Order of World Walkers and the Order of Shamans.

“Thank you for participating in the Spotlight Interview series, Lady Stephanie. It is an honor and pleasure to be able to ask you a few questions.

How did you become a Pagan? 

The short version is the day I turned twelve, I met two women in an outside bar within the International Market Place in Waikiki, Oahu.  They told me they were Root Women and that they were going to teach me how to walk with Spirits.  So for the next seven-eight years many hands on lessons regarding meditations, divination and Reiki were explored.  Later I was invited to be Initiated as a Sea Priestess~.  My directive after Initiation was to teach others about Spirit.  As I moved through my life, I taught and continued to learn many beautiful Pagan precepts as I traveled this amazing world.

One day a friend suggested that I might enjoy an internet site called Witch School in 2003 and then from there, was introduced to the Correllian Tradition through their Correllian Degree program.  In 2004 I earned my First Degree Clergy while starting a Personal Shrine at the same time.  It has been remarkable studying and working with M. Rev. Krystel Neuman High Correll within the World Walkers’ Order and M. Rev. Donald Lewis Highcorrell.  Like many have said when they join this Tradition, “the Correllian Tradition is my home” and work for this life time.  I have found the leadership and general membership to be warm loving individuals, supportive in every way.  I am blessed to work for the Tradition on a full time basis and be part of the Correllian family, as we all are.

There are many pagans whom are drawn to the path due to popular fiction, may it be movies, books or television. What would you like them to know about the path that may take them from being curious to considering it a serious path of study?

To be Pagan is to understand that we honor life in all forms.  It is an exciting journey, a full throttle exploration while learning how to respect and live with everyone and everything.  We respect every race, every person, every animal, plant and stone, every place, every time, knowing all possess a living consciousness and spiritual sacred purpose.  To be Pagan is to live in a judgment free zone.  To be Pagan, is giving yourself permission to find and express your voice, in Divine creativity.

In the Correllian Tradition honoring Ancestors is a large part of our practice. What does that aspect of our tradition mean to you personally?

As head of the World Walkers, founded by M. Rev. Krystel High Correll, I work daily with the Beloved Correllian Ancestors on a personal basis, through journeying, remote viewing, lucid dreaming and channeling.  It is crucial we remain in contact with the Correllian Ancestors so that we may be supported by their guidance and encouragement.  Though there are many reasons why we work so closely with the Ancestors, one reason is to teach Correllians and individuals outside the Tradition, to remember how to live as a fully aware conscious incarnate.

Working with the Ancestors is communicating with the other half of the circle, the other half of the wheel.  As they are no less alive and no less productive than we are.  The Beloved Ancestors help keep us focused on the Tradition’s vision through the First Priesthood and the family.  I never feel more alive than when working with the Correllian Ancestors.

What qualities should a person wanting to become a clergy within our tradition bring to the table?

 To preface my statement, a novice Clergy should be given time and understanding as they grow and fully become integrated into the sacred energies of the First Degree.  Also it should be kept in mind, that there are many types of Clergy as it should be.  Some Clergy work with individuals, in-person, others work with members virtually.  While other Clergy may work alone writing a blog or taking care of animals or they may work with the land.

Personally I would hope to see in Clergy the following:

– Spirituality

– An exhorter, focusing on individuals’ positive aspects

– Compassionate

– Trusting yourself

– Works well with others

– Know that you do not know everything and you only have one perspective like everyone else, yet have the ability to see multiple perspectives.  Respect everyone’s knowledge and life experiences, giving everyone opportunities to shine.

– Curiosity for life and learning

– Encourage unity for the Pagan community.

– Some form of outreach to the larger community.

– Loyalty to the Tradition, and the Chancellor’s vision.

– Learn what the Tradition offers to its members, i.e. trainings, social media venues, as well as its deep culture to name just a few possibilities.

– Communicate with other clergy and Correllians.

– Kindness

– Peaceful

– Selflessness

– Patient

– Willing to be mutable

What makes a good Pagan clergy in your opinion?  

– One that uplifts others first.

– To have a positive outlook on life.

– Respect peoples’ boundaries.

– Serves the community, not self-serving.

– Have a full understanding regarding the Tradition they serve.

– A good Pagan Clergy facilitates spiritual growth, while reflecting Deity through first their actions then their voice.

– Knowing when to speak and when to be silent.

– A good Pagan Clergy helps humans remember they are already one with Deity; and now that they have this awareness, posing the question, “how will you live reflecting this cosmic truth?

Wicca and Witchcraft are paths that honor the female aspect of deity more than many other religions.  As women of this tradition, how can we empower the men within our community and make them feel more welcome?      

As Correllians we are fortunate to say we do whole heartedly welcome males while giving an array of opportunities to work and grow within the Tradition in many valuable ways.  If anyone is willing to roll up their sleeves and work for the Tradition on a regular basis or semi-regular basis within our thirteen branch infrastructure and administration guidelines, the Tradition is more than pleased to make a place for such individuals.  If anyone desires to go through the Shrine/Temple process, once approved, you have many opportunities to either work virtually or in-person with your group.  If a male desires to work in the Tradition a good place to start is going to the Help Desk as well as the main Correllian site and secure information about the Tradition, or visit our Chancellor every Monday night in the chat room, or talk to any of the Department Heads or get involved in a Group, Shrine or Temple.  Then decide how you desire to deliver your gifts to your local community, or the Tradition.

As for celebrating the path in a personal way, males are welcome to acquire any Clergy degree if they chose, start a group (with the Chancellor’s approval,) enter the World Walkers training, enter the Correll Shaman training, anything that is offered to females are also offered to males.  Currently the Tradition is working with some remarkable men and hope more are willing to take part in the work.  My personal philosophy on men, as a whole, is that they possess equal intellect, social skills, morals, work ethic and spiritual capacity as women.  The Tradition welcomes all positive men.  We celebrate both female and male Deities.  It is up to each individual if they choose to honor just female Gods or just male Gods or both.

Best advice I would give is get involved, keep trying until you find something you enjoy.  If you like to write, then write, if you like to sing then sing, if you like to chat then join one of our many social groups, if you like to lead then cultivate a group.

Thank you very much, Lady Stephanie for this interview.

For more information on the Correllian Tradition and its many groups, Temples, Orders and other activities, please visit the Correllian Tradition website. 

Book Review “Everyone Prays”

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“Everyone Prays – Celebrating Faith Around The World by Alexis York Lumbard, Illustrated by Alireza Sadeghian
Release Date: March 31 2014
Rating: 4/5 Stars

As a Pagan and a Homeschooling Parent, I am always looking for inclusive children’s books, and Alexis Lumbard’s title invited me to take a closer look.
A short, beautifully illustrated book to read to the youngest among us, this book shares a lesson on a common thread – prayer – that goes beyond the usual constraints of Book Religions. While it’s title could use some improvement, because surely not everyone prays, and it implies that everyone believes in a higher power, which is also not true, the book’s intent is appreciated. The diversity shared allows the child to see that there are many ways to connect to one’s spiritual journey, and that fact alone makes the book commendable. While detailed in its illustrations, the artist Alireza Sadeqhian complimented the simple words with warmth.

Overall I recommend this book as a spring board to discuss the diversity of religion and their practices, in an age appropriate manner, for example in a Sunday School setting.