Today in the UK it is Mothering Sunday, so this post is dedicated to ALL mum’s, young and old, my own particularly. Thank you for always being there. ❤❤

Also to those who’s mother’s are no longer with them but who are remembered everyday. 😍😍

I hope everyone has a wonderful day! 😘😘

Psalms‬ ‭84:1-4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“How lovely is Your tabernacle,
O LORD of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the LORD;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young—
Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts,
My King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will still be praising You.

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anonymous asked:

I saw your post about working with and honoring dragons in pagan practices and spiritual work. I have always respected Japanese dragons greatly but never had the understandimg to work with them beyond deep respect. I have Nordic heritage so mostly I work with Northern Dragons. Can you recommend any books or literature for me to read up on Japanese dragons and working with them? And more over, to edify my very basic understanding of Shinto practices? I want to understand and be respectful!





Here are some links to get you started.I’m not too sure about books since most of what I know is from what I learned orally and through the shrines themselves. 

To worship/work with them, set up offerings for them in small dishes. Then call to them in prayer. when you pray to them - bow twice, clap twice, pray, and then bow once again, once you are finished. Always leave traditional offerings for kami for them - that is - water, rice, salt, and sake. Consume the offerings after the prayer, don’t throw them out.  Always be respectful towards them. Never demand anything, always speak softly and humbly, and reverently. If a rain storm comes or high tide, you know they answered your prayer or heard your prayers. They are tied closely to water and storms.  Dragon kami don’t always have to be benelovent to human beings. Always address the deity with the honorific “-sama” to denote respect.  (eg. Ryujin-sama) That’s mostly it, you don’t have to do anything more - your heart in sincerity is the most important! Hope this could help.

anonymous asked:

I'm very close to kami, but I feel like I am a burden, so I try not to rely on them. Could you offer any assurance or guidance? Thank you <3


I also feel the same at times… I can understand.

But basically it is taught, especially in Konkokyo, “Kami-sama exists to receive requests - people are people because of Kami, but also Kami is Kami because of people. “ 

 In the same manner, it’s trying to say that because people can rely on and pray to the kami, that creates the act of worship and faith. Without that, there are only spirits and physical beings, separated by two different worlds. 

I like this quote from FFXV actually,  “It is in receiving mercy that men offer praise, and in shedding grace that the gods illicit worship.”  

it’s actually a very Shinto-thinking quote. Most kami are worshiped for their good or benevolent qualities to people. Even if they harm others (such as the god of smallpox, Housougami, they are still worshipped, but in the sense to placate them and bring out their good qualities to receive their favour or healing. 

Therefore, in Shinto, to request or relieve your burdens onto the kami, is almost the source/origin of worship to the kami. The kami have always been seen as in a sense spirits  that are beyond us - spirits that evoke reverence and awe - in a beautiful or scary way - something beyond our own selves. When people pass away, they become an energy beyond their own selves - a kami as well. Everything is divine, but a kami is a kind of existence that is all-encompassing, physical, but also beyond and spiritual. Invoking awe for better or worse.

Kami gain more “power” in the sense of stronger energy toward human beings when they are communicated to, when they are prayed to, when they are relied upon. 

This is in the sense if you think of kami as a profession. As a professional, you want people to rely on you, to constantly ask you for work - whether its art commissions, doing repairs, editor work, writing work - when you do so and can fulfill this work well, people admire you and respect you. You cannot force others to accept work from you. 

The same is for spirits who are kami - that is why they want to be relied upon. You have to tell them and give them consent to help you - then they have more power to do so, and they are happy to help you with their powers, their profession.  It’s a mutual benefit.

So try to keep in mind when you rely on the kami, you are helping them, and they are happy to help you. It’s not a burden to them. They don’t think, “Oh, it’s them again..”, especially to kami close to humanity, aka. kami who have shrines and are well-known, they always want to try and help sincere practitioners and those who pray to them with a sincere heart.