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Samhain - Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine #53
October 01, 2016
Silver Chalice Wiccan 'Zine #53
Spiritual Development Issue:
Table of Contents 6 Events & Announcements 7 Wicca Students Speak Out 8 Boost Your Affirmation-Power10 Bonus Article 10 Book Review 10 What's New On The Site 11 Website Highlights 11 Sabbats & Esbats & Other Wiccan Rituals 12 This article is online: ezinearticles.com 16 Sexuality In Wicca 20 Unintended Magick 22 Wicca Magick -- Book In Progress 26 Best Resources 26 Ask The Priestess: 28 Fave Quotes 30 Word on the Street 30 Energy-Field Barometer 31
I'd like to take this opportunity to clarify something.A couple people have complained that the Silver Chalice has too much "advertising" in it. I can understand that — nobody enjoys ads. Even if they're brief and easily scrolled past. There are two reasons I put things like that in the 'Zine... I must confess, when I first came up with the idea for having a Wicca Spirituality School, "Wicca" was not the most important part of the equation. Don't get me wrong — I adore Wicca! I think it's the best thing to happen to this planet in millennia! But to me, always, the most important part is the "Spirit." I really wanted to be able to help people experience the Divine personally, in their own lives and in their own way. I live to increase humanity's spiritual connection with the Divine Within and Without. That's my passion. I was a little worried, though. After all, that's a tall order! Could I really achieve that? Could I really lay out the steps that allow others to have deep spiritual experiences through an online course? Now that it's been running for over a year and a half, I hear back from students all the time that it's really working. Some of the stories they tell me about their experiences through the course make my heart sing; some of them make me weep with joy and wonder and gratitude. When I hear that they're having all these literally AWE-some experiences, I feel so thrilled, I have to share it with someone... and who better than Silver Chalice fans? Also, I'm pretty sure that if you read this 'Zine, it's because you, too, are wishing for deeper connection with the Goddess and/or Gods. You're here for spiritual development, right? And I want to help you achieve that! That's the whole point! So I share the feedback from students — that way, you can know that it could do the same for you. See, I don't think of it as advertising. My goal isn't to talk you into something you don't want. I'm trying to help you find something that works, to give you what you want. That's the second reason. A living, loving, personal connection with the Divine is what I think everyone really wants. We may not realise it. We may bury that soul desire under substitutes like seeking money or beauty or fame or a lover or whatever.
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On ongoing issue these days, as mentioned in an earlier edition of the Silver Chalice, is a sense of flip-flopping between the Old Paradigm and the New Paradigm.One minute we're thinking and acting out of higher consciousness, responding with love and compassion and peace... and the next minute — without warning! — we're stuck back in ego-mode, reacting with anxiety and anger and despair (or whatever our typical ego-emotions tend to be). So the question arises... how do we reset ourselves to the New Paradigm when we find that we've backslid? We need to re-align with the Resonance. But it can be tricky to find, when the ego's in ascendance. So rather than just look at the Energy Fields going around, this month, I thought it'd be helpful to explain how to set our own sails to find the Energy Field we want!
When everything is inconstant flux, and life feels so different from what we've learnt to expect, it can be challenging to feel into the Resonance.I'm sure you know that feeling you tap into a level of knowing where...
Go within to your soul and nurture the tiny flame within, allow it to guide you, allow it to show you the way. Part of this huge shift in consciousness is also about stepping back and allowing life to live you instead of the other way around. Part of this shift is about opening your heart to the Universe and feeling the deeper connections that surround us all. Part of these shifts are really about YOU and aligning yourself on your highest path for your highest destiny. There is absolutely nothing to fear, there is absolutely nothing to worry about, in fact in order to embrace these new energies here are some suggestions: Open your heart This Eclipse is really about learning how to open your heart and to move into a place where you can be free to receive and give love. Opening your heart to this energy is also going to allow you to really receive the new vibrations, frequencies and downloads that are going to be on offer. All of us are going to come into more intuitive and psychic knowing about our lives as long as our heart is open and free. Protection With all the energy circling, it is now very important for us all to protect our mind and body from any fear based thoughts that surface. This includes adding to the fear about the events that are expected to happen. Be open minded and welcome in the changes while still protecting your own energy from the fears, chaos and attitudes of those around you. Recharge The energies in recent weeks have been heavy so definitely take the time to assess your situation and honour where you are at. If you are feeling stuck, good! That is exactly where you need to be, so embrace it and allow yourself to sit and gently ride the waves. Don’t force anything, for now is definitely the time to surrender. Heal If there is something that has been nagging at you, something that you have been feeling it is time to let go of, now is definitely the time to get real with yourself and be truthful about what you really want to carry with you into this new gateway. This is also a time for lightworkers, empaths and earth angels to step into their gifts. This final of four Blood Moons is really an amazing opportunity for everyone to start new. Now is really the time to shed the old in order for the new to be embraced. On this upcoming Eclipse the final shedding will occur and as the year draws to a close, you will be given more insights on how to proceed on your new chapter.
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This issue, I'll introduce you to something that's really simple yet surprisingly potent: The Unlimited Abundance programme, which is doing a lot more for me than the name might suggest! The article includes 5 Tips to help integrate this kind of change.
A friend called me a couple months ago and asked if I'd tried Christie Marie Sheldon's work. She was very excited about it and said she had done another of Sheldon's courses and loved it.
Since I've been looking for new methods to get at the subconscious blocks, beliefs, and traumas that are holding me back in life, I decided to try Christie's course, Unlimited Abundance.
They come in the form of audios, recorded during a webinar course Christie held. Plus a mini lesson book and workbook. As a bonus, there are 8 background soundtracks that come with the course: ocean waves, forest birds, crackling fire, Tibetan bowl, etc.
My spouse and I have been doing one lesson a day (almost every day). The lessons were originally designed to be one per week, but I want to get the whole process in action quickly... and we'll go through it again after, at the recommended pace, so we can take it even deeper.
Some of the stuff doesn’t apply to us a lot of mention of credit card debt, for instance but we're creative with it and can always find ways to apply it to our situation.
And it's clear Christie really knows what she's doing. I've been impressed with her ability to find sneaky little subconscious traps (that I'd overlooked).
Watching the changes in us and in our lives has been really exciting! Things that were stuck and holding on for a lifetime are finally letting go. And we're finding income sources and opportunities popping up more.
So I can say that this is really working, and a side benefit is that we seem to be lightening up in general... being more light-hearted and happy, taking things less personally, willing to laugh at ourselves more. (What a gift that is, I tell you! Especially with this Mars in Retrograde! )
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These work for any kind of healing or energy clearing that you do.
I recommend doing EFT Tapping the whole time you're listening (here's info on how to get started and how EFT works and all) to bypass any resistance that might pop up.
As Christie leads you through the clearings, repeat the clearing phrases to yourself, telling yourself that you really mean it and want it to happen.
You can also say (and really FEEL it) "Yes!" and "Thank you!" frequently.
Nodding your head while you clear also helps your energy field to accept the transformation at deep levels. Nodding is a biological signal to your body that you agree, so it's much more willing to participate in the changes.
If you've been doing MAP Conings , you can also ask your MAP Team to help with the clearings and take them right down to the root.
Then watch the changes in your life! : D
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Dear Priestess, Hello all, Let me begin by saying I have virtually no knowledge of the occult arts or magic in general, but I've had a couple very profound experiences that I did not request nor can readily explain. I would like to share them with you all and hopefully get some kind of insight as to the meaning of them if one exists. Let me also warn you, this will probably be a long read... The first experience I had was probably the least notable, but may have been a primer for the second and third. I was simply taking a shower and reflecting on the events of the day and was overcome with the strangest feeling, so strange in fact that it commanded my entire attention and I found I could not think of anything else. I felt as if my body was completely alien, and was marveling at the strange shape of my hands as if I was using them for the first time. As I was thinking about it, my own thoughts (in English) seemed very alien and I was strangely amused with the English language (the only language I have ever known). It seemed as if I had just realized that this human form is not my own, that I am only inhabiting this alien body temporarily. I tried to explore this realization further, but this new knowledge was fleeting and as hard as I tried to hold on it faded away like a dream. I then dismissed it as some fluke in my brain like Deja vu (which I also seem to experience regularly). But it really came back to the forefront of my mind a few weeks later after my second "experience". The second experience I had was much, much longer and more profound than the first. It was a typical evening at home and I was sitting at the kitchen table waiting on my wife to get home from work. She arrived and was complaining that she had a splinter in her foot. I told her to let me take a look at it. As she bared her foot to me, I found it very hard to focus on her foot and was unable to locate the splinter as my vision started to fade away. This is where the story gets really strange. I cannot tell you what happened exactly, all I know is I was l looking at her foot then I was traveling through outer space at an astonishing speed. I wasn't aware of having a physical body, but I could see perfectly. I was traveling very fast and the only thing I could tell about my destination was that I was traveling to the center, the center of the universe for all I know. I arrived there and seemed to come into orbit around this giant planet. It's surface was the strangest thing I've ever seen, and my language is too limited to try and explain it. The best I can do is liken it to TV static. Even though it looked like a random pattern on the surface, I could somehow understand it and it communicated with me using this static. It began reviewing my life back to me. At this point I came to the conclusion that I must have died. And I started to become annoyed with the object as this replay was taking a very long time (what seemed like weeks) and I wanted it to hurry up and get to the part where I died, as I had no memory of actually dying. As this went on for what seemed like eternity, I began to hear my wife's voice. This is when I realized that I was NOT hearing this sphere thing, as this was a completely different sensation. I heard her describing me to someone else sort of in the background to all this other stuff that was going on around me. This overwhelming feeling of love for her washed over me like a wave, and then immediate sorrow as I could hear the fear in her voice and realized I was leaving her alone in the world. At this point I involuntarily left the weird planet and returned to my body. And let me add that the return trip was very, very fast. Almost instantaneous, as the trip to the planet seemed to take hours. I then opened my eyes to a strange environment, it seems I had forgotten my home as I had been gone a very long time. Then all the memories of my house and life came flooding back into my mind and I sat strait up as I was apparently lying on the kitchen floor. My wife was on the phone with 911. I asked what happened, and she said I just slumped over and fell on the floor. I asked how long I had been out and she said 5 minutes. 5 minutes?! How? I had days worth of memories... The ambulance arrived, checked me out, and found no problems with me. To this day it gives me goosebumps to tell the story. The third experience was probably a year later. My mom had recently died suddenly of brain cancer, and I was in mourning. I was really upset and wishing I could speak to her again. The most personal item of hers I had was a small 12" antique mirror that hung on her bedroom wall that she used to get ready for work every day. I took the mirror out and looked into it, and what I saw in that mirror will be with me until the end of time. My own reflection slowly and almost unnoticeably changed into hers. I saw her smile at me which caused me to begin to cry, then she began to cry, then smiled again. Frightened, I took the mirror, placed it in my closet, and haven't looked at it since. I was going to give it to my little brother, but I now can neither look into it nor part with it. Today is the 2 year anniversary of her death, and I prayed to I don't know what last night for advise. Let me add that prayer is extremely rare for me as I cannot seem to make myself believe in any mainstream religion. And today I have not been able to shake this sudden interest in the occult. Also, one of the last things my mom said to me has been in my mind all day, she said "Andrew, I hope that you find spirituality in your life and may it bring you peace" These things may just be my brain malfunctioning, or a manifestation of my own desires. I have no idea, but I would really like your perspective on this, and I would like to ask if you have ever heard of something like this before. Thanks in advance, -Andrew
I've had similar experiences, Andrew, as have lots of other people. It's not that unusual, especially these days as all the borders are becoming more permeable... including the borders around our consciousness, and the barrier between the worlds of physical life and non-physical life ("death").
Being able to experience things like these — opening wide the "doors of perception" — is a great gift! How many unfortunate souls are locked into this tiny, limited, Earth-bound consciousness... and crave nothing more than some taste or promise that there is more? How many wish they could see and communicate with their loved ones on the Other Side once more?
The current social belief system disavows anything that can't be measured as unreal and untrue. This is ironic, considering the foundation of almost all scientific progress these days is based on subatomic particles/waves that are neither physical nor measurable. It's called Scientific Materialism or Skepticism, and is virtually an atheistic religion — one that devoutly believes in non-spirituality despite any evidence, and one that persists in asserting that consciousness is merely a bio-chemical reaction, despite the fact that science itself has disproven that theory.
So it's normal to doubt your experiences and wonder if it was a mere brain glitch.
Here's the thing, though. How real was the experience to you? How enduring is the awareness that came with it?
When we have normal dreams or imagined experiences, they don't feel as absolutely completely palpable as when we have true expanded-consciousness experiences. And the repercussions don't last as long — we don't remember them as vividly as the most "real" experiences in life, years later, or still feel the impact of them.
But when they ARE real, we remember them forever, clear and strong memories that rival anything we experienced in the physical body. And we are changed by them forever... even if only in ways that others can't perceive.
Only you can know. You might need to suspend the implanted habit of disbelief, at least while you test it out for yourself.
If it helps, remember that every day hundreds of people have the same kind of experiences.
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