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What’s Your Motivation?
What motivates you? What is the guiding principle(s) by which you steer your course? The Rede? Freedom and Justice for All? Honor? Kindness? Truth?
Have you ever had to wrestle with conflicting impulses or actions that may be contrary to what you hold to be your guide? How did you resolve it?
Is there a quotation (or quotations) that best sums up the ideals that you try to live up to or that is your inspiration? Please share it!
| Reponses: There are 97 responses posted to this question.
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| Balance ||Nov 21st. at 8:06:41 pm EST|
|Ravenstone (Everett, WA) ||Age: 50 - Email |
The ideas of balance and Self-responsibility are what motivate me as a Witch and a human being. I come from a fundamentalist version of Christianity, where I could petition Deity and somehow hope that my behavior would qualify me for a positive answer. This left me in somewhat of a "victim" mode. The idea that I can take responsibility, and work my will (for the good of all) through Magick, was and is liberating to say the least. The striving for balance motivates me as I witness Mother Earth going through Her circle of changes, and I witness first hand the Wisdom of the Elements in their process of give and take. Blessed Be.
| My Motivation ||Nov 21st. at 9:24:24 pm EST|
|Aidan Silkfire (Backwater Town, Oregon) ||Age: 14 - Email |
To strive for a balance between dark and light so that I may live life down to the last little bit, well that's more poetic than the general sense but that's the whole idea.
Also, Truth is a great motivation for me. It's easy to tell Lies to keep our bodies, but to tell the Truth is a great deal easier on the mind and soul.
I also don't want it all to come back and bite me in the tush, so there. :-)
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| My Motivation ||Nov 21st. at 10:45:18 pm EST|
|Alicia Milstead (Deland, Florida) ||Age: 22 - Email |
What keeps me going more than anything else is that I know where I truly belong, and I feel secure in the place I have found within myself. Even when I was very young, I realized that the strictly Roman Catholic life my parents wanted me to lead was not for me at all. It was a hot point, especially between my father and I, ever since I realized, at about age 10, what it really was that I was being drawn to. My parents taught tolerance, but could not tolerate such a difference in their daughter. The turning point in my struggle to finally become myself out of my own free will came when I met the man I was to marry. He was the epitome of everything Mom and Dad feared and disliked. Christmas of the year 2000 was a mess for us all becuase of this. I moved out New Year's Day, and married at the end of last January.
Ever since, life has been a journey of discovery and learning. I'm in a place where people delight in who I am. It's no small thing to me that I see the arrival of my husband into my life as a gift that will forever be sacred. So, my purpose is freedom of will and caring and empathy for all life.
What you chose to do with life is your decision, but be sure that you always give back, and give even if there's nothing to get back.
| Quantum Mechanics ||Nov 22nd. at 2:48:06 am EST|
|DT (Madison, AL US) ||Age: 44 - Email |
I seek truth through science. I am a physicist whose specialty is cosmology. I find truth in mathematics, science, research, and relationships with my grandchildren. I do not know if there is a God/Godess or not, but I am open to discussion on the subject and widely read. If truth is to be found in magic, I would appreciate an intelligent discussion about why it represents truth. I cannot call myself an atheist, but rather agnostic. I've learned enough about science to know just what it is that I don't know.
| Honesty ||Nov 22nd. at 6:09:58 am EST|
|Maggie (Leicester UK) ||Age: 42 - Email - Web|
I guess my major motivation force is honesty, honestly recognising who and what I am, then honestly trying to live by my principles. I think it's best summed up by this extract from the Desiderata
"You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars.
You have a right to be here.
And whether it is clear to you or not,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive him to be,
and whatever your labours and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace with your soul."
| Motivation ||Nov 22nd. at 11:03:50 am EST|
|Morriana (lake Zurich, IL) ||Age: 35 - Email |
Sure willpower motivates me. Knowing and believing beyond a shadow of a doubt that if I put my mind to something it will be accomplished.
| Contentment ||Nov 22nd. at 11:43:04 am EST|
|Sophie Jemima (UK) ||Age: 20 - Email |
my motivation would be the happiness and beauty that my life has been blessed with...look beyond that,that is modern day and apprechiate the gift we have recieved.She is everywhere...blessed be
| My Rede ||Nov 22nd. at 3:56:33 pm EST|
|juliaane (NC, USA) ||Age: 51 - Email |
What goes around, comes around
Work like you don't need money
Love like you have never been hurt
Dance like nobody is watching
Sing like nobody is listening
Live like it is Heaven on Earth......
Do No Harm...
| Member Of The Way ||Nov 22nd. at 4:04:17 pm EST|
|Micheil MacCutcheon (Dover, NH) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I live life with Joy in my heart and share it daily. And in life what you send forth is often what returns. So live life with joy.
I heard this from Donna Reed Show: "When you deal with others, use your heart. When you deal with yourself, use your heart."
Between the heart and the spirit lies the true path.
| Well... ||Nov 22nd. at 6:32:40 pm EST|
|Zephyr (New England) ||Age: 23 - Email |
for sheer get up and go power, I've always liked:
You can't make tracks in the sands of time if you're sitting on your butt.
| My Response ||Nov 22nd. at 7:37:23 pm EST|
|SunsetSeashell (Gold Coast, Queensland, AUST.) ||Age: 24 - Email |
The Wiccan Principles of Belief (*not* the Wiccan Rede), my own Personal Rede as well as various personal mottos are my guiding principles. Emphasis on "Guiding" - they are not commandments and I can ignore all these guidelines whenever I want - at the same time I do accept responsibility for my actions, thoughts and feelings (be they "good" or "bad"). My personal rede is such: Respect and live in Harmony with myself, Respect and live in Harmony with Others (including society, the wider community) and I am responsible for my actions, thoughts and feelings and their subsequent repercussions (be they "good" or "bad"). Two of my mottos are: "Walk in Light, Walk in Shadow", "I am here to understand not to be understood" :-)
| An Addition To My Original Response ||Nov 22nd. at 10:23:48 pm EST|
|SunsetSeashell (Gold Coast, Queensland, AUST.) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I also try and be grateful for all blessings God/dess and Universe has bestowed upon me in the past, in my present and in my future. I like to say "Thank You" to God/dess and Universe daily (or at least aim for that). My little ritual is to just say "Thank You" and mean it whilst pouring a libation onto the Earth.
Sometimes I like to take a minute and reflect on what I have to be grateful for: from physical things such as not being disabled, my cat Bibs, being able to hear and see, my computer working, etc to the more spiritual which includes any lessons learnt as well as guidance given.
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