Day 345 - Sage me, baby!
Three steps to spiritual housecleaning:
Find who I am and what I value
Decide what behaviors I keep
Identify what needs to change
It is a tradition in many circles to use burning sage as an incense to clean and ward our spiritual houses. It's quick and easy. It's obvious, and it tends to clear out the cats as well.
Many of us stop there. We don't know what to do next; that's NOT obvious. How do I find out who I am? Where is it written, what I value? There's no book of life for me, no An Leabhar Meical.
Others can see who I am. They stand outside me. They see my actions and trust my values, but they're not mirrors. They're like me, also wondering, also wandering, wanting, needing to know. They cannot tell me, even though they follow me.
It's necessary to do more then, than to burn incense and chant some lines. It's necessary to become inward seeking. It's necessary to enlist the divine in my search, and that means sacrifice.
No children were sacrificed in the writing of this essay, but I did at least singe one sacred cow with my burning sage. I moved away from the self-importance of waving a burning leaf and expecting someone to respond. I became aware that I have to spend significant time and energy, approach Other with humility and respect, and offer up my ego in return for attention.
I learned that I value myself enough to sacrifice to find out who I am. It's a start.