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« Reply #15: August 26, 2007, 07:43:52 pm »

Gratitude, Obligation, Sacrifice: A Triad for Magical Practice

The magical universe is a perpetually mysterious place. Like the physical universe, it represents a great unknown. When faced with such a mystery, you cannot err by observing it with gratitude, recognizing your obligation to it for sustaining you, and giving something back through sacrifice.

Very nice essay. 

I have found that sacrifice is exactly that, a sacrifice. I don't mean saying a morning prayer, or lighting incense at a given time, or setting out meals for the spirits, deities, Gods/Godesses (whatever). To me, that is showing devotion, but that is not a sacrifice. If you listen to what is wanted of you, it will truly be a sacrifice. The best sacrifices are the ones that are hard to make.

Now, I don't mean in an Abraham and Isaac sort of way, but for me it was vegetarianism. Basically I was "called out", on this one.  I was still chowing down on Chili Burgers while I was donating to HSUS, NAVS, and the Jane Goodall Foundation. I was told I needed to respect all living creatures, not just the ones I chose to respect.  That meant giving up meat, including my beloved tacos.

I don't mean this (vegetarianism) was something everyone is supposed to do, this was directed at me, and me alone. So, to honor the great Creator, to show respect for all living creatures I did. And not gradually either, but cold turkey (or should I say cold tofu?)

It was not easy. But I gained the respect of the Creator and my life really changed for the better! The more you do for the spirit world, the more it will do for you.

If more people understood that, I think more prayers would be answered.
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« Reply #16: August 26, 2007, 07:57:52 pm »


I agree, if the sacrifice isn't of something important to you, it's not a true sacrifice. My biggest sacrifice, it seems, was giving myself in service.

Here's an essay I wrote on the subject: http://lovehopeandlife.wordpress.com/2006/11/12/the-value-of-gifts/
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« Reply #17: August 27, 2007, 07:28:01 am »

I agree, if the sacrifice isn't of something important to you, it's not a true sacrifice. My biggest sacrifice, it seems, was giving myself in service.

Here's an essay I wrote on the subject: http://lovehopeandlife.wordpress.com/2006/11/12/the-value-of-gifts/

Lovely essay, thanks for sharing it with us!
 
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« Reply #18: August 27, 2007, 12:25:22 pm »

I agree, if the sacrifice isn't of something important to you, it's not a true sacrifice. My biggest sacrifice, it seems, was giving myself in service.

Here's an essay I wrote on the subject: http://lovehopeandlife.wordpress.com/2006/11/12/the-value-of-gifts/

Thank you for writing such a heart-felt essay! It was wonderflul!
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« Reply #19: August 27, 2007, 02:39:30 pm »

Thank you for writing such a heart-felt essay! It was wonderflul!

Lovely essay, thanks for sharing it with us!

You're welcome guys, and thanks!
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« Reply #20: August 28, 2007, 03:40:58 pm »


Thank you for sharing that with us.  I've bookmarked it to read again, when I might need reminding of what life is about Smiley

It so eloquently says how I feel about sacrifice of self and about loving and giving.
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« Reply #21: August 31, 2007, 02:56:49 pm »

I agree, if the sacrifice isn't of something important to you, it's not a true sacrifice. My biggest sacrifice, it seems, was giving myself in service.

Here's an essay I wrote on the subject:

Good essay Smiley

I agree with you.  My entire life is service oriented, to a very large degree.  Essentially, in some form or other, 24/7.  THAT is my gift, my tithing, my sacrifice.  The gift of time, the gift of service, the gift of love. 

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« Reply #22: September 23, 2010, 12:33:58 pm »

This following is a short essay that I wrote a couple of months ago as an instruction piece for people who want to get a better grip on how they can develop a successful magical practice.

Beautifully said and very clearly presented! I was thinking alond similar lines today, which is probably why I found this post. Thanks for sharing!  Smiley
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