Sunday, January 3, 2010

Promises From the Heart!

Photo of "Me" courtesy of Ray Frasche

Merry Meet and New Year's Blessings Friends and Family!

What can I say?  Phewwwww! Glad that's over!  Not really, there were just as many miraculous blessings as there were heartbreaking tragedies during last year's passing. 

I actually am looking forward to the coming year.  And while I hate New Year's resolutions, I will attempt to keep the promises I make to myself, my family and beloved friends.

I promise to take one day at a time. Life is too short not too.  Besides, what sense is there in worrying about outcomes before they happen. It's perfectly obvious that no matter how much we prepare and plan, life can change in the beat of the heart or lack thereof. 

I promise to spend more time meditating.  Meditation is one of the single most powerful tools one can learn, not only for one's own well-being, but for the practice of magick. The benefits are well documented.   It brings us to a place between the Worlds where we have more ease in connecting with our Spirit Guides and Deities, in my humble opinion of course.

I promise to spend more time reading.  Ok, well at this point, I already spend a ton of time reading.  Even my books have books!  So, I promise to follow my heart to only those books that are screaming for me to read them first!

I promise to spend more time sitting at the feet of my teachers.  I am the first to admit that I have a lot to learn, but I also have the committment, drive and ambition to learn everything I can from those that are willing to teach me.

I promise to keep a consistent workout schedule.  N'uff said. 

I promise to do more healing work. It's changed my life and I am told, is one of my greatest gifts. I'm eternally grateful to those who encourage and inspire me! Every healing is a testament to their faith in my abilities.

You've heard the old saying, "old habits die hard?"  I promise to waste no more time on those things that no longer serve me or that do not benefit the greater good.  Luckily, I've been cleaning out cobwebs for quite some time, so this shouldn't be one of the more difficult promises I keep.

This New Year's Eve was a grand time spent with family and friends. As I prepared for the evenings festivities, I couldn't ignore the fact that there was a Full Blue Eclipsing Moon that would be ushering in the New Year.

I constructed a simple altar of candles and the Elements.  I placed a small cauldron in the center.  A pen and paper was nearby to write the intentions and/or blessings we hoped to manifest in the coming year and that we would burn in the cauldron after midnight.

Some might say that this is a practice that has become trite and over done.  I've found, however, that often the most effective magick needn't include all the pomp and circumstance, but simply the pure intent of the heart.  

It had begun to snow as we stepped outside to watch as the flames consumed our intentions.  I knew that these were not merely little slips of burning paper, but that they held all the hope and promise of the coming year.

So Mote It Be!


P.S.  I promise to say "I love you" more often than I already do!  At times, they are the single most important three words someone can say!


Anonymous said...

Wow, you are an interesting person!


Tracy said...

Thank you! That is one of the nicest compliments I've ever gotten!

Carol said...

Yes, I agree your are a very interesting person! A woman of many talents!

You also look great!!!!!!!!!!!


I will call and we will try again LOL

Tracy said...

Thanks, Carol!!!

Absolutely! Call me now that I'm sane. Oh...wait, forget the sane part! Just call me and we'll get together!



Rue said...

I love the idea of promises to yourself, rather than resolutions. And I agree with you that sometimes smaller, meaningful ceremonies are more powerful than grand guestures and flash.

May this year bring you all of the blessings of last year and more - and NONE of the trials!

wylde otse said...

I hear intention is the important thing. How can we not 'win' if we never quit :o)

ARIE said...

Vowww Tracy,

You look GREAT in the picture. So witchy... I like it! :-)

Our group celebrated a late Yule on Friday January 1st. We also walked a labyrinth, still under the energy of the Blue full moon a day before. (A picture of the Labyrinth in my blog).

Meditation is very important for me also. I have been practicing trancedental meditation for about 25 years, twenty minutes twice a day. It feels like a energy recharging, especially after a day's work.

I agree with ALL. You are a very interesting, talented, wonderful person. As we are entering the year of "The Empress" I wish you lots of joy, happiness, love, friendship and beauty. May you recognize Her in everything you encounter.


Arie from a far away ancient land.

Stella Seaspirit said...

A beautiful, inspiring post Tracy :-) Blessings*

Stella Seaspirit said...

A beautiful, inspiring post Tracy :-) Blessings*

Tracy said...

I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful comments!

I hope this New Year brings more blessings than you could dream possible!

Love to all,