Monday, July 27, 2015

5 Secrets to Working Magic that WORKS

The fun thing about magic is that when you do it correctly, it always, always works. It may not work in the way that you expect. It's actually way better than that, because that would be boring anyway. Rather, it works in the way that most nourishes your soul.

With this in mind, here are five secrets to help you manifest your desires, and work your magic effectively, every time.



1. Align with your most authentic intention. You can't just pluck a random intention out of the air and manifest it. Well, OK, you can, but it's not always effective. And why do it anyway, when you can find the hidden cache of power: the place where your soul knows exactly what will contribute to your most ideal unfolding? What gives you a rush of energy when you consider it? What makes your heart sing? What, when you think of it, reminds you of the childhood feeling of waking up on your birthday and knowing you're going to get exactly what you've always wanted? (For more guidance on this, watch the video I did on the subject here.)

2. Find the ways your intention has already manifested in your life. Let's say you want to manifest, for example, greater wealth and prosperity. Remember: vibration is what attracts things into our life experience, and feeling is what shifts our personal vibration. So get into the feeling of already having wealth and prosperity! Notice all the wealth you already have in your life. Mentally bless all the money in your bank account, no matter how much it is. Bless your home, your supportive friends, and all your treasured belongings. This is important because we don't want to unconsciously focus on the contrast between what we want and what we already have. Remember: what we focus on expands. And in truth, you have already had a lot of wealth in your life! So notice it, feel it, bless it, and get ready for it to expand.

3. Let go of the need for your intention to manifest. Aha! Here is a secret you won't find everywhere. But take heed! It's solid gold. When you can actually stop desperately chasing that which you want to manifest, what you want to manifest comes to you. Although this may seem nonsensical at first, the real truth is that nothing is all that serious. This life experience is really quite similar to a dream. From the perspective of the Universe (which is your true identity), this present life is actually little more than the blink of an eye, and even what appears to be solid matter will dissolve completely back into nothing in almost no time at all. When we remember this, we can play with this life experience like children in a sandbox. From this playful perspective, we stop pushing and struggling, and everything we desire begins to flow right in.

(Please note: this doesn't mean that we won't have to take steps in the physical world - and even work hard - in order to contribute to the manifestation of our goals. It just means that from the energetic/emotional perspective, we won't be feeling panicky. Any actions we may feel guided to take will be born out of confidence rather than desperation.)

4. Expect your intention to manifest. Here's another seeming paradox: let go of the need for it, but also totally expect it. Do you need your favorite TV show to come on at 7PM on Thursday night? No, but you totally expect it. Do you need to find chocolate in the candy aisle? No, but there's not an ounce of doubt in your mind that you absolutely will. Magic works because reality is fluid, and our expectation about how well our magic will work has everything to do with how it does work.

5. Make every aspect of your magic fun. Fun is the secret sauce. When you're choosing or crafting a spell or ritual, choose according to what feels fun. Select the ingredients, visualizations, chants, timing, and/or other aspects that make your inner child feel like a million bucks. This will light up your magical energy like a Christmas tree, and keep you in the ideal mindset for perfect magical success.

BONUS SECRET: Remember that we're all connected! By manifesting the truest desires of your heart, you beautify not just your world but also everyone's world. So go forth and manifest!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Here's a Quick Way to Get Someone Out of Your Energy Field--a Cord-Cutting Ritual

Change your energy = change your life.

This ritual is designed to help you cut energetic cords of attachment between you and another person.

This can be helpful when a person is not actually in your physical space but they seem to be lingering on in your mind or generally sending you less-than-desirable energy from afar. It can also be helpful when you aren't presently in a position to physically remove yourself from the person or relationship, but would like to stop any and all relationship-related energy drains.

I suggest following it up with a strong protective visualization of your choosing. (Like this one or this one, or even my guided meditation.)

Here's what to do: 
Stand upright and visualize yourself growing roots that anchor you in the molten core of the earth. Then extend branches high into the sky. Connect with the infinite light of the cosmos, and let your branches hang back down like a weeping willow and caress the earth once again.

Say:

Mother Earth, I hereby banish and release all cords of attachment between me and ______.

Father Sky, I hereby banish and release all cords of attachment between me and ______.

All cords are severed, all cords are demolished, all cords are destroyed.

All cords are canceled, cleared, deleted, and erased in all directions of time, never to return.

All my energy now floods back to me, filling me with vitality and encircling me peacefully in a protective sphere of light.

Thank you. 

As you surround yourself in a sphere of visualized white sage smoke, see any and all energetic cords of attachment being completely deleted and destroyed. Then see any formerly co-opted energy returning to you as bright white light. See this light swirl around you in a rapid clockwise spiral and then return to your energy field, giving you a boost of vitality and surrounding you in a sphere of white light.

This is an excerpt from Holistic Energy Magic: Charms and Techniques for Creating a Magical Life. 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Looking for a Book to Motivate and Inspire? -- Here Are 5.

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There are times - turning points, usually - when we need a little boost. An injection of inspiration. Magical glasses that give us a different perspective than we've ever had before.

In other words...a book.

In case you're having one of those moments, I thought I'd share five books that have the potential to provide what you're looking for...Provided it's the right time.

How will you know if it's the right time? You'll know if you read my description and you're intrigued, and then you check it out online or at your local bookstore, and then you feel giddy, energized, or just plain impatient to dig in. (Long story short: you'll just know.)

So without further ado, in no particular order...

1. Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being
by Christiane Northrup

I know it seems like this book is just for women over a certain age, but truly anyone of any gender can benefit from this book. By challenging our culture's beliefs and expectations about aging, it empowers us to reclaim our inherent knowledge of our own value, which (of course!) is completely independent of our numerical age. In much the same way Lean In by Sheryl Sanberg helped me see limiting beliefs about my own gender that I didn't even know I had, this book uncovered beliefs about health and aging that have been so ubiquitous in our culture that they were holding me back without me even knowing they were there.



2. Soul Coaching: 28 Days to Discover Your Authentic Self
by Denise Linn

I may have mentioned this one on the blog before, but it bears repeating: this book is excellent for propelling yourself straight out of a rut and into a greater sense of expansion, inspiration, and joy. A 28-day course that is way simpler and quicker than The Artist's Way (although I love The Artist's Way too), each of the four weeks are aligned with one of the four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. In just minutes a day, committing as much or as little as you have time for, you'll do journaling exercises and other fun stuff (like clutter clearing and taking walks) that will help un-stick your energy, get your positive momentum flowing, and see everything in a whole new light.



3. Total I Ching: Myths for Change
by Stephen Karcher

This is not the kind of book that you read from cover to cover and then lend to a friend. It's more like a beloved tarot deck or a bag full of runes: you come back to it again and again, looking at different sections depending on the day, and it's never, ever, ever the same. If you've worked with an I Ching before, you have some idea of what I mean, but this one is by far my fave. It's an excellent addition (or initiation!) to your divination repertoire. All you need to gain insight into any given issue are three shiny pennies, a notebook, and a pen. I'd offer more description here, but you really have to try it to understand.




4. The Western Guide to Feng Shui: Creating Balance, Harmony, and Prosperity in Your Environment
by Terah Kathryn Collins

One of the first books that actually made feng shui principles accessible to the total beginner, The Western Guide to Feng Shui is still one of my all time favorites. It bears revisiting again and again, as each time it inspires you to fine tune your environment and to look at it with fresh eyes. And in the process, you (naturally) fine tune your life and look at it with fresh eyes. Cause that's how feng shui rolls. (Proof of my love: I enjoyed it so much, I went to the feng shui school founded by the author!)





5. The Inner Guide Planner: A 12-Month Guide to a Fulfilling Year

Yes, it's not January, but this calendar starts in July. And even though that's because it's an "academic" calendar, you definitely don't have to be a student to enjoy it. I love it because it's got goal setting and positive thinking prompts all built into your normal day/week/month planning stuff. So much fun, and such a reminder to shake things up, manifest your dreams, and keep on keeping it fun.






What books have changed your life, or provided exactly the inspiration you needed, exactly when you needed it? Please share in the comments.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hidden Magical Intentions--Finding the Desire Behind the Desire

Magic is multi-dimensional, and metaphysical awareness spans many levels simultaneously.

This means that when we think we want to manifest happiness, for example, what we really want - deep down - might be more complete self expression. At first, this might mean letting our sadness out, and feeling the full range of our pain, as heart-wrenching as it may be. Then, and only then, would we be free to experience the longed-for happiness that sparked our desire to work magic in the first place.

In my personal work, as well as my work with my clients, I often feel motivated to uncover the desire behind the desire. That's why I thought I'd write this post: to motivate you to go deeper and to provide some insight into what might be propelling you to want whatever it is you want. By bravely looking at the full picture of your energetic landscape, your magic will not only be more effective, but also your life experience will feel fuller, more satisfying, and more complete.

Still, these initial intentions are gifts, and we must honor them: they're doorways into what our soul dearly craves. Yes, we want the initial intention, but we also desire what lies beneath it.

Here are five common magical intentions, and what may lie beneath them.

Protection
Of course, I am a big proponent of clearing and shielding your energy before you get busy in your daily routine, and also clearing and shielding your home and workspace.

But sometimes, we think we want to shield from negativity even more, when what we really want is to let go and trust that the Universe has our back. We don't want to shut down and close off, we actually want to open up to the flow of Divine energy, so that we are actively blessing our surroundings with positivity, rather than being a vacuum that picks up on every little negative energy around us. In many ways, this makes us more open rather than more closed, because we feel safe and dearly attuned to the true, divine selves of those around us, rather than the illusions of ego and separation.

Romantic Love
Hey, I am a romantic. I love love love romantic love. And if you want to manifest some for yourself, I am 100% on board with that desire.

Still, it's good to be aware that sometimes when we want to manifest romance with another person, what we really want is to love ourselves more fully, and to revel in the sensual aspects of this human experience. We want to feel like a warm bath is enveloping us in approval and adoration, the scent of roses is making us swoon, and bright sunlight is endlessly kissing our skin. Interestingly, when we trust that we deserve this kind of support from the physical world, we naturally attract potential love interests and precisely the type of romantic attention we crave.

Success
If we're going to be fully present in this temporary physical form, and we want to experience any form of success, then why the heck shouldn't we? It's an absolutely valid magical intention.

And, when we desire more success in any life area, what we may in fact be craving is a sense of lightness, adventure, and play. After all, this temporary human experience - while on one level is infinitely precious and important - on another level is not really all that serious at all. When we remember that this whole thing (i.e. life) is one big gorgeous mystery and cosmic dance that will dissolve into nothingness as certainly as if it never existed at all, we can apply ourselves to our desire for success in a playful and spontaneous way. We can detach from the stranglehold on our seriousness and let the Divine flow in. That way, we can more rapidly and effortlessly experience the success we crave...and actually enjoy it at the same time.

Abundance
While our current system of exploitative capitalism is certainly nothing to glorify, on the personal level, having plenty of everything we truly desire is our birthright and our natural state. And if you desire to manifest more abundance as so many of us do, hey: more power to you!

Additionally, i's good to note that what we really want when we want to manifest abundance is often to trust that everything we need will be provided to us. We want to let go of the fear of lack and really, really trust and expect that the Universe will give us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. This is a very present moment thing. When we don't have to place all our attention on the future, our present is fully nourished, and our minds our clear. From this place of knowing that we already have everything we need, right-in-this-moment-now, we just seem to know what to do in order to open up and receive all that we want and need, and more.

Happiness
We are a happiness-loving species, and our world is drenched in the light of the sun. By its very definition, happiness is something we like and desire more of. So: yay happiness!

Nevertheless, it's important to note that it's just not in our nature to be happy every second of every day. If the sun were shining all the time, we would not understand what made it so special, and we would not be aware of the balancing darkness or the cool, ethereal wisdom of the moon. So (as I mentioned in the intro), sometimes, when we want to manifest happiness, what our soul is really asking for is a feeling that it is safe to express our grief, sadness, yearning, and the full range of our emotional expression. Perhaps we want to watch a sad movie and cry, or write a mournful song to process some of the challenges of our past. That way, our personal sunrise can dawn in its full brightness, as a natural counterpart to our endeavor to gaze bravely into the glittering, nourishing midnight of the soul.

...Have you ever noticed hidden magical intentions behind the more obvious ones? If so, feel free to share in the comments.

Monday, July 6, 2015

How to Get Really Grounded and Awaken Your Senses (A Ritual)

If you need some extra grounding - if your thoughts are all over the place, you're full of anxiety, or you just don't feel like you're comfortably inhabiting your body - you might like to perform this movement ritual.

When you're alone, put on some really sensual, sexy music that makes your body want to move. Slip on some comfortable clothing that feels great against your skin, then slowly begin to move in a way that feels good to you. Bypass your mind and tune into your body. Don't move a single muscle unless your body wants to. If your body just wants to lie down, just lie down. If your body just wants to stretch or pet the carpet or walk slowly in a circle or shake your hips, do that.

Take at least ten minutes to let your body be the boss, and stay awake to how it shifts and changes its desires. Notice how your skin feels. Listen to the sound of the music. Inhale the scent of the room. Feel the weight of your body pressing against the floor.

Open up your senses. Inhabit the present moment. Inhabit yourself.

P.S. This is an excerpt from Holistic Energy Magic! Check it out on Amazon here. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meditation Cheat Sheet--How to Receive the Benefits of Meditation Without Actually Meditating

By now, you've probably heard about the comprehensive, clinically proven benefits of meditation.

But let's be honest: what good are those benefits if you don't actually ever, well, meditate

Because lots of people love the concept of meditation, while the act itself never seems to really materialize. It's the just sitting there that seems to be a deterrent: in this world of do-do-do and go-go-go, for many, putting the brakes on can feel unpleasant to the point of being unbearable.

That's why I thought I'd provide these five meditative meditation alternatives. By doing at least one of these things for just a short time every day, you'll be getting a lot of the same benefits of meditating. You'll also be getting into the very positive habit of setting aside time for serenity, and for your own self care, which will in turn open the door to actually (one day, maybe?) meditating.

So, in lieu of meditation, try this: set a timer for at least 5 minutes, and then do one of the following. In time, you can work your way up to 10, 15, or even 20, but 5 is great too. Especially when you consider that setting aside those 5 minutes will make all your other minutes significantly more enjoyable and productive.

1. Pet your cat or dog. According to WebMd, "It only takes a few minutes with a dog or cat...to feel less anxious and less stressed. Your body actually goes through physical changes in that time that make a difference in your mood. The level of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, is lowered."

2. Dance. BerkeleyWellness.com states that, "Dancing...has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety, and stress and boost self-esteem, body image, coping ability, and overall sense of well-being, with the benefits lasting over time."

3. Read a novel. A new article in The New Yorker says that, "Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers."

4. Take a walk. A number of studies have shown that walking outside (especially barefoot!) blesses us with numerous perks, including significantly reducing the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn strengthens one's immune system and overall state of mind.

5. Blow bubbles. I'm not sure if any studies have been done on blowing bubbles, but the fact remains that like meditation, bubble blowing promotes deep, conscious breathing and present moment awareness. Also, simply being outside has many proven health benefits that are similar in many ways to those of meditation.
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