Last night we gathered for magic and laughter, irreverance and devotion, kinship and kisses, health and rememberance. I never got to bed until 1:30 and slept like the dead until the alarm went off at eight. This morning, the Beginner class (3 to be exact, in case you are worried--we are a Worrier Tradition, after all!) arrived on time and ready for eight hours of prayer, learning, sharing, laughter, tears and deepening of their nascent practice and relationship to Mystery.
I had to wrestle myself to do it. Earlier this week, I thought, "Where am I taking them? And why would I do such a thing? Maybe I should, I dunno, use my skills to teach home organization or How to be a Bargain Huntress in 7 Easy Steps!"
Eventually, SomeOne whispered, "It's not about that nonsense. It's about magic, ethics, enchantment, and connection."
"Connection to what?" I demanded, with not a little scarcasm.
"To us. Self. God Hirself. Mystery. The Old Ways."
"Yeah, but. . . ."
"Remember who you are."
Twelve Step Programs have a slogan: "Keep it Simple."
Yeah. Like that.
They also have this neat-o system called "The Twelve Traditions",for managing to keep difficult people working together so the organization made up entirely of recovering alcoholics (in varying states of recovery, I might add), doesn't implode--leaving other alcoholics with nowhere to turn for recovery support. Whenever folks would get caught up in drama, someone would remind everyone, "Principles before personalities."