As a culture we are driven--driven to acquire, amass, get, use, devour, taste, and try.
And of course it is never enough. Until we figure out that enough is enough, we will never lead a fulfilling life. Unless we let go of possessions, attitudes, emotions, old lovers, or old ideas, we'll never be able to make true changes in our lives. We are very good at taking, consuming, hoarding, devouring, overworking, and inputting more and more and more . . . but we have forgotten how to let go, how to eliminate. We need to remember the basic concept of releasing and renewing that is imprinted in every cell of our bodies.
We need to relearn what our ancestors knew: how to banish.
"Banishing," Denny Sargent writes, "is the identification and naming of people, things, forces, feelings, thoughts, or ideas that are negative or harmful in one's life and, through the strength of will and positive power, i.e. love, taking command over these negatives and tossing them OUT!"
Sargent, an eclectic ritualist, interweaves his personal testimonial with the theory of banishing harmful factors from our physical environment and from our bodies, our hearts and emotional lives, our minds, and our spirits--through the elements of air, fire, water, earth, and spirit. In the second part of the book he provides more than 100 banishing exercises and rituals based on traditional practices performed throughout time and around the world.
* Everyone wants to get rid of something--bad luck, emotional pain, illness, weight, guilt, clutter, dependency, bad habits, an ex-lover, or just the blues.
* More than 100 simple exercises and rituals to get rid of anything.
|Denny Sargent is a writer, teacher, and practicing Eclectic Ritualist. He has written for a number of Pagan and magickal magazines. Both Denny and his wife, Sophia, currently hold workshops and festivals out of their Forest Yurt set in the woods behind their house in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of The Tao of Birth Days and co-author with Sophia of The Magical Garden.|
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