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Dealing With Pain And Faith In A Wiccan World
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In the world of Wicca we learn to acknowledge, understand and work with our own power. We learn to hold ourselves accountable and make things happen. But what happens when we deal with those life challenges that are outside of our control?
There is no meditation or spell work that will help change the choices of another or help us learn to “live life on life’s terms.” There is no magical cure.
This is where I find many Wiccan books are misleading. Most books are so focused on which directions represent which quarters, what color candles to use, what ritual garb to wear or what incense to burn. In actuality Wicca is not a religion of rituals and spellwork; Wicca is not a religion that only happens eight days a year or when one needs to perform a spell. Wicca is not about wearing the elaborate ritual clothing with the perfectly shining athame. Those things can be a part of your Wiccan path, but alone they are not the basis of Wicca.
This is where the real faith of any spiritual base comes into play, Wicca included. Many times we concentrate on defining “Wicca” rather than focusing on truly defining our Wiccan spiritual path.
After a recent disaster in my family, I have turned to my spirituality for guidance and solace. I have had to ask myself these very questions. Coming to a place where I must surrender to the plan and Will of the Mother Goddess and Father God is a difficult thing, and one that sometimes feels impossible. But I know that it is necessary to surrender those things that are just suppose to be, whether I understand the reasons why or not.
Although Wicca has taught me that I can work with the energy of the universe to help achieve balance or desired results, I have come to a place of really understanding that spellwork isn’t part of my spiritual foundation or the main piece of Wicca. In addition, spellwork is not always the answer. How do I know if it is OK to alter the results of a plan that isn’t mine?
We live in a society where people look for the quick answer to their problems, instant gratification. So often I see situations where people are doing spellwork for money or love instead of getting up and looking for a job or getting active outside of the house. Then, when the desired results do not happen the way they think it should, their faith is compromised. People ask, “The spell didn’t work; what did I do wrong?”
Diving into what it means to have faith is a challenge that most people don’t want to face. Having faith represents the acceptance of not always having power or control. Having faith means that sometimes life is going to happen because ultimately things are in their hands and not mine and I have to trust that the Gods know what they are doing. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FATE OF EVERYONE’S LIFE. Who wants to come to terms with that?
So I guess the next question would be…how do we believe in a higher plan when the world around us can be filled with such pain and suffering? That is the million dollar question. We learn to live beyond the words in a “How to be Wiccan” book. We start the journey of soul searching that has nothing to do with what color candles you use or which goddess is appropriate to call on. We remember that life is about lessons…good, bad or indifferent. We never know the lessons we are meant to learn this time around on our journey.
I can only guess that my soul is in the process of learning patience, understanding, strength and the ability to let go and stop trying to control the world. Making a real connection between the Lord, Lady and the Universe is the beginning of building a spiritual foundation to the real mysteries of what we can call Wicca. Without a strong connection to my higher power I am just lighting candles and wishing for someone to take the pain and struggles away from my life. What we strive to understand is that life happens, no matter how many candles you light or what incense you burn.
So instead I light a candle every morning when I wake and each night before I sleep, asking the Gods to help me learn the lessons in my path. I ask for an open mind, clarity, peace and balance for my family and for myself. I ask for the courage to continue to walk in a world that feels so uncertain sometimes. And believe it or not, I wake up every morning to light that candle…that is faith.
Learning to “let go and let god,” as they say in Alcoholics Anonymous, is one of the biggest pieces to surrendering and learning to have faith. Learning to surrender and have faith is one of the biggest pieces to having peace in your life. Part of living with peace in your life is accepting that we don’t always have control of the outside world but only how we choose to deal with the world when life shows up.
The connection between surrender, faith and peace is clear if you take a moment to think about it. Like an onion, life is made up of many layers and you have to lift one layer at a time. Although life may seem complicated, it is really about having the faith to put one foot in front of the other and trusting the universe.
Today I chose to deal with life as a true Wiccan. I chose to be honest, accept life as it is, give freely, love freely, continue to walk forward and accept the will of the Gods in my life.
That is not to say that I exclude spellwork from my path, but it is to say my own spiritual beliefs and practices have evolved. Instead of doing a spell to change the situation or take away the pain, I may instead perform a spell to help me work through the pain so I can learn the lessons I need to.
I challenge everyone to question your spiritual foundation and search the boundaries of your faith. Only you have the power to answer those questions for yourself. Life will challenge your beliefs and your faith, as it is designed to do.
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