Solitary: A Self-Directed Spiritual Life

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Universal Smackdown

John Edward is a medium of some renown.  I used to watch him on Crossing Over and have always wanted to meet him.  He recently was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which is near my home.  I splurged and bought a ticket.

I hoped for a reading.  I talked to my people who have passed and told them about it and asked them to come through.  I went with a friend and hoped for a reading.  All the while in my head I said to the people who I connect with they should come through.  

John Edward came out, gave a brief explanation, and took questions.  He was going to take five questions and go into readings.  He didn’t get through all the questions before the readings started.  Around the room he went, talking to different people.  As he shifted around, I was fascinated by the messages, by the humor with which he handled people. 

He read the people in front of us.  He read the people behind us.  Neither my friend nor I got read.  I suppose I should be disappointed but I’m not.  I listened to each of the readings.  I laughed, tears came to my eyes at different points. 

It was a thoroughly entertaining evening.  However, that isn’t all it was for me.  At one point, he talked about how everyone could do what he does, it was simply a matter of focus, practice and training. 

As a solitary, I often let other things roll over my own practices.  The girls need something or I’m too tired or it’s too difficult for me to gather what I need.  It’s ironic that this event reminded me of how I need to make more time for my own practice.  Here I am in a crowded room, listening to a man speak about dead people and the message I get is take more care of my own solitary practices. 

I reached a point in my practices and my studies where I was disappointed with the books which didn’t satisfy my need for more information, for deeper study.  While some were interesting, none touched me or aided me in going deeper into my own beliefs. 

I can research Goddesses or Gods.  I can research different beliefs.  I can research almost anything but the deeper connection was lacking.  When I meditate, I discover things about myself and my beliefs, which are confirmations of being on the right path. 

I’ve led groups.  I’ve participated in rituals, both on my own and with a group.  I’ve connected with a variety of people and practices.  It comes back to what works for me.  I’ve allowed my physical limitations to limit my time and connection to nature.  This cuts off a vital flow of energy for me.  No, I can’t hike into the woods anymore.  No, I can’t go sit under a tree at my favorite county park.  I can go sit on my deck, listen to the birds, connect with the trees in my own yard. 

I focus so much on filling my time with what I can do, I forget that I also need to find ways to connect with nature even if I can’t get out like I used to.  I guess the universe gave me a metaphoric slap on the back of the head with this one event.  It gave me a reminder to do what I can, when I can because I need it almost as much as I need to do the other things I have been doing. 

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As a solitary, I consider myself a pagan witch who is seeking. Residing in rural Wisconsin, by day I work as a clerical worker and at night I spend my spare time writing. Writing is my way of expressing my feelings about my world and life. Raised on a farm, I have a love for nature and am inspired by the beauty and power I find there. I've been married for 33 years and have three adult daughters. Some of my other interests include cooking, genealogy, reading and crocheting.  
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