Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving is the topic of Gratitude. What's that got to do with Witchcraft? Well, everything!!
Lets break down the word Wicce. Wicce are the Wise Ones, the Seers of the Sacred. They know that the Divine is all around us and within us. So what is this Divine you speak of? Well, it has many names. Divine Mind, Cosmos, Great Spirit, Natural World, God, Universe and Source. The list goes one, but you get the idea.
When you open your heart (your second brain) to truly giving gratitude to the Divine it changes your world. Your thoughts change your world. How powerful is that?!?!
This is the point where I get real. When I first started on a path of giving gratitude, to be thankful for every single thing in my life (even the hard stuff) it felt ridiculous. I felt silly telling the Divine all that I was grateful for. Why was I, a Witch, giving thanks to what I perceived as a Deity? What did I have to be grateful for? I was a great complainer and so good at sitting in victim energy. It was always something else or someone else creating the shit in my life. Never me. I was angry at the world and did a great job pushing everyone away. I was tired and miserable and longing for change. But how?
One day I woke up to the understanding that the only person in my life that could change the nonsense was me. I had decided that sitting in the energy of not being grateful wasn't working for me.
So, I decided to take the steps to giving daily gratitude. Was it easy? Some days. Other days were a challenge. Some days, all I could find to be grateful for were my children and family. Then one day I realized that I was starting to find many things to be grateful for. My pets, plants, indoor plumbing, home, electricity, my health and my bank account. Before breakfast time I could list 30 things I was grateful for. I soon discovered that the more gratitude I gave, the more I had to be grateful for. Do I have still have hard times? Absolutely, life is ups and downs and learning and growth. But I am reaching a place of being grateful for lessons, even the crappy hard ones. They teach me.
During this time Louise Hay, was my go-to. I took baby steps and used her daily affirmations. It was a way to create a habit of giving daily thanks for all that I have. You can read some great affirmations on her page. www.healyourlife.com/be-grateful-for-every-moment
Even as I successfully add a link to this blog, I give thanks to the Universe for the people it brings to assist me in learning blog pages and the direction they have me going in life.
So that's what gratitude is all about. Giving thanks for all that you have and all that you are. If you can only say one thing today, let it be "Thank you".
I am a grateful Witch. I am a grateful Child of the Divine.
Today, I am grateful for All That Is.
Winona _ Two Hawks Woman
Water/Dragon/Shamanic Crone Witch