The Spirit Within
Ever taken a survey? Almost every questionnaire will require that you specify your religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism; and many don’t even give that many choices. However, living in the 21st century has afforded us the luxury of having a vast amount of ancient wisdom and teachings, as well as an oversized portion of propaganda, at our fingertips and, at that, almost instantaneously. Of course how we choose to use the Internet is a free will decision. But, if used wisely, it can become a gift of divine will. When used correctly, our free will and the decisions we make can open the doors and gates to divine will.
Well I have taken many, many surveys and the question still stumps me today. What religion am I? Well, I almost always answer Christian because I was raised by a Church of Christ preacher and his wife. Religion, in some respects, is business, so if we are asked this question to determine where 10% of our income may be going, then maybe it’s a useful question. But what I’m getting at is that we can be very spiritual, live a life that is set apart from the ordinary, and serve a higher purpose without adhering to the tenets of one single “religion” or belief system.
I believe in the spirit within that, when accessed by our conscious mind, is able to guide us to our chosen path so that our soul’s destiny may be reached.
So, what religion is behind Candle Charms? There are Christian candles, candles honoring the heroes of Hinduism and Eastern theology, Greek God and Goddess candles, Egyptian God and Goddess candles, candles dedicated to the legends of the historic Celts and even animal spirit candles. Many may ask the question, “Did she just get confused and couldn’t make up her mind?” The answer to this question is that I am a spiritualist, one of the most ancient of all belief systems, mysticism being the most often practiced form of worship within this temple, my temple, first within my heart and also within my home which has become an outer manifestation of my soul’s worship.
Do I pray the Lord’s Prayer, chant the rosary, celebrate Christmas and Easter, read the Bible and pray constantly to my beloved Lord Jesus? Absolutely and would recommend this to anyone. Do I light incense and offer food and flowers before Buddha and do I light a flame to the most ancient Hindu deities and honor the tradition of Japa, chanting, and meditation? Yes, daily. Am I so bold as to honor sacred Sabbats in Full Moon ritual? The answer is yes, yes to all.
The path of the spirit of Candle Charms is in finding unity, beauty, truth, and divine inspiration among the vast array of the choices out there. To honor divinity is to honor the spirit within that guides us and leads us to our own path towards our individual calling and destiny. We are given a gift through the powerful, loving will of our creator, and how we choose to honor Him or Her, or them, is a gift that we can use to give to the Light by becoming all inclusive when it comes to the Light.
Even within the esoteric realm of light workers, we will find differences of opinions and methods of worship which we may or may not feel comfortable being a part of, so the spirit within must prevail in love and respect instead of biased, prejudicial, judgmental attitudes.
In choosing to walk a spiritual path, our lives, lived through short and long moments, become our daily worship. Home becomes sanctuary but also a realm of worship/a temple. By retreating from the hum-drum of the world into moments of deep silence and contemplation, the sounds of our hearts beat like ritual drums invoking a transcendental state, where we can step out of time into a shamanic dance and trance which is self-healing at a core level.
By choosing to allow ourselves to receive the golden rays of God’s light of love, we allow ourselves to surrender to this love and trust it will lead us on the path that’s meant for each of us in claiming the destiny of soul purpose, rather than having to limit our choices based on religion.
May the spirit that is within you guide you to your soul’s path.
Until the next magickal moment, may peace, love and light burn brightly within your hearts.
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