The Devil has your number, he has your name too.
He knows what box you have ticked, and what you belong to.
This heavy, quantum, archetypal energy could also be known as hatred, or maybe indifference.
It is full of malice and violence, highly opinionated and extremely judgemental.
The devils job is to divide and conquer the enemy; us.
He divides us into smaller, weaker, easier to manage fractions and groups, labelling each group something different, something ‘special’.
Once he has done this, he will make us hate each other.
We start to point the finger at each other, blaming one another for all the problems in the world, when really, we are the problem, we are also the solution.
I believe one of the biggest issues we face in the western world is the labels we depend on.
We give ourselves these labels, tick the right boxes, answer the questionnaires to find out which group you belong to.
We call each other names, we give ourselves names and wear these masks with pride.
Think for a moment, of all the labels that you identify with;
Christian, Buddhist, Pagan, Muslim, atheist…Black, White, Asian, British, American, Native, Aboriginal…Slut, whore, MILF, frigid bitch, lady killer, ladies’ man, Casanova, pervert…Man, woman, trans-gendered, gender fluid, gender neutral, gender queer…gay, straight, bisexual, lesbian, objectophile…Good, bad, legend, evil, gorgeous, sexy, gross, ugly, survivor, victim…
Have I mentioned them all?
Of course not!
I bet you cannot believe I have not mentioned one you have thought of, how dare I?! Metaphorically speaking, what if you were to gather all your labels and throw them away.
Who would you be?
These labels help us to understand who we are, our place in society, history and our culture.
But we can confuse these labels for us, and who wouldn’t fight tooth and nail to defend them? These labels are not us, they are merely signposts pointing in the general direction of who we are. You are not a signpost, you are you.
If you are a Christian, for example, and wore a neon sign around your neck saying ‘Christian’, (maybe you do…) then it serves to tell others and remind yourself that you have chosen the path of Christ.
If you were to remove that label, (would you remove the cross around your neck for an experiment?) would it change who you are?
Would you be any less than you are now?
Would you change your ways?
Would you change your faith and prayers?
If you were to remove the label Christian from your persona, would you still be you?
Or would you be something more, something freer?
If you do not understand this, or you simply wouldn’t be you anymore, then what does that say about this label?
‘It is easier for a camel to go though the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’
We carry our labels like they are our riches, but when we reach the end of our lives here, will you need them in heaven? Will they matter? I wonder who gave all these riches to us? The Devil bestows so many boons, but all that glitters is not gold.
We must not be divided.
We need to break down these walls, these labels, these fractions, not create more unique and special ones. Let’s focus on who we are individually and how we are united in our humanity, we are unified in the love of love, in the need for peace and the desire for happiness.
Kindness is the key to our survival.
There is a healing ritual I’d like to share with you, to free yourself from these, often times, limiting beliefs about yourself.
Burning Our Masks.
Start by opening sacred in your way.
Write down every label, mask, fraction and group you identify with on a small slip of paper.
Collect either a fire proof bowl with a candle or light a small bonfire.
Find many small twigs or cocktail sticks.
Pick up a slip of paper, read it, wrap it around a twig.
Meditate briefly on where this label came from, what it means to you now and where it may lead you too…use a rattle or drum to help you focus if you wish.
Stamp you left foot three times to stamp out this energy blow into the stick, and pop it into the fire.
Do this with all labels.
Light more candles and place them amongst the burnt labels, and like a phoenix rising from the ashes of who you once were, shine your light brightly.
Who are you now?
Be your authentic self, full of truth and honesty.
Be fierce in who you are and above all else, be free.
Shamanism has been a passion and an inspiration for me for many years now.