So, I decided to post on my tumblr to get some more ideas on how to recharge my godphone. While the post didn’t exactly get an overwhelming response it did get some responses from people I admire. I will now list their suggestions with a little personal commentary on each one.
The first suggestion was to continue praying, doing ritual and building a connection with the divine through this. While this is one suggestion that I had kind of expected, it kind of went somewhere I hadn’t thought of. I expected to keep up with the prayer and ritual, no doubt about that. I didn’t consider the prayer and ritual making my ritual space an easier place to connect with the divine. That angle just hadn’t occurred to me.
Holding shrine items. This is obviously an extension of the above idea. The idea being that holding certain shrine items may create a connection with the divine. Particularly holding an icon of the divinity you wish to connect with. For me the downside to this is pretty apparent, as I don’t have much in regards to icons. And truth be told, the only icon I have belongs to a deity that doesn’t seem to want much to do with me, currently. (That could all be in my head.)
Dancing, yoga or tai chi. I like this idea. I’m not sure how much it will help with the godphone but it certainly couldn’t hurt and, honestly, some movement in my life could very much be a positive. I’m a lot more sedentary than I would like to admit. I just have a hard time seeing much point to moving, I’m not actually going anywhere. Why pretend?
The next suggested idea is one I’ve already used and which seemed to work. The idea was dreaming. When I did it I simply prayed for some kind of a sign. I had a dream that very night. And while I didn’t remember it too well I did remember enough to identify the god in my dream. (It was Ra, in case you’re curious.) I will probably try this method again in the future, I just don’t want to push my luck too much.
This next suggestion was one of the most intriguing. It was getting back into the right “head space”. This is a little harder to describe. I was told to try to get back in the mood, so to speak. I’m not really sure how to go about this. My life has changed so dramatically since I lost my godphone. I can’t really think of an overarching scent or any other sense that could really recall my youth. I can’t go back in time and regain my innocence or lose this jaded outlook I now have on life. So I’m not sure how I would even attempt this. It is, however, an idea I want to hang on to.
The next suggestion should be a bit easier to deal with. It was suggested that I do as much as possible to cleanse myself and calm the mind. In theory this should be rather simple, however… Calming my mind isn’t as simple as it used to be. I have bills to pay and whole world of grown up concerns marching about my mind. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a shot, but it will be more difficult than it should be.
The next suggestion seems to me to be an extension of the last one. It was meditation and Journeywork. Meditation, much like calming the mind, just isn’t as easy as it used to be. I’ve become a person controlled by my fears, wants and needs. Even just relaxing can be a task nowadays. I’m just not the person I used to be. I’m not a free spirit anymore. That doesn’t mean that this suggestion is off the table, just that it is going to be more difficult than some of the others here.
I will add my own idea. I’ve decided to buy a new tarot deck. Mostly because I feel like the one I currently own is fighting me. The symbolism is beautiful, but I don’t “get” it. I am currently awaiting my new deck. I know it can’t replace the wonderful ideas here or my own practice but I feel like the proper deck will contribute greatly to my other practices.
Now I just have to figure out how to combine some of these ideas with my other practices…