Recap: "On the other side things looked soooo very different!! Another world!! And, yes....you guessed it....I STILL fought it!!! Oh, please!!! Seriously??!! YES, seriously!! I was now in conflict between a place of love and peace VS fear and turmoil!!! And it showed!!! :D............."
On reflection it was so scarey for me to completely step into ME that I preferred to be closed and restricted! What I know now, beyond anything else in this existence, is that ALL you can EVER be is yourself.......your whole, complete, fabulous, amazing, light-being YOU. Gather all your knowledge, gather all your light, gather all your darkness (because it is inherent ) and paint the world with it!! As a Witch, fully embraced, makes no apologies for it, I am 100% grateful for it choosing me when I was a child!! It has brought me face to face, up-close-and-personal with my shit and guided me to places/people which have helped me sort it out! (I have to say....sometimes it was literally like going through a rubbish bin!!!)
My biggest teacher (next to my close family) has been Nature! The Witchcraft Path (or Nature Path) shows us everything we need to know, to understand and fully appreciate the workings of the Universe and our worlds - Nature IS our teacher, she is our Mother :)
Nature in all her abundance, in all her openness, in all her vulnerability, in all her wrath (if you like to see her that way), doesn't apologise, hold back or become inflexible because she's been hurt - just look at a rose....a beautiful, dark purple rose with a scent to die for....does this flower decide to shut down, cut off nutrients to it's blooms because someone less appreciative damages it?? Nope, it carries on giving, in the energy of infinite love, it keeps on growing, opening out, blooming and giving away it's scent for ALL........
This is US, in our true nature......loving, giving, blooming as well as defending, taking action and protecting - feeling everything in an open-hearted way!
I found another way to describe it after being openly discriminated against (along with my partner Ian) whilst trying to find a companion for our guinea pig Mr Puck (bear in mind we'd been told no two days previous due to the ambiguity of the sex of Mr Puck - fair enough!). We were subjected to aggressive staff (on both occasions), open rudeness from the manager who kept changing the criteria for taking home a guinea pig (he did eventually apologise for his rudeness, I will add) and we left feeling like we'd done something terribly wrong because we wanted to get a companion for Mr Puck (as well as feeling sorry for him because we were stopped from doing so!)
The long walk home gave us plenty of time for reflection on this and, as these things often do, it brought our focus back to a laser point!
1. As Vegan Witches we avoid, as much as possible, any animal suffering/exploitation, so being stopped twice from buying from this huge chain pet shop is not in our mandate....it goes against our beliefs (remember, we were only trying to get a companion for a piggie that we rescued from certain death!). We would much rather get a companion from a rescue center (like our dog Murphy!).
2. Those kind of pet shops sell animals for profit and if they were REALLY concerned about the welfare of the animals, they would do a home visit to ensure the safety of the animal (like rescue centers do).
3. They would neuter the males (as rescue centers do) to cut down on the number of unwanted/abandoned animals in rescue centers.
4. Whatever someone elses reaction is to you, it ALWAYS says more about them and their stuff than it ever does about you - this goes for you too, so if you have a strong reaction to something, examine it and the root cause of that reaction! :)
For me, my initial reaction was sadness, because I felt bad for Mr Puck, followed by anger at the injustice! The laser focus which followed - quickly I might add, which is a change for me, whereas before I would stew for days!! - has brought me to a new understanding of energy! Wooohoooooo!!
When you are going about your life in an openhearted way, there are no big walls.....just a soft bubble.....Now, for those folks who operate through the fear goggles, their bubble is more like the thick medieval wall - which can very easily break through and intrude into your bubble, thus projecting their fear onto you! The trick is that, when you know yourself inside and out - through your Witchy studies - you know this, you are 100% aware of this and as such, you know that the projected fear is not yours, and will not stick!! Hey! We're non-stick!!! heheheh
It is truly liberating to live in a place of non-fear (when I say non-fear, I mean that even if you feel fear, NEVER let it stop you being your true self! Just take a breath and DO IT!!), of pure self-expression!!
Live Long And Prosper!
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