Using the tools
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to help facilitate the 9th (seriously, the 9th? I’m not really sure how that happened) Expanding Inward event. It was a pretty wonderful experience for me, particularly because we were presenting some of the most impactful work that I’ve encountered. We shared the Priestess Arts, which comprised a significant piece of the philosophy taught at Diana’s Grove Mystery School, where the five of us each received training and served as staff members.
In elemental order, the arts include:
Facilitating the sacred rite of speaking and listening
Leading others to their own discovery
Acting as healer
Relentless support of the sacred made present
Now, there’s a lot I could say about the event itself, but I’m finding that my favorite part might have come afterwards, when I returned to the office. My paid work is as a trainer at a large bank in downtown Chicago, and the shift from presenting at one of our events back to that world has often been a challenging one. It’s not a bad gig, and I generally like the folks I work with, but it’s not been a place where my priestessing skills get a lot of use. But since the whole point of this most recent event was about using these arts in the world at large, I wondered what would happen if I didn’t try to find places where these skills might apply, but instead just assumed that they would be useful every day.
And you know what? They totally are. Not in the same way that I might use them in ritual, or when presenting at one of Expanding Inward’s events, but I can bring intention to my daily conversations with my coworkers. I can think carefully about my gendered language when conducting a meeting or training session, and how my words may unintentionally create distance. I can take an extra minute to connect with someone I’ll be working with before beginning the “real work.” I can make note of where the energy and attention of a group of people are going, and make choices about how I ought to behave.
Will I do all of those things, every time I have the opportunity? Nope. But what if I could do it half the time? Or even a quarter? Or heck, what if I took three opportunities each day, and brought the same intention to daily interactions that I do when I’m doing work that I typically consider sacred or magical? I can do that. I like to think that most of us can.
Ultimately, I keep thinking about something that came up for me during the event: I really can’t remember a time when I looked at any part of my life and said, “You know, this is just a little TOO sacred for me.” It seems trite, I suppose, but it’s true. And as long as it is true (also known as “essentially always”), I have more work to do, and more places to use these skills.
Tools for “these times,” indeed.
This post was written by Jason Frey