My ‘Pagan’ Thoughts

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Layers

Published February 12, 2018 by etain1

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Layers ©

By Terry Moore

 

What do I see

What do I think

What do I say

 

Often my inner voice

Is snuffed out

Not allowed to speak

 

What am I afraid of

What holds me back

What is the blockage

 

What do I want

What lesson is there

What do I need to learn

 

I need to grow

I need to know

I need to just let go

 

I am ready

I shed the layers

I open up

 

I see who I am

I think positive

I say I am enough

From early on we are programed by our family, friends, school. work, and religious  organizations. This adds many layers to our personality. Over time we should reevaluate our belief system and see if what we store there is really right for us now. We learn, we change, and we grow. Let go of what no loner fits with your authentic self.

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What Is It ….

Published January 14, 2018 by etain1

Evolving

What Is It ©

By Terry Moore

What is it you seek

is it true, is it sweet

Is it from the soul level

or is it at crossroad or bevel

Seek with open eyes

The inner voice does not lie

Listen and you shall hear

All doubts will disappear

Be brave, be courageous

It will be advantageous

That which you seek

YOU are you and ever so unique

We seek so many things on our journey called life. We learn, we grow, we mature if we keep an open mind and learn to listen to our inner voice. We are such awesome individuals and are capable of doing extraordinary things if we just believe in ourselves.

From early on I just doodled absent-mindedly until my good friend Judy Hall introduced me to watercolors. At first I struggled with all aspects of this new found art form. Over time I got more comfortable and then started finding out where my strength were.

I must say that my world has changed since I started linking my artwork and my poems together. Visions, dreams, insights, understanding, clarity, balance and harmony are the gifts that I receive from this process. It only happened because I was open to learning. I was open to listening to my inner voice and I was courageous enough to put my creations out there for others to see and read.

What I found is true and sweet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healing And Forgiveness

Published January 12, 2018 by etain1

healing

Healing And Forgiveness ©

By Terry Moore

Healing and forgiveness

go hand in hand

It’s universal, no exceptions

across all lands

Inside all hearts there is a way

It’s an individual process

so, don’t delay

Illusions and thoughts perceived

By letting go, freedom is achieved

Having a heart that is carefree

It’s worth it you will agree

 

 

 

I Rise

Published January 4, 2018 by etain1

 

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Today I Rise

When I’m tired of all the things around me in my life, I rise
When only the negative aura surrounds me and tries to put me down, I rise
When there’s no one there for me even on the worst days, I rise
When there are bullies at school talking bad about me, I rise
When I’ve lost the family and people I love, I rise
When I am trying to reach my goal in my life and I fail at times, I rise
When I got fake friends, they lie to me and put me down, I rise
When I’m struggling with my family with the bills and our expenses, I rise
When I hear fighting, cussing, swearing cursing at home, I rise
When I’m heartbroken from a love, I rise
When there are traumatic things that happen to me, I rise
When I get abandoned by people who I thought loved me, I rise
When there are no good influence and only evil around me, I rise
When I’m on the street with no food or shelter, I rise
When I’m in a life or death situation, I rise
When someone I love has a chronic disease I stay strong for them and I rise
When the devil tries to put me down in the worst possible ways, I rise
I rise and stay strong because God helps me rise!!

 

Pure Michigan

Published January 2, 2018 by etain1

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The harshness of our frigid winters make many residents head off to Florida, Arizona and other warmer places. I am sure they have beautiful skies just like we do however the snow is not there. This is Pure Michigan at it’s finest.

Yes,  I am holding up in my warm condo avoiding going outdoors if at all possible because temps are 18 degrees and actually feel like 7 degrees. I need to get dressed with lots of layers so I can go get my gas tank filled up and do a few other errands. We Michiganders suck it up and get out there and do what we need to do.

Yes in winter time I hibernate indoors more often but I still look out my patio door and marvel at what I see. The birds huddle in the pine trees trying to stay warm and when the sun does come out so do they. The rabbit footprints in the snow leave delicate unusual patterns as they hop to and fro.

I am grateful that I live in Michigan and can enjoy all 4 seasons. Each season bringing its own beauty to the palate called Pure Michigan.

Slate is clear for 2018

Published January 1, 2018 by etain1

2018

“How do I know
Who I am
When all I have been taught
Is who to be
According to rules
That belong to a past
That believed in the domination
Of nature
As a path to power.

How do I know
Who to be
When the judgment that gets thrown
Arises from a fear so old
That no one even knows
Why it’s wrong
To shine
Or show pleasure
As a woman

Why would I stay
Cooped up in a cage
Of shoulds and oughts
When this body
Is crafted from moonlight
And fire
And the deeper river
Of ancient knowing
Guides my every felt sense
Of what it means
To be a woman

So I stand
Shameless bright
My heart open wide
Wild crafted pleasure
And mountainous might
I define myself
As I set myself free
And I laugh out loud
As I birth a new me
For all women.

By Clare Dubois

When I read this poem it resented right to my core. I thought it was so fitting for today is the first full moon in 2018. Our slates are wiped clean and we can write our story for 2018 any way we want to.

Letting go of the past, not making plans for the future but living for today. My  plan is to pay attention to all the energies that surround me. To look for the joy in everything, and if a not so joyless occasion does surface, I will find the lesson, and also continue to find joy in the lesson. I am steadfast in my quest a joy filled 2018.

Happy New Year!

Do You Believe In The Light?

Published December 31, 2017 by etain1

Do You Believe In The Light?

Author: Rev. etain.butterfly
Posted: January 16th. 2011
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I am a registered nurse by profession and my specialty lies within the surgical suite. After being a surgical nurse for over 30 years, I retired from a huge medical center and shortly after that I hired into a small surgical center. I was too young to not ever work again and I missed working in the O.R.

When I hired in, my philosophy was to keep a low profile and let my coworkers get comfortable with my surgical abilities and my personality. After all, I was the new kid on the block. Little by little, I started sharing bits and pieces of my life but making sure I never mentioned being Pagan. By doing this I also had time to learn about them and establish a great relationship with our patients, my coworkers, our doctors and management.

One day during a lengthy case the surgeon said, “What is that on your neck”? I always wore a simple Pagan necklace that looked like a star within a circle and the tree of life. Up to now no one had made the connection, and frequently it was mistaken for a Jewish necklace. So, under the pressure I answered “just a sterling silver necklace”.

He then said with a twinkle in his eye “that’s a Witch’s necklace, so I better be careful before you cast a spell on me”. I laughed and said “If you don’t leave me alone I will turn you into a frog”. He just snickered and that was the end of that… or so I thought.

Later on that day a few staff members asked if this was true. Was I really a Witch? To me this sort of situation relates to what it’s like when you raise your children: when they ask questions, you give them age appropriate answers. In this scenario, I thought it best to answer truthfully and make it short and sweet. I did exactly that and then added, if you ever have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. I assured them I don’t solicit membership and I will be more then willing to answer any questions they have.

As time passed, they became more comfortable asking me questions. Once my boss asked me how many holidays we celebrate and did I need that time off. Others ask the usual standard Pagan/Witchy questions such as: do you believe in the devil; do you sacrifice animals; do you do magick? Now this being said, I can get on with “Do you believe in the light”?

A coworker’s mother was very sick and was on dialysis 3 days per week and she was not doing well. My only comment to my coworker was that I was very sorry that her Mom was so sick. I know though personal experience it’s not an easy thing to go through.

Several weeks later we were working together when she ask me, “Do you believe in the light? I know you are Pagan and I would like to know if you believe in the Light”.

I moved close to her and sat down so we would not disturb anyone else in the room and answered, “You don’t have to be a Pagan to believe in the light. It has been well documented that Christians as well as non Christians have stated during near death experiences that they see the light”. Then I followed up that statement by saying “I absolutely believe in people seeing the light, why do you ask”?

She continued to tell me the story of her Mom. She said her Mom keeps saying that she was seeing ‘the light’ over a picture in her hospital room. She then told me that her Mom told her that she was so tired of being sick and in pain all the time. She had monster tears in her eyes as she said, “I am not ready to let her go”.

I had to choose my words carefully! I asked her if she had talked to her Mom about what she wanted. I also told her no one wants to lose a loved one and I understood her not wanting to let her go. Then I told her she has what I call a gift…the ability to know that her Mom’s life was coming to an end because many people do not have this opportunity. Loved ones can be taken away in an instant through trauma and accidents without warning.

I continued to counsel that she now has the chance to tell her Mom each and everyday how much she loves her, and how thankful she is to be her daughter. I held her hand as I told her she needs to ask her Mom what she wants, honor her wishes and not make her feel guilty for being too tired to fight any longer. I also made the suggestion that she ask for a consultation with a social worker and or spiritual leader to help her and her family during this trying time.

She gave me a heartfelt hug and thanked me for taking the time to listen and to give her guidance. I gave her my phone number and told her to give me a call if there was any thing I could do for her.

Two days later I got a call from her telling me her Mom had passed. She also said that after talking to me she still felt the loss of losing her Mom but also felt so much better that she had sat down with her Mom and ask her what her wishes were and what she wanted her to do to help honor her wishes. She told me she was at peace with her Mom’s passing and very thankful for me being who I am. She also said, through knowing me, she has become more at ease with Paganism/Witchcraft.

For me, it was sad that she had to lose her beloved Mother. It also made me realize just how fortunate I am to work in a place that accepts my religious preference and me. In retrospect, this was a small act of kindness that helped bridged some of the gap/tension between Christianity and paganism. We never know when our actions can create a positive reaction towards religious tolerance.

article was published in Witchvox