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A Matter of Spirit

I have written and deleted this post several times today, Spirit is something that is difficult to discuss and quantify. Which is is bizarre for me because Spirit is so easy to experience….. but then it’s also the easiest to let go of when things aren’t going right. We say our Spirit is Broken, we say we are defeated….. the side effects of being disconnected from Spirit are easy to recognize, and maintaining a connection to Spirit is at times very difficult.

So how do it? How can you really connect to Spirit and utilize that connection in your life?

For me it’s being in nature, being among the “natural” elements and allowing myself to take it in. As I stand barefoot in my back yard and feel the wind as the sun beats down warm on my face and I have the sprinkler going- this is where Spirit is.

When we go to the beach and feel the hot sand beneath our feet and the salty sea air against our skin and the water comes and rolls past our ankles and sinks us into the shore as it draws back out- Spirit is there.

In those still quiet moments of contemplative Yin Yoga, as I focus on the breath in my lungs and think of Raushanna, my dear Sister who introduced me to this practice- Spirit is there.

When I am sad or angry or frustrated or overwhelmed or feeling burdened and I turn to my Sisters and they have the words that make me stop and think about the situation from a different perspective- Spirit is there too.

What is Spirit?

Spirit is the space between, the energy that binds us, it is the Divine within us and that Divine we set out to recognize in others. Sometimes we need that Divine in others to help us recognize the Divine within us again- which is why level headed friends with sound council are so important.

Spirit is probably a little different to everyone. For me it’s The Great Mother looking over me, the voice that responds when I’m home alone and talking to myself.

The connection is sometimes so strong, I feel drawn and pulled to know and connect to the Divine, but there have been times when it has been frayed and weak. We all have those times where we feel alone, as if no one else could possibly understand the pain we are in or the challenges we face. But maybe the help comes in not expecting other people to understand it and walk with you, but accepting and allowing them to just love you through it. Then in time, you can see the light for yourself and they’ll be right there with you to enjoy it.

I need to add to these thoughts, expound on them at a later date.

In love and light,

Wynter

Posted on 28 October '14 by , under Element Studies. No Comments.

Being Grounded

Another day, another post. If you haven’t realized by now, Lilyth and I are talking about The Elements. We have been cleansed with Water, Felt the Wind, and Discussed not playing with Fire…. just two elements left and today we’re going to explore Earth.

Ok, not really explore, but I am going to put down some thoughts on the element of Earth.

What do you think of when you hear the word Earth?

Me? Well, I think of home. We live on Earth. We watch Star Trek and Star Gate and the explorers are always trying to get back…. to Earth.

Yes, yes I know I am mixing Elements and Planets…. but there is a reason. So just bear with me.

We call to the Watchtowers of the North, the Powers of Earth…. for their stability, protection, prosperity, wisdom (remember Airis knowledge and the pursuit of learning). With Earth wr grow roots and get planted firmly applying all that Air Knowledge to the Wisdom that allows us to thrive, prosper and make good choices that are for our Highest Good and not just the good of the moment.

How do you go about connecting to Earth?

Well barefoot of course!

I am very fortunate to have many kinds of trees in my backyard. I can go outside and walk through my yard and when I stand still I can feel the vibrations of the Earth and the enerfy of the roots of the trees.  It is very calming and brings me a sense of connectedness. It is so important, especially being involved with an on-line Coven where I can’t just call up my Sisters and meet up for a hug.

I perform my healing rituals daily outside and picture that energy going through the Earth to reach them, wherever they are, and power it with my love and care for them. It has the added effect of making me feel incredible as well, and helps me to sleep soundly after a long night at work.

So what about you? How do you connect to Earth and remain grounded?

In light and love,

Wynter

Posted on 27 October '14 by , under Element Studies. No Comments.

To play with Fire

Let me preface this by saying none of the Elements are to be “played” with.

I am out of the house, sitting in Barnes and Noble and keeping myself accountable to Lilyth. A link to her blog can be seen in my sidebar, definitely worth the trip to see her.

You have heard, I am sure, the saying

If you play with fire you are going to get burned

But is it true? Granted, as I said at the outset…. you shouldn’t “play” with any of the elements. Maybe playing is the problem.

What if you embrace Fire? What if you consult with fire? What if you commune with fire?

Would you still be burned? And is burned always a bad thing?

Thr Phoenix dies in a firey glory to be reborn from the ashes, each time beautiful, each time awe inspiring.

Fire transforms…. nothing contacta Fire and comes away unchanged. Fire ignites our passion and awakens our soul to pleasure and pain….. possibly why there is such a fine, fine line between the two.

Fire calls us to action…. feeling love for someone isn’t enough….. thinking about thrm doesn’t count in this realm…. Fire says show me. Fire offers up the challenge that our very being cannot ignore.

Fire says quit whining that you are overweight and do something about it. Fire says you don’t like where you life has you? Not a problem, come to me and I will burn it all and from the ashes you can rebuild.

Just ad Water cleanses, so Fire purifies and makes new- just Fire often starts with destruction and a challenge is set for total change.

You can’t come in with Fire and say half-ass is enough…. it isn’t. All or nothing are the options. You come to Fire with All or Nothing and Fire says… You will never be the same.

In love and light,

Wynter

Posted on 26 October '14 by , under Element Studies. No Comments.

I can see the wind

I was a Christian for a long time and music has always been a part of my path… I love music and good lyrics move me. There was a band I listened to in High School and I even went on a youth retreat where they spent the weekend with us… I will forever remember The Morning Song and the band Echelon. Where my ideology may have changed, and no longer line up with theirs I think of their music often…. there is this one song and I don’t remember the title but part of the lyrics is:

I can see the wind, I can feel the breeze, and I like the way it’s blowing through the palmetto trees

What is it about the element of Air? Christians use it as proof that just because something is unseen doesn’t mean it isn’t there…. that you can see the evidence of existence even if you can’t see the thing itself.

Air is our thoughts, our consciousness, our awareness…. to me Music is a prime example of the element of Air. We think and feel and know things that we can’t always grasp and hold and say “see this is it” but through the element of Air we can make it real because it is real inside of our heads, it is real within us.

That voice you hear when making a decision, those moments when you talk to yourself as you work out a problem (come on, I know it isn’t just me)…. this is Air.

Air is the acquistion of knowledge with the intent to apply it to wisdom…. Air is the brief notion to call your friens because it has been awhile…. Air is the knowing that there are others occupying the planet and that it can’t always be about you…. Air is the quest to learn something new everyday…

Air is the music that moves us because music puts in to words the ideals and thoughts and joys and sorrows that we can’t always use logic to make sense of…

Air is the breathe we take…. the wind in the trees and the flapping of the hummingbirds wings…..

The Bible says man cannot live on bread alone…. and this is true even for the Pagan…. we don’t merely hunger for food and drink…. we hunger for knowledge and understanding…. this is Air…. a crucial and vital aspect of our corporeal existence.

In light and Love,

Wynter

Posted on 25 October '14 by , under Element Studies. No Comments.

Waters Run Deep

It is time for Ritual, or some other activity that requires the Calling of the Quarters, the creation of a Circle, Sacred Space separate from the World of Men on the edge of the Realms of the Mighty. Starting in the East the Quarters are called, the Mighty Watchtowers are summoned and humbly asked to attend and lend their protection, to stand witness to these Rites. The Powers of Air, The Powers of Fire, the Powers of Water and the Powers of Earth- they lend us their witness, their protection, their knowledge, their individual truths.

Let’s talk a little bit about the element of Water……

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Water is cleansing, after a long day at work or dealing with family and the stress of life, a hot bubble bath or a long hot shower can rejuvenate and make you feel like a whole new person. As the water washes over you the cares of the day seem to run right off of you and down the drain far, far away from you. True, they may be waiting for you right outside the shower door, but for that moment, under the warm running water you know it is okay, this too shall pass, and the dirt and grime and nonsense from the day is washed away.

Water is healing, let the healing waters wash over you…. you soak a sore ankle, ice a tired muscle. Looking at the picture above, a shot of somewhere in French Polynesia, and what do you think? I look at it and think, man if I could just get there, nothing else would matter. Swim in the crystal water near the shore…. how refreshing, how revitalizing….

Water is the element of intuition, psychic work, emotions, feelings, compassion, empathy, the mysteries of yourself. To me it is the element that connects us all…. let me explain that….

Our planet, according to these people is made up of 71% water, the human body, according to these folks up to 60% of the adult human body is water…. that’s a lot and I don’t think it is coincidence that we are composed of the element that so greatly composes our planet. As witches we talk a lot about the energy that connects us all, the universal energy that runs through everyone and everything and up through to our higher selves and into the cosmos, we can tap into this energy to learn about ourselves to connect the collective unconscious, and I don’t disagree there is this amazing energy that binds us, but there is a truth that binds us as well…. water flows through us, it courses through our veins and courses through our earth…. it washes away the excess and can make smooth out the rough edges.

The process isn’t easy, and it isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you take the time to truly know yourself, face yourself- all of yourself, the good with the bad, then you are going to spend a great deal of time with the element of Water. Many say Water is Love, because it is connected with empathy- but water is emotion- and love isn’t the only emotion.

Water is purifying, but the purification process doesn’t come easily, it takes work. And Water can be dangerous- come before the Powers of Water ill-prepared and you can drown in your own emotions. The over eater, the heavy drinker, the incessant crier, the insecure, the heavy hearted- an imbalance of their ability to access the Element of Water and temper it with access to the other Elements as well.

So what can you do, where can you turn, how can you learn to work with the Powers of Water in moderation? So that your experience is one of reaping blessings and not wreaking havoc?

Ask for help, ask the Undines to guide you, seek to meet King Nixsa. Ask that the positive aspects of the Element of Water be brought forth in you that you may be more compassionate, loving, forgiving, sensitive, easygoing, modest, free flowing and take small steps each day to make a concerted effort to bring those traits into your life.

Don’t let fear stop you, for fear and love cannot exist in the same place, come to the Water and let it flow over you, through you, around you, connect and come away changed.

Many Blessings,

Wynter

Posted on 24 October '14 by , under Element Studies. No Comments.