October 29, 2016
About the author : Earth to Ethereal: Eclectic and Eccentric, Spiritual and Sublime When it comes right down to it, I guess I just really enjoy sharing the human experience, whether through writing stories and poems which, hopefully, resonate with readers or by following the path to a simpler, more earth-friendly lifestyle. Thanks for sharing the experience with me!
Have you checked the date lately? Seems like as good a time as any to show our inner witchiness some love.
Sound sketchy? Hear me out…pretty please?
I’m not talking about anything dark. I’m also not talking about spells or potions, nor am I trying to convert anyone to the religion of Wicca. (I’m not a Wiccan, either, in case you were wondering.) Nope, I’m talking about gifts–the natural, inner abilities we too often neglect or flat-out ignore.
Concerning these gifts of ours… I’m addressing mostly females here, but hey, you males might have them, too. If not, just stand back and watch. We welcome your awe. I touched on these gifts in my previous witch posts, Which Witch and (Please Don’t) Burn The Witch, but today it’s time to expound:
Intuition – This is a big one, but it may also be the most neglected. We should learn to trust that little inner voice, the one that “knows” things, instinctively, without having to apply reason. I didn’t think much of my own intuition when I was younger, but over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate and trust it.
I don’t have a very good example of when I’ve tuned in to my intuition, because it too often comes in little, minor bursts; however, I’ll occasionally see something–just a flash of image–before it happens. For instance, I learned the hard way that if I “see” myself dropping a plate of food onto someone’s carpet, I’d really better tighten my grip on that plate. I believe this is intuition at work, not some otherworldly premonition. My subconscious mind is probably sending me a signal that my plate is unbalanced or my grasp is too loose. Honestly, learning to listen to my intuition has stopped me from falling down the stairs more than once. (I *may* be a bit of a klutz.) So, open that beautiful mind of yours and take heed; your intuition might help you avoid some of life’s bumps and bruises.
Healing – Along with a natural inclination toward nurturing, we (women, especially) tend to possess healing tendencies. Historically, women were often healers, especially in poorer or rural areas, where people went to the local wisewoman for treatment or asked a midwife to help deliver their baby. I’m not saying we should replace sound medical advice with gut feelings, but we ought to pay attention when we suspect that we or a loved one are not well. (I’ve been right about this more than once, as I’m sure have many others.)
Personally, my intuition and healing tendencies work together. For instance, there have been times when I’ve had to treat my children for minor ailments (e.g. a blocked tear duct). I’d been following the treatment suggested by our pediatrician (massaging the corner of the baby’s eye), but without much success–until the moment when I “knew” I’d corrected the problem. Maybe I’d slightly altered my approach and my subconscious mind had taken note. I don’t know why I “knew,” but it was the knowing that was important–the listening to it, the trusting it and, later, the discovering that I’d been right in my knowing.
Encourage this part of yourself. Listen to your own body and the bodies of your loved ones–turns out they have quite a bit to say.
Connection to nature – This one, I’d guess, goes back to the hunter/gatherer life of our prehistoric ancestors. While men went off to hunt, women were left to tend the children and animals, harvest wild foods and prepare meals. As part of this, they probably gathered medicinal herbs and other plants, which helped maintain or improve their loved ones’ health.
We are connected to nature in many ways, even by our place in it as mammals. Similarly, we are bonded to the heavens. Like the ebb and flow of the ocean tides, the cycles of women’s bodies are strongly connected to the moon.
Creativity – Tell me, who in nature is better at creating than its females? As mammals, women give birth to living, wonderful beings, and then continue to sustain their lives, solely, for months.
Trust in your creative essence and let it lead you where it wants to go. The ways in which people can express their creativity are as numerable as the numbers of people themselves. No two write the same story (we hope), nor do they paint a scene in an identical way or sing with twin voices. Creativity is not limited to the fine arts, of course. Anything you do that comes from the creative force inside you, counts. So, go for it. Sew sweaters for your chickens, paint herb names on rocks, glue succulents onto your fingernails (have you seen this one?), but allow that part of you to grow. (The creativity, I mean. I have no idea if the succulents will keep growing–maybe they’re just miniature plant-art martyrs.)
Sensuality – Don’t confuse this one with sexuality (although they obviously can work well together). I’m talking about using your senses–really using them, as they were intended. Go touch and taste and smell and hear and see the world–experience it as fully as you can.
I was pretty good at exploring through my senses, until I had kids. Then, I could hardly perceive anything that wasn’t them. They’re getting more independent, so even though they are still and always will be the center of my life, I can sense beyond them, now. I’m practicing this, until it becomes a habit.
If you’re not already a sensory expert, give it a try. Let your senses speak to you. Not only will they enrich your life, they will also feed your creativity. You’ll be amazed by all that has gone unnoticed, right in front of your face.
Independence – The more we rely on ourselves, the more empowered we become. It’s a wonderful spiral of strength, one which feeds itself. Even taking small steps toward honing our unique abilities will help build our self-awareness. Trust in who you are, who you’ve been from Day One. You’re “you” at the core, and if you allow your inner self to be heard and recognized, it will spread into every corner of your existence. Authentic living. That’s what this is.
Emotional Intelligence – Going back again to our ancestral inheritance, women have been the traditional center of the family–the base, the caretakers. As such, we’ve developed our emotional intelligence throughout generations. We are good at reading people, at understanding when their words and body language don’t jibe. I hear a lot of people tossing the word “empath” around, but I haven’t yet determined my opinion on it–maybe it’s real or maybe it’s just acute emotional intelligence, plus a strong awareness of others. Regardless, I fully believe we can pick up on a lot when we remain aware and combine this with a willingness to understand others’ perspectives.
Spirituality – For me, spirituality is not tied to any one religion. I’ll probably speak more on this in another post, but personally, I experience my spirituality through communing with nature and by expressing gratitude–for my family, for all the people I cherish in my life. Spirituality is personal; it’s whatever grounds you, brings you back to a center of awareness and gratitude. It’s there–inside you–already, but it sometimes gets lost under all the things we’re told to think and ways we’re taught to believe. In quieter moments of your life, give a listen. You might discover the sound of your own spiritual voice.
Well, I think that about sums it up. Are we witches now? Nope, but I think, if we give it a chance, our inner witchiness might gain some power. I fully believe it can foster its own kind of magic in our lives.