I am still amazed by the strength and efficiency of magic. No sooner had I stepped onto the priestessing path that significant shifts started to occur, in both the inner and the outer world. I fell into situations where I could priestess and use those tools we are learning and discussed in path to aid in healing and facilitation for friends old and new. I was given the opportunity to lead trance. In the evening ritual, I felt immensely honoured to be asked to aspect one of the four dwarves. Those dwarves sure worked some fierce raw elemental magic for healing for themselves and for others! They taught me that there is so much healing that can be done in the service of the gods, the earth, and our friends. And there are 1001 ways to do it.
I really love how we are drumming and chanting together every morning in the beginning of path. Even on the second day, I could feel a shift in energy, strengthening the connections between our group, learning to work together without words. I was also very pleased to discover we are running the iron and then the pearl pentacle together everyday as it really helps me to do work with and about community. As someone wise once said, you can’t love others unless you first love yourself. Coming from that centered place makes working on difficult topics such as conflict resolution and facilitation a whole lot easier and more effective. In my opinion sustaining a healthy happy community (ie peace-tessing…heehee) is a vital part of priestessing, the grunt work sometimes, but a labour of love. I paraphrase our lovely Gede who said (in much more eloquent words than this): we often say the problem with community is the people, but the real problem is how we view the problem. We must remember that conflict can also be a powerful vehicle for creative change. These ideas reminded me that facilitation is not about trying to fix the problem, but helping those involved to be able to see the situation from another angle, to help reform healthy connections between those in conflict. May we all excel at this important work. Blessed Be!