The Secrets In Plain Sight!

Spiritual Calisthenics For People Who Are Willing To Think! Not your typical religious podcast, but with something for everyone whose mind is open enough to function.

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Look at a calendar that shows all of the celebrations for this time of year, and you'll see that it is quite literally stuffed with holidays. Not only is Yule/ Solstice on the calendar, but so is Christmas, Hanukah, the birthdays of Mithras and Horus, and I can go on and on and on!

That the Solstice might be at the root of all this might be debated, but there is no debate that a mundane/secular event such as the movement of the sun might have spiritual implications, or spiritual results. And why not?

Add to that the meaning of Hanukah and its origins, as well as Kwanza, and there's a pattern of one basic concept which we will do well to remember, as it is one of the cornerstones of our spiritual health, regardless of your spiritual path or denomination.

Blessed Be!

 

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This is the time of year when some people make a point of looking at how blessed they are. And, it makes sense, especially compared to those who seem to concentrate on an apparent lack of blessings. Our only concern about such negative people is that they do not mess with us and what we need to do.

If you look at who gives thanks for blessings and who does not, you might get some insight into not only what's important, but also what can be used to really build yourself something great. And the differences can be amazing!

And wait until you see what it is that you can build with this, beginning with an old saying that maybe didn't register much with you!

Blessed Be!

 

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And now we have the time of the annual greetings controversy. Some folks will make a stink about how someone like a store clerk didn't wish them "Merry Christmas". But then, there are others who will make a stink if someone like a store clerk does wish them "Merry Christmas"! So, what do we do? We can begin by looking at what it is that is being done.

Contrary to the opinion of a few paranoids, what is being done is not an act of evangelism, but a blessing in which someone wishes another the best of a day that is important to them. The only controversy emerges from the fact that many different people celebrate many different holidays this time of year, and Christmas is but one of them.

And if we realize the implications of that little fact, we might be able to find a way to bring people together!

Blessed Be!

 

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Unless you are living under a better rock than the one I have, there is something going on in the world that has you feeling frustrated. I "pick on" Ferguson MO because I lived near there in the third quarter of the previous century, and the problems I saw festering then are still there, accompanied by the same useless rhetoric. But don't worry, between endless wars, religious persecutions, veterans more shunned by former neighbors than they were by the enemy, and so forth, there has to be an issue that has you frustrated. That is, unless your address is somewhere in Pollyanna-Land.

This isn't political; this is dealing with the world we live in. More to the point, it is confronting the world we live in. And if we do not confront the world, it will confront us!

So, what can we do, as magickal folk, to confront the world that is making us so frustrated?

Blessed Be!

 

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Thanksgiving Day is soon upon us in the USA, and for those of us who are not in the United States, giving of thanks is a worthwhile habit to get into. If you're reading this, it is reasonable to assume that you know to whom you will be giving thanks. The riddle for some folks seems to be understanding what to give thanks for!

Once we get beyond such questions as why people who have much give little thanks but people who have little give much thanks, then we can see how we can make the giving of thanks even more powerful and positive than it already is!

And with that, we can harness some really powerful Magick!

Blessed Be!

 

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What are we to do about the situations we face in the world? Elections, school bullies and corrupt corporations give us daily proof of the fact that evil triumphs when good people do nothing, or if they convince themselves that there is nothing that they can do!

We certainly have some examples of people pushing the distasteful on us, from cities where feeding the homeless is a crime to politicians wanting to make your medical choices for you to people who turn their backs on people who've served their country. But we're here, too! What can we do?

A combination of factual knowledge, ethical behavior, deep spirituality and a good dose of creativity, and we might have something!

Blessed Be!

 

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I am a veteran of military service. November 11th is Veterans' Day in the United States. If you are not a United States citizen or resident, I would hope that your country has a similar holiday to honor those who have served in the armed forces of your country.

Veterans share much in common, even if their individual military experiences can vary widely. Nevertheless, they have some things in common which those who never served did not experience and might not really understand.

And what has this to do with The Craft or anything spiritual? Because any form of theology or religion has much to do with how people deal with their fellow human beings!

Blessed Be!

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Here we are in Samhaintide, and what an opportunity! The veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and here is an opportunity to communicate with those who have passed over the bridge. Very few who have matured to the point of understanding this would not have someone there whom they love and miss. And if we care about them, they would still be caring about us! It's only logical and sensible!

And to bring that to be is simpler than most people realize.

Blessed Be!

 

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For a number of people, perhaps including you, a spiritual path is not an easy journey. This is especially true is people who claim to care about you mess with your spiritual path for the sake of their own greed, agenda, or personal power trip. 

Defending yourself from spiritual booby traps sounds simple and it can be, but it can also be a challenge in recognizing the need and applying the right measures. Let's see what the booby-traps are and how to deal with them.

Blessed Be!

 

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Spiritual blackmail, especially in the form of rules to blindly follow, is a popular means of keeping religious followers under control. And why? 

If we look at all forms of religion and spirituality, especially under an assumption that all come together, we will find some underlying points of agreement. But there are also those who insist on rules. Is there a way to examine such roles and see if they actually belong? I think so.

Blessed Be!

 

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