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The Silver Chalice E-Zine, Issue #17, Apr 2010 * Invoking Divine Qualities and Shadow of the Shaman
April 01, 2010
Invoking Divine Qualities
This issue has a very special ingredient... one of the most transformative practices I know.
I wasn't sure it should come out in the 'zine. I'd been saving it for the Magick book's publication. When something is free, and especially online, it's so easy to overlook its value.
I didn't want this to be dismissed easily because it was given freely. It's far too potent for that, and I would be doing you a disservice to make it seem less.
In the end, though, I decided that the purpose of this 'zine is to provide you with some of the best information I can. What you think of it or do with it is, of course, up to you. I realised I must trust that those who are ready for this practice will recognise its potential, and those who aren't -- well, it probably wouldn't matter what format it came in.
Besides, it seemed like it was time to have a practical exercise from the Magick book for a change of pace.
I do hope you use it. I can't begin to describe how much impact it can have on your quality of life.
It turns out, anyway, that the entire process is too long to be published in an online 'zine, so there's a second chance for it when the book comes out, too.
Also in this issue, we peak inside the book, In the Shadow of the Shaman: Connecting with Self, Nature, & Spirit, by Amber Wolfe -- one of the most useful reference books I've found.
And we explore the idea of meditation as a necessary practice for Wiccans.
May you have a fantastic Spring!
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So far there are 4 articles:
A Better Work-Life Balance Sounds Good, But What Does it Really Feel Like?
How many times have you felt that you want more balance in your life? Everyone talks about work-life balance these days. But why is it all up in the head? Balance may begin in the body.
Highly Sensitive People - Do You "Freeze" Instead of Fight Or Flee?
Are you one of the highly sensitive people? Do you notice that instead of having a "fight-or-flight" response, you "freeze"? This is the third natural response to danger, one that highly sensitive people tend to have, and a vital survival skill for our species....
Drawing Mandalas - Snapshots of Your Soul
When drawing mandalas, you create snapshots of where you are in the moment: mirrors of your soul state. That's why they're perfect tools to liberate your hidden truths, heal issues, and evolve. Interpreting or "reading" your mandalas gives you precious insights into yourself. And more than that, it can help you find the beauty in each phase of your life, even the challenging ones.
Get Into the Flow of Abundance and Success
If you're like most people, you want to increase your abundance, prosperity, and success... yet you spend much of your life struggling and striving. It feels like you never really catch up, let alone get ahead. That's because you're going in the wrong direction. You've fallen out of the FLOW.
In the Shadow of the Shaman by Amber Wolfe doesn't sound like a Wiccan book. In fact, it sounds suspiciously like yet another White Woman's exploitation of Native American spirituality.
But if for no other reason than it's amazing collection of charts, it's one of my most used Wiccan resource books...
. . . Read the Article
Magick is obviously a very large category, encompassing everything from herb and candle spells to emotions and thoughts.
Here's another way to work magick in yourself and your life.
You can call to yourself any attribute you desires: love, abundance, health, or anything else.
We will look at why this works later. For now, try it out and experience it for yourself.
This is a basic yet incredibly powerful magickal manifestation. Read it all the way through, then try it... as much as possible without reading this.
You may notice this is much like the Buddhist Metta meditation. In fact, that's how I discovered this practice. In Metta, you meditate on sending these qualities out into the world: "May all beings be happy," etc.
I was doing this as part of my daily practice, but some days I couldn't feel any of the qualities I wished to share.
There was no feeling of peace or happiness within me.
And I knew that whatever energy I felt, that's the vibration I was sending out into the world.
How could it be otherwise? Our emotional vibration radiates out from us just a waves ripple in a pond.
So I realised that I needed to first evoke these qualities in myself, before I could share them with others. Out of that need, and much experience with this work, grew this practice.
I began to notice after a week or so that the whole energy of my life was uplifted!
After a month or two of this, I was amazed at the difference in my life, and in me...
It was so effective, in fact, that I began adding more and more qualities, until I was doing an hour or more a day. (See Appendix for a list of qualities you can work with.)
The ability to generate these qualities in you and your life is the greatest gift I can imagine giving anyone. I hope you try it and let this amazing tool bring joy into your life.
In addition to effortlessly improving the quality of your life, you will be radiating these Divine qualities out into the world. The entire Earth will benefit from your practice!
May you experience peace and joy and everything you desire!
And then may you invoke those qualities for others: "May all beings be happy...."
Find a quiet, peaceful place where you won't be disturbed, ideally somewhere you enjoy. Get into a comfortable position, sitting with correct posture. (You can lie down, if you don't drop off to sleep, but it's best on a firm surface, with no pillow.)
Put your hands palms-up on your lap, with your thumb and forefinger gently touching, on each hand. Or if you prefer you may cup your lower abdomen with your palms.
Let your eyes relax closed. Begin by calming the mind with a few deep breaths deep into your belly, letting your body release and relax more with every exhalation.
To find effortless deep breathing, focus on completely exhaling. Don't worry about inhaling -- when you exhale all the air from your lungs, your inhalation will be naturally relaxed yet deep.
Now breathe calmly and quietly in a natural rhythm -- from your belly if you can access that part of your breath easily. But most important is that it's a calm, slow, natural breath.
This entire exercise is most successful if you remain calm and peaceful: not striving to think or feel or want.
In a calm, slow voice, say to yourself (a whisper or silently speaking in your mind):
"May ... I ... be ... peaceful... Peaceful ... Peace-full..."
Use your breath:
Inhale.Breathe, and feel the energy of peace begin to arise in your body. Allow it to grow in you, to fill you up, to permeate your every cell. Let yourself fully enjoy the sensation.
Exhale: "May ... I ... be ..."
You may continue to repeat this phrase until you feel at least some peace inside you.
Once you have enjoyed the sensation in your body / mind, or when your concentration begins to wander, go on to the next invocation:
"May … I … be … in … faith. …. Faith, … faith…."
Again, allow the feeling of faith to pervade your entire being. Let your attention go to the physical sensations within you of being in faith. Thoroughly enjoy this sensation.
You may go on to do as many attributes as you like.
The ones I find particularly beneficial include:
You can do this with any quality you desire to increase in your life:
May I be...
You can change the words somewhat to allow more qualities:
May I feel...
There are several ways to increase the potency of this practice [see the book for more].
This is the beginner level of this exercise, and it is the prerequisite for the more advanced invocations. But don't misunderstand: this is one of the most potent and life-changing exercises you may ever do!
Start your day with these invocations of Divine Qualities. Do it every day for a week, and notice how much more strongly your body / mind responds.
Do it for a month, and observe how your life is changing at fundamental levels!
What Do You Think So Far?
I'd love to hear from you… Please write and let me know!
I recently started practicing Wicca and I have a question for you.
My mom says that before you can do anything at all you have to learn to meditate. But she isn't a Wicca.
I mean I understand that meditation is a important part but do I really have to be great at it before I do ANYTHING?
M in USA
That's an interesting question...
And if it's Wicca that calls to you, your heart won't be happy if you stay away from it all. You can't put off feeding your soul, right?
I don't even know that a Wiccan can not do Wiccan things.
Every time we revel in a sunset or bathe in the Moon's light, breathe in the scent of earth or send a wish or blessing out, we're being Wiccan. Every time we listen to the quiet Voice that guides us, we're being truly Wiccan.
So in that way, you are right.
It is true, though, that meditation will make your Wicca much more powerful, and even more fun. The more you meditate, the better. And the sooner you start, the sooner you will harness its great power!
So in that way, your mom is right.
Anyway, these are my opinions. If you're going to be Wiccan, you'll need to follow your own inner guidance. What does your heart tell you?
If you want to read more, here's an article on meditation in Wicca.
I wish you all the best on your journey!
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