Saturday, December 31, 2005

For New Year's 2006

New Year’s 2006

After reading the Pagan New Year’s Resolutions article, I started thinking about what mine are. Well, I’ve actually been thinking about that for a few weeks now. I just haven’t put anything down on paper yet.

And then there’s Mark Morford’s article in the SF Gate “You Say You Want A Resolution” ( Especially the last two paragraphs which I’d like to quote here for a minute…

“So then, as the New Year races to engulf us all, perhaps this is what you can choose, this is what you resolve to understand: that the Great Battle continues. The great surge toward enlightenment and evolution must go on, will go on, can't not go on, as those of us who choose to see it understand that we are already reeking gleaming teeming brimful with all the divine juicy godhead we will ever need. It is merely waiting to be, quite literally, turned on.

It is, after all, all about subtle energy, shifts in awareness, the decision to move forward no matter what. It is all about focusing on micro to affect macro. This much you probably already know. In which case, this year you can simply resolve to, well, continue. To keep on, even when it all seems bleak and fraught and impossibly constricted. Because, sometimes, merely refusing to stop cultivating an unquenchable lust for beauty and truth and orgasmic life is the most profound and important thing you can resolve to do.”

Oh, that man definitely has a way with words, doesn’t he? Well, I think he does anyway. You can think what you like, of course. But I’d like to suggest that you take some time and read some of his past articles. That little plug aside….

I think that my header for this blog is quite accurate “Sometimes I sits and thinks. Sometimes I just sits”. Lately, there’s been a lot of thinking going on here. What do I want for the future? I know there’s a whole lot that needs to be done. The scale of it all overwhelms me at times. So I’m going to take Mark’s advice and “focus on the micro to affect the macro”. That’s part of why Othala Grove is coming back into reality this coming year. What’s Othala, you ask? The full name is Othala Grove Spiritual Center, and it operated in Red Creek when I lived there. Unfortunately, when I lost my house and land a couple of years ago, Othala had to be relegated to operating in cyberspace via its YahooGroup.
Http:// just in case you’re interested. Now I’m bringing it back into live time, and will be running it here at our home. Classes, Rituals, workshops, etc., back up to full speed, with Ostara (the Spring Equinox) as the target starting date.

Here’s Othala Grove’s Mission Statement:

1. To Provide a Gathering Place where people of all Religious and Spiritual Paths and all Traditions may come to join together in unity for learning, sharing ideas, healing of individuals and the Pagan/Alternative Religions Community as a whole, sharing knowledge and opinions in an atmosphere of peace.

2. To Act as a networking tool, and resource and information Center for all Groups and individuals in the local area, providing links to pertinent State and National Organizations.

3. To Provide a neutral zone for the discussion of problems/conflicts existing within the area Pagan Community, whether those problems be between individuals or groups, and aid in the mediation and resolution of those problems.

4. To Provide education in all areas of Alternative Religions/Spiritual Paths/Traditions, as desired by Grove participants.

5. To Provide an open forum for the discussion of Local, State, National, and World political, religious, and environmental issues and events.

6. To Provide a location and facilities for the use of all members of the area Pagan/Alternative Religions Community for the celebration of all cycles of the Wheel of Life.

That is my main goal for the coming year. I’m using the word goal instead of “resolution”. It’s just my preference; it works better for me in my head. My personal goals are still being worked out. We’ll see where that leads.

I would like to share my personal best wishes to each of you for the coming year.

May you find positive ways to be happy.
May you do what is necessary to achieve and maintain personal health and well-being.
May you know peace and contentment within yourself.
May you know the joys of family connections, be they biological or heart-chosen.
Every day may you experience....

  • something to smile about

  • something to giggle about

  • something to belly-laugh about

  • something to make you say "awwww"

  • a hug from a friend

  • a kiss from someone you love

  • a "thank you", heartfelt, both given and received

  • a compliment

  • doing something positive for someone, with no strings attached, without
    them knowing it was you who did it.

  • hearing a song on the radio that touches your heart with a smile

  • learning something new every day

  • joy

  • understanding

  • compassion

  • the knowledge that guilt and anger are both useless and harmful emotions

  • the ability to let go of guilt and anger

  • strength

  • courage

  • faith in yourself

  • serenity

  • gratitude

  • friendship

  • love

Blessings for 2006!

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