My First Post of February-New Moon Ritual of February 10, 2013

Sorry I’ve been MIA for so many days. Decided I had nothing to say and needed a break from the blog for a bit. But I did do my second new moon ritual yesterday! I fasted from morning ’til evening (I still have to do my monetary act of charity) and I thought of a new goal. This goal will (hopefully) go on well beyond the full moon; diet and exercise everyday. I lost some weight over the summer doing it, but gained it all back (well, most of it anyways). So I want to make it a more permanent feature of my life so I can lose the weight and keep it off. Wish me luck!

Besides that, nothing much else has been happening. We had a crazy blizzard this weekend, but other than that, pretty quiet in the life department. I’m seeing about traveling to see family in the next month or two and bring CT along for the ride. I might do some more photography this week (maybe tomorrow?). Hope life is going well for everyone!

January 26, 2013 Full Moon Ritual

Tonight is the Full Moon and with that comes my first Full Moon Ritual. You read about the January 11th New Moon Ritual. Today for me is a day of spiritual reflection, of which this blog is a part of that process. Specifically reflecting upon my goal made on the day of new Moon. Here was my goal:

My goal is to give a positive blessing prayer to one person every day through the next Full Moon Day. This one person will be a non-family member.

I successfully fulfilled my goal, praying for someone every day. This included acquaintances, co-workers, even some of you out there who follow this blog. I found it very fulfilling spiritually, I felt like I was giving attention and positive energy to people who may have very well needed it. In one case, a prayer was clearly answered. It helped me feel connected to other people beyond simply being physically present with them. I felt like a spiritual being, connected with God and Goddess as well. These prayers for people, whether family, friend or stranger is something I’ll definitely continue beyond the end of this lunar cycle. Prayer is a powerful and wondrous thing. I’ll definitely make use of it more to connect with people and the Universe.

The New Moon I fasted…for the Full Moon, I think indulging myself to celebrate life is good for balance. Tonight, I’ll be hanging out with CT and our co-worker who received a new job, plus others. Should be a fun evening 🙂

Daily Meditation #7

Had a rather amazing meditation experience early this morning before sunrise. I used my mp3 player to play a binaural beat track with variable frequencies which changed every 8-10 minutes or so. My brain really responded to the track as I fell in a deep meditative state where at times I would see vivid bright colors and lights, along with an overall pleasurable sensation in my forehead. At some point, vivid scenes of places I’ve been too or imagined popped in my mind’s eye as well. Emotionally, I felt a pleasant connection with the Universe and myself. Afterwards, I came out of the fairly long meditation happy and emotionally/spiritually satisfied.

Afterwards, I had a dream that i was an Apollo astronaut walking on the surface of the Moon. I remember picking up lunar dust and rocks and feeling the low gravity. I remember a couple other astronauts walking around with me. This reminds me, last night I remembered looking up at the moon in the cold dark night and remembering that the full moon is coming up in a few days.

January 11, 2013 New Moon Ritual – Postscript

First off, I want to thank everyone for the support today via all the likes on my previous post. It was really nice to come home this evening from work and see so many people were interested in what I was doing as part of my spiritual growth. I’ve jumped in head first into my practices more than I ever have in my life, with a feeling of complete freedom and acceptance from the person I love and it’s working out to my benefit. So here is how my day went:

-The fast was successful! It was hard, but successful. I had a cup of oatmeal early in the morning and went without food for 12hrs while I conducted my day. I started feeling the hunger pains around lunch time and it got pretty bad around 2-4pm, during my first couple hours at work. It didn’t help I work in a freaking grocery store bakery, where I am around bread, cookies and donuts. But, I ignored the urges to eat. And all I did was skip lunch and a snack and my body wasn’t a happy camper. But when I finally got home from work and had a turkey burger, veggie burger and chocolate chip cookie, I really appreciated food on a whole different level. Imagine not knowing when you’ll eat again or choosing between food and something else you need to maintain yourself? It was an uncomfortable experience, but I definitely got what I wanted out of it…a feeling of being blessed to have the food I have available to me. Thank God and Goddess for the food they provide to the world! And let’s pray for those who have less than us and to the end of hunger around world. Obviously the forces which drive hunger issues (politics, agriculture, climate issues) are beyond my single ability to change…but I believe in the power of intention and spiritual energy. And if we can work together and tweak the flow of things in the favor of better lives for those in need, just maybe improvements to the forces which do drive things in the material world will occur. And doing things like donating money to a relieve organization or even giving food to a hungry homeless person in America to back up your prayer is better than nothing at all.

For those curious, this isn’t the first time I’ve fasted or even the longest time I’ve had to fast (I’ve had to do it for 24hrs+ for medical procedures…now that sucks). But this is the first time I did it for religious purposes. No pain, no gain as they say.

-I prayed for the health and success of two people today. One was a coworker at my bakery and another was an employee at the coffee shop I go too who is always pleasant to me and CT when we go there.

-CT said she was proud of what I did today. I was happy to hear that 🙂

Overall, today was a good day. Still the usual stresses (money and health came up today, as usual), but I don’t have a lot to complain about compared to other people. I’m loved by CT, my family, God and Goddess and have already made connections with you guys. I’m looking forward to another day…with lunch!

January 11, 2013 New Moon Ritual

Today is my first New Moon ritual. I will recognize this day (and all future New Moons unless I change the ritual) by fasting for 12hrs. The purpose of fasting will be to remember how blessed I am with food the God and Goddess provide and that there are others on Earth who live with less during their day. I plan to donate money to a charity organization on New Moon days as well (based on available funds; today, I donated $5 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). For myself, I will write down every negative thought or event I’ve had recently which has sat and festered in my mind and then I will destroy it. The New Moon is a new start and I will start with a clean slate mind. I will then write down a goal which I wish to achieve by the Full Moon.

Today, since I wish to destroy my negative thoughts, I will leave them off this blog. I will simply write down my goal for this lunar period.

My goal is to give a positive blessing prayer to one person every day through the next Full Moon Day. This one person will be a non-family member.

I added non-family member because I wish to spread my blessings beyond those I immediately love to those who are friends or even strangers who may need a positive energy boost. This is perhaps akin to spiritual charity. A free giving of spiritual peace and comfort to another human being. Of course I can do this for family as well, but I’m specifically directing myself to think about people beyond my family to expand my spiritual connections with my fellow man and woman.

So for some of you followers of my blog out there…a blessing may come your way and if it does, I hope it makes your life just a little bit brighter or provides you with what you need in your life when you need it.

-moon-a

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My Ritual Life

This morning, while in meditation, I decided upon what I would like to do as ritual to recognize and celebrate the various cycles of the Earth in a way which would be spiritually fulfilling to me. I specifically wanted to do something for the New Moon, Full Moon, Sunrise, Sunset and Seasonal changes. I’ve always had a connection to these astronomical events…I would recognize the equinoxes and solstices as if they were holidays of significance…I would look up and observe the beauty of the full moon…so the idea of making my life around these events and feeling the connection to nature seems natural to me. So here’s what I decided:

New Moon: I will sit down and write down every negative emotion or event which has happened and dwells on my mind. After writing it down on paper, I will destroy it. The New Moon to me symbolizes a new beginning and I will cleanse myself of negativity and open myself up to change. On another sheet of paper, I will write down one goal I wish to achieve by the time of the Full Moon. Finally, I will fast for 12hrs the day of the New Moon to cleanse my body and to remember how blessed I am and that are those who have less than me.

Full Moon: I will sit down and review the success and failure of my goal and write out how it went, why it went the way it did and what I could’ve done differently. This day will be my opportunity for self-reflection and to understand myself holistically as it relates to my goal.

Sunrise and Sunset: I shall say a prayer or give a thought to myself thanking the God and Goddess for the life giving sun that will provide/has provided warmth to the Earth for the day.

Equinoxes and Solstices: Even before my major spiritual experience just a couple days ago, I tended to celebrate these anyways. On the days of the change in seasons, I usually enjoy going for walks outdoors to enjoy and absorb the feeling of the new season and my connection to nature. There may be snow on the ground or blooming flowers, it doesn’t matter, that how I usually ring in the new season and I shall continue to do so in that way.

Daily Meditation #1

This morning before sunrise, I went into a meditative state in order to calm my mind and decide on what I’d like to do to fulfill my goals in better becoming a spiritual person. My technique usually involves putting my head on folded pillow so that I’m slightly inclined and won’t quickly fall asleep. I then stare at the ceiling for a time to put myself in a mild hypnotic state (something I used to practice when i was a teenager), then eventually I’ll close my eyes and my internal journey using intense visualization and sensory “extension”. I’ll imagine I’m connected with other objects and people in my surroundings, that I am those objects. I expand my awareness to my whole room, the building I’m in, the city, the nation and the world and Universe. I don’t try to experience awareness, I just allow it to happen. To experience awareness as an individual of increasingly expansive realms makes the feeling difficult to put into words because it is physically impossible. I think I read this meditation somewhere in a random book in some years ago. All I can say is that doing it helps me feel that sense of oneness and connection with the world. It’s a theme I think will come up a lot as I rediscover my spirituality.

After I reached the point of connection with the Universe, I imagined myself as God. I then merged my energy with that of Goddess, our energies becoming one form. A real feeling of energy began to flow through my body like connecting a circuit. It was extremely gratifying and as if I’d connected directly to the forces of the Universe. After this experience waned, I decided upon making a private place for myself in this meditation state. I visualized a beautiful island beach with white sands, clear water, perfect temperature air and palm trees. This would be my personal world where I could go at any time for reflection. This technique I’d utilized some years ago, but had forgotten until just this morning. It felt wonderful to have my own private place again.

For today’s reflections, I thought about what I would to do to celebrate the various cycles of the Earth (the lunar and seasonal cycles). It was declared to me in my more transcendent meditation (that spurred the creation of this blog) that I celebrate the cycles of nature. So I wanted to create a ritual which would bring in the New Moon, Full Moon, Sunrise and Sunset as well as the changes in Seasons. There is something about ritual which I find brings other people a sense of order and peace in their lives, whether they are simply spiritual or Wiccan or Catholic. They connect with something greater than themselves. I would like to experience this as well. I floated in the waters just offshore this perfect beach and thought about what I wanted to do and what I would gain from it as a person.

I will share what I decided upon in another post today and leave this one for the meditation. But after deciding upon what I would like to do rituals, I allowed myself to come out of the meditation and then went back to sleep.