Wednesday, July 8, 2009

As the Stomach turns..

Merry Meet and Greetings Family and Friends!

I have been terribly remiss in my writing, this I know. Life has taken some strange and unexpected turns, some absolutely wonderful and others, well..not so much.

At Midsummer, I was certified as a Reiki Master/Teacher. One of the last things that our Reiki Master warned us about was the year long self healing process that accompanies the Reiki Master attunement and the possibility of a "falling away" of those things that had, up until this time, taken precedent in our lives. She spoke of things such as changing careers, moving, ending relationships, etc. Since my first degree Wiccan initiation and subsequent Reiki attunements, I can definitely attest to this fact. How profound this was to be, however, has been a bit disconcerting.

I have felt the need to distance myself from those things that aren't serving a higher purpose either spiritually or magickally. I feel a greater pull towards learning and I have allowed my intuition or perhaps, my spirit guides, to lead me toward those things that I feel most connected. I'm uncertain where this is going, but it all feels right. At the end of September, I am planning to participate in a intensive workshop in Hoodoo, which I gotta tell ya, I'm completely psyched about!

Recently, I have been doing a lot of distant healing which I am not at all happy about. Well, I'm happy to be able to send healing energy, but not at all thrilled that it's necessary. I have been blessed by those of you that I call friends who have not only supported my efforts with your own work, but have sent healing energy to me as well. Thanks guys! I gotta tell ya, it has really helped!

One of my most significant and difficult lessons thus far has been that distance sometimes is necessary. At times I will take things into myself and feel as if the problems of the World are in my hands. Ok, that's an exaggeration, but still. To that end, I've learned that distance, in general, can be a good thing. It gives one a chance to ground and center, be overall more productive and find balance when things are off kilter.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that, I have no idea what this year's healing will bring, but...

Just for today, I will not worry
Just for today, I will not be angry
Just for today, I will be thankful for my many blessings
Just for today, I will do my work honestly
Just for today, I will treat all living things with kindness ~ Dr. Mikao Usui

In Darkness, Light!



Spiral Dancer said...

:) all good stuff... everything as it should be
and can you explain the hoodo? I have no idea what that is and here in Scotland it would probably be used to describe my

Tracy said...

"Hoodoo is a form of predominantly African American traditional folk magic. Also known as conjure, it is a rich magical tradition that developed from the merging of a number of separate cultures and magical traditions. Hoodoo incorporates well established practices from African and Native American traditions, as well as some European magical practices and grimoires. It is often used to describe a magic spell or potion that also include conjuration, conjure, witchcraft, or rootwork"

Several years ago, I found myself intensely attracted to this practice.

For a white kid from New Jersey, it seemed kind of weird at the time. I've since learned that nothing is weird!

Anonymous said...

you are definitely on the right track. Your journey is expanding so go with it - I have been experiencing this too!

As for Hoodoo that is the real magic that I love!!


Tracy said...

I know you love Hoodoo. You should consider taking the workshop with me!

I'll send you the info!

commoncents said...

Great post! Keep up the excellent work!

ps. Link Exchange??

Hibiscus Moon said...

Congrats on becoming a Reiki Practitioner. That Hoodoo sounds very interesting. Thanks for the explanation. I was just going to ask the same thing.

Carol said...

yes, send me the info.



let me know if you need address, etc.

ARIE said...

Hi Tracy,

Nice to hear from you again. :-)
1.Regarding Reiki:
I have a second degree in "Healing Energy" which I heard from people who did also Reiki, that it is almost the same. Some say it's energy is stronger and one of the symbol invocation include the name of a Goddess and a God. Second degree means, I can send healing energy to a distance but need the consent of the person receiving it.
Also that if I give a one hour and a half touching treatment I have to get paid for my time, either in money or by barter.
I never took the Master's.
At the beginning the whole group was very engaged in exchanging treatments and giving treatments to friends and famility almost weekly. But over the years it decreased and today I hardly give treatments to myself. But access to the energy is always there.
Maybe we could exchange long distance treatments, one of these days if any of us will need it?
2. Regarding Hoodoo:
Being born in Brazil and having lived there, I was always attracted by "Macumba" which is the brazilian Voodoo. The nearby drumming, deity aspecting and the sea rituals, always amazed me.
I would also like to take such a workshop but there is nothing similar here in Israel.
On the other hand, I feel that this is not really my tradition, no matter how it fascinates me. Through trances, meditations and dreaming I have found out connections to previous lives, in the Celtic, Northern, Mongol and Native American/Latin American traditions. Maybe there are others which I am still about to find out.
My ancestors are from the Northern and European traditions.
So I don't find it proper to work with these very rich tradition's deities. Not because I wouln't like to, but because I somehow feel that there wouldn't be a smooth connection.
But this is how I feel now, and maybe in the future I will feel differently.
Sometimes Goddesses and Gods take the initiative and make the first connection. If this will happen with Voodoo or Hoodoo, I'm always open to new connections.
By the way what is the difference between Hoodoo and Voodoo?


Tracy said...

By the way what is the difference between Hoodoo and Voodoo?

Hi Arie,

To answer your question the way I understand it, is that Voodoo is a religion, while Hoodoo is system of magick.

Up until just recently, I too worked with only specific deities. Hecate, in particular. I have recently discovered, in not at all subtle ways, that Hecate is not the deity I want to call upon for everything. I believe she often likes to teach me lessons in ways that are undeniable, but not at all gentle. That said, she has also helped in in ways that have left me forever indebted to her.

My father was diagnosed with advanced cancer years ago and while I realized a cure was not possible, I did work to insure that he did not spend a moment of his illness in pain. It was the first major spell work I had ever done, knew little about Hecate's powers and never worked with her before. Well, the outcome was nothing short of a miracle. My father had an arsenal of narcotics that were returned unused and he died peacefully in his sleep. The day after I did this working however,I developed a fever, broke out in a head to toe rash with an undetermined illness and ended up in the Emergency Room! It was all worth it!

Recently, I'm been exploring working with other deities that are more specific to my needs, including some of the Christian saints. The Santera work with the Christian deities all the time and I have always been impressed with their abilities. I find that my inituition guides me to those who I feel I can connect with effortless, while there are others that seem more difficult to form a working relationship.

Hecate is my Patroness and she will always be the one honored before all.

ARIE said...

Hi Tracy,

Strong magickal work, when there is not enough grounding and releasing of energies afterwards, can keep someone over charged and result in the symptoms you described. I myself have experienced similar symptoms in the past, and have friends that it happened to them also.
One way I have found to keep me balanced during ritual and afterwards is acknowledging the Goddess within me and all around me, before starting to cast the circle. I would call this a light aspecting.


Wendy said...

Congratulations on your master level Reiki attunement. Sounds like you are working very deeply on many levels at the moment. Blessings to you always.