Day 4: Giving Up to Get
What does sacrifice have to do with anything? Aren’t we here to have fun?
Well, yes. And sacrifice will just increase the fun because at the heart of it, when we surrender or offer up one thing for something greater, the trade-off is always in our benefit. This is not about giving up something for nothing—but it’s about making a pact with your soul to suspend a certain activity, habit, or pattern that brings you a temporary pleasure for the opportunity to receive a more lasting form of joy—the magic of your own being.
The Latin roots of the word sacrifice literally mean sacred and to perform or to do. So we are doing a sacred act when we willingly give up something in order to receive something even better.
For my Forty Days of Magic, I have given up one of my favorite pleasures—wine. (Or any form of alcohol). I am not doing this because I’m an addict or because of my health is a problem, I am doing this because wine is truly one of my most cherished pleasures—and so I am offering it up for this experiment to potentize the outcomes.
Okay, so share your sacrifice in the comments if you want. Some ideas for sacrifice: Any substance you crave, especially if it might not serve you; any activity you know is really distraction — TV, compulsive web browsing, Facebook (eeks, that one’s hard — but I did it once for 30 days). You can surrender a habit —biting your nails, yelling at your children, avoiding the yoga mat. It’s up to you. Just choose one thing you are willing to live without for 35 more days.
I suggest too, you create a ritual for your sacrifice (and of course write it down in your journal). A candle lit daily is a simple way to remind yourself that this is a sacred action of letting go willingly—not some sort of arbitrary punishment or hardship I’ve created for you.
Sacrifice is optional. But know that your magical outcomes are likely to be less potent as a result.
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