Until my next phase of education begins in June, I have extra free time, which I’ve been using to the fullest. My painting and writing are flourishing and I have added self-hypnosis to my meditation time, which has been wonderful.
The beauty of time well-spent is that, in addition to getting a lot of things done, you get a sense of clarity. I have had time to think about a lot of things, one of which is my spiritual path.
Being a witch means different things to different people. To some people it will always be some caricature of an old lady on a broom, or something scary and evil. So, I can only talk about what it means to me.
For me, being a witch means that I reject the static and inflexible notions of deity found in mainstream religion. I embrace the beauty and mystery of the natural world and believe that it has lessons to teach us. I reject old-school patriarchy and all of its dysfunction. Rather, I believe that Male and Female are the essential building blocks of Creation and that these two energies are essential counterparts to one another.
I believe that Energy is the creative force behind all visible forms and that this Energy can be manipulated by trained human minds. I believe that true morality can only be self-imposed and must serve both common sense and the common good.
I believe that there is unbelievable power in collective unity, but that each individual is a complete manifestation of Deity.
While I believe that there are many expressions of Deity, there is really only one Intelligent Force that governs the evolution of the universe. The practice of paganism is a humble recognition of both the One Force and its many manifestations. It is a grateful acknowledgment that we already have everything that we need to establish heaven on earth. To look outside one’s self to a fantasy super-hero god to “save” and “fix” things is both lazy and irresponsible.
So, for better or for worse, this is what I believe. But I’m still learning and growing, trialing and erroring. I’m proud of where I am right now and look forward to my own continued evolution. The most important part of any spiritual practice, though, is the practice part, so this is how I try to live my life: “An it harm none, do what ye will.”
As far as my artistic life goes, I am still working on my belated Beltane painting. This is what I have so far. I hope to finish it this week.
Until next time, peace and blessings on the path towards your most authentic self.
Love and Light,