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When Spiritual Leadership and Money Get Under the Same Covers

If there’s one thing I know all too well, it’s when a spiritual leader gets seduced by greed. Many years consoling victims of spiritual abuse has given me way too much experience by witnessing how people are destroyed when a leader is weak. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with earning a living, but when the mega leaders are buying mansions, exotic cars, and taking trips around the world we begin to suspect foul play. Not just because they’re living it up (because enjoying life is a good thing), but because their offerings to their loyal followers are beyond fair market value and staff is under paid. I’ve seen it all too much in religious communities and we see it in the meta community also.

Money can seduce even the greatest of leaders, no matter how humble we try to be. There are numerous magical practitioners and artisans who offer us their best intentions with their wares and tools for our spiritual journey, but a spiritual leader who can keep greed in check is hard to come by. Money is there to serve us, not to control us. Likewise, we have an ethical responsibility to live sustainably with our earnings.

Answering the call to be a spiritual leader comes with great sacrifice. Humility has the greatest value, but it becomes a struggle for the throne when greed slithers in. There’s a story you may have heard about a man who was called to be a spiritual guide and he began to look down his nose at the people he was called to serve. A great storm came upon him as he traveled by boat and the shipmates threw him to the storm and sea and he sank under the great depth in the belly of a big fish. It was there in his dying moments that he gave the greatest sacrifice one can give, a spiritual sacrifice. In the darkest of moments he gave thanks. Gratitude is the most magical element we have and it comes with incredible humility. It’s our giving of thanks through a truly humble heart that we find our deliverance.

However, after he was delivered from the mighty ocean he continue to ‘do his job’ with a condescending spirit. You see, gratitude requires spiritual sustainability in order to flourish in ways beyond where our own vision can take us.

Lets get back to the most basic lessons of our spiritual calling. Why are we serving, who are we serving, and how can we make their journey successful?

If we’re absorbing their banks accounts to live in obscene wealth while they suffer financially so they can buy all the latest abundance magic tools we have to offer then we are so off balance that even Justice herself takes notice. I’ve wondered if Karma serves our Lady Justice in order to bring balance back to the lives of the people who suffer.

How can we best serve others so they may enjoy the benefits we have to offer? The benefits of magical living is not only for us. We’re here to guide others to create abundance and blessings in their lives too. How can we teach them to fish when the rod, hooks, lure, and bait are so expensive that they can’t afford to fish?

There’s a lesson we need to get centered with if we hope to continue to serve from a place of humility so our intentions can manifest in ways that benefit the highest good of all.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

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Revive the Legends

The era of darkness when religions, traditions, and culture suffered a holocaust at the hands of a government, sponsored by one religion, was one we must never forget.

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” ~George Santayana

 

The formative years of America certainly held ‘group think’ as a method of survival and control and most likely based on fear. However, the founding fathers were visionaries in their composition of the Constitution. Evolving thought and belief was very difficult in that era of survival and expansion in this new world. Even Benjamin Franklin had to write under a pseudonym to disseminate his profound wisdom to the people.

 

Those primitive years of American history were undoubtedly fraught with fearmongering in order to keep control. Those with twisted ideas of ambition sought to keep a firm hand on this new world for their benefit. The sacred principle of ‘freedom of religion’ held a powerful vision for the future when we could find ourselves living in a country that fights for the people’s right to hold their own beliefs and spiritual practices, independent from group think.

 

My soul hears the cries of those in states where this sacred principle is not upheld as well as it is in other states. Many pagans are walking on eggshells in their work places, their schools, and neighborhoods because they fear losing their job and being discriminated against. They’re deeply concerned for the safety of their children while they’re at school. Making waves in school can disrupt a child’s social acceptance and lead them to suffer depression under the tyrant bullies of their hallways.

 

 

For those of us who live in cities where we can live out loud without those fears may find ourselves enjoying the privilege of a society who honors freedom of religion. What will we do with that kind of privilege?

 

Living out our freedom is a key to supporting those who can’t. If we remain in hiding, we weaken our future abilities (and theirs) to truly benefit from this passionately sacred principle, Freedom of Religion.

 

We have an American and spiritual duty to raise awareness about lesser known spiritual paths. The Constitution protects the freedoms of minorities from being overtaken by the majority. How do you know if you’re a minority?

 

 Louis Wirth, a Sociologist, defined a minority group as;

 

“a group of people who, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the others in the society in which they live for differential and unequal treatment, and who therefore regard themselves as objects of collective discrimination”.

 

Yet we need further clarification on this because any group can claim to be in the minority based on that definition alone.

 

The dictionary defines minority as;
“the smaller number or part, especially a number that is less than half the whole number.”

 

I’m certainly not intending to be political with this post, rather my hope is to send energy of support to our spiritual community that holds a daily concern for their safety and their rights as equal citizens regardless of their spiritual beliefs.

 

The pagan umbrella covers a wide array of spiritual beliefs and practices. Unfortunately, many spend too much time bickering about what constitutes a witch or a pagan, who is a real witch or not, and whose ethics are more morally sound than the next. But isn’t this exactly what the world’s majority religions are constantly doing? Uniting together for our freedom doesn’t require that we hold the same beliefs as a group, but it should require that we all hold our freedom as sacred.

 

While we each have our own heroes and deities, reviving those legends can help raise awareness about our historical culture and heritage. Our ancestors were stripped of theirs and we can do so much more to honor the suffering they endured.

 

How do you know what your ancestral heritage and culture was?

 

You can start by getting a DNA test done and conduct a name search of your last name. Dig into that regions history to discover what was held as sacred during your ancestor’s time, prior to the forceful religion’s arrival there.

 

You can also investigate who their deities were and what their stories consisted of. What lessons were being taught to the people through those stories?

 

Once you discover those fascinating details, begin studying what life was like for them. What kind of clothing did they wear? What were their spiritual practices? Who were the medicine people? What plants, herbs, and minerals were available to them?

 

As much fun as the films depicting those heroes are, they rarely tell the true stories in an accurate way. We know Themyscira is a fictional location, but the Amazonian women held sacred beliefs in Greek deities. Marvel’s Thor is inspired by the Norse religion, but he didn’t pair up with an Earthling that resembled Natalie Portman, he was actually married to Sif, a goddess of the earth with flowing gold hair.

 

The stories are filled with hints of what life and society may have been like for our ancestors. It’s a captivating journey!

 

Our own resident Mystic, Jess offers a 12 month series devoted to the goddesses of various regions. She takes you through portals of time and space to introduce you to numerous Goddesses and their kinfolk. You can read more about the series, Goddess Mysteries, or purchase a stand alone class of your favorite Goddess.

 

Reviving the Legends,
Sisterlisa
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Dancing Solo When We Need To

Part of my journey, actually a rather large part of my journey, has been a quest for healing inner wounds. Wounds that manifested outwardly. An empowering revelation rose up from within that unveiled this mysterious (and yet not hidden) path forward. It wasn’t something told to me by a human, though there are people who teach this. I had not previously heard of it. But isn’t that how the Universe tends to work? Somehow, the vibe made its way in me and I listened. I felt. And I began to allow it to unfold.

 

It’s not a religion, though there is a practice. There is faith. There is hope. To walk this life in a spirit energy that heals the self and by extension those around us.

There’s a tightly knit mentality and energy in this world that seeks to prohibit this kind of empowerment and freedom. It holds very little power, actually. We’re in an era of enlightenment yet again. Further opening of the eyes. We need to keep the momentum going.

There is also a huge fight against that tightly knit web. Like a rope weaved. I can’t help but wonder if there’s a place for something like this. But the liberty we have has been oppressed for so long that the weaved rope overpowered and has been off balance for too many years.

Imagine that rope as a safety net, or perhaps a form of protection. But when it overpowers us, it becomes a prison. Very difficult to move and breathe and have our being.

So we have risen from the depth, like a Phoenix, burning through the rope and leaving it in ashes as we fly above.

 

The weavers are frantically trying to hold their charred and frayed ends together and add in new fibers to create again. Mislead by fear perhaps. Thinking this massive net is needed for everyone. But it inhibits our liberty.

There are also those who want to burn every fiber in the weaver’s tool box. Never to have a net again.

But there’s a balance. We need to honor the balance and wisely discuss how we can help one another. To honor one another. To listen to one another. Duality is a balance and we can be in unity while dancing solo when we need to.

Consider joining one or more of our classes to learn how to create your unique solo dance.

Magical blessings,

Sisterlisa

 

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