As most of our readers know, I just made a pretty significant decision to quit my much-loathed job. This decision was in part brought on by a recent planning phase. My boyfriend and I have been discussing future plans, what we want, where we want to go, etc. I’ve been thinking a lot personally about who I want to be, and how I’ll get there. I made a 101 things in 1001 days list to focus myself and I spent some time meditating, with an overall theme in mind. I thought of the supplies I’d need, who could help me with certain goals, and what I wanted to have accomplished. Of course, certain items on the list were of the religious variety, and that got me thinking about the spiritual nature of planning in a few different ways.
What else is spellwork, magick, or prayer if not blessing your plan for something? Think about it– say I do a spell to finally land a job in my field. During this spellwork, I bring together items that are sympathetic to my cause, and I focus entirely on the whole process: I envision myself finding, applying for, interviewing for, being offered and finally accepting this job; I see myself working hard and being satisfied by it; I see myself successful in this area of my life, and enhanced by it in others. I channel all of my intention into this effort, and send it out into the Universe and will the Divine to make it so, for the good of all. Basically I’ve just planned for the best and blessed my plan (see what I did there?). I’ll feel energized to make it happen, especially after all the effort just to do the working, and I’ll spend extra time editing my resume, sending out applications and researching other options.
I think this same general idea applies to my daily to do lists as well. It’s like saying “I intend to complete all of these tasks for x, y, and z reasons and I will put my energy into them.” While I may not always see to do lists that way, I don’t know why I can’t or shouldn’t. I think adding this layer of intention makes your duties feel more meaningful. Cleaning chores are always on everyone’s lists, but if we think them through and bless the plan with our energy and intention, suddenly we’re not just vacuuming the living room, we’re working towards a cleaner, lighter, more pleasant space to gather and relax. I think you can go as far as to say that now instead of just cleaning we’re consciously becoming caretakers of the family’s shared space, and that changes a lot about our attitude and perspective here. See what I mean?
So next time you make your to do list, consider finishing it with “So mote it be!” and see if you feel any differently. Let me know if you feel any differently about the tasks. I have a feeling you will, even if it’s just a little bit.