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Happiness through teamwork

Are  the things you do each day making you happy? If you go to work each day does the job you do put a smile on your face? I was listening to the radio last week and I heard a line from a man being interviewed and it really stuck with me to where every morning when I wake up since then I ask myself. The line was “If you wouldn’t do what you do for a job for free, should you really be doing it?” This is not always an option for everyone, but if it is an option in your life then you should think about it.

It really goes back to things like wishing, dreaming, and manifesting. This life we live is a really short one. I was talking to Melissa last night while watching our son play baseball about the importance of things such as this. I had a great weekend with my kids and lately I have been thinking a lot about quotes that matter to me and lines that I can live by. Another line I saw was “spending time with children is way more important then spending money on children”. What a great way to get our young ones started on the right path, by remembering that love and companionship has no monetary value and the fact that being around people that make you feel good and smile makes you forget all about the stressful things life has to offer us. None of us are broken, the pieces of us being happy are just sometimes scattered and we need to find them and pick them up and put the puzzle back together.

Deep down we all have issues and anger and things that hold us back from our goals and what we hope to feel and be. We have to grab a hammer and shatter the things that do not serve us.  It is not a simple path and it sure is not an easy one but by being a group and a family we can all get there. Do you have fears? Do you have a family or friends in your life that roll thier eyes at you or say things like “what the hell?” when you tell them the beliefs that you have?

Well as another way of getting people together and helping us all to be on the same page and help us be one, I am putting together a new circle that will help you tap into intuition and happiness through working together, talking, helping, and  coming together to overcome our fears. If you are an empath then we will help with that. As a team and friends we will find ways to bring smiles to our faces and bring support to us all that we may not have known was posssible. This is just another way to help us to make this short life better and happier for us all. I hope you will join me next tuesday for the support circle. It will be held on the 2nd and 4th tuesday of every month and admission is just five dollars. It will start at 7 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. It is always easier to do things or learn as a group or a team and with people who have your back. Come on out!!!

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Remembering Family

Hey guys, I’m just here looking out the kitchen window and enjoying the fact that all the snow is gone from the ground here in our little town. Even though it is still super cold, the illusion that winter has ended is enough to cheer me up. Winter is a time that really gets some of us down and struggling. I am one of those people. I have been trying to find out why I am how I am lately.

Finding out where we came from can sometimes be hard for people because we don’t know vital members of the family that could be the missing puzzle piece that help to tell our story to us. I never got to meet my mother’s mom or my father’s dad. This has always made me wonder. I really would have loved to meet my grandma, I have this strange missing for her even though I never got to meet her. The same thing with my papa on my father’s side.

I really have tried tapping into this all by practicing mediumship. I have sat through seances and talked to readers but those two important relatives never really pop up. My grandpa whom I was very close with is still very close to me. He just passed a few years ago. It is a crazy thought trying to tap into relatives that never met you and trying to introduce yourself to them. I thought should I just meditate and say Hi, I’m your grandson and I never met you but I miss you tons and want to know your side of the story when it comes to family trees and stories and things such as this.

Last year at the Dia de los Muertos celebration that we had at the store was the beginning of me figuring out how to get this rolling. Family alters are a great start to make this all come into fruition for you. You can get pictures of the family members and put them on a table in the house. If there are things that you have from the person put them on the table. If you have stones that you use that help with family trees or making dreams more real this may also help you with tapping into the family roots. The family tree is the key to knowing for so many of us. If there is a book that your family makes or another family member living that knows information about the person you are trying to get in touch with, this may help you as well.

I was given a gift for Valentines day this year of a family tree coin. It is a beautiful coin with two sides. One of the sides is for the fathers side and the other is for the mothers side. I carry the coin in my pocket and also sit it on the nightstand at night while I sleep to help get the family members I wan’t to get in touch with. It helps to have a notebook on hand, much like when trying to remember any other type of dreaming. Citrine and jasper are both great stones if the feelings you have are those of grief. The jasper will help you to put joy into the situation and the citrine will help if there is a negative feeling towards it or a break in the auric field due to the situation. Other pieces that work great for setting up the family alter are things like statuary of a family shield etc..

Doing things like a past life meditation will also help you to tap into the past and see how you started and where you came from. I am not sure if this kind of thing is as important to others as it is to me. However, if it is leave comments below and we can talk back and forth about it. We have nothing without memories and family. Have a great week everybody and thank you for reading the blog. -Ian

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“We have such sights to show you”

I know, I know, I titled the blog after a quote from the 1987 movie “Hellraiser”, however this blog could not be farther from that. I am going to tell you all about some amazing sights that I saw over the weekend while taking an amazing class with Lovey Adamczyk. Have you ever been in a place and you get that feeling that you just know you are supposed to be there but you don’t know why? Well that is where I found myself this weekend. I was seated in the healing room at the store for Lovey’s Basic I.E.T. class for Saturday and Sunday.  I never realized how amazing some of the sights that I would see would be.

On day one we went through the rainbow of angels. Well, I guess that the rainbow would not be the proper way to put it, especially in my head because I know that some people see angels totally by color but not me, I saw way more than I ever had imagined I would see as Saturday went by. All of this really reinstated the fact of just how visual my brain could really be and how amazing the things you can see in a simple meditation can really be.

So we had gotten through a lot of the instruction part of the class and it was time for our first meditation. The first meditation would be with angel Ariel. When Lovey does a session on you she has you draw a card, Ariel has been my card about two thirds of the time so I was familiar with her and ready to go. As we closed our eyes there it was, the calmest, brightest white light I have ever seen in my life. A feeling of peace surrounded me and I felt almost as secure as I ever had. What a great start to the day of meeting my healing angels that I would use for the next 2 days of class.

The next angel that we would be working with was angel Raphael. This was exciting as I am a person that really struggles with a feeling of being alone. Raphael is supposed to be good at working us through situations such as this. Here we went and it was time to lock in to Raphael, out of nowhere I see this huge, beautiful bridge, golden gate style, there was definitely no give to this bridge. It had a green light on the front of it and I heard a message in my hear telling me “Cross it and don’t look back”. Cross I did and I will be definitely enjoying alone time more than I have in the past because of the feeling of security gained from this exercise.

The angel Faith was the next in line for us to work with on this day. Her message much like her name is to have faith and enjoy the freedom that it brings. As we go into meditation with Faith I see a box, it opens and out flies a dragonfly. All of the sudden I get the feeling of being in a forest with huge trees with green bolts of light flowing down on me. The messages “think outside the box” and “share what burdens you”. The messages are just flowing and the sights have been quite amazing to this point.  I am really loving this class and hoping that there is more to come as we get locked into these angels.

Next in line is Gabriel. I have heard many things about Gabriel in the past but never meditated to talk or work with this angel before. He is supposed to give direction and clear the sense of uncertainty and distrust, which are also some things that I struggle with. As I close my eyes, I immediately see a huge tree with its roots very firmly planted in the soil. Then I see a bright yellow sun with some really cool blue eyes. Gabriel then says close your eyes and see this and as I did this in my meditation all of the colors of the chakra wheel, one by one came to me. I am really feeling great after this.

We then met the angel Celestina, she is here to teach us and help us with creative expression and clearing the swallowing of self expression. This was good because I am really working on saying things with soft lips and watching saying things roughly or in a way that they may hurt other people.  As we go into meditation I see the most awesome mountains with huge birds soaring above them. There are bright purple shadows everywhere and in the clouds the word “SOAR” is there. What a cool message this was.

I am at this point telling myself that there is no way that this can keep up with the awesome sights I have been shown today but let’s see anyway as it’s now time to bring in the angel known as Cassiel. This angel teaches unconditional love and relieves us from heartache and feelings of betrayal. As the lights go out and my head draws Cassiel in I see what reminds me of a nun but could be an angel and she kisses me on the forehead. At this point red takes over the sights that I am seeing and A lightning bolt hits the tree from earlier, knocking a branch off of it and I get two more messages from the amazing tree. “It’s alright to be imperfect” and “Don’t look back are both carved into the tree that at this point seems to be my tree of life.

Wow, is really all I can think and then I look to the wall which has beautiful pictures of each angel we will work with and see that there are still 3 to go. Daniel is next up and Lovey really likes him because he is almost like a bodyguard when doing integrated energy therapy. He teaches forgiveness and helps clear self judgement as well as that coming from other people. It is now time to go back into meditation and I am on a huge ship  with the most beautiful, blue sails. This is the calmest water I have ever been around and felt. As I look up on the blue sails on the ship the words “Call on me and all will be smooth sailing”. are written in huge, bold writing. The ship is just gliding across the amazing, blue body of water. I was really given the feeling of being a pirate of positivity after working with Daniel.

Sarah was on deck and coming in next. Her healing gift was empowerment and is here to help clear us from feelings of powerlessness caused by ourselves or others. During this meditation I look up and am in the middle of a really long hallway. Much like time when in meditation, this hall goes very quickly as you go step by step. I have been in many meditations lastly not more than 3o minutes and feel like I have been in for hours. I look at the wall at the end of the hall and there is a banner hanging on the wall that stated: “The hardest of goals are easily achieved by stepping one foot at a time”. This reminded me to not rush to conclusions or let little things ruin my mood. Take one step at a time whether walking into positivity or away from negativity.

Last but definitely not least is the big bopper, the one that everybody knows and loves. We would be working with Michael. He is the protector and helps us clear fear. He is here to keep us on track to finding our mission in this short period of time called life. I got a little excited because good things usually come to me while working with Michael. Eyes closed, time to count down and get some Michael time. When I think of Michael, I always think of Michael Carpenter from the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. Michael is a knight of the cross and a huge man, he carries a giant sword, he stands for light. He is like a human version of the angel Michael. The Michael meditation begins with a flashback from my childhood at about age 3 or 4. I see myself hopping up and down on my red rocking horse, I am sitting on my fathers lap watching He-Man and Smurfs cartoons on a Saturday morning. I am my little self playing with my dads guitar and listening to the smooth sounds of the band Devo telling me to “Whip It”. All of the sudden I see the Archangel Michael standing before me with arms wide open with flames around him. The flames change from chakra color to chakra color. Perfect vibrations are going around the flames and all is well in the world with my visions of childhood and the best times of my life. Sometimes all you need to do is put yourself in that happy place in order to feel that sense of protection that can not be found anywhere else. Amazing! That is the only way to describe this.

This day of learning got me going like no other day of learning in quite a long time. I highly recommend working with Lovey. I can not guarantee that the results that I have felt, the experiences that I have described will happen for you. My hope for you is that what I have just told you about is only the tip of the iceberg for you. I am a visual person and the sights I have seen were amazing. If you want to talk more about my weekend or have questions about this class leave a comment below. You can sign up and learn more about Lovey by checking out http://loveysangels.com.

Once again thank you so much for spending a few minutes of your time checking out the blog! -Ian

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Chain of abundance

Happy Tuesday everybody!

I am hoping that all of you are safe and sound after the rough weather we had here over the last few days. Getting that snow out of the way to resume our lives isn’t always the easiest. Yesterday my stepson and I were shoveling like madmen and we look up and our neighbor comes over with his turbo powered snowblower and does half our drive for us. This goes back to what we have been talking about in the blog. People helping other people. I am very thankful for our neighbor coming over and doing this as it was a huge help.

The last few days on facebook there has been a huge push for us all to post and pass the word about each others pages. This has been huge as we are all helping each other out and checking out what we all have to offer and do in this world. Help, help, help!

This gives a huge shot of abundance to each person that does something like this. It is easy to get caught up in a world of I want to be the best. Well I have always heard my friend Hank say that there is more than enough for all of us in this world. I’ll be the first to say that until lately I highly had my doubts about that kind of saying. As of late my doubts have disappeared and I have the utmost confidence that the quote that Hank loves to remind us is one hundred percent the truth. You can read more about Hank at http://www.hhhexpos.com/about-us/

When you put something out to the universe make sure that it is always with positivity and love in it and if there is something that you want or need make sure that you think about what you can do to help someone else’s day go by smoother or what you can do to use what you want to help others.

The chain just keeps growing and we are all going to be blessed with amazing abundance because we believe in each other and ourselves. Let’s get this circle going and see that greatness that it brings to the world. Our time is coming because we are all a team, deep down this belief is going to make this world a place that can not be stopped. Positivity, Love, and Helping others will conquer all!

Have a great week and I hope to see you at circle tonight. We also have some great classes this weekend so be sure to check those out! Thanks for reading the blog! -Ian

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Love, Respect, and Dream

Love, Respect, Dream

So today is a day that we celebrate a man in the United States of America by the name of Martin Luther King Jr. He was an amazing man whose goal in life was for everyone to coexist, for the country to come together and work together and have peace. One of his quotes that really hits me is “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose the courage to be, that quality which helps you go on in spite of it all, and so today I will still have a dream.”

This quote really hits me because it is one that we really have to think about each day of our life. If you wake up in the morning and you say the heck with it, I am not even going to try. How much are you really going to accomplish in your life? The vitality that keeps us moving in the morning when we wake up is so important to bring brightness each day that we live. We have to refuse to give up, refuse to accept not being our best.

We all have beliefs that we hold dear and that others may not totally agree with. We have to make sure that we are not pushing them on other people. We shouldn’t have others pushing what they believe on us. However, it is not a terrible thing to show others what we do by being positive and spreading a loving feeling to everyone that steps in our path.

When I think of Martin Luther King, I think of a man who showed that he cared. He was a man that just had an aura of intelligence and showed that he knew what he was talking about and that he was honest. I think that it is a hell of a thing to look at a man like that and admire what he stood for. I am proud to teach my children what an amazing man that Mr. King was and that he is a man that they can admire.

He is the kind of man that I try to be everyday. I try incorporating what this man teaches when I am out in the world. If someone wants to speak with me I am more then welcoming in listening to the teachings of others. I love learning about other religions and cultures. I want to open my mind more and more every day that I live. I will continue to welcome any teachings that there are to learn. When I look back, men like Martin Luther King Jr. taught me this and I am proud about it. I grew up in the country and unfortunately there are lots of people that aren’t willing to take the time to respect this man and understand what he had to teach, to pass along the teachings to their children. Today is a day that we celebrate diversity, freedom, and loving one another. Thank you MLK Jr. for what you taught me as a child.

Have a great week and love and respect one another! -Ian

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Importance of support

Hi everyone! Here’s hoping that you all had a great holiday season and a great new year.

This week the blog is going to be about our support system. When a lot of people think about the support system that keeps us going they think about things like food, water, and things like that. Over the weekend I noticed something really cool going on and I am hoping that it is a sign of things to come in the year 2015. I remember when I was a little kid my nanna watched a show called Golden Girls. The only thing I remember about that show is the theme song which the chorus sang “Thank you for being a friend”.

All weekend I have had that line going through my head and realized the importance of that train of thought. There are people that you might not see more than once a month, maybe even some that you only see once a year or so. Do you really think about the importance of your friends and family. Maybe even the pets living in your home are a part of your support system.

Each day is a gift in this lifetime and it is very important to make sure that we thank those around us each day for the help that they give us to just get through the day. When things are rough and even when the good comes and they can help us celebrate our success that we have in life. It really puts a smile on my face when I think of the fact that someone would think enough of me to lean on me or come talk to me in a time of need. Things like these are really easy to overlook.

I looked on facebook and saw people in my feed stating thank you to each other and showing appreciation to each other for friendship and helping people out. That was really cool as most of the time you just see negativity and people destroying each other with words. Things like pay it forward are also amazing. Helping people that you don’t even know. Anytime  that we can help someone else is another sunny day in the world, especially when we are not asked to do so and we just step up and do it.

I guess the message that I have this week is to appreciate the gifts we are given every day. Don’t forget to thank those around us for being our support system and getting us through a rough day. Even if it is just the cat in your house purring and helping you to calm down during a rough period, the importance of the support system is endless. If you are helping others get through rough times don’t ever look at it as a chore, it is a gift to you from that person that they are leaning on you or sharing the fact that they need someone to talk to about what is going on in their lives.

Thanks for reading the blog and we hope to see you all soon, even if it is just to stop in and say hi!

Ian 🙂

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Come together for the holidays.

Hey guys,

So last year around this time I did a blog called the Christmas/Yule Melting pot or something like that. It was pretty neat, if you haven’t checked it out please go back in the archives and check it out. This week I was thinking about what to write about and it came to me how rough of a year it has been and the fact that there is not a lot of the word co-exist being used anywhere. There are people being killed in the street, police who will not be home with there families because of violence, soldiers over seas fighting in wars because of the fact that peace isn’t happening much of anywhere in the world.

It has been a rough year for many people all over the world and it seems that it has been a much rougher year in America than we are used to. As I sat back and thought this weekend about how rough that some people have it and I read posts on facebok stating that christ is the reason for the season and things like this I pondered,  do we all accept each other and think that just because someone else believes differently than me that I shouldn’t love them as much as someone that does believe like I do? This is a great thing to think about especially this time of year.

This is the time of year in which we should be contacting old friends, helping out those that are not as fortunate as others, people with hardships. However, when you look around there is a lot of petty fighting, tongue lashing, talking bad, not helping each other. We each have our own belief system and I assume that the reason we have those is because they work for us, in the end they have all been melted together in some way and the way I look at it is if we really are trying to do whats best then why not use what we know and what we believe to help others.

We don’t all agree all the time but learning about other civilizations and other cultures and how they do things is a great thing. They may be doing things that could be helpful in the way that we live. It is great to teach our children many ways of believing and the fact that being accepting of others is a much better way of living. If you are teaching or learning to do things that help others and stretch the love that we have for one another all over the world it can only be a good thing. So as you sit and spend the holidays with your family think about other households and just because they may believe different or been giving different teachings during this lifetime doesn’t make them a bad person and at the end of the day what they worship or believe is most likely melted together with what you know and believe. Have a happy holiday and love one another!

-ian

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Valentine’s

Valentines day is upon us. I know a lot of us never go any further than making sure that we buy our wife, husband, girlfriend, or boyfriend those flowers and chocolates or nice jewelry. That is usually the extent of how much thought that I put into this holiday but I have spent the day today thinking about how the day was created, some traditions and such that go with the day.  

It all started in the 18th century with an association of romantic love in the high middle ages.  So this one doesn’t have the roots that some other holidays do and how far back they go. Even in the beginning of celebrating this holiday the tradition of giving flowers, cards, and presents have occurred.  For the longest time the Roman Catholic churches had the feast of St. Valentine, in 1969 the calendar of saints was revised and that was the end of the holiday on the roman catholic calendar.  There is not alot known of this saint except that his remains are buried in Via Flaminia on February 14th.  Some Catholic people still celebrate this day that are using the old calendar of saints.  In eastern Orthodox beliefs Valentines day is celebrated on July 6th which is when they celebrate the Roman presbyter of St. Valentine.  There are many stories and beliefs about this Saint but he is not like St. Micheal and the well know Saints such as this.  

In England a character named Jack Valentine knocks on the rear door of the house and leaves candy and presents for children.  It is kind of funny because this character is one that is known for being scary to the children.  In Slovenia, Zdravko was one of the saints of spring, the saint of good health, and is also known for being the patron of beekeeping and pilgramage.  Zdravko is translated as St. Valentine. I think that Zdravko is way more fun to say than Saint Valentine but that’s just me.  In this country they also say that the day of celebration is the day that birds propose to each other and marry each other and that is the reason for so much chatter from the winged animals at this time of year.  In China they call this day lovers festival and is celebrated on the 7th day of each month. The day of February 14th can not be celebrated each year like in America because it is too close to the Chinese new year.  They use the 7th day because this is the day of which the cow herder and weaving maid are allowed to be together.  According to the legend the two are separated by the milky way but on this day the two can be connected.  In Finland, the day is known as friends day and is a day in which you honor your friends living and dead.  France celebrates the day much like we do in America .  It is crazy how many different ways that this holiday is treated in different places around the world.  

The holiday in the old days was much more so that of the beginning of the cold winter winding down and the return of birds, rabbits, and all the other animals that we don’t see during the freezing cold months passing and the warmth and love coming back into the air.  Much like a celebration of spring that we see coming during the holiday celebrated in late March or early April this is a way to say goodbye to the cold temperatures and snow.  It has been a long and cold winter here in Ohio and I’m sure that celebrating Valentines day with our loved ones next Friday is as good of a way as any to say go away old man winter and come on home beautiful spring. I know that I didn’t leave any lovespells or ways to draw in love so if you have any of those feel free to share those in the comments too!  Have a great time on your Valentines dates!! If you have any Valentines traditions or things that you have studied leave them in the comments, I just thought that learning more about the way that this day came about and ways that it is celebrated in other countries would be a fun way to spend my Sunday evening. Thanks for reading the blog and hope to see you all soon!! -Ian 

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Gifts

It was great seeing everyone over the really busy weekend that we just got done with at the store.  As we were sitting in our third class at the store in three days an idea for the blog this week really popped into my head. The idea was how amazing it is that we are all given gifts and that they are all so amazing when it comes to helping others.

Another thing that had come to mind was what if your intuition doesn’t give you a way or a calling out loud and you have to find your gift or divination tool all on your own because it doesn’t just come natural to you like it does for some people.  Friday night we held a runes class with Rian, he talked in depth on different spreads of the runes and his personal story of how for the last nineteen years he has always kind of fought with the idea of doing what spirit had told him to.  Saturday we had Michelle Belanger, an author who is also known for being on the television show Paranormal State. She gave one of the coolest talks about the art of dream walking. This talk surely taught everything you would ever want to know about the dream realm and dreaming in general.  Sunday morning had arrived and as I drove to pick up my son, as we were holding one of the first ever kids classes in the store with J:D, my mind began to wander and I had all these thoughts of what we would be learning and who would be getting new gifts today from taking the class with our friend J:D.

It was now time for the class and J:D began teaching our sons the art of spirit drawing and in usual ten year old fashion my son made joke after joke and wanted more to play then be serious about the class.  My stepson was in awe of the teachings and you could really tell that this was maybe something that is a gift for him and he may use in the future to help himself or others.  The thought that one got it and one didn’t never came to mind though because you never know when something that you learn or have in the huge memory banks that we call the human mind will awaken and go to work for us.  Later on that day it had become time to take the adult version of the class.  We had already taken this class before but I never pass up the chance to take a class, even if taken before, because you never know when you might have missed something or what new lessons you may have learned. Much like the runes class on Friday, where as much as I love the runes, I lack confidence in my abilities to use them. I had actually ended up helping Rian teach some of the lessons to the new students in the class.  This was a bit of a confidence builder for a person that usually struggles to find that confidence in my every day life.  Back to the spirit drawing class. I will say that this is one divination tool that I really enjoy and even though I don’t give myself credit others have told me that they like the drawings I do.  My wife had missed this class the first time that it happened in the store due to having to pick up one of our sons from airport.  As she sat next to me and did her drawings sure enough down the sides of them were almost automatic writing type shapes. She has always had an interest in this tool but almost seems to struggle with the idea of getting it to work. As a matter of fact this may be the only thing I have ever seen her struggle with as she is one of the strongest people and owner of one of the strongest wills to fight for something that she believes in that you will ever meet.  I have watched her study the drawings the last two days and I really feel they are going to awaken her gifts.

I guess what I am trying to get at is you never know where or when you are going to be treated with gifts but we must keep our eyes open. A quote that I really enjoy saying is “Don’t blink your eyes, you never know what you can miss in the blink of an eye.” As my children grow and grow each day I have really started to realize and my wife and I had a long talk on Sunday night about where I am in my life and my path and how many days I am a hypocrite to what I try walking.  I am really going to start each day out opening my eyes a little wider and realizing just being here is gift enough, having a beautiful wife and my sons puts it on a whole other level. The fact that we are all given gifts and tools to use to help others makes me really realize that I need to keep myself in check each day and make sure I don’t wake up feeling sorry for myself as others are hard up and I could be helping them.  I am really sorry if I seem to ramble this week but I really felt this blog needed to be written and I am thankful if even one person reads it. Once again thank you for checking out the blog and feel free to comment below. -Ian

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Christmas melting pot

This week’s blog topic is one that Melissa and I talked about last night after seeing a post on Facebook. The fact that it’s the holiday season and so many times people get offended or hurt feelings because they feel like the belief system that they have is right and if someone else doesn’t believe exactly how they do it makes that person wrong. In reality all the holiday beliefs and rituals kinda piece together like a puzzle and just for example Christmas is a smattering of all kinds of religions and ways of life in so many different cultures and religions.

It all goes back to a blog that I wrote a little while back about coexisting and working together to make the world an easier place to live in and work together in.

Some of the examples that the post listed that were really interesting that got us thinking were:

Yule, the Scandinavian fertility god brought the tradition of carols and greetings. Wiccans began the tradition of hanging wreaths and decking holly around your home. Druids came up with hanging mistletoe for kissing underneath.  The god Saturn began the tradition of decoration of a tree in your home.  Thor, Odin, and st. Nicholas started the tradition of bringing gifts to friends and family at night.  Sleipner, the eight legged horse of Odin, was the inspiration for the hooves pitter pattering on your roof top.  Mithras was the start of the tradition of the suns rebirth on December 25th, and of course we later renamed the holiday for Jesus the Christ by calling it Christ’s mass or Christmas. All holidays are kinda like this if you piece them together. So once again when you celebrate with your friends and family this holiday season think about how many different cultures are really involved in how all the traditions have come together. It is really awesome! Once again thanks for reading the blog and have a great week. -Ian