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Being the Light: How to Shine Bright

 

We all have what I like to call an inner flame. When we shine we can do anything. The things we love, the things we have to, and even the things we hate. Many of us are not only hard on ourselves, but we neglect this light. Even I have been guilty of neglecting my inner flame.
 

The House

Today I want to talk about that light. Our individual flames. But, I need to explain a group I call the house. The people who are my chosen family. The people who always stand by me, no matter how far away we are from each other. No matter what is going on. I know they won’t judge.
 
We call this group the House. I don’t remember how the name came to be. Nor does it matter. I met all them through some alt-lifestyle groups I was a part of during my time in Evansville. I am the youngest in the group and I learn something from them every time we interact in person or online.
 
I’ve known most of them for over ten years now.
 
Either way, the people in the house weren’t something I was looking for. They chose me.  I received help from them when I didn’t know where to go.  They became my chosen family. The house is my rock.
 
Over the years we’ve sort of developed our own code of conduct.
It arose when we realized that we were all teaching within our little community. We were all working to help others. And we realized that we were doing this through love or compassion, honesty, honor, and trust.
 
But we have one special saying. It started a few years ago.
 
Be the light.

Be the LIght

We all teach each other, but I will always remember this moment. The day that our fearless leader shared a poem with us. I tried hard to find that exact poem for you, but I couldn’t. But, I did find one that shared a similar spirit I’ve posted it below.
 
You are a precious gem amongst stones. You are a star shining most brilliantly In the darkness of the night.
Be that star and hope that you can serve As a beacon of hope and light the path For those around you.
 
Be a shining example of beauty and divinity Leading the way and leaving a trail For others to emulate.
 
Live so that others may look up to you, And follow the path of goodness and nobility Which you tread upon.
 
When situations seem tough at times And circumstances are beyond control Don’t stop shining.
 
Remember that stars glitter most brightly And shine with all their exquisiteness In the darkest of hours.
So be the light, be the brightest star And continue being who you truly are…
Blessed!
 
By Vijaiya Ramkissoon
 
The poem reminds us that we each have the power to fuel, guide, and love not only ourselves but others. To live so that you model a path for those lost. We each have a light and it our responsibility to help it shine as bright as it can.
 

No easy task right?

 
Today, we live in a world full of negativity. It is hard to be our authentic selves, much less be the light for our family, friends, and even ourselves. We have busy lives. We have fears we want to avoid. Some of us may still be hurt from past trauma. Due to these things, very few people ever let themselves be true to their authentic self.
 
Every day we can stile our own lights through our choices. Worse, we can deny others of the benefit our light might have on them as well.
 
I like to think of the light as the core of my soul. As the cornerstone of who I am. As the values that I wish my daughter to learn from me. Every day I strive to ensure that I shine my light. Some days go better than others.
 
But I want to make sure that I am being who I want to be. That I am teaching her the things I feel she needs to learn. The things I want to see in the world around me.
 
So now, let’s talk about how we feed the light. How we let it shine.
 
Your Inner Fire
 
Recently I read a book called The Right Questions by Debbie Ford (add link). As I read it reminded me of the house and my light. It is an uplifting book about becoming more authentic to your true self.
 
 
While I cannot verify the claim, I’m still exploring, I do know that it has gotten me thinking about my inner flame.
 

Your Inner Flame

 
Imagine your light as the keeper of your life force. A flame. Each choice I make each day, either ignites my flame or dampens its light. When the flame roars and cackles I can move mountains. Nothing is beyond my capabilities. This is where people can achieve higher forms of consciousness or greatness.
 
When we neglect it yet, we feel the opposite. Vulnerable. Others can easily hurt me. We feel anxious and can get depressed. We begin to doubt ourselves and fail to communicate with others. Worst of all, when the light is at its lowest that we are not worthy of love or happiness.
 
When the light is burning out we can feel burnt out. I think that may be where that phrase comes from. We don’t have anything to give others. We are so busy trying to keep the last embers from burning out.
 

Our Flame and Others

Our flame doesn’t just affect us, however. The flame in our souls affects everyone around us. When we are off or worried, our families worry. They want to tend to us, regardless of whether there is anything for them to do to help. Worse, we can become physically, mentally, or verbally abusive when our fires are weak. We can harm them and theirs.
 
Just as we are dependant on our support systems, they are dependant on us! Whodda thought right?
 

Bringing Others Down

In additions, when the flame is low, we look to others for help. We can become needy. Needy like a bad stereotype. And if we do this often, we can burn out others as well as ourselves.
 
At some point in our lives, every one of us has that person that we gave our all to. That person who each time we dealt with them we felt more and more drained. We felt defeated because we never managed to bring them up. Those are people whose lights are dim. Who is entirely relying on others to bring them back up?
 
Worse yet, these people don’t realize that while they may need help, that they also have to help themselves.

Choice and the flame

The good news is that we can change this at any moment. We can tend our fire, our inner flame, with our daily choices. Each time we are true to ourselves, follow our dreams and do the things that make us truly happy, we grow the flame.
 
When I say happy…I’m not talking about artificial things like money or stuff. I am talking about real experiences and expressions of joy in your life. Those memories that you build with your daughter or your father. The moments that bring a smile to your face.
 
Stuff doesn’t do that. Stuff brings us momentary hedonistic joy, not fulfillment in our hearts. Not to say that you can’t spend money to go and do something that creates a memory like that. However, you can have those moments without money. One of my fondest memories is my mom and me crafting with leftover felt and fabric.
 
I don’t remember what we made. Something for my barbies probably. What I remember is the feeling and the joy of that moment. I remember the connection.

Your Choice

If you feel like you are struggling with your inner flame think about the following:
 
Imagine that your only job in life is to tend that flame. There is absolutely nothing else that you need to do. It alone can feed you, provide for you, love you. Just take a moment to imagine that feeling of peace of mind. Imagine how motivated you would be to take care of that fire.
 
Next, take a moment to jot down some ideas of what truly makes you happy. Maybe its spending time with the kids. Or having a moment to yourself to meditate. Whatever it is, write it down.
And remember these moments of pure joy. Use them to fan your flame. Or to figure out new ways to do so. Seek joy instead of momentary gratification.

Choices that Dim the Light

  • Constant criticism
  • Perceived obligations like I should or I have to (will the world go on?)
  • Trying to be nice (when we really don’t want to be)
  • Aspiring for others approval
  • Lying to yourself
  • Gossiping
  • Constantly being late
  • Lack of empathy
  • Comparing your self to others or judging others
  • Living in fear
  • Thinking others are better than you
  • Ignoring your dreams
  • Overindulging in anything
  • Wasting time
  • Ignoring compliments
  • Not setting boundaries and limits
  • Not having enough alone time
  • Exhausting yourself
  • Ignoring your intuition and inner voice.

Choices that build the fire

  • Empathy
  • Taking time for yourself
  • Spending time with loved ones
  • Acknowledge what you’ve done well
  • Resting
  • Playing
  • Exercising
  • Spending money wisely
  • Planning for the future
  • Finding inspiration
  • Doing what’s in your best interest
  • Compassion
  • Being intimate
  • Charity work
  • Doing what you love
  • Telling others how much they mean to you
  • Going after your dreams
  • Making choices consistent with where you want to go
  • Forgiving
  • Taking responsibility
  • Being present
  • Listening to others from your heart
  • Empowering others
  • Creating a support system and contributing to others support system.

A Final World

No matter how strong your light is, remember that sometimes we all fall. Sometimes we all need someone to help us tend the flames. Other times, we have to be that person who helps our fellow man. You never know what a kind word will do. Or a harsh one for that matter.
 
You may make someone’s day or change their life with a few simple words. I’m not talking about advice per se. I’m saying that you through action and words may be the difference for someone someday. And you may never know that you can be that difference.
 
When we consistently work towards being the light who knows what can happen. When we keep our flames fanned, who knows how we might grow and change. How our light can spread. And the good we can bring into the world.
 
Be the light. Be the change. Both for yourself and for the benefit of others. Just be the best you, you can be.
 
Blessed Be
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Moral Relativism and Our Children

As parents, we all want to teach our kids about values, norms, morality, and ethics. We want our children to fundamentally be good people. However, our world tends to be torn between people who see morality as black and white or subjective to the individual or culture. Essentially moral realism vs. moral relativism.

If morals are important to us as parents then we have to consider where we stand on this point. If we don’t we are potentially leading our children down a dangerous path toward an ethical quagmire.

So today I wanted to attempt to briefly discuss both. Their points of view, their problems, their claims. And potentially show a middle ground, because you’ll soon find, the like most things today, they are extreme polar opposites.

I’ll try to keep it short and sweet, but philosophy and most of life is neither simple nor easy.  So please bear with me. 

What is Moral Relativism?

Moral relativism is the idea that all ethical standards are cultural and therefore subject to individual choice. We can all decide what is right and wrong for ourselves. You decide what’s right for you and I decide for me.

Scholars have argued that this implies that life is ultimately without meaning. It renders words like ought and should as meaningless and claims that morality is neutral.

Essentially, moral relativism says that anything goes, because life is ultimately without meaning. Words like “ought” and “should” are rendered meaningless. In this way, moral relativism makes the claim that it is morally neutral.

What’s Wrong With that?

While I love the idea of live and let live as a moral construct. It has a number of problems.

#1 Implies Neutrality

The question is whether or not morality can be neutral. Moral relativism implies that morals are dependent upon the viewpoint of the individual or culture. Which is true to an small extent. However, most cultures so have social norms against murder and stealing, which implies that some things are universally wrong.

 

#2 Infallibility

Moral relativists claim that morals are subject to the perceptions of individuals and their societal culture. However, that also leads to a problem.  It makes it exceedingly hard to come to any sort of societal agreement on moral actions. You can see this today in our polar politics with neither side being able to agree on the right course of action.

#3 Fact vs Opinion

Moral relativism is based more on feelings about an action than the facts.  We feel that a murder should go free because she killed an abusive husband. However, does that make what she did not wrong? Does it mean that she shouldn’t pay for her crime at all? And if you look at where that could lead, you quickly see that it’s a slippery slope.

From there we could justify that it’s legally justifiable to torrent something on the internet because we believe that Hollywood overcharges us. This may be true, but can we really say that makes it right to take something that people worked hard on for free because of our feelings and personal opinions?

And where else could all of that lead from there? Slippery slope indeed. Moral relativism gives us the misconception that we can justify wrong actions based on our feelings leading up to them.

#4 Contradicts Itself

A third problem is that relativism claims facts but then contradicts them. Even in the most black & white situations. True facts have no contradictions. We know that a circle is a circle. We know that a square is a square. A fact can be perceived differently by different people, but ultimately is still a fact. The law of non-contradiction applies to all facts. Morality, no matter how inconvenient, is no exception.

While it is a fact that cultures have different values to some extent, all societies and religions tend to have at least some similar foundations, which theoretically invalidates the argument as nearly every culture holds disdain for murder and thieves. They also tend to advocate that you be kind to your neighbor. There are things that are theoretically right and wrong such as murder and thievery.

Moral Realism

Moral Realism, on the other hand, suggests that moral facts exist and that these are objective and independent of our perceptions. Our feelings, beliefs, and attitudes do not affect them. This method is more based in logic reasoning, which may be why it sits in conflict with moral relativism, which appears to be based more on our feelings.

Problems with Moral Realism

So, I did a lot of research for this post. I wanted to be able to share the views, pros, cons, of both.  However, I’ve had a lot of trouble finding information about the problems with moral relativism. So I’m working simply based on my own perceptions of it here.

#1 Life is not Black and White

While I do believe that there are things that are absolutely right and wrong, moral realism leaves little room for shades of gray.  This implies that a woman punished for murdering someone out of spite should be the same as someone who murdered to defend herself. This is simply not true.

#2 & 3 No feelings or Compassion

It leaves room for no feelings about morals. It is an entirely logic-based system.  And we are feeling creatures just as much as we try to be logical ones.  Without feelings, we would be no better at deciding just courses of action than the computer in War Games. It takes out the potential for compassion.

And while I know compassion is a feeling, I think feelings do count a lot of our human experience. So I’m going to say that’s a two for one.

But is there a middle ground?

The people on the news and in the media would have you believe that one or the other is right or wrong. However, that’s too simple. I think both have a place. Just as I believe that determinism (that there is a pattern to all order and chaos/fate) and free will.  Just as I believe that there is a middle ground where science and religion meet, maybe even crosses over (quantum physics).

Personally, I think that there is still a lot about our world that we don’t understand. That we can still view as magical in nature.  Hell, everything that is scientific is still magical to me. It’s amazing to me that the world can produce so many neat reactions even if we can explain them. I think that our very existence based on our knowledge of the solar system and the universe is extraordinary.  The fact that our bodies function on such individual levels, each one having its own quirks, pros, and cons.

The magic of our scientific world aside, there is a middle ground for nearly everything in this world.

What is it?

 

I think that all of us can agree that there are certain things that are right and wrong.

Right:

  • Respect
  • Perseverance against adversity.
  • Compassion
  • Love
  • Honesty

Wrong:

  • Murder
  • Thievery
  • Deception
  • Manipulation
  • Bullying (being mean, hurtful, etc)

And I am sure that there are others. Again just trying to keep things simple.  There are things that we universally value as right or wrong.

Also,  I believe that there are things subjective to our experience. To our own perception of these values. I can’t define these for you. This is why there are so many differing opinions. I can share a few of my own opinions as examples, but these are going to be a little different for each of us.

  • A woman who murders her abusive husband still needs to pay for her crime, but maybe not spend as much time in jail. Or maybe she needs to spend one year in jail and the rest of her sentence be mandated to work in a program (potentially at a lower wage as those things generally do not pay well) that helps pull women out of those situations. How better to give back and pay for her “crime” than to help others out of the same situation.
  • Abortion. I personally do not condone abortion. However, I do not believe that it is my right based on my religious views to take that right away from someone else. Streaming. I stream a lot of things online. But I realize its wrong. I don’t justify it. While I don’t.

And there are many more examples. Just remember these are examples. Ideas. There is room for shades of gray, but there will always be prue right and wrong.

Think of the Children

As parents, we have to determine which of these views or to what extent our children are exposed to these views. We have to share with them our own personal views and help show them the pros and cons of both.  Only by sharing both can we come to a realization of what each means and what the middle ground may be.

None of us can exist at either extreme. Despite what the media may imply to the contrary. Extremes don’t work. They don’t empower us, the inhibit us from our full potentials. As with all things we need to find a balance. A middle ground. I don’t care if its a middle ground in politics, religion vs. Science, determinism vs free will. There is a middle ground to nearly everything and finding them is the way we find balances in our lives.

 

When we push to either extreme we have problems. In moral realism, we have a problem of not adding feeling to the equation of not seeing the degree of a moral. In moral relativism, we have the problem of ignoring logic.  We have the potential to ignore facts, both moral and otherwise.

Finding the middle ground is the reasonable option to balance both our logic and our feelings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pagan Curriculum Ideas

Hello folks, today I’m here to ask for your feedback. I’m fiddling with the idea of building a pagan curriculum. I’ve seen what’s out there and while some of it is cute, I wish there was more. Pagan Acorns (add link) has made a wonderful start. However, while I’ve used some of their tools, I wish it was a bit more comprehensive and more interconnected to everything else we need to teach our children. I both want to hear what you think of my ideas so far and what other units you would like to see if you are/were homeschooling your little pagan.

My Curriculum Ideas

While I am currently working on a prototype I have a ton of ideas for different units including:

  • Pagan deity units (Greek/Roman, Celtic, Hindu, Norse)
  • Moon lore and science unit.
  • A fairy based unit to teach herbs, cooking, and herbal remedies.
  • Potentially a tarot unit for fun (mainly because my little one loves tarot already)
  • An open philosophy unit exploring a variety of ethical and philosophical questions for teens.
  • History and Geography (Though I don’t really have a plan for this yet). The only idea I have for this is maybe a Native American unit.
  • Unit on the holidays, seasons, and realted lore.

My Prototype

I do have a prototype that I’m working on. I’m planning on it being a part of a larger project. It is a unit study based on the Norse Goddes Freya. I would like to expand it to the other major gods of this pantheon and then maybe do something similar for some of the other pantheons.

Currently it contains the following:

  • History of the Norse Gods (History and Geography)
  • World of the Norse Gods: The tree of Yggdrassil
  • Freya Fast Facts
  • Symbols and Animals of Freya Coloring Page
  • Symbols of Freya Part 2
  • Cultural Connection: Friday the 13th
  • What are Archetypes?
  • Freya’s Archetypes
  • Critical Thinking: Freya & Frigg: The Same Goddess
    Or not?
  • Writing or Discussion Prompt
  • Freya: Myths and Legends
  • Story Map Worksheet
  • Character Analysis Worksheet
  • Science: Amber Resin
  • Science Craft: Make your own resin fosil
  • Freya Flowers
  • Herbal cooking
  • Freya Quizlette
  • Vocabulary
  • Additional Resources and Reading
  • References and Credits

Either way, I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Even your concerns about this idea. I want to hear what the community wants and needs. And that goes for my posts as well. If there is ever something you would like to see on the blog feel free to comment below. I can’t wait to hear what you’re thinking. Whether it be an improvement on an idea or a suggestion for a unit study.

Let me know what you would like to see in a pagan curriculum.

Thanks and Blessed Be.

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Explaining Death To A Toddler

The other day I had an interesting, but heartbreaking opportunity. At 5:30 A.M. our little Valkyrie’s Nana in OH called me. It was unusual.  She usually waits for us to call or calls in the evening, but today was different. Nana was calling me to tell me that the little one’s great grandma was in the hospital, likely brain dead.

She didn’t want the little one to come up with her daddy.  She wouldn’t be allowed in ICU and she would have been bored out of her mind. It created a bit of a conundrum for our weekend plans, but we worked that out. Anything to support my extended family.

However, I had to explain to Freya that she wouldn’t be seeing Great Grandma anymore.  It wasn’t something that was easy to explain.

Warning, this post does discuss our family views of spirituality.  I’m the live and let live gal.  My opinion is that we all have a right to our opinion and that religion comes down to being the best person you can be and contributing to humanity in the best way that you are capable of.  None of my personal beliefs are intended to offend. I’m merely sharing my personal experience in this instance as well as how I tackled this particular situation.

The Hard Truth

The truth is that we all face death at some point in our lives.  It hurts and it makes us cry, but its a part of life. A fact. We will lose people. And how we handle it determines how we move on. In turn, I believe that how we discuss death with our children matters. It teaches them, shows by example, how we deal with.

Avoiding the conversation only leads to avoidance in the child.  Keeping them away from the truth only models lying. It doesn’t prompt them to come to you when they have questions. From the kids I grew up with, I learned that the parents who weren’t open to their children, often had children who didn’t come to them or who kept secrets.

Whether you agree with this assessment or not isn’t a big deal.  We all deal with death and have feelings about how death should be dealt with.  This is just my opinion and how I handled telling my child about the passing of her Great Grandmother.

What to say

Tell them what you believe. You don’t have to get technical.  You don’t have to tell them everything, but do your best not to hide. If they ask my personal opinion is that it’s better to give some sort of truthful answer. I remember watching so many so many of my friend’s parents tell them half-truths or not answer the questions.  Often they found the information even if their parents avoided it.

My parents, on the other hand, told me everything. It was tough. There were moments where it was scary, but I never felt lied to.  And better yet, I always knew that I could get the truth from my parents.  I didn’t feel the need to go behind their back or ask my friends for the information because I knew they would give it to me or help me find it.

What I said

Now I doubt my 3-year-old understood everything I told her, but I told her what I believe. I kept it simple and I left it open for her to decide. As we are a mixed religion household I do my best to not influence her in any direction.

I explained that we all have a soul.  The soul is our essence. It’s the part of us that can walk between the worlds, go to heaven/Summerland, or be reincarnated. I told her that the soul is like the magic spark that makes us ourselves. She really liked the bit about magic because most of her favorite shows are about monsters, magic, or education.

Then I told her about Heaven, Summerland, etc. I explained that some people believe we go to one happy or bad place forever. And that other people, like m, mommy believe that people go somewhere to rest before they go on to the next life.  When she asked who was right, I told her the truth. We don’t know for sure. That was probably the most confusing and question filled part of the discussion.

She had a few questions. I answered them.  Mostly she wanted to know if Greatgrandma was going to be alright and if everyone else was sad. She told me that she was worried about daddy and nana and pawpaw. And then she was done.

Conclusion

Whether you agree or not with my thoughts on telling kids as much of the truth as possible, just don’t lie to them. They are way smarter than we give them credit for.  And they tend to know when we’re lying even if they don’t tell us.  Think back to your childhood remember those moments that you knew your parents were lying to you.  Even I had a few of them.

The more honest we are with our children the better our working relationship, our connection with them.  And that is massively important.

More important than any discomfort over a discussion about death or any other topic.

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Positive Manifestation: Re imagining Your Life

While I’m starting to get geared up to write again and positive manifestation has been a big part of finding that groove again. I found myself pondering what my problem had been. I was stressed, I was depressed, I was tired. But I had so many good things in my life.

I have a home, a job. A great boyfriend and an adorable little girl. And we moved, which brought its problems and adjustments, but it was a good thing.  Mom’s medical mess is finally getting sorted out and my little valkyrie finally has a fairly stable home. We still have problems, but there is always something. Right?

So again what was the problem?

My view.

Positive manifestation can make you the Queen/King, instead of the pawn.

We all have those days we feel like pawns. Instead of focusing on that, see the Queen/King you are.

We all go through phases of doubt. They come in tides and ebbs. We all have high and low points, but keeping a positive outlook can change everything. No matter how bad it feels that day it can always be worse. When you reach the peak, at some point you have to fall. Maybe even land on your ass.

Now, I know, easier said than done. And we will all fall on occasion, but picking ourselves back up and getting back to that positive outlook makes all the difference.

 

Perspectives on Manifestation

Now, I live in a mixed house when it comes to religion. I consider myself an eclectic pagan. We also have a druid, two Christians, and a wee on who could care less if we talk God, Goddess, or Santa lol. And we all live and let live. My parents have had their concerns for my mortal soul, but they’ve come to realize that despite the vast divisions in the why’s and how’s, we have a common ground in what we should do and be as people.

As in thought about how I got here, I realized it started with manifestation. When my little valkyrie’s daddy left us, I was at a loss. But it wasn’t long before I wanted my life back.

I remember wishing and hoping that I would find someone that was what I needed to grow and thrive. There were other more frivolous wishes, but all the important things are there. I remember wishing that I could find a way to work at home and homeschool the little one.(still working on that part). I wished to find a way out of our old town and house, with all its problems.

And a few months later I went to an event and I met him. And a year later we were moved. I could never have expected for any of it to happen, but it did and things are better than ever.

The downside?

But then, of course, eventually, I slacked off. You could say I lost faith, got negative. Whatever your personal description, I dropped the ball. Stopped believing that I could reach the next goal. I stopped focusing on the next dream. I stopped manifesting positivity in my life.

The downside is that all of this does take work, just a different kind of work.  One that gets easier with time and practice.  You have to make positivity a habit in your life for this to work.  This is something I still work on.  I have my down months, but when I can get my head in the zone, I have some very fruitful ones as well.

Now to be fair, we had a lot going on. Brand new doctors to replace the 8 or so mom had. New docs for the rest of us. Setting up services for the family, getting Freya settled, having four extra kids for the summer, and the list goes on. But that’s life. Like I said earlier ebbs and tides.

We all rise and sometimes we all have to fall.

I’ve found any number of ways to explain, both mystical and scientific, the benefits of a positive outlook.

1. GOD and the divine.

If you believe you will succeed. It’s a powerful thought. I heard Joel Osteen talk about it last night when I was working on this. He said something along the lines of if you hear the promise of God in your heart you have to keep your anchor down.

What he meant was that you have to stay firm in your belief of the divine purpose for you. You can’t let anyone talk you out of it. Not yourself, the neighbor, or yes, even your pastor.

And if you want to look at it that way it’s true for any religion, just about universally. I would say universally if I wasn’t sure there wasn’t one exception to the rule. I may not call myself Christian, but even those of another faith can find wisdom in another’s.

2. Positive Manifestation as Magic

This one can be viewed as either scientific or religious from (at the very least) a pagan perspective.

I took a class once in Louisville.  The teacher had a guest lecture done by someone over a cell phone. As we huddled around her flip phone in 2012, I heard one of the most profound things I’ve ever heard.

Manifestation.

The idea that you can wish for something so hard it happens. It isn’t easy. Hell, it may be a self-fulfilling prophecy or a mental shift, but she considered it a magical path. A ritual of sorts.

I wish I could tell it like her, but I’m not her. She told us how she wished for a grand piano and it practically fell into her hands. That she had her own house built and paid for by 23 on a 10/hr salary when even her dad thought she was nuts.

Whether it self-fulfilling prophecy or magic doesn’t matter. What matters is that looking for the light brings light into your life and the opposite achieves the opposite.

3. A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

The last way I could think of to look at this is purely scientific. And I’ll keep it both brief and simple here because a scientist I am not.

Hypnosis and many branches of psychology have done numerous studies ( I’ll link a few at the end) on the effects of positivity in disease management and stress.

There is also a good amount of conjecture about how the mind works. In hypnosis and other therapies, the subconscious can be brought forward to ultimately change behaviors in the conscious mind. I’ve personally experienced it as my significant other does it for a living.

There is also plenty of research into mindfulness and yoga and meditation among other mind-altering practices where people report similar results. It’s just a matter of figuring out how you get there. What you need to make it happen.

What now?

And where do I fall on the spectrum?

I like to think they all have their merit. Not a single one is right or wrong, like many other things they overlap.

I believe science has its place. Our minds are a strong magic itself. We have yet to explain exactly how or why it works entirely. There’s a lot that will likely always be subjective or unknown (because what fun would it be to have nothing else to learn).

I also believe that many, if not all of us, do have some sort of divine purpose.  I feel that some people are meant to meet and influence each other. There are things that we are supposed to do.

But I don’t like to sit around and wait either.

I want to manifest my dreams. I want them to come to me. Positive manifestation can make your dreams easy.  I want my dreams to come to me easily.  Some may say that this makes it magical, psychological, or religious.  However, to me it is magic.  I cannot entirely explain why it happens or where it comes from. It also happens to make it more fun to share with the 3-year-old.

No matter where you find your positive outlook it’s important to find it. And if you’re still looking for it (Or are like me and have to switch up your methods occasionally), it’s important to keep trying new paths until you find one or a few things that work for you.

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