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hooplove So, I’m sitting here at work, basically just trying to keep myself sane until 5pm, when I decide it’s definitely time for a blog update. My poor bloggy has been so neglected, sometimes I think I should just give it up and hit the delete button, but then I remember all the really good stuff I’ve written here and I just can’t bring myself to do it. I tell myself that I’ll get better, and post more often, but as they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and apparently so is the internets. Good intentions and porn.

Things have not really changed too much since my last post. I’m still struggling in a job I can now say that I honestly hate. It’s not the position at all-I love my role as a receptionist. It’s actually what’s going on within the restructuring of the company as well as the behind the scenes drama-rama that’s just making everyone insane. It’s only getting worse with each day. Needless to say, I am looking for another job-no big surprise there, right?

I think I’d like to do something a lot less receptionist-y, and maybe more administrative. I have mad admin skillz! *sillygrin* I’d also really enjoy something in which I could actually use my college degrees-maybe editing or proofreading?

Of course, if I won the lottery and became a multimillionaire, this would all be a moot point and I’d be writing blog updates from Cabo, so maybe I should just better start working on that!

My dad is doing well, though we’ve been told he’s reaching the end of his physical therapies and will need to be moved to a permanent, semi-private room soon. He’s no longer a candidate for assisted living as he is still very impulsive about his decisions and is not very ambulatory by himself. What this means of course, is we’ll now have to switch to private pay and begin the whole process for applying to Medicaid. What a pain in the ass.

I just began another bellydancing session with Michelle at The Goddess Hour. Loves it! I’ve also been working a lot on my hoopdancing with the help of online tutorials and I found a wicked awesome online hoop community, Safire Dance, through Safire’s youtube hooping tutorials. I’m not brave enough yet to post my own hoop video-I fear I still look like a seizure victim at times and I’ve not lost that “learning a new trick” face of utter concentration. When I’m more confident in my skills and flow, I will definitely post some vids!

I have some new pics to post too, which I’ll try to do either tonight or sometime soon.

Smoochies!
~TC

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Karma

rhiannon.jpg A very wise witch and a very good friend to me posted the following article about Karma in her organization’s blog. It got me to thinking a bit.

Being a witch myself, it is imperative that I am obscenely aware of what results my actions could have, not only upon myself, but maybe most importantly, upon others. This is not just something every witch should do. This is something every person should do, regardless of spiritual preference. Taking responsibility for one’s actions is a moral obligation.

One of the Wiccan credos’ is “An it harm none, do what thou wilt.” What this basically translates to is as long as it harms no one, you can do whatever you want. This can be applied not only to the daily practice of living, but is also meant to be applied as a guide to spellwork, and along with the Threefold Law, which states basically what you put out will return to you threefold, is thought to be a sort of rudimentary system of checks and balances for the Wiccan practioner.

Where this fails, in my opinion, is that it is too black and white when taken literally, and leaves no room for the greys of daily living. What happens should I need to protect or defend myself or mine? What about those things I do that may have an effect on someone indirectly, someone I’m not even aware I’m affecting? Where does karma come into all this?

The Threefold law is karma in action, more or less. While I don’t really consider myself Wiccan, I do try to remember karma, especially when I may be quick to action, spurred on by anger or upset. Very often, once I have time to think about the situation, I realize that I was running rampant on emotion, and any action I may have considered would have been not appropriate. It is precisely that sort of situation that results in a karmic punishment. On the other hand, when appropriate action is needed and called for, I really don’t feel the Threefold or Karmic Law applies in a typical kind of way. For example, if someone is stalking me and scaring me, I would not hesitate to bind him and possibly even mirror back any negative energy or thoughts he might be sending my way. Might I be doing possible harm? Yes, but it’s harm that’s intended towards me, reflected back to him. As for the karma involved, I believe any fall back would be on him, the person who intended harm in the first place. Even should I take a more proactive response, and send or do something directly to him, I really feel that the simple matter of defending myself will cancel out any karmic punishment for me, and would instead fall upon the offender’s shoulders. As a responsible witch, it is up to me to weigh the consequences, and own my actions, deciding and determining whether or not what the karmic debt will be and upon whose shoulders it will lay.

Lots of times, we hurt others innocently, without even realizing it, without intent. How does karma play out in a situation such as that? I believe in such circumstances, there will be no karmic punishment or reward. Why? Because the intent to harm was absent, the actions invoking the harm innocent of wrongdoing. This would be different from doing something thoughtlessly. Thoughtless actions that result in injury of any sort will most likely result in karmic punishment because the person involved was being irresponsible in his behavior.

To sum it up, the ins and out of karmic law are complicated, but if you live responsibly and think about your actions before rushing headlong into action, you may avoid collecting a karmic debt.

Smoochies,
~TC

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