The Olde Ways. The ways of those who have gone before us.
It is so exciting to see millennials openly practicing nature-based faiths. They are breaking down societal norms and living in a way they find more gratifying and sustainable.
The way they express their belief systems is highly varied, but often comes down to the same principle; Mama Earth provides.
Consumerism, western medicine, and organized religion have failed us, and millennials are not turning a blind eye to that fact. They are returning to the Olde Ways.
I discovered the Olde Ways over 30 years ago, but quickly left them behind. Well, as much as one can leave them behind, they do always stick with you a bit.
I didn’t have the courage to stand against mainstream society.
I became reunited with them nearly a decade ago now, and often wish I had chosen to walk with them from the start. The years I spent away from the warm, comforting, supportive embrace of my Mama Earth are seemingly wasted.
But … I NEVER dwell on that. After all, it was my journey. It made me the person I am today. And there is no doubt that it benefited me in many ways. For that, I am grateful.
Today, I walk in reverence of the magic and bounty of my beloved Gaia.
I express that reverence through an intense, transparent love for her, and a burning desire to assimilate her infinite wisdom into my daily practices.
She is the center of my life. Growing in her ways keeps me in a perpetual state of awe.
As breathtaking as it is in all of its manifest forms, her creation is but a web of energy. As energy it can be manipulated and used to obtain anything we desire.
Somehow, on some level, the Ancients seemed to know of this power. They stayed close to her. They understood they were part of the whole. They respected the enormity of her power. They harnessed it through intention, and showed reverence for it in their day to day lives.
Many modern-day humans have lost this connection. Thereby, losing the creation power it imparts.
Walking the Old Path is the key to realigning yourself with all of the bounty and blessing that our Mama Earth longs to bestow upon you.
If you are new to this path, and feel overwhelmed by it, take a deep breath and relax. It is a journey, to be taken one small, simple step at a time.
It will unfold in a way that is perfect for you, if you just allow it. No need to force it. It is eager to present itself to you.
You do not need to make some flashy, stage-worthy move. Simply embrace it and it will embrace you.
Here are a few things you can start with …
· Commit to spending 10 minutes outdoors each day admiring Gaia’s handiwork
· Sit in a quiet space with a candle and simply experience ‘being’
· Choose one aspect of the Olde Ways and research it thoroughly
· Choose a crystal or herb and learn all you can about it
· Choose an element and experience it in as many ways as you can
· Mindfully experience the upcoming season and record what it brings to you
Just these simple steps will start you on your journey into the Ways of Olde!
Before you know it, you will find yourself becoming more immersed in an earth-based way of being.
You will begin understanding how energy works, and how you can use the tools of intention and ritual to design the life you want.
Using these tools, I have fashioned a life for myself which brings me great contentment, immense joy, and a never-ending smorgasbord of awe and enchantment.
I look each day for Gaia to show herself to me. And she does.
I honor her by seeking knowledge of her infinite wisdom and unfathomable love.
I honor myself by recognizing that I am not separate from her. All that She is, I am. I am part of the whole of creation; a viable, infinite, valuable part.
I share what she teaches me with all who have an ear to listen.
I believe that to gain anything from a teaching you must be ready to hear it, willing to accept it, and open to the possibility that what you learn may be different from what you expected.
I am sometimes all of these things. I am sometimes none of these things. BUT I am here learning.
If you are sometimes all of these things …
If you are sometimes none of these things …
BUT you are here learning …
I’ve put together a few bits about the moon, the elements, and the seasons for you. Three aspects of Gaia that are available to ALL of us. Developing an understanding of these aspects is a simple, yet quite important, part of journeying into the Olde Ways.
In my humble opinion, grasping the concepts behind moon energy, elemental power, and the flow of the seasons is a great place to start/strengthen your journey.
I hope you are blessed by the information gathered here. I hope you find a nugget or two of wisdom in it which you do not already possess. AND, I hope it serves as some sort of affirmation or inspiration for you.
BUT, more than all else, I hope it inspires you to seek, absorb, grow, and live in the ‘Olde Ways’ ...
The magic of the full moon is ours for the taking. Learn how to harness it to produce abundance in your life.
The magic of the new moon is ours for the taking. Learn how to harness it to perpetuate new growth in your life.
Develop a deeper understanding of the element of Air. Learn how to use his power to benefit your life.
Develop a deeper understanding of the element of Fire. Learn how to use his power to benefit your life.
Develop a deeper understanding of the element of Water. Learn how to use her power to benefit your life.
Develop a deeper understanding of the element of Earth. Learn how to use her power to benefit your life.
Spring ~ To all things there is a season. Learn to walk in harmony with Spring and reap the benefits she so faithfully bestows upon us.
Summer ~ To all things there is a season. Learn to walk in harmony with Summer and reap the benefits she so faithfully bestows upon us.
Fall ~ To all things there is a season. Learn to walk in harmony with Fall and reap the benefits he so faithfully bestows upon us.
Winter ~ To all things there is a season. Learn to walk in harmony with Winter and reap the benefits he so faithfully bestows upon us.
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