Decide what you want .. believe you can have it, believe you
deserve it, believe it’s possible for you. Close your eyes and
visualize already having what you want – and the
feeling of having it already..
— The Secret
Last Friday night, some members of our local Circle gathered to watch and discuss the DVD of The Secret. As you know may know from my previous entries, I’ve got some very mixed opinions about it myself. I was eager to hear others’ thoughts about it, especially since so much of it is simply a mainstream reformulation of what we Witches know perfectly well is magic and spellcraft.
Seeing it again, I was struck once more with its heavy emphasis on materialism and the desires for wealth, status and power.
While I am definitely in favor of these, I find it interesting that there is so much energy given to manifesting things like glitzy cars, hitting the jackpot, tons of money, million dollar homes, and other over the top products and status symbols.
I suppose I am not the ideal demographic of consumer marketing, so maybe that’s why I have not bought into the popular culture’s ideals of cars, clothes, theater-sized TV screens, and Botox. But the amount of energy and time the film spends putting a happy face onto greed, entitlement, and acquisition is troubling. It seems shallow and misguided to be so focused on gratification and things.
It is also true that we are in a relationship with money every single day, whether we like it or not. We certainly get a lot of mixed messages about money. Wealth, security, abundance, prosperity – there is little doubt that many of us reading this on our computer screens today have struggled at one time or another with these issues. How do we reconcile our need for money with our spiritual path? Are they in conflict? Is the desire for a financially comfortable lifestyle an anathema to spiritual realization?
As the light of Summer begins to fade (even if Her heat is reluctant to), we are only a month away from Equinox, and the height of the harvest season. Over the next few days, I hope you’ll join me for some thoughts about prosperity, lack, money, and abundance.