Asking for help is hard for some of us, but whether you need help from a person, or from the Universe, you need to actually ask for help if you need it. We are familiar with praying for help, but sometimes we don’t do it. We may not feel worthy of help, someone else needs it more, or sometimes we just don’t think of it, we don’t want to create a debt we can’t pay…. There are reasons we don’t ask for help, but we should make sure that the reasons are good, not simply ‘programmed’ by some training in our past that isn’t valid anymore.
Unless we are talking about little babies, most people are hesitant to step in and do something you may want to do for yourself, to ‘steal’ your autonomy. (Others are happy to do it and don’t even think about it.) Chances are that you would prefer to help yourself in most instances. But sometimes, even if you can manage whatever you are doing by yourself, it’s simply more efficient and effective to ask for help. There is no shame it recognizing that somethings will be done faster, or better with more than one working on it. Sometimes others have resources, tools, abilities, or information you don’t have (non-humans often are in this category). With humans there’s a lot of variation in how readily an individual will jump to help another, dictated by their personality and upbringing. It’s easier to know what to expect if you speak the same language, and share cultural expectations.
In metaphysics, there seems to be some mechanism in place to reduce interaction between “planes”. Over the years many of us have seen that gods, spirits, the Universe… whatever is out there, actually requires someone asking before they are able to give you the help you need. It seems to be a natural law that They (whoever they are) can’t intervene until we actually ask for help. Sometimes we can feel them waiting to jump in with a tweak to your luck, or the weather, or a psychic piece of information you need. But it doesn’t happen until you actually ASK. Let them help you.
Witching Wellness with Kirk White
The witch walks the line between the worlds, weaving the forces of the plants, the stars, the elements, the spirits, magic and medicine, mind and body, to bring healing (or harm when necessary) to themselves and their communities. Placed into the magical worldview of medieval European folk medicine and magic, yet also drawing on Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Greek humoral medicine, we will begin to explore how these forces are woven together and can be used for health, happiness, growth, and balance. We will cover basic theory, learn and practice assessment/diagnostic methods, and learn how to choose or create the right treatment strategy based on those findings. Beginners will leave with a firm foundation on which to begin growing while more advanced healers will gain strategies and skills to better define, refine, and deepen their current skill set. (90 min)
Psychological Problems in Psychics Panel
How to get help when you have problems differentiating between what you see that isn’t there, and what you see that others don’t see, but is there.
If you are a medium, seeing or hearing dead people is normal for you. All the books on enhancing our psychic abilities tell us to listen to our inner voices. But suppose you’re psychic, then you become depressed, or get PTSD, or schizophrenia? How do you explain to a medical doctor that some of the things you experience are symptoms, and some are normal (for you)? How do you get the help you need, while not having the therapist try to medicate away your natural abilities?) Mental illness is real, and you still want the help you need. Let’s share stories and hope we have good advice for each other.
Panelists: HPS Sarah Livermore, Sacred Owl Quinones, Dione Marshall
Seán Pádraig O’Donoghue is a poet, herbalist, and witch living in western Maine in the shadow of a chain of mountains that stretches south to Georgia and north and east across the sea to Ireland and Scotland. Prior to becoming an herbalist, Seán was a political organizer in movements for peace, human rights, and global economic justice, and a freelance journalist documenting the human and ecological impacts of U.S. policies in Latin America. He grew up near Boston, a short distance from where his great-grandparents first landed when they arrived from Ireland, and just on the other side of the woods home of a maternal ancestor executed in the Salem Witch Trials. http://www.otherworldwell.com
This year he will be teaching Hawthorn Medicine and Magic, Rewilding Masculinity, and Somatic Prayer .
The Breath of Life: Herbs and the Respiratory System
Traditions of the New England Root Doctors