Because I’m a person who analyzes everything, this required some deep thought. I understand the theory of alchemy. It was once about changing lead into gold, but the spiritual process (the high priestess process) is about the transformation of my essence, using the method of alchemy to break down old patterns and limiting beliefs to distill what’s left into something pure and beneficial. But bringing the work into the world left me baffled. I know nothing of magic spells, or enchantments. I’m not an energy healer. And I don’t feel anything like an ancient Druid who commanded the elements of nature. So how do I act as a high priestess? What does that even mean?
Our wise leader, Bonnie Salamon, suggested I think about my gifts. What special contribution do I have to make to others? I thought about that on my walk this morning. My talent, my skill, my gift is with words, working with words, playing with words, creating beautiful expressions of love and feeling and helping others do the same. Words are my passion, hence my company Words of Passion. But how does my passion for words align with being a high priestess?
As I walked I let go. I surrendered to the movement of my arms and legs. The inhale and exhale. My mind cleared and, as so often happens when I walk, inspiration flowed and with it a realization.
A couple months ago I heard of a new magazine called the Conscious Life Journal. The Conscious Life Journal serves people on a path of conscious awareness, helping those who are just waking up to chart their course and guiding those who are already awake. I wanted to be part of that vision so I offered my editing/proofreading services to the founder, Hope Merrill. I was soon put to work and edited an interview, then a couple articles, then more articles. My good work was noticed and Hope eventually made me a member of the core team as Assistant Editor. The first issue launches this month and we’re already at work on the September/October issue.
For years I have looked for volunteer work to do. I’ve felt a need to give back to the community, to the world, but my stints at the library, the literacy program, and others left me feeling empty. They just didn’t fit. Until now. Now I’ve found a home with the Conscious Life Journal. Not only am I editing articles, but I’m also writing for the magazine and managing part of the production. It’s work, yes, but it’s fulfilling work, work that I can be passionate about, work that I love.
I’m giving back to my community. I’m serving through my talents and skills and doing something I truly love. I didn’t know it until this morning, but this is a perfect example of bringing my high priestess work into the world.