Day 82: Imbolc, Sacred Inscriptions

Today’s activity extends from yesterdays:

Exercise:

Take a look at the word that you saw in yesterday’s guided meditation.  Deeply consider this word which represents your potential.  while you contemplate the word, use a knife or pin to engrave this word onto a white taper candle.  Next, you will develop a list of four other words that represent the four elemental energies surrounding this potential.

  • Write one word that represents the state of mind you would need to realize your potential.  Engrave this word onto a yellow taper candle.
  • Write one word that represents action you would take to realize this potential.  Engrave this word onto the red candle.
  • Write one word that represents the feeling underlying your potential.  Engrave this word onto the blue candle.
  • Write one word that represents a type of behavior you might omit in order to achieve your potential.  Engrave this on the green candles.

Set these inscribed candles aside for tomorrow’s ritual working.

My word was “growth”.  I chose “dedication” to represent the mindset of the yellow candle because I think continual growth does require some sort of committment.  If you give up, you shrivel and die…or languish.  I chose “daily evaluation” for the red candle (two words, I know!) because I believe an active part of dedication is a frequent questioning of what is or is not working.  If you wanted to lose five pounds, for instance, and walked 30 minutes three times a week for a month with no results, you’d need to return to the drawing board to see what wasn’t working and to adapt to your new findings.  Progress needs check-ins.  I chose “excitement” for my feeling, because growth is exciting.  It can be scary, but scary is also exciting.  There’s a risk involved and a thrill in observing growth.  Finally, I chose “indolence” as a behavior I would need to omit to obtain growth.  Doing nothing is not a process of growing.  Lazing about would not be growing, it would be languishing.

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