Creating a Spirit Box

Posted on June 30, 2012

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I had meant to write about this topic yesterday, but with my dog Ginger’s illness, other issues were more important.  Thank you for all of you who have offered your kind thoughts.

Because of the big storm’s last night, it seems the blood tests that were being done for my dog Ginger are delayed.  We still don’t know what is wrong with her, and am not sure when we’ll get the results.  My vet has been wonderful and gave me his home phone number to call him if anything gets worse.  Right now, our little dog is holding steady.

In some ways, these troubles and concerns are perfect in connection with the topic of today’s blog – Creating a Spirit box.

Now, if you don’t believe in Spirit or God or a higher power, this idea might not be as helpful for you. When the idea of creating a God box was presented twice from two different sources in the last week, it  seemed like a good one to add to my life.  I prefer to call it a Spirit box myself, but you can call it whatever you like.  I imagine you could also call this a Zen box, and approach worries in a Taoist way too.

The idea is simple and probably not a new one.   It seems like I’ve heard of variations of this theme for a long time.  Essentially, you use a box to store all those problems in your life, which are beyond your control to change in some way or another.  A sick dog.  Shaky finances.  Love.  Health.  Employment.  You name it. Whatever issue in your life is worrying you.  And you create this ritual to give over those problems to something higher than yourself.

The directions are simple:

  1. Get or find some type of container or box with a lid.  You can decorate it, like I have if you wish.
  2. Write on a sheet of paper any worry or concern you have.
  3. Put the paper(s) in the God box and trust that your worry will be handled by something bigger than yourself.
  4. Come back to the box as often as you need.  Even if you need to remember that you already put a certain worry in there, and it’s being handled in its own time.

In my case, I decided to re-purpose a box that I had created several years ago as a dream box.  It feels better suited for this purpose now.

I placed it to a bookshelf, which is also a mini altar in my house, and wrote this blessing for every time I need to use it:

Dear Great Spirit of the universe,

Help me to align with my best self, that inner transformer, who helps me to take the actions I need to take every day.

For all else, I put my worries in this box knowing they are in your hands now.

I rely on your power to redeem, forgive, and uplift everything I don’t control.

With all my worries gone, I can relax and focus on what I was put here to do today.

Any day, a new worry can occur.  All we can do is our best to deal with what presents itself, and leave the rest to something greater than ourselves to sort out.

Do you have any special ways you deal with your worries both big and small?  I’d love to hear how you face new and old challenges in life.

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