Day 23! of the Release Challenge! — Do You Have the Courage to Bless?

Day 23 of the Great Release Program
Do You Dare to Bless?

Day 23 — 2011 Great Release Challenge!  Do You Have The Courage to Bless?
Friday, 23 December

by Silver RavenWolf

The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that the word “bless” is far older than Christianity, and dates back to possible Teutonic derivation, and that the meaning of the word is now an outgrowth of Heathen, Jewish, and Christian influence.

Tis the season that one speaks of Blessings to all, and so I thought I would drag out my dusty, trusty dictionary set that requires the one million power magnifying glass, and figure out just what that word really meant before its entomological gyrations.

Because I was thinking this:  We know (scientifically) that the energy of a curse travels only so far, and usually no farther.  Conversely, we know that good thoughts can literally travel around the world (Google transcendental meditation).  This means that negative people walk around like that ghost pal of Scrooge with their junk clanking all about them, and that people with a positive outlook and kindness in their hearts are capable of a much wider range of influence and creating a much cleaner path before them.  If this were true (I’m postulating) then this is why negative people need folks around them, because they are really weak and need to feed on others to survive…as frequently as possible.


Would that not mean then, that truly, a blessing would be far more volatile than a curse?

Would that not mean then, that to bless someone nasty could ultimately be their undoing?

Would that not mean then, that in order to render justice, a well placed blessing might just be the trick?

That depends, however, on what the word “bless” really meant to begin with.

Doesn’t it?

And what we think that word means to us now.  Specifically, what YOU think that word means.  And how much power it really has.

So what does this have to do with our Release Challenge?  Our Program is all about consciously letting go.  We are releasing dirt, grime, junk, items that no longer serve us, negative energy, clutter, old unhappy feelings, and maybe even a person or two along the way.  We’re doing this in an effort to raise our personal vibrations, seek more spiritual solutions in life, and change our environment to a place of peace and tranquility (such as can be had in 2011).  We’re using a thirty-day plan in an effort to create good habits for ourselves.  We are doing this to grow.

And when we change.

Our environment changes.

And when our environment raises its vibration…

Then those around us either do the same, or leave.

Our goal at the end of the thirty days is to be gloriously dancing on top of the water, rather than drowning in the sea of despair.

You thought I forgot about that definition..didn’t you!  That one for the word “bless”?

There are three possible original meanings:

To Sacrifice
To Bend
To Purify

The Heathen idea of blessing was “to mark or to affect in some way”  or “to consecrate by rite to render a thing inviolable with an utterance of a formula or charm”

the Glory to God, Saints, happiness, bliss, joy definitions came about after the formation of the Christian Church.

Inviolable has two basic meanings:

1.  Secure from destruction, violence, infringement or desecration — protection

2.  Render the object or person incapable of evil (influence).

Before we go forward here, I have no problem with debate on this post because the purpose of this short discussion is to make you think.  Hard.  And come up with your own answer, which you are free to post under the comments section.

Words are interesting animals, aren’t they?

So, today, our magickal task is designed to push you forward.  Keeping the definitions I’ve give you in mind you are going to


something about yourself that you absolutely hate.   And bless this “thing” for seven days, beginning today.  You choose the incantation.  You choose the rite.  You choose the charm.  It is your magick, after all.

And then…tell us about it!

Your Physical Mission Today — 

For the Busy Person — Release something on your property that has been sitting outside.

For the Dedicated Enthusiast — Release something on your property that has been sitting outside.

Today’s challenge encourages you to go outside and commune a bit with nature.  Take a walk around your property with a trash bag and get rid of garbage, paper cups and candy wrappers whisked to your roses by the wind elves, things that are not salvageable, etc.  When you’re finished, Ring the bell!

Remember that list you made on the first day?  We have eight days left to tackle what’s on there.

Gold Star Meditation For Today —

If you complete today’s challenge — you earn another gold star!  This is number Twenty-Three!  All right! Oh Yeah!  This star stands for Courage — and place it anywhere on your aura during today’s meditation.

Peace with the Gods
Peace with Nature
Peace Within
So Be It!

For Tomorrow:  Recap Day.


19 thoughts on “Day 23! of the Release Challenge! — Do You Have the Courage to Bless?”

  1. Done. All the bags off the porch and out the door. Of course, they did not want to leave peacefully. Has that ever happened to you?

    1. All the time! I swear the stuff has invisible glue on it. Or, you take it out and someone brings it back in and says, “Did you know you had so-in-so out there?” Or, the bag spills as you are taking it out the door. Or, you keep walking by the bag forgetting it isn’t there. I think that trash knows the secret to quantum physics!

  2. I can think of a few things already outside that need to go…one being the old mailbox base that got hit by a rouge car last year…that my husband has sitting by the entrance of the garage…like it is a trophy of some sort….be gone little crinkled bucket. Have a great weekend Silver!

  3. Thank you for your blog. I am new to it and have missed the first 14 days but I love everything that I’ve read so far. I’m excited about recap day. Love and Peace, Cindy

  4. As Grandmama Addams said in the animated episode, “The Voodoo Story,” a blessing is more powerful than a curse. You never know WHERE you’re going pick up sound metaphysical advice.

  5. Outside’s neat and tidy. Now for the real inside story!

    Not five minutes before reading your post today, I’d picked up an old copy of Yoga Journal and it opened to an article on Metta (lovingkindness) meditation. The practice is meant to be directed at the self first, then at benefactors, loved ones, neutral people, and finally at DIFFICULT people. Well, if you hadn’t asked us to clean our ears at the beginning of this program, I might have thought “how nice” before tossing the magazine away. But something inside me said, “it’s time to start.” And here you are, telling us the same thing. It’s time to start. It’s time to bless.

    I want to start by blessing my lumpy thighs. A better project would be to bless my stony heart- the one that buries unforgiveness deep in the back. Well, no wonder I keep finding expired eeks in my cupboards, I’ve got expired resentments lining my heart.

    That I could clean it out with the gusto and satisfaction I’ve had the rest of this program. Seven days you say? Heavens, I’d better start blessing and ringing that bell loud and long!

  6. I think its time for me to bless my judgemental opinions. oh yeah, and that piece of me that doesnt believe I am worthy of true love. so bless Lily’s harsh attitude and self worth. ring ring ring

    1. Lily you are very worthy of true love. WE love you for you, don’t we Silver?

      Love and Light to you!

  7. Thank you Silver and Kit. Isnt it interesting how we can KNOW something, we can tell others something, we can even tell ourselves something, but for some reason, it wont click? I dont get it. I am however, while doing this wonderful challenge, working on just going with the flow. I know that lighting a candle and meditatng on Goddess/Spirit every morning no matter where I am, helps to begin my day in a much better place. and I also know because of the Divine Within, we are all worthy of love.

    I love you too my sisters……….ring ring ring…………. 🙂

  8. U know Silver i do dare too bless this time i found myself using the word stupid too much n i need to be rid of that its not good for my vocab so im going to banish it out of my vocab. If other people use it thats fine but i will not use it i will however use all of the elements and spirit to banish it from me. I have already called upon my spirit guides n they r answering my affirmation for this. Goddes bless. Much love to u silver n thank u for giving us this challenge. BB

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