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« Reply #75: May 21, 2009, 06:48:43 pm »

Do you ever have days when you don't make those choices?  What happens then?

Unfortunately, yes. In those cases, generally inertia wins.  Sometimes I remember (or am reminded) that I need to make *choices*.

Although I don't make long-term promises, there are some things where I'm aware that my Will about them is not terribly likely to change, for a bit at least.  I still like to make choices, though.

Does that make sense?
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« Reply #76: May 21, 2009, 10:47:09 pm »

Unfortunately, yes. In those cases, generally inertia wins.  Sometimes I remember (or am reminded) that I need to make *choices*.

Although I don't make long-term promises, there are some things where I'm aware that my Will about them is not terribly likely to change, for a bit at least.  I still like to make choices, though.

Does that make sense?

makes perfect sense to me. The trouble I have been having with this is making choices that I don't want to make, but have to be made, bc of Will based internal conflicts. Greater good, and stuff like that. Quite sucky.
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« Reply #77: July 10, 2009, 04:59:51 pm »

(I'm not replying to anything in particular here.  Just starting a new post.)

So, my shift for this round will be over in a few hour.  And I've been thinking...

Two years ago, I attended the summer gathering of the local pagan community, and I had an incredible experience with Brighid.  (http://www.ecauldron.net/forum/index.php?topic=499.msg29687#msg29687)

That same event is going on this weekend, but I decided not to attend because the curriculum is mostly Wiccanish, and there is very little of interest to me.  Except the seidh ritual being held tonight. 

My husband and I had talked about going up just for this evening to go to that ritual.  If we want to do that, we have to leave in a half hour or so.  I just re-read what I wrote back then, and sort of re-experienced it.

And now I think I don't want to go tonight.  I think I'm afraid of NOT repeating what happened two years ago -- of not connecting like I did then.  I think I'm worried that "failing" at this ritual will ruin my memories of that magical time.  And I think I'm also worried about being self-conscious with my husband there.  Also, it's a 2-hour car ride, and I'm not feeling will physically.  I'm on a new medication, and I don't really feel like myself.

I'm totally not sure why I'm posting about this.  It's more a "non-experience" than a "shift experience".  I've been trying to feel some strong urge pushing me to go, but it's just not there.  So, I'm going to assume that I don't currently need the kind of help connecting with Brighid that the seidh ritual would (possibly) provide.

Anyone else have times like this when you feel like you *ought* to do something because it's the thing to do, but you don't want to for some reason?  Which choice do you make?  Is there a correct choice?
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« Reply #78: July 13, 2009, 10:43:06 pm »

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Anyone else have times like this when you feel like you *ought* to do something because it's the thing to do, but you don't want to for some reason?  Which choice do you make?  Is there a correct choice?

That's a very tough question. I remember feeling like that many times when I belonged to my old church, but there was a very good reason for me to feel that way - try as I might, I didn't want to be there. That was when I left and went to find a new path.

It sounds like, even though you say you "ought" to do this, there isn't a strong spiritual need for you to go. If there was a spiritual need for you to go, then nothing would stop you from doing it. Maybe that's oversimplifying, but I always like the simple answers.  Wink

Changing the subject, I had my second shift today. My first shift was a bit hectic and disorganized, which almost made me want to give up. On top of everything else, I was a bit sick that day as well and spent most of the day dozing in my chair instead of being creative. This shift was much better. I felt a powerful surge of inspiration, which was very welcome (I'm a writer who has gone through a serious bit of writer's block - probably one of the main things that drew me to Brighid in the first place). But the main thing that marked my shift was the fact that I was offered a job! I had been out of work for several months and this came pretty much out of the blue. I had never thought of asking Brighid for help on the job market - is she known for that?

So for the rest of the day, my creative juices were poured into sewing, particularly hemming some nicer pairs of pants that I bought a few months ago.
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« Reply #79: July 13, 2009, 11:40:59 pm »

Just a reminder that, when you're quoting, you need to leave the quote code (that's the part with all the = signs and long strings of numbers in it) in place, so that it actually links back to the post you're responding to.

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« Reply #80: July 14, 2009, 04:40:17 pm »

But the main thing that marked my shift was the fact that I was offered a job! I had been out of work for several months and this came pretty much out of the blue. I had never thought of asking Brighid for help on the job market - is she known for that?

I don't know that She's particularly *known* for employment assistance, but I know She doesn't mind being asked.  Especially if the job is somehow connected to her areas of interest.  F'ex, I just started a new job and I'm sure She had a hand in my being offered it.  It's with a health advocacy organization, which ties directly into two of Her primary areas:  healing and social justice.

In my case, whenever I ask Her for help of this sort, I always promise something in return.  For something huge, like a job, I promise donations to organizations that I think are doing Her work (Solas Bhride of course, and Heifer International, the Humane Society, and the ASPCA).
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« Reply #81: July 14, 2009, 09:24:54 pm »

I had been out of work for several months and this came pretty much out of the blue. I had never thought of asking Brighid for help on the job market - is she known for that?

I've definitely had "job-themed" Brighid shifts, although I haven't asked Her for help finding a job before. I do get the feeling she might want to be honored in connection with my graphic design work - my professional creativity. Smiley

Incidentally, my shift that starts tomorrow will contain the beginning of the Feri Camp I'm going to, which is art-and-creativity themed. Smiley
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« Reply #82: July 16, 2009, 09:31:22 am »

Smiley  Here's mine:

My first shift ended yesterday evening.

I did not know what I should be doing or what to expect to feel, but things turn out to be alright. Right as my shift began I settled down and made a pair of earrings that would represent the flame, while I was not at home. (I never knew I could make such beautiful earrings and now I am hooked.) The rest of my evening was relaxing and some meditation before heading to bed.   

The next day I felt more in control then I usually do when I first woke up. The first half of my day went by like any other. Work was the same, and bus ride was just as creepy as normal. When I go home to got the need to go wandering through a small woody area. (I am not a fan out woody areas, too many bugs that eat me) I called my best friend and heading out. We wandered and took some amazing pictures, which are unfortunately stuck on my phone. It felt great being outside in the sun for once.

The outdoors adventure had tired me out, so on my final hours of my shift I got working on my BoS. I was so into writing (again something I am not a huge fan of normally) that I forgot what time it was. When I looked up from a finished page on runes that sun had already vanished from view.

I am very excited for my next shift. It got me doing things I normally place to the side.

Oh, forgot one more thing Brighid got me to do...wash my dishes.
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« Reply #83: July 16, 2009, 09:35:45 am »

My first shift ended yesterday evening.

The outdoors adventure had tired me out, so on my final hours of my shift I got working on my BoS. I was so into writing (again something I am not a huge fan of normally) that I forgot what time it was. When I looked up from a finished page on runes that sun had already vanished from view.


This happens to me a lot on my shifts. I need writing, but I dislike doing it, and so I tend to write on message boards and Facebook and the like when I really need to be writing in one of my blogs, or in my journal. The juice flows more smoothly when I'm flamekeeping.
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« Reply #84: July 24, 2009, 08:48:26 pm »

blessings!
   I got put onto the 11th shift...which since I did not cheek the board I did not know, but as I do on  nights when the spirit hits me right I lit brigga's and sat with her for a bit.....as I went to sleep that night I felt so warm and loved.....the next day after cheeking the boards I got my husband out of the house for the day and shut out all of the outside world.....I cleaned I sang, and I read, I danced.....and that feeling of love and warmth stayed very strong with me through out the day and evening.....I still feel the glow of it.....yay first shift!!!

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« Reply #85: July 24, 2009, 10:07:38 pm »

blessings!
   I got put onto the 11th shift...which since I did not cheek the board I did not know, but as I do on  nights when the spirit hits me right I lit brigga's and sat with her for a bit.....as I went to sleep that night I felt so warm and loved.....the next day after cheeking the boards I got my husband out of the house for the day and shut out all of the outside world.....I cleaned I sang, and I read, I danced.....and that feeling of love and warmth stayed very strong with me through out the day and evening.....I still feel the glow of it.....yay first shift!!!
I'm very glad it worked that way for you!  That's why I made sure to let you know you didn't have to start until next cycle; I wasn't sure if you'd see my post soon enough, and there's no way to be certain if someone will have that experience of "feeling" their shift even when they don't know it (though as you've probably gathered, several people have had that happen).

Also, just a reminder that TC is quite strict about including quotes (here's the link to the Quoting Guidelines if you need to review them) - in this instance it's not a major issue, since you're clearly responding to the thread topic itself rather than to anything anyone has said, but in such cases it's a good idea to have the quote linking back to the original post starting the thread (you don't have to include any of the post itself, as long as the code that links back is in place), just to build/maintain the habit.

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« Reply #86: November 13, 2009, 06:54:14 pm »


I've come up with a way to stay mindful of my 'Keeping shift while at work. I'm one of the kids' specialists at a bookstore, and we have a lot of cute plushies in my department. One of them is an adorable hedgehog puppet - I read in Devoted to You, that the hedgehog is associated with Brighid in Ireland. So I put one of the puppets by the computer on the kids info desk during my shift. So far it's worked very well in reminding me of Brighid and my shift. Smiley
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« Reply #87: November 13, 2009, 07:24:20 pm »

So far it's worked very well in reminding me of Brighid and my shift. Smiley

What a great idea!  I think it's something easily replicated.  Thanks for sharing.   Cheesy
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« Reply #88: February 12, 2010, 12:23:39 pm »


My Shift Experience--

Feb 9 was my very first solo shift.  I thought it would be appropriate to re-dedicate myself to the work of the Cill.  I had planned to do a dedication ritual to Brighid on Imbolc, but it just didn't work out. So, I thought I would dedicate myself to Her that night as well as stating my dedication to the Cill and to my Path.

That night at Sundown, I lit my flameless candle and set up an altar.  I poured an offering to Her for the first time.  I'm sure I probably did it wrong, but I hope She understands.  Then I took out my new beautiful journal and cleansed it with salt water and dedicated it to the service of the Divine and to myself so that I would grow in knowledge.  Next, I offered myself to Brighid as her priestess for a service of one year.  If in that time, things don't work out or if She doesn't find me fit, we will resolve our union.  If things do work out, then I will re-dedicate myself to Her. I am so grateful to Her, for the gifts She has given me and the gentle sweet direction for my life. I felt like She was happy with the decision, like "What took you so long..."  Later on that night, I had so much energy...I was really hyper for most of the evening.  The next day, I decided to do a morning devotional with Brighid as my focus.  I did a washing rite, said my prayers, and meditated for about ten minutes.  I felt so good that day.  I feel like I am finally in the right place--that I am taking positive steps in my religion--heck, I feel like I have a religion now. 

So yes, much positive energy.  Then last night, the lights went out.  I was alone in a relatively strange house (ie, didn't know where the fuse box was) and freaked out.  I called my bf and asked him where this stuff was...found the fuse box.  Then I couldn't find a flashlight and my cell phone wasn't bright enough to really see anything.  I walked back into the house, praying, "I need some help here...I can't find what I need..."  Then I hear a gentle voice, "Go to the desk, there is a lighter there.  Light a candle."  Finally, I was getting so fed up that I went out to the fuse box and just switched all of the fuses.  I looked back into the house and there was a lone lamp on.  I was so relieved!  So, in appreciation I left an offering for the People who watch over me.  This morning on the way to school, I saw a swan.   To my knowledge, Brighid is associated with Swans...

I am so grateful to Her. 

Hail Brighid!   
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« Reply #89: February 13, 2010, 07:04:53 pm »


I just had my first shift, and thought I'd pop in to let everyone know how it went... I set up a white pillar candle in my kitchen (my hearth) and lit it at sunset. I spent a lot of the evening tending to children and household things like dinner and clean up, but made some time to study and read. I had thought that today I would do something creative in honor of Brigid, but it ended up being a day of tending my house, which I feel really positive about.

My flame managed to stay lit most of the time -- it did get blown out by my 2 yo at one point, but in all it was much easier to keep it lit than I had expected considering. In fact, having to be aware of it with my children around probably helped me to keep Brigid in my thoughts in a way I might not have had otherwise.  Smiley I know that whenever I thought of her, it gave me new motivation and inspiration to make my home nice. It definitely reinvigorated my kitchen witchery "spark."

It was a pretty positive experience and I'm really glad I finally decided to join in.
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