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Spiritual Disconnect

 I was watching this video by Molly Roberts on healing the muse, I got to thinking on the topic of where a pagan feels disconnected to their spiritual path, not just their creative path, but unable to feel a connection to the God/dess or gods.

mollyIn her video, Molly talks about things ‘clogging’ the creative flow, filtering what we do, but also she covers how we can feed our creativity. She gives some great tips.

So imagine our spirituality and ask yourself what do you feed your spirituality? It sounds abstract, doesn’t it? But no, you can feed that part of yourself in similar ways as you would with creativity.

Causes of disconnect can vary depending on where you are in life. Sometimes it can be caused by depression, or a drastic change in your life. Try seeking through your feelings on this, to find when and how you lost the connection. Sometimes, you need only to find a way to reconnect.

Meditation– There are many forms of meditation with many benefits to both mind and body. Meditating also helps us connect with the world around us, as well as within us. Try daily meditation.

Divination– Fortunate telling provides answers of ourselves. Whether you use the tarot or runes, or you prefer the i ching or scrying, divination may provide a way to find what causes your disconnect.

Journaling. Journaling, in a way, is also like meditation. You can use a technique known as ‘freewriting’ to find answers to many questions, or just express yourself. Use journaling to explore feelings, vision, hopes, and dreams. This can often work through disconnects.

Ritual. Even if you’re not ‘feeling it’, try performing ritual anyway. I’ve done this before, going through the lighting of candles, the energy rising. It helped me reconnect. In fact, I felt a powerful connection when I sat still after ritual to wait for an answer, and it came.

Music This can inspire but also connect with the spiritual side of yourself. You can easily use this in combination with meditation, journaling, and ritual.

Art You don’t have to be good at art to feel creative. It is a form of spiritual expression. Try painting, scrapbooking, weaving/knitting, or any other form of art/craft.

Read Books You can read or even reread books that can help connect to your spirituality. When I first started out, most books on paganism was mostly about the stuff and spells, but you can find books on the spiritual depth of paganism. This will depend on your spiritual path, but I’ve enjoyed Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler, as well as The The Spiral Dance by Starhawk, or Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham. But explore to see what books seem to work best.

Hike or camp, get outdoors. Try connecting with the earth, literally with the dirt and natural surroundings. Sometimes removing yourself from the technology, work, toxic personalities, or the mundane can cause disconnect.

What do have you tried, and what tips can you share on trying to reconnect with spirituality? Post in comments.

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June Strawberry Moon

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One of the aspects of knowing the moon names lets you understand what to expect from the month. Strawberry moon is where you look for ripening berries. (not just strawberries).

Some ideas for June Moon:

Go strawberry picking. You can use a search engine and put in “local strawberry picking’ to find local farms that let you pick your own.

Make something special with strawberry. I like trying new recipes and ideas. One year I tried homemade strawberry ice cream made in a blender. It was delightfully refreshing, no added sugar, and very health.

Soft Strawberry Ice Cream

You will need:

Strawberries

1/2 to 1 cup milk (cow milk, soy or almond milk, or use juice or even water).

Add ins. This can include peanut butter, honey, or anything that sounds good to you. I’ve also added chocolate chips.

Slice strawberries up and freeze until frozen. If you try to put full frozen strawberries in a blender, it can get rather violent. Add the milk/juice/water. I add 1/2 cup and blend until I see the consistency I want. Add more, and you get a smoothie. Add less, and you get ice cream.

Blend and adjust, then spoon into a bowl. This recipe is easy and can use any sliced fruit you have on hand.

 

Strawberries filled with Nutella

I like to call this ‘strawberry covered chocolate and used to make this for my writer’s group. It was very popular.

You will need:

Strawberries (hulled and hollowed out)

Nutella

Fill Nutella into the strawberries and set in the fridge to set a bit. Don’t forget napkins when serving. You can also use melted chocolate chips or chocolate wafers.

DIY Dried Strawberries

Slice or use whole strawberries. Lay out on a cookie sheet with parchment. Set in an oven at 210 F for 3 hours. These taste like strawberry candy but are healthy for you.


June Activities:

DIY Sandals from flip flops. Perfect for the coming summer!

DIY Floral Head wreath. Make these for Midsummer.

Charge your crystals under the moon. Set them on a window sill or outside that you know will see the moon’s light.

Harvest herbs. Some pagans prefer to harvest at Midsummer, but you can also harvest at the full moon.

Make crafts now for Midsummer. By the time Midsummer rolls around on the 21th this year, you can bless your creations in ritual.

Share your own full moon crafts, activities, and recipes in comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

Joining local pagan groups

I wanted to share a few resources that might help you find groups you can join or events you can attend in your local areas:

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Witchvox.com– This site provides groups and individuals a platform to post groups and/or events. You can look up by state to see what is in your area.

To find someplace local, look to the Left Side of the web site Home page and look under ‘YOUR town…” Once you’re on the next page, continue to look a the Left Side of the page to look up group specific to type. You can find teen, adult, college, etc.

CUUPSCUUPS (Covenant Unitarian Universalist Pagans) is affiliated with the UU churches. You can search for groups in your area, or check with your local UU church to see if you can form your own group. You can also look up chapters by the area you live in. Some groups provide ‘open circles’, so you can join a workshop or ritual without being a member.

meetupMeetup.com– This is not specific to pagan, but you can find pagan/wiccan/witch groups. Membership is free, but being an organizer costs $20 per month. Some groups also ask for membership fees, while others are free. You can search your local area for meetup groups specific to your interest such as ghost hunting, pagan, healing, or start your own group.

When I started my own groups, it was because, at the time, there were no local groups established. The Internet certainly helps now. If you can’t find any local groups, start your own, or consider joining groups through Facebook or Twitter.

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