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trees“Through magick, unlike other forms of manifestation and prayer, we partner with the divine in nature, through the elements, animal spirits, herbs, stones, colors, Sun, Moon, planets, and stars. We learn everything is alive. Everything has a consciousness. They might be different from us, but everything contains a spirit and is part of the pattern of creation. We must learn to partner with creation, to truly live in the world and be with it, rather than destroying it.

We learn to be caretakers and helpers in the world. We learn a path of service. Ultimately witches are servants to the divine, and to the community. They are healers, counselors, and mediators. They are religious leaders and guides. Because of this deep awareness of our connections, you cannot help but develop a compassion for others, for it is compassion for yourself. You cannot help but to help others, because you are helping yourself and the greater world. When you help someone else heal, you are contributing to your own healing. Both processes must go hand in hand.

Ultimately through magick, we learn by our experience that we are not only all connected, but we are all one. One spirit with many different expressions, as nature is one. We are part of nature. We are part of the divine. both are simultaneous and not exclusive. But without the experience, it is only philosophy. We do magick to know we are all one. This is the spiritual truth of magick.”

~Outer Temple of Witchcraft. Circles, Spells, and Rituals.

(Chapter 2, page 32.).

Christopher Penczak.


“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.”

~Unknown source

Dalai Lama


I woke quite early this morning, around 4:30 am or so. I’m guessing that thejet lag / time difference has really set in and I am still adjusting. I don’t fight these moments, if I am awake then I am awake. If I was tired I would be resting. Make sense to me.

Logging into a favorite game I played for awhile. Poked around on Facebook and surfed the web. I kept quiet so as not to disturb B in our little 700 square foot loft. Quiet clicks on the keyboard. A soft clearing of the throat. Outside a truck rolled by, I gave a squinty look through the blinds to see what the fuss was about and checked over my shoulder to see if his head was still buried in the blankets and pillows.

Yes, still sleeping.

Morning comes. Dawn. We wake. We routinely go about our getting readyand face the day, our jobs, people, events, and the unknown. By about 9:00 am I was feeling the need to sleep. B had left for work and I had an hour to myself again before I walked over to my day job at the Rowan.

I’m always thinking metaphysical. This is a constant. Back in the day, when I was young-er, I had gotten a reading by this incredible psychic who did guide work. She had the pleasure of meeting the rather stern monk (“stern” is me being kind because I think that this guide was a hard ass teacher) who was a beneficial spirit in my life for many years. He was bald and always appeared in a robe which one could feel with the psychic senses. The robe felt like a potato sack woven in a rough, scratchy wool. Had he worn that in life I don’t know how he could have stood it but then again the sensation of the robe may just have been an indicator of his personality.

Through our three-way conversation she, the Reader, illustrated how me and the guide were teachers to one another. I taught him to lighten up. He taught me to get orderly and follow some ritual. Ha. Ha. He said during that reading,

“You will have it [connectedness / balance / “the” magick] when you can be thinking high metaphysical thoughts while eating pizza and screaming at a football game.”

Are your eyebrows raising too? First, I don’t like football. Well I don’t dislike it but I don’t enjoy it. Second I can only imagine the pizza bits flying out of my mouth while I am screaming and thinking Buddha thoughts, tetragramming, or rolling through a serious of conversions in numerology to astrology while chanting and incanting.

Seriously? HA!

I didn’t get it. I thought I did, but I did not. It wouldn’t be until a few years later when I was in Guatemala heading to a secluded coastal town only reachable by a boat that it would strike me. I am the magick. I am the beauty that I see. I am the power I perceive. I am this experience and this is the beginning…

((Photo from Wikipedia.

This morning was another one of those moments. A deepening of awareness. A time of infinity where thoughts and ideas connect with feeling, and power, to the present. The Now. A time when life outside and life inside meet up perfectly. No pizza or football was  necessary just me and my shower, getting metaphysical with my soap and the spray.

So, yeah. I hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama in my mind. Well I don’t hear him exactly but I have this “download of information” where suddenly I am this incredible connectedness to the earth and all things. Not this generic, basic feeling of Oneness but a real, almost magnetic, feeling that even if I were to pass away that instant that I am part of this magnificent consciousness called earth. I begin to feel my responsibility.

Being a part of that consciousness I thought, released all worry because no matter the outcome I returned to the mother, I continued. I remained part of all things. This budded many other flowers of thought. The pettiness of dramas, and the true tragedy of wars. CNN was non-stop on the Iran situation this morning. I was sending all sorts of loving energy that direction.

I did my morning energy work. My ritual of preparedness with all of these things in mind. <<Viper armed!>> I enter this little pocket city, Downtown LA. I am reflective. I am mindful that I have just been re-dedicated as a Priest/Priestess and that this may be part of my calling or a step in that direction. I feel the order of things, in the chaos of life as this here and that over here tangle roots and bring me into what I intended when I started my re-dedication: The righting of my path and the continuance of my magickal / living calling.

Then, this is the part I love, when we let go and follow the magick, things line up. Sessions are coming my direction. Readings. Healing. Purpose.
The calling.

I wanted to share this with you because I thought it could be significant to your own path. Yes, I’ve been away from this energy over here in LA. Yes I was cleared. Yes I had time to have distance and so some perspective and it has all really accelerated my growth but I think when we create space, we help to give room for change.

In change is the greener pastures we seek. That change is waiting within.

I am reminded of that story about the songbird in the cage. The keeper feels sadness suddenly for the singing birds imprisonment and so she (or he) opens the door but the bird becomes terrified. It does not fly out. It clings to the cage. In a way, our mind can become like this. We get so wrapped up in our day-to-day experience we loose the moment, the Now, and we become trapped in what was and what could be. Neither here nor there, we suffer.

Creating space, inside or out, we give ourselves a little freedom to grow.

Find it. Make it. Share it.

We are born. We live. We love. We laugh. Breath. Shit. Eat. Argue. Want. Love. Lust. Hunger. Tickle. Make love. We contribute to a billion things. We wonder why. We thirst for answers in the world around us…

All the while the door to clarity is within. When we come into connectedness, when we embrace our place, what we eat, how we act, what we think and do, these things become conscious acts. Give yourself room. Seek that center. Find that connection.

Be the beautiful human you are.

Be well,

Scott K Smith

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“We all have a special responsibility to help create a better world, because material progress alone is clearly insufficient for a happier human society. No one loses, and everyone gains by a shared universal sense of responsibility to this planet and all living things on it.”

-His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet.


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