I found myself sharing this on a Pagan parenting group on Facebook tonight in response to a mother in El Paso, TX who asked what she could do to help she and her family feel safe in the wake of the most recent mass shootings. A mass shooting took the life of an incredible woman from my church in Annapolis last year. It shook the whole community to its core. These events are growing more and more common, and the mother in this group is wise to be asking what she can teach her children to create a space for healing, well-being and safety.
I offer this Child's Circle Casting which I wrote several years ago. May it help bring comfort and teach little ones how to create their own place of power in this world.
"I take a deep breath
and let it out. And let the cares of the day
dissolve into the ground.
I draw energy up
from the ground. And pull it in
from all around.
Then from my center light flows out. And it casts
a circle 'round.
Above my head
it forms a dome.
Below my feet
it forms a bowl.
my little sphere.
And it keeps
me safe in here.
Guarding, protecting energy...
...and the worlds I'm safe between."
Also, if you or someone you know needs help you can call SAMHSA.
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