Like attracts like? Our sacred responsibility?

Does the universe seek to fulfill conditions we think about? So rather than creating our reality are we creating conditions to attract what will become our reality? Subtly different, but different none-the-less. In the Universe nothing can be hidden, no one person’s thoughts or actions are more of less important than another’s. We are all made of the Earth and the Earth and the Universe – Unee – responds to each of us the same. So how is the outcome different? Perhaps we create the magnet that like attracts like. We put out negative doom and gloom thoughts and we attract those conditions to fulfill the conditions we were thinking. We put out positive uplifting thoughts and perhaps the magnetic action we have created brings positive conditions back to us.

The power of intentional thought – once called prayer – was well documented in the 1980’s when focused intention was placed on a desired outcome. Collectively people focused on the same outcome could attract the conditions for that outcome to occur. We are not talking beggar’s prayers that rely on an omnipresent figure to grant or not grant the request, we are talking about creating the conditions to attract what is the desired outcome.

Has this power to create the conditions we wish to experience been dormant? Were the ancients, the indigenous peoples more connected to this current in the Universe, connected to Unee than we? I think perhaps so. I think we have learned to give away our power to unseen Gods we couldn’t function with out, to priests claiming only they had the power, to anyone, but ourselves. Likely conditioned into us, but we were also willing participants. We wanted someone else to perform for us maybe so we weren’t responsible for the outcome.

But we do have the latent power to create the conditions we want to be our future. We need to remember and to be intentional using our intuition and our thoughts and accepting that we have a sacred responsibility. We individually and collectively create the conditions that become our reality. It becomes so very important that we learn to discipline our thoughts, feed our minds carefully and be always conscious that like attracts like and our thoughts are magnets for our future.

Turn off the news, think the world you want to see let that be your new current event.

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Church of the Earth Top 10 “not”commandments

Commandments were written at a time when social mores were defined more by religious authorities than civil authorities. The 10 commandments addressed societal concerns in a legitimate attempt to protect and preserve certain social conditions that were causing harm in the society. Ok, that is laudable. So are they still relevant today?

I am the Lord thy God: thou shalt not have strange Gods before me – here one has to assume a “God” is necessary. Written at a time thunder and lightening and other climate related events were thought to have been caused by a God angered by human behavior one could understand why making sure everyone sang hail to the chief could be understood. Now we just check our weather apps.

Thou shall not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain – again, stood to reason if you thought crops failed or there was a drought because God was mad at people, you may want to show him ample respect.

Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day – Still paying homage to the big guy here and making sure he is happy. Similar to how one might treat a Roman Emperor or Egyptian Pharaoh, King on England even – and we know what happened if they weren’t given their due.

Honour thy father and thy mother – common sense unless your parents are awful people. Does this really have a spiritual application though? Is this imperative to one’s spiritual growth? Only perhaps from a Karmic perspective, if we are the one’s that are awful people we may be building an account of bad karma.

Thou shalt not kill – it’s against the civil law so just not a great idea

Thou shalt not commit adultery – just generally not nice, makes for bad karma, but no real spiritual application

Thou shalt not steal – again, against the civil law and not a great idea, who wants to get arrested

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour – can also land you in jail especially if you lie in court. Why would you do this?

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife – especially if the neighbor’s wife doesn’t want to be coveted, I think this one is past its prime

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods a materialistic society is based on coveting thy neighbor’s goods, doesn’t make one happy to have more toys, but generally not terribly spiritual in application.

The 10 Spiritual Recommendations of The Church of the Earth

  1. Meditate daily
  2. Sit with trees, learn their attributes, take them to your meditation
  3. Sit with plants, share energy with them, study the effects on you and your plant
  4. Learn the characteristics of certain animals, adopt some of them to overcome your shortcomings
  5. Be conscious of the elements Air, Fire, Water and Earth begin to understand how you can work with them and incorporate them into your daily practice
  6. Seek like minded friends, share spiritual practices
  7. Do not create a hierarchical structure in a group, form a community that shares it’s gifts
  8. Spend your days trying not to create karma
  9. Abortion is a woman’s decision, it is her body growing a new being, do not interfere
  10. Stay out of politics in your spiritual life, poltics and spirituality do not mix
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Church of the Earth

This makes sense to me. Mother Earth and her energy are real, the energy of the Sun is real, Air is real, Water is real. We can tap into the energy of all those elements at will and feel their effects immediately. Water washes us, Fire warms us, Air fills our lungs, dries us and blows away negativity, Earth grounds us, nourishes us, protects us.

Get in touch with nature, it’s demonstrative energy and spirituality. Working at being aligned with nature’s flow is authentic, true spirituality. We don’t know her, certainly not well enough. We don’t work with her in a conscious way to reap the benefits she can provide and give back to her to benefit all.

Get to know trees spiritually and how they can help, sit by and in water consciously and see the secrets she reveals. Let the breeze blow by you and through you and breathe it in consciously and deeply with intention. Make a fire outside meditate on its transformative power to burn away. Give it your past hurts, bad relationships, regrets. Write them down and let her burn them up.

Start here and you become a member of the Church of the Earth at the Temple of Why. At the Temple of Why – ask questions, question what you believe and why you believe it and let go of what doesn’t work any more. Let go of what doesn’t ring true anymore or maybe never did. Move on. There are so many ways to connect with Earth and, for once, to have a meaningful spiritual practice. Be in rhythm with the seasons, with the moon cycles and consciously aware of the elements that are around you always.

If you think about it, religions have nature as their foundation too. They use water to baptize, fire to confirm, the breath of God to bless and oil to anoint. They have just added manmade conditions and laws so someone can be in charge and enforce the rules. We don’t need them.

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We don’t need a deity, do we?

Haven’t we moved past the “my God is better than your God” phase? Maybe not, but maybe we should. I think we all agree there is a life energy of some sort out there that defines living versus not living. Most deity based religions state that God is in us and around us, so life energy would be somewhat universal. I think we get into trouble when we try to identify too strongly with and become too attached to “our” deity. Maybe if we genericize the deity and just agree that there is a life energy it is a place to start.

You can have a “personal relationship” with this energy, how could you not if it is in you and around you? It would treat everyone the same or else you would have to curry favor with it, not very deity like. And what of worship? again, life energy is in us and around us so kinda seems it is there whether we “worship” it or not. Maybe we are worshipping for our benefit? So that would seem to be able to come off the list.

Does the deity bless certain people and not others? I think some people think so, but again I would think a deity would treat all equally otherwise we are attributing human characteristics to a deity. If the deity treats all equally then how or what we do when approaching the deity i.e. worship them, is irrelevant. The deity acts for all.

Deity seems a human construct to help personalize non personal interaction with life energy. Religion would seem to be a man made construct to satisfy the attributes man has given to a non-human deity. Religion drives conflict and it is a manmade construct.

Spirituality with out a deity is so much more. Spirituality is alignment with the flow of energy from a life energy that we all exist as a part of and can not be separated from. We are a part of nature so to align with nature is to align with the flow of the universe and the life force energy of the universe.

Prove me wrong.

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Meditating with Plants

I started a new practice just because the idea presented itself. i was sitting in my office studio and had just watered my plants. I was looking at them and the thought occurred to me to pick up 2 vines from my pathos plant and meditate with them. Maybe the plant called me, I don’t know. So I sat with one vine in each hand started thinking about giving and receiving energy. I sat with the plant and dropped deeper into meditation.

10 or 15 minutes later I started to notice myself palpably feeling calmer. I felt like energy was gently flowing back and forth between us. I relaxed and just enjoyed feeling connected.

The next day sitting in the music room I was feeling anxious. I was tired from not getting enough sleep and have been a bit tense and on edge from work and from being at home for almost 4 weeks with our Great Dane who is recovering from knee surgery. I seldomly allow myself the luxury of a daytime nap, I am too much of an action driven person. But I reclined on the divan and noticed my big peace plant next to me. Again, maybe it was calling me. I decided to gently hold its leaf and meditate with it. It hasn’t been doing well, it is large and pretty old for a plant at 15 years old. I am not sure how long plants live? I have been wondering if it is nearing the end of its life span. So I gently sat with it and sent it healing thoughts and absorbed what it was sending me. I do think it is not well, I did pick up what felt like mini pin pricks or light electricity zaps. I told it it was an old friend and I would sit with it. Again I felt a sudden relaxation that was different than when I normally meditate, it was a release.

I think we can enhance a nature based spirituality by incorporating plants, trees and other aspects of nature consciously into our daily practice.

I am curious to see if I notice any visible difference in the health of my plants by sharing energy with them.

Trees in Daily Practice

I have just started a new practice to help me connect more closely with nature and the resources available to us. Trees have been an important part of Druid and other Pagan practices, but there is not a lot of documentation on how they were used. Generally different types of trees were used to make wands and other magical tools. Groves of trees, especially oak, were often the site of rituals and other services.

I believe we can share energy with certain trees to help us with challenges we are facing in our lives. James Redfield’s Celestine Prophecy is a good book to reference on sharing energy with plants and trees. Certain trees are associated with unique properties that can be incorporated into our practice. Respectfully touching, sitting and leaning against or standing by certain trees can support us in ways unique to the individual species of tree.

Here are some characteristics that can be accessed in communion and meditation with individual tress:

Apple: To increase abundance and prosperity

Birch: Helps heal our deepest wounds

Catalpa: Used to enhance creativity and embrace uniqueness

Cedar: Helps break spells, provide clarity and focus

Cherry: For increasing love and sweetness

Elm: Believed to enhance psychic abilities and to help to achieve justice

Maple: For enhancing balance and learning to go with the flow

Oak: For strength, courage and deep roots or enhancing groundedness

Olive: For divine healing

Pine: Releasing guilt, healing

Sycamore: Sharing energy may enhance love, fertility and protection

Walnut: For health and healing

Willow: Helps us learn to bend and not break, to be flexible

Sit with a tree, hug a tree, breathe with a tree and think of their individual qualities. I find they enhance my sense of well being and I gain a greater appreciation for nature.

Filling the Cauldrons

All living beings need to replenish energy to sustain life. We eat, drink, sleep, but we ignore opportunities to recharge our energy stores during the day to refill our energy cauldrons.

We gain and drain energy from each other – we all have experienced being with someone and then feeling totally drained or another friend leaves you feeling energized.

We can also deliberately fill our energy cauldrons from nature. The energy we receive will be purer, cleaner and we give something in return benefiting nature.

Our first energy cauldron is in our lower abdomen, an empty cauldron here makes me feel ungrounded, unconnected and restless. I fill this cauldron by intentionally drawing in energy from the Earth, walking barefoot in the grass, from standing near and even touching trees. I scoop energy from the Earth or the tree and act as if I am refilling the cauldron in my lower belly cauldron until I feel grounded and centered. I may gently exhale on the tree to give it carbon dioxide it needs. We share energy.

Our second cauldron is near our heart, when my heart cauldron is low I feel sad, anxious, worried maybe fearful. Sometimes I don’t know why. To refill my heart cauldron I go to water, by a pond, lake or the ocean. I stand and feel the depth of the water or feel the power of the waves. I intentionally scoop that energy once I connect with it and fill my heart cauldron. It calms me and reminds me my emotions should flow, sometimes crash and sometimes be still and deep.

The third cauldron is in our throats and lungs. An empty throat cauldron will leave us breathless, speechless and stiffened with fear. I go into the air, deeply breathing in the breezes as they blow, conscious of the airflow blowing all around me. I fill my cauldron with fresh air and let the breeze blow away any insecurity I am carrying.

The fourth cauldron is the top of the head, it is filled by the sun. I stand in the sun and am conscious of the sun warming my head and filling my head cauldron. The fire energy from the sun gives me energy to move and be inspired, it is the spark of creation. I wait and fill up my fire cauldron and now I am recharged, I feel balanced and energized.

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Nature Based Spirituality – a quest for truth

So many years, so much searching, so much researching! How can anyone really understand what they truly believe without time, energy and effort? My last 30 years have been spent locked in a devout Catholic mold trying to pretend what they were saying was real, the misogyny was some how justified. The fear of reprisal from God for “sinning” and possibility of going to hell engrained so deeply that to leave was even more fearful.

And I didn’t grow up Catholic! I grew up nothing. My family wasn’t religious or spiritual at all. As a teenager I found astrology, Linda Goodman’s “Sun Signs” was all of my friend groups go to book. In college I somehow migrated to Philosophy, where I sat for four years and did complete my BA. I also spent time with a fascinating woman who taught me meditation, psychic healing and clairvoyance.

Then I “grew up”, a husband, kids, a real job and I lost my way. I decided I needed to do the “right” thing for the kids, gift them a spiritual practice that could support and sustain them in times of trouble. Where to go? My husband was raised Catholic, we went, we learned, we joined the choir, we made friends. All of my kids friends were Catholic and in Religious Ed. Seemed right!

A year or two in, I started reading and things started falling apart, but we stayed! Read the Nag Hammadi documents, the early councils of the Church and things kept getting worse and worse. Read the mystics – still love the mystics – the miracles and that kept us engaged. 10 -12 years later the kids hate the Church, think it is stupid and not spiritual at all, mostly bad priests, sex abuse scandal and it all comes crashing down.

What’s real? Not Christianity. Non-Catholic Christian denominations are even worse, can’t even begin to do that, Hinduism and Buddhism are so very cultural that I spent some time exploring both, love both, but not it for me.

What’s left?

Go back to my roots? What roots? I had no spiritual roots.

Go back to your ancestral roots….hmmm…I’m 75% Irish. Go to Ireland, go again and again visiting sites where my ancestors walked. Visit sacred wells, standing stones, ancient sites of Tara and Uisneach, again and again. Start feeling the land, the water of the wells and the air. It is real. The spirituality exudes from the elements. I take time to breathe there and feel the land and the water and my soul starts stirring. This is real, this is true. The spirit of the land, the water, the air and fire are in me and around me and there is no denying this, there is no need to set aside things that don’t resonate as true because it is true. The spirit of the elements are living, they vibrate, they hum, they crackle and they flow. Then I see the moon and she tells me what to do, rest when she rests and is dark I think and contemplate, write some intentions during this dark time, but don’t act. Start to come awake as she wakes and grows brighter, start to put intentions into action, when she is bright and full I look around, see what I am doing and whether it is in alignment with my intentions set when the moon was dark. Reset, adjust and keep moving, then I slow as she starts to sleep again and move to rest once more. I feel aligned and in tune with myself and my place in the world.

I look to the stars, I took what started as my little foray into Sun Signs into a much deeper understanding of the mystery that astrology can reveal. It helps me understand relationships with my family and friends and what makes them react or live their lives the way they do, we understand each other better. We understand our differences in approach to life and living is who we are and we can accept and embrace these magnificent differences.

So much has changed, after initial starts and stops, trying to leave the Church, but having no where to go, I find a place, I find my home, I know my truth.

Now I walk my truth, I have been practicing with the moon for 4 years now, making pilgrimages back to Ireland to refresh my soul and now finding Unee. She, the energy of the Universe, travels with me wherever I go. I can trust all will be well because she is the balancing force of the Universe, not just for me, but for all. I know things happen that should happen and what doesn’t happen for me is not right right now.

I am home, in my spiritual truth.

The Stone of Destiny, where Kings of Ireland were crowned. Ireland my ancestral roots and my destiny.

Gods or Goddesses, any or none

Gods and Goddesses of old, their energy is still with us. I am still of the mind that we can’t look back for spiritual answers, we need to bring them forward. Where are the Gods and Goddesses of today? Do we see them and feel their impact in the world? or for some reason is that cosmology lost to us as modern people. Did the magic exist before and now is lost to us or are we not looking to see the magic created now? Do we look back because that is what we know or someone has written down so we can read about them?

Unee and the Temple of Why allows us to challenge all of these beliefs and shine a light on them to see what they are made of. Zeus was the God of thunder, where that came from seems pretty obvious, Aphrodite, the Goddess of beauty, Hades, king of the underworld. We used Gods and Goddesses to personalize things so we could relate to them. I can get behind that, we even thought we could harness their energy and work with them. Ok, I get that too.

21st Century, what does that look like? Unee, the energy of the Universe, constantly creating, constantly giving birth to the ever changing universe. Can we harness her energy? No more than the ancient Greeks could really harness thunder. But we can be conscious of it and align with the flow. See Unee as a person as I see her – if you want – if that makes it easier to relate to her.

Her face etched with rivers of time, her eyes reflecting planet Earth and the bluest sea, her hair silver white sparkling strands cascading down her shoulders. Her heart glowing like thousands of embers burning in a bonfire, her arms and legs graceful willow branches.

I talk with her, say good night to her, thank her when things go smoothly in my life and try to make adjustments if I am struggling. I know if I am struggling I am going against the flow of Unee, not with it.

Unee, Goddess of the 21st Century, co-creator, partner and guide. She is the beacon to which we can align and find our true path.

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