They say that praying is talking to God and meditating is listening to God. I say that gratitude is co-creating with God.
According to the Law of Attraction, our dominant thoughts attract like thoughts and like things into our lives. So if we think, “I just can’t catch a break,” and focus on what is negative, we are in essence, demanding that the Universe give us more of that same stuff. That’s what’s prevalent in our minds, and that’s what God hears: a lot of thought clutter.
I promise that if you turn that sentence around, and think “I CAN catch a break! and then figure out how whatever you were about to blame as bad luck was actually good luck, that’s what God is going to hear.
Instead of “It’s raining today, and I can’t go to the ball game. I swear, I just can’t catch a break,” perhaps you can think, “It’s raining today. I did want to go to that ball game, but I’ve really been meaning to read the latest Rob Brezny book. What luck! I have a chance to read it.”
Gratitude is a muscle. We get caught in negative thinking habits and feeling sorry for ourselves. And then we ATTRACT more negativity into our lives. We have to practice gratitude every day to build our gratitude muscle tone. Start small. I don’t want you to overdo it. Think of three things you are grateful for today… It can be anything, even something really small. Today, I’m grateful for orange juice.
As your gratitude muscles develop, you will notice that your life is shifting towards happiness, maybe imperceptibly at first, but over time, as you recognize all the things you might feel grateful for, and attract more of those things, your attitude will change and life will seem lighter.
This year Hands of Change has chosen the phoenix rising from the ashes as our theme. Last year we were searching for our own special light and slowly turning up the volume on it, till at Yule we celebrated the Festival of Light, pagan-style, and illuminated the Grove with light and love.
The light within us is now shining into the world and that fire is what the Phoenix rises from. This year we examine our personal transformation and what that means in our lives. What has burned away and what is still to come?
Our first public ritual in February gives us the opportunity to commune with the new-born Phoenix. The phoenix is the persevering soul who refuses to be defeated and redeems themselves through their tribulations. This is the symbol of resurrection and rebirth, of alchemically transmuting and reinventing ourselves.
In Egyptian the bird is known as Bennu, while in Turkish it is Kerkes and in Persia, Simurgh. In Greece, the phoenix was known to be gentle and to weep tears of incense. The phoenix, called Feng-huang or fire-bird, was the symbol of the Empress in China. To the Japanese, the phoenix was the Ho-Ho, and heralded a new era.
As we are the microcosm, our own transformation is the molecule of change in our world. It is our mission this year to discover the transformation that we have already attained and to radiate it into our greater community and world.
Class 1: Magickal Theory and Practice
Thursday, January 14th at 7:00PM in Old Bridge
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There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.
There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that mine.
O traveler, if you are in search of That
Don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek That.
I’d like to propose a new tradition for Yule – a two-week advent calendar of kindness. Each day between now and Yule pick one good deed to do for someone you like, love, or can’t stand and do it.
For example, one of my work colleagues wanted my cornbread recipe when I mentioned making cornbread stuffing for Thanksgiving. I sent her the recipe and then decided to make it for myself again. When I was finished making it, I was inspired to put some in a container to share with her. She was surprised and delighted.
What really is this time of year about than the spirit of giving. Bring some joy into your life for the season through random acts of kindness throughout December!
by Clove Petal
I awaken to a marvelous Morning Melody – Bird Song.
A reminder that I shall not lament the New Day.
EMBRACE the dawn with Joyful Heart,
Singing Spirit, and Dancing Mind.
joyfully and Let the Sun Shine IN.