It had been a long voyage, and not always a smooth one. There had been several days ...
The seven chakras or wheel-like energy centres of the body govern aspects of our consciousness. By learning their location and their connection to our consciousness enables us to focus on what energies we need at different times and for different things...
Alone in the darkness it is silent except for the steady humming of the air filter on the fish tank...
In witchcraft, the female energies or goddess manifests in the three symbolic forms, the maiden, the mother, and the crone...
I have a fair few dream-catchers about the place and I love the various stories behind them. A favourite is this one...
The universe is one great energy that governs existence. Across the world many people try to give this unity of energy a name
With the phrase ‘a distant galaxy far, far away’ in the prompt you would think I would be straight into a little trip of fan fiction
Most witches, myself included, keep a close eye on the position of the sun and moon in the sky.
The sun and the moon are two basic and deeply spiritual phenomena in nature and symbolize the polarity of the male and female, god and goddess, energies.
Prompt: Food: What’s for breakfast? Dinner? Lunch? Write a journal entry about food.
Two silhouettes twirl in rhythm, their shadows caught on the moonlit wall. My eyes watch without knowing their names nor the music of their dance.
Over the centuries, humanity has tried to give the great energy of the universe a name, god, great spirit, Tao, Buddha and so on.
In mainstream religious thinking there is a monotheistic philosophy on deity that also operates behind the scenes of our society.
Whilst the Bongo Song is not the most spiritual of things, I find drumming to be empowering...
Prompt: Meditational Breathing We are often told to take a deep breath when things don’t go our way. There is a lot to be said for that.
Prompt: Styles of Meditation Meditation is something most people have heard of for both spiritual and non-spiritual purposes. It does not only apply to this religion or that relaxation class.
Prompt: What is symbolry for? In its broadest sense anything that is a form that represents something is a symbol. Of course, in spiritual matters symbolry is often far more abstract than that.
Listening to Tiesto is very powerful for my meditations and makes me focus on, to quote Douglas Adams, the life, the universes and everything. What does it mean? I don’t think the answer is 42, however, but who knows it could be.
The Laxton Wood Egg It was on a Friday afternoon in late spring that Ben found it. He had just been walking across the fields of Chestling Farm on his way home.
Many practitioners of Paganism have shamanism within their spiritual activities. I am no different in that. It is not something I searched for as I don’t think one can search for it. The inherent aspects of the shaman are naturally part of the being and in all of us. Recognising them and accepting they are … Continue reading The Shamanic Gene
Most religious paths look to some sort of scripture or holy text, a prophet, saviour of humanity or other religious type figure for guidance and spiritual understanding. I look to life and contemplation in the natural world around me.
Prompt: Bacon sandwiches always remind me… Hot coffee easing the sleep from my mind the morning after the night before. Meanwhile the autopilot is flipping one rasher of bacon after another.
The path of a Pagan is to open oneself to spiritual truth and not rely on blind faith. Paganism is to face life candidly and with an open heart and mind. Being curious about the world around us empowers us to see life with a heightened perspective and enable us to make tough and powerful decisions when life offers choices and to do so with a clear perspective.
The music of Enigma is fantastic for generating ambience for meditation or spiritual dedication. For me, je t’aime til my dying day inspires a few thought processes for both spiritual and Tantric meditative experiences.
5 Minute Free Write Prompt: What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?
What does it mean to let something go? Simplistically, it means to release something back to its origin or to the universe. It’s not quite that simple, of course, as first one must identify what to let go of and understand and/or accept the reasons why.
Over recent years I let my spiritual connection between myself and Mother Earth drift. No excuses, it happens whatever path one walks. I don’t beat myself up over this, never have and never will. I am aware when the time comes, and I need to reconnect with my spiritual psyche and personal priesthood I will be guided back.
Prompt: Why creative writing Oddly enough moving away from introspective writes to creative ones is starting with an introspective write. Such is the way of the writer, I guess.
I am often asked what I believe in, and it is not easy to put into words, but I will try. I am a child of the Earth, a son of the Sun King and the Lady Moon
As part of a revamp in what and how I blog I am going to change how I do my free writes. There will now be two aspects to my free writing, the creative space and this one, the spiritual zone. In the Spiritual Zone I will share a very private and personal side of me, Raven (including at some point why I use that name), through writing, music and imagery.
Prompt: Write about a grandparent It is hardly a secret that I have a lifelong love affair with everything feline. I love all animals but my relationship with the cat, I can pinpoint when that started with childhood memories to one cat, Smokey.
Prompt: What do you need to feel safe One of the symptoms of my bipolar depressive episodes is panic attacks. These can be logical or totally illogical. Along side the panic attacks I get agoraphobia which leads to reclusiveness and I avoid going out because I just don’t feel safe and then panic.
As a transgender man I spend a lot of time networking within the local community on behalf of the support group I organise.
Prompt: What are your worst traits? Another of those not easy answer to questions and it certainly took more than five minutes to think it through as I was listing almost the same things as I had written down as my best traits. So I am going to go with that thinking.
Free Writing Prompt: What are your best traits?
Free-write Prompt: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
Prompt: Three things you like about yourself
Prompt: A song you have danced to with your best friend
I am alone in my hospital room with only my thoughts for company. The bright sunshine outside does not bring light to the sheer weight of the darkness I see. Sure, my eyes see a couple of cats playing in the long grass where the gardens meet the car park. They see the road I … Continue reading Sometime in Slough
Prompt: A song you cannot stand to listen too As my taste in music is very eclectic this is actually a very hard one to come up with. There are songs and pieces I hate but I can listen to them or have them on in the background and tune them out, but a … Continue reading Noooooooo!!!!
Prompt: a song someone has sung to you There is only a few I can think of and if the person concerned was anywhere near me right now I would hit him as I hate them and have got to listen to that shyte to make this post. https://youtu.be/v35fWf1CWFQ https://youtu.be/Y4QGPWLY-EM https://youtu.be/fw-QRyQcFH8 And that … Continue reading Blue Cheese
Prompt: Your Favourite Song I challenge anyone to nominate just one song. So, instead, I have decided to go with a few of my faves from different areas of music. As the title suggests I like musicals a bit. No, not Julie Andrews. No. not the Sound of Music. I am torn between Chicago and … Continue reading These Are a Few of my Favourite Songs
Prompt: The last song alphabetically on your playlist On my current playlist that would be Vlad by Inkubus Sukkubus. As this is one of my favourite bands this post is their music, starting, or course, with Vlad from the album Belladonna and Aconite https://youtu.be/vbjnaQzJqfU Next up is Hedonistic Gene from the Beast with Two Backs … Continue reading Grooving with the Vampires
Prompt: The first song alphabetically on your playlist Wenn ich die Klassiker heraushole, wie ich das 1812 vor kurzem gepostet habe, dann ist es 99 Luftballons von Nena. Meine verstorbene Partnerin war Deutsche und ich habe immer noch viel von der Musik, die sie in mein Leben gebracht hat. Ich denke, ich werde diesen Beitrag … Continue reading Der Erste von Vielen
Prompt: Songs you love but rarely listen to There are far too many of these to post a complete listing so will go with the few I have had the pleasure of listening to today as I made notes for this write. I am starting with Transvision Vamp and Baby, I Don’t Care as it … Continue reading Long Time No Hear
Prompt: Songs that make you want to dance No prizes for guessing this write will feature a fair bit of tango, so that is where I will kick off with El Choclo by Angel Villoldo https://youtu.be/aV9wGF8QieI Next up La Tropiilla de la Zurda by Carlos Libedinsky as it is so frikken sensual to dance. https://youtu.be/VgiQthd09V0 … Continue reading Where the Heart Leads the Feet Follow
Prompt: Songs that make you cry This is where the classics come into their own, especially the sound of the violin so no shock there is going to be a bit of Samvel Yervinyan. https://youtu.be/henMgfslBPQ I have been privileged to see Samvel in concert with Yanni and the next piece truly made my eyes leak … Continue reading Leaky-eye Tunes
Prompt: Songs you sing out loud In recent years my voice has gone through a lot of changes as the male hormones have done their job. So I am starting with one I used sing back in the day from the beautiful Debbie Harry and Blondie https://youtu.be/DbDdMqE49SA Another one from the past with Gloria Gaynor … Continue reading Sing It
Prompt: Songs from your school days Music was my big interest as a kid, and my music teacher was an awesome guy who appeared to be a normal teacher but oh, boy, he let us explore music. So just for TP I will start with the song with nickname we gave him because he loved … Continue reading Leave Us Kids Alone
Prompt: The last song you heard Today’s prompt is an easy one as it is still before 9am and I don’t have the radio on. That means the last song I have heard is the one I use for my alarm sound. I chose it because it is loud, it is anthemic and rebellious and … Continue reading Kicking Ass