The last few months, we’ve been staying with family. They are Christian, but they are both very open-minded and supportive of what we are. Even so, I have tried to refrain, as best I can, from doing any “real” practice while I was here.
Occasionally though, necessity dictates otherwise and I’ve found myself having to do some things without the comfort of my altar and tools, which are presently packed away where we are relocating from.
It’s been a long time since I did any kind of work without tools. I have found the need to remind myself that I am the greatest tool in my toolbox and that all the others, while often comforting to have, are not necessary.
It really can take on the feeling of walking a tight-rope without the benefit of a net when it’s something you’re completely unused to doing.
I did find that it required more focus than when I was using my tools. More effort at holding the focus of my intent in my mind.
Although I really do miss my tools and am anxious to get a place where I can bring them home and have them with me again, I found that the need to work without them reminded me of my roots, of where all this comes from, the well I draw on in order to manifest what I do.
Seeing the outcome of the work I did strengthened my faith in my Craft and in myself. It gave me a sense of “if I can do all that without an altar or a single tool, then there’s nothing I shouldn’t be able to accomplish when I’m in my comfort zone”.
I have to admit, my mother, who was in the broom closet her entire life, never had one single tool. I never saw anything in her house or in her things after her passing that even faintly resembled a tool, but the woman was good. I mean really good. No one but me ever seemed to suspect a thing, including her own husband.
I guess it just goes to show, tools really are just that, tools. It is us who do the real work. We who bring about change in our worlds. Tools are just that. Tools to make the job easier.
Have you ever found yourself forced to work outside your comfort zone in some way. What was the experience like for you?
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