From the Introduction:
I have been writing many books of many kinds;
Books of Shadow, spell books, prayer books, volumes of journals written in my own hand. Then there's thumb drives, hard drives, and Cloud of Shadows.
The thread running through them all is grace. Grace is a Divine and mystical thing, the Breath of God, in my case, The Gods.
Grace is both noun and verb. It is a paradox and ironic, in that we pray to receive it, while it permeates all of life. We yearn for it and it is closer than our own breath.
It is at the core of my work as a professional intuitive, spiritual counselor, teacher, and Witch. To be a channel and translator of grace into words is my vocation as a mystic.
They are representative of the NOW when they are recorded and as a result, appear to be universal, appealing to all moments in the NOW.
Then there's the issue of ending each prayer and/or practice with: "So mote it be. Amen."
I am a Witch, a professional one. This book is essentially my Book of Shadows for the graces. But grace is universal, as are my students and clients. My only criteria for either is: All who harm none are welcome.
Honestly, it's all just words and I've been ending prayers with "Amen" since I could speak. It comforts, shall we say, the Non-Pagan people. Muggle feels pejorative in this context, though I love the word.
But I am a Witch and "So mote it be" for me, is dominant and therefore proudly included.
It is my hope that there is something in these pages that will serve and open you to the grace that is already yours.
Mark A. Lyons