Practical Magic for Soul Liberation

I have a lot to say...

Sometimes it's serious, sometimes it's silly, but it's always the truth.

Mostly, I share my stories and the wisdom gained from my own journey, in hopes that it helps you on yours.

More People I Want to Smack In The Head

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Last year I wrote this post that was inspired by a book I read.  I was clearly feeling pretty frustrated, and because writing is super cheap therapy, I wrote all about the folks who, if I had slightly less self-control, I’d seriously walk up to and backhand, in hopes of waking them the fuck up. 

Lately, I’ve been feeling this way again.  Lots of stuff is pissing me off these days.  Hey, it happens to the best of us.  I bet the Dalai Lama even wants to smack a few people in the head on occasion, only he's not allowed to say it out loud.  But I'm not him, and sometimes you just have to get it out!  So, here it is, the sequel to my original post.

Editor’s note: To repeat what my husband said when I wrote the initial post, “Wanting to smack people in the head is part of life.  NOT actually doing so, is important.” (I bet the Dalai Lama would approve).

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What's The Deal With Witchy Wednesday?

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Awhile back, I started a weekly feature on Facebook and Instagram called, Witchy Wednesday, where I pull an oracle/tarot card and share the message for the week.  I started this feature to practice honing my witchy woo skills publicly (me being brave and afraid over here), to gauge how receptive folks would be to that kind of thing, and for the sheer fun of it.  It’s something that brings me joy, and we could all use more of that!

A few months in and I’m loving it!  Truthfully, I’d keep doing it even if nobody ever read.  A lot of folks seem to like to message me or chat with me privately about the ‘mystical’ stuff, more than they prefer to ‘like, share or comment’ about it publicly.  Hey!  It’s o.k.  I get it.  Although a little more of that would help spread the word, I understand the reluctance.  I’ve believed in this stuff forever (with discernment) and have been well aware of my connection to the unseen since childhood, but am only now feeling brave enough to really shine that light.  Frankly, I wish I hadn’t waited so long.

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Stop Caring What They Think!

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You can’t do THAT!  What would they think?  How would that look?  What would people say?

If you’re human, you’ve undoubtedly been faced with these words at some point.

They may be phrases spoken silently by your inner Gollum (the name I give the critical voice in our heads), or they may be spoken out loud by family, friends, colleagues, even people who hardly know us but think they have a right to chime in and offer up their opinion.

We may take these words so seriously that they stop us from doing the things we really want to do, the things that feel true for us. In fact, we may be so impacted by the idea of what other people think of us, that we become paralyzed into non-action.  We may live our whole lives in servitude to making the ‘right’ impression on our family, friends, and society, to the detriment of our own soul's calling.

Why do we do this to ourselves?

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Sorry Seekers, There’s No Magic Bullet
(Practicing What I Preach)

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When I first started down this road of self awareness, spiritual awakening, personal growth, healing, living more authentically, seeking truth and meaning… whatever you choose to call it (I mostly call it soul liberation), I thought that all the people who I was learning from, all the so-called gurus, totally had their shit together. 

I thought they had it all figured out.  I thought that they’d discovered a magic bullet, hidden secret, or attained some exclusive knowledge about the mystery of life.  I thought that’s how they had acquired the right and expertise to counsel others, write books, give advice, teach classes, run retreats, do speaking engagements, etc. 

I thought these folks were authorities because they had discovered the answers and were now living totally blissful, spiritually enlightened lives filled with continuous inner peace, rainbows and unicorns.

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What I (Mostly) Love About Aging

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(Picture courtesy of my daughter Marley...who clearly inherited her math skills from me)

Today, I turn 48.

I know!!  Don’t ask me how the hell that happened, but it did.  I’ve officially reached my late 40s.  The big 5-0 is on the horizon.  And you know what?  Mostly, I freaking love this whole ‘maturing’ thing! No, that is not sarcasm.  I’m being totally honest.  Because at 48, I don’t have time or patience for anything but the truth.

Aging, to a lot of people, is viewed as negative.  Something to be regarded with dread, fear, contempt, pity, even defeat.

Just so we’re clear, I am NOT one of those people.  In fact, those people kinda make me twitch.  If you happen to be one of them… The ones who turn 35 and think that they’ve reached their peak.  The ones who on their 40th birthday, start talking about being over the hill and doomed to deteriorate.  The ones who go around referring to themselves as old-timers, geezers, grannies, past their prime. The ones who start every second sentence with, "At my" or worse, "At our age" (to which my response is always, "Speak for yourself.")  If you’re one of those folks, then not only does your attitude towards aging make me slightly twitchy, I also feel sad that you see it that way. 

If you ARE one of those people, maybe keep reading, o.k.?  I won’t promise, because it kind of depends on your willingness to shift your perspective, but maybe I can give you even one small reason to embrace getting older.

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