Chapter 8: The Seven Wonders of Connection

Week 8 of the Magickal Recovery & Discovery Pilot Program, The Seven Wonders, by Daniel Link


SPECIAL FULL MOON EDITION

December 29, 2020



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HEY EVERYONE, DANIEL HERE, AND WELCOME TO CHAPTER 8, THE SEVEN WONDERS OF CONNECTION. WE CONNECT WITH THE FINAL FULL MOON OF 2020, WE ALIGN OURSELVES WITH NEW WAYS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONNECTION IN 2021.

CONNECTION, OF COURSE, IS SOMETHING THE ENTIRE WORLD IS EAGERLY AWAITING - HAVING BEEN CONFRONTED WITH THE UNILATERAL DISCONNECT THAT WAS THE YEAR 2020. WE HAVE BEEN BRUTALLY DISCONNECTED FROM OUR NORMAL EVERYDAY LIVES, JOBS, AND COMMUNITIES BY THE PANDEMIC. THIS, ON TOP OF THE DISCONNECT FROM EACH OTHER BROUGHT ABOUT BY A TOXIC POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT.

IN CHAPTER 7, THE SEVEN WONDERS OF COMPASSION, WE MADE PEACE WITH WHERE LIFE HAS LED US—A PIVOTAL POINT OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS—LITERALLY THE GATEWAY INTO A NEW, MORE REWARDING MAGICKAL LIFE.

THE DISCUSSION WITH ASTROLOGER & CONSCIOUSNESS COACH, LINDA BYRD, YIELDED VAST INSIGHT INTO HOW WE CAN HEAL PAST WOUNDS, BY HONORING THEM FOR THE TEACHERS THAT THEY ARE. WHEN WE FOCUS AND FIXATE ON LOSS, IN UNHEALTHY, UNPRODUCTIVE WAYS FOR TOO LONG, WE FAIL TO SEE THE OPPORTUNITY AND SPACE FOR SOMETHING NEW. WHEN WE RELEASE RESENTMENTS TO THE CARE OF GREAT SPIRIT, AND ASK FOR DIVINE HELP, WE INVITE OPPORTUNITY FOR A NEW LIFE, AND ACTIVATE OURSELVES AS A CONDUIT FOR THE DIVINE…INSTANTLY. THIS POINT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND - WE HAVE TO ASK FOR HELP IN ORDER TO GET IT. AND, OF COURSE, WE NEED THE HUMILITY TO ACCEPT HELP, AND BECOME WILLING TO LET GO OF THINGS & ACTIONS THAT NO LONGER SERVE US.

IN A YEAR WHERE SO MANY OF US HAVE CLUNG TO JUSTIFIED ANGER AS A MEANS TO INDUCE ENLIGHTENMENT, WHERE WE HAVE BEEN FORCED INTO A FIGURATIVE AND LITERAL DISCONNECT WITH ONE ANOTHER…THE WINTER SOLSTICE 2020 BROUGHT BILLIONS OF PEOPLE TOGETHER, ALL AROUND THE WORLD… CONNECTING AND FOCUSING ATTENTION ON THE GREAT CONJUNCTION…THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM…OR AS I CALL IT, THE STAR OF ENLIGHTENMENT. NO MATTER OUR POLITICS, SPIRITUAL BELIEFS - (OR LACK THEREOF) OR SOCIAL/ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS - THE WORLD WAS LOOKING AT ONE “STAR” TOGETHER.

BILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD, GAZING AT A RARE ASTROLOGICAL EVENT, IS FAR MORE POWERFUL THAN THE WORLD WIDE WEB…WE CONNECTED WITH EACH OTHER, AS ONE WORLD, IN THE NATURAL WORLD AND IN REAL TIME…UNDER A “STAR”.

PERSONALLY, IT’S NOT LOST ON ME HOW PROFOUNDLY MEANINGFUL THAT MOMENT WAS FOR ALL OF US. IN FACT, CONNECTION IS VITAL TO EVERYONE. NOW, MORE THAN EVER.


CHAPTER 8 LESSON: FIRST CONTACT

JUST AS MAKING FIRST CONTACT WITH AN ALIEN INTELLIGENCE WOULD REQUIRE DILIGENT PATIENCE, OPEN-MINDEDNESS, CARE AND CAUTION - WE MUST APPLY THE SAME PRINCIPLES IN THE STEPS WE TAKE TOWARDS FIRST CONTACT WITH OURSELVES…AND EACH OTHER, HERE ON EARTH, AS WE ENTER A NEW YEAR.

WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED ABOUT OURSELVES, AND OTHERS, IS IN MANY WAYS, ALIEN INTELLIGENCE…WE KNOW THINGS WE DIDN’T KNOW BEFORE, WHICH CAN PUT US ON GUARD. WE MAY NOT SEE OURSELVES THE SAME WAY, AND WE PROBABLY DON’T SEE OTHERS THE SAME WAY EITHER…WE CONTINUALLY EVALUATE IF OUR NEW KNOWLEDGE IS GOING TO LEAD TO PEACE, OR DESTRUCTION.


THE PRACTICE AND TASKS OF THE SEVEN WONDERS, UP TO THIS MOMENT, HAS BEEN A PROCESS OF DISCONNECTING FROM WAYS IN WHICH WE ARE DESTRUCTIVE TO OURSELVES. AND I’M SURE READING/HEARING THAT LAST SENTENCE INDUCED A PING OF COLD RESISTANCE. MOST OF US, WHEN FACED WITH THE STRAIGHTFORWARD QUESTION, “ARE YOU SELF DESTRUCTIVE?” WOULD QUICKLY RESPOND WITH A RESILIENT “ABSOLUTELY NOT!”

THE PROBLEM IS, AS WITCHES AND PEOPLE WITH SPIRITUAL/CREATIVE GIFTS, WE ARE EQUALLY CREATIVE IN THE WAYS WE SABOTAGE OUR TRUE POTENTIAL, AS WE ARE ABOUT HIDING OUR SABOTAGE FROM OURSELVES AND OTHERS. WHAT WE ACCEPT AS THE MAINSTREAM LABEL FOR SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR, DOES NOT ALIGN WITH WHO WE ARE—AT LEAST ON THE SURFACE. THIS IS WHY, CHAPTER BY CHAPTER, WE HAVE BEEN GENTLY IDENTIFYING WAYS IN WHICH WE EVADE OUR PERSONAL AND MAGICKAL WELL-BEING. THE SEEMINGLY “LITTLE THINGS” WE LET SLIDE, ARE INDEED, DESTRUCTIVE TO OUR SENSE OF SELF. TREATING OURSELVES POORLY, IN LITTLE WAYS, OVER LONG PERIODS OF TIME, IS VERY DESTRUCTIVE.

MAKING CONNECTIONS, PAST OUR WALLS OF DENIAL, CAN FOOL US INTO THINKING WE ARE NO LONGER GROUNDED. WE MAY FALL IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION - “I’M A TERRIBLE PERSON AND MY OWN WORST ENEMY…I’LL NEVER RECOVER OR LEARN HOW TO BE GOOD TO MYSELF.” THIS DRAMATIC, THEATRICAL SCENE SPINS ITSELF AS THE CENTRAL CHARACTER OF YOUR LIFE STORY…SPINNING MORE AND MORE OUT OF CONTROL, HOGGING THE SPOTLIGHT - BECOMING THE DIRECTOR, THE SUPPORTING CAST, YOUR ENTIRE STORY - BUT IT’S NOT ANY OF THOSE THINGS. IT’S A DRAMATIC SCENE, STAGED BY A STUBBORN SELF-IMPOSED CURSE, PITCHING A DEMON TANTRUM - DESIGNED TO DISTRACT YOU FROM SEEING THE SIMPLE TRUTH - THAT YOU’VE ALREADY TAKEN STEPS INTO SELF-CARE.

LIES REACT IN THE SAME WAY LIARS DO, WHEN CONFRONTED WITH TRUTH…THEY WILL REACT DEFIANTLY, DESPERATELY, EVEN VIOLENTLY, BUT ULTIMATELY… LIES FEAR FOR THEIR LIFE, NO MATTER THE SIZE OF THE TRUTH THEY FACE.

DISCOVERING NEW INFORMATION, LIKE OPENING A NEW CIRCUIT PATHWAY, IS THE FIRST STEP IN MAKING A CONNECTION - EVEN IF THE NEW INFORMATION IS SHOCKING. FOR THIS REASON, IT IS BETTER TO START WITH SMALL CURRENTS OF INFORMATION TO STABILIZE THE SUCCESS OF THE DESIRED, LONG-TERM CONNECTION. AND, OF COURSE, WE MUST FEEL CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE A SOLID, NEUTRAL, GROUNDING WIRE.

CHAPTER 8 WEEKLY TASKS/ASSIGNMENTS & SPELL WORK: THE SEVEN CHAPTERS: GROUND AND CONNECT, SPELL-CHECK:CURSES COUNTER-CURSES AND CHARMS, COMPOSE A DEVOTION PRAYER, MYSTIC MOONSHINE


THE SEVEN CHAPTERS: GROUND AND CONNECT

REVIEWING THE WORK WE HAVE COVERED SO FAR, WILL GROUND US TO THE TRUTH OF OUR PROGRESS. EVEN A SIMPLE SHIFT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION IS MOMENTUM AND PROGRESS. AND TRACKING PROGRESS, TENDS TO ENCOURAGE MORE PROGRESS.

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS IN YOUR SHADOW PAGES JOURNAL:

  1. I FEEL A LITTLE SAFER NOW THAT______________________________________________

  2. I AM REALLY MORE MYSELF WHEN I____________________________________________

  3. WHEN I AM HONEST ABOUT MY ANGER, I______________________________________

  4. THE THING I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY HOME/PLACE IS__________________________

  5. I AM SECRETLY GRATEFUL FOR_________________________________________________

  6. I HAVE A TRUE, LOYAL, FAITHFUL FRIEND IN____________________________________

  7. WITH A LITTLE WILLINGNESS, I CAN TRUST THE DIVINE/GREAT SPIRIT WITH____________

EACH OF THE ABOVE STATEMENTS CORRESPONDS WITH THE PREVIOUS CHAPTERS OF THE SEVEN WONDERS, AND WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH AN HONEST CONNECTION TO YOUR PROGRESS AND HEALING. (CHAPTER 1: PROTECTION, CHAPTER 2: MYTHOLOGY, CHAPTER 3: POWER, CHAPTER 4: ABUNDANCE, CHAPTER 5: TERRITORY, CHAPTER 6: INTEGRITY, CHAPTER 7: COMPASSION)

SPELL-CHECK: CURSES, COUNTER-CURSES AND CHARMS

AS I MENTIONED ABOVE, WHEN WE BEGIN TO CIRCLE IN ON TRUTH, OR ANYTHING THAT RESEMBLES SELF-CARE, OUR MOST STUBBORN SELF-IMPOSED CURSES REAR THEIR UGLY HEADS, AND PITCH A DEMON TANTRUM. WE MUST UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE FACT, THAT AS WE GET SMARTER, SO DO OUR INNER DEMONS. REMAIN DILIGENT, AND DO NOT ALLOW SELF-IMPOSED CURSES TO RUN UNCHECKED.

RETURN TO YOUR LIST OF SELF-IMPOSED CURSES & COUNTER-CURSES FROM WEEK ONE. ADD ADDITIONAL SELF-IMPOSED CURSES THAT HAVE COME UP, AND CONVERT THEM INTO BELIEVABLE COUNTER-CURSES.

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL FOR OLD, SELF-IMPOSED CURSES TO RE-EMERGE AND PERSIST. THE MORE THEY POP UP, THE MORE YOU CAN TRUST THAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY CLOSING IN ON THEM…SO YOU HAVE TO BE MORE PERSISTENT IN ORDER TO FULLY EXPOSE AND REMOVE THE CURSE FROM YOUR INNER DIALOGUE. BY CONVERTING THE SELF-IMPOSED CURSE INTO A COUNTER-CURSE, THEN CHANTING THE COUNTER-CURSE AS AN AFFIRMATIVE CHARM 7 TIMES INTO A MIRROR…YOU’RE PERFORMING A POWERFUL SPELL-CHECK!


COMPOSE A DEVOTION PRAYER

WHILE THERE ARE MANY PRAYERS, RITUALS AND CEREMONIES DESIGNED TO DEVOTE OURSELVES TO OUR HIGHER POWER AND SPIRITUAL ETHICS, THERE IS NOTHING MORE PERSONAL AND POWERFUL THAN WRITING YOUR OWN.

I’LL SHARE THE ONE I WROTE FOR MYSELF, TO HELP GET YOU STARTED.


“GREAT SPIRIT, ON THIS DAY, IN THIS MOMENT AND ALL THAT FOLLOW,

MY BODY, MY LIFE AND MY WORK SERVE AS A CONDUIT

OF YOUR POWER, GRACE AND WILL.

I SURRENDER ALL THAT I AM, ALL THAT I DO,

AND ALL I WILL BECOME TO YOU.

I ACCEPT THE HELP AND DIRECTION THAT FLOWS

FROM YOU, YOUR ANGELS, GUIDES AND MESSENGERS

IN ALL THEIR DIVINE WAYS, VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE…

I DEDICATE MY POWERS AND GIFTS

FREELY AND WILLINGLY TO SERVE YOU AND THE HIGHER GOOD.

MY SACRED TRUST IS IN YOU, ALWAYS.

GRANT THAT I MAY ALWAYS RETURN TO LIGHT, WHEN DARKNESS BREAKS,

LOVE IN THE FACE OF FEAR, AND BLESS ALL OF CREATION

IN WHAT I CREATE THROUGH YOU.”

MYSTIC MOONSHINE

THIS IS A SIMPLE, FULL MOON RITUAL THAT WILL ACTIVATE AND CONNECT YOU WITH THE DEVOTION PRAYER YOU COMPOSED. ALL YOU NEED IS A WINE GLASS FILLED WITH PURE DRINKING WATER (DISTILLED IS BEST), YOUR DEVOTION PRAYER AND A FULL MOON.

TAKE TIME TO CLEAN AND CLEAR YOURSELF, THE WINE GLASS WITH WATER AND YOUR SPACE, AS YOU WOULD BEFORE PERFORMING ANY SACRED RITE OR RITUAL. STAND OUTSIDE UNDER THE FULL MOON, OR INDOORS IF WEATHER OR PRIVACY IS AN ISSUE. HOLD THE WINE GLASS ABOVE YOUR HEAD, AND ENVISION MOON BEAMS ARE CHARGING THE WATER WITH THE ENERGY OF THE MOON. THEN BRING THE WATER DOWN TO YOUR HEART, AND RECITE YOUR DEVOTION PRAYER. IMAGINE THE WORDS OF YOUR PRAYER ARE FLOWING FROM YOUR HEART, INTO THE MOONBEAM CHARGED WATER. NOW, CONSCIOUSLY DRINK THE MYSTIC MOONSHINE WATER.

CLOSE YOUR RITUAL IN YOUR OWN WAY.



THAT WRAPS CHAPTER 8: THE SEVEN WONDERS OF CONNECTION.


IN ADDITION TO THE TASKS AND SPELL WORK OF THIS WEEK, DON’T FORGET TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR SHADOW WORK. THE BASIC TOOLS ARE DAILY SHADOW PAGES, 1 SHADOW DANCE A WEEK, PLUS YOUR WEEKLY VISION QUEST.

YOU CAN ALSO FIND BONUS MATERIAL, ADDITIONAL VIDEO CONTENT AND VISION QUEST IDEAS IN THE “DIGITAL WITCHBOX” SECTION OF THE SEVEN WONDERS BLOG, BELOW.

JOIN ME IN THE NEW YEAR, WHEN WE RETURN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, FOR

CHAPTER 9: THE SEVEN WONDERS OF MAGICK

UNTIL THEN, BE KIND TO YOURSELF AND I’LL SEE YOU AT THE RAINBOW’S EDGE!




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