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  • Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner * Silver Chalice Ezine
    in adherence to strict rules an enlightened approach Particularly helpful for new Witches is the glossary of Wiccan terms All in one place an explanation of the common Witchcraft terms Some of the beneficial practices in Wicca A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner include Learning to sense energy How to design ritual Laying out an altar Initiation and self dedication Making magick with runes and other tools If you have some experience in Wicca already Wicca A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner may be too simplistic for your needs It offers little of the depth of Wiccan philosophy that say The Spiral Dance presents so meaningfully However its collections of chants recipes rituals etc still make it a useful resource And if you re new to Wicca it will be a resource you use again and again And it includes a handy index Always a plus Excerpts from Wicca A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner Magic isn t a means of forcing nature to do your will This is a completely erroneous idea fostered by the belief that magic is somehow supernatural as if anything that exists can be outside of nature Magic is nature It is a harmonious movement of energies to create needed change If you wish to practice magic all thoughts of it being paranormal or supernatural must be forgotten P 6 The Goddess and the God are of nature both the delightful and the dark We don t worship nature as such some Wiccans probably wouldn t even say that they worship the Goddess and God We don t bow down to the deities we work with Them to create a better world This is what makes Wicca a truly participatory religion P 18 The circle is constructed with personal power which is felt and visualized as streaming from the body through the magic knife athame and out into the air When completed the circle is a sphere of energy which encompasses the entire working area The word circle is a misnomer a sphere of energy is actually created The circle simply marks the ring where the sphere touches the Earth or floor and continues on through it to form the other half P 57 It is the wise Wiccan who celebrates on the Sabbats and Esbats for these are times of real as well as symbolic power Part 68 Wicca A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham Llewellyn Publications 1999 ISBN 0 87542 118 0 All bold text my emphasis Rating for Wicca A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner 4 Stars AMAZON COM WIDGETS With Bright Blessings Next Article in the Silver Chalice E zine Wiccan Sabbats Esbats If you enjoyed this article please Stumble it It only takes a second to share the good stuff with other seekers If You Liked Wicca A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner You May Also Enjoy These Book Reviews New Book Reviews are published in every issue of The Silver Chalice E Zine Please subscribe to

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  • A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle -- Book Review * Silver Chalice Wiccan E-Zine
    conscious action A New Sacred Text A New Earth is one of those rare books that is so powerful it is a spiritual practice just to read it By reading a few pages or paragraphs even a single sentence just before sleeping and immediately upon awakening you will find your life transforming effortlessly It has happened to me and to many others Reading A New Earth is a transformative experience It WILL change you It can free you from the addiction to suffering The energy in this book is so high that merely keeping it near you especially at night begins to break down the illusions that hold you prisoner to your pain Of course how much more powerful then to actually read it and take action on its wisdom A New Earth is one of the 5 books that I believe are not to be missed in anyone s lifetime I d give it more than 5 stars It deserves a sky full Check out the excerpts below and you ll maybe start to see why Excerpts from A New Earth A new species is arising on the planet It is arising now and you are it 309 A still relatively small but rapidly growing percentage of humanity is already experiencing within themselves the breakup of the old egoic mind patterns and the emergence of a new dimension of consciousness P 21 What is arising now is not a new belief system a new religion spiritual ideology or mythology We are coming to the end not only of mythologies but also of ideologies and belief systems P 21 What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am Who am I then The one who sees that The awareness that is prior to thought the space in which the thought or the emotion or sense perception happens P 22 Strictly speaking you don t think Thinking happens to you The voice in the head has a life of its own Most people are at the mercy of that voice they are possessed by thought by the mind Because of the human tendency to perpetuate old emotion almost everyone carries in his or her energy field an accumulation of old emotional pain which I call the pain body P 140 Any negative emotion that is not fully faced and seen for what it is in the moment it arises does not completely dissolve It leaves behind a remnant of pain P 141 The pain body however is not just individual in nature It also partakes of the pain suffered by countless humans throughout the history of humanity p 142 The pain body awakens from its dormancy when it gets hungry when it is time to replenish itself Alternatively it may get triggered by an event at any time If you live alone or there is nobody around at the time the pain body will feed on your thoughts But it cannot feed on any

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  • Power vs. Force, by David Hawkins -- Book Review * Silver Chalice E-Zine
    is a negative energy state And yet there are times when anger seems to be a key to necessary change Social change for instance is often begun by anger over injustice Can anger be entirely negative if it has positive uses Hawkins clear headed analytical style spells it out perfectly When we are in a state that calibrates lower than anger such as fear or apathy or shame anger is indeed a vast improvement Yet compared to the high energy state of courage 200 or love 500 anger shows itself to be ultimately less than beneficial Through this illustration of levels of consciousness Power vs Force has given me a much greater understanding of the human condition It has also illuminated the roadmap to improving it The Evolution of Human Consciousness and Your Empowerment Intriguingly according to Hawkins research the overall level of human consciousness which had been at 190 for centuries suddenly leapt to 204 in the 1980 s This means that for the first time ever in our history humanity is operating on a positive frequency I find this incredibly inspiring One of the parts of the book that I most often tell people about is the chart that shows how much one person s uplifted state helps others Since the calibrations show increases by geometric progression every 10 points of increased consciousness means 10 times the benefit So as Hawkins puts it the influence of a very few individuals of advanced consciousness counterbalances entire populations at the lower levels Pg 101 The Map of Consciousness plots out the beneficial influence of one person s personal or spiritual growth It shows mathematically how one person can heal the world by their own healing In other words it proves Gandhi s assertion that we must be the change we want in the world This clarifies how the most important work any of us can be doing is our spiritual work Imagine if you were the one to tip the scales that would save the planet Talk about being empowered Power vs Force in Society The second half of Power vs Force I found less immediately thrilling but still vital While part one is incredibly mind expanding part two is invaluable in clarifying the subtle differences between using force and owning power Hawkins goes into detail on how power and force play out in various arenas of life politics sports business the arts and so on If you re interested in societal issues you ll enjoy this in depth exploration Will It Change Your Life The real test of any teaching is whether it affects your life in a beneficial way With this standard Power vs Force is the most influential book I ve read in years My awareness is different since I ve read it and my behaviour reflects a new empowerment I recognise my own tendencies to use force and even better I am more aware of alternatives that I could choose to reclaim power instead Considering the

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  • Subtle Energy Field * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    spouse or bouncing around cheerfully you can suspect a subtle energy field is the agent Common Experiences It s not always emotions either Sometimes it can be similar experiences This is trickier to diagnose because the circumstances may look completely different on the surface If you look at the deeper level though you can see that the learning is the same For instance one person may be losing their job another s children move to a distant country another s car gets totalled Different experiences on the surface But underneath they may all be going through feelings of loss or insecurity or detachment So if you are skilled at reading the Symbolic Language that underlies everything that happens you are more able to determine whether you re within an energy field Sudden Onset of a Feeling Another clue is when a feeling hits you out of thin air You re going along fine and suddenly you feel a wave of anger anxiety even giddiness or relaxation When an emotion seems to descend on you from nowhere it s likely that a field is the real cause Disproportionate Reactions When an emotional reaction seems out of proportion to the stimulus or is particularly hard to shake off these can be signs too Of course sometimes it s just your own emotional triggers at work The more self awareness and emotional intelligence you have the easier it is to differentiate your personal journey from group fields Even so it s not easy to do Read the Energy Field Barometer That s why it s so helpful to have input from others If several people are experiencing it you can bet it s a field That s why I post planetary field updates in the blog from time to time and more detailed ones in the Silver Chalice E Zine If it s posted in these sites that s an excellent clue What Can You Do When Caught In A Field The best thing to do is protect your own human energy field so that negative fields can t get through For instance doing the Divine Light Invocation every day keeps your human energy field strong As energy fields are all attractors this means that you will attract more positive fields and repel negative ones More practices specifically designed for this can be found in Karla McLaren s extremely helpful book and CD Energetic Boundaries Practical Protection and Renewal Skills for Healers Therapists and Sensitive People And if a negative field has taken hold then you can heal your energy field with certain exercises Spiritual practices and grounding for example can help With Bright Blessings Next Article If you liked this article please subscribe for free to my RSS feed or give it a thumbs up in Stumbleupon Sharing the good stuff with other seekers is a way of paying back Thanks a lot If You Liked Intro to Energy Fields You May Also Enjoy These Related Articles New material is always added

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  • Using Positive Affirmations * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    your positive affirmation Then you can take it a little further Eg I am happy Update I am loving my life 8 Don t Sweat The Details Do an affirmation for the end result you want not for how you think it will come about Eg I am engaged in my ideal career Not I wow them at this job interview or Joe Smith offers me the promotion 9 Tell It To Yourself Do self affirmations while looking at yourself in a mirror and saying them in the second person using your own name Eg Janice you are worthy of love and happiness Empower Your Positive Affirmations Your positive affirmations will be true more quickly when you use these tried and true affirmation tips Write them out by hand on a nice piece of paper Post them where you will see them often Say them out loud with great conviction especially before falling asleep and upon waking If you can t manage conviction go for volume Repeat them often every day Every affirmation is a daily affirmation Make it into a chant that you can sing Stay with it for at least a month Wear a half smile it inclines your body to believe you You can also touch your heart or the space between your eyebrows as you speak Generate a feeling of belief an experience that your affirmation can be true and is already true If that s too far then aim to feel a sense of well being Let these feelings suffuse your entire body This is THE most important tip for empowering your daily affirmations Act on your affirmations Confirm your new reality with appropriate actions Lock and seal them After doing some repetitions of your positive affirmation gently tap your fingertips together repeatedly thumb to thumb index to index etc simultaneously and turn your gaze upwards as you declare I believe 100 that I can have this I know completely and on all levels of my being that this is true And so it is Locked into my deepest body and mind and soul as truth It can be helpful to start with affirmations written by someone with a lot of experience at positive affirmations until you get the hang of it It won t take long til you are coming up with great positive affirmations of your own But Aren t Affirmations Just Lying To Myself Don t worry if saying your new positive affirmations feels like stating a blatant untruth In the beginning that s to be expected All your life you ve been affirming something else as true That does mean it is true or more real or better than your positive affirmation It just means that you ve been telling yourself something different Now when start to change a belief that is change what you tell yourself you re going to disbelieve it for a while That s natural In fact it s a good sign It means that your positive

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  • The Power of Positive Affirmations * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    of bits of information you are exposed to every day but you take in only a tiny fraction of them And the notable part is what you take in isn t at all random Your brain has been programmed with certain filters You literally only see what your filters allow What Are The Mental Filters Like polarized sunglasses which let in only light rays that align in a certain direction mental filters screen out everything that doesn t align with what you know to be true And what you know can have little to do with what you know consciously Consciously you may know that you re a good person and worthy of love Yet subconsciously you may have an old program that quietly fears that it s not true And for some reason it s these subconscious programs that rule The Mechanics Of Perception There have been numerous experiments and demonstrations of this basic fact but it s still hard to really comprehend until you ve experienced it for yourself Luckily there are forms of this process that almost everyone has had For instance have you ever tried to find something and overlooked it even though it was right in front of your face This happens to me all the time when I am expecting to find a green label say and it actually has a red tag This is the brain s filtration system in action Seeing What You Believe Think about what this means for your reality It s not I ll believe it when I see it The brain really works like this I ll see it when I believe it I d love to spend a lot of time on the studies on the mechanics of perception because they re fascinating but let s take this as read and come back to the power of positive affirmations So all this information is filtered without your awareness Even your own stories and interpretations generally happen so quickly that you re not aware that they re yours It seems like this is just how it is Want to know what deep down you really believe Look at your life What is working well Where is it not Where you experience ease and abundance Where do you keep running into blocks Your life is a perfect representation of what your subconscious believes Yikes What Can I Do About That Positive affirmations put the power of manifesting the life you want back into your own hands Or rather mind body They give you the power to reprogrammed your subconscious with what you choose to know is true You don t need to be run by others expectations fears and desires whether parents or society s The truth is you really are in control in total control I know it is difficult to accept the fact that you are the cause of the feelings that take away your joy in life On the other hand this realization is your biggest

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  • How To Visualize * Wicca-Spirituality.com
    imagine putting the lemon to your lips and sucking out the juice Taste that lemon Do you notice your taste buds squirting Your body already knows how to visualize it does it all the time Your body reacts to visualization exactly as if it were the real thing Which is why it is so crucial to gain command of your mind s imagination This also proves that even though you may not be aware of clearly imagining things the imagination happens You already know how to visualize These exercises are therefore designed more to help you realise that you can already vividly imagine things than to develop an ability you have subconsciously mastered Visualization Exercise 4 On a blank piece of paper with a fat black marker print the first letter of your first name big and clear Then hang this on a wall in front of you Sit right in front of the letter at just the distance that you can see it best Look carefully at the letter study it with full attention Then close your eyes Imagine you re looking at that piece of paper Imagine seeing the letter in front of you at the perfect distance for perfect viewing Can you see the letter in your mind s eye It will appear there But if you re not used to using your imagination it might flash so quickly at first that you don t notice anything Don t strain When you lose the image or if you can t really see it yet simply open your eyes and look at the paper again Study the image Then close your eyes and imagine you still see it Keep doing this until your mind understands how to visualize the letter with your eyes closed as well opened Of course you won t really see it not like it is on paper Not at first anyway But over time it will get clearer and clearer until you realise you can see it perfectly clearly with your eyes closed This is the fascinating thing about imagination It s not so much that you can t see it perfectly right from the start It s that you don t realise you can see it This may not make much sense to you right now but you will know what it means after the fact Visualization Exercise 5 Close your eyes Bring to mind someone you love and see very often Think of their hair What colour is it Is it curly or straight or in between How long is their hair Is it hanging near the eyes or back from the ears or where What colour does it shine when the sunlight hits it Can you smell their hair in this imaginary scene How does it move when they move their head Of course you don t see the person s face You are imagining that you see it Just concentrate on one physical feature at all time Now think of

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  • Mandala Testimonials And Customer Feedback
    good creativity outlet for ideas and designs and stuff It s easier than a painting or full on drawing but more substantial than a doodle What I especially like about it is stress relief this has the potential to be really calming and relaxing I would love it if I could be relieved of stress because school is so high stress Now I ve got bragging rights Look what I can do that you can do or that you can t Look how good I am I m proud of it I think it s awesome I like it D I d recommend this kit to my friends because I found it is good for self improvement and it s an excellent hobby I love this kit it s the best ever everyone should buy this I think it would make a really great gift because it s an inexpensive price and you get a lot of stuff in there and it s a craft and crafts are always fun to do I like gifts that you can do something with It s practical Drawing mandalas this way definitely helped me focus it required thought and attention is that meditative when I had to focus and shut out other things Drawing mandalas was also a fresh way to express meaning into another form I was able to take my feelings and turn it into a mandala and transform my feelings into something visual I like that it says a lot I tell people this is fun and you should try out even if you can t draw If you re making marks on a paper then you re drawing and if it looks good that s even better that s a bonus That s what the templates do for you They make it easy to make it look good I say go for it I m not really into the spiritual part of it but I think I would like to be Mandalas would be good for me because as an artist I think that s a perfect way to get into spiritual stuff Thanks for this Marissa Brown University Student Vernon BC A Child s Eye View I like drawing mandalas They re fun to do and they re pretty Amelia C Age 6 BC Canada I d Never Go Back To Drawing Mandalas Without The Kit The overall experience of using your mandala kit is really satisfying I m so pleased when I finish a mandala It s like accomplishment and it looks so cool it s easy to do but when it s finished it looks really cool It doesn t look like it should be that easy I m all eager I m all excited when I m about to draw a mandala and afterward I m accomplished and calm and relaxed It s like eating a really big meal and then you re just so full and happy that s the same thing with mandalas

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