I’ve always been interested in magic and what is often called spirituality, in one way or another. Raised in a Christian household, I loved the ritual and symbols of faith, but found organised religion didn’t really suit me as I grew older and commenced a search for something that did.
Whilst I was drawn to the ideas of magic – that something deeper, more mysterious and more meaningful was at work in the world than the everyday – I also found it hard to reconcile these feelings with the scientific facts I respected and which fascinated me.
For me, the things that science has uncovered about the universe have always been truly magical and wondrous, all the more so for being explored, questioned and explained.
Now, before I go any further, I don’t disrespect the spiritual beliefs of others – although in my experience merely saying ‘this is not for me’ may offend some people. I can’t really answer for that, I’m afraid. What I write about here is my own take in things, for the people who may find some of it resonates with them, too.
What I was searching for was a meaningful path, free from the need to join a group, and away from the requirement that I believe in the ‘supernatural’ or deny the evidence of science.
You see, I didn’t really want to think about life after death – I was more interested in the process of living! Otherworldly ‘magic’, or the idea that stars billions of light years away that went supernova before the earth was formed determined my personality didn’t work for me, either.
That stuff just didn’t resonate. It didn’t fit with how I saw the world, no matter how hard I tried to make it.
But the rituals and traditions often did. The need to be able to create a special time, or space using sacred symbols was still there. Lighting a candle, or some incense, carrying out a ceremony to mark an event, these are things I think we all need to understand and appreciate the great mystery of life.
I wasn’t quite ready for that, either!
I found myself drawn to the simple, natural practices of earth-based spirituality.
Celebrating nature, the cycle of life and death, and the seasons.
In treating these very real things: seasons changing, growing plants, the natural world, as sacred, I feel connected with a source of life.
On this path, I’m not required to actually believe in deities, an afterlife or anything I didn’t want to in order to enjoy the traditions of traditional, nature-loving spirituality.
For my personal journey, this is ideal!
So – what does this kind of spirituality actually look like?
Well, a lot of my ‘practices’ are very down to earth. Cooking a special meal from homegrown vegetables. Sharing bread with friends. Walking in the woods on a full moon. Feeding the wild birds in my garden. Even my compost bin is a source of deeper meaning – recycling the old into the new!
I think in this time of ecological uncertainty, a greater connection to our natural selves is so important.
Here is a little connection ritual for you to use if you’d like to, using the traditional elements of earth, air, fire, water and spirit. I’ve based it loosely on some of the traditional Druid rituals I’ve found, but removed any reference to Gods/Goddesses and otherworldly beings.
Click here to download an Everyday Enchantment printable ritual, which can be adapted according to YOUR personal belief system (I don’t mind at all!)
If you like this idea of practical magic, take a look at my new creativity eCourse – Everyday Enchantment, where I use imagination and real-life magic to get you more time, motivation and energy for your creativity!
This article was first published in Wild Sister Magazine in the ‘Spirit’ issue
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