I want to speak of an observation I’ve been making for quite some time now. It’s, by no means, me passing judgment on any one. If anything, it’s me wondering and questioning, wanting to understand.
I would guess as long as Mankind has existed there have been those who are dissatisfied with different areas of Life. In our more modern times, for as long as I can remember, people have complained about their jobs, prices they have to pay for goods and services, even elected officials and the job they are doing. In many of those circumstances of complaining, that’s all it ever was….complaining. No action was taken to change anything. I can count myself among them in some instances. For years I never voted and yet complained about elected officials. Then one day, someone pointed out to me that if I made the choice not to vote, then I really have no right to complain. After a few moments of anger – “How dare you!” attitude – I realized they were right. We always have a choice. If we choose to sit along the sidelines and not take any form of action, we really have no right to complain.
There’s a second part to this, in a sense, that I’ve been observing more recently. People want to see something happen, but are unwilling, in many instances, to put forth the effort to help cause that something to manifest. They want someone else to do the work and THEN they would be willing to come enjoy the change. Even then, don’t ask them to pay too much for the privilege of enjoying what has been created by others and, most certainly, don’t ask them to clean up after themselves.
Before you start to ask, “What the heck is she talking about?”, let me be more specific about what I’ve been observing.
I remember when I first got interested in all things “occult”, even before I found Wicca. I, and many others, were enthused, excited and passionate about the “invisible” side of life. Maybe it was our inner children jumping for joy at the thought that the “things that go bump in the night” were real and had explanations. I don’t know. Then Wicca came out of the broom closet, ever so slightly. Passion rose and people flocked to bookstores and Covens to learn more. Even without computers and the internet, networking began. Publications started up and annual gatherings began. Once again, large numbers of people found their way to both. We were excited and passionate about this way of life and all it entailed.
That was back in the early 70s. We are all much older now and have known for quite some time that it’s time for a new generation to take the torch from our hands and keep the flame and passion of Wicca and all metaphysics blazing boldly. We now wonder if that is even possible.
Recently, there had been many, in our state in particular, who have said they wanted somewhere to go where they can be free to practice their path with others of like mind. Feeling that this was our sign that it was time to pass that torch to the next generation of magickal people, we decided to restore and reopen the Nature Sanctuary that had been the site of so many wonderful gatherings for so many years. We put out a call for help and the opportunity to see this wonderful sacred site. This year there would be no fees for camping, if you would just come and help. The silence has been deafening.
That’s just one example though. There have been many who have said they were looking for a teacher to learn about Wicca. So, even though we hadn’t take students for quite some time, we felt perhaps the Goddess was pointing the way to this next generation. We offered to speak with Seekers about who we are and what could be expected if they came to study with us. I can honestly say that some “ran” as fast as they could in the opposite direction. Okay. I know our training is not for everyone, but coupled with the other example, I started scratching my head.
This past weekend, a friend and student had a grand opening of a wellness center that also had metaphysical supplies. For this event, he had even arranged to have three people present workshops on different subjects. Even though many have said they wished there was somewhere nearby that they could get supplies from, almost no one made an appearance. My confusion now intensifies.
You say you want some place to worship with others of like mind, but you’re not willing to put anything into making that happen. You say you want to learn Wicca, but when a teacher presents themselves, you seem to not want to put forth the effort that it would take to make that happen for yourself. You say you wish there was a shop nearby where metaphysical supplies could be bought, but couldn’t be bothered to put in an appearance to support this merchant.
Where has all the passion gone? The dictionary defines “passion” as: “Any intense, extreme, or over-powering emotion or feeling.” as it would apply to what I’m writing about. To me, it’s an intense internal fire that requires action because you just can‘t sit still; a thirst that is so strong you will do anything to satiate it; the exhilaration of wind in your hair as you race down the highway on a motorcycle or with the top down on your car. What’s happened to that?
I know some will reply that life is so busy there doesn’t seem to be any time, or there’s no money to do other things, or they have no car. I’m no different than anyone else in this respect except for the fact that if something excites me, causes me to see the validity in being part of its manifestation, and/or just “feels” like the right thing to do, I create time, money and means to be part of it. I guess because I’ve always been like that, it’s very difficult for me to understand why, when people say they want something to happen in their lives, they don’t pull out all the stops to make sure it happens.
Once again, I repeat, I’m not judging anyone. I’m just trying to dispel the confusion I’m feeling and understand what’s happening in the world and with people who seem to want changes in their lives.
Without the motivation to move beyond what appears to be “deterrents” in our lives, we doom ourselves to stagnation and have literally and figuratively closed the doors to the gifts of the Universe reaching us. What will it take to evoke ones passion from deep inside? That’s an answer that is so individual in nature that I could never provide an answer. What I do know is, if the answer isn’t found by each individual with wants and desires, our world will only decline. Just like so many animals have become extinct, and continue to do so, the things we hold dear in our lives will do likewise from lack of interest and participation. How very sad that is.
If you are part of the younger generations, know that there are those of us who would like to pass the torch to you, but you have to be willing to hold out your hand, take it, and then do the work to keep the flame alive. Is there some part of you that is willing to do so? I pray that that part of you sees this and answers the call.