Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The opposite of wishing wells

Last night, I couldn't sleep.  The PTA executive board meeting I had attended not only went an hour over, but we're over budget, and I had to rush home, bathe the kids, and put together outfits for Picture Day.  When I laid down, I was physically exhausted, but my mind was screaming.  There are so many things to do and not enough time or money to get them done.  Thoughts racing, I didn't fall asleep until after midnight.

Today, I'm obviously tired and crabby, but I'm also carrying around a load of negative energy that doesn't rightly belong to me.  Usually, I "cut the cords" psychically by imagining a pair of shining scissors cutting the strings that connect me to whatever is weighing me down.  Today, I need to cut the energy cords, but not lose the ideas.  They are too important to let go of fully.  I'm trying a new (or old, depending on how you look at it) magical idea: the Later Jar.

Instead of throwing my pennies in a fountain to make wishes, I'm throwing my worries in a jar.  This way, I can acknowledge their importance while still letting of them for the moment.  I'm writing down these "problems" on slips of paper and putting them in a canning jar.  Then, I can take them out, think about them, deal with them one at a time.  I'm hoping that by allowing each thing it's time, space and energy, I won't be sucked dry and something might get done other than worrying.  When the time isn't right to be dealing with these things, I can put the lid on the jar, set on the shelf and walk away.

This idea is half psychology (as most magic is) and half symbolism.   It's about ordering my space and my energy rather letting it dictate to me.  I hope it works.