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I’m on a bit of a stay-cation this week with my best friend visiting. I had made time to write out a sweet little first post about our crystal this month, only to have it erased….twice!
Mercury retrogrades are so fun!
I’m gonna take this as a sign to just enjoy my week off and will be back next week.
Grace Be With You
Today is a significant day for most of us, though a lot of us are not even aware of it.
Today is the 80th anniversary of the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.
This is important to all of us because, each one of us knows at least one person impacted by the disease of alcoholism, each one of us most likely knows at least one person that is or has been a member of this revolutionary program of recovery, therefore each one of us knows at least one person that would have been dead, in jail or in an asylum if not for the Divine intervention that overtook Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith.
Alcoholics Anonymous is significant for me for many reasons, on a personal level it has saved the lives of family and friends, it’s principles have transformed my life.
As a Priestess and a follower of Feminine Mysticism I marvel at what A.A. did for women. 80 years ago it was still legal to institutionalize and sterilize women who had alcoholism, alcoholic women were denied the right to marry in some states, A.A. came along with a program of recovery that transformed the spiritual nature of it’s sufferer and prevented further atrocities to women who were afflicted from this disease.
As a feminist I am in awe of the inclusive nature that A.A. had from the very start, both sexes, all races, religions and creeds were welcomed into their fellowship, a fellowship that was started by two white Christian men made sure that all were welcomed to their table and that all expressions of faith were honoured.
How this program came about strikes the mystical side of me, the part of me that holds onto the magic that conscious connection to the Goddess can bring. Unlike the bible, which some claim to have been written literally by the hand of God, others claim by mystics and still others by misogynistic sexist men, we know for a fact that the text that was written which outlines a program of recovery that has saved literally millions of lives, came through one man and about one hundred fellows that were in the midst of recovering at the time that the text Alcoholics Anonymous was written.
The man that wrote the majority of the text was an atheist, he had a profound spiritual experience when a recovered alcoholic visited him and shared his story of Divine Intervention and suggested, that he, Bill W. find a concept of God that was all his own. From that moment on Bill W.’s life was rocketed into a new dimension of existence. When spirit moved him to turn away from a bar stool and towards another fellow sufferer Bill W. was led to Dr. Bob and a formula that ensured that he and all that followed in his footsteps would stay in the presence of the Creator and therefore recovered from their malady. This formula consists of personal spiritual house cleaning (12 steps) trusting in the Infinite Creator and lastly helping others which was the final key to the trinity of recovery that kept Bill W. sober and was discovered upon his first trip to visit another alcoholic, a trip that saved him from relapsing. Dr. Bob was a highly spiritual man that could not cease drinking, the evening that Bill W. met with him and shared his experience, strength and hope the two became the first members of Alcoholics Anonymous. From there the creation of the program and the traditions that has held this secret society together has been entirely inspired by Spirit. The program, the 12 steps, are energetic imprints of the principles that miraculously saved and transformed Bill W and all that have come afterwards.
In his book Power vs Force Dr. David Hawkins explains that the power that Bill W. channeled was of such a high vibration and such a powerful force that it gave life to a set of principles that held within them the same energetic matrix that miraculously transformed Bill W. from a hopeless garden variety drunk into a member of society with a happy, joyous and free life, and most importantly a working and conscious relationship with a Power greater than himself. These principles have been translated into many, many 12 step programs, programs that continue to duplicate these energetic principles of complete transformation, the closer to the letter they are practiced the higher a degree of spiritual connection one attains.
I look to the founders of A.A. and I see the potential that tapping into Source Energy brings to life, the potential to not only change one individual life, but that of millions.
Today is a day that I am reminded that hopelessness is an illusion, a spiritual malady that can and has been overcome. I am reminded that there are energetic vortexes of high vibrational medicine that I can tap into at any time that I choose if I am willing to surrender, to be humble and to practice the formulas that created the lasting changes that I seek.
Like a witch concocting a magic potion to create love, harmony, beauty, freedom, joy and a direct line of communication with the Creator, the principles that were laid down 80 years ago today are a potion that each one of us has access to if we so desire. This is a recipe that can be offered to those that are dying and want a way out, it is a spell that quells the dark spiritual malady that stops at nothing less than complete ruin on every level, physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. What began 80 years ago is no less magical or miraculous today, it is just accepted and once something becomes accepted on Earth us humans have a way to loose sight of the magic, the mystery and the miracle right in front of our eyes.
Today I remember that magic exists and that the Divine does come down to our realm to lift us up to great heights if only we can open wide enough and rise high enough to meet Her. Today I give thanks for the life altering and world changing events that were set into motion that resulted in the program and fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Grace Be With You,
Priestess of Grace,
Candise Soaring Butterfly
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I wonder about a day that is dedicated to celebrate women. A part of me is glad to see the pictures of women gathering together, forming tribes, honouring their feminine self, loving up their accomplishments and the lengths that they have walked.
Another part of me is sad that we need a day.
We do need a day though.
We need a day to call attention to the vast hunger the world has to see women gathering in circles. The hunger to feel the presence of women that radiate and are at home in their juicy feminine selves. We need a day that calls all of us to contemplate what it means to be a woman, a day that declares women be seen, heard and respected. We need this day as we reconcile what the patriarchy has done to us.
It has burned us, shamed us, starved us, fattened us up, taken work away from us, forced work upon us, underpaid us, ridiculed us, beat us, raped us, undervalued us, covered us, trampled us, demeaned us, exploited us, stolen from us, sold us and taken from us every vestige of worth that it deemed desirable in the moment.
This is a day for the patriarchy to apologize, to beg forgiveness, to humble itself.
One day we will need a Woman’s Day as much as men need a Men’s Day, simply stated we won’t need a day.
One day my daughter will find subjects such as wage inequality unheard of, she will wear her skin in whatever shape and shade is authentic to her without a second thought. One day my daughter will pray to the Goddess as readily as the pilgrims prayed to a Father God. She will pick from the plethora of paths available to her, never once asking if she can do something despite the fact that she is a woman, never questioning if she is letting her sisters down by choosing to not do something in an effort to prove that she can. Her sex will not be a challenge or a call to advocate or rise up. One day my daughter and her daughters will be as free to enjoy their life experience as every other female being on this planet is. Like the Lioness she will hunt, like the Bear she will hibernate, like the Butterfly she will soar, like the Cat she will luxuriate, let all beings she will be as her nature determines she will be and the fact that she is a woman will be nothing but an added gift to her life.
Until this day I join together and celebrate Women’s Day. I celebrate the wombs that have birthed us, the red tents that have held us, the huts that have housed us, the communities that have grown us. I celebrate the milk that flows from our breasts, the blood that flows with the Moon, the ability to birth and to die. I celebrate and I remember every woman that didn’t live through the brutality of the patriarchy to see us rise up from the ashes of our sisters to stand strong and steady in our radiant Goddess selves.
Today I celebrate myself and all my female relations and I await the day that is almost here, the day that the patriarchy dies and harmony is reborn.
Grace Be With You,
Priestess of Grace,
Candise Soaring Butterfly
image taken from: http://templeofplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/women_gathering2.jpg